After a couple of weeks of watching the videos of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU), this homeschooling family is stoked on applying the principles. We are still on its baby stage, with 4 credit cards terminated and cut in tiny little pieces, we are already learning a handful lot!
Shortly after the “credit card cut into pieces rite” (haha!), we switched our homeschooler from Allowance to Commission Method. I forgot how exactly Dave Ramsey worded it, but it sounded like, “What allowance? Allowance is for the lazy!” At least that was how it sounded to me. I admit to being taken a back by the strong words, at first. But the reason behind it as he taught on the principle behind it made a whole lot of sense.
When arithmetic was first introduced to my son when he was in preschool, we had popsicle sticks for manipulatives and that was it. Now that he is officially enrolled in Singapore Math class in Galileo Enrichment Learning Center, we bought him the Number Balance Equalizer and the Base Ten Blocks.
I have been reading that in Singapore Math, there are a handful of manipulatives that are used right from preschool. These are:
b. Multilink cubes
c. Simple balance
d. Number cards
e. Geometric solids
f. Clock with geared hands
g. Tangrams blocks
My son has been attending Galileo Enrichment’s Singapore Math class for a month now and I can see a whole lot of improvement in his overall approach towards the subject.
Last week, we bought him a Number Balance Equalizer by Gigo Toys, which he has figured out how to use and is helping him a great deal in his Math problems. Finally after weeks of trying to find Base Ten Blocks, another manipulative tool used in Singapore Math, Read this article »
One of the more challenging lessons I had to review together with my homeschooler is to relearn “Tuldik” or what can be considered as the stress that is placed in a word.
Tuldik is defined as “bantas na inilalagay sa itaas ng patinig. Gabay ito sa wastong bigkas ng salita. Ang tatlong tuldik ay: paiwa, pahilis at pakupya.” (symbols that is placed atop a vowel that guides how the word is pronounced).
“Teacher Mama, it can really be confusing sometimes. How do I spell “receive” again, with ie or ei?” Now I can make myself available to my son every chance he needs an answer but here are simple rules I taught him today that will make it easier for him to remember.
I before E, except after C
or when sounding like AY
as in neighbor and weigh
We are less than a couple weeks away from finishing our Level 4 PACES! Unlike the previous months, the homeschooler is more excited about finishing all of his goals every day this past weeks. It used to take him until evening to finish the goals he has set to finish everyday, which is 5 pages for each 8 subjects.
For this particular PACE set, he was especially challenged in his Filipino PACE. He had to go through “Pang-uri” (Adjective) and “Pang-abay” (Adverb) a three time run through before he was able to master them. I admit to having had a hard time myself since I also had to go through the lesson to be able to get him to understand fully before he went on to work on his Filipino PACE test.
Here’s how our homeschooler fared in his most recent PACE tests:
Math – 97%
English – 97.5%
Social Studies – 100%
Science – 100%
Word Building – 100%
Filipino – 97%
Araling Panlipunan – 100%
Creative Writing – 100%
We are looking forward to ordering our homeschooler’s Level 5 PACE materials when we have submitted all his Level 4 PACE Tests and Master Record Sheet. Read this article »
Our little homeschooler has been familiar with simple machines for sometime now. He has been reading books on power plants way before simple machines were introduced in his Level 4 Science subject. Today, he further learned more about Inclined Planes, Levers and Wedges and took upon himself to make this simple experiment he was instructed to do.
What to do:
1. Stand a block on edge. Balance the ruler on this block. The block becomes the “point,” and the ruler becomes the lever.
2. Make a chart under the word “point,” write the inch number of the ruler which is above the point block. Under the word “left,” tell how many blocks are on the left end of the ruler. Under the word “right,” tell how many blocks are on the right end of the ruler.
3. Put three blocks on each end of the ruler. Is the level balanced? Wirte down 6 under “point” on your chard and 3 under “left” and “right.”
4. Move the point block to the 5 inch mark on the ruler.
5. Leave three blocks on the right end of the ruler. How many blocks wil you have to put pn the left end to balance the lever?
6. Move the point block to the 4 inch mark on the ruler. Repeat step 5.
7. Move the point block to these positions and repeat step 5: 7 inches and 8 inches.
8. If you wante to life a large rock with a lever, where would you place the point? At point a, b, c, d, e or f?
Our homeschooler started having the subject Literature and Creative Writing when he was in Level 3. He is towards the last couple of PACES of Level 4. It has since been the one subject our homeschooler persistently excels at. I think it comes with the fact that he started embracing the love for reading early. It was in the first 3 months of his preschool years when this little guy surprised us with reading straight from the book. He was 4 years old then.
We cannot emphasize enough how much we appreciate the reading program of the School of Tomorrow. They have designed it in a way that the progression of the student’s reading to be natural. Plus the fact that our son is so good at his phonetics, that he has gone beyond us, his parents. It is now he that corrects our enunciation sometimes.
Our homeschooler’s current Literature and Creative Writing subject (PACEs 1025-1036) has this for its Scope and Sequence:
Puts sentences, instructions, and stories in order; learns sequencing and placement .
Uses action and descriptive words and learns about limericks.
Discovers heroes and enemies in a story .
Creates stories from pictures .
Writes story titles and reports .
Learns about characters, plot, and setting; employs comparison; shows comprehension and order in a
Continues to practice speed-reading and handwriting skills .
Locates places on maps .
Uses Scripture to learn how to respond to difficult situations that might arise .
Considers character-building examples placed throughout each PACE in the course
Since I was schooled in a traditional setting, I remember doing similar types of informal writing. Only, it was not as progressively designed as the curriculum we use.
In our homeschooler’s above informal writing, I noted a couple of items he can improve on:
- I first noticed he shortened the word “Pastor” to “Ptr.” He said he got used to it when he sometimes reads sms sent to his Papa, addressing him as “Ptr.” 🙂
- The contractions. Go easy on them. As much as I would love to have our student to have a relaxed tone in the way he writes, I really would rather that he gets used to avoiding contractions to get him ready for more formal writing he is set to do when he advances to higher school level.
We have been happily home educating for more than four years and I love that through this blog we are able to journal our homeschooling journey. No erase hard drive for us blogging homeschoolers, not even the accidental ones. 🙂
The Master Record Sheet is one of our most important documents in the homeschool system we use. The Progress Chart is also important as it allows the student to see how he is doing and encourages him to move forward. Read this article »
Our homeschooler’s lesson in Araling Panlipunan today is about the Japanese Era and the Death March. After he has gone through the pages of his PACES, our son paused with a bothered look on his face and told me details about the horrific experiences of the American and the Filipino men during that time.
This lesson is actually a continuation from yesterday’s. And while I was listening to my son telling me how the people suffered in the hands of the Japanese people when they colonized the Philippines in the 1940’s, Read this article »