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Online Courses - CVA offers a number of online courses developed by Florida Virtual Schools (FLVS), eDynamic Learning and Mawi Learning. Please contact your Teacher, Academic Advisor or CVA Support if you have any questions about the following videos.

Calvert - Welcome to Calvert

Moving Beyond the Page

Language Arts:

CVA Language Arts - we integrated several outstanding learning resources to create a complete Language Arts curriculum. 

  • Explode the Code is your phonics-based learn-to-read program. Grades K-2 come with leveled books appropriate for each grade level. However, the first step is to determine which workbook is the best place to start your child. Look for the green, spiral bound placement test booklet and help your student complete the placement tests following the scripted testing instructions, beginning on page 9. Once you know which workbook is the appropriate level, have her start the lessons. If the set you received does not include the appropriate level, contact your teacher to request the correct workbook. Each lesson will take an average of two days to complete. The 1/2 books are review and not required. If you find your student is bored and has proven he/she know the skills but hasn’t finished the workbook, go ahead to to the next book. Your teacher is ready to help if you have questions. 
  • Bob Books are sequential, leveled readers designed to help beginning readers move from learning letters and sounds to reading words on their own. They also help students learn and practice sight words and improve their reading fluency. Use Bob Books Steps for Success to begin. Start with the lowest level included in your curriculum set and when your child masters that set, move on to the next level. Contact your teacher with questions.
  • Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary builds spelling and vocabulary skills together. Look for the student workbook and answer key booklet. Each lesson includes five days and is designed to be used daily, but you can plan a schedule that works for you. Start on Lesson 1 Day 1 and go from there. Depending on your child’s skill-set and level, you will read the daily lesson to her or your student will read instructions independently. Contact your teacher with questions.
  • Ready Reading will help your child develop strong reading skills in a fun, interactive way. Ready Reading includes the Teacher Resource Book and the student Reading Instruction workbook. Watch the Ready Reading overview video for a helpful overview (note that you will not have access to the online “ToolBox” as this resource is designed for the classroom setting and not needed for our purposes). Look for a printed resource overview and pace chart for additional information and please contact your teacher if you have questions.
  • Ready Writing starts at the 2nd grade level and helps students develop strong Opinion, Informative and Narrative writing skills. Ready Writing lessons are connected to and integrated in with Ready Reading lessons. Each lesson is scheduled for 15 days. Pages A56-A57 Ready Writing Teacher’s Manual pages provides a detailed explanation of the writing pacing guide. Look for the printed overview of CVA Custom Language Arts in your box of learning materials for additional instructions on how to get started. Contact your teacher with questions.

Math:

Saxon Math:

Math-U-See - Using every resource in your Math U See set is essential. You should have received a box with Instructional CDs, Instruction Manual, consumable Student Workbook, consumable Test Workbook, and Manipulative Kit. Parents and students will work together to follow a 3-step learning method: build, write, and say. Lessons in every level follow a similar outline: watch the DVD lesson together, complete lesson example problems from instruction manual together, and then the student will complete the corresponding lesson problems in the Student Workbook independently. There is a total of 30 lessons in each level and each level must be mastered, as verified by lesson tests, before the student moves to the next lesson. There are regular cumulative tests to make sure the student is remembering concepts and each level ends with a final, comprehensive test.  

Science:

Studies Weekly Science is a curriculum for kindergarten only. Simply start at Week 1, read the articles according to the pace guide (or teacher-approved modified pace), and then help your student complete the corresponding activity. Studies Weekly is available as a supplement for grades 1-6.

