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We continue to be amazed by the generosity of many educational companies as they provide virtual learning for families. Your educational facilitators are working hard to provide you with a list of these opportunities, and the full list can be viewed here.
Learners everywhere can stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.
The Berliner Philharmoniker invites you to visit their virtual concert hall free of charge.
Daily learning workbooks for grades K-6
Many favorite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media.
The most popular science lessons are being offered for anyone to use for free, and no account or login is needed.
Check out these five free middle school science resources.
This website provides art lessons for ages 5-12.
Enjoy books being read by astronauts!
ST Math is a web-based visual instructional program that leads to deep conceptual understanding of math.
Are your learners fascinated by extreme weather or crazy about reptiles? Do they want to know more about their state or outer space? Learners can start watching, reading, and exploring today with TrueFlix.

Educational Resources

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Here at iLEAD, we have a family first approach to learning. During this virtual time, we want to further support you by providing you with some more free online resources. With changing schedules, we hope these help enrich your day!

Storyline is an incredible site that offers videos of picture books being read by actors and actresses. They have a wide variety and it is a wonderful resource to utilize from home!

Teacher Created Materials is curated by teachers is proud to offer these FREE teacher-approved resources for at-home learning! These materials are designed to help learners solidify educational concepts.

Terra Arts is offering free virtual lessons that address core content and include worksheets and teaching guidance.

Pobble 365 offers an incredible technique for encouraging kids creative thinking, story telling, and grammar basics. Each day a photo/painting is displayed along with questions to help develop the creative thinking process. They often provide a story starter based on the image, as well as ways to develop literary devices such as personification, and how to “fix”/edit sentences.

Kennedy Center Artist in Residence, Mo Willems, is offering daily live drawing “doodle” classes! Classes are at 10:00 a.m. but can be streamed later in the day as well! Mo Willems is the author/illustrator of several children’s series.

The Cincinnati Zoo is bringing the zoo to you via Facebook live.

National Geographic offers resources and student experiences that can be adapted to all grade levels and subjects.

Virtual Field Trips allows you to explore the world without leaving your home.

Planets for Kids is a free astronomy website for kids who are curious about the stars and planets.

Sciencing is a site that offers easy science project ideas for kids of all ages.

Code Wizard HQ offers free coding websites, classes and apps to help kids interested in coding.

Storytelling in a Box is brought to you by Disney Imagineers. Hundreds of career disciplines around the world share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – that all come together to create immersive experiences. Imagineering in a Box allows you to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development, as you design a theme park of your very own.

Schoolwide Learner Outcome

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Below are some resources on this month’s schoolwide learner outcome.

Webinar: Identifying and Supporting Learners with Anxiety

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FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS

Free Online Resources for High School Learners

At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy, and Coursera. We hope you enjoy exploring these free resources!

SLO: Optimism

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This month’s SLO (Student Learner Outcome), optimism, focuses on a positive outlook on life. As you watch this video, think about how you can turn failures into learning opportunities and whether your willingness to take on new challenges helps to create strong relationships with others.

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Webinar: Find Your Best Fit for College

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Diving Deeper with Thinking Maps

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Social-Emotional Learning

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High School Clubs & Organizations

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Are you interested in getting involved in an extra-curricular group or organization? Here are a few opportunities that are available to you.

Young America’s Foundation
Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is a conservative youth organization, founded in 1969, whose stated mission is “ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.”

High School Democrats of America
High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is a national political organization that serves as an entry point to Democratic politics for youth activists from across the country.

Model United Nations
Model United Nations (MUN) introduces learners to the field of international affairs. Learners act as ambassadors as they simulate the actual United Nations in debate. Here are some MUN opportunities for homeschoolers:

US Naval Sea Cadet Corp
USNSCC is a national youth leadership development organization that promotes interest and skill in naval disciplines while instilling strong moral character and life skills through leadership and technical programs modeled after the Navy’s professional development system.

Newport Sea Base
An iLEAD Exploration vendor, Newport Sea Base, offers a variety of maritime classes in sailing and rowing.

Speakers League
The Socal Speech and Debate team is great for learners interested in increasing their public speaking, leadership, and organizational skills. With chapters in both Orange County and Los Angeles, they are the largest youth public speaking club in Southern California.

High School Hangouts

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In January, high school learners had an opportunity to get together for a game day. It was a great time to get to know one another and a great time was had by all. One learner, Kniyah, said, “It was a fun experience because I got to socialize with other homeschoolers and I got to play games and just be around other kids. The food was great and so were the games. I can’t wait for the next game day!” We hope you can join us at our next event, our high school hike and hangout! See below for details.

