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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.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Curricula

“I know that it will be impossible to teach them everything that is now known. Knowing this, I have determined that it is much more important to provide an excellent basic education as well as to teach them how to think and find answers. “

~ Amanda B.

Local Suppliers

imageThe Department of Basic Education has introduced English & Afrikaans Literacy as well as Maths Workbooks for Grades 1 – 6. Soft copies of Workbooks 1 & 2 (Terms 1 – 4) can be downloaded for free at this link. I saw these workbooks at the FutureEd Expo & they are stunning. These bright & colourful workbooks would appeal to visual learners.
Cami6offers programs for Science ~ Physics (ages 5 –18), Maths (ages 5-18), Reader (ages 5 –18), Perceptual (ages 4 – 10) & Literacy (ages 6 – 11). Email CAMI Education or contact +27 (11) 883-8885.
imageis a South African literature-based Homeschool curriculum series in unit study format for multi-level learning that adds a local flavour to your studies.
Jade-Education4presents the Singapore approach to Maths, Science, English & IT.
LearningChanneloffers a comprehensive range of Grades 10, 11 and 12 courses that cover all the Learning Outcomes, Assessment Standards, knowledge, key concepts and skills as reflected in the National Curriculum Statement — everything you need to make a success of your world!
The Learning Channel programmes consist of three integrated components:
  • Lessons to watch on DVD.
  • A learner workbook that includes:
    • Learner-friendly style and text;
    • Real-life problems in different contexts;
    • Varied texts, for example, tables, graphs, charts; and
    • Regular assessment tools.
Le-Amenis registered with the Department of Education, the IEB as well as provisionally accredited at UMALUSI. They serve as a monitoring & support centre for home-school students from grade K-12. The education of the students remains the responsibility of the parents. They supply the curriculum material & exam papers. At the end of the school year they issue the student with a school report.
The primary school material is mostly worksheet based and not at all suitable for a kinaesthetic or visual learner. They’re colourless & very mundane. My son disliked them and was extremely happy when I allowed him to cut them up to add them to his lapbooks. We also found the high school material was not very self study friendly & fulfilling their requirements very strenuous. It is very much a “school at home” scenario that doesn’t work well for my boys or myself
Although, initially this may seem the cheapest option for matric, you have to purchase their material as guideline & after adding additional material & tutor fees to assist with the non-self study friendly material, this may become just as expensive as most of the other curricula available. I would not recommend them due to the many mistakes on the answer sheets as well as utterly poor service & support.
Maragonmedia6
offers a range of manuals that cover a range of learning areas: English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Natural Science, History, Technology, Geography, Art & Culture & Economic Management Science.
logo_left_06offers a complete classroom solution with their CAPS curriculum compliant courses for Grades 1-3 and Grade 10.
Nukleus10Nukleus Onderwys offers Afrikaans distance learning curriculum. Email Nukleus or contact +27 (44) 873-0346.
Pearson5
offers a variety of home learning materials to assist learners in gaining a clear understanding of their subjects so that they can master essential skills and excel in their tests and examinations. Range include Boost Maths, Find Out About, Kumon, Smart-Kids, Train Your Brain & X-Kit Study Guides. Email Veronica Napier or contact +27 (11) 347-0809 or +27 (82) 936-2622
SmartKids4offers brand-new range of Grade 4 to 6 workbooks that are Slimkoppe4packed with all the colourful activities you’ve come to expect from Smart-Kids, but they’re older…cooler and smarter!

International Suppliers

  • Lesson Pathways FREE K-5 Curriculum and Teaching Resources. Your unique source for creating custom homeschool and classroom curriculum!
  • Softschools.com provides free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics worksheets and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics. These printable math and phonics worksheets are auto generated.
  • Apologia Educational Ministries ~ Science: Science Curriculum·Lab Equipment, Press: Worldview·Inspiration·Resources, Academy: Online Academy, Live: Conferences for Homeschool Moms, World: e-Newsletter·Facebook·Twitter & Mission: Missionary Support·Scholarships.
  • image15is the leading K-12 educational publisher in Singapore and has more than 40 years of experience in educational publishing.

Subject Areas

Please note only the main links to pts. 1-10 are links to my subject link pages. The other links are informative to demonstrate the wide variety of sub-fields available & will take you to Wikipedia definitions of the subjects.

