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TED Talk: Zest

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Zest is having zeal or enthusiasm for life! Check out Taylor Wilson’s incredible passion and zest for what he is doing! What gets you and your kids excited to be alive? What projects, passions, people, or purposes have upped the zest in your home?

Talent Show and Artisan Boutique

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Join us for iLEAD’s 2nd annual Artisan Boutique on December 6, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Come enjoy our talented learners as they perform and support our creative artisans who will offer artwork, specialty items, crafts, and baked goods to purchase at the event.
This is a perfect time in the season to find that special handmade gift!
Talent Show & Artisan Boutique event locations:
Orange County
iLEAD Learning Studio
2850 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Los Angeles County
Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church
438 E. Harvard Rd
Burbank, CA 91501

Monthly SLO: Gratitude

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November is the perfect time to reflect on the things that we are thankful for. This month, the schoolwide learner outcome focus is on gratitude. Expressing gratitude encourages a positive mind-set, reduces depression, and increases connectivity. Below are a few articles that you may want to take a look at to better understand why gratitude is an important part of our character education.

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Gauging Your Gratitude

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Field Trip Reflections

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iLEAD Exploration learners have enjoyed learning while participating in some exciting field trips. Here are a few highlights:

California Science Center-Dog Exhibit: Families from across three counties bravely fought through traffic to come together to learn about dogs and their superpowers. We watched an IMAX movie profiling how dogs rescue people from avalanches, drowning, and natural disasters while using their incredible senses and unique body types. iLEAD Exploration learners explored an exhibit about everything dog-related and concluded their time through interaction with a working therapy dog.

In-N-Out: iLEAD Exploration learners and their parents enjoyed their time touring the restaurant, hearing about the history, cutting their own fries and asking questions at the end of the tour. They especially loved the free meal!

PBS SoCal: This was a fun and educational opportunity for our awesome learners and their families to learn about one of our local public TV stations and how they are able to get our favorite shows on our screens! iLEAD learners also visited one of the sets where the station filmed their news and they had an opportunity to touch the cameras!

Performing Arts Program: iLEAD Exploration learners had a magical and musical time participating in a music class hosted by Disney’s Performing Arts program. They learned how the use of melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, and the tempo creates a magical atmosphere that visitors experience. Learners were left with an appreciation that, “There is a terrific power to music. You can run any of [Disney’s] pictures and they’d be dragging and boring, but the minute you put music behind them, they have a life and vitality they don’t get any other way.” -Walt Disney.

Webinar: Different Learning Styles

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Learner Spotlight: Milena & Miya de Vera

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The de Vera sisters provide each other with genuine encouragement and consistently support one another as each strives to do her best. Milena (12th) and Miya (9th) de Vera are constantly looking for ways to improve their learning and other experiences.

 

Milena, who owns a donut business called Hoops, continually seeks to grow her knowledge base. She originally developed gluten-free donuts for her sister, who suffers from Celiac disease and was unable to enjoy the yummy hoop-shaped baked goods. Since then, Milena has taken this idea and grown it into a licensed, expanding business. To always keep learning and growing, Milena enrolled in a cooking class to develop her baking chops. Previously, she took a consumer math course to help keep accurate financials for her business. She tests and retests multiple recipes to come up with her line of products, and has persevered even when times were tough. Fortunately, her effort paid off and she learned from her mistakes to end up with a great product. Milena has even been asked by Williams Sonoma to participate in a pop-up bake sale for the “No Kid Hungry” charity this fall. She is graduating from iLEAD this year and plans to attend community college while she expands her business.

Younger sister Miya is as equally dedicated to her passion for art. She has taken many art courses and entered many contests including those through Google, LA County Library Bookmark, and the LA County Fair. She won first prize in the Library Bookmark contest, and two years in a row took home blue medals at the county fair. But it’s not always win-win-win. Even when she doesn’t get recognition, Miya continues to enter art contests and showcase her art without giving up. As a true lifelong learner, Miya is also taking courses to help her advance her art repertoire. As a brand new high schooler this year, Miya has sought to expand her art repertoire and is taking classes in digital arts, animation, and drawing. She aspires to attend CalArts and is working on creating an Etsy business to sell her artwork.

