Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bible Studies


GodIdeas4curriculum is a ‘way,’ a journey, a guide to discover your child’s full potential. An easy, fun, step by step journey toward your child’s destiny. It consists of a Presenters Handbook that guides parents and teachers all the way from lesson 1 to 40. And a Children’s Handbook in colour that is full of fun and interactive activities.


Bible IslandsBible Islands is a rich virtual world of Bible stories, and learning games with reading, math, science reading, math, science, art and critical thinking. It provides endless hours of excitement and fun to kids of all ages with a wide range of games, quests, puzzles and interactive challenges for kids to engage with. It also offers exclusive movies from Glueworks Cinema, Max Lacado’s Hermie & Friends and more.

The Picture Smart BibleHomeschool Bible Curriculum is easy and engaging for children and parents! Teach and learn the major concepts, events, and characters of each book of the Bible through reading, listening and drawing.

DoorpostsBible-based Parenting and Character Training Materials

The Show & Tell BibleAudio-visual Bible on DVD & other bible study materials.

Please visit this page frequently as I will be posting regular updates as I find more resources.

Friday, January 21, 2011

WoW another week down…

Ok so we started the week off slowly & then had 2 days off for birthday & sickness. Then on we took it easy on Thursday & on Friday I finally managed to get Misha to finish a chunk of bookwork.

Needles to say, I find the boys play wrestling on the classroom floor whenever I leave the room, and yet they still managed to get their bookwork done.


They both started their courses at Junior Engineering for Africa today. Misha’s doing Builder 1 & Jesse’s doing Mechanical Systems 3.

I’ve had a look at Jesse’s “Hands on Technology” manual & it seems that he’ll be doing a whole lot of hands-on learning that will benefit him for his Technology subject area. Their technology curriculum for Grades 4 – 9 has tree main content areas –

  • Structures
  • Processing & Systems
  • Control

– and the specialised LEGO kits engage pupils in activities that assist with the conceptualisation of most of these concepts.

They’ve also had their first guitar lesson this weekend. The Learn & Master Guitar curriculum is going to be an awesome asset to our schooling. Fortunately daddy plays guitar & can help, but the curriculum is simple enough for me to take charge when he’s not around. It comes with a Teacher’s Guide, Lesson Book, 10 Session DVDs, 10 Bonus Workshop DVDs, 5 Jam Along Session DVDs & 2 Teacher’s DVDs and at $99 through HomeSchool Mom subscription, it’s so much more affordable than private guitar lessons for 2 @ R190 a session.


Misha’s had his first sleepover at an old school friend. Feedback from this mommy is that he’s a completely different child. More relaxed, confident & happy. She said he even speaks to her now, which he never used to before.

Well all in all, at least it seems we’re doing something right & bringing them home has been the best thing for them…

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mom’s Day Off

I just couldn’t get my boys into the classroom today. According to them mom’s not allowed to work on her birthday. Since teaching’s now my job I was to have the day off. This of course, meant that they cannot do school, because they must have a teacher for school. Now how on earth could I argue with such logic. After all, it is my birthday today… :)

According to them Daddy spread the rumour that there's no school today but suspected they might be chancing... so I got them baking cake for HomeEd...


Who said learning Maths couldn’t be fun? I got Misha to measure the ingredients for my birthday cake. He insisted on decorating the cake too & of course he had lots of practice counting out the 41 candles he insisted had to be on there.


My master decorator, hard at work finishing off mom's birthday cake...
All done with mom's birthday cake...
oh my, so many candles

Of course, my little sis stopped by later to come help us grade the finished products and also help Jesse make another batch of fudge because his last batch turned out to be toffee-fudge. This time it was a success & might I add, it tastes yummy… 3rd time lucky, they say. ;)


Jesse’s Fudge

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Back to School

2010 has come & gone &  we’ve already had our first school day for 2011 today.

I decided to ease into it slowly so the boys started off with Wii Fit. They took it very easy, did a pathway on Fire Safety from Lesson Pathways... We’ll have 2 more slow days & next week we're into full swing with lessons…

They also got to help daddy with some more finishing touches in the classroom, which is now almost complete…


We decided to move the bookshelves to the wall where the blackboard was to go & it’s added a little more width to to the room. Jesse no longer has to sit under the window, but also has a corner with space to put posters relative to his learning.

It needs just a few more minor additions & some more posters for fun & colour, but for all intents & purposes the boys will able able to work at their desks from tomorrow… not to shabby if I may say so myself.


Thank you daddy for all the hard work you put into this classroom.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

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Our Wish For You:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
...Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Gentle hugs when spirits sag,
Friendships to brighten you being'
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Faith so that you can believe,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
And love to complete your life.


Wishing you all God’s very richest blessings for an awesome 2011.