From Roots to Wings, Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016

I still remember the first Philippine Homeschool Conference that I attended 6 years ago, We had just started our homeschool journey then and attending the conference gave me the encouragement and the inspiration to continue homeschooling. I was also able to witness the launch of HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands.

Year after year, I looked forward to attending the homeschool conferences as it was really quite an encouragement to see many people homeschooling their children, just like us. I also get to hear speakers who have been homeschooling for many years and learn from their varied experiences.

This 2016, the Philippine Homeschool Conference From Roots to Wings tackles homeschooling through the stages. This will be on October 22, 9 am -6 pm Saturday at SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig City.

phc-2016-for-social-media-posts-small-with-logos-as-of-sept-22

As a homeschool parent, there is always something to learn. As your child grows, you homeschool differently too! The conference aims to help us parents to walk through the different stages of homeschooling.

The keynote speakers are Ms. Deonna Tan-Chi and Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza and they will be talking about “Building a Firm Foundation”. Andrew Pudewa is the director of the very well known Institute for Excellence in Writing and he will be sharing about Motivation: the Art and Science of Helping Students Learn Well. Bo Sanchez will talk about Wings to Soar: Leaving a Legacy for Our Children. phc-2016-program

If there is something that I am really excited about, it is the breakout sessions. There are so many good sessions to choose from and I don’t want to miss out on any of them! Unfortunately, I can get to choose one session for every 45-minute time slot.
phc-2016-breakout-sessions-schedule

The breakout sessions would help us parents to be better equipped with the changes that we are facing in every stage of our homeschool journey.

This  conference is also the best time to meet with the different homeschool providers and inquire about their services! Homeschool Global, CFA, IBA, Kids World, Peniel and Gopala will be there. If you will be bringing your children, they can attend the activities lined up for them as well.

FEES

Children can choose their activities for a fee of P500 per activity. Parents can also choose to bundle the activities (except the toddler play area, which is P500 for the whole day) with the following rates:

Choice of 1 activity – P500

Choice of 2 activities – P900

Choice of 3 activities – P1200

Choice of 4 activities – P1550

The activities include Crochet Lessons. Watercolor and Brush calligraphy, Toddler play area by SMILE group, The Playground by SAFSOF AND TOPMnl, Challenge Island by SMILE group and Calligraphy classes.

The all access conference fee is P1000. If you are are registering as a group, there is a group rate of P4500 per group of 5 persons. If interested to visit the PHC 2016 Expo only, the fee is P50 per head.

The registration is on-going and will be until October 15, 2016 only. The registration fee on the day will be P1,200 per head. To register and/or learn more about the PHC 2016 registration process, participants may log on to www.educatingforlife.co for complete details.

phc-2016-online-reg-process-info

KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription Review

KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription

With the different security threats we encounter in cyberspace, it can be scary to give our children their own email access. KidsEmail.org knows the hearts of parents so they came up with an awesome idea! My kids can now email safely using KidsEmail.org ‘s Annual Subscription.

KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription
KidsEmail is safe email for children. As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I was given an Annual Subscription to their service. I was given parent access and created 2 emails for both my children. After creating their accounts, I immediately checked the features and the settings. I was thoroughly impressed with what KidsEmail offers. It was just what I wanted for my children, a safe way to email.

KidsEmail has several safety features that I really like. I will mention 6 of them:

  • Parents can monitor the emails that each email account receives and send out.You can change settings to allow you to receive a copy of every email they receive or send out. This is important to me because while my children are young, I want to protect them from people who might want to exploit others or from hackers who want to steal identity. I actually discussed this feature with my 12 year old and 7 year old so that they would know about threats they might encounter online. I believe that as we go forward doing this, we are building accountability and trust in each other too.
  • Parents can restrict offensive words, ads, links, images or attachments.
    attachment
    We all know how phishing happens. It is important to keep our accounts safe and to avoid being led to suspicious websites that are secretly getting our passwords and other information. Being able to restrict ads, links, images or attachments leads to lesser chance of phishing.Offensive words can also be filtered out before children receive their emails. While children are not yet able to discern what is right from wrong – this feature is a must.
  • Parents can manage the family’s activity in one page.I don’t have to go to several pages separately and can actively manage everything from my parent control page. I can change restrictions and see the activity logs of every email account under my parent account.

activitylog

 

