Mommy Talks is featuring different homeschooling parents. Our guest for today is Racquel Guevara. I loved her homeschooling blog and that is how I got to know her. I am glad that I met her face to face on the recent Philippine Homeschool Conference. Their family has been homeschooling for the past 5 years and let’s hear their story!
I’m Racquel Guevara, married to Mike. We have two girls: Arielle, 13 years old, and Kayla, 11. We are based in Batangas City.
HOW DID YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY START?
Even before our eldest went to a playgroup then to the big school, I remember reading an article on the newspaper about homeschooling. That got stuck in my mind. Then, we eventually sent our girls to traditional school but I found myself dissatisfied with the school standards, competency of the teachers, and the way the lessons were taught. It came to the point that my husband and I really thought hard about the situation and considered homeschooling instead. It took a lot of research, reading, and family discussions with our daughters before we finally decided to go for it.
This coming June, we’ll be on our 6th year of homeschooling. Arielle was Grade 3 and Kayla was Grade 1 when we started to homeschool. Now, Arielle will be 2nd year high school and Kayla, Grade 6, in June.
HOW HAS YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY BEEN? HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF QUITTING?
Just because you’re pulling out from the school system, it does not mean that homeschooling is exempted from challenges. Yes, I’ve wanted to quit a number of times for different reasons: mismatch of my teaching styles and my girls’ learning styles, discipline in the house, exhaustion physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Well, it’s true that when you homeschool, your strengths would be highlighted as weaknesses, and your weaknesses would make you depend on God Also, when we ask the girls if they want to stop homeschooling and go back to traditional school, they always end up going for homeschooling, even if at times, you’d hear from them remarks that they would like to go back to school. Lastly, I really think that homeschooling’s flexibility would give our girls an opportunity to have a better education and learning environment than a traditional school. Enrolling them in I.S. or British School will not even give us a 100% guarantee of the kind of education and environment we want for our kids.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING?
I love homeschooling because of the time spent together as a family. If we didn’t homeschool, we wouldn’t be able to go on vacations or travel together as often. Lately, I see my girls becoming close to each other, as sisters. Secondly, learning and parenting become more intentional. Thirdly, homeschooling gives our girls opportunities to pursue their interests and passion. Lastly, we get to focus on real-life skills and learnings that are not given much attention or emphasis in the classroom.
HOW HAS HOMESCHOOLING AFFECTED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
Homeschooling has affected me and my family by making it our lifestyle! Learning takes place anytime, anywhere…everytime, everywhere.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING TO HOMESCHOOL?
My tips to those who are considering to homeschool would be:
(1) Discuss the matter with your husband (or wife), kids, and if possible, your immediate families. You would need all the support you could get if you decide to homeschool, and understanding and support from your families and friends would mean a lot! Pray for this decision-making concern.
(2) Research, read, and if possible, interview homeschoolers, before you decide to switch to homeschooling for you to understand what it’s all about. It’s not bringing the books or the classroom in your house.
(3) Then, assess yourself and see if you, your husband, your family are ready to homeschool.
You can follow Racquel and her family’s journey through her blog at The World Is Our Classroom.