Seven Truths about Homeschooling

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You’ve probably heard about homeschooling recently from a friend or read a blog post somewhere. Your heart races and tell your husband that you want to teach your child at home. Before you jump in, let me give share with you seven truths about homeschooling.

Truth #1. Homeschooling is not for everybody.

When I first set my feet on this new road, I believed in my heart that homeschooling is the best form of education not only for my kids but for all kids. However, I realized that though it is the best for form of learning, it is not for every family.

Our families are set up differently these days. We have single-parent households which puts the burden of earning an income solely on one parent. Providing for the kids becomes a priority.

Homeschooling can still be done no regardless of the family set up but it can be doubly challenging. Ideally, home education demands that parents be the primary educators of their children. But somehow working moms can still do it. Others hire tutors to teach the kids while the parents act as overseers.

Truth #2 Homeschooling is legal.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has accredited homeschool providers under the umbrella of a conventional or regular school to cater to homeschooling families. Once enrolled in a homeschool provider, the family is technically enrolled under the conventional school but having the option of doing school at home. Here are list of DepEd homeschool providers:

*For an extensive list of homeschool providers and coops, visit the HAPI (Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands) page. 

 Truth #3 Homeschooling needs planning.

Once you’ve decided to homeschool, you need to some help in deciding which curriculum would cater to your children’s needs. Other homeschool providers have different sets of curriculum you can choose from. They would gladly assist you in finding the best for your family. There are local textbooks and imported from the U.S. and Singapore. You can read more about planning in this post.

Truth #4 Homeschooling emphasizes higher order of thinking

In 1965, Dr. Benjamin Bloom developed levels of learning objectives. He proposed the Bloom’s Taxonomy which categorizes learning process from simply remembering to evaluating. Read more on Bloom’s Taxonomy here. Higher level of thinking or critical thinking allows the learner to answer the Why and How questions. He learns to apply the lessons. Then, he formulates his own ways of solving a problem. Finally, he learns to evaluate and defend his solution based on what he has learned.

Truth #5 Homeschooling teaches the value of time

Since homeschooling families follow their own schedule, the kids can focus on the academics and have other enrichment classes at the same time. Some extra-curricular activities demand more time for practice. Homeschooling allows the families to devote a day or part of the day for developing their skills.  They have the option of shortening or lengthening academic learning for a certain day. Subjects to be taken daily is also flexible.

Planning also includes trips to the museums, parks and historical sites. These field trips enhances the learning process. Not only do they get to read about facts from their books but they also get the chance to see and experience them in real life.

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Truth #6 Homeschooling’s priority is character-molding.

When my husband and I decided to homeschool Coby nine years ago, our primary reason was to build his character. We believe that academics will follow. We wanted to bring up a child that will love and fear God, respectful and obedient to his parents. These traits have developed over the years and is continuing to improve especially now that he is conscious of his relationship with God. It’s easier to teach a child you have his heart.

Incidentally, the parent-teachers especially the moms are also being transformed in the process. Homeschooling has changed my perspective about learning. I used to think that being confined in the classroom, burrowing my nose in books and memorizing facts is sufficient. But then there is a higher level of thinking that homeschooling teaches. Remembering facts is the lowest level of thinking. Home education encourages critical thinking by asking the Why and How questions. It’s asking, “How do you apply this in your life?” or “Knowing this happened, how should that affect your thinking or behavior?”

Truth #7 Homeschooling is by all by God’s grace.

Whenever people applaud me and my husband for homeschooling our kids, I get really uncomfortable. Why? BecauseI know that every homeschooling day without God would be a disaster. I fail miserably at times. There are days I come unprepared to the table and the kids are shortchanged. But by his grace alone, the kids accomplish their tasks and imbibe the lessons all too well. The praises and applause should be directed to my sustainer, my God. Because He has called me to homeschool, He is giving me the sufficient grace I need for that day.

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, Deuteronomy 11:18-20

Have you been contemplating on homeschooling? I do hope these truths have opened your eyes to what is in store for you should you decide to homeschool your child. Deciding to go for home education is not as easy as choosing which restaurant to go after church. Homeschooling is a huge undertaking but it can be done, only by the grace of God. So, what’s your next step? 

