Curriculum Corner

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Opening of the Curriculum Library

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We are excited to announce that our curriculum library located at our OC Learning Center is officially opening! The listed events and the curriculum library are located at our OC Learning Center at 2850 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa 92626. During the open library days/hours, families are welcome to peruse the curriculum as well as check out curriculum for use at home.
Beginning the week of January 13, the library will be open the following days/hours:
Additional library days/hours the curriculum library will be open (as aligned with upcoming school events at our OC Learning Center) include:
CTE Labs – January 16: 9 am – 12 pm
High School Game/Pizza Day – January 17: 10 am – 12 pm
Touch Math Workshop – February 7: 10 am – 1 pm
High School Science Lab – March 6: 11 am – 2 pm
Leprechaun Traps – March 13: 10 am – 12 pm
Science and Vendor Fair – March 27: 10 am – 12 pm
Cardboard Arcade and High School Science Lab – May 29: 10 am – 12 pm
The curriculum library will not be open on these days/weeks:
If you have any questions, please email curriculumlibrary@ileadexploration.org.

Optional Subscriptions: Due September 20

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We are excited to share some amazing subscription options at discounted rates for our iLEAD Exploration learners. We have contracted with many vendors to create a list of popular, well-received subscriptions. In order to get these optional subscriptions at the discounted price, you will need to submit your order no later than September 20. You should have received an email with all the information from your educational facilitator. If you have any questions, please contact your educational facilitator.

Vendor Spotlight: Math with Mrs. Fish

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Math with Mrs. Fish

Veteran teacher and homeschool mom Laura Fischer is Mrs. Fish, and she loves math. Her goal is to provide the very best middle school math instruction for your child. She delivers her twice-weekly webinar-style classes for 6th and 7th graders LIVE (and recorded) and provides all the necessary curriculum materials your learner will need. 8th-grade curriculum and classes are coming soon!

THE CURRICULUM

Follows Saxon Math’s model of incremental and distributed instruction. Each concept is broken down into parts, which are introduced incrementally and mastered before learners are expected to master the entire concept. There are no chapters in the curriculum. Concepts from the five math strands (ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability) are distributed throughout the school year.

Approximately 85% of the daily assignment problems are review of previously learned material. It’s drill and THRILL as learners experience consistent success.

Each problem indicates from which lesson the material comes. If a learner can’t remember the steps, they can quickly access the corresponding notes.

Uses humor, memory devices, color-coding, and numbered steps for maximum retention of material.

Fill-in-the-blank notes provided for use during instruction so learners can focus on the learning and not the note-taking.

Aligned with the Common Core State Standards. There are concerns that parents and educators have with the Common Core and this curriculum addresses those concerns head-on. The primary benefit of using a curriculum aligned with the CCSS is that the state-mandated testing will cover what your child is being taught.

To check out some samples of Mrs. Fish’s curriculum, CLICK HERE.

To watch a short demo lesson of Mrs. Fish in action, CLICK HERE.

To contact Mrs. Fish, CLICK HERE.

Doodle for Google Contest

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Enter the Doodle for Google Contest!

Doodle for Google is an annual contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on Google.com, as well as win some great scholarships and tech packages for their schools.

 

 

 

 

There will be at least 53 state and territory winners in the following age groups:

  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

The national winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 tech package for your school/nonprofit organization, and your artwork displayed for a day on Google.com!

To learn more CLICK HERE!

Contest deadline is MARCH 18, 2019.

Check out the 2018 National Winner:

Vendor Spotlight: Mad Dog Math

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Mad Dog Math is a fun, exciting, motivating, and challenging supplement to any math curriculum! These supplemental materials take the basic facts and break them down into bite-sized pieces that any child can master. Children progress through a series of timed drills at their own pace.

As the founder puts it, “The importance of children learning their +, -, x, and ÷ facts is undeniable. Without them, children cannot progress to higher levels of math. As phonics is to reading so the math facts are to math. The facts are the basics on which a strong math foundation is built.”

Many say that with Mad Dog Math, learners feel empowered for the first time by their gained knowledge and are not intimidated by math ever again! Where a kid might once have said, “Math is hard; I hate math!” they now say, “Math is easy; math is fun!”

