Inspire Insider

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Quote of the Week

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School News and Important Dates

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~From the Inspire Orange County team~

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Orange County 2020 Science Fair

Sign up here today!

Final sign up date: Friday, January 24, 2020.

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February 2020 Vendor Fair

Do you know a great Inspire approved vendor? We are planning our February 2020 Vendor Fair, and would love to have them join us! Please ask them to fill in this form so that we can contact them.

Thank you!

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Inspiring Parents

Am I Doing Enough? Am I Doing This Right?

Big questions that Inspiring Parents will begin tackling THIS Wednesday, January 8th. You will come away with the expected milestones for your kindergarten – high school child. It is empowering to know the norms for school age children which leads to compassion and patience with yourself, and your child. Brew a cup of tea, put your feet up, and click this link to join us this Wednesday from 1-2.

Did you miss December’s Inspiring Parents webcast? We learned how to homeschool in a more harmonious way by shifting from an adult power relationship: “DO it because I said so!” to “Let’s work together.” Aaron Eden, from the Alliance of Self-Directed Education, shared proven successful strategies that work during times of high pressure like the holidays as well as throughout the year. Click this link to watch the December recording.

Field Trip Tip

It can be difficult to remember the dates and times of field trips we've booked, but you can find all the details on Inspiration Station by following these steps:

1. Log in to and you will see “Hi (your name)” on the top right, with a little drop down arrow next to it. *Tip: if you're on your phone, just turn it horizontally and this will show.

2. Press the arrow and it will offer the option of viewing “My Account.”

3. Click on "My Account" and it will list all of the field trips you have signed up for. This includes all the links to the pages where you signed up, so you can find the lead teacher's name, email address and phone number!

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An Important Message About Field Trips

In an effort to give all families a fair booking opportunity, Orange County HST led public field trips that are listed in the Inspire Insider will now open for booking on Inspiration Station every Wednesday morning at 8am.

Inspire Planners Feedback

It may feel too soon, but Inspire is already planning their 2020-2021 school planners and we'd love to hear your thoughts on what you thought of this year's planners!

If you missed the Bravewriter webcast

Julie Bogart, creator of BraveWriter shared techniques for how to incorporate writing across the curriculum and ways to make it fun.

If you missed the live webcast, click on this link to add your email address and receive Writing Across the Curriculum, Writer's Jungle and High School Writing Help, as well as the Brave Learner Companion Guide.

Parent Testing Resources Website

The Parent Testing Resources website is complete and ready for you to check out! Here you can find information about the assessments that Inspire offers to its students. Inspire hopes to partner with parents to help students be as successful as possible. We hope you find the resources on this website helpful to increase your understanding of the assessments we give and empower you to prepare your child as they come upon these tests during their educational career.

Academic Video Library

Did you know you have access to Inspire's academic video library? These videos are available to support students in reading, math, and speech and can be accessed through the EOS!

Instructions to access Academic Video Library can be found here.

Wild & Free Conference

Wild + Free One Day

The Crossing | Costa Mesa, CA | April 30, 2020

Announcing a one-day Wild + Free event at The Crossing venue in Costa Mesa, CA on Thursday, April 30th! Join 1,000 charter school members for a full day of insight, inspiration, and encouragement with Wild + Free.

This beautiful gathering will feature main-stage keynotes, guest musicians, and surprises throughout the day. We may not all homeschool the same way, but we're not alone. We have each other, and we're in this together.

Ticket orders may be placed through the EOS and are non-refundable. Please select "Product Order" and "Other Vendor."

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Orange County History Day - Natural History Day

Each year NHD frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit

If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz:

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Join The Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program this month to LEARN about the history of education and homeschooling. We will also explore the history of charter schools & look at how educational decisions & cultural changes have influenced your family choices today. Every month we have a webinar and group discussions covering an essential Homeschooling topic. Also, every Tuesday we spotlight a Healthy Homeschooling Habit to discuss and investigate on our Facebook Group. Check out our website HERE to learn more. Scroll to the bottom to join the program.

Click here to view the Statewide Executive Board New Officers!

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S.T.E.A.M. for Teens & Tweens

Field Trips and Events

Click on the flyer to view the event!

All new field trips open on Wednesdays at 8am for ticket bookings.

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Kindness Day Events

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Community Connections: park days, high school hangouts and more!

Below is the newsletter for January. You won’t want to miss out on these awesome events. Please RSVP in the Field Trip and Events website.

January OC Community Connections Newsletter

We would like to ask that if you are unable to attend an event that you have RSVP’d for, please cancel your ticket and let the coordinator for that location know. It helps with supplies and planning. Thank you!

If you need any assistance, please reach out to the CC in that area or to our Regional Community Coordinator, Gina Garland:

Educational Tools

Stop Motion Studio App

Want to create movies like Wallace and Gromit or those groovy Lego shorts on YouTube? Stop Motion Studio helps you to create terrific stop action movies with a whole host of unique features. Like the frame-by-frame editor, the never get lost timeline and the sound editor.

Children can make stop motion movies and add audio for creative fun! Stop Motion Studio is simple to use, deceptively powerful, and tremendous fun. Available for iPhone, iPad and macOS as well as Android and Windows.

It also has parental controls to manage access which is handy.

Full details here

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Homeschooling Advice

What if My Child Refuses to Do School Work?

"“What can I do if my son refuses to do his school work?” or, “I don’t know how to get my daughter to do her assignments. She just sits there for hours and doesn’t get it done!” I hear questions like these from tired and frustrated moms who simply don’t know how to get their children to do their school work! (And lest you think this is just a homeschool problem, I hear the same questions from many public and private school teachers too! Unfortunately, though, those teachers have much less control over their students’ environments than homeschooling parents, so it may be harder to remedy the situation.)

I understand how difficult it can be to get children to do their school work (I have two homeschool graduates and an 11th grader.), and there may be a variety of causes for this problem. It’s extremely important for parents to carefully search out the reasons for the child’s refusal to work, though, in order to apply the best solution."

Read the rest of the blog post here.

Local Events

Community and Connection

Facebook Page

Did you know we have an Orange County Facebook page? We have new parents in the group who would love to hear from you! We also advertise our field trips here, and upload the newsletter there every week.

Instagram Page

If you are on instagram, we'd love to hear from you! Join our page, learn about our upcoming events and field trips, and tag us in your homeschooling photos!

Orange County Parent Resource Site

Have you visited Inspire's Orange County Parent Resource Site yet? If not, head on over to meet our regional team, stay current on school events, and find general school information. This website is a great resource and one you'll want to bookmark!

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 2, 6 and 8 years old, and I was previously a high school math teacher. Four years ago, our family chose the path of homeschooling and we have enjoyed it ever since! I am passionate about helping families navigate their way on their exciting homeschooling journey, and connecting individuals to build a community!

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 8 years to 6 months, and have homeschooled for the past four years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I have a background in Project Management Support and enjoy planning and hosting activities and events. I look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!


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