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Tutoring Club: Not Your Traditional Tutorial Center

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A Class Above. Guaranteed.

Before my son and I first visited Tutoring Club, I thought it was no more than the conventional tutoring center all of us are pretty well acquainted with. Interestingly, Tutoring Club actually offers long term solution to students and parents. Tutoring Club more than just takes care of the child’s daily homework and school lessons nor does it just zero in on just getting a student fit to take an exam the day after, as most tutorial centers would service their students.

Much like the School of Tomorrow system that we use for our homeschooling program, Tutoring Club works its way on a child to strengthen his skills in his subjects.  Aside from that, Tutoring Club also addresses the weaknesses of a child. But unlike the band-aid approach most tutorial centers would offer students, Tutoring Club addresses the academic foundation a child needs to be able to run through the advanced levels with ease. Now that is giving our children a brand new way of looking at school and school work.  It is so common to see students flunking and hating school altogether because they have missed the foundational lessons and leveled up anyway because of the way our traditional school system works.

Our homeschooler taking the Skills Assessment Test in Tutoring Club

My son’s least favorite subject is Math, which he probably took after yours truly. I had him take the Math Test Skill Analysis and I was told that for someone who has just finished Level 3, the good news is he has mastered his additional skills. But with subtraction, he has a few mistakes, mostly because of carelessness. When it came to fractions and decimals, he answered a few items correctly. But he has a long way to go. This is understandable because we still have not fully covered these lessons in our class.

As opposed to Tutoring Club’s benchmark in the Math subject, we still do not have fractions in Level 3. I understand that this issue has been brought up by some parents in School of Tomorrow. But the thing about it is that School of Tomorrow has a whole different way of introducing Math to its students as opposed to how advanced Math is presented to same levels in traditional schools.  And for one, it should be expected, even as Tutoring Club’s tagline goes: A Class Above. Guaranteed.

All Tutoring Club students are provided with binders. It is where the students records are kept and their progress tracked. And because Tutoring Club mean business with the guarantee they give to every enrollee, a student should keep at schedule and should not miss class beyond two weeks. Else, they will have to waive the guarantee. The same goes for special students they accept in their system. As a home educator, this earned my trust in Tutorial Club even more. Read this article »

Nurturing his love for music

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If there is anything that we cannot miss from the time that our homeschooler was still an infant is his inclination to music. He hummed tunes way way before he learned how to talk straight. He has always been in tune from the first time he learned his notes. It is amazing really how he was able to take after his father’s musical genes to an even higher degree.

Now our hope is to nurture his love for music the best way we could. We tried giving him voice lessons and he loved it for a while. Read this article »

Karate or Music?

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These homeschoolers are still very much on school break. We have yet to swing by School of Tomorrow to submit Jed’s Level 3 PACE Tests. We are scheduled to have this done this coming Monday, which happens to be our family day.

Aside from our homeschooler getting happily acquainted with neighborhood kids and regularly play street games like we used to, we are also looking into either going back to Karate class in Pasig or focusing on music and have him go back to his piano lessons. Because Jed regularly sees his father play the guitar, he expresses interest in learning guitar instead. Read this article »

Homeschooling supplement resources

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Whether you are homeschooling using Do It Yourself kits which are available online (freeware or otherwise) or enrolled in a particular curriculum like our family is, supplements should always be a welcome idea. Our family is blessed to have been introduced to School of Tomorrow’s homeschooling program at just the right time. I’m not sure if we will be able to press on beyond our first year with homescholing if we used another curriculum. I have seen a lot of families giving up on it a few months and years down the road.

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Our musical homeschooler

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Our homeschooler has clearly taken after his father in the “corny” department, no doubt about that. But it sure does look like he’s also a musician like his father. The above photo was taken yesterday at church after the service. I usually do not allow him to go playing with the instruments between services. But since there was not a lot of people around that time and with his promise that he won’t be too loud with the eagerness on his face as he said that he wanted to play with the song on the background, I allowed him for a couple of minutes or so.

Long before he was able to talk straight, we have observed that he already knew how to carry a tune. The above video clip was taken when Jed was a wee 1 year and 7 months old. Barely 2 years old and although his timing might not be impeccable, he knows when to hit the cymbal as the background music of Kids Praise plays. Read this article »

Our homeschooler tries to learn Vietnamese

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As with our Hongkong trip last December, our homeschooler is as curious and thrilled about speaking another language during our recent visit to Vietnam.  What we do together before flying to our country of destination is read some basic foreign words. For the most part, our son was the one who greeted and said thank yous, ever so gleefully, to those we interacted with. It is amazing how some of the words stuck and he would use them from time to time,  to this day.

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Supplement Classes in Homeschooling

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Because homeschooling is the system we believe we are called to do to educate our son, the importance of supplement class is something we cannot put aside.

When our son was three years old, he has always answered us with “tuba,” whenever we ask him what instrument he wants to learn. We never actually took it seriously. A three year old with an enormous tuba is a very silly picture. After having been a part of a reputable Karate class for more than a year, we also enrolled him in a voice class. He is currently doing piano lessons. Read this article »

From Shotokan to Japan Karate Do

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After more than two years of our homeschooler being a member of Shotokan Karate, we are considering transferring him to Japan Karate Do. The only factor that is stopping us from doing this is the location of the Japan Karate Do dojo. Since we will only do this supplement class twice per week, we might just give it a go.

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Our homeschooler at i-Shine at Acting Trumpets Playshop Workshop

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Last month, our family went to attend i-Shine at Acting by Promil Preschool, Trumpets Playshop and Philippine Association for the Gifted. Our homeschooler had a real fab time with the rest of the kids who attended. We called our class off that day to be able to attend the workshop.

Teacher Irene Delarmente mentioned that nurturing a child’s love for acting or performing is a process. Parents who were present were also encouraged to be creative even as we conduct playtime at home. We saw how the teachers conducted their workshop that made it very interesting for the kids. Read this article »

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