"I couldn't put it down. Needless to say we have no food and
this evening's dinner consisted of leftovers! I was riveted!"
"I can hardly wait until my son is old enough to do Footprints"
"Very well researched!"
"Something that South African homeschoolers can be proud of."
"We are LOVING Little Footprints"
"Thank you for making my life easier with this program."
"I am so excited about the C21 program!"
“I just wanted to let you know that I think the
Footprints programme is outstanding and we are so enjoying it. I
especially am very appreciative of all the effort and extras you have
put into the manual. You have it all there for me.”
“We have all been enriched by Footprints. I have
learnt with the kids and we have enjoyed all the books immensely. Even
Andrew, our 5 year old has enjoyed them and he loved hearing about the
“whopper” and The Big Hole at Kimberley.”
“It has been a special experience; the heroes and
heroines and families have become our friends; we identified very
strongly with many of them.”
“Thank you so much for putting so much effort into
making our lives easier”
“It fits in so well with our lifestyles as we travel
all over South Africa”
“I have received my parcel & am delighted
with the books & your work material & feel energized
once again to do something which is fun for both me & my child,
"I am so THRILLED to see my son excited about BOOKS!"
Colleen, Eastern Cape
“Thank you so much for a beautiful and well done
curriculum. We are enjoying it, and I am sure it will make our home
schooling a lot more
Footprints mom, Underberg
“You have put together a very interesting and
Miriam, Private school
“I was really excited when I heard that something
similar existed for South-African history. Thank you for the tremendous
work you did to make South-African history fun!”
Missionary family, Peru
“We have been so delighted with what you have to
offer and say well done, you are doing a great job on behalf of
Mom of young adults,
“What a treat – I picked up the books from
your sister today.”
Ex South Africans living
in the UK
“I've just gone to fetch my packages and in a flurry
of great excitement we unpacked the books! I only had a quick look, but
from what I have seen, I love it!”
Anelle, Piet Retief
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On Our Land
From Kathleen - Sept 2010
We have been doing Footprints for about a month now. I must say that we enjoy it very much. As a child, I hated history at school, especially South African history but now I can't wait to discover more.
Footprints has made the history come alive. My son was imagining something today about the Khoi-Khoi people and shared it with me in his playtime. What I like too is that they identify with Ghamka and his people and feel sad for them when bad things happen - what a good way for them to learn to see things from a totally different point of view.
My daughter who is only in Grade 1 understood the water cycle once we did the experiment of the water bowl in the sun and explained it to me. There is nothing like that feeling when
your children understands something and you know that for life it's imbedded in their brain because they didn't just hear about it but made it and drew a picture of it.
From a mother's point of view, Footprints is the highlight of our school day - I love discovering more about the people of the past and about our country! And we've all discovered things about our family tree that I never knew!
"Dear Wendy and
We have nearly completed
our Footprints journey; I plan to read the last 2 books during the
holidays. We have all been enriched by Footprints. I have learnt with
the kids and we have enjoyed all the books immensely.
Even Andrew, our 5 year old
has enjoyed them and he loved hearing about the
“whopper” and The Big Hole at Kimberley. We are
going to be in the Cape in Febraury and will have a Footprints Holiday.
Jess and David are looking
forward to seeing the places we have read about. It has been a special
journey for us as a family as it has been the start of our
homeschooling journey as well. I have to share with you something which
I have been aware of ever since we started with Footprints which was
Oct last year.
Life IS sometimes stressed
and pressurized, but I was always aware, whenever I bent down to find
the Footprints manual and the current book we were busy with, of a
strange feeling of peace. Maybe it was due to the relief that we would
now all be working with material that we all enjoy and derive pleasure
I like to think that it is
also due to the prayer that has gone into the Footprints program and
the fact that you both walk closely with God. It has been a special
experience; the heroes and heroines and families have become our
friends; we identified very strongly with many of them.
The timeline of South
African history is very clear in both Jess and David’s minds,
not because of any drilling on my part, but purely because each book
evoked each period so vividly that it left an enormous and very clear
Mark and I both have clear
recollections of learning History at Primary School; it was very dry
and boring and we are so glad that our kids have had this experience. A
fun family activity which we enjoyed with my folks was our 1820 settler
supper. Somewhere in the book Strangers in our Land, we read that the
family was living off pumpkin fritters and mielie bread. We baked them
as you suggested and then decided to have a dinner & invite the
One thing led to another
and when we all sat down together that night we had candlelight, wooden
eating utensils(arranged by Mark), menus made by kids, wors and
milktart made by Granny. We had toy snakes crawling around us
positioned by Andrew and most fun was we were all dressed up. Granny
and Granddad arrived dressed like 1820 settlers and we all rushed
around, raided our dressing up closet and all found something suitable.
