The concept of parents teaching their children at home is not a new one -- it is actually one of the oldest education "systems" known to mankind. Did you know that famous people like Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Alexander Graham Bell, and our very own Jose Rizal were homeschooled? At some point in their lives, all of these people were taught at home by their own parents.
In the case of Dr. Jose Rizal, his mother was his first teacher, and "on her lap, he learned at the age of three the alphabet and the prayers," says the site JoseRizal.ph.
Homeschooling: a viable option Indeed, it's safe to say that homeschooling is a global movement that is now entering into the hearts and consciousness of Filipino families. More and more parents are choosing it as a viable option, because they want to provide their children with education beyond a classroom’s walls.
For our family, learning takes place all the time (at least I hope it does). Whether we're counting tiles while waiting at the LRT station in Katipunan, or going on an impromptu field trip to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center while on an errand, I've been blessed to be there for most of my kids' learning moments. Even if I am not an Education graduate, I have been able to teach my eldest child to read, write, do simple arithmetic, and say his prayers, among other things.
Homeschooling is not for everyone Admittedly though, homeschooling is not for everyone. Each family has its own unique set-up and lifestyle, beliefs and values. Homeschooling may work for my family but it may not work for others’. Still, I would encourage parents to at least explore the concept of homeschooling, and see if it is a "fit" for their respective families.
Is homeschooling for you? Come find out on November 16! If you're reading this and wondering if homeschooling is for you and your children, you are invited to join a special event this November 16, 2013. Manila Workshops, a company dedicated to providing continuing education for individuals’ professional and personal goals, has partnered with The Learning Basket, an advocacy that inspires parents to be their children’s first and best teacher. They have come together to offer an inspirational event jam-packed with information about homeschooling that will help parents who are considering educating their children at home.
The “You Can Homeschool: Be Inspired, Be Informed, Be Empowered” event is from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will be held at One Events and Café, One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas cor Meralco Ave, Pasig City.
The key speakers of this event, Thammie Sy, Frannie Daez, and Edric Mendoza, have all found their calling in homeschooling their children.
Parents who are exploring homeschooling, or even those who are currently homeschooling but need extra inspiration, are encouraged to attend this event. Participants stand to gain an intimate look and understanding of home education.
To register for the You Can Homeschool event, click here.