iHomeschool Book Review

I am delighted to finally read a book on homeschooling written for Filipino families! Ms Nove Tan of  I Homeschool has compiled all the questions one might have on homeschooling. The why, the what and the how are discussed in great detail.

Written in a personal tone from a mom’s heart to another, reading i Homeschool has brought me encouragement and allowed me to rethink our own homeschool journey for the past 9 years. We homeschooled because we wanted our children to have a biblical worldview as they grew up. Character building, becoming lifelong learners and loving Jesus are our primary goals. Reading this book has given me a chance to reflect if we have reached our goals so far and what we can do to adjust so that we can make the remaining years of our homeschooling enjoyable and productive.

As more and more families are now considering homeschooling, I am glad to see that there are more
local resources available. IHomeschool definitely is a must read not only for parents who want to homeschool their children, but want to become more intentional in their parenting. Because truly, homeschooling is NOT JUST ABOUT SCHOOL but IS A LIFESTYLE.

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Cashaysayan, A History of Philippine Money

I am a firm believer that we should teach the people, especially young children,  about history – history is filled with life lessons. We can avoid repeating the mistakes our forefathers did or be inspired by the heroic acts of several people who lived bravely.

Tahanan Book’s A Lolong Time Ago  has made learning about history more interesting and fun, especially for my kids and now, they have come out with the part 2 of Halo Halo Histories which is Cashaysayan, a History of Philippine Money.

It is a chronological study of our country’s currency, starting from the Barter System to the different coins and bills that has evolved over the many years as our country’s government changed in the past hundred years.

 

5 Things I liked about Cashaysayan!

  1. It allowed me to see money not just as a currency but a means to understand our country’s culture, identity and history.
  2. I learned so many trivia about our country and the people on the coins and the bills.
  3. The money trail was discussed and it showed me the process how we get our money designed until it gets printed.
  4. If I was collecting money, this book is a collector’s item itself! It has detailed information and photos of almost all the Philippine money we’ve ever had.
  5. The book was fun to read and it never bored me!

This certainly is a must-have for every Filipino family. As a homeschooling family, we found this book to be very useful and interesting. Philippine  history has never been more interesting! Bathala Na Productions Inc. is the team behind this book. The creators are Michelline Suarez, Joonee Garcia, Divine Reyes and Benjor Catindig.

I am already looking forward to read the upcoming Halo Halo Histories books.

 

 

Tuttle Publishing’s A Geek in China Review

Tuttle Publishing’s A Geek in China is written by Matthew Christensen for all of us who wants to know China a little bit more. As someone who has Chinese blood, I would like to know more about China. I have been studying China from the history books and I’ve been to China once – but that isn’t enough for me to know about its culture and life. So, I was pretty excited to look through this book to get a glance of what modern China has to offer!

There are 6 chapters in the glossy magazine type book. Chapter 1 – China Past and Present, Chapter 2 – Chinese Culture and Food, Chapter 3 – Chinese Character and Society, Chapter 4 – The Face of Urban China, Chapter 5- The Chinese at Play , Chapter 6 – Visiting China.

China is one of the world’s oldest nations and has a very rich culture.

As I read through the different pages of this magazine, I can’t help but be amazed how this country has transformed through the years and how much of their traditions are still preserved today. Food, family culture, history and urban china are some of my favorite topics!

It is true that this book only gives us a glimpse of life in China- but it is a worthy resource guide, especially for those who want to experience China and understand its culture.

This book contains over 300 color photos and 144 pages which comes in paperback format. The pages are glossy and looks like a magazine. More information can be found here: http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/books-by-country/a-geek-in-china-paperback-with-flaps

 

Tuttle Publishing’s My Awesome Japan Adventure Review

Written and illustrated by Rebecca Otowa, My Awesome Japan Adventure is a very interesting and fact-filled book written for 10 years old and above. If you are planning a trip to Japan soon or simply want to know more about Japan, this book is for you! The book is written in a  diary format, using the language of a 10 year old who visited Japan for a couple of months.


The book shows an overview of the culture, food, family traditions, school scenarios and the Japanese language. I learned so much and the book is easy to read. I am also asking my kids, ages 13 and 10, to read the book to learn about Japan too! Who knows, we might just be blessed to visit Japan soon.

My Awesome Japan Adventure is a hardcover book with 48 pages. It is available from Tuttle Publishing and in bookstores nationwide like Fullybooked.

The Chinese Wonder Book Review



Coming from a Chinese family, I am interested to share to my children some Chinese heritage and stories. I am grateful that Tuttle Publishing has published The Chinese Wonder Book by Norman Pitman. It contains 15 classic Chinese folktales which has brought joy to countless families.

The amazing stories included are:

  • The Golden Beetle or Why the Dog Hates the Cat
  • The Great Bell
  • The Strange Tale of Doctor Doo
  • The Talking Fish
  • Bamboo and the Turtle
  • The Mad Goose and the Tiger Forest
  • The Nodding Tiger
  • The Princess Guanyin
  • The Two Jugglers
  • The Phantom Vessel
  • The Wooden Tablet
  • The Golden Nugget
  • The Man Who Would Not Scold
  • Lusan, Daughter of Heaven

But my daughter’s favorite so far is “How Footbinding Started”. She found footbinding to be a strange Chinese tradition so she was truly interested to read this story.

The Chinese Wonder Book is a hardbound book with 96 pages of full-color illustrations by Li Chu Tang, This is actually originally published in 1919 and has been republished for the new generation to enjoy.

You may get this book from Tuttle Publishing.