Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of August 26th, 2019

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Week of August 26th

Hello Riverside County!

Wow, what a week! How is everyone doing after their first official week of the 2019-2020 school year? We hope you all had an amazing time schooling your kids at home, the park, the zoo, the beach-wherever you chose to do school this week! Here at Inspire, we are so excited to see all of our families find the absolute best possible outcome for their children's education. Please show us how you homeschool by using the hashtags #AdventuresWithInspire and #HowIHomeschoolWithInspire on social media.

We can't wait to see what you are all up to!

Also, be sure to check out the back to school vendor events information in this newsletter! We have RSVPs for both the Riverside area and Temecula Valley area events linked in this newsletter!

In this week's newsletter, we spotlight Inspire's

Online Subscription Package option - Prodigy!

Also included are "How to" videos for navigating the Enrichment Ordering System,

and membership information for Inspire's new, non-profit

Parent Organization - California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA).

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 hope to connect with you soon,

Audrey & Candice

The Adventure of Learning with Inspire Charter School!

Enrollment for the 2019/20 school year is open but LIMITED SPOTS are available!

Click HERE to enroll!

Sharing The Homeschool Heart... First week check in.

You made it! Your first week of the new homeschool year! How did everybody do? My family had what we like to call our "soft launch," and that's a great thing for us! Keeps the mama sane and the kiddos from revolting. Over the next couple of weeks, we will begin to introduce new classes and lessons for the kids. By the end of September, we will be in full homeschool mode with our calendars and schedules brimming with activities and learning again. It's a beautiful thing to watch unfold, and I love it! It sort of ushers in a new season that feels so right each and every year. After we begin to feel set in our new routines, the fall creeps in, and all the feels along with it and, I get super excited about my time at home with the kids during the cooler months. There's something about those crisp mornings and chilly days that create my favorite season for homeschool fun and coziness. It must be all that hygge I talked about last year! Bring on the hot drinks and fireside snuggles while diving into some great literature! But for now, back to reality and how your first week went...

If your week didn't go as well as you had hoped, and there were more tears than smiles, don't be alarmed. Your frustrations, your kids' frustrations, and the all-around difficulty of figuring out this new schedule are normal! Don't let a stressful first week discourage you.

How things went this first week is no indicator of exactly how your homeschool year will look. Don't be overconfident either! If you had a great first week, that's awesome! But don't get too ahead of yourself. It will get harder; there will be tears; you will doubt this decision you've made.

I am here to say from experience and failure that the doubt we'll creep in, but don't let that stop you. Let it transform you. Don't let it overshadow your homeschool day, week, or year. You are very well equipped to do this job, and you will succeed. Build up your confidence, study anything you need to study, educate yourself about different philosophies of education, think outside the box, and jump in with both feet! The best way to homeschool your kids is to try something, fail, and then try something new. Failing your way through homeschooling will produce vast amounts of success, very confident kids, and a culture in your home that teaches your children that trying and never giving up is always the right answer.

Pretty soon, you'll see all the habits begin to develop. There will be a system to your day. Your own unique family system. You'll see your kids recognize that system too and they come to count on it. Organically your own unique homeschool family lifestyle inside your home will emerge, and you will all work together, like a well-oiled machine.

Now, if things aren't working smoothly, and you feel a significant lack of confidence in all that you have planned, stop, and re-evaluate. Circle your tribe of homeschool support around you. If you have no support, find it! And fast! This is a hefty task you're taking on with tremendous reward. It is hard to do alone. Hard but not impossible. Look for the people you can count on to push you in the right direction, encourage you, and give you that break when you need it. Asking for breaks is essential. If you can't get one, then plan one day per week where you and your children do whatever YOU love. Do you enjoy the beach? Get out of the house and get there as quickly as you can! Do you love walks in the park? Make sure that that's what you're doing each week to re-center yourself and give your mind a break. Love to read? Spend the day ignoring all other household duties and just read for pleasure alongside your kids. Get creative; do what you need to do to do the job well!

