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Aug 23, 2020 @ 01:00

Monday Message

Our News & Events

NACAC College Fairs

The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) sponsors college fairs all over the country and in Canada. These can be slightly overwhelming, but they are definitely worth it. Your freshman year in high school is a great time to attend these.

What to expect at a college fair:
Around 300 colleges from around the world
Informational sessions in more than one language
Advice on paying for college
How to apply
Essay writing tips
Student athlete information
Counseling services
Scholarship sponsors
GI Bill information for veterans

Upcoming Fairs:
April 22, 2018 – Orange County National College Fair; Anaheim
April 24, 2018 – Inland Empire National College Fair; Ontario
April 26, 2018 – Los Angeles National College Fair; Pasadena

Please visit the NACAC website for more details.

Upcoming January and February Field Trips!

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Hello, Families!

January and February field trips and service projects have been published to the website. Families will have time to look ahead to events being offered and plan for which events they would like to purchase tickets. Tickets for these events will become available on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. A few upcoming events to look for include Medieval Times, Knott’s Berry Farm, In-N-Out tours in multiple locations, “Bud, Not Buddy” at the La Mirada Theatre, and many more. Be sure to check out these upcoming, fun events!

Additionally, this Friday is our multicultural feast at our learning center in Costa Mesa. For the signup, as well as information on other exciting opportunities such as the space art contest and an upcoming STEM park day in Santa Clarita, please also visit last week’s Monday Message!

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Learner Spotlight: The King Family

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Not one or two, not three or four, but seven boys? How do you do it, Mom??!!

Here are some tips from one of our veteran moms who has 10 children and is homeschooling seven of them.

What helps you most in structuring your school week?

Our many calendars! We sync our schedules through calendars on our phones/computer and a large calendar on the wall. This way everyone knows what classes, activities and appointments are scheduled. I am a big planner so we also have a white board where I will write the daily schedule for the kids, including chores (not to mention adhesive chalkboard paper on the fridge for meals and one on the pantry for grocery items). At the end of the night the kids ask for the next day’s schedule. They like knowing what to expect and what is expected of them. Planning and structure ensure we make time for necessary tasks (which include some fun things, too).

How do you organize paperwork and materials for multiple learners?

What paperwork? Almost everything is electronic now. The kids have a Dropbox account just for schoolwork. There they can save and access files from any computer. This is very helpful with printables. Most of iLEAD’s paperwork is available through the hub so I don’t save those. The kids will use Google Docs to share their drafts. They keep their books and materials (pencil box and supplies) in a personal cubby. The shared school books are in a shared cubby. They each have a backpack but something tells me those may be filled with Legos.

What are your favorite family vendors?

I have no doubt my kids would name Firestorm Freerunning and The Impact Program as their top two vendors. I would also add Science 2 U for upper grades.

What advice would you share with new homeschooling families who have several learners to teach?

Plan ahead! Add all the learning period meetings and dates to claim attendance to your calendar and set alarms. Sync your schedules so the older ones are available to help (reading aloud or doing chores to free you to work with the little ones). Look for unit study friendly material. We like “Story of the World” for social studies. Science can also be taught in different levels. If you only have little ones, you can make it so much fun! Have play dough, Legos, coloring pages available to keep them busy (in their high chairs) while you work one on one with their sibling. Have the older ones sing ABC’s or nursery rhymes so you can grade papers, make lunch, etc. I find the kids are eager to help. It also builds a bond between siblings and I believe my kids are close because they’re accustomed to working as a team. It can be challenging and at times overwhelming, but the beauty of a large family is you are not alone.

How do you tailor instruction to help different learning styles?

When I teach I try to have different activities available. I try to teach by storytelling or through conversation. The kids are more attentive and engaged. If I am reading from a text, I may do “popcorn” where we switch off or simply let some kids color while I read. Afterward, they usually have the option of copy work, crafts or some other hands-on activity. I may add a song or video (my kids enjoy BrainPop). I find they retain more information when they simply discuss it among themselves or retell it to my husband.

Do you have a favorite family memory from homeschooling boys OR anything else you’d like to share about your journey?

Some of my favorite memories are our spontaneous late-night conversations, whether it be the questions, the sharing of ideas and the silliness. I realize these conversations will be rare and few as they grow older and we get busier. I treasure those moments. They remind me why I first began this homeschooling journey.

Elijah 16, Joshua 14, Jeremiah 12, Noah 11, Isaiah 9, Jonah 6, Gregory 5, Anthony 4, Ava 2

Well done! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Jaymee King.

MAP Growth Testing

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The fall window for MAP Growth testing ends this Friday, Nov. 17.

The purpose of MAP Growth testing is to …
– determine your child’s educational levels to guide your instruction.
– measure your child’s academic growth throughout the school year.
– observe academic growth from year to year.

