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Teaching Our Own is the home-on-the-www of Angie Maniam-Ng. Homemaking, homeschooling, parenting, Singapore, books, The Home Library, etc, are my current interests, but all sorts of exciting things happen to us, so there will be topics that come out from absolutely nowhere. πŸ˜€

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  1. Hi
    Interested in the book Raising Real Men, How do I go abt buying it…from u??
    Thanks
    Belita

  2. Hi Angie,

    I would like to learn more about home schooling my daughter. She is 7 and dyslexic. I have thought about it for quite some time now. Any advice on this?

    Thanks so much

    Adelina

  3. Hello

    I am a journalist with the Straits Times newspaper, and am trying to do a feature on families who home-school their kids, their reasons for doing so, the benefits they see as compared to enrolling them in full-time schools etc.

    Would it be okay if I interview you, as you seem to have been doing this for some time now.

    We can speak over the phone, but it would be great if I could meet you in person and speak to your children as well.

    My email is limze@sph.com.sg. Thank you very much for your time.

  4. Dear Angie, I have saw your website & was very Excited!

    I am also one of the rare Singaporean parents who would like to exempt my kids from the compulsory education.

    In between, I have friends who would like to homeschool their kids but their CV or education background might not be degree holders & very likely won’t be allowed by MOE. Hence do any member of the group have similar issues or have any advise?

    A million thanks.

    • Hi there Han and thanks for leaving a message here. Yes you are rare indeed! I believe there is 1 homeschooler for every 1000 school-going children in Singapore. We are just glad that the Ministry of Education makes homeschooling possible in Singapore. There are no rules about the academic achievements of parents intending to homeschool. You are required to submit your CV together with your proposed syllabus for the 4 examinable subjects (English, Mother Tongue, Math, Science), plus your proposal for integrating National Education into your curriculum. And also your proposed time-table. Approval is at the discretion of the MOE, and yes in the past, non-graduates have been granted approval to homeschool. If you are not already part of the homeschool group, I would advise that you sign up for membership at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/singaporehg/. You will then be “plugged in” to the various activities organised by the group and will have the opportunity to pose your questions to the larger community. If your child is still at a pre-primary school age, you should sign up here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SingaporeHGpreschool/. Hope this helps!

  5. A million thanks for your Great Advise Angie. They are great advise indeed!

    In between, are there such cases whereby justification was made to MOE that a small group of graduates parent forming up a Homeschool Group covering those less educated parents who would also like their kids to be home-School?

    Thanks again & will be signing up for http://groups.yahoo.com/group/singaporehg/. now πŸ™‚

    • Under the guidelines for homeschooling, group teaching is disallowed. We are not allowed to send our children to a group class for primary education in the 4 examinable subjects. Hope to “see” you in the yahoo group!

  6. Dear Angie,

    I am Audrey from PlayMoolah, a small company founded at Stanford and based in Singapore. Our mission is to create fun games that allow children to learn about money together with their parents. We have just gone live (yay!) with our first product and we would very much like YOUR help in testing it!

    Let me take a step back and tell you how Playmoolah was born. My partner Min and I were students at Stanford in 2008, and arrived in the middle of a Financial Crisis. We noticed that many people made financial decisions in a way that reflected poor understanding of money itself, and passed on this information to their children, who were almost doomed to make the same mistakes. We therefore became determined to create a fun, engaging game for kids that would educate them on how, rather than being the “root of all evil”, money was a useful tool if used wisely. As we discovered early, children love learning things for themselves, and play is a natural and essential part of learning.

    This is a very exciting point in our company’s history and for myself. This PlayMoolah journey has uncovered the truth about what money is for me and I hope we can aid the children we love in living and practicing the good values of money early on.

    I’m really inspired by your blog and it has been lovely reading alongside you and your child’s journey, sharing the joy and laughter you have with your little ones. Will love to introduce you to try out our tool, where you get to bond and learn with your little ones, what more inculcate in them the value of money!

    You can try PlayMoolah at: http://play.playmoolah.com/parents/sign_up

    Kindly let me know if you are interested, and if so, whether we could chat.

