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  • Lolo Builds Treehouse To Get Stable Internet Connection For Apo's Online Classes

    Yes, the treehouse is in the middle of a rice field but just five minutes away from the boy's home.
    by SmartParenting Staff .

    The Curangcurang family home in Barangay Cabatang, Alicia, Bohol province, had an unstable Internet connection. So they did the next best thing.
    PHOTO BY Giecel Marie Curangcurang
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     The question of face-to-face classes for our kids has been settled for now. It won’t be happening as long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat. So since a quarantine was imposed in March, parents have been looking for ways to make sure their kids continue to learn, whether that means homeschooling, modular learning, or distance education.

    In fact, parents are exhausting every means to ensure their child doesn’t get left behind in his education. And if there is anything that frustrates (and scares) them the most these days, it is the lack of control to get a good Internet signal.

    There is nothing like “Your connection timed out” to fuel outrage.

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    Filipinos, however, are resilient and resourceful human beings. Oh, they will complain (and create memes) about how an Internet connection is expensive yet get only Kbps instead of Mbps. But they know if they wait for their grievances to be heard, well, that will be a long wait. So they act and try to make the best out of their situations. 

    That’s what the Curangcurang family did recently, and their efforts have been going viral on social media.


    You see, the Curangcurang  family home in Barangay Cabatang, Alicia, Bohol province, had an unstable Internet connection, disrupting the online schooling of Grade 2 student, Arvin Jay. Rappler reports he has his online classes for four hours a day from Mondays to Wednesdays and 45 minutes on Thursdays.

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    So his grandfather, Martin, came up with a solution. According to CDN Digital, he built a mini treehouse in the middle of a rice field at an elevated area to get a proper signal.

    The treehouse is a 5-minute drive from the residence, noting it was also far from the sound of videoke, according to Rappler.

    See photos of Arvine studying at his treehouse by his aunt by his aunt, Giecel Marie, below.

    Rappler adds Arvin was doing self-learning modules with his aunt, Giecel Marie, but it did not seem to suit him. The media company quotes Giecel Marie as saying. “Feeling ko na bored siya pag ako nagturo kasi siya lang, walang kasama, ‘di nya nakikita mga classmates niya at guro.”

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    Like many parents we know, Arvin’s mom and dad work in Manila while his aunt and grandfather take care of him in Bohol. We know for sure his parents are grateful for the efforts Lolo Martin and Aunt Giecel Marie made for Arvin Jay's online learning.

    Looking for learn-at-home options and wondering about tuition fee? Head to Smart Parenting Classroom now!

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