 

 

  • Rose Maceda

    Hi,

    I’ve been wanting to homeschool my 2 kids (a 3-yr old and an 8-month) since I came across with this idea. I wanted to start homeschooling him for preschool this school year (2016-17).
    My husband was positive about it too even though his family and friends are not kinda okay with it. We talked about it oftentimes and we shared ideas, while I do the reading and researches.
    (Btw, we don’t have anyone in our circle that is doing this. Just heard the idea from our Senior Pastor’s children and grandchildren.)
    But today was different. He’s beginning to have doubts and worries such as:
    – Mahal pala ang fee sa homeschool provider?
    – Masakitin ka pa naman, pano kng grade 3 na sila tapos bumigay na naman katawan mo? Pano pagaaral nila? Subteachers?
    – Baka mahirapan sila or hnd tanggapin sa highschool na gsto nila kase homeschooled.
    – Pano kung hindi natin afford mga field trips nila?
    – May bayad ba mga books at materials na bigay nila?
    – Wala nman tayong kasama/katulong sa bahay, ikaw lahat gumagawa tapos tuturuan mo pa sila. Mahina pa nman ikaw.

    All of a sudden he had these so many things in mind. And I’m feeling discouraged, sad, and doubts too…

    Heeeeeelp… :'(

    • Was that you who sent me the other message? 🙂 Anyway, like what I said previously, you really have to pray about this major decision. If the Lord leads you to pursue home education for your kids, then go and do it. Since your kids are still very young, you still have time to really, really think about it!

      With regards to homeschool providers, some may be expensive for some but it really depends on you. Even if you enroll in a provider with a lower tuition and you decided to enroll them in say art classes, music or sports, then you will also have to pay for the fess. Homeschooling can be both cheaper and expensive.

      One thing I’ve learned about homeschooling is not to make long-term plans. Should you decide to homeschool your first child in preschool, then just focus on the preschool years. Don’t plan ahead till sixth grade or high school. Plan one year at a time and evaluate at the end of each school year. If you think, homeschooling will no longer be feasible for your and your child, then do what you know will work best for your family.

      The beauty of homeschooling is you can pace your time and your lessons. It also depends on how fast your child learns or how much time he or she needs to learn a new topic. You can always catch up. When you homeschool, you do not bring the typical classroom in your home. It’s not classroom set up, it’s both child and parent directed.

      Homeschooling has been in the Philippines for quite some time now and a lot of traditional schools and universities are aware of homeschoolers, don’t worry about it. As long as you have your child’s report card, transcript and diploma, you have no problem.

      Field trips doesn’t have to be expensive. A trip to the supermarket can be a field trip, a visit to the a friend’s garden can be considered a field trip too. You don’t have to pay exorbitant fees to have a field trip. Some museums have free entrances depending on their schedule. If you think your child will learn something let’s say in a bakery, then take him/her there. Let them observe how the bakers prepare their ingredients, how they weigh them. what movements they do to knead the bread etc.

      Aside from the tuition fee, you have to pay for books or curriculum of course, just like any school. You can get used curriculum or imported ones, depending on your choice. There are also a lot of free downloadable materials on the internet, you just have to print them 🙂

      I don’t have a maid either at home but it can be done! Like I said, schooling does not have to be in the morning like the traditional school. It can be mid morning, in the afternoon or any time of the day. It can be done as long as you know what your priorities are.

      I guess your husband is just being realistic and does not want you to be burdened by homeschooling, consider his input too, since you need his support. Again, don’t sweat it too much since it’s still too early for your child to start school. Just read books together, color, sing songs and play! Don’t force your child to be in school at a certain age.

      When my youngest child was 4, i just bought some books at National Bookstore to practice her motor skills. She was officially enrolled in homeschooling when she was 5 I think.

      Again, consider your husband’s sentiments and pray, pray, pray. Homeschooling is not easy but it can be done… with the help of God, it can be done!

