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Is Love2Learn SAQA or Umalusi accredited? Do you have to be?

The short answer is No, Love2Learn is not SAQA nor Umalusi accredited; and No, neither is a prerequisite!
SAQA accreditation applies to colleges and universities that issue qualifications.
Umalusi accreditation applies to school Curricula that culminate in the mainstream National Senior Certificate (NSC) qualification, issued by the Matriculation Board.
Our curriculum culminates in the British IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-Level (Grade 12) school-leaving qualification, through Imperial International College, a separate division of Love2Learn Curriculum. As these IGCSE and AS-Level qualifications are issued by Cambridge International Examinations Board, accreditation requirements rest with them and not Umalusi. AS-Levels are fully endorsed by HESA (Higher Education SA) and thus recognised by every single public University in South Arica, as well as a number of institutions across the world (and full A-Levels in over 150 countries worldwide!). Umalusi accreditation is thus irrelevant.
For more information about Imperial International College – Online Education for High School, please visit - www.iic-online.com

Is a second language still a compulsory requirement for entrance into South African Universities?

We would direct you to the Universities themselves as things are constantly changing and so unfortunately we cannot speak on behalf of the Universities. We would suggest that you simply “Google” the relevant faculty at your preferred University to see what their policy is. If you continue with us through to AS-Levels (Grade 12/Matric), via our other division - Imperial International College - www.iic-online.com; when making application, please be sure to mention you will be applying with AS-Level credits, not the mainstream National Senior Certificate (NSC) credits.

What do I do with a public holiday? Do I insert the missed day so that Friday falls off the edge, and then Friday is always a week behind in the Engine Room (lesson plans)?

The minimum number of homeschooling weeks you are required to complete by law is 38 (190 days). Each subject that we offer is designed to be completed in a period of 36 weeks (180 days). This leaves 10 days (less than one per month) for an outing, excursion etc. However, many homeschoolers do 40 weeks or more. This means that you can carry over public holidays, days when your children are ill, days when you decide to go on an educational outing etc. This allows you the flexibility. Allow us to share with you some of our own personal experience gained through homeschooling for more than a decade... For us… flexibility = life and joy and rigidity = burnout in a homeschooling context. We consider the 36 weeks as rungs of a stepladder. Each time we complete a week's worth of work we have climbed another step of the ladder. However, it isn't necessary to complete each week's worth of work on a Friday! We can complete it on a Tuesday or Wednesday for example. If you consider the weeks simply a gauge of where you are in the curriculum and how much further you have to go before you have completed a year's worth of work, you will find it far easier and far less stressful! Alternatively, there are families who choose to double-up their work each time there is a public holiday. But this means they have to do school all day to catch up the missed day, and finish at 5pm, or they do school over the weekend. (Personally, we feel this is over the top, as the work covered in our curriculum is significantly ahead of what is required anyway. The objective is that our children "love to learn"!)

What is the attraction of Love2Learn’s Core Subject offering; and how does it differ from Discipline Studies?

