Joy and Peace


As the Christmas season approaches, it brings different emotions to people. For some, it may bring many pleasant memories but for others, it may bring a sense of loneliness and to others, they may get overwhelmed by the festivities and the busyness of the season, Truly, as Christmas comes, we must intentionally grab some alone time and process the state of our hearts. It is important that we look deep and assess if we have the joy that surpasses getting materials things during Christmas season and the peace of God amidst all the busyness that the season brings.

If we find that joy and peace is not present in our lives, let us call upon the Lord Jesus. Let us remember the true meaning of Christmas – that Jesus came to the world not to be served but to serve and that he came to save the lost. Reflecting on who God is and how much He loves us would truly fill our hearts with joy. Knowing that Jesus is with us, no matter what we are going thru is enough to give us peace in our lives.

As you take a moment to enjoy your hot cup of coffee this Christmas season, look deep within your heart and ponder upon what Jesus Christ has done for you. May joy and peace fill your hearts this season.

Homeschool Help: Multiple Intelligences

Have you heard of the theory of multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner? He states that there are a number of ways by which students learn and develop. Knowing these intelligences can help us teach our children more effectively. There are 8 dominant learning styles:

  1. Visual Spatial – they think in terms of space. They like jigsaw puzzles, draw, read maps and daydream. They can be taught through drawings, visuals and physical imager
  2. Bodily Kinesthetic – they use the body very effectively. They like movement, making things, touching, They learn best through role-playing and hands-on learning.
  3. Musical -they are sensitive to sound in the environment. They appreciate musical instruments, music and can learn by turning lessons into lyrics.
  4. Interpersonal – they often interact with others. They thrive in group activities and workshops. They need time and attention from the instructor.
  5. Intrapersonal – they have a deep understanding of their own goal and interests. They are usually in tune with their feelings, and have strong opinions. They thrive in self-study and they like journaling, books and creative materials.
  6. Linguistic – they use words effectively. They are auditory learners and enjoy word games, making up stories or poetry. They learn through read alouds and lectures.
  7. Logical-Mathematical – they excel in reasoning and calculating. They can think abstractly and see patterns easily. They love mystery games, investigations and logic games.
  8. Naturalistic – they learn best with an experience in the natural world. They love to be outside and learn as they get their hands dirty. They are naturally curious about their environment and surroundings and ask endless questions.

 

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.”