Family, Homeschooling, Parenting

Field Trip to U.P.

It was the first week of July when I stumbled upon an article saying that one of the University of the Philippines’ most popular eateries was going to close. Apparently after around 30 years in business beside the Main Library, Beach House Canteen was being evicted because they were too close to the drainage, making it unsafe for the students to eat there. Okay, but after decades?! I never heard of anyone die from their delicious barbecue (with red egg on the side hehe). I used to frequent Beach House when I was a college freshman in the university, incidentally exactly 20 years ago, and I just couldn’t bear not eating there again one last time. I thought it was also a good opportunity to have their first field trip for homeschool — let the girls see U.P. and start brainwashing them about THEIR future university (insert evil laugh here).

Thank God that I read the article I think on a Friday, King’s rest day was (always is) on a Monday, and the canteen was closing on Wednesday. The timing was perfect. We left home around 10 on July 7, and got to U.P. just in time for lunch. There was a line at Beach House, which I thought was usual, but after ten minutes of no movement, I started to wonder. I thought it was because there were too many customers and they were just trying to catch up on cooking, but after 30 minutes of waiting, we got a confirmation that they were out of their famous barbecue — the very thing I went there for! Apparently many people were buying barbecues by the dozen to bring home, as opposed to them just buying a couple for their lunch. Bummer.

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the long line 🙂
sunken garden! it was muddy due to light rain, so a picture with it as background was as far as we could go. :)
sunken garden! it was muddy due to light rain, so a picture with it as background was as far as we could go. 🙂 beach house is between the main lib and sunken garden. 🙂
we were hoping to be able to eat soon on this table. at least i had a seat while waiting. :)
we were hoping to be able to eat soon on this table. at least i had a seat while waiting. 🙂
outside the library :)
outside the library 🙂

I didn’t get my Beach House fix, but I had also been telling King for the longest time to take me to Rodic’s so I could eat their yummy Tapsilog (beef flakes, fried rice, and egg). We passed by the library first, and the kind guard let us step inside the lobby for a quick look. The girls were amazed at its size. They actually wanted to read some books, like they would in Fully Booked haha. Danae even told me that I should have brought my ID so we could get further in.

Then off we went to the Shopping Center, where Rodic’s is (and has been for the last 60 years I’m guessing?). The girls got a taste of souvenir shopping in SC (too bad there were no kiddie shirts) and they got to use their bathroom haha, which they weren’t too thrilled about.

 

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since 1949 🙂
my tapsilog! :)
my tapsilog! with red egg & tomatoes on the side 🙂

We visited the Alumni Center next. I wanted to check if the old bowling alley was still there because bowling was a Phys Ed class I took during one summer, and to my surprise it still was! Duck pins, manual system, no air conditioner, and way inexpensive — old school. We decided to let the girls play one game. It was their first time to play duck pins. I don’t think there are any more duck pin bowling alleys around, so it was a treat. 🙂

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check out the rates :)
check out the rates. we paid Php 36. 🙂
:)
no socks or shoes necessary 🙂
we taught noelle this technique hehe :)
we taught noelle this technique hehe 🙂
balls are manually rolled back haha :)
balls are manually rolled back haha 🙂

Danae was interested in other P.E. subjects like archery, so we tried to see if there were any activities in the gym that day. They looked like they were renovating the place, but the girls were able to play outside. It looked like a playground but I bet it’s for one of the P.E. subjects, like maybe fitness or weight lifting or the like. Hey, U.P. has Stretching for P.E. so it’s not far-fetched. 🙂

across the gym :)
across the gym 🙂
they did this before it started to pour :)
they did this before it started to pour 🙂

Our last stop was the oblation statue, in front of the administration building called Quezon Hall, but we also passed by AS (arts & sciences/Palma Hall) and my college building Alfonso Hall (college of Home Economics). My favorite part of my college was what they used to call CDC or Child Development Center, if I’m not mistaken, because that’s where the pre-schoolers are. Yes, even then, I was fond of kids. Too bad I didn’t finish my course though (Family Life & Child Development), and didn’t get my degree in U.P.