The boys were chuffed to be
armed with toy guns and Mark even found his old bayonet much to
David’s delight. We had a lovely supper and pretended we were
the Smith Family, newly arrived from England. Jess and David had a lot
to contribute even down to wondering when their carrots would grow as
they had planted them 5 foot deep.
eventually got scared with all the talk about wild animals and insisted
we switch just one light on. It was a magical evening for all of us and
one which made very special memories. I am sad that we are nearly
finished with the program. We plan to do Sonlight next year and are
excited about that, but we will definitely come back in a year or 2 for
the next Footprints program.
31 May 2007 - Another letter from Pam:
"I also just wanted to really thank both you and Shirley for the Footprints series, what an awesome way to learn. It is a very high standard against which I compare all our other learning material.
I am about to order [another curriculum] and I really hope that their way of teaching history is similar to yours, providing us detail within a very specific time frame without gaps. You really gave us such an excellent timeline to work with and also the detail we carry in our hearts is awesome.
I appreciate what you have done for South African homeschoolers studying our own country. I look forward to our next Footprints adventure in high school. We have held back [the seashore study] and are doing it together now. It reminded me of how much fun we had doing Footprints on our Land. A great blessing!!!
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Footprints on our Land.
"When I first started
Home schooling, I looked at various curriculum, and felt most drawn to
a literature-based, Christian-centred program like Sonlight, but I was
concerned about the fact that there was such a strong emphasis on
When I heard about a
South African curriculum called Footprints on our Land which had a
similar emphasis to Sonlight, I was immediately interested. Once I
looked a little further, I was delighted to find that Wendy and Shirley
had prioritised good quality literature, and ensured that the
perspectives on the history of our country were as unbiased as possible.
It was only after I
purchased the package, and began using it, that I could apply the real
acid test however ... which was to guage the response from my son!! And
he has thoroughly enjoyed discovering his heritage in this beautiful
country through the captivating stories in the Footprints curriculum.
Many days he begs me to read more than the chapter or two of
recommended reading, because he simply can't wait until the next day to
see what happens!!
I have often thought
that I would enjoy putting my own curriculum together for my sons, but
practically it is impossible - so I have really enjoyed using
Footprints as a starting point, and allowing it to inspire all sorts of
wonderful and exciting journeys of discovery. We have found that many
of the suggested activities in the IG have been done with gusto, but
most times they lead into a delightful tangle of tangents, during which
we've learned more about our world and each other.
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"What a delightful
curriculum! The quality of the reading books in this program is
outstanding in every way. All the books are all rich in language,
beautifully illustrated and communicate profoundly to our children
through their insightful, touching messages.
As our family journeys
through the reading and the recommended activities, I am constantly
reminded of Marilyn Howshall's exhortation, to 'create a lifestyle of
learning' by remembering that 'we are educating our children's hearts
first and then their minds.'
The Little Footprints
program gets to the heart in a wonderful way, both through the reading
material, and through the carefully thought-out activities which
creatively introduce our children to the fascinating world in which we
live. It is a curriculum which is rich with ideas, but at the same time
acts as a catylist for the mother, inspiring further investigation and
sparking fresh ideas.
"Dear Wendy and
I just wanted to let you
know that I think the Footprints programme is outstanding and we are so
enjoying it. I especially am very appreciative of all the effort and
extras you have put into the manual. You have it all there for me.
For example, just yesterday
I was wondering how I could make a melktert – and then I
found your recipe! Again, when we did one of the books, it talked about
baking bread. My son had asked me what yeast was and hey presto, there
was your answer, complete with an easy, child friendly method to make
bread AND experiments! Perfect!!!
It is so easy on me and I
do appreciate that – especially as we do not have available
the usual SA library resources or even places to visit, and yet, we are
able to make much of it and enjoy it. With four children aged four and
under and two older ones, we are limited as to how much we can go
“out” anyway so your book and the other books that
I have been able to find here have made it very Mom friendly too!! ? I
also have appreciated how we have been able to pick it up and let it
drop as needs must (we had twin boys 9 months ago) with no loss of
interest or damage.
The little picture disc and
book reviews that the boys do after each story have really helped
develop their ability to remember the stories and our discussions and
condense information to the salient points. The first time we did the
summary, it took them ages to write, with me coaching every step of the
way. (It was torturous - I groaned inside, wondering if it would be
like this all the way through!!!) But now, they can just sit down and
It is by far and away my
older boys favourite “to do” and we have access to
art courses, science work, etc and yet they always choose the SA books.
(I confess, both my husband and I are right up there with them
– we have recently cut down dramatically on TV and use that
time in the evening, when the littlies are finally in bed, to read
It is truly a
family thing!) It may seem most odd to be living in the UK doing a SA
History programme but I really do believe that God wants us to embrace
our culture and our heritage as a reflection of who He is, and this
enables us to do this so well. So, thank you! And be encouraged!
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