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Is it a problem if we live outside of South Africa, or could I home-school anywhere in the world using Love2Learn?

Not at all. We currently have clients over 20 countries across the globe. The one thing that you do need to be cognoscente of though, is then setting aside a sizeable budget for courier costs. It will be ideal if you have family or business colleagues who can bring the resources across to you when they visit; alternatively if you plan your order with sufficient lead-time, you can sea-freight is across, which is MUCH more affordable.

Would my children need a computer, or would one home computer be sufficient?

Love2Learn does incorporate some software in most of the Grades and some of the Cores, but Love2Learn does not rely on software. A computer per child is certainly not essential – they can get along quite fine if they need to share.

How do I teach Grade 1, 2 and 3 children the same material all at the same time?

Firstly, in order to promote a one-room schoolhouse environment, where you don't have to rush off to three different curriculum files for three different grades, we prescribe one set of material for three levels.

The difference between each level rests upon two factors:
a) How much the child absorbs and understands the material
b) How much the child is able to DO with the information learned: (e.g. Analysis, Synthesis, Comparison, Short Essay Writing etc.)

Expanding this concept then... 
The Grade 1 child will interact with the material at his Grade 1 level, the Grade 2 will absorb more of it and the Grade 3 will be able to absorb it, draw parallels, analyse it and re-synthesize the material in his own mind and own words. Secondly, the output expected from a Grade 1 is much simpler than that required from a Grade 3. A Grade 1 should simply draw a picture of what they have learned. (Half way through the Grade 1 year they can begin writing a suitable heading for their picture, using the phonics learned).

The Grade 2 child will write a heading for the picture right from the beginning of the year and will begin labelling the drawing... (e.g. parts of a plant, the apparatus required for a science experiment etc). The Grade 2 will work up to writing three to four sentences about their piece of work, by mid year.

The Grade 3 child will begin writing one or two sentences at the beginning of the year (this is if they are new to Love2Learn and not accustomed to writing three to four sentences.) By the end of the first term of Grade 3, he should write at least two sentences if not more. By mid-year he should work up to four sentences, and by the end of Grade 3, he should be very comfortable writing at least half a page of hisown notes. (Not dictated by you! It is a written version of Narration).

How hard is it to teach using Love2Learn Curriculum?

In principle, homeschooling children in the lower Grades and Cores requires a significant amount of input (in terms of time and attention) from a parent; however, in keeping with what research studies have shown, there is a tendency for children (and in particular homeschooled children) to become more independent as they get older and they are thus able to a large extent, to homeschool themselves. This is further assisted through what we at Love2Learn call our Engine Rooms (lesson plans). An Engine Room has been designed for virtually every subject from Grade 1 Discipline Studies and Core 1 Studies upwards. In addition, three subjects in Core 0, viz. History, Geography and Science also come standard with Engine Rooms. The Engine Room essentially guides you as a parent / or a tutor through virtually every page of every book, for every lesson, for every subject, for every day for 36 schooling weeks of the year (180 schooling days). In addition, it includes guidelines and suggestions for activities that cater to the needs of Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic learners for every day (not that you should ever try do all of them together of course!) The Department of Education requires that you complete 190 days per year. We have left 10 days in the year (less than 1 day per month) for you to go on outings, excursions etc. (With respect though, the work you cover in 180 days is significantly more than what is covered in 190 days in a mainstream school). If you consult our Price List on our Website, it indicates which subjects incorporate an Engine Room. We supply you with all the resources for these subjects; so all you need to add is working paper, pens, pencils, kokis, crayons, tea, coffee and LOTS OF LOVE!

What is your lead-time… if I order today, will I be able to start home-schooling using Love2Learn resources by next month?

