2013/2014 Planning ~ Grade 1 Curriculum

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Koko finished Grade R in the middle of August and I since been busy sorting out our school area and new school routine. Our curriculum arrived yesterday and I am quite chuffed that I can now officially get started on planning our first term, which starts on October 1st.

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This is everything he requires for the year (I didn’t order counters again as we have from previous curriculum purchases).

Reading (There are a total of 43 readers for Grade 1)
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English (The Lotto cards are essentially flashcard words with corresponding pictures)
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Math
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Miscellaneous Subjects (The flash cards belong with the Maths books)
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Additional items in the box
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My Curriculum Manual, Admin and Continuous Assessment Forms (which gets sent in at the end of the school year)
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The girls also wanted a photo with the curriculum box, LOL
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2013/2014 Planning Posts

  • New circle time schedule
  • Craft Stick Math Manipulatives
  • The end of Grade R

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    Koko finished Grade R (South Africa’s version of Kindergarten) and I got all my documentation completed on Friday. Koko is officially done with the Clonard curriculum. I’m very proud of him. We have ordered, and paid for, the Grade 1 curriculum. Once they have received Koko’s assessments and all the accompanying documentation, our Grade 1 Curriculum will be sent to us.

    Until then, I’ve made him Monster Workbooks (post on that coming soon) that he will be working on in the mean time as well as additional resources pulled from the internet (Thank you Pinterest!!!) while I get reacquainted with the Grade 1 Curriculum and plan our new school year. Koko will officially start Grade 1 on 1 October 2013, which is also the start of the Provincial Schools 4th term. So we are technically 1 term ahead of main stream schooling. Our Summer/Christmas holiday will start on 4 December 2013 and we’ll start up again on 15 January 2014 (start of the Provincial School 1st term).

    During this time I am also going to start Planning Fifi’s new school year. I want them to start on the same day. She’ll be starting Pre-K in October.

    Pixie will still be working on Totschool activities which will be planned during this time too.

    I am so so excited to get the new school year planned. I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas morning!!!

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    Curriculum Review – Clonard Home Education: Grade 1

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    Clonard Home Education is a complete South African curriculum that covers all the work necessary to complete grade 1. We started using Clonard in January 2009 and we have been really happy with it. We will be using the Clonard Home Education curriculum for the foreseeable future.

    I really love the fact that the curriculum comes with manuals and that there is also a book which indicates the order the workbooks, work sheets and readers need to be completed in. As a first time homeschooler, I found this incredibly useful and helpful.

    The quality of the work is excellent, though we did find minor spelling errors in a couple of the readers. Noo particularly enjoyed the maths and he seems to have a very special gift for it.

    I didn’t use the Clonard Home Education reading program until well into the third quarter of the year. I personally felt the need to teach reading phonetically and used the Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons reading program, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. Once we finished the “Teach your child to read” program, he flew through the Clonard Home Education graded readers faster than I initially expected.

    This insert was taken directly from the Clonard Home Education website:

    GRADES R, 1, 2 AND 3 (Grade “R” is the South African equivalent of Kindergarten)

    This is the right place to start. Young children benefit enormously from the one-on-one attention they get from their parents in a non-threatening environment.
    The CLONARD curriculum is well supported with detailed instructions on what to do.
    § The Teachers Manual in each grade tells you exactly how to teach your child to read, to write and to do number work.
    § The Parents Guide deals with a number of topics related to the development of the child.
    § Assessment is done by our teachers at the end of the course.
    § Parents fill in a daily record book documenting the child’s progress throughout the year.
    § The Grade R is combined with Grade 1 so the course is suitable for children from 5 years of age.
    § Reading is taught by the phonetic method with between 25 and 30 phonetic reading books in each of the 3 grades.
    § Registration can take place at any time during the year.

