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February 28, 2013

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

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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……….

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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 Bingo, Printable Christmas Games for Kids

Christmas Bingo

via Christmas Bingo.

Bingo is an easy game to play and also easy to teach.  A popular choice when teaching phonics and numbers, Bingo is also often used for picture/word association in early learning.

While away a chilly Sunday afternoon, or use this game as a party activity building up to the excitement that fulfills our homes at Christmas.

This Packet contains 2 versions of Bingo; one version is a “picture match” version using picture calling cards, while the other uses word calling cards while the Bingo Mats are pictures.

With a total of 28 different Bingo Mats, 6 sheets of printable counters and 2 sets of calling cards this game is sure to keep little ones (and their adults) occupied for hours.  $2.99

printable christmas bingo, printable christmas games

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
$5.99 $2.99

December 2, 2011

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

Everything Christmas

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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 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

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

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Donnette_E_Davis
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.

January 21, 2011

The Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 1 – St Aiden\’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick – Homeschooling Resources

The Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 1 – St Aiden\’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

via The Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 1 – St Aiden\’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

ST AIDEN'S HOMESCHOOL, BIG BOOK OF GRAMMAR PART 1, BY DONNETTE E DAVIS

 

The Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 1 – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

via The Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 1 – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick.

This book (Part 1), divided into sections, incorporates exercises and instruction with regards to the learning/teaching of vocabulary & grammar and includes contractions, homonyms, homophones, homographs, antonyms, synonyms, adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, word definition and description and much more.

Big Book of Grammar and Vocabulary Part 2 – Homeschooling Curriculum☺

Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 2

via Big Book of Grammar & Vocabulary Part 2.

This book (Part 2), divided into sections, incorporates exercises and instruction with regards to the learning/teaching of vocabulary & grammar and includes revision of contractions, homonyms, homophones, homographs, antonyms, synonyms, adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, word definition and description, affixes, abbreviations, writing exercises and much more. Also included is Structural Analysis, i.e.

 Categorization

 Analogies and Word Lines

 Semantic Maps and Word Webs

 Semantic feature analysis

 Dictionary use

 Word Origins and Histories

 Figurative Language

 Word Play

The lists in this book 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.

 Also included is Structural Analysis, i.e.

 Categorization

 Analogies and Word Lines

 Semantic Maps and Word Webs

 Semantic feature analysis

 Dictionary use

 Word Origins and Histories

 Figurative Language

 Word Play

The lists in this book 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.

This book (Part 2), divided into sections, incorporates exercises and instruction with regards to the learning/teaching of vocabulary & grammar and includes revision of contractions, homonyms, homophones, homographs, antonyms, synonyms, adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, word definition and description, affixes, abbreviations, writing exercises and much more. Also included is Structural Analysis, i.e.

 Categorization

 Analogies and Word Lines

 Semantic Maps and Word Webs

 Semantic feature analysis

 Dictionary use

 Word Origins and Histories

 Figurative Language

 Word Play

The lists in this book 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.

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

http://www.currclick.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=224

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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