Thanks for checking in to see what has been happening in Adventurer World this week. See Wednesday’s post for info about workshop.
I appreciate how active and involved everyone is! Here is a recap of our week:
- Field trip to the LA County Museum of Art for a docent-led field trip to see Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art. It is a wonderful exhibit and I recommend that everyone check it out. You could easily spend many hours exploring and learning.
- Our Creative Problem-Solving Co-op met for the 2nd time on Monday afternoon. The adults have formed work teams to support the co-op and to make light work for everyone. If you are considering having your child join us on Mondays but have not yet attended, please let me know so that we can include your child in the planning.
- We went to Veterans Park in Redondo Beach on Thursday, where we explored the farmers market, ate together and socialized.
- Our first Robotics Co-op met on Thursday afternoon. We took a look at what is offered and worked on organizing/creating systems for managing the co-op. If your child is interested but did not attend, they can join us next week. Please let me know to expect you.
Important Announcements for next Wednesday, October 2nd
- Picture Day - Students will have their picture taken in the morning on. If they want to wear something special for picture day, they can come dressed for the photo and then change into school clothes.
- Spirit Day - Students are invited to dress in sports team jerseys. As mentioned above, they can dress for their school photo and change into their spirit day clothing after.
- PEC - Our first Parent Educator Conference of the year is also next Weds. This is Professional Development for all of you, the home educators. The DV Connect Newsletter will have the schedule and a description of workshops being offered that day. Come for one or come for all...this is designed to support your development as educators and you will walk away with ideas to implement. I will be leading a discussion about homeschooling while traveling.
Work Journal 1: Friday, October 4th, is the last day of Work Journal 1 and the due date for your Headrush submissions. All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM on 10/4/19. It is very important that you complete this requirement on time so that I can process your child’s attendance. Remember to fill in all of these sections:
- Each Homeschool Day: Write a few sentences about what you generally do on your homeschool days.
- Learning Goals: Please write in 2-3 goals per subject (Reading, Writing, Math, History, Science). These can be copied from CA State Standards or can be written in your own words, but either way, it tells me the main skills you are working on during this work journal period.
- Work Samples: 2 per subject, 10 total samples - attach (do not link) samples that show me your child’s work and learning. Work samples need student name and date.
- Daily Log: A 2-3 sentence summary each homeschool day that tells me more specifically what your student worked on that day.
Student Led Conferences - A number of you have not yet signed up for your child’s Student Led Conference. Please sign up here. They will be held the week of Oct. 4th.
I will periodically highlight skills to work on at home that are appropriate for all Adventurers. Here are two:
- Your child should be able to recite their full name, parents’ names, address and at least one of your phone numbers. Not only is this a safety need but it also promotes confidence in knowing information about themselves and their family.
- Putting books away “library style.” Meaning spine facing out and book right-side-up (not the Dewey decimal system). Knowing how to function in a library or book shop is a valuable life skill. It also makes it easier to navigate shared book shelves at home and at school.
Our school nurse, Emily Green, has posted a very useful Health Page on our Da Vinci Schools website for parent and staff use. Check it out here.
Things you may be wondering about…
- MAPs results will be emailed home 24-72 hrs after your student completes both assessments (math and reading). If you have not signed your child up for the MAP assessments (these are NOT state assessments), please do so this weekend at this link. If for some reason you do not want your child to participate, please let me know at our SLC meeting what strategies or tools you are using for assessment in place of MAPs.
- Results of the reading fluency assessment some students completed this week and others will complete next week will go home soon. It is a new resource and I need to create a report that will make sense to you. I’ll get the info to you asap. Fourth grade students will be assessed with a different tool (tba).
- Speaking of assessments, you may not know that I actively assess all students based on a variety of goals every Weds. I will send out some related suggestions and resources in the blog each week for general use. If anything stands out as something that needs to be communicated, I will send you an email with my observations/questions/suggestions and we can schedule a follow-up phone call or meeting, as needed.
- Perspective-taking: read different versions of classic stories such as Jack in the Beanstalk, the Three Little Pigs or Goldilocks and the Three Bears, told from the perspectives of different characters. A librarian can help you with selection. Discuss how the same events can be experienced differently by various characters. Connect this with situations at home where not all family members have the same perspective about an event. You can also touch on observation vs interpretation/judgment.
- Meeting or greeting people: support your child in appropriately meeting new people and greeting people they have previously met. This does not come naturally for all people and is an important skill to learn. The more they do it, the more comfortable they will become. Enlist people you know to help with this by being open to greetings. Simple declarations such as:
- Hello. My name is _____. With a handshake (or alternate), as appropriate.
- Hello! It is good to see you again.
- Good morning Ms. Lopez. Your flowers are beautiful.
- Hi. My name is _____. May I help you carry your bags into ____?
Finally...Please read your DV Connect Newsletter and Check out the Official DV Connect Facebook page: Be sure to read the weekly DV Connect newsletter where you will find important schoolwide information not posted in this blog. You may also want to join the private DV Connect facebook page. This is a great way to connect with other home educators and you will find many great opportunities in which to participate each week.