Singapore MPH Science is an easy to use science curriculum. Each level includes a total of six books: Teacher’s Guide (parts A and B), Student Textbook (parts A and B), and Activity Book (parts A and B). Think of part A as first semester and part B as second semester. Use the Teacher’s Guide’s scripted lessons (written for the classroom but easily modified for the home setting) to guide student learning in the Student Textbook or allow more advanced students to work more independently with parental support. Then have the student complete the corresponding lesson activity in the consumable Activity Book. While most activities are completed with everyday household items, some activities require equipment and materials found in a science classroom. We don’t expect you to purchase these materials. If an activity cannot be completed with items you have around the house, simply skip the activity and move to the next lesson. MPH is an international version, so you might notice the occasional oddly spelled word. Lessons are recommended to be completed sequentially.

Prentice Hall Science Explorer suggestions:

  • Have students read each section and answer the section assessment questions at the end, following the Journey Map sequence.
  • Use the Guided Reading Study Workbook (highly recommended) to guide learning for each section.
  • Most students will want more than simply reading, looking at pictures, and answering questions. Here are some suggestions to make the content more engaging:
    • Access online content and activities here by choosing a book, opening a chapter, and selecting a link or activity. Preview a sample link here
    • Look for “Zone Lab” activities integrated throughout the student texts. Some activities will be difficult to do because of the materials required, but many of the activities use everyday household items and are fun and engaging. The Teacher Edition has a quick reference section to “Zone Labs.” Go to the “Activities Section” in the front of the Teacher Guide, right after “Contents.” Some labs are suggested to do before reading, some labs are designed to reinforce key concepts learned, and some labs allow the student to practice specific science inquiry skills. These different labs are listed by sections in the teacher guide: Chapter Project, Discover Activity, Try This Activity, Skills Activity – there is a list of activities specifically designed to be done at home. Hands-on learners may want to center learning around the hand-on activates.

Other tips:

  • Prentice Hall Science doesn’t have set tests. However, the end of each section includes assessment questions (under the heading "Review and Assessment") and the teacher's edition provides the answer keys on the far right hand side of the corresponding page.
  • The answers to the student work books are in the Teacher edition on the right and left page margins. The structure is a little bit different but the answers are all there. Use the corresponding page numbers and the bold headings in the student workbook and teacher edition to locate the answers. Parents might have students check their own work by using the teacher edition. This will reinforce their learning.
  • CVA does not provide the “All in One Teacher Resource.” This is designed for the classroom setting and most of these resources are irrelevant and not necessary to a home study of this curriculum.

Social Studies:

Studies Weekly Social Studies is a curriculum for kindergarten only. Simply start at Week 1, read the articles according to the pace guide (or teacher-approved modified pace), and then help your student complete the corresponding activity. Studies Weekly is available as a supplement for grades 1-6.

The Story of the World - Getting started is as easy as begin reading and/or listening to the CD at page 1 of the student text and following the sequence of the text. Use the provided timeline found in the course catalog as a pace guide or work with your teacher to customize the pace to your child’s needs. The first half of the consumable activity book provides complete learning opportunities with review/discussion questions, narrative summaries of content, and a variety of projects, such as map work and art/craft projects (it is not expected for all of the activities to be completed; be selective). The second half of the activity book contains student activity pages. A test booklet is also provided for a user-friendly format to check for learning at the end of each chapter. Enjoy learning the Story of the World with your child!

History Odyssey - The student guides designed to be used independently with minimal assistance from parent or teacher. History Odyssey was written without the need for teacher guides due to the subjectivity of the assignments that encourage critical thinking (i.e. there is rarely any one correct answer). Answer keys to map work are found in The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Look for the “Letter to Parents and Teachers” immediately after the Table of Contents of the study guide for instructions on how to get started.

McGraw Hill TimeLinks - This curriculum has a straightforward textbook and activity workbook approach to learning history, complimented with online enrichment opportunities. Each lesson will take a week or more to complete (see timeline in the course catalog). The Teacher’s Edition provides suggested guidelines for teachers in the traditional classroom and will need to be modified for the home setting. However, a typical lesson will include parents and students reading and discussing lesson content together and completing activities outlined in the textbook pages and in the activity workbook. More advanced students may be able to work independently with minimal parent involvement.

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