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Sat, Jun 22


Buena Vista Duck Pond


Join us for a day of learning, connections, and community!


Time & Location

Jun 22, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Buena Vista Duck Pond, Buena Vista Duck Pond, 1601 Shadowridge Dr, Vista, CA 92081, USA


About the event




JUNE 22, 2024

11:00AM to 1:00PM

Free Event


Buena Vista Duck Pond

1601 Shadowridge Dr.Vista, CA 92081

Register now to secure your spot. 

Space is limited!



April Mendiola:

Community Educator/STEAM Enrichment & Co-op Teacher/Biologist

Building Community, Educational & Medical Freedom, and Family-centric learning

Homeschool Collective-Carlsbad

April Mendiola is a dedicated community educator and a passionate advocate for educational and medical freedom, as well as family-centric learning. As a wife, homesteading mother of three, and seasoned homeschool mom, she brings a wealth of experience to each role.

With extensive teaching experience in various homeschool enrichment programs, including Nurture Through Nature, Rock Creek, Little Scouts, Bloom HSS, and independent instruction, April has been instrumental in building and nurturing educational communities. Since 2021, she has served as the Operations Manager at Little Scouts and has led the Carlsbad Homeschool Collective for four years, offering diverse services to support homeschooling families.

April's commitment to community-building and holistic living is evident in her work, facilitating a journey of discovery and growth while learning together as a community dedicated to educational excellence.

Erika Williams: 

Founder/Director of Little Scouts Nature Classes  & Lead Teacher

Little Scouts Page

Child-Led Nature Immersion

Erika is a credentialed K-8 teacher and early childhood educator with over 21 years experience teaching Preschool-2nd grade.​ She created the Little Scouts program when she saw a need in the community to provide a holistic, outdoor learning environment for children. She believes that learning occurs organically through children’s discoveries, passions, and innate curiosities. She strives to instill a love of learning and connection to nature while creating a community of like-minded families who share similar values.

Julie Herd:

Founder of Reading Reach

Reading Reach Page

Small Group Structured Literacy

Julie has over 21 years of education experience. She is a credentialed Reading and Literacy Specialist with a Master's in Literacy and Reading Education. She specializes in dyslexia intervention using the Orton-Gillingham approach and has extensive experience as a teacher and school administrator.

Julie created Reading Reach to offer structured literacy interventions and alternative educational opportunities for homeschoolers. Her programs are evidence-based, ensuring high-quality instruction for all striving readers.

Sara Shields:

Founder/Director of Homeschool Collective

Homeschool Collective Page

Community Connections, Local and Virtual Resources, Homeschool Support, and Community Social Platforms 

Sara is a veteran homeschooling mother of three children who began officially homeschooling in 2014. 

Recognizing the need for a supportive community and the need to locate and search vendors in North County San Diego quickly and easily, she founded Homeschool Collective. The Collective offers a welcoming and engaging environment for both new and experienced homeschooling families. The HSC community provides various resources, events, and connections to help families navigate their homeschooling journey.

At Homeschool Collective, you'll find:

  • A supportive network of homeschooling families
  • Access to a variety of free, paid, and donation-based events
  • Resources to aid in your educational journey
  • Opportunities for your children to create lasting friendships

Homeschool Collective is continually growing and evolving to meet the needs of its community as the world of homeschooling and alternative education 




Are you new to homeschooling or just considering it? We will be available to answer questions and discuss any of these basic topics.

• Legal requirements and documentation.

• Managing the dual role of parent and educator.

• Keeping records and portfolios.

• Setting up a homeschooling schedule and routine.

• Making the switch from traditional school to homeschooling.

• Helping children adjust to the new routine.

• Finding and choosing the right curriculum.

• Exploring different homeschooling styles (e.g., classical, Montessori, unschooling).

• Extracurricular activities and how to get involved in community groups.

• Opportunities for finding support networks and socializing with other homeschoolers.

• Balancing academic work with social activities.

• Tailoring your approach to fit your child’s learning style.

        • Methods for assessing your child’s progress.

• Managing expectations and setting realistic goals.

• Handling resistance or lack of motivation in children.

• Incorporating cooking, budgeting, and other practical skills into the curriculum.

• Encouraging independence and responsibility in children.



Exploration Stations will be available for the children to play and enjoy while the parents tap into the offerings.


  • SNACKS IN THE PARK (Potluck style)

You are invited to bring something to share 

Please consider:










Bring your new or used homeschool-related items to swap/sell.

Books for all ages, curriculum, teacher/student manuals or planners, workbooks, and even manipulatives or board games are welcome!

***Bring your own table & supplies to create your own set-up and display. Please select swap/sell when registering for this event (this way, we can know how many participants to expect)***


  • Adult

    Sale ends: Jun 22, 10:00 AM


  • Child

    Sale ends: Jun 22, 10:00 AM


  • Swap/Sell Curriculum

    Sale ends: Jun 22, 10:00 AM

    Host a table for Swap or Sell of curriculum.




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