Home Schooling Journey – ‘A Father’s Love’

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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

Home Schooling 101: Share a bike, win a Friend

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Part of my daughter Jade’s home schooling curriculum is to socialize with kids her age. Though socializing is never really an issue with my daughter, but the finding of friends her age who will be available to socialize with during her allotted time, where most kids are at school, is a bit of a dilemma. However, whenever we visit parks, play grounds, shopping malls, or nearby stores even on unusual hours, my daughter never faces any trouble of meeting a new friend! Problem solved 🙂 !

Even during her younger age, her dad and I encouraged her to acquaint herself as well with non-Filipino kids which she painstakingly obliged. It is also more of a ‘no choice menu’ for her living out of the Philippines most of her life, and her dad being on a non-Filipino category; but we are glad that she enjoys expanding her circle of friends.  You could imagine our challenge of defining to her the application of the ‘never talk to strangers’ policy!  Well, we tried our best to be clear on that subject.

One challenging task is to also educate Jade on what matters and what are relevant to other children, who have different cultural background and beliefs as she has. Making her understand that what is important to her is not necessarily the same level of importance to others.  Like learning to respect their religious practices, their difference on food choices, topics or toys preferences, and the list goes on.  We can’t avoid the occasional mishaps as she ‘collaborates’, after all, children are different individuals with unique ideas and variations on favourites. Sometimes, there are things that make them unhappy and ideas tend to clash. But such misunderstanding easily expires and before you know it, they are back to playing as if nothing happens.. the beauty of innocence 🙂 .  We, adults should sometimes learn from our kids especially from their easily-forgiving nature.

Well, we parents can give as much impartation as we can but we too, are limited in all capacity.  So there are things that we should allow them to learn and experience on their own. Part of our job is to prepare them for what comes ahead.  I quote from one of the books I read, “Being a perfect parent doesn’t matter, but being a praying parent does”! I resonate that.

For now, may Jade enjoys her youth and continue to appreciate the simple things in life!

Home Schooling: A test of Character and Perseverance

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School year of 2013 when my husband and I decided to home school our daughter, Jade, who was then entering into Grade 3. Through inspiration and affirming testimonies of close friends plus the countless nights of praying for wisdom, we’ve finally decided to give Home Schooling a GO! Although my husband was a lot more convinced considering that this was our best option at that time, I was still somewhat sceptical especially it is I, who will be administering the lessons. Let me tell you a little bit of my educational teaching background, professionally – none! All we have is faith, boost of enthusiasm, and tons of love and compassion for this young soul who needs nurturing and tutoring. The feeling was initially overwhelming… Yes, I have been a Sunday School volunteer once, played teacher during my early teens to the smaller kids within my neighbourhood and yeah, I adore interacting with children. However, will all these qualifications suffice to home school our daughter? ….And so anyway we did! After completing the familiarization of the teaching tools and guidelines, the process begins.

Jade is never a difficult student. She has her style and unique abilities to absorb what is being imparted to her. She’s jovial, curious, and thinks ahead for her age. However, there were those random moments wherein her mind actively travels and wanders in between our discussions! Sometimes, as I explain the lessons to her, she will gazed at me as if we were in one of her favourite Barbie movies! She’ll start smiling, winking and staring beyond my face! Of course, now I know better …. With this kind of mood, she’ll be more productive in “Literature and Creative Writing”! Enough of my gabbing on Social Studies! Her cup on this subject has been temporarily full.. There are more fascinating and motivating stories to share, but the point I am trying to stress is how different and exceptional the response of each student can actually be towards every given subject.

We are now on our second level of home schooling Jade. Witnessing her growth academically and socially has been very encouraging and, her enthusiasm in doing house chores responsibly is commendable!  Our respect for each other as teacher-student and mom-daughter relationship has escalated and matured into a closer bond. Oh yes, we both survived and endured.. we still are.. My husband is our common house ‘judge and jury’ when discussion sometimes turned into debate and objections; his wise jurisdictions set us all back in business. I’m so grateful to God for faithfully pouring down His grace upon us, relieving us from our doubts and fears and the assurance that her training from home is never in vain.

Our home schooling journey continues and indeed tested our characters and learning aptitude. Jade will eventually go back to the conventional school settings one day. She will need to strive harder, cross more hurdles, and will face greater challenges in life to achieve her dreams. But we are certain that she will conquer. Her destiny and purpose will ultimately fulfil by the most high, all-knowing God, who holds her future!

~With all our salute and gratitude to all the school teachers all over the world… Mabuhay po kayo!!