There is no one-size-fits-all curriculum because we have different learning styles, teaching styles, worldviews, values, educational needs, academic standards and goals! Choose an approach that is in the best interest of your child...

The various Teaching Methods or Approaches

The Conventional Text Book Approach
(also known as the Curricula or Structured or School-at-Home Approach)

Accelerated Christian Education  Theocentric Christian Education

1)  This is the method that most of us are familiar with and have been schooled in.

2)   Each subject is taught independently

3)   This method uses textbooks and/or workbooks

4)   Lesson planners & schedules are followed

5)   Exams and/or tests are often written on a regular basis

6)   Concrete sequential, visual learners do very well using this approach, the rest battle to cope!

EXAMPLES:

·     A Beka Book - Excellence in Education from a Christian Perspective. (www.abeka.com ; Tel: 011 802-4570)

·     Alpha Omega (http://www.aophomeschooling.com)

·     ACE - Accelerated Christian Education or School of Tomorrow. A workbook based Christian Curriculum up to matric level (www.schooloftomorrow.com ; Tel: 031 561-744)

·     Bob Jones University Press (http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com )

·     British International Distance College – Cambridge IGCSE and HIGCSE courses offered. (www.bidc.co.za Tel: 011 706-7199. E-mail: info@bidc.co.za )

·     Clonard - A secular textbook based South African curriculum up to Grade 9. (http://clonard.co.za ; info@clonard.co.za ; Tel: 031 764-6480)

·   Impak Formerly known as Delta for the English product - A Christian textbook and computer based curriculum available in both English and Afrikaans. (http://impak.co.za/en ; Tel: 087-150 2244. Email: info@impak.co.za )

·     Le-Amen – a textbook based curriculum up to I.E.B. matric. (http://www.le-amen.co.za ; Tel: 011 958-0532)

·     Moria An Afrikaans textbook based curriculum. All grades up to IEB Matric. (http://www.moriatuisskool.co.za ; Tel: 018 284-6504)

·     Theocentric Christian Education (http://homeschool-tce.co.za ; Tel: 021 557-2612; E-mail:TCEcc@mweb.co.za )

  SUPPLEMENTARY WORKBOOKS:

·     ANT BOOKS - Ready-made worksheets for the whole of the primary school, all subjects. (http://antbooks.co.za)

·   BASICALLY BOOKS – Reproducible Material Specialists. Supplementary workbooks for all levels and all subjects (except History). (http://www.basicallybooks.co.za - Online Store).

·     BEIT HASEFER - means House of the Book in Hebrew - Educational products, and personal service. (http://www.beithasefer.co.za ; Tel: 012 546-0701)

BOOKS TO READ:

  • School proof by Mary Pride
  • The Way Home by Mary Pride
  • All the Way Home by Mary Pride  

The Computer Based Approach

Hatfield Christian Online School SSir Tutoring via the Web WebLessons Online Tutoring

 

1)   Each subject is taught independently

2)   This method uses textbooks and/or workbooks content on computer

3)    Lesson planners & schedules are followed

4)    Exams and/or tests are often written on a regular basis

5)    Again concrete sequential, visual learners do well on this type of curriculm

EXAMPLES:

·     Brainline/Breinlyn - a computer based curriculum available in English and Afrikaans up to Grade 9; Cambridge IGCSE & HIGCSE courses available. (www.brainline.com ; Tel: 012 567-1111)

·     IMPAK-Onderwysdiens A Christian textbook and computer based curriculum available in both English and Afrikaans. (Tel: 012 664-2618/8552. Email: impak@mweb.co.za )

·     Kenweb - An Afrikaans textbook and computer based curriculum. Tel: 053 207-0045.

·     Switched On Schoolhouse - Alpha Omega Publications Switched On Schoolhouse curriculum provides families with an inter active home school curriculum in CD ROM format. (www.aop.com/HomeSchool/SOS/ )

SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMES:

·     Dorling Kindersley Educational CD’s

·     EDUQARE Supplementary computer programmes for perceptual training, reading, language, Maths, typing and computer skills in English and Afrikaans. Tel: 012 668-1804.  

 

The Classical Approach
(see www.geocities.com/Athens/8259/classic.htm )  

1)   This approach goes back to the old ways of teaching, concentrating on the basics, classic languages such as Latin & Greek, and higher order thinking skills.

