Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of April 22, 2019

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Hello Riverside County!

We hope your week is off to a great start! What do you have planned this week? Family walks in the evening are a goal for me. We've only done them a couple of times at our new house. I am hoping to incorporate them regularly. Where we live, there are hills and rocks and lots of big falcons, squirrels and all types of beautiful songbirds. Our neighborhood has large mature trees that house all sorts of critters that can fill our walks with plenty of curiosity and questions. I love to use opportunities like this to spark their interests and give unsuspecting lessons. Makes for some excellent homeschool science time!

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

Online Subscription Package option - Beast Academy Online!

Our 'Vendor Spotlight' features The Master Musician!

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!

"A Night in Paris" Inspire Charter School Prom 2019

We anticipate a fun-filled evening of dinner, dancing, dessert, snacks, raffles and prizes, formal photos, and an all-night photo booth for students to enjoy.

High School Inspire students grades 9-12 are eligible to attend and

may invite up to two (ages 14 - 20) non-Inspire guests to join them at this event, so grab a friend and dance the night away at the historic Mission Inn Hotel in downtown Riverside.

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today.

Questions? Summer Davidson summer@inspireschools.org

Thursday, May 16th from 7 - 11 pm

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

3649 Mission Inn Avenue

Riverside, CA

Head HERE for more information

Registration & Payment

This event is not eligible for use of instructional funds.

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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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Inspire Charter Riverside County College & High School Fair 2019!

⭐️WOW! The College & High School Event was AMAZING! We're so thankful for our spectacular Inspire High School Team and their informational sessions, for the local Colleges and Vocational Schools that came out, to the High School Vendors that shared with our families, and to our Inspire Riverside County Team! We're already planning next year's event!⭐️


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.

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, April 25th at 10:00 am

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!

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: The Master Musician!

The Master Musician's founder is Phil Pike. As a child, he took trumpet lessons and discovered his love for music. Out of high school, he proudly served 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Band. During that time, he took Karen Hale to be his wife and had six children together.

In 1993, he continued to pursue his passion for music by attending Red Wing Technical College in Minnesota to study Band Instrument Repair. Upon graduating, Mr. Pike moved his family to Anaheim, California where he worked as the brass tech at Anaheim Band Instruments (now Music & Arts in Anaheim) for five years. There he perfected his skills in band instrument repair. He also saw the diligence and hard work it took to run that family-owned business. This sparked a desire in him to become a small business owner to give his family a more promising future.

In 1999, the Pike family moved to Murrieta and opened a shop in an industrial part of Temecula. This housed the machines and equipment necessary to repair instruments and provided individual lesson rooms. The business grew, and they expanded to include rentals, sales, and more lessons. Eventually, the need for an actual retail store became evident. In July 2006, The Master Musician opened its first storefront on Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. With much support from local band directors and the community, the store got off to a great start.

In 2009, the business was moved up the street to a more easily accessible location. In April of 2017, a second location was added in Palm Springs, California. As Phil is now enjoying retirement, his wife, Karen, is now the proud owner of The Master Musician, now in business for 20 years!

Presently, the company proudly employs around 15 people who are all working together to provide a wide array of knowledge about the instruments they service, as well as foster a love for playing music. They constantly strive to improve every year in customer service, repair, and building music appreciation in our community. Thank you for supporting The Master Musician!

The Master Musician

1999-2019: Celebrating 20 years in the Temecula Valley!


39520 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd
Suite 223
Murrieta, CA 92563

Palm Springs

3800 E Vista Chino

Suite 4

Palm Springs, CA 92262



This Week's OSP (Online Subscription Package) Spotlight: Beast Academy Online

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

This week we spotlight Beast Academy Online!

My kids have enjoyed the Beast Academy workbook curriculum. I am so excited that the OSP offers this as one of our options!

Here is what the website has to say...

Beast Academy Online is a learning system that provides a complete curriculum for grades 2-5. The digital practice includes games, problems, and puzzles divided into chapters and units that follow the same sequence found in the Beast Academy book series.

As I was reviewing this option, I noticed a few things that I loved! The artwork and stories are engaging and I believe will draw your child in and interest them. The website is designed to allow for exploration as well as encourages mastery. There is a built-in reward system that helps your child to better their skills each step of the way. My favorite part is the fact that parents can access reports online and through email to check on progress! So helpful and convenient!

Click HERE and check this one out for yourselves!

Sharing The Homeschool Heart... It's the little things.

Many nights I reflect on the day and think of all of the many ways I could have been more successful...another read-aloud for the little ones, more math practice with the older ones, another conversation about what classes to take next semester or a more in-depth discussion about what's essential to my teenagers so I can better set them up for their fast- approaching adulthood. I go to bed thinking I'll have a grand new plan for the morning and every morning I wake up to the same chaos that keeps me from checking every box on my list. You would think that I'd learn it never works as planned after doing this day in and day out for almost 11 years. But I don't. I think we all don't because we want more and better for each of our kids. I think that's what makes us the best educator for our children as well. Hoping and dreaming and desiring more for our kids is a good thing. It can also be one of the most significant difficulties we face. All of the thoughts and ideas and good intentions can clutter our homeschool day and distract us from the most crucial part that makes the homeschool lifestyle successful. The time we spend together, the eye contact we make while we're discussing math or what we're going to have for lunch, the side-by-side instruction as we teach our kids to use the washing machine, stove or dishwasher, the problem solving skills, the critical thinking skills and all the hard work they see us put in and put in alongside us is what builds a beautiful home education lifestyle. Make time for math, and do it well. Make time for language arts, and do it well — the same for history and science. But, don't forget that in those in-between moments where it may seem that something insignificant is happening can be where the most significant impact is made. If your day doesn't go as you planned and you feel frustrated that you're not checking the boxes you think you're supposed to every day, week or even every school year. Rest assured, each moment you spend with your child educating them, learning alongside them, planning for the next day, planning for the next year, it all makes a very significant impact. Don't worry if it feels like it's not working. Each day is a stepping stone to the next. The time builds on itself; the lessons build on themselves. Before you know it the child who couldn't read, is. The child who couldn't multiply, can. The child who wanted nothing to do with school, ever, starts to show interest and asks for you to show them what the workbook lesson says or brings you a storybook and sits in your lap. If you are putting in the time investing in a relationship with your kids where you walk through life learning together, then the desired results will trickle in. A little here, a little there. Before you know it, your child is filled to the brim with a rich education that you all mostly stumbled through. Isn't that what we want? Keep going. Keep making your lists but give yourself grace when you don't check off all the boxes. The years pass quickly. The inevitable exhaustion of the home educator ebbs and flows - stay the course. Keep moving forward day by day. I promise to tell myself the same as well. We're in this 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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