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The Dream School is a primary school which incorporates the practices of several educational philosophies, including the Montessori method, the Steiner-Waldorf method, democratic schools and free schools.

Such a strategy is used in the hope that it will allow children to discover their potential and develop it, and in the process not just prepare them for secondary school, but also for life. And most importantly, to pursue their dreams.

Alternative Schools in Singapore

Pre-School Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten,

EtonHouse Preschool, Greentree Education Services

Secondary The Sports School

Associations The Waldorf Community in Singapore

Society for Montessori Education

Special needs Kits 4 Kids

Speech Drama centres Lorna Whiston Speech & Drama Centre

Julia Gabriel Speech and Drama Centre

Available Books

Carnie, Fiona. Alternative Approaches to Education: a guide for parents and teachers. (2003.) RoutledgeFalmer.

Koetzsch, Ronald E. The Parents' Guide to Alternatives in Education. (1997.) Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Edited by Tan, Jason & S. Gopinathan & Wah Kam, Ho. Challenges Facing the Singapore Education System Today. (2001.) Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Asia Pte Ltd.

The various educational approaches

Montessori education
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The children's innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.

Steiner Waldorf education
This curriculum is based on a pedagogical philosophy that places emphasis on the whole development of the child, including a child's spiritual, physical and moral well-being as well as academic progress. There is a strong emphasis on social abilities and the development of pre-numeracy and literacy skills. Formal learning begins later, and learning is done in a very creative and artistic environment.

Multiple intelligences education
Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences has greatly changing the way some teachers teach. The 8 intelligences are: Linguistic intelligence, Logical-mathematical intelligence, Musical intelligence, Spatial intelligence, Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, Interpersonal intelligence, Intrapersonal intelligence, and Naturalist intelligence.

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach creates conditions that will enhance and facilitate a child's construction of "powers of thinking through the synthesis of all the expressive, communicative and cognitive languages", and based on principles of an Emergent Curriculum, Project Work, Representational Development, Collaboration, Teachers as Researchers, Documentation, and Environment.

Homeschooling is the most flexible and diverse educational option available today. The variety of homeschooling styles reflects the diversity of the people who choose this method. Most homeschoolers, use an eclectic approach that is partly structured and partly interest-based. This method allows parents to pick and choose the classes and materials that meet their children's needs.

Democratic schools
The root ideas of a democratic education are as simple as they are radical: children should be accorded the same human rights and freedoms as adults; they should be granted responsibility for the conduct of their affairs; and they should be full participants in the life of their community.

Small schools
The National Asssociation of Small Schools exists to advise and support small schools against threats of closure, to lobby and campaign on behalf of small schools, to promote the virtues of small schools and especially their links with local communities, whilst publicising and developing best practice.

Human Scale Education
HSE believe that small classes, small schools and large schools restructured into smaller units enable children to feel secure and more self confident, teachers to know their pupils as individuals and meet their learning needs more readily, parents to become more involved in their children's education and schools to become democratic and environmentally sustainable communities.

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative approaches involve small, heterogeneous teams, usually of four or five members, working together towards a group task in which each member is individually accountable for part of an outcome that cannot be completed unless the members work together.