iLEAD Exploration Monday Message

iLEAD Exploration Studios Address:
Trinity Cristo Rey Church
902 South Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Events & Important Dates
9/21 Child Creativity Lab Field Trip  for Grades K-5
10 a.m.-noon. FULL
9/27 - Field Trip Release for November and December Excursions at 9 a.m. (via email and Facebook)

9/28  OC Foodbank Service Project  at 10 a.m. FULL
10/2 - iLEAD's Amazing Race in Los Angeles

10/5 Child Creativity Lab Field Trip  for Grades 6-12 at 10 a.m. FULL
10/6  Amy's Farm  at 9:30 a.m. FULL
10/7 Tanaka Farm  at 10:15 a.m. FULL

10/19  In-N-Out Tour in Seal Beach at 8:50 a.m. FULL

10/19 Service Project - Letters to Active Military or Veterans in Orange County at 10:30 a.m. Sign up here.

10/26 Service Project at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center in Santa Ana (All Ages) at 10 a.m. Sign up here.

11/2 - Homeschool Day at SeaWorld in San Diego  (release date 9/27)

11/16 - Toys for Tots Drive Service Project in Costa Mesa  (release date 9/27)

11/18 - Underwood Farms in Simi Valley  (release date 9/27)

11/29 - Bob Baker Marionettes in Los Angeles  (release date 9/27)

12/8 - The Nutcracker at the Barclay, OC  (release date 9/27)

12/9 - Red Chair Nutcracker in Pasadena ( release date 9/27)
Let's Explore Books

are great chapter books for young readers to build reading fluency. There are 26 books, one for each letter in the alphabet, that each contain a fun mystery to solve. These books are great because after you read one, you will want to read them all! These books, which can be found at your local library, are great for a child who is just beginning to read chapter books and likes to solve mysteries!
iLEAD in Action


Exciting Field Trips Coming Up!
We are excited to share more of our upcoming field trips! The November and December field trips will be released for signups on Tuesday, September 27 via Facebook  and email. Next week's Monday Message will include detailed descriptions (prior to the release date), but here's a preview of some of the amazing trips we have planned for you!

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Learner Spotlight - Kai and Josie Kimbell
Kai (fourth grade) and Josie (first grade) Kimbell participate in art classes that focus on a historical event with Kim Frassett . Last year, they learned about ancient history and enjoyed art lessons that incorporated drawing, painting and pastel techniques. They compiled their art in a beautiful sketchbook that also included maps, timelines and narratives or essays. 

This year, they are participating in the Medieval Experience at the Homeschool at Grace  campus in Huntington Beach where they will be continuing their art lessons focusing on Medieval history. They will also be learning about science, economics, handicrafts and games from the Medieval era. 

Kai loves learning about history and enjoys classes that help him have a deeper understanding of historical events while Josie loves learning new art techniques and has become a budding artist! They both cherish their books that contain all of their work and enjoy sharing them with family and friends!
The Skateside - Open House
Save the Date:  Second Annual iLEAD Amazing Race Oct 2

Start building your team now for this fun-for-the-whole-family  event on Sunday, October 2, as we follow clues and take photos in front of Los Angeles landmarks all accessible via the Los Angeles subway.  

Have fun with the whole family as you challenge your friends and see who can make it first to Los Angeles area landmarks. The cost is only $5 for each participant, and there is a fabulous prize for first place, and a guaranteed great time for all! 

To reserve your spot please click  link here.  

This event is open to iLEAD families at all our studios, schools and learning centers, and it's a great way to get to know other iLEAD families!

High School -- Taking the PSAT
Is your learner planning on going directly to a four-year college or university after high school? If so, sophomores (or juniors who have not yet taken the PSAT) will want to register to take the PSAT test at their local high school to prepare for the regular SAT exam that juniors and seniors take in the spring. 

To register at your local public high school as a homeschool learner for the PSAT/NMSQT, please contact the counseling office at your local school to learn their dates and how to register. It will cost approximately $15 to take the test. The school testing dates will either be October 15, 19 or November 2, so please contact them right away to register and be included on their testing list. 

