Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Homeschooling in the Philippines 101

*I am by no means an expert on this topic. I'm just an ordinary homeschooling mom. These are just based on my own personal knowledge and experience.

My husband works for the airline industry and my son, though not bullied, worse, became friends with the class bullies when he was in toddler school when he was 3. These were the two primary reasons why we considered homeschooling back in 2008.

This article helped me a lot:
Brave, new world of homeschooling

That and the CFA website here:
Catholic Filipino Academy

Recently, I have often gone back to the Wikipedia entry here:
Homeschooling and open universities in the Philippines


And this Smart Parenting article is also useful:
Homeschooling FAQs and Tips

So what is homeschooling really? It's basically being responsible for the education of your child.

The first step we did was to bring Matt to the Living Heritage Academy under School of Tomorrow HERE. He had a written exam to see what level he would be enrolled in.

The Master's Academy HERE also offers a diagnostic exam to determine the child's level.

It's not required if you just want to go with your child's age in determining what level to enroll him/her in. But I did hear of a mom who had her 5-year-old take the LHA diagnostic exam only to find out that her daughter was already capable of being enrolled in the Grade 2 level.

Also, try to find out all you can about homeschooling before even considering enrolling. Come and join the PinoyHomeschoolers Yahoo! Group here. The members are really friendly and helpful.

Homeschooling is both a privilege and a commitment. And it's definitely not for everybody.

But the rewards are definitely worth it: low tuition fee compared to regular schools, family bonding, personalized instruction courtesy of you, the parent, no worries about bullying, bad weather, or dengue. You get to teach your child the values you want him/her to learn. He/she is in a safe and comfortable learning environment. And the potential to expand, explore, add to your curriculum is wholly dependent on you. You create your own schedule. A lot of homeschoolers also have enough time to run a family business or work part-time because of the hours that it frees up.

What it requires: Patience, patience, patience. Faith. And lots of love. And a love of learning.

According to the Homeschoolers Association of the Philippines Inc. (HAPI), see this blog entry HERE, which is an organization under The Master's Academy which aims to unify all homeschoolers and providers under one organization, these are the Homeschool Providers in the Philippines:

* The Catholic Filipino Academy
* Homeschool of Asia Pacific
* Kids World Integrated School Inc.
* Blended Learning Center (formerly Kids Ahoy)
* International Christian Academy
* Living Heritage Academy under the School of Tomorrow
* The Master's Academy
* Harvest Christian School
* The Learning Place

Now what is a homeschool provider? Under Philippine law, you can only legally homeschool if you are affiliated with a duly Dep Ed accredited homeschool provider. These organizations provide you with the services to get you started in homeschooling. You have to contact them to find out what services they provide, some of which are: diagnostic exams, curriculum provider, parent support, enrichment classes, Dep Ed accreditation or provide the equivalent Philippine Validating Test (PVT) per grade/year level.

Why is it important to enroll under a Dep Ed accredited program? If you want to enroll your child later on in regular school, and he has finished a homeschool program with Dep Ed accreditation, the child no longer needs to take the PVT, which I hear is in Filipino. I think the PVT is also only given once a year. And if the child doesn't pass it, he/she will have to wait for the following year to take it again.

How come some homeschoolers do not enroll in any of the homeschool providers above? Yup, there is such a thing as unschooling. See the Wikipedia entry here. It is a learning style where you decide what your child will learn based on your child's interests and needs. There are different ways to homeschool. See site here. And it's up to you, your child, and your family on what is the best way to teach your child. You may want to base your decision depending on your family circumstance, your reasons for homeschooling, and what your future plans are. Not all homeschoolers are the same. Each family and child is unique in what they seek in homeschooling.

So what's an ordinary day of homeschooling like? When we were enrolled in the Living Heritage Academy, we were using the ACE program. Learn more here. It took us around 3-4 hours a day to do the program, which we usually do in the afternoon. What's nice about the ACE program is it includes a very detailed manual of what to do with every lesson. What didn't work for Matt was it's a very storytelling-intensive program. And since Matt's attention span is practically nil, although it was good practice for him to learn to sit still and to listen, even me (who loves reading), I got tired of the stories. We only managed to finally get through the program by cutting out a lot of the stories so we could get to the basics of English, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Filipino.

If you're reading this and you're considering taking the step into homeschooling, I wish you the best of luck. May God guide you in the right decision for you and your child.

God bless!

