Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blessed To Be A Resource To Other Homeschoolers :-)

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I have been receiving e-mails and Facebook messages from other moms about homeschooling, and I feel so blessed and honored to be considered a "resource" for others. I am not an expert on homeschooling, and we have yet to put order in our homeschool life, so I am deeply humbled by all the messages I have been receiving. Anyway, here is one of those messages, and my reply as well: (I am posting them here in the hopes of helping others.. :-) God bless us all!

From a fellow mom on Facebook who discovered this blog:

Hi Sis Tina, i visited your blog website and it helped me understand homeschooling more. i hope you can add me here in FB, and hope you can help me understand homeschooling. I feel that I am the only one excited with the idea of homeschooling my child,my husband says he will support me but I am just really having second thoughts if I can really do it. I don't want my husband to be disappointed and of course I want the best for my child. Hope to hear from you soon sis. thank you.

Here's my reply:

Hi sis!

Thank you for your message. :-) I am so happy and grateful to the Lord that my blog is helpful to others. I am by no means an expert on the subject as I am, just like you and a lot of other moms, struggling to make sense of our homeschooling again, and to organize our homeschool (I still work fulltime for Couples for Christ or CFC), especially as we have been very busy lately with CFC's upcoming 30th Anniv Celebrations. We are still, in simplest terms, unschooling, and to be honest, there are days or even weeks where no "formal" homeschooling takes place. 

Anyway, praise GOD and congrats to you (and hubby) for the brave step you are taking to explore homeschooling. It may be challenging especially if you don't know where to start, so I am suggesting you start here: PRAY. :-) Ask God's guidance regarding your desire to homeschool and especially for hubby's continued support and understanding.

Also, how old is your child and what are his/her interests? This will help you determine the type of homeschooling you want to do i.e. unschooling, eclectic (mixed), Charlotte Mason, Bible-based, etc.
You may also want to decide which path is most suited for you, i.e. to be registered with a local HS provider like Catholic Filipino Academy or The Master's Academy by Christ's Commission Fellowship, or be independent (unschooling and eclectic would fall under this), or registered with a foreign HS provider like Seton, Kolbe, etc. It also helps to attend as many parents' orientations as you can and do online research, and to seek inputs from other homeschoolers (try joining the pinoyhomeschool yahoogroups).

If your child is still preschool age, my blog has lots of useful links on the header, and also may free curricula to choose from for preschoolers and toddlers on the right side. (Although what we actually use is mostly whatever I can think of! hahaha.)

Incidentally, CFA (Catholic Filipino Academy) has an early nursery program for 3 year olds and up, mostly focused on reading and early Math skills, which you can purchase for P8000 at any time of the year. You may want to check this out too.

I hope this helps you sis. I am not as organized as I would like to be, and as others may perceive me to be (blogging makes one look good huh?!) but I do try my best, and I just hope that God will use my blogs (I have another one at to bless others. 

God bless us as we seek what is best for our kids and teach them for eternal life! :-)

In Christ,
Tina :-)

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