Gratitude is a crucial aspect of every learner’s educational environment. When the Duran family made the switch from their neighborhood school to homeschooling, they found out just how much an attitude of gratitude affected not only everyone’s learning experience, but also their days together.
This dynamic family is always on the move with their creative third grader, Jalseen, who is always dreaming up stories or making crafts, acting as the leading lady in musical theater, and reading. First grader Julian, the engineer and builder, always has a new idea for an invention or LEGO creation. Jade, the littlest Duran, is not quite old enough to join iLEAD Exploration, but she is always participating in the adventures and learning.
Some of the ways that the Durans have kept gratitude as a focus have been through the creation of a kindness chart. This chart allows them to reward each other by showing gratitude to one another for choosing kindness.
This lovely family also enhances their handwriting and writing practice by sending thank-you notes to family and friends. They love to encourage and show gratitude for the people in their lives by creating art and giving away toys to friends and neighbors who will enjoy them.
The Durans have learned that giving presents isn’t the only way to say thank you to friends and family. They know it is also important to be cheerful and to give others a feeling of happiness. Making others feel special has expanded their thinking to even more creative ways to show gratitude! The Durans have shared that this focus on gratitude has really impacted every aspect of their homeschool day.
November 11 is a commemorative day to salute all the men and women who have protected our country! Please take a moment to recognize and thank someone in your life who has spent time in military service. In honor of these heroes, many organizations are offering special discounts and free meals to military families. Additionally, here are some local events to honor veterans!
|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|
|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|
|7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day|
|Paws for Reading in Ojai|
|Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks|
|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|
|Big Bear Turkey Trot|
|Candy Making Demos at Logan’s Candies|
|Mary Vagle Nature Center|
|Planes of Fame Air Museum at Kilroy Coffee Klatch|
Did you know that there are endless educational opportunities right in your community? Many organizations have designated special days throughout the year to support homeschool families. Homeschool days are a great way to expose your learner to enrichment experiences for free or discounted rates. We have put together a list of some of these days that are happening in your area during the month of October. For more information, please visit their website or contact the venue directly.
Aliso Viejo Ice Palace- Every Monday!
Mission San Juan Capistrano – Oct 17
Pretend City Children’s Museum – Oct 19
Riley’s Stone Soup Farm and Heritage Orchard – Oct 26
Riley’s Apple Farm – Oct 30
The California Science Museum – Oct 29 and 30
San Bernardino County
Amy’s Farm – Oct 11
San Diego County
San Diego – “Kids Free” opportunities. Each year during the month of October, 100+ San Diego attractions offer free admission to all learners!
iLEAD Exploration learners had a wonderful visit to the Discovery Cube! Learners started this field trip with a presentation on predicting forces. Then they were off to explore the museum and participate in the hands-on exhibits. They had the opportunity to learn about the math and science behind the game of hockey. Some decided to race against others to sort recyclables and other waste materials. Using a touch-screen tablet, learners went on a scavenger hunt to inspect a home to see if it was earthquake proof and energy efficient. There was so much to see and do, and everyone had a great time exploring!