Firstly, here is some background to the terminology “CORE” and "DISCIPLINE" STUDIES (Grade 8, Grade 9 etc..) It all begins with the problem that many homeschooling families face…how to teach several children of different ages, all at the same time. Now this may not apply to your situation right now, but here is the background to help you understand these terms:
SCENE 1 Picture the scene: A mother is trying to teach history at the same time to her four children aged 4, 6, 8 and 10 years respectively. To her four year old she says: “Today we are learning about old cars.” To her six year old she says: “Today we are learning about the French Revolution.” To her eight year old she says: “Today we are learning about World War II.” To her ten year old she says: “Today we are learning about Ancient China.” Imagine the chaos! This mother is trying to split herself into four pieces, in order to deliver a comprehensive lesson about four different aspects of history at the same time! She ends up feeling frazzled. Her children have learned little to nothing at all and everyone is frustrated and demoralized.
Enter the solution: The One-Room Schoolhouse!
SCENE 2 Picture the scene, the One-Room Schoolhouse way: A mother is teaching the science of light and lenses at the same time to her four children aged 4, 6, 8 and 10 years respectively, as part of Science. To her four year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” To her six year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” To her eight year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” To her ten year old she says: “Today we are learning about light and lenses.” It looks better already, doesn’t it? The mother begins by reading aloud from the full colour Love2Learn Curriculum book on the subject of light and lenses. The children then look at the colourful pictures together and discuss their understanding of the topic. Next the whole family makesa pinhole camera together. Then they log onto the internet and view a short video clip on the topic. Next each child has the opportunity to give a verbal narration on the topic. To her four year old Mom says, “you can play with the pinhole camera we made today.” To her six year old she says: “draw a picture about what you learned today and write one good sentence about it.” To her eight year old she says: “Draw a picture about what you learned today and write a short essay explaining how light passes through a lens” To her ten year old she says: “Draw a picture about what you learned today and write a comparative essay on the similarities and difference between the functioning of a pinhole camera, and the inversion of images on the retina of the human eye”. The whole family has completed the same lesson, but each child has interacted with the material at their age-appropriate level. The mother is sane and the children have each learned something. The younger children have benefited from the “trickle-down” effect due to the participation of their older siblings. Everyone is happy. The one-room schoolhouse is not an invention of Love2Learn, it has existed for years. This allows for effective, simultaneous, multi-level teaching.
There are certain subjects that can be taught very effectively in the one-room schoolhouse style. These we call CORE STUDIES / CORE PACKAGES; and comprise the following subjects: Bible, History, Geography, Biology (Botany and Zoology), Science, Technology, Human Anatomy, Economics, Literature, Music, Art, Life Skills.
However there are some subjects that cannot be taught this way because they are linear and sequential in nature. E.g. you cannot give Grade 5 Maths to a Grade 1 child, as there are certain foundational principles that need forst to be established in Grades 2, 3 and 4, before they are ready for the challenges of Grade 5. The subjects that cannot be taught in the one-room schoolhouse manner, we call DISCIPLINE STUDIES. These subjects are Mathematics, English, Afrikaans (if resident in South Africa), Learning to Read and Handwriting.
Love2Learn Curriculum is designed in the form of a wagon wheel. The hub of the wheel represents a single Core Curriculum used to teach your children, all at the same time subject to a maximum of 4-5 year age difference in CORE STUDIES and 2 - 3 years in CORE PACKAGES! The spokes of the wheel represent the individual Discipline Studies selected for each child according to their respective grade level. 

How long does a Core last - is it a year, or can it be utilised for longer?

All the Core subjects from Core 1 - Core 6 - as well as Core 0 History, Geography and Science - are supplied together with what we call an Engine Room (Lesson Plans) that guide a parent or tutor through essentially each page of each book for each lesson for each day for a total of 36 schooling weeks (180 schooling days) of the year. You may well take less time - or longer - to complete it, if required. This does not however apply to our Discipline Studies (Maths, English, Afrikaans etc.); we encourage you to ensure that you complete these annually.

If my child wishes to do Computer Science at IGCSE (Grade 10 and 11) Level, would he need to complete Core 2, 3, and 4 in Computers?

No, IGCSE Computer Science can be started from scratch, with no prior experience in computers.

What School-leaving certificate does Love2Learn offer?

Through the online learning platform of our other division - Imperial International College - Online Education for High School (www.iic-online.com) - we offer support for independent (homeschooled) students to write the British IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-Levels (Grade 12), which affords a student an AS-Level (Matriculation Exemption) that is recognised by every Public University in South Africa, as well as a number of other Universities around the world. We are investigating being able to extend this offering for certain subjects to a full AL (A-Levels). The latter are recognised by Universities in 150 countries worldwide.
Subjects we currently offer up to AS-Level (Grade 12) are: Mathematics, English (First Language), Afrikaans (Second Language), History, Geography, Physics, Biology, Economics, Business Studies and Accounting. In addition, in line with HESA (Higher Education South Africa) and Cambridge's "Conditions and requirements to gain entrance to South African public universities", a student may carry one IGCSE credit (excl. English) as part of their AS-Level Certificate (Report Card). In this regard, the additional subject options we offer are: French (in place of Afrikaans), Chemistry and Computer Science.

What Afrikaans programme does Love2Learn use - is it one that you have written or is it from another Afrikaans Curriculum supplier?

As with our Mathematics, our Afrikaans is made up of our own, unique compilation of resources.

To what extent is Love2Learn Curriculum available in Afrikaans?

