What can be studied with a GED?

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What can be studied with a GED?
I have seen that many homeschoolers in South Africa are going the GED route. This had me wondering, what can be studied with a GED? I matriculated in the late 1990’s from a government school and in order to study further, at a university, you had to have passed with exemption. This has not changed, however, there are alternatives to the NSC matric…

Noo goes to a school that does the IEB Exams and I am now looking into the different Grade 12 equivalent exams for my younger three children.

Firstly, what is the GED?

The General Education Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject tests which, when passed, provide certification that the test taker has United States or Canadian high school-level academic skills. It is an alternative to the US High school diploma, HiSET and TASC test.
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Secondly, what benefits do South African’s get from completing the GED?

A GED® homeschool grade 12 equivalent is a popular alternative to getting a matric online. It is a grade 12 equivalency credential recognised in SA, accepted by TVET colleges and overseas and online universities.

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PLEASE NOTE: You MUST check with the universities of your choice that they will accept these foreign qualifications. A matric with exemption or in this case a GED plus a certificate of exemption is the minimum requirement for admission to a university. Faculties may set additional requirements for admission to their degree courses.

Update received on 12 September 2018 regarding FOREIGN CONDITIONAL EXEMPTION for South African with a GED®

There is now a date regarding the phasing out of Foreign Conditional Exemption for South Africans with a GED®.

The GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 option by SAQA.*

USAf has confirmed in writing that they will not consider applications for foreign conditional exemption from South African-based holders of the GED® who

a. Register for, or begin work on the GED® after the end of 2018. (This will allow people currently enrolled for the GED® to complete the credential, seek admission to a foreign university and apply to the Matriculation Board for foreign conditional exemption. It will however, mean that this route will be closed to new South African GED® candidates); or

b. Obtain the GED® credential after December 2019.

This means that the GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 equivalent but that FOREIGN EXEMPTION will not be issued to South Africans anymore as from the end of December 2019.

This means that after that date, South Africans with a GED® who wish to apply for a DEGREE course at a university, will have to qualify for one of the OTHER CATEGORIES of exemption, which we have already listed on this page below.

The GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 option by SAQA.* Source

Thirdly, what are the subjects that are covered in the GED Exams?

The GED exams cover five core subject areas: mathematics, social studies, science, reading and writing. The level of mastery required to pass the GED exams is generally equivalent to that of a high school graduate.

Mathematics
The GED mathematics test consists of 50 questions covering number theory, algebra, geometry, and data analysis and statistics. Each content area contains approximately the same number of questions. This test is divided into two timed segments of 45 minutes each. On the first part, you are allowed to use an approved calculator but not on the second part. Eighty percent of the questions are multiple choice, while on the others you’ll label information on a graph or write your answers in a space provided. Expect to solve word problems and interpret information displayed in charts, graphs, diagrams and tables.

Social Studies
The social studies section of the GED test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The questions test your general knowledge and your ability to understand and analyze information in documents included on the exam. You can expect questions about civics and government, geography, economics and history. The history questions include both world history and U.S. history unless you take the test in Canada, which tests Canadian history. You will have 70 minutes to complete the social studies test.

Science
On the science portion of the GED test, you will complete 50 multiple-choice questions in 80 minutes. The content areas covered are physics and chemistry, life science, and earth and space science. Many of the questions will test your vocabulary and basic understanding of concepts and principles normally studied in high school science courses. Some questions will require you to analyze and interpret scientific information presented in charts, tables, graphs and diagrams.

Reading
The reading test measures how well you can understand and interpret written passages, both fiction and nonfiction. Seventy-five percent of the questions are about fictional passages from literary selections with the other 25 percent coming from nonfiction passages such as workplace or business-related documents. The test is 65 minutes long with 40 multiple-choice questions.

Writing
You will complete the GED writing test in two parts. On the first part, which is 75 minutes long, you will read passages and answer 50 multiple choice questions covering four components of writing — sentence structure, usage, mechanics and organization. On the second part, you will write an essay expressing your opinion or viewpoint on an assigned topic with which you should be familiar. You have 45 minutes to complete your essay.[Source]

During my research, I found GED practice tests are the best way to prepare for your GED exam in 2019. Test-Guide.com’s free GED sample questions provide you with an opportunity to assess how well you are prepared for the actual GED exam.

Has your child completed the GED? I’d love to hear your opinion and experiences.

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*SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) has evaluated the GED® and found the National Senior Certificate as its closest comparable qualification.

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What is the difference between IEB vs CAPS?

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ieb vs caps

I never fully understood the difference between IEB vs CAPS, but now that Noo is in an IEB school, I felt the need to research it more in-depth.

