3 Things I Liked About the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017

The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2017: Homeschool to the Future happened Oct 7  at Treston International College in Taguig. This is not my first time attending the Philippine Homeschool Conference but it is my first time in this venue.

Before going to the venue, I have downloaded the official PHC 2017 app to guide me with the schedules through out the day!



I have been attending homeschool conferences and this year, I would like to share with you 3 things I really liked about this year’s Philippine Homeschool Conference.

  1. Booths

When I arrived around 845am, there was quite a line at the registration area. I wandered around the Expo area and saw so many booths. I think that the booths this year was a great improvement from the past conferences since major publishing houses were there and there was a wide range of homeschool materials and different services for homeschoolers offered.

 

2. Speakers

The speakers this year was Senator Francis Pangilinan, Mr. Efren Penaflorida Jr. and Ms. Melissa Reinhart. Each one shared his experience and inspired the attendees to homeschool their families.

My favorite would be Mr. Efren Penaflorida Jr. Though his talk was not about homeschooling directly, he was very inspirational. His story showed that we can make a difference in our society if we believe we can and if we do our share. It doesn’t matter if we can only touch one life – because one life can make all the difference.


Ms. Melissa Reinhart shared her personal journey and her homeschooling story. For a homeschool mom like me, it is very encouraging to know that her children grew up pursuing their passions and having a very close knit family.

3. Breakout Sessions

I attended the breakout session :  No Fear! Homeschooling through High School of Racquel Guevara and Mariz Dearos. It was more of a Q & A Session and parents were able to ask questions about how to prepare for high school homeschooling and how to deal with the K12 changes in high school.

It was a very enlightening session. There were practical advises given and it was encouraging to know that we are not the only homeschoolers thinking of homeschooling all the way to Grade 12.

I also attended the breakout session: Technology in Your Homeschool by Donna Simpao. I was not able to capture any photos since my phone ran out of battery.


Donna gave how technology is different for us parents and for the students. She also shared practical tips on using technology in our homeschool.

At the end of the day, it was a reminder that learning comes in different shapes and sizes. We should strive for authentic learning experiences and lean towards developing the 21st century skills in our children.

Another day well spent for a homeschool mom like me!

Division Worksheets

For busy moms like me, searching for division worksheets might be time consuming. Look no further, I am sharing with you this autumn division worksheet and answer key that is available from Education.com

Here are some different worksheet types to choose from:

  • Maze
  • Matching list of words with images
  • Word search
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Word scramble
  • Subtraction
  • Division

Watch your student’s division skills fall into place with this autumn-themed division worksheet. More fall and winter-themed division activities over at Education.com include engaging games, group activity ideas, and more.

What is Wisdom?

What is wisdom? In our Bible study groups, we have been discussing, what is wisdom and it has really got me thinking. Wisdom according to the dictionary is “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” Upon reading this meaning, it seems that we all have wisdom because we do decide and act upon something based on our knowledge, experience and judgment. But as we dig deeper and discuss more using our book Roots & Wings from Edmund Chan, we come upon his meaning for wisdom.

As stated by Edmund Chan in Roots & Wings Bible Study Facilitator’s Guide, wisdom is “balancing the tensions of life in the fear of the Lord”. We make sound judgments based on our relationship with the Lord. So it is not just a random moral compass – but we use the Word of God and our relationship to Him as the basis for our decisions, judgments and actions. In Prov 9:10 ESV,  it says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

As we live our everyday lives, it is of utmost importance that we reflect on how we spend our days. Do we spend them on what matters most in eternity or are we too busy pursuing worthless matters and trivial pursuits which have no impact on our eternal life? As Psalm 90:12 ESV says “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” 

 

 

 

 

8th Grade Curriculum List for School Year 2017-2018

The new school year 2017 – 2018 has started for us!

My 8th grader is using the following curriculum this school year:

History : Mystery of History Volume 4
Aralin Panlipunan – World History New Perspectives
Bible: Apologia Who is God, Apologia Who Am I and Wise Up: Wisdom in Proverbs
Literature: Bob Jones Excursions in Literature
Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Exploring Creation with Biology
Filipino: Florante at Laura
English Grammar: Voyages in English
Math: Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1
Writing: Writing with Skill 2

Additional :

Vocabulary from Classical Roots A
The Thinking Toolbox
Changes
Relationships
Reading books from Sonlight list
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens


Benefits of Homeschooling

Many people look for effective alternatives to educating their children. What makes one parent search for an alternative, may not be the motivation for another parent. However, why a parent chooses an educational alternative like homeschooling is not important. The reasons are infinite. For many parents, the conventional educational system leaves a lot to be desired. Regardless of the reasons, the benefits of homeschooling can be substantial.

 

Personalized Education
One of the most obvious benefits of choosing to homeschool as an alternative is the ability to personalize the curriculum. Of course, many states have rules and guidelines, however, there is still a lot of room for personalization. This can be a huge benefit if your child responds better to a certain style of learning or is struggling with a particular subject. You even have the ability to add subjects to your curriculum if you want to, or if your child has a very specific interest in something. More often than not, you are not teaching from the journal of clinical dentistry, so the topics lend themselves to personalization and flexibility.

 

Control
Another major benefit to opting to homeschool is the ability to control your child’s surroundings and influences. This can be helpful if your curriculum has a Christian or spiritual focus. You don’t have to worry about competing philosophies being taught to your child. This is often a problem when it comes to public schools. The curriculum generally doesn’t embrace spirituality on any level. Instead, a child may be taught acceptance of certain theories that you may disagree with.

 

The Ability to Adapt the Teaching to Your CHild
The conventional school system often requires that a child learns in a particular fashion. However, this may not always be beneficial for your child. Your child may struggle to learn something under strict time constraints and in a noisy classroom. As a result, there may be some topics that your child doesn’t learn as well. The homeschooling environment seeks to create understanding and learning for the individual child, more often than not. A parent can try different teaching techniques to help their child learn something. The traditional school setting doesn’t have the manpower, time, or budget for this level of flexibility in teaching.

 

Deciding to homeschool can be an extremely beneficial move when it comes to helping your child grow and learn in a more personalized and focused environment. Your child doesn’t have to compete for the attention of the teacher with 20 other students. More often than not, personalized attention is a natural byproduct of this style of schooling. It allows the parent to adapt his or her teaching style to the child to help them learn.