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Updates:

December 20, 2013

June 17, 2013

My son is 9 years old and we've been homeschooling since he was 4.

He is currently enrolled with the Blended Learning Center. We also use whatever textbooks we find at National Bookstore. I highly recommend the Brain Quest series found at Fullybooked and Powerbooks.

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Update:

August 22, 2014

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Update:

May 30, 2015

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Update:

February 23, 2017

64 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention Mommy Nina! :-) Incidentally I wrote the Smart Parenting article on Homeschooling too! *teehee* Anyway, praise GOD for all parents, homeschooling or not! Let's pray together for clearer guidance re: our homeschool programs and directions for our kids! God bless you always!

    P.S. We are based in Vista Verde. Meet up?! Playdate?! hehe.

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  2. Hello! very clear and concise :) It is nice to know other homeschooling mom bloggers out there :D

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  3. Good day. What does it take to be a Dep Ed accredited homeschool provider?

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  4. Hi! I'm not an expert but I believe you need to 1. check with Dep Ed and 2. be affiliated with an actual school.

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    1. Nina, who's your provider now? Thanks!

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    2. Hi. Unfortunately, a lot of things have been going on with my family and we were super delayed in finishing our curriculum with LHA under School of Tomorrow.

      We've been using textbooks and workbooks we've bought in local and US bookstores ever since.

      We want to enroll with The Master's Academy but are still trying to catch up with all the workbooks we have. 1. Matt needs to take a diagnostic test to see what level he's in. and 2. We're not sure if TMA will accept him even without previous records.

      Wish us luck! And I wish you the best of luck in whatever direction your family is taking. God bless.

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  5. Nina, among those listed in your article, which ones are Deped accredited already? Would you know?.. coz some of the websites would not say. Thanks! - "Dad-Wanting-To-Homeschool"

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  6. Hi, Dad Wanting to Homeschool. The ones I'm sure are Dep Ed Accredited are The Master's Academy and The Catholic Filipino Academy.

    With the others, I guess you have to contact the institutions themselves to ask for their status with Dep Ed.

    As a warning, there have been instances where I've heard some students have been refused admittance to regular schools later on because there were problems with the Dep Ed accreditation of the homeschool curriculum provider. You can ask the homeschool curriculum provider also if they have had any experiences with their students being enrolled in regular school later on.

    Proceed with caution and best of luck.

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    1. From "Dad-Wanting-To-Homeschool"....Thanks for the advise Nina!

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  7. your blog is really inspiring.. I hope my hubby will be inspired of your story! keep it up sissy!

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  8. For an update on our adventure in homeschooling, kindly check out my post here:

    http://pasigmom.blogspot.com/2013/06/matts-new-adventure-in-homeschooling.html

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  9. Very informative and helpful. We're beginning our journey to homeschooling and it's like a whole new world!

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  10. many people are skeptic or against homeschooling, because it is not the norm. they think that a homeschooled child won't be able to learn socialization.  my son is homeschooled, and i don't see it as a problem. in fact, he was more shy when he was attending conventional school.  what i also appreciates the most with homeschooling is that you as family, has more bonding time.  when my son was attending school, we were always in a hurry. we had to finish the homeworks at 530pm, finish bathing by 6pm, finished dinner by 7pm and be in bed before 8pm, because he should get up early the next day.  there are also more extra curricular activities for a homeschooled child, because there is more time for it.

    a common question is which homeschool provider is best. i only tried tma, so i can't comment on other providers. do i recommend tma? NO. the customer service is not so good. requesting things from them will take time. i get the impression that they are disorganized. there is probably problem with the whole system. edric mendoza is the managing director, but he is unapproachable, and doesn't seem to welcome comments from parents. i heard similar story from another parent. anyway, i hope that they improve, since their fee of 25k is not cheap.

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  11. Hi, thanks for the comment. We were thinking of enrolling with TMA but instead ended up enrolling in the Center for Blended Learning. Supposed to be, we juggle homeschooling and time at school but even just three days of school is a lot to handle already.

    Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with TMA. I hope that you found the right program or method for your own homeschooling needs.

    It really is a journey that you take as a family and I totally understand that it's different for each family.

    I wish you and your family all the best! God bless you.

