Homeschooling and the 50 School Readiness Skills
Since 1993 tens of thousands of Practica families have been using Practica for homeschooling purposes, while others have been sending their children to nursery school during the week whilst playing Practica’s games after school and over weekends to augment their children’s development with more focused one-on-one attention.
The Practica Programme has stood the test of time because of its unique structure and playful, yet structured approach.
Following a daily or weekly lesson plan that isn’t presented as part of a clearly defined framework is demotivating because you end up feeling as if you’re going around in circles.
In contrast, Practica’s activities links to recognised developmental progressions to create one encompassing plan of action for developing your child in all areas, with clearly defined goals.
Knowing WHY you do things puts you in control of how you wire your child’s brain at every age.
Everything you do adds to your goal of systematically developing:
The complete set of 14 Fundamental Development Skills from birth to 23 months, and
The complete set of 50 School Readiness Skills between 2 and 7 years of age.
These 50 brain tools develop simultaneously as a child’s brain is wired from birth to 7 years of age.
Children naturally like to play games that they excel in, while activities that require using other developmental areas, which they are genetically weaker in, fall behind. This happens over time because children aren’t naturally interested in developing their weaker skills. And, to top it all, children and parents often share weaknesses.
This is why the Practica Programme provides a comprehensive kit, with all the toys and activities needed to monitor and develop every developmental area at every age.
The integration between Practica’s toys and the activities in the Parents’ Guide makes it easy to mix and match parts of toys to create enough games for developing everything at every age.
Parents love having a comprehensive kit because:
1.Having everything at hand results in spending minimal time on preparation.
2.A single, one off investment sets you up to support all your children.
3.Practica’s unique structure makes it possible to cover the complete set of 50 School Readiness Skills every week without spending more than an hour on structured activities a day. This will be 20 minutes if your children attend a preschool and you are therefore not homeschooling.
4.Constantly seeing the big picture of your child’s development enables you to adapt Practica’s activities to everyday situations so that you always have something fun to do.
5.You can get a sense of your child’s progress and adapt to his or her unique pace in different developmental areas by simply paying attention to how easy or difficult he or she finds the different kinds of activities. (No pressure or tests.)
The benefit of this level of control is that it enables you to pick up on inborn talents and weaker areas so that you can pay special attention to areas where your child may either be gifted, or in need of extra attention.
It’s impossible to monitor how each of the 50 school readiness skills develops in every individual child in schools and playgroups of 10 to 20 learners.
Children are understandably expected to adapt to the pace of the group.
In short: the 50 School Readiness Skills can only be optimally activated with age-appropriate, high-level, one-on-one activities.
Our goal is to help you to fully activate each of the 50 School Readiness Skills in your child to an excellent level during the first 7 years of life, when his or her brain development is most impressionable.
The programme is fully comprehensive up to Grade R level. However, if you’re planning to homeschool, please bear in mind that there are 4 learning experiences that will not automatically be covered by following the basic structure of the Practica Programme.
Homeschoolers therefore also need to provide the following:
1.Opportunities to play with other children in parallel-, associative- and cooperative play from 30 months onwards.
2.A daily musical experience where you spend a minimum of 5 minutes moving to the rhythm of musical recordings, singing together and/or listening to different genres.
3.Storytime and/or reading at least one storybook every day.
4.A focused approach to building your child’s general knowledge and religious experience against the backdrop of your child’s interests and your family’s culture and beliefs.
The Advisory Service is available to registered Practica Parents to help structure the above.
The Advisory Service ensures that you are always supported.
We provide practical advice, telephonic Red Flag Screens at any age from birth to 7, extra activities when needed, training and a school readiness test for each of your children, administered by registered therapists.