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June 12, 2013

SA Carnival of Homeschooling Blogs | St Aiden’s Homeschool

SA Carnival of Homeschooling Blogs | | St Aiden’s Homeschool.

 

Since June 2011 when the first carnival was launched, South African homeschooling bloggers have had the opportunity to join a uniquely South African Homeschooling Blogging community in the form of a Blog Carnival. You can also join by filling in this form.

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What is a blog carnival?

 

Simply, it is a selection of fantastic blog posts around a similar subject all hosted on one person’s blog. Other SA homeschooling bloggers send the host blogger a link to one of their own blog posts that is relevant to the topic. The host blogger then compiles a blog post that acts like a virtual magazine where each link leads the reader to another fantastic article, tidbit, photo spread or feature centred around a common theme and subject. In our case, the subject is home schooling and the themes differ from Carnival to Carnival.

via SA Carnival of Homeschooling Blogs | St Aiden’s Homeschool.

 

 

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February 28, 2013

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April 24, 2012

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September 23, 2011

Great Women in History, , Women Who Helped to Change the World, a PDF Unit Study for Elementary School

Great Women in History

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great women in history, pdf unit study for elementary schools by Donnette E Davis, st aidens homeschool

This unit studies briefly the lives of 16 extraordinary women, with extension activities to study further. The unit can be extended quite extensively as much of it is research based.

It is only over a little more than the last century that women have begun to be seen as more than “second-class citizens” – that is,being equal to men.

If you can think of a list of great people over the last 100 or 200 years, inventors, presidents, doctors, scientists, explorers and rulers of nations, most of the names on that list will be the names of men.

Women, if they do appear on that list usually had to struggle for success and to be recognized. Often the obstacles that faced them were presented by the society in which they lived and also very often by their families.

One of the major obstacles women faced in the past was a lack of education. While boys were sent to school so that they could learn to take their place in the world, women were expected to aim at making a good marriage, learning to take care of a home and having children.

As well as fighting for themselves, women have tried to change the world for others too.

Florence Nightingale set out for the Crimea to nurse wounded soldiers during the war. She ended up changing the way hospitals are run all over the world.

Former slaves Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman fought for the abolition of the terrible injustice of slavery.

Eleanor Roosevelt helped to forge the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Eglantyne Jebb was among those who put it into practice all over the world.

In this book you will learn about 16 determined women who finally won equal rights, and also those women who helped to change the world in some way.

From rulers, explorers, former slaves, musicians, writers – women from all walks of life – women feature among the greatest on any list.

In this book we will meet some of the greatest women of all time as we commemorate Women’s History Month during March in celebration of these outstanding people. Of course we are not able to mention every great woman so we have selected a few whose names you will already be familiar with and some who may not be that well known to you.

Each section contains reference and reading, as well as activities and review questions, and a section for your own research either in your local library or on the internet. Although aimed at middle elementary school, this unit can be adapted to either younger or older learners with the inclusion of additional activities and lessons.

Labelled and blank Index Cards have been included for research on other women who have helped to change the world.

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July 15, 2011

Helping your child learn to recognize his name

Helping your child learn to recognize his name.

 

A child’s name is the single most important word in his vocabulary. As a baby, it’s the first word he will hear repeated over and over as family and friends coo lovingly into his ear. As a toddler, it’s the word he’ll learn to associate directly with himself, the word that means “him.” And, as a preschool or kindergarten student, it will likely be the word he sees more frequently throughout the day. For this reason, it’s extremely important that your child be able to recognize his name in writing and, eventually, be able to write it himself.

