Unchanging Grace from CSM Publishing

With so much negativity around us these days, it is imperative that we have daily source of inspiration. Thankful for CSM Publishing’s new daily devotions, Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year.   It comes in 5 different cover designs which features the Philippines’ beautiful tourist destinations. It is conveniently sized to fit my small bag. Easy to carry for people who go to office and won’t occupy much space on the table. I like  it because it because each day’s reading isn’t  too long to read and has some important insights for daily meditations. The devotions are written by Pastor Joey Umali.

Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year is available at CSM online stores at Lazada (https://bit.ly/3j6H93t) and Shopee (https://bit.ly/2CGtDE3) starting this September 2020.

For more inquiries about Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year, email marketing@csm-publishing.comor call 8852-7301 to 04 local 210.

CONNECT: Homeschooling and Intentional Parenting Summit

As a parent who believes in intentional parenting, I am always in the lookout for books and conferences which can inspire me to become a better parent to my children. Now that both of my children are in their teens, I must learn and adjust my parenting alongside them. That is why I am excited to attend the online conference of Educating for Life titled CONNECT: Homeschooling and Intentional Parenting Summit or CHIPS this July 3-5, 2020.

There are over 30+ speakers both for parents and for the children. To see the full list of topics and speakers, please click here. I am personally looking forward to the following talks:

INTENTIONAL PARENTING: BEING ON THE SAME PAGE by Jayson and Kat Lo

THE BRAVE WRITER LIFESTYLE AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY, WHETHER YOU HOMESCHOOL OR NOT by Julie Bogart

TEACHING BOYS AND TEACHING GIRLS: TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING by Andrew Pudewa

INTENTIONALLY INTEGRATING FILIPINO HERITAGE IN YOUR HOME CULTURE by Grace Gaston-Dousel

MY CHARACTER IS SHOWING: BUILDING A FOUNDATION THAT WILL PREPARE KIDS FOR REAL LIFE by Bernard Marquez

What’s more is that my daughter is also looking forward to attending the following talks:

FOR TEENS: HOW HOMESCHOOLING PREPARED ME FOR MY ADULT LIFE by Bethany Padrelanan

FOR TEENS: HOMESCHOOLING IS COOL: A HOMESCHOOL GRADUATE’S POINT OF VIEW by Jewelle Villarisco

Unlike past conferences, I don’t have to worry that I might miss some of the sessions since I can access the all 30+ talks for 30 days as long as I attend at least one of the summit days. All these for a very reasonable amount of 1,500 pesos only. It is truly an investment worth making for my family. If you are interested to register, click the registration page. Deadline of payment is until  June 30 but if you pay before June 25, you can get to attend the bonus talk titled “Flavors of Homeschooling: Online Edition”. You get to learn more about homeschooling and its different methodologies!

I’m excited to learn, be inspired to homeschool, and become a better parent! “See” you there!

Oli’s Boxship Subscription Box

A few months back, we received a box from Oli’s Boxship.

We were excited to see what was inside and we were surprised to see that it contains a complete set of materials (including scissors) for 2 activities (and possibly one more bonus activity). It looked colorful, fun, and exciting!

My 15 year old daughter started working on the propeller craft. Here’s the materials that came with the kit:

She mentioned that she thinks it is an activity for older kids like 10 years old and above since this activity was a bit harder to complete.

After about half an hour, she was able to complete the propeller, now we just need to bring it to the pool or to the beach to see if it will work!

As homeschoolers, we love to do experiments and crafts, but sometimes, it is challenging to get all the supplies needed. It is a blessing that there are now creative learning boxes in the Philippines like Oli’s Boxship! Fun-filled learning to foster creativity and learning. This creative craft box is definitely created for children, both young and old, to enjoy working with their hands and engage their minds!

Oli’s Boxship is a monthly subscription-based learning in a box. Each box comes with complete supplies for 2 activities which fosters creativity and recycling. It also has a storybook to match the theme of the month. Perfect for homeschoolers and after-school bonding activities.

The subscription rice is 980/month. But if you get a 3-month subscription, each month will cost 950. If you get 6 months, each month will now be 900 and for a 12-month subsription, each box will only be 850 pesos.

