We provide a comprehensive educational stimulation programme with fun activities for use by busy parents
and teachers of children from birth up to 7 years of age.

Our kit comprises of a set of printed user guides that explain what to teach your child and when to do it,
plus a complete set of toys that are integrated with the books.

Die Practica Program is ook volledig in AFRIKAANS beskikbaar.

The Practica Programme consists of:

1. The complete set of 8 Practica Parents’
Guides covering the 14 Fundamental Areas of
Development from birth to 23 months (1060 game ideas)
and thousands of ideas covering the 50 School
Readiness Skills (2 to 7 years).

2. A wooden toy box (40 kg) with the essential
educational toys needed for the child’s first 7 years,
uniquely designed and selected for integration with the
guides.

3. Access to the Practica Advisory Service.

4. Red Flag Assessments for all your children.

5. A School Readiness Assessment for each child.

6. Newsletters that support cultivating an educational
lifestyle.

7. Training available only to registered Practica Parents.

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: 

  1. The complete set of 14 Fundamental Development Skills from birth to 23 months, and
  2. The complete set of 50 School Readiness Skills between 2 and 7 years of age.

SKETCH

 

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.

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: 

  1. The complete set of 14 Fundamental Development Skills from birth to 23 months, and
  2. The complete set of 50 School Readiness Skills between 2 and 7 years of age.

SKETCH

 

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.

50 School Readiness Skills

There are 50 school readiness skills that will be tested when your child reaches school-going age. All of them need to be fully developed by the age of 7 years.

The Practica Programme is focussed on developing the 50 school readiness skills in a balanced and fun way.

This is one of the key reasons why Practica is described as a comprehensive and complete educational system. Practica is not a cirriculum that must be followed, a box of loose toys or a subscription service with monthly activities. The Practica Programme is a lifestyle!

When you, as a parent, are enabled to recognise your child’s weaker areas at an early stage, you can deal with challenges and problem areas more effectively.

The Practica Programme not only helps you to notice your child’s weaker areas. It also makes it possible for you to discover talents early on.

However, it is particularly important to recognise your child’s weaker areas timeously and work on problem areas at an early an age as possible because of the way in which children are expected to function when they enter into formal schooling.

When children start with their formal schooling, they use the 50 areas in various combinations. As an example, a child, who is holding a ball with two hands and then kicks it, taps into at least 8 different areas of development in various combinations as he goes through the series of movements involved. It is thus understandable that even just one or two weaknesses can negatively impact and undermine a child’s functioning in many other areas that may be far better developed.

The Practica Programme uses thousands of games and activities that are age appropriate to stimulate all the necessary school readiness skills at every age. As you work through the games, you are able to witness your child’s development first-hand as it unfolds over time, so that you can pick up on weaker areas.

This all-encompassing philosophy of “Big Picture Parenting” is largely responsible for Practica’s phenomenal success since 1993.

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