      • Rose Maceda

        Hi Mommy Jude,

        My husband and I continue to talk about this and he told me recently lang that he will support me all through out if I’d still go for it, but we must continue praying for God’s guidance and wisdom to understand His will.
        He was just concerned since I was recently admitted to the hospital due to kidney stone.
        He reminded me that, I can do all things in Christ and that for bad days, I need to remember the main reason why we wanted to homeschool our kids.
        God bless you. 😉

        • Yes, we cannot make decisions based on our feelings. Continue to pray if this is God’s leading for you and your famiy 🙂

        • Inday Bote

          hi… i recently as in today learned there was a cheaper homeschool. from a known famous one that previously is charging p30k and i heard its p35k this time, this one is p3,500 lang daw.. i still have to contact them. Living Heritage. I called School of Tomorrow a few mins ago and they will email me . Living Heritage is under School of Tomorrow. Im planning to homeschool my 9yr old daughter too. Same like you, i dont hire maids. and just last night i was telling my daughter, you know mommy have hands full while you’re in school. Now, should we go for homeschool, you should promise me you will study well on your own as i will only check on you! praying also the Lord to lead us to the right one for us. amen.

          • Yes, that’s another option for you. God bless your plans

  • MM

    Hi! Very inspiring yet honest (not idealized). I was struck by the questions–“Have you been contemplating about homeschooling? What is preventing you from committing to this task of home education?”–and trumped by my own answer: my own lack of self-discipline and, related to that, weakness in time management. Yet this option has been on my mind on and off since my eldest was 5…and now my youngest, at 5, is still attending our neighborhood barangay day care, though he has been initially diagnosed with Communication Disorder. I am wondering how you actually budget your time and get the homeschooling done; how you apportion blocks of time. You mentioned you do not have a helper; do you also exclusively focus on parenting, homeschooling and home management, or do you divide your time between those plus some form of work (home business, online, etc.)? Just curious (and a bit hopeful!) 🙂 Would love to hear from you. GOD bless you and your family!

    • Hi ! Thanks for reading my blog. In the beginning, I too had apprehensions about homeschooling whether I am equipped and how I can manage my time. This decision really needs a lot of prayers and it’s important Aldo that the husband/father is agreeable to the decision to homeschool.
      Homeschooling is our priority everyday. We make sure that we do as much tasks as we can in the morning. Scheduling helps a lot. After school that’s when I can focus on our business or other things.
      Hope this helps

  • Che

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been thinking & praying about pulling out my 9-yo daughter from the big school & start homeschooling her w/ my 3yo daughter by next school year. Though I haven’t gotten the “yes go” yet from my hubby since he thinks it will be too much for me to handle as we don’t have a helper. For me, I hope to build our children’s character, lessen school stress (lately, my 9yo girl’s complaining of too much homework & too little time for recess! Haha!) & teach them life skills (be a bit more responsible). I don’t know if I can achieve these when I homeschool so I’m really praying for God to make it very clear. Your blog helped a lot. Thanks & kudos to you & your family 🙂

    Btw, which curriculum do you use?

    • Hi Che! Glad to know the post helped you 🙂 You really need know and seek God why He put that desire in your heart to homeschool your kids. There will be doubts and apprehension at first but if it is what God wants you to do, I am confident that He will sustain you and equip you as well. Don’t want to be pushy here but I don’t have a helper too 🙂 Regarding the curriculum, we are currently using local books for the two kids with some online supplements.

  • eve

    Hi Jude, I am learning a lot about homeschooling from your blogs. I need to arm myself and my husband with all the info we can about this since we are planning to homeschool our daughter. Thanks.

    • Hi Eve! Thank God you are being encouraged by my posts on homeschooling

  • Hi I’ve been homeschooling my kids for more than 10 yrs now and u admire you for your enthusiast in homeschooling your children.i am homeschooling my youngest daughter at VCIS homestudy located at Pasig they also have a progressive school there.the one in taguig is ENLI-VCF. Just continue to homeschool your kids because I have no regrets especially when my son is in college.I will be sharing my experience too.

    • Wow, 10 years! I’m honored to have a pioneer homeschooler comment on my blog 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement, I really do appreciate it. God bless your family !

  • Hi Jude, really liked the points you raised here, especially truth numbers 6, 5 and 4. My only son is just 3 but I’m seriously considering homeschool for him. Glad to find another excellent resource in your blog, thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Vanessa! I’m glad you found this post helpful. Continue to pray about it and I’m sure the Lord will guide you in your decision. Thank you!