  • KidsEmail can be installed as an app on any device.I can install KidsEmail on my children’s iPad  so they can easily retrieve their emails while they are on the go. They don’t have to borrow my computer to login from the web browser all the time. This gives them freedom to email anytime they are allowed to do so.
  • Parents can set the time when the children can access their emails.Time restrictions feature is very detailed as you can change the time allowed per day. This is very useful especially if the app is installed on their device. Email can only be checked on certain times of the day to avoid interruptions from school work.time
  • Parents can easily manage the contact list.There is a setting in which the child’s email account can be set to receive emails only from those included in their contact list. If you have enabled this, it is important that you manage the contact list to ensure that the emails will arrive. If you have multiple accounts under your parent account, you only need to enter the email once and choose to “add for all children”.
    contact-listThere are several screen design options but my children being dog-lovers like this the best! 
    KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription
    img_9007
    The monthly price for KidsEmail’s Annual Subscription is just $4.95 which gives you 4 email accounts already. If you want to try it out first, you may get a trial account for 30 days.

    price

     

    Contact KidsEmail.org through their social media accounts :

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KidsEmail.org
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KidsEmail
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kidsemail1/
    Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KidsemailOrg
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidsemail/

    To read more reviews about KidsEmail.org  from other Homeschool Review Crew, please click the banner.
    KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription

    Crew Disclaimer

CSM’s ‘all out blowout’ at the 37th Manila International Book Fair

csm-all-out-blowout-poster_mibf-2016

Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM Publishing) continues to tap and celebrate Filipino authors in their quest to share their invaluable message in print, expanding their reach to a larger audience.  CSM in MIBF 2016 announces the new titles they are releasing!

New releases include books on love and relationships, personal finance, church ministry, and Christian living: My Husband’s Mistress is Me (Merlyn Guillermo), The Values-Driven Heart (Joey Bonifacio), #UsapangWorship Ministry 3 (Rommel Guevara), Unli Rice Devotional Volume 4 (Joey Umali), Twin Blessings: Grace D. Chong’s Devoseries for kids, One True Love (Grace Koo), Righteous Wealth booklets (Rex Resurreccion), Buhay Pastor’s Wife (Corazon Cleto), My First, Second, and Third Attempts at Parenting (Steve Murrell), and Raising Up Money-Wise Kids (Chinkee Tan).

CSM also introduces its bestselling line-up under the new Mini-Book Series (MBS) format: Treasure of a Friend (John Maxwell), Excellence in Leadership (John White), Man of Influence (Jim Cote), Something to Smile About – Men & Women Edition (Zig Ziglar), and Finding Comfort (Nelson Dy) as well as books from Ed Lapiz. Bestselling international titles were locally printed to make them more affordable: Good or God? (John Bevere), The Fire Within (Marcia Malzahn), and How to Pick a Spouse (Dan Chun).

Each purchase at the CSM All Out Blowout also entitles you to a raffle coupon for a chance to win an iPhone 5s! Save the date for the 37th Manila International Book Fair! The MIBF will run from September 14 to 18, 2016, 10am to 8pm, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Compound. Entrance tickets will be available at the venue for around P20. Those who will not be able to go to the CSM All Out Blowout at SMX have the option to order conveniently at home during our pre-selling period on September 5-9 via order@csm-publishing.com or during our post-selling period on September 20-24 at the CSM Bookcorner in Parañaque.

For more details on CSM’s offers, the complete list of new releases, and free downloadable entrance tickets, you may visit www.csm-publishing.com or contact 851-0521 and 25 and 0927-548-3567.

CHSH Download Club Review

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}
Sometimes, I need to search the web for supplemental materials for my 7th grader and my 4th grader and that times time. So when I saw that CHSH-Teach.com offers thousands of educational materials, I was excited to see what an annual subscription to  CHSH Download Club will offer to our homeschooling family.

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}
CHSH – Teach.com is the Christian Homeschool Hub. It was created by a homeschool mom who first began her career as a public school teacher, Lynda Ackert, in 2010. She loves creating educational materials and hence decided to put up a hub where everyone can use these materials. The CHSH-Teach.com has over 50,000 pages of materials available for teachers and homeschoolers alike! This site is continuously being updated with new contents so the list of materials continues to grow!

What is included in the CHSH Download Club subscription?

chsh1

Access to thousands of learning materials included worksheets, lapbook materials, instructions, flashcards, notebook pages, curriculum (for languages), checklists, writing prompts and many more.

There are also organizational materials for homeschool moms  like planning forms, how-to-homeschool resources, graphic organizers, awards and certificates and calendars.

chsh2

You can search the library by using the CATEGORY, TOPIC or KEYWORD search fields. Another way is by browsing through the list by subject. The subjects available are Bible Related Resources, Languages, Arts Music and Crafts, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Electives, Health.

