Inspire Charter Schools

Riverside County Families

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Week of January 7th - 13th 2019

Hello Riverside County,

Welcome Back!

We hope you all enjoyed the winter break and had a lot of good food with family and friends! We enjoyed our break by slowing down and spending some quality time with all the ones we love.

In this week's newsletter, we have a 'Curriculum Spotlight' on All About Spelling. Our 'Vendor Spotlight' is on Tinkergarten with Nicole Cloeren. 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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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.

You can find our December newsletter here.

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 Family,

We are working hard on stocking 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.

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.

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

Our upcoming Info Session is all about FINANCIAL AID!

  • Thursday, January 10th, 2019 @ 10 am

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  • Thursday, January 10th, 2019 @ 5pm
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Make sure you head over to Inspire High School Resource Site for all things High School.

An amazing opportunity to learn acting skills from professionals-Kids Acting Class!

Is your student an actor or possibly just looking for ways to build self confidence? Then this amazing acting class may be perfect for them!!

The Kids Acting Class' Winter Session-Venice, CA, is starting back up next week!

During our, just completed, Fall session young actors from far and wide worked with guest teacher Lexi Ainsworth (2017 Emmy Award-winning actress and former homeschooler) and guest teacher Amy Lord (actress, playwright, theatrical agent) to broaden their theatrical skills!!

Moments from our Winter Session:

1. Scene study with guest teacher Lexi Ainsworth (2017 Emmy Award-winning actress and former homeschooler)

2. Opening circle with guest teacher Amy Lord.

3. Guest teacher Amy Lord starts the class with literature and dramatic engagement to get the imaginations flowing for the younger students.

Click here for more information and to sign-up.

We hope to see you there!

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This Week's Vendor Spotlight: Tinkergarten with Nicole Cloeren

This week we are spotlighting a vendor in the Riverside area! Here is a little about Tinkergarten from Nicole:

"My name is Nicole Cloeren and I am a local Tinkergarten leader in Riverside, CA. I love playing and learning in nature with kids and their caregivers! In our classes, kids enjoy the freedom of independent exploration through well-designed play-based activities. We love to make mud and make believe with our nature treasures!

Tinkergarten’s expert-designed curriculum helps kids ages 1-8 years old develop, grow, and gain confidence, while they enjoy fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of their local green space. Our curriculum is based in research and best practice to promote the development of critical capabilities, including self-reliance, creativity, persistence and problem-solving. The child's parent or caregiver attends class with their little explorer, nurturing their bond, observing and supporting their growth, and sharing in the fun activities together. Classes are 75 minutes long and take place once/week in sessions of varying length, from one to twelve weeks.

To join a free trial class, or learn more about Tinkergarten, please visit:

You may also contact me directly at If no free trials are currently being offered, I am happy to have you attend one of my paid sessions for free. Currently, I offer classes on Tuesdays for 6-8 year olds from 9:00-10:15 am; and on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 18 month - 5 years old from 9:00-10:15 am. Classes are in the 92506 area. I look forward to meeting you!"

This Week's Curriculum Spotlight: All About Spelling

This week we are spotlighting a popular program, All About Spelling.

There is a reason why this program is used by so many in the homeschooling world. Many families have found success in its teaching method. A method that focuses on teaching the “why” of spelling and it uses a multi-sensory approach to teach that “why”, for easier teaching and better retention.

The program begins with teaching sounds. Next, the child learns how to segment words.

The hands-on part of the method comes in the form of letter tiles. “All About Spelling” comes with letter tiles for each of the 26 letters and also for common letter blends. The children use these letter tiles to identify sounds and to segment and spell words. This is a great program for children who have difficulty with fine motor skills because the children initially learn to spell with the tiles. If your child really has difficulty with writing, you can teach “All About Spelling” using the tiles exclusively.

Here is a review from a homeschool mom:

“All About Spelling” gives many different options for teaching the concepts and gives teaching tips for when a child makes mistakes or doesn’t understand something. It also includes additional practice words for children who grasp things more slowly. This makes the program very easy to implement no matter who you are teaching or what their learning style.

  • Multi-sensory teaching style
  • Logical, incremental approach with lots of built-in review
  • Time intensive for the teacher – This isn’t a “go study your spelling words” program. Each day the teacher sits down and works on spelling with the child.

Educational Website and Teaching Tip of the Week: Using Lapbooks in your Homeschooling!

We LOVE using lapbooks in our studies. It helps keep all the information together in one spot and the children are able to refer back to one spot when wanting to look up a subject.

Lapbooks are more than just notebooks with collections of worksheets, they are diagrams, minute books, and other paper manipulatives customized to emphasize the subject of the lapbook. Lapbooks can be made for all subjects, Math, Science, History, Language Arts. A helpful starting point is Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers. That is where we begin many of our projects, so many ideas! So little time!

Show us your lapbook creations on Social Media! We'd love to see them!


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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!

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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