California Out of the Box

Spring: Gold Rush, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, California through the 1930s (15 weeks; Jan. 9 – April 28)

“I like how the class uses many different ways to engage my son in the class. It’s literature-based, so that got him reading more. He also did lots of projects including cooking, which he loves, making timeline cards, drawing, writing, painting, creating a model, and a mobile…I appreciate that he is learning CA History and so much more…Tracy always took the time to add encouraging feedback when she graded the assignments and did a good job keeping the kids engaged and learning. It was a great class and I would recommend it to everyone.

-Heidi B., California Out of the Box parent
  • Do you have a 4th grader?
  • Are you looking for a California history class?
  • Have you visited California state or national parks, or the California missions?
  • Are you looking for a positive community for your child to grow with as they explore California history?
  • If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, this class is just for you!

Ages: Grades 4-5


Spring: $385 (15 weeks, $50 discount for private pay)

Class length: 75 minutes (55 minutes of content, 20 minutes games/activities)

Spring Semester: Register Now!

Come and join us on a California adventure!

Instructor: Tracy Yeoh


A NOTE ON THE WAITLIST: If a waitlisted class is the only time that will work for you, we encourage you to register (on the waitlist), and make a comment as such; occasionally we have a family that will not continue in the second semester. We should have a good idea by mid-December if there will be additional openings. You are free to circle back to check status.

  • Tuesday (Wait list)
  • Thursday (3 spaces)

Payment*: Square store or Venmo

  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • If paying privately, spring tuition is $335 after the private pay discount. Click on payment link below or Venmo:
  • Families paying with charter school funds must leave a $25 deposit to hold their spot. Deposit refundable subject to our refund policy.
  • Payment or deposit (charter families), must be completed within 24 hours of registering.

Questions? Registration issues or questions for Tracy. Read a recent post about Tracy.

“I just wanted to drop a note of thanks and let you know how much I appreciate your class! It’s been a really excellent experience for my son – exactly the kind of history class we were looking for!”

Rania, Mom of a 4th grade boy in Ms. Tracy’s class

Course Description

Join us for a year-long, two-semester course beginning with the Native American experience before European exploration began in the 16th century, to New Spain and the mission period, CA statehood and the Gold Rush, through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.  Throughout our study, we will explore several habitats, animals and plants that help us appreciate the flora and fauna of California.

Using the California Out of the Box curriculum authored by Christine Echeverri, students will employ a cross-disciplinary, multi-sensory approach that is sure to engage young students. 

In class we will discuss the five literature books that we will read throughout the year and engage with topics of study through slides, videos, and hands-on projects with lots of opportunities for creativity. 

Using Google Classroom, reading and assignments involving research, writing, illustrations, slide presentations, and hands-on activities will be posted.

See this blog article for more project samples!

Class FAQs

Can we use California charter funds for this class?

  • Yes!
  • See our Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of charters.
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • $25 deposit required to hold spot. Deposit will be refunded when PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.

What are the required books and materials?

Enrolled families will receive a Promo Coupon for savings in our store when purchasing the literature books and the Student Folder book.
  • Both Semesters: Audubon Field Guide to California
  • Optional – California Out of the Box Student Folder book (Purchasing the printed book eliminates the need to photocopy a digital file, which will be provided.)
  • First Semester (Sept.-Dec.): Island of the Blue Dolphins, Valley of the Moon: Diary of Maria Rosalia de Milagros by Sherry Garland, & By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
  • Second Semester (Jan.-April): By the Great Horn Spoon!, Earth Dragon Awakes by Laurence Yep, & Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
    • All books are available for purchase using private pay and charter school funds. See this link to purchase and to get PO pricing.
  • Other materials: Supply lists for hands-on labs and activities will be sent the week prior to class. Most materials are easily found around the home.

How will students learn the material?

Sample Project Video

Using online platforms, we will utilize the following modes of learning:

  • In-class discussions
  • Hands-on Project Videos: Use common materials in the home to explore and interact with the material
  • Games! For reading comprehension and learning other fun facts
  • Handouts with short stories and Student Folder sheets (from California Out of the Box)
  • Video links to deepen learning

What tech platforms are required and used?

  • Online platform such as Zoom
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Login or Gmail for each enrolled student and parent Google account

What is the semester schedule?

  • Fall semester: September. 5 – December 16
  • Spring semester: January 9 – April 28 [Spring break – off April 3-7]

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

See this page for policies.

For more answers to your questions, see our Class FAQ page.

Spring Semester PO Instructions – 2023

For billing purposes, please request purchase orders using monthly interval price below (instead of the whole semester length).

  • Vendor: Christine Echeverri DBA Carrier Shell Curriculum
  • Instructor name
    • Tracy Yeoh (Tuesday 10AM, Thursday 10AM)
  • Class: Group tutoring – California Out of the Box online history class
  • Start date: January 9, 2023
    • Semester end date: April 28, 2023
  • Duration of each lesson: 75 minutes
  • Frequency: once per week for 4 months (see schedule above)
  • Cost per month – Spring semester: $96.25 x 4 mos. (Jan-Apr)
    • Semester tuition: $385
  • Class link: