Here are a wealth of resources for tracking ancestors, stars, and everything else!
Those marked with an * to get right away (or soonish in some cases).
Some of these are amazon affiliate links, which means I receive a very small portion of the purchase price (at no extra cost to you). This helps toward covering the costs of all the materials I purchase to make sure you know which are the best!
DNA Testing & Family Tree Building
(the four grandparents only).
They’re on sale right now!
(the four grandparents to start, others in family as we go)
Ancestry.com World Explorer Subscription
(for building family trees and finding records online, use the same account as you do for activating the dna tests as you’ll want to link them to your tree)
Mostly Elena to start, working with Li, but we’ll share records found with the kids as part of our studies.
In the Dark Places of Wisdom – Peter Kingsley * for Elena
Secrets of the Talking Jaguar – Martin Prechtel * for Elena
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho * for reading to/with the kids
The Tracker – Tom Brown Jr * for reading to/with the kids
Find the Constellations – H.A. Rey * (who wrote the Curious George books)
The Stars in Our Heaven: Myths and Fables – Peter Lum *
A very old, out of print, book. But, you can still find used library copies online.
Get the books from the series below while you can, some are hard to find now. I found links for each of them, but in several different places. We’ll work with different of these each season.
Reference & Tools
Dictionaries for Kids (good to have more than one!)
Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary *
more American in focus
Oxford Junior Dictionary *
(get the regular hardcover, not the illustrated paperback)
contains word origins
Dictionary app on their iPads * (free)
Online Etymology Dictionary (free website, good to bookmark)
Historical Atlases for Kids
Worlds Myths and Legends: 25 Projects You Can Build Yourself
Might be worth checking out
Raised Relief Illuminated Globe *
(shows both topography and political boundaries)
Star Wheels / Planispheres (choose the best one for your latitude)
Bright Star Planisphere * (for beginners or light polluted skies)
Planisphere, 40º North (for Northern CA, and other approx 40º latitude places)
Micro Red Flashlight * (for reading your star wheel/map in the dark)
Canon Image Stabilizing 10×30 Binoculars
(but likely too heavy for use by the kids is point)
maybe get some and a tripod
(but still might be too far apart for their eyes at this age)
8 x 25s might be better for them sooner
Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope
(could be good for kids! this is a tabletop model, but they could put it on the ground and kneel to look through, also might be light enough that they could move it around themselves) only about $200
GET the Moon Filter and Shorty Barlow lens with it
This Canon Video Camcorder might be worth a try. Basic yet complete and good reviews
(perhaps this one is worth a try)
Tarot Deck and Book
Materials & Supplies
Pencils, Sharpeners, Pens, Markers
Scrolls Kraft Brown Paper Jumbo Rolls
Postits (many sizes, for our scrolls, super sticky is best)
Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium
May & September
Fall Gathering – new September event by same producers,
welcoming men and boys too
Acorn Gathering (Registration opens Jan 5th, 8am)
Buckeye Primitive Skills Gathering
Outschool (friends who have home schooled kids rave about this) *
Here’s an example one session course, but they also have multi-session courses
Celtic Lore: Exploring the Myth & Magic of the Ancient Celtic People
GuitarZoom – Check out great videos in YouTube. Also has online courses.