The Whys and Hows of Homeschooling in Singapore

Are you considering homeschooling your children? While still uncommon, Singapore is seeing more families going on this educational route as an alternative to the standard centralized system. There is even a group set up for homeschooling that has around 200 members to support each other. The most famous parents who are supporters of homeschooling are former MediaCorp artists Evelyn Chua and Darren Lim. In an interview with AsiaOne, the couple mentioned that schooling is out for them as they prefer to set their own curriculum that is more in line with what their children need.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the homeschooling debate.

  • Why parents choose homeschooling
  • How a parent can prepare for homeschooling
  • List on resource and online readings

Why Parents Choose Homeschooling

It might seem strange to homeschool in Singapore when our public education system is so well-developed. However, there are advantages to homeschooling, especially under the following scenarios.

  • Kids with special needs such as those with dyslexic, severe allergies, hearing/vision-impaired etc
  • Overseas families who want a Singapore education
  • Incompetent teachers
  • To impart stronger religious values

Whatever the reason, homeschooling is happening in Singapore. The question is whether it will become more mainstream as Singapore becomes a diverse nation. In US, homeschooling has swelled to millions of families so there might be a possibility of homeschooling becoming more common  in the future.

How well do homeschoolers fare in PSLE?

Homeschooling may have a preconceived image of producing students who are not academically sound. However, this newspaper report from 2008 gives another perspective. The headlines say that the first batch of 31 homeschooling children actually did well in the PSLE. Out of the 31 students, 92% qualify for secondary school education and 73% qualify for express stream.

How Parents Can Prepare for Homeschooling

The first thing a parent needs to do is to apply for approval from MOE. Primary school education is compulsory in Singapore. Hence to be exempted from the system, proper approval is needed.  You can see more information at the MOE website.

In terms of preparation, there are a number of things that a parent needs to watch out for.

  • Set educational goals for your child: Without goals as your roadmap, your homeschooling can be all over the place. You can start with MOE’s goals and see how to modify it from there to suit you and your child’s needs.
  • Managing expectations: Homeschooling will not be a smooth ride. There will be good and bad days so it is important to set the expectations not only for the child but for yourself as well. In fact, you might even need to manage the expectations of your friends and family to avoid unnecessary tension when things are not going well.
  • Prepare the necessary materials: This includes all textbooks, assessment papers and any other teaching aids. Online materials are recommended as they are not only cheaper but also provide more flexibility and benefits.
  • Develop a daily schedule: Parents can keep the timetable flexible but there should be a clear path of achieving your education goals
  • Prepare social activities: Without classmates and co-curricular activities, children being homeschooled should be exposed to socialising so as to develop their social skills. Things that a parent can do include enrolling the child in sports clubs or other hobby clubs where he or she can mingle with other children.

What curriculum should parents use for homeschooling?

The MOE curriculum is a good place to start. Parents can then add or take away from it, depending on what you want for your child. For example, if a you think your child is more musically inclined, you might want to include more music lessons in his/her home curriculum.

Here are a list of recommended resources that a parent can use:

  • A complete homeschool system: http://www.homeschools.org/whatIsCLASS/index.html)
  • Writing: time4writing.com is a good resouce for one on one writing courses for primary school students
  • Science : Janet Sim’s Challenging Science and 3-in-1 series
  • Maths : Fabian Ng’s problem Solving Processes , Andrew Er’s Maths Companion and Dawn Tai’s Challenging 3-in-1 Maths by
  • English : Challenging 4-in-1 English and Excel in Comprehension. For listening comprehension, the only online resource is KooBits online assessment papers.

Community for Homeschooling

For new parents thinking about embarking on the homeschooling journey, forming an online community and seeking support from experienced parents will be extremely useful. Here is a list of personal blogs of parents who have gone through the homeschooling route. They are a fantastic resource if you want a first-hand account of how homeschooling works in Singapore:

Suwei’s blog:  A piece of cake – homeschooling
School homeschooling group: The only virtual community in Singapore for homeschooling
Serene’s blog: Buiding up Moms
Angie’s blog: Teaching our own
Christian’s blog: Building an Ark in Singapore

 

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Loving Science
Loving Science

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Tuition
Tuition

Home school creates a more sheltered and controlled learning environment for children to learn at their own pace. This is especially relevant for kids who have special learning requirements or interests. Therefore, I really hope that more parents will consider homeschooling as a viable and sustainable option.

Tuition Centre
Tuition Centre

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Economics Tuition

Home-schooling in Singapore is currently becoming popular. A lot of parents assume that general public training educators usually are teach for every single school students associated with university. As a result homeschooling is definitely great for student’s consideration exactly where teacher can built complete awareness in a student.

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Econs Tuition

Very nice post you’ve shared, definitely homeschooling is best than any public school, Throughout Singapore, home schooling is really a program that has been accepted through the Ministry connected with Schooling (MoE) since 1996. This came into existence in Singapore on want of several parents’ on which their children’s education and learning be focused on proper quality development

TuitionBean
TuitionBean

I agree with you that homeschooling is definitely better than public schooling when you speak of the attention teachers can afford to individual student, the rigidity of the syllabus and at overwhelming competition that students might face with their fellow peers. However it is crucial that parents are well-versed in teaching pedagogy, selective of educational material and proficient to identify any learning obstacles in their child like ADHD or dylexia. 


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Gradtutors

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astartuition101
astartuition101

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saley
saley

hi my name is sally and i am thinking of moveing to singapore with my feance and my two boys,i am from the uk and currently home school my boys aged 11 and 14 and i need to know how things will work in singapore ,will i have to put my boys in school or can i carry on home schooling...please can anyone offer some help.

TuitionBean
TuitionBean

@saley The article might be an inspiring exposition on homeschooling but you should definitely look at public and international schools in Singapore as an option as well. For instance, there are schools like  Indian Global International school or Australian International School that many expats have chosen to enroll their child in. 

Call up our coordinators at http://www.tuitionbean.com if you want your child to be competitive in public schools with home tuition. 

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Justin Tham
Justin Tham

Is home schooling for secondary school students allowed?

Brooke Thio
Brooke Thio

Hi Justin, Once your child has passed the PSLE (MOE's requirement for Compulsory Education), you are free to homeschool your child or send them to overseas schools for their secondary and tertiary education.

MommyG
MommyG

Is home schooling in SG also applicable to foreign studentS?

TuitionBean
TuitionBean

@MommyG Definitely! As mentioned by Miss Brooke above, so long as you pass your PSLE, you will not be prosecuted under Singapore law for failing to school your child!

 
 

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