Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of April 29, 2019

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Hello Riverside County!

It's warming up in Riverside County! I can't wait for all the summertime activities! Do you school through the summer or take a break? We always focus a lot on reading and work on math here and there. I also like to use the summer for bigger projects that we can't get to throughout the year. It's always tricky finding the best balance. I am putting a lot of thought into my summer plans now. We should share our ideas and learn from each other!

Head over to our Facebook page and share your thoughts on summertime plans and activities. We'd love to hear from you!

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

Online Subscription Package option -

Discovery Education Science Techbook w/Streaming Plus!

Our 'Vendor Spotlight' features Hoffman Tutoring Group!

Make sure to read about both in this edition.

Also, be sure to check out Inspiration Station.

It is filled with many fantastic field trips designed by our HSTs and Liaisons just for you!

Scroll through often and see all that is 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

The Adventure of Learning with Inspire Charter School!

Enrollment for the 2019/20 school year has opened!

Head HERE to enroll!

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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!

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Test Prep!

Testing dates are nearly upon us! Our wonderful teachers have compiled a list of resources and links to practice tests to help your student feel comfortable with the testing process.

CAST Resources

SBAC Resources

Test Prep Day in Temecula!

Can I just toot the horn for our Inspire Teachers?!? The Temecula team hosted a Test Prep Day this week for all students. I brought my two, a fifth grader and third grader, and they LOVED it! They’re anxious testers and our awesome HSTs helped them understand the test and ways to prep themselves with fun games and helpful crafts with wonderful little reminders ❤️

As an Inspire parent, thank you, Teachers, for caring ❤️

Melissa Webb's FREE Test Prep for Writing Success Webinar!

Last night I had the privilege of attending Melissa Webb's online parent webinar. I am so grateful I did! Her webinar was very informative for our upcoming state testing. Three of my kids are testing this year and this webinar was just what I needed!

You're in luck! It was recorded! Here is the information below...

Tonight I hosted my LAST live, online event for the Test Prep for Writing Success 2019 parent webinar. And, what a special and wonderful group we had. THANK YOU to all who gave of their time and energy.

If you missed it, no worries! We remembered to record it. And, as promised, before my head hits the pillow, here is all you requested.


Also, when you are done watching the video, no doubt you'll be ready to dive into the FREE sets of lessons I have created for you. To access those:

==> Go to writeonwebb.teachable.com

==> Choose the Test Prep for Writing Success Course toward the bottom of the page

==> Click on "Enroll in Course for $39"

==> On the Order Summary page, enter TP2019where you see "Add Coupon"

==> Complete the registration

==> Access the three courses. Feel free to start with any of the three bundled options. My recommendation is to start with your child's "weakest link."

Finally, some of you shared an interest in having me save you a spot for my ONLINE WRITING PROGRAM for the FALL of 2019. I would LOVE to have you and your kiddo join our community. Sign up if you are interested.

Fall 2019 Writing Course Registration Form

Did you want to join our PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP? It may offer a little extra support and we'd love to have you connect with us. Homeschooling is a journey to share with like-minded, positive, family-first kind of friends. That's us!

And, of course, if you have any questions, please let me know. I'm here to support you.

Have a lovely weekend.


Write on!

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Please remember to fill out the CHPA Membership form for your family and turn it into

your HST by May 1st. If you need more time because you aren’t going to see your HST

this week, that’s fine, but please turn it in as soon as possible. We are hoping to conduct

elections for board members in the next month or so.

CHPA is a nonprofit organization consisting of Inspire homeschool parents who support

Inspire Charter Schools’ mission and vision of parent choice and personalized learning

for each unique child. Some of the goals include involvement and volunteerism of parents

and students, encouragement of teachers and students, community building, and

outreach to homeschool students and families within and outside of ICS.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to Shannon Carpenter at


Thank you!

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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2019-2020 Online Subscription Package (OSP)!

The 2019-2020 Online Subscription Package (OSP) options have been finalized and we’re excited to announce our new package options!

  • HIGHLIGHTS: Over 20 subscriptions to choose from with 7 curriculum options and 14 educational apps and resources -- including a 24/7, live online tutoring subscription for all subjects!

  • 16 options for grades TK-3 .. 17-20 options for grades 3-8 .. 12-13 options for grades 9-12

  • Shmoop and Rosetta Stone® Foundations (Spanish, French, and German) are A-G approved curriculum options for high school

  • BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: ABC Mouse, Discovery Education Streaming Plus with Science Techbook, and Vocabulary Spelling City

  • NEW: Beast Academy Online, Rosetta Stone Foundations, Dreambox Learning, myON Reader & myON News w/Accelerated Reader, Typing Agent, and TutorMe

This year’s OSP options are valued at more than $2,400 *

* value based on the retail value for the 5 most expensive subscriptions

Here is the linked 19-20 OSP Flyer - The flyer is hyperlinked to allow you to click on each of the subscriptions listed and go to the vendor’s website.

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Want to know what high school looks like with Inspire? Hang out with Amy Edwards, an Inspire teacher, Teacher Trainer for High School, and Homeschool Mom! In her Virtual Info Sessions, she will cover:

What are California's high school grad requirements?

What makes Inspire unique?
~Program & Curriculum options
~Online classes, live classes, vendors, parent-created & led curriculum, community college classes, and MORE!

Next session is on Thursday, May 2nd at 12 pm

Slide presentation followed by live question-answer time.

Zoom Room Link: https://zoom.us/j/2433924197

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Virtual Info Session on Inspire High School Curriculum Options!

