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Santa Clarita Park Day

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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.

 

Talent Show and Artisan Bazaar

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November Activities around the Counties

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LOS ANGELES

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

ORANGE

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

VENTURA

7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day
Paws for Reading in Ojai
Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks

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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

INLAND EMPIRE

Big Bear Turkey Trot
Candy Making Demos at Logan’s Candies
Mary Vagle Nature Center
Planes of Fame Air Museum at Kilroy Coffee Klatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Through Games

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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

  1. Put learners in pairs if possible.
  2. Explain to the learners that they need to think about the positive, negative, and interesting points of an idea.
  3. Show the learners an idea statement (see below) and give them time to think of some positive, negative, and interesting aspects of the idea.

Statement Ideas:

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.

Acton Children’s Business Fair

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Could a 10-year-old invent the next-best service or product? Find out Saturday, December 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the La Habra Children’s Business Fair, where businesses are created and launched entirely by children ages eight through seventeen. Learners create a product or service, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace. The “kidpreneurs” are responsible for the setup, sales, and interaction with customers. There is one category in which the booths will be judged for “Most Business Potential” at the fair. For further information and to register, please visit their webpage here!

SCVI Spooktacular Pumpkin Day

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If you are looking for some October fun, please join us for a spooktacular time at the park on Friday, October 29, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please dress in your costume to join our costume parade and come ready to paint a pumpkin. The gathering will take place at the following address:
Heritage Park
24155 Newhall Ranch Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
We hope to see you there!

Webinar: Parent Roundtable

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Pumpkin Bot Challenge

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Science Accelerator Mission 2019-20

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iLEAD Schools is excited to offer the Science Accelerator Project! For more information, please visit their website and see the flier below. You may also email Farnaz Kaufman, Director of Global Educational Initiatives, at farnaz.kaufman@ileadschools.org.

Pumpkin Bot Challenge

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iLEAD Schools Amazing Race

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iLEAD Schools would like to invite you to join your iLEAD family and friends for this ALL iLEAD Schools event. Lace up your running shoes and join us Sunday, Nov 3, at 1 p.m. at the Universal City Metro Plaza for the annual iLEAD Amazing Race. There, you will begin your Los Angeles adventure via the Metro red line on a photo scavenger hunt together with your team. Registration closes October 28. You will find more information and the downloadable permission slip here.

October Activities: Around the Counties

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INLAND EMPIRE

Etiwanda Falls Hike
Trunk or Treat @ Chaffey College 10/28

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Boo at the Zoo
Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
October Fun Fest

LOS ANGELES

Free Fall Fest
CicLAvia Community Event
Cal Poly Pumpkin Fest
Free Kidspace Pumpkin Fest
Family Sundays @ LACMA

ORANGE

Tustin Tiller Days
Art Walks
Halloween Howl – Columbus Tustin Activity Center
Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Art and Culture Event

VENTURA

Halloween Tours @ Heritage Square
Reyes Adobe Days
Haunted Housing Run

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.

Unit Log 101 & Work Samples

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Learner Spotlight: The Brown Family

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Meet the adventure-seeking Brown family! This family’s ultimate goal is to fully experience the world and to take their place as citizens of the world. This family of learners seeks to understand not only that they can affect their immediate community by their actions, but also how they can also have a lasting impact on the world.

Raegan (8th grade), Garrett, (7th grade), Grant, (5th grade), and Gage (3rd grade) all love coding, robotics, and animation, and they have even been able to share their love for these activities when they travel. These learners freely share their passions with others. The Brown family has founded an extracurricular camp called Wonder Studios for kids in a local community they visit in Nigeria. Here, they are able to teach local children how to play Minecraft, and they animate and make games using a coding platform developed by MIT called “Scratch.”

The Brown learners also like to explore their ancestral roots, and right now they are focusing on Africa, the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. With 54 countries, 1,250–3,000 native languages, and many natural resources, there is so much to explore. They’ve been privileged to experience so many different tribal cultures, exotic foods and fruits, and cultures rich with incredible histories and stories.

This family is always looking ahead to how they can use their education and skills for their future. The eldest sibling, Raegan, a budding entrepreneur, began her own slime business for kids by creating a slime company called Rae’s Slime Bar. She trains kids in the art of entrepreneurship, and she uses part of the proceeds to give kids access to leadership camps.

Raegan, Garrett, Gran, and Gage also like to stay physically active, write stories, learn the French language, and participate in theatrical arts.

Bravo to the Brown Family learners!

 

Calling All Super Parents

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Fall Field Trip Preview

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Our field trip team is hard at work planning some amazing hands-on experiences for your learners! The first field trip release (for September and October trips) will be on September 3.

You will receive more information as the first field trip release date approaches.

