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Educational Toy Online Store

Finding a decent educational toys online store can sometimes prove tricky. There are so many different options and finding one that actually delivers can be a nightmare.

I stumbled across DH Gate a few years ago when we started homeschooling and have ordered from them on a few occasions with no hassles and received good service from them.

I am a firm believer that education should be taught using practical and sensory methods. In my opinion, it helps to cement the new concept. I have noticed the kidlets use their hands to mimic the work we have done on certain topics, like times tables. I have always used manipulatives and sensory activities in our lessons and the kidlets have always found that by using these manipulatives or sensory methods has helped my kidlets quite a bit.

Here are some of my favourite finds for Mathematics, Science and Language Arts.

Mathematics

Wooden Counting Sticks
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Geometry Blocks Set
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1-100 Digit Square
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Wooden Balance Scale
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Science

Life Cycle of Corn Specimen, Resin Embedded
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Insects Magnification Cup Amplifier Tank
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Twin Live Steam Engine Model Kit
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Language Arts

100Pcs Set Wooden Scrabble Tiles
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Alphabet Wooden Puzzle
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Literacy Fun Game
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Digital Alphabet Letters A~Z Alphabetical & 0~9 Numerical Soft EVA Foam Mats
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Curriculum Choices 2018

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curriculum choices 2018
I’m often asked what our Curriculum Choices are for this year. In short, we follow the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum for our core subjects. We then added a few other programs that suit us and the kidlets’ learning styles. We are currently in our 3rd year of using this curriculum and are very happy with it.
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In addition to the Core Cambridge Primary curriculum, I also purchased the Keys to Learning Boxes for each child. I use them as reinforcement as the kidlets are all visual learners and this has helped us quite a bit to get the concepts ingrained.

Keys to Learning focuses on basic literacy, numeracy and mathematics skills, and can be used for the consolidation of skills in the mainstream classroom – as well as for remedial work at earlier levels.
Click on the image below to find out more about the Keys to Learning program.
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Koko is currently doing the Stage 5 curriculum. These are the books he is currently working on. We use a combination of Cambridge for the core subjects and the CAPS (the South African curriculum):

English
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 

Activity book

 

 

 

 

Phonics in a Box Workbook. We use this book for dictionary work.

 

 

 

 

Mathematics
Teachers Manual

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 

Games book

 

 

 

 

Science
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 

Activity book

 

 

 

 

Life Skills
CAPS Workbook

Afrikaans
CAPS Workbook

Fifi is currently doing the Stage 3 curriculum. These are the books she is currently working on. We use a combination of Cambridge for the core subjects and the CAPS (the South African curriculum):

English
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 

Activity book

 

 

 

 

Phonics in a Box Workbook. We use this book for dictionary work.

 

 

 

 

Mathematics
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 

Games book

 

 

 

 
Science
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 

Activity book

 

 

 

 

Life Skills
CAPS Workbook

Afrikaans
CAPS Workbook

Pixie is currently doing the Stage 1 curriculum. These are the books she is currently working on. We use a combination of Cambridge for the core subjects and the CAPS (the South African curriculum):

English
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 

Learners Book

 

 

 

 
Activity book

 

 

 

 

Phonics Workbook B. She completed Workbook A last year.

 

 

 

 
Phonics in a Box Workbook.

 

 

 

 
Mathematics
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 
Learners Book

 

 

 

 
Games book

 

 

 

 
Science
Teachers Manual

 

 

 

 
Learners Book

 

 

 

 
Activity book

 

 

 

 
Life Skills
CAPS Workbook

Afrikaans
CAPS Workbook

The girls are currently using the Rainbow Reading Curriculum.

Rainbow Reading is a graded reading series for primary schools. It provides a wealth of original stories and factual texts, which will help learners to develop the reading skills and vocabulary they need to meet the requirements of the curriculum in all learning areas. All 350 titles in the series are written by South African authors. Rainbow Reading motivates young readers to become fluent readers, because it allows them to choose stories that they want to read and to read at their own level.

Fifi is currently using Rainbow Reading Level 3.

The books in Level 3 can be used in any grade in the Foundation Phase, but they are best suited to seven- to nine-year-old learners in Grade 2 or Grade 3. Many of the learners will be learning English as a First Additional Language. Most children at this level have started to read and some may be reading quite well already. They should be able to recognise sight words and decode unfamiliar words.

Level 3 Rainbow Reading books are 16 pages long. The stories are based on familiar objects and actions and the characters include children typical of those in the target age group. The artwork is a very important part of each text at this level, as it supports reading and helps the emerging readers to make sense of the stories. The artwork provides cludes, which help the readers to decode and recognise words. Text is consistently placed to help learners to become confident about reading books.

