To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool?


In May 2015, we (actually majority was me) decided that we are going back to homeschooling. There are several reasons why we decided on it but the reason for each child was unique.  

My eldest was 16 then and was in Grade 10. He wanted to graduate from High School at 18 but that would be impossible with K-12 in full swing. So for him, Homeschooling was the answer. 

Homeschooling is not for everyone. So it is best to have an end in mind to determine if it is indeed for your child or not. 

There are different methods of homeschooling.
1. Unschooling – there is no format nor set curriculum. The child learns what they want to. Resources are varied. 
2. Traditional – There is a provider that is DepEd accredited and follows a curriculum. Available only in DepEd accredited providers
3. Independent- not DepEd accredited. You get to choose your curriculum and where to get them. 

The first time we homeschooled (Grades 1 and 2) we went traditional. We got our “Paces” or modules from a school in Manila. We took a diagnostic test to determine learning gaps and did the curriculum for the said level. We took tests at the end of each “Pace” or module and recorded our scores. We submitted the grading sheet once done and we move on to the next level. They should be finished in one year. 

This time we went independent. We purchased our second hand books (except for workbooks) ONLINE http://homeschoolclassifieds.com/ from homeschooling families in the US after their school year is over. The books (from different sellers) were then shipped to my brother’s US address and he was to mail a balikbayan box to me. But he was coming home anyway, so he volunteered to just bring them. One particularly interesting thing we did was the freedom to study which field in Science to study. I made biology, General Science, Physics, Botany and Chemistry books available for them to choose from. However, once they get started on the book, they are to finish it fiest before moving on to another field. I also added subjects which I think will enhance their learning like Creative Writing and Geography. Giving them access to novels will greatly enhance their vocabulary as well as grammar so we have plenty of those too. They don’t have to be brand new. For Philippine History, we are awaiting the arrival of “Kasaysayan: The History of the Filipino People” from Asia Publishing, which went on sale at Fully Booked for only Php 1,898 from Php 16,000! Thanks to Joan and Robert for the haul 😀 

Since the goal was to finish high school and on to college, (but our modules or books are not DepEd accredited ergo, as far as they are concerned, we are Out of School), we need to find a way to be recognized. So we enrolled in DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS). This is their program for those who are not regularly enrolled in their public schools. It is a once a week class that prepares overage kids (for their level) to take the “Assessment and Evaluation Exam”. If they pass, they will be “graduating” from high school and be admitted in college. My eldest took that exam in April and passed it. The school year begins in January and ends in October in time for the exam but at times, the exam is postponed, thus this time they administered it in April.  

Although we have core subjects in our curriculum, we weren’t confined at home. We had several field trips and informal lessons too. My kids had regular day to day chores which becomes the basis for their weekly allowance. We saved in our “personal” bank and once accumulated, deposited it to a regular savings account. 

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