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Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home Education Recourses

Although I’ve looked at homeschooling for about 3 years, I’ve spent at least 6-8 months doing intensive research on homeschooling before I finally adhered to my husband’s pleas to homeschool and took the plunge with our youngest in August last year due to learning problems at school.

I’ve done quite a bit of surfing lately and found many useful sites for homeschooling assistance. My head is still spinning from information overload…

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I must, quite honestly, admit that all the info available made for loads of reading & at times was quite overwhelming. I was bookmarking pages & later found that I couldn’t remember why I bookmarked certain pages. Hence I decided to add these to my blog with descriptions in order to help me find material again at a later stage.

Since research is so time consuming, I thought I’d also share the great links I found, in order to save some other "newbie" mom the time I spent finding it…

Support Groups

  • image Legal defence fund for home educating families.

  • imagehas so much to offer all South African homeschoolers in every province, including …membership, community forums, chats, great articles, links to great websites, links to forums, events calendars (that we can add to!) and more.

2.   Organisers, Planners, Schedulers, etc.
3.   Informative Pages & Blogs
4.   Learning Styles
5.   Brain Dominance
6.   Left Handed Learners
7.   Building a Solid Foundation
8.   Home Educating a Struggling Learner
9.   Unschooling
10. Curricula
11. Tutors, Co-ops & Other Group Activities
12. Grades 8 – 12 / Matric
13. Matric Support
14. eLearning
15. Free Educational Games & Software

16. Android Apps for Home Education

16. iPad Apps for Home Education
17. Teaching Aids
  • Teacher Resources
  • Kid Safe Internet Browsers
    • Zoodles A safe Kid Mode for every device. We help your children find the age appropriate games that make learning fun. Ad blocking, Educational Subjects & Character Blocking.
    • KidZui Internet for Kids Get the FREE Kids Browser stuffed with fun curated by hundreds of parents & teachers. KidZui gives kids the freedom to explore the Internet safely. * Millions of kid-friendly YouTube videos, online games, and websites * All pre-screened and approved by editorial staff, teachers, and parents * Weekly activity reports keep you in touch with your child’s evolving interests.

Both of these offer free basic features as well as a membership option that offers additional features.

18. Book Stores
19. Extra Curricular Activities
20. Field Trip Venues

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Free Recourse Pages

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Blogs & Pages

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Here’s a image for your internet explorer to help you quickly find homeschooling Blogs, Community, Top Sites, Freebies and Feeds. It offers

  • 100 Top Homeschooling Sites
  • Popular homeschooling blogs
  • Built in Google search engine
  • Searches by specific categories helpful to moms and homeschoolers
  • One click access to homeschool communities and forums
  • Post to your Facebook from the toolbar
  • RSS feeds
  • Email notifier that manages all your email accounts
  • Tools such as the weather forecast, To Do list and a radio player
  • Pop up blocker
  • And more…

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This post features on the South African Carnival of Homeschool Bloggers where South African home schoolers share experiences, ideas, philosophies and much more.  You can join the carnival too by heading to the South African Carnival of Homeschool Bloggers sign up page.   In the meantime, head to SACH Carnival #8 – Co-ops and Support Groups for this week’s carnival.  We hope you enjoy the carnival as much as we have!

Please visit this page frequently as I will be posting regular updates as I find more resources.