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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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Plantae and Animalia News: Ferns behaving like a bee colony, feline distant relative of sabertooth cat, and a mysterious whale

Here are some fun recent plant and animal stories I came across! Australian Staghorn Fern I recently read an interesting article about staghorn ferns in the New York Times. These ferns grow on the trunks of trees and channel rain water into the core of the plant. Researches have found that the variety of types […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Looking for an Engaging and Essential Topic for Homeschool Study?

A semester-long study of the kingdoms of living things is just the thing! And just what are the kingdoms of living things? They are the major groupings of life forms: bacteria, fungi (mushrooms), protozoa (pond water protists, molds), plants, and animals. All of life can be generally placed in one of these five groups. We […]

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Investigate the Kingdoms of Life: 3 Awesome Resources

This summer, we are in the midst our summer Earth Party class, using the Earth Party curriculum. It has been so enjoyable to explore life on the planet from single-celled life through the animal kingdom. What resources do you have that allow you to explore life? Here are a few of our favorites! All About […]

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How to have fun in 2021? Add Earth Party Science Unit Study to Your Line-Up!

Q & A with Christine Echeverri, author of Earth Party! Why did you write this curriculum? The real reason — so many life forms are disappearing before our very own eyes! Many young students are aware of this predicament. Instead of leveling on guilt and sadness about this, we step back provide a broad introduction […]

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Why should young students learn about the kingdoms of life?

(And, what are the “kingdoms of life?”) The five kingdoms of living things involve all of forms of life such as bacteria (single-celled organisms without a true nucleus), fungi (mushroom and yeast), protists (algae, paramecium), plants, and animals (both vertebrates and invertebrates). Let’s Not Bore Our Kids Do you find yourself spending a lot of […]

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Reflections on a Covid World (Part 2 & 3)

As the summer stretches on, instead of the state of California opening up more, I see it hitting pause or reverting closer to the “Safer at Home” mandate. One of the things that helps me get through it all — the thought of online-only classes in fall, more economic downturn and fallout, parents that were […]

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Can you identify the sources of inspiration for these characters?

One of the things we love about genuine learning is it can be found in real life. We recently published Earth Party! An Early Introduction to the System of classification of Living Things Curriculum. Do you remember learning about monera, fungi, protists, and the plant and animal kingdom in high school? All that information is […]