Contextualized Learning

Why World History Through Architecture?

This subject matter is quite personal to me; I hope after reading this post, you will consider architecture paired alongside world history a valuable and interesting course of study as well. My late mother, being the eclectic person she was, tootled my sister and I all over the US and the world to see beautiful […]

Contextualized Learning

Study World History, Draw Animal Characters, and Explore Living Things

Study, draw, explore! Check out our Upcoming Online Classes! Though all our classes are virtual, we have worked tirelessly to create classes for students in grades 4-6 that engage with these three verbs! How do we do this? We offer interdisciplinary classes. In each one of our new classes, students will learn about related age-appropriate […]

Book Reviews

Instructor Spotlight: Lynn Haselton

Early American History and Geography Class I have known Lynn since I began homeschooling in 2013. I remember meeting her in our homeschool day program in Pasadena; her daughters and my daughter became fast friends! In addition to sharing friends in common, we have continued our journey together as mothers of teenage girls, AND women […]

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. […]

California Camping

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 […]

California Camping

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 […]

California Field Trips

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 […]