And, as always, plug into the community of homeschoolers here in Riverside County that Inspire has built. There are teachers, vendors, and seasoned homeschool parents who are all here to support you! Remember that hard is not the same thing as bad and if you keep moving forward, you'll come to the end of the school year with more profound relationships with your kids and a whole lot of excellent educational experiences to look back on. You've got this!


Inspire's 2019 Back to School Vendor Events!

Inspire Approved Vendors SIGN UP HERE

Completing this survey does not guarantee a spot at the event(s). If we reach our maximum amount of spaces filled, we will create a waitlist. We will respond to you after August 31st with final confirmation that you have received a spot at the event.

Inspire Families RSVP HERE

Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many of our wonderful families will be in attendance! We can't wait to see you!

Hemet (and surrounding area) Vendor Event!

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Community Connections!

Let The Adventure Begin: We are excited to announce that the NEW Community Connections is Launching the first week of September in Riverside County. Community Connections is bringing Riverside County amazing events and activities that will create community and enhance the Adventure in Learning.

Community Connection Opportunities Will Include:

*Thematic Adventure Days (Western Theme, Astronomy Theme, Color Run, Earth Day and Much More)

*Teacher Led Field Trips

*Middle School and High School Event and Field Trips

*Special Events (Picture Days, Science Fairs, Community Service Projects and Much More)

Let's Connect!

Parents will join the fun for all events and field trips, and will be able to use this time to connect with other homeschooling families.

Come Join the Community!

Our events are just a click away!

Click over to our Community Connections Smore to find all the Community Connections Events in your area coming up in September.

Check back frequently to see all the added events we are bringing to your community!

Click here : Community Connection Events and Field Trip Schedule

See you all soon!

Share your Community Connection event ideas with us!

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Dear Families,

We have exciting news! Membership for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to join the California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA). This is Inspire’s new, non-profit Parent Organization!

(If you previously filled out the paper form to opt-in, we would be so grateful if you would also take a moment to complete the new online membership form below as we added some information. Thank you!)


The CHPA Founders

Interested? Fill out our interest survey!

Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program

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Inspiring Parents Live @ 5 is BACK!

All homeschool parents are welcome! Join us weekly to learn about curriculum choices, homeschooling ideas, and much more!

Mondays in July & August - NEXT: Monday, August 26th @ 5 pm

Use this link to join us!


Questions? Contact Arlene at arlene@inspireschools.org

Want to receive the recordings of previous Inspiring Parents webinar recording links and resources? As well as let you know about upcoming webinars? Head over HERE!

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Head here for the most up to date information from the OSP Department regarding subscription processing and how to's!


The OSP Portal is now available in the EOS!

* All students who opt-in to the OSP will receive 5 subscriptions (this includes students who sign up for a vendor package)

* Over 25 subscriptions to choose from

* Newly added subscriptions: GradeSlam (online tutoring vendor) and Minecraft Education Edition

* OSP A La Carte - families may purchase individual subscriptions for a discounted price (a la carte pricing is only available within the OSP Portal)

* Families may opt-in at any time (there is NO deadline for opting in this year)

* Subscriptions begin processing on 8/15 for those who opt-in early -- just in time for the start of the school year!

* Opt-in/out instructions, as well as OSP A La Carte instructions, are available on our OSP Handbook

* Instructional video coming soon!

NOTE: We are aware of a few hiccups with the launch of the OSP Portal today; we're sorry for any frustrations this may have caused our families. We are working quickly to get those issues fixed ASAP!

QUESTIONS? Please email the OSP Team -- osp@inspireschools.org

Head over to the OSP Handbook for all information regarding options and instructions.


We hope you and your students greatly benefit from the wonderful subscription options available this year through the OSP.


We're excited to offer webinars for our Online Subscription Package (OSP) options!

All OSP webinars are recorded and uploaded to the OSP Handbook: OSP Recorded Webinars

Head over to the OSP Handbook for all information regarding options and instructions.