2)   Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind.  The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study.  In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments.  In the high school years, they learn to express themselves.  This classical pattern is called the trivium.

3)   The first years of schooling are called the "grammar stage" The second phase of the classical education, the "Logic Stage”. The final phase of a classical education, the "Rhetoric Stage," builds on the first two.

4)   A classical education is more than simply a pattern of learning, though.  Classical education is language-focused; learning is accomplished through words, written and spoken, rather than through images (pictures, videos, and television).

5)   Concrete sequential, visual learners with a strong linguistic intelligence enjoy this curriculum

BOOKS TO READ (see www.amazon.com for reviews & by locally at www.kalahari.net ):

·     The Well-Trained Mind:  A Parents' Guide to Classical Education by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (www.susanwisebauer.com )

EXAMPLES:

·     Covenant Home Curriculum A Christian classical approach curriculum, complete K-12. (www.covenanthome.com ; educate@covenanthome.com )

·     Tree of Life (www.sws.nb.ca/treeoflife )

·     Tanglewood Education (http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com )

 

The Unit Study Approach
(see www.geocities.com/Athens/8259/unitstud.htm )

Footprints On Our Land

 

1)   A way of integrating most, if not all subjects under a single topic of study.

2)   E.g. while studying “Horses” the following subject areas could be covered:
Language – Read Black Beauty, compile a vocabulary list of unknown words  & write an essay with an animal as narrator
Science & Biology – The evolution & anatomy of the horse; different horse breeds
History – Industrial Revolution, research the coal mines and use of ponies & child labour
Geography – Identify regions where the first wild horses roamed and wild horses still are today; Identify London on the World Map
Hands-on – help-out at riding stables for a month

3)   The unit study approach is a very natural way of learning & appeals to most learners, but especially to the abstract sequentials (researchers) and kinaesthetic (hands-on) learners.

EXAMPLES:

BOOKS TO READ:

  • Beyond Survival by Diana Waring
  • How to create your own Unit Study by Valerie Bendt

 

The Delayed Academics Approach (vs the Accelerated Education Approach)
See  The Moore Foundation (www.moorefoundation.com )

 

BOOKS TO READ:

  • The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook - Raymond and Dorothy Moore
  • Better Late than Early  - Raymond and Dorothy Moore
  • Home Style Teaching - Raymond and Dorothy Moore
  • Minding Your Own Business – Raymond and Dorothy Moore  

 The Charlotte Mason Approach
(see www.members.aol.com/beeme1/index.html & http://www.christianity.com/cmason/)

 

Based on core subjects and incorporates the fine arts. Children deal directly with "whole or real books" (reference books & classic literature), music and art.

EXAMPLES:

  • Ambleside Online - A free internet curriculum based on Charlotte Mason's philosophies (http://amblesideonline.homestead.com/Booklist.html )
  • Five In A Row - A step-by-step instructional guide using outstanding children's literature for children ages 5 – 9 (www.fiveinarow.com )
  • Little Footprints - A South African Literature based Unit Study for 5 – 9 year olds (www.south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com  Tel: 021 712-6747 or 084 506 6474; email: footprints@south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com )
  • Footprints on our Land A Literature based Unit Study using SA History as backbone but covering all core subjects for Gr. 3 and up (www.south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com  Tel: 021 712-6747 or 084 506 6474; email: footprints@south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com )
  • Footprints into the 21st Centuryfor young adults wanting to continue their studies of South Africa, including natural science, faith building and financial management  Found it to be best suited for young adults 12 – 16 yrs of age. (www.south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com  Tel: 021 712-6747 or 084 506 6474; email: footprints@south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com )
  • Love2Learn A SA Christian Literature based curriculum, using living books instead of text books to cover all subject areas individually but employing a one-room schoolhouse approach for Gr 00 right through high school to Cambridge IGCSE and ultimately AS- and A-Levels (e-mail: info@love2learn.co.za / visit: www.love2learn.co.za / Call: 011-465 6049  or  083 222 6031) 
  • Sonlight Curriculum Ltd Literature Rich Homeschooling for Pre-K until Grade 12. Email Wendy Young for a free catalogue at wendyyoung@sonlight.com 
  • Tanglewood Education (http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com )

BOOKS TO READ:

