Preparing Your Programme

As a homeschooler, you should have in mind a programme for your child’s education. The A.C.E. material covers the core subjects and some elective subjects, but your full programme includes all educational experiences that you will deliver, including informal activities, discussions, play, outings, and even discipline.

Preparing a programme is easy though can be challenging, particularly when seeking to meet homeschool registration criteria.

ACE PACEs cover the core KLAs (Key Learning Areas) English, Mathematics, HSIE and Science.

Other KLAs should be programmed according to the state syllabus or Australian Curriculum.

We can provide assistance to families wishing to register with the state authorities.

Available from SCEE/Accelerate

Homeschool Programme Ideas – A Commonsense Guide – 24 pages

This guide is provided to all members upon enrolment. It contains ideas and examples in all KLAs. State-specific guides are supplied separately.

Available only to members.

Science Project Stages 1 to 5

Each project booklet lists NSW NESA outcomes or Australian Curriculum content Descriptions covered.

Each stage covers two grade levels (Stage 1 is grades 1 and 2, etc). Suggested activities are based on PACEs in these levels. The project outlines, explains and teaches project elements (Hypothesis, variables etc); presents 3 or 4 project suggestions per year level; provides Marking Guide (Assessment Rubric).

Projects are eight (8) pages each and are available only to members.

One booklet has been produced per “stage” (2 grade levels). For example, Stage 4 covers Grades 7 and 8. This ensures that a student at any grade level is likely to be working at the appropriate PACE level.

The Content Descriptors or Outcomes are listed, and the projects are designed to cover: Questioning and predicting, Planning and conducting; Processing and analysing data and information; Evaluating; Communicating

The projects are simple but challenging. There are instructions for the parent and student, followed by a “lesson” on the structure of the investigation. A list of ideas is given based on the scope and sequence from the PACEs of that level, although the child is encouraged to come up with his or her own hypothesis. There is a brief explanation on controlling variables, conducting the experiment, inferring a conclusion and reporting on the findings.

Finally, a thorough rubric (marking guide) is given so that the parent can give a fair assessment.


World History Project Package

from SCEE

for World History 97-108 – See Order Form p14. $2.00 (plus GST)

This package is referred to in the Stage 4 NESA programme documentation as fulfilling outcomes for HSIE HT4-1 and HT4-2. It also helps fulfill many Australian Curriculum content descriptions.

The project package comprises activities in History and inquiry for each World History PACE, and is an excellent extension to PACE work.


Student Convention

Student Convention events involve individual or team activities that can form part of the student’s programme through the year.

Some events are complete before Convention; some are performed or run during Convention; however, all are intended to involve preparation before and all are assessed during Convention. Therefore, they may be included as part of the student’s programme.

Some event that are run during Convention must involve preparation, such as drama events that require memorization and rehearsal. Other events are more casual, and students may do little preparation, such as Checkers, Table Tennis or Football Kick. On the other hand, such events can involve a lot of training or practice, and these recreations would therefore be counted as learning programme activities. Competition place winners form the assessment of this type of event.

Here is how the learning areas are covered by Student Convention events:

 

 Learning AreaSome examples of events that cover the Learning Area (all are optional)

 EnglishEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
Essay writing, poetry writing
Event held during Convention but prepared beforehand
Drama (individual or group), Speech, Preaching, Poetry recitation
 MathematicsEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
There may be mathematical components of Science projects – See Science
 ScienceEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
Science research project, display or collection; Slide show or Website production on a Science topic
 Social StudiesEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
Social Studies project, display or collection; Slide show or Website production on a History or Geography topic
 TechnologyEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
Powerpoint presentation, Website design, Computer enhanced photography, Science project, Wood/Metal construction, Dressmaking etc
Personal Development, Health and Physical EducationEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
Powerpoint presentation, Website design on health related topic
Event held during Convention but prepared beforehand
Sports (individual or group), athletics
 Creative ArtsEvent completed before but assessment given at Convention
Art, Craft, Photography
Event held during Convention but prepared beforehand
Singing/Instrumental performance (individual or group)