Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Sawtooth Oak Seed Planting Project

If you have received seeds in your Oikos order, we hope you and your children will enjoy this project

Did you know...

The primary use for this species is as a wildlife food source. It is also a good shade tree.

Sawtooth Oak is a large species, reaching a mature height of 21m. The leaves are similar to those of the chestnut but are smaller, 10-20cm, and have pointed teeth. The acorns are also small in size, about 2cm long, and are enclosed in cups. Approximately 2/3 of the nut is covered by the cup. Trees produce about 300 acorns per kg.

If planting acorns, begin in early autumn. Plant acorns 2cm deep. The seedlings should not be transplanted until they reach 30cm or more, in height.
We would like to encourage you and your children to do some further fact-finding on the Sawtooth Oaktree and learn the best way to plant the acorns and take care of them.

An exercise in patience!

Festive Season Announcements

We hope that this festive season will be a blessing to you all, even with this being the end of a dramatic year, such has never before been known, we do trust that you will be able to enjoy the festive season and that you and your family will be blessed throughout.

We would like to thank you for your support through the challenging times of 2020 and we sincerely hope and pray that 2021 will see us being able to continue supporting and serving you.

Oikos websites will remain live and active during the festive season however the daily ‘chat to us’ on the website and order processing will stop as from the 18th Dec and re-open on the 4th Jan 2021.

You will be able to continue to browse and place orders during the 18th Dec and 4th Jan. however orders will only be processed, packed and then couriered to you after the 4th Jan. 2021.

From the 4th Jan. 2021 the orders will be processed in date order starting with the first to leave Oikos in 2021 being those placed from the 18 Dec. onwards.

We shall continue to be active on the Oikos Facebook page and Oikos YouTube channel so we do hope you will be able to follow the support offered there.

Please keep safe, keep smiling and keep strong


Abundant blessings to you and your loved ones.

When will Math-U-See DVD lessons be available for streaming online?

Currently, we are in the process of some developments regarding Maths-U-See digital access

With regard to the digital Maths-U-See developments, we will keep you informed through the website and Oikos Facebook page. Right now, this is still a work in progress.

We have been informed by Math-U-See USA that due to the many challenges currently, as well as various other complexities, they will only be developing the digital version for South Africa to be offered through Oikos in 2021.

While we wait we can be praying for them all as they traverse their way through the global crisis.

Math-U-See USA sent us this question, and their answer, to help families with the physical DVDS'

  1. Our computer was recently updated to Windows 10. Now we find that we can no longer play the Math-U-See Instruction DVDs. Do you have an updated file that we can download to continue using this program?
  2. Yes, you’ll need to install a video player to use the DVDs on your Windows 10 operating system. One option that has worked successfully for other customers is found at; download the VLC media player. (Please note, this is a third-party website and Demme Learning is not responsible for the content.)

I hope this is helpful to you in the interim.


The Oikos Team

Gold LLATL readers

Question: Regarding LLTAL Gold, World Literature. How important is it to have the specified publisher version of the additional novels

Answer: You do not have to use the specified versions of the literature for the World Literature course. The lessons are not tied to any specific version. There are many translations of The Odyssey, some harder to read than others. We suggest that you review a few to find what works best for your student. We do recommend No Fear Shakespeare because of the modern translation, but it is not necessary for completing the lessons.

Why has the price of the Math-U-See blocks increased?

A story you should read regarding this.

A few months ago we heard the news that we would not be able to import the Math-U-See manipulative blocks. This of course was a great concern, so we prayed. We prayed most specifically for the Math-U-See team in USA because they were dealing with a supply shortage which had multiple ripple effects on them and the people. So we prayed.

When our (Oikos) stock of manipulative sets starting running low we started praying for you, the parents whom we serve and supply these resources too. A few months later i wrote a letter to share the sadness of us no longer being able to supply the blocks. The day i was going to send that letter i received word from Math-U-See USA that they could send us some (50 to be exact) block sets. These block sets are referred to as IBK’s. (Integer Block Kit). We were delighted that we would be able to keep supplying you but we did continue to pray as we wondered what would happen when the 50 IBK’s, which we were now able to get from USA, were sold.

This part of the story is where it hits the parents……sadly. Although we have managed to get more IBK’s in stock the cost to do so has resulted in a price increase of 25% !!!

We are saddened by this reality but we had to make a decision…25% increase or no IBK’s. We were so very glad that Math-U-See USA were able to supply us with the 50 IBK’s so we accepted the increase and began the import process. Now however we are faced with the decision once again as we are able to receive another 50 sets but once again the price increase will be 25%.