  • Charlotte Mason Original Home Schooling Series (online) http://server3001.freeyellow.com/baty/page1.htm
  • The Original Homeschooling Series by Charlotte Mason - The 6 volume set of her original works. Titles are Home Education; Parents and Children; School Education; Ourselves; Formation of Character; Philosophy of Education.
  • Charlotte Mason Companion - Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola. Karen is a giant in the world of reviving Miss Masons philosophy of education. In this hefty book she draws on her 10 years of studying how to implement this philosophy in our homes anywhere in the world
  • A Pocketful of Pinecones - A book on Nature Study the Charlotte Mason way by Karen Andreola. This is written in the form of a  novel based on a family who is just moving into homeschooling, the trials they go through but liberally doused with quotes and methodology a la Charlotte Mason.
  • Charlotte Mason Study Guide - A Simplified Approach to a “Living” Education by Penny Gardner.  Written by a mom of 6 children who has been implementing the Charlotte Mason Philosophy since 1994. The book is a help for those wanting to work through the Original Homeschooling Series written by Charlotte Mason. But even if you don’t own the 6 volume set this book is a wealth of Charlotte Mason’s wisdom and is arranged topically. Some study titles are : The Child; Habits and Character; Ideas, Sustenance of life; The Way of Reason; The Arts and the Three R’s, but to mention a few. 
  • Wild Days: Creating Discovery Journals by Karen Skidmore Rackliffe - An inspiring book written by a mom of 7 children. She tells how she implemented nature study, how to go about it, what tools you’ll need. Also how nature study is linked into maths, science, language arts and history and geography.
  • Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson - The most wonderful book which we believe every homeschool family should have a copy of. It discusses everything that you need to know about homeschooling to learning styles and how to put your own curriculum together. 
  • A Living Education by Wendy Young is written for  mothers who need to know  how to get started in their journey and for existing homeschoolers wanting new vision and direction. (Tel: 021 712-6747 or 082 901 8686; email: pschool@mweb.co.za )
  • For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauly

READ ALOUD BOOK LISTS:

http://www.classicalhomeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html  
Classical Christian Education 1000 Good Books List
http://amblesideonline.homestead.com/Booklist.html
Ambleside Online Book List http://members.aol.com/BeeME1/bookstore.html
Twaddle Free Living Books for Children
www.sonlight.com see their Basic Curriculum for Read-Alouds by Grade  

 

The Unschooling Approach (or Delight Directed Approach)
(see www.geocities.com/Athens/8259/unskool.html
 and for
Christian Unschooling: www.christian-unschooling.comwww.inspirit.com.au/unschooling/  )

 

You follow your children's natural interests & curiosities to educate them.
Also see: Unschooling Defined

 

BOOKS TO READ:

  • The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffiths

  • Christian Unschooling : Growing Your Children in the Freedom of Christ by Teri J. Brown, Elissa M. Wahl 

  • The Relaxed Home School by Mary Hood

  • The Joyous Home School by Mary Hood  

 

Eclectic (Mix 'n match)  

Curriculum 2005 (http://education.pwv.gov.za ; Tel: 012 312 5911)  

  

Matric  
 
  • ACE - Accelerated Christian Education or School of Tomorrow. A workbook based Christian Curriculum up to matric level (www.schooloftomorrow.com ; Tel: 031 561-744)

  • Damelin - correspondence courses for Grade 10 and G.D.E. Matric. Tel: 011 403-7112; 043 742-0235

  • Impak / Delta Tel: 012 664-2618/8552. Email: impak@mweb.co.za

  • Intec- Grades 10-12 correspondence courses.  www.intec.edu.za Tel: 041 373 3771

  • Le-Amen a textbook based curriculum up to I.E.B. matric. Tel: 011 958-0532.

  • Lyceum College- correspondence courses. Tel: 0800 114244.

  • Moria An Afrikaans textbook based curriculum. All grades up to IEB Matric.
    Tel: 018 284-6504

 

 

Cambridge University Entrance Exams
(See www.ucles.org.uk and www.cie.org.uk )

British International Distance College

IGCSE stands for International General Certificate of secondary Education.  It is administered by UCLES (University of Cambridge local examination Syndicate) in the UK.  It is equivalent to Std 9 and is accepted by our local Technikons as well as internationally.  In British terms it is equivalent to 'O' levels which is GCSE in England. With IGCSE you can get admission to a Technikon.

The next level is HIGCSE or AS Levels which is between British O and A levels. These courses are developed for the international market and both IGCSE and HIGCSE are written outside England. HIGCSE and AS Levels are accepted by South African Universities.

