iLEAD Exploration Monday Message


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Events & Important Dates

8/9 Park Day at Shady Grove Park in Chino 10 am - 12 pm


8/9 Park Day at Cerritos Park East in Cerritos 9 am - 11 am


8/10 Park Day at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley 11 am - 1 pm


8/11 Park Day at Northwood Community in Irvine 9 am - 11 am


8/12 Park Day at Culver City Park in Culver City 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


8/23 First Day of School


9/1 iLEAD 360° OC Family Orientation 9 am - 11 am


9/6 First Day of iLEAD 360° OC Classes 9 am

Let's Explore Books

Tops and Bottoms
by Janet Stevens

Tops and Bottoms, written and illustrated by Janet Stevens, is a book about planting and harvesting and is perfect for the summer season. More than just a book about planting vegetables, this folktale has a moral to be learned: A hare tricks a bear into using his land and doing all the work in exchange for splitting the harvest in half by "tops" and "bottoms." The clever hare outsmarts the bear time after time, but the bear learns a lesson about doing the work himself and not being lazy. This book is perfect to teach about sharing, working hard, and the different types of vegetables that could be planted and harvested.

For lesson plan ideas, please visit  here.

Additionally, type the word "garden" in our vendor search tool here to find several educational opportunities that involve gardening. 
iLEAD in Action

Welcome Back!
Hello, Dear Families! 

We hope you are having an exceptional summer! We are excited  about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year! Many awesome developments are under way including many newly added vendors , a new website and additional high school support. Stay tuned as we roll out these exciting announcements in upcoming Monday Messages! 

In the meantime, your EF will be contacting you with important information on signing master agreements, classes, ordering, and more! 

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning together!
Learner Spotlight
Ellie and Emma Sousa are talented sisters with many interests spanning from gymnastics to horseback riding! 

On a typical homeschool day, the girls spend around five hours training for gymnastics while their mom, a favorite writing and reading vendor at Arden Reading in south Orange County, tutors above the gymnastics studio where they work out. 

In their free time, the girls also enjoy animals, art, horseback riding, and cooking. This summer, they both competed on the trampoline at the Nationals in Boston, Massachusetts. Ellie placed 15th in the nation at the elite level and Emma placed 5th. 

Prior to going on the trip, the girls learned about Boston in their schoolwork. Their favorite part of the trip was competing and playing on the east coast beaches.  They are now enjoying watching their coach compete in the Olympics in Brazil.

C ongratulations, Ellie and Emma!
2016-2017 Funding Announcement

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Exploration Park Days
iLEAD 360 ° OC
For those families enrolled (or on the waiting list) for our two-day program called iLEAD 360° OC, please mark your calendars for the following important dates: 
  • August 23, 2016 - School year begins
  • September 1 - iLEAD 360° OC Family Orientation 9:00 am - 11:00am
  • September 6 - First day of iLEAD 360° OC classes will begin at 9:00 am
Learning Centers
As you brainstorm ideas for your school year, here are a list of learning centers that may be located in your area:
Curriculum Corner - Exploring Math
In preparation for the school year, many of you are probably deciding on which curriculum choices to make depending on the needs, learning styles and goals of your learners. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some curriculum ideas for the core academic subjects. Since there are many choices available, we will share some of our Educational Facilitators' favorites.   

As important as "what" children learn is "how" they learn. With each program suggested, we will also include whether it works well with visual learners, auditory learners, or kinesthetic learners. Here is a link to several learning style assessments to help you determine your children's learning styles.

Learning Styles: Mostly Visual, Some Kinesthetic

Singapore Math teaches children to think and problem solve. The approach is to first teach concretely, next pictorially, and finally abstractly. Singapore Math provides a strong foundation for mathematical concepts using methods that have been proven very effective.

TK-High School
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

Math U See uses a hands-on, base ten approach to math. The manipulatives are unique to the program and are used in all levels. With Math U See, you will need to purchase the Student Book with Assessments and Teacher's Guide that includes an instructional DVD. There is one DVD lesson per lesson in each book where the author teaches each concept explicitly in a short video. The program teaches for mastery and has some spiral review.  

3rd-High School
Learning Styles: Visual and Auditory

Teaching Textbooks teaches directly to the learner. The video-type lessons are delivered on CD-ROMs and teach lessons step-by-step. The textbooks are written directly to the learners and are written in a way to easily understand the material. Learners build confidence and work at their own pace with Teaching Textbooks.

TK-High School 
Learning Styles: Visual and Kinesthetic

Saxon Math is a spiral math program that introduces concepts and then reviews them consistently. The program utilizes manipulatives to help teach concepts. The program is scripted to help teach the program successfully and may help new homeschooling families. The program emphasizes a daily meeting/calendar time in the early grades.

Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

Right Start Math incorporates the use of an abacus to help learners visualize numbers rather than orally counting. The program was designed to be used with all learning styles and has explicit teaching methods to ensure that learners are learning by seeing, hearing and doing. There is a large amount of manipulatives needed for this program because it emphasizes a hands-on approach coupled with problem solving. Right Start covers a variety of concepts at an early age including advanced geometry. This program requires a lot of prep due to the valuable manipulative component.

TK-High School 
Learning Styles: Visual and Auditory (some Kinesthetic)

Learners love reading books about math! Living Math has an extensive list of books about math categorized by different concepts. You can look for books from these lists at your local library or purchase them from our approved vendors. Books are a great way to supplement math and bring it to life.

Everyday Math at Home
TK-High School
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

One of the most enjoyable aspects of homeschooling is to make learning a natural part of the day. As you encounter the need for mathematical problem solving, collaborate with your children. Discuss fractions, measuring, counting, multiplying, etc. while baking a cake with your learner. If planning a budget, explain the mathematical thinking you used to analyze and make decisions. 

If you have any questions about curriculum, be sure to ask your your Educational Facilitator and he/she will be happy to discuss the many choices you have for your learners this year.

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