IEW’s Poetry Memorization’s Review

Whenever I listen to poetry, I notice the beauty in the words used, I also notice that I improve my vocabulary and poetry develops better sentence patterns in my finite mind. I also have read the many benefits of memorizing poetry so this school year, I bought IEW’s Poetry Memorization and practiced poetry memorization with my Grade 9 and Grade 6 kids.

The whole book includes 5 levels of poetry that you can memorize. For this school year, we memorized level 1 every night before we sleep. It is incredible that the kids still remember the poems they memorized from level 1, that is 18 out of the 20 poems. They can recite all poems in one sitting!

We only bought the teacher’s guide and we use as our guide every night. There are also some reference materials included like Bibliography and short biographies of the poets. It is very helpful to me as  I don’t have to prepare a list of poems for them to recite, and the poems are sorted in levels. As we go on to the next level, I look forward to hearing my children recite more witty and wonderful poems from great authors!

iHomeschool Book Review

I am delighted to finally read a book on homeschooling written for Filipino families! Ms Nove Tan of  I Homeschool has compiled all the questions one might have on homeschooling. The why, the what and the how are discussed in great detail.

Written in a personal tone from a mom’s heart to another, reading i Homeschool has brought me encouragement and allowed me to rethink our own homeschool journey for the past 9 years. We homeschooled because we wanted our children to have a biblical worldview as they grew up. Character building, becoming lifelong learners and loving Jesus are our primary goals. Reading this book has given me a chance to reflect if we have reached our goals so far and what we can do to adjust so that we can make the remaining years of our homeschooling enjoyable and productive.

As more and more families are now considering homeschooling, I am glad to see that there are more
local resources available. IHomeschool definitely is a must read not only for parents who want to homeschool their children, but want to become more intentional in their parenting. Because truly, homeschooling is NOT JUST ABOUT SCHOOL but IS A LIFESTYLE.

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Reading List for 2019

One of my goals this 2019 is to invest more time in reading. I am quite glad that I have finished a few books already. Most of my list comes from the books that my daughter has read or will be reading. I want to understand and be able to converse with her on the different stories she’s read and I don’t want to miss on really good books.

Here are some of the books I really want to read this 2019:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ides of April
  • Anne of Green Gable series
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Princess Bride
  • Books from Jean Fritz

What titles do you recommend I add to my list?

Homeschool Help: Social Studies Book Alternatives

Social Studies or Aralin Panlipunan has been one of the difficult subjects to teach in homeschooling, mainly because of the textbooks and reference books that are published and recommended by schools. These books are dry and information are presented in a dull and boring manner. We’ve used different textbooks over the years but sadly, almost all textbooks are the same.

Thankfully, last year, we were able to find good alternatives. I’d like to share them with you.

A Lolong Time Ago, a prehistory of the Philippines is published by Tahanan Publishing. Prehistoric times of the Philippines retold in a fascinating way.

A First Look at Philippine Fruits, Flowers and Trees  is perfect for those learning about what makes the Philippines unique. This book is also from Tahanan Publishing.

If your child is learning about the culture and the way of life of the Filipino people, Philippine Proverbs from Tahanan Publishing is a good resource. This is a collection of over 100 Philippine Proverbs from around the archipelago.

Filipino culture definitely includes Filipino food. Check What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food from Adarna House Publishing.

Regional Profiles is just the perfect book for those studying about the different regions in the country.

If you are looking for stories about the different periods in the Filipinos life, Batang Historyador Series from Adarna House is a good choice.

For a more comprehensive Philippine History book, you can check out The Other Philippine History from Anvil Publishing. Read Philippine History from a fresh perspective.


For famous Filipino people and their biographies, Great Lives Series from Tahanan Publishing is a good source.

For other biographies, you may check the Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth series from Bookmark Inc.

All images used are from the different publishing companies namely Tahanan Publishing, Adarna House Publishing, Anvil Publshing and Bookmark Inc.. 

Readers List for 9-12 Years Old

My 9 and 12 year olds love to read and sometimes, it can be quite a challenge to find good books for them to read through. I have been researching and have come up with this readers list for them. I’d like to share it with you and hope that it will help you too!

  • The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
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  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Ides of April by Mary Ray
  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
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  • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray