Homeschooling in India

I am sure you are looking for good clarity on homeschooling in India. I have recently chosen to homeschool for my five-year-old girl child and I am pretty happy about my decision. In this post, I am going to explain some important aspects of homeschooling. Besides, I would share my approach to homeschooling with you.

Homeschooling Meaning

Homeschooling is a personalized education setup wherein the parents educate children at home instead of sending them to schools. A slight variation can be hiring a home tutor to educate a child at home. Homeschooling is still pretty new in India and there’s a lot of confusion around the term. Many parents are pretty excited about the concept. However, they are still unsure if it would work for their kids.

Is homeschooling better than traditional schooling?

When you try to understand the inside-out of homeschooling, this is the question that is bound to cross your mind. I had the same question in my mind too when I first heard of homeschooling. However, after having done a great amount of online research and after considering a few important factors, I was pretty convinced that homeschooling can be an excellent alternative to traditional schooling. Here are a few advantages of homeschooling:

  • Takes less of your kid’s time
  • Kids will be more attentive as parents teach them one to one
  • Learning can be a lot more innovative and fun
  • Parents can customize the curriculum or follow any curriculum of their choice
  • Kids don’t need to sit for Annual Exams; only sit for the board exam

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

― Albert Einstein

What about the kid’s social life?

When I first talked about the concept of homeschooling with my wife, she asked me, “what about the kid’s social life?” I knew it was pretty normal for a mother to feel this way. Besides, it was also a very important question. Honestly, I didn’t have an answer right at that moment. But as I gave it a good thought, I realized homeschooling is in no way going to hamper the child’s social life as long as the parents want their kids to have a great social life.

Honestly, what does it take to be social for a kid or even a grown-up? Interacting with others of the same age group, isn’t it? Is it really that hard when you can put your child into a Martial Arts class or a Swimming class or maybe a Tennis class? And after all, there isn’t a better way to use the school fee that you saved by homeschooling your kid than investing the money in a Martial Arts class or a Swimming class to teach your kid something extra. Further, that way, your kid will also get many other kids to get along with.

“When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable.”

― Elizabeth Foss

How do homeschoolers take exams in India?

Another big question is, “how do homeschoolers take exams in India?” Some of the popular educational boards in India are ICSE, CBSE, and ISC. Many parents may wonder if their kids could take exams with one of these boards after homeschooling for years. However, none of these boards allows homeschoolers to take exams as yet.

If you are homeschooling your kid in India and want them to take exams, you have two good options to choose from. One is NIOS (National Institute of Open Learning) Secondary Course Equivalent to Class X and the other is IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

Many believe NIOS is a better choice for homeschoolers in India. NIOS has an advantage for parents that want their kids to take some exams before NIOS Secondary exam. NIOS offers OBE (Open Basic Education) for children below 14 years. The OBE Programme is offered at three levels:

  • OBE level A: equivalent to class I-III
  • OBE level B: equivalent to class IV-V
  • OBE level C: equivalent to class VI-VIII

Your kids can take the OBE exams at your nearby NIOS Centre and you can enroll your kid in the OBE program by filling in the Online Admission for OBE Programme form. As far as the study materials for NIOS go, you can download them from the NIOS website itself.

Homeschooling in India: How I plan to homeschool my kid

As promised at the beginning of this post, I am going to share my approach to homeschooling in India. You may like it or you may not but please, do share your comments about this section. Before I get to the approach, I want to make one point clear that finding study materials is never a problem. You can download books from NIOS and NCERT websites for free.

You can find tons of resources on any topic on the internet. You can also find videos on any chapter or lesson on YouTube and make sure you use them while teaching your kid. What you need to work on initially is creating the best-customized curriculum for your kid.

Now, let me get to the approach that I choose. After I made up my mind to homeschool my kid, the next big problem was not knowing where to start. I sat with my wife for hours discussing how we want to homeschool our kid and most importantly, how should we make a start.

We wanted our kid to be able to generate income on her own when she grows up and be an entrepreneur. However, to become a successful entrepreneur, she would need to work a lot on learning skills which may include programming skills, data analysis skills, sales skills, and more. Hence, we wanted to make sure she devotes more time to learning things related to those skills.

Next up, we chose the NIOS Secondary subjects that we thought are somehow related to the skills that we want our kid to learn in times to come. I know it’s a bit weird for a parent to choose NIOS Secondary subjects for a kid who is only five years old but trust me it’s a good place to start.

Now we have the NIOS Secondary subjects in front of us. We wanted to teach our kid only those things that are related to these subjects. Of course, we will refer to the NIOS OBE Curriculum. However, with homeschooling, we have the freedom to choose what we want to teach our kids and what we don’t. For example, I would rather my kid spend more time on English Grammar than English Prose. I would do this since my objective is to improve her writing skills.

With homeschooling, I also have the freedom to compare different curriculum to create the best-personalized curriculum for my kid. I created a curriculum for my kid by incorporating the best chapters from CBSE, ICSE, and NIOS OBE curriculum.

This makes a lot of room for the parents to add some extra useful subjects to the curriculum. You can start with the basic concepts and gradually get to the higher concepts. Further, you can refer to the CBSE, ICSE, and NIOS curriculum anytime you like.

Homeschooling in India: Frequently Asked Questions

Is homeschooling a good idea in India?

Homeschooling is a great idea and will certainly work as long as the parents have a great curriculum to follow. Most importantly, parents must have sufficient time before they can think of homeschooling their kids. Busy parents may hire a private tutor to educate the kids based on their given curriculum.

How do I start homeschooling in India?

You can start homeschooling your kid in India by yourself or by hiring a tutor. However, the most important part is creating the right curriculum for your kid. With homeschooling, you have the freedom to compare different curriculum. That way, you can incorporate the best elements from all the curriculum and create a customized curriculum. Once the curriculum is ready, you are good to start with homeschooling your kid.

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