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I wanted to answer some of your questions and give you all an update.

As I have said before the classes will be taught online, using the same on-line course software used by most colleges and universities.  Your child can log on and take classes on their/your own schedule. 

Yes the system will automatically grade assignments and automatically keep a grade book.  You will (through your account) have access to your child's grades.  You can transfer these into your own grade book for your own long term records if you like.  You may also want to print out copies of your child's work, for your own records.

I am hard at work creating classes.  I Am currently creating the core classes for 7th Grade, then I will create 8th Grade and so on.  We are also strongly considering stepping up getting out 6th Grade by popular demand.

I hope to have Seventh Grade ready by late January or early February, and if all goes well I would like to have 6th thru 8th Grades ready with core material (Math, English, Social Studies and Science) by August (but we will have to see how fast the work goes). 

I am very excited about the material!  The core for most of the courses will be material drawn from textbooks used in the old one room school houses in the early 20th Century (appropriately revised of course) with embedded audio and video material which creates a mufti-media presentation.  This system will truly be the best of both worlds!

We are planning to undercut the competition on the cost, right now we are shooting for a cost around $350 a year, with a set up for monthly subscription for those who cannot afford the yearly rate.

Also there will be no textbooks needed, virtually everything will be online.  The ony exception to this will be novels that your children may need for English Literature.  Some of these will be old-classics available online for free, but others may be under copyright, and so (like in public school) your child may need you to buy them a copy of a classic novel that is still under copyright, for example Orwell's Animal Farm (or you may want to buy them the printed book just because of the feel of reading a "real book").

We may start making grades available as soon as they are ready, if there is a demand for material in the middle of the school year, or, if there is not, we may simply roll it all out at once in May or August.

Please send us feedback letting us know what grade(s) you are interested in now, and what you would be interested in at the beginning of this next school year. 

Also let us know if you would be interested in course material mid-year or only at the beginning of the next school year.

We will keep you all updated.

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Comment by Chochana on January 2, 2013 at 1:01pm

Wow, what an amazing project !  Keep up the good work !

Comment by Pieter Jooste on January 3, 2013 at 11:49am

Hi James,

I trust for you all the best with the teaching. I especially like the structure: Simple and functional.

 

My sister who has been home schooling for more than 15 years, has recently explained to me her integrated method:

1.They would do projects / tasks / etc., such as working in the garden in the morning – then in the afternoon they will

discuss maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history, philosophy, literature,  etc. related to plants, planting, seasons, etc.

2. A second format is when one of her children develops an interest in a subject (e.g.”bushmen”), he is then allowed to explore it for as long as he wants but using a frame work covering all Cosmonomic Aspects (from numbers to forefathers).

 

Are you familiar with Herman Dooyeweerd’s philosophy? He tried to turn European thought from the Greek back to the Hebrew. Personally I suspect he missed out a bit on the place and function of the spirit. But in practice it provides an excellent framework to integrate knowledge, understanding and wisdom in a structure accommodating both natural reality and spiritual reality.  I use it in a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model that I developed and I know some Computer Programmers are using it very effectively to write programs.

 

If you need help with any biological / scientific modules, please contact me: Two of my children are teachers (both studied biology), the other has just started a biology degree and I am a medical doctor.

 

Peace and Unity

Pieter

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