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  1. Hello all, I am wondering if any American families in Turkey, ( better if in izmir:)) are homeschooling their kids. I would love to get in touch and learn their experiences and get some curriculum ideas. Looking forward to hear from you. Btw, My older son is 9 , so he is grade 4 now. Thanks.. Melek
  2. After some research I realised that primary and high school kids can do distance learning. What is this exactly and can anyone provide me with links of schools in Istanbul? I have 2 girls of 9 and 11, equivalent to school years 5 and 7 in the UK. Thanks
  3. Mersin has now 14 private fully licensed Arabic school where Arabic is the main teaching language for kids from kindergarten until high school. These schools teach Arabic, English and Turkish and mainly they serve Syrian students and other Arab students. These schools were set up by Syrian businessmen who moved to Turkey because of the civil war raging in Syria nowadays, they started new life in Mersin and with it new schools, shops , restaurants and other related businesses. * Pictures are from Success Way private school in Mezitli / Mersin
  4. Hi everyone, I've been trying to find out how much it would cost to send a six year old to a private school in Fethiye. I've emailed the schools and posted elsewhere but I'm nt getting too far. The state education system sounds appalling and quite frankly terrifies me....... I have another daughter who is 3 and a half so we are hoping it's nt ridiculously expensive. Can anyone recommend any schools in Fethiye region please? Many thanks...
  5. Hi all! My name's Lindsey, I'm a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist & mother of two children, ages 2 & 4. My husband is Syrian-American & is a real estate investor. We originally planned to split our time between Syria & America once we had children but now that Syria (& most of the Middle East) is out of the question, we have been drawn to Turkey -- it seems to be a perfect fit for my family in so many ways! We are planning a visit in Jan & if all is well, we will move next fall. But we sure could use your help! Although I'm mainly using my career to write books, is there a particular city where I'd likely be able to practice as a Nutritionist if I chose to? I mainly focus on children's health (alleviating symptoms of ADHD, recurring health issues, even autism) through diet. I understand learning Turkish would be essential, and I'm willing to learn. Also, I am taken back by the price of private schools there! Is there a city where the public schools are particularly good? If we opted to homeschool, I'm assuming Istanbul would be our best option .. ? And lastly, we would like to find an area where there is more of an Islamic influence than a European one. I'm certainly no stranger to bars, clubs, bikinis, & such, but we'd really love a more modest feel than what we're immersed in here in America. Thank you all for any advice your kindly willing to offer!
  6. Hello can anyone help me find a vocational training school in Turkey to enroll my son for september 2014 he will take the high school exam next june, he prefers to go for vocational courses also he has no knowledge of turkish language please advise schools contacts for foreigners many thanks salah
  7. Does anyone have experience of moving a student to Turkey (not Istanbul, but a town of about 100,000 people) in the senior high school years? How does the learning style compare to other countries (particularly Australia, but any comparisons welcome)? The student in question is in their second to last year in an Australian high school (ie year 11), and doing the maths/science subjects. They are fluent in spoken Turkish, but rusty in their written language skills. I have heard that Turkish schools favour rote learning; also that the Uni Entrance Exam is also based on regurgitating learned information, and that it can be difficult to get into Uni at all. I am concerned that moving at this stage and breaking off their Australian education, will make it more difficult to obtain any sort of tertiary education.
  8. We've been in Istanbul for 15 months now, and here is some of our experience of putting English speaking kids into school. As we arrived here in September, and it took us a month to be able to move into our new flat, and then another month to be full up and running, it was November before the kids were ready to go to school. At that point I was working in a couple of part-time jobs, so the only option, as we don't have the finances for an International School, was to send the kids to the local state school. State SchoolProsJust at the end of the streetSmall classes (although this is unusual)Wonderful teachersFinishes at 2.30pmConsReally dirty environmentNot exactly Health and Safety risk assessed! Our kids got treated as though they were aliens by some other kids, as they had NEVER met foreignersNo extra help with Turkish literacySo they were only there for half a school year, but they did make friends, and the manager and teachers were very supportive. However, my husband cringed on a daily basis having to leave them in such a dirty place! Then I got a few job offers from some private schools, and took into consideration the scholarship offers and the type of schools ie. run by religious organisations, size, my salary and conditions etc. I decide to work for a new school that didn't have religious leanings, and was keen on the cultural benefits of teaching English, not just the exam results, it is also a small ilkokul, they also offered me 1 full and 1 half scholarships, plus transport, food, some books and some uniform thrown in! So the kids started in September. I've got 1 in 2nd grade and 1 in 4th grade. Private SchoolProsNice teachersSmall classes (although as the school grows the numbers will increase)Cleaner than the state schoolLessons in chess, dance, music, clubs, French, German etc. The other students are welcoming and tolerant of our kidsOther students from other countriesKids who try to speak English to our kidsCons40 minutes travel time (this is quite normal for a lot of school children in Istanbul)9 'lessons' a dayHome at 4.45pmHomeworkNo extra help with Turkish literacyConsidering they've just been thrown in the deep end without much extra help, they're doing really well. They are picking up Turkish from their friends, and the older students are like big brothers and sisters to them, and help them if they are upset. My OH does the homework with them, as my Turkish isn't up to it, and sometimes he is exasperated with the type of 'test' questions they get. He's even been to school and asked them "Who WRITES these questions?" They are tests they 'have to give', from the education council. He says they are pointless, convoluted for no apparent reason, especially for a 2nd grader. He thinks they are trying to 'teach' common sense, but they do it in this convoluted manner. The teachers he's spoken to agree with him, but say the 'have to give' the work, and agree that the system is based too much on 'ticking boxes'. It's less about the process and more about the result. But it's an ingrained attitude which I find even in Kindergarten, where the teachers don't let the children work their own way through an activity - they will take over and complete it for them, so it 'looks' good for the parents - a bit like a controlling 'helicopter parent'!! It's like the emphasis on neat cursive writing in 1st grade....... Is the content important? Is the creativity important? No, the 'correct' script is important!! Our biggest concern is the Turkish education system as a whole when considering their futures. Parents who have the option the send their children to other countries for university, don't even consider sending them to Turkish universities. Although they agree that socially Turkey is better for teenagers than UK or USA. My husband says "Turkey doesn't want thinkers, it wants workers."I'd say "The Turkish government doesn't want thinkers, it wants workers, but Turkey NEEDS thinkers."I really don't think the education system produces thinkers. And people who have been through the system and are thinkers (that WE know of) are frustrated and demoralised here. Ultimately we're viewing this as an experience for them. And will continue to try to keep them interested in 'learning' in a broad sense.
  9. We are leaving Sydney in 2 weeks for Turkey. Daughter is going to go to school in Turkey. Urgent question. Do I need to get her school paperwork translated into Turkish? What do they require to get her enrolled? Noone can really tell me anything and its doing my head in.
  10. Can someone please give me the dates for the January school holidays. Daughter goes to a public school. I have asked her to ask the teachers but she keeps forgetting and I have the complete lack of Turkish lol! 3 months in . . .
  11. Im waiting on appeal date for my husbands visa,if he doesnt get it im moving to marmaris im just worried about schooling for my daughter if she will need to learn turkish or will there b an english teacher and will i need to pay for her to go to school ??
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