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Monday, February 25, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Inspiring Talks with Julie Bogart

Inspire is launching a new series for our homeschooling community called Inspiring Talks. We know you know the value of attending homeschool conferences where you would have met Julie at the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) conference last August, but it is not practical for everyone to attend these events.

Our solution? Inspire will bring the best speakers to you with a mission to lift you up, share ideas, and fill your bag of teaching tips and tricks. Some speakers will enlighten you about trends in homeschooling while others are experts in subject areas and may offer workshops to engage you as you learn about novel ways to teach your children reading, writing, math, and more!

Our first in-person Inspiring Talks is with Julie Bogart. Julie is a former homeschool mom, creative genius behind Brave Writer, and international speaker.

“Parents want their children to have academic success. Children want to be happy. Can’t we get these two desires together: learning that develops skill and creates joy? How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childish chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?” - Julie Bogart

Please join us as Julie discusses these issues and her new book, The Braver Learner.

Julie will be available for a book signing following the talk!

You may order a copy of Julie's new book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life through the Enrichment Ordering System ahead of the event. Or, books will be available for purchase on the day of the event for $12 per book (Enrichment staff will be on-site to process orders for those who would like to use their Instructional Funds).

This is a FREE event, but due to limited space, reservations are required.

Reserve your spot for Irvine here!

Reserve your spot for Long Beach here!

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Celebrate Pi Day with Us!

March 14th is the international day of Pi! Come to Living Spring Church to celebrate with our Inspire teachers from 1 to 3pm. There will be activities for all ages!
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À la Carte OSP Subscription Options

We’re excited to begin offering our remaining available OSP subscriptions à la carte! Families may begin submitting requests via the À la Carte OSP Subscription Order Request Form.

The available subscriptions and prorated cost (Instructional Funds only) are listed on the order request form. All subscriptions are valid through September 1, 2019 (unless otherwise noted) and are subject to availability.

Funds will be manually deducted from the student’s Enrichment account and the subscriptions created within 1-2 weeks of the request submission.

If you have any further questions, please contact the OSP Team --

More High School Info Sessions!

Amy Edwards, Inspire teacher and homeschooling parent, held an amazing High School Information Session on Friday. If you were not able to attend, here are the upcoming dates in which she will hosting more sessions.

If you have a student approaching the High School years, or have a friend that is considering options for High School, this would be a great place to start! Everyone is invited!

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Empowering Kids to Become Makers with Tynker

Please join us for the Empowering Kids to Become Makers with Tynker. Topics will include:

- Why coding is important
- Introduction to Tynker
- Tour of Tynker resources

Wednesday, February 27th from 1 pm - 1:30 pm

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Special Education Newsletter

From our wonderful department of Special Education:

"The month of February is upon us and that means we are comfortably into the second semester and are moving right along with teaching and learning. We appreciate all your feedback and support and encourage you to write to us if you have a particular topic you wish us to cover."

Read the full newsletter here.

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Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The State of California requires all public schools to administer the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to students enrolled in 5th, 7th, and 9th grades. Inspire’s Physical Fitness Testing window is February 4, 2019, through March 21, 2019. We ask that parents bring their students to a test location and stay at the location during testing. Most students are finished in about an hour (test time may be a little more or less depending on the size of the location). For more information, head over here and for locations click here. Please reach out to your HST if you have any questions about your assigned testing location.

Jamboree at the Cube

Parenting OC returns to the Discovery Cube for its 13th Anniversary Edition of the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event. The free event will take place on March 2nd, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This is the fourth year the iconic Orange County family destination has partnered with Parenting OC to host the summer-fun planning extravaganza.

"We are excited to once again partner with Discovery Cube OC and the Cube team to present this event,” said Parenting OC publisher Randall Tierney. “There simply is not better venue for the kind of enrichment and fun learning opportunities that we bring to the Jamboree."

With more than 60 exhibitors committed, Jamboree will include special guests, games and many new exhibitors including family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information.

Inspire will have a booth at this event, so please stop by and say hi if you go!

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10am to 3pm

Where: 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Cost: Free for the event. Tickets for museum exhibits must be purchased.

For more information, click here.

Coolest Projects at Discovery Cube OC

Coolest Projects is a world-leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, change makers, and entrepreneurs! The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders ages 7 to 17.

Do you have an idea for a creative tech project you’d like to showcase? Register now to participate in the coolest event in North America happening at the Cube on March 23, 2019!

In addition, adults and kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free event at the Cube to support hundreds of young innovators and celebrate them in their accomplishments. Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers, leading educational technology experts, and get the chance to join a global community of digital makers.

*Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.

Click here for more information.

PBS Writing Contest 2019 is Open!

Enter your story or poem to win cool prizes and have your story published online. The contest is open to children in grades K-3 and each entry must be an original work – written and illustrated by the entrant. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from each grade. Every child who submits an original piece will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation.

1st place winners: PBS KIDS Playtime Pad; $50 gift card, books, and PBS KIDS goodies.

2nd place winners: PBS KIDS Plug and Play, $25 gift card, books and PBS KIDS goodies.

3rd place winner: $25 gift card, books and PBS KIDS goodies.

Special Category Winner: $50 gift card, books, and PBS KIDS goodies.

Read the full information here.

Barnes & Noble "My Favorite High School Teacher" Contest

Want to publicly recognize your amazing HST?!

High School Students can write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter about their favorite teacher!

