Virtually every single day, I get an email coming from my dear readers who would love to know more about homeschooling and School of Tomorrow (the homeschool curriculum we use). While it totally affirms why we put up this homeschooling blog in 2009, to help spread the word out about homeschooling and to be of service to those who are in need of information about homeschooling, there is no way I can individually reply to each and every one of you on a daily basis.
My son and I went last week to order from School of Tomorrow his Level 4 PACES. And today we picked up his materials for this current level. He was so thrilled that he started reading through one of the books that he’s going to use. Unlike his previous levels where all he had were PACES for each subject, this time around he has two books for his Literature and Creative Writing.
One of the things we are contacted for, almost on a daily basis, is who to call and how to enroll their child in the School of Tomorrow homeschooling program. Since these are answered in the FAQ page of Christian Homeschooler, I do not anymore individually answer each query.
For your information, aside from School of Tomorrow, there are other umbrella schools for homeschoolers you might want to check out as well. Here are their contact details.
School of Tomorrow 822-9663, 822-4309
International Christian Academy 820-4521, 825-8392
Kids World Integrated School, Inc. 413-0454, 430-4206
Meanwhile, in our llittle homeschooling nook, we are towards the last couple of PACES in our Level 3 curriculum. Our son has been consistently doing 100% on his tests on all his 7 subjects. Although his last 2 tests in Araling Panlipunan, he only scored 94%. So he’s working on his Tagalog now. It is proving to be a challenge that all the learnings in both Filipino and Araling Panlipunan are in Tagalog and guessing the correct answer in his tests will not work since some are already in Essay format.
First off, thank you so much for visiting this page. We are thrilled that more and more people are actually considering this alternative education for their children. I do receive each and every inquiry that you send via email. While I used to individually reply to your emails, I do not anymore, have the luxury of time.
Christian Homeschooler is our family’s way of blogging about our homeschooling journey that started in 2009. We have been using School of Tomorrow‘s homeschooling curriculum and have been vouching for it ever since. If you would like to enroll, please contact the numbers I provided via the FAQ page. Families cannot enroll via Christian Homeschooler. For some reason, I always receive enrollment inquiries to the tune of, “We would like to enroll our children to your school.” And while we do pray to be able to start our own school using the SOT curriculum, it currently is not existing yet. It actually is an encouragement for us to continue praying about it.
I actually salute the number of families who are considering homeschooling. Before we actually formally homeschooled, a lot of well-meaning friends and relatives tried to talk us out of it with matching list of suggestions Read this article »
While some schools wait until the second week of January to resume classes, our homeschooling routine after the holidays started on January 3. It was the first day of our Level 3 class. One of the first lessons Jed had was the introduction of Cursive Handwriting. I was almost sure that it was going to be a challenge since this homeschooler has gotten used to handwriting in manuscript and is already pretty comfortable with it.
Just to give you an idea how well our 6 year old son is doing on his manuscript writing, above is a sample. The School of Tomorrow‘s curriculum has such well-designed program that my son’s progression to this kind of good handwriting was not pushed at all. As with most of his subject’s approach to every lesson, mastery plays the important role to retention and the child’s improvement on every given lesson. We seriously could not have chosen a better homeschooling curriculum for our son.
I was pretty impressed at how my son fared on his first few pages of learning cursive handwriting. Photo above was the first page he finished.
Our homeschooler is officially done with Level 2 last November 18, 2011. We are just proud of how he fared. Especially towards the end of the Level.
From the beginning of Level 2 towards the middle of it, there were instances that our son dreaded his Math subject. But as we went towards the end part of Level 2, it was even the first PACE from all his 7 subjects that he completed first! He actually got the hang of Math and began looking forward to it. I so love the mastery approach of The School of Tomorrow curriculum. Read this article »
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 »
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 is done with ABC’s with Ace and Christi last year. We are, to date, towards the homestretch of our Level 1 Curriculum. But since we are homeschoolers, we have to wait for this time to be able to call it official and be handed the certificate of graduation. It is fun time for us as well for we get to meet fellow homeschoolers during their rehearsals and graduation ceremony.
Time flies fast. Seems like it was only yesterday when we celebrated Jed’s graduation from Preschool with Ace and Christi. While it is already a given that our family is sold out to School of Tomorrow‘s homeschooling curriculum, I just love how the Living Heritage Academy come up with such wonderful graduation program for us homeschoolers.
As a work from home mother, I cannot emphasize enough how parent friendly School of Tomorrow‘s homeschooling program is. When my son stepped into Level 1 last month, I thought I was on for a rougher ride. You see, SOT’s Preschool with Ace and Christi and ABCs with Ace and Christi were probably the easiest but most effective programs there is. Not that I have a way to compare it with others. But just sizing up on how my son got through it, learning not just to read in no time but having time while we were at it as well, I cannot be more convinced otherwise.