Oblation. Model: Fernando Poe, Sr.
Oblation. Model: Fernando Poe, Sr.
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AS steps. I don’t know if it’s still the same but all the “rich kids” used to hang here or in the lobby.
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my college 🙂
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I don’t know if they changed the name or if it was always this, but I knew it as CDC. We would observe pre-schoolers there. So cute. 🙂
love the trees :)
love the trees 🙂

I love the University of the Philippines-Diliman. I love the campus and I have fond memories there. I am excited to see if this is where my children will end up after high school. We are open to other universities (well, maybe a little haha) where they will get the best education for whatever course they will take. As of now, Danae already says U.P. will be her school. Music to my ears, haha. But King and I are committed to support our children and encourage them towards their God-given destinies, wherever or whatever that may be. Easier said than done, and I thank God we still have a decade to prepare. 🙂

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Entrepreneurial Danae

For some reason, when Danae discovers something new to make, she automatically wants to sell them. From drawings, to paper games and paintings. She is quite entrepreneurial. I did not encourage many of her ideas before because frankly, nobody would buy them haha. With her paintings from her art lessons this summer, I didn’t want to let them go. I told her she can replicate them or make new ones, and then sell them.

Recently, she discovered these rubber band bracelets. A friend of hers got a kit for her birthday and she was so interested in it. She 20140522-142143.jpgkept asking me to get her one, and she kept asking her friend to bring her kit to church so they could make bracelets together. She said she could make them and sell them.

I’m not the type of parent who says yes right away to these requests because for one, I am not sure if it is worth buying. I know how my daughter shifts from one interest to the next. Two, I always consider our expenses first, especially with their remaining summer activities and with the school year fast approaching. Three, I don’t believe in instant gratification. She can learn to pray for it and be patient.

20140522-142509.jpgThe other day, Danae told me that she doesn’t need the kit because she can make the bracelet with her fingers. She just needs the rubber bands. So when we found some in a tiangge (flea market), she chose the two colors she wanted and we bought them. She didn’t make them right away when we got home, so King and I encouraged her to do so, telling her we’ll pay her 10 pesos each for a bracelet. The next day, she made a thicker one for me and charged me 20 pesos haha. She made one for her sister, but said it was free since Noelle doesn’t have any money. 🙂

I’ve promised to buy her more rubber bands, and she is excited to make more because she has already done some sales talk and gotten some buyers! (Thank you supportive friends and relatives!) I’m so proud of her because she’s willing to do it without the loom! Sure, it’s harder and it’s less neat, but she learns to focus, create, and work hard. Plus she earns a little cash. She actually wants me to put up a sign outside our house saying we sell kids’ “jewelry” haha. I’m not yet sure if I’m willing to do that. But if she keeps this up, I will get her that loom next week. What a great idea for Math, even before our homeschool year starts. More so that the idea was hers, and not mine. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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“My Bully”

Danae and I were talking about short hair this morning, when Danae mentioned her former classmate in regular school who had short hair. She called her “my bully.”

I knew Danae felt bullied before, but it just surprised me that she actually labelled the girl with such ownership. Naturally, we told her that it was a long time ago, that the girl may have changed already, and that she should forgive and refer to her as her old classmate, not her bully.

As I was encouraging her to love her enemy, she refused to listen. She said she doesn’t love her. I persisted, telling her that even though she doesn’t see her classmate anymore, she can love her by forgiving her, hoping the best for her, and not calling her a bully. She agreed, to appease me, but I saw her eyes getting teary. When I called her for a hug, she started bawling.

Sadly, that girl really hurt my Danae. Her mean words still have an effect nearly two years later. Danae was also crying because she remembered saying those mean words back. I wanted to cry with her. I told her that I was sorry that something bad like that happened to her and that that was one of the reasons (not the only) why I took her out of regular school. What she said to me then surprised me even more. She tearfully said “THANK YOU MOMMY.”

Wow. That was probably one of the most meaningful, sincere bursts of appreciation from my eldest daughter. I know she loves homeschooling, but she has never thanked me for choosing it over regular school.

We then agreed to forget about what happened in the past and forgive her old classmate. We prayed.

It’s amazing what we can learn about our children’s hearts by TALKING to them and LISTENING to them. It’s amazing, too, how a few choice words can make such an impact in our hearts, let alone those choice words said to us everyday for a period of ten months. Thank God He enables us to love, forgive, learn, and move on from bad experiences. Thank God He heals.

He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
    Lord, be my help.”

You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:2

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44

 

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Still, Why Homeschool?

I still encounter people who ask why we homeschool, as if it’s a step backward or a step in the wrong direction. Well, I’ve written a few articles about the perks I’ve experienced so far. I’ve also actually written about why we homeschool, but it’s not like I can just direct people to visit my blog to read my answer so I wouldn’t have to go into detail. So here’s the short answer. I found it while I was reading up on some quotes.

