iLEAD Exploration Remains Open Virtually for Learners

iLEAD Exploration continues to operate its independent study model in an entirely virtual format.

Feb 1, 2021 @ 18:00

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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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