More about Homeschooling in the Preschool Years
Homeschooling in the preschool years does not have the same impact as the primary school years. Singaporeans who homeschool their children in primary years usually regard preschool years as play. This is probably due to the CE exemption required for 7-12yo, and a shift in mindset as the seriousness of their choice sets in.
Some parents consider themselves ‘homeschooling’ their children 0-2 but seasoned homeschoolers generally find this label off-putting. It is important to be fair to homeschooling parents who have put in years of hard work into educating their own in the history of homeschooling in Singapore, and who need the term to be used more appropriately to find peer groups to grow together into the primary school years. Otherwise the term ‘homeschooling’ is a trendy word. (You might find closed doors to homeschoolers’ only events because it is hard to take you seriously.)
Homeschool Singapore defines homeschooling in the preschool years like this :
– your child is not registered in any institution in Singapore – preschool, kindergarten. This also means you might need to find a community of homeschooling friends for socialising opportunities for the long term.
– your child is not just taking holidays for a few weeks to ‘homeschool’.
– you the parent, not your domestic helper or a bunch of tutors, are the main caregiver of the child. You will then commit to activities within the homeschool community.
Another way of defining homeschooling is this :
“Homeschooling can be defined as the elective practice whereby children are educated directly under the personal oversight of their parents, often, though not exclusively, by their parents and usually in a home setting. Advocates, practitioners and researchers alike grapple with terminology of this new and innovative form of education. Depending on the philosophical underpinning, country of origin, and other factors, homeschooling is also known as home-based education, home education, unschooling, home-centered learning, home instruction, deschooling, autonomous learning, and child-centered learning. Regardless of its sundry names, the decision to homeschool contains two invariable elements; a “decision by parents not to educate their child in an institutionalized setting, and the decision by parents to educate their children in a home setting.” Homeschooling can also be defined by what a parent does not choose for their child’s education—a definition which incorporates the rejection of the institutional schooling found both in government as well as the majority of traditional private schools.” (Source)