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.” – David O. McKay

While it used to be that academics was the only important thing, the only thing that mattered in a young person’s life, it is no longer so. At least for us. We are after the building of our children’s character. Danae is 7 and Noelle is 4. They are like sponges, absorbing and learning everything they are exposed to. We’ve been to regular school and though it had its benefits, we didn’t like what happened to our eldest child’s character, even to her vocabulary and her behavior. While they are in their formative years, we want to build strong Christian values in them, and the best place for that right now is HOME. We are not perfect role models for our kids either, but we are more willing to take that risk than to knowingly push them into an environment where unnecessary exposure to many worldly influences at too young an age is inevitable.

We are aware that we cannot protect them completely, which is why we do more than just protecting at this stage. We are EQUIPPING them for the world. We want them to grow up prepared — prepared to stand up for what they believe in, prepared to say no to ungodliness, prepared to love God and love others even when it is difficult, prepared to go and make disciples for Jesus. This is our hope, as we do our job as parents and as we allow Jesus to transform our children.

I am a pastor’s wife and maybe some might think it is most convenient and most affordable for us. The latter may be true, but let me just tell you that there is nothing convenient about homeschooling. While there may be perks (relative to how one perceives it of course), it is not easy. It takes hard work, planning, time, effort, discipline, tons of patience, creativity, and a great deal of LOVE. Who better to love a child? Who better to labor for a child? Who better to teach a child, fueled by that great unconditional love and the immense desire to help them know and love Jesus, than his or her own parent?

I think that even if I were not in ministry, I would still homeschool my kids. There’s just no getting around that hope, that love, and that desire to help them know and love Jesus. 🙂

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1:1-6

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Focus, Fruitfulness, and God’s Faithfulness

2012 was an amazingly fruitful year for me! Looking back at the pictures of people and events I took, looking at my pictures taken by other people in many church events and in friends’ homes, thinking about all the blogs I posted and all the get-togethers we hosted, not to mention the birthdays that we celebrated and family trips we took, plus homeschooling…..yeah, 2012 was indeed fruitful. Although it began as a blur, I was able to write down a few faith goals, one of which was to be productive, fruitful every day. God is faithful. He answered my prayer.

One of the faith goals I wrote down was regarding homeschooling, that God would confirm to me whether it was right to homeschool Danae or not, which of course He did. We began last June. I’ve posted a few about our experiences — Why Homeschool?, OurVery Own Homeschool Room, Perks of Homeschooling — Freedom and Creativity, Perks of Homeschooling — Flexible Hours, Perks of Homeschooling — Opportunities.

my name published! :)
my name published! 🙂

Another one I prayed for was that my name be published. I did not know how, when or where, but I just told God my desire. He answered that prayer in a really funny way. My friend Varsha Daswani asked me for some holiday safety tips because she was writing an article for a magazine. I sent her the few that I thought of, and later on she told me that she would quote me, and a bunch of our other friends, in the article. So there, my name is actually published in a magazine! Haha, I love God’s sense of humor!

This year, God’s word for me is FOCUS. Yes, He made me fruitful and productive last year, but this year I need to balance that. I need to focus on my priorities on a daily basis, do the things I need to do first everyday — personal quiet time, family devotions, exercise, and homeschooling. Everything else must work around those as much as possible.

I believe I started 2013 right, and there have already been breakthroughs in our homeschooling, even though it’s been barely a week since we began. Noelle has joined us, and Danae has somehow matured and no longer whines about working on her paces. Thank you Lord! We have been following a better routine, and it seems to be finally working for us. Most importantly, I think we all have BETTER ATTITUDES. Focus and keeping my priorities straight helps me to teach my children better, and therefore fosters a conducive atmosphere for learning. It really begins with me. God’s grace abounds when we obey.

I also started exercising again the day after I found out that I had high blood pressure. Thank God for annual physical exams! That was on the last week of December last year.  I’d been complaining about dizzy spells for more than a month, and that must have been the reason. Thank God it never spiked too high, especially with all the yummy food over the holidays. After our church’s annual January fast and exercising with our Xbox Kinect almost daily, I am happy to say that my blood pressure is normal again! It’ll take more exercise and a better diet to maintain this, of course.

I am grateful for 2012 and the many lessons I learned. I am thankful for the HOPE I have in JESUS, that even though I did make mistakes and I will still make mistakes, He is not finished with me yet. His mercies are new every morning. Every year is a new chance to do things right. Every day is a new chance to make the right choices.

