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Learner Spotlight: Logan Verne

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and this month, our learner spotlight features Logan Verne. Logan is a 10th grader in our program who has lived with epilepsy since he was two years old.

Logan is a friendly, kind-hearted young man who enjoys being with his family, playing Smash Brothers with his Switch, listening to music, and creating 3-D objects with his new 3-D printer. This past summer, Logan was the recipient of a 3-D printer from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The representatives were surprised by his request for a 3-D printer because no one had asked for one before. They were happy to fulfill his wish!

Logan now enjoys creating all kinds of characters in his 3-D printing class. He loads the blueprints and creates toys and gifts for those around him. He shared, “I like to make stuff for myself and for other people that I know and love.”

Logan says his favorite part of Exploration is his teachers. Logan meets via Zoom each week with his tutor, Joshua Hays, from ABC Guidance. He considers Mr. Hays to be part of his family or his “friendily” and enjoys the creative assignments and projects they work on together for school.

As part of epilepsy awareness, Logan would like to share this with his fellow high schoolers: “If you have epilepsy, never give up on yourself. You have to keep on fighting. I know epilepsy sucks, but you can keep on fighting no matter what. You are your own warrior!”

We are proud of you, Logan, and all of your accomplishments. Keep fighting!

Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

If your learner is in TK-3 and enjoys sharing, then you won’t want to miss our TK-3 Show and Tell that is happening on November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Register here to sign up for this fun event.

You can also register by clicking on any upcoming events on the flier.

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Virtual Hearst Castle Tour

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Let’s Cook

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Our Let’s Cook deadline has been extended to January 15! Please take this opportunity to show off your culinary skills and share them with us. We can’t wait to see what’s cooking!

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2021 Virtual Science Fair

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iLEAD Exploration invites you to participate in our 2021 Virtual Science Fair. In the upcoming weeks, we will be highlighting resources and ideas that will help you complete a science project from start to finish. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the scientific process while developing a deeper understanding of a scientific concept that fascinates your learner. We look forward to seeing all of your wonderful experiments!

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Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

If your learner is in TK-3 and enjoys sharing, then you won’t want to miss our TK-3 Show and Tell that is happening on November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Register here to sign up for this fun event.

You can also register by clicking on any upcoming events on the flier.

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Kindness Rocks!

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Pet Show and Tell

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

Now is your chance to show off that pet of yours! Please register for the upcoming Pet Show & Tell on November 5 at 1:00 p.m. by visiting here.

You can also register by clicking on any upcoming events on the flier.

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Halloween Fun

Virtual Halloween Parade

Thank you to all who submitted photos of this year’s creative costumes. Please take a moment to see our learners all dressed up in their Halloween best!

View Halloween parade here!

 

Kindness Rocks!

Kindness Rocks

Kindness Rocks!

Inspiration: Mud Kitchen Fun

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By Nicole Huguenin
Director of Arts Integration and Play Maker, Maker Learning Network

Remember: Kids are 100% washable!

Are you running out of ideas to entertain your bright learners at home? We have just the thing for you: Why not build your family’s very own mud kitchen?

Mud kitchens are so much fun for your kids! Not only do they completely engage children and provide you with some much-needed extra time, but they also encourage the following:

  • Exploration
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Social Skills
  • Role-Playing
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Math
  • Sensory Play
  • Wonder and Joy

Did you know that dirt is healthy for your kids? Find out “The Dirt on Dirt” and the many health benefits of mud!