There is not much on the market like Mad Dog Math. If it sounds like this might be a good fit for you, check out more information on their website HERE!

Ignite a Love of Literacy

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Reading can be a struggle for many learners and, as a result, it’s something they don’t look forward to. There are several ways to help children develop a love for reading. In a recent article on their website, Parenting OC provided 20 tips to help support struggling readers.

Learning Centers

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Learning centers can provide homeschool families with a wide variety of in-person educational options. We are very excited to share some learning centers in your area where some of our vendors teach classes. For a comprehensive list of vendors (including tutors or content-specific offerings), please refer to our vendor search tool.

Inland Empire

Discovery of Learning (various locations)
Homeschool Campus (various locations)
Play Based Learning Academy (Chino Hills)

Los Angeles

Asteme Learning Center (Los Angeles)
Creative Learning Place (Los Angeles)
Discovery of Learning (various locations)
Evolve Life Center For Learning (Castaic)
Great Educational Experiences – GEE (Long Beach)
Homeschool Campus (various locations)
Huckleberry Center for Creative Learning (Valencia)
Learn Beyond the Book (various locations)
Long Beach Learning Hub (Long Beach)
Momentum Academies (Simi Valley)
Seaside Learning Center (Redondo Beach)
South Bay Los Angeles Learning Center (Torrance)
The Lab For Hands-On Learning and Exploration (Los Angeles)
The Realm Creative Academy (Santa Monica)
Urban Homeschoolers (Los Angeles)
Waterfront Education (Redondo Beach)
WISH (Pasadena)

Orange County

Brain Builders (various locations)
C3 (Mission Viejo)
Discovery of Learning (various locations)
Homeschool Campus (various locations)
iLEAD Exploration OC Learning Center (Costa Mesa)
Independent Learning Academy (Aliso Viejo)
OKU (Fountain Valley)
Stepping Stones (Newport Beach)
Terra Arts (Huntington Beach)
The Arbor (Fullerton)

Monthly Subscription Kits

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Monthly subscription kits are a wonderful resource to supplement the curriculum you use to teach the core subject areas. These kits are mailed directly to your home each month. Here is a list of iLEAD Exploration vendors who offer subscription kits:

KiwiCo (ages 3-16) – Hands-on science kits
Little Passports (ages 6-12) – Social studies kits that allow you to discover a new country each month with souvenirs and hands-on activities
Raddish (for all ages) – All subjects are taught using cooking as a medium for teaching
M is for Monster (ages preschool to kinder) – Kits include four themes and four activities centered around the theme
Ivy Kids (ages 3-8) – Each kit includes math, literacy and science activities based on a classic children’s book
EEME (ages 7-12) – Hands-on kits and online lessons to teach kids robotics, coding, and electronics
Bitsbox (ages 6-12) – Each level introduces a new computer science concept with a set of amazing app projects
Cultured Owl (ages 6-10) – Each “Country Kit” allows learners to journey to a new land, learning about its people, culture, and way of life
Girls Can! Crate (ages 5-10) – Each kit includes an activity book and STEAM activity to meet a new woman scientist or leader
Groovy Lab in a Box (ages 8+) – Science lab kits that include everything needed to do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiments
History Unboxed (ages 5-16) – Immerses learners in lessons that bring the cultures, peoples, and eras of human history to life
Indigo Artbox (ages 5-16) – Art projects combined with art history, instructional videos and material for a fine art project
Super Charged Science (ages 5-16) – Hands-on science curriculum
Young Scientist Club (elementary ages) – Science kits that provide fun and fascination

Summer Reading

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Summer is almost here and so is summer reading! Here are some activities to keep you reading all summer long:

1) Barnes and Noble: Read any eight books this summer and receive a FREE book!

2) Interested in playing summer reading bingo? Click here!

3) Tales2go (one of our complimentary subscriptions) has a blog with a summer listening program for each grade level (1st-12th). Click here for a list of titles and more information.

4) Your local public library should also have summer events, book lists, reading challenges, and more!

May your summer reading be filled with connection, adventure, excitement and fun!