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  12. Just read your blog, Nina. Thanks for this.. I will be reading more about your homeschooling articles. I am a mom who is very excited to homeschool my 4-year old son. TMA will never be an option for me anymore. We were about to enroll my child but got disappointed with their staff who are very arrogant. I wish they would also have an orientation for their staff regarding customer service. They just sound nice and polite, but they are actually not. They shoo-shoo me and my family away after arriving late for the orientation. I tried to explain my valid reason but these two ladies keep telling us to just come back for the next cycle which is 2 months from now.. I just wish that they have showed a little consideration or a little appreciation for my family's effort and eagerness to be part of that event. I was very disappointed after travelling for 3 hours to be received in such manner. We were even bringing our 2 small kids. My husband can see my tears of frustration but told me, "it's not worth it, i believe there are still other homeschool provider around" ... so upon arriving home, i google again and came up with your blog. How was your experience with Center for Blended Learning? Thanks for your blog, it uplifted my spirit.

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    1. Hi, Bree. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with TMA. And I feel your pain for traveling 3 hours then being turned away. Ouch.

      I'm glad it hasn't dampened your excitement in homeschooling though. As fair warning, it's not an easy job, but, well, once you get into the groove of it, it can be very fun and enjoyable. The best part is solidifying the bond between you and your son, before he goes out into the world. Nothing beats that.

      The good news is that the Center for Blended Learning is now an accredited Alternative Learning System institution. Sigh. I wish I could understand how the government "sort of" allows homeschooling and yet it still relegates it under the Alternative Learning System. The difference being, homeschooling is homeschooling. While, under Philippine law, as I understand it, the Alternative Learning System is meant for out-of-school youth and people who are overage and want to get back into the academic system.

      Anyway, Matt is enrolled in the Blended Learning program of the CBL. He actually has to go to the school three times a week for school. The idea is that it's "blended learning", which, again as I understand it, means you balance homeschooling with the time your child spends in school. Which is what we're trying to do.

      Truthfully, after nearly five years of homeschooling, Matt and I are just happy to get a break from homeschooling and each other. *Lol*

      I know it's wonderful to talk about spending so much time with your child. And for me, being a full-time stay-at-home mom, can get incredibly tiring too.

      I feel like I'm "cheating" on homeschooling because Matt now relies more heavily on the school for interaction, schoolwork, and I'm more hands-off with him now.

      But I think that's how homeschooling is like. Each family has to decide for themselves what is best for their own family. And each family always has unique needs and priorities so the journey is never really the same for each one of us going through this journey.

      Just as a word of encouragement, naku, you're going to experience more headaches and heart aches in homeschooling. Honestly, the local scene is not that, let's say, organized or professional or even perfect. Far from it.

      But is it worth it to be able to be the first influence in your child's education, moral upbringing, and the values he will learn from you? Of course.

      Thank you for your comment. Now you reminded me I need to make a new entry on our journey, as an update.

      God bless you always and best of luck on your family's journey. May God guide you and your family to the right path, wherever it may lead. :)

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    2. P.S. Sorry, I didn't mention that CBL offers several programs. One is the Blended Learning Program, which my son is enrolled in. They do also offer a homeschool program. Sorry, but I'm not familiar with their homeschool program. But, if you'd like to contact them, kindly check out their website for more information.

      http://www.centerforblendedlearning.org/

      Good luck, sis! Keep the faith. :)

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    3. Thanks, Nina for your response! I will communicate with CBL soon :) I know it won't be a smooth and easy journey, (he is presently enrolled in Kumon) I tutor him everyday with his take home worksheets and I think this is only an introduction of what I am about to experience when I homeschool him. But I always think that no one else could show much love and interest to teach our kids except us -- mothers/parents...... thanks again Nina, will be visiting your blog more often!

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  13. thanks nina, this is very helpfull and very informative. I've been thinking to home school my daughter and I need tons of info about it before I will start, especially as I learned from your blog the Philippines and the US has a very big difference about how home schooling runs. here you just have to register your child to ESD- Education Service District and then it's up to the parents now how to get from there and do their own way of homeschooling their child. it's up to the parents where to buy books(that are suggested for home schooling kids). in the Philippines you have to enroll/register? your child to an affiliated school that is accredited to DepEd... right?school that caters home schooling services, and as I learned it has tuition fee (I hope I'm not wrong with this.) here it's totally free unless you'll enroll your home school child to an online based schools. I'm realy wondering how it's done in the Philippines coz I'm considering to move there and stay longer than one year. I need a lot of time to research on this.