There are three types of texts at this level:

Read Aloud stories (fiction) 250-400 total words
Read Alone stories (fiction) 250-400 total words
Factual (non-fiction) texts 250-400 total words
Each boxed set in Level 3 contains a comprehensive teacher’s guide, which provides valuable support for teaching reading and book skills, and includes specific support for each title, including phonics, oral skills, high-frequency words and key oral vocabulary, as well as suggested activities.”

Pixie is currently using Rainbow Reading Level 1/.

The books in Rainbow Reading Level 1 can be used in any grade in the Foundation Phase, but they are best suited to five- and six-year-old learners in Grade R or Grade 1. Many of the learners will be learning English as a First Additional Language. Most children at this level will not be able to read by themselves in any language, and some of the children will be handling books for the first time.

Level 1 Rainbow Reading books are eight pages long. The stories are based on familiar objects and actions and the characters include children typical of those in the target age group. The artwork is very important part of each text at this level, as it supports reading and helps the emerging readers to make sense of the stories. The pictures tell the story. Text is consistently placed to help learners become confident about reading books.

There are three types of texts at this level:

Read Aloud stories (fiction) Maximum 50 words
Read Alone stories (fiction) Maximum 20 words
Factual (non-fiction) texts Maximum 20 words
Each boxed set in Level 1 contains a comprehensive teacher’s guide, which provides valuable support for teaching reading skills, and includes specific support for each title, including phonics, oral skills, high-frequency words and key oral vocabulary, as well as suggested activities.”

History is a group lesson here. We use the Story of the World curriculum and love it. We work through each chapter thoroughly and have sometimes spent a month on a chapter that may only be 2 pages long. I let the children drive this part of our lessons as they generally ask a ton of more indepth questions than I expect.

Each Friday, the kidlets do a research project, these often take up to 3 weeks to complete (depending on the work). They choose the topic and we work together to get all the information for them. They then create a poster of all they have learned. So far we have learned about the food pyramid, the importance of vitamins and kangaroos. Our next project is Fifi’s choice.

One of the first questions we get asked is, “Do your children do exams and assessments?” The easy answer is yes. I download the Annual National Assessments from the Department of Basic Education’s website. The kidlets do them and I mark them. I have these on hand should we ever need them for some reason.

The Annual National Assessments (ANA) are standardised national assessments for languages and mathematics in the senior phase (grades 7 – 9), intermediate phase (grades 4 – 6) and in literacy and numeracy for the foundation phase (grades 1 – 3). The question papers and marking memoranda (exemplars) are supplied by the national Department of Basic Education and the schools manage the conduct of the tests as well as the marking and internal moderation.

With regards to exams, we don’t do official exams. The kidlets are assessed as to their knowledge during each lesson, if they don’t understand the concept of the lesson, we don’t move on. That is one HUGE benefit of homeschooling. Once all the work for the year has been completed, we move onto the next grade.

I also often get asked about the legalities of homeschooling in South Africa. I am not a lawyer and don’t pretend to have the answers. My suggestion is that you visit the Pestalozzi Trust website. They have all the information available to the public.

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Freebie Friday Linkup: Shape Resources

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Shape Resources

New Shape Coloring Pages! from 3Dinosaurs
 Shape Resources
Since the ABC Color Pages came out I’ve had several requests for other coloring pages. That is how these came about! I hope that you enjoy them. We will be using these like the ABC Coloring Pages and putting them in a sheet protectors in a binder. My youngest loves to use them this way so she do them over and over.

*FREE* Marshmallow Shapes! {Shape Building} from Rachelle Rosenblit
 Shape Resources
This pack includes a sweet little activity I did as part of my annual evaluation this year. After learning about 2D and 3D shapes, we build them using toothpicks and marshmallows! Each student was given a plate, toothpicks and marshmallows and allowed to let their creativity flow! This lesson allows students to think critically and covers several common core Geometry standards. I’ve also included some shape building cards that I used as needed with some of my struggling students who needed more support. The student can look at the shape first, then build it.

Sorting 3D Shapes Worksheet from Kinder Learning Garden
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Students sort the 3D shapes from the 2D shapes by cutting and gluing in the correct box.

Keeping My Little Butterfly Busy from Frog Spot
 Shape Resources
And just in case you would like to work on a caterpillar theme one day – download this FREE ‘Trace, Shade & Graph’ worksheet. I whipped it up ready for our lessons tomorrow!

