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Postby marlenegwee » Wed, 05 Oct 2011 9:14 pm

Hi Thaiclan....

Sorry to trouble you.... wonder if you can help by sending me some link for more information about home schooling my 2yr son.... and also where can i find the group of parent who home school their kid too?
my email address marlenegwee@gmail.com cos i am newbie here so cannot PM you....

thanks

Marlene

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Postby JennyLove » Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:03 pm

"Singapore students who scored top in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 1995, 1999 and 2003 were all using the Primary Mathematics series. We can, therefore, say that the Primary Mathematics series is a time tested and documented math success story. We are therefore pleased to have chosen this series to adapt to Primary Mathematics US Edition. With three TIMSS results, and the support of top math academics in the US, we figure we cannot be very wrong with our choice."

I homeschool my son... but i was thinking of hiring a local tutor to coach my son in Singapore Math. I have heard good reviews on it as well as read articles which say that many US schools are adopting this heuristic method of doing math.

Comments/Opinions anyone?[/i]

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Postby boffenl » Fri, 07 Oct 2011 2:26 pm

Math was one of my daughter's strengths and the SG primary school math curricula is one of the reasons we chose a local school for her. Honestly, she lost me sometime last year in math. I have absolutely no idea what she's working on now at the end of 4th grade. When she has problems that her engineer father can't work out she Skypes with my chemical engineer sister. Seriously it's heavy duty.

But she loves it and feels challenged. That's what's best for her. But I gather she's at least three grade levels above where she would be in the US. It's a very different curricula. My sister mentioned some algebra, geometry and physics. Ugh. Honestly I wouldn't know if they hit me in the head.

Good luck. Math was not my strong suit and I'll do almost anything to make sure my daughter has a positive experience in math education. The SG system has really worked for her.

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Postby inspired_parents » Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:25 pm

JennyLove wrote:"Singapore students who scored top in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 1995, 1999 and 2003 were all using the Primary Mathematics series. We can, therefore, say that the Primary Mathematics series is a time tested and documented math success story. We are therefore pleased to have chosen this series to adapt to Primary Mathematics US Edition. With three TIMSS results, and the support of top math academics in the US, we figure we cannot be very wrong with our choice."

I homeschool my son... but i was thinking of hiring a local tutor to coach my son in Singapore Math. I have heard good reviews on it as well as read articles which say that many US schools are adopting this heuristic method of doing math.

Comments/Opinions anyone?[/i]

hi JennyLove, i can recommend a Maths tutor who are capable of teaching your son local math. you may sms me 92299672, Mel here. cheers!

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Homeschooling teacher

Postby janescence » Tue, 31 Jan 2012 4:35 pm

Hi all,
I'm a homeschooling and language teacher based in Singapore. Any interested parties who would like to find out more about homeschooling in Singapore could contact me.

Jane

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Re: Homeschooling teacher

Postby tuty lance » Wed, 15 Feb 2012 1:34 am

janescence wrote:Hi all,
I'm a homeschooling and language teacher based in Singapore. Any interested parties who would like to find out more about homeschooling in Singapore could contact me.

Jane


Hi,

would love to get in touch with you. CAn you email me at tuty_lance@hotmail.com

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Postby yahgoo » Wed, 22 Feb 2012 3:22 pm

Hi Jane

I need your help on homeschool. Please email me kmsums@gmail.com

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Postby fishandchips » Tue, 28 Aug 2012 4:03 pm

Hello Everyone,

The same with you I am contemplating on homeschooling the kids. We just moved from the UK and I have a 12 and a 6 year old girls.

I am finding it hard to apply for local schools, can I just ask if there are official homeschool learning materials you can use here in singapore. I am not sure if I have to stick with UK or Singapore learning materials.

Thanks and looking forward to any advice.

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Home schooling

Postby Jinki » Tue, 28 Aug 2012 4:52 pm

fishandchips wrote:Hello Everyone,

The same with you I am contemplating on homeschooling the kids. We just moved from the UK and I have a 12 and a 6 year old girls.

I am finding it hard to apply for local schools, can I just ask if there are official homeschool learning materials you can use here in singapore. I am not sure if I have to stick with UK or Singapore learning materials.

Thanks and looking forward to any advice.


Hi fishandchips

I have some learning materials and learning programs to share. Do you have an email address that I can contact you.

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Re: Home schooling

Postby saiport » Mon, 24 Sep 2012 1:13 pm

Jinki wrote:
fishandchips wrote:Hello Everyone,

The same with you I am contemplating on homeschooling the kids. We just moved from the UK and I have a 12 and a 6 year old girls.

I am finding it hard to apply for local schools, can I just ask if there are official homeschool learning materials you can use here in singapore. I am not sure if I have to stick with UK or Singapore learning materials.

Thanks and looking forward to any advice.


Hi fishandchips

I have some learning materials and learning programs to share. Do you have an email address that I can contact you.



