Which Core 0 subjects include Engine Rooms (lesson plans)?
We offer Engine Rooms (lesson plans) for Core 0 History, Geography and Science only. When Ivana first developed Love2Learn Curriculum, there were no plans to offer Grade 00 and Grade 0 Discipline Stuies, or Core 0 Studies, because we felt that children of this age should be playing, rather than be subjected to “formal education” so-to-speak. Over time, many parents who had older children who were using the “older” Cores and Grades approached us and requested Ivana to compile resources for their younger (pre-school) children. For some time Ivana resisted for the reasons already given, but eventually she decided to compile a list of resources across these ages; but again there was no intention of ever producing any Engine Rooms. Rather the idea was that parents would be able to use these resources as and when their children showed any interest, as opposed to this being a formal education sitting. i.e. if your child walks in carrying a grasshopper, you go to your Biology book on insects; a helicopter flies overhead, you go to your book Science and Technologybook on airplanes and helicopters etc. In time, parents continued to appeal for Engine Rooms for the Core 0 subjects. To cut a long story short, Ivana agreed to develop Engine Rooms for the three Core 0 subjects already stated, only, whilst at the same time incorporating Arts and Crafts and Hand-on Activities with these Core 0 subjects.
What subjects do you offer in pre-school / kindergarten?
Love2Learn Curriculum offers a very broad, rich and varied curriculum via a comprehensive range of resources from Grade 00 – British IGCSE (Grade 10 & 11) and ultimately AS-levels (Grade 12). Our pre-school offering covers from age 3 or 4 years upwards and is a combination of books as well as games. For ease of reference, please refer to our Price List. In Grade 00 we offer the following subjects:
Early English, Phonics, Reading and handwriting
Gross and Fine Motor Development
In Grade 0 we offer the following subjects:
Foundational Concepts And Early Handwriting
Phonics and Reading
In addition, in our range of Core 0 subjects (ages 3 – 7) we offer:
Arts & Crafts, Hands-On Activities
Bible and Character
Biology (Botany and Zoology)
Essential Material Kit
Science and Technology
In regard to our CORE PACKAGES (as an alternative to Core 0 Studies), we offer the following:
Core Package 3 – 5 Yearscomprises the following subjects:
Engine Room (Lesson Plans that span 36 schooling weeks)
Core Package 4 - 6 Yearscomprises the following subjects:
Engine Room (Lesson Plans that span 36 schooling weeks)
Core Package 5 - 7 Yearscomprises the following subjects:
Engine Room (Lesson Plans that span 36 schooling weeks)
How does Love2Learn Curriculum compare with other Curricula available from overseas?
Ivana who is the author of Love2Learn Curriculum can share the following with you… I wrote Love2Learn Curriculum many years back in order to “polyfilla” several holes I experienced homeschooling our own girls, and using a range of international curriculum materials. We do not wish to speak negatively of any curriculum out there, as we believe they all have their place and the Lord uses them all. So I will do my best to present to you the aspects of Love2Learn which you may find absent in other curricula, as fairly as possible.
Firstly, as far as we as a family (and curriculum provider) are concerned, homeschooling is not merely an educational alternative, but a ministry of discipleship to our children. We want to raise God-honouring children, who love and serve Him wholeheartedly, joyfully and passionately. We are not affiliated to any specific denomination. We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the inspiration of the Scriptures. Now - forgive the phrase - a bible-story-a-day and a few Christian biographies scattered here and there, was truly not my idea of a discipleship programme. I wanted a far more comprehensive tool with which to disciple our girls. So that was the first area I set about addressing. Then of course was my need for a comprehensive "character development" programme. We believe that the development of Christian character is not something left to chance, but the careful, gentle and purposeful honing of positive character traits. I found this absent in the curriculum I used; and so I ensured that it formed a very important part of our Bible programme. We offer daily reading of God’s Word, Inductive Bible Study Skills, Christian Biographies, Scripture memorisation set to music in some Cores, Prayer, Praise, Worship, Hands-On Bible Activities, Christian Character programmes, Faith development programmes and far more involved studies later on.