Geometry Posters- Freebie! from Teacher’s Take-Out
 Shape Resources
Spruce up your Geometry Unit with Geometry Centers and Activities Pack This pack is loaded with fun math centers for K-2 Classrooms.

It includes the shapes of: squares, rectangles, triangles, circle, trapezoid, hexagon, cone, cube, sphere, half-circle, quarter circle, triangular prism, rectangular prism, and cylinder.

3-D Shapes Book with Real World Objects from Learning with a Happy Heart
 Shape Resources
Hi Friends! Here is my 3-D shapes freebie number 2.

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STEAM Kids Book Review

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STEAM Kids

STEAM Kids – Hands-on Projects for Kids

STEAM Kids is an E-book dedicated to over 50 science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics hands-on projects for kids. I printed out and bound the e-book for the kids to page through with me. The excitement on their faces was infectious! They are super excited to work their way though this book.
STEAM Kids
STEAM Kids is all about inspiring our next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders to question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, deduce like a mathematician and play like a kid.
STEAM Kids
This book was written by these amazing bloggers:
Anne Carey from Left Brain Craft Brain
Ana Dziengel from Babble Dabble do
Amber Scardino from Wee Warhols
Chelsey Marashain from Buggy and Buddy
Dayna Abraham from Lemon Lime Adventures
Erica Clark from What Do We Do All Day?
Jamie Hand from Handmade Kids Art
Karyn Tripp from Teach Beside Me
Leslie Manlapig from Pink Stripey Socks
Malia Hallowell from Playdough to Plato
PR Newton from STEAM Powered Family
STEAM Kids

What I Love About This Book

This book has an amazing array of activities that your kids will love. Each activity comes with a complete list of materials required for that activity as well as a difficulty rating that gives you an indication which activities you can do with different ages.
STEAM Kids
At the back of the book, they have an eleven plag Activity Planner that provides week-long activity guides as well as shopping lists to make those hands-on learning opportunities easy for you.
STEAM Kids

You can download the FREE PRINTABLE, 52 STEAM Challenges for Creative Kids, HERE.

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Assessing my homeschooled children

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Assessing my homeschooled children

Assessing my homeschooled children

How do you assess your homeschooled children?
This is one of the questions I am often asked. How do you know your children are up to par with their Public/Private schooled peers. This is honestly one of the harder questions, I have found, to answer. Every family is different. Most homeschooling families I know, don’t believe in standardised testing and couldn’t point me in the right direction.

Upon many late nights staying up and researching how to assess the children’s education, I decided that my best course of action would be to have the kidlets do the Annual National Assessments (ANA), set up by the South African Department of Education.

Last week Koko completed the Grade three assessments and Fifi did the Grade one assessments for English and Mathematics. They did well considering we are following the Cambridge International curriculum.
Assessing my homeschooled children
There are a few things I picked up from the assessments that we need to work on. One aspect of the CAPS mathematics curriculum hasn’t been covered yet in the Cambridge International Grade 3 curriculum and, after going through the books we are currently working on, will be covered over the next few months. Koko also seems to forget how to do his multiplication tables, so we’ll be working harder on those from now on.

Fifi is doing remarkable well and I’m very happy with her progress. She is a perfectionist, so she tends to take longer than necessary on her work for the day. This may become a problem when she is older and her workload increases, but we are working on helping her work through that little issue and she is getting better.

They both seem to rush through reading questions and most of the incorrect answers were purely from not reading the whole question and as a result not understanding what is expected of them.

All in all, I’m very happy with their progress so far and aim to continue doing these assessments with them twice a year for the foreseeable future.

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Product Test Tuesday ~ Valentines Day No Prep First Grade Math

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Erin from Royal Baloo has created this gorgeous Valentines Day themed No Prep First Grade Math pack just in time for Valentines Day and has given me the privilege of reviewing it.

The math pack consists of the following:
Number Bonds
10 More/10 Less
True or False
Spin the Time
Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
Heart Fact Families
Missing Addends
Roll, Add, Color
Roll, Subtract, Color
Decomposing Numbers
Heart Addition
Flower Subtraction
Heart Place Value
Measuring with Inches
Add or Subtract?
Greater Than/Less Than
Fractions
Addition within 20
Subtraction within 20
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Fifi absolutely L.O.V.E.S. it! With zero preparation required, just a simple click of the print button and we were rearing to go. I stapled the sheets together to keep them contained and printed a set for Koko too, to give him something different to do during his math lessons next week.
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Pop on over to Erin’s Teachers Pay Teachers Store and purchase the Valentines Day No Prep First Grade Math pack!

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