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  14. Hi this is a very informative article on what homeschooling really is about. We'd just like to extend our help to parents needing assistance with homeschooling. We are an academic support and learning center located in Alabang. For those interested, please visit our website for more information. http://byminds.com/

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  15. This is a big help for moms like me who are still at a loss about homeschooling. I do hope that whatever you were going through is over, and made you stronger. Thank you so much! :) - Mab

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  16. Hello... How much do you pay, kahit rang lng po per year per student... Thank you very much.

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  17. Hi. We're currently enrolled in the Blended Learning Program of Kids Ahoy in Cubao. Iba po kasi sya from their homeschool program. I would recommend contacting them directly if you're interested in the homeschool program. Iba-iba din po mga rates ng iba't ibang school eh. And it's been a while since we were enrolled in the homeschool program of the Living Heritage Academy, yung homeschool program of the School of Tomorrow.

    Good luck po!

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  18. Updating...

    http://pasigmom.blogspot.com/2014/08/k-12-curriculum-and-update-on-matt.html

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  19. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MUCH WILL I PAY IF I ENROLL MY DAUGHTER.SHE IS CURRENTLY IN GRADE 2, AND I AM PLANNING TO HOMESCHOOL HER THIS COMING SCHOOL YEAR 2015

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    1. Hi. Different homeschool curriculum providers, such as TMA, CFA, and others mentioed above have different fees. Kindly check with your chosen provider for their fees.

      You can do a modified form of unschooling, which is what we did. Just buy the tetbooks from National Bookstore and check various curiculla online or benchmarks of what your child should be learning.


      Good luck!

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  20. Thanks for these informations. I am considering to homeschool my 5 year old son, and upon research I considered TMA and SOT by LHA. But after this read and the comments, I definitely won't try TMA. With LHA, I am just worried with the "more of story-telling" since my son's attention span is not for story telling style! I'll search for your other suggestions.

    Thanks again!

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  21. Hi if Homeschooling is your thing, this are more advanced courses for older kids around 16 onwards. Try MOOCs or massive open online courses, mostly US universities siya, I've made a blog post about it: http://misscelineous.blogspot.com/2015/07/moocs-explained-my-access-to-first.html The first thing you might wanna check is Learning how to Learn from Coursera.org it shows effective learning methods from University of California San Diego.

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  22. Hi.
    Thank you so much for writing this.

    I have heard and read of the homeschooling phenomenon in the Philippines just recently. I have one nagging question though, is it feasible or even possible to do it if we are in the province? Or do we have to move into the metro in order to homeschool? We are currently based in Leyte but we "might" move to Manila or Cebu by June 2016. My reason for asking this is because I heard that in order to avoid robbing homeschooled kids of socialization, homeschool "providers" have weekly or monthly gatherings, and they also conduct exams to keep track of the child's progress. We obviously cannot join our kid in these gatherings and exams if we are far away from the homeschool provider.

    Also, nobody seems to be open about discussing the actual "financial" cost of homeschooling vs. sending your child to a private school vs. sending your child to a public school. I have searched the net over and out but got no comprehensive answer. I have not checked with the actual homeschool providers yet though (I thought it's too early for that). Anyway, do they have a non-disclosure policy which is why no one seems to discuss the actual cost of availing a package or program? In connection with the second concern, may I at least ask for a range of the semestral or annual cost of homeschooling? I know they vary from school to school but a range would greatly help me and other newbies.

    Yours truly,
    Excited soon-to-be Dad

    PS. As of this writing, my partner is 7 months pregnant but we're already planning ahead. God bless and more power. Once again, thanks for writing this blog. Very helpful.

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  23. Dear Excited Soon-to-be-Dad,

    Um, well, as you say, the range of the tuition fees for homeschool varies from institution to institution. So, yeah, my first suggestion would be 1. Pick a homeschool provider you like and 2. To email an inquiry. Most of them are pretty helpful and will answer emails right away.

    I just checked The Master's Academy (TMA) FAQ page and they post their fees there:

    http://www.tmahomeschool.org/about-us/faq/

    Here is what they posted:

    How much should I expect to spend if I homeschool with TMA?
    Homeschool Orientation:
    P500.00 per family (inclusive of certificate and materials)

    Diagnostic Testing:
    P1,000 per child/grade school+

    Tuition:
    P30,000 per family + P5,000 for each additional child (Ex. a family with 2 children will pay P35,000)

    End-year Standardized Achievement Test:
    P1,500 per child/grade school+

    Curriculum/Materials:*
    P2,000 to P10,000 per child/preschool levels
    P10,000 to 30,000 per child/grade school levels
    P15,000 to 30,000 per child/high school levels

    *This cost is non-standard because it varies per child and family. A parent can choose what materials to use and some materials can be used for more than one child (ex. character, world history and science).