The student whose teacher wins Teacher of the Year will win a $100 gift card to BNB. The teacher will receive both recognition and a prize.

Go to to enter between 2/14 & 3/14.

4th Graders Go Free!

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our federal public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them! You can get your Every Kid in a Park pass at, the official website where parents, educators, and kids can learn more.

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.

All kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at 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

Enter Imaginology's Student Competitions!

Imaginology at the OC Fair and Event Center is a huge STEAM event that families and schools love! This year, it will be on Friday April 12th to Sunday April 14th and Inspire will be there! At Imaginology, kids and their families will not only see a world of wonder, but can participate in a wide range of fun and educational hands-on activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration.

Did you know that Imaginology holds competitions for children that have a $50 cash reward? This is the time for your child's creativity to shine!

There are 19 different project divisions, and they are:

Fiber Art


Upcycle It

Cardboard Engineering

Wood & Metal Arts

Digital Art

Make It With Clay



Read & Draw



Manipulated Photography



Lights, Camera, Action


3D-Printed Art

The full details are available here. The project registration deadline is March 22nd, so start thinking about what you might be interested in building!

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Imaginology Project Build Session at Palette Station

Field Trips

There are many incredible field trip opportunities! Click on the flyers to go straight to the booking page.

Park Days

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Educational Tools

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children's literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared to change it for good.

Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids' love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?

Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine--one that can boost their kids' immunity to the world's distractions. STORY.

Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids' lives on a story-solid foundation and you'll give them armor to shield themselves from the world's cynicism. You'll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life's conflicts. You'll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.

Give Your Child the World includes more than 600 children's book recommendations from around the world. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.

Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.

Price? $11.55 on Amazon

Can funds be used? Yes

Consumable? No

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Sample page from the book
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Vendor Spotlight: Hernandez Dance Studios

Hernandez Dance Studios (HSP) provides morning classes Tue-Thur with three highly skilled teachers in the art of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop in Costa Mesa at 2675 Irvine Ave #G, Costa Mesa 92627. Ages 5-teens, levels Beg-Int. HSP also provides private lessons in all dance genres at all levels to all ages scheduled to work best with homeschooler's schedules. To see the current HSP Winter/Spring schedule go to

Christy Hernandez, director of Hernandez Dance Studios, is a professional tap, jazz and modern dancer, master teacher, choreographer and producer in Southern California, holding a BA in Creative Arts and Dance from SJSU and a teaching credential in Elementary Education from CSUF. At SJSU she studied extensively in Modern, Contemporary, and Jazz under Gary Masters and Fred Matthews of the Limon Company. Christy danced as a principal member and featured soloist with the L.A. based company, Rhapsody In Taps, for eight years and was mentored by Sam Weber, Fred Strickler, and Linda Sohl-Ellison. Christy is the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance 4 Joy Ministries, a non-profit dance ministry & studio in Costa Mesa CA that serves in communities, churches, and schools in the US and abroad training up the next generation to proclaim the Gospel in the art of dance. She is also the director of the Youth Praise Dance Conference, attended by over 200 dancers each summer from around the LA/OC area, that is hosted at HBHS. To contact Christy about booking master classes, choreography, performance or production, go to

Location: Dance 4 Joy Studio, 2675 Irvine Ave #G, Costa Mesa 92627

Who: Ages 5+



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Homeschooling Advice

"10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Homeschooling Your Teen"

2) Character development remains a crucial focus. For us, one of the biggest reasons we chose to homeschool in the first place was the character and demeanor of the high school kids around us. We were impressed with those who were being homeschooled — not so much with those who were not.

My own opinion is that too many parents give up working with their child’s character too early. When our kids are home for high school, we are able to see first-hand who they are becoming and help guide them to make wise choices on a daily basis. They have no opportunity to hide aspects of their character from us. We are not dependent on their teachers to tell us about their behavior; we see for ourselves and can respond accordingly. At a time in their lives when character is being solidified, this is key."

Read the full article here.

Local Events

Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders

Freakish, bewildering marvels of the insect world are on display in Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders. Resembling an old-fashioned circus sideshow, this exhibit explores the truth, myths and mysteries surrounding some of nature's most curious creatures - many of them alive and on view. This exhibit recalls an old-school sideshow, except it’s all about insects. Visitors can view a wild array of creepy creeping creatures and other bizarre bugs. The show also examines some of the facts, myths and mysteries involving these oddities of the earth. For more details, click here.

When: On display through April 14, 2019

Where: Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Avenue | Fullerton, CA 92832

The Great Train Show

The Great Train Show is the nation's only coast-to-coast model train show. The show is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. All aboard!

When: March 2-3, 2019 - 10am-4pm

Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (enter at gate 3)

Cost: Onsite Adult Admission is $11.00 on Saturday - Good for BOTH DAYS!

Onsite Admission is $10.00 on Sunday

Kids 11 and under are admitted free and do NOT need a ticket.

On site admission is CASH only.

For more information, view their website here.

German Style Carnival

Traditional German Carnival at Old World in Huntington Beach!

Hosted by

Starts at 3pm. FREE Admission.

Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and Currywurst.

Learn more about German School Campus go to:

Beauty and the Beast: The Ballet

Ballet Etudes will be performing Beauty and the Beast: The Ballet at Huntington Beach Central Library on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5th & 6th! Tickets can be purchased inside the library.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6, 2019

Where: Huntington Beach Central Library

Cost: $5 Per ticket

The 11th Annual World Dance Celebration

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Community and Connection

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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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