Public School Current Events

Dr. Stan Wasbin, a Capistrano Unified School District parent, asked the board of trustees Monday, January 7, what their stance was regarding the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, a 2011 state law that requires public schools to incorporate gay and lesbian history into their social studies curriculums.

The district’s next regular textbook adoption cycle will take place in 2016, said Julie Hatchel, assistant superintendent of education services. Defying the law and choosing not to adopt state-approved textbooks could jeopardize the district’s textbook funding stream, according to Hatchel.

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It’s easy to start home schooling with the Vine

Are you overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling, but know your current situation has to change?

We take the guess work out of homeschooling. We file the private school affidavit with the State of California. Your responsibility in record keeping with the state is to fill out monthly attendance records in our office.

We take the guess work out of curriculum choices. Our Curriculum Advisor reviews our curriculum each year to make sure that what our students are learning is the best Christian and educationally advanced curriculum possible.

Our program currently goes through 8th grade. At the end of that time, a good portion of our students are ready to hit the advanced placement classes in public schools, continue homeschooling, or seamlessly merge into Christian High Schools.

Your student’s teacher will be a mentor teacher. All of our teachers have successfully home schooled their own children, and are “pros” at home schooling. Our teachers teach our students in a classroom setting two days a week. Families learn at home three days a week. Teachers and parent mentors will work with you to ensure your learning days at home are productive, fun and enjoyable. We work with students who need extra challenges to keep them engaged, and we can help modify schoolwork for students that might need extra attention, or those with learning challenges.

You get to set the schedule on your home days. This allows for family time, sports activities, ministry options, etc.

We would love to talk to you about our program, feel free to call the office at 949-280-8641.

More first day photos

Pictures from our first day

First Day of School

What an incredible first day of school we’ve had so far.

The students were called to start the school day by Scott Schrader this morning, with a shofar horn! (Thanks Scott!)

Our verse this year is Nehemiah 4:19-20
19 And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. 20 In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”

So we met together when we heard the horn blow this morning and are ready to start our school year!


We had a great time at the back to school bonfire. Mrs. Gates brought extra huge marshmallows, and chocolate chip cookies for the s’mores. We welcomed new friends and re-acquainted with friends not seen all summer.


We are entering the final phase of summertime.  I don’t know about you, but my family has had a blast this summer.  I have just heard the faint “I think I’m ready for school mom!”.

We still have some openings at the Vine for the Fall Semester. We’re located in South Orange County, in Laguna Niguel.

  • We have outstanding Christian School curriculum
  • We are non-denominational
  • Our tuition is still low and very reasonable
  • Class sizes remain at 12 or less
  • We have amazing teachers and families at the Vine
  • We also have after school enrichment programs

If you’d like a tour, or find out more information how to home school with a twist, you can call us at 949-280-8641 or check out the rest of the website at

Our Next C.H.A.T.

Your next opportunity to get some great ideas and share your ideas…is coming up soon.  Monday the 21st at 7:00 we will be hosting our next meeting of Creative Home School and Teaching.  This is open to any home schooling parent, bring your questions, bring your solutions, bring your ideas and let’s C.H.A.T.

If there are any questions that you would like to give the teachers advance notice of leave them in the comments and we’ll make sure they are addressed.

Our first “C.H.A.T”

Last week we had our first C.H.A.T time with teachers and parents.  We’ll be having more, and they are open to the home school community at large.

A very brief recap follows.

We discussed ways to keep our kids engaged during these next couple of months–ideas include, having “study” buddies–going over to a friends house and working, doing work somewhere other than at the table–go to park, beach, even work somewhere in the home that may be different–under the table, on the floor…

Movement may help facilitate learning–Kris Danna has a good book for this as well as Grace LaHatt.  Manipulative can help with math–unifix cubes, cuisenaire rods, beans, popsicle sticks, etc.  Outside websites that come highly recommended included,,

We would love to know what your favorite additions to workbooks and classwork?  Please feel free to leave a comment with a website or your favorite resource.

Our next CHAT will be held Monday, March 21st at 7 pm

Janet has a saying–“Cleaning your house while the kids are growing is like shoveling snow while it’s still snowing”

We want to know….

What are some of the extra activities your kids do outside of school?  Gymnastics, ballet, ice skating, etc?

Are they usually with other home schoolers, or do you do the after school programs?

Also include in the comments, something you are looking at participating in, but haven’t signed up for yet.