You have questions, we have answers
Sometimes systems such as ours can get a little confusing, or you may be worried about the qualifications of those creating the worksheets and lessons for your children. Well, this is the section where you can find all of those answers and more!
- What experience do you have teaching children?
The Academy of Home Based Learning curricula are written and directed by Dr. Edwina Grossi, PhD (Psychology of Education). The Academy of Home Based Learning has been one of her dreams for more than 15 years, and is based on her most recent educational textbook, Lanterns and Lunchtins: Fundamentals for Learning in the Formative Years. Dr Edwina Grossi is not simply an educationalist, she is a woman impassioned by her desire to help young people realize their full, unique potential. These programs were written by Dr Grossi to give parents invaluable tools, helping to ensure that children become the best possible version of themselves.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Grossi founded Wonderland Pre-Primary School, Wonderland Baby Care, Embury College Primary School, Embury College High School, Embury Institute for Teacher Education and most recently, The Academy of Home Based Learning.
- What is different or special about this program?
Written by a true devotee of children and education, the AOHBL programs offer home schooling parents insight into the methods, ideas and tips of Dr. Edwina Grossi who has spent over 40 years teaching children of all ages and abilities. Our thematic sessions include original content, insight for parents, songs, poems and worksheets. What this means is that here you will find content that no other program can offer you. Indeed, you will find some of the most well-loved classical children’s poems and songs in our programs, but, more often than not every word of each session has been written entirely for the purposes of the age group and lesson in question. Additionally, our programs are structured to be completed at a child’s own pace. What this means is that parents and children can move through our sessions as quickly or as slowly as the child’s specific talents, interests and/or challenges allow. Given this, we encourage parents to purchase new sessions at a pace that suits them, and as they are downloadable and immediately available anytime, this convenience will never slow progress in learning.
- Why are colours repeated so often?
Recognition and differentiation of colours and shapes is one of the building blocks of cognitive development. A child has to notice similarities and differences in order to read, write and do number work. Children learn at their own pace and may be building their knowledge in another area besides the naming of colours. For this reason, you will see that colours are repeated often in sessions, giving the child multiple opportunities to focus on that colour and build knowledge.
Some children can recognise a colour by the age of 2 and others can name at least one colour by 3. By the age of 5 children are usually able to recognise the basic colours.
- Where did you get -X- information presented in -X- session?
Wherever possible, we have included a source link to all of our cited information. Please follow that link to get back to the original source. Most of our animal facts are gleaned from Wikipedia or a base of common knowledge. If you dispute any of the facts presented in any of our lessons, please feel free to write us a note and tell us what you think should be changed and why.
In addition, Dr Grossi draws on her extensive work with children – over 48 years in the Foundation Phase of Education – as she presents advice for parents on all topics. As always, if medical advice is needed for your child, please consult a physician.
- How often will new sessions be loaded for each age group?
As each child learns at his/her own pace, a session may take 1-2 weeks for one child to complete and 1 week for another child to work through. The important thing to remember, is that a child must be encouraged to work at his own pace. Each age group consists of 26 sessions with weekly working guide, available to purchase at any time. Again, we strongly recommend that you work through sessions in the order presented, and not at random as each session builds on knowledge gleaned from the previous.
Our 5-6 year old curriculum is now complete and available in our shop for purchase in its entirety. Our 2 Pre-K curricula (3-4 & 4-5) will be following shortly and will be finalized in early 2015.
- Why are all the sessions focused around a theme?
Learning needs to be connected. Thematic learning helps promote understanding of concepts and discourages rote memorization.
- How can I re-download a session I have already paid for?Any session you have previously purchased on your own account will be available for re-download in your personal profile>files for a year from the date of purchase. The reason that sessions are available for a year and not indefinitely is due to the fact that we update sessions yearly. Please note: Please make sure to backup session PDFs onto your desktop. This makes it easier if your internet ever goes down and you need to reference a session.
- Are pictures in my gallery private?
Yes! Unless you share your gallery photos through our integrated social sharing buttons, your pictures are yours and yours alone. Our users like to store pictures of their children’s handwork activities there, photos of homeschooling functions and other miscellaneous pictures of family and friends. As we are an educational site for home schooling families, and not a social media platform, we keep all images private. Only profile pictures will be visible to other users in the AOHBL network should you wish to comment on a blog post or forum feed. Your pictures are yours to share, or not share, however you choose. Please keep in mind, we will ask you to confirm before you use our integrated social media sharing buttons as your privacy is very important to us. However, once you publish a photo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media site we have no control over the image and cannot guarantee that it will be used as intended.
- I would like to make an EFT, please send me your bank details.
Since AOHBL aims to offer home based education to clients worldwide, we can not accept EFTs as a form of payment. EFTs are extremely labour intensive to validate, and it would make our entire process very manual where it is intended to be automatic.
Please accept our apologies in this small inconvenience.
- Why are prices listed in dollars?
As AOHBL aims to become a global supplier of educational materials for children, we decided that representing our prices in a universally accepted currency like USD makes the most sense for our long term goals.
If you would like to convert a price from USD to your home currency before checkout, simply visit http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/.
- May I try out just one session?
Yes! That is the beauty of our platform. You can download our FREE trial lesson at any time! Parents can also purchase any session (although we strongly suggest following our program in the order presented) to run through with their child, even if you aren’t currently homeschooling. We ask for no commitment from any of our users. If you love our program, we hope you come back to purchase new sessions whenever you need them. If you don’t love our program, we hope that you will take a moment to write us a message and tell us why. We encourage all parents of children from the ages of 3-6 to check out what AOHBL has to offer. Even if your children are in school full time, when School Vacations roll around our sessions & worksheets are great for keeping little minds and hands engaged, having fun while learning and out from in front of the TV.
- How do I start home schooling my child?
This question is posed to us again and again, and since it has more than a few answers, depending on more than a few variables, we’ve decided to try to address it here. First of all, keep in mind that at present, The Academy of Home Based Learning caters only to children who are aged 3-6. In most countries around the world, there are not nationalized educational standards in place for this age of children as they are considered to be “pre-school age”. For this reason, when using our program, more often than not you will not need to register with your country’s Department of Education. That being said, please always check your local government website for your country’s specific requirements. If you are looking to home school a child older than 5 1/2, chances are that you will have to register with your local Department of Education, and keep certain records of your home schooling curriculum, schedule and course work..