I am hopeful for what is to come. Again, with the things I desire, I do not know how, where or when, but God is faithful. He wants to bless me and my family. His ways are higher than mine. His timing is perfect. 🙂

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Perks of Homeschooling — Opportunities

Sparks Homeschoolers have had a tradition of putting up a bazaar during the Christmas season for the last 3 or 4 years. This year, they had the opportunity to do it in a commercial place called Soderno, a big tent open only on weekends for food and bazaars in Molito Lifestyle Center.

King and I also decided to take the opportunity to join so that Danae would learn a thing or two. It was my very first time to experience the whole thing as a seller, and I enjoyed it! It wasn’t a really busy place like other bazaars, so it wasn’t so stressful for me. Danae actually enjoyed playing with her friends and sister, while I manned our booth haha. I was able to teach her some about money, math and work. I learned a lot myself, and it was sort of a dream come true as I have always wanted to own a “sari-sari” (convenience) store. King always tells me it would never work because my kids and I will be the top customers haha.

I was so impressed by the older kids who manned their own booths! Watching and listening to them made it more fun for me. I loved talking to the other moms there as well. I loved that some of our homeschoolers showcased their talents by jamming with the acoustic act in the food area, and then they had their own jamming session in our area.

If not for homeschooling and for Sparks, this wouldn’t have been possible for us. We are grateful for the opportunity to teach, to learn, not to mention earn. We will definitely be joining again next year. Maybe then I would be ready with some of my own creations. 🙂

Danae in front of our booth. One of the very few times that she was haha. :)
Danae in front of our booth. One of the very few times that she was haha. 🙂
Danae and Noelle's booth! We sold all kinds of things -- toys, stickers, pouches, awesome notebook and notepad covers, hand sanitizers, colognes, hand washes, and bags. :)
Danae and Noelle’s booth! We sold all kinds of things — toys, stickers, pouches, awesome notebook and notepad covers, hand sanitizers, colognes, hand washes, and bags. 🙂
Our beautiful notebook covers, created by my friend Donna Gaddi. :)
Our beautiful notebook covers, created by my friend Donna Gaddi. 🙂
Sam Battung's booth! She sold their own creations, from little trays and accessories to arts & crafts kits and little knick knacks. :)
Sam’s booth! She sold their (they are a family of very creative individuals) own creations, from little trays and accessories to arts & crafts kits and little knick knacks. 🙂
Andee and Julia's booth! Julia sold ballet-themed items, consistent with her being a ballerina. Andee sold other cute bags and wallets. :)
Andee and Julia’s booth! Julia sold ballet-themed items, consistent with her being a ballerina. Andee sold other cute bags and wallets, her mom’s creations. 🙂
Elise's booth! She and her mom sold Christmas bowls and plates, among other things. I actually bought some from them haha. :)
Elise’s booth! She and her mom sold Christmas bowls and plates, among other things. I actually bought some from them haha. 🙂
Matthew's booth, with sister Micah modelling! His mom sold shirts and accessories. :)
Matthew’s booth, with sister Micah modelling! His mom sold shirts and accessories. 🙂
Spring's booth! She and her mom sold framed art works. :)
Spring’s booth! She and her mom sold framed art works. 🙂
Spring and Sam's Grandma's booth! She sold quilts that she herself made. Told you they're a family of creative individuals! :)
Spring and Sam’s Grandma’s booth! She sold quilts that she herself made. Told you they’re a family of creative individuals! 🙂
Chuck's booth! He sold his mom's creations called Scentiments -- body oils and room sprays. :)
Chuck’s booth! He sold his mom’s creations called Scentiment — body oils and room sprays. Really great fragrances. 🙂
Yela's booth! She, her sister and mom sold shirts, colognes, credit card holders. :)
Yela’s booth! She, her sister and mom sold shirts, colognes, credit card holders. King bought little hand sanitizers from them. 🙂
Amber's booth! She sold stickers and notepads. her tattoos were my kids' favorite. Danae still has one on her clavicle, which she put over 2 weeks ago. :)
Amber’s booth! She sold stickers and notepads. Her tattoos were my kids’ favorite. Danae still has one on her clavicle, which she put over 2 weeks ago. 🙂
Trey's booth! He and his partner Joaquin, sold his awesome HASHTAG shirts. :)
Trey’s booth! He and his partner Joaquin, sold his awesome HASHTAG shirts. 🙂
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Please Support Danae!

