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Your Baby's school readiness work sheets

http://shop.yourparenting.co.za/product/your-babys-school-readiness-worksheets/

Your Baby magazine's 20 school readiness sheets help your preschooler to develop fine motor, visual, number, letter and cognitive skills. Available as downloadable PDF at R25.

Letterland 

Letterland is Pearson Education's popular system of teaching a child to read. You can buy a whole starter pack here or buy individual books and other resources.

My Smart Kid

https://www.mysmartkid.com/

This clever subscription programme sends you a Smartbox with educational toys, activities, and developmental information and advice every 2 months, specifically adapted to your child's age. Perfect for ages 0 to 6, it helps your child to reach important milestones.

IXL

http://za.ixl.com/

IXL is a great website with math exercises from preschool to grade 12. Also available as iPad and Android app, it corrolates with SA's national curriculum, offers unlimited questions in more than 2,500 skills, tracks progress, sends detailed reports and offers rewards when the child reaches a milestone. Membership available from R89 per month.

Via Afrika Tabtor Maths

http://tabtor.viaafrika.com/

A maths tutor on a tablet: this maths learning programme for iPad and Android covers programmes from grade R to grade 6. It is visually effective and interactive, and the child receives personal attention from a tutor who marks and guides the child with worksheet-level feedback. Reward points motivite your child and you will get weekly reports tracking your child’s progress.

Via Afrika says, "We typically see a 2–5 times improvement in performance within 7 to 10 weeks of using the programme for three 45 minute sessions a week." This app/programme is already very popular internationally and is now available in South Africa, based on the CAPS curriculum.

My Cyberwall

https://mycyberwall.co.za

My Cyberwall aims to encourage learning and improve results and is specifically targeted at the 9 to 12 age group, although older kids can also benefit from the resources. The materials include hundreds of fully illustrated topics, online activities, video links, high-quality printables, activities and answer sheets and are great for projects, research and homework. It currently includes maths, English, natural science and technology, geography, history and life skills, all aligned with the South African curriculum. 

Hodder Education

http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/

This UK educational publisher offers a wealth of text books and resources, especially for senior-level homeschoolers doing their GCSE and A-levels.

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