ClickSchooling

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ClickSchooling is an ezine that brings you one, FREE, web-based curriculum idea every day – Monday through Saturday!

You’ll enjoy the daily recommendations (delivered directly to your email inbox) for educational and entertaining websites.

Each day of the week is themed around a particular subject as follows:
Monday is for Math
Tuesday is for Science
Wednesday is for Language Arts
Thursday is for Social Sciences
Friday is for a Virtual Field Trip
Saturday is for Music, Art, and Foreign Languages

Sign up at clickschooling.com to receive these fun and free daily emails for all grades.

KidsHealth

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KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for learners in grades TK-12. Each teacher’s guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities, extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes as well as answer keys all aligned to National Health Education Standards. For more information, please visit their website here.

Brain POP and Brain POP Jr.

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Did you know that Brain POP and Brain POP Jr. are part of iLEAD Exploration’s complimentary subscriptions?

Brain POP provides engaging games, animated movies and activities in the core subjects as well as arts, music, health, engineering and technology. Your learner can watch videos about everything from graphing linear equations to personal pronouns.

Brain POP Jr. is for grades K-3. It covers all core subjects as well as health, arts and technology. One great feature of Brain Pop Jr. is the “sound on” feature. By turning on this feature, all words are read aloud to your learner as he/she scrolls through the website. This creates more independence for even the youngest learner!

2018 Winter Olympics

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The Olympics are in full swing now in South Korea and we have some fun links for you to explore. Are you looking for some books to read on the Olympics? Want to meet Team USA? Interested in South Korea’s geography and culture? Feeling crafty?

The Olympics offer many opportunities to learn about different cultures, languages, geography, and more. It is also a time to witness the whole world coming together. The dedication and talent of the athletes, as well as the interviews and stories that are shared about their journeys, are some of the most inspiring stories you will ever hear.

Here is a list of questions you may want to ask your learners during the Olympics:
What country do they live in?
What continent is that on?
What are the typical foods grown and created in that region?
What languages are spoken there?
What does their country’s flag look like?

Here is a list of activities you may want to do with your learners during the Olympics:
Watch the games together as a family.
Create your own version of the winter sports at home.
Make flags of the different countries and put them on a map.
Keep track of the medal counts.
Cook a special meal together that is typical from the host country.
Learn about the Olympic Flag and what it represents.

For additional resources, please click on the following links.

Books About the Olympics

Information on South Korea

Winter Olympic Crafts

The Olympic Games Website

Discovery Education

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Discovery Education is a website that offers wonderful K-12 resources for teaching core subjects. A few of the great things they offer are short educational videos on thousands of topics with follow up activities, virtual field trips, and an entire section with free teacher resources for all subjects. One of the best things about Discovery Education is that it is an iLEAD complimentary subscription for all of our families!

Brave Writer

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Need some support teaching your child how to write? Writing is an essential skill to learn and is often a difficult one to teach. One of our vendors, Brave Writer, supports and nurtures the homeschooling family in the area of language arts and writing from age 5 until college.

They offer a Home Study Program for those who prefer to work at their own pace with a manual in their hands. They also offer online writing and language classes for those who enjoy more structure, support and accountability. All instructors have been homeschooled or are homeschooling their children, and are published writers. All materials and courses are original to Brave Writer. No matter which program you choose, Brave Writer assures access to ask for ongoing help in executing the processes in their materials. They also have a discussion board where moms can help each other!

Take a peek at their website, and become brave when it comes to writing!

GoNoodle

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GoNoodle is a free website comprised of games and videos to keep your learner moving throughout the day. GoNoodle has it all, from educational dance videos and stretching exercises to coordination practice, fine motor movement and breathing exercises. Moving throughout the day releases endorphins, gets blood flowing and improves a learner’s mood and brain power. GoNoodle is a great resource for brain breaks, transitioning between subjects, preparing for higher anxiety tasks, and more!

Child Actor On Your Hands?

