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Vendor Spotlight: Be a Maker Club

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Children love to create, and Be A Maker Club in Upland, CA offers them the space and the direction to do this! This thoughtful, child-focused vendor provides workshops where learners can be trained to use high-tech devices and hand tools to make things such as backpacks, robots, cars, toys, furniture, costumes, and much more. Be a Maker Club runs orientation sessions, making sessions, workshops, and also hosts open hours.

For more information on their mission and services, visit the Be A Maker Club website HERE.

Vendor Spotlight: Vibe Performing Arts Studios

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Vibe Performing Arts Studios located in Santa Clarita offers instruction in singing, dancing, acting, instruments, and magic! Instructors create a warm, supportive environment for their students as they grow to discover their full potential through creative expression. CLICK HERE to visit the website.

Vendor Spotlight: Taylor of All Trades

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Vendor Spotlight: Urban Homeschoolers

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We are proud to spotlight one of our amazing vendors, Urban Homeschoolers. Urban Homeschoolers offers a wide variety of classes such as math, science, writing, music, art, civics, Spanish, public speaking, physical education, and much more. Also, there are a variety of teen workshops offered. Urban Homeschoolers in located in the Los Angeles area. CLICK HERE to visit their site.

Vendor Spotlight: Art + Soul Collective

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If you are in the Newport area and looking for a creative outlet, try Art + Soul Collective! This vendor strives to provide a place for learners to explore and discover their creativity, to take risks, and to learn in a fun environment. They offer classes in drawing, painting, clay, and mixed-media, as well as an assortment of pop-up workshops..

There is indeed a playful element at Art + Soul Collective as they mix fundamental skills with experimentation. “Using a variety of mediums and maintaining small class sizes, we spark innovation, self-confidence and growth.”

For more information visit the Art + Soul Collective website here.

Vendor Spotlight: Math with Mrs. Fish

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Veteran teacher and homeschool mom Laura Fischer is Mrs. Fish, and she loves math. Her goal is to provide the very best middle school math instruction for your child. She delivers her twice-weekly webinar-style classes for 6th and 7th graders LIVE (and recorded) and provides all the necessary curriculum materials your learner will need. 8th-grade curriculum and classes are coming soon!

THE CURRICULUM

Follows Saxon Math’s model of incremental and distributed instruction. Each concept is broken down into parts, which are introduced incrementally and mastered before learners are expected to master the entire concept. There are no chapters in the curriculum. Concepts from the five math strands (ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability) are distributed throughout the school year.

Approximately 85% of the daily assignment problems are review of previously learned material. It’s drill and THRILL as learners experience consistent success.

Each problem indicates from which lesson the material comes. If a learner can’t remember the steps, they can quickly access the corresponding notes.

Uses humor, memory devices, color-coding, and numbered steps for maximum retention of material.

Fill-in-the-blank notes provided for use during instruction so learners can focus on the learning and not the note-taking.

Aligned with the Common Core State Standards. There are concerns that parents and educators have with the Common Core and this curriculum addresses those concerns head-on. The primary benefit of using a curriculum aligned with the CCSS is that the state-mandated testing will cover what your child is being taught.

To check out some samples of Mrs. Fish’s curriculum, CLICK HERE.

To watch a short demo lesson of Mrs. Fish in action, CLICK HERE.

To contact Mrs. Fish, CLICK HERE.

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: OWLCRATE JR

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OwlCrate Jr is an award-winning subscription book box for children ages 8-12. Each month, you will be sent a newly published middle-grade novel, exclusive goodies from the author, and 4-6 unique and usable items built around that month’s theme. Monthly themes encourage curiosity, creativity, and imagination. OwlCrate Jr believes in the importance of fostering a love of reading from an early age, and that OwlCrate Jr will be a stepping stone for young bookworms across the globe. CLICK HERE to visit the site.

Vendor Spotlight: Legacy Kits

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iLEAD Exploration would like to welcome Legacy Kits as one of its newest vendors. Legacy Kits offers a monthly subscription kit that includes educational crafts and activities centered around African American culture and history. Full kits include a history book about Africa with a hands-on STEAM project, an African American history book with a hands-on STEAM project, and a learner workbook covering the black history books in kit. To learn more, please visit them here.

Vendor Spotlight: Silicon Valley High School

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Have you heard of Silicon Valley High School’s online classes? SVHS operates a fully accredited, NCAA-approved online school offering quality, affordable online courses to help learners catch up or jump ahead. From its base in northern California, SVHS serves learners all over the world!

Courses are designed to meet the Common Core curriculum requirements, and course sections are mapped according to the relevant academic standards. All courses are supported by experienced, credentialed teachers who answer questions, grade assignments, and provide guidance and feedback online.

