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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”