IEB Definition:

The Independent Examinations Board, or IEB, is a South African independent assessment agency which offers examinations for various client schools, mostly private schools. It is most prominent in setting examinations for the school-leaving National Senior Certificate, or NSC (which replaced the Senior Certificate and Further Education and Training Certificate) for its client schools. See High school: South Africa; Matriculation in South Africa. [Source]

CAPS Definition:

CAPS, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement, is a revision of the previous NCS (National Curriculum Statement). CAPS gives teachers detailed guidelines of what to teach and assessed on a grade –by- grade and subject-by- subject basis. It also gives clear guidance of assessment requirements. [Source]

My understanding, before my research, was that IEB was a totally different curriculum to the CAPS curriculum. That is not the case at all.

The IEB preparation course only really starts in Grade 10, when Students are 16 years old. They still follow the CAPS curriculum, HOWEVER, there are some differences.

The IEB exams are considered by many teachers, parents, students and universities, both within South Africa and abroad, as a more challenging and comprehensive assessment than the State NSC.

Students with excellent IEB results have been accepted to Ivy League and Oxbridge institutions without taking further requirements such as A-levels. SATs (or ACTs) are required for all major U.S. universities – the IEB NSC does not exempt students from this requirement.)

It is also important to note that IEB students who matriculate receive the same certificate as a NSC student would and universities may not bias between a state NSC and IEB matriculant.

Many Grade 10 students (my son included) struggled with the new IEB exams. Fortunately, there are many past papers available to download from the IEB to help the students prepare for the exams.

The IEB are very strict in terms of giving marks. All answers need to be comprehensive and many questions are expected to be answered in essay format with headings and subheadings.

I have downloaded past Grade 10 papers for Noo to go through from the IEB Document Library. The IEB exam process is very different to the CAPS process. I’m looking forward to seeing how much these past papers will help Noo in the next set of exams in November this year.

I’d love to hear your experiences with the IEB and how your child coped with the change in the examination process.

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Origins of English Idioms

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Origins of English Idioms

Have you ever wondered what the origins of English idioms are? I’ve spent quite some time researching the 10 most commonly used phrases and have been quite surprised at how these came about.

What are idioms?

An idiom is a word or, more commonly, a phrase in which the figurative meaning is different than the literal meaning of the grouping of words. There are approximately 25,000 idioms in the English language alone.

To turn a blind eye

Meaning: To refuse to acknowledge a known truth

Origin: The origins of this phrase are disputed, it is commonly accepted that turning a blind eye comes from a comment made by British Admiral Horatio Nelson. In 1801 he led the attack alongside Admiral Sir Hyde Parker in the Battle of Copenhagen. Nelson was blind in one eye. Parker communicated to Nelson at one point, via flags, that he needed to retreat and disengage. Nelson, however, was convinced that he could prevail if they pushed onward. Nelson then, holding the telescope to his blind eye, pretended not to see the signal—making a sly comment to a fellow officer about reserving the right to use his blind eye every now and again.

Play it by ear

Meaning: Playing something by ear means that rather than sticking to a defined plan, you will see how things go and decide on a course of action as you go along.

Origin: This saying has its origins in music, as “playing something by ear” means to play music without reference to the notes on a page. This sense of the phrase dates back to the 16th century, but the present use only came into being in mid-20th century America, primarily referring to sports. These days, the expression has lost this focus on sports and can be used in any context.

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Meaning: Getting information directly from the most reliable source

Origin: This one is said to come from the 1900s, when buyers could determine a horse’s age by examining its teeth. It’s also why you shouldn’t “look a gift horse in the mouth,” as inspecting a gift is considered bad etiquette.

Spill the beans

Meaning: To leak a secret

Origin: This one’s a bit tricky, as there is no clear-cut answer. The consensus is, however, that this is most likely derived from an ancient Greek voting process, which involved beans. People would vote by placing one of two colored beans in a vase, white typically meaning yes and black or brown meaning no. This meant that should someone spill the beans, the secret results of the election would be revealed before intended. Hence, spilling the beans is related to revealing secret information.

Raining cats and dogs

Meaning: It’s “raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining particularly heavily.

Origin: The origins of this bizarre phrase are obscure, though it was first recorded in 1651 in the poet Henry Vaughan’s collection Olor Iscanus. Speculation as to its origins ranges from medieval superstition to Norse mythology, but it may even be a reference to dead animals being washed through the streets by floods.

Pulling someone’s leg

Meaning: teasing someone, usually by lying in a joking manner

Origin: Although pulling someone’s leg is all in good fun nowadays, it originally described the way in which thieves tripped their victims to rob them.

