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Postby chippie » Sat, 25 Apr 2009 12:18 pm

We are thinking of home schooling our two australian kids 13 and 15.Anybody got any helpful advice or contacts

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What are you thinking ?

Postby Donna Dives » Sun, 26 Apr 2009 9:37 am

We cannot possibly home school our children (we are certainly not disciplined enough) and they will drive us crazy!!!! XXXD

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Postby Thaiclan » Mon, 27 Apr 2009 6:21 pm

Hi Chippie,
Having lived in Singapore for 3 years and trying out some of the schools here I personally think home school is the way to go for many kids.
Even the most expensive schools fail at many of the development markers for kids of all ages.
Expats usually have the luxury of maids so if you are homeschooling and you are doing the teaching at least you have another pair of hands to do the household chores!
However some kids do not respond to being taught by their parents but then there are hundreds of subject tutors to choose from that can come to your home.
There is a homeschool group on Yahoo but I have found this mainly deals with locals who have chosen to homeschool.
In regards to cost my husband and I sat down and worked out that we spend $2,500 on our daughters school fees per month - when we add up the cost of tutors (Mandarin, piano, French, Reading&Writing) plus the extra curricula (gymnsatics, violin and iceskating) it still doesnt come anywhere near to the school figure.

It is very easy to purchase the curriculum that you want your child to follow online and even have the facility of sending back assessments and essays to be graded in the home country so you can guage the level your child is at compared to the national average.
Feel free to PM me if you want any further info.

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Postby Rexeter » Wed, 13 May 2009 7:58 am

Hello. I will be arriving in the fall with my wife and two kids, ages 9 and 7. She will be working and I will be on sabbatical from my teaching position. We plan to be in SG for just one year so I will home school the kids and supplement with lessons. Hopefully my kids will be nice to their teacher.
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tutors and activities for expat American kids for a year?

Postby TelfordWork » Tue, 26 May 2009 3:00 am

Thaiclan, I wish I could PM you but I just joined and the site says I haven't posted enough to PM. Sorry!

My family is headed from California to Singapore in July for a year sabbatical, and we are planning to homeschool our four children. We will be living in the Upper Bukit Timah area. Our children's ages are: boy of 15, boy of 13, girl of 10, boy of 7. Two play piano, one violin.

We would love to interact with groups of home-schooled children their age for athletics, music, etc. In fact, for the older two boys this is essential. We would also love names of good tutors. Especially for our oldest, home-schooling really won't work if it's just with us parents.

Thank you very much!

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Santa Barbara, California

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Postby yvonnemommy » Fri, 19 Jun 2009 9:11 am

I’m homeschooling my DD. We enjoy it. DD can learn what she wants and time is also very flexible. Here are some of my feelings. I think the most important thing of homeschooling is that you should make plan adequately and then persevere in it. Besides, find some assistant tool helping you to find out where you have been and whether you are teaching the right thing. About this I recommend beestar. DD has been using it. Anyway, good luck! :)

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Postby bward » Thu, 25 Jun 2009 8:18 pm

I thought about home schooling, but then I remembered my days at school. All the friends I made, the great and not so great experiences, they all shaped me as a person, and gave me a bunch of great memories.
Sorry, I'm getting all sentimental :D
Anyway my point is I think kids particularly those in their teens miss out on a lot of life experience if they are home schooled

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Postby aknight » Mon, 28 Sep 2009 11:14 am

Hi Thaician, are you able to email me regarding more info on home schooling please? Thank you!

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Home School

Postby charissyn » Sat, 03 Oct 2009 5:25 pm

Hi thaiclan,

Unfortunately, I'm unable to pm you. Would love to discuss more about homeschooling. Seems daunting at the minute but the more i research on it, seems sensible. Could you email me at when you get a chance? thanks
Kind Regards

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Homeschooling materials

Postby kelly.cming » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 12:47 pm


there is a company/educational store thats in singapore provding teaching aids and educational toys from the US.

you could find maths and english teaching aids as well :)
Educational Toys, Teaching Aids, Homeschooling Materials in Singapore

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Re: homeschooling but going in for gifted program

Postby Rocky140 » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 6:36 pm

Thanks Grinity - I hadn't thought about going into a neighboring county. The frustrating thing to us is that we pretty much begged them to look at our testing and information at the end of the 08-09 school year so that we could get everything in place for the beginning of the school year this year. They would not....and we both feel like if they had taken the time and energy and listened to the testing psychologist and gotten all this in place before school started and he started out in the gifted program than maybe, just maybe, his first month of school might not have been a total disaster for him.

Our biggest thing with him being in the gifted program was for him to possibly, finally get a chance to be around other children "that understand" him....even if it was for 3 hours once a week. He keeps telling us that he really wished that he could meet other kids that liked the same things he did and he is tired of hearing other children tell him he is "weird" because he likes to talk about stars or plate techtonics. I think just seeing that there are other children that are similair in the way they think like him that it would help him feel better about himself.

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Been dodging this but its time

Postby Nyambura » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 2:38 pm

Hi Thaiclan,

Your post shades some useful light on this topic. I would really use some advise. Please email me on when u get the time.
Iam sure your hands might be full and i ve seen everybody needs a piece of your experienced advise.

Would appreciate.

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Re: Been dodging this but its time

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 3:45 pm

Nyambura wrote:Hi Thaiclan,

Your post shades some useful light on this topic. I would really use some advise. Please email me on when u get the time.
Iam sure your hands might be full and i ve seen everybody needs a piece of your experienced advise.

Would appreciate.

Does that means it's a rather dark subject? :P

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Postby SunWuKong » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 7:29 pm

It implies nothing because it's nonsensical.
The nature of Monkey was ... irrepressible!

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Postby lapalette » Thu, 27 May 2010 10:24 pm

:cry: I may be in that boat of having to homeschool. I know my kids won't respond to me. I'll have to hire tutors I guess. Our chances of getting into schools right now is very bleak. I don't know what to do!

Where do you find tutors and set this all up?

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