On Those Kind of Days

There are days that I just wonder if I am doing the right thing. Choosing to homeschool the kids rather than sending them to school or getting a job which gives our family additional income. There are days when I think we should take steps of change.

On those kind of days, I choose to pray and seek counsel from the Word of God. God speaks so clearly and most of the time, He encourages and leads me in the way I should go. I just need to pause and be sensitive.

On those kind of days, I also ask those who have gone before me in the road of homeschooling and ask for their advice. Support and knowing that others have been through the same crossroads help me face the choices I need to make.

On those kind of days, I choose not to be selfish but to think of Jesus, and afterwards, I realize that the choices I need to make are those that He would choose since I have surrendered my life to Him.

On those kind of days, I need to be still and trust in Him. Don’t let fear overcome trust and faith in Jesus.

One Rainy Afternoon

A few weeks ago, the country was hit by a typhoon. The schools have cancelled their classes and as homeschoolers, we continued with our lessons. Instead of our usual lessons, we decided to read about typhoons and storms.

We took out our reference books and discussed the weather disturbance our country was experiencing. Afterwards, I asked my daughter to create a booklet about what she has learned.

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It was Arts, Social Studies, Science and Reading in one! Learning doesn’t always have to come in worksheets, books and notebooks. Encouraging creativity and research work is equally important.

Learning never stops.

 

Tempera Paint from Ma’am and Moms

During the homeschool conference a month ago, I was able to buy some tempera paints and roller brush from Ma’am and Moms!

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My daughter loves art and I believe that providing safe and non-toxic materials is important. It was a blessing to discover Ma’am and Moms. My children has been doing some art works over the past month and there are just so many ways you can use tempera paints, and best of all, it is safe for my children.

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I bought the basic colors which is red, blue and yellow and my kids have been mixing the colors to make different shades and colors. They have been unleashing their creativity through painting, hand paints, stamp designs and border designs. I’m not so worried because the paint can easily be removed from any surface!

I will definitely be buying some more  tempera paints for our Friday art sessions!

If you are interested, you can contact Ma’am and Moms FB page for more details.

When There is a Death in the Family

Last week was a busy week. An uncle of my husband passed away. Life has once again interrupted our schedules to teach us lessons we can never learn unless we experienced this season of our life.

Death is a subject matter  you can never fully teach, yes you can discuss it with your kids but the reality only sinks in when one goes through it. Grief and regret are emotions that one goes through in this tough situation and we only learn to deal with is when we face it head on. We learn and  talk about how we should live with the days that God gives us. We sympathize and care for the ones who are grieving.

This is also the perfect time to reflect on each of our lives. We don’t know how much time we all have left. While there is an opportunity, why don’t we refocus our lives to what matters most in the end. What legacy do we want to leave behind? What message does our life send to those around us? Are there any words left unspoken? Are we ready for eternity with God or are we still unsure?

Death is an end to a life on earth but it can also bring new beginnings to those left behind.

Adarna House’s History Books

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When I went to the Homeschool Conference a few weeks ago, I was glad to see there were many booths selling books. Adarna House was one of the publishers who graced that event. I immediately asked their friendly staff about books relating to Philippine history and was pleasantly surprised to find several picture books under this category.

Teaching Philippine history can be boring if we only use textbooks prescribed by our homeschool provider, so I was happy to see all these books which could make our Philippine history discussion livelier. Here are some of the books I found and bought:

Guardians of Tradition

What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan

Batang Historyador series 

I  hope to find more books about the Philippines in the Manila International Book Fair this week. Have you found any other interesting Philippine history books?