For more information, check  www.olisboxship.com

Philippine Homeschool Convention 2019

As Mahatma Gandhi said ““There is no school equal to a decent home, and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” certainly, there is “No Place Like Home”. This year, Educating for Life or EFL in partnership with Moneygment and SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, gathers together all homeschoolers as one community at the Philippine Homeschool Convention (PHC) 2019: to connect with and inspire one another to be the “teachers” and build the “schools” that Gandhi was talking about.

To be held on September 7, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City, this year’s convention will gather hundreds of Filipino parents and provide them with inspiration and encouragement to live out their calling as their children’s primary educators.

Philippine Homeschool Convention 2019 Breakout Speakers:
“Younique Parenting: Why Parents are the Best Teachers” by Jayson Lo
Taking on the responsibility to be our children’s primary educator is a heroic feat. It can be daunting to think about it, and no matter what season you’re in, a homeschooling parent will always have doubts and questions. Can I really do this? Am I doing enough? Is my child happy? Veteran homeschooling dad Jayson Lo will address these fears and strengthen your conviction to be your children’s teacher.

“Home as the First School” by Dawn Fung
Parents are the primary teachers, and the home is the first school. In this session, Dawn Fung, homeschooling mom of three and founder of Homeschool Singapore, will share her thoughts about this truth as she experienced it in their own home.

“Homeschooling as a Calling, Vocation, and Privilege” by Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao
Parents decide to homeschool for different reasons. Some homeschool for lofty goals, while others took this path for practical reasons. No matter the motivations, all homeschooling parents agree that taking on this challenge is a calling, a vocation, and a privilege. We believe it to be our mission to educate our children, an undertaking that consumes and anchors our whys. Retired homeschooling mom and HAPI President Dr. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao shares her reflections on these as she looks back on their homeschooling journey as a family.

“It’s Homeschool, Not School at Home” by Marla Taviano
We all have our ideas about an ideal homeschool day and lifestyle. But the truth is, life happens as you homeschool – and that’s perfectly fine! Marla Taviano will remind and inspire us to embrace the daily grind as the lesson plan and bust the myth of a perfect homeschool day. After all, the world is our classroom and life is our curriculum.

“What Homeschooling Taught Me: Reflections of a Homeschooling Mom” by Michelle Padrelanan
When it comes to homeschooling, learning is not a one-way street. Parents learn as the children learn, as veteran homeschooling mom and Educating for Life co-founder, Michelle Padrelanan, will share.

PLENARY PANEL: “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”
Panelists: David and Frannie Daez with their son Yuan, Jay and May Palacpac with their son Pablo, and Dennis and Thammie Sy
Hear from families in various stages of their homeschooling journey as they share about why, when it comes to educating our children for life, there is no place like home.

You can also find the program online here: https://www.educatingforlife.co/philippine-homeschool-convention-2019-program/

To view the PHC topics for the plenary and breakout sessions online, please visit https://www.educatingforlife.co/philippine-homeschool-convention-2019-plenary-and-breakout-speakers/

Activities for parents who opt to bring their kids and teens to the event will also be provided.

Register online at http://bit.ly/phc2019reg

Below are the registration fees:

Early bird rate – Full access (With access to plenary talks, breakout sessions and expo) – P1000 per participant (NOTE: Payments must be received on or before September 1, 2019)

* Expo only ticket – P100 per person

Walk-in and on-site payment rate – Full access – P1200 per participant

* Kids 3 and below are free (lap seating only)

It will be my first time to miss the convention since EFL has been holding them annually as I will be out of town. If I were here, I definitely would be here because attending conventions has always given me the encouragement I needed to keep homeschooling my kids. So, if you are available, don’t miss the chance to be encouraged and equipped in your homeschooling journey.

 

Shy Shelly and the Big Lie Book Review

If you are a parent like me, I know you are always on the look out for books that show good values. I like the Shy Shelly series because it is not just entertaining to read but shows values as well. In the 3rd installment of this series, Shy Shelly is put in a tight spot and needs to act on a certain situation or face unpleasant consequences.


Shelly is confronted with a tough decision to make. Should she come out with the truth or keep her secret? A decision that all of our kids would need to make sooner or later.



It is also a story about facing consequences of every decision one makes. What secrets should one keep?

After reading the story, as parents and teachers, we can use it as a springboard for discussions on life and the choices we have  to make. It is a good material for talking about wisdom and lying.

If you’d like to know more about the book, do visit the Shy Shelly Page for more information.

You can now pre-order Shy Shelly and the Big Lie at our online store and it will soon be available at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops for only P195.