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Monday, August 12, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Back to School Adventure Day!

Join us as we kick off the school year with a Back to School Adventure Day! There will be fun activities, meet and greets with teachers, local vendors, school IDs, and more!

When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: TWO locations

Dinosaur Park - 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

TeWinkle Park - 970 Arlington Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Do you know a fantastic Inspire vendor? Please let them know we would love to have them at our Back to School Adventure Day! They just need to fill in this form. Thank you!
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NCAA Information Session

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Coffee and Conversation with your Family Liaisons

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Join Inspiring Parents Tonight!

New to homeschooling in high school, or need new ideas? This Monday’s Inspiring Parents is taking a deep dive into other options for homeschooling high school at Inspire with High School Assistant Director, Liz Palmiter and other guests.

Zoom Link for Inspiring Parents – Live @ 5

Want access to past recordings? Sign Up to Receive Link to Inspiring Parents Recording and Resources

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Member Elections are coming up for our first Executive Board and 10 Regional Community Councils

  • Executive Board Nomination Form click Here
  • Regional Community Council Nomination Form click Here

Join our CHPA Facebook Group Today!

Heart of Homeschooling

Parent Education Program

Meets once a month in a large forum, in a smaller home group, or individually in your own home. Grow and learn together, share ideas and become stronger and more solid in your vision of homeschooling for your family.

September through May! Watch for more information coming soon!

  • Grow - Cultivate your homeschool heart, create a Mission Statement

  • Learn - History of education, homeschooling, public school, & charters

  • Discover - Teaching style, learning styles, and homeschool methods

  • Connect - Community Connections, CHPA, Clubs, Committees, & Co-ops

  • Cultivate - Mentorship & Apprenticeship, make a plan for you & kids

  • Fertilize - Invest in yourself. Choose one area to work on and grow

  • Seasons - Study child development, family seasons, High school, & IEP’s

  • Droughts & Storms - Make a plan for when this happens. Be ready!

  • Sowing Seeds - Create a family service plan to give back to others

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Community Connections Team

If you have an idea you'd love to share with us, please fill out this form!
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Enrichment Ordering Information

We hope the following reminders about ordering, dates, guidelines, etc will help you on your homeschooling journey!

Enrichment Ordering Information

  • Our systems are optimized for CHROME browser. If you don’t have it, you can download it to both your computer and your phone easily.
  • Your login information will be the same for each of the ordering sites: Field Trips and Events, Enrichment Ordering System and Lending Library.
  • Missing funds and/or students questions can be directed to
  • If your password isn’t working on any of the platforms listed above, simply hit “Forgot Password?” and check your email to get your new one.
  • Remember that all services requested must begin on or AFTER August 20th, the first day of school.
  • Our Enrichment Staff works quickly but are also processing thousands of orders. Have patience and expect a 1 - 2 week wait depending on your requests.

View EOS tutorials:

1st How To Video:

2nd How To Video:

Here are the links for each site:

Non-Consumable Item Returns

Do you have enrichment items that you are looking to return this year? You can drop off the non-consumables you no longer want or need to our Costa Mesa Lending Library.

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 that you need to fill in with your return.

Kindergarten Readiness Online Info Session

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2019-2020 School Planners

Inspire is excited to announce we will be providing school planners again this year! You will receive the following from your Inspire Homeschool Teacher (HST) at your first in-person meeting of the school year:

- One planner per student
- One parent planner per family

We listened to the feedback we received last year and did our best to incorporate the specific customizations families requested! Take a look at these new features:

Student Planner Features Include:
- I CAN Checklists for grades TK-8 for Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
- Full size High School planner
- Uniform weekday matrix layout for grades 1-12
- Field trip log
- Book log
- Stickers

Parent Planner Features Include:
- Full size planner
- Multiple boxes on each day of the week with space to write your students’ names to help organize assignments by student
- Learning Period dates
- Note pages
- Field trip log
- Book log
- Stickers

More OSP Info

If you are still deciding which Online Subscriptions would suit your family, be sure to check out Inspire's OSP Handbook! If you have any additional questions, please email our wonderful OSP team here:

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Inspire's Summer Reading Challenge

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your child engaged and inspired? Inspire's summer reading challenge bingo activity is a great option! Students can be entered into a prize drawing by returning their completed BINGO activity to the Lending Library or their HST by August 15th.

There are many sweet adventures to be had this summer, all in the pages of the nearest book.

Happy Summer Reading!