Please support Danae and some of the homeschoolers as they join Soderno’s bazaar this weekend! They will be there on Friday and Saturday only, November 23 and 24, selling all kinds of great stuff! For last year’s bazaar, the older kids sold some of their own work — paintings and paper products among other things. I know this year, Trey Remulla is going be selling his awesome #HASHTAG shirts! Pink Teacup Shoppe will be there with, I’m sure, cool, pretty, creative stuff! It has been a SPARKS tradition for around 3 years (or more), but it’s our first time to be in an actual bazaar place like SODERNO, located in Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang. And it being our first homeschooling year, we wanted in on the action too!

Danae doesn’t have anything original (or originally made by her) to sell, but we wanted to take this as a learning opportunity for her. This is also my first time to do this, so we really ask for your support and prayer. HOPE TO SEE YOU TOMORROW & SATURDAY, from 5pm till midnight, AT SODERNO! 🙂

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Perks of Homeschooling — Freedom and Creativity

We are enrolled at Peniel Christian Academy for Danae’s homeschool, and one of the perks I enjoy is the freedom to use the materials we choose to educate our child. We were advised by my friend Michelle to use paces since it’s our first time. They’ve proven to give me less stress as I do not have to create lesson plans or seat works anymore.

Danae likes her English paces because they are like her work books that we buy in the book store. She likes to answer those. Although tedious for her and she complains about it the most, the math paces I like. It trains her to master her addition and subtraction, which she’s pretty good at. She’s good with her Filipino too, although there are words there that aren’t part of our conversations, which makes it hard for her to remember without reviewing them. We use a book for her civics so that she learns it in English. We’ve both been enjoying this, learning more about the Philippines. She’s completely bored, however, by her science paces. I try to make it more exciting by doing some practical science stuff like planting seeds. Sometimes we do art, or learn more about it on the iPad. It’s great that they have science experiments in their SPARKS class.

Obviously, the paces aren’t enough. We do additional reading, writing, and spelling exercises. Sometimes we use scrabble tiles to form words, or look in the good old dictionary for some vocabulary. For math, we use flash cards. I also use blocks to teach her to skip count. It’s quite effective, but practice is still key. I also used Math House Games in the beginning, though it looks like it will be more useful for Noelle at her age.

I thank our close family friend, one of our principal sponsors at our wedding for gifting Danae years ago with a set of Filipino reading books. We have been using those to improve her reading and comprehension in Filipino. I thank my friend, one of Danae’s godmothers who recently gifted her with a puzzle of the Philippine map. Even Noelle learns from it! Well, even I learn from it haha. I thought getting a map was already a good idea. A puzzle is even better! Plus it helps that our children have traveled with us to some of the places that she’s studying in her civics book.

I also found reading books for Danae that I got from the Sonlight Curriculum. Well I learned of them from Sonlight, but I bought them at Booksale. Another friend told me that it is worth getting their science package, and after looking into it, I ordered it. Thanks to my sister-in-law who purchased it for me in the US and sent it here, we can liven up Danae’s science activities after sem break. Aside from books, it has science experiments too!

I am sure there are so many other ways to teach our children effectively. We can be creative! We use old blocks, old scrabble tiles, old magnets, old puzzles, old books — stuff that my girls mostly already had for years. The scrabble letters and some books are older than them, in fact. There are so many ideas on the internet too. There are so many sites we can download work sheets from, so many apps we can use for them to play and learn. The possibilities are limitless!

I appreciate the freedom that we have to choose what works for us, and the freedom to channel and even develop our creativity as teachers. I realize that sometimes it’s easier to be following an already established structure, but with a little determination and a lot of passion for our kids, we can use this freedom to our advantage. 🙂

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Perks of Homeschooling — Flexible Hours

One of the perks of homeschooling is flexible hours. When we were starting out, I asked one of my go-to homeschooling moms, Michelle, how I ought to fix our daily schedule. She gave me great advice — set a schedule and see how it works out for the next few weeks, then adjust accordingly.

