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they were both born in UK, we moved to Thailand when they were 4 and 1, english is their first language.  They have a Thai instructor every day monday to friday for 1 hour so they will able to read speak and write thai.

 

I am teaching the youngest to read ready for when he will start the homeschool at age 7.

 

but both will take english as a subject, english is a necessity to sit cambridge IGSCE and A-Levels.

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Good luck. Certainly having a Thai language instructor 1 hour a day will see them advancing more than I have over my 6 years here. On the other hand, no I do not accept that home schooling will equate with a competent international school. As I say, good luck.

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Just now, Baerboxer said:

 

Many Educationalists support the idea that learning languages helps in mind development and helps facilitate learning in other subjects. 

People in the UK laughed at me when I took the language options over science at grammar school. But I didn't want to be a scientist, medical doctor, dentist etc. I wanted a career in business. Having English, German and French was a massive help in my career and allowed my to work, travel and live confidently in other countries. Later I learnt Chinese.

My eldest is doing her Master's in Criminology and Forensic Science. Most of her schooling was in Malaysia. She speaks English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Spanish and Welsh. My other two are fluent in English and Thai - including my son whose severely disabled. Become proficient in the Thai language is my next project.

 

You're doing your children a great service with the international exposure supported by the learning of other languages.

 

I wish you and your family well and every success in Spain. A loss for Thailand that you're leaving!

thanks for the kind words, i applaud you too.

I had a 6 fold bypass on my hart ,so it is too hot for me here, thus middle Spain will be perfect , and i like the people and the food is ideal for me .

Good luck

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Well, I certainly take my hat off to you... I cannot imagine a better or more thought out approach and I expect it will work well for your family. 

 

I would say it would not have worked for me for various reasons, mostly time and patience, but fortunately my kid loves school and is doing well and I do think part of her love for school came about through looking forward to being with her friends. 

 

Periodically let us know how it is going. Best of luck and good for your family. 

 

 

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I wish you the best. A dear friend of mine in the USA home schooled all her children (6). They all went to university without any problems. As long as you have the discipline to manage it, I think it's great. I'd love to home school my Son, but I know I'm not up to it. 

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I also homeschool my three boys.  I am not using Wolsey but bought a plethora of course books, both Study and Workbooks, in the core subjects: English, Science, Maths, History, Geography, D & T, R.E. and Citizenship.  We also do a BBC News report in which they precis an item of news for the day that sparks their interest, add a map to show where it happened relative to Thailand and then add a paragraph on their opinion on the piece - that takes about 20 mins a day for them but its a great exercise.

 

I use Google Classroom to schedule and organise the work with about 20% personal teaching, 10% marking work with them and going over errors and the rest of the time they work together or alone.

 

English needs the most attention as there is a lot to pick up when you are not immersed in the language all day with your mates.  Maths they find pretty easy, science OK and Geography the least liked because the books require a lot of writing - which is good because they need to practice handwriting.

 

I see improvement vastly better than them being at school and avoid the brainwashing and travel times.  It is quite time-consuming though and they need to do more social activities which are the main loss.  The course is the IGCSE as the OP and with A Levels after that.  IGCSE specialisation next year for the older two.

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I assume you submitted the application for home schooling and had it approved to make it legal. If indeed you have jumped through the legalities, are you aware that you're entitled to the government subsidies that they pay to the schools.  Not a lot but it's 'free money'.

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Well, like others here, the OP has my vote too. When I was working back in England my children often came home from school having all sorts of questions, basically maths & science. At that time time there were two math syllabuses for 'O' level, old traditional and what was then called New Math. The NM had topics brought 'down' from higher education such as Logic and Set Theory (as an introduction to 1,0 circuits). Fortunately I had studied these and was able to 'home teach' my children on these and other topics. So I have some appreciation of what home teaching can entail. One good advantage is that each of your children can get individual treatment depending on their personal inclinations which, of course, is difficult to achieve in a normal school class. Best of luck and I hope your children do well in future.

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No offense to OP but your grammar is not that great. If you are teaching English to your kids they will only be as bad as you. You should try to be more careful with your grammar when teaching your little ones. 

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