Anyone use CAVA?

Discussion in 'General' started by rheamay, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. rheamay

    rheamay Well-Known Member

    Let me start by saying that I am TERRIFIED of this whole homeschool thing! I thought I wanted to do it going into Kindergarten but decided against it and put Anthony into a Montessori public school. Well, it turns out he is very ADHD and is having a hard time in this environment. Too much going on and he is too distracted. So far, he isn't behind, but his teacher seems to think next year will be hard when he's put into a mixed class (1st-3rd graders together). She actually recommended moving him into a "regular" school where everyone did the same thing at the same time, etc. But I don't like the school in my area. So here I am enrolling him into CAVA.

    Actually, his Montessori school has a public homeschool program where they support you...but there is a waiting list. Which seem so odd to me.

    Anyhow, big novel and background just to ask if anyone has enrolled in CAVA (California Virtual Academy). It's through K12 but is a public CA school.

    Thoughts or opinions? I'm really nervous about doing this without some sort of support system. thanks
  2. Stacy A.

    Stacy A. Well-Known Member

    I haven't used CAVA (or anything, yet!), but do you have any local homeschool groups or co-ops? That might provide you with some additional support. Also, the biggest help I have had in preparing for this adventure is finding a wonderful group of ladies in a homeschooling forum. The one I personally visit is called CHF Web and is for Christian homeschoolers. But, I know there are lots of others. Many of the woman on that board have been HSing for 20+ years and have lots of wonderful advice!
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  3. mel&3

    mel&3 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link Stacy- going off to lurk there now.
  4. jenn-

    jenn- Well-Known Member

    I know this is going to sound weird/petty, but there are a lot of homeschool groups around here that do not consider you a homeschooler if you are using the state funded virtual academies. Reality is you are public schooling your son at home and are required to meet xyz standards and testing. I would look into all the requirements before signing on the dotted line.
  5. rheamay

    rheamay Well-Known Member

    Ii am actually okay with that, though. I am very nervous about trying this at home and like the idea that someone will be there to help me make sure it "counts" and that he meets all the state requirements.
  6. cheezewhiz24

    cheezewhiz24 Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    My BFF did this last year in Colorado with her then 9 year old. I think she chose the virtual program for the same reasons you are considering it- support, yet you are the teacher. (she still had a teacher). Other than a mishap with the state testing system, she really liked it. Her 15 year old also did it and will not return to high school. The 9 year old does want to try to go back to a brick and mortar school this next year but thoughouly enjoyed herself.

    Ps she is super physical and made huge progress in reading this year in large part due to her moms' greater involvement.
  7. Dielle

    Dielle Well-Known Member

    Here, we have WAVA, which is the same thing, I think. K12 curriculum. I know a few people who did it for a year or less. No one I know stuck with it for longer. From what I remember, it was really involved. LOTS of computer time and very stringent requirements, even for pretty young kids. And I think with ADHD, that might be an issue. You might find an email group for homeschooling with special needs or even ADHD specifically. I know I've heard of plenty of those. You could get an idea of a program that might be well suited to his learning style. Personally, kindergarten at our house isn't much different than the previous year for them. We read stories, play games (many of the games we have are actually very educational), color, draw, etc. With most of my kids, we use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (it didn't work with my son who is dyslexic, however). My girlies just started it a week or two ago, though because of December birthdays they're not technically kindergarten age this year. My point is that it's really nothing to stress about. If you're really concerned, you could pick up What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know. I don't exactly agree with all of Hirsch's premises for the Core Knowledge idea, but I did buy it when my oldest was K age, just for some reassurance.
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