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Monday, January 6, 2020
Quote of the Week
School News and Important Dates
~From the Inspire Orange County team~
February 2020 Vendor Fair
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. http://bit.ly/InspiringLink
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. http://bit.ly/InspiringParents_120419
Field Trip Tip
1. Log in to www.icsinspirationstation.net 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!
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 http://bit.ly/BraveLearnerFreeResources 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
Academic Video Library
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."
Orange County History Day - Natural History Day
To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit https://ocde.us/EducationalServices/STEMandHumanities/History/Pages/History-Day.aspx
If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz: firstname.lastname@example.org
California Homeschool Parent Association
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.
Kindness Day Events
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.