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July 14, 2011

Crickets, Unit Study and Activity Book

Crickets, Unit Study and Activity Book

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Not all the tiny creatures you see creeping and crawling and flying are truly bugs. When somebody says, “Ooh, look at the bug!” he might be pointing at a beetle with six legs, or a spider with eight legs, or a centipede with many legs. Or he might be pointing at a stink bug, which belongs to the only family scientists call bugs. But in this book we call them all bugs to make it easier.

This book is on the singing bug called the cricket, and also talks about the cricket’s cousins, the grasshopper, cicada and katydid.

This activity unit is suitable for early and more advanced learners, and for a theme within your homeschool classroom.


January 21, 2011

Learning About Bugs – Part 1 – St Aiden’s Homeschool | CurrClick

Learning About Bugs – Part – St Aiden\’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick
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Learning About Bugs – Part – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

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Learning About Bugs - Part

Learning About Bugs – Part 1

This book is on the topic of ‘Bugs’ with the target audience being those who are 8-12 years old. The project will cover many bugs that children have heard of, or that may be particularly interesting to them.

Because of the vast amount of information available and the huge variety of insect species, the entire topic has been covered in alphabetical order and in Parts 1, 2 etc.

Each book contains basic information on the insect, as well as written exercises, revision, teaching notes and research activities. Vocabulary exercises are included; so too are drawings, crosswords, word searches, action rhymes and fingerplays,, lesson plans and lots of activities for younger learners, making this an ideal book for all ages.

Some of the subjects contain literature unit studies and handwriting activities.

June 8, 2010

Homeschooling From the Heart – Guide for #Parents & #Homeschool Planners (+ 4 free educational eBooks) CurrClick

Homeschooling From the Heart - Comprehensive Guide for Parents (Plus GIFT Bundle of 4 Free Workbooks, includes Homeschool Planners)

Homeschooling From the Heart – Comprehensive Guide for Parents (Plus GIFT Bundle – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick.

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 familiarise 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 and 70 pages in length.

Africa Blank  Countries Outline Maps

Animals of the African Savannah NoteBooking Pages

Southern African Tribal Life Notebooking Pages Cover

Little Learners Handwriting Practice Cover GIFT Cover


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Author(s): Donnette E Davis
Artist(s): Green Label Clipart
File Size: 9.03 MB

June 2, 2010

Ants, a Comprehensive Unit Study & Teaching Guide/Activity Book – #StAiden’s Homeschool, #CurrClick

Ants, a Comprehensive Unit Study & Teaching Guide/Activity Book – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick.

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. It is compiled in US Letter format but UK English, please adjust printer settings.

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.

In the search for a study which will give unlimited scope for independent thought and observation and which will lead the child to understand better the forces of nature that affect agriculture, nothing is so readily available and attractive to the child as nature study, an elementary study of the natural sciences. In fact agriculture is primarily a course in nature study where we study how plants and animals struggle for existence.

There is a period in the life of every child when he is especially susceptible to the “call of the fields” when he roams through woods or by shady brooks gathering flowers, fishing for mud-cats and cleaning out bumble-bees’ nests. It is often compared with the life of the savage and is merely the outward expression of an inward craving for a closer relation with nature and her creatures. If one can reach a child while at that age he has a ready listener and an apt learner. That is the time to guide and instruct the child along the line of nature study.

The most important questions confronting the average educator/parent in the grade schools are: “What material shall I use and how shall I proceed to direct the child along this line?” First of all use that material which is most readily available, which is most familiar to the child and which will attract and hold his attention. There is nothing so readily available and so generally interesting to both boys and girls as are the thousands of fluttering, buzzing, hopping and creeping forms of insects. They are present everywhere, in all seasons and are known to every child of the city or farm. They are easily observed in the field and can be kept in confinement for study. Many of them are of the greatest importance to man; a study of them becomes of special value.

Learners should not be encouraged merely to make observations, but they should be required to record them as well. Brief descriptions of the appearance and development 0of 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 educator/parent should therefore require each learner to provide himself with a notebook for keeping brief, but accurate notes and careful drawings.

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.

Author(s): D E Davis
Artist(s): Public Domain/Green Label ClipArt Licensed
Pages: 160
File Size: 2.94 MB

July 13, 2009

I’m Learning About Fossils – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

I’m Learning About Fossils – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick.

This book which is aimed at kindergarten through 7th grade covers geology, geography, palaeontology, science amidst other lessons in which there is a focus on critical thinking skills, vocabulary, writing skills, comprehension and more.

The study of fossils entails at least five scientific disciplines: earth science, palaeontology, geography, biology, and geology. Each of these disciplines involves a unique content area as well as the development of particular intellectual skills. This unit helps teachers sort and organize the most important ideas in this rich scientific area. Detailed lesson plans serve as ways to pass these ideas on to very young students as well as older students. Comprehensive teacher/parent notes have been included which document in enormous detail the journey of the earth throughout the various Eras or Timelines. Comprehensive activities for learners have been included, and should be adapted to the age of the learner.

Due to the vast amount of information available, we have provided extensive notes in an endeavour to assist the educator in creating lesson plans. While notepages, handouts and activity sheets are included we have not burdened this book with excessive notepages. We would recommend rather that multiple copies be made of the pages required. Lessons should be adjusted and adapted to suit the age of the learner.