Hi fishandchips, we are the same situation as you. I have 6 and 9 years old.
I missed timing to enroll to local school. Can we can share idea and info?
Please e-mail me.

Hi Jlnki, Could you share learning materials and learning programs with me, too? saiport12<at>gmail.com
saiport

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Re: Home schooling

Postby Jinki » Tue, 25 Sep 2012 7:02 pm

saiport wrote:
Jinki wrote:
fishandchips wrote:Hello Everyone,

The same with you I am contemplating on homeschooling the kids. We just moved from the UK and I have a 12 and a 6 year old girls.

I am finding it hard to apply for local schools, can I just ask if there are official homeschool learning materials you can use here in singapore. I am not sure if I have to stick with UK or Singapore learning materials.

Thanks and looking forward to any advice.


Hi fishandchips

I have some learning materials and learning programs to share. Do you have an email address that I can contact you.



Hi fishandchips, we are the same situation as you. I have 6 and 9 years old.
I missed timing to enroll to local school. Can we can share idea and info?
Please e-mail me.

Hi Jlnki, Could you share learning materials and learning programs with me, too? saiport12<at>gmail.com


Hi saiport

I've emailed you.

Cheers

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Postby ebiburger » Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:29 pm

Hi parents,

For those of you who would be enrolling your children into local schools in the near future and going for homeschooling options currently, it would be advisable to use the textbooks and syllabus designated by MOE for local schools. This would ensure that when your child enrolls into the local schools the following year, they would be able to grasp the new concepts better. This is more so for sciences and maths. Do note that sciences for local primary schools only begins in primary 3. For parents who are still worried about homeschooling, you may opt to hire a tutor for one to one tutoring. Most undergraduates and above are providing tution and would be qualified to teach the primary syllabus.

Also, among the education scene in Singapore local schools, sciences and maths subjects are known to be more competitive as parents tend to place more emphasis on them, sometimes to the extent of overemphasis. Hence, usually grades in maths and sciences are deemed to be more important than for languages. This is even more so in the case of secondary schools with the branching out of sciences into Biology, Physics and Chemistry and mathematics into A-Maths and E-Maths while languages remain as one subject in itself.

At the end of primary six, there is this major examination called the PSLE, and it is supposed to determine your fate for the next four years, literally. This is because admission into secondary schools would depend on your child's PSLE results and a good aggregrate score would enable your child to get into better and more prestigious secondary schools. The major exams after secondary four would be GCE 'O' Levels and for junior college would be GCE 'A' levels.

Hopefully this piece of info would be helpful for parents out here. If there are any other queries, please feel free to ask here or pm me if I forgot to reply here.

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Postby vanyali » Fri, 16 Nov 2012 3:26 pm

I an am American. I homeschool my two daughters. The MOE doesn't care one bit. They have told me so (three times): We are foreigners, so the compulsory schooling laws don't apply to us. We can do whatever we want. My daughters are aged 11 and 7.

Personally, I don't get anything from the Singapore textbooks whatsoever. I open them up, and there is so little content in them (and even so few words!) that I just put them back on the shelf at Popular and forget them.

From what I can tell, the "hard" part about Singapore math is that they teach the children to draw very specific models to solve the problems, and if the kid tries to solve the problem using regular arithmatic or a different model, they're marked wrong. Since none of the parents have any idea what these specific models are supposed to look like, they can't help their kids learn them, and therefore it all seems very hard. I just skip all that and teach regular math, the way I learned it. but the MOE does put out a book explaining the "model method" that you can find at Popular Bookstore if you're interested.

So I cobble together my own curriculum, based on textbooks that I order from the US and UK, some things I download from Amazon.com for our kindle, and a lot of materials and worksheets that I make myself (especially for the 7 year old).

If you would like to get together and see what I do (or if you just want to let the kids meet and play), feel free to send me a message. vanyali@gmail.com

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Postby Dudleen » Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:07 am

We are new to Singapore and will be homeschooling my 6 year old daughter, following the nsw Australian curriculum. We would love to meet with other families with similar aged children for peer interaction and group work. we are happy to see what other curriculum have to offer. email me at Dudleen at gmail dot com

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Postby CrispyChicken » Wed, 20 Feb 2013 9:13 am

I have an opportunity a short term job in SG (less than a year). Currently living in Australia, my wife is a Primary School teacher and after a bit of research, organising schooling seems too hard and expensive so I'm looking into home schooling - since we have the expertise in-house :D
I even looked into finding work for the wife at an International School but the process seems so convoluted and lengthy. You have to apply a year in advance and contracts are for 3 years etce tc.
Ideally I'd like to drop both wife and child into a school within a month's notice, then probably remove them at the end of the year. Maybe the wife should start her own unofficial home school and offer an education for some of those other expats like us who don't fit into the structure of the system or can afford $30k tuition fees?


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