Secondly, my children knew more about the Rocky Mountains and George Washington than they did about Nelson Mandela and the Drakensberg Mountains. They were blissfully oblivious of the morphology, rivers, mountains, farming, settlement patterns etc. of our own Country…and hey…who was Shaka or Mandela for that matter. As proud South Africans our heritage is important, but I didn’t want to fall off the other end of the see-saw and forget about International History either. I believe in the chronological, systematic teaching of history, complete with timelines and map work. And so our history programme consists of a comprehensive International History Programme covering all periods from Ancient through to 20th Century History as one component and interspersed here and there with South African History as another.
Going on... one of the things I enjoyed in one particular Curriculum was their literature. Love2Learn too offers a very extensive literature programme for each successive Core - starting with Core 1 - and every Core Package. Sections of our literature dove-tail the history - as there is no better way to learn history than to “live it” through the literature. We also include award winning novels, "twaddle-free", wholesome literature, biographies, poetry and classics (both old and modern).
Next on the list was the need to satisfy my kinaesthetic, younger daughter, who couldn't sit still for a moment; and our visual, older daughter. If I could tally up all the hours I spent in the library, trying to research and tack on “hands-on” activities to one of the imported curriculums we used, it would amount to an absurd amount or time! Very few curricula (if any) cater for all three learning styles. (I couldn’t find one!) So I decided to create a curriculum that would simultaneously cater for Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic learners every lesson, every day for every Core subject. For example, a kinaesthetic learner is happy to learn about volcano’s, but they want to MAKE one. A visual learner wants to see a full colour picture of a volcano…and more than this, they want to see live footage of Mount St Helens erupting. An auditory learner wants to hear an interview with a person who was there at the time…or they want to hear themselves relate the incident (i.e. act out what they learned). So I proceeded to incorporate daily activities suited to all three learning styles into the lesson plans. This means that every day, Love2Learn families are learning out of full colour, living books; acting out, narrating, watching video clips or related internet material and making and doing with their hands.
Another hole I had to fill…was the lack of output from my children. If an education official were to visit our home and say ‘what did you do all year?’ I would have to reply… “See all these lovely books we bought overseas?…well, I read them aloud to my children.” Just imagine the reply: “That’s lovely… and what exactly did they DO in response to these books?” Lack of output was always an issue for me. And more so the lack of age-differentiated output. So I was always adding on to the Instructor’s Guide things for our children to do specifically in terms of written work…and then trying to make the written work age-appropriate. It just took so much TIME! So this was obviously an area I have tried to address within Love2Learn. Every day, our Engine Room (Lesson Plans for each subject), will tell you e.g. what a Grade 3 child should do versus a Grade 5 child.
More than this, I personally was very taken with Charlotte Mason’s methodology; and made a full study of her six volume series. I read endlessly and voraciously every piece of material I could find…this research extended over some seven or eight years. I have ensured that Love2Learn incorporates Charlotte’s principles in as pure a form as possible, remaining true to her philosophy of education. I simultaneously wanted to incorporate the rigor and thoroughness of a classical education. Fortunately there is a 90% overlap between Charlotte Mason principles and Classical Education. Love2Learn includes Latin studies from Grade 4; and Logic and Critical Thinking from Grade 0 through to high school, culminating in studies of Traditional and Material Logic. In additional formal courses in Aristotelian Rhetoric are undertaken in the upper high school years.
Then there was the fact that many subjects that we offer as stand-alone, very comprehensive subjects, were lumped together - not very satisfactorily - by other curricula. For example many of them group history and geography together. We consider map-work to be but one facet of geography; and consider it grossly insufficient to simply cover map work and consider ourselves to have completed geography! So we set about creating a very comprehensive Geography programme for every Core including astronomy, geology, physical geography, settlement and population geography etc. While we also offer a number of historical novels as part of our literature programme, we also offer a more formal study of History, systematically, period by period and so History is a totally separate programme (subject) too. However the two interlink at the appropriate points of timelines and map work.
