Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Homeschool View from South Africa


A HOMESCHOOL VIEW FROM HANLIE STEYNBERG

Please introduce yourself to my readers.
Hi, My name is Hanlie and I live in South Africa. My husband and I have 3 children, one dd (9 turning 10), one ds(7) and one dd(4). We started homeschooling when the oldest was turning 4, so that is about 7 years ago. Our kids have never been in public school.

What attracted you to homeschooling? Do you need a college degree to homeschool?
In our country there are many unknowns, including our children's futures. We want to give them the best possible education we can. No, you don't need a college degree.

What are the benefits to homeschooling your children?

The benefits are numerous. First of all your kids get one-on-one attention most of the time while learning. Each get to progress at their own pace, and their own interests are followed and explored. Then comes the benefit of quality time with mom and dad, as well as better sibling relationships.

Are there drawbacks? What are they?
The only drawbacks we have encountered is that most of my time is invested in my children(not exactly a drawback?)

Do you purchase curriculum? Is it expensive?
We are fortunate enough to be able to buy our curriculum, and also resources from different sources. However, it can be done on a very tight budget as well.

What part do books, other than curriculum, play in homeschooling?
We love our books! It takes us to new countries, lets us meet new people, and give us something to dream about!!

Do you buy a lot of books or use the library or both?
We do both.

Does fiction play a part in homeschooling? How did you decide which books to get?
For us, it does. It fuels our children's imaginations and lets them be creative!! I usually read many online reviews about books, and also look at which books are included in reputable curriculum suppliers' catalogues. We also use many books with a christian moral or theme.

Do games play a major part in teaching? Did you use puzzles and games to teach reading?
It does, especially when they are young. Yes, we use quite a few games, because as soon as kids are having fun and learning hands on, they learn so much faster!

How did you encourage your children to read? Did you have any reluctant readers? How did you encourage their reading?
By reading good books to them and providing them with books about their interests. Yes, I did have one - my oldest dd is a kinestethic learner, so she had to MOVE while she learnt the basics. Today, she is reading at 2 levels above her age, and devours anything that resembles a book!!

Hanlie, thank you for helping us get acquainted with the homeschool view.
Thank you for the chance to introduce our family to you!!

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