This free and highly regarded tool is one that iLEAD highly encourages you to take advantage of. It allows educational facilitators and parents to team together to develop an instructional plan that focuses on each child’s individual growth and achievement. Please let your EF know right away if you still would like to participate in this opportunity.

iLEAD OC Learning Studio

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We are excited to announce that a new session has started at the iLEAD OC Learning Studio in Costa Mesa! For more information, please contact the educational facilitators listed on this flier.

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‘The Nutcracker’ for Schools at the Irvine Barclay

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The Festival of Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker – Abridged School Program” returns to The Irvine Barclay Theatre on Dec. 7.

This one-hour narrated ballet, part of the Children’s Invitation to the Ballet, is specially designed to introduce elementary and junior high school learners to the beauty of classical ballet and music.

Celebrate the season with heroine Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of hundreds as they take you on an exciting journey to the mystical Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring magical effects, dazzling sets and opulent costumes, this professional production of “The Nutcracker” highlights FBT’s exceptional company dancers and budding young talent from across southern California.

Log into the hub to sign up for this amazing field trip!

 

Spelling Bee

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Dear Families,

There has been some interest in starting an iLEAD spelling bee! If your learner(s) would be interested in participating in a spelling bee this spring, please complete this survey. If enough learners are available to participate, we will get this going for the spring!

Thank you!
The Advisory Team

Free Learning Websites for Kids

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If you are looking for some engaging, educational and safe websites for your child, here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Fun Brain – Your kids will enjoy playing games while practicing both math and reading skills!
  • National Geographic for Kids – This is a fun website for learning about geography and animals.
  • PBS Kids – Your kids will enjoy hanging out with their favorite PBS characters while learning!
  • Into the Book – This website provides a great way to practice reading strategies by playing games while learning.
  • Star Fall – Your learner will enjoy these read-along stories to practice their phonic skills.
  • Seussville – On this website, learners hang out with Dr. Seuss and friends while playing games and reading stories.
  • Storyline Online – Movie stars read your child’s favorite stories while they follow along!
  • ABCyaYour learners will enjoy the fun games for practicing math and reading skills.
  • Highlights Kids – On this website, children play games, read and conduct science experiments!

In the coming weeks, we will be publishing a list (courtesy of parents and educational facilitators) of free, online educational resources you may browse on our Hub! Be on the lookout for this exciting new resource!

Our Day at Hart Park

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iLEAD learners enjoyed a special day at Hart Park. It was so fun to meet together and feed the animals. There were geese, boars, alpacas, tortoises, chickens, a rooster, bunnies, a donkey, horses and deer. After watching the animals, we walked by the bison and up to Hart Museum. We learned about the famous cowboy actor William S. Hart, walked through his home and saw his furnishings. A great time was had by all!

Important: Multicultural Feast Date Change

Hello, Families!

To accommodate more families who would like to attend, we are moving our first annual multicultural feast to Friday, Nov. 17. This favorite iLEAD tradition is a great way for all of our families to come together to share a meal and learn more about other cultures! Families are encouraged to bring a dish that represents their heritage, culture, or favorite Thanksgiving tradition.

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 (Please note the change of date!)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
iLEAD Exploration OC
102 Baker St. E
Costa Mesa CA 92626

The parking lot entrance is along the frontage road. Please park in front and enter through the rear of the building.

We would love to have assistance in setup, serving and cleanup. If you are able to help us on this day, please contact Debra Satterthwaite at 562-714-4310. If you are ready to sign up, please do so here.

Learner Spotlight: Siva and Miriya Ridley

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Siva and Miriya Ridley are two iLEAD learners with a hunger for adventure! Mom began her homeschooling journey when Siva entered kindergarten because she wanted to have time to focus on his interests, and later the same would be true for Miriya. They all enjoy the flexibility that iLEAD Exploration offers because it affords them the opportunity for hands-on learning, life experiences, and the ability to build relationships with children from diverse backgrounds.

This past summer, the duo traveled to Oregon to experience the full solar eclipse. Siva was in awe of the experience and describes how when the eclipse was happening it “got colder and much darker.” Recently, the Ridleys swam with manatees at King’s Bay in Florida, and watched as a mama manatee nursed its baby. In addition to traveling, Siva and Miriya visit museums, national parks, farms, printing presses, and more!

When Siva isn’t seeking adventure, he is looking for ways to improve the world. He is involved in the First Lego League this year, and the theme is “exploring the location, use, storage and movement of water.” After seeing pictures of hurricane victims carrying cases of water, Siva and his team decided to create a drone that will carry clear plastic balls of water to people during a hurricane. The choice of a clear plastic ball wasn’t by accident: after the water has sat in the sun for 6 hours, it will be purified and drinkable!

