One of the many challenges of home schooling our child is to constantly monitor her focus and attention to the lessons. To ensure this, we must be creative, multi-functional, sensitive, and knows ‘when and how’ to apply discipline. Not for the faint-hearted 🙂 ! We are on our second year of homeschooling Jade and though we face occasional ‘distress’ in-between the process, we ‘triumphed’ at the end! Especially whenever we see the fruits of our labor, our endeavor has been rewarded.
This year is extra effort for Jade due to the additional materials that she needs to work on to comply with the *Kto12 curriculum in the Philippines, which apparently received its approval after a lengthy discussion and consideration. Anyhow, Jade’s summer vacation has been shortened to dedicate extra hours to complete the additional lessons before she begins with her Level 5 materials. As always, God has been so gracious and continue, we go!
Recently, Jade’s dad had helped us reorganized our lesson plan in order to maximize our time without consuming much efforts. They were indeed helpful and attainable. Along with that improvement plan is what Jade needed the most; encouragement. Dad and Jade had a good talk with his assurance of help in case Jade will be needing them. Somehow, my daughter takes heed of her Dad’s assurance more than mine, and I am saying this without any jealousy or hurt. Just made me contemplate on my ‘assuring abilities’ :). I guess as a mum (or more like a woman whose words multiply five times of a man), I gave her so much instructions more than she actually needed at a time. In most cases, they might have been repetitive without me even realizing it. I got the feeling that she has become familiar with them, that only half of those instructions do sink in! So, it is a ‘breath of fresh air’ for Jade each time she hears those same instructions and reminders from her Dad. At least, the delivery is less and more straight-forward 🙂 .
All the more I’m convinced how special God made Dads. Not only they are capable to love and care for their family, but there’s something remarkable about them in every way. Jade’s Dad is no exemption. He not only is a good provider to us but a friend, a wonderful companion, a Dad who can discipline and love at the same time. A Dad who encourages but firm with his directives. But above all, he is a Dad who teaches Jade to appreciate, to be grateful, to pray, and to never forget that her help comes from the One who is far Greater than he, the One who will never fail to love and watch over her.. her Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jade’s home schooling journey continues and so is ours.. parenting never ends. As we celebrate Father’s Day today, allow me to quote from a book about Fatherhood by Derek Prince….
“As a priest the father represents his family to God. As a prophet he represents God to his family. As a king he governs his family on behalf of God”.
Celebrating God’s promises to all the fathers!
What is Kto12?
*The Kto12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School [SHS]) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. – Courtesy of The Official Gazette of the Phils