About a month ago, a reader expressed that she was interested in homeschooling but didn’t know where to start. I wasn’t able to see her comment until today and I feel horrible about it. But this post is dedicated to her and her very important question.
“I’m interested in homeschooling, but where do I start?”
Attend a homeschool orientation. Homeschool providers usually give free orientations about their programs and an overview of home education. Attend several if necessary to get a big picture perspective on home schooling in the Philippines. Here are some providers to choose from:
- TMA Homeschool
- Homeschool of Asia Pacific
- Catholic Filipino Academy
- Kids World Integrated School
- School of Tomorrow
- Victory Christian School
Get connected to other homeschoolers. Join their social networks or email groups. Homeschoolers are very friendly and accommodating. They don’t mind being spied on! You can ask your questions and get answers from a number of people who have “been there and done that.”
- All About Homeschool Philippines
- Homeschool Organization for Mentoring and Education
- Hapi Postings
- Rockers Philippines
- Pinoy homeschool (Yahoo Group)
- Proverbs22-6ers (Yahoo Group)
Attend the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2012 on May 19, 2012. This is an annual event organized by HAPI (Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands) for homeschoolers and parents.
Be in agreement with your spouse about making the decision to homeschool. Homeschooling is a way of life more than it is an education. When a family decides to homeschool, every member of the family participates. Fathers may be in charge of devotion time or physical education, and mothers may handle the majority of the subjects, but at the end of the day, both husband and wife must be 100% committed to home education.
Read and follow blogs by homeschoolers in the Philippines. Homeschooling blogs have useful review on books and curriculum that you can use for your own kids. They also talk about upcoming homeschool events, and give practical tips on parenting and teaching. Most of all, they make people realize that homeschoolers are normal people who have their own struggles, shorcomings and frustrations but manage to successfully educate their children (by God’s grace!).
Do your homework.
- Read up on homeschool teaching methods.
- Call the Department of Education (NCR) to get an updated list of accredited homeschool providers. 928-0104; 921-4274
- Check out the latest facts on homeschooling by Dr. Brian Ray’s National Home Education Research Institute. NHERI
- Be aware of the Philippine government’s legal stand on homeschooling
Consider the cost. Homeschooling will require your time, energy, effort, and positive parenting.
- Instruction Time: Pre-schooler (1.5 to 2 hours daily); Elementary (3 to 4 hours daily); High school (4 to 5 hours daily)
- Energy: Being with your kids all day can zap you! Realize, however, that you are making an investment in your relationship with them and their future success.
- Effort: Homeschooling involves goal setting, planning, scheduling, and actual instruction. You have to prepare for your lessons. Some subjects can be done spontaneously and without much planning ahead. But when you have projects or experiments, you will need to have all your supplies and materials ready. You will also need to understand certain lessons and subject matter before presenting these to your child (especially for older children.)
- Positive parenting: A good relationship with your child will greatly help your homeschooling. Children naturally respond to parents’ teaching and instruction if they feel loved, accepted, built-up, and when they are disciplined appropriately. A Christ-centered home is the best environment for homeschooling.
If you have the opportunity to, spend a day with a homeschooling family that you know and observe how teaching and instruction happens in their home. See how they set-up their “homeschool area.” Ideally, this should be a family whose children are “good products” of home education. 😉
Pray about it! Make a list of your fears and apprehensions. Surrender these to the Lord and ask him for confirmation and clear leading about whether you should homeschool.
Have the right motivation. Why choose to homeschool? Don’t let your number one reason be an economic one. My husband, Edric, and I decided to homeschool because we want our children to grow up to love, know, serve, obey, and worship God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Every family that wants to homeschool needs to ask themselves the why question.
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