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Monday, November 26, 2018

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School News and Important Dates

Orange County Vendor Fair

We are so excited to announce our upcoming Orange County Vendor Fair! We will have vendor booths, activities for the little ones, and there will be giveaways galore! Our Enrichment Department will be on-site so you can make purchases using student funds and take your items home! Mark your calendars now!

Funds Drop December 1st!

On December 1st,the second installment of funds drop! Each student will receive $1000, and you can still put in orders this week even if you are waiting for your funds.

If you opted out of the online subscription package, you will receive an additional $250 in February.

Field Trip Cancellations

We are thrilled to see our events are filling up quickly! If you book tickets to a field trip, but you won't be able to make it, please cancel your tickets so another family can take your place.

You can cancel tickets through the Inspiration Station System!

Just log in to your account, and on the top right, you will see a small drop down arrow next to your email address. Click the arrow and select "My account." There you will see all the field trips you have signed up for, and are able to cancel a single ticket, or all of your family's tickets. We have attached a screenshot below to show this.

Please note: once payment has been made to the venue, we are unable to cancel tickets and refund your account.

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Upcoming Field Trips

We know how much our families love field trips! Just click on the flyer to view all of the details of the event, and to book your tickets.

Please keep in mind: We have a lot of interest in field trips, so if you know you are unable to attend a trip that you have signed up for, please cancel your tickets (even if it's a free event) as soon as possible. We have listed the steps on how to cancel tickets above. This allows another family on our waiting list to join. Thank you!

Bowers Museum Field Trip

The Irvine EA teachers planned a field trip to the Bowers Museum for EA families in December and there are still 32 tickets left, so we wanted to open it up to everyone! If you're interested, check out the flyer below and click here to sign up ASAP!

Bower’s Museum

2002 N. Main St.

Santa Ana 92706

Thursday, December 6th


Cost: $15 per student

$8 Chaperones

Park Days

A great way to connect with other families is by attending our park days! We have so much fun planned for you, click on the event flyers below to find out what's in store!

December 7th: TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa. Time: 1-3pm

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Educational Tools

50 Reasons Homeschooled Kids Love Being Homeschooled

'In the blog world, we hear a lot from homeschooling moms, but not so much from their students. I often have people find my blog by searching things like, “Do kids like to be homeschooled?” or “Why do kids like to be homeschooled?” So, I asked the folks on my Facebook page to ask their kids why they liked being homeschooled and let me know what they said. I asked mine, too, and compiled the answers for you.

Some answers were heard a lot. Some were pretty unique. Some got my added commentary, and some stand alone. So, if you’ve ever wondered why homeschooled kids like being homeschooled, here are the results, in no particular order after the first two, of my really unscientific poll.'

Read the rest of this article here.

Curriculum Spotlight: Beast Academy

Beast Academy is a full math curriculum for grades 2‑5 that you can use as a supplement or as your main math curriculum. Each grade is split into units A‑D, and each unit consists of a Guide book and a Practice book. The Guide is a comic-book-style textbook for teachers and students alike; the Practice books are student workbooks. The characters in the classes at Beast Academy grapple with math concepts and work together to solve problems, which make it a hit for children who love to read comic books.

The black-and-white Practice books provide hundreds of problems for students to practice computation and develop reasoning and problem-solving skills. These problems appeal to a wide range of students, encompassing everything from simple calculations to multi-step puzzles.

Beast Academy also offers an online learning system for grades 3 to 5 (grade 2 should be released soon). For more information, visit their website here, and you can also view Cathy Duffy's review here.

Math Board Games

Some days, math can be a struggle, so board games are a great way to learn and have fun!

Read 10 Fun Parent-Tested Math Board Games here

Crash Course Kids on YouTube

With over 24 million views, Crash Course Kids is talking about 5th Grade Science. This bi-weekly show is all about gradeschool science. They look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much much more with host Sabrina Cruz. So, join us every Tuesday and Thursday for new uploads. Check out the 5th grade NGSS standards that support each episode!


Sea Glass Wrapping at Crystal Cove Conservancy

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for sea glass wrapping on Wednesdays. Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass from 10am- 4pm in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Turn a found item into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee. Find more details here.

Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens at Heritage Hill Historic Park

Tucked away amidst a live oak grove on the banks of Santiago Creek in Modjeska Canyon lies the century-old home of world renowned actress Madame Helena Modjeska. Named for the grounds’ resemblance to the Forest of Arden in the Shakespearean play “As You Like It,” Arden is designated a National Historic Landmark.

Docent led tours of the historic house and gardens are currently offered 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, by advance reservation. This walking tour will take you through the years Madame Modjeska resided in her canyon home, and along the rock lined pathways of what she so fondly called the Forest of Arden. Tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Park patrons are welcome to enjoy the self-guided grounds on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sawdust Art Festival

Winter Fantasy features 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos, hands-on pottery wheel and art classes, falling snow and holiday photo-ops, outdoor eateries and cafes, festive saloon offerings, and so much more! Experience Sawdust’s magical 3-acre art village during the holiday season, transformed into a picture perfect winter wonderland in the heart of Laguna Beach for five weekends only.

When: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16

Time: 10am to 7pm

Where: 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

For tickets, book here.

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Community and Connection

2019 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

California students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their original artwork and poetry to this annual coastal and marine themed contest. This is a fun opportunity for your student to showcase their creativity! Find more information and contest rules here.

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!

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!

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 2, 6 and 8 years old and 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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