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.

The Last Tree Book Review

It has been quite some time since I was able to read and browse through new Hiyas Books, but as I heard about their new releases, I got excited to read about them! The Last Tree is one of the latest releases from OMF Literature under Hiyas.




Using poetry, Gutch Gutierrez made the story of The Last Tree really interesting to read and be read aloud. Our family has been reading and memoizing poems for the past school year so we are fond of reading poetry together.

The Last Tree is the story of a girl who went on a journey with her father. Together, they sought for a tree in the hopes of changing the gloomy future they current face.


The book is ideal for ages 8 and up but parents can read this aloud to their younger children. It is a good companion book to tree planting activities and learning about persevering and nurturing our natural resources.

You can now order this book for only 120 pesos!

You can visit OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops in Boni, Il Terrazzo and Pergola to get your copy!

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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1st Global Homeschool Conference

October 13th marked  the 1st Global Homeschool Conference held at SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig. I was excited to see how different this conference would be from the previous conferences I’ve been!

The day started early for my daughter and me as we went to the registration area and was welcomed by a long queue of attendees excited to pay or get their kits for the day.

After getting our bracelet and stickers for the workshops, we had few more minutes so we headed to the Homeschool Exchange area.

We looked around some curricula from Learning Plus and my daughter liked IEW’s Poetry Memorization. Since, I want them to be more confident in public speaking and be able to memorize poems and speeches later on, we went ahead to buy it!

We also saw Vanguard Assessment, they give assessments for students to help them know their strengths and also help students with their career assessment through the Curtis Interest Scale. We will definitely contact them next year to help my daughter prepare for her future career choices.


Another interesting booth is Koko & Roko who sells Theme based STEM activity kits. They have Cosmic Adventure for ages 5-7 years old and Jolly Jamboree for ages 3-5 years of age.

A booth by homeschoolers was pretty interesting as well. They have stickers, foldable robots, notebooks and other stuff they created themselves.

True Love Waits have their a booth where they give out tracks about sex and purity and the Good News.

Philippine Homeschoolers Association has their own booth. They are selling iHomeschool book of Ms. Nove Tan.

Pumplepie is there to sell quality books to homeschoolers! It was a delight to see them there.

Science Star Corporation brought several Science manipulatives.


They can measure the temperature and see the results on the app installed on the iPad.


My favorite is the chemistry set. Kyla even guessed the compound they have set up!

Since I am teaching my kids Mandarin right now, I am very keen on buyung this set of Xiao Long Bao Play Kit. A hands-on learning tool I can use to teach not only kids but also others who would like to be taught Mandarin.


The talk began with the hosts and HG President Edric Mendoza warm welcome. It was great to see that there were more than 1000 attendees in the conference hall!

The first plenary talk was by Brad Huddleston on the Impact of the Digital Word on Families and Learning. He shared his findings about dangerous effects that the screen has brought to our lives. He likened it to Digital Cocaine.

He reminded us that our children is NOT the exception, that we need to put intentional limitation. Until the age of 11, the kids shouldn’t be given iPADs as nanny and educational games has the same effects on the child’s brain.

The next session were workshops, I chose to attend How Learners Should Respond to the Digital World by Brad Huddleston. He just continued where he left off from his plenary.

The next workshop I chose was Creative Ideas for Homeschool. It showcased Gina Roldan who shared about Narration, Vicki Dincher on Sceince and Debra Bell on harnessing the gift of curiousity in our kids as best way to learn.

In the afternoon, we had one more workshop and I chose to attend the one with the Homeschool Pioneers as they talked about Parenting and Building Character. It was encouraging to listen to those who have completed the journey of homeschooling and how they reap the benefits of homeschooling beyond the academic years. The talk showcased Dr. Marlyn del Rosario, Rita Yokingco, Irma Chua and Deaonna Tan-Chi.


The afternoon plenary sessions were given by Dr. Michael Tan, the chancellor of UP Diliman and Dr. Debra Bell. Michael Tan talked about the Impact of Homeschooling on Philippine Education.

Dr. Tan mentioned that homeschoolers were ahead in the areas of pedadology or method, creativity and psychosocial.

Dr. Debr Bell talked about Impact of Homeschooling on Families and Learning. The most significant message I heard was that in the conventional school set up, the longer students were there, the less they get interested in learning while the longer students were homeschooled, the higher the academic engagement.

She also shared 8 reasons why kids learn best when they are at home.

At the end of the plenary, HG thanked those who were part of the conference, honored some Family Advisors and announced the Foundation they are putting up to support kids whose parents suddenly gets life threatening sicknesses during the school year.


At the end, there was a concert that showcased HG’s talents and Ben and Ben.

So, what did I really like about the #1stGHC?

– There was something for everyone in the family. The different workshops allowed my family, particularly my daughter, to join me in the plenary and she went to workshops that were for her. She enjoyed most of the talks and I’m glad that she went!

– The Homeschool Exchange had different exhibits than those of previous homeschool conferences.

– The topics were relevant to different kinds of homeschoolers, not only the newbies but also the veterans.

I am definitely looking forward to the future Global Homeschool Conferences!

On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 Workshop Talks

I attended the workshops of Dr. Teresa Moon : Teaching the Most Feared Activity: Public Speaking, Ms. Cassandra Shepherd’s A Look at Homeschool Methodologies and Styles and Ms. Gina Guerrero-Roldan’s Truth, Beauty and Goodness in Your Homeschool.


I was quite surprised with how the first session turned out. I was actually glad to hear from the teens themselves as they shared how they overcame the fear of public speaking and how the program of Dr. Teresa Moon – the ICC – has helped them overcome challenges in speaking.

As a parent-teacher, public speaking is a challenge for me to teach. Not only that, it is often neglected as well. Attending this session has made me realize that as my children are growing older, this is something that they need to be equipped with. It is also an important skill that they would need in their whole lifetime. The reminder “until we speak it, we don’t know what we’re thinking.” truly resonated with me.

The session of Ms. Cassandra Shepherd was all about the homeschool methodologies and style. Though I have been homeschooling for many years now, this session was like a refresher course for me. It gave me a bird’s eye view of what the different methodologies of homeschooling are out there. These are the the different methods she discussed:

  1. School at home
  2. Online Learning
  3. Unit Studies
  4. Classical Education
  5. Charlotte Mason
  6. Montessori
  7. Eclectic Education
  8. Unschooling

The students from ICC also gave their personal stories how homeschooling worked for them and how they adjusted to life situations. It was an encouragement how these students thrived in their own circles.

The session that I was really looking forward to attending was this session by Ms Gina Guerrero-Roldan. I have heard about Ms Gina’s workshops but never have been able to attend one.

 

At the start of her talk, Ms Gina made us memorize scripture from Philippines 4:8. It was a good way to prove a point that we can all do this and it was also the very basis of her whole talk.

Truth, goodness and beauty is necessary in our life and it was something that really made an impact in my heart that day. I have often neglected this and it was a reminder that I needed to change our daily routine or even my perspective on certain homeschooling work that we do.

It is not enough to know a lot of truth if it doesn’t change the way you live.

We need to take time to think, reflect and feel. We also need to prioritize  relationships.

Teach through stories and read poems together. Do art appreciation more often.

If it helps, make a list of things you appreciate.


Here are some ways to do this!

This year’s workshops really made a mark in my heart. I pray that the lessons I learned will be something that I will actively pursue in my life, especially as we start a new school year.