For the month of December, our Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO) is zest. You may be asking yourself, “What is zest, and why is it an important character trait?” Think of zest as more than just a character trait. It is a mind-set, or even a state of mind, a positive approach to life and new situations. Embracing unfamiliar educational challenges can be difficult, but having a zestful attitude can help our learners push through and gain new insights, allowing them to feel successful. When we invest in zestful practices, we experience gratitude, hope, and love from the inside (Seligman, Steen, Park & Peterson, 2006).Zest Poster
This week’s challenge speaks to a technical aspect of testing. Our learners take most standardized tests on laptops with touchpads. By familiarizing them with the touchpad, we can help them be more confident taking the tests.
Many younger learners need practice with this feature, DRAGGING and dropping their answers. By starting with these basic tech tools, we know this will help them prepare and reduce anxiety related to the testing experience.
Associated Student Body
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 ASB Team!
iLEAD Exploration offers many approved online vendors for our middle and high school homeschooling families. These vendors offer a wide range of high school courses that can be used by our learners on both the customized or A-G graduation paths. Learners on the A-G path should look for vendors with teacher support and ensure that the courses are posted on the UC Doorways website. Not all vendors provide teacher support, but most of them have grading and progress monitoring access. The cost of the courses will differ amongst providers as well. We recommend that families research or discuss their specific needs with their EF when looking for an online course. Here is a list of some popular choices that our families have often used. The complete list is available on the Hub or you can click here.
Attending a community college has a number of benefits and can save your family a great deal of money. Community colleges offer learners the opportunity to discover what they want to major in before transferring to a four-year university, and/or they provide a chance to earn an associate’s degree in order to earn more in the workforce. Community colleges offer flexibility if learners want to work while they also take classes. Some learners who struggle with academics in high school might find that community college gives them the fresh start they need. Check out the 10 Reasons to Attend a Community College by US News. Community college may just be the best option for you!
Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that our next field trip release (through the iLEAD Exploration website) will be on Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m.
November is here, and what better way to celebrate than with our SLO of the month, gratitude!
Here are some great questions for family discussion after you watch the video:
- How do you recognize what other people do for you?
- How do you show appreciation for opportunities and express appreciation?
- What are you most grateful for in your life?
November is the perfect time to reflect on the things that we are thankful for. This month, the schoolwide learner outcome focus is on gratitude. Expressing gratitude encourages a positive mind-set, reduces depression, and increases connectivity. Below are a few articles that you may want to take a look at to better understand why gratitude is an important part of our character education.Gratitude Poster
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!
Pretend City Honors Veterans Day OC
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.
|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|
Name/Role: Jennifer Ramirez, EL Coordinator
Family: Married to Alex, and we have three kids, who are nine, seven, and four years old.
Best Vacation: Backpacking through Spain for a month.
Fun Fact: After backpacking through Spain for a month, I returned home, sold my car, resigned from LA Unified, and decided to return to live and teach in Madrid, Spain.
Name/Role: Melissa Clarke, EL Support
Location: Foothill Ranch (south Orange County)
Family/Pets: Married to my husband, Chris, for 10 years. We have a daughter, who is eight, and a son, who is 6. We have a cat named Jimmy, a hamster named Marshmallow, and a beta fish named Blue Fin.
Best Vacation: Trip to Washington, D.C., with my family when I was in high school.
Fun Fact: I earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Name/Role: Amri Gallardo, EL Support
Family/Pets: Husband, two daughters, and one turtle (did you know that red-eared slider turtles live 30 years?).
Best Vacation: When my husband goes south to Mexico to visit his family, I run farther away from them and rent a hotel room with my girls by the Ventura beaches.
Fun Fact: I used to be an aircraft mechanic before becoming a teacher.
Name/Role: Lorraine Kajikawa, EL Support
Family/Pets: Married to Gavin and have two daughters and two goldfish.
Best Vacation: When I went to Paris, France, for a milestone birthday!
Fun Fact: I love planting and caring for succulents!
Name/Role: Adrienne Lynch, EL Support
Location: Los Angeles
Family/Pets: Gladys the rescue cat.
Best Vacation: Hiking dead volcanoes in Iceland.
Fun Fact: Not a lot of people know I’m a true cowgirl at heart! Because I was homeschooled, I had the space and encouragement to explore extracurricular passions. I fell in love with equestrian care, and in high school, I finally got my own horse named Foxy! It was such a thrill to show her in local gymkhanas and rodeos. I had to sell Foxy when I moved to Los Angeles for college, but it is my dream to own and ride a horse again!
Camila Aguirre is a 5th grade learner who is in her second year of homeschooling with iLEAD Exploration. Camila is multilingual and speaks three languages. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is currently learning Chinese.
