Ages/Grades of Children: 11 (grade 5), 9 (grade 4), 3 (Pre-K)
Location: Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Why and when did you decide to homeschool your children?
God’s calling is the main reason why I homeschool my children. It was 2 1/2 years ago when I felt God had called me to homeschool. I wasn’t drawn to homeschooling as a way to create academically advanced students (though statistics show that homeschooled kids are advanced. I just wanted to bond with my children, instill in them the love for learning and to deliberately “train and disciple” them to be Christ followers. But it was them who requested to be homeschooled. My eldest son was relentless in his request. He even told his friends and teachers that he was going to be homeschooled the next year. And so when fourth grade rolled around, we brought him and his sister home for school. Before homeschooling, by the time they got home from school, they were wiped out and too exhausted to do homework! Now, they are finally able to let down their guard. They have time to recharge when they need it. They can be themselves in front of their siblings and me. Their gifts have really started to come out.
Describe your homeschool in three words.
Everything God’s grace. (God working slowly and surely in our lives)
What’s the best homeschooling advice you’ve ever received?
To focus on learning, not on grades and don’t compare your family to others.
How has homeschooling changed you?
I am now less afraid to NOT follow the crowd. I used to think that good education in traditional school is the only path that will lead to my kids’ success but now that I’m stepping outside of the box, I ask, “Is that success or is that following the crowd?” I am more conscious about learning in everything and in everywhere we go – learning not confined in the four walls of the classroom. We are always learning, everywhere we go. That’s what homeschooling is all about.
How has homeschooling benefited your family?
Homeschooling strengthens the closeness of our family. Our relationships with our children are deeper. We are able to watch them grow. We are able to travel together on lean months where the cost is cheaper and it’s less crowded.
Who do you turn to when you need homeschooling advice? Why?
Whenever I’m feeling burned-out from homeschooling or need advice about homeschooling, I go to my friends who have been homeschooling because they have been there and done that and are more experienced than I am.
How do your children feel about being homeschooled?
My children love being homeschooled. They love the freedom that comes with it. They work at their own pace, the quality of education is stellar and they’re enjoying a great relationship with their parents.