Donna Donor, events organizer/online ESL teacher, says her son, Kib, 8, has never had a taste of formal schooling. “I taught in a regular school for a while so I would sometimes bring him with me there when there are school activities,” she shares.
Donna says she chose to homeschool for a variety of reasons, initially because she jokingly told her mother that she wanted Kib to be like Jose Rizal, who was, in a way, also homeschooled.
Her main reasons though, were to strengthen her relationship with Kib, especially since she and her husband went their separate ways two years ago.
“We are currently enrolled at School of Tomorrow in Parañaque City, which uses the Accelerated Christian Education or ACE program,” Donna shares. Being a graduate of the ACE program in a school setting, she was excited to learn that it could be implemented in a homeschool setting as well.
Overcoming playfulness and shyness Donna’s main challenge in homeschooling Kib is his tendency to play when it’s time to do lessons. She tries to overcome this by talking to him about his schedule beforehand, and reminding him about his responsibilities.
Donna also admits that, unlike the other homeschooling families featured here, she and Kib start and end their day late.
“I usually remind him to finish his tasks before sunset but sometimes he is too engrossed with playing that he finishes when I am about to finish my work, too, which is at midnight!” she expounds. “My only reminder to him is to finish everything in one day, no matter how long he spends on it.”
Socialization is certainly no problem for Kib. A part-time commercial model, he is “super sociable and people are always surprised to know that he is homeschooled,” Donna shares.
“I bring him to my meetings and events, and he serves as my middleman,” she says. “Sometimes, I am shy to approach people, but with his wit and charm I can exchange business cards with them.”
“My son enjoys homeschooling so much that he is so proud to tell people that he doesn't go to school,” Donna exclaims. “I’ve been asking him if he wants to study in a regular school next year but he always says no.”
Tomorrow: The Cadiz family share how homeschooling creates a stronger foundation for the family