Homeschool Help: Preparing for the New School Year

As the end of our school break is upon us, I am busy preparing for the upcoming school year. School Year 2016-2017 will start in September. So how am I preparing for the start of another academic year?

  1. Assess and pray. I begin by assessing our previous year. I think about what worked and what didn’t and I will also ask my children what they thought and if there is anything we should change. And as I have the answers from my children, I go and ask the Lord for wisdom. I also go back to our homeschool’s mission and goal.
  2. Check and purchase the materials. Since we are here in the Philippines, I align our studies with the DepEd’s requirements. We enroll under a Dep-Ed accredited home education provider, Homeschool Global (formerly TMA Homeschool).Homeschool Global has a list of curriculum that we can choose from but there are some subjects that I use curriculum that are not on the list because I think they are better suited for my children’s needs. I will order these materials online and have it shipped to the Philippines. For the other materials that are available locally, I usually buy them from Learning Plus bookstore.
  3. Prepare a curriculum map. I begin by dividing the contents of each subject into 4 quarters. Then divide the topics into weeks so we can have a guide of our lessons weekly. I study the topics per week and create a list of activities that the children can do to achieve the goal. This allows me to purchase materials needed at home to do projects.
  4. IMG_8398Create evaluation guides. Since I would need to evaluate my children’s work, I need to create rubrics to help me grade their different outputs like essays, artworks or projects. For some books, these guides are already available.

For the past years, I have been quite unprepared each day for our lessons. Gratefully, my children has become very independent.  Hopefully, this year I can be on top of my children’s lessons and guide them through. We are also hoping to do better integrated projects along the way.

Homeschool Help: DepEd Curriculum Guides

If you want to homeschool independently, meaning you don’t want to enroll in a homeschool provider, you can do so by purchasing your own curriculum or do a DIY curriculum by researching through the internet and creating what you think is best for your children.

As a guide, you can get curriculum guides from DepEd’s website. Curriculum Guides for K to 12 is readily available and is segregated by subjects.

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Homeschool Help: Middle School and High School Homeschool Blogs

When I started thinking about homeschooling 7 years ago, I checked the internet and found tons of resources that talks about homeschooling preschool and elementary grade students. I didn’t feel alone and I knew it was easy to find  materials that would help me in homeschooling my kids.

Now that my children have grown and we have homeschooled for 6 years, I still find myself looking around the net to find resources that would help me choose the best curriculum, teaching methods and references that could help homeschooling my middle school students.

It’s not as easy to find resources because for some reason, there are less homeschool mom bloggers who share about middle school and high school. So, I am sharing with you some of the resources I’ve found for homeschooling in middle school and high school.

Homeschooling High School by TheHomeSchoolMom

The HomeScholar

Homegrown Learners

Homeschooling Thru High School

Why in the World Would You Homeschool High Schoolers?

Homeschool Help: 5 Tools You Can Use to Teach Godly Virtues At Home

Teaching godly virtues at home is one of our goals in homeschooling. Though character is not something one can easily teach but awareness of these virtues is important so that our children will know these virtues.

Here are some tools you can use to teach these godly virtues.

Achieving True Success: How to Build Character as a Family. This is a book which can be used by the whole family. It is available from Amazon or Learning Plus bookstore in Pasig City.

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Focus on the Family’s Kids of Integrity A great website with free PDF files that focuses on each virtue.

Confession’s of a Homeschooler’s Bible Printables. There are several character studies which you can easily download and print for your child.

We Choose Virtues. There is a homeschool kit that includes parenting cards and downloadable PDF files. It is best fit for 4-8 years old.

The Book of Virtues from William J. Bennett. This is a book about different virtues and there is a FREE unit study on The Book of Virtues  from Shiver Academy.

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Homeschool Help: Sir Cumference Math Adventures

If your child is not very fond of Math, you can try looking for living math books like the Sir Cumference picture book series.

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Math concepts are explained in an illustrated story format. Different math characters have exciting adventures including Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter and their son Radius. The titles in this series:

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland
Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter

The drawings are drawn using soft painting and time of the events happen during the time of the Kings and the Knights. Indeed, this is truly a different and fun way to learn about Math concepts!