Frequently Asked Questions
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 Grade 12/Matric Level, via our sister company - - when making application, please be sure to mention you will be applying with AS-Level credits, not the mainstream National Senior Certificate (NSC) credits. Alternatively contact USAF (Universities of South Africa) directly.
If my child wishes to do Computer Science at Int. GCSE (Gr10/11) Level for Matric accreditation, would he need to complete Grade 1 - 9 in Computers?
Although certainly very beneficial, it is not a prerequisite. International GCSE (Gr10/11) Computer Science can be started from scratch, with no prior experience in computers.
I don't want to portray History to my children in any way that contradicts the Bible or discounts God – what can I do?
Personally, we couldn't agree more. We’ve also discussed this as well as the whole issue of Australopithecus, Homos Erectus, etc. with a close friend and mentor who was our Pastor (now retired); and he was also the Chairman of the South African Theological Seminary (SATS) - again, now retired. All we can do, when surrounded with views that do not coincide with our own, is present the material from a biblical perspective. We encourage you to see it as a wonderful opportunity to build truth into your child’s life and recognize it as an object lesson opportunity.
Do you offer any form of examining for the purpose of the Department of Education at the end of each school phase - grade 3, 6 and 9?
If you register with the
Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa, they requires that a child be formally assessed by an independent assessor at the end of each of these phases. This can be performed by any SETA registered teacher or your local school.
Is it possible to order only part of Love2Learn and not the entire Curriculum?
Certainly! Love2Learn Curriculum offers a substantially broader, richer and more varied curriculum in regard to its extended Content Studies and Discipline Studies with a wider subject range when compared with mainstream schooling.
Because our offering is , you have the flexibility to purchase a single subject or as many subjects as you wish, for any given academic year and at any required grade level. Remember, it's about being , NOT system-centred.
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 in over 20 countries across the globe. The one thing that you do need to remember, is then setting aside a 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 (up to 12 – 14 weeks freight time), which is MUCH more affordable.
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.
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 every day 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 they get to our Grade 0 / Grade 1 level, 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 Upper High School – Grades 10 – 12 Levels. Obviously these times will be inpacted by the number of subjects that you order. However, please remember that there is 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!
Please refer our Timetable Guide for more clarity in this regard.
Is it important for my child to learn cursive handwriting?
We strongly encourage families to teach their children to write in cursive. From feedback we’ve had from our Tutors at Imperial International College for our International GCSE and AS-Levels (Grades 10 – 12), it is interesting that they have observed that students who only learn to print and not write cursive, sometimes struggle to finish their exam papers, because they cannot write fast enough!
Love2Learn Curriculum progressively builds handwriting/penmanship, commencing with letter formation in the pre-school and Grade 1 levels, then moving to printing in Grade 1 and Grade 2; and finally culminates in teaching cursive handwriting in the latter part of Grade 2 and cementing it in Grade 3.
Do you address several subjects each day or dedicate a day to a subject? What would you advise?
Our timetables aligns with Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy, viz. offering several short lessons rather than long, drawn out ones. However, the timetable is flexible and our recommendation is to try the timetable as it is prescribed for a week or two, and then evaluate how it works for you. (See Timetable Guidelines).
Some families using Love2Learn even go so far as to do all their History on Monday, all their Sciences on Tuesday, etc. What works for you is the best solution.