We are currently on a homeschool break and we are looking forward to traveling with our family next month. Our homeschooler will soon jumpstart to Level 5 when we come back from our vacation. But truth be told, one of the many advantages of homeschooling is being able to bring the homeschool lessons just about anywhere. Doing school while on vacation is something that is entirely feasible any time of the year.
That said, our family vacation next month will not include homeschooling on the side. We will be spending two birthdays in the family as we recommit to being one in heart and mind as we work towards glorifying God in our lives. We have been in a major turmoil lately and the plan is to press on. The getaway will be a needed break for all of us.
Our homeschooler, being all too much of a wide-reader have got things in his mind that he wants to fly to for our family vacation someday. Read this article »
Because our homeschooler reads a lot of books, he now wants to go to the States so he could check out the discoveries that he has been reading about. Since a lot of his books have stories about discoveries in foreign lands, I am often surprised with random trivia he would pop out of the blue. It is fun to learn from him as he eagerly gives exact informations of any of his topics.
As a homeschooling student, one of the things my son gets to enjoy is not having to burden his young body with bag filled with enormous books, like most regular students do. With the variety of backpacks in the market, I know I still need to get him one that should best fit him to take care of his posture.
Few of the basics that I check when it comes to choosing the right backpack high sierra for my son are the shoulder and abdominal straps. Caring for a child’s posture means we have to consider the proper distribution of the load unto his shoulders and the better part of his back.
As homeschoolers, if we should at all bring his paces with him, they are only but a few thin workbooks. The basics that my son brings with him in his bag are his books, snacks and his water tumbler. And I cannot have him just use any kind of backpack that risks his overall back heath, which is imperative for good posture in the long haul. I personally have a bad back brought about by carrying improper bags from when I was little. Hopefully, choosing the right backpack for my son will veer him away from my same predicament. 🙂
Monday is supposed to be the first day of class for students. But it was yet again suspended because of another weather disturbance. Last week’s suspension was because of Typhoon Gener. This is but a usual scenario to traditionally schooled children. This benefit of not having to miss class is one of the things our homeschooling family enjoy.
We often carry on with our usual homeschooling schedule even during class suspension announcements. Read this article »
Homeschooling is definitely NOT a walk in the park. If you are at all considering this alternative education for your family, it is best to take advantage of the upcoming Philippine Homeschool Conference 2012 by attending. Through this you will better understand what you are getting yourself into as opposed to blindly jumping in just because it feels like it’s a good option. An educated decision will always be best, especially when it comes to our children’s future.
I know this for a fact because my husband and I attended the Philippine Homeschool Conference in 2008 and it more than just opened our eyes. It allowed us to embrace and understand the concept of homeschooling. Although it did take a while for us to formally get into fully experiencing its benefits, the elation of being there as you see your son progress academically is priceless.
I totally forgot to blog about ChristianHomeschooler being on Smart Parenting last month! Thanks to Smart Parenting and Tina Rodriguez for the feature and the traffic to this blog that resulted. 🙂
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The above screenshot about Homeschooling Your Big Kid (6 to 7 Year Old) is a little blurry. You might want to go to the Smart Parenting website to read the whole article. It might not be on print all right. But we all know that online is where all publications are soon to go anyway. It’s more permanent. And really, I believe more and more people now favor reading online magazines over the physical one (I do!). But then again, it is still lovely to turn the crisp and colorful pages of a physical mag from time to time. 🙂
So I said, our homeschooler is soon to take his Post Test for Level 1 soon. Turned out, there is no more test to take like such when a student has reached Level 1. All we have to do is to submit the Master Record Sheet, the pace tests, order the Level 2 paces and he’s good to go.
We’re really thrilled to be doing the Level 2 PACES. We ordered the PACES last week and we’ll get hold of them soon. The package for colored PACES costs P8,000. Plus the Academic fee of P3,000. The hubby decided that the colored PACES will better help our son to be more interested in his class. We ordered the non-colored ones for his Level 1, we only paid less than P3,000. He was okay with it. But we are hoping to assess how he’s going to respond to the difference. 🙂
FYI, the Academic Fee is paid on a yearly basis. Regardless of the number of Levels the student has finished throughout the year.
My son’s “official” graduation from ABC’s with Ace and Christi is slated on April 5, 2011. My folks and I are going to witness him go up the stage again with his fellow homeschoolers. For those who are not familiar with homeschooling here in the Philippines, I mentioned “official” in the first part of this entry because, technically, my son is already in Level 1/ Grade 1 of The School of Tomorrow‘s system (ACE- Accelerated Christian Education). Since we are homeschoolers, graduation is only done on a yearly basis. So we have to wait for that schedule to be able to “officially” graduate.
Below is a video of our son looking for some verses from the Bible. This is one of the new things that he has been fond of doing for the last couple of weeks during our family devotion.
He would first look from the table of contents of the Bible and find out what page the particular book is and when he gets there he’d go to the chapter and the verse. At one point in the video, he had to go grab his PACE and check for the particular verse that he was looking for.
There are just so many benefits homeschooling has been doing for our family. As of late, our son is fond of going over verses that he has encountered during our class. Verses are incorporated in every subject PACE.
It started during one of those nights my husband led our family devotion and was randomly teaching our son how to look for verses in the Bible. Our son, then asked if they could look for verses from the Bible that he encountered during the day as he went through his PACEs during our homeschool time.