I got a great reply on Yahoo Alt-Ed- India Group to my email requesting info about Homeschooling in India which I wrote to everyone. This one from Sangeetha is in great detail, so I would like to share some of the points mentioned in the same. ( I have modified some phrases to be suitable as a blog content)
What are the methods of Home schooling you are following? When & how to start for since my child is going to be two this year.
You can start at any age, the younger the better..since it takes a lot of “thinking out of the box” to be able to do something like this…and in the initial years just spend as much time as possible with your son doing things that he likes..like reading, arts & crafts, outdoor play, indoor play, watching movies, singing , dancing and most importantly getting to know other HSers..A 2 yr old will not be interested in sitting in one place for more than 5 minutes , so make it very active…plant seeds together, cook with him, play in the water with him etc etc..and you will start to notice what he likes, dislikes etc..and also how is it that you interact with him..the most imp thing is to spend quality time wherein phone calls and other interventions are shut out…
Most important is to not force the child to do anything but have a very loose framework in mind. Everything is done according to the child’s interests and not what we think they should be learning.
Learning happens anyways and curriculum only helps in having some kind of a routine. For someone like you who is starting out I would recommend you read , read and read and understand where you stand in this whole thought process of alternative education.
And I think the most important thing is not any particular method but understanding very deeply what parenting is all about.
There are several “Homeschooling methods for India” out there..Classical, Charolette Mason, Unit Studies, Montessori, Eclectic, Christian Homeschooling, Unschooling, Radical Unschooling. Each has its own philosophy and methodology.
In India, some start out teaching their children basic literacy and add in little math and science and then other subjects like geography and history. While some like to carve out their own curriculum, others follow online schools too which send in curriculum , conduct tests etc.
What about tenth standard ? 12th standard exams, etc and further education. How will homeschool fit into that ?
Currently the NIOS seems like the best bet for appearing for 10th & 12th class , but one can also appear as private candidates or maybe enroll in a school at 9th or 10th grade for the heck of appearing for an exam.
Another email from Rosario has this to say –
We train them till the ninth and then in the tenth they register for NIOS Delhi Board. They have to choose five subjects out of a variety of subject and then appear for the tenth and twelveth. They get the study material from NIOS and have to study at home. Only requeirment is that one parent must be at home to guide the child. You can go to the website http://www.nos.org/ and get further details.
So I am having a lot of info now compared to the “clueless” I started last week. Hope legal issues related Homeschooling in India clear out soon, though I guess its plenty of time for my kid.
PS – NIOS & NOS are the same thing.