July 11, 2011

The basis for a lifetime of physical activity begins in childhood. Engaging in a physically active lifestyle early in life increases the chance that infants and young children will develop and grow normally. Age-specific physical activity is important for healthy brain development and healthy bodies. Early motor skills form the foundation for early learning and language development. Physical education forms the basis for later sport, dance, exercise and physical activities. Learning to care for one’s health begins early and continues throughout life. Parents and caregivers encourage healthy practices in daily routines by: teaching safety and protecting children from injury, providing nourishing foods, and facilitating ways for infants and children to be active and stay fit. Early guidance can help a child develop and grow normally, and have the energy to engage in learning activities. Teaching children healthy habits such as healthy food choices, hand washing, oral health practices and recognition and avoidance of safety hazards sets the foundation for a continued active and healthy lifestyle. We know from research that the physical activity of infants and young children support brain development and the child’s ability to become a successful learner. To meet children’s energy needs, children’s diets should contain a wide variety of healthy foods, and their activities should likewise be varied and numerous. Children use their bodies to explore their physical world. Early motor skills form the foundation for early learning and language development. “All children birth to age five should engage in daily physical activity that promotes health related fitness and movement skills” (National Association for Sport and Physical Education). Children are enthusiastic about moving their bodies in different ways. They are eager to demonstrate their strength, balance, muscles and coordination skills. Young children’s future health and well-being are directly related to their early physical development. Physical activity, healthy diets, good health practices and prevention of illness and injury are essential for healthy and successful children. CurrClick – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa – Motor Skills Development, A Teacher/Parent Guide & Children’s Activity Book.

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Developing and Assessing Motor Skills in Children.

 

The basis for a lifetime of physical activity begins in childhood. Engaging in a physically active lifestyle early in life increases the chance that infants and young children will develop and grow normally. Age-specific physical activity is important for healthy brain development and healthy bodies. Early motor skills form the foundation for early learning and language development. Physical education forms the basis for later sport, dance, exercise and physical activities.

Learning to care for one’s health begins early and continues throughout life. Parents and caregivers encourage healthy practices in daily routines by: teaching safety and protecting children from injury, providing nourishing foods, and facilitating ways for infants and children to be active and stay fit.

Early guidance can help a child develop and grow normally, and have the energy to engage in learning activities. Teaching children healthy habits such as healthy food choices, hand washing, oral health practices and recognition and avoidance of safety hazards sets the foundation for a continued active and healthy lifestyle.

We know from research that the physical activity of infants and young children support brain development and the child’s ability to become a successful learner. To meet children’s energy needs, children’s diets should contain a wide variety of healthy foods, and their activities should likewise be varied and numerous.

Children use their bodies to explore their physical world. Early motor skills form the foundation for early learning and language development. “All children birth to age five should engage in daily physical activity that promotes health related fitness and movement skills” (National Association for Sport and Physical Education).

Children are enthusiastic about moving their bodies in different ways. They are eager to demonstrate their strength, balance, muscles and coordination skills. Young children’s future health and well-being are directly related to their early physical development. Physical activity, healthy diets, good health practices and prevention of illness and injury are essential for healthy and successful children.

CurrClick – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa – Motor Skills Development, A Teacher/Parent Guide & Children’s Activity Book.

July 10, 2011

Teaching Your Child to Write, free Journals for Kids

Teaching Your Child to Write, free Journals for Kids.

 

I am mindful of the fact that children have the natural ability to learn, a curiosity and inquisitiveness to learn and explore, and hence my use of the word “teaching…” is used within the context of guiding and assisting a natural-born learner.

 

 

 

July 8, 2011

Basketball Thematic Unit & Study – St Aiden’s Homeschool | CurrClick

Basketball Thematic Unit & Study – St Aiden’s Homeschool | CurrClick.

 

 

 

Send summer fun into extra innings with these basketball activities for kids. But for you, the parent, a little about the history. Of course you will explain, describe and debate with your children in a manner which is appropriate to their age.

This thematic unit is suitable for early and more advanced learners, and for a theme within your homeschool classroom. Use the activities to enhance inter alia alphabet and number skills, motor skills, reading, writing and word recognition.

Included in this unit are:

 

Alphabet Flash Cards

Number Cards

Concentration Cards

Calendar Pieces

Tic-Tac-Toe

Basketball Activities, including making a player bio, trading cards and more.

Basketball Addition

Basketball Vocabulary

Alphabet flash cards

Baseball games.

Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents

Songs

Basketball Sticker fun!

Acrostic Poem

Skip Counting

What’s the Definition?

How many? Counting activity

Coloring Pages, and more.

June 17, 2011

Phonic Awareness and Teaching Guides For Young Children

In preparation of reading comprehension activity books created for children and then onward transmission/submission to various organisations or for free availability as downloads on various websites an inordinate amount of time is spent researching age-appropriate content for children. This same principle applies to the formal education system.

