Home schooling a growing trend

2019-05-08 06:01

FED-UP with sending your child to mainstream school? Home schooling can be a viable option.

The demand for it appears to have increased, according to Sarel Schaanick, owner of B-Hive Home Schooling in Bisley.

One of the reasons for this is bullying, he said.

Another is that some children need more attention than others.

The school getting calls regularly from parents to ask about home schooling indicates the high level of interest, he said.

“We can’t take on too many children and have to keep the classes small,” he said.

Schaanick added that he has about 50 children in total at the school from Grade 1 to 12. He said the environment teaching is done in is relaxed and laid back.

However, there are rules that the children follow.

Educational psychologist Tarryn Blake said home schooling can be a viable alternative to mainstream schooling.

However, each child’s needs must be considered before deciding on school placement.

“Some children may be better suited to mainstream schools than others,” she said.

Home schooling may be a place where children can learn in a less competitive environment, where there is less pressure to perform.

Learning can be tailored to suit the child’s needs; it may offer more flexibility, and the pace of learning can be adapted to suit the child.

It can allow for a more individualised curriculum and has the potential to offer a greater freedom of choice.

It can also offer an alternative setting for children with special educational needs that may not be catered for in mainstream systems.

It could also offer a safer learning environment if a child is being bullied in a mainstream school.

On the other hand, home-schooled children may miss out on organised team sport activities.

They may lose out on being exposed to children from a wide range of diverse backgrounds, thus limiting their social interactions and potential social relationships.

A child may also miss out on the opportunity to work in a group, which usually promotes shared problem solving and teaches important skills on how to work collaboratively.

“A child may also miss out on receiving the appropriate recognition for excellent achievement that may occur more readily in a mainstream school.

“If a child’s accomplishments go unnoticed, it may affect their motivation to perform.

There is also the potential for there to be a lack of support from others; it may be beneficial to have support groups for parents and children in the home-schooling system,” she said.

BASIC Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, said people who wish to home school their children need to apply to the department by filling out a form. The process could take a few months.

“You need to comply with the requirements. Any curriculum can be chosen. If the department’s is used, it is made available for free,” he said.

He said each province has its own officials who monitor teaching and learning to make sure everything is going fine. “Some people choose home schooling and then later decide to put their child in mainstream schools. This is why monitoring is important because if that happens then the child must be ready to go to mainstream school,” he said.

Mhlanga said most people who choose home schooling are either rich or their child has a medical condition. “You must remember that sometimes parents are not in the position to teach their child every subject. They need to pay others to do the teaching,” he said. — WWR.


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