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.”

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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.

 

Homeschool Help: Guide to Good Literature and Literature Based Curriculum

I have been quite vocal how our family loves reading. We believe that reading together has made our lives richer and deeper. We share common experiences, stories and learnings through the different literature we’ve read over the years. But how does one find good literature to read together?

Thankfully, there are many literature based curriculum and resource books that a homeschooling family can use. Even if you don’t homeschool, you can also use the book lists to shop for good books for your family.

Here are some books you can use as a reference to begin a lifestyle of reading good literature:

Honey for A Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt – A guide book discussing how to use books to help children grow. It also provides a list of best books on the market and classics that you would want your children to read.

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Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson. Sarah helps you choose the best literature for your family.  The extensive list includes timeless classics to modern favorites, from picture books to adventure novels to read-aloud favorites.

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Here are some literature based curriculum :

Sonlight. Read more about Sonlight at www.sonlight.com. It is a literature-based Christian homeschool curriculum program which provides complete curriculum packages for K-12. It is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Five in a Row.  Read more about Five in a Row at fiveinarow.com. Five in a Row has 3 main levels Before Five in a Row for ages 2-4, Five in a Row for ages 5-8 and Beyond Five in a Row for ages 8-12. It offers a selection of great books, including picture books and you’d be reading one book for 5 days in a row. Through that particular book, you can do several activities with your little ones using the Teacher’s Manual.

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Beautiful Feet. Read more about Beautiful Feet at bfbooks.com. Learn about history through literature for grades 1-12. The lessons begin in early American history timeline. a6dddb3e0c493a7bacf25ef079aaa6b2Image source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/60235713741619617/

Ambleside Online. Read more about Ambleside Online at www.amblesideonline.org. This free curriculum guide uses the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. It has lists for K-12.

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My Father’s World
. Read more about My Father’s World at www.mfwbooks.com. This is a complete unit based curriculum with daily lesson plans using the Charlotte Mason approach and classical education with a Biblical worldview. It offers Pre-K to High School.

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Living Books Curriculum. Read more about Living Books at www.livingbookscurriculum.com Utilizing a Charlotte Mason approach to education, Living Books Curriculum incorporates classic literature into the traditional subjects such as history, language arts, and science. They have curriculum for K to 12.

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Tapestry of Grace. Read more about Tapestry of Grace at http://www.tapestryofgrace.com/  Tapestry of Grace utilizes classical education approach using a 4-year cycle of the history of the world. This is for K to 12 and every student will cycle throughout history 3x as they pass through grammar, logic and rhetoric stages.

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If you know of other literature based curriculum, please leave a comment and share it with us. Thanks!

 

Homeschool Help : Accredited Homeschool Providers

Note: This post is updated as of June 15, 2015. 

If you are considering homeschooling in the Philippines, you might be wondering about accreditation of your child’s homeschooling endeavor with the Department of Education. Well fear not, since there are a number of accredited homeschool providers in the country where you can enroll your child.

Angelicum College Home Study Program
(Year Round Enrollment)
Address: 112 M.J. Cuenco St. Sta. Mesa Heights Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Number: (2) 732 4243,
Website: http://www.angelicum.edu.ph/Angelicum/index.php/academics/home-study-program
Email: admissions@angelicum.edu.ph

Blended Learning Center Manila
(Alternative Learning System,)
Address: #56 Lantana cor New York Sts. Cubao, QC
Contact Numbers:  (2) 410 3912, (0906) 295 2265,(0926)401 6141,(0917) 621 2167, (0998) 531 7949
Facebook: http://www.facebook/blendedlearningcentermanila
Websites: http://www.blendedlearningcenterph.com/
Email: blendedlearningcenter@gmail.com

Bright Young Minds
(You can choose your own curriculum either DepEd accredited or U.S. curriculum)
Address: Unit 304, Venture bldg. Prime Cor. Market St. Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Contact Number: (2) 774 3747, (0920)417 3070, (0917)817 0321
Facebook: ttps://www.facebook.com/byminds.muntinlupa

Catholic Filipino Academy
(Catholic Homeschool using local textbooks, June to March calendar, Pre-school to High School)
Address:8th floor Obispado de Cubao, 41 Lantana Street, Cubao, Metro Manila, Quezon City, 1109
Contact Numbers: (2) 721 1088, (0915) 668 8577
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catholicfilipinoacademy
Website: http://catholicfilipinoacademy.com/
Email: Preschool – cfakinder@gmail.com, Elementary – cfainquiry@gmail.com, High School – cfahsinquiry@gmail.com

