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What does Love2Learn's English Literature consists of?

Our English Literature does not include Literature analysis, rather it is supplied to fulfil the following purposes:

  1. Develop a love of reading.
  2. Widen horizons.
  3. Expose students to classics, including Shakespeare.
  4. Incorporate biographies.
  5. Includes historical literature.
  6. Expose students to award-winning and modern classics.

In all of this we also endeavour to steer clear of literature that is full of goblins, witches, spells and the like!

I don't want to portray History to my children in any way that contradicts the Bible or discounts God – what can I do?

Personally, we couldn't agree more. We’ve also discussed this as well as the whole issue of Australopithecus, Homos Erectus, etc.with a close friend and mentor who happens to be our Pastor; and he is also the Chairman of the South African Theological Seminary (SATS). All we can do, when surrounded with views that do not coincide with our own, is present the material from a biblical perspective. We encourage you to see it as a wonderful opportunity to build truth into your child’s life and recognise it as an object lesson opportunity.

What subjects would we need to cover (as a minimum) in terms of what the South African DoE requires?

In terms of “compulsory” subjects, from Grade 4 onwards - up to and including Grade 9 - (and with a view to prepare for IGCSE and AS-Levels, viz. Grades 10 – Grade 12/Matric - which we offer via our other division - Imperial International College - www.iic-online.com), the Department of Education in South Africa requires that a student should ideally be covering the following six subjects as  a minimum:

1.       English 1st Language
2.       Afrikaans (1st or 2nd Language) or French (these are the two 2nd language options that L2L offers)
3.       Mathematics
4.       Social Science (History + People side of Geography)
5.       Natural Science (Science side of Geography + Biology + Science)
6.       Life Skills

Love2Learn Curriculum offers a significantly broader selection of subjects and “enrichment” type subjects, e.g. Bible and Character, English Literature, Critical Thinking, Art and Music, Economics/Business Studies, Technology, Latin, Gardening, Cooking, Digital Photography and a host of “other” language options; which, although they are not fully-fledged the way English, Afrikaans and French are, they are certainly enriching and will help in terms of getting children conversant ultimately.

Whose Curriculum does Love2Learn use for Bible, History, Geography, English, Biology, Technology etc.

No one else's. We source resources from a host of suppliers - both locally and internationally; and each of these subjects is our own unique compilation.
In the compilation of Love2Learn Curriculum, Ivana (Author), studied curriculum from USA, Canada, UK, Australia as well as South Africa; and from there she formalised the scope and sequence of Love2Learn, from Grades 00 - Grade 9.
For Grades 10 -12 (IGCSE and AS-Levels), we have designed our support for independent (homeschooled) students in line with the syllabus as published by Cambridge.  

What are the “Extra set of consumable workbooks for sibling”/ “Ekstra stel werboeke vir broers en susters” listed on the Price List?

It is a criminal offence to photostat books without permission from the Publisher/Author; so rather than insist that you purchase two or three of the same complete subjects for each of your children (assuming that they are doing the same Grade together) we have compiled a pack that includes just the consumable resources that make up part of a given subject, for our families to purchase. The “text” books that make up the balance of the subject can be shared.
This is also helpful where you have a younger sibling coming through the ranks – assuming that the books are still in print - you need only order the “Extra set of consumable workbooks” when they come to do the subject their older sibling has already completed. Again, this allows for a significant amount of amortisation of your costs as you progress down the years; and is a far more cost effective way of home-schooling, when compared with having to reorder the complete subject for each child.

Why does Love2Learn advocate the study of Latin?

  • It is estimated that over fifty percent of English words have their roots in Latin.  A study of Latin will render your child more proficient in the English language. Research has shown that performance on standardized tests increases markedly in students who take Latin.
  • If your child ultimately decides to study law, medicine, zoology, anatomy, theology, and many other disciplines they will be very well prepared by studying Latin.
  • The study of Latin provides an understanding of the impact the classical cultures had on our modern culture. We see this in our architecture, the names of plants and constellations, our political structures, and Latin expressions that are simply carried over into our language.
  • Students of Latin are trained in a method of rigorous analysis. The ability that is acquired in doing this is not limited to Latin. The study of Latin equips young minds to encounter unfamiliar material in a disciplined way. Latin trains the student in the essentials of scientific method: observation, comparison, and generalization.  In other words, it is a great tool to teach critical thinking.
  • Romance languages such as French, Spanish and Italian, are direct descendants of Latin. The study of Latin is a very appropriate introduction to modern language study. Love2Learn offers French as a school-leaving credit.
  • Love2Learn families often ask “How many years of Latin is enough?”  Even a year of Latin has an impact!  A student need stay with the formal study of Latin after they matriculate. It is still a great ongoing benefit to them. The study of Latin grammar is also a great help in understanding the nature of grammar, which carries over well into English.
  • Love2Learn offers 7 years of Latin, commencing in Grade 4 and ending in Grade 10.
  • You can commence Latin at any stage along the way, even with no prior experience! Love2Learn will place you at the correct commencement Level.  While you may not complete all the possible years of Latin available, even a foundational study of Latin is of enormous benefit.

