Tongue twisters to try

Tongue twisters are sentences or groups of words that are difficult to say.  They exercise a person’s speech ability and help to improve pronunciation and fluency.  Incorporate Tongue Twisters as a regular game in the family to help your children improve their diction and eloquence. Start off slowly by concentrating on pronouncing each word properly […]


5 fun holiday activities

Have a picnic Get the kids to help make the snacks – little sandwiches, fruit skewers, devilled eggs and banana bites (slices of banana dipped in melted chocolate and frozen) – let your imaginations run wild. Put all the snacks in a basket or reusable shopping bag along with blankets and then find your spot. […]


The rise of homeschooling in South Africa

Homeschooling has been legal in South Africa since 1996. In recent years we have noticed a marked increase in the number of parents choosing to homeschool their children. Parents want the best for their children when it comes to education. Many parents feel that their children are falling through the gaps at state schools as […]


Relax and have fun with your kids

It is so easy to get caught up in the necessary routine of everyday life and that we often forget to have fun with our kids. Knowing when to chill out and have a laugh is tricky and learning how to switch off and just relax enough to actually have any fun is even more […]


Top study tips

Below is a list of tried and trusted study tips to help your kids get through the exams and come out tops. Quiet Space Find a quiet space in your home that is free of distractions (both visual and aural) where your child can settle down and concentrate.  Take regular breaks in between to rest […]

Two Cheerful And Smiling Little Girls

The importance of positive words

We all know the old rhyme: “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.” We also all know that words certainly can hurt us. By the same token positive words have an incredibly encouraging impact on a person’s confidence and are vital for a child’s healthy development. Things that are […]

Gentleman Filling In A Homeschooling Registration Form

Homeschooling registration with the DoE

Parents are encouraged to register their children as homeschoolers with the Department of Education (DoE) in South Africa. Students registered with a curriculum provider, such as Clonard, are not automatically registered with the DoE. Unfortunately, the DoE requires parents to register their children themselves. Students in grade R and those 16-years-old and over are not […]

Homeschooled Girl Sitting Working With Her Text Book

Legitimacy of homeschooling

Homeschooling is legal in South Africa. The Department of Education has a number of requirements for homeschooled learners and parents such as attendance records, continuous assessment portfolios and testing of skills in the various phases of education. Clonard Education is a homeschooling curriculum provider that makes sure that all departmental requirements are adhered to. Parents […]

Child Sitting Filling In a Homeschooling Worksheet

Creating a nurturing environment

Children can be under immense pressure at school to succeed, fit in, catch up, move quickly and compete for attention. More and more parents are finding themselves faced with a child complaining of a sore tummy every Monday morning. We hear stories of terrible bullying and sometimes even humiliation by teachers. Students are often too […]