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Helpful Apps for busy moms

Let’s face it, moms have a hectic life whether they work, homeschool, run around kids all day or a combo of these roles. If only you could divide yourself in half, or even quarters! We have some great ideas to help you juggle all those balls. Check out these apps: COZI Keeping you organized! This […]

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School Fees in Focus

Education is – or should be – a top priority for all parents. Putting your kids through school is an important part of the family’s financial planning. Recent Statistics SA data has found that almost two in every 10 potential learners are unable to attend school or a tertiary institution in this country due to […]

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The importance of reading

It is undeniable that a child’s reading skills are important to their success in school, work and life in general. It is possible to help ensure your child’s success by reading to them from a very early age, then progressing to reading together, until they ultimately start reading on their own and finding the love […]

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Exam Superfoods

Exam Superfoods

I am sure you know the saying, “You are what you eat”. In today’s world of fast food – and fast everything for that matter – all the processed foods that we commonly consume are so high in unhealthy fats, salt and preservatives and do little to support brain function and optimal academic performance. These […]

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Homeschool Classroom Philosophy

One of the many reasons parents decide to homeschool is to give their kids a more detailed and diverse education than they could get in a typical school system.  Here are some ideas and ways to create a supportive learning environment – classroom – for your student/s: Clean Space A cluttered space means a cluttered mind […]

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Learning Styles

Every student learns differently and each has a distinct preferred learning style that refers to the way in which they absorb, process, comprehend and retain information. For example, when assembling a model car, some students understand the process best by following verbal instructions, others may need to read through the instructions, while some have to […]

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Tips for Preparing for Exams

As much as we all dislike them, exams are an important indicator of how well you understand the subject material that you have learnt – this is your own personal journey.  Get your mind right for those exams, reduce your stress and anxiety and increase your self-belief. Take a look at these tips leading up […]

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Cheating!

Eric Anderman, professor of education psychology at Ohio University, has studied cheating for decades and states that 85 percent of students admit to cheating. This number is probably higher as many won’t admit it. Cheating is a problem at mainstream schools along with drugs, bullying and violence and also a reality in home-schooling with students, […]

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Homeschooling in remote regions

Lynette is a homeschooler using the Clonard curriculum in Madagascar since 2014.  This is her very interesting story: “My husband (Dries) and I moved to Madagascar in 1999.  We came to Madagascar as missionaries and the education of children in general has always been very close to our hearts.  We moved to the island of […]

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Q & A Session with a homeschooling mom

Amanda de Waal is a successful homeschooling mom and has been with Clonard since 2004.  Her eldest son started homeschooling from grade 6 and completed his Cambridge HIGCSE in 2009.  Her daughter Elizabeth was homeschooled since grade 1 and has also just completed the Cambridge IGCSE programme achieving an impressive 74% aggregate on this tough […]

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