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Learning more languages grows your brain!

Many students require additional stimulation to keep them interested in school work, or they fly through their work quickly and homeschooling parents are left to wonder what to do with the extra time other than merely revising. Extra reading should always be encouraged as well as physical development from playing outside jumping, climbing, balancing and rolling.

A good option is also to learn an additional language.

"Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. We know that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals." (from an article in The Guardian titled “What happens in the brain when you learn a language?”)

Children can more easily learn a new language so it is beneficial to start whilst still in school. Dr. Denise Klein, researcher in The Neuro’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and a lead author on the paper published in the journal Brain and Language states: “our results provide structural evidence that age of acquisition is crucial in laying down the structure for language learning.” No matter what age you learn the new language the benefits to the brain remain largely the same.

So next time you hear the words "I'm bored" consider taking up a new language together.

Clonard is offering isiZulu second language as an alternative to Afrikaans from 2017. Students may also take both at an additional subject cost to really maximise the benefits of learning new languages.

The rise of homeschooling in South Africa

Homeschooling has been legal in South Africa since 1996. In recent years we have noticed a marked increase in the number of parents choosing to homeschool their children.

Parents want the best for their children when it comes to education. Many parents feel that their children are falling through the gaps at state schools as the teachers do not have the capacity to provide the valuable attention that their children require due to the ever increasing size of the classes. Private schooling is simply too expensive for most parents to even consider. Homeschooling provides a viable option for these parents as it is far more affordable than private school fees and can provide an excellent quality of education for their children. Once children are in a safe environment at home without fear of mockery from their peers they begin to ask questions and the attention that they now receive from the teacher (parent) means that their understanding, and so their marks, begins to improve, which in turn leads to a growth in confidence.

Many parents often only begin to consider homeschooling their children when faced with no other choice as they do not fully understand what homeschooling means or entails. Perhaps they live in rural areas far away from any schools and so must now choose between boarding school or homeschool. Perhaps their child is steadily becoming more and more dejected and isolated as their confidence diminishes daily due to bullying. More often than not the local schools are full and so parents cannot find a school in their area, or indeed even in neighbouring suburbs, that have spaces available. So they sit on waiting lists and grow ever more concerned about the future of their children. These parents are left with no other alternative but to homeschool their children. Regularly parents receive a call from a school after a year of homeschooling to tell them that a space has become available, and often times these parents choose to turn it down and rather continue to homeschool their children as they have seen far more benefits than they ever thought possible.

Homeschooling does not have to be unstructured or a daunting task. Clonard Education offers the structure that parents often crave when transitioning from a mainstream school. Clonard will supply all the learning material that the parent will need for the year in order to educate their children at home, as well a formal report for each grade thus allowing them the option to return to a mainstream school in the future, as the children have written formal exams marked by qualified teachers. Clonard will also provide support to the parents every step of the way by means of access to qualified teachers throughout the year thus ensuring that any parent can educate their child at home. The Department of Education’s requirements are met by ensuring that the Clonard syllabus conforms to the National Curriculum Statement and the basic CAPS curriculum is also supplemented with additional material thus ensuring a higher standard of education than the children would have even received at their local school.

Whatever the initial reason that parents have to homeschool their children, it is definitely seeing a growth in popularity. Clonard Distance Education has observed a greatly increased demand for an adequate alternative to mainstream schooling. More and more families are seriously considering homeschooling as a viable option for the education of their children. Even sceptical parents begin to see the positive affect that homeschooling has on their children and they never look back.

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Testimonials

  • “I would like to commend the staff, whom I had the pleasure of dealing with, Amy, Bibi and Bernice to name a few, who went above and beyond to assist us. The staff and teachers have proven that service delivery still exists and money isn’t their core business ethic like many other companies these days. I would recommend Clonard in a heartbeat over any other system.” ~ Bibi Hoosain 

  • “Everyone at Clonard has been exceptionally helpful, professional, good hearted, kind and patient with both my son and I when I needed it the most.  It has been a pleasure dealing with Clonard and an experience that I will never forget.” ~ Shaamila Safedien

  • “I have really enjoyed the time we have spent working through your wonderful materials. Thank you for all your support and help in the homeschooling process.”
    ~ Tamryn Paterson

  • "The kids are so looking forward to finishing school with Clonard. Your system works! The kids have learned so much because the work is set out well and it is easy to understand."
    ~ Nicola Shore

