1. No continual comparison to other kids their age.
2. Limited peer pressure.
3. One-on-one attention.
4. Learn at their own pace.
5. Opportunity to outperform their peers on standardized tests.
6. Homeschooled kids tend to think more independently.
7. Work for knowledge and not for grades.
8. Can observe learners’ mistakes and faults and correct it.
9. Can walk kids through difficulties they face.
10. Can create our own schedules that work
11. Students can study a wider variety of subjects than is offered in mainstream schools.
12. Younger kids observe and learn from older kids.
13. Children learn to interact with those of different ages.
14. Children learn to think, discuss and explore thoughts without fear of being laughed at or ignored.
15. Unhurried learning can take place.
16. Get the help they need.
17. Progress at their own pace.
18. Use curricula that work.
19. Use methods that work.
20. Taking breaks when needed.
21. No falling behind.
22. No getting lost in the system.
23. Stay home when sick without missing assignments.
24. No uniforms or other clothing pressures – but we do expect learners’ clothing practices to show respect for themselves and others.
These are only a few advantages that homeschooling offers. Surely there might be disadvantages, but the advantages outweigh them by far!
• Homeschooling is sometimes perceived as a place for misfits and lazy learners. We can assure you that the opposite is true. Children that attend a homeschooling centre must be able to:
1. Work independently;
2. Plan for and adhere to deadlines for completion of work;
3. Interact with fellow students and with tutors in a socially acceptable manner.
• Learning disabilities can not be addressed or cured by homeschooling.
• Lack of motivation and ill-discipline on the part of learners and / or their parents, has no place in the homeschooling sphere.
• Homeschooling does not address or cure medical conditions / disabilities.
Legalized by the South African Schools Act No. 84 of 1996, each province has the authority to set its own standards. Home learners up to the age of 15, are required to register with provincial education departments.
However, provincial education departments set numerous unlawful preconditions for registration. Bedoeling??
Estimated number of home schoolers: 50,000-75,000
Each province has it own examining body, adminiatered by the Department of Education (DOE).
Homeschools and private schools all reside under two independent examining bodies. These are IEB (Independent Examination Board) and SACAI (South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute). Once a child has passed the exams supplied by either of these two bodies, UMALUSI will issue a National Senior Certificate (NSC), better known as a Matric Certificate. These certificates are accepted by all Higher Education institutions in South Africa.
IEB stands for the Independent Examinations Board, a South African assessment agency that conducts assessment for schooling and adult education.