1.   Bible

2.   English
  • Reading & Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Spelling & Vocabulary
  • Writing / Composition
3.   Foreign Languages
4.   Mathematics
5.   Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world. The fields of science are outlined below:
5.1 Natural Sciences is an encompassing term for the branches of natural science and science that study non-living systems, in contrast to the life sciences. However, the term “physical” creates an unintended, somewhat arbitrary distinction, since many branches of physical science also study biological phenomena
A. Physical sciences are the branches of science that seek to elucidate the rules that govern the natural world by applying an empirical and scientific method to the study of the universe. It is an encompassing term for the branches of natural science and science that study non-living systems, in contrast to the life sciences. However, the term “physical” creates an unintended, somewhat arbitrary distinction, since many branches of physical science also study biologicalphenomena.
  • Physics ~ is the study of the fundamental constituents of the universe, the forces and interactions they exert on one another, and the results produced by these interactions.
B. Life sciences (Biology) ~ is concerned with thecharacteristics, classification and behaviours oforganisms, as well as how species were formed and their interactions with each other and theenvironment. It comprises all fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, likeplants, animals, and human beings.
5.2  Formal Sciences are the branches of knowledge that are concerned with formal systems, such as logic, mathematics, theoretical computer science, information theory, systems theory, decision theory, statistics, and some aspects of linguistics.
5.3 Social & Behavioural Sciences (Social Studies) ~  is the “integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence,”. It studies human behavior and societies.
A. Physical Geography ~ examines the natural environment and how the climate, vegetation & life,soil, water and landforms are produced and interact.
B. Human Geography ~ focuses largely on the built environment and how space is created, viewed and managed by humans as well as the influence humans have on the space they occupy. It studies patterns and processes that shape human interaction with various environments. It encompasses human, political,cultural, social, and economic aspects.Various approaches to the study of human geography have also arisen through time and include:
C. Environmental Geography ~ combines physical and human geography and looks at the interactions between the environment and humans. Examples of areas of research in environmental geography includeemergency management, environmental management, sustainability, and political ecology.
D. Geomatics ~ involves the use of traditional spatial techniques used in cartography and topography and their application to computers.
E. Regional Geography ~ studies the regions of all sizes across the Earth with the  main aim of understanding or defining the uniqueness or character of a particular region which consists of natural as well as human elements. Attention is paid also toregionalisation which covers the proper techniques of space delimitation into regions.
5.5. Behavioural Sciences encompasses all the disciplines that explore the activities of and interactions among organisms in the natural world. It involves the systematic analysis and investigation of human and animalbehaviour through controlled and naturalistic observation, and disciplined scientific experimentation.
A. Neural ~ decision sciences involves those disciplines primarily dealing with the decision processes and individual functioning used in the survival of organism in a social environment. These include Anthropology,Psychology, Cognitive Science, Organization Theory,Psychobiology, Social Neuroscience
B. Social ~ communication sciences include those fields which study the communication strategies used by organisms and its dynamics between organisms in an environment. These include fields likeanthropology, organizational behaviour, organization studies, sociology and social networks.
5.6. Applied sciences is the application of scientific knowledge transferred into a physical environment. Examples include testing a theoretical model through the use of formal science or solving a practical problem through the use of natural science.Fields of engineering are closely related to applied sciences. Applied science is important fortechnology development. Its use in industrial settings is usually referred to as research and development (R&D).
6.   Technology
7.   Economic Management Sciences
8.   Information Technology (Computers)
9.   Handwriting
10. Life Orientation (Life Skills)

Alternative Teaching Methods

Study Tools

studyboost5offers courses in study skills for children from Grade four to high school with a focus on extracting key words and ideas, mind-mapping, memory skills and improving reading comprehension. Email or contact +27 (83) 414-0508
  • Keys Learning Keys to Reading Success not only identifies a student’s reading level, but shows you why students are struggling and how to solve the problem in the shortest time.
    • Reduce training time and costs while increasing productivity.
    • Make your training function a profit center in your company.
    • Learn anything more easily.
    • Enhance your thinking skills.
    • Cope with change and make technology work for you.
    • Learn a foreign language five times faster than using conventional methods.

Assessments

  1. QuizTree offers FREE educational games and quizzes on many subjects, including Math, Reading, Spanish, Geography, SAT, Spelling, Music and more. All activities come with animated interface, fun sounds and other cool features that make learning more enjoyable.
  2. Easy Test Maker is a free online test generator to help you create your tests. You can create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions all on the same test. You can also insert instructions and divide your test into multiple sections.
  3. Homeschool Assessment Tests The Private Examinations Board offers homeschooling assessment tests as well as a remedial support service to parents educating their children at home  & aims to provide an objective and impartial assessment for all children studying outside the formal education system in order to ensure that excellent standards are maintained and to assess a child’s achievement as an individual.
  4. Triangle Assessments for homeschool tests and information plus K-12 Achievement, Cognitive and Practise Tests
  5. MasteryConnect learning community for Free sharing of common assessments with teachers, schools, and districts that have adopted the new Common Core Standards.
  6. ExtremePapers for past Cambridge Exam Papers.

Other Helpful Links:

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StudyStack ~ Find flashcards to study or create your own flashcards. Study flashcards or use the other activities such as matching, crosswords, hangman, scrambled word, or bug chase. Study flashcards anytime/anywhere by printing your flashcards or by using a flashcard app.
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