*I am by no means an expert on this topic. I'm just an ordinary homeschooling mom. These are just based on my own personal knowledge and experience.
My husband works for the airline industry and my son, though not bullied, worse, became friends with the class bullies when he was in toddler school when he was 3. These were the two primary reasons why we considered homeschooling back in 2008.
This article helped me a lot:
Brave, new world of homeschooling
That and the CFA website here:
Catholic Filipino Academy
Recently, I have often gone back to the Wikipedia entry here:
Homeschooling and open universities in the Philippines
And this Smart Parenting article is also useful:
Homeschooling FAQs and Tips
So what is homeschooling really? It's basically being responsible for the education of your child.
The first step we did was to bring Matt to the Living Heritage Academy under School of Tomorrow. He had a written exam to see what level he would be enrolled in.
The Master's Academy HERE also offers a diagnostic exam to determine the child's level.
It's not required if you just want to go with your child's age in determining what level to enroll him/her in. But I did hear of a mom who had her 5-year-old take the LHA diagnostic exam only to find out that her daughter was already capable of being enrolled in the Grade 2 level.
Also, try to find out all you can about homeschooling before even considering enrolling. Come and join the PinoyHomeschoolers Yahoo! Group. The members are really friendly and helpful.
Homeschooling is both a privilege and a commitment. And it's definitely not for everybody.
But the rewards are definitely worth it: low tuition fee compared to regular schools, family bonding, personalized instruction courtesy of you, the parent, no worries about bullying, bad weather, or dengue. You get to teach your child the values you want him/her to learn. He/she is in a safe and comfortable learning environment. And the potential to expand, explore, add to your curriculum is wholly dependent on you. You create your own schedule. A lot of homeschoolers also have enough time to run a family business or work part-time because of the hours that it frees up.
What it requires: Patience, patience, patience. Faith. And lots of love. And a love of learning.
According to the Homeschoolers Association of the Philippines Inc. (HAPI), see this blog entry HERE, which is an organization under The Master's Academy which aims to unify all homeschoolers and providers under one organization, these are the Homeschool Providers in the Philippines:
* The Catholic Filipino Academy
* Homeschool of Asia Pacific
* Kids World Integrated School Inc.
* Blended Learning Center (formerly Kids Ahoy)
* International Christian Academy
* Living Heritage Academy under the School of Tomorrow
* The Master's Academy
* Harvest Christian School
* The Learning Place
Now what is a homeschool provider? Under Philippine law, you can only legally homeschool if you are affiliated with a duly Dep Ed accredited homeschool provider. These organizations provide you with the services to get you started in homeschooling. You have to contact them to find out what services they provide, some of which are: diagnostic exams, curriculum provider, parent support, enrichment classes, Dep Ed accreditation or provide the equivalent Philippine Validating Test (PVT) per grade/year level.
Why is it important to enroll under a Dep Ed accredited program? If you want to enroll your child later on in regular school, and he has finished a homeschool program with Dep Ed accreditation, the child no longer needs to take the PVT, which I hear is in Filipino. I think the PVT is also only given once a year. And if the child doesn't pass it, he/she will have to wait for the following year to take it again.
How come some homeschoolers do not enroll in any of the homeschool providers above? Yup, there is such a thing as unschooling. See the Wikipedia entry here. It is a learning style where you decide what your child will learn based on your child's interests and needs. There are different ways to homeschool. See site here. And it's up to you, your child, and your family on what is the best way to teach your child. You may want to base your decision depending on your family circumstance, your reasons for homeschooling, and what your future plans are. Not all homeschoolers are the same. Each family and child is unique in what they seek in homeschooling.
So what's an ordinary day of homeschooling like? When we were enrolled in the Living Heritage Academy, we were using the ACE program. Learn more here. It took us around 3-4 hours a day to do the program, which we usually do in the afternoon. What's nice about the ACE program is it includes a very detailed manual of what to do with every lesson. What didn't work for Matt was it's a very storytelling-intensive program. And since Matt's attention span is practically nil, although it was good practice for him to learn to sit still and to listen, even me (who loves reading), I got tired of the stories. We only managed to finally get through the program by cutting out a lot of the stories so we could get to the basics of English, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Filipino.
If you're reading this and you're considering taking the step into homeschooling, I wish you the best of luck. May God guide you in the right decision for you and your child.
December 20, 2013
June 17, 2013
My son is 9 years old and we've been homeschooling since he was 4.
He is currently enrolled with the Blended Learning Center. We also use whatever textbooks we find at National Bookstore. I highly recommend the Brain Quest series found at Fullybooked and Powerbooks.
August 22, 2014
May 30, 2015
February 23, 2017