Homeschool Help: Homeschool Organizations

As a homeschool mom, it is of great encouragement to know that there are now many homeschool organizations which I can join and  help me should I need some assistance or support. I’m listing some of those organizations:


HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands  was established in 2010. The current HAPI president is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao.

Mission: To bring together homeschool leaders who will help shape the Philippine homeschool landscape.
Vision: To see home education recognised as an available and respected form of education, shaping leaders and movers who build our nation. (Info taken from HAPI website)

I personally am grateful for the efforts of HAPI to meet with DepEd and let DepEd know the needs of the homeschool community. 

HAPI’s website is http://www.hapi.ph

 

PHA or Philippine Homeschoolers Association was established in 2017. The current PHA president is Ms. Jihan Tan.  PHA  was formed by homeschool co-op families who, after experiencing the benefits of being in a community, decided it was time to give back and pay it forward.

Mission:
1. AWARENESS
2. ACCREDITATION
3. AFFORDABILITY
4. ACCESSIBILITY
5. ACCEPTANCE

(Info taken from PHA about page)

I am following the PHA discussions and the instagram account and it is encouraging to know that awareness about homeschooling in the Philippines has greatly increased. 

PHA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineHomeschoolersAssociation/

EFL or Educating for Life is the team of homeschool moms who came together to establish  several of the homeschool conferences in the past years. The members are Michelle Padrelanan, Sanne Unson, Mariel Uyquiengco, and Tina Rodriguez.

Mission: To provide avenues for parents to connect with one another through the various workshops, events, and seminars that are tailor-fit to the homeschool community. (Info taken from EFL website)

I have been to almost every conference that EFL has organized and I am grateful for all the encouragement and equipping workshops that I’ve been to. 

EFL Website is http://www.educatingforlife.co/

HOP or Homeschoolers of the Philippines is an online Facebook community group. It currently has 14,000+ members and the founder of this group is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simapo

The main reason why this group was established is to be a support group for the homeschoolers in the Philippines. This group was formed in 2012.

There are many FAQ articles, activity lists and books for sale being posted. You also get to organize meet ups in your local area through this FB group. I have greatly benefited from this HOP group over the years. 

HOP’s Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303988516361928/

Homeschool Help: World War II Resources

We have been learning about the World War II in our Mystery of History Volume IV lessons recently. It is a very heavy topic but I believe that the children should learn more than just what the book says. Thankfully, there are many historical novels and historical fiction books and movies that they can go through to give them a firm grasp of what happened during those gruesome years.

Here are some movies on World War II events:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
    3. Saving Private Ryan
    4. Schindler’s List
    Here are some books on World War II :
    1. Adventures of a Child of War
    2. Barefoot in Fire

3. Parallel Journeys

4. Boy in Striped Pyjamas

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.

 

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.

Homeschool Help: Note Taking is Important

I believe that as a homeschooler, we should teach our children to take notes. As young as 2nd grade, we have been starting this habit at our house. When we are studying a lesson in Science, History or Social Studies, I require my children to write down important information on their notebooks. This allows them to remember what they are learning, process the information and practice their dictation and spelling skills as well.

When the children were in lower grade school levels, they  used the simple lined notebook which can be bought from the bookstores. They would write and list down information as they hear it. I would indicate to them what information would be important – like the what, when, where how and why of whatever we were learning. As the years go by, they eventually learned what information to record.

There are some children who are highly artistic like my daughter, and she has began to take notes using diagrams instead of words and sentences in her upper grade levels. Here are some samples of her work:


While my son continues to take down notes using words and sentences. Sometimes, we also use special pages. We have used Notebooking Pages before and it was helpful too. You can also check out Mind Mapping.

Whatever format your child wants to use, I believe that it is an important skill they need to learn as we homeschool them.