New Middle School Program - ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway

You asked and we answered! Many families have expressed a desire for Middle School courses with live online classes and instructor support. That program is here, and it is called ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway. This program will offer 4-core classes with Bridgeway Academy instructors offering support, weekly live online classes, office hours, and more. Special Bundle Course pricing exclusively for Inspire Students is available. More details and pricing can be found in our ChoicePlus Bridge Flier or our 19-20 TK-8 Curriculum Options Flier.

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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Field Trips

Educational Tools

The Kingfisher Atlas of World History

This edition of Kingfisher Atlas of World History by Simon Adams combines all four volumes in the series, depicting the world and its people between 10000BCE and the present day. It covers all major human civilizations, from the ancient world to modern times, and examines the core curriculum themes of religion, exploration, colonization, industry, technology, war and diplomatic relations.

Price: $17.49 on Amazon

Able to purchase with funds: Yes

Homeschooling Advice

5 Ways to Gently Transition Kids from Lazy Summer Days to a Fall Homeschool Routine

"Spend even a little time with children, and it’s apparent the important role transitions play. When I have the foresight to give my kids a heads up that change is on its way, things go a lot smoother. From the simple reminder that we’ll be leaving in ten minutes to the ritual of a bedtime snack and story before bed, preparing kids for what's coming next gives them the capacity to better adjust.

For our family, summer is all about sleeping in and staying up late, lots of downtime and very few requirements. From past experience I know if we go straight from lazy summer days to fall’s more stringent routine, there is going to be a lot of push back! I’ve found it’s best if we take a couple of weeks to gently transition into new rhythms.

I’m not ending summer early. There’s still plenty of swimming and time to make s'mores! I’m simply adding school in tiny increments to our days. This deliberate transition makes all the difference for a better adjustment. Cold turkey just doesn't work for my kids."

Read the full article here.

Local Events


KidCon is the ultimate event for kids and families. Designed for kids, and kids at heart, we take our toys and games seriously. During the event, attendees will be able to shop, learn and play at our unforgettable event. Interactive areas include slime making, obstacle courses, coding and more. Check out our Kid Zones in the city nearest you to see what will be in store for your family at KidCon.

Whether you are 3 years old or 103 years old there will be something to keep you occupied at KidCon. Each event is different so don’t miss out on the KidCon nearest you. The event was designed Parent & Co. which is the production company that brought you MommyCon. KidCon was our answer to keeping our kids busy, engaged and learning while having fun.

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am - 4pm

Where: Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim

Cost: Child Admission - FREE, Adult General Admission - $15

D. Yoder Family Sundays @ Casa Romantica

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA is south Orange County's major cultural institution. We are enhanced by our location in a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival registered historic landmark. Casa Romantica has developed a reputation for wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and a lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County.

Casa Romantica also hosts a variety of free arts education programs for children year-round. The institution’s annual Casa Romantica Music Festival and Academy has received critical praise for its comprehensive two-week music studies program in cello, piano, viola, and violin. Casa Romantica also offers a Summer Dance Workshop, a Spring Break Arts Week, various art, literature, and horticulture events to grades K-12, and welcomes children from the Capistrano Unified School District each year for STEAM-based field trips that examine the history of San Clemente and the coastal environment.

When: Sunday, September 1, 2019, 10 AM - 2 PM

Where: Casa Romántica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672

Cost: FREE

Invite Your Friends To Our Info Sessions

Have a friend who asks about Inspire's amazing team and benefits? Do your friends ask you about homeschooling? We'd love to meet them at one of our upcoming Information Sessions!

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 year is open here now! Current parents do not need to re-enroll, your HST will send you a Master Agreement to sign for 2019-2020.

Below you'll find some of our upcoming Information Sessions! To view our complete list of Information Sessions, please click here.

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Community and Connection

Facebook Page

Did you know we have an Orange County Facebook page? We have new parents in the group who would love to hear from you! We also advertise our field trips here, and upload the newsletter there every week.

Instagram Page

If you are on instagram, we'd love to hear from you! Join our page, learn about our upcoming events and field trips, and tag us in your homeschooling photos!

Orange County Parent Resource Site

Have you visited Inspire's Orange County Parent Resource Site yet? If not, head on over to meet our regional team, stay current on school events, and find general school information. This website is a great resource and one you'll want to bookmark!

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 2, 6 and 8 years old, and I was previously a high school math teacher. Four years ago, our family chose the path of homeschooling and we have enjoyed it ever since! I am passionate about helping families navigate their way on their exciting homeschooling journey, and connecting individuals to build a community!

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 8 years to 6 months, and have homeschooled for the past four years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I have a background in Project Management Support and enjoy planning and hosting activities and events. I look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!


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