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FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS

Free Online Resources for High School Learners

At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy, and Coursera. We hope you enjoy exploring these free resources!

What’s Next? Gap Year

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February is Gap Year Exploration Month! A gap year is a purposeful break between high school and college. There is often an emphasis on experiential learning and pushing beyond one’s comfort zones. Learners return from gaps years with a better understanding of future college goals and a clearer sense of purpose. Gap years can be structured or unstructured. The Gap Year Association offers advice on how to plan a gap year.

Learners can approach gap years in two ways: They can wait to apply to college or they can ask the college to defer their start date. Not all colleges will allow a student to take a gap year, so find out the college’s policy before you apply. Some colleges will require a student to apply again the following year while others will allow the break.

If you are interested in looking at the gap year option, the Gap Year Association has information on accredited gap year programs as well as scholarships. Students can search by interest and timing, or they can look at a full list of opportunities including alumni reviews.

Here is some additional reading on gap years. One of the first books written about gap years is The Gap-Year Advantage.

Black History Month

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February is Black History Month. We are honored to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African American culture. There are many ways to learn more about this rich history and its societal impacts. Below are some events and resources that you may want to investigate:

Aquarium of the Pacific’s African-American Festival

California African American Museum

African American Firefighter Museum

The Museum of African American Art

The San Bernardino County Museum

On Sunday, February 23, the streets in South LA will be open for a six mile route connecting South Central, Florence-Firestone and Watts. Bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard, and enjoy the route however you want. People of all ages and abilities are welcome! To learn more, visit their website!

Lastly, there are several lessons you can incorporate into your studies.

Self-Control: The Marshmallow Test

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This month, iLEAD is focusing on the monthly SLO: Self-Control. Are you able to control your emotions and impulses in order to achieve a greater goal? Don’t be too hard on yourself if the answer is no, because studies have shown that self-control is not a stagnant trait and it can be improved with practice over time.

As you watch this video, you may want to reflect on the following questions:

  1. Do you come prepared to events and activities that you are attending?
  2. Do you get to work and avoid distractions?
  3. Do you remain calm in stressful situations?
  4. Do you have the willpower to resist the “marshmallow”?

Webinar: Problem Solving Strategies

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Webinar: High School Overview For Middle School

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Popular Apps for English Language Learners

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Using technology can be very beneficial for English language learners. In particular, the use of apps can help learners become more proficient in English in a variety of ways. First, using apps can build proficiency through repetition and review. Many apps out there have games, videos, activities, and quizzes that repeat words and phrases over and over to help the student learn English. When learning any language, the more exposure to vocabulary and grammar, the more proficient the student will become. Second, apps can provide opportunities for the learner to practice listening and speaking skills in English. Some ELL apps have recording options so that the learner can repeat words or phrases while recording themselves. They can then replay the recording and listen to themselves speak. The recording functions can serve to be great tools to track the progress of a learner’s English speaking skills and build fluency. Third, apps give EL learners more experience and exposure to the English language. Of course, the best exposure is interaction with English speakers, but apps can be fun, interactive, and engaging for the EL learner.

There are many apps geared toward EL learners, but here are a few popular ELL apps that we would like to highlight! Check them out!

This app is for all ages. It is simple and easy to use. Each lesson is comprised of a short animated video/movie to coincide with interactive features, games, and quizzes. The learner will be able to learn and practice vocabulary, listening, speaking, and grammar with this app!

This app is geared more for the younger learners although older kids who are just learning English could benefit from it, too! Their approach is to use games to teach English. The games are colorful, highly interactive, and engaging and are especially helpful when learning vocabulary.

These are four different apps but they are all very similar in that they provide user-friendly and personalized learning of any language you want, including English! They encourage the learner to complete 10-15 minute lessons daily to help with memory and review of vocabulary and grammar. These apps also focus on teaching language for daily conversations and regular life situations.

FluentU utilizes a different and unique approach to teach English. They use real-world videos such as news, music videos, commercials, and inspiring talks to teach the language. This is a natural approach to help the learner ease into the culture and language over time. The learner will learn how English is spoken in everyday life. This app would benefit older and more advanced learners.

Beelinguapp teaches English through the use of audiobooks. They present the text in both the native language and the language you want to learn. The learner can listen, read along, and practice pronunciations with this app!

High School Hike and Hangout

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The Trails Cafe in Los Angeles
Friday, February 28 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm
This event is for high school learners only.
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Hike on one of the nearby trails
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hang out in the picnic table area at the cafe to play cards, board games and chill! Learners can bring a sack lunch or can purchase lunch at the cafe. Water, snacks, and cookies will be provided.
Click here to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there!

