Homeschooling in Riyadh

#1 19 September 2010 22:21:28

edythe smith
edythe smith
riyadh

Homeschooling in Riyadh

I have a 16 year old boy and a 12 year old girl and just decided to pull them out of an international school in riyadh.  I'm homeschooling them using CDIS curriculum.  Any other homeschoolers out there?  Looking for extracurricular activities for them in addition to sports at the American school thru Rysa (Riyadh youth sports association). Edythe

Last edited by edythe smith (19 September 2010 22:22:27)

#2 21 September 2010 09:03:31

ibwnesely
ibwnesely
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

I would suggest you check out 1mesa.com they have afterschool training in basketball, soccer, swimming, martial arts and other sports and activities for all ages. Many who take part also homeschool.

Shaheed

#3 07 May 2011 15:00:59

Lindalou
Lindalou
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

I am relocating to Riyadh at the end of summer.  I am considering homeschooling myself.  I have my reservations only because i am afraid they will get lonely.  My son is 17 and my daughters are 11 and 14. Good luck! and maybe we can get in touch with each other for activities 4 the kids.

#5 08 May 2011 07:00:34

wizardofnaz

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

If you dont mind my asking, what prompted you to home school your children? i have been thinking seriously about doing the same, but i dont think that i have the discipline, and i dont want to destroy my childrens future by doing a half assed job!

#6 09 May 2011 00:08:58

Lindalou
Lindalou
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

I have been homeschooling for 10 years here in the states.  We never had any problem with our children having "socialization" because we are involved in many activities with fellow home schoolers. I know that some people have their own opinion about whether a child should be home or not.  Homeschooling is not for everyone and some people should not do it period. My reason for homeschooling my children was that they are dyslexic and here unfortunately do not recognize dyslexia in the public school system.  I wanted to make sure my children had the same chance to learn to read and write like other children. They are both reading beautifully but struggling with spelling. So I have my reservations about putting them in the international schools in Riyadh because I am not sure they will be sensitive to their needs.  But I do not want them to be lonely. After saying this Homeschooling is very rewarding and my children have been very happy and the one who commented about a child should not stay home with their mom...well they do have a life outside of mom and they take every chance to hang out with their friends with support. Thanks everyone for listening!

Linda

#9 09 May 2011 10:56:17

wizardofnaz

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

thanks Linda, i appreciate you sharing your home schooling experience with us all.  I have a friend whose son is 11 and reads and does science at a significantly higher level than his grade and his mom takes great pleasure in keeping him actively involved in what he has interest in. Her story and yours always keep me wanting to homeschool!

#10 11 May 2011 20:47:57

Lindalou
Lindalou
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

Thanks for all the kind comments:D!

I wish the best for all of us to raise our children with the best  intentions.  Life is a journey! take care!


“It is a miracle that curiosity survives a formal education.” ~ Albert Einstein

Linda

#11 12 May 2011 16:27:05

adaptingksa
adaptingksa
riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

This kind of effort is to be admired, but just in case for those whom maybe doesn't have your teaching virtues...i think Multinational International School recognizes dislexia.

#12 13 May 2011 03:40:18

Lindalou
Lindalou
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

Thanks for the tip:D I also am interested in knowing if anyone knows if it would be a good idea to live in a villa instead of a compound.  We used to live in jeddah  a few years ago and it was nice living in a compound but I felt we never had any privacy. 

Linda

#13 13 May 2011 10:19:34

SaudiUK
SaudiUK
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

Lindalou wrote:

Thanks for the tip:D I also am interested in knowing if anyone knows if it would be a good idea to live in a villa instead of a compound.  We used to live in jeddah  a few years ago and it was nice living in a compound but I felt we never had any privacy. 

Linda

In compounds you may lose some privacy but they do provide other facilities and activities and its a very safe environment for children.

In a non compound villa - you may have more privacy..but there are no other facilities...you will be restricted to the villa, as soon as you step outside of the villa, your very much car/driver bound.

There again, it really depends on yourself, compounds do not suit all.