So this letter is to inform you that we have decided to proceed with getting more blocks so that we can continue to supply you with this valuable resource but we will need to increase the price of the blocks, so as to be able to import these blocks. We have managed to adjust the increase to be 21% instead of the 25% that we have incurred. (Truth be known, the increase to Oikos was significantly more but we were so heart sore to add even the 21% to the blocks. We now trust and hope that we can sustain these increases)

Signing off with a bitter sweet feeling in my heart. Happy that we can keep supplying you and sad about the increase.

KONOS versions/revisions
Thank you for your email, and interest in KONOS.
KONOS has not been revised - as in 'content' for very many years. The developments have been as such.
and the special South African format being KONOS in a File  (USA KONOS is presented in a glue-bound book)
We hope you will find these videos helpful in answer your question more comprehensively.
But specifically regarding your question about the use of the timeline with any version the answer is yes, you can use your timeline regardless of which version you have.
KONOS – All Social Study subjects
You may be asking these questions.....
What about social studies?
What does Oikos offer in way of social studies?
I cannot find the social studies subjects on the Oikos site?
How do I know what social study subjects to get for my different aged children?
We happy to share with you that we have produced a few videos for you to help with these questions. We have found answering on the phone or email is not as comprehensive as offering a video for you to watch (in your own time and to re-watch if need be)
This video is a good place to start as it has within it the following (at the following time stamp spots)
01:58 Social Studies - KONOS 03:30 Which KONOS Volume do I get 04:20 Formal Subjects, Maths, Language, Science
We would strongly suggest you take the time to watch the KONOS Workshop whether or not you decide to use KONOS for all your social study subjects. Parents tell us that they find the general parent helps and tips in the workshop to be useful to them in their home educating journey.
Once you have become familiar with the Oikos lifestyle you will find that the Oikos YouTube channel has further supportive videos for you as you travel this road.
KONOS HOW – what is the difference between KONOS HOW 1 and KONOS HOW 2

What is the difference between KONOS HOW Vol 1. and KONOS HOW Vol.2?

The best way to answer this question is to show you what is covered in each volume but please do keep in mind that overall they are similar (Like KONOS Junior volumes 1, 2 and 3) but different in that they offer varying content matter.
The skills focussed on in the KONOS HOW volumes is:
  • Year Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Portfolio Development
  • Order of study
  • History
  • Art
  • English Studies
  • Bible Studies
 KONOS HOW 2 - builds on from KONOS HOW 1 skills with the topic material changing
On the Oikos site, In the description for each KONOS HOW volume, you will find this:

What KONOS HOW Vol. I Covers:

The ancient world from Abraham coming out of Ur to pre-Rome, which covers the Etruscans and Celts. Within its scope is history, English, art and Bible for one year, also covering the how and why to study history. Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, Assyrians, Phoenicians and the foundations of Rome are covered. Your student will explore and examine literature such as; The Bible, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The works of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Greek mythology, plays and more.
KONOS History of the World for senior students, presents the same approach of unit studies, and the use of real books, that you have become familiar with from Junior KONOS. It’s known for it’s hands-on activities so there are plenty of them here, even for higher grade learners!
What KONOS HOW Vol. II Covers:
Your student will study Rome from Roman Republic to Pax Romana, to the Fall of Rome. They study the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne, Byzantium, Medieval Europe, the Muslims, the Vikings and the Chinese. There is a fabulous study of the early church and its history, which very few non-seminarians know anything about. One pastor has learned to check the historical accuracy of his upcoming sermon with his 16 year-old daughter because of the vast knowledge, understanding and recall she has due to her KONOS studies in HOW!
Volume 2 Includes:
  • History
  • Art
  • English Studies
  • Bible Studies
  • Latin
Every subject is still sifted through the grid of the Christian world view.
We hope this has been helpful. You may find more help by watching through the KONOS HOW workshop.
Can I pay via EFT?

We understand that the new payment system is different to the old, but we assure you that it is just as reliable, as well as being even more secure than before.

The changes implemented on our site are to do with EFT payments, as (in the past) they have been a huge security problem, as well as adding a time-delay to order processing.  Because of this, we implemented the SiD Instant EFT Payment method.

If you are unsure about the security measures in place, could we ask you to follow this link, as it will explain it more efficiently than we could via email.

However, we have also added a way for you to pay via your debit card.  As long as the card is either MasterCard or VISA, you can pay using the PayGate "Pay via card" section.

Can I homeschool if I have sick children ? Part 2

This video shares a personal testimony which we hope will encourage and help you.


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Tests for Maths and Language placement

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