I wanted a daily routine, or at least some semblance of it, and scheduled Danae’s homeschooling within the 2 hours that Noelle was at her school, 1030am-1230pm. King’s only rest day every week is Monday, so I chose to only do homeschool for 4 days a week, even though Noelle has classes 5 days a week. Within those 4 days, the schedule was to have at least 3 subjects per day, and each subject was done at least twice a week. As you know, many things happen in a span of a few months, and so we weren’t able to really stick with the schedule or with the work allotted per day. We already started the school year late, at the last week of June to be exact, because I really didn’t want to be harassed with all the preparations plus it was Noelle’s first time to go to pre-school. And with all the interruptions — the kids and I getting sick, church events, family trips — we also ended the first quarter a bit late.

But that’s the beauty of homeschooling — it’s FLEXIBLE.

science project: make a report about her guppy

I adjusted our schedule and I find that doing Math, English and Science daily (Tuesday to Friday, that is), and Filipino and Civics three times a week (Tuesday to Thursday) seems to be working much better for us. Friday afternoon is reserved for the SPARKS class where Danae gets to be in a classroom with other homeschoolers her age for some Music & Rhythm, Arts & Crafts, Reading, and Science Experiments. We are not able to finish within the two hours that Noelle is at school, but it’s also good because sometimes Noelle joins us after lunch and we do work on her workbook or her puzzles.

And now, we have already caught up. Even though we sometimes extend our homeschooling time, or re-schedule to another time or day, we are already done with 2nd quarter exams! She just needs to finish her science project, then we begin the 3rd quarter on Tuesday.

For a mom like me, flexible hours is so convenient. I don’t have to be pressured by time, since in the first place, I’m not at all an early riser. I do not use that as an excuse, however, to move our home school time to the afternoon. Having a routine, or like I said some semblance of it, would be pointless. There should be goals set daily. But it does take the pressure off to know that even if we start a little or a lot late, we can always adjust and still not miss anything. We can also adjust the amount of work Danae is able to do per day. We can stop when she’s tired or needs an attitude adjustment (haha) or when I need an attitude adjustment (double haha), and she can do more work if she chooses to. We can miss a day or a few days of homeschooling, but we are still able to complete the lessons and the work.

We’ve already hit the half mark of our very first homeschool year and I think we’re doing pretty good. It hasn’t been perfect but I’m convinced that this year isn’t the only year I’m homeschooling. 🙂

*SPARKS stands for Shepherding, Promoting And Realizing Kids’ Skills

* click here to know why we chose to homeschool Danae and here to know why Noelle is in regular school.

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Noelle in School

Noelle’s school, Kidvantage Learning Center, celebrated Linggo ng Wika (Language Week) two weeks ago. All the kids were asked to wear Filipino costume, and each class prepared a Filipino number to show to the parents.

The day before however, I forgot about the adjusted schedule and brought Noelle to school when practice day was already over. I was concerned that she might feel awkward that she was not able to practice her dance with her classmates and that she may feel bad that she wouldn’t be able to follow the moves, but her teacher was confident that she’d be able to do it.

That Friday, we woke up late and got to the event by 8am. I thought Noelle had missed her dance, but thank God she didn’t. I know I know, I was kinda out of it that week…..or should I say I was out of it for an entire month! Glad we’ve gotten back in the groove though.

When it came time for her to perform, she did great! She wasn’t shy at all and she followed the moves quite well! Danae, on the other hand, was such a stage sister, coaching Noelle to pay more attention to what she was doing haha. We are super proud of our 3-year-old!

I love that my youngest daughter is in regular school, while her big sis is homeschooling. Danae spent 3 years in pre-school, had her own thing while Noelle was just home with me. This time around, Noelle has her own thing while her sister is at home. We thought we’d give her the opportunity that Danae had at her age to learn in a classroom setting, to bring and eat snacks (her favorite), to have time on the playground, to do homework, to have a routine, to experience school activities and programs. She wanted it so badly too, since last school year. She really enjoys it.

Aside from the fact that I don’t think I’m yet capable of handling two homeschoolers, we really felt Noelle needed time away from me because she’s the more clingy type. It showed more than ever when we put her in summer school when she was two (2011). If we put Danae in regular school because she is such a people person, we put Noelle in regular school for the opposite reason. Danae has always been fearless and friendly, Noelle a bit timid and choosy. Albeit differently, regular school has definitely benefited them both.

Having said that, Noelle also enjoys tagging along with Danae in her MAPE class. I’ve been noticing that she likes doing homework too. She and I have been talking about it, and it looks like she is open to homeschooling as well. I don’t know how everything is going to play out, but like what most homeschooling moms say, we will take it a year at a time. Everything is great just as they are right now, but who knows? I may have two homeschoolers in my hands next year. 🙂