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Our Curriculum for 2015 – Grade 3

Dear Friends,

I apologize for not posting earlier this year.  We faced a few personal challenges in our family which has required a restructuring of our scheduled home-school calendar. Home-schooling is indeed a blessing in such times!

In February, we moved to the Fourways area of Johannesburg.  We now live amidst a backdrop of heavy traffic and ongoing roadworks.. the bliss of city life!  Even our faithful school companion, Prince is suffering from the stress here. He has developed bald spots on his otherwise sleek, immaculate and shiny coat.  When we gather in our sunny school room, however, the familiar routine of learning brings a sense of ease and calm into our days.  This year, we are attempting the Cambridge Primary core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science (Stage 3).  Our curriculum also includes Afrikaans, French, Art, Classical Music and Baking.

SUBJECTS Summary List for Grade 3 2015 - School of Gaby

In our home-school journey, it has become increasingly clear that I ( as the Facilitator ) am learning alongside my daughter. It may be more appropriate to change the name of our home-school to ‘School with Gaby”‘ versus ”School of Gaby”.

Details of the resources we are using will be posted shortly.

Until then, bye for now!

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Maths 2015 – Outline

As mentioned in the first post, Cambridge Primary Math Textbooks are not for home-school use. They are meant for Private Schools endorsed by The University of Cambridge to teach their curriculum and to assist students to prepare for the prestigious Cambridge qualifications… We are simply using their system to ensure that Gabs gets a high quality standard of education.  We will attempt to cover the following outline of this course this year in our homeschool:

Number

  • Number and the number system
  • Calculation – Mental strategies, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division

Geometry

  • Shapes and geometric reasoning
  • Position and movement

Measure

  • Money
  • Length, mass and capacity
  • Time

Handling data

  • Organizing, categorizing and representing data

Problem solving

  • Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems

For ease of use we are working through the work as suggested.

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Maths 2015

Math is a difficult subject in our home-school.. as a result I am constantly looking for easier ways to teach it to my little home-schooler. This year, after much encouragement from my husband to tackle Cambridge Primary Mathematics for Grade 3 (SA) or Year 3 (UK). Here are our initial impressions…

Firstly, do not panic when you open the Teacher’s Resource Guide. I must stress, there is no way around it… you need to use this guide.. and advance preparation is absolutely non-negotiable. I will admit, in comparison to other programs, this one really requires dedication and hard work by the parent! I have found it is less stressful and far easier to prepare the week’s lessons the weekend before instead of hastily doing it the night before (or the wee hours of the morning before school starts for the day).

That having been said, my daughter loves it!  There are games on a nearly daily basis to help understand difficult mathematical concepts. We actually have a few laughs during our maths lesson (gasp)…

The textbooks include a Teacher’s Resource Guide, a Learner’s Book and a Games Book (with a CD to print out all the games). I have also taken out an online platinum subscription with Twinkl for powerpoint presentations and additional support, which adds even more fun to the subject..

To be continued…