The Homeschool Lounge

THE HOMESCHOOL LOUNGE.  |  Podcast , ±18 min episodes every 1 week, 4 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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Uda de Wet - Hall of Fame

My guest is Uda de Wet (born van Oostrum). She started teaching music when she was fifteen years old, and ballet not long after that. As young adult she completed a diploma in ballet teaching through Dance Academy of South Africa, as well as grade 8 viola through the Royal Schools of Music.
She shares with us her experience as a home educated learner.

Dyslexia and the SDL Approach To Reading Difficulties

Je'anna Clements (Self Directed Learning advocate and facilitator) wrote a booklet titled, What if School Creates Dyslexia? In conversation with Anelle Burger, she shares her insights into dyslexia and discuss the reasons why dyslexia is near non-existent in the SDL context.

Hall of Fame - Cornelia Marais

Cornelia Marais is one of the oldest home education alumni in the country. She was home educated for her entire school career, obtained a national senior certificate and studied BMus at the University of Pretoria.

Anelle Burger chats with her about her experience as a home educated learner.

Following a Rabbit Trail

My guest is Stephané Burger. We discuss home educating two or more children, following the American High School Diploma Path, and other topics that came to mind.

The American High School Diploma as a Path to a School Leaving Certificate

Annerine Wenhold is my guest. She is an American High School Diploma consultant and home education mom of three teenagers.
In this interview she gives us a good introduction to the American High School Diploma as a path to a school leaving certificate.

Annerine can be contacted on 078 459 1656 and by email:

CIE as a Path to a School Leaving Certificate

The Cambridge International Exam is an option many home educated learners follow towards a school leaving certificate. Two of Wendy Young's children completed this exam. She joins me in the lounge to give us a bit more information about the Cambridge International Exam.

The GED Path to a School Leaving Certificate

One of the matric qualifications a home educated learner can obtain is the GED. My guests are Chirani Meyer and her children. They will give us more information about the GED and also share their personal experience.

For more information visit:
South African GED online tutorial course:

Hall of Fame with Megan Marais

Megan Marais, who matriculated in 2004 is one of South Africa's oldest home education graduates. She holds a BSc in Human Bioscience and a Masters degree in Curriculum Design. She chats with Anelle Burger about her experience as a home educated learner.

Home Educating in a Time of Crises

Lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic caused a time of upheaval and uncertainty. The closure of schools and the shutdown of extra-mural activities brought a new set of challenges.

My guest is Chirani Meyer and we talk about the challenges parents face. She gives advice and much needed hope for parents who are concerned about their children's academic progress.

To join support groups on Facebook search for Lockdown Schooling@Home SA and Educating@Home SA.

We also suggest you join the provincial home education associations. Those in the Western and Northern Cape can join Cape Home Educators.
Pestalozzi trust

Overcoming Reading Challenges

Children who struggle to read not only find it difficult to learn (especially where the subject is content heavy), but they often have low self-esteem and struggle to concentrate.

The good news is, reading difficulties can be addressed and help is available.

Brand van Dyk (Smartbrain Child Development Institute) gives us advice.

For more information visit:
or contact them on: 021 910 2615 and e-mail:
Smartbrain Child Development Institute

Home Educating an Only Child

Is it healthy for an only child to be home educated and how do you ensure that he's not lonely or deprived of contact with other children?

Shirley Erwee (co-author of Footprints on our Land) and Anelle Burger (spokesperson, CHE) chat about the differences between large and small families and the benefits and challenges of homeschooling an only child.

Hall of Fame - Marike van Zyl

Marike van Zyl is a home education alumnus and studies applied mathematics at the University of Pretoria. She was educated according to the natural learning (self-directed learning) approach.

She gives us a glimpse into her life as home educated learner.

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