Contextualized Learning

Places I Still Dream About

My top 5 international gems This article focuses on the 5 most memorable international places I’ve traveled. Since 2002, I have had the opportunity to go on 4 month-long international trips to Asia (Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, Turkey), Europe (Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Brussels, Greece, Netherlands), and Africa (Morocco). Though I have […]

California Field Trips

Awesome California Field Trips

Webinar Coming Up! This fall, we launched Carrier Shell Community, a place for homeschool parents to get inspiration and support. As a part of this, we are offering a FREE California Field Trips webinar on Wednesday, January 20 at 4PM. This webinar will cover the Sacramento and Gold Rush area, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, and other […]

California Field Trips

Watts Towers: “Nuestro Pueblo” in Los Angeles

“You gotta do somethin’ they never got ’em in the world.” Simon Rodia, Wikipedia Are you familiar with the outsider art of architect Antonio Gaudi in Spain? If you like his work, there is an excellent monument located in the United States, right in Los Angeles, that taps into the wonderful spirit of outsider art. […]

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Places to see California Natural History

Our study of California has covered the eight major habitats of the Golden State. What exactly is a habitat? A habitat is physical space where particular plants or animals live; these plants and animals have a relationship with each other and are dependent on each other to survive. Habitats are often influenced by the level […]

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History, Enjoyment, and Lush Canyon Hikes: 3 Days in Mendocino

I have to admit, for this Californian, a drive to Mendocino is daunting. I live in Los Angeles. This year was my moment; my family and I made the trek…and we were not disappointed! We camped at 4-nights at Van Damme State Park, which was an awesome campground. Other campgrounds in the area are Russian […]

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California History Field Trips

5 Places to Visit to Get a Great Bearing in California History While attending conferences, many have asked if I have a list of California field trips. This article is the beginning of that list – for a few regions at least. Areas above San Francisco, Central Valley, deserts, and San Diego area, I’ll get […]

California Field Trips

Looking to visit a California Gold Rush town? Columbia State Historic Park’s Your Ticket!

Here’s another post related to travel.  Where is my mind these days?  Obviously in other places! This post is for families looking for a great Gold Rush boomtown to learn more about California history.  My pick:  Columbia State Historic Park.  The first time I went there, I was in the 3rd grade or so.  (My […]

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Must See Los Angeles Architecture for Kids

Again, I digress from some of my recent homeschool info topics to explore a niche very particular to Los Angeles.  Because…I truly love architecture.  Some of my favorite memories from my childhood were touring historic homes in Los Angeles.  I can still remember the wonderful smells of those old homes. As we homeschooled, I knew […]

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San Simeon State Park — An Ideal Base for Exploring the California Coast

This fall, my family and I went camping to San Simeon State Park for the 3-day Veteran’s Day weekend.  About a 4-hour drive north of Los Angeles, it was a great location for exploring the coastal areas south of Monterey–Big Sur to Morro Bay. Hearst San Simeon State Park, about 5 miles south of Hearst […]

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Mineral King, CA: The Road Less Traveled in the Sequoias

      Mineral King, a scarcely known destination within California, is a gem to behold; it’s a destination in league with the Swiss Alps.  Arrival at such a location is not accidental though; it took our family about 3.5 hours to get from Los Angeles to Visalia.  Continuing on to the town of Three […]