3 lessons I learned from traveling with Homeschoolers

We had the privilege of traveling Southern Africa with two inspirational Homeschool families. Their love for Geography, different communities, and the world’s natural wonders inspired me to rethink my global citizenship and how I embrace the future.

Here are a few...

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Afrikaans is lekker!

E-library is opgewonde dat LAPA uitgewers se boeke nou ook beskikbaar is in die biblioteek. LAPA staan vir Lees Afrikaans, Praat Afrikaans en is een van die grootste uitgewers van Afrikaanse boeke in Suid Afrika. LAPA se doelwit is bekostigbare boeke...
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The Journey of Home-schooling (written by Emmeline)

The Home-Schooling journey … how could one express it in words? It sometimes feels like experiencing all four seasons in one day! It can spark a roller coaster of mixed emotions. It's beautiful, demanding, painful, frustrating, joyful and challenging, all...
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Be an entrepreneur, no matter your age

Entrepreneurship is seen as one of the key contributors in expanding South Africa’s economy. With the current high level of unemployment amongst completed graduates, a degree can no longer be seen as the solution to the unemployment problem. This is...
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Enrich your child’s vocabulary

  • “Frau Diller was a sharp-edged woman with fat glasses and a nefarious glare.”
  • “I should hasten to admit, however, that there was a considerable hiatus between the first stolen book and the second.”
  • “One of them,...
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Homeschoolers, get wise to Audiobooks for Auditory Learners

I remember when I started homeschooling my children, words such as auditory, ‘kinaesthetic’ and ‘visual learning styles’ were mentioned in almost every talk and seminar I attended. It is widely recognised that each child prefers a different learning style. I also...
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Boredom as a trigger for creativity

When your child tells you he/she is bored it makes you feel put on the spot, right? We respond to our kids’ boredom by providing entertainment or structured activities. Here is why one shouldn’t do that. Children need to engage...
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ATOS Level and Lexile Measure – What does it mean?

Have you noticed that when you take out certain books, an ATOS level or a Lexile measure is given? Both are measures of the difficulty and readability of a book. These measures guide you in recommending books that are on your child’s reading level. Keep in mind that children often like to read easier books purely for enjoyment.

The ATOS level is based on a readability formula. It considers the number of words per sentence and the difficulty of the words used.

The Lexile measure is based mainly on the length of sentences and how often words repeat.

Both measures give little indication of whether these books will pique your child’s interest or not. For this reason, an interest level is also often given. So, why are these measures important? It’s all well and good for you to cultivate your child’s love of reading by giving him/her easy books to read. However, for your child’s reading ability to improve, he/she must read books that have challenging vocabulary and complex plots.

Below is a basic guide for navigating these reading levels:

Age Grade ATOS level Lexile measure
up to 6 years up to 0.9 up to 199
7 years 1 1.0-1.9 200-299
8 years 2 2.0-2.9 300-399
9 years 3 3.0-3.9 500-799
10 years 4 4.0-4.9 600-899
11 years 5 5.0-5.9 700-999
12 years 6 6.0-6.9 800+


Here are some of our popular books and the ATOS levels of each:

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Novel Title Author ATOS
Magic Treehouse series Mary Pope Osbourne 2.6
Judy Moody series Megan McDonald 3.0
My Brother’s Famous Bottom Gets Crowned!
A to Z mysteries Ron Roy 3.2
Little house series Laura Ingalls Wilder 3.5
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo 3.9
Boxcar series Gertrude Chandler Warner 3.9
The Gooney Bird series Lois Lowry 3.9
The Diamond Brothers series Anthony Horowitz 4.1
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl 4.4
39 Clues series Various Authors 4.5
Middle School series James Patterson 4.5
Danny the Champion of the World Roald Dahl 4.7
Henry Huggins series Beverly Cleary 4.7
Mr Stink David Walliams 4.7
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo 4.7
Double Decker Jacqueline Wilson 4.7
The Kane Chronicles series Rick Riorden 4.7
House of Robots series James Patterson 4.7
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Roald Dahl 4.7
The Code Busters Club series Penny Warner 4.7
Hardy Boys series Franklin W. Dixon 4.8
The Chocolate Box Girls series Cathy Cassidy 4.9
Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz 5.1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Jeff Kinney 5.2
Ruby Redfort series Ruby Redfort 5.3
Nancy Drew series Carolyn Keene 5.5
The Chronicals of Narnia CS Lewis 5.7
The Black Stallion series Walter Farley 6.1