The Homeschool Lounge

THE HOMESCHOOL LOUNGE.  |  Podcast , ±18 min episodes every 1 week, 5 days  | 
If you have a question re. home education in South Africa, then this is the place to come to. From the HOW to the WHY and the WHERE our informative talks will provide answers and advice. We all need a helping hand sometime or maybe just some inspiration. Here, experienced home educators come alongside you and guide you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the following interviews are not necessarily those of the Homeschool Lounge or CHE. They are shared in the interests of promoting a variety of ideas and debate to assist people in making their own informed choices. For any legal advice please contact your legal representative.

Technical and artistic support provided by JustNat Bros.

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Wing.Studio – Build a Credible Portfolio, Keep Track of Your Learning

Pieter de Bruyn is Anelle Burger's guest. Pieter and Willie Maritz are the founders of Wing.Studio, an online platform where young people can post their skills and, in the process, build a credible portfolio.

Home educators can use this platform to gather and store proof of learning. The loading of the information can even be a learning experience of its own.

Reading Readiness with Dr Melodie de Jager

Dr Melodie de Jager is a well known and much loved author of books on baby and child development. Her book BabyGym was one of my go-to books whenever I had doubts or concerns.

Marinda Erwee spoke to her about reading readiness. They talk about what needs to happen before a child learns to read and write and how parents can best help their young children.

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The Importance of Reading

I invited 3 experienced home education moms to talk about the importance of reading. In this lively discussion we talk about why we read, the benefits of reading and whether a child who struggles to read can experience the same benefits.

Marinda Erwee is a trained educator who ran her own early childhood development centre. She was also part of the Babygym Institute.

Chantal Malan has a post graduate degree in counselling psychology. She was head of the Career Centre at the University of Stellenbosch Business School until 2005, when she decided to exchange the counselling of students for the life of motherhood.

Karen Badenhorst is a homeschool mom for the past 16 years. She has 3 children which are now happy grounded young adults. She is a remedial therapist and is part of the Dynamis Institute as one of the rooted families.

Charlotte Mason For the Primary Years

My guest is Joanne Madgwick. She is a home education mom with almost 2 decades' worth of hands-on experience. She used the Charlotte Mason approach in educating her children and in this interview she tells us more about how she went about it.

Athletics, Cycling and Applying for a USA Sport Scholarship

Home educated children can excel at sport and compete provincially, nationally, and internationally. Annerine Wenhold is a 5 times world track cycling champion and athletics and cycling coach. She tells about the process to follow, gives coaching tips and shares from her own experience how to apply for a USA sport scholarship.

Hall of Fame - Sandi Brunel

My guest is Sandi Brunel. She and her siblings were home educated, and she now home educates her own children. She talks about the benefit of stepping out of your comfort zone and reaping the rewards of a tailor-made education.

Working Moms and Home Education

Diane Desmarais is juggling work and home education. She is a freelance nutritionist and runs a small business selling massage cups and oils. Her husband is also self-employed and they both work from home. She shares with us how she manages to do it all.

Natural Learning Explained

Dr Renuka Ramroop has been home educating her two children for the last 18 years following the Natural Learning Approach. She completed a doctorate in Natural Learning, making it the first in-depth study of the Natural Learning approach in South Africa. Renuka is a research associate at the University of Limpopo, South Africa and she serves on a forum that engages the South African Department of Education on home education matters.

She shares with us her insights and knowledge on the Natural Learning Approach.

Wiskunde Sonder Trane

My gas is Lizelle Rademeyer. Sy het ‘n voorliefde vir wiskunde en het meteorologie (weerkunde) en klimatologie studeer wat op toegepaste wiskunde en statistiek gebaseer is. Sy tuisonderrig haar 3 kinders en het baie praktiese ervaring oor hoe om wiskunde pret te maak.

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