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Summer Fun in June

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Our experienced facilitators have put together some free or discounted activities for the month of June in your area that you may want to check out during our summer break. Please take a look at the links below for more information:

Orange County
All Summer: Adventure Playground at University Park
All Summer: The OC Zoo at Irvine Park
All Summer: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
All Summer: HB Concert Band Summer Series Concerts 2019
All Summer: Magnolia Bird Farms
All Summer: Volcom Skate Park
Starting 6/1 (M-F): Centennial Farm in Costa Mesa
Starting 6/21: Concert in the Park at Crown Valley Community Park

Los Angeles
All Summer: UCLA Fowler Museum
All Summer: Long Beach Concerts in the Park
First Tuesday of every month: Kidspace Museum Free Family Night in LA
6/9: The Wallis Dance Sunday
Starting 6/9: Valley Cultural Foundation in Woodland Hills
Every Thursday: Thursdays@Newhall Series in Santa Clarita
Starting 6/18: Long Beach Moonlight Movies on the Beach
6/10 – 6/27: Santa Clarita Library Reading Club
6/22: Great American Camp Out Day in Santa Clarita

Inland Empire
6/12: Riverside Summer Concert
6/15: Inland Empire’s Summerfest
Starting 6/17: Starlight Cinemas in Corona
Starting 6/19: Chino Hills Concerts in the Park
Starting 6/20: Apple Valley’s Sunset Concerts
6/29: Rancho Cucamonga’s 4th Annual Veggie Connection

Please note that these summer events are not sponsored or part of the iLEAD Exploration program.

Summer Fun in July

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Here are some more ideas for the month of July. Please check out these opportunities to help you fill your summer calendars.

Orange County
All Summer: Bowers Museum in Santa Ana
All Summer: Pioneer Road Park in Tustin
All Summer: Tucker Wildlife in Fullerton
Every Wednesday starting 7/1: Nights at the Anaheim Nature Center
7/9: Costa Mesa Concerts in the Park
7/30: Chargers Training Camp

Los Angeles
All Summer: Arcadia Junior Golf Camps
All Summer: Hart Museum in LA
All Summer: LACMA Membership in LA
All Summer: Long Beach Concerts in the Park
7/8: Aviation Career Education Camp ACE Academy

Inland Empire
7/5: Temecula’s Art Off the Walls
7/13: Rancho Cucamonga’s VG Kidz
7/13: Movie Night at Orchard Park
7/15: Temecula Trivia and Pizza Night
7/20: Jurupa BMX/Skate Summer Jam

Please note that these summer events are not sponsored or part of the iLEAD Exploration program.

Vendor Spotlight: MUSYCA Children’s Choir

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Field Trip Fun

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One of the final field trips for this school year was to Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest. iLEAD Exploration learners enjoyed a tour of Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest, along with a boat ride through the Newport Beach marina where they saw seals! They learned about local beaches, oceans and they were able to complete many hands-on projects. It was a fun day!

Washington D.C. and NYC Trip for Middle and High Schoolers

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Family Fun!

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Looking for some ideas for the family fun? Celebrate reading with the Space Summer Reading Program, or enjoy some events listed on the California Living History website (this is a great link to bookmark for year-round events)! Some other upcoming regional events include:

DTLA Art Walk – Los Angeles

Every second Thursday of the month, watch downtown Los Angeles come alive in a vibrant blend of art, community, culture, and food, known as the Downtown Art Walk.

CicLAvia – Los Angeles

Join CicLAvia on June 30, as they transform Venice Boulevard, 7th Ave, and Washington Boulevard into public parks for the day. They’ll be closing the streets to cars and opening them up for people of all ages and abilities to ride, walk, stroll, roll, run, and smile!

Go Outdoors Kid’s Weekend – Rancho Cucamonga

On May 25 and 26, the Bass Pro Shop will host an event with free activities, giveaways and more!

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) – San Bernardino

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) is the art museum of California State University, San Bernardino’s main campus. It boasts a world-class collection of approximately 200 ancient Egyptian artifacts, the largest display of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the western United States. If you’re an art lover, this is the place to visit.

Upcoming Events in Los Angeles County

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Join Fowler Museum Educators for an interactive storytelling experience as we look, listen, and learn in our special exhibition Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jeanne and Jim Pieper Collection with the acclaimed children’s book Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castaneda. A Parent’s Choice Award honoree, this story explores the culture of Guatemala through the eyes of a little girl named Esperanza, who works with her grandmother to weave textiles for sale at the local market. After the reading, explore the exhibition uninterrupted before the Fowler opens to the general public at noon. Story Time is a short format, informal storytelling program facilitated by Fowler Educators at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Friday of most months. This event is free, no reservation required. Meet in the Fowler’s Lobby.

https://www.fowler.ucla.edu/events/story-time-abuelas-weave/

Introducing Melrose Mornings at the Melrose Trading Post, brought to you by Greenway Arts Alliance in partnership with the Melrose Business Improvement District. Hving launched April 28, and takes place every Sunday at the MTP from 9-11 a.m., Melrose Mornings will appeal to parents and kids from toddlers to ‘tweens. Entertainment includes kid-friendly bands and entertainers, a handmade putt-putt course, arts and crafts, face painting and more!

http://melrosetradingpost.org/melrose-mornings-launches-april-28th/

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Six museums in Pasadena and Los Angeles open their doors on Sunday, May 19, 2019 noon-4 PM for a free day of historical discoveries, family-fun, children’s activities and great architecture tours. Free shuttles connect: Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History and the Autry’s Southwest Museum, Mt. Washington Campus.

http://www.museumsofthearroyo.com/

The 18th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival is a day of family-friendly fun. This year the Festival will take place on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Festival is free and open to the public and it will include a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors. The Annual Gala Concert from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature special guests from Russia.

https://www.weho.org/community/events-in-the-city/russian-arts-and-culture-week

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