    Thank you for your help!

    Audrey

    “God gives all of us many gifts and it is how we use our gifts that make a difference” – Ronaldinho

  7. Hi Angie,
    I chanced onto your blog when I was searching for information on Dr Lopez and you happened to have blogged about your visit to him. I then became interested in the title of your blog and after browsing a few of your other entries, I realised that you put in a great deal of effort in homeschooling your children. I have a five-year old kid at home and your devotion to your children and family is truly admirable. I also read with great interest the whole food recipes you shared.

    It appears that you have stopped blogging since April this year. Will you be updating your blog again?

    Best,
    Angie (I happen to share the same name as you)

    • Hi there Angie. πŸ™‚ Yes yes yes, this blog is still “alive”. I have just had a ridiculously busy half year and will blog about that and about other random things in life, including homeschooling and FOOD (!), when things get a little calmer here. All is well with us. Just busy. πŸ™‚ Good to “see” you here. WELCOME!

  8. Hi Angie
    My name is Adora and I am writing an article on Singaporean mums living abroad and would love to interview you through email about your homeschooling efforts!

    By the way, my husband is also from Montreal!

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards
    Adora Tan
    adora.tan.richer@gmail.com

    • What fun! I would love you help you out. πŸ™‚ My email is angiefm@gmail.com if you would like to email me your questions that way. Looking forward to it. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Angie,

    My 6 year old son has language delay and I’ve been considering to homeschool him for his primary education for quite a while now. I tried joining the spore homeschool yahoo group last year, but somehow it was rejected. Any advice on how else I can try to seek more information from singaporean homeschoolers?

    Regards,
    Liza

    • Hi Liza. I have sent you a private email. Please try joining the group again. πŸ™‚

  10. Hi

    I just wanted to let you know about my learning resources on Lesson Library. I and my family have been writing learning resources for kids for more than 5 years, and now have about 7500 resources on our website. We homeschooled our son, Connal, and now want to share our resources with homeschoolers around the world so we’re offering homeschooling families a full year’s membership of the website for just Β£1 (about $1.55)

    Membership gives access of ALL the resources, from kindergarten to age 16 and we cover almost every school subject. We still write lessons and add more every week, and you’ll find activity books, textbooks, worksheets, project material, full lessons, arts & crafts, science experiments, a literature library, sheet music, and lots more.

    To join, simply go to http://www.lesson-library.com

    Thanks!

    Fiona

  11. Hi, Angie. i have a 15 year old daughter, in secondary 3, express stream, she is being bullied in school, she has been asking me about homeschooling a lot recently. However i do not have the time and enegry to homeschool her, i want to know if it is legal to be homeschooled by a non-parent in Singapore and what are the criteria to be homeschooled in Singapore.

    Regards,
    Yi lin.

    • Hi Yi Lin. I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s experience in school. In Singapore, compulsory education is only for the first 6 years of primary school education, ie from P1 to P6. After that, continuing education is at your discretion. Which accounts for the sudden increase in the number of options for schools at the secondary school level. It also explains how some students do their O levels as private candidates. So yes definitely your daughter can receive private education at this level. There are other options too, which local homeschoolers (ourselves included) can take. Online classes – our oldest is enrolled in http://www.potterschool.org, DVD lessons (through providers like BJU http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com and http://www.abekaacademy.org) which provide complete packages for various grade levels. Or you can simply engage tutors locally to help with various subjects. There are two main things to be aware of in switching from school to homeschool at this level. First, your daughter is going to have to be a lot more independent in her learning. Whether it is an online class, or a DVD programme or even having a tutor come over, she is going to have to take charge of her time and her work. Second, you will want to plug into a local homeschool group for teens so she get to interact with others and do things in a group setting, because working with others is crucial at this age. If you have decided to go ahead with this decision, I recommend you join the yahoo group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/teenhomeschoolsg/. These are for teens and parents of teens to share information and also to arrange group courses and outings, etc. I hope this information helps. Please feel free to email me at angiefm@gmail.com if you have any other questions. Take care and tell your daughter to hang in there in the meantime! πŸ™‚


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