A Quick Look at the Homeschooling Option

For most parents, education is a valuable legacy that they can leave their children. This is the reason why parents exert a lot of effort in providing for school needs and in choosing the best educational method for their child. Nowadays, there are plenty of teaching methods being used in various educational institutions. There is the traditional method, Montessori teaching, Waldorf education, and the likes. One approach to education that has been growing in popularity is homeschooling.
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In a nutshell, homeschooling is education outside the formal settings of the school or as some call it home education. Parents and/or tutors are tasked to take charge of the child’s education in a home setting. The main appeal of this approach is its flexibility. The curriculum, schooling schedule, and teaching method can be tailored to the child’s learning style. In a traditional school set-up a specific set of subjects are taught for each school level, and the amount of time allotted for each subject is usually the same. When it comes to homeschooling, the parents can choose subjects that interest their kids even if it is not included in the traditional curriculum. The child is also given the option to learn in their own space thereby minimizing the stress in learning. Parents can adjust study periods according to the child’s performance in each subject. For example, short periods can be allotted for subjects wherein the child already excels while longer periods are given for lessons that may need more work or improvement.

One area of concern for parents who are considering the homeschooling approach is the development of the child’s social skills. Children who are confined in a home setting don’t get as much interaction with their peers as school kids who have classmates and schoolmates that they see every day. On the other hand, home schooled kids can also join support groups for fellow home school students. These groups may organize play dates, field trips, sports fest, and other social activities to foster social interaction among students.

Homeschooling is legally recognized in some countries like USA, Canada, Australia, and UK. Some even have highly regulated home education programs to help maintain educational standards. However, this doesn’t mean that homeschooling will work for everyone. This is a decision that the whole family should agree on. Each member must be committed to the program for it to work.

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Homeschooling Conference to Take Place in May

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.

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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.

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The event is supported by the 3,000-strong force of Filipino families, who are currently homeschooling by choice and discovering its priceless benefits.

About HAPI

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.

*This is a press release.

Homeschooling Successes: Taking the Way of the Prime Educational Option Forward

In the wildly competitive and demanding world of today, what does it take to reach your goals and stand out?

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.

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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.

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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.”