How to Make a Mud Kitchen

Mud kitchens can be as simple as a bowl, a stick, some dirt, and some water. They can also be a little more elaborate. Click here for our collection of mud kitchen ideas on Pinterest! Let your child’s imagination guide them in their mud kitchen adventures. See what you can find from this list:

  • Cupcake Tins
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Mashers
  • Whisks
  • Spatulas
  • Metal Bowls
  • Wooden Bowls
  • Sifter
  • Small Pans
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Colanders
  • Ladles
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pots and Pans
  • Expired Spices
  • Dried or Old Flowers

Mud Kitchen Supply Ideas

Items for mud kitchens need not be new. They can be things from around the house, or you can ask friends and relatives if they have any. Thrift stores are also a great place to find things for mud kitchens. See what you can find from this list:

  • Cupcake Tins
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Mashers
  • Whisks
  • Spatulas
  • Metal Bowls
  • Wooden Bowls
  • Sifter
  • Small Pans
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Colanders
  • Ladles
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pots and Pans
  • Expired Spices
  • Dried or Old Flowers

Remember: “Kids are 100% washable!” —Lisa Latimer, iLEAD Agua Dulce School Director

Have fun! #GETMUDDY

Be sure to share your mud kitchen photos with us here!

Virtual Hearst Castle Tour

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Design Your Own Pumpkin Bot

This Halloween, take pumpkin carving to a different dimension by creating your very own pumpkin bot. Children can be given the opportunity to design their mini “pumpkin bot” using nuts, bolts, and anything else they have on hand to work with. Their imagination is the limit! There is no cutting involved, only innovation! Pumpkin bots are encouraged to live with the designer afterward! Have fun creating!

Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below! Please register for the upcoming Pet Show & Tell on November 5th at 1:00 p.m. by visiting here. Now is your chance to show off that pet of yours!

You can also register by clicking on any upcoming events on the flier.

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High School Student Spotlight: Abigail Myers

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Abigail is a junior in her third year of homeschooling. This year, she is president of iLEAD’s National Honors Society and enjoys leading her peers. She enjoys finding new ideas to help encourage and support all of the members as they complete their service hours. She truly appreciates the flexibility that homeschooling provides, such as the opportunity to teach preschool weekly.

Abigail has many passions, including working with little kids, baking, and making spaces beautiful and homey. She enjoys helping friends plan and decorate parties, particularly making flower arrangements. Abigail wants to be a kindergarten or special-education teacher in her future, and she would be perfect for either job!

Spending time with friends and family is important to Abigail. She has a big heart for serving others and models servant leadership. She helps teach a preschool program at her church each week, prepping crafts, and designing activities for the kids. This is the highlight of her week as she finds so much joy working with kids. Abigail also loves coffee and enjoys making lattes for everyone who stops by her house. She loves serving in her church youth group, helping with events and social media.

In addition to her many hobbies, Abigail also makes videos of all her adventures, and even put them all on a website just for fun! She has even made camp and promo videos for her youth group, as well as a wedding video, and fun montages of trips to the beach and around town.

As a homeschooler, Abigail has traveled all around the United States, but she hopes to visit Ireland and Greece someday. Abigail is indeed an amazing learner and we are so proud to have her at iLEAD!

Virtual Halloween Parade

Virtual Halloween Parade

It’s not too late to join the fun! The deadline has been extended to October 23!

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Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below!

  • Please register for Skribbl Pictionary on October 23 at 2:00 p.m. by visiting here. Also, please note that we have extended the registration deadline for Let’s Cook to 10/23.
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90-Second Newbery Film Festival

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Calling all elementary schoolers, junior high kids, and high schoolers! The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about a minute and a half. Full details can be found here.

Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below:

  • TK-3 Show and Tell, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. Register here.
  • Let’s Cook, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. Register here.
  • Skribbl Pictionary, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
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Virtual Halloween Parade

Virtual Halloween Parade

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Virtual Wax Museum

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Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

We are very excited about the upcoming virtual events listed below:

  • Virtual Book Club: October 8 at 11 a.m. Register here by October 5.
  • Scattergories for learners in grades 3-5: October 5 at 2 p.m. Register here.
  • TK-3 Show and Tell: October 13 at 11 a.m. Register here.
  • Let’s Cook: October 16 at 1 p.m. Register here.
  • Skribbl Pictionary: October 23 at 2 p.m. Register here.
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Field Studies: Virtual Park Tour

Virtual Park Tour

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Virtual Scattergories

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If you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade learner, please join us for a few rounds of virtual Scattergories. You can register here if you are interested.

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