The ingredients of a successful homeschool…

I reckon the more of the following you have, the greater the chances homeschool will work.

More than 1 child – It certainly makes it more challenging if you only have one child. You’ll have to work a lot harder to make sure the child spends time with other kids.

Children of a similar age – Too big an age gap and it means the kids will not be able to do things together as well as if they’re a similar age.

One parent stays at home – Given how easy homeschool is, that parent would ideally be able to work from home. Homeschool without one parent staying at home is not viable, in my opinion.

One parent, ideally the one that stays at home, is fairly educated – Any degree would do. They need to have the confidence to build and monitor a program.

The parent that stays at home needs to be motivated and have a high standard – He or she needs to drive the kids and the teachers. The more ambitious the parent, the better the kids will do. The parent also needs to ensure he or she takes the kids out almost every day else the kids will go nuts, so can’t be lazy. One of the main reasons homeschool has worked so far for us has been Isabelle’s high standards, something she has in everything she does. An A* in a practice paper is not good enough, it needs to be a high A*. I guess it was the same for me in maths.

A strong local community with plenty of kids – so the kids can play with other kids that live next door.

A good relationship with the children – if there is already some friction between the parents and the child, it’d probably only get worse if you homeschool.

The financial means to homeschool – it’s very cheap compared to a private school, but if the government is paying your kids’ school fees then homeschool is the expensive option. Just bear in mind my kids should have finished their high school exams at around 13 (hopefully), so we’re only paying for 5 years of teaching.

A spacious home – being cramped up in a small space wouldn’t be fun, but you can work around it. For example, near exam time when I spend time over the weekends teaching the kids, I often take the kids to coffee shops for a change of environment, often jumping from coffee shop to coffee shop so we change the environment, and I often get a lot of my own work done at the same time on my laptop.

Author: Asim Qureshi

Passionate about tech startups, home schooling, barefoot running and squash.

9 thoughts on “The ingredients of a successful homeschool…”

    1. Joe, you could contact me directly if you really need it! I hope you understand – I run 8 businesses too so value my time big time! What do you need to contact me about?

      1. Thank you sir for the prompt respond and I apologise for any inconvenience caused. I just need advise on home school as my wife to be is from indonesia and they dont teach english. Was wondering how do we check the subjects that kids are learning these days and where did you get the study material?

        Once again, I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

      2. The study material consists of past papers, answers and lots of free videos on YouTube. So everything is online. I’ve also hired a tutor on Skype that they call whenever they are stuck.

      3. Hi Sir,

        You mentioned you have hired tutor to help your kids over Skype. I have the following questions in mind.

        Do your kids do self study and contact the tutor only when they are stuck? Or do they have a regular session with the tutor?

        Do you mind to reveal the fee and how did you find the subject specialist tutor(s)?

        We have two kids aged 11 and 9. We will move back to Petaling Jaya this year. It would be great to learn from experienced homeschoolers like you.



      4. Sam, for maths they only contact the tutor when they are stuck. I pay around US$10 per hour. I found the tutor on Hope this helps…

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