Harvest Christian School International
(US based program with year-round enrollment, DepEd accredited program with prescribed local books or Open Curriculum, Preschool to High School)
Address: 24-B Tres Borces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines 6000 
Makati Virtual Office : Level 22, Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue Makati City
Contact Numbers: (32) 232 9608, (32) 231 0208, (32) 514 6063, (0943)270 5616, (0921)589 8232
Website: http://www.hcsinternational.org/content/distance-learning
Email : info@hcsinternational.org

Homeschool of Asia Pacific
(US based program with year-round enrollment or DepEd accredited program with prescribed local books June to March calendar, Pre-school to High School)
Address: Level 5 Richville Tower, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
Contact Numbers: (2) 809 4742 or (2) 809 5412 loc. 10, (917) 855 1316 (915)549 3883
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Website: http://homeschoolofasiapacific.com/

Email: homeschoolofasiapacific@gmail.com

International British Academy
(Elementary students only)
Address: Gen. Aguinaldo Hi-way, Anabu ll-D, Imus, Cavite

Contact Number: (046) 471 5922
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-British-Academy/159580310914272
Website: http://iba.edu.ph/
Email: info@iba.edu.ph

Kids World Integrated School, Inc.
(Under Alternative Learning System, Open Curriculum, Elementary level, Follows DepEd School Year)
Address: North Greenhills Association, Johnson Park, San Juan Metro Manila
Contact Number : (2)726-6563, (2)631-9842

Peniel Integrated Christian Academy of Rizal
(Open Curriculum, Preschool to High School, June to March school year )
Address: Phase I, 42 Burgos St. Vista Verde Executive Village, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (2) 682 7942, (0936) 182 1391
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PenielIntegratedChristianAcademy
Email: penielintegratedca@gmail.com

The Learning Place Homeschool
(Open curriculum, Preschool to High School, Year round enrollment)

Address: 10966 Kanluran Rd.Faculty Hills, UP Los Banos Laguna
Contact Number: (049) 5368316
Email : vqarioder@gmail.com

The Master’s Academy (TMA) Home School Department
(Christian Homeschool, Open Curriculum, with US Accreditation, Pre-school to Highschool)
Address: 2F Fun Ranch, Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City
Contact Numbers: (2) 234-0432, (2) 502-7027, (0917) 800-8257
Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9am-4pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TMA-Homeschool/654267004622869
Website: http://www.tmahomeschool.org
Email: info@tmahomeschool.org

Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow – Home Education Program
(Christian Homeschool using PACES of School of Tomorrow, USA

Accepts Elementary to High School Enrollees, Enrollment is all-year round)
Address:SOT Blvd., (former MJS Ave.)
Levitown Executive Village, Brgy. Don Bosco, Parañaque City
Phone: (2) 822 9663
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sotphil
Website: http://sotphil.net/
Email: information@sotphil.net

VCIS HomeStudy
(Christian Homeschool using BJU Press materials,  Elementary to High School)
Address: 3rd Floor Rodil Bldg. 326 Capt Javier Dr.  Oranbo Pasig City
Contact Number: (2) 775 5705, (2)584-6092, (0917) 813 2862 
Website: http://vcishomestudy.edu.ph/
Email address: homestudy@vcis.edu.ph

 

 

 

Note: For further information, please contact the schools directly.

Homeschool Help: Project Portfolio

For the past 5 years, my children has been putting together and presenting their project portfolios as part of the requirements from TMA Homeschool. I personally believe  that this is an important skill they need to learn and gain as the years pass. It has been a tool to assess what my child has learned throughout the school year and it has helped preserve memories about our homeschooling journey.  I have kept all of their projects so far. Most are done manually but some of them are done digitally.

So what exactly do you include in a project portfolio? According to TMA Homeschool, “A portfolio is a collection of material to showcase your child’s learning. It is tangible evidence of what your child or student has learned and accomplished during the quarter. It can include anything you think is important and which showcases your child’s milestones.” Highlights of the the child’s learning and achievements are included.

Here are some suggestions of what to include:

– Cover page with your child’s name, age, grade level, picture

– List of goals like improve his writing, completing a project

– Sample of child’s work like drawings, book reports, creative witing

– Life skills learned like cooking, baking, gardening, swimming

– Field trips

– List of books read

I have already shared some of my daughter’s work previously in my post about her 4th grade portfolio as for my son, I’ve shared his 1st grade portfolio.  They used clearbook to store all their work.

Here are some more samples from my daughter’s 2nd grade work a few years back. She used cartolina to put together all her projects.

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IMG_3653 IMG_3654 IMG_3655 IMG_3652My daughter is very art oriented as you can see from her work. She incorporates art with her projects.

Here are the sample pages from her 5th grade portfolio project.

