Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of August 19th, 2019

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Week of August 19th

Hello Riverside County!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are so happy to have you as part of the Inspire Charter Schools Family! This year is set to be the best yet and we are so excited about all the amazing opportunities planned for your families! Our Riverside County Team has been hard at work all summer long planning out an amazing year. Get ready to start things off on Tuesday, August 20th at our Back -To -School events spread all throughout the County!

Stop by your local park day and say hi! We can't wait to meet you!

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

Share with us on social media what you're planning for this upcoming year!

Use the hashtag #adventureswithinspire

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

Online Subscription Package option MyOn Reader/News and Accelerated Reader - Also included are "How to" videos for navigating the Enrichment Ordering System,

membership information for Inspire's new, non-profit

Parent Organization - California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA)

and upcoming virtual info sessions for all!

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!

Click HERE to enroll!

Sharing The Homeschool Heart...Writing, Outside the Box

While scrolling Facebook the other day, I was reminded of a great writing tip that one of our excellent homeschool teachers from San Bernardino County was sharing with their Facebook group. Christina, the HST, had suggested using the same writing prompts as your children and taking a few minutes to sit alongside them and write as well. I am reminded of some of the ideas I have used in the past, and I thought I'd share them today.

Some great ideas for practicing writing skills without feeling like writing is a chore is to start with Mad Libs! Mad Libs allows you and the kids to write a silly story together. Mad Libs can be an awesome introduction to story writing and writing in general.

Another great idea is to begin a journal with your child. Make it casual, no worries about spelling errors or punctuation and capitalization; this is a safe space to write your thoughts back and forth. Sometimes you, the parent, will have more thoughts than your child. I encourage you to accept one-word answers and small bits and pieces that they're willing to write down. Just keep going, write a story for them, write a poem, share your ten favorite things about your child. Use this simple journal as a method to connect with your child and get to know them more on the inside. It is a great way to practice writing and also bond.

Listen to books, poems, songs, plays, and discuss what you like about them. Then make a plan to write your songs, short stories, plays, raps, anything you want! A team effort in writing something can go a long way and bring a lot of excitement to the group. Take some of the stress off of your reluctant writers by allowing one of your kids who does write well or yourself to be the writer and the other kids can contribute thoughts and ideas.

Some other fun out of the box writing assignments for older kids could be having them create fake contracts, write up fake legal documents, construct a family motto or rules for the family home and have all members sign the document. You can also have your kids research and create a family tree. These are great ways to encourage writing skills and have fun at the same time!

More simple tips for encouraging writing with your little ones:

  • Use chalk and chalk paint outside on the concrete.

  • Purchase fancy chalk markers for your chalkboard. Try many different colors.

  • Let them use dry erase markers on a dry erase board.

  • Collect rocks and make letters with those rocks. You can do this with twigs as well.

  • With your help, take a small piece of wood and short nails, and hammer in the shapes of the letters, let them string along yarn or ribbon in the form of the letter.

  • Have them glue pipe cleaners onto paper in the shapes of letters.

  • Fill a gallon ziplock bag with paint seal it shut with duct tape, and let them use their finger to draw letters into the paint.

  • Make or buy clay, Silly Putty, slime and let them make letter shapes with it.

  • Find a stick that will work like a pencil and let them draw letters in the sand, mud, and dirt.

  • Dry erase markers work well on windows and sliding glass doors too! Let them write a story on your sliding glass door and see if that interests them!

  • Find an excellent soft pretzel recipe and make pretzels in the shapes of letters with them. Then eat your creations!

  • Bake a cake and then allow them to use icing to write a message on the cake.

  • Google search invisible ink, make it and then encourage your kids to write clues to the treasure.

This list is long, and I can honestly go on with more ideas, but I think you get the picture. Sit down for a moment and think of creative ways to encourage your kids to practice writing and understanding letters and their sounds. A moment of thinking outside the box can go a long way in your home when you're trying to encourage writing without overwhelming your kids and wearing everybody down. Know that you are always working toward the goal of educating your kids and creating an environment for learning that produces success. This is true of most homeschool families, and when you are practicing these things, success will be what you receive!


Inspire's Back to School Park Days!

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!

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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

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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 19th @ 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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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: MyOn Reader/News and Accelerated Reader

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

"Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy platform that offers unlimited access to thousands of enhanced digital books "

About MyON Reader and News and Accelerated Reader through the OSP

    • Includes access to MyON Reader with MyON News, also includes Accelerated Reader (AR). AR is not available individually, it is only available with MyON Reader and News
    • MyOn Reader is a personalized digital library
      • Unlimited access
      • Books can be downloaded and used on a tablet, laptop, or mobile device when there is no internet access
    • MyOn News is powered by News-O-Matic
      • Articles are available in 3 levels
      • 5 new, current articles available every day Monday through Friday, every week of the year
      • Includes searchable archive of past articles
  • Accelerated Reader
    • Access to almost 200,000 quizzes on a variety of books
      • Including book only available on MyON Reader

Access to myON through the OSP will end on July 31st, 2020


Q: Is Accelerated Reader available on its own?

A: No, it is only available through the OSP and it is bundled with MyON Reader and News.

Q: Why has the price for Accelerated Reader gone up from $25 from 2018-2019?

A. Accelerated Reader was offered at a trial price last year for 6 months of access, this year your student will receive a full year's access along with access to myON Reader/News.

Head HERE to watch more about MyOn Reader.

Head HERE to watch more about MyOn News.

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


Riverside County Inspire Hosted Field Trips!

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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