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.

Friday, December 24, 2010

We’re Moving

SHi there, I recently discovered and have decided to move my HomeSchooling blog across there because its content is more relevant for that site. You can now visit us at Trixi's HomeSchool Academy.
In the interim I’m wising you a very blessed Christmas Season and all the best for 2011.
Looking forward to seeing you at our new home with soon.
Kind regards & God bless

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…


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


Free Recourse Pages



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…


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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An African Dad's Perspective on Homeschooling


Dadda’s been the driving force behind our homeschooling efforts. He’s been wanting me to do it for 3 years, but due to my lack of confidence, I wouldn’t budge. Finally due, to Misha’s school experience I decided  also decided to face my fears in order to help my boy.

Please also stop by & visit Clive on his blog at An African Dad's Perspective on Homeschooling where he will be sharing his experiences on homeschooling.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Well Done Boys~!!!

So we’ve finally made it through the school year. We managed to finish all the workbooks on time & have received reports.


Jesse’s grades have dropped, but he still passed grade 7 and received the “Chess Player of the Year Trophy”. Well done, Jesse!

In spite of all the stress & frustrations, Misha’s had to deal with this year he still managed to pass Gr. 2 with good results. He achieved 93% for English & 95% for Maths on Smart Tutor. His bookwork still needs improving, but for now he’s on a well deserved break. Well done, Misha, we knew you could do it!

Initially he was supposed to continue some learning during the holidays, but I have since decided to give him these few weeks to totally destress & rest. We’ll tackle rest of his problem areas in the New Year when he’s fully relaxed & well rested.13~LOLLIPOPS040208112330

Instead I’ve devoted my time to rest, preparing the new school room & working through some Homeschooling reading material. I have also finally handed over my MIA Secretary duties after 5 years of service to the school. now I can give my undivided attention to my family & focus on homeschooling my boys, although it's going to be strange not having the additional "job" anymore.

Next year we’ll take the bull by the horns & work on any of the other areas that need improving.

Until then, wishing you all a restful holiday & God’s very richest blessings for Christmas and the New Year.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our New School Room

Well, with Misha’s schooling finished for this year, I’ve finally had some time to start sorting out the school room for next year. Now all it needs is a fresh coat of paint, and a black chalk board.


Misha chose this corner for his desk. It worked out quite well, because he benefits from the extra wall space for posters & visual aids.


Jesse’s wanted his desk in front of the window. All he needs still is a chair. For now these bookshelves will suffice, but I expect that pretty soon we’ll probably have to find alternative shelving space.


This will be our poster & “writing” board. I’m going to get some “black board” paint & daddy will paint the wall but leave space at the top & bottom for posters. And of course the chair & music desk have to find a new spot elsewhere.

All their books have arrived & are awaiting the new school year in the bookshelf.  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Big Brainz Multiplication Game

WoW, I’m oficially impressed!

I just stumbled across this cool game earlier today & downloaded it to try it with Misha. Initially I thought he might get bored because he has to answer the questions, but it has proven to be an absolute winner. In his words: “Mommy this is the most awesome game you have ever got me”. He’s already been at it for over an hour whereas usually he gets bored quite fast.

I can’t imagine an easier way to teach timetables to a kynesthetic learner. Now if this doesn’t end up helping my little one with his multiplication, I really don’t know what else will…

…and the best of all is that there’s Addition, Subraction & Division coming in 2011. ~ I can’t wait for those !

Multiplication Games

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Screenshots below:

Multiplication Games

Multiplication Games

Multiplication Games

Multiplication Games

Multiplication Games

Multiplication Games

If he keeps this up, at least, if nothing else, Misha will be learning multiplication this holiday.