    GRADES 4 to 7

    These grades are very successful in the home schooling environment and we are pleased with how well parents cope with them.
    § The Teachers Manual gives instructions on the teaching of the subjects and provides a work schedule for each week.
    § Our teachers set and mark the exams and write the reports. Exams are written at mid-year and year-end.
    § Registration for Grades 4 to 7 can take place at any time in the year – pupils simply start from Week 1 and write exams after weeks 18 and 36.
    § Particular emphasis is placed on the acquisition of essential skills in English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Science, Biology and Geography.
    § We aim to provide these children with a strong foundation for later years, rather than simply teaching facts.

    GRADES 8 AND 9

    § The work in these grades is more advanced and many parents feel daunted by the task. Most parents, however, succeed very well with the aid of our material and helpline.
    § The Teachers Manual gives instructions on the teaching of the subjects and provides a work schedule for each week.
    § Our teachers set and mark the exams and write the reports. Exams are written at mid-year and year-end
    § It is not a self-study course.
    § There is a work schedule for each of the subjects.
    § Exams, set by our qualified teachers, are sent twice in the year to the parents.
    § It is advised that the Grade 8 and 9 years follow the calendar year for logistical reasons. Learners will need to enrol for Grade 10 at another institution, which must be done the beginning of the calendar year.
    § Umalusi provisional accreditation pending.

    TESTING AND REPORTING

    Grade 1 to 3 – Continuous assessment and assessment exams at year-end. Report and certificate issued.
    Grade 4 to 8 – Continuous assessment and exams twice a year. Reports issued twice a year.
    Grade 9 – Continuous assessment and exams twice a year. Portfolio of Evidence to be submitted with year-end exams for reporting.

    GRADE 10 TO 12
    We do not provide Grade 10, 11 and 12. Our learners have various options for these 3 grades; British International Distance College, any other FET College or a High School.

    British International Distance College – www.bidc.co.za
    BIDC provides the British alternative to the South African school career
    011 – 706 7199
    bidc@mweb.co.za

    Damelin:
    0860 616 161

    Intec:
    0800 012 311

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    Summer Break is upon us

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    In just 6 short days we’ll be taking our summer break, which will last for one week before we officially start Grade 2. Noo is super excited to get started and I am already getting our lesson plans ready for the first month. I plan a month’s worth of lessons at a time, that way I know exactly what is going to happen on which day. Some lessons might take longer or shorter than initially expected, but that’s ok. With homeschooling we can be as flexible as the situation requires.

    This week Noo will be finishing his readers for grade 1 and completing his assessments for the fourth term. On Thursday and Friday he will be completing the in depth assessments which will be mailed to Clonard Home Education (our curriculum providers) for grading. These assessments will be sent to them with the quarterly assessments, attendance register, Continuous Assessment booklet (which I complete as we go along) and the Daily planner (which I also complete). Once they have gone through his assessment papers and my books, we will receive these back with a certificate of completion for Grade 1.

    Box day – Noo’s Grade 2 Curriculum has arrived

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    Noo’s curriculum arrived today and OMGsh there are 8 math workbooks. He just about keeled over from excitement when he saw those, LOL.

    I’m super excited to share what we have received. Christmas came early for me today. *giggle*

    We use the Clonard Home Education curriculum

    Our Box
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    Math Books (The Get Ahead box has a CD full of Math games – Its not part of the curriculum)
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    Counters
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    Language (Phonix in a Box is not part of the curriculum)
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    Readers
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    Misc subjects, the dot to dot should actually go with the math stuff, shouldn’t it, LOL
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    My manuals, register and assessments
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    Some extra goodies
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    Noo’s Reading

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    Noo’s reading has come along in leaps and bounds. I’m thrilled that the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons program is working so well. I recommend it to anyone who wants a comprehensive program to teach reading.

    Watch the video of Noo reading here!

    We are almost finished with the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons program and will then go over to the Clonard Education curriculum readers. He is so excited to be starting on his readers, as am I. We have 12 school days left before we go on a 2 week break. During our break I will be planning our themes for the third term and we will then go down to the Vaal River to visit my Gran (a.k.a. Granny by the river).
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