Both of these learners demonstrate a growth mindset because they are willing to look at what didn’t work and improve it for the next time to be successful. They challenge themselves and push themselves. They don’t fear failing because they see it as a learning opportunity and are willing to put the work into their passions and academics to be successful.

Webinar: Different Learning Styles

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MAP Testing

MAP Testing

The MAP is a beginning and end-of-year assessment that our learners take to discover strengths and areas for continued growth. Your learners can test from their own homes at a time convenient for the family, and the results are available the very next day! Only families and EFs view individual results, and your EF will review the reports with you to celebrate strengths and growth as well as identify areas of focus for the school year.

Several reports are available, including a one-page family report that shows your child’s reading level and how their score compared to other learners across the country. A longer report listing all the skills that your child is ready to develop is also available. The scores can also be plugged into Khan Academy, Newsela, the optional subscription Exact Path, and many other websites to acquire a set of learning activities perfectly customized to your child’s level.

There is a reading and math test, each about 40-60 questions long. You can pause the test at any time, as often as needed. You can also opt for a shorter 20-question test that includes a basic grade level comparison but does not give you a full skills report. Both tests support our standing as a school, and we sincerely appreciate your participation. Please contact your EF to set up a time to begin testing!

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Introducing CTE

Career and Technical Education

This year, we are excited to introduce a new program for our high school learners. Career and Technical Education (CTE) allows learners to essentially “major” in high school. It is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and career. It provides learners with an opportunity to pursue purposeful electives and participate in productive career exploration. Contact your EF or our CTE coordinator, Ally Adair-Chung, at ally.adairchung@ileadexploration.org for more information.

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Introducing CTE

Career and Technical Education

This year, we are excited to introduce a new program for our high school learners. Career and Technical Education (CTE) allows learners to essentially “major” in high school. It is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and career. It provides learners with an opportunity to pursue purposeful electives and participate in productive career exploration. Contact your EF or our CTE coordinator, Ally Adair-Chung, at ally.adairchung@ileadexploration.org for more information.

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Learner Spotlight: The McLaughlin Family

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The McLaughlins are longtime homeschoolers who appreciate the freedom to pursue their passions and learn what interests them. Both Owen and Tess McLaughlin appreciate the flexibility to shape their own education to their learning styles and adjust its pace to their needs.

Owen McLaughlin is a 14-year-old freshman. He has been homeschooling for eight years and takes full advantage of the great vendors iLEAD Exploration offers. He rock climbs, plays the piano, and is working on his second-degree orange belt in karate. His two favorite subjects are history and science. He enjoys history because he likes to understand the events that contribute to where we are today. As for science, he has loved this subject since he could talk. He loves the challenge science offers and the logical answers it gives through discovery. Owen has been on the Hart District Robotics Team 691 for two years, where he is the team’s quartermaster. This year was super exciting because his team made it to the world competition.

 

Tess McLaughlin is an 11-year old iLEAD Exploration learner who has been homeschooled from the start. Her passion is ballet and she is excited that this year she goes on pointe. She has taken voice and musical theatre lessons since she was six years old at one of iLEAD’s wonderful and nurturing vendors, Vibe Performing Arts Studio. She has made the leap this year to the big stage with another one of iLEAD’s great vendors: The Canyon Theatre Guild where she has performed in James and the Giant Peach musical and now has landed a lead in The Adventures of Robin Hood. She is happy to have found a tribe of kind and supportive homeschool kids at the theatre! Her favorite subjects are reading and science. She loves reading because it can take you into worlds you never would have imagined. She never leaves home without a book in hand. She loves science because of the hands-on experiments (such as a bioluminescent experiment).

Asked where they see themselves in 10 years, Tess imagines herself dancing with the Joffrey Ballet Company as a prima ballerina, while Owen imagines himself as a mechanical engineer in his dream job at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Bravo to the McLaughlin learners!

 

Navigating High School Electives

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Electives truly are one of the most exciting and fun aspects of high school for learners. When it comes to finding an elective course that is right for your learner, the sky’s the limit!

