Homeschooling as a Lifestyle

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Homeschooling is one of my life’s difficult choices. It is not the popular choice nor the easy choice — but I definitely know in my heart that this is what God has called our family to do for our children. It is the right choice for our family.

Homeschooling is not easy — you get to be with your children 24 hours a day, seven days a week and there are no time outs. When the kids were younger, everything depended on the mom’s attitude and discipline to make sure that the children have a daily habit that they can follow through as they grow. Character wise, children learn from what they see, hear and do inside the home. It can be a lot of pressure for the parents but through the years, I’ve learned that ultimately, it is not about me but only by the grace of God in our lives.

You see, homeschooling is a lifestyle. It is not just about the curriculum but it is about working together, supporting each other and being there for one another. We learn as we live and share our lives together. We learn to say yes to things that matter and say no to the busyness this life brings.

Children learn how to communicate with one another, choose how to spend the hours that God has blessed them with and utilize the talents that God has given them. It is not a perfect life but homeschooling has taught us to be more intentional in everything that we do and pursue.

Through the years, we have been living a simpler yet richer life – for the glory of God. It is my utmost prayer that as my children grow, they will bring this with them as they pursue what God has laid upon their hearts.

 

Inspiring Filipino Books from Bookmark Inc. Publishing

We love reading. Most of what we are reading are English classics where we learn about the different characters and their beliefs and how it affects their lives. Yesterday, I was at Fully Booked when I saw several inspiring Filipino authored and published picture books that seems interesting and I wanted to get for my children so we can discuss Filipino values and modern Filipino heroes as well.

On this post, I will share with you what I found from Bookmark Inc Publishing.

The Bookmark Inc Publishing has this series called Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series. Each story exemplifies a moral value which we can all learn from.

Made Perfect
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They also have a series called Great Men and Women of Asia. These are inspiring real-life stories of  people from Asia.

The BRIDGE Builder
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Vietnams Son
They also have some fictional books which children might enjoy.

Pipisin the Pangolin

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I saw from their Facebook page that they will be joining the 36th Manila International Book Fair which is happening on Sept 16-20 at SMX Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. If you are planning to go there, be sure to check out their books. I am going and planning to buy some of these titles myself!

 

Homeschool Help: Music Curriculum

musicWhen I started homeschooling 5 years ago, I didn’t know what to teach for music. I didn’t know how to play any musical instrument and I only knew the basics of music theory. So I decided to teach music theory to my 1st grader based on what I have studied before. Fast forward, my daughter knows how to play the keyboard and read notes. Though I don’t take any credit for that since she basically learned it on her own.

But as a homeschool mom, where do you begin? Teaching music should be fun and practical, but it should also help your children understand the dynamics of music.

I’m listing down some of the beneficial links to help you teach music theory to your children.

8 Notes Music Theory

MusicTheory.Net

One Minute Music Lesson

Music Theory Videos

 

Here are the links to help you teach music appreciation to your children. Note that there are some links where you need to purchase the curriculum.

Confessions of a Homeschooler – World’s Greatest Composers

Classics for Kids

SQUILT Music Appreciation Course
These are the links to some free music curriculum.

Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool

Harmony of Fine Arts Highschool Music

 

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On White Strands and Gray Hair

A few weeks ago, I have noticed a few strands of white hair. I was contemplating on removing them but eventually I didn’t. It didn’t really bother me that I have white strands but what it represented filled my thoughts.

White strands confirmed that I was indeed getting old. I wasn’t the young mom that I have been used to. My children are no longer small. Half of my life has probably been lived.

How do I want to continue on as I age? Are there goals that I still want to achieve? What legacy do I want to leave behind?

Contemplating on these questions – I want to continue focusing on what Christ has tasked me to do which is to become more like Him and to make disciples. Here are some goals which I have listed as we started this school year.

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I pray that may I be  a good steward with the gift of life that God has blessed me with. May the Lord help me to number my days right that I may gain a heart of wisdom.

So that when the gray hair become more noticeable, I can claim what the scripture says from Proverbs 20:29 “The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.”

Our Curriculum for School Year 2015-2016

We finally started our school year for 2015-2016! This year marks our 6th year homeschooling and we were all excited to start our school year since we moved our school calendar to start in August and hope to end by June next year. We’ve had 2 whole months of break and everyone was quite ready. to start with school work already.

My son is in 3rd grade and uses the following curriculum:

Math : My Pals are Here
English: Voyages in English, Writing with Ease
Social Studies: One Country One People
World History: Mystery of History 2
Filipino: Binhi
Science: Apologia Land Animals
Bible: Bible Study Guide for all Ages

We do quite a lot of copywork and dictation. He reads books that are recommended based from Sonlight catalogue and TMA Homeschool recommendation.

My daughter is in 6th grade and uses the following curriculum:

Math: My Pals are Here
English : Voyages in English, Writing with Skill
Social Studies: One Country One People
World History: Mystery of History 3
Filipino: Komunikasyon
Science: Apologia Anatomy
Bible: Bible Study Guide for all Ages

We do copywork and dictation. She reads books that are recommended by the Sonlight catalogue.