The Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) recently made announcements that the country’s 4th Homeschooling Conference has been scheduled to happen on May 19, 2012. Set to take place at St. Francis Square Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong, the event will gather parents, academe, and homeschooling experts in one venue to promote awareness of the program, as well as provide guests with access to homeschool-related tools and services.
Homeschooling is a practice that, over the years, has rapidly gained popularity in the Philippines. Providing children with a familiar and relaxed learning environment that allows parents to tailor-fit certain aspects of their education based on their needs, remote education shatters the long-standing concept that prime education happens only within the confines of the classroom, and is also proven to unlock certain hidden potentials of the student—presenting more room for growth and enhancement.
This year’s Homeschooling Conference is themed “Laying a Strong Foundation.” It will feature lectures from esteemed homeschooling authorities both here and abroad including: noted inspirational speaker, best-selling author and homeschool parent, Bo Sanchez; and former high school and college educator and best-selling author of award-winning books like “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling,” “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens,” and “Ultimate Planners for Moms, Teens and Students,” Debra Bell.
The event is supported by the 3,000-strong force of Filipino families, who are currently homeschooling by choice and discovering its priceless benefits.
The conference is organized by the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), an organization that has dedicated itself as a catalyst for nation-building by advancing home education and unifying home educators in the country.
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With tailor-fit tools that include learning context, curriculum, enrichment activities, support groups, and a standard to benchmark against, homeschooling has been made a prime educational option and means to achieve success in modern society. Locally, top five Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition Louise Mabulo, child genius Darrell Tan, and cum laude graduate-basketball star Paul Tan-Chi are but some sterling testimonies of this.
Here’s a peek on why they put homeschooling in such high regard and how they think this platform is a prime educational option:
Darrell Tan: Genius I.Q. Child
For a 10-year old boy with a genius I.Q. and so much potential, you would think that he would prefer conventional schooling over home education. But Darrell Tan is a proof that learning within the four walls of the home actually equates to learning with no walls—no boundaries in discovering knowledge and experiences of the world beyond. “What I like best about homeschooling—I enjoy learning from my parents, which is why we are close. I have the biggest classroom in the world because I can take my work anywhere. I can also have more activities, like chess, sports, etc. I have many friends of all ages,” as Darrell declares.
Louise Mabulo: Top 5, Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition
Growing up and having to leave my friends and comfort zone behind to adjust to new surroundings is not an easy task for a child. With her dad as a former mayor, she needed to travel a lot and adapt to different languages and cultures. However, it was also during this point in her life when it all changed for the better. After reflecting on the situation, and her family asking for divine guidance, she enrolled in homeschooling and experienced a dramatic shift. “I was always with my mom and dad when they traveled around the Philippines and to other Asian countries, and I witnessed the beauty of God’s creations. I was also able to make more friends than I could ever imagine,” Louise says.
Paul Tan-Chi: Cum Laude, former Ateneo UAAP Basketball Team Captain,
AXEIA Corp. and SHDA President
Hugely able to juggle between being an awarded business student and a famed basketball team captain during his youth, and being president of both AXEIA Corp. and SHDA at present; Paul Tan-Chi has grown up into a highly effective adult. Looking back, he considers his days in homeschooling as some of his brightest and happiest years growing up. “I loved the time I spent with my sibling, and the flexibility to be able to finish a day’s schoolwork early, which gave us more time to play and learn outside the classroom,” he explains.
Home education as a prime educational option:
In the country, more and more Filipino parents are homeschooling by choice, and discovering its priceless benefits. Putting their growing number conservatively at 3,000 families, HAPI has made it its mission to be a catalyst in nation-building by advancing home education and unifying home educators in the country.
“We believe that the teacher-student relationship is intrinsic to the parent-child relationship. Parents have a natural God-given influence that will work to make homeschooling fulfilling for both. We hope that through the upcoming 4th HAPI Conference, we’ll inspire more parents about real life benefits of homeschooling,”says HAPI President, Gerry Argosino.
The Philippine Homeschool Conference set on May 19, 2012 at the 5/F of St. Francis Square Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong banners the theme “Laying a Strong Foundation.” International speaker Debra Bell, a homeschooling authority in the U.S. and best-selling author, and our very own Bo Sanchez, inspirational speaker and author, are slated as keynote speakers. The event will be honored by the presence of Department of Education officials, including Atty. Tonisito Umali, Asst. Secretary for Legal & Legislative Affairs.
As Edric Mendoza, HAPI Chairman said “I realized in raising my four kids that I only have one shot at parenting, and one shot at being the main influencers in their lives. For true success, we have chosen to follow God and enable our children to pass on this important value and legacy.”
Playing is more than just fun. It plays important role to children’s development. It contributes to the physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being of children. Playing also helps children to build confidence, to learn about caring for others and to feel loved. It also helps to cultivate the children’s self-confidence, independence and integrity. All of these can be achieved if you will choose your kids toys carefully.
As parents, what you always buy are educational toys. But not just the educational toys can greatly improve your children’s development. Below are the list of some toys and their benefits
Puzzles – this kids’ favorite learning toy enhances their early educational experience. It develops efficient thought processes by helping the kids to learn how to connect shapes and to group similar things together.
Construction toys – children, the boys most especially are intrigued by their father’s tools. Constructions toys can help the children to make their endless imaginations become reality. They can build and design thus their minds are being stimulated while they play.
Yoyo – duncan yoyos for example, is perfect for learning skills that involve balance, eye-hand coordination, and dexterity.
Arts and Crafts – it helps your children to discover new ideas on their own thus improving your children’s imagination and creativity.
Puppets – it is the best way to know how your children view the world. Through puppets, your children can experiment with the social and emotional roles of life.
The next time you will buy toys, remember that not only educational toys can enhance your children’s abilities. Even those toys that spark their interest help in their development.
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“Look, Ma. I have cleavage.” This is what RJ said when she wore her black swimsuit. A what?! She will just turn ten this July…where the hell she learned what cleavage is? It is just fats. Obviously, our girl who used to climb chairs and sturdy step stool to reach something knows a lot more than what we think she knows.
Every day, when RJ gets home from school, she talks about what she learned on a particular day. So one time when they had their lessons about animal reproduction and fertilization (union of egg cell and sperm cell), she asked me, “The egg cell is inside the female animal while the sperm cell is inside the male animal. So how will they see each other and meet?” I froze and didn’t know what to say. Kids! Why are they so curious of things and pester us with why? Why? Why?
Kids are naturally born curious so don’t expect them to stop asking questions. When something is new to them, they must investigate immediately. They want to know the world and everything in it and how they work. However, each child express curiosity in different ways so it is important to recognize individual differences in your children’s styles of curiosity. Some want to explore with only their minds, others in more physical ways…touching, smelling, tasting, and climbing, and sometimes their style of exploration can be dangerous. As parents, we have the wonderful job of rescuing our children from their own curiosity when it takes a dodgy turn by answering the multitude of questions.
By being curious our children will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible and these give excitement to their life. So the next time your children ask you, don’t fret. But instead, nurture their curiosity and give them your honest answers.