Please remember that as adults, we generally all have a 12 year degree in "how to do school"; and we imagine that if we don’t start on 15 January and finish our schooling year on 4 December, our children will be mentally scarred for life! The reality is that homeschooling is a different “animal” and we encourage families to look upon homeschooling as first and foremost the discipleship of their children with a view to preparing them for life – that’s University and beyond. It is not so much about importing the classroom into the home, but rather more about putting the home back into their schooling, without compromising in terms of standard, quality, diligence, regularity and commitment. Notwithstanding this, we fully appreciate the eagerness of families to obtain their books as soon as possible after order, and we certainly do strive to supply books in as short a time as possible. However, sometimes publishers are out of stock, books are in reprint and some resources that make up your order can be unavoidably delayed. (These delayed resources will not interfere with being able to start your homeschooling.) Please allow approximately 8 weeks from the time you pay for collation of your order, ready for delivery. (We will obviously do all we can to deliver in less time!) If your order process period falls over Christmas/New Year, then please note that as a rsult of our as well as many of our publishers' holiday closure during this time, this will result in further delays which are beyond our control. Consequently please factor this into your scheduling.

Ultimately, the first time that you order from Love2Learn will be the only time that you will have to experience this waiting period; as you can simply factor this lead-time into all of your future orders.

Once your order has been received and processed, Love2Learn will supply you with an 8-week Bridging Course. This course is supplied electronically via e-mail and is free-of-charge - as a courtesy - to help make the waiting FUN, while you wait for your Love2Learn Curriculum to arrive! The material covered in the Bridging Course, while constituting valuable learning, is not the same as that covered in your Love2Learn Curriculum. It is not supplied with an Engine Room or teacher guidelines, but is designed as a scheme of work to be covered for each subject per week, over an eight week period. It requires you to obtain books from the library or information on the Internet and to develop your own lesson plans around this material, until such time as your Love2Learn Order is ready for delivery. It does not replace or attempt to replace Love2Learn Curriculum. Again, it is designed to be a tool to assist you in the transition period from “school” to “homeschool”; and to provide you with FUN themes of study while you await the arrival of your Love2Learn Order.

When is the latest date a learner can register to do a school leaving certificate through Love2Learn?

We do not have a cut-off date for starting Love2Learn's Grade 00 - Grade 9; however students who are wanting to study IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-Levels (Grade 12) (each are completed over 18 month) need to be cognoscente that through Imperial International College (I.I.C. - www.iic-online.com) which is a separate division of Love2Learn, we offer two intakes per year - viz. January and June. This aligns with Cambridge's two exam-sitting opportunities per year (May/June and Oct/Nov) for most of their subjects; so families will need to time their ordering and preparation accordingly. To this end then, orders need to be placed ideally by no later than early- to mid-November in order to qualify for the January intake; and early- to mid-April for the the mid-year intake. 

Where can Love2Learn IGCSE (Grades 10 & 11) and AS-Level (Grade 12) students write exams?

Imperial International College (I.I.C.) - Online Education for High School (formerly iLove2LearnOnline), is a separate division of Love2Learn, which offers support for independent students wishing to study for IGCSE and AS-Levels - each over an 18 month period - via an online platform.
Love2Learn and I.I.C. have an association with International Pre-University College(IPC) in Randburg, Johannesburg; and our students are able to write their IGCSE and AS-level exams there. Alternatively students can contact registered Cambridge Examination Centres in their area, or their nearest British Council - anywhere in the world - and register for examinations. When a student registers with I.I.C. for an IGCSE or AS-Level subject, not only do they receive all the study material (most of which is presented in full colour), but they also have access to support from our part-time Tutors for each of their subjects. This tutor-support is via e-mail, telephone and MyCollege Tutor, via our online platform. We have a 24hr to 48hr response time to any question. We assist the home-schooling family in grooming the student for the Cambridge final examination by offering a number of tests, assessments and mock exams across the range of subjects we cover. These Assessments and mock-exams are available via I.I.C. and are written in the comfort of the student’s home, (under exam conditions of course.) Student's then submit their completed assessments via the I.I.C online platform, which are then marked by our tutors, who then resubmit to the student via the same platform. Seventy two tests are written over 18 months, honing exam technique, and teaching students to present their answers the "Cambridge" way. (The Cambridge examinations require that a student demonstrate a high degree of critical thinking skills.) We protect the autonomy and freedom of the homeschool on the one hand, but offer every assistance and support to the student to succeed and achieve well in the examinations, on the other. For more information on our IGCSE and AS-Level offering, go to Imperial International College - Online Education for High School.

