Homeschooling has become more popular over the past 10 years, with many families now seeing it as a good alternative. It’s a good option if your child has difficulty settling in at school, if they suffer from bullying and if they struggle in a highly competitive environment. Little Steps have put together a quick guide on how to get you started.
Homeschooling in Singapore is becoming more common and while the school system is one of the best in the world, more and more parents are looking at homeschooling as an alternative. There are a few advantages many parents and children will benefit from:
*Kids with special needs such as those with dyslexic, severe allergies, hearing/vision-impaired etc.
*Overseas families who want a Singapore education
*Teach religious values
Homeschooled students generally fare well in exams. The MOE have guidelines which will ensure your child meets expectations as they progress through the curriculum you choose.
You need approval from the MOE to homeschool your child. Once you have the approval you will need to do the following:
*Set goals – the MOE has guidelines you can follow to get you started.
*Manage expectations – some days will be great and very productive while others will not. You also need to manage the expectations of your friends and family too and any questions and concerns they may have.
*Materials – buy textbooks, pens, art materials, assessment papers and any other teaching aids you may need. There are plenty of online resources too.
*Schedule – maintain a proper timetable like you would have at school. Allow flexibility with it though to ensure you achieve your goals.
*Social activities – enroll your child in sports clubs, art classes etc. where they can mix with other children. This is very important when building their social skills.
Children will only be granted exemption from CE to be home-schooled provided the parents are able to satisfy MOE that the two key objectives of CE can be achieved for their children. Parents will have to apply to CEU, MOE for a certificate confirming that the child has been exempted from CE. In seeking CE exemption for their child to receive home-schooling, parents are required to furnish information on the curriculum and educational outcomes of the home-schooling program and indicate how the child will receive instruction in National Education.