Questions? Please contact our OSP Team: osp@inspireschools.org

This Week's OSP (Online Subscription Package) SPOTLIGHT: Prodigy

The 2019-2020 Online Subscription Package (OSP) options are finalized, and we’re spotlighting every option - every week!

This week we spotlight Prodigy!

"The most engaging math platform in the world."

By opting into prodigy you will receive:

  • Teacher account along with a student account for each student who opts in
    • Teacher accounts include: a teacher dashboard, access to placement tests,
    • Student accounts include full access to the Prodigy, a curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online, RPG (Role Playing Game) style video game.

Benefits of Prodigy:

  • Over 1200 crucial math skills for grades 1 - 8 - Prodigy has content from all major topics and will seamlessly cover Grades 1 - 8 to help ensure your students are ready for standardized testing.
  • Address every child’s individual needs - With a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, embedded assessments, and automatic differentiation, Prodigy ensures that each one of your students succeed at their own pace.
  • Inform your classroom with 24/7 reporting - Everything your students work on in Prodigy is reported back to you in real time. Quickly see which skills your students have mastered, and where they may need some additional support.

For more details on this OSP option and all the other OSP subscriptions, head over to the OSP Handbook.

Have a question regarding the Online Subscription Package? Email osp@inspireschools.org

Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) "How to..." Videos

Hi Inspire families!

It's that time of year! Your funds have arrived, and you're ready to order - but maybe you need some assistance inputting those orders. Here are some helpful videos to assist you with getting to know the EOS and how to input your orders.

1st "How to" Video...Account Navigation

2nd "How to" Video...Product Order Request

Please feel free to reach out to your Family Liaisons or HST for assistance; we are here to help!

Audrey Everson (951) 541-4809 or audreye@inspireschools.org

Candice Zuniga (714) 797-1209 or candicez@inspireschools.org

Inspire Riverside County Events

Field Trip Booking Tutorial

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

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Dear Inspire Parents,

Another successful school year has come to an end! Reflecting on the past school year makes us realize how fortunate we are at Inspire Charter Schools. Our school has been successful due to the wonderful collaborative partnership between staff members, and families. We would like to thank all the parents for their involvement, dedication and continued support. Please be safe and well until we meet again in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter May/June 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

E: annalindahl@inspireschools.org

Inspire Charter Resources

Natural History Club!

We're excited to announce the all new Natural History Club. This club is designed for all members of the family to explore nature together. We hope to gather at least once a month for nature outings, guest speakers, nature lessons, and FUN! If you are interested in getting more information or joining this club, please complete the interest survey HERE and Glenna Heustis will send you information about the first meet up in August.

Questions? Contact:

Glenna Heustis at glennah@inspireschools.org

New Middle School Program - ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway

BRIDGEWAY is teaming up with INSPIRE to offer Inspire Students a Live Online Middle School Bundle for all core subjects in the fall bridgewayacademy.com/inspire. This program will offer 4-core classes with Bridgeway Academy instructors offering support, weekly live online classes, office hours, and more.

Spaces will be limited!

More details and pricing can be found in our ChoicePlus Bridge Flier or our 19-20 TK-8 Curriculum Options Flier.

Want to learn more about ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway? View an informational session HERE.

Academic Decathlon joining ChoicePlus Academy this Fall!

We’re so excited to welcome Academic Decathlon to CPA. Days and times of class meetings will be on the upcoming Fall 2019-20 CPA Course Catalog! See Academic Decathlon flyer for more information!


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Enrichment item returns!

Dear Inspire Families,

Do you have enrichment items that you are looking to return this year? You can return items to a Lending Library or to your HST. Please note, non-consumables do not need to be returned until you withdraw from our school, so this is purely voluntary.

Here is the Enrichment Return Item Form for your convenience.

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 http://rivlib.info/website/events


Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

Join us on Facebook for lively discussion and homeschool support.

Riverside County Parent Feedback

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

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!

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Look how we've grown since last August!

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Candice Zuniga

I am starting my twelfth 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 11 to 7 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 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!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

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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