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Proudly and Distinctly South African

About Us

My name is Momma Jo and I’m a file folder game playing, homeschooling, work from home mom of 4 amazing kidlets and wife to Papa Steve. I am also a small business owner.
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Noo

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Noo is my oldest child from a previous relationship. He was born with Hirschprung’s Disease and that was the initial reason we (my husband and I) decided to homeschool. He is the strongest person I know, he lives with the effects of this terrible disease every day without complaining.

Noo entered public school in January 2013 when he started Grade 5. He no longer regularly features on this blog. He lives with his father and is in Grade 9.

~ Noo is not his real name

Koko

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Koko is my second child and Papa’s first. For a long time his nick name was Captain Chaos. He just loves to bowls and has shown huge interest in cooking, computer programming and chess. His favourite time of the day is his designated computer time. He is a Cub Scout and he has done extremely well in it. He is currently in Grade 4.

His curriculum:
English:

Cambridge Primary English Stage 4 Teacher’s Resource Book with CD-ROM
Cambridge Primary English Stage 4 Learner’s Book
Cambridge Primary English Stage 4 Activity Book

Mathematics:
Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 4 Teacher’s Resource with CD-ROM
Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 4 Learner’s Book
Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 4 Games Book with CD-ROM

Science:
Cambridge Primary Science Stage 4 Teacher’s Resource Book with CD-ROM
Cambridge Primary Science Stage 4 Learner’s Book
Cambridge Primary Science Stage 4 Activity Book

History:
Story of the World Volume 1

Afrikaans:
Afrikaans Geniet Dit Boek 1

~ Koko is not his real name

Fifi

See all the posts featuring Fifi here

Fifi is our miracle child. I fell pregnant with her after being told we couldn’t have any more children naturally and that I would have to undergo fertility treatment. Clearly God had other plans for us. She is the Princess of our home and is loved and adored by all, especially her brothers who dote on her. She is an avid ballet, modern and acrobatic dancer and absolutely loves it. This year she represented Central Gauteng in the Interprovincial Acrobatics competition. She is currently in Grade 2.

Her curriculum:
English:

Cambridge Primary English Stage 2 Teacher’s Resource Book with CD-ROM
Cambridge Primary English Stage 2 Learner’s Book
Cambridge Primary English Activity Book Stage 2 Activity Book

Mathematics:
Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 2 Teacher’s Resource with CD-ROM
Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 2 Learner’s Book
Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 2 Games Book with CD-ROM

Science:
Cambridge Primary Science Stage 2 Teacher’s Resource
Cambridge Primary Science Stage 2 Learner’s Book
Cambridge Primary Science Stage 2 Activity Book

History:
Story of the World Volume 1

Afrikaans:
Afrikaans Geniet Dit Boek 1

~ Fifi is not her real name

Pixie

See all the posts featuring Pixie here

Our surprise miracle baby and youngest member of our family. She has become the clown of our family. Quite the little character. She’s got an amazing bond with Noo that is too precious for words and looks. She’s our little fairy princess. She, like Fifi, is an avid ballet, modern and acrobatic dancer and absolutely loves it. This year she came first in her section in the Central Gauteng Acrobatics Federation Competition. She is currently in Grade R (reception), South Africa’s equivalent to Kindergarten

Her curriculum:
Reading & English:

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Cambridge Primary English Phonics Workbook A
Cambridge Primary English Phonics Workbook B

Mathematics:
Kumon: Addition
Kumon: Are You Ready for Kindergarten? Math Skills
https://www.takealot.com/my-book-of-numbers-1-30/PLID34982712

Writing:
Penpals at Home: Forming Letters
Penpals at Home: Getting Ready for Handwriting
Kumon: My First Book of Lowercase Letters
Kumon: My First Book of Uppercase Letters

History:
Story of the World Volume 1

I have also downloaded a ton of workbooks for her from Education.com that I have printed and bound for her. These are books we use to suppliment her curriculum

~ Pixie is not her real name

All three kidlets are also doing the Cambridge ICT Starters Series. The Cambridge ICT Starters series offers a complete ICT course for children from five years of age. Through lively activities, illustrations and screen displays, key skills such as how to make multimedia presentations are learnt.

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  • huisvrou

    Amen.
    Neither did I read before we decided. But we learned quite a lot along the way. There is absolutely no way that mine will ever go back to mainstream schooling.

  • Dan Hite

    I was happy to discover your blog today. I was unable to find a contact link. I hope it’s OK that I’m contacting you through a public comment. I’ve developed an educational program for Windows called SpellQuizzer that helps children learn their spelling and vocabulary words without the battle that parents often have getting them to sit down and write them out while the parents dictate to them. The parent enters the child’s spelling words into the software making a sound recording of each word. Then the software helps the child practice his or her words. It really helped my children with their weekly spelling lists.

    I would appreciate your reviewing SpellQuizzer in Our Home Schooling Journey. You can learn more about the program at http://www.SpellQuizzer.com. There’s a video demo you can watch at http://www.spellquizzer.com/SpellQuizzer-Demo.htm. Finally, there’s a page targeted to homeschooling families at http://www.spellquizzer.com/spelling-software-for-homeschoolers.htm. I’d be happy to send you a complimentary license for the software. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Thank you very much!

    Dan Hite
    TedCo Software
    Dan@SpellQuizzer.com

  • tassiegirl1980

    You’ve made such wonderful progress in such a short time! Well done and keep it up!

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