Beat around the bush

Meaning: To circle the point; to avoid the point

Origin: This common phrase is thought to have originated in response to game hunting in Britain. While hunting birds, participants would beat bushes in order to draw out the birds. Therefore, they were beating around the bush before getting to the main point of the hunt: actually capturing the birds.

Can’t do something to save my life

Meaning: It’s typically used in a self-deprecating manner or to indicate reluctance to carry out a task requested of one.

Origin: Anthony Trollope first used this expression, in 1848 in Kellys and O’Kellys, writing, “If it was to save my life and theirs, I can’t get up small talk for the rector and his curate.”

Barking up the wrong tree

Meaning: pursuing a misguided course of action

Origin: Likely referring to hunting, this saying explains when a dog would literally bark at the bottom of the wrong tree after the prey in question moved to the next branch.

Pot calling the kettle black

Meaning: We use this expression to refer to someone who criticises someone else, for something they they themselves are guilty of.

Origin: First used in the literature of the 1600s – notably Don Quixote by Cervantes – this expression has its origins in the Medieval kitchen, when both pots and kettles were made from sturdy cast iron and both would get black with soot from the open fire.

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Cheese Muffins Recipe for #PackYourOwnLunchDay

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Today is #PackYourOwnLunchDay and I’ve been challenged by NetFlorist to share our lunchboxes for tomorrow. Being homeschoolers, I don’t pack traditional lunch boxes. The children all have very busy afternoon schedules and packing snack boxes is a high priority for … Continue reading

Freebie Friday ~ New Year Printables

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New Year Printables

Can you believe its almost 2019? Here are a few New Year printables I have recently come across.

Free Printable Happy New Year Banner Letters from Paper Trail Design
New Year Printables
Use these free printable Happy New Year banner letters to make a Happy New Year banner, 2019 banner, Cheers banner or whatever message you’s like to display for the New Year celebration this year. We created black an gold confetti banner letters, number, and symbols so that you can decorate with whatever message you like.

Free Printable Happy New Year 2019 Coloring Pages – New Year Coloring Pages 2019 from Trends Clubs
New Year Printables
New Year Coloring Pages 2019. Glad New Year Coloring Pages: There are numerous choices to observe New Year in an astonishing way since it is an extraordinary satisfaction day for individuals. As we probably am aware exceptionally well that there are couple of occasions from Christmas to New Year and youthful age dependably want to travel to another country with companions for new year festivity. Yet, on the off chance that you need to give stimulation to children and grown-ups then get free printable New Year Coloring pages and request that they shading it. By these Coloring pages we can without much of a stretch make a best future grins for you. Download these Happy New Year Coloring Sheets and shading pages for nothing. Glad new year shading pages adorns your classrooms and study room too.

Happy New Year Word Search FREEBIE from Puzzles to Print on Teachers Pay Teachers
New Year Printables
Your students will enjoy looking for all of the fun New Year vocabulary words hidden in this puzzle worksheet. The words are hidden in all directions making this a challenging word search. A great activity for early finishers or just for something fun to take home and enjoy.


The 32 hidden vocabulary words are: Auld Lang Syne, Baby, Ball, Balloons, Calendar, Celebration, Clock, Confetti, Countdown, Dancing, December, Eve, Father Time, Firecracker, First, Games, Happy, Hat, Hourglass, January, Kiss, Midnight, Music, Noise Maker, Party, Resolution, Sparkler, Streamer, Times Square, Tradition, Vow, Year.

Happy New Year coloring page 2019 for kids, toddlers, printables from Happy New Year Eve 2019 Quotes
New Year Printables
Happy new year 2019 coloring pages are going to make your New year vacations memorable as they are full of freshness and positive vibes. Especially kids are going to love them. It will also help you to occupy them in some creative activities. New Year Coloring activities are very essential for the overall development of children. So, this New Year shows some kindness to yourself and your family, keep aside your mobile phones/tablets aside and spend some time in coloring activities.

Happy New Year Coloring Pages Free Printable from Paper Trail Design
New Year Printables
Print our happy New Year coloring pages free printable for kids or adults and ring in the New Year. There are two “Happy New Year” pages and 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 coloring pages to help you celebrate this year and next. These simple pages are a fun way to pass time until midnight. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Printable Happy New Year Coloring Pages 2019 fromNappy New Year 2018 Images
New Year Printables
Printable Happy New Year Coloring Pages 2019

Free Printable 2019 Planner 50 Plus Printable Pages!!! from
New Year Printables
We have had so many requests for a 2019 version of our Planner …so since we LOVE giving you what you want…we are celebrating this Free Printable Friday with a Free Printable 2019 Planner 50 Plus Printable Pages. It is back with all your favorites plus a new 2019 Calendar Page …new individual 2019 Calendar Pages and 12 new Inspirational Quotes which is a fun way to start off a new Month. So if you need to keep track of your Daily Schedule…we have you covered… if you need a Menu Planner… we have that too… how about a Bill Tracker…we have that too… we even have a Password Keeper… Appointment Tracker… Friends and Family Mailing List…Notes…Shopping List…Pet Information…we even have a Doodle Page for you which seems to be everyone’s favorite!

