iLEAD Exploration Remains Open Virtually for Learners

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Mar 19, 2020 @ 13:49

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FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS

Free Online Resources for High School Learners

At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy, and Coursera. We hope you enjoy exploring these free resources!

High School Hangouts

High School Hangouts

In January, high school learners had an opportunity to get together for a game day. It was a great time to get to know one another and a great time was had by all. One learner, Kniyah, said, “It was a fun experience because I got to socialize with other homeschoolers and I got to play games and just be around other kids. The food was great and so were the games. I can’t wait for the next game day!” We hope you can join us at our next event, our high school hike and hangout! See below for details.

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FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS

Free Online Resources for High School Learners

At iLEAD Exploration, we are happy to provide learners with high school curriculum and online vendor suggestions, both of which can be purchased using instructional funds. We also have a variety of free resource suggestions for our high school families. While this list is non-exhaustive, we hope you find it helpful. These resources are available through the Hub on our website when you log into your account. The results can be narrowed down by subject and grade level. A few of our favorites are MITOpenCourseware, KhanAcademy, and Coursera. We hope you enjoy exploring these free resources!

What’s Next? Gap Year

Gap Year

February is Gap Year Exploration Month! A gap year is a purposeful break between high school and college. There is often an emphasis on experiential learning and pushing beyond one’s comfort zones. Learners return from gaps years with a better understanding of future college goals and a clearer sense of purpose. Gap years can be structured or unstructured. The Gap Year Association offers advice on how to plan a gap year.

Learners can approach gap years in two ways: They can wait to apply to college or they can ask the college to defer their start date. Not all colleges will allow a student to take a gap year, so find out the college’s policy before you apply. Some colleges will require a student to apply again the following year while others will allow the break.

If you are interested in looking at the gap year option, the Gap Year Association has information on accredited gap year programs as well as scholarships. Students can search by interest and timing, or they can look at a full list of opportunities including alumni reviews.

Here is some additional reading on gap years. One of the first books written about gap years is The Gap-Year Advantage.

Science Fair 2020: Deadline to Enter 2/24

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Science Fair 2020

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Field Trip Review

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iLEAD Exploration learners had the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips. Here are a few that were enjoyed by our learners and their families.

Queen Mary Ellis Island Experience

This field trip was a re-enactment of the immigrant experience entering the United States through Ellis Island. The trip started with a thoughtfully done video about the journey from Europe to New York and then learners were directed to an “inspection room” where they gently experienced having to submit their passport for approval. Learners had to wait to be “inspected” by a doctor and to answer questions to confirm their mental and physical health. Some learners were quarantined if their responses were questionable. Others were approved and sent to another waiting area to get final approval and had to communicate with an “immigration officer” to verify where they would be living and who would be picking them up from Ellis Island. Following this experiential learning, there was an opportunity to debrief collectively and share reflections. The people leading the experience stayed in character in order to help learners get a sense of what it would have felt like to immigrate through Ellis Island 100 years ago.

Flowbox Desert Rocks

The kids learned circus arts and climbed the rock wall. They all had such a blast!

LEGOLAND
iLEAD Exploration learners attended a physical forces workshop at LEGOLAND where they learned about gravity. inertia, and friction. After the lesson, they got into teams where they designed their own LEGO car. Teams raced their cars in various heats and had the opportunity to go back and redesign their car to make it even better. Our iLEAD Exploration learners loved this hands-on approach to LEGO learning!

Charter Profile

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Be sure to view our public school profile for iLEAD Exploration (our official charter name is iLEAD Hybrid). Since opening five years ago, we have built a solid charter school option for all types of learners!

ASB News

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Associated Student Body

iLEAD Exploration is thrilled to present our inaugural high school ASB team! These student-leaders have already had their first meeting, and the wheels are enthusiastically spinning as we are beginning to plan some community service events for our high school learners! Throughout the year, we hope to provide our high schoolers with the opportunity to serve our school and the local community.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 ASB Team!

12th Grade:
Alyssa Sanchez
Mary Miller

11th Grade:
Camilo Whitfield
Julianna Longhenry
Sydney Shepherd

10th Grade:
Abigail Myers
Ariella Clarino
Charis Dubose
Kniya Rogers

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.

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.

Webinar: Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

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College Fairs and Events

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There are many ways to explore colleges! Check out some of these events online and in person.

California Out of State and International College Fairs (COSI)
October 21: Yorba Linda/Tommy Lasorda Field House
October 25: Del Mar Racetrack/Mission Building
Hosted by COSI Fairs
COSI Event Details
COSI Registration

STEM Colleges Panel
November 7th at 10 am (online)
Hosted by College Seekers, this online event enables you to meet with the admission staff from five STEM colleges and learn about admission requirements and financial aid. Registration is coming soon!

Global Colleges & University Fair
November 13 from 4 am – 4 pm ET (online)
Hosted by College Week Live, this free virtual college fair is your chance to connect directly with top universities across the U.S. and all around the world.
Global Colleges & University Fair Event Schedule

Visit College Week Live anytime!
https://www.collegeweeklive.com/

Student Support Symposium

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Please join us for our 4th annual Student Support Symposium! This year’s Student Support Symposium will challenge and inspire every parent and educator who is committed to helping vulnerable populations, learners impacted by challenging disabilities, trauma, and/or other emotional challenges, to succeed. New for 2019, you have TWO LOCATIONS to choose from:

  • Tuesday, October 8 at SCVi in Santa Clarita Valley
  • Thursday, October 10 at the iLEAD OC Studio in Costa Mesa

Register here if you would like to attend.

By attending, you will learn how to embrace change and unleash your inner superpowers by exploring a variety of topics such as universal design, diversity and inclusion teaching practices, understanding anxiety, and many more critical issues.

Thinking Maps Webinar

Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps are visual tools that parents and learners can use to organize ideas and enhance learning. They are consistent visual patterns that are linked directly to eight different thought processes in the brain. By visualizing our thinking, we create concrete images of abstract thoughts. In fact, research suggests these patterns are helpful for learners to reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking. This is especially beneficial in teaching them how to organize their writing. These maps will help them lay out their ideas from start to finish. Join our next webinar on Wednesday, October 2 at noon to find out how thinking maps can help improve your child’s writing.

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Science Labs

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iLEAD Online will offer in-person science labs for customized credit in biology, chemistry, anatomy, earth science, physical science, and physics. For $75 per semester, a learner can attend an extended lab once per month to gain valuable lab practice to enhance curriculum being used at home. Labs are being offered in Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Costa Mesa. Please view the iLEAD Lab Schedule for dates and details!

Introducing Naviance

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness tool available to all iLEAD learners. Soon you will receive a code for your learner to log in and create their account. Remember when it comes to college and career, the learner takes the lead. Please let your child use THEIR email address when signing on. Once a learner has created an account, a parent account can be added.

Take a look at this video to learn more about Naviance. Naviance also has a great phone app. Keep an eye on your email for your learner’s code to download the app.

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!

 

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.

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