Saturday, 22 November 2008

New Craft eBook in Time for Christmas : 23 November 2008

Hello All, especially my dear Carle and orther eco-crafters,

Here is an eBook I have written and published and would love for you to have a look. I did this because the bulk upload at Scribd is still not working.

Here is a description of the book and the reference. If you are interested in reviewing the book please let me know and I will give you access to the entire book. I still have more than 30 individual patterns that I did NOT include in my book because I want to upload those individually. People know their limitations and don't need 3 pages of hot-to's and terms and techniques :)

"An attractive, comprehensive & illustrated manual on basket weaving, with easy to understand instructions for beginners to experts, basketweaving terms and techniques, How to Assemble a Basket Maker's Tool Kit, a glossary and of course loads of illustrated craft patterns for the more advanced. We're not just talking veggie baskets here... There are Notepad holders, Easter baskets, Christmas baskets and a list of references at the end of the book that offer free basket weaving patterns and subscriptions. "

The following books are available for download at Lulu as well:

Generations of Homestyle RecipesGenerations of Homestyle Recipes (e-book)

A book I acquired and have digitally reconstructed to produce in an easy to read manner, choc full of traditional homestyle recipes, including for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all major holidays and festivities.

South Africa : The Old & The New - Activity Book for Grades 3-5
South Africa : The Old & The New - Activity Book for Grades 3-5 (e-book)

Comprehensive, fun illlustrated curriculum related activity book for Grades 3 to 5, focusing on South Africa, the Old and the New, including Heads of State, Old & New flags, National Emblems, Coats of Arms, Big 5, the 9 Provinces. Includes backline maps, National Monuments, places of interest, heritage sites, languages, cultures and notebooking pages. This unit although not designed for use in S African schools contains all the information and more that the curriculum currently contains. Fun activities hold your child's interest while they learn.

Christmas Mega Activity Book Christmas Mega Activity Book (e-book)

The Ultimate Christmas Activity Book, with over 350 pages of fun and colourful educational activities, including Christmas stories, poems and songs, crafts, recipes, dot-to-dot, word tracing, Christmas Alphabet, Christmas Picture Dictionary, Santa Activities, Snowman activities, Christmas phonics, Christmas Maths, scrapbooking pages, letter to Santa, printable frames, cut and paste activities, and much, much more.

A Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Copywork & Activity Sheets
A Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Copywork & Activity Sheets (e-book)

190 Fun Pages of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and copywork pages with activities, including word tracing, puzzles, graphics.

220 Dolch Words - Activity & Writing Fun
220 Dolch Words - Activity & Writing Fun (e-book)

An activity book of 124 pages containing all 220 of the most commonly used Dolch (or sight) words with a brief description of word recognition and training. Included in this eBook is a table reflecting all 220 words, the Dolch phrases and Dolch nouns, and the grades by which it is suggested they be learnt. Each grade list has a word wall and handwriting tracing practice pages for each word, with sight word cards. Each Noun comes with tracing practice, sight word card and a word wall. The Dolch Phrases each have a wall word card and also handwriting practice. There is a lovely fairy tale at the end of the activity book which contains all of the Dolch Words. Included is lined writing paper, with training lines for little folk, and without for older children.

Please look out for the free Activity eBooks that will be uploaded to St Aiden's this week. They are once again Christmas, Thanksgiving and The Pilgrims of New England related (although we don't celebrate Thanskgiving in S A it is a special time of the year for me), Reading Comprehension Activity Books, links will be sent through later in the week for the additional free downloads.

In the meantime I wish you all a blessed week and look forward to keeping in touch with you again soon...
Blessings Donnette

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Friday, 21 November 2008

St Aiden's has teamed up with

Hi All

Just a quickie to let you know that St Aiden's is officially associated with and has it's own aStore.

Here is the link:

I am more than happy to upload and provide information and links to any particular subjects you may not find I have already published there.

The prices are reasonable and I have carefully handselected the majority of products. All are aimed at Home Education, Family Education, Homeschooling and Developing, Nurturing and Teaching your Child from baby to "big"...

Those of you who know me know that I have become very interested in developing motor skills in children and early child development. I am amazed at how much I learn from my own 3 year old and how much more I do not know about the trials and tribulations of parents who may have children with learning difficulties etc.

I have also produced a hefty number of books on handwriting, using tracing, standard, cursive fonts, all professionally purchased and the books are set our on different age appropriate lines, with training lines for the less advanced. Just as an aside... :)

Please pay a visit and let me know what you think and also all suggestions will be welcome and I will search and find products you feel are needed to be included...



Saturday, 15 November 2008

South Africa - The Old & The New for Gr 3 to 5

An Activity Book Curriculum Based for Grades 3 to 5 on South Africa. This is BY NO MEANS JUST A COLOURING BOOK. It is purely educational and covers educational curricula and information. Whilst the design and questions and activities have been designed by myself it is with professional guidance and the assistance of many hours of research from my beloved books.

I have incorporated fun activities, colouring, questionaires, multiple choice, notebooking pages and more on inter alia the following:

Leaders : Old and New

Flag : Old and New

National Emblems

Coat of Arms : Old and New

Languages - all official languages

(new Provinces & the 4 Old Provinces

Flag Activities

Design Your own Coat of Arms

Design Your Own Flag

The Big 5

National Monuments, Places of Interest & National Heritage Sites

These are but a few of the interesting and colourful sections in this book, which IS South African curriculum based (I found this out belatedly)... A MUST for any homeschooling family or teacher/educator who is involved in apprising his or her learners of the Old and the New South Africa.