#14 14 May 2011 16:58:28

Lindalou
Lindalou
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

I know you are right but I am so confused because my children are pushing for a villa and I am afraid they will get lonely.  But I guess we can try it and the following year sign up through for a compond if they drive me crazy. It is good to have others to chat with to give you a better perspective so you can make better decisions.  I am actually terrible at making decisons. Thanks again!

#15 25 October 2012 16:45:14

Issybissy

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

A villa is nice as long as you have a way to get around, finding a reliable driver is key. You also need to choose a location where the surrounding neighbors aren't all Saudi, so you can make some friends. Ask around maybe at work to see what areas are recommended. My in laws live in eshbiliah. The area has tons of expats from Canada and America, quite nice area and very near to grocery, food, and malls. But I think a compound is nice bc you can walk freely and play outside without worrying as much. In a villa you are limited to your friends homes and your own surrounding villa wall.

#16 12 February 2013 15:31:00

abu_yusuf
abu_yusuf
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

I'm from London and have had my son in an international school in Riyadh  for 6 months and would like information regarding home schooling. My son is 6 years old and I was wondering how we could get accreditation for him while studying at home through the UK curriculum. Can anyone help? please?

#17 25 February 2013 16:18:31

taan87
taan87
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

i am currently offering private tutoring classes in the afternoon (however, i am living in Riyadh-SaudiArabia), i have been teaching in AUb ( i was living in Lebanon) private hours for the past 3 years, if you have any question regarding tutoring hours please dont hesitate to call me [Moderated: pls avoid personal details on the forum]

#18 25 February 2013 21:14:09

Beakersful
Beakersful
Riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

http://www. education-otherwise.net/  first stop for Brits wanting to know home laws on home education and pointers to everything you need to know, including how to obtain and follow state school education and pay for GCSE's, etc.

If you choose not to use a recognised curriculum, then you're educating suitable to age, and special needs they may have, and, if you choose to agree with the principle, to ensure your child becomes a useful member of society.  I personally feel that to under or over educate your child may cause life problems where fitting in with society is concerned.   When you remove your child from the school register you just have to keep records of the education you deliver for the investigator who pops round every year or two to examine development.

#19 27 February 2013 11:04:27

nsw2528
nsw2528
riyadh

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

We homeschool my 4 children.  We have done all over the world.  I have to say KSA has been the most challenging.  However whenever I am struggling my neighbors will tell me the problems with the schools here  that helps.  Although from the UK we use Calvert homeschooling curriculum which is an American curriculum.  There are a few homeschoolers here but its not very popular. 
There are homeschoolers uk yahoo groups try and get on them and ask advice.  Regarding the UK education otherwise is a good start as the previous poster mentioned.
I hope this helps.

Nicola

#21 19 August 2013 21:29:58

hieton

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

Hello
I was wondering how to homeschool my kids, like how exactly do i enroll my kids in an accredited homeschooling network in the same curriculum as yours and I'm clueless...I have no idea what to do. And is it cheaper? My kids study at Rowad international and I have 5 kids, and I pay about 20,000 for each kid. And what about the tests? Is there a specialised school that all the homeschooled kids go to in order to take their exams? I'm sorry for asking so much questions, but I have no idea what to do.
Thank you in advance :)

#23 18 October 2013 14:50:41

Sociologist

Re: Homeschooling in Riyadh

Hi there,
I have been homeschooling  my first two children  for 4 years now. They did their IGCSE and got excellent marks. I pulled out my younger ones aged 11 &. 10 this year from an international school to h/ school them as well. It depends on what curriculum do you follow. We follow the British one and there some online LEA approved schools where you can enroll your child. I hope this helps :)

3 members online in Saudi Arabia

Expatriate health insurance Riyadh
Free advice and quotation service to choose an expat health insurance in Riyadh.
>> Click here
Expat banking Riyadh
Discover the benefits of expat banking for people living and working abroad.
>> Click here
Moving to Riyadh
A few tips from professionals about moving to Riyadh.
>> Click here
Travel insurance Riyadh
Don't worry and travel happy across Riyadh.
>> Click here