Name: Camila Aguirre
What languages do you speak?
I speak Chinese, Spanish, and English.
What is your favorite saying in your native language?
My favorite saying is “Ahi nos vidrios!” It is slang for “See you later!”
What is a family tradition that you enjoy?
During Christmas, my family and I buy gifts for each other and guess who gave what gift.
What career would you like to have?
I would like to be an interior designer. I think being able to speak Chinese, Spanish, and English is going to allow me to have more clients.
What is your favorite subject?
Math. I love math. It makes life so much easier.
Has being multilingual allowed you any special opportunities?
Yes! I am able to communicate with a lot of different people. I learn so much from speaking their language.
What is your favorite hobby?
I love to ice skate. I just started last year when I began homeschooling. I had my first ice skating competition, and I won first place! I feel like I’m flying when I’m gliding.
What advice would you give to someone trying to learn a new language?
Start with the basics. Try to listen to the language as much as possible. I watch movies in Chinese to hear the language. Also, practice, practice, practice, and practice, and don’t be afraid to say things incorrectly!
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
- Put learners in pairs if possible.
- Explain to the learners that they need to think about the positive, negative, and interesting points of an idea.
- Show the learners an idea statement (see below) and give them time to think of some positive, negative, and interesting aspects of the idea.
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.
The need for bilingual employees in the workplace continues to grow! In fact, the number of jobs aimed at bilingual workers more than doubled from 2010 to 2015. Speakers of Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish are in high demand. Understanding and speaking multiple languages is an advantage in the workplace and makes one more marketable.
The US government is currently seeking out translators, intelligence officers, and diplomats to serve in foreign embassies. Locally, law enforcement hire and pay bilinguals more because they have a better ability to investigate crimes, interview witnesses, and respond to emergencies. In the private sector, bilinguals have an advantage because multinational companies need employees who can communicate with clients who are in different parts of the world and speak different languages. Outsourcing in the technology industry has also opened up the job market for bilinguals, and it actively seeks out an international workforce that can span various countries. They are specifically looking to hire bilinguals who can communicate in highly technical and trade-specific work. With a rapidly growing healthcare industry and with 10 percent of the population speaking English as a second language, there is a constant demand for bilingual nurses, medical assistants, medical administration, and doctors. There is a wide-open road ahead for those who have an ability to speak more than one language!
The English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) is a school-level committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members designated to advise school officials on English learner programs and services. Each school with at least 21 learners must form an ELAC, and the committee must meet at least four times a year.
The dates of iLEAD Hybrid’s (of which iLEAD Exploration is a program) 2019-20 ELAC meetings are as follows:
- Tuesday, November 12
- Wednesday, January 29
- Tuesday, February 25
- Tuesday, March 17
- Tuesday, April 28
- Friday, May 1
All meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m., and the agenda and login information will be sent via email to EL families a few days prior to each meeting.
If you have been thinking about joining the spring 2020 Backpacks Full of Hope relief trip to Puerto Rico, now is the time to sign up. Only 10 spots remain open on our team, and registration must be completed by Friday, Nov. 15th. Click here to register today!
- 10 team spots remain
- Total trip cost: $1,550
- New registration: $1,150 due by Nov. 15
- The trip is non-refundable after Nov. 30
- Remaining payments are due on Jan. 31
This is the third Backpacks Full of Hope trip, and we believe it is an important one. During the first and second trips, some of the most impactful feedback we had from those we were helping was hearing how much it meant to have people travel there to provide assistance. The work we are doing to aid our fellow Americans matters, and we’d love to have you be a part of it!
If you haven’t had a chance yet, please watch our latest video about the Backpacks Full of Hope project, and please consider sharing it with your circle (ex., post to Facebook, etc.). Additionally, if you are interested in donating to the trip or providing a sponsorship, contact family.engagement@
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
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!
We are excited to present our next TED talk for the month of October on growth mindset!
As you watch the video, some great questions for family discussion include:
- Has there ever been a time when having a fixed mindset gets in your way or stopped you from reaching your full potential?
- What is, “the power of YET,” and what does it mean to you? Is there anything in your life right now that you can add a “YET” to?
- Is there a goal that you really want to accomplish? Share your goal with your family and ask them to support you in keeping a growth mindset about it!
October is here, and it is time to introduce the new monthly Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO). This month we are focusing on: GROWTH MINDSET. As educators, we encourage our learners to have a positive mindset when tackling new tasks or challenges. Simply put, if they believe it, they can achieve it. Encouraging a growth mindset helps our learners recognize that there is value in the journey regardless of the outcome. In addition to fostering a love of learning, having a growth mindset can sometimes mean the difference between persevering and giving up.Growth mindset poster
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.