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    I'm actually quite amazed that homeschool fees haven't changed much since we ourselves started homeschool in 2008. Back then, I think the average fees you'd pay for homeschooling would be around 20,000 up to 45,000. I guess it hasn't changed much through the years.

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    I think that's the beauty of homeschooling. I once heard of a family who homeschooled their kids because they were in China and the international schools there were expensive. And, yup, they were enrolled with TMA.

    I guess you really need to talk to the particular homeschool institutions you choose on how flexible or strict they are about the weekly meetings and requirements.

    I think some homeschool institutions can, for example, offer to do Skype or internet correspondence.

    I'm not sure about the extra classes some homeschool institutions provide, but, yeah, I guess it's just a matter of explaining your situation and asking them if it's possible to accommodate your particular needs.

    P. S. Wow, talk about planning ahead but I wish you guys the best of luck and hope you find the right path for you and your family. :)

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  24. Oh and about the homeschool vs. regular school. Honestly, unless you plan on going through the public school system, homeschooling is way way cheaper than regular schools.

    Although, I do believe that it really depends on the individual needs of each family on what you want to spend on.

    Personally, we didn't need to spend on transportation, baon, etc. But we did end up buying a lot of extra books and textbooks to fill up what I felt were holes in the curriculum. Most especially when we ended up unschooling later on and we just did our own thing and got whatever textbook was available in National Bookstore.

    But, yes, over all, way way cheaper than regular school.

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  25. I have 3 kids, how much it will cost? any suggestion for a good school and the cheapest...thank you.

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  26. Hi Theresa, well, it really depends on which homeschool curriculum provider you're going to go with. The only homeschool curriculum provider who has published their rates is The Master's Academy. I suggest contacting the institution you're interested in. If I'm not mistaken, some institutions offer a cheaper tuition fee for a sibling.

    Right now, my only basis in the way parents choose which institution to go with is based on what their religion is. Like, if your family is Catholic, you can either contact the Catholic Filipino Academy with Bo Sanchez in Cubao or you can contact Seibo College in Malabon. If you're going with a Christian orientation, there's Living Heritage Academy under School of Tomorrow in Paranaque or The Master's Academy along C-5 in Ortigas.

    As far as I know, Seibo College, I think, is the cheapest. You can contact them through their website, which is here:

    https://seibocollegemalabon.edu20.org/

    Or there's their Facebook page, which is here:

    https://www.facebook.com/seibocollegemalabonhelp?fref=ts

    Good luck and I hope you find what you're looking for. God bless!

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  27. hi. im interested in homeschool. I have an 8 yr old son and currently enrolled at grade 3. the reason why I wanted to homeschool him is with his medical condition. he was diagnosed with a type 1 diabetes last june 4 and he is now insulin dependent. it was hard for both of us because I have to check his blood sugar every now and then but the school doesn't allow me to monitor him and feed him as possibly needed. my son's pedia endocrinologist stated that, there should be a parent, relative or guardian to check with him at all times whether his from school or at home. since the school's have implemented a strict rules and regulations, I am now considering home school programs. I just emailed TMA and inquire about their programs and system because we are based in central Luzon. hope I could get good results from them. thank you for your insights. it's a great reference for us. god bless always.

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    1. Hi. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I wish you and your family all the best. I hope and pray you find the right path for you and your son. God bless you always.

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    2. thank you nina... -T1D Mom

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  28. I'm only 15 years old and I want to try it. Can I have some tips?

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    1. Hi. Are you enrolled or are going to enroll in a homeschool program? If you are or will be enrolled in one, it's just a matter of pacing yourself and meeting the daily/weekly/quarterly/yearly requirements. Some homeschool programs, like the ones of Catholic Filipino Academy, The Masters Academy, and Seibo College provide quizzes and exams to make sure that you are within the schedule.

      If you're not enrolling in a homeschool program though, my suggestion is to ask around if anyone can lend you notes or textbooks for the year level you want to study. If there's no one around, you can check out National Bookstore for the textbooks of your year level.