You may preview the book here

Monday, 10 November 2008

St Aiden's Homeschool - Updates 10-11-08

Hello Everyone after a very long absence. Things are up and running again on the new server and all links are almost live, considering there are around 1200 additional free printables this has been no easy task :) Thank you all for your patience. I promise you won't be disappointed with the quality and quantity of the activity books and worksheets, information and resources that you now have free access to.

To keep it as brief as possible, these are a few of the sections in which you will find updates. I will send out more news letters later in the week with more uploads - this is purely so that I don't send out a newsletter 5 miles long :)

Alphabet - Picture Dictionary Activity books for the very young to the older learner, as well as Letter/Picture Association eBooks.

Alphabet Early Readers, as well as Alphabet Simple Words. You will note that every single letter of the alphabet has a workbook in each one of these sections. All include handwriting practice, word and picture recognition and association and letter formation.

Comprehension has become big with Savannah and there are no fewer than 50 full comprehension eBooks with activities available in Groups 1 and 2. Group 3 & 4 are for more advanced learners and are not yet uploaded.

Thanksgiving has been an absolute joy. Not celebrating it in South Africa but having it close to my heart it was a joy and a pleasure to write and officially publish a Comprehensive Thanksgiving Manual, with recipes, lists, printables, table settings and the whole bangshoot!! It can be previewed here if anyone is interested.

Alphabet Tracing for each letter of the alphabet has been done (26 books in total) as well as full alphabet books, 6 in total in that set, comprising of standard printing, standard italic, standard print tracing, standard print tracing and cursive print and tracing.

Our African Sections and Thanksgiving Sections have found additional activity books which I know will be very useful. Particularly the recent South African publication I know forms part of the official public education system curriculum. (I found that out belatdly)

I am extremely proud of having published through Lulu, my online publishers, two new books which will benefit the homeschooling family. They are Homeschooling from the Heart and Little Learners Handwriting Practice. Both you will find invaluable and can be previewed at the links provided.

Learning Languages has found a section in our site with simple to understand vocab and phrases for even little ones. Languages include French, Italian, German, Spanish, Serbian, Bosnian and even Icelandic.

Fine Motor Skills has developed enormously with more additional exercises, activity books and manuals. There is a focus on assisting children with learning disabilities in many of my books so I know that they will find a use for many people.

Not to take up any more of your valuable time. Happy downloading!! I would as always appreciate feedback, and I apologise in advance for cramming your mailboxes. You will receive another update in a few days' time... Please forgive me :)

Blessings for a wonderful educational journey for you and your beloved family...

Donnette E Davis
St Aiden's Homeschool
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New Educational eBooks Published

Two recently published and released books are now available for download, in addition to literally hundreds of new ebooks which I will tell you about in later posts.

For now and because they will sit on the front page of my website only for a few more days I will fill you in on the books.

The first is a book written & compiled called Homeschooling from the Heart. It is a book I have compiled after much research, soul-searching, investigation, interviews and of course (as we all know I am very outspoken when it comes to certain forms of public education) drawn from my own experiences. Homeschooling from the Heart offers parents and educators an insight into the joys and pleasures and benefits and advantages of homeschooling their children. There are very few cons - since the family unit is maintained socialisation has never really become an issue contrary to popular belief!! (Tongue in cheek as I write this). Homeschooling from the Heart can be previewed at the link, and as always I welcome input. This is a DEFINITE must for any homeschooling family!

The other book I have compiled - Little Learners Handwriting Practice - is rather extensive (but enormous fun) and covers every aspect of learning to recognise, read and write the alphabet, from standard printing, to italic printing, to letter tracing (an excellent - I cannot stress enough how excellent - method of practicing the alphabet and letter formation) to the more advanced cursive and cursive tracing. Also included in this book are a large quantity of motor skills practice pages, just giving your child that edge. Because the books are down loadable the pages can be printed over and over again until your child is comfortable with moving on to the next stage. Lovely little illustrations assist with word/letter/picture recognition and again, this book can be used over and over again and shared with younger siblings or friends and family. An absolute must and is in fact recommended in elementary public schools here in South Africa. A must-have book for early learners. Plus it's fun :))

Thanksgiving : All You Need to Know

A comprehensive beautifully illustrated book on Thanksgiving - Everything You Need to Know & More, including preparations beforehand, preparing your home, deciding on kids' only or adults' only or both kids and adults, formal or informal - should it be a Thanksgiving Dinner or a Thanksgiving Party? This book covers everything you need to consider before making your decision and then in helping you prepare for the most memorable Thanksgiving celebration your guests will have.

Included in the book is a comprehensive Thanksgiving menu - and a full menu for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving meal as well - a few variations of the famous pumpkin pie, sauces, puddings, cookies, and the most awesome crafts that will become keepsakes.

Needing professional advice on how to carve that turkey or chicken? This book gives you step-by-step instructions, with simple but clear illustrations on 2 different methods of carving... Who will ever know it was your first time carving - you'll look like the absolute professional!!! :))

Prior to hosting your event, you will consider seating arrangements, etiquette, guest lists - a lot of preparation and planning goes into hosting the perfect event.

I have included Thanksgiving recipe cards, name place cards, a formal dinner menu, and a printable Thanksgiving card which your guests will appreciate once you have personalised it with their names and yours.

You will also find an invaluable - in fact essential - Printable Budget, a Food & Beverage Planner and a Guest Planner. Along with your delightful and varied menu you cannot but host the most memorable Thanksgiving celebration, be it formal or informal. Your guests will definitely be looking for an invitation to next year's event!! :) Just as an aside Thanksgiving - Everything You Need to Know & More will be a welcome gift to any guest!

Please feel free to preview the book and I would welcome any and all comments.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Blessed and Warm Thanksgiving Holiday...

Donnette E Davis
St Aiden's Homeschool