Building Blocks of Homeschooling Seminar


When I started homeschooling 7 years ago, there weren’t much homeschooling workshops or seminars around. I did all my research online and found a few friends who were homeschooling and interviewed them. I actually only attended the homeschool orientation of the homeschool provider I enrolled in and that was it. But parents nowadays have the luxury of attending several seminars and workshops before taking that step of faith and start homeschooling. You can actually have a sneak peak as to how homeschooling is actually done and be a better equipped parent-teacher at home.

Building Blocks of Homeschooling Seminar is a foundational and practical guide to homeschooling featuring Funding Your Homeschooling. The seminar is co-facilitated by sisters and homeschooling experts  Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao and Ms. Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon with a special participation of Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.


According to Donna, it was Felichi who homeschooled a few years ahead and she was the one who influenced or convinced Donna to homeschool as well.

Take a peek at the program of the day!


The seminar will be on Friday, December 9 from 8:30-12:30pm at  Sun Life Center Fifth Ave corner Rizal Drive, BGC in Taguig City.

For more information, you can check the FB event page at

The fee is 2,500 pesos. You can get discounts if you buy as a group of 5 or 10.  To buy tickets, please fill out this form:

For more inquiries, please contact Gen Mercado at 09167110509.

StART Hope Art Exhibit by Homeschoolers

Are you homeschooling? Do you love making artworks? Then this is your chance to submit your artwork and join a benefit art exhibit by Philippine Homeschoolers from Homeschool @Alabang and Homeschool @Valle Verde as they unite their efforts in pursuit of sharing hope for the hopeless.

StART Hope is the first ever art exhibit curated purely by homeschooled students in the Philippines. The exhibit will run from January 7, 2017 until January 26, 2017 at Kanto Art-Run Space, 2nd floor, Makati Cinema Square, Makati.



The art exhibit is in coordination with Rotary Club District 3830. It aims to bring hope for the children of Wishes of Aid and Limbs for Kids Inc. The main beneficiary of the event is Nice So who is an artist who has been diagnosed with lupus when she was in grade school. Since then, she has used her artistic talents to help other kids with lupus and other incurable diseases.

Nino Hernadez, an international and local contemporary artist and Ginger de Guia, a professional calligraphist who “colors for a purpose”. will be the other featured artists. Another homeschooler and budding artist, Waby Liberia, will also make her debut in the art scene.

If you want to be part of this encouraging art exhibit, you can submit your artwork of any medium in a canvass size of 16×16 with the theme of hope. Please don’t hesitate to contact for more information.

Let your art make a difference in the life of others.

Tuttle Publishing’s Easy Mandarin Chinese Review


Easy Mandarin Chinese by Tuttle Publishing is a complete language course which focuses on daily practical conversations. It is best for those who are traveling to a Mandarin speaking country or those who wish to understand the basics of the language. It comes with an Audio CD of the lessons being spoken by a native Mandarin speaker to guide the student as he learns about the language. Mandarin language is spoken in many Asian countries and this is being taught through the PinYin or english pronunciation guide.

This book has 20 Chapters and the topics include greetings, introducing yourself, going shopping, eating, making a phone call, feeling unwell, geography, riding to the airport and farewell. It even has a glossary section where the common words are listed in pinyin with their english meaning.


In the beginning of every chapter, there is a comic section where you see the characters talking in pinyin and in english. Then the dialogue is written again on the first page of the chapter. The lessons are written down in english in the grammar notes section. Then for application, the pattern practice follows plus the exercises. There is an answer key at the end of the book.

It is a very easy to use language book and very straight forward. My son and I have been going through the book for the past month now and we’ve been going slowly so he remembers the words he’s been learning to speak. This is very helpful as we only want to tackle basic and common phrases. Even for a non Mandarin speaker, Easy Mandarin Chinese is easy to follow and understand.

Hopefully, at the end of our school year, my son will be fluently speaking basic Mandarin so he is ready for our future travels!

For more information about this book, you may check Tuttle Publishing website and Tuttle Publishing FB page.

