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Monday, August 12, 2019
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School News and Important Dates
Back to School Adventure Day!
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!
NCAA Information Session
Coffee and Conversation with your Family Liaisons
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
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California Homeschool Parent Association
- Got Questions? Watch This Video!
- More Questions? Read our FAQ’s!
- Ready to Become a Member? Fill Out The Membership Form
Member Elections are coming up for our first Executive Board and 10 Regional Community Councils
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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:
- EOS- Enrichment Ordering System https://www.icsinspirationstation.com
- FTE- Field Trips and Events https://www.icsinspirationstation.net
- LLS- Lending Library System https://www.icsinspirationstation.org
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
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
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
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
Academic Decathlon joining ChoicePlus Academy this Fall!
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
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.
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
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.