You can also browse through by grade level which includes Kindergarden, 1st-3rd grades, 4th-8th grades, 9th-12th grades.

You can also look at materials available per month or according to events happening per month.

chsh3

How did I use this product?

Since this product is hosted in an internet server, I just needed to register online and I was given the annual subscription access. I used my Mac machine and used Safari browser to access the website. I just needed to have a stable internet connection.

I wasn’t looking for anything specific so I browsed through the entire hub by subject. I decided to share with you the resources which interested us.  Here are the top 3 most interesting Bible resources I’ve seen:

People of the Bible Noteboking Pages

chsh4

Proverbs Copywork

chsh5

Notebooking Through Old Testament

chsh

For the languages, I checked out the Spanish language curriculum. It consists of Teacher’s Guide, Student Edition, posters/flashcards, games/puzzles and some Spanish unit books.  The lessons is about conversational Spanish and seems easy enough to follow.

chsh 6

 

For Arts Music and Crafts, my daughter is interested in Knitting so I downloaded the file and she tried to follow the instructions.

chsh 7

Under Electives, I also checked out the Character Studies since we needed one for our new school year. It was really nice since it was simple enough to follow yet deep enough for our discussions. There are 20 character traits in each volume and there are 2 volumes. The suggested use is 1 character per week.

chsh8

Here are the list of characters included in Volume 1

chsh9

The lesson starts with a definition and then a series of discussion about the character trait of the week. Then if you have the suggested book, your children can read it and answer the literature connection questions.

How much is this product?

You can get annual subscription fee of only $25 or for lifetime only for $99.99.

What do I think about the product?

For the $25 annual subscription fee, I think you are getting your money’s worth. The CHSH Download Club offers numerous worksheets and materials that you are can use for your entire homeschool year for all your children.  It would save you lots of time instead of browsing the net over and over for the resources you would need. This is a one-stop shop for homeschoolers everywhere.

How to contact CHSH – Teach.com ?

Visit their website or connect with them through their social media pages.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheChristianHomeSchoolHub/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHomeSchoolHubPage/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachWithCHSH
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lyndaackert/chsh-teachcom-creations-by-lackert/
Google+ Group: https://plus.google.com/b/117967118184286217472/communities/108322787218266183941
Google Business Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117967118184286217472/117967118184286217472/posts
Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndaackert
Tumblr: http://christianhomeschoolhub.tumblr.com/

Read what other crew members think about this product by clicking on the image below.

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}
Crew Disclaimer

OMF Literature Books at MIBF 2016

OMF Literature is launching several titles at the MIBF… and I’m sharing some of them with you!

The Secret Story of Shy Shelly paperback edition! 

I’ve shared my review of The Secret Story of Shy Shelly a few months back and it is a great book to get for your kids and your tweens who are shy!

Meet Justine Hall on a meet and greet session on Sept 14, 2-4pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/566506933534610/

The latest in the Dee the Bee series,written by Joyce Piap-Go, Bee Active.

14125154_1231168660238619_206238978719919941_o

There is a story-telling session for Bee Active plus meet and greet with author and illustrator on Sept 15, 2-4pm . For more information, check https://www.facebook.com/events/1679305455725179/

Nilalagnat si Enat! from the author of Tito Dok Series, Luis Gatmaitan.

14184398_1232056216816530_8756568586903646344_n

The meet and greet session for this book launching is on Sept 16 2 -330pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/732205106917911/

From the Wow God! series, Roar!

14192733_1231292790226206_456967653715367791_n

Book launching of Roar! will be on Sept 15, 1030-12pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/620517771460238/

From the Happy Home series of Ms. Grace Chong, Bully verses Bully

14199684_1231182436903908_8832541136990197675_n

Meet and greet with the author and illustrator happens on Sept 16 1030am-12pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1651224165207372/

OMF Literature has more exciting events…

  • 30% off Limited Launch Offer on new original and republished titles
  • 20% off all other books, including imported titles, Bibles, multi-media, etc.
  • Additional 5% off on titles at 20% off for Kaibigan and Pastors’ Exclusives card holders
  • Free Kaibigan and Pastors’ Exclusives membership for a minimum purchase of P1,500
  • READiscover Bag (surprise books plus exciting items inside!)
  • Big savings on Book Bundles 
  • Sale pile up to 75% on selected titles
  • Freebies for purchases P1000 and up!
  • Answer  survey and get a surprise item!
  • Take a photo with the book that changed your life at their photo wall, post on social media and get the chance to win a book for you and a friend.
  • Free Uber ride (worth P200) to the SMX Convention Center

Visit OMF Lit website for more information and to get your free tickets to MIBF 2016!