Homeschooling is gaining more and more popularity in the Philippines and many parents are becoming curious about how it works. I personally have received a lot of inquiries from parents about homeschooling preschool, mostly because of my blog.
I don’t claim to be an expert on homeschooling, but I have been able to learn a lot about it through my own research, reading other homeschoolers’ blogs, as well as linking up with other homeschooling families, and homeschool groups like the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) and the Catholic Homeschool in Asia Pacific & the World yahoogroup.
There are actually quite a number of parents who home educate their children even beyond preschool, some even going on through elementary school to high school. For those who are interested in knowing how homeschooling their 6 -7 year old kids can work out, get tips from these real homeschool moms:
Jennifer Legaspi-Aspacio, or Jennie, is a web content writer and virtual assistant. She is also a homeschool mom to 6-year old Jed Zachary, and they have been homeschooling since 2009 using the School of Tomorrow curriculum.
According to Jennie, one of the first things parents should do when they decide to homeschool is to choose their curriculum. “Scout for the best homeschooling curriculum that will cater to your child's needs. If you do not believe in the curriculum that you are to use and you think that it lacks here and there, it will be hard to execute a good learning environment for you and your child,” she adds.
Also, Jennie recommends letting your child have his own “school room,” if space permits in your home, and to be in uniform during class. She reasons out: “It is a challenge enough that your class is held at home, which is essentially your child's comfort zone. Having his own nook and wearing his uniform will allow for him to transition from play to school mode. This has worked for us this last couple of years.”
Lastly, this work-at-home homeschool mom also suggests supplementing your kid’s education with extra-curricular classes. “My son has been enrolled in Karate class since last year and he's recently taken voice lessons as well. The variety is doing him good.”