Sunday, July 1, 2012

We're enrolling with Kolbe! :)

I've recently been having "discussions" via email with Teacher Mommy Blessie, who is more known for her Nanay Notebook blog. She has helped me with so many things and answered so many questions... thank you for your time, Mommy Blessie! :)

Anyway, I know I already posted about what our curriculum for this year looks like, so you may be wondering what "enrolling with Kolbe" means. Well, after much prayer (yes, we've been praying about Kolbe since last year) and taking into consideration the DepEd K-12 curriculum that's now in place, and everything else, we've decided to enroll Tim for Kindergarten in Kolbe for the following reasons:

  • According to many Catholic parents I know who are using or have used Kolbe, it is one of, if not THE best Catholic Classical home school curricula available. We won't be buying any books from Kolbe for now, though. I hope to borrow some and also still use the books we already have. It's a good thing they are very flexible that way.
  • I like that they emphasize the important role of the parents in educating their kids (as do other homeschool providers do, too, of course) BUT reading their section on the "Principle of Subsidiarity" also helped us decide on it.
  • Kolbe has been using a K-12 curriculum from the very beginning. I want to be "safe" in terms of evaluation and record-keeping since Kinder is required by DepEd in the Philippines now. Also, I'm sure family members and friends who still have doubts about our homeschooling won't be so "fearful" or "judgmental" anymore when they hear that Tim is officially enrolled in a US-based homeschool. ;)

"Isn't it expensive though?" some people may ask.

Well, according to Mommy Blessie:

"If you're enrolling Tim for Kindergarten, you'll spend about $150 since it's his first time to enroll and he's your first kid. Then there's the Overseas Family fee of $35-40. And a $5 charge for credit card payment. So expect to shell out around P8,300 if you are paying in full. 

If you opt for the five-installment plan, you'll only pay 
  • $30 (tuition)+$40 (overseas family)+$5 (credit card service charge)=$75 (P3,200) upon registration, for your first installment;
  • then $35 dollars (P1,500) on the month you start schooling, for 2nd installment;
  • and three more $35 on the three months after that, for your third to fifth installment."
Hubby and I have some upcoming projects that I am confident will be able to cover this amount. We trust in God's grace! :) Besides, P8,300 isn't so bad compared to shelling out P60,000 for a progressive preschool education, right?! (Take note though, please, that saving money is NOT the main reason why we homeschool — and it shouldn't be for other parents, too!)

Anyway, this statement by Mommy Blessie also made me think that Kolbe is the best way for us right now:

For working moms like us, I would recommend Kolbe over (another homeschool provider) because, from my experience, Kolbe's customer service is much more prompt and accessible, and the quarterly exams they provide means you don't have to send so much documentation on your child's work. The quarterly exams are enough to validate your child's grade -- an invaluable convenience, in my opinion. 

So, Kolbe it is, then! :) We're still going to retain our homeschool name, though: The Kingdom-Seekers Academy. Teehee! To God be the glory! :)

P.S. Pray for us, please?! Thanks! Blessings on us all! Mama Mary, pray for us!


Jen4Ever4Always said...

I have always heard great things about Kolbe.  Glad you came to a decision, that's always a relief.  Enjoy your year!

Blessie Adlaon said...

I'm glad you've come to this decision, Mama Tina! Oh, by the way, you don't have to send in your work samples (quarterly exams, for grades 1 and up) quarterly for validation. I emailed them the whole caboodle -- all four quarterly exams for each subject, plus all other documentary requirements, at the end of the school year. I'll send you need soft copies of the Attendance Sheet and the Course Program for easy filling out/editing/sending, but if I forget, don't hesitate to remind me :-D God bless!

I love the principle of subsidiarity too! :-D

TrulyRichMom/TeacherMamaTina said...

Thank you for your encouragement and advice! :) I JUST read your post, though, about J. playing "truant," haha! :D I can SOOO relate! Waaaahhh! Praying for you guys! God bless US! :D

TrulyRichMom/TeacherMamaTina said...

Hi, Jen! :) Thanks for the support! We'll still be rowing books, though! :) Hehe! I find it easier to do so, especially when I have tons of stuff to do for work! :) God bless you and your family always!

Mao said...

Hello! How about the textbooks? Thanks!

Daisy said...

Hi! I'm also considering homeschooling my kids, I'm Catholic and i'm choosing between CFA and TMA(which I know is a christian homeschool provider). Can you give any feedbacks about the two? And if you don't mind, why didn't you just enroll in CFA? Sorry for the question, it's just that I haven't gotten any feedback on how it is to homeschool under CFA. Hoping you'd give some info, thanks!

TrulyRichMom/TeacherMamaTina said...

Hi, Mao! Sorry for the late reply. :) Re: textbooks, we'll just be using what we already have — Catholic Heritage Curricula materials which we borrowed from a friend; a mixture of local textbooks given by friends and family members (whichever will suit Tim's needs at the moment); lots of storybooks (from the Five in a Row booklists); Sing, Spell, Read, Write books (for phonics). I also borrowed some Seton textbooks from friends, but they are for Grade 1, so we might not use them yet. :) Someone is also going to lend me Kolbe books for Grade 1. :)

Feel free to email me at in the future. :) Thanks and God bless!

TrulyRichMom/TeacherMamaTina said...

Hi, Daisy! :) Thanks for dropping by. :) May I send you an email to explain why we didn't enroll in CFA, and other details you're asking about? :) Please email me at Thanks and God bless!

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