With her free time, Miriya loves to create. She writes and illustrates her own books and enjoys taking classes at Fashion Camp where she has created many original items including a doughnut costume and a taco purse!

iLEAD Amazing Race Fun

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Representing iLEAD NoHo, iLEAD Encino, iLEAD Pacoima, Exploration and SCVi, families from all programs participated in the iLEAD Amazing Race on Sunday, Oct. 22. All families informed us that they saw at least one Los Angeles landmark they have never seen before, and they also want to go back and explore some more when they aren’t racing! Special congratulations to the Dunne family of SCVi. This was the Dunnes’ third year competing and the first time they have won!

Tustin Hacienda Memory Care Visit

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Last week, our learners visited Tustin Hacienda Memory Care in costume and paraded around while the residents handed out candy. We had a great time at the Halloween party eating, drinking and playing games with the staff and residents.

California African American Museum Field Trip

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iLEAD families explored the California African American Museum (CAAM) last week. Following the docent-led tour of the exhibits, learners made their own carnival hats inspired by the art.

CAAM offers free family and kids programs on Sundays and Tuesdays every month. Visit their website for more information.

iLEAD OC Learning Studio

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We are excited to announce that a new session is starting at the iLEAD OC Learning Studio in Costa Mesa! For more information, please contact the educational facilitators listed on this flier.

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STEM Park Day

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‘The Nutcracker’ for Schools at the Irvine Barclay

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The Festival of Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker – Abridged School Program” returns to The Irvine Barclay Theatre on Dec. 7.

This one-hour narrated ballet, part of the Children’s Invitation to the Ballet, is specially designed to introduce elementary and junior high school learners to the beauty of classical ballet and music.

Celebrate the season with heroine Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of hundreds as they take you on an exciting journey to the mystical Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring magical effects, dazzling sets and opulent costumes, this professional production of “The Nutcracker” highlights FBT’s exceptional company dancers and budding young talent from across Southern California.

Log into the hub to sign up for this amazing field trip!

 

8th Annual Space Foundation International Art Contest

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Attention, all creative iLEAD learners (yes, that’s each of you)! All ages, grades TK-12, are encouraged to participate in the 8th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. This year’s theme is “My Space City Vision,” and the deadline to submit an entry is Nov. 17.

The winning artwork will be displayed on the Space Foundation’s website and at the Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center. It will also be viewed by space professionals from around the world at the 34th Space Symposium.

32 Virtual Field Trips for American History

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Have you ever spent the time and money to meticulously plan and organize an amazing field trip for your learner only to be rained out of any learning to be had? We have all been there. Nothing beats the educational experience of learning through a hands-on field trip, but sometimes life just does not align for these trips to happen.

Virtual field trips are an alternative to packing snacks, checking the weather, loading the van and buying tickets to go somewhere. Bookshark offers a list of these experiences particularly for those looking to enhance their learning of American history. Besides supplementing your American history curriculum, virtual field trips also provide a way for your child to explore places that may be inaccessible. Happy exploring!

 

Scholarships for Middle Schoolers

If you want to get a head start on applying for scholarships, this link will take you to 27 college scholarships that your middle schooler should apply for.

Neuro-Movement Coffee Chat

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Veteran homeschooling mom, Amber Schneider, walked us through the nine essentials of “The Neuro-movement Method” at our SCVi Exploration Learning Center. She taught us about the method and provided practical applications on how we can use the principles of this cutting-edge idea in everyday interactions with our kids. While Amber was educating the adults, educational facilitator Suzanne Roberts created bat slime and Halloween crafts with our learners. Parents and learners also went trick-or-treating together. For those of you in the Santa Clarita area, please watch for more info about upcoming coffee chats in December or feel free to email Emily Strickland with any ideas you may have.

Field Trips

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Be sure to sign up for some of our exciting field trip offerings. We look forward to seeing you there!

iLEAD OC Learning Studio

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Hello, Families!

We are excited to announce that a new session is starting at the iLEAD OC Learning Studio! For more information, please contact the educational facilitators listed on this flier. Please also view last week’s Monday Message for park days in your area and other helpful information! We hope you have a wonderful week!

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Learner Spotlight: Samantha Bangis

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Not only is Samantha Bangis whip smart, she is also thoughtful, creative, and has a heart of gold!

Samantha enjoys spending hours creating incredible LEGO feats. One of her favorite building accomplishments was constructing the Cinderella Castle from Disneyland! Her hard work and determination pays off in many ways. Samantha finds math challenges exciting and is an avid fan of all things STEM.

While her math and science skills are strong, Samantha’s real love is found in the arts. She is in her third Shakespeare play, “Romeo and Juliet,” and has a supporting role as Princess Escalus. Art has always been Samantha’s favorite subject and for years she has enjoyed taking art classes.

One day Samantha would like to be an art teacher and own her own studio where she teaches art and runs Shakespeare classes, but she will do all that after she fulfills her dream to travel to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.

Oui! Oui! Samantha! You will get there someday soon! Keep dreaming, creating, and building your dreams!

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