The AOHBL Programme

an introduction to the AOHBL learning programme


About The Book

Parents instinctively know what to do with their baby, when to do it and how to do it, what’s good for their particular chid, what the child likes, when he’s ready to learn something new as a baby, when he’s ready to sit, to crawl, to stand, to talk; parents instinctively know all this! Yet as the child gets older, these same parents lose their confidence to teach their child further and want to hand the reins to another “learned person” to carry on the teaching. I don’t want this natural parenting instinct to be lost.

Most parents confess that they are completely unaware of the training their child needs in order to be thoroughly prepared for the three R’s, and I understand this. I’m keenly aware that I would not be able to fit into any other profession as my calling lay in teaching and my specialisation in the field of the Foundation Phase of Education.  I am a very strong believer that the initial six years of a child’s life are the most important because at no other time span in his life will a child learn as much as he does in those years. I am also aware of the fact that in the early years the main learning pathways of the brain are formed and the influence of a kind and understanding teacher, and one-on-one teaching is most influential and beneficial to the holistic development of a child.  Bearing this in mind, The Academy of Home-Based Learning was founded and caters in the main for the child aged 3-4; 4-5; 5-6.

This is an introduction and all-round guide to get you started on your teaching adventure with your child. GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY!

In the introductory booklet, there is an explanation of child development, school readiness, the common characteristics of children at different ages i.e. from 2 1/2 – 6 years old, an explanation of the lessons in book form, which can be done over a period of  a week or two or as many days as is needed,  a guide to the Intelligences and how a child learns, an explanation of the Wonderskills Program (a holistic physical development program) and an explanation of the terms one may come across as a teacher.  There is always so much to learn and know and no-one will ever know it all. I have embedded in the books little snippets of age-appropriate advice, like  the reason for teaching shapes, how to teach your child to cut, the importance of the development of the small hand muscles for writing, how to teach language development and so on. There are many interesting facts for adults to learn as well. In addition to the booklets, the book “Lanterns and Lunch Tins; A Handbook for Teachers and Parents,” will consolidate the fundamentals for learning and teaching.  The saying “If you would know anything well, teach it to others” applies and as you teach you will learn.

To summarise, you as a parent or an au pair, will be guided or taught the how, the why, the when, the who and the what to teach. In this way, I “Teach you to Teach”

What’s inside


Child development and school readiness

Children develop in predictable stages but differ in their rate of development


Explanation of the sessions

Development is a process that cannot be hurried – never compare children


Lesson breakdown and learning objectives

Develop, assist, encourage and prepare


Common characteristics of children at different ages

Each child is an individual and children differ from each other in their development


The eight intelligences

Each person has all eight intelligences but they operate in ways unique to the individual.


How children learn

Children learn through their senses


This is an introduction and all-round guide to get you started on your teaching
adventure with your child. GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY!

To facilitate reading, the pronoun “he” will be used instead of “he/she” when
referring to a child, and the pronoun “she” instead of “she/he” will be used when
referring to a teacher.

  • Grade R, 0 or K is usually referred to as the year before formal (Grade 1) school. In some
    countries Grade 00 refers to two years before Grade 1 and Grade 000 to the three years
    before Grade 1.
  • Children develop in predictable stages.
  • Children differ in their rate of development. Child development cannot be “hurried”.
  • Each child is different and needs to develop at his own pace. Never compare children.
  • Children may develop faster in one area than another so development is frequently uneven.
  • Children have to build their knowledge and progress from simple to complex skills, each skill
    being built on until it becomes more advanced.
  • Learning starts with the concrete and real life experiences until it can become abstract. The
    child uses his senses to learn and learns by playing and doing.
  • Children come from different backgrounds and, …

Individual programmes

Lessons per age group


AOHBL empowers parents as teachers, providing high-quality educational curricula for children aged 3-6. We combine play, music, art, and essential reading, writing and mathematic readiness building blocks fostering a love of learning from an early age.

I genuinely love using this program and would recommend this to all home school parents who really want to give their children a good solid foundation in their beginning years of learning.

Michael Robinson

She is a creative, imaginative individual who has displayed her exceptional talent, not only in Creative Research but also in the field of Education, in particular Early Childhood Development. Dr. Grossi is a ‘forward thinker’ who, noting the change in society in the 21st century, recognised that a new philosophy of learning needs to lead an integrated curriculum system in education.

Professor Claudia Mitchell, Mc Gill University, Canada

Dr. Grossi’s programmes of learning have impacted Early Childhood Development and have proliferated in South Africa through her personal lecturing on the subject, through courses she has written and through the Pre-Schools her former students have established.

Prof Naydene de Lange Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth

About the author.

The Academy of Home Based Learning was founded by Dr. Edwina Grossi, PhD Psychology of Education.  The home-school programs are structured around Dr. Grossi’s most recent textbook, Lanterns and Lunch Tins:  Fundamentals for Learning in the Formative Years.

Dr Grossi’s career in education and home-schooling has spanned nearly five decades.

Dr. Grossi founded and developed a number of world-first educational institutions:

  • Wonderland Baby Care
  • Wonderland Pre-Primary School
  • Embury College Primary School
  • Embury College High School
  • Embury Institute for Teacher Education; and most recently
  • The Academy of Home Based Learning.

The Academy of Home Based Learning has been a dream of Dr Grossi’s for more than 15 years.

In 1996, at the dawn of the age of internet, she began to envision using this medium as a place where her lessons and teaching principles, tried and tested over the years, would be available to children and parents worldwide.

The Academy aims to provide a place for parents as teachers to engage, learn, communicate, build friendships and receive support in their home teaching endeavours.

Dr Edwina Grossi

Other products

  • Age 5 – 6 Complete Course

  • Age 4 – 5 Complete Course

  • Age 3 – 4 Complete Learning Course


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