Homeschool Legacy Christmas Comes to America Review

We have just set up our Christmas tree. I can’t believe it but in a few weeks, Christmas will be here! What a wonderful way to welcome this season though an in-depth study of Christmas from Homeschool Legacy.

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We are reviewing this Once-a-Week Unit Study Christmas Comes to America through the Homeschool Review Crew. Homeschool Legacy is a product by Sharon Gibson, a homeschool mom of 16 years who believes that unit study approach is the best way to help children learn. Unit study provides a fun and creative atmosphere for the children to learn. Through unit studies, different subjects can be tackled while studying a single topic. Most of the time, you can incorporate language arts, grammar, spelling, history, social studies, science and math lessons as you study the topic. It is also good for multi-level families as everyone can study and make the activities together. It builds relationships and makes more memories for the family.

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The Once-a-Week Unit Study Christmas Comes to America is biblically centered. The main source of the Christmas story is the Bible though throughout the weeks, you will be taught how Christmas traditions have originally started in different countries, the customs, symbols and traditions of the Christmas season.

 It is also easy to implement as virtually no preparation is needed. Everything has been researched, listed and scheduled for you already. It is very easy to incorporate into your schedule and as mentioned, you can do it once-a-week.

To make this unit study more interesting, they have provided a list of books you can read while doing the lessons. There is also a list of videos that you can watch during Family movie nights to further enhance the learning experience.


The lessons also incorporate ways for the Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls to earn their badges while doing this unit study. The material is good for the entire family and is best suited for grades 2-12.  You will receive the material in PDF format so you can read the material in any mobile device or through your computer.

The lessons are divided into 4 weeks. Week 1 tackles  The Dutch. The proposed schedule is that the children do independent reading daily while the family meets once a week to discuss the devotional. Then as suggested, children are encouraged to research the history of one tradition per day throughout the month. The origin of “Santa Claus” according to the Dutch was also disclosed. There are some activities for language and then cocoa-making for life skills. This was probably the favorite of our family! At the end of the week, you are encourage to watch a classic Christmas movie.

Week 2 is all about The English. It begins with individual reading daily and the family meets to discuss the devotional. The English discusses the origin of St. Nicolas and the tradition of singing Christmas carols. The making of Christmas cards is discussed and encouraged at the end of the lesson as well.

Week 3 focuses on The German. Ever wondered what “Christkindl” meant and what it stands for? This lesson would help your family understand that. It also features many of the symbols associated with Christmas like the trees, ornaments, tree lights, advent wreaths and the stockings.

Week 4 features The American Christmas.



It includes the same activities as with the other weeks and at the end, you will be encouraged to create an after Christmas tree for the birds. Definitely, an activity that the children will love!

If you are interested to learn more about the the history  and diversity of the U.S., you may check out the Once-a-Week Micro-Studies: Many Nations . This study would let you know more about the  different Nations of Native Americans in the U.S.

This downloadable product only costs $14.00.

If you are looking for a unit study with no frills on Christmas and one  that is easy to implement, then you should go ahead and purchase this unit study. The activities listed are definitely going to make Christmas more memorable for the entire family and make each one appreciate all the Christmas traditions that they have been doing all these years.

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The Marc Pingris Life Story Book Review


When we heard that CSM Publishing has published Marc Pingris’ life story in a picture book format,we were interested to read about it since we watch PBA and he is one of our favorite players. So when CSM Publishing gave me the opportunity, I was excited to read this story with my son.

img_9545The story book is written in both Filipino and English. Allowing parents and children to read the story in 2 languages. The artwork is beautifully done and visually enticing for children. The story is told in first person point of view, making the story even more relatable and exciting.

What made this biography different from other story books is that there is a section where you will be asked a reflective question about your own life. This is a good opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from the life of Marc Pingris.


Indeed, there are several life lessons that I discussed with my son, specifically about not giving up and persevering to reach his dreams in life.

This is a good picture book to add to your book collection specially if your child loves sports.

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