The public domain resources available on the internet today are an excellent source of materials with which to begin one’s research, and to source age appropriate material with which to educate young children by way of reading comprehension. One soon realises that there is little difference between early education and that of today – schools are man-made. Home Education has been around since the beginning of time!

The words and terms utilised when compiling these books should not be outside the general vocabulary of any child in the normal environment. The content of the books that are supplied to children for educational or leusire purposes should be based on the usual experiences of childhood and prove to be full of vivid meaning for children.

Recognising the eye as a highly important agent in the reading process, it is feasible that in view of studies and research, a plan of presentation of sentences and phrases intended to develop focal fields, wider perception plans, and eye sweeps (from left to right) and to reduce to the bare minimum eye-pauses and eye-regressions.

Much slow, hesitant and uncomprehending reading has been shown to be due to a mechanical distraction or over-emphasis on a word or words or letter units.

It has been demonstrated that these distractions therefore interfere with the formation of correct reading habits, and that they can largely be eliminated or reduced through proper presentation of new material and through carefully constructed exercises which lead the child to first recognise and read the sentence as a whole – afterwards breaking it up into its separate words.

It is suggested that each new step, i.e. learning words, making phrases and then learning the whole sentence, be developed and practiced by the educator first. Further practice may be gained from the development pages in the workbooks, prior to reading the entire “story” in which these preliminary or preparatory steps have their application.

Children should at first be exposed to the “look and say” portions of workbooks, prior to actually reading the story and the preliminary phonic work, i.e. the individual words and phrases, should be developed independently in a child’s first “look and say” primer. In this event we make extensive use of the “220 Dolch words” being the 220 most common used words learnt by children from primer to Grade 3 level. Of course this varies from country to country and culture to culture, but the basics remain the same.

In all activities it is imperative that the child be allowed to develop at their own pace and that the learning activity be a fun and interactive activity. This serves to encourage a more enthusiastic approach to learning in this manner.

Donnette E Davis, single WAHM and mother to 6, passionate homeschooler and author of children’s educational ebooks. Host and webmistress of St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa. Our website is updated almost daily with free teacher/parent and student resources, with activities for very little people right up to adults, and includes educational resources for family health and family law. http://www.staidenshomeschool.com

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Phonic Awareness and Teaching Guides For Young Children

Visit Currclick Publishers for extremely affordable Homeschool Curriculum covering Phonetic Awareness and every other conceivable educational topic 🙂

A Few Examples sure to delight any learner:

This book has been created with a focus on a specific letter of the alphabet, or in the case of “soft” and “hard” letters i.e. a, c, g etc. a specific sound. It is ideally suited to very early learners, those just commencing their educational journey Since I am a firm believer in each child developing at his or her own pace I have not specified a typical age group within which to introduce this kind of activity book. Some learners will grasp concepts at a faster pace than others, while others will be comfortable with some of the exercises and may find others a little more challenging. I have aimed to incorporate activities suitable for young children from very young to around Grade 3. Again there is no hard and fast rule. This book includes Teacher/Parent notes, handwriting practice, letter, picture and word identification, dictionary work, wordsearches, puzzles, mazes, colouring in pages, rhymes, crossword puzzles and quizzes. The child will ideally begin to recognise both the lower and upper case letter, while recognising the sounds attached to pictures, such as in the exercise “Where’s that sound?” Sight word cards are included as per the Word List, as are training lines for word practice. Cutting and pasting pictures is another excellent way for your child to identify the sound that the letter makes. A section has been included for this purpose, as has another section where your child is asked to draw the picture that the sound (word) makes

 

Children need to first develop a strong listening awareness of the sounds in words. They need to be able to:

  • hear rhyming words
  • hear the different individual sounds in words
  • blend individual sounds into words
  • play with sounds in words [If I take away the “K” sound in cat, what word will be

left? If I add the “b” sound, what new word will I have?]

Children should also name and recognize the sounds of letters in the alphabet.

This Book focuses on letter Hard C and includes vocabulary, phonics, dictionary work, picture/word association, puzzles, handwriting practice and tracing and a teaching guide for parents.

 

Children need to first develop a strong listening awareness of the sounds in words. They need to be able to:

  • hear rhyming words
  • hear the different individual sounds in words
  • blend individual sounds into words
  • play with sounds in words [If I take away the “K” sound in cat, what word will beleft?  If I add the “b” sound, what new word will I have?]

