Mom’s the word: Home is where the school is
By Graham Wood
Le Cordeur said she found scant resources and little support in 1996 when she began. Shirley Erwee, who lives in Hermanus and has been homeschooling for 16 years, said when she began, also in the late 1990s, she had to rely mostly on resources from the US.
Now there’s a wide range of curricula to choose from, numerous resources, support groups, online help and discussion groups. It’s an R800-million industry, according to Van Oostrum.
Founder of a South African homeschool support website, Kathy Le Cordeur, also points out a lesson learned by homeschool parents:
Le Cordeur said it took her six months to realise that formal schooling’s methods simply don’t apply to homeschooling.
“It’s not a school at home,” she said.