How much parental involvement is required with Love2Learn?

In the lower Grades and Cores there is a significant amount required; however, in keeping with what research studies have shown, there is a tendency for children (especially homeschooled children) to become more independent as they get older and they are thus able to a large extent, to homeschool themselves. This is further assisted through our Engine Rooms (lesson plans) which come with most subjects from Grade 1 upwards; and these essentially guide a parent through virtually each page of each book, for each subject for each lesson, for each day for 36 schooling weeks (180 schooling days) of the year. If you consult our Price List, it indicates which subjects incorporate an Engine Room as standard.

To what extent does a student need to use a computer in this programme?

There is software prescribed at virtually every level up until Grade 8 for Maths and English (and Afrikaans Eerste Taal). We generally pitch our software at one Grade level higher than the year of the child, because children love to play on the computer and this allows them to get a feel for aspects of the coming year. We have purposefully not over-crowded our Curriculum with software as we do not see a software-driven curriculum as being able to offer a living education in the same way that books can. If you do not have a PC at home, this will not preclude you from being able to homeschool using Love2Learn Curriculum.

How many hours a day do they spend with the work and how do the hours increase as they age. And do they have to spend everyday working?

When children are at a Grade 00 level, we recommend that to a large extent they be allowed in a sense to dictate their commitment and hours. In principle, they’re small and need to PLAY! They do not need to be strapped to a desk somewhere churning out worksheets! When one gets to our Grade 0 / Grade 1 and Core 0 offering, you would be homeschooling for approximately 3+ hours per day; and this will increase steadily to approx. 5 hours per day in upper primary/lower high school extending up to 7 hours per day in the IGCSE and AS-Levels (Upper High School – Grades 10 – 12). Please remember that there is little to no home-work. Homeschooling for us is first and foremost the discipleship of our children to prepare them for life; and we would strongly urge you to always approach it with diligence, commitment and regularity!

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  • "It is now 4 years... and my trust in Love2Learn's guidance and curriculum has grown.  I cross paths with a lot of homeschooling moms from other countries and when they discuss their curriculums and what they are doing I am so blessed by the peace and contentment I feel about the curriculum I have chosen. I have seen my very active, social son become an independent learner who wants to work things out on his own, who has finally learnt the art of paying attention, and who has become very comfortable narrating back both orally and written."
    Shirley (Sumatra, Indonesia)
  • "We have been using your curriculum throughout our 7 years of  homeschooling and have enjoyed every bit of it. The course is comprehensive and well sourced. We just received next year’s books and are always so excited to see what we have next!"
    Cheryll (Perth, W. Australia)
  • "We received our books yesterday and am blown away by the quality resources you have been able to supply. My daughter is on camp right now but I cannot wait to show her the treasures that await!"
    Melody (W. Cape, SA)
  • "It's too wonderful to watch my children learning and making progress.  My boys  are excited to learn and are doing well. My youngest son is half way though grade 1 and has finished his reading for his grade for the year already."
    Glenda (E. Cape, SA)
  • "…(our son) is absolutely thriving on Love2Learn… The discipline and yet freedom this curriculum brings is so suited to (us)… the lessons are set out in such a way that he is managing well and so keen to keep moving forward. Thank you Love2Learn team for such an amazing foundation - I just wish that every parent could homeschool the Love2Learn way!"
    Des (S.W. Cape, SA)