Homeschool Help: Social Studies Book Alternatives

Social Studies or Aralin Panlipunan has been one of the difficult subjects to teach in homeschooling, mainly because of the textbooks and reference books that are published and recommended by schools. These books are dry and information are presented in a dull and boring manner. We’ve used different textbooks over the years but sadly, almost all textbooks are the same.

Thankfully, last year, we were able to find good alternatives. I’d like to share them with you.

A Lolong Time Ago, a prehistory of the Philippines is published by Tahanan Publishing. Prehistoric times of the Philippines retold in a fascinating way.

A First Look at Philippine Fruits, Flowers and Trees  is perfect for those learning about what makes the Philippines unique. This book is also from Tahanan Publishing.

If your child is learning about the culture and the way of life of the Filipino people, Philippine Proverbs from Tahanan Publishing is a good resource. This is a collection of over 100 Philippine Proverbs from around the archipelago.

Filipino culture definitely includes Filipino food. Check What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food from Adarna House Publishing.

Regional Profiles is just the perfect book for those studying about the different regions in the country.

If you are looking for stories about the different periods in the Filipinos life, Batang Historyador Series from Adarna House is a good choice.

For a more comprehensive Philippine History book, you can check out The Other Philippine History from Anvil Publishing. Read Philippine History from a fresh perspective.


For famous Filipino people and their biographies, Great Lives Series from Tahanan Publishing is a good source.

For other biographies, you may check the Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth series from Bookmark Inc.

All images used are from the different publishing companies namely Tahanan Publishing, Adarna House Publishing, Anvil Publshing and Bookmark Inc.. 

Homeschool Help: Philippine Historic Sites Field Trip

Studying about Social Studies in the Philippines can sometimes become a boring and tedious task. However, we can help our students appreciate our country more by visiting museums and historical places in the country.

Here is a list of places you can try to visit:

  • Luneta
  • National Museum
  • Museum of the Filipino People
  • Fort Santiago
  • Ayala Museum
  • Rizal Shrine
  • Bahay Tsinoy
  • Lopez Museum
  • Yuchengco Museum
  • Museo ng Katipunan
  • Presidential Museum and Library
  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila
  • Mabini Shrine
  • Vigan
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Corregidor Island
  • Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan
  • Manila American Cemetery
  • Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
  • EDSA shrine
  • Aguinaldo Shrine

Do you know of any other place that should be included in this list? Please leave a comment. Thanks!

Homeschool Help: Current Event Sites for Middle Schoolers

Now that my daughter is in 6th grade, it is important that she learns what is happening around the country and the world. For local news, we just turn on the TV and watch the news. Sadly, the local news usually revolves only around crime and politics. For international news, I have found a few sites that focuses on issues and are really made for middle school students.

Here are the current event sites for middle schoolers:

CNN Student News

PBS NewsHour Extra

Time for Kids

Adarna House’s History Books

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When I went to the Homeschool Conference a few weeks ago, I was glad to see there were many booths selling books. Adarna House was one of the publishers who graced that event. I immediately asked their friendly staff about books relating to Philippine history and was pleasantly surprised to find several picture books under this category.

Teaching Philippine history can be boring if we only use textbooks prescribed by our homeschool provider, so I was happy to see all these books which could make our Philippine history discussion livelier. Here are some of the books I found and bought:

Guardians of Tradition

What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan

Batang Historyador series 

I  hope to find more books about the Philippines in the Manila International Book Fair this week. Have you found any other interesting Philippine history books?

Make Social Studies Easier For Your Students

Social Studies or Aralin Panlipunan has been one of the hardest subjects to teach. With the very boring text books and limited resource books we have, Social Studies is fast becoming a least favorite subject in our home. When in reality, this should be one of the most practical subjects to teach because it is all about our country, the Philippines.

Aside from reading our prescribed textbook which is One Country One People, we try to look for other resources and activities which can further help the children in understanding their own country.

Visit museums and national landmarks. We go to places which feature Philippine arts, culture and history such as Ayala Museum, National Museum, Fort Santiago, Luneta and Rizal Shrine.

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Watch documentaries. Historical and biographical movies can help the children visualize what life was like back then. It can also help them understand the different historical people.

Read biographies.  Biographies don’t need to be boring as there are several modern day comic books about the inspirational Filipinos already available.

 

Visit trade shows and cultural exhibits. Going to trade exhibits where Philippine made products are featured is a great way to introduce the resourcefulness and creativity of the Filipinos to your children. Even in malls, you can visit stores where they sell Filipiniana items and discuss each item and their uniqueness.

Go to other provinces. The best way to instill appreciation for our country is by actually visiting the other places in the Philippines, aside from the malls and the Metro. Studying about the different regions, languages and delicacies becomes more interesting when experienced first hand.

Do you have any other tips on how to make studying Social Studies easier for your students? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.