SVHS courses are self-paced to accommodate each learner’s needs. Learners work at their own speed and have the ability to complete their online high school courses in a way that meets their personal goals and deadlines. Online courses are available 365 days a year, and learners can start at any time.

For more information check out all that SVHS has to offer 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.

Vendor Spotlight: Summit Writing Academy

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Summit Writing Academy is hosting free monthly webinars for parents designed to help their learners with writing. On Jan. 24 from 12-1:30 p.m., Summit Writing Academy will focus on paragraph writing. To learn more or sign up, please visit them here.

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: THE SECOND CITY

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The Second City first opened its doors in Chicago back in 1959, and has since been a leader in improvisational theatre. Located in Los Angeles County, they offer courses in improv comedy and improv that is specifically geared toward youth to help build confidence, as well as theatre ensemble and listening skills. They also offer training in acting, sketch comedy, and standup comedy. The Second City’s history and list of credits are outstanding, so check them out! More information can be found on their website!

Popular Math Vendors

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Teaching math can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Just as important to “what” children learn is “how” they learn. Below you will find some of our family-favorite math programs. We have also included the type of learning style(s) it is geared towards.

Singapore Math
TK-7
Learning Styles: Mostly Visual, Some Kinesthetic

Math U See
TK-High School
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

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Learning Styles: Visual and Auditory

Saxon Math
TK-High School
Learning Styles: Visual and Kinesthetic

Right Start Math
TK-6th
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

Colosky’s Math Academy
5th-High School
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

Vendor Spotlight: Success 4 Hoopz

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Success 4 Hoopz offers a FREE basketball lesson to every learner! Come see how passionate lessons can help build character, skills, and FUN! Please contact Coach Kev at success4hoopz@yahoo.com or at (714) 494-9865!

Check out this informative video to learn more.

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Science Vendors

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Science can be interactive and engaging, but also a little bit intimidating. We have put together a few of our most loved science vendors to help give your science lessons just the boost they need.

Steve Spangler (ages 5-18) – Perfect for your kinesthetic learner.

Home Science Tools (ages 5-18) – Fun, hands-on kits and curriculum for science activities.

Academy of Science for Kids (ages 5-18) – These kits allow for a guided inquiry approach and encourage the development of important processing skills.

MEL Science (ages 10-14) – New chemistry experiments delivered to your door every month.

Timberdoodle (ages 4-18) – Unique, innovative kits with an emphasis on engineering and thinking skills.

Vendor Spotlight: WISH CO-OP

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Money Munchkids has a homeschool curriculum that is perfect for educating younger learners about financial literacy and money management. The goal of Money Munchkids is to teach learners about basic financial terms and principles in order to provide a sound foundation for the financial responsibilities that await them as adults.

The lessons were created by national and international teachers and support five national and international education standards. There are are 35 lessons (about 30-45 minutes each) that incorporate all seven learning styles. The lessons are also dyslexia friendly and autism approved by the AHA.

The learner workbooks contain over 200 pages of versatile and interactive activities suitable for all learning styles! The topics include: barter and trade, the history of money, income, types of jobs, bank accounts, ATMs, checks, debit cards, credit cards, interest, budgeting, needs versus wants, expenses, resources, supply and demand, investing, taxes, charity, and donation.

To learn more, please visit their website.

Vendor Spotlight: CAAST

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Vendor Spotlight: High School Math Live

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Vendor Spotlight: Drum Lessons with Corey

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Corey Townley is a drum instructor serving San Clemente, Rancho Santa Margarita and surrounding areas. He has offered private drum and percussion instruction for over 17 years in south Orange County to learners ages 5 years and above. His classes are fun and entertaining.

During his classes, drummers learn about:

  • Types of drum-sets (rock, jazz, blues, Latin, double bass, etc…)
  • “Jamming” with other musicians
  • Correct techniques
  • Rudiments
  • Drum-lines (opportunities for summer camps)
  • Note reading and writing
  • Stick tricks and showmanship

To learn more, please email or call 949-350-0025.

Vendor Spotlight: Moonwater Farm

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FARM CAMP returns for a third season!

Learners will explore urban agriculture and art in a hands-on setting with activities that include: goats, cooking, equine science, art, farming, and drumming. The week culminates in an exploration of L.A.’s best nature parks. Learners explore the natural world around them, question where their food comes from, and consider what they put in their bodies. Working with animals is a unique learning experience and leads to new confidence and new friends. Professional artists and chefs guide them to acquire new skills that spark imagination and creativity.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday

Session 1: June 25 – June 29 (ages 8-14 years)

Session 2: July 9 – July 13 (ages 8-14 years)

Session 3: July 16 – July 20 (ages 8-14 years)

Session 4: July 23 – July 27 (ages 8-14 years)

Session 5: July 30 – August 3 (ages 8-14 years)

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Free Parent Workshop at Sylvan Learning Sherman Oaks

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Vendor Spotlight: Classical Historian

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