Quipper School Helps Raise NAT Scores

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Quipper, an education technology company headquartered in London with offices in Manila, today announced that NAT scores at Valenzuela City Science High School have improved significantly as a result of using Quipper School in 2014, when compared to scores from the previous year.

Quipper School, an online education platform which connects teachers and students, was launched in January 2014 in the Philippines and is now being used by over 5,000 teachers across the country. Mr. Roderick Francisco, a teacher from Valenzuela Science City High School, used Quipper School in early 2014 to teach over 400 of his students in preparation for NAT 2014. As a result, Mr. Francisco has noted significant improvements, with an overall score improvements of 13%, and an outstanding result in English, where the scores rose by 25%.

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Hands-on Learning May Provide Real Life Experience

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While many people use the term, “real life experience” when describing jobs or resumes, hands-on learning may be similar. Although your students may be too young to hold down jobs, the process of learning while using real tools can be just as effective for building experience as a prolonged work history. By using the tools and equipment of the trade, students may connect to the material in a way that surpasses reading text.

Science kits can provide a method in which students may see for themselves the outcome and process of real-world applications. For instance: Many renewable energy kits are working units that can be used to power small, low-powered and child-safe devices. As the children learn as they build, the direct impact of the end result may inspire as well as excite the student while focusing his or her attention on the activity. Although reading textbooks and websites can still provide a great deal of knowledge, there is something to be said about direct interaction with the content and material as a method to enhance the learning experience.

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In Search for Trick or Treat Costume

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Our homeschooler has used several other costumes in the past. Some of them are: Pooh, Buzz Lightyear and Zorro, which he used two consecutive years in 2 different locations. We purposefully do not choose demon and witch costumes since we do not believe that as seemingly harmless as they are, we should not patronize evil spirits. The reality of their existence is real. They do not need to be glorified. Now, people can go legalistic and say, why join Trick or Treats then, when we all know where it originated from? Read this article »

Halfway through Level 5

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We have been back to our to our regular programming for sometime now. We got swamped with online and offline tasks and we had to adjust back to squeezing in our homeschooling schedule. It’s been pretty overwhelming but we have made it through a couple months since and we are now, in fact, more than half way through!

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These Homeschoolers are on “Spring Break”

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Technically, we don’t really have “Spring Break” around this very tropical country. But early this week, our kiddo requested for one. I’d gather he picked that up from his peers in the Basketball clinic he is a part of. It is Summer break. So we are having just that the next couple of weeks.

Although there’s nothing like the flexibility of homeschooling, our son’s Level 5 curriculum is already very challenging and I can see that similar to kids his age attending regular school, classes have the makings of stressing him out. So break it is. Read this article »

Summer Activity: Basketball Clinic

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Last Saturday was our homeschooler’s first day at the basketball clinic we joined him in. The hubby and I were away working on a wedding coordination job that was booked last year that time so we had to miss it. Thankfully, we had my dear sister and her husband bring our son to the venue.
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We were so thrilled to see our son ecstatic over the learnings he had thus far. He has mentioned quite a few terms that even my husband who has been playing basketball for over three decades haven’t really heard that’s what those moves are called. 🙂

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Something New for Our Homeschooling Nook: Mini Bladeless Fan from Tmart

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This homeschooling mom came home last weekend with a huge package from Tmart. Guess who is one thrilled boy upon opening the box? Our homeschooler, of course! It took him some considerable EQ to have him wait until I arrive home before opening the box. And I was not just away overnight, it was 6 days! Since he was with me browsing through www.Tmart.com and practically the one who chose from the wide array of items that he could use as we homeschool. A bladeless fan is what he wanted, so that is what we ordered.

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Portable Bladeless Fan from Tmart

These homeschoolers in this block are just thrilled that this arrived a couple of weeks before our summer break. Truth be told, our homeschooler has been taking this bladeless fan with him wherever he goes. He puts it at the foot of his bed when he sleeps and even brings it to his aunt’s place when he stays there. He is one sweaty boy, so he loves the convenience of a fan that can be brought just about anywhere. 🙂

tMart Mini Bladeless Fan

Our homeschooler’s mini bladeless fan, unboxed. 🙂

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Switching from Allowance to Commission Method

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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.

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And we’re back!

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With homeschool break over, we are not back to our regular programming. PACES throughout the weekdays and Singapore Math Tutorial on Saturdays. I am looking into having a half day music class but I’m still choosing the day to schedule that on.

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Homeschoolers on Hiatus

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Our not so little homeschooler is currently having the time of his life as we officially go on homeschooling hiatus. He has everything planned out even as we have a couple of places to go to for our short getaways. After yet overwhelmed with our Disney trip two weeks ago, we are set to have yet another couple of rounds of traveling!

We are so thrilled to be able to do all these family travels and we know there is just no way we can afford to do this if we weren’t homeschooling. Read this article »