Then Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Anatomy were grouped together under the topic of "science" by international curriculum providers. We approach this differently and offer Physics, Chemistry, Technology, Botany & Zoology, Human Anatomy and Physiology as stand-alone subjects in the higher grades and Science, Biology, Technology and Anatomy as stand-alone subjects in the lower grades. Where our competitors were prescribing only one book to cover ALL of this in the lower grades, we supply a fully comprehensive range of books (all full colour), together with our Engine Rooms (Lesson Plans) - sometimes involving five or six books for a subject. We do not believe in evolution and our lesson plans are built around beautiful, Christian Resources wherever possible (including Apologia in the higher grades.)
Music and Art were considered subjects one tacks on as “enrichment” by the curriculum I originally used. At Love2Learn we offer these as a standard part of our Core Studies, as we believe they are very important to a well-rounded education; and in fact our students from Core 4 upwards are able to write UNISA exams for music. This is very much a Charlotte Mason and classical education principle.
But there were STILL issues... I had a major issue with my children completing the final years of the imported curriculum and ending school without a recognised school-leaving certificate. In South Africa, a new law is being passed which stipulates that you may no longer gain access to a University via the avenue of an “Entrance Exam”. The principle being that you need to gain a recognised Matriculation pass which entitles you entrance to a University in South Africa. This is why Love2Learn offers comprehensive support for independent students wishing to write IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-Levels (Grade 12), via Imperial International College - Online Education for High School, a division of Love2Learn. We offer a far more extensive, (and more beautiful, full-colour etc…) range of books for these senior levels than the colleges. We have a range of sub-contracted tutors, many are extensively qualified and have been teaching for years, with enormous success - some even at full A-Level (Post-Matric/Grade 13) standard. In addition, through our association with a registered Cambridge Centre in Randburg, Gauteng, we are able to offer our independent students access to laboratory practicals. Our IGCSE and AS-Level courses include more (and if we may humbly say… better) books, assessments and tests - marked externally by our tutors, as well as telephonic and e-mail support and interaction via our online forum. From IGCSE onwards, our student taking six subjects for example, would write over 72 Assessments and past papers, before they go near a Cambridge examination sitting! All of these are marked externally.
Finally, while we offer British IGCSE and AS-levels, the Department of Basic Education has vetted Love2Learn and has mentioned that our standard is a comfortably ahead of the SA mainstream school system.We have similarly received reports from Departments of Education internationally stating that Love2Learn is the most comprehensive curriculum they have seen in twenty years of assessing home-schooling resources!
What Grades do you cover?
Love2Learn spans the years from kindergarten (Grade 00) for children from the age of approximately three years old, through lower primary, upper primary, lower high school and upper high school, culminating in British AS-Levels (equivalent to Grade 12/Matric), which are recognised by every single public university in South Africa, as well as a number of others around the world.
Is your curriculum closest to RSA, USA or UK curriculum?
Love2Learn is an international curriculum. The scope and sequence of the curriculum in the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada was researched and evaluated prior to the compilation of our curriculum. Love2Learn is truly international in flavour. However it culminates in British AS-Levels, which are considered to be of the finest school leaving qualifications in the world today. Love2Learn also incorprates aspects of South African History and Geography. Love2Learn is used by families in over 20 countries around the world.
"(My daughter) received her IGCSE results… She took 7 subjects, 5 of them using Love2Learn. We are delighted with her marks. For the subjects she did through Love2Learn, she got 3x A's & 2x A*."
Jenny (Lusaka, Zambia)
"I am loving the curriculum and spending constructive time with my boys! Even my two year old loves to participate!"
Leeann (Kwa-Zulu Natal, SA)
"We have been using your curriculum throughout our 7 years of homeschooling and have enjoyed every bit of it. The course is comprehensive and well sourced. We just received next year’s books and are always so excited to see what we have next!"
Cheryll (Perth, W. Australia)
"I love using your books in my home school group. I would recommend it to any one!"
Michelle F. (Zimbabwe)
"I just have to say thank you, for putting together a brilliant curriculum. I love using it and found my feet after only 3 weeks at it… I find it so do-able. God is good and His grace is enough."