Recently, I have received quite a number of emails asking about homeschooling in the Philippines, I have decided to write a weekly series “Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom”. I hope to feature current homeschooling moms and share the hows, the whys, and the whats of their homeschooling journey. Through my blog, I hope to inspire and encourage other homeschooling families out there and those who are seriously considering to homeschool their children.
Today I am featuring May De Jesus-Palacpac of FullyHousewifed. May is a wife to an extremely talented musician, Jay, who have decided to commit his talent to serving the LORD through the Kids Ministry in their church where he works as one of the hired staff; a hand-on mom to three little boys ages 8, 4 and 3 and works as a marketing assistant for Choc Chip Digital, a web development agency based in Australia.
Hi May! Can you share with us your homeschooling journey? How did you start and why did you decide to homeschool your child?
May: Officially, I’ve been home schooling for five years. I started early with Pablo, my eldest to assist him in his speech development. I started on home schooling for the wrong reason. I was afraid for my eldest son to be bullied in school because he was very gentle as a toddler. Eventually, my husband and I learned more about the benefits of home schooling such as being given more hours to be able to influence our sons and mold their character according to the bible and to be able to prepare them for the future carrying with them these sets of values that we are teaching them. And to also share good memories with them that we hope would strengthen their foundations.
What curriculum do you use?
May: I would have loved to use Sonlight through and through. We’ve borrowed books but we mix it with some local books which were recommended to us by our service provider.
What we do is to customise each subject as our children needs it. For example, for English, we do read-alouds and discussions and for our eldest, we assign him books to read on his own which he does chapter reports on and discuss with us.
For Filipino, he does PACES but we also teach him conversational Filipino using an app on his tablet.
For other subjects, because he’s advanced in computer skills, we went through code.org and he’s mastered doing basic graphics and a little programming. He’ll be doing mobile apps next year since he’s been creating his own digital games using the Scratch program.
Are you enrolled in a DepEd accredited homeschool provider or others? Which one?
May: Yes, right now, we’re with Peniel Christian Academy.
Until when do yo plan to homeschool your child?
May: Hopefully until the 8th grade.
Can you share one lesson you’ve learned over the years about homeschooling?
May: It’s not about me. That at the end of it all, it is still God’s plans that will come to pass in the lives of our children. When I remember this, I relax and allow the journey to be a joy for them.
Any other tips you’d like to share with other homeschooling families?
May: You know, I’m in the process of relearning the things that I’ve learned in the past. So let me just share this from an old post in my old blog site and feel free to choose what you think would be most helpful to your readers:
– Every home school is different. Although families may share the same faith, each family also has its own accepted standards and needs that differ from other families. What applies to many may not apply to some. So know your goals, priorities and have a mission-vision for your home school
– Values, Habits & Attitude training is a necessary prerequisite to everything else. Having a good amount of stored biblical values, habits and attitude gives your children a good head start in life.
– Know the law and what the state requires. There are ways to comply to the requirements set by the educational measurement institutions, in the Philippines, that would be Dep-ed or CHED, without having to sacrifice your priorities & goals as a family and your control over the education of your children.
– Curriculum is a process and not a standard. Your choice of materials may vary from year to year based on the development and progress of your child. It’s senseless to stubbornly stick to your choice of materials if it’s not working for your child!
– Every child has a natural learning ability. What he needs are parents who sincerely believe that he is destined for greatness and will lovingly and patiently prepare him for it; not someone breathing down his neck on awards, stars, stickers, contests and other pointless external motivational factors.
– Lead them to the joy of literature. Learning phonetics is not the ultimate goal (and is not the only way of teaching a child to read!). Let books be readily available and accessible to them. There’s no point in keeping them perfectly intact if they will not be read and enjoyed.
– In making decisions, always ask yourself “why?” Double check your motivations.
Thank you very much for sharing your life with us May! May God continue to guide you on your homeschooling journey.
If you have any questions for May about homeschooling, please leave a comment and we will try our best to answer.
To read the rest of the series, please check Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom.