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Week of February 25th - March 3rd, 2019

Hello Riverside County!

Who has braved the mountain roads and ventured out to find snow with their kids? We want to get out and go soon! It is amazing to see how much snow has covered the lower elevations surrounding us. We are all mesmerized! What an opportunity to add in some new and exciting lessons that you may not usually opt for during a California winter! I hope you step out of your comfort zone and go on an adventure!

In this week's newsletter, we have a 'Curriculum Spotlight' on Build Your Library! Our 'Vendor Spotlight' features Tala Mai Moana! Make sure to read about both in this edition.

Also, be sure to check out Inspiration Station.

It is filled with so many amazing field trips designed by our HSTs and Liaisons just for you! Scroll through every so often so that you can see all that is being offered throughout Southern California!

Please reach out anytime and get to know us!

We are so happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through

learning about homeschool philosophy, curriculum, and the homeschool lifestyle!

Don't let yourself drown in worry or fear over homeschooling.

If you find yourself there, reach out!

We are hoping to connect with you soon!

Audrey & Candice

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Your Inspire Riverside County Team!

Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaison for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

Look how we've grown since August!

SAVE THE DATE: Riverside County Graduation 2019

Please save the date for our 2019 promotion and graduation ceremony!

We will have many more details coming soon!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2 pm

Sandals Church Hunter Park

150 Palmyrita Avenue


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Hemet PFT & Vendor Fair! 80's Party!

Have a 5th, 7th, or 9th grader participating in the Physical Fitness Test?

Why not stay after and learn more about local vendors!

ALL Inspire families are welcome to join the Vendor Fair at 11:30 am.

Enrichment will be on site!

Wednesday, February 27th

PFT (for 5th, 7th, & 9th Graders): 10:30 - 11:30 am

Vendor Fair (ALL Inspire families): 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

McSweeny Park

McSweeny Parkway, Hemet

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Murrieta Vendor Fair

Make sure to RSVP and let us know how many in your family will be attending.

Vendors from all over Southern Riverside County are coming to see YOU!

They want to show YOU what they can offer your students.

Wednesday, March 13th

10 am to 2 pm

Los Alamos Hills Sports Park

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Great News for Readers!

Inspire is excited to announce that we now offer Accelerated Reader for students in TK-12th grade! The cost for this program is just $20 per student in instructional funds and can be requested through your HST. Please note this program does not include books.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child selects a book rather than having one assigned to them and reads it at their own pace. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. They may also read articles of interest right on the screen. When finished, your child will take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) In addition, when an LP meeting comes up, you can easily print up the list of books that your child read and share it with your HST.

If you are interested in signing up for Accelerated Reader, please let your HST know. They will be happy to assist you.

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Barnes & Noble "My Favorite High School Teacher" Contest

Inspire Families! Want to publically recognize your amazing HST?!

High School Students can write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter about their favorite teacher!

The student whose teacher wins Teacher of the Year will win a $100 gift card to BNB. The teacher will receive both recognition and a prize.

Go to to enter between 2/14 & 3/14.

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Dear Inspire Parents,

Inspire Special Education Department is excited to share a new project with you – our Monthly Special Education Website and Newsletters. We hope that you find the information presented in our newsletter meaningful and applicable to your needs. We always welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover.

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter_February 2019

You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!


Anna Lindahl

Statewide Parent Outreach Coordinator

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph: (619) 627-9623


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Enrichment item returns!

Dear Inspire Families,

We are continuing to stock the Corona Lending Library and need your help! If you have any enrichment items, including curriculum, please let your teacher know as soon as possible.

Thank you for all of your help!

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Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The State of California requires all public schools to administer the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to students enrolled in 5th, 7th, and 9th grades. Inspire’s Physical Fitness Testing window is February 4, 2019, through March 21, 2019. We ask that parents bring their students to a test location and stay at the location during testing. Most students are finished in about an hour (test time may be a little more or less depending on the size of the location). For more information, head over here and for locations click here. Please reach out to your HST if you have any questions about your assigned testing location.
Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step by step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

Inspiration Station Booking REMINDERS!

Did you know that you can log into your account on Inspiration Station to view ALL of your field trip bookings?? Checking my account is a regular part of my "Field Trip Booking Routine". I check this by selecting My Account from the drop-down in the upper right-hand corner of the Inspiration Station site. Here you will find all of the field trips you have booked. I advise everyone to always double check the field trip you had just booked by checking the amount and names of the tickets purchased. It's a great time to also input the trip date, time, and host contact information into your planner.

Happy Planning!

Utilizing Enrichment Certificates for Service Orders

Please make sure to submit your service orders 2-4 weeks prior to the start of services to allow for sufficient time for your orders to be processed. Once you have your enrichment certificate and give it to your service vendor, that is when you can begin your services.
Shmoop Webinar for Parents!

Have a High Schooler? Want to learn more about Shmoop? Heres your chance to see how it works! Shmoop is UC approved for "a-g" credit.

High School!

