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Recie 01:06 PM 04-11-2012
I started my CDA classes yesterday and OMG!!!!!! This is definately NOTHING to sneeze at! Im excited and scared anyone else taking or has already taken their classes and tested? How was it for you I feel like a deer in headlights!!!
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melskids 03:16 PM 04-11-2012
I am about half way though classes for mine. It's not so bad, other then making sure you have all the resources you are supposed to and the portfolio set up correctly.

Take a deep breath! You'll do fine!

And BTW, Welcome!!!!
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Preschool/daycare teacher 03:50 PM 04-11-2012
I just got mine in November or December. All the way through I kept over-thinking everything. Just keep up with the required reading and make sure you understand it, and keep up with the portfolio assignments. They really aren't that difficult (now that it's over I say that!), but really, I am not "college material", but I the assignments weren't that hard for me, it was the competency Goal papers we wrote that I stressed most over (if I remember right, they only wanted 250-500 words for each goal, so it shouldn't have been a big deal for me. It was just one page for each). Since I had once weekly classes to attend, the intstructor explained everything really well, and made sure we all understood, checked our work to make sure we were on the right track, gave tips for improving it, etc. She was more like a mentor, just wanting to help us do our best, and I figure the other instructors would be of the same mind-frame. If you have any questions, or need help throughout the process, feel free to PM me. I could tell what I used for some of the portfolio assignments, also, when you come to them, if you need ideas. Are you doing Family Childcare focus? Do you already plan daily lesson plans for your group of children (if so, this will be much easier for you, since most of the assignments have to do with daily curriculum plans). Oh and don't worry about the testing part. That was the easiest part of all. All you need for it is to have read your book and have basic common sense lol.
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DaisyMamma 06:18 PM 04-11-2012
Where did everyone do their cda online?
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melskids 02:06 AM 04-12-2012
Originally Posted by lymemomma:
Where did everyone do their cda online?
I am taking an actual class for it, but I know alot of providers who have used care courses.

http://www.carecourses.com/PublicPages/Home.aspx
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Blackcat31 06:28 AM 04-12-2012
Originally Posted by lymemomma:
Where did everyone do their cda online?
Our local CCR&R offers the CDA classes all on-line. I would check with them.
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Recie 07:16 AM 04-12-2012
I am taking actual classes also it wasj ust more than what I thought it was going to be LOTS of information.
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Preschool/daycare teacher 03:05 PM 04-12-2012
Originally Posted by Recie:
I am taking actual classes also it wasj ust more than what I thought it was going to be LOTS of information.
Too bad you don't have my instructor... I loved going to class every week. Infact, I miss it! haha After the very first one, I was so excited about the CDA process. Well, the classes part of it lol. The rest of the process of getting a CDA had me a little nervous.
Is yours a formal or informal CDA class? Mine was informal.
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Recie 01:25 PM 04-13-2012
oh i love my classes and im only two in! its as informal as i could expect the teacher is a very nice woman. i really do enjoy it its just not what i thought it was going to be lmbo!
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MsMe 01:35 PM 04-13-2012
My local CCR&R got a grant and had classes every Thurs and One sat a month for a year.

There were about 25 in my class and it was a great experiance, I was nervouse about the final test with the lady from the council but it shouldn't have been

Other than not loving homeowrk and writing papers it was ver informative adn I def became a better provider.

We had a clear timeline for getting our portfolios (make sure you don't wait untill the end!!!) Let me know if you need help writing any or you goals they were the hardest part!!
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Recie 01:54 PM 04-13-2012
Originally Posted by MsMe:
My local CCR&R got a grant and had classes every Thurs and One sat a month for a year.

There were about 25 in my class and it was a great experiance, I was nervouse about the final test with the lady from the council but it shouldn't have been

Other than not loving homeowrk and writing papers it was ver informative adn I def became a better provider.

We had a clear timeline for getting our portfolios (make sure you don't wait untill the end!!!) Let me know if you need help writing any or you goals they were the hardest part!!
so far (in my whole two days lol) the competancy goals look do-able in this block anyways but i sure will be chiming up if i get stuck
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