This post is a continuation of our previous post on Pros and Cons of Home School, Private and International Schools and Home Schooling Centres.
For those considering home schooling centres as yet another option for their children's education, we hope this post on What To Expect From A Home Schooling Centre will be an eye-opener for you.
Parents Support Role - Where Do I Start?
Regardless whether your child is a toddler or already has several years of primary school experience, sending your child to a homeschooling centre can be done at any point in time. Most parents find the end of one school year is a good time to start their ‘shopping’ because it gives them enough time to research on the details. No matter what your choices are, you should visit homeschooling centres around you, and talk to people who homeschool, contact or join a local homeschool organization/group. Educating yourself about the various routes you can take is the best way to define why you are making this decision and what you hope homeschooling will accomplish for your child.
Decide On Homeschool Curriculum - What Curriculum Is Available?
Fortunately, Malaysian parents are spoiled with choices when it comes to syllabus or curriculum choices. Nevertheless, the most commonly followed syllabi are the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Alpha Omega Publication (AOP) for religious based homeschooling centres. Learning materials can be purchased at leading bookstores, they vary from traditional textbooks and workbooks that cover reading, writing, and arithmetic to more individualized approaches that are guided by a child's own interests, e.g. drama and play, art and craft etc. At Kensington Academy, we allow learners to not only excel academically, but also enhance various soft skills like recall of knowledge, teamwork, problem solving etc.
|Comparison chart between public schooling and IGCSE Pathway from Kensington|
Examination Board - What Exams Will My Child Take If We Choose This Route Of Education?
IGCSE stands for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Unlike the GCSE, which is taken by the vast majority of students in UK, the IGCSE is crafted to suit international students or students reside outside of the UK where the courses and examinations will have an international flavour rather than being grounded in British situations and settings.
There are many examination boards that award IGCSE certification. Kensington Academy currently uses the examination board from CIE (Cambridge International Examinations), a department of the University of Cambridge, UK. Hence, the course syllabuses and curriculum we use is designed to prepare our learners to meet the requirements set by the CIE.