From Roots to Wings, Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016

I still remember the first Philippine Homeschool Conference that I attended 6 years ago, We had just started our homeschool journey then and attending the conference gave me the encouragement and the inspiration to continue homeschooling. I was also able to witness the launch of HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands.

Year after year, I looked forward to attending the homeschool conferences as it was really quite an encouragement to see many people homeschooling their children, just like us. I also get to hear speakers who have been homeschooling for many years and learn from their varied experiences.

This 2016, the Philippine Homeschool Conference From Roots to Wings tackles homeschooling through the stages. This will be on October 22, 9 am -6 pm Saturday at SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig City.

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As a homeschool parent, there is always something to learn. As your child grows, you homeschool differently too! The conference aims to help us parents to walk through the different stages of homeschooling.

The keynote speakers are Ms. Deonna Tan-Chi and Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza and they will be talking about “Building a Firm Foundation”. Andrew Pudewa is the director of the very well known Institute for Excellence in Writing and he will be sharing about Motivation: the Art and Science of Helping Students Learn Well. Bo Sanchez will talk about Wings to Soar: Leaving a Legacy for Our Children. phc-2016-program

If there is something that I am really excited about, it is the breakout sessions. There are so many good sessions to choose from and I don’t want to miss out on any of them! Unfortunately, I can get to choose one session for every 45-minute time slot.
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The breakout sessions would help us parents to be better equipped with the changes that we are facing in every stage of our homeschool journey.

This  conference is also the best time to meet with the different homeschool providers and inquire about their services! Homeschool Global, CFA, IBA, Kids World, Peniel and Gopala will be there. If you will be bringing your children, they can attend the activities lined up for them as well.

FEES

Children can choose their activities for a fee of P500 per activity. Parents can also choose to bundle the activities (except the toddler play area, which is P500 for the whole day) with the following rates:

Choice of 1 activity – P500

Choice of 2 activities – P900

Choice of 3 activities – P1200

Choice of 4 activities – P1550

The activities include Crochet Lessons. Watercolor and Brush calligraphy, Toddler play area by SMILE group, The Playground by SAFSOF AND TOPMnl, Challenge Island by SMILE group and Calligraphy classes.

The all access conference fee is P1000. If you are are registering as a group, there is a group rate of P4500 per group of 5 persons. If interested to visit the PHC 2016 Expo only, the fee is P50 per head.

The registration is on-going and will be until October 15, 2016 only. The registration fee on the day will be P1,200 per head. To register and/or learn more about the PHC 2016 registration process, participants may log on to www.educatingforlife.co for complete details.

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KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription Review

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With the different security threats we encounter in cyberspace, it can be scary to give our children their own email access. KidsEmail.org knows the hearts of parents so they came up with an awesome idea! My kids can now email safely using KidsEmail.org ‘s Annual Subscription.

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KidsEmail is safe email for children. As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I was given an Annual Subscription to their service. I was given parent access and created 2 emails for both my children. After creating their accounts, I immediately checked the features and the settings. I was thoroughly impressed with what KidsEmail offers. It was just what I wanted for my children, a safe way to email.

KidsEmail has several safety features that I really like. I will mention 6 of them:

  • Parents can monitor the emails that each email account receives and send out.You can change settings to allow you to receive a copy of every email they receive or send out. This is important to me because while my children are young, I want to protect them from people who might want to exploit others or from hackers who want to steal identity. I actually discussed this feature with my 12 year old and 7 year old so that they would know about threats they might encounter online. I believe that as we go forward doing this, we are building accountability and trust in each other too.
  • Parents can restrict offensive words, ads, links, images or attachments.
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    We all know how phishing happens. It is important to keep our accounts safe and to avoid being led to suspicious websites that are secretly getting our passwords and other information. Being able to restrict ads, links, images or attachments leads to lesser chance of phishing.Offensive words can also be filtered out before children receive their emails. While children are not yet able to discern what is right from wrong – this feature is a must.
  • Parents can manage the family’s activity in one page.I don’t have to go to several pages separately and can actively manage everything from my parent control page. I can change restrictions and see the activity logs of every email account under my parent account.

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  • KidsEmail can be installed as an app on any device.I can install KidsEmail on my children’s iPad  so they can easily retrieve their emails while they are on the go. They don’t have to borrow my computer to login from the web browser all the time. This gives them freedom to email anytime they are allowed to do so.
  • Parents can set the time when the children can access their emails.Time restrictions feature is very detailed as you can change the time allowed per day. This is very useful especially if the app is installed on their device. Email can only be checked on certain times of the day to avoid interruptions from school work.time
  • Parents can easily manage the contact list.There is a setting in which the child’s email account can be set to receive emails only from those included in their contact list. If you have enabled this, it is important that you manage the contact list to ensure that the emails will arrive. If you have multiple accounts under your parent account, you only need to enter the email once and choose to “add for all children”.
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    The monthly price for KidsEmail’s Annual Subscription is just $4.95 which gives you 4 email accounts already. If you want to try it out first, you may get a trial account for 30 days.

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