We aim to serve as resource center for the community. Dandelion Learning will keep you in the loop with information about local speciality classes and co-ops. We also have established partnerships with local tutors, speech pathologists, and educational counselors.
There are many nearby opportunities for learning away from home. Dandelion Learning Collaborative arranges eight field trip meet ups during the academic year (4 free and 4 at cost). Schoolhouse members have priority registration and additional spots are offered to the homeschool community at large. We take care of securing tours and group rates. Parents are responsible for any fees, transportation, and on-site supervision.
Please link to the scheduling page for details and to secure your spot for each event.
Sometimes you and your kid just get stuck. I'm happy to meet with you and/or your child to address any specific academic topic. We'll regroup, extend, and build confidence. Then we'll make a plan to make sure that the learning keeps going (with or without me).
Quick question? Looking for specific advice? Set it up. We'll give you a ring.
Know three or four kiddos that need support on a similar skill? Have a small group of parents that would like to plan a unit or project? Let's get together. By appointment.
Want something to "click" for your kid? Need to draft a new family schedule or go over new curriculum? We'll get it done. By appointment.
Sometimes you just want to know "where your kid is at." Sometimes the state says you have to show them too. Inventories are included in schoolhouse programs and offered to all as a la carte options. Parents are welcome to observe to learn more about these assessments and their child's learning.
Reading inventories provide information about reading processes, text complexity, and "best fit" books for continued progress in reading. Your child will read leveled texts and teach us about their abilities and approaches to reading. Your report will include the text types and levels that they have mastered, an interest inventory, and recommendations for continued learning.
Math Inventories provide information about concept mastery, missing pieces, and opportunities for new learning. Your child will work though a hands-on-assessment to show their mathematical understanding and to identify opportunities for continued learning. Your report will include the math concepts and strategies that they have mastered and recommendations for continued learning.
Like it or not, participating in a formal assessment is a practical life skill (it's also required by the state of North Carolina for all homeschool students). IOWA Form A is a nationally normed standardized test that provides insight into students' progress in core academic areas (reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies, and study skills). This test is offered in the spring in a comfortable environment with accommodations for all learners in place.
Offered only in addition to IOWA Form A. CogAT is an aptitude test that measures students' general and specific cognitive abilities. It's a multiple choice test that provides insight into a child's verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning and problem-solving skills. In a traditional setting, this test is often used to identify students for gifted and talented programs. For homeschoolers, it helps us to identify students' strengths and create opportunities for growth.
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