  • “We have had the most amazing year home schooling with Clonard! I am deeply grateful to Clonard for providing us with such a comprehensive syllabus so that Aidan was able to keep up with his education despite his health issues.”
    ~ Debra & Russell Orffer-Brown

  • "I believe that homeschooling - when done in the disciplined and methodical manner which Clonard's system makes so easy - should be considered by all parents fortunate enough to have the opportunity.  It is a very easy programme to follow and very well planned.  The staff are always friendly and very accomodating."
    ~ Lorraine Windsor

  • “An educational psychologist advised us that our grade 7 son would not be able to go on to obtain a matric. We refused to accept that and thanks to three years of one-on-one tuition using the Clonard curriculum he returned to a mainstream school and achieved his matric. He then went on to attend a computer college where he was top of his class! We know that Clonard works and is easy to follow and teach if you are not a qualified teacher.”
    ~ Sheelagh and John Tingle

  • “The Clonard ladies are just the most professional people I have had the pleasure of dealing with!”
    ~ Vanessa Jorge

  • “My daughter went off to high school at the beginning of this year after six years of home education with Clonard from the time she was just 8 years old.  She has done so well, academically and socially, achieving a good solid B aggregate for the first term and doing particularly well in Maths.  She is at one of the best-rated schools in our province which makes her achievement (and Clonard’s) particularly striking.  I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at Clonard for the years of guidance and help.  During our six years of home education, it was wonderful to know that help and advice was always just a phone call away. Thank you so much!”
    ~ Louise

  • “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to you and Clonard for the exceptional service and support that you have rendered to us.  Thanks again and I will most certainly recommend Clonard to anyone who is considering distance learning for their children.”
    ~ Yusuf Gani

  • “This is Sara's last year at Clonard, she will be starting at our local high school next year.  Our headmaster is very impressed with her marks and says her marks are even better than some of the children that come from the private schools.  So thank you for such a wonderful syllabus and all Clonard's help and support.”  
    ~ Diane Weitsz

  • “We want to compliment your team and the excellent syllabus that you provided for our daughter over the years which enabled her to score an A in her entrance test for Grade 8.  Please express our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all.  We will readily recommend the school to anyone for the excellent support and commitment.”
    ~Ismail & Roogsana Jhazbhai

  • “I am extremely happy about having chosen to educate my son through Clonard.  Clonard staff have always been ready to help me, whether it was with applications for the Department of Education or to repeatedly remind me of my son's student number.  I would gladly recommend Clonard to anyone looking to home school their children.”
    Zaheera Jooma

  • "Tom is a potent reader, at the age of 9 he reads all newspapers and National Geographics. He reads quickly with a sharp understanding of what he is reading. I thank Clonard for leading him to this point, those early reading books were fantastic."
    ~ Osnat de Villiers

  • "I have tried other curriculums and found that they did not provide the same excellent service that I have experienced through Clonard.  The staff are efficient, friendly and helpful and the teachers are always available if you have any concerns or if you just need some advice.  The curriculum takes care of every aspect of your child's education, the books are easy to follow for the parent and the child, which makes it so much more fun and in turn achieves better results.  I would recommend Clonard Education to anyone who is looking at home schooling their children, it is a reputable provider that obtains amazing results, and leaves the parent at peace knowing that every avenue of their child’s education is in good hands."
    ~ Tamara Seagreen

  • "Setting a high standard and laying a sound foundation for your children's future." 
    ~ Ackermann family

  • "Clonard provided me with everything I needed to Homeschool my son and my daughter.  Neither one ever went to public school.  I am not a formally trained teacher, but Clonard provided me with the learning material and teacher support that I needeed.  My children have never lacked in any area and my 18yr old son has grown in responsibility and maturity far beyond his years as a result of homeschooling.  He now leads and guides 3 full installation crews, is well adjusted and outgoing with others.  Thank you Mike, Virginia and your team for your unfailing support throughout my years as a homeschooling mother." 
    ~ Fiona

  • "We are finding the course material easy to use and our little one is enjoying the work. I have actually been wanting to let you know, that we had our little one assessed recently, by a Grade 1 teacher at a local school.  Firstly she far prefers your work books to the work books that they are provided with.  She also felt that the standard of your work is far higher than in the average classroom, and after having looked through my sons books she feels that he is for more advanced than the children in her Grade 1 classroom.  I owe that all to Clonard.  Your books give just enough to keep the children stimulated and enough repetition to ensure that they fully understand the concept, without me having to spend hours finding additional worksheets etc.  Well done on a great curriculum." 
    ~ Jacqui Botes

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