What Maths and English Language programmes does Love2Learn provide?

Love2Learn does not offer a particular "pre-packaged" Mathematics or English curriculum; instead we have developed a specialised selection of resources for each of these subjects. The reasons for this are as follows...

Love2Learn Mathematics:
Firstly, the scope and sequence of our Mathematics is designed to achieve specific criteria, build number concepts etc.
Secondly, we recognise the fact that children learn differently from one another.  Even in one family, two children will not learn Mathematics in the same manner and a resource that works well with one child may not work at all with their sibling.
Consequently, we have selected a range of materials that approach the teaching of Maths from diverse angles. 
This is beneficial from two perspectives:
1. It helps the parent to use a resource suited to their child’s learning style. 
2. It trains children to answer mathematics problems posed from all sorts of angles using different wording each time. (Children sometimes fall into a comfort zone when they become too accustomed to a single Maths curriculum and wording style.)

We incorporate the South African CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement) into our curriculum in order to ensure that we offer a curriculum that is above reproach from a Dept. of Education perspective. Although we comfortably meet the minimum requirements of CAPS, we exceed this through the incorporation of a host of additional resources that are designed to build speed, comprehension and confidence from foundational concepts such as bonds, tables, fractions etc. onwards.
What is important to point out is that we are not grooming our students for the SA mainstream NSC Matric (National Senior Certificate); instead, we are grooming them for the prestigious British IGCSE and AS-levels, (Grades 10 – 12). AS-Levels (Grade 12) is recognised as of the highest standards of Matric offered in the world - which is where Love2Learn Curriculum students ultimately culminate, through our other division - Imperial International College - www.iic-online.com.

Love2Learn English:
Like our Mathematics offering, our Love2Learn English is also an amalgamation of tailored resources.
Grade 0 starts laying the foundation for Phonics and Reading. By the time a child reaches Grade 1 they need to have acquired a basic level of reading skill.
In Grade 1 children commence formal Grammar studies, Creative Writing (Character, Setting, Plot, Structure etc.), Formal Comprehension, Phonics, Spelling Tests, Poetry, Copy work etc.
Our Grade 1 standard is very high and assumed children can already read and recognise 3-letter words; and our Grade 0 English builds into this.
The various Grade levels then follow-on from there, ultimately building into and - as with our Mathematics - is designed to prepare students for the prestigious British IGCSE and AS-Levels (Grades 10-12) Examinations, through our other diviosn - Imperial International College - www.iic-online.com.

What Language Arts programme does Love2Learn Curriculum follow?

Language arts is extremely important. From a classical education perspective, the skilful employment of language is paramount. We seek to provide resources that will help to train eloquent orators who write in elegant and vigorous English. To this end we have designed our own Language arts programme, consisting of numerous resources from various suppliers worldwide. In general a language arts year will consist of spelling and phonics (lower grades), grammar, vocabulary building, comprehension, writing and composition, poetry, speech etc. For those families seeking a rigorous classical education approach - including sentence diagramming and more - we offer a comprehensive programme. Keep in mind that the latter approach will prepare your child for a liberal arts/classics education while more than adequately preparing them to write IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-levels (Grade 12). We would point out that different books are used for preparation in the final three years of high school - IGCSE and AS-Levels.

How does Love2Learn’s Maths Curriculum compare with other Curricula offered in the market place?

Love2Learn does not offer a particular maths curriculum. In preference to this approach we have developed a specialised selection of resources in recognition of the fact that children learn differently from one another. Even in one family two children will not learn mathematics in the same manner; and a resource that works well with one child may not work at all with their sibling. We have selected a range of materials that approach the teaching of maths from diverse angles. This is beneficial from two perspectives. Firstly, it helps the parent to use a resource suited to their child’s learning style. Secondly, it trains children to answer mathematics problems posed from all sorts of angles using different wording each time. Children sometimes fall into a comfort zone when they become too accustomed to a single maths curriculum and wording style. We incorporated the South African CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) into our curriculum in order to ensure that we offer a curriculum that is above reproach from a Dept. of Education perspective. Although we comfortably meet the minimum requirements of CAPS, we exceed this through the incorporation of a host of additional resources that are designed to build speed, comprehension and confidence from foundational concepts such as bonds, tables, fractions etc. onwards. What is important to point out is that we are not grooming our students for the SA Matric, we are grooming them for the demanding and prestigious standard of British IGCSE and AS-levels (Grades 10 – 12/Matric), which is where Love2Learn Curriculum ultimately culminates.

How does Love2Learn Curriculum cover South African Geography?

We cover SA Geography as part of Geography Map work and it also is covered partially as part of History and Social Sciences in terms of the CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement) books that we’ve incorporated into Love2Learn Curriculum. We also deal with SA Geography in terms of all the Provinces, their weather and what each one is “famous” for, viz. landmarks, natural resources, cities etc.

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