Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of May 20th, 2019

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Hello Riverside County!

How have you been spending your beautiful Spring in Riverside County? Have you made summer plans yet? Check out the link to our Summer Camp Newsletter and start planning out all of the fun things your kids can do through some of our amazing vendors! In the Summer Camp Newsletter, You will find art and music camps, horse and zoo camps,

language camps, STEM and sports camps! So many options for the whole family! Click on the link in this newsletter!

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

Online Subscription Package option - Shmoop!

Our 'Vendor Spotlight' NLAB Sports!

Make sure to read about both in this edition as well as

Candice's weekly 'Sharing The Homeschool Heart.'

This week's piece is "Preparing for your future in home education."

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

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2019 Summer Camps!

Head over to this list of Inspire Approved Vendor's Summer Camps. The information is organized by city and in alphabetical order. This list will be continually updated so be sure to check back regularly.

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

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 TP2019 where 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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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 23 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: Prodigy, Kids Discover Online, 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.

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! Brave Writer webinar series: Writing Across the Curriculum on Wednesday, June 5 at 1 p.m.

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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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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 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 Preferred Vendor Programs Weekly Info Sessions!

Learn more about Inspire's unique enrichment opportunities!

Next info session is Thursday, May 23rd at 10 am

Join by computer:


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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!

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.

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!

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:! NLAB Sports!

Hello, my name is Gibran Carter and I run NLAB Sports. We are a youth sports training and development organization based in San Bernardino. We train athletes ages 7-17 in basketball, soccer and girls volleyball. We also have a juniors program for kids ages 4-6 years old. All details can be found on www.nlabsports.org.

Thank you!


This Week's OSP (Online Subscription Package): Shmoop

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

This week we look at Shmoop! This is geared towards 6th through 12th grade.

Shmoop's full-semester courses for grades 6th through 8th grade in English, math, social studies, and science as well as novel studies. High school courses include English, math, history, and science and many more. It also includes Shmoop’s Response to Intervention and College Readiness Test Prep.

By opting into Shmoop, you will receive:

  • A Shmoop student account for each student who opts in as well as a teacher account for parent use.
  • Access to: Shmoop College Readiness Test Prep, Shmoop Full-Semester Courses, and Shmoop Response to Intervention Courseware
    • College Readiness Test Prep: SBAC 6, 7, 8, 11th; AP Test Prep; ACT, ACCUPLACER, ASPIRE; SAT/PSAT; SAT Subject Tests; ASVAB
    • Full-Semester Courses which include:
      • Shmoop's Online Courses: 6-12 Core Curriculum, Credit Recovery, ACE - College Credit Courses, Life Skills, College and Career Prep Courses, Electives/CTE/Business Skills, All Online Courses (excluding PBIS)
      • Shmoop's Teaching Guides: Teaching tools for Math, ELA, Econ, Digital Literacy, and more
    • Response to Intervention Courseware: Diagnostic exams and unlimited, individualized practice allow for remediation in math and language arts at any level.


Q: Will my student receive A-G or AP credit for the Shmoop courses that he/she completes?

A: Inspire does not have approval for offering Shmoop courses as AP credit. AP courses may be taken for elective non “a-g” credit and in preparation of taking the AP exam, but will not be designated as such on the student’s Inspire transcript.

There are Shmoop courses that are approved for A-G credit, however, some may require the student to also complete the Inspire A-G standards-based course. Here is the Shmoop Course Catalog for Inspire High School students; it has additional information on A-G credit using Shmoop.

Q: Is there a full list of resources I will receive if I opt-into Shmoop?

A: Yes, please click here for a full list of the Shmoop resources you will receive access to by opting-in!

Please click here for the Inspire Shmoop Course Catalog for high school students.

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.... Preparing for your future in home education.

When it comes to the homeschool lifestyle, I like to help parents think about the whole journey. Even if you have young TK, Kindergarten, first or second-grade students, it's helpful to think about the kinds of milestones you may want to hit each step of the way. For some, that looks like our “I can” statements; for others, it can look like personal goals that one sets for one's own children, individually, based on their individual needs and own learning styles and ability.

When I initially set out to homeschool, my long-term vision was to create an atmosphere where learning was fun and my children could be self educators and independent learners. For the first five to seven years I was researching and learning all that I could about how others homeschool through mom-to-mom conversations, studying other countries' methods for schooling their elementary-aged children, and learning whatever I could from blogs and websites I found on the internet from experienced homeschool parents. Reading testimonies from others about successful methods of home education and typical trials and common hurdles was so encouraging and allowed me to think differently about what we were doing. Educating myself in that way gave me the freedom to be the type of homeschool parent I knew I wanted to be. My instincts were telling me that a freer, more eclectic education would provide my children with better opportunities to learn more things and to expand their ability to educate themselves.

I love experiencing education with my little ones. Learning alongside them and watching them delight in new things is a joy. Once they hit 6th grade, I start to prepare them to be a little more independent. I encourage them to try more things on their own for enjoyment and create in any way they would like to create. I also explain to them that we are going to take the middle school years to practice a higher level of learning and more independent learning. There's no pressure; it's just practice time for them and us together to get ready for high school.

I like to introduce a little more structure inside our home as well with my kids' chores. During the middle school years, the responsibility level kicks up a notch, just like schooling does. Growing them to be independent, capable self-led young adults is very important to me. Using the middle school years as a practice ground for all those essential things has so far been very successful for our first two teenagers. I encourage you to develop the type of plan you think might work for your family. Think about where you want your middle schoolers to be when they reach that level. Think about what you want your high school homeschool experience to look like. It's all about what your goals are for your family. Take some time this summer to plan the next year. Then loosely plan the 5-year goals and 10-year goals. Sometimes, just a small timeline of goals can take the pressure off and give you a plan to look forward to. Reach out if you need help planning. Audrey and I are always here for you!

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!


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!

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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