31 days: After school activities at Dalat International School
I’ve mentioned before that we’re a home schooling family. Our children are not enrolled in any of the schools here in Penang, local or. We buy our school curriculum from the US and ship it here for the kids. On average, we’re spending $600-$1000 USD per child for a year. It does cost us, I mean, my wife time in that she has to do lesson planning and teaching and reading to them. We’ve got multiple kids, so she has to plan and teach multiple levels.
But what about social activities? What about Physical Education? First, those are usually not a concern for most homeschoolers. Those are the questions non-home schoolers ask. Most homeschoolers tend to be more physically active and more socially adjusted to the children their age range who are forced to sit at desks for hours at a time and interact with only children their own age for hours at a time.
And besides the myriad kids programs and tuition programs that are out there, Dalat International School has a program call the Distance Learning Resource Centre which is for home educators, local in Penang, as well as around the region.
The benefits are huge! We paid a small annual fee for the whole family. And that gives us:
- full access to the Dalat library including online resources
- full access to the DLRC resource library
- option of enrolling in single classes taken on campus
- option of enrolling in online classes through Dalat (Sevenstar)
- option to participate in after-school clubs and athletic programs
- academic testing services
- homeschool/TCK consultation services at Dalat
- college/career counseling services at Dalat
- assistance with homeschool record keeping and transcripts
After school activities
I think the word is getting out, because this year there are now over 40 home school students who are participating in Dalat’s afterschool activities. In the past year, our daughters have been part of gymnastics, soccer, art, choir, gardening, girls scouts, and dance. There are loads more to choose from, although many of these after school clubs have limited space.
My kids have made some friends too. It’s been a great opportunity for them to connect and interact with expat children.
That’s another slice of Living in Penang. Keep coming back for more of our 31 days of living in Penang.