Homeschooling is becoming a more preferable option for many families nowadays. Dr. Francis Dimalanta, M.D., behavioral and developmental pediatrician, advises parents who are planning to homeschool to consider the following questions:
• Is homeschooling an answer to the family’s economic situation?• Is it addressing the family’s concern on peer pressure or bullying?
• Are the parents considering religion or certain values as a set part of their child’s education?
• Is the homeschool curriculum accredited by the Department of Education or even the U.S. Department of Education, in case the family is interested in further education abroad?
Vicky Alcordo, former high school English teacher and home teacher to her three kids, opted for the U.S.-based Calvert home school program for the following reasons:
• They personally reviewed the curriculum and found it complete and appropriate for their kids.
• The program gave them consistent support, always answering questions the following day.
• The program provides them with all learning materials and the option of a dedicated teacher to check the children’s work and grade them.
Bev Alarcon, entrepreneur, freelance web developer and home teacher to her three kids chose a local homeschool program that has a Christian U.S.-based curriculum, Living Heritage Academy because:
• The program has DepEd accreditation through its affiliate, School Of Tomorrow based in Paranaque City.
• They cover all basic subjects including Araling Panlipunan and Filipino.
• They provide parent training and ready-made work books that incorporate quizzes, tests, goal set forms, and grading forms.