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What Dreams May Come

Homeschool Beginnings Okay, this post is going to be a personal one…I hope that is all right! My family’s experience with homeschooling is more akin to a figure 8, or an infinity sign than a linear journey. What do I mean? My family, including myself, my husband, and my three children are some of the […]

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California History

California History: Homeschool Curriculum and Online Classes

Are you looking for a California history curriculum for your 4th grader? Explore California Out of the Box! The curriculum is geared for a full year of study. Using a literature approach, families will read five historical fiction books, plus selected short stories and the Audubon Field Guide to California to explore history, geology, social […]

California History

Questions about our curricula or classes? Check out these ways to get answers!

Isn’t this the strangest year, year ever? Pre-pandemic, we dearly enjoyed homeschool conferences. Connecting with families and answering questions was a highlight of our summer. With many in-person conferences canceled, we are seeking other ways to get information to families who might be interested in our California history curriculum, or our newest Earth Party! science […]

California History

California Out of the Box: “The Highlight of My Kid’s Year”

Though online classes are available from a number of providers, we feel what we offer in our California history class – California Out of the Box – is truly unique. What makes our classes different? Not only do we use the literature approach which is unique to homeschool, but we go deeper through discussions AND […]

California History

Check This Out! Literature Approach Classes for Fall 2021

What a year 2020-21 has been! With the pandemic, challenges faced in technology and educating our kids, and finding true human community. In spite of it all, we are still very excited about next year and the offerings we are adding for homeschool families. Welcoming New Instructors and Courses California Out of the Box Online […]

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California On My Mind: Summer and Fall 2021 News and Happenings

Ever played the game where you hear three statements and you need to identify the untruth (or lie)? Try your hand at these! Two Truths and a Lie I pitched my tent under an owl in the desert. After May, we are done with classes for the year. We are selling selections from Stories from […]

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Check Out These Early California Resources

As I have been teaching early California history in my California Out of the Box online classes, I have come across some amazing resources I want to share with families. Whether you are in my classes or using the curriculum (available on Amazon and our Bookstore), these resources will open up a study of the […]

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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 […]

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California Out of the Box Projects: Encouraging a Closer Look

Leaf Observation Collections In my California Out of the Box online classes, another fun project we completed was putting together leaf collections. How does this relate to California? It applies in every way; important to the California Out of the Box Curriculum is the notion that history is related to the natural features of the […]

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Projects in Online Learning: California Coast and Island Habitat Home Design

What a year it has been! With Covid, so much of how we educate our kids has changed. One of my highlights has been working with my California Out of the Box online students. Even though we meet on Zoom each week and are not able to see each other physically, projects such as these […]