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.
|Our Voices, Our Votes: A Primary Primer for Kids|
|Sunday Horse Shows|
|Wacky Wednesday: LACMA Family Art Class|
|HOLI – Festival of Colors|
|Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival|
|FREE: Southern California Philharmonic for Kids of All Ages|
|Free Kids Fun Zone Origami Making|
|Celebration of the Whales 3/22|
|St. Patrick’s Day Parade|
|Farm Day in the City|
|Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change|
|Big Dig Inland Empire|
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.hangout
iLEAD Exploration learners had the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips. Here are a few that were enjoyed by our learners and their families.
Queen Mary Ellis Island Experience
This field trip was a re-enactment of the immigrant experience entering the United States through Ellis Island. The trip started with a thoughtfully done video about the journey from Europe to New York and then learners were directed to an “inspection room” where they gently experienced having to submit their passport for approval. Learners had to wait to be “inspected” by a doctor and to answer questions to confirm their mental and physical health. Some learners were quarantined if their responses were questionable. Others were approved and sent to another waiting area to get final approval and had to communicate with an “immigration officer” to verify where they would be living and who would be picking them up from Ellis Island. Following this experiential learning, there was an opportunity to debrief collectively and share reflections. The people leading the experience stayed in character in order to help learners get a sense of what it would have felt like to immigrate through Ellis Island 100 years ago.
The kids learned circus arts and climbed the rock wall. They all had such a blast!
Friday, February 28 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm
This event is for high school learners only.
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.
Lunar New Year is an Asian festival celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Traditionally, celebrations run from the eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. Join the celebrations below for their annual Lunar New Year festival celebrating the “Year of the Rat” on Saturday, January 25.
Orange County: Lunar New Year Events
Los Angeles: Golden Dragon Parade
La Verne: Asian American Expo
San Gabriel: Lunar New Year Festival
On November 19, we are celebrating Kindness Day by painting rocks and writing encouraging sayings on them. We would love for learners to take the rocks and place them around the city for other people to find. The event will take place at Heritage Park in Santa Clarita (24155 Newhall Ranch Rd., Santa Clarita, CA) from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. RSVP here if you would like to attend.
|ArtWorx Student Presentation – Fowler Museum at UCLA|
|LACMA Family Art Workshop at AC Bilbrew Library|
|Festival at Pilgrim Place|
|Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square|
|Turkey Trot Los Angeles|
|Free Family Festival at Bowers Museum|
|BOGO Play Day at Pretend City|
|OC Rescue Mission Turkey Trot|
|Thanksgiving Celebration at Pretend City|
|Lantern Festival and Parade in Huntington Beach|
|7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day|
|Paws for Reading in Ojai|
|Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks|
|Veterans Day Parade in Bakersfield|
|Trips for Kids Bike Ride at Lake Kaweah|
|Thank A Vet Art Project at the Delano Branch Library|
|100th Annual Bakersfield Post 26 Veterans Day Parade|
|Big Bear Turkey Trot|
|Candy Making Demos at Logan’s Candies|
|Mary Vagle Nature Center|
|Planes of Fame Air Museum at Kilroy Coffee Klatch|
It’s not a surprise for homeschoolers that learning through play is an excellent way to practice, comprehend, and master a subject. For English language learners, game play is highly beneficial. Learning through games is a low-stress, meaningful opportunity for learners to practice English. Game play offers learners the opportunity to use their language skills rather than think about whether they’re saying words and phrases correctly. When a learner is using their language skills, rather than thinking about their language skills, learners remember faster, better, and with more meaning. So break out the board games, card games, and computer games — and start playing!
Positive, Negative, and Interesting
Age Group: Teens
- Put learners in pairs if possible.
- Explain to the learners that they need to think about the positive, negative, and interesting points of an idea.
- Show the learners an idea statement (see below) and give them time to think of some positive, negative, and interesting aspects of the idea.
People should be allowed to eat meat only once a week.
There should be an extra tax on unhealthy food.
Life would be better without government or rules.
All children should have the right to vote.
All children should speak only English in school.
Roll the Dice, Make a Question
Age Group: All levels
Write one to six on a piece of paper and a different question word (who? what? why? where? when? how?) next to it. When a learner rolls the dice, he or she needs to make a question with the corresponding question word. The learner then calls on a family member or friend to answer it.
Ship in the Fog Game
Age Group: All levels
Ship in the Fog is a fun and engaging way to practice directions with your learner. In this activity, a parent or another sibling makes an obstacle course in the house. A blindfolded learner must then complete the obstacle course while being given directions verbally by other family members. Players can take turns giving the directions and receiving directions.