I enjoy learning about the person behind a website, so let me share a little about myself.
I am Willemien Kruger, married and mother to three capable young adults now of which I am very proud of. (2023 picture) I homeschooled them since birth (over two decades now). They have never been to school (not even preschool) and I have always used an eclectic curriculum, meaning that I have sourced (or written) my own compilation of curriculum.
I am in a unique position (as many others) in that my children followed different qualification options (at the end of the homeschool journey) - so we have experience in doing Cambridge [my daughter has done A-levels, and has also completed her Biochemistry degree already], the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) [my son has started work as an application developer after school] as well as the American High School Diploma [which my youngest did on his way to study Mechatronics Engineering]. Note that with homeschooling one cannot prepare for what type of qualification your children will do too soon, as it is way better to see what makes sense when they are in their teenage years and then make the best choice - for that individual - at that time.
After travelling through our beautiful country for 2 years, we chose the "Klein Karoo" near the Garden route in South Africa, as the place to settle and continue building our home-centered lifestyle.
More than two decades ago, I was a very ambitious, performance-orientated, driven career woman (industrial engineer). That was before getting married and eventually having my life turned around completely by children! God had other plans for me (Jer 29:11) - wonderful and good plans, as I discovered and enjoyed over the years to come.
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Part of my career background also includes teaching Project management at North West University (South Africa). During that time I completed a Masters degree on the topic of Engineering education. This helped me discover that there is no one right answer to the challenge of education. There are probably more questions than answers.
I have met and advised many people on homeschooling issues, ranging from concerns with socialization, how to start, what to do, 'deschooling' and curriculum choices. As my personal experience with my own children grew, it became more natural to advise others especially on eclectic homeschooling as a curriculum choice.
Some of my articles have been published internationally (The Schoolhouse Magazine), as well as a course on "Growing in homeschool confidence".
As the need for curriculum grows, I have also written, developed, co-authored and published an Afrikaans language (OMVATTEND AFRIKAANS) and unique SOUTH AFRICAN ART curriculum to be used as part of an eclectic approach.
After many years of practically and personally doing homeschooling, advising others and the hard work of writing down what I learn - it was a big accomplishment for me personally to publish the series of Homeschooling Guides available on this site.
I still love to research and read wholesome, intelligent and value adding information I can find on homeschooling, and I enjoy to share what I learn. Thus the idea of a website as a place to share came first as an idea – then to concept - then to reality. For more information on how this was accomplished click on the link below:
Although I have strong opinions about all sorts of issues, I try to stay teachable.
As a family we are learning every day, to walk and live and learning to be real. It is my hope that this website will help you on your homeschooling journey specifically.