My 3 Fs for 2018

SIMPLIFY was the word for 2017 but unfortunately, as I evaluate the year that has been. I have not been able to SIMPLIFY life in several areas. Though I have simplified our home by decluttering consistently, I feel like I have not been successful in simplifying my schedule.  I unexpectedly have more people to meet both for work and for ministry which led me to have no peace over where my life was headed.

Before the year ended, I had a divine appointment with Pastor Tony Yeo of Covenant Evangelical Free Church from Singapore. I was actually praying and contemplating how I want my 2018 to be. He shared 3 Fs that will serve as my guide for 2018.

FOCUS. Ask the Lord what He wants you to focus upon in ministry, in work and in life. What is that one thing that the Lord wants me to do? I need to realize that there are several things that I can do in my current age but am I building a life of depth? a life which would leave a legacy as I age?

FAMILY. Spend more time with the family especially as the children are growing up. In the teenage years, as they become more independent, it is essential that I spend more time with them. Days can pass by rather quickly and soon enough, the children will be starting their own life.

FAITH.  Think BIG because our God is BIG and CAPABLE and trust Him.

I am committing my 2018 to God – may He go before me every day.

A Look at 2017 – The Year That Was

2017 has ended a few days ago and as I look back, I can say that my year was truly a busy one. Compared to the previous years, 2017 was filled with activities and it was definitely a year of stretching.

We continued homeschooling this year and we are on our 8th year of homeschooling. There has been a tremendous amount of adjustment as I had to work on my schedule since I am also working part time as a tutor and as a family advisor. I also am meeting young adults and discipling them during weekends and night times. The Lord has allowed me to talk to more people and even let me attend the IDMC in Singapore.

While there were many ups, I was quite disappointed with a few things. I was able to continue my journaling but towards the latter part of the year, I was not able to be consistent at all. I fell below my target number of books that I wanted to read. I didn’t get to save as much as I hoped. At the end of the year, I just wanted to quit everything I was doing – I was overwhelmed.

I realize that there was just too much on my plate. I was thankful for the year end break and the few days of rest that the Lord granted me. I am still processing how I want my 2018 to be but I definitely will be changing my involvement in some things.

2017 passed by like a breeze. Some goals were achieved but most were not. But through it all, God has been faithful and I have seen him work in my life.

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!