Homeschool Day at Riley’s Stone Soup Farm!

Located in Oak Glen, Riley’s Stone Soup Farm is hosting two home school day
programs in the near future and YOU are invited! Programs like these are what made up MOST of my children’s elementary education. There’s so much you can do to prepare before you go and follow up with afterward! For the Farmhand Adventure, find some books set around the 1860’s. What was going on in the United States at that time? Who was the president? How many states did we have? Who was a prominent scientist at the time? What was going on around the rest of the world?

There’s a great site about Little House on the Prairie HERE, that has tons of information from and about the books. Reading one of those books out loud might be a great place to start!

Here’s a great list of books about the time of the Gold Rush in California that was going on around the time that The Stone Soup Farm was being started! They’d be great to look into before the California Pioneer tour. My favorite is “By the Great Horn Spoon”!

The Civil War was also being fought at the time. My favorite books that my boys and I read were “The Red Badge of Courage” and “Rifles For Watie”.

“The Yearling” by Rawlings, would also be a great book to read that would tie into the time period!

The tours coming up next are The California Pioneer Tour on March 29th and The Farmhand Adventure program on June 1st.

Please visit their website for more details. Reservations over the phone are required.

Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard
12131 S. Oak Glen Rd.
Oak Glen, Ca 92399

Sheep Shearing Event in Cherry Valley

I saw a sign for this on the freeway the other day and thought it looked fascinating. What a great way to learn about where your woolens come from! It looks like 123Farm has interesting events all year around.

“This special event will feature Graciano, the sheep shearer, who will demonstrate how the sheep are freed from their winter woolies at 123 Farm. Participants will also be able to see what happens to the fleece once it leaves the sheep (washing, carding, dyeing, and spinning) and to meet the sixty lambs that have been born recently.”

Details about the event can be found HERE!

Cool Free Math Find

My sons and I were looking for an online math class to take for high school. I started at “Time4Learning” but their demo doesn’t show me what the high school math looks like and it’s $30 a month per student. My second look was at Great Courses. They have video and texts for high school and I’ve bought their classes before for myself. Algebra 1 was $100, so I’d get it if I really thought they’d both be interested but I’m not even sure this would be the best way for them to learn.

I decided to try searching for online algebra classes and found a FREE one! I’ve watched the first couple videos and they seem to be in a decent order, easy to find and work through. We’re going to try it! It’s called Math Planet. They have Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and practice tests for the SAT and ACT.

My younger son and I were watching a few of the first videos and he started to wonder about the “order of operations”. How did they come up with that order? Why that way and not another? Is there some reason for it? We searched for that as well and found this awesome article on Math Forum!

Algebra. Why do we have to learn this in high school? Being an unschooler, trying to live our lives without school, I have hard time just telling them they have to take the class because I did when I was in high school. I never really liked math in high school but when I took some electronics classes later in life I had to take Trigonometry and some Calculus. I fell in love with it because it was like playing a puzzle game and I could use a calculator for the numbers part that always stumped me. But I don’t use algebra now really. I don’t really need it other than solving for X. So why take it? Why is it suddenly so important to me? And why is it always something on the list of things you should learn? I’m planning on researching that more as well as taking algebra along with my sons to see if it is clearer to me now than it was back then. Can I see the meaning in it? We’ll see!

High Desert Pirate Fair – Hesperia

I can’t think of a more fun way to learn history than attending reenactments, and this one is PIRATE themed! What is a pirate? Are they real or just stories? How did someone become a pirate? Was there really a “code”? There’s so much to learn!

You could read “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. The History Channel has a page called “8 Real-Life Pirates Who Roved the High Seas”. Do a search online for “pirate history” and you’ll find all kinds of links! Search for “pirate historical fiction” and you’ll find all kinds of great books! And then there’s always this Pirate Fair!

March 18-19, 2017 at Hesperia Lake Park

The 3rd Annual High Desert Pirate Renaissance Faire returns, now in an all-new, beautiful location! Fun for all ages from the smallest powder monkey to the oldest sea captain! This year we have an expanded kids zone, an expanded food court, and a 21+ adult island with booze and bawdy entertainment!

Sword fights, cannon fire, improv actors, stage shows, pirate encampments, merchants from all over the globe and much much more. Tickets will be available online as we get closer to the show, at

Homeschool Day at the Autry!

The Autry is located right across the parking lot from the Los Angeles Zoo! You could make an amazing day of it. Go to the zoo in the morning, come out for lunch and The Autry, and then head back to the zoo for some more animal fun! Be sure to reserve your spot online if you want to take advantage of the Autry’s Homeschool Day.

Homeschool Day at The Autry in Griffith Park

Theme: Western Art Meets Western Word

The Autry invites homeschool students to expand their imagination, deepen their feelings for language, and discover their inner poet. Paintings and sculptures from the Autry’s galleries will be used to inspire poetic writings and teach basic elements of storytelling.

Activities include:

Art-inspired poetry workshops
Watercolor painting
Creative writing gallery guides
Scavenger hunts
Gold panning

Programs are suitable for K-12 students.
Thursday, February 16, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

$2 Admission with Advance Registration
Programs are suitable for K-12 students.

RSVP/Reservations required:
To Register, E-mail Janet Jung at

Janet Jung
School Tour and Group Sales Manager

4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Direct: 323.495.4336

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Simple Things

Snacks! How can a snack lead to some interesting “educational” fun?

When my boys were little we found Pringles Prints. The chips were printed with jokes the boys found hilarious. Then there were Guinness World Record ones! This led to my 5-year-old son sitting on the couch trying to read some big words like “meteorite”. What’s an anteater? Where is the Weddell Sea? What does “cm” mean? I don’t think Pringles makes them anymore but there are cheese sticks with trivia questions on them.

Cheez-Its has a “Scrabble” box. Spelling as many words as you can with your snack is always fun, especially when all you have left if B-U-T. Alphabet cereal is also fun to play with.

Today I saw this…

Click the picture for a link!
Can you imagine making a tray of cut fruits and veggies and a couple of ziplock bags of cream cheese with the corner cut off as a “frosting” bag? It’s art creation waiting to happen! Not to mention small motor skills!

Keep an eye out for fun foods at the grocery store. Pick up a strange (to you) fruit or vegetable, check out the “international” section, and look for snacks that have trivia or jokes on them. Learning can be anywhere and you never know where the conversation will go!