California History

Online Learning with a Heart

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember How has your year gone? Have […]

Contextualized Learning

An Advanced Biology Curriculum Exploring Life in the 5 Kingdoms

One of the things I love the most about the Earth Party curriculum and teaching the online class is being sensitized to the living world around me. Why did I write this curriculum? My daughter attended a public elementary school where year after year, they covered life cycles….butterflies, birds, fish, tadpoles, etc. I wondered, why […]

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 […]

California History

What’s Happening in Our Online History Classes? Check Out Some of Our Hands-on Projects!

Highlights from Fall Semester Though all our classes are virtual, our instructors work tirelessly to design compelling visual and tactile projects that deepen learning. If you look at these projects, very quickly you will see how creatively and organically kids have engaged with their studies! California History: California Out of the Box Classes Native Peoples […]

California Field Trips

Places to Explore the Kingdoms of Living Things

Here are a few resources we have come across that we wanted to share with homeschool families! Eighteen months ago we published our Earth Party curriculum, which teaches students in grades 1-6 about the kingdoms of living things: Monera (bacteria), Protists (algae), Fungi (mushrooms), Plants, and Animals. We taught our own students this as we […]

Contextualized Learning

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 […]

Contextualized Learning

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 […]

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 […]

For Parents

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 […]