To see the DVIA 2016-2017 calendar, go to: http://davincik8.org/wp/calendar. You can scroll through month-by-month.
If the following feels like an avalanche of information (and it is!), I would suggest reading it through and then coming back to it again in a few days (and then again in a few more days). Please let me know if you have any questions. I am just sending this out now to meet the needs of those who like to plan and calendar a few months ahead.
One of the ways Ethel (the 4th-7th grade Homeschool Collaborative teacher) and I support our homeschooling students and families is by offering social events and workshops. Choosing to participate in socials and workshops is always optional but I hope you will join in. We offer a variety of workshops for students and families.
Socials (Is anyone interested in being the Social Coordinator for our group? Let me know.)
- Weds., July 20th …a morning at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach
- We will meet up in the lower (pond) area of Polliwog, near the big climbing structure
- I will be there 9:30-10:30
- I’ll send an evite soon
- Another in the first 2 weeks of August, date TBD
In planning our (optional) workshops for the first semester (Aug. – Dec.), I took the following into account:
- I want to move back to a more project-based student workshop format (which will be easier now in our new space)
- Families requested more field trips next year
- Big, long-term workshops need to meet the needs of all K-3 learners
- Our Fall project will focus on social studies
- Our Spring project will focus on science
- I want our student workshops to work as springboards to deeper, personalized learning, for families interested in pursuing related topics at home (to address student interests, content standards or both)
- I want our student workshops to involve creating (in a variety of ways)
- I want our family educator workshops to provide the information, learning and support you want
Los Angeles Project (working title)
We will be looking at historical time periods of the Los Angeles region, from prehistoric times up through today. While we clearly can’t cover this much history in a semester, we will focus on high-interest topics that relate to all grade-level learning goals. Much of our learning and research will be “in the field.” This topic will be rich with possibilities in all subjects for those who would like to connect it to their homeschooling and develop ancillary projects.
- August 25th through November 10th
- We will present our project work at Exhibition
- Many Thursdays will be field work/field trip days. Locations and times will vary. I will have a “best guess” schedule to you by the start of school. Most field trips are for the whole family. Parents provide transportation for themselves and their kids. While a docent or I will lead the experience, parents supervise their kids during the trip and participate. A few may be more “traditional” teacher + students, if we need to fit into a venue’s format to visit.
- Students can attend the field trips without participating in the Friday Project classes. Just know that the depth of learning will be different.
- These field experiences will require a bit of coordinating. Please let me know if you are interested in helping (or “co-helping”) with scheduling visits, collecting RSVPs, sending out info, collecting permission slips, etc. I would appreciate any and all help. No experience neededJ
- Fridays will include
- 9:00-10:15 – Project-related art class on-campus (in the Innovation Station)
- 10:30-12:00 – Project work time on-campus (based in our classroom)
- 12:00-12:20 – Students may stay for lunch-time play (outside)
- This will culminate at Exhibition with a play, a living history museum, or ???
A variety of workshops will be scheduled on Mondays through the year. Topics and times TBA. These will include:
- One-time or short-term student workshops
- Workshops for family educators (to share how-to’s, resources, etc.)
- During these workshops, we will provide learning activities and supervision for students and DVIA-age siblings. Younger children will remain with parents.
- “Family Educator and Me” workshops for you and your child together
After Exhibition and Thanksgiving Break, we have a sweet little 3-week period of time that is “just right” for a mini-exploration. While I have an idea I am excited about, I’m not ready to commit to it, yet. You can expect it to fall into the same Thursday/Friday timeframes.
Family Educator-Led Workshops
During this past year, a number of parents sponsored and led some student workshops. I hope to see this tradition continue. If you are interested in offering a workshop, let me know. We can always find time for you to have space on-campus to do this, if you are interested.
Thanks for hanging in through this long letter! And if you are new to homeschooling, don’t worry! Ethel and I are planning meetings in August to help you get launched.