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Home Schooling… What’s the deal?


Home Schooling… What’s the deal?

Sarah Hampshire, she is a TeenZone reader and she is home schooled! We asked Sarah to tell us all about her typical day …

Sarah Hampshire, she is a TeenZone reader and she is home schooled! We asked Sarah to tell us all about her typical day …

Typically, I wake up, eat breakfast and then get ready for the day. I pick up my books and find a nice spot to do my work. If I need any help at all during the day my mom helps me, and she checks my work at the end of the day to make sure that I haven’t made any mistakes.

I start working at 8:00 and work uninterrupted until my first break at 10:30. My first break is half an hour and I have my second break at around 12:30 which is an hour long break. I then get back to work until about 14:30. If I don’t finish my work for the day, I then have an opportunity to work until I am finished for the day. Just because I work at home and not in a classroom does not mean I can be lazy and neglect my school work. If I do, I will fail.

Test days are a little less structured and are pretty stressful. I have to make sure that I concentrate and work hard at a reasonable pace to pass my tests. I only have 2.5 hours to finish my final tests of the year.


Home schooling includes:

  • Mathematics/ Mathematics Literacy
  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Life Orientation
  • Physical Science/ Life Sciences
  • Geography
  • Information Technology/ Computer Applications Technology
  • Accounting/ Business Studies/ Economics
  • Hospitality Studies/ Tourism
  • Agricultural Science
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Electrical Technology
  • Civil Technology
  • Religious/Bible Studies
  • Dramatic and Visual Arts
  • French (this has to be taken from grade eight)


You write an exam every two terms. When you finish your work at the end of the second term, your exams are sent to you. After completing the exam, your parent marks the paper and sends the results back to the head office of the curriculum for your studies. After your results have been sent to head office and processed, a report card is sent to you.

Most universities/colleges across the country accept home schooled learners into varsity/college.

As with most things in life there are pros and cons…

The Pros

  • Home schooling is considerably cheaper than being in a regular school.
  • Home schooling is safer – no drugs, etc.
  • You can get more work done in one day, as you have flexible hours.
  • Your parents can choose when you take your holidays – that means going away out of season!
  • You can’t be bullied. (Unless it’s by siblings)

The Cons

  • You don’t have as many friends and the loneliness can get to you at times.
  • There aren’t any fun extra curricula activities such as a Valentine’s balls or camps. (Some home school curricula do offer camps).
  • You don’t get out of the house that much.
  • Home schooling does not offer any sports. (You can however join the local sports team/s and do sports with them).
  • You only get to see your friends on weekends and not every day at school.


Story by: Sarah Hampshire

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