Children should also name and recognize the sounds of letters in the alphabet.

This Book focuses on letter blend Ch and includes vocabulary, phonics, dictionary work, picture/word association, puzzles, handwriting practice and tracing and a teaching guide for parents.

 

For more information and loads of free products and links to exceptional resources, please visit our page on Squidoo.

June 16, 2010

Website Updates St Aiden’s Homeschool

Dear Friends, Subscribers & CurrClick.com customers,

Thank you for downloading one or more of our products at either our website or from CurrClick.com!

This is one of two emails – and I apologize in advance if the 1st one did in fact go through, apparently it did not. This is a preview of new unit studies recently uploaded. As always the unit study prices have been kept to an affordable $4,95, unless otherwise stipulated. On the website the units are free. Notwithstanding this, if this mail is successful, a further mail will be sent out with specific new free downloads! Please bear with me.

Come with me to Africa

I am hoping in the next day or two to have our FIFA World Cup Printable/interactive Unit Study iploaded and published – this in itself is 35 printable unit studies in one, with each unit being spread over a week. Bonuses are appropriate recipe books for Mom, craft projects, full schedules and teams and more. Interactive activities make this a MUST!

Hopefully my email will be successful this time , I do apologise for dysfunctional and erratic mails – we are working on resolving the technical issues J

Have a beautiful week . Please remember that printables and ebooks, teaching resources etc. are still available for free on St Aiden’s website.

Blessings on your Homeschooling Journey

Donnette

St Aiden’s Homeschool at Currclick

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You may not care how much I know, but you don’t know how much I care.”

The information is presented language that can be geared towards older or younger students. The language and terminology as is is thus suitable for around Grades 4-5, but with discussion and explanation it is suitable for younger learners. Older learners will be able to study the information and complete the activities with a minimum of assistance. The Activities, Comprehension and Revision exercises are ranged from young learners to older learners.

To cover all elementary age groups I have also included crossword puzzles, word-searches, lesson plans, crafts and activities for the range Pre-K upwards. Particularly for the kindergarten/grades 1-2 age groups I have included squirrel thematic printables that can be used in a classroom theme or Homeschool room setting.

Teaching Guides, Lesson Plans and ideas, as well as the geography, history & location of the very many species of these beautiful creatures, many of which are endangered, have been included.

Simple & healthy snacks and recipes are sure to delight any child (and adult), while riddles, songs and finger plays, Squirrel Games complete the early learning thematic unit. A special section on learning/teaching Haiku is a fun inclusion in this unit.

This book is on the topic of ‘Ants’ with the target audience being those who are 6-13 years old. The project will cover many species of ants, (and a few other bugs), that children have heard of, or that may be particularly interesting to them. A comprehensive unit study, this book comprises lessons, activities and guides which will assist in providing a complete study of ants in their various forms.

Learning about ants is fun! With a little creativity there is no end to the learning opportunities which may be based around the theme of ants. Maybe it’s their amazing societal structure, feats of strength or ability to survive almost anywhere on the planet that have caused children (and many adults!) to be fascinated by ants.

Learners should be encouraged to record observations. Brief descriptions of the appearance and development of insects, the injury they do, and remedies for the same, will help fix in mind facts which otherwise might soon be forgotten. Drawings, whenever possible, should also be required. The learner who can record observations accurately with drawings will not soon forget them. The pages of this book may be printed and kept in a file-folder together with any notes, drawings or observations made by your child. Pages have been included within this unit study for the recording of such information. By making use of a file-folder you will be able to make use of the unit study for reference purposes and also as a gauge in assessment at a later stage.

This book has been compiled as a result of extensive research and from my own learning experiences and homeschooling journey with my beloved children. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the requirements of homeschooling in your area as each country/State has different requirements. At the end of the book you will find a selection of reports, registers and logs that you can make use of in your homeschooling schedule. I wish you and your family the very best and applaud your decision to home educate your child. After all we, as parents, we around a lot longer than the man-made public education system and who better to teach our children than their parents? May you be blessed in this decision and remember that learning is fun!!

Our gift to you: With this book you will receive a download link for a zip file containing additional mini unit study Notebooks. All files are in PDF format. You will require Winzip (or a similar programme) to unzip the files. The Gift Books are all between around 54 & 70 pages in length.

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