      Since you're 15, you can actually wait until you're 16 and then enroll in the Alternative Learning System. You can ask your local barangay if any of the schools in your community offers it. Then all you have to do is take the diagnostic exam then attend classes before taking the final exam.

      I wish you the best of luck and hope that you find the best program for you. God bless!

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  29. Thank you so much for the information. I am considering to homeschool my 12-year old daughter next school year. I'm thinking of this option as a bonding time with her since I feel that she is not close to me anymore :(. She has changed a lot and she is always busy with her tons of homework. No time to chat with me. I am working here in Geneva, Switzerland and she lives in Baguio city. Do you know anyone who does homeschooling while working overseas? any guides please? Thank you

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    1. Hi. I once read in the Pinoy Homeschoolers Yahoo Group that their family was homeschooling. They live in China and they can't afford to send their child to an international school. So they enrolled in The Masters Academy. I don't know the family personally though.

      The best thing to do is to look at your options by looking for a homeschool curriculum provider. Inquire via email. They usually answer right away.

      Best of luck to you and your family. :)

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    2. Thank you so much for the information. :)

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  30. Hi, Im a Mom of two. 11 and 4, residing here in Malaysia. Im planning to home school my two kids, is it possible that i can inquire home schooling in Philippines while we are staying here? Bahasa and Mandarin kasi ang mostly itinuturo , my eldest is having difficulty in learning. Home School and International School naman is very expensive. Repeater pa ng Yr. 5 ang eldest ko dahil masyado daw siyang bata sa Yr.6 last year. Ang school dito nag start January to Nov and kahit ngayon hirap pa din kami maglesson (nag aaral din ako para sabay namen matutunan ang 2 languages) Thank you and God Bless..

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  31. Hi, Mommy Pau. I assume pwede naman to inquire with the homeschooling curriculum providers here even if you're already abroad. I know some homeschooling institutions even conduct their interviews, exams, or quizzes via Skype. The best thing to do is to inquire with your homeschooling institution of choice. Good luck and do let me know how it goes so we can share the information with other homeschoolers or potential homeschoolers. God bless.

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  32. Thank u for this blog. I am praying that God will give me the courage to do this, we're planning to attend the CFA "homeschool discovery time" on march 12.

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  33. Hi im still praying that God will give me the courage and guide me through my decision. We are planning to attend the CFA homeshool discovery time on march 12. For those moms out there who are interested but still having a hard time to decide you may want to join too. Maybe this will enlighten us and answers our question regarding homeschooling.

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  34. Hi, Margret. Good luck. You can do this. If it's meant to be, you will get through this. God bless.

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  35. Hi may I ask where you can find the upated curriculum at as I am looking into the choice of homeschooling or unschooling at the moment. Thanks

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  36. Unfortunately, the only way I know that you can see a curriculum from a homeschool curriculum provider is to actually enroll. Maybe you can contact the homeschool curriculum provider of your choice and inquire. If not, you can google curricula for your intended grade level and see what you can find. I know I stumbled on the Ace and Christi curriculum online. And the high school curricula for certain schools are online. I also think Dep Ed has the government required curricula online. You just have to search for it. Good luck.

    P.s. For unschooling, there really is no curriculum. What I understand of unschooling is that parents usually go with whatever the interest of the child is. But I assume they also roughly follow some standardized curricula. You can search for curricula even for international sites online but, personally, I haven't found any.

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  37. I just want to ask if we have home schooling even for senior high (grades 11 and 12) here in the Philippines? and if ever, will this be recognized by colleges and universities once my son begins with tertiary education?

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  38. if i were to start home school with my senior high son, which school would you recommend?

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  39. Hi, working mom. I'm so sorry but I don't actually know which of the homeschool institutions I've listed above are K-12 ready and are also accredited by Dep Ed. Please do bring up your concerns when you contact the homeschool institution of your choice.

    I hope you understand that I can't recommend any particular institution since I only have experience with two institutions.

    Good luck and I hope you and your son find the right choice for you. God bless!

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  40. Great post Nina,

    Did you know that New Era University of Diliman Quezon City is also offering Homeschooling Program, I hope it will be on your updated Homeschooling provider list also, here are the official details –
    website: http://www.vem.edu.ph/?page_id=241
    Accepting Kindergarten, Elementary, and High School
    ADMISSION is done through e-mail: hip@vem.edu.ph or neuhip@gmail.com
    (+632) 906-6327 (Direct Line); Mobile No: +63-917-315-7531

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  41. Thank you so much for this informative and encouraging post Nina. How's Matt after (almost) 3 years of Blended? Any 'negatives' on this institution? When you say budget has been tight, does this mean BLC is a bit more expensive (since Matt's enrolled in 3X a week classes)? Could you share ballpark figures? thanks Nina.

