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Monday, March 4, 2019
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School News and Important Dates
Senior Grad Night!
We would like to invite all Inspire Seniors to Inspire’s Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure on June 11, 2019! Your ticket includes access to Grad Nite festivities like dance parties and California Adventure rides and attractions from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Instructional Funds cannot be used as payment for this event, only credit card payments will be accepted. When buying your ticket, please select credit card from the payment options and not the student fund option.
Contact your HST for the link!
Inspiring Talks with Julie Bogart
Inspire is launching a new series for our homeschooling community called Inspiring Talks. We know you know the value of attending homeschool conferences where you would have met Julie at the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) conference last August, but it is not practical for everyone to attend these events.
Our solution? Inspire will bring the best speakers to you with a mission to lift you up, share ideas, and fill your bag of teaching tips and tricks. Some speakers will enlighten you about trends in homeschooling while others are experts in subject areas and may offer workshops to engage you as you learn about novel ways to teach your children reading, writing, math, and more!
Our first in-person Inspiring Talks is with Julie Bogart. Julie is a former homeschool mom, creative genius behind Brave Writer, and international speaker.
“Parents want their children to have academic success. Children want to be happy. Can’t we get these two desires together: learning that develops skill and creates joy? How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childish chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?” - Julie Bogart
Please join us as Julie discusses these issues and her new book, The Braver Learner.
Julie will be available for a book signing following the talk!
You may order a copy of Julie's new book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life through the Enrichment Ordering System ahead of the event. Or, books will be available for purchase on the day of the event for $12 per book (Enrichment staff will be on-site to process orders for those who would like to use their Instructional Funds).
This is a FREE event, but due to limited space, reservations are required.
Reserve your spot for Irvine here!
Reserve your spot for Long Beach here!
Celebrate Pi Day with Us!
Tell everyone about Inspire!
Current parents do not need to re-enroll, your HST will send you a Master Agreement at the end of the year to sign for 2019-2020.
College & Career Fair
À la Carte OSP Subscription Options
We’re excited to begin offering our remaining available OSP subscriptions à la carte! Families may begin submitting requests via the À la Carte OSP Subscription Order Request Form.
The available subscriptions and prorated cost (Instructional Funds only) are listed on the order request form. All subscriptions are valid through September 1, 2019 (unless otherwise noted) and are subject to availability.
Funds will be manually deducted from the student’s Enrichment account and the subscriptions created within 1-2 weeks of the request submission.
If you have any further questions, please contact the OSP Team -- firstname.lastname@example.org
More High School Info Sessions!
Amy Edwards, Inspire teacher and homeschooling parent, held an amazing High School Information Session on Friday. If you were not able to attend, here are the upcoming dates in which she will hosting more sessions.
If you have a student approaching the High School years, or have a friend that is considering options for High School, this would be a great place to start! Everyone is invited!
Special Education Newsletter
From our wonderful department of Special Education:
"The month of February is upon us and that means we are comfortably into the second semester and are moving right along with teaching and learning. We appreciate all your feedback and support and encourage you to write to us if you have a particular topic you wish us to cover."
Read the full newsletter here.
Coolest Projects at Discovery Cube OC
Coolest Projects is a world-leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, change makers, and entrepreneurs! The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders ages 7 to 17.
Do you have an idea for a creative tech project you’d like to showcase? Register now to participate in the coolest event in North America happening at the Cube on March 23, 2019!
In addition, adults and kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free event at the Cube to support hundreds of young innovators and celebrate them in their accomplishments. Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers, leading educational technology experts, and get the chance to join a global community of digital makers.
*Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.
Click here for more information.
Enter Imaginology's Student Competitions!
Did you know that Imaginology holds competitions for children that have a $50 cash reward? This is the time for your child's creativity to shine!
There are 19 different project divisions, and they are:
Wood & Metal Arts
Make It With Clay
Read & Draw
Lights, Camera, Action
The full details are available here. The project registration deadline is March 22nd, so start thinking about what you might be interested in building!
Imaginology Project Build Sessions
Create a Chain Reaction
Kids set off a chain reaction of fun! These sets let pre-k through second-grade students set up a course of ramps, pendulums, hammers, switches and more…then drop a ball onto the tracks and go for the goal box! After each test run, kids will fine-tune the placement, distance and angle of each piece—getting firsthand practice with STEM concepts such as gravity, force and momentum! Packed with super-durable plastic pieces, the set is perfect for open-ended building—or kids can use the leveled challenge cards to create a variety of different courses from scratch! Set comes with 37 pieces, plus 4 balls, 6 challenge cards and a guide. The tracks measure 12" in length.
Can funds be used? Yes
Vendor Spotlight: Moxie Box Art
MoxieBox Art Inc. is a family run business dedicated to nurturing creativity in all children! We accomplish this mission by creating our art box subscriptions and sharing content with teachers as well as parents about the importance of the Arts and Creativity through seminars and email.
We create each art box on a monthly basis with a detailed lesson plan and all materials included for any student to successfully create a masterpiece you will be proud to display in your home for all to see. Proudly displaying your child’s artwork will boost their confidence which will spill-over into other areas of their studies and lives. Our art box levels are currently created for K-2 nd , 3-5 th and 6-8 th grades. The monthly lesson plan for each level is on the same general subject
but varies in complexity depending on the desired challenge. The images below show a visual for the three levels.
We create a new lesson each and every month so, if MoxieBox Art becomes your Art Class, you will never receive an art box that you have already completed.
5 Things I Hate About Homeschooling (And How I Deal With Them)
"The educational component of homeschooling fades at times when dealing with daily sibling bickering, “no fair’s!”, messes and squabbles. I find the slow character growth of children, which is a developmentally normal and necessary process, challenging on good days and discouraging on bad ones.
Potential Solutions I Use
- increase my understanding of child development (these books help)
- one day at a time – a homeschooling mother’s best strategy on most issues, really
- remind myself that this is one of the reasons we homeschool–to be a part of the character growth process instead of outsourcing it to others
- set my kids up to shine–Home is where we let it all hang out, isn’t it? So I look for ways to get in environments where my kids’ growth is more evident. After a recent challenging day, I got the kids showered, dressed in their finest, and met Steve at a nice restaurant after his day at the office. Watching Trishna, Jonathan, and Elijah use excellent restaurant manners while munching on fancy salad greens and salmon reminded me of just how far we’ve come."
Read the full article here.
Vendor Fair at The American Academy of Strategic Education
Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders
When: On display through April 14, 2019
Where: Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Avenue | Fullerton, CA 92832
The Great Train Show
When: March 2-3, 2019 - 10am-4pm
Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (enter at gate 3)
Cost: Onsite Adult Admission is $11.00 on Saturday - Good for BOTH DAYS!
Onsite Admission is $10.00 on Sunday
Kids 11 and under are admitted free and do NOT need a ticket.
On site admission is CASH only.
For more information, view their website here.