You may go directly to www.cie.org.uk and download the course of study and recommended text books titles (these you can order through Amazon.com) or use one of the Providers below (which will offer you more support than if you "go it alone"). Note that there is a "Checkpoint" curriculum on the aforementioned website that will help you prepare your child for the transition to IGCSE.

  • British International Distance College Cambridge IGCSE and HIGCSE courses offered. (www.bidc.co.za Tel: 011 706-7199. E-mail: admin@bidc.co.za )
     

  • Brainline/Breinlyn - A computer based curriculum available in English and Afrikaans up to Grade 9; Cambridge IGCSE & HIGCSE courses available. (www.brainline.com ; Tel: 012 567-1111)
     

  • Delta / Impak - Tel: 012 664-2618/8552. Email: impak@mweb.co.za
     

  • Love2Learn - Offers Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE and AS- and A-Levels including a Tutor and Assessment Support Service with the help of Cambridge University-trained Tutors that are part of St. Stithians A-Levels College. (e-mail: info@love2learn.co.za / visit: www.love2learn.co.za / Call: 011-465 6049  or  083 222 6031)

 

 

Other Curricula by subject
PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULA
ABC Fun & 1-2-3


Many of the Curricula on the previous page have a Kindergarten programme and some even a pre-school one too. The following however are available locally and are specifically designed for little ones from the age of two years onwards:

    ABC Fun & 1-2-3 - a practical guide for teaching preschoolers the alphabet and numeracy www.shirleys-preschool-activities.com/abc-fun.html or or 084 506 6474; email shirley@shirleys-preschool-activities.com

·     Before Five In A Row  - A treasury of creative ideas to inspire learning readiness for children ages 2 – 4. ( www.fiveinarow.com )

·     EDUFUN Supplementary worksheets and ideas for English, Afrikaans and Maths; comprehensive pre-school programme; flannelboard pictures. Tel: 011 792-2645.

·     Five In A Row - A step-by-step instructional guide using outstanding children's literature for children ages 5 – 9. ( www.fiveinarow.com )

·     Hands on Home-Schooling - A great file of ideas to prepare your 2 - 4 year old child for his/her school years. (www.handsonhomeschooling.co.za ; email: jwicks@absamail.co.za )

      Little Footprints - A Literature based Unit Study on SA’s History for 5 – 9 year olds. (www.south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com  Tel: 021 712-6747 or 084 506 6474; email: footprints@south-african-homeschool-curriculum.com )

 

LANGUAGE (PHONICS & GRAMMAR) CURRICULA
Reading Zone  Klein Pelgrim New Era Languages Phonix In A Box Card Games

·     Letterland - (www.letterland.com ; Tel: 011 469 0002)

·     Explode the Code, Wordly Wise (www.epsbooks.com )

·     Sing, Spell, Read & Write Interactive Phonics program (www.singspell.com )

·     Reading Reflex - Phono-graphix method for teaching your child to read. (http://www.readamerica.net/page9alink.asp)

·     Learning Language Arts Through Literature - (www.cspress.com/ ; Tel: 033 502-6781; oikos@iafrica.com )

·   Great Adventures in Editing Series - (Tel: 033 502-6781; oikos@iafrica.com )

·    Wordsmith Series - (Tel: 033 502-6781; oikos@iafrica.com )

·    The Three R's - (Tel: 033 502-6781; oikos@iafrica.com )

·     The Moore McGuffey Readers - (Tel:033 - 502 9050/1; oikos@iafrica.com )

·     Spelling Power (www.castlemoyle.com )

·     Universal Systems of Education -  (New Era Language Courses), P.O. Box 459, Wendywood, 2144, Tel: 011 802-8610, Fax: 011 804-4355, Email: newera.cc@eafrica.com

·     Adrio Verspreiders Afrikaans Eerste Taal (Gr 6 -12); English Second Language (Gr 8 – 11) www.mb.lia.net/adrio  

 

MATHS CURRICULA
Singapore Maths

 

 

Somerset Science Materials Bushytale Magazine Learn-A-Long Computer Games Jonginenge Outdoor Education

What to do now!  

1)       Research your curriculum choice on the provider's website

2)   Request a catalogue

3)   Talk to other users

4)       If possible join a discussion group for that particular curriculum

5)       Try to see a hard copy of the curriculum

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