I confess, if not for a very efficient, parent-friendly homeschool curriculum, our homeschooling family would not have thrived beyond a few months in this alternative education system. I am happy to report that we have been homeschooling for two years and we cannot be more glad to have chosen School of Tomorrow’s homeschooling program. I have time and again emphasized in my homeschool blog, Christian Homeschooler, that the curriculum you choose has a lot to do with a family’s success in homeschooling. This explains why I would rave on and on about the effectiveness of School of Tomorrow’s curriculum. Nothing beats vouching for something that you have experienced for yourself on a firsthand level.
What amazes me more is what the people behind this curriculum have also managed to put up, a not-for-profit organization called Basic Literacy Education & Support System (BLESS). Its design is to reach out to the community as it penetrates through its network of organizations. BLESS makes use of the School of Tomorrow system and they put up BLESS Reading Centers to teach children how to read in 18 to 20 weeks. As someone with a child who actually learned how to read with comprehension through the SOT system at four years old, I know for a fact, that this is very doable given the right tool. Our family is beyond sold out when it comes to the SOT’s system.
BLESS kids graduating from the program
Four main goals of BLESS:
- Lead souls to Christ (children, parents, siblings and relatives).
- Teach children how to read.
- Teach children rudimentary math.
- Instill godly values by teaching of God’s creation and plan of salvation through Christ. Read this article »
One of the best subjects to teach is Science. Part of it is learning about plants; how it grows and develops, its chemical properties, diseases attributed to it, and its evolutionary relationship between taxonomic groups.
Children get excited when schools go on a field trip. Visiting botanical gardens can be very thrilling also to teachers. They get the chance to explain their lessons well by showing the true sample of the plant. The children experience and interact with the nature and with this, their minds get stimulated. Being a teacher, you know when kids get interested because they ask too many questions. Bumping to a plant that is new to them, they ask for its name, where is it classified, its unique structure, and its function.
As a homeschooling parent, being boring cannot be an option. Education should be be fun. Children learn by experience and they understand the lessons better when they can use most of their senses. In homeschooling, it’s even a challenge for the mother as she juggles between her work, house tending, and teaching her children the day’s lecture.
It is very different studying in technical schools and in academic campuses. In universities, classrooms would reach up to 60 students per class. They have a grade requirement that they need to have before they can enter a certain course. Apparently, courses here are focused to accomplishing a bachelor’s degree, reaching from four to five years the most.
Bannister Academy will be one of the first buildings in Circulo Verde, a new residential community being developed along Calle Industria in Quezon City. John-D Borra, the Bannister Academy’s Headmaster, explains that the school gives parents three promises. “First, we focus on practical education,” he says. “We want students to become street-smart, to be kids who can, figuratively speaking, be dropped in Divisoria and not only find their way back home but are also able to make friends with the vendors. Second, through our mentoring program, we keep pace with the kids, and we can be as crazy and fun as they need us to be. Third, we encourage parents to be involved with their child’s education, to share the responsibility and help their child explore and develop their social intelligence.”
Bannister academy is giving out a 4-year full financial scholarship to deserving high school students. One (1) boy and one (1) girl will be selected.
Today, October 5, 2010 is World Teachers Day and last weekend I was privileged to witness PLDT- Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro Tribute Concert Event for Teachers LIVE and LOUD. As a licensed professional teacher myself, it felt good to be affirmed by an organization that appreciates what we do. I’m sure that fellow teachers who were in the crowd felt more encouraged even as they remain faithful doing their teaching vocation. I may have but one child for a student, but the challenge is there. What more the thousands of teachers who choose to stay committed on a daily basis.