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bush birthday for a boy

March 3rd, 2010, posted in Home Schooling

Celebrate a 6yr old boy’s birthday in the bush

“So what kind of cake would you like for your party?” ‘A dragonfly, please Mom.’
“Ok” and that was the beginning of planning Joshua’s themed party.

The edible ticks are buns with slices of cheese as the legs!

We played unravel the spider web, pin the spider to the web and had a treasure hunt for toy insects! Fun was had by all! More photos will go on our facebook page… The weather was a typical summer’s day & we had a swim in the pool too! Even though there were only a handful of children, there was lots to do and great excitement – the way birthday parties should be!


treasure hunting


The Birthday Boy loves insects of all shapes and sizes, so we read about them, draw them and observe them. When we take a walk on the reserve, he will find spiders, tiny bright green species in hidden webs, and large bark spiders on the trunks of trees, we listen to the chips of crickets and we can’t help notice the shrill of the cycadas! Somehow, we do bring home pepper ticks at least once a week in summer too! Our garden is a fenced part of the Nyala breeding camp, so toktokkies come and go as they please, millipedes are common and we have a series of scorpion burrows as well, so our life is full of arthropods!

Round 1

January 12th, 2010, posted in Home Schooling

Home Schooling a Five year old:

Round 1 has started, we took our first steps yesterday and it was a challenge! I have allocated Joshua a table and chair in my office and a set of drawers for his books and stationery.

Counting went well as did tracing his name and numbers.

We are busy with Maths – holding up fingers, using stickers and actual objects around the house to match the quantity to the digit. We break and get stuck into reading, I take 3 letters and 1 vowel that he already recognizes and play; I spy with my little eye, something that begins with “s”.  Joshua copies the letters I have written in his excercise book and we write his first word – os – which is Afrikaans for ox! By this time, I need a tea break – it’s hot today!

After the break, we read about plants and how they grow, then I ask Joshua to load the hand spades in his wheel barrow.  I have some transparent containers that we fill with a few stones, then some mowed lawn cuttings and head down to the vegetable garden for some good soil!  While we are digging up the soil, we find an earth worm and a short biology lesson follows about why earthworms are good for our vegetable garden soil and what they do and what they eat – all promoted by the onslaught of questions from my very curious son!  I allow Joshua to push some holes into the soil and to plant a variety of vegetables, which he covers with a light layer of soil and waters them.

We break and we do a bit of  colouring in – I need to recap and check if he knows his colours in Afrikaans! My son knew all his shapes and colours at the age of 3 (we had an issue with red& green and thought he may be colour-impaired at one stage), but now we have chosen to teach him in Afrikaans and that means all basics need to be learnt all over again! Besides purple and grey, he got them all!

Shew, time for lunch and his first day at home-school is done!

Choosing the Curriculum

October 14th, 2009, posted in Home Schooling

Of course, the first thing we want is for Joshua to have an education that would be accepted by tertiary education, internationally recognised and of a high standard.  So now we have the researching task of finding the best curriculum available to us!