On the day of the test, there will be a bubble on the scantron specifically for homeschool learners to mark.  For more information, please visit the College Board website .  Testing results will be accessible through the personal account you need to create here.
Homeschool Chess Club at AV Chess House

2016-2017 Funding Announcement
Tell a friend! Full funding is available for learners fully enrolled by September 21. Please complete the Intent to Enroll here!
Barr None Music Publishers
The Learn to Play series is the brainchild of Faith Barr, a successful music teacher since 1967. Barr None Music Publishers  has a mission to provide families with the best materials possible for learning to play music. They offer both "live" and recorded online classes and music books.
What are the benefits of taking online classes with Faith?
  • Your lessons are available anytime -- whenever you want them.
  • You can take the lessons as often and as many times as you wish.
  • You don't have to leave home -- not to mention the time and cost of driving to lessons.
  • You can choose any or all of the five instruments we offer -- learn to play anything you want. You have instant access to all the classes for all the instruments.
  • Your entire family can learn to play for a total of $19.95 per month.
Enjoy watching a sample class here  for piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, or violin. 
iLEAD Family Specials!
Yearly Membership - $199.50
This membership includes unlimited classes viewed on the website from September to June. With this membership, July and August are free. When you sign up one learner, the rest of the family gets access to the classes for free. This membership will have only $99.75 deducted from your funds the first semester and the second payment will not be deducted until the second semester. Families must submit an order by September 30, 2016. 
Semester Membership - $99.75
This membership includes unlimited classes viewed on the website from September to January or February to June. With this membership, July is free. When you sign up one learner, the rest of the family gets access to the classes for free. Families must submit an order by September 30, 2016 (first semester) or January 31, 2017 (second semester).
Monthly Membership - $19.95
This membership includes unlimited classes viewed on the website for a month's period of time. If you sign up one learner, the rest of the family gets access to the classes for free. You may sign up for this membership at any time!
Music books need to be purchased for each instrument your child is interested in learning. Music books are $49.95 for a starter pack (6 books) per instrument or $199.95 for a complete set (30 books) per instrument.  Music book instrument choices include: piano, guitar, violin/fiddle, ukulele, and mandolin.
If you have any questions, please contact Barr None Music Publishers:
(502) 413-5443
Curriculum Corner -- Writing Resources
Exploring Curriculum is a series covering the core academic subjects for grades TK-8. Here are some of the past subjects covered:

This week we are going to be sharing about books!

Teaching the Classics
Grades K-12
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic
Teaching the Classics  is an outstanding resource for families. Adam Andrews presents a seminar on how to teach literary elements (conflict, plot, characters, setting, theme, context, and literary devices) and ask Socratic questions about literature. Mr. Andrews demonstrates how to engage your learner with literature. The Center for Lit has also published Ready Readers  which provide information on the literary elements and Socratic questions for specific books. This product will give you a foundation for talking to your learners about any book or movie and provide you with thought-provoking questions to engage your child.
Moving Beyond the Page
Grades K-8
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic
Moving Beyond the Page  offers complete language arts programs for ages 7-14. Moving Beyond the Page products include parent guides, literature, project ideas, and writing activities. Moving Beyond the Page is a research-based program that integrates learning through literature. This is another program that homeschooling parents love!
Grades TK-8
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic
BookShark  has complete curriculums for grades TK-8. BookShark uses a variety of educational resources, including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations, and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization. This literature-based company, which integrates science and social studies into its programs, also provides recommendations for math. All of the planning and prep work is done for you when you order this curriculum. BookShark is a favorite of many homeschooling families!
Five-in-a-Row and Beyond Five-in-a-Row
Grades TK-6
Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic
Five-in-a-Row  is another literature-based program. A parent guide is provided to teach learners about various language arts concepts using picture books and chapter books. Learners participate in hands-on learning experiences and fall in love with a book when it is used all week as the base for learning. (Please be aware that Five-in-a-Row Volume 4, Below Five-in-a-Row, Christian Character, and the Bible Supplement may not be purchased with funds.)
Books, Books and More Books
Grades TK-12
Learning Styles: Various
For families who love to read and are looking for books on all topics and subjects, Horrible Books  is a fun resource. The suggested books cover math, science, and social studies topics. If you have a learner who loves to read fun books to learn concepts, then Horrible Books is the place for you!
Great Schools  provides book lists by grade level that include a short synopsis of each book.
Reading to Kids  includes a list of books by grade level to choose books for your learner.
For learners just beginning to read chapter books, Good Reads  has a list of beginning chapter books. Many of these are series books that your learner could get excited about reading!

Please keep in mind that while links are included to the publisher's website, many of the resources are available at Rainbow Resource and some of the curriculum may be cheaper there. As you begin to place orders, it is usually more economical to place one big order versus paying the shipping costs on several smaller orders.
PIzza Hut BOOK IT!
Pizza Hut BOOK IT is a year-long program that rewards learners for sustained reading. It allows learners to set a goal and obtain rewards by accomplishing the goals. To enroll, visit their website here.
"  Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. "

William Butler Yeats

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