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 »

Christmas Break Soon!

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We are flying to Hongkong Disneyland in a few days and our homeschooler has been counting the days since weeks before. We are grateful that his fever was resolved the soonest last week. But the problem with kid having a fever, the mom loses sleep over overnight sponge baths. I have been nursing this bad colds for a few days now. Talk about immunity running loose.

We officially covered the last PACE Test (Math, no less) yesterday. But I think he is looking forward to checking out his new batch of PACES. For some reason, crisp and brand new PACES gets him excited (just like he would be with new books). Read this article »

Singapore Math Supplementary Class

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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:

a. Counters
b. Multilink cubes
c. Simple balance
d. Number cards
e. Geometric solids
f. Clock with geared hands
g. Tangrams blocks

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Introducing Manipulatives in Learning Singapore Math

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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 »

Filipino Lesson of the Day: Tuldik

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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).

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Gabay Guro Invites Teachers to the Biggest Grand Tribute to Educators

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As a way of giving back to the teachers, PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro program is holding the biggest event that pays tribute to teachers. The Grand Gathering brings the teachers together for an event featuring some of the biggest celebrities like Edu Manzano, Derek Ramsay, Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Judy Ann Santos, Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, Ryzza Mae, Rocco Nacino, plus a special tribute by Regine Velasquez.

Two lucky teachers will also win a house and lot, a brand new van, cash, and livelihood packages. This is made possible with the help of these Grand Gathering partners: PLDT Home, myDSL, Cyberya, Cignal, Sun Cellular, Smart, Megaclinic, Asian Hospital, Ayala Land, Inc., myPhone, Coca-Cola, Merck Sharp and Dohme, Johnson & Johnson, and American Home.

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(L-Right)  Jojo Alonzo, Rissa Golloso, Gil Garcia, Stateland Inc. First vice President Mr. Grant Orbeta, Gabay Guro Chairman Ms. Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Foton Vice President for Passenger vehicle Sales Mr. Jesus S. Tadena, Gabay Guro Marketing Head Gary Dujali and PLDT Executive volunteers Francis Bautista and Bong Padiz.

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Simple Rules to Remember in using “-ie-” and “-ei-“

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“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

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Homeschooling while Traveling

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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 »

On Supplementary Classes: Singapore Math vs. Piano Lessons

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Our homeschooler only had formal piano lessons at home for no more than a couple of months. Our family got caught up in things that took our resources and attention. More than a year since we have stopped our homeschooler with supplementary classes and he has been creatively working on his interests, one of which is playing the keyboards.

He has been thoroughly using the M Audio Pro Keys Sono 61 keyboard we got him last year. We first thought we should have bought him a Yamaha or one of those more popular keyboard brands. But we figured this one was a good investment since it has the capability to record. I think the hubby has figured out how it works and has already taught bits of this and that to the little man. 🙂 Read this article »

Almost there!

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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 »