Did you know that our counseling team hosts virtual information sessions throughout the year? Each session is recorded, and you can view them HERE!

Session recordings include:

  • The College Application Process
  • UC/CSU Application Process
  • Common Application Info Session

Make sure you head over to Inspire High School Resource Site for all things High School.

Every Kid in a Park!

Did you know? There is a federal public lands youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture.

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th-grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.

Every year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at This pass provides free access to national parks across the country.

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 4th grade school year, until August 31, 2019. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting

Facebook Live! at the Corona Lending Library

Candice and Audrey, your Riverside County Family Liaisons take you on a tour with Librarian Lisa at the Corona Lending Library!

Riverside County Library System EVENTS!

Make sure you're in the "know" for all the events happening at the Riverside County Libraries!

Head over to

This Week's Vendor Spotlight: Tala Mai Moana

Polynesian dance and culture is centered around the magic of storytelling. This ancient oratory practice can be depicted through song, dance, and chanting. Tala Mai Moana promotes the magic of storytelling from Polynesia through the traditional songs, dances, and chants from the Hawai'ian islands, Tahiti, Samoa and Aotearoa (New Zealand). Through these old traditional stories, students experience the South Pacific through love, compassion, warfare, loss, and everyday activities. In the different classes offered, students will learn basic Hula dance steps, names and also hand movements that help with storytelling; students will eventually learn a full choreography to a classic Hawai'ian mele (song). Students will also learn the basics of Tahitian 'Ura and will be familiar with Tahitian drumming and rhythms--they will then learn about the Samoan Siva and Maori Kapa Haka. In the Hawai'ian Hula portion, students create their stories by working together to combine the basic feet and hand movements to portray their story. Classes encourage teamwork, build good confidence, allow a cultural practice to connect students and enable movement to promote good health in this active class. Classes are every Tuesday evening at the Orange Terrace Community Center in Riverside from 7 - 8 p.m. and are open to everyone. Mahalo, Thank you.

This Week's Curriculum Spotlight: Build Your Library

Building young minds, one book at a time.

This week's curriculum spotlight is a secular literature-based curriculum, that is modeled after the Charlotte Mason style of teaching.

Each Build Your Library secular homeschool program contains full-year lesson plans for history, literature, poetry, art, and science as a PDF download. The comprehensive plans include a reading list, narration cards, vocabulary words, copywork passages, poetry memorization, map work, research projects, notebook pages, science and art projects.

However, it does not contain a math program, so you will need to purchase that separately. While it includes copywork, narration and dictation lessons, you may also want to purchase separate spelling and grammar programs as well, depending on your child.

To get started, you will have some planning to accomplish. You start off with purchasing the PDF (which is very reasonably priced), then start mapping out your year. This includes either purchasing or borrowing the read alouds and readers listed in the PDF Lesson Plan (you will also find their book list on the BYL site for each level) and planning out the activities. Remember to utilize the Inspire Lending Library system or your local Library when looking for the readers and read alouds. When we plan out our next school year, we also note different types of field trips that would be appropriate for that month or lesson. So keep that in mind when making your calendar!

Make sure you head over the Build You Library site. I've already made notes to purchase their Harry Potter Unity Study PDF! Sounds like a fun activity for this Summer!

Teaching Tip of the Week: Unit Studies!

I am in the beginning phases of summer planning. And if your children are like mine and need to keep busy, then planning out a fun AND educational summer is a definite necessity.

I found all of these premade PDF Unit Studies on the Build Your Library site. We're on a Harry Potter kick and was gifted some beautiful hardbound illustrated Harry Potter books.

The unit I am purchasing first covers the initial book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Here is a synopsis of what you'll find in this unit study:

While reading the book, your child will write their own Wizarding newspaper, make a wand, create a spell glossary (while also learning a bit about Latin and word roots), begin a field guide of Magical Devices, and study a Hogwarts course – this unit covers Herbology – a study of Plants and Herbs with just a touch of magic. You will use two books – Eyewitness Plant (DK Eyewitness Books) and A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children of All Ages as well as complete a variety of projects, from dissecting a flower to studying the lifecycle of a plant to creating a field guide of herbs. This unit study takes approximately 3 weeks to complete and is appropriate for upper-elementary through middle school. The unit is 37 pages and contains more than 10 activity pages, as well as a complete literature study, including vocabulary, copywork and dictation passages, and discussion questions.

I am very excited! You can find a list of all BYL's Unit Studies HERE.

Happy planning!


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Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

Candice Zuniga

I am starting my eleventh year of homeschooling my big group! I have eight kids and six are enrolled in Inspire! I love to help families discover their perfect homeschool lifestyle based on the needs of each child and the family! We homeschool in a very eclectic and flexible way and always have. I desire to bring a deep understanding of the importance and enjoyment of home education to our awesome Riverside County Community of Homeschoolers! As always, reach out at any time for all your homeschool needs and concerns. I am always happy to help!

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 10 to 6 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 6 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Inspire Charter, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

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We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling with Inspire

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

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