Monday, September 5, 2011

First Day at the Kingdom-Seekers Academy

Today is our first "official" day of homeschooling. Although I believe that all parents have been homeschooling since birth (or even BEFORE birth, when the baby is still in the womb), today is the day we actually start to (try to! hehe) follow a curriculum. We will also formally "baptize" our homeschool with a name:

"The Kingdom-Seekers Academy"
based on Matthew 6:33 (which is our family's life verse now, and the verse on which I based my other mommy blog)

(Incidentally, it's Blessed Mother Teresa's Feast Day today! How cool is that?! We named our daughter, Alyssa Therese, with St. Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa in mind! No coincidences when it comes to God' plan!!!)

We will be using the daily lesson plans of Catholic Heritage Curricula for preschool and kindergarten, which were given to us by a fellow homeschooling mom in the US (thank You God for the kindness of others!).

Some of the lessons seem too "simple" for Tim, as he has been doing workbooks and worksheets for letter-writing and number-writing for some time now (mostly using books from Easy to Learn, which can be bought at most local major bookstores). However, I still like the way the lessons incorporate different aspects of the Catholic faith, and there's nothing wrong with going back to basics.

Whenever possible, we will supplement with lessons from Mater Amabilis, which is a free Charlote-Mason style curriculum for Catholics (don't you just LOVE the Internet?!).

We also decided to invest in the Catholic ABC's Preschool Curriculum by Lacy of Catholic Icing. The kids love to do arts and crafts and this is an excellent resource. I hope our book arrives soon! ;-)

We also might be getting the following, which come highly recommended by other  homeschoolers (hopefully we'll get them secondhand or discounted, unless there are kind strangers and not-so-strangers out there willing to give them to us, thank you very much in advance! ;-) hehe!)

Reading - Sing, Spell, Read, Write  (I found out this is available locally through C & E Bookshop.) 

Math - Math-U-See (The local suppliers, Noel and Tasha Tison, can be contacted through

Music and Movement - Making Music Praying Twice (This costs US$98!!! Waaah! Plus US$45 for shipping to the Philippines! Huhuhu!! hehe. Maybe there are used sets on sale on ebay! I'll look for them!)

Well, that's it for now. Got to prepare before the kids wake up (oh yes, I still need to get more organized in terms of preparation! haha!). Also, we're going to mass today to "kick off" the schoolyear, as suggested in CHC's newsletter for parents starting the schoolyear. Pray for us as we pray for you ok?! ;-)


P.S. Last First Friday, I was privileged and blessed to lead a meeting of like-minded Catholic parents who homeschool or are considering homeschool. We've decided to call our group ROCKERs, which stands for Roman Catholics Keeping Education Real. ;-) Feel free to check out our site here and see what we did in our first meeting. (If you want to be part of the group, please e-mail me at Thanks!)

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