How we operate
In order to give you a better idea of what we do, we have broken the schooling down in age groups. However, these ages are merely a guideline as we realise that not all learners in an age group are at the same developmental level or school grade. With home- and unschooling, learners gr. R – 9 don’t need to register with a curriculum provider, but should they wish to later go back to mainstream school it is advisable. For gr. R – 9 learners can choose the CAPS curriculum or IEB. Gr.10 – 12 learners have the choice of CAPS, IEB, Cambridge or the American GDE and SAT’s.
Ages 5 - 10
Our vision for learners within this age range is to develop skills rather that memorizing facts. We use worksheets as well as project based learning and plenty of healthy, educational play. Developmental levels at such a young age vary and we focus on what they are able to do and build on that step by step to give them the foundation to progress. Not all learners fall within the mean and judging all learners by the same normative values can be damaging to their self-esteem and further development. From a young age we encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and use their interests to further their skills.
Ages 11 – 14
We prepare learners in this age range to cope with larger amounts of work and test writing. We focus on study skills, general knowledge learning and comprehension abilities. It is very important for learners to be able to read from their textbooks, process the knowledge and be able to put it in their own words. We encourage reading and watch plenty of documentaries to expand learners’ world view.
Ages 15 – up
We offer a range of options for learners: CAPS, IEB, Cambridge (A-levels) and American GED and SAT’s. Lessons are presented as workshops of 2 – 4 hours in order to cover topics in detail. Frequent breaks are scheduled as needed. In times between workshops learners do ‘self-study’ lessons giving them time to do plenty of exercises and past papers, allowing time to study as well as complete tasks. We find that this workshop system reduces stress since they have more time to cover work in detail and are able to work at their own pace. Facilitated self-study lessons develops skills in comprehension, reading and study techniques and also teaches learners to be self-reliant and self-disciplined. Learners have the option of coming to Sandra’s House full-time from 8.00 – 14.00, or part-time to only attend the workshops.