I have taken the decision to home-school my kids.

 Hamza is just three years old and many toddlers his age have never been to school yet. But Hamza has been attending a lovely Montessori for 18 months and this will be a huge adjustment for him.
I have been thinking of home-schooling for some time and figured why spend close to R3000 a month on pre-school if I plan to take him out of school in a year or so to start a home curriculum. And so come April 1, I will be a full time homeschooling, part-time working mama of two *gulp.
So why home-school?
On hearing the news many friends and family have gawked at the idea. I think mostly because they know I am not the most patient person in the world and also I am sure they are worrying about how I will teach high school math one day! but we are far from crossing that bridge guys.

Going against the grain is always odd for people and home-schooling still has an ultra-religious, hippy connotation attached to it. Granted many of the home-schooling moms that I have consulted thus far are either very conservative Christians or Muslims, my reasons are multiple, but are  primarily around safety.

A child is raped every few minutes in South Africa, in various suburbs, in various settings, in white areas, at private schools.Sexual violence reached new heights last year. Children were being raped at school. Perpetrators were either fellow school kids or they were teachers. Boys and girls fell victim.

Add to that a rapidly deteriorating educational system with very low standards and one wonders what exactly you are spending all that money and time on?
Sure there is the argument or concern that my kids wont be properly socialized and will spend day in and day out within the darkness of the four walls we call home. But I think that is only a reality if you choose to make it one.
From the research I have done, kids who have been home-schooled get individual, one on one attention when they need it most, have an opportunity to socialize in various settings with various age groups, rather than only with the 30 kids their own age and with most homeschooling curriculum only taking up 3 hours a day, there is far more time to pursue extra mural activities. Then there are also tutors and small classes available for when you get stuck with a subject.
As far as making friends are concerned: there are more than 10 thousand families who choose to home-school in the Western Cape alone. There are great networks available and friendships can be made within those circles or within regular circles. My aim is to take back some of the influence that I have with my kids, while I have it. I would rather have a connection with a like-minded family (in morals and values, not religion) and my kids can either share that connection or not.
This seems far safer than sending him to school where he is without me for six hours, having him make friends with kids of whom I will know nothing about and only getting to know the kid -and if Im lucky, his parents, after they are already best buds. You can’t peer-pressure proof your kids but you can maintain a certain influence over what circles they mix in, if you are friends with mom first.
I want my kids to live a full and balanced life that involves a good education, a solid Islamic understanding with a  positive zesty attitude. I dont want to deal with the drug and sex pressure that is now imminent at pre-teen primary school level. I want to instill a strong character first and let the teenage years kick in before we have to deal with those things.
I am not planning on raising my kids in a bubble, not do I think a bubble could protect them- and we are certainly not building bomb shelters in the Karoo and stocking up on bullie beef yet either-. But the fact is, without sounding too neurotic, we live in a severely fu*ked up world and I just want to give my kids a fighting chance.