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  42. Hi. Matt is doing very well. He is a very extroverted kid and loves having classmates and friends.

    The only negative I can see is that BLC, or any other educational institution for that matter, would be a lot more expensive than homeschooling of course. Although BLC offers homeschooling too, in the end, what made us decide to enroll Matt in the blended learning program was faith.

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  43. hi mommies! I need your opinion on this.

    Im planning to homeschool my 6-year old daughter this coming school year. She is an incoming grade 1 and just finished her preschool in St Scholastica's. She did actually pretty well academically but we noticed that she is losing a bit of her self-confidence. We could not think of any other reason for that than the big number of students per class SSC has. Prior to SSC, she went to Gymboree for two years and she was used to having few classmates. Maybe she was wondering why she's not getting the attention she used to enjoy in Gymboree.

    Do you think homeschool will bring out even more the best in her since she can get 100% of our attention? if yes, would you recommend that I enroll her in a depEd accredited homeschool or should i make my own curriculum since I was a teacher for 8 years and currently handling a tutorial class for other kids.

    What are the advantages of enrolling her to a homeschool provider vs. creating my own curriculum?

    I keep on encountering the word "unschooling" everytime I read blogs about homeschooling. what does it actually mean?

    Thank you mommies and looking forward for your responses.

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  44. Hi Mommies! I am torn between enrolling my 7y old son who is an incoming grade 2 this SY 2016 - 2017 to a regular school or he will be doing homeschool. Pls enlighten me if homeschooling will help me better, he's a VERY shy boy and barely talks to his teachers for the entire year of his schooling last school year. He almost didn't pass grade 1 level because he's not participating in all aspects of school activities. He just mingle with his classmates very little and he's not following his teachers when he was given intructions to do things. I just made an arrangement with his grade 1 teachers to give him at least a general average of 75 so he can get promoted to grade 2 this school year so he can move to the next level but with one his teachers gave me one condition -- that I will enroll him to other school not with them anymore because they're worried that my child will only had a hard time again if he'll continue as grade 2 in a school like them that has 45 students/per class. They think, based on my son's attitude towards learning and in terms of his poor social skill, that my son will thrive more if I will enroll him in a school that has fewer students per class. I was saddened but I have to accept their assessment regarding my son because Ive seen myself how my son struggled and how he's always reluctant conversing and interacting with his teachers. But here in our house, together with his 11y old brother, my 7y old is different, way different from the way he was when inside his classroom. He not shy at all, very happy, very talkative, always smile, always laugh, always participating in our family's conversation and bonding activities. Now that school opening is just few weeks away, I am still undecided if I will enroll him in a regular school or will just enroll him in a homeschool program. I am torn if staying here in our house will help him learn more because he wouldn't have to deal with whatever fears or feeling of uneasyness with classmates/teachers. But I am afraid that he's being a shy and being selective with people he would like to interact will just worsen.

    Mommies please help weigh the pros and cons given my son's situation, thanks in advance.

    - Red

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  45. Hi Mommies!

    I am torn between enrolling my 7y old son who is an incoming grade 2 this SY 2016 - 2017 to a regular school or he will be doing homeschool. Pls enlighten me if homeschooling will help me better, he's a VERY shy boy and barely talks to his teachers for the entire year of his schooling last school year. He almost didn't pass grade 1 level because he's not participating in all aspects of school activities. He just mingle with his classmates very little and he's not following his teachers when he was given intructions to do things. I just made an arrangement with his grade 1 teachers to give him at least a general average of 75 so he can get promoted to grade 2 this school year so he can move to the next level but with one his teachers gave me one condition -- that I will enroll him to other school not with them anymore because they're worried that my child will only had a hard time again if he'll continue as grade 2 in a school like them that has 45 students/per class. They think, based on my son's attitude towards learning and in terms of his poor social skill, that my son will thrive more if I will enroll him in a school that has fewer students per class. I was saddened but I have to accept their assessment regarding my son because Ive seen myself how my son struggled and how he's always reluctant conversing and interacting with his teachers. But here in our house, together with his 11y old brother, my 7y old is different, way different from the way he was when inside his classroom. He not shy at all, very happy, very talkative, always smile, always laugh, always participating in our family's conversation and bonding activities. Now that school opening is just few weeks away, I am still undecided if I will enroll him in a regular school or will just enroll him in a homeschool program. I am torn if staying here in our house will help him learn more because he wouldn't have to deal with whatever fears or feeling of uneasyness with classmates/teachers. But I am afraid that he's being a shy and being selective with people he would like to interact will just worsen.