Many of our Love2Learn families are Afrikaans speaking. Ivana originally wrote Love2Learn in English. When it became apparent that many South African families wanted an Afrikaans version, she set about trying to replace all the English books with the Afrikaans equivalents. Firstly, we begin a careful search for a replacement title. The new, replacement book is subjected to much scrutiny! It must pass our test of being a “living book” – that is a book that makes you WANT to turn the page and that excites the imagination! If it passes this test, we know there is a good chance you and your children will love it. But this is not enough. It is then examined to ensure that it fits the scope-and-sequence of the affected subject. Next, as a minimum, it has to meet CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) requirements. We examine the typeface and layout of the book and ensure that it is age-appropriate. We also endeavour to weigh the book against the Word of God as given to us in the Bible. These are just a few of a whole host of other criteria that the new title has to meet. It is not a simple case of substituting ANY title! We take much love and care in selecting excellent material for our curriculum… and just as a chef lovingly selects the best ingredients for his recipe, and a good meal takes time to prepare, so the perfect substitute title may take a while to find!
When it comes to finding good English replacement books, there is no shortage; but unfortunately the same does not apply to Afrikaans books. There are many Afrikaans books, but not all of them pass the test and evaluation criteria described above. When Ivana put together Love2Learn Curriculum's Afrikaans curriculum offering, she decided not to compromise on this.
As an example, if a subject prescribes five English books (in the English Curriculum) and we could find only one or two or possibly even three good, “living” Afrikaans books to put in their place - we did just that - and have kept the balance of the books in English. Most of the English books do not have the exact Afrikaans translation. Our Afrikaans offering is thus a combination of some subjects that are
1. “Volledig Afrikaans” e.g. Afrikaans Eerste Taal, Wiskunde en Lees;
2. Some subjects that are a combination of Afrikaans and English resources, e.g. as already mentioned, a subject may be made up of five books – two of which are English and three Afrikaans etc. - this detail is included in the Subject's description on the Afrikaans Price List; and finally
3. Certain subjects may be entirely English due to the fact that we have not been able to find suitable Afrikaans replacements for our English titles.

We offer Afrikaans Engine Room (lesson plans) for the Afrikaans Huistaal (Grades 1 - 9) Curriculum, but for other subjects, the Engine Rooms are still in English. We do also cover this as part of our Terms and Conditions. For reference, here is the extract:
Note to Afrikaans Love2Learn Users: Please note that certain subjects in each “Kern” contain a combination of both Afrikaans and English titles; and that the Engine Room currently refers to the English titles. Some of the English books referred to in the English Engine Room have been removed and replaced with Afrikaans titles. Page numbers in the Engine Room correlate with all the English Titles only. All Engine Rooms, unless otherwise stipulated, are currently only available in English. Our website order Price List carries a subject description to guide parents in the make-up of each of the Afrikaans subjects offered. In regard to how to incorporate and schedule those Afrikaans books that are not included in the Engine Room, we would suggest that you take the number of pages in that book and divide it by the number of weeks you have in your Engine Room for that subject and then cover that many pages in that specific book, once a week during that subject.

Our Graad Studies for Afrikaans Eerste Taal are offered right through to AS-Level (Grade 12/Matric).
Our Graad Studies for Wiskunde are offered up to Graad 7, but then for Grades 8 and 9, we offer only Mathematics in English, as we believe that we can no longer delay preparing students for IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-Levels (Grade 12), which offers only Mathematics in English.

Further, due to lack of demand, Love2Learn has discontinued its Afrikaans Kern offerings for Kern 3 - Kern 6. Please refer Core 3 - Core 6 or our Core Packages for alternative curriculum options. 
One more important factor to bear in mind is that Love2Learn eventually culminates in British IGCSE (Grades 10 and 11) and AS-Levels (Grade 12), the latter of which are recognised by every Public University in South Africa. All these subjects (aside from Afrikaans of course) need to be written in English. Consequently, if you plan to homeschool right through to IGCSE and AS-Levels, then at some point you will need to make the switch to English in order to give your children adequate time to prepare and be comfortable, learning in English.
For more on our offering for the last three years of high school, please visit our other division - Imperial International College - Online Education for High School at www.iic-online.com

What is the difference between Grade subjects and Core subjects?

The subjects that fall under our banner of Cores and Grades are very different. Grade Subjects form part of our subject grouping that we call "Discipline Studies";  and is the term we’ve given to subjects like Mathematics, English, Afrikaans and Latin; and also to Learning to Read and Learning to Write for younger children. Core is the term we’ve given to the “cultural/content” subjects like Bible and Character Development, History, Geography, Biology (Botany and Zoology), Science, Human Anatomy etc.
Grade subjects need to be purchased per child, whereas Core subjects can be purchased for an entire family to share where there is not more than a maximum of a four year age difference between the oldest and youngest sibling.

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