We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Virtual Info Session on Inspire High School Curriculum Options! Our wonderful curriculum directors, our experts in each program, are taking time to meet live and present info about the various options our students have for high school.

Online video lessons

Live online with an Inspire teacher

Textbook-based options

Parent-created & parent-led courses

Community college classes

Join them on April 30th at 9:00 am to learn more and ask your questions of our experts!

Zoom Room Link: https://zoom.us/j/2433924197

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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.

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Did you know!?

Tuesday, April 30th at 2:30 pm, you can join an online info session to learn more about CLEP tests for your High School Students!!

Join here!


Inspiring Talks!

Brave Writer’s Julie Bogart followed up her in person Inspiring Talks with part one of a three-part webinar series The Writer's Jungle: A Survivor's Guide to Writing with Kids.


Copy and paste the link into your web browser or click on the link above to access the recording.

Want to Join a Brave Learner Book Club?

Many of you were inspired by Julie Bogart's online, or in person Inspiring Talks and asked about forming a The Brave Learner Book Club. We want to help facilitate bringing Brave Writer fans together. If you're interested, please take a minute to let us know what works best for you by clicking on the link below.


Coming soon! Part two of our three-part Brave Writer webinar series: Writing Across the Curriculum on Wednesday, May 1st at 1 p.m.

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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 April 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

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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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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!

Field Trip Booking Tutorial

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

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.

Inspire Preferred Vendor Programs Weekly Info Sessions!

Learn more about Inspire's unique enrichment opportunities!

Next info session is Thursday, May 2nd at 4:30 pm

Join by computer:


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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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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 www.everykidinapark.gov. 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 www.everykidinapark.gov.

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!

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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

This Week's Vendor Spotlight: Hoffman Tutoring Group

This week we are spotlighting an online tutoring service! Hoffman Tutoring Group

At Hoffman Tutoring Group we provide online tutoring with highly qualified tutors to students in K-8th grade in all subjects. We pride ourselves in our personalized tutoring sessions created to fit each student's specific needs and learning style. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer you can visit www.hoffmantutoringgroup.com. If you would like more information on our amazing tutors you can click here.

You will find Hoffman Tutoring Group on the Vendor List as Hoffman Tutoring Group

This Week's OSP (Online Subscription Package) Spotlight: Discovery Education Science Techbook w/Streaming Plus

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

This week we spotlight a science curriculum ~ Discovery Education Science Techbook w/Streaming Plus!

Discovery Education Science Techbooks are full online science courses for grades K through 12th. Access to the Science Techbook also includes their Steaming Plus service, which gives supplemental online content in a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Science Techbook: "Discovery Education Science Techbook™ is a powerful, simple-to-use, digital program that boosts the rigor and relevance of your K-12 Science program, fuels digital transformation, and supports implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Built around the 5E model of instruction, Techbook is a non-linear curriculum pathway that promotes inquiry-based learning, enhances critical thinking, and improves student achievement."

Streaming Plus: "Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive K-12 digital service that motivates students to learn and helps teachers in every content area to transform their instruction. Containing thousands of standards-aligned resources, Streaming Plus provides teachers with the tools to teach students to think critically about the content they use, see, and experience in their daily lives and to ask questions about the world around them."

Also, Inspire is only offering the Science Techbook through the OSP because it is the only Techbook they have for all grades (K-12). We will have the Social Studies and Math Techbooks available to add-on for the grades they cover. Social Studies covers 6th through 8th and Math covers 6th through 12th. These will not include the Streaming Plus, as the Streaming Plus is only included through the OSP with the Science Techbook.

You will receive access for each student who opts-in for the 2019-2020 school year. 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

Sharing The Homeschool Heart... What is your why?

When I started to think about the possibility of homeschooling 13 years ago, I realized I needed a "why?" The more time I spent researching and educating myself about home education, the brighter my why became.

First, I desired to spend more time with my children. I knew the time was fleeting and I wanted every moment I could get to enjoy them and to build a lasting bond. I also quickly realized that I had a strong desire to give my children a joy for learning new things and the ability to be their own educator. I knew that giving them the skills to be self-learners would provide them with an advantage throughout many parts of their lives.

I believe starting with a "why" is an important foundational role in every homeschool family. Once you know, you can dive into homeschool philosophy. What is the best way to teach your kids and how are you going to do it? For our family, finding our "why" and "how" has made all the difference.

Over time, all of these big decisions have culminated in a walk down a beautiful and bumpy little path of homeschooling. Along the way, we have all changed. I have certainly changed the most. Our mindset and expectations have morphed over the years and created our own Family style of the homeschool day. It's a beautiful thing to watch. Don't fight against those changes. Pay close attention to the process and see where the bumpy little homeschool path leads you. Don't let fear and worry control your day. Let it guide you to the next step. Are you afraid your fifth grader will never be able to write an essay? Don't assume you have failed and you can't do it. Partner with another homeschool mom for some co-op time or call up one of our amazing vendors for some help. Use the bumps as helpful little stepping stones to the next fantastic stop on your homeschool journey!

Being free to choose what is best for each one of my kids, individually, has created a better environment for home education. Developing my "why" and then following through with "how" can build just the right amount of confidence into you to thrust your homeschool lifestyle to the next level. And, as I always say, a confident homeschool parent can change the world, one cute little kiddo at a time. Confidence is key. Build that up in yourself and watch your family soar!

Have a beautiful week of growing and learning together!



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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!

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!

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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