I’m so happy to know that the number of homeschooling families in the Philippines have increased significantly. I have talked to other young parents who are planning to homeschool their toddlers, even their babies too when the time comes.
Our family has been enrolled in this homeschool provider A for four years. Their system is not perfect, like the other providers, but I believe they continue to do their best to improve and provide enough support for their enrolled families.
Recently, though I have met a couple of moms who are enrolled in a different provider, let’s call it provider B. They have shared with me the advantages of being under that provider. And because of their enthusiasm in their homeschooling, I have become curious.
I have asked around for feedback from provider B and so far, I have heard just one negative feedback which didn’t bother me at all. I have shared my curiosity with my husband and my wish to transfer from provider A to provider B. Of course, my husband was hesitant at first and says he has not heard of such provider.
He was secured with our current provider that moving to a new one is not in the works not until we bumped into another homeschooling family last week at the mall. I know this family because we see each other in church often. I said hi to the mom and my supposedly 5-minute-question and answer conversation became an hour of sharing and encouragement. She and her husband were in agreement that they made the right decision by also shifting to provider B.
When my husband heard their insights, he was slightly convinced and told me on the way home that my prayer is already answered. Because he knows I have prayed if we should shift or not. That conversation made me want to set up a meeting with the principal of provider B the soonest time possible.
Just last Wednesday, a week after our conversation with this family, I got a text message from the mom asking me if I had already talked with the principal. I told her I have not. She asked me if I wanted to meet with the principal in an hour because she was in the area and would be meeting other parents as well. I was excited to meet with her of course! My husband was ecstatic because we didn’t have to travel far just to discuss our options with her. He said it was God’s appointment 🙂
Our meeting was very brief but my husband, who was a reluctant shifter, became a believer right away. I asked him what changed his mind, he said that the principal answered his questions and removed his doubts and was willing to give provider B a shot.
You think I’d be happy right? Nah! I don’t know what’s wrong with me…at first, I was so ready to move but when my husband gives me the go-signal, I want to chicken out! Suddenly, my doubts began to run through my mind…what happens if…what would I do if… questions, questions, and more questions.
Finally, I told my husband that I am apprehensive of the shift. I don’t know if it would really benefit us or if their system would only bring us down, but I wouldn’t know if I give it a try. If I don’t, I would always be wondering, right? So, my husband and I decided to give it a year and get a feel for their system. If it does not go well with our family, then we can easily go back to our previous provider. No harm was done.
Next week, we will be meeting with the principal of provider B to enroll our kids. I’m looking forward to the new set of curriculum and new system. I am praying that the shift would really be a cool change for our homeschooling family.
9 Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.
2 She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table.
3 She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
4 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says,
5 “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
8 So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
11 Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. 12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. Proverbs 9:1-12