Summer Programs for High School

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If you’re looking for a productive way to spend your summer and are interested in greater college preparedness, consider attending a pre-college summer program. These programs can be a great opportunity to experience life on a college campus, earn advanced college credit, build relationships, and increase your admission chances. Summer programs are available locally, with commuter or on-campus options, and across the country. They can cover general college readiness and subjects or focus on specific areas of study. Is there a specific college you are interested in attending? Apply to their summer program! Don’t delay! Most programs have application deadlines in March and April and many offer financial aid for those who qualify. Here are a few suggestions, but you can do your own research as well:

General Studies:

Specific Subjects:

This list is in no way exhaustive but should get you started in the right direction. If summer programs like these are out of your reach, acquiring a summer job or taking a course at the community college can also add depth to your admissions profile.

SAT & ACT Test Practice

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Taking college entrance examinations can be stressful. The best way to overcome text anxiety is to be well-prepared. A wide variety of books, online programs, and tablet apps are available to equip learners by teaching test-taking strategies and providing practice problems. Check out the resources below:

The College Board website offers free, full-length SAT practice tests.

The ACT Test website provides practice test questions.

Khan Academy Test Preparation is an excellent resource for SAT test preparation.

Free test prep is available online at:

Mobile Apps for Test Prep:

  • Daily Practice SAT by The College Board

  • ACT Online Prep by ACT, Inc

  • Khan Academy App

  • ACT: Practice, Prep, Flashcards by Varsity Tutors is a great app for ACT practice. It can be found in the Apple iTunes store.

Scholarships

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The best form of need-based and merit-based financial aid comes directly from a college or university. Need-based aid depends on a family’s financial situation while merit-based aid, also known as scholarships, comes from student achievement or talent. This can be in the areas of academics (grades and test scores), visual and performing arts, community service, leadership, athletics, and more. It takes effort to research scholarships provided by each college, but it is worth it.

Some things to know when exploring scholarships:

  1. Locate the financial aid section of each college to see what types of scholarships they offer.

  2. Check carefully for scholarships that require an extra application or additional requirements.

  3. Be aware of stacking and displacement. When a student receives a scholarship and need-based aid, the college may stack the aid, allowing the student to receive both, or displace one form of financial aid with the other.

Local Scholarships

Students may also be able to find scholarships through local businesses, service organizations, or even their parents’ employers. It is wise to conduct a Google search to see what is out there. Organizations such as the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Los Angeles, and other organizations may provide financial opportunities.

High Achieving Underrepresented Students

There are several large scholarships that are available to high achieving students from underrepresented groups such as low-income students or minorities. These include Questbridge, The Posse Foundation, the Gates Scholarship, and others.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

California is in a group of states that offer a tuition exchange called the Western Undergraduate Exchange or WUE. Participating colleges require a minimum GPA and/or test score to qualify. Some colleges award the WUE rate automatically and some award the rate to only a few students. WUE nonresident tuition discounts average up to $9,400 per year making these schools more affordable than some California schools.

RaiseMe

RaiseMe is a website that allows students to earn micro-scholarships based on grades, activities, work experience, and more. Participating colleges guarantee that students will be awarded a minimum amount of scholarship money based on the accurate information provided. RaiseMe is a great way for a student to gauge how much a college might award in merit aid as well as earn scholarship money that would otherwise not be available. Students can start adding their grades and activities as early as 9th grade and watch their scholarships build up throughout their high school years. Check out iLEAD’s RaiseMe page.

To explore and learn more about financial aid, make an appointment with our College Advisor, Laura Kazan.

Keep an eye out for our webinar on financial aid and the college search in April.

Research Universities

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When high schoolers say they want to go to a large university, they are usually interested in school spirit, choices of majors, and an active and vibrant campus. What many learners don’t realize is that they are also usually schools that have a high level of research. At a research university, the focus is on faculty research and scholarship.

Research universities have active campuses with sports and activities that add to the college experience. The large student body allows a significant choice of majors and specialties. In fact, UCLA offers 130 majors and the University of Southern California (USC) offers 177. Most universities also offer programs such as teaching, business, nursing, and engineering which may not be available at all smaller colleges. These universities may provide cutting-edge research and opportunities for hands-on experience as an undergraduate.

Research universities and liberal arts colleges are very different and it is important to take the opportunity to explore both. Some learners thrive when surrounded by people and enjoy the wide assortment of classes, while others feel more comfortable in small seminar classes with more personalized attention. You won’t know until you visit a few campuses, so take a look around and see what universities are near you. Take a tour and attend an information session. There are hundreds of universities in the United States, and if a research university sounds like an exciting and fulfilling place, we can find one that fits your interests and budget.

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