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Has your child ever expressed an interest in being on television or in films? A great place to start is with Kids! Management. Kids! Management is a company that will book kids as extras in movies, television and commercials. Once registered (registration is free – see website for more information), you will receive notifications (via text) for jobs that fit your child’s profile. If you are interested, you simply reply to the text (or ignore it if not interested). There is no auditioning. If you accept a job, you will be informed on the time, location (usually in the Los Angeles area), and what to bring. Parents must accompany their child during their work day (sorry, but no siblings allowed unless they are working on the same job). A typical day on the set includes three hours of schooling, a lunch break (often catered food provided for parents and kids), and time spent in front of the camera as a background performer. It can be a fun and educational experience, and the icing on the cake is that kids can earn a few dollars, too!

These two good friends and iLEAD learners have had fun acting in films, TV shows and commercials. In fact, you might recognize Nathan Arenas if you have ever seen the Disney show “Bunk’d.” He plays a comedic character named Jorge. Nate Stone can also be seen on “Bunk’d” as a recurring guest star playing the role of Timmy.

Homeschool Share

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If you need some fresh ideas to supplement units you’ve been teaching, Homeschool Share is full of them. Homeschool Share (HSS) is an online cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free, quality literature-based units and resources. On this free website, you will find many themed Homeschool Share units plus a library list of suggested go-alongs to embellish your study. Each connections study has the potential of lasting for about three weeks. Happy exploring!

“7 Habits of Happy Kids” by Sean Covey

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Author Sean Covey wants to inspire greatness in youth. He is the author of “7 Habits of Happy Kids” and “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” His website is loaded with activities that parents can use to help instill these positive habits into their children and teens. Additional ideas can also be found on Pinterest and The Leader in Me.

Lessons and Activities to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

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Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some links to some fun lesson ideas that teach about Hispanic culture.

National Education Association
Education World
Teacher Vision

There are also many fantastic books to learn more about Hispanic culture. Here are just a few:

Elementary: “Mango, Abuela, and Me” by Meg Medina
Middle School: “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan
High School: “Mexican WhiteBoy” by Matt de la Peña

Curriculum Corner – Summer Days

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Summer is near! This is a great time to experience something new like attending a free concert, visiting a museum, or camping out in your back yard! Make a Summer Bucket List with your kids and create special memories with your family!

Additionally, here are some regional family activities you might enjoy this summer:

Curriculum Corner – Free Websites for Summer

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Looking for some interesting science activities for your family this summer? Science for Kids has lessons, projects, games, videos and more covering just about any science topic your child is interested in. Check out the activities for space or biology and enjoy some fascinating science learning!

If your child is more of a math whiz or needs some extra support in math over the summer, then check out the activities, games and lessons at Math for Kids and choose a few that your learner might enjoy. There are videos from algebra to basic numbers from which to choose. There are also Sudoku puzzles and games.

You may have a child who loves word games or who needs some grammar practice and Fun English Games may be the site you want to visit. There are reading games and word games that your child will enjoy. There are spelling activities and writing activities that your learner will be engaged in while having fun with English!

Curriculum Corner – RedBird Math

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Does your child love math and solving real world math problems? Redbird Math is a fantastic math program that uses STEM-based projects. Your child will learn mathematical concepts and then apply them to real world challenges. This online program includes lessons, projects and games. It was developed by Stanford and is a challenging, engaging choice for math.

Another option offered is the Language Arts and Writing program also developed by Stanford for your learner to develop reading, writing and critical thinking skills. This program offers various lessons in comprehension as well as sentence structure and composition.

You can purchase a three-month subscription to each class for $54 or combine the courses for $80. There is also a teacher support option that ranges from $445 to $800 if you think that is a good option for your child. There are different program options for grades K-7 and 8-12. Check out the Gifted and Talented website to find more information!

Curriculum Corner – National Geographic Kids: U.S. States

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National Geographic Kids is a fun resource for young learners, but even older learners may enjoy learning about the fabulous states in our nation. If your family is studying state facts and history, check out their state virtual tour pages to read about each state. These profiles include facts, interesting information, photos and much more about each state.

50 States, 50 Birds is a funny, educational resource where a bald eagle, the national bird, and each state bird perform a rap about the state. For even more fun, play The Ultimate US Road Trip Game and journey through the states while answering trivia questions. These interactive resources are a great addition to a unit on the states.

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