On Fire! Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 Plenary Talks

This is our 9th year homeschooling, yet it never gets easier. Each year brings its own share of excitement as the new school year brings hope that routines will be established and goals will be achieved. Along with all these excitement, it also brings fear, fear of the unknown and not reaching goals and fears of inadequacy. 

The timing of this year’s Philippine Homeschool Convention by Educating for Life  was perfect as it ushered our last week of vacation and as I was planning for our new school year. My children will be in 9th grade and 6th grade respectively. 

Philippine Homeschool Convention 2018 was quite different from the past conferences as there were 9 plenary speakers and 3 breakout sessions. I was actually glad that there weren’t too many options for the breakout sessions as I always didn’t know which ones I should choose.

On this post, I will share with you all I’ve learned from the plenary speakers.

The first speaker was Cassandra Shepherd. Her talk was entitled You Can Homeschool. She shared her personal experiences being a homeschool parent and how a parent can definitely homeschool her own children. My main take away from this talk is that, it is important for the family to have a vision for homeschooling, because this vision will bring clarity for the things you need to do and to stay within that vision. 

Jayson Lo is a well-known inspirational and motivational speaker. He shared about “homeschooling with a vision”. There are 3Cs which we should build in our homeschool families. CULTURE, CHARACTER and COMPETENCE. Having a growth mindset is of great importance as homeschooling is actually a journey. He also called his 10 year old daughter on stage and she shared about how different she and her sister are and yet the parents can homeschool them effectively.

Michelle Padrelanan is part of the EFL team who organizes the yearly homeschool conferences for the homeschooling community. She has been one of the first people who I asked about homeschooling 9 years ago and it is truly inspiring every time I hear her stories. She shared about her valley and mountaintop experiences as a homeschool parent. She also gave us this acronym to remember:
K now your goals
E ntrust your children to the Lord
E nlist help when needed
P ray

ONwards not backwards.  

Dr. Teresa Moon is  a veteran homeschooling mom, founder of Institute for Cultural Communicators, author and homeschool curriculum writer and speaker at major U.S. homeschool conventions. She addressed the issue of being overly busy. She reminded us that “We gain more time by doing less and gain more energy by loving the less we do.” She also shared 3 Cs which can help us in our homeschooling journey.

Clarity

Connection

Control

The next speaker is Laksmi Maluya. She is the owner of Gopala Learning Haven. She is homeschooled herself and also homeschooled her own children. She shared her personal journey and her advocacy now. Her daughter Vishnu also shared her personal homeschool journey. It was definitely encouraging to listen to her as she was articulate and very confident and very inspirational!

Another example of a homeschooler who actively does her part in saving the environment is Lia Cua. At the young age of 12, she already champions the Earth Crew Kids. She shared how she started Earth Crew Kids and why she does what she does. It is inspiring to know that kids with proper guidance can become productive members of our society.

The next speaker, Rienzie Biolena, shared why it is important to teach financial literacy to children. We don’t want our children to grow up unskilled in this area. He also shared some tips which parents can use to teach about financial literacy to their kids. 

Having a child with special needs can be challenging and Jen Bellosillo shared her own journey of homeschooling her child with special needs. Her talk was an eye-opener for me. If I thought homeschooling was already hard with my own children, it must have been harder to homeschool children with special needs. After the talk, I was just glad how God guided the family to successfully homeschool their child. 

The last speaker was Camille Paguio. She is currently the president of Rotary Club of Alabang Lampara. She’s a product of homeschooling. She shared her personal journey and how homeschooling was able to help her battle depression during her high school years. She also was able to take care of her mom through challenging times. She shared that one’s uniqueness can contribute to the society. She is truly an inspiration and a living proof that homeschooliing works!

I really liked that the different speakers only had limited time each because this allowed them to speak with intentionality and majority of them were really concise and straight to the point. It made the morning very exciting and worth attending!

I was truly grateful that I was able to attend this convention and I went home inspired and on fire for another homeschooling school year!

Watch out for my next post about the breakout sessions.