After considerable research which left me feeling more overwhelmed and frustrated than enlightened, I’ve decided to finalise my brand of homeschool ideas once and for all.
My target subjects are yin and xxm who just turned two in Sept. Xmm will be involved in the picture when he is two. For him now, it should be all about fun and discovery of his immediate environment.
For yin, the objective is for her to learn more about the English Language and to develop a love for the language itself. In a bid to prepare her for the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) in Oct this year, we intensively tutored her in a bid to increase her standard to the level which she was sitting for – primary 5 & 6. It was a near impossible task. Her level was somewhat equivalent to our primary one standard when we first assessed her. And we expected her to improve to at least a P4 level all within 4 months?!? We drilled her with worksheets and past year school papers, with minimal results. Thankfully, we made a radical idea to give up the examination this Oct and instead enroll her in a proper program in a private school. I think we have overestimated her abilities. We have chosen Coleman College which we surveyed has a good track record in their AEIS preparatory course.
For xxm, the objective is exposure and to inculcate a love for reading and learning.
The philosophy that I will try to abide by is the Charlotte’s Mason’s philosophy — “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”
The following are quoted from www.simplycharlottemason.com
By “atmosphere,” Charlotte spoke of the environment our children grow up in. She knew that the ideas that rule our lives, as parents, will have a profound impact on our children. Some of those rules we are completely aware of; others we may not realize are controlling our lives. Nevertheless, “the child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule their own lives” (Vol. 2, p. 247). By “discipline,” Charlotte emphasized the importance of training our children in good habits—habits that will serve them well as they grow. In fact, she likened good habits to railroad tracks that parents lay down and upon which the child may travel with ease into his adult life. Good habits are a powerful influence on our children and must play an important part in their education. “It rests with [the parent] to consider well the tracks over which the child should travel with profit and pleasure” (Vol. 1, p. 109). By “life,” Charlotte wanted to remind us that “all the thought we offer to our children shall be living thought; no mere dry summaries of facts will do” (Vol. 2, p. 277). And the methods that Charlotte used presented each subject’s material as living ideas. Here is where the reading, writing, and arithmetic come in, along with all the other school subjects. But notice two important points: first, they are presented as living thoughts; and second, those school subjects occupy only one-third of the big picture of education.