In order to fulfill graduation requirements, high school learners need to earn 60 credits of electives. These elective credits can be fulfilled in countless ways.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

  • Once the required credits are met in any given subject area, any additional classes taken in that subject will count towards elective credits.
  • Some learners opt to take electives through vendors, at home, or out in the community, while some prefer to learn the content online.
  • When trying to decide which elective would be best for your learner, start with what he or she is passionate about. Options range anywhere from baking to cosmetology to creative writing, and everything in between.
  • If iLEAD does not currently offer an elective that your learner is interested in taking, you can create a customized course request to add that elective to our course list. Please talk with your EF if you are interested in doing this. Learners have created some very interesting and “outside the box” courses based on their interests and passions!
  • Another option is looking at the vast offerings of courses offered at local community colleges. Since one semester of a community college class can count as two semesters of high school (depending on the course), many learners are taking advantage of this great opportunity. As an added bonus, community college classes are free to high schoolers, so you can’t beat that! If this sounds of interest to you, talk to your EF about the process of dual enrollment.

Electives truly are the “dessert” in our homeschooling banquet. They are a fun and enriching way to nurture your learner’s passions as well as introduce him or her to new and exciting activities!

Parent Roundtable Webinar

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Celebrating 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 resources and events that you may want to investigate:

Aquarium of the Pacific’s African-American Festival

On Feb. 23 and 24, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will host its 17th annual festival that celebrates African American culture. General admission tickets also get you into the festival. Adults are $29.95, learners 3-11 are $17.95.

California African American Museum

On Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1-3 pm, the artist Albert Chong will be hosting a family workshop where learners will be working with copper to create a keepsake.

African American Firefighter Museum

The Museum of African American Art

The San Bernardino County Museum proudly presents the Footsteps To You exhibit that will run through April 1.

Revolutionary War Reenactment

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The Huntington Beach Historical Society is hosting a reenactment of the American Revolution in Huntington Beach on Feb. 16-17. Come experience the founding of our nation with some of the finest living history presenters. This event is free to the public. For a schedule of the reenactment, please click here.

 

Vendor Spotlight: GeneRaTion DCD

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If you haven’t heard of GeneRaTion DCD, you might be missing out! GeneRaTion DCD is creativity at its best with dance, art, and educational services for the entire family. Located in Burbank, their customers are treated like family, and the service is exceptional. The following is a glimpse at what you can enjoy through GeneRaTion DCD:

Dance for inspiration and expression! Classes are offered for every generation from age 2 through those in their golden years. Ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and theatrical are just some of the classes they offer!

Creating Art for passion and inspiration at work! These classes help to develop fine motor and pre-writing skills as well as problem solving. Individuality is encouraged and all types of media are used.

Discover the Joy of Learning classes for young children that include educational and developmental activities such as crafts, playtime, rug time, songs, dance, and more.

We encourage you to check out their website here for full details and information.

Craft Fair at the OC Studio

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Calling all iLEAD Exploration crafters and makers! The OC Learning Studio will be hosting the first-ever iLEAD Exploration Learner Holiday Craft and Maker Fair on Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. While shopping is open to ALL homeschooling families, only iLEAD Exploration learners will have the opportunity to reserve booth space to display and sell handcrafted items. It’s time to start building your creative inventory! Please RSVP here if you would like to reserve a booth. Stay tuned for more information.

High School Support

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We are very excited to support your high school learner as your family navigates through critical learning years. Please join our high school experts virtually as they host monthly meetings on important high school related topics.

Our first Zoom meeting is scheduled for Oct 3 at 9:00 am. We will be discussing the topic High School Planning: A-g or Customized?

For information on how to log in, please contact your EF directly.

iLEAD Informational Webinar

iLEAD Homeschooling Webinar

Do you know a family who is considering homeschooling, or wanting more information about iLEAD Exploration? If so, our directors are hosting an informational webinar that will help guide new families and answer any questions they have about our charter and our homeschooling philosophy.

Please encourage them to join us on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. for more information.

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To join, please RSVP for the webinar here!

 

Backpacks Full of Hope: You Can Help

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico nearly eight months ago, and still today more than 50 percent of the U.S. territory is without electricity or drinking water. There is much more rebuilding, roofing in dire need of repair, farms that supply food for the island need to be restored, and water filtration systems need repair or replacement. A group of SCVi and iLEAD learners will be going to Puerto Rico over their spring break to help. You can help, too, by donating to the Go Fund Me page or purchasing supplies directly.

To donate cash please click here.

To donate supplies, please see the Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/newwl/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_3

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