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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.

 

 

February 28, 2013

Calling all teachers, homeschoolers, parents, educators, this is for YOU! 83000+ FREE teaching printables

Calling all teachers, homeschooling families, parents and educators, this is for YOU!

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Lesson Plans, teaching materials and thousands of other original teacher/author created resources, for use in the classroom or homeschool environment.   All grades, right from Grade RR (In South Africa those are the tiny tots 2-3 years too early to be received into Grade R)

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“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t”.

 

First Phonics for elementary school pdf download

The Christmas Story as Told in the Bible

and hundreds more to preview……….

October 20, 2012

St Aiden’s Homeschool, PreK-Grade 6 Halloween Worksheets

St Aiden’s Homeschool, Grade 5 Halloween Worksheets.

Hundreds of Worksheets and Printables from PreK up to Grade 6, download for free – Enjoy!

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St Aiden's Homeschool, PreK-Grade 6 Halloween Worksheets

St Aiden's Homeschool, PreK-Grade 6 Halloween Worksheets

 

April 24, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers – 27830 Free Educational Downloads

 

From Paul Edelman, founder of TPT

 

This is our 100th 10 Free Downloads newsletter which means we’ve highlighted 1,000 great free downloads to help make your teaching life easier every week. To celebrate, I came up with a contest with $1,000 in prizes plus a $1,000 bonus for your favorite plus another $1,000 for our favorite. I guess that makes it $3,000 total!

The contest is to redesign our ‘It’s About Time’ banner, the one you see where we used to show ads. Here it is:

Your job is to make it even better. You can keep the same copy or create your own while maintaining the same or similar idea. The only acceptable size is 300×250 and you can post up to 3. Voting will end next Saturday, April 28th at Midnight PST. Submissions and voting happen on our Facebook Fan Page starting today. Here’s how:

The 10 banners who get the most LIKES on our Fan Page win $100 each and the one who gets the most LIKES wins a $1,000 bonus. We’ll then choose our favorite to place on the site and award that creator $1,000. We’ll reach out to all winners via FB to organize prize payouts. Spread the word on your blogs and have fun!

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January 20, 2012

January 23 is International Handwriting Day, Download Loads of Free eBooks for Your Homeschool Education

January 23 is International Handwriting Day.

 

January 23 is International Handwriting Day

The purpose of National Handwriting Day is to alert the public to the importance of handwriting and gives everyone a chance to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting. This lens will focus on handwriting exercises for little people, and where they can download specially created ebooks for free to practice their handwriting and have a lot of fun at the same time.

As well as beautiful free journals you can access handwriting ebooks, early readers and more…  Celebrate Your Child’s Creativity…   With our compliments…

December 3, 2011

Christmas Scrabble Word Game, Printable Christmas Games for Kids #Education #Homeschool

Christmas Scrabble Word Game

via Christmas Scrabble Word Game.

Printable Christmas Games, Christmas Scrabble Word Game

Children Learn by Play, and what better time than at Christmas when everything is madly exciting!  This game gives a whole new twist on the traditional board game of Scrabble.

 

Teaching your child phonics and phonemic awareness needn’t be dull and uninteresting. From a very early age your child will begin to recognise the shape and sound of letters, and be able to sound and associate the correct words to pictures shown. Once your child has learnt the alphabet a whole new world of fun learning experiences opens up to him or her.

 

I devised this Letter Tile game which worked wonderfully for my children when they were younger, and who, after successfully “spelling” out simple Dolch words with the letter tiles, pushed their own envelopes and sounded letters and words to pictures, thereby gaining awareness of more complex words and far advancing their initial knowledge. And the kids didn’t even know they were learning!

 

I have included 215 picture cards, all with a Christmas Theme,  blank cards with instructions on how to make your own, a storage envelope and 2 sheets of letter tiles, both upper and lower case, as well as educator notes on the importance of phonics and phonemic awareness.

 

Have fun!

 

Wishing you and yours a very safe and blessed Christmas and holiday season.

 

From St Aiden’s Homeschool
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December 2, 2011

Everything Christmas, Free PDF Activity eBook for Kids #Education #Homeschool #Christmas

Everything Christmas

via Everything Christmas.

Everything Christmas free PDF ebook for kids

Songs & Games & Puzzles ‘n things… Something for everyone in the family… Spend fun-filled hours these holidays printing out as many copies of each activity as may be required; or have a sing-a-long to some really well-known and well-loved Christmas songs.

One of a host of beautifully illustrated, exciting and educational freebies

October 18, 2011

St Aidens Homeschool ~ Free Grammar & Vocabulary Printables Uploaded

Hello everyone,

A large number of updates have taken place at the all-new St Aiden’s Homeschool website.  The new look is not universal as yet but we’re working on getting it finished as soon as possible.  This will make for quicker loading pages, easier access to downloads and more user friendly navigational areas.

I’ll highlight but a few of the most recent updates where you can download free printables, worksheets, eBooks, activity books and resources.

