Many people are curious about homeschooling because it is not very common here in Singapore for parents to "opt out" of the "tried and tested" Singapore education system. But the first question most (law abiding) folks will ask when I tell them that we're not sending our kids to school, they are homeschooled, will be "Is that legal?"
For the record, yes, homeschooling in Singapore is legal. But first you have to get what we call a "COE". Ah, not the car COE, but the Certificate of Exemption (from Compulsary Education). And yes, for the record, we got ours for our first born, Asher, who's supposed to be in pri. 1 this year, 2007. (Thankfully, he doesn't have to go and squeeze for a place together with all the other dragon babies.)
And the next question will invariably be, how about their socialization? Rest assured, my children are very well socialized. :O) How about friends their age? Mostly our church family and own "family" family. But they are their own best friends, really.
Well, after having been a mother for seven years now, and having been entrusted (thus far) with four little ones to bring up, I think I can safely say I have quite a few things to discuss about this whole aspect of "education" and what it encompasses in the raising of a brand new person.
I'll try my utmost best to categorize my thoughts so it's not too confusing for you, my reader. I really hope to get a dialogue going on certain aspects I will be bringing up (whenever i have time and the inspiration to type). So do feel free to contribute a comment or two, in a meaningful way.
Thanks and may God bless you!