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Week of February 4th - 10th, 2019

Hello Riverside County!

Who loves the rain? I do! I feel like it adds a special element to the homeschool day. I was talking with another homeschool mama the other day about how to turn a rainy week into a success instead of feeling like it puts a HUGE damper on your homeschool days.

In our house we love measuring rainfall, sailing handmade boats down the ditch in the front yard, taking a drive in the rain for free hot chocolate at In-N-Out (yes, this is real!), building a roaring fire in the fireplace and cuddling up to read, tea parties and baking delicious treats!

All of us, young and old, enjoy the many changes a day of cold weather and rain can bring. I believe it's because we foster a bit of memory making unique to the rest of our year. It just brings out an extra special bit of joy when done together as a family. Check out the teaching tip of the week in this week's newsletter where I share more about this cozy atmosphere you can create throughout your homeschool day that the Danish refer to as "Hygge".

In this week's newsletter, we have a 'Curriculum Spotlight' on ABC Crates. Our 'Vendor Spotlight' features The Madden House! Make sure to read about both in this edition.

Also, be sure to check out Inspiration Station.

It is filled with so many amazing field trips designed by our HSTs and Liaisons just for you! Scroll through every so often so that you can see all that is being 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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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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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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Barnes & Noble "My Favorite High School Teacher" Contest

Inspire Families! Want to publically 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.

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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_January 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


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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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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.
Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step by step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

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!

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.
Shmoop Webinar for Parents!

Have a High Schooler? Want to learn more about Shmoop? Heres your chance to see how it works! Shmoop is UC approved for "a-g" credit.

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.

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

This Week's Vendor Spotlight: The Madden House

The Madden House serves as the premier resource for all of your activity and lifeschooling needs! With field trip packages to all major venues throughout California, as well as many out-of-state options; we have the broadest selection of field trips among vendors. We also offer custom field trip kits to any school-approved venue!

In addition to field trips, we offer many physical products to enhance your students learning, including science kits, models, board games, musical instruments and more!

At the Madden House, we strive for excellent customer service with every order, because we know that prompt order fulfillment is critical to your schooling success. You can find us on Facebook at or online at!

This Week's Curriculum Spotlight: ABC Crate!

A note from the creator...

ABC Crates are educational kits with a hands-on approach that include an illustrated lesson plan, materials, follow up work, and consultations if parents or teachers need them. I have been a certified Montessori teacher and educational consultant for 19 years. Some of the younger kits include a story book. I make kits for ages preschool through sixth grade with varying themes: English, Math, Geography, Science, and Practical Life. My goal is to put out four to five new crates a month. See the current kits at Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m available by email and we can schedule a phone time if you need to.

Caroline Moulsdale

Owner and Lead Educational Consultant

ABC Crate

Teaching Tip of the Week: Hygge!

It feels a bit silly to mention the Nordic Tradition of Hygge during their bitter cold winters as being synonymous with our 50° rainy California winters but stay with me for a moment...

"Hygge" pronounced "hoo-gah" is a word used by Danes and now highly popularized by much of the Western world, likely from cozy Instagram feeds that have caught the eyes of weary mamas during winter months.

Learning about Hygge and all its glorious coziness can add a memorable and fun atmosphere to your rainy homeschool days. Use these gloomy days where you're stuck inside to light the fireplace and turn off the rest of the lights. Let the warm glow encourage you all to grab a favorite book and cuddle up to read the day away. Why not? No fireplace? No problem! Turn on a small lamp and grab the thickest coziest blankets you have. Make a big snuggle nest ( what we call it ) on the floor and get lost in the pages of your books. There is no limit, no agenda, just enjoy.

Host an impromptu tea party with all the real dishes. Filling a large ceramic teapot with a spicy warm tea that is sure to warm fingers and bellies. Make it special with homemade or store bought treats. If you don't mind the sugar indulgence, the 99 cents store has a vast variety of the cutest little tea cookies. Splurge on a package or two and set them out on a cute little tray. Use this tea time to discuss anything you want. Pull out the globe and search for hidden countries, look at an encyclopedia for random facts about something that starts with the letter "z", or share a story from American History about the Boston Tea Party. You cannot go wrong sharing tea time and some chit chat with the ones you love.

Another way to create this cozy, special time in your home is to use the opportunity you have being stuck inside to cook together. Work on reading and writing recipes out and learning about measurements while adding ingredients. Spend time making soups and biscuits and baked goods to stock the freezer.

The memories made while embracing the lifestyle practice of "Hygge" ( although not nearly as Nordic-like here in California) will bring you and your children closer together, build a deep bond that encourages education in everyday circumstances and promotes the practice of life-long family learning. It is what homeschooling is all about!

Get cozy!



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Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside 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!

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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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