New Year’s Resolutions from Jen Bengel on Teachers Pay Teachers
New Year Printables
Included in this resource:
* A New Years themed reading graphic organizer to use during independent reading time (great for assessments too!)
* 2 printable, no prep puzzles (with answer keys, when appropriate)
* A New Year’s themed word work activity
* A printable, no prep New Year’s themed writing prompt PLUS writing paper
* Writing and Reading Resolution graphic organizers
* A fun New Years group activity!

Free New Years Pack Update! from 3Dinosaurs
New Year Printables
New Years Pack Update contains over 45 pages that have been added:
(part 3) Fill in the Missing Vowels, Balloons Color by Size & Questions, Count & Color, Ways to add up to 10, Addition & Subtraction Sheets, Hands on Math Sheets, Begging Sound Matching, Word Problems, Read, Trace & Write, Writing Statements, Trace the Letter: C, B, F, Fill in the Missing Numbers, Color by Addition, Color the Same, Acrostic Poems, Count Down to New Years


Tot Pack 2 contains 25 pages:
Solid Line Prewriting, Dashed Line Prewriting, Which One is Different, Circle the Small Clocks, Color the Large hats, Color the party Hat, Matching Pages, Shape Tracing, Dot the Letter: C, B, F, Clock Lacing Card

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Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities

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Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities

It’s Summer in Sunny South Africa and for the next 6 weeks, or so, the kidlets will be home looking for summer activities to keep them busy. We recently bought our first home *yay*, and now we have tons of space for the kidlets to run around and play. But I know that they will have moments of boredom. I don’t believe in entertaining my children all the time. I’m a HUGE proponent of them keeping themselves entertained and figuring out what they can do without constantly being glued to a screen. Here are a few fun printables to print out for your little ones when things get a little hairy.

Summer Coloring Pages and Word Tracing from Real Life at Home
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
The following are each on one page of the summer-themed coloring pages printables packet:

Butterfly
Lemonade
Ice Cream
Flower
Sun
Ladybug
Seashell
Rainbow
Watermelon
Beach Ball

Rainy Day Kids Activities from Momdot
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
If you are creative you can come up with a ton of different ways to have fun. Shaving cream paint is one of our daily favorites (rain or shine!) or you can try your hand at colored spaghetti or oobleck. I also created a quick and easy In House Scavenger Hunt that you can download, print off, and get to the fun! This is good for kids of all ages. If you have an older kid, just hand them a pen and let them go. If you have a younger kid, you can use the secondary printable to just look for any objects around the house that have a specific color and then write them in.

30+ Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids from Buggy and Buddy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Sometimes you just need a quick activity you can print out to get the kids moving, learning, and having fun, and scavenger hunts always seem to fit the bill! Here’s 30 free printable scavenger hunts for kids!

Classroom Camping Unit from The Curriculum Corner
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
This camping in the classroom collection includes a wide range of activities for a unique classroom theme or a fun end of the year celebration.

Bubble Wrap Beehive + Fingerprint Bee Craft from Crafty Morning
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
I absolutely hate bees and they can make me scream running across the room in 1.3 seconds BUT today we decided to make cute little cartoon fingerprint bees! They don’t sting or bother you while you eat! 😉 We also used some of my leftover bubble wrap to make the little beehive! I think they turned out great.

NEW Water Fun Preschool Unit! from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Here are the printables included in this mini unit:

Roll & Graph
Size Sort
Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
Size Sequencing
Patterns
Stamping Strips
Counting Clip Cards
Number Order Puzzle
Which is Different?
Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match

Free Ice Cream Printables from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream! I don’t know about your kiddos, but one of my kids’ favorite treats on a hot summer day is ice cream. Why not use their love of this cold delight to keep their brains active over the summer months with these FREE Ice Cream printables!

New Pool Time Preschool Unit from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Here are the printables included in this mini unit:

Roll & Graph
Size Sort
Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
Size Sequencing
Patterns
Stamping Strips
Counting Clip Cards
Number Order Puzzle
Which is Different?
Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match

FREE Popsicles Preschool Unit! from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Here are the printables included in this unit:

Colors Mini Book
Spin & Graph
Size Sort
P is for Popsicle Magnet Page
Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
Observations Sheet
Size Sequencing
Patterns
Shape Puzzles
Spelling
Counting Clip Cards

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