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New iLEAD OC Studio Coordinator: Kendra Bailey

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We are super excited to announce our new, highly devoted and experienced iLEAD OC Studio Coordinator, Kendra Bailey, who will be planning and hosting a variety of awesome workshops for our iLEAD learners. Kendra comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are excited to introduce you to her:

What are your plans for the OC Learning Studio?

I envision the studio ultimately being a place for learners, parents and teachers to gather to enjoy learning. From the learner perspective, I would like a variety of opportunities to be available for them including STEM/STEAM activities, project-based learning, collaborative groups, hands-on science, and the list could go on and on. For the parents, I would like the studio to be a place where they have the opportunity to learn from each other, share with each other and have a chance to learn from EFs as well. I would also love to work with vendors and allow them an opportunity to showcase what they have. And finally, I would like the studio to be a ‘hub’ for teachers; it could be used for in-person meetings with families, pod meetings, etc.

For this school year, we are going to focus on creating a place where kids want to be. The studio is going to host once-a-month theme days packed with all kinds of activities. Each theme day will have a STEAM focus with different activities geared for a group of grade levels. Our first fun workshop is Snow Days and it is scheduled for Jan. 26.

In what ways do you think about homeschool kids as you plan all the fun workshops?

While working at a school as the the middle school teacher for our in-person program, I learned what home school learners enjoyed about our in-person days. They love to be with each other. I would like any day at the studio to be sure to allow opportunities for the kids to interact and just enjoy being around each other. With that in mind, having activities where they get a chance to partner or be in a group is a focus. Not every workshop will be like that, but those opportunities are so valuable. I also want to bring to them activities that they may not otherwise do at home, such as a large-scale science experiment or reader’s theater. The studio is a wonderful opportunity to not only provide great learning opportunities, but also develop some valuable life skills, such as working with others.

Have you traveled to any other country?

Yes! Canada – last Christmas (it is a winter wonderland), and England – I was there for work with CAVA. I demonstrated lessons to the teachers there using K12 curriculum in grades 1, 3, and 5. It was an amazing experience to be a part of the schooling process in England and to see the kids. I’ve also been to Mexico (where my husband proposed in Cancun).

Do you have a unique or unusual talent?

I might be a little rusty, but I can belly dance. My instructor would arrange for some of us to perform at restaurants and a few parties. I don’t think I’ll be pulling out my costume any time soon, though!

What are some fun facts about you:

I love to read, run and garden. I find baking a great stress reliever – both for me and the receiver of the goodies. My friends and family have come to look forward to when I feel like trying out a new recipe.

Here are Kendra’s boys holding a homegrown zucchini Trent (almost 13) and Logan (10).

Brave Writer


Need some support teaching your child how to write? Writing is an essential skill to learn and is often a difficult one to teach. One of our vendors, Brave Writer, supports and nurtures the homeschooling family in the area of language arts and writing from age 5 until college.

They offer a Home Study Program for those who prefer to work at their own pace with a manual in their hands. They also offer online writing and language classes for those who enjoy more structure, support and accountability. All instructors have been homeschooled or are homeschooling their children, and are published writers. All materials and courses are original to Brave Writer. No matter which program you choose, Brave Writer assures access to ask for ongoing help in executing the processes in their materials. They also have a discussion board where moms can help each other!

Take a peek at their website, and become brave when it comes to writing!

The Intern Project

The Intern Project

The Intern Project exposes deserving learners to dynamic careers through paid internships in companies like Fullscreen Media, Skanska, Omaze, and Kaiser Permanente! They recruit and select outstanding Los Angeles learners, place them in internships based on their skills, and provide coaching and additional support to all interns throughout the summer.

If selected to join the program, learners will receive:
– An internship of a minimum of 20 hours per week for 4 weeks (max 40 hours per week for 8 weeks).
– Hourly compensation
– A transportation stipend
– Professional development workshops
– Field trips
– A coach
– More!

To learn more and apply, visit their website or email them at

Happy New Year to Our Families

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Welcome Back, Families!

