Originally Posted by GinaRae
Hey, does anyone know if the local district covers learning disability evaluating for homeschoolers and how to do this? I sent a note today to the teacher to ask her.
I'm pretty sure the way it works in CA is that the school (CAVA) handles the evaluating process, so you are heading in the right direction contacting the teacher.
Originally Posted by kittie313
So is anyone else planning on doing lessons through Christmas break? We took some extra time off for Thanksgiving, and I need to keep our routines up as much as possible, so I'm planning on continuing lessons through the break instead of taking off the whole 2 weeks. We'll take Christmas and New Year's off (erm, the days that dh has off for those days that is) but I'm planning on keeping lessons going for my own sanity. I can't afford to have us out of routine right now, so we're not taking off. Anyone else?
We didn't do much over Thanksgiving, but we'll probably do some over christmas break.1. How often do you have a meeting (phone or f2f) with the "teacher."
We have one face to face per 1/4, and I think we're supposed to have a phone conference every month, but my teacher hasn't called me at all this year.2. How easy/difficult is it to customize? Is there flexibility to mix things up a bit? For ex: Could DD1 (first grade) be in K-History, 2nd grade Science, 1st grade math, 1st grade LA?
It used to be easier to customize, but they don't actually do placement testing anymore (all the teachers I've talked to are pretty pissed about that!) so your daughter would start with all 1st grade classes. If she needs to go up in LA or Math, you teacher can request that after you start. For the other classes, if you finish them early, they will send you the next grade (as long as they are finished by April, I think).3. Is customizing lessons allowed? For example, the sample K history lesson is on the Wright brothers. Could I substituate a more interesting living book about the Wright Bros. to read to DD as long as it covers the same information and addresses the objectives? Of course, it occurs to me that CAVA would really have no way of knowing one way or the other.
Yeah, that's no problem. They have lesson and unit objectives listed in the curriculum that they want the kids to meet. How they get there is up to you. At every face to face (so once a quarter) you have to turn in one assignment per subject, and those need to be directly from the curriculum.4. Are there hands on activities with the art lessons? What about music?
There is an art project that goes with every lesson. The music curiculum is awful, IMO, but there are some activities to do.