Homeschooling is a rapidly growing educational option for many families around the world, offering families a flexible and personalised approach to education.
In South Africa, the concept of homeschooling has gained significant popularity in recent years, offering families a flexible and personalised approach to education. If you’re considering homeschooling your children, it’s essential to weigh the pros and possible drawbacks/solutions to make an informed decision about their education.
While every homeschooling journey is unique, there are generally some common characteristics. So, what are some of these common characteristics?
• Education is parent-directed.
• It can be customised to meet the family and the child’s needs.
• Education becomes more than just academics.
• It is primarily home-based.
• It is up to the parent to make choices based on education
Pros of Homeschooling
One of the most significant advantages of homeschooling is the ability to tailor your child’s education to their unique learning style and pace. This individualised approach can lead to a deeper understanding of subjects and better retention of knowledge.
Homeschooling offers flexibility in terms of scheduling. You can adapt the curriculum to fit your family’s routine, allowing for vacations, field trips, or other activities that enhance your child’s learning experience.
With fewer students to manage, homeschooling parents can provide more one-on-one attention to their children. This fosters a strong teacher-student bond and ensures that your child receives the help they need.
Homeschooling allows you to select or design a curriculum that aligns with your family’s values and goals. You have the freedom to focus on specific subjects or areas of interest.
Safe and Comfortable Environment:
Homeschooled children learn in a familiar and secure environment, reducing exposure to potential bullying or other negative influences.
Potential Cons of Homeschooling and Solutions
• Homeschooling can lead to social isolation if not supplemented with regular social activities. Parents must make an effort to arrange playdates, clubs, sports activities, and entrepreneurship activities for their children.
• Homeschooled students may face challenges when reapplying to schools. Join the Pestalozzi Trust for help with these kinds of issues. Homeschoolers will also need to research university entry routes on their own. However, by taking examinations at accredited boards when the child is ready, university entry is entirely possible
• Homeschooling in the primary years may require a substantial time commitment from parents, who must take on the role of educator. But, in the same breath, there are no school homework battles! Balancing work and homeschooling can be challenging, which is why many parents choose to send their children to schools like Open Minds Campus. Open Minds Campus does not assign homework for example, while students are encouraged to work on their own if they need to catch up or want to meet their goals.
• Homeschooled children may have limited access to extracurricular activities such as sports teams, art classes, or music programs offered by traditional schools. Luckily, sports clubs are prevalent in populated areas, making it easier to participate in extracurricular activities while also providing opportunities for making friends.
• Homeschooling costs can vary widely. It can be cost-effective in some cases or require an investment in curriculum materials, educational resources, and other supplies. Homeschooling is generally much less expensive than private school fees. Homeschooling material costs can be minimal or very expensive, depending on the family’s budget. The amount one spends is not necessarily related to the effectiveness.
Resources for Homeschooling in South Africa
The Legal Defence Fund for Home Education
National Association for Home Education
Contact person: Wendy Hendrickse at [email protected]
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/association4homeschooling/
Eastern Cape Homeschooling Association
Gauteng Association for Homeschooling
Contact person: Uda de Wet: [email protected]
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/gautenghomeschooling/
Free State Homeschooling Association
Contact person: SP van der Walt at [email protected]
Kwazulu Natal Homeschooling Association
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/189517114516806/
Western Cape Homeschooling Association
Contact person: Marietjie Ueckermann at [email protected]
Home Education Alumni Association
To join, send an email to Cornelia Marais at [email protected]
Mpumalanga Association for Home Education
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063812710044
Lowveld Homeschooling Association
Contact person: Louise Schoeman: [email protected]
Limpopo Association for Home Education
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100050621503826
Northern Cape Association for Home Education
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064047130002
North West Association for Home Education
Contact person: Cornelie Brace at [email protected]
African Legacy Home Education
Contact person: Motshidisi Moeti at [email protected]
Christ Centred Education SA (CCESA)
Contact person: Benita de Beer at [email protected]
Pan African Home Education Foundation
Contact person: Nandi Msezane at [email protected]
Department of Basic Education South Africa:
Check the official website of the [Department of Basic Education South Africa] for legal requirements and guidelines for homeschooling in the country. Contact the Pestalozzi Trust at https://pestalozzi.org/en/home/ for further advice.
Join an online community on Facebook for advice, support, and networking with other homeschooling families. Some great ones are Cambridge South Africa Chat Group, Open Minds & Knowledge Thirst Homeschooling & Cambridge Resources & Support, and British Curriculum for Homeschoolers SA.
Homeschooling resources are important to have, for parents and their children to be prepared and in control is made so much easier with great resources.
Online Homeschooling Resources:
Educational Apps and Tools:
People Also Ask
What do I need to homeschool my child in South Africa?
Do your research online. Contact Homeschool Associations and sign up with the Pestalozzi Trust The legal defence fund for Home Education. The trust will advise you on the legalities around the BELA Bill and the legal requirements set by the Department of Basic Education.
How much does it cost to homeschool in South Africa?
The cost of homeschooling can vary widely depending on your chosen curriculum, materials, and resources. Some families find it cost-effective, while others may invest significantly in educational resources.
How does homeschooling work in South Africa?
Homeschooling in South Africa involves parents taking on the role of educators. There are many curriculum options available: CAPS, Cambridge, Classical Curriculum, Edexcel, American High School Diploma, American GED, Unschooling, etc. Do your research
Is homeschooling legal in South Africa?
Yes, homeschooling is legal in South Africa. Contact the Pestalozzi Trust, the legal defence fund for Home Education for further advice.
Homeschooling offers a unique educational experience. It’s crucial to research thoroughly and consider your family’s needs. Homeschooling can provide an enriching educational experience tailored to your child’s unique needs and interests. Whether you’re just starting or looking to enhance your homeschooling journey. Remember that homeschooling is a dynamic and adaptable journey, so don’t be afraid to experiment and adjust as you go along. Embrace the opportunity to create a personalized and fulfilling education for your child.