Alternative Academia

 What is homeschooling? The Basics & An Introduction

In basic terms, homeschooling is ...FUN! Homeschooling is mostly self-explanatory so in fear of overstating the obvious and instead providing insight into exactly how homeschooling works, know this: Learning from the comfort of your home is often far more rewarding than competing in the rigidity of a classroom.

Welcome to my classroom, please make yourself at HOME.

My name is Kawaii and I have been tutoring since 2012, both on my own and at private schools. Tutor Owls, a tutoring initiative/cottage school that I founded in 2014, provides parents alternative options for children who have alternative needs. These alternative needs can range from learning disabilities to pure convenience. I personally recruit and train each tutor and our standard student to tutor ratio is no more than 5:1 with shorter hours and less condensed lesson plans. This greatly allows each child to get the individual attention they deserve!

Different  countries and states have varying guidelines and requirements for their homeschooling curriculum and they can usually be found online. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, homeschooling is legal as part of the Education Act and we abide by the curriculum put forward by The Ministry of Education. Parents are required to submit a letter of intent to the MOE. If the child is being removed from a current school, parents are also required to submit a letter to the school’s principal. For further guidance or for a draft of the letter, reach out to us at tutorowls.tt@gmail.com.

The demand for alternative academia is surprisingly high, while the supply is regrettably low. This, coupled with my passion for working with children are the two main reasons I decided to start up my own tutoring center and pursue this field. Nothing has ever topped the feeling I get when my student learns and understands a new lesson, it is indescribable. I am also the biggest geek at heart so finding and organising creative methods to tutor students who do not learn conventionally is my rewarding pleasure. 

It is honestly THE BEST of both worlds. At Tutor Owls, we want our students to WANT to learn so we pride ourselves on veering away from the pressurised routines of standard schooling and instead creating an easy-going environment where students are comfortable and open-minded. Sometimes, it can be difficult for some students to open up but we are dedicated to working tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. We formulate a specific syllabus to complement and maximize each student’s ability.

During the next few weeks, I will discuss the “do’s and dont’s” of homsechooling as well as the many benefits that come with it, so stay tuned for more!

To further drive my point home and in preparation for my upcoming posts, take a look at this video. At a TED convention, Sir Ken Robinson discusses the way in which standard schooling tends to downplay a child’s creativity. (Pay particular attention from 11:00 onward) Do you agree?

Any questions?

Class dismissed.

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