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.

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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.

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They also have some fictional books which children might enjoy.

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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: 5 Books for Homeschooling Moms

If you are interested to homeschool your child or are already homeschooling, chances are, you are looking for resources about homeschooling. As a homeschooling mom of 2 children for the past 6 years, I have been reading a number of good books which have helped me in our homeschooling journey. Let me share with you those that have been truly helpful to me and has somewhat influenced the way we homeschool in our family.

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel. A friend lent this book to me when she found out that I was interested in homeschooling 6 years ago. This book shared how 15 different families made homeschooling work.  This book gave me an idea how homeschooling actually happens in the family and showed me that homeschooling can work regardless of family lifestyle.

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The Three R’s Series by Ruth Beechick. This is for those with younger children, toddler age to grade 2. Ms. Beechick  stressed that home teachers should focus early-on the three Rs which include Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic.

Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson.  Sally Clarkson encourages parents to adopt the whole hearted learning model. As written and explained in the book, “The whole hearted learning model is a discipleship-based, home-centered, whole-book approach to Christian home education that integrates real books, real life, and real relationships in a life-giving expression of God’s biblical design for the family.”

Educating the WholeHearted Child

The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. I read this book when we started homeschooling but I was overwhelmed by the classical method  during that time. After 5 years of homeschooling, I read this book again and this time, I now understand why my daughter had a hard time with Math and I actually want to try a more classical approach in our homeschool. Ms. Bauer is able to explain the classical approach very clearly and orderly through this book.

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Simply Homeschool : Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool by Karen DeBeus. Sometimes as moms, we tend to build clutter around the house. Ms. De Beus helps us get rid off clutters that hover around us and bring the joy back to our homeschooling. I loved how this book helped me refocus and redefine our homeschool journey.

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I have kept the last 3 books in my list as my personal copies since I re-read them especially during breaks so that I can be re-energized, refocused and be ready for the new school year.

 

Biographies for Children

Homeschooling is not just teaching my children how to read but developing their character along the way. Reading biographies is a powerful way to influence and inspire the children. They learn about true people who overcame their disabilities, failure and weaknesses and become successful in their chosen fields.

I always try to look for good biography books and so far, these are what I found from Booksale:

The Courage to Learn, The Story of Helen Keller.

Always Inventing, The True Story of Thomas Alva Edison.

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I  found these historical biography books from Tahanan Publishing. Each on costs 100 pesos and are easy to read.

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Apolinario Mabini

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These are the books I found from National Bookstore, Biographies of modern day Filipinos. These books are published by Summit Publishing.

Simply Jesse, The Story of Jesse Robredo

Princess Lea, The Life Story of Lea Salonga

Nanay Coring, Thhe Story of National Book Store’s Socorro Ramos

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These are great ways to inspire my kids to become all that God has created them to be! Do you have other Biography books for children you’d like to share? I’d like to know as I am constantly looking for good books for my children!

 

25 Free Classics Kindle eBooks for Kids

In celebration of  the World Read Aloud day, I am sharing with you some of our favorite books which are FREE as of today from Kindle. We love actual books but with the limited space we have and with the resources available online, there are generally some books we read using ebooks, particularly with Kindle.

I hope that your family will enjoy these classic ebooks as much as we did!

Pollyanna

Pollyanna Grows Up 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Light Princess

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Great Expectations

A Christmas Carol

The Secret Garden

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Moby Dick

The Jungle Book

Anna Karenina

Little Women

Around the World in 80 Days

Heidi

The Swiss Family Robinson

A Little Princess

The Man in the Iron Mask

A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Call of the Wild

Aesop’s Fables

The Legend of King Arthur and His Knights

World Read Aloud Day

Our family loves reading aloud together. Aside from the entertainment it gives us, reading aloud gives us a time where every body stops what they are doing and just comes together for a common activity. It has given us countless memories of families and characters we have met while reading together. We’ve discussed the different journeys each of the characters take and the outcome of each story. We learn together through new vocabulary words, how to handle different situations and experience new adventures together.

For the past 5 years that we have been reading aloud as a family, I have witnessed first hand the advantages reading aloud together.

– Reading aloud brings the family closer. We take time off from whatever we are doing and tune in together in a common activity. It is an intentional activity that draws us together.

– Reading aloud enriches ones vocabulary. Words, story and new adventures await us each time we read. It helps develop reading comprehension and correct word pronounciation.

– Reading aloud connects us to one another. In a fast paced life, family often don’t have anything in common to talk about. Reading together gives us this opportunity.

– Reading aloud brings the family to different places. It allows us to travel without leaving the house, and learn with our eyes and feelings.

As we celebrate World Read Aloud Day on the 4th of March this year, I encourage you to take a book and read with your children, even if they can already read on their own.

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You’ll never know just what sort of adventure awaits you!