St Aidens Homeschool ~ Grammar & Vocabulary Index.

This section is ideally suited to elementary and slightly older learners and encompasses inter alia vocabulary and
grammar exercises such as parts of speech, tenses, antonyms, homonyms, homophones and synonyms.

The activities and worksheets available through this website are by no means exhaustive, and many far more complex
words can be included in the activities for older learners who have a higher level of vocabulary/comprehension.
Exercises are ideal for student/educator interaction and perfect for homeschooling fun.

Affixes ►This is a letter or a series of letters which is added to the beginning or end of a word to change the meaning e.
g. -ful added to “mouth” creates “mouthful” which means the mouth is full.

Antonyms ► An Antonym is a word that has a meaning opposite to that of another word.  Example: Old is an antonym
of new or young.  Origin: From Greek, “anti” – against.

Adjectives ► “describing” words e.g. happy, annoying, and lazy and can be used to modify or intensify a noun or verb.

Adverbs ► words which are used in a sentence to give extra information about the verb, adjective or another adverb.

Articles ► There are three articles in the English language –  a / an and the.  They are often used in sentences before
nouns that are common and countable.

Compounds

Contractions ► a shortened form of a word or words

Homonyms ► Words that have the same spelling & pronunciation but different meanings, e.g. can, can – orange &
orange

Homophones 2 or more words having the same pronunciation, but different meanings & spellings – e.g. no, know –
red & read – hair &hare

Homographs ► Words which have the same spellings but different meanings and (sometimes) pronunciation.

Idioms ► Spoken or written sentences where the meaning is not obvious from the individual words used e.g. “Your
account is in the red”.

Nouns ►  Nouns are words used to name something that has a physical form, i.e. something that one can touch or feel
e.g. food, animals, clothing etc.

Proper Nouns ► “naming” nouns e.g. Boston is a proper noun.  It is the name of a city.  Jane is a proper Noun.  It is the
name of a person.

Plurals More than one of anything  (On Affixes Page)

Synonyms ► Words having the same meaning but are different word/s or phrase/s – “shut up” & “Be quiet”

Tenses ► Past, present, future tenses e.g. swam, swimming, swim

Verbs ► “action” or “doing” words e.g. fishing ◄ “I am going fishing.”

Our little more-than-two-legged friends have had a major overhaul and a comprehensive index on insects will direct you to where you want to download your free printables, worksheets and ebooks.

Halloween is upon us, as is Thanskgiving and fall, and once again I offer you literally thousands of pages of free resources, lesson plans, ideas and printables to make use of to enhance your holiday season.

I will post another update in the very new future with links to more free homeschool resources.

In the meantime I’d like to mention that today is the 1st day of CurrClick’s most exciting promotion of the season: Our Trunk or Treat Sale and Freebie Event! Today, October 18th (around 10:00 CST) through October 31st, customers can search for 8 FREE education products hidden all over CurrClick.com. And even better, fall (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) themed titles will be discounted by up to 75%! You will not want to miss this exciting and fun event.

 

These are a few of the most recent major updates for now, so I’ll end off by wishing you a very safe and festive Holiday Season.

Best wishes

Donnette Davis

St Aiden’s Homeschool

October 5, 2011

Teaching Phonics and Phonic Awareness to Early Learners

Teaching Phonics and Phonic Awareness to Early Learners.

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 organizations or for availability as free 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 realizes 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 utilized 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 leisure purposes should be based on the usual experiences of childhood and prove to be full of vivid meaning for children.

Recognizing 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 recognize 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 learned 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


Footsteps on the Road to Learning
First Phonics for Early Learners

154 pages,
52 Lessons
5.88 MB
only $3.00

Footsteps on the Road to Learning ~ First Phonics Book

This book is suitable for those children who are commencing their reading and writing educational journey, ideally preschool to Grade 1, although exercises in cursive handwriting have been included for the older child. Only about six new words are to be mastered in each lesson. These new words and the new elementary sounds are always to be found in the vocabulary of the lesson in which they are first used.

The plan of the book enables the educator to pursue the Phonic Method, the Word Method, the Alphabet Method, or any combination of these methods.

There are 52 phonics lessons with a number of fun activities in each lesson. That is one lesson for every week of the year. At the end of the book are handwriting exercises in both tracing and cursive handwriting for more common three letter words. The cursive Alphabet in lower and upper case can be found towards the end of the book, as well as 3 pages of handwriting lines : tracing, cursive and standard lines.

Colourful illustrations have been used throughout, and the skilled teacher will be able to use them to great advantage. Printable Flash Cards and Sight Word cards are included for most of the lessons.

The script exercises throughout the book and the writing exercises at the end have been specially written and carefully prepared for this book; they may be used to teach the reading of cursive, and as exercises in learning to write.

I have no doubt that you will find this book a fun, useful and necessary addition to your educational material.

Blessings to you and your little one on your educational journey.
Footsteps on the Road to Learning ~ First Phonics Book

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