People always ask me “how” we homeschool. Honestly, if I were to tell you the “how”, you’d be shocked — unless you’re relaxed homeschoolers, like us. (Yes, “relaxed homeschooling” is a term. Thank God.) We don’t use any curriculum; we don’t even have the usual preschool materials or play the usual games.
Our curriculum is whatever we’ve set out to do on a particular day. If we’re in the mood to paint, we paint. If Vito wants to draw all day and complete a dozen drawings to change up the artwork on the fridge, we do just that. We make it a point to read daily, but we don’t force anything or impose study time. Why would we? We’ve got a three-going-four year old! He should be playing more, at this age.
Despite are very relaxed setup, Vito’s managed to do a lot of “regular learning” in terms of what his peers in “regular school” are taking up. We’ve learned how to write his name, and he’s started to write out simple 3-letter words. As long as they mean something to him, he picks up better on a particular “learning milestone,” like adding and subtraction, which he has just started getting into (using, of course, whatever we have lying around the house. Workbooks are non-existent.)
Homeschooling is a matter of the heart.
I might appear very lax about school, but I surely am not lax about learning. Ton and I believe we’re raising a curious, inquisitive and conversant little boy, and at this stage, we’ve done most of his casual “instruction” at home, within the natural family setting. Of course, we get pressure from all sides, like relatives and friends who ask, “When will he go to ‘real’ school” and things like that. They’re all well-meaning, of course, but for me, there’s no rush. I’ve seen that Vito’s learning what he needs to for the time and stage he’s in…. and we’re just going to keep nurturing his natural curiosity about life, and capturing those learning moments.
If you’re curious about the “how’s” and “why’s” of homeschooling, then I’ve got good news for you!
Manila Workshops, a company dedicated to continuing education for professional and personal goals, and The Learning Basket, an advocacy that inspires parents to be their children’s first and best teacher, have come together to offer an event jam-packed with information and inspiration about homeschooling that will help parents who are considering to educate their children at home.
You Can Homeschool! Be Inspired, Be Informed, Be Empowered! Is a day-long event happening on November 16, 2013, Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at One Events and Café, One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas cor Meralco Ave, Pasig City.
Parents who are exploring, or are unsure of their homeschooling path, are encouraged to attend You Can Homeschool to gain an intimate look and understanding of home education. You’ll hear from homeschooling parents who have all found their calling in homeschooling their children.
During the event, you can expect the following:
- Be inspired by our speakers, Edric Mendoza, Thammie Sy and Frannie Daez, as they share about homeschooling from the heart, developing the homeschooling mindset, and how to homeschool in the Philippines;
- Testimonials from children who have experienced learning at home;
- An overview of the homeschooling providers in the country, and the various services that they offer;
- Intimate break-out discussions with homeschooling parents.
At the end of this summit, we hope to inspire parents to take on an active role in the education of their child. We aim to help them be informed of the realities of homeschooling, and learn how they can do it, too. Lastly, we want parents to be empowered with the inspiration and knowledge they have gained to take on the role of “teacher” in their homes.
A giveaway for you readers!
Bee Crafty Crafts and Party Supplies, one of the sponsors for this exciting event, is holding a contest through my blog, in connection with the workshop! One lucky Dainty Mom reader will be getting the following lovely, crafty goodies, which you can surely enjoy with your kids for many crafty afternoons to come:
The prize from Bee Crafty includes: 2 washi tapes, 1 paper mache box, 12 regular clothespins, 12 Tags, and 5 meters of baker’s twine!
Here’s what you need to do to join (you can do all this in the Rafflecopter widget below):
- Like and follow Bee Happy Crafts and Party Supplies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Like Manila Workshops on Facebook
- Like The Learning Basket on Facebook
- Leave your FULL NAME and working EMAIL ADDRESS in a blog comment below.
- Like and follow me, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
You can leave a comment below until October 26! Good luck!