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Zoe is Learning to Read

 photo C53FFDD4-B5D2-413C-80EA-815B712E041E_zpsqtnkm76v.jpgOne of our goals this school year, is for our Zoe to learn reading before the end of fourth quarter. He learned phonics from his nursery class last year and refreshed him this year to eventually master it. We recently started the Learn to Read program of Starfall.com, it's a free phonics based program online for parents, educators and homeschoolers. Now, Zoe can read short vowels sound and slowly learning long vowels sound. Before we started phonics, we used to read books before bed time. Our reading time together has also helped him learn the ropes to reading. Through this routine, my children specially our youngest has develop a love for reading and started to love books. There are times when we would read almost past bed time, because they want to read more books, and that sometimes requires true effort for me, to stay awake and read even if my eyes wants to turn in and hit dream land. Currently, Zoe is slowly learning to read and everyday I noticed improvement on his reading skills.  
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Reading with Dr. Seuss

 photo 4836c5e9-fe44-4e01-bc0c-ce3b30b5a9f4_zpsjdpcervg.jpgOne of our goals in our first year of homeschooling is for Zoe to be able to read 4 to 5 letters word by the end of 3rd quarter. I'm glad that lately our boys were fascinated by Dr. Seuss stories. Our budding readers would grab the books whenever we hit the bed, and I would read until they fall asleep. Reading together is one of the precious time I love with my boys. Exposing children to books at an early age will help them familiarize with sounds and words and eventually will boost their interest with books. It stimulate their immagination and eventually build literacy . Currently we have a few collection of Dr. Seuss' books. They love The Cat in the Hat and also want to build a circus mcgurcus from If a ran a Circus.
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Homeschooling from a First Time Homeschooler

 photo 6AE59DAF-C2ED-4ED4-BC3B-2054CB40F402_zpsb6buj252.jpgWhen we started Homeschooling (last month), I thought I'll just have to bring the conventional school teaching style at home. But after attending the Homeschool 101 of TMA where we are affiliated, it gave me a wider & better perspective of what and why we are Homeschooling. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="290"] Learning the 3 main parts of the body[/caption] As I learn the ropes of Homeschooling, I have come to understand that: Homeschooling is intentional parenting. I strongly believe that as parents we should be the one to teach and train our children thoughtfully and willfully, teaching them to Love God and directing them to a relationship with Jesus and glorifying God at the same time. Choosing Homeschooling is a tough decision, it takes a lot of courage to go against the flow of the society. Sure, there will be apprehensions not just from family friends, but even your own family. It could be a lot easier if wehave sent our child to school, as one person told me, "nagbayad ka na nga ng mahal, mag eefort ka pa magturo". And that I think is what intentional parenting is, not doing what is easiest at the moment, but doing what's best for your

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Officially Homeschooling

 photo 1853FEAD-3772-4F10-9B23-AFD68DB6679C_zps3ldmtrax.jpgIn preparation for our "big move" we are pulling out our eldest Zoe from a local Chinese school so we could start homeschooling. Yes we are officially homeschooling our preschooler. This is a great challenge for our family especially me, being the newly appointed teacher and my husband being the principal. LoL... In a country where conventional schools are mainstream, it is not surprising that most parents wonders about homeschooling whenever they heard it. Well, my eyes rolled the first time I heard it in our church. The church that my family is attending is the founder of one of the homeschool institution in the Philippines. It is through their advocacy, that I had a glimpse of what homeschool is, and also I feed my curiosity by further research. Okay, allow me to give you a brief information about homeschooling. In the Philippines, homeschooling is supported and recognize by the Department of Education. Article IV of the Philippine Constitution states that the quality of education should be made accessible to all Filipinos, including self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs.The Department of Education defines homeschooling as a home-based education which relies on the active participation of the parent as teacher to

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Hello Homeschooling!

 photo edc81f93-d25c-4f9f-9157-70a7a7cbb0e3_zpsucqfy2hx.jpgWe are having difficulties of finding a school for our preschooler in Dubai. I can't believe that most affordable schools are filling in fast. International schools are expensive and we cannot afford to send our kids to such school. And so, we are sticking to our second option which is Homeschooling. I have been wanting to homeschool Zoe, but I needed to work full time, so we send him to a conventional school. This time, we'll get to homeschool him once we landed in Dubai. Last week, I was able to attend the Homeschool Intro at The Master's Academy. They're the pioneer homeschool institution in the Philippines and they've been around for 16 years now. I've learned about TMA through our church, CCF being it's founder. Homeschooling in the Philippines is supported by Department of Education. Article IV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution decrees that the quality of education should be made accessible to all Filipinos, including self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs. And as long as the parents are a degree holder, you can homeschool your kids. As TMA defines, Homeschooling is an education where the parent creates an ideal climate for their children to achieve success. This climate

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