    Mommies please help weigh the pros and cons given my son's situation, thanks in advance.

    - Red

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    1. Hi Mommy Red. It has been a year now since you sent your message. How are you? I still hope that my reply will be of help to you...
      I can relate with you. My little girl was so timid and shy. When she was 8 years old, I started her in homeschooling with her older brother who has autism. Of course she agreed with the idea. I enrolled them at the Homeschooling Dept. of The Learning Place in Los Banos. Modules were done at home, we go to the school for quarterly exams, and we join some school activities required. =D
      The big question then was, "How will their social skills develop? How will they develop their self-confidence?" My mother and mother-in-law were a bit skeptic about this homeschooling idea. I understand where they're coming from, but I thought then that if things will not work then I can send them back to regular school the following year.
      I asked God for wisdom and guidance.
      I have to make a decision and commitment to engage myself into homeschooling. I decided to quit my job (with the consent and blessing of my husband) and to commit to becoming a full-time homeschool teacher. And yes, I have to add patience to my unconditional love for them.
      The first year in homeschooling was the hardest, a lot of adjustments and several routines had to be changed.
      I enrolled them in once-a-wk group voice lesson, dancing and badminton. So they did not have to deal with so much people. Then they had to comply with the practices for a recital and the recital day itself. They slowly learned to overcome their fear.
      I engaged them with the usual errands we Moms do for the home, like buying groceries, school supplies, paying bills, transacting in banks, etc. A lot of these may require application of lessons learned during homeschooling. (Hitting two birds with one stone.) We had family trips any time of the year. All these meant seeing a lot of people but who they need not deal with, nevertheless, who they have to engage with when needing something, so socialising with others may be required.
      It was a slow process. After 4 years of homeschooling, I placed her back to regular school. We agreed to try it for a year and that if things will not work, then we can always go back to homeschooling. But guess what? She was able to adjust well. My young lady now shows more confidence in expressing herself in a regular school. She actively participates in group discussions and has even demonstrated leadership in class. Bonus part, she was the top of the class. What a blessing!
      More importantly, she has discovered that she can always depend on God and that she can put her confidence in Him always. Homeschooling is a great opportunity for parents to share God's faithfulness and grace in Jesus Christ.
      Keep up the good work Mommy Red. God bless you and your family.

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  46. Has any of you tried home schooling for a child diagnosed with autism? I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thank you :D

    or you may send me a message thru mariangsinukuan@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Marina. My son with ASD (formerly Asperger's Syndrome) learned a lot in homeschooling. We have enrolled at The Learning Place in Los Banos. He learned the basic academic requirements and have somehow mastered them, I guess it is because he has learned at his own pace. And we, parents, get the opportunity to help them realise the importance of what they're learning. For instance, since he likes to eat pizza, I use it to enhance lessons in fraction.
      Social skills have improved because I brought him along in most of my errands- like in restaurants, food courts, supermarkets, etc. wherein he had the opportunity to practice communicating with others. I feel, I also give others the opportunity to know how to deal with people with special needs. Actually, it seems that he has more acquaintances than the rest of the family. Hehehe. Some would even greet him by his first name as we enter the restaurant or we walk pass a store.
      A lot of patience and unconditional love....a requirement for homeschooling.
      Finally, God's grace abounds. God bless you Mommy Marina. =D

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  47. My son will be in grade 6 next school year and we’ll be moving abroad. I plan to enroll him in a Philippine-based homeschool program.

    Will he still be required to get the National Achievement Test when we’re under the homeschool program?

    Thanks.

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  48. Hi, Amber. I honestly don't know. My opinion is that your son shouldn't need to take the National Achievement Test since all you need when transferring schools are the previous years' academic records anyway.

    My advice is to check with the homeschool curriculum provider you are going to be enrolled with if they require their students to take the National Achievement Test.

    And if they don't have the answer for you, maybe you can check with the Department of Education.

    Good luck to you and your family.

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