The contents of this book enable the educator to prepare lessons for learners from Kindergarden/Grade1 through Grade 7 – even older children. We stress again that every child develops at his or her own pace and whilst some children may find the lessons fairly simple and straightforward other children may require a little more time and explanation. We encourage “children developing at their own pace”. If a lesson appears too complex for a child, it is very easily “downgraded” or simplified to the child’s comfort level of understanding.

July 10, 2009

Exploring Caves – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick

“Exploring Caves” is an interdisciplinary set of materials on caves for grades K-3, but is easily adaptable to older learners. Caves entail at least five scientific disciplines: earth science, hydrology, mapping, biology, and anthropology.

Each of these disciplines involves a unique content area as well as the development of particular intellectual skills. This unit aims at helping teachers to sort and organize the most important ideas in this rich scientific area. Detailed lesson plans serve as ways to pass these ideas on to very young students.

Included in this book are crafting activities, paper folding, flashcards for each “new word” within each lesson, teaching plans, ideas and step-by-step lesson plans. There are 14 extremely comprehensive lesson plans, with additional activities for most that can be be divided into an additional twolesson plans each. That makes a total of around 36 lesson plans.

Covered in this book are inter alia the following: complete unit studies of individual aspects; literature arts; literature comprehension; vocabulary; science; geography; conservation; nature study; writing skills; revision skills; memory skills; Art & creativity.

Available for full preview at Currclick Publishers

April 26, 2009

Our African Wildlife is in Danger – You Can Help!

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Alphabetical Listing

African Wild Dog
Bat-eared Fox
Bontebok (Endangered)
Gazelle (Thomson’s Gazelle) *Eland
Hare (Springhare)*
Horseshoe Bat* (Cape Horseshoe Bat & Natal Free-tailed Bat)
Impala  *Eland
Monkey (Vervet Monkey)*
Okapi  *Eland
Otter (Spotted-necked Otter)*
Rhinoceros (Black Rhinoceros)*
Rhinoceros (White Rhinoceros)*
Shrew (Cape Elephant Shrew)*
Squirrel (Red Bush Squirrel*
Sperm & Humpback Whale*

Saving Our WIldlife – How Can Kids Help?

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How Can Kids Help?

You and your school: What can you do to help conserve rare, threatened, and endangered species and their habitats?

Fore More Free Resources Visit Caterpillars And Kids

This site from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Program demonstrates how loss of habitat and ecosystems can lead to a decline in biodiversity, and how the Endangered Species Act helps prevent extinction.

For Educators

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Endangered Means There is Still Time

  • Slide show [PDF] [HTML]
  • Quiz [PDF]
  • Slide show worksheet [PDF]
  • Slide show worksheet answers [PDF]

Teacher Resources [HTML]

Endangered Species – Save our Wildlife Colouring Book

Endangered Species – Save our Wildlife Colouring Book

This picture book will introduce you to 21 endangered and threatened plants and animals found in the United States. Print the pages and use your crayons to bring to life oceans, swamps, deserts, islands and a variety of plants and animals. If we all work together, we can continue to share the earth with these fascinating and important species and enjoy them in the wild — not only in the pages of books.

The plants and animals depicted here are not necessarily threatened by pesticides; however, they are representative of the many different species our program is protecting.

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We hope that these materials will help you and your students learn more about endangered and threatened species.

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Endangered Species
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Other Organizations


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Caterpillars and Kids – Appreciating Our Wildlife


Recently I came across this wonderful quote from Bradley Millar: “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”

It resonated with me strongly, knowing what I know about both caterpillars and kids. I have spent my professional life watching kids. I know their boundless curiosity, their innate desire to explore, and their fascination with critters and creepy-crawlies. I also recognize their inability to look ahead and see the results of their actions. I know that, unintentionally usually, children’s exploration of tiny things can result in hurt for the creatures, and kids’ reactions of surprise, confusion, and sometimes remorse.

On the fewer occasions when I have seen children deliberately hurt tiny creatures, it has usually been because they are fearful of what they don’t understand, and no adult has ever helped them know their responsibility to the natural world around them. In this world where we humans are supposed to be the smartest species, it behooves us to help our children assume their rightful responsibilities of protecting the living things around us.

It will ultimately help our world, fragile as it is. But it will certainly help our children see themselves as part of something larger than themselves. It is the nature of young children to be egocentric. Slowly, through experiences and explicit teaching, they move to being able to appreciate others’ needs and rights. In coming to understand, appreciate, and know the stories of living things around them, children develop what Rachel Carson called “a sense of wonder.”

The ability to marvel at life processes, and to appreciate the many forms of beauty in our world, will sustain children through the routine or dreary parts of their lives. As we encourage children to explore with gentleness, and care for tiny creatures, they learn to control the impulse to smash and overpower, a very important kind of self-control indeed.

As we give them information and help them make connections between the caterpillar and the butterfly, we expand their understanding of the world around them. As we validate their curiosity and help them learn skills for studying nature, we aid their understanding of what is important. “No, you can’t keep it,” we say. “What would that caterpillar need to be healthy?” Slowly the child learns to put aside his own wants in favor of what is best for another, no matter how small.

So when you teach respect for all things, even something as small as the caterpillar, your child is coming to be a caring, compassionate person. Your child is also coming to see herself as part of the larger human community to whom is entrusted the care of this earth, and all the creatures on it.

Those are important lessons indeed, all coming from teaching your child not to step on a caterpillar.

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