It is hard to believe that the year is almost halfway over, and we still have many more exciting opportunities in store for you! A few items to note:

  • The first of three high school webinars will begin next week. For more information, please read the section in this week’s Monday Message on the college webinar being offered to our families. Your educational facilitator will send you the call-in information this week.
  • We are excited to announce our new iLEAD OC Studio Coordinator, Kendra Bailey, who will be planning and hosting a variety of awesome programs and workshops for your learners! More exciting information will come in next week’s Monday Message!
  • There are still many more field trips and service projects available for sign ups at the bottom of our Monday Message.
  • Our Love and Logic parenting courses, hosted by our Parent University, are still available for sign up!

Learner Spotlight: The Hemsley Twins

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Heather and Hope are eighth grade twins. They are uniquely gifted and share the same passion for music, theater, and serving others. Being homeschooled, they have been given more time to develop their gifts. They have enjoyed being involved in musical theater, and their most recent musical was “Singing in the Rain.” Both girls play the piano, and have enjoyed accompanying vocalists, leading worship, and playing for the elderly. Both girls love any serving opportunities! They have put in several hours with Operation Christmas Child packing shoe boxes this holiday season.

Hope is passionate about art. She has entered her art work yearly in the L.A. County Fair. She has been developing this gift with a variety of art courses, the most recent being a landscape course. Hope sets up her easel in different locations every day. She thrives on the challenge to create a piece that reflects what she is seeing. She desires to one day teach art in order to inspire others to see the beauty around them.

Heather loves to read and write! She always has a story in her head and multiple stories in progress. An idea book called “Writers Block” is where she continuously is writing her thoughts down for future stories. She has a love for language and words. She recently completed NaNoWriMo, a young writer’s program that challenges writers to finish a novel in a month, and then they will print it for you. Heather desires to teach one day, and also be an inspirational writer on the side.

One goal they share is to write and illustrate a book together! Heather and Hope are sisters, best friends, and are enthusiastic about life and all the opportunities that await them!

College Webinar

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Attention Families!

Please join us for our first college webinar on Jan. 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. Anne Cochran, director of iLEAD Noho and director of college and career planning for iLEAD Schools, will provide helpful information for us in a Zoom conference call about navigating the college application process. Anne holds a college counseling certificate from UCLA and has helped hundreds of learners over the past 20 years get into great colleges. She will cover topics including college entrance exams, Naviance (our college planning and career assessment program), college applications, and more. Parents and learners are invited to connect by computer or phone on the Zoom link that will be shared through our high school educational facilitators early this week.

STEM Park Day

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December STEM Park Day


Our Dec, 14 Candy Cane Calamity was an outstanding success! Learners had to carefully design packaging to protect candy canes from breaking. We tested our creations by dropping the packages on the ground. It was a fun day filled with collaborating, learning and experimenting! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Bob Baker Marionettes Field Trip


A group of iLEAD families attended the wonderful Bob Baker Marionette’s “Holiday on Strings” program on Dec. 12. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been performing classic shows in downtown Los Angeles since 1963. The “Holiday on Strings” program has been performed for decades and takes the audience on a magical journey through the winter holidays





America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College


Our families got an up-close look at alligators, tigers, geckos, emus, snakes, lemurs, ocelots and more at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Part of the school’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, this five-acre zoo is home and habitat for nearly 200 fascinating exotic animals. The friendly staff of the teaching zoo entertained our families with a holiday show and a guided tour. Our learners enjoyed a quiet, low-key environment while getting a fun and educational look at some of nature’s rarest and most beautiful creatures.

High School Options to Help Along the Way…..


Homeschooling parents do not necessarily need to teach and/or be the expert in all areas of their child(ren)’s education. Rather, they ought to regularly facilitate opportunities for their kids to learn. Some ways to do this might include:

-Collaborating with other parents and trading subjects to teach, or using self-teaching materials.

-Volunteering or arranging an apprenticeship, internship, or mentorship.

-Taking community college classes or classes offered by private teachers, museums, and/or community programs.

-Utilizing Massive Open Online Courses offered by major universities. Some courses are taught by top professorial talent, using college-level texts and well-designed course content and assessments.

-Applying for a job relevant to your child’s field of interest.

-Traveling and learning through immersion experiences.

-Using online resources. There are many sites available like Crash Course on YouTube, Khan Academy, and CK-12 Foundation’s free online textbooks and resources.

A homeschool parent’s job is not to have everything to teach, but to put everything within reach. Parents can facilitate by using all these resources and more to help their kids learn.

– Adapted from Jeanne Faulconer’s article “Resources to Homeschool High School When Mom’s Not the Expert”

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