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IMG_3670 IMG_3669 IMG_3668 IMG_3667 IMG_3666 IMG_3665   Here she created her fictional city called Sunshine City. She made maps of the whole city, citizens, government, government facilities and laws of the land.

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As your child gets older, they can incorporate all their learnings from different subjects in a single project.

Do you have other ideas? I’d like to hear about it too!

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

Learning never stops. I believe that moms, especially homeschool moms, should continually learn from others. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy has created an online course which is designed to make the homeschooling an easier journey for moms. I am blessed to be chosen to review this course. I have been homeschooling my children for the past 5 years and the journey has not been a smooth one. There were many ups and downs along the way and learning from seasoned homeschoolers has always helped me through the various seasons of my journey.

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course  is a 26-week long subscription program for parents who are interested in homeschooling or those parents who need a fresh start in their homeschooling journey. The lessons are sent via email every week as a PDF attachment by Stephanie. Stephanie Walmsley created this course as a homeschooling 101 guide to help parents achieve successful homeschooling. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

Each week, a PDF document  with at least 5 pages will be sent to my email address. Every lesson address a key component in achieving stress free homeshooling through out the years. Lessons are focused on giving the teacher tools to develop personalized ideas on homeschooling and help them apply these ideas to their own families. There are weekly assignments that needs to be completed.

Some of the topics include: How to Start Homeschooling Straight Away, Teach Math and other Subjects, Vision and Goal for Your Family’s Homeschool, Fireproof Your Homeshool, The Key Ingredient for Success and others.

The lessons can fit whether one is homeschooling a preschooler or a highschooler. It also works even if you are homeschooling just one or a group. The lessons also help you avoid burn out and unneeded stress by teaching you to choose the right curriculum and programs your family.

The whole course costs $48 but if you want to pay monthly instead, it will cost $10 a month.

How I Used the Product

As I received my email with a download link for the first lesson, I made sure that my Adobe Reader was working so that I can open the file using my laptop. I read the short introduction and was immediately starting my first lesson. The first lesson was about making a schedule that works for my family. There were a series of questions about how we spend time as a family and based from my answers, I was asked to make our 8 week schedule. I printed the file at the end of the document and followed the instructions.

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It took me about 15 minutes to complete the first lesson and the assignment. I took note of the tips that I think will be useful for our family like the LITERACY HOUR.

As I received the 2nd lesson for the succeeding week, I was  quite excited to see how I can make Math more easy for my children. I was reminded that Math needs to be taught 3 ways: via practical experience, talking about it and writing about it. Most of them, I just skip the first part which is practical experience and it makes Math more dull and that is probably why my daughter doesn’t like Math very much.

The very practical guide to choosing the right Math curriculum for your family is truly a helpful guide for me. It helped me evaluate if we are using the right product for our family. Then I even received a BONUS lesson which was about  Math Ideas, making Math more enjoyable to learn for the kids.

The 3rd lesson was about helping a child who has been studying in a public or private school adjust to homeschool. There were several moms who shared their real life stories and what they did to help their kids adjust.

4th lesson was about fireproofing our homeschool. It talks about the philosophy on education, what I want to achieve in my life and whyI want to homeschool the kids. This week also see my adding new things to our schedule like FUN things to do.

5th lesson revolved around 3 questions that will help me achieve our family’s goals. It was really important as this helped shaped the goal of our homeschooling.

6th lesson reminded me to take care of myself and to reach for my dreams. It is important that as a person, I do not neglect myself as it is not holy to forget myself in the name of my children.

7th week is all about homeschooling. It gave a brief background on “school” and why curriculum shouldn’t really matter. It also gave an overview of the methods of homeshooling.

What I Thought of the Product

As I used this product during the review time frame, I have gained fresh insights on Math and how to fireproof our homeschool. I was also reminded of our family’s goals and how I shouldn’t be worried about the “best” curriculum there is. It was refreshing to learn from a veteran homeschooler!

If you are seriously considering to homeschool your children, I  would recommend this product to you. You will gain valuable insights and be guided in making wise choices for your homeschool. As this product is designed to work alongside your current homeschool year, you would probably need to use it best in the beginning of the school year or even before your school year.

For a homeschool parent who needs guidance in re-organizing and restarting their homeschool, this would also be a good start. The course asks the important questions and makes you reflect on your style, goals, methods and how to be a better homeschool parent. It is like attending a conference.

The only downside of this product for me is that it takes too long to complete. 26 weeks is half a year and almost an entire school year. I would rather have all the lessons in 2 or 3 months at least.

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I invite you to read the reviews of other Schoolhouse Review Crew members to see what they think of this product!

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