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November 14, 2017

Back to School Safety Tips

One of our most important jobs as parents is to teach our children how to be safe when we can’t be with them. This starts with open communication, ensuring that our kids know their voices are heard and that their well-being is our first priority. As a mother and self-defense instructor, I’d like to share a few reminders about things to talk about with your children as the new school year begins.


October 13, 2017

It was great seeing old friends again and seeing people I've so far only had the pleasure of talking with. The weather was pleasant, and lots of pumpkins, animals, kids having fun. Thank you all for coming!

Carie Sipka is an Inspire Family Liaison serving the Ventura county area. 

Wild About Marine Life

by Steven Joseph Glaze (Inspire Charter School, grade 5)

How did you get interested in marine animals?

My whole life my Mom has been reading me books about sharks and the ocean. We watch movies like Free Willy, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. We always go to the beach when it is warm out. I love to swim in the waves and play in the sand. We also gather shells and find things lik...

September 18, 2017

Thank you to all who made it to our Painted Pony Farm apple picking trip.  I enjoyed meeting you.  Next year hopefully we will have more apples to choose from.  I think everyone loved seeing the animals.  We got to hold baby chicks, baby rabbits and pet ponies, goats and baby piglets.  It was perfect weather and a delightful time.  Thank you also, Pam and Steve Colvard for sharing your farm with our Inspire families....

August 30, 2017

I am an unusual homeschooling parent in that I work AND homeschool my children, and on top of that, I am a teacher. I have heard it all and most of the time it comes down to only a couple of things people are perplexed by, 1) why don’t my kids attend a local school/how come we homeschool, and 2) how do we homeschool, because, um, I work! Actually, I think more and more it’s that last question I get asked most often. 

I’ve alw...

August 28, 2017

Rubel Castle in Glendora

Field Trip Coordinator Heidi da Silva led this tour of Rubel Castle. Yes, it’s a castle, complete with a tower and a drawbridge, horses, chickens, dogs and cats, all in the middle of a very nice quiet neighborhood.  Many of those on the tour who live in the neighborhood never even knew it existed. 

The castle was established in Glendora, California, by Michael Clarke Rubel, and is currently owned an...

August 22, 2017

The Reptile Expo Supershow on August 12th was an interesting trip!  I have never seen so many reptiles in my life.  There was an African Bull Frog wider than my hand.  He kind of reminded me of the ones in the Harry Potter movies; very cool.  My favorite reptiles were the baby tortoises; by far, the cutest.  A close second would be the chameleons.  For those who couldn't come please enjoy the pictures....

August 22, 2017

It was a lovely, slightly over cast day at Arroyo Verde for our meet and greet on June 21, 2017.  Finally, I am able to meet people in person I've been emailing for the past couple of months.  The Guided Curiosity team was on hand to help little ones make actual glow in the dark dragonflies.  Sorry, our photographer was not able to hand people their ID.  He will be mailing them to you all at no extra charge....

August 9, 2017

It was an eye-opening, informative trip to the Del Norte Recycling Center.  We all learned lots of interesting information and the children asked great questions.  

The state of California is working to help Mexico in their recycling endeavors.  Soon Southern California will implement laws similar to those in San Francisco with regards to food scraps.  Food will have to be composted.  My family started our worm bin this...

July 18, 2017

The Autry museum was co-founded by Jackie and Gene Autry and Joanne and Monte Hale.  It is located at 4700 Western Heritage way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California 90027.  Walt Disney imagineering designed the museum's six permanent exhibition areas, and their professionalism shows. Prepare to be surprised by the museum's size and sophistication.  The Autry museum is right across from the LA Zoo, which can be the second st...

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