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  • Clueless About Homeschool In PH? Here's What You Need To Know First

    Homeschooling encounters minimal disruption from typhoons, floods, and even a pandemic.
    by Que Sullano-Gavan .
Clueless About Homeschool In PH? Here's What You Need To Know First
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    Homeschooling is gaining popularity in the country as a viable education alternative. It gives parents flexibility and control over what their kids are learning. It is an education sector that encounters minimal disruption from calamities like typhoons, floods, and even a pandemic.

    There are two possible paths in homeschooling you can take: enroll with a homeschool provider or explore independent homeschooling.

    Homeschool provider vs. independent homeschooling

    Choosing to enroll with a homeschool provider means being connected with a “school” just like in the traditional form of education. Accredited providers are connected with DepEd-accredited traditional schools that have complied with DepEd Homeschool requirements based on DepEd Order 21 s. 2019. (Read here for a list of homeschool providers that can help you homeschool your child.) 

    Independent homeschoolers are not connected to any DepEd-accredited provider in the Philippines. It is also an option if you want to get a foreign provider, or not get any provider at all.

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    Is there a qualification required to be a homeschooler? Some DepEd-accredited homeschool providers require having at least a college degree. For independent homeschoolers, the only credential you need for this type of education is a strong desire to teach your children. For subjects that you might find challenging to explain, tutorial services can be obtained.

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    Here’s a list of the pros and cons of both options to help you make an informed decision based on choosing a curriculum, parent qualifications to teach, keeping academic records, and cost.

    Homeschool provider gives you a curriculum

    The curriculum is the material used for subjects or lessons. It may include textbooks, teaching manuals, grading guidelines, lesson plans, quizzes, and worksheets.

    A homeschool provider will give you a curriculum as a guide for the school year. There are homeschool providers with flexible and personalized programs that allow you to customize lessons based on your child’s interest. However, enrolling with a provider means that you have to comply with set schedules, requirements, and assessments. DepEd-accredited providers base their requirements on the learning competencies set by DepEd.

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    It’s an open curriculum for an independent homeschooler 

    Independent homeschoolers are not provided with a curriculum but will have the full freedom of an open curriculum. You can choose books, and even subjects you believe are applicable for your kids to learn. You follow your own schedule and embrace a more unhurried homeschool journey.

    Homeschool providers help with academic records

    Accreditation is essential when you want to track the level of your child. It is also needed when your child transitions to a regular school or enter a university in the Philippines.

    Homeschool providers help parents get accreditation, process all the needed documents, issue the transcript of records for their homeschooled children, and process the LRN or Learner Reference Number. The LRN, used in school ID and transcript of record, is a unique and permanent number assigned by the DepEd to each student as one goes through the basic education program.

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    An independent homeschooler takes care of the documentation 

    For an independent homeschooler, you take care of everything when it comes to academic record-keeping and filing. You need to keep track of grade levels and the supporting documents. You need to get a schedule and let your kids take DepEd examinations like the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) or the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Exam under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) when it’s time to enter a traditional school or college.

    Homeschool providers involve service costs

    Homeschool providers have enrollment fees that range from Php15,000 – 60,000 per year per child, depending on the grade level and services offered. The prices do not include learning materials like books but may consist of a personalized curriculum, dedicated advisers, training for parents, and scheduled study groups for the kids.

    Homeschooling independently is a practical option.

    As an independent, you do not have to pay the yearly service fee or buy the required teaching or learning materials. Most independent homeschoolers prefer to save their money for future use or spend it on what they think is more important.

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    Remember that homeschooling is a commitment. If you can set aside daily quality learning time, this should be sufficient to homeschool.  While it is daunting, and it has worked for some families, it is possible for a parent to work and homeschool at the same time.

    Que Sullano-Gavan, who hopes to study early childhood education and publish a book someday, is a licensed engineer who opted to stay at home and focus on homeschooling her only child, Gab. She is married to fellow engineer Jinoe and together they mange their website, www.filipinohomeschooler.com.

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