It’s been a while since I’ve last written anything about our homeschool, and I’m going to tell you why.

I’m insecure.  That we’re doing it wrong.  That we’re not doing enough.

I’m afraid.  That we’re doing it wrong. That we’re not doing enough.

I’m unsure.  That what we’re doing are wrong.  And that what we’re doing are not enough

You get the picture.

Family, friends and acquaintances would ask me, “What school do they go to?”  And I reply, “Oh, the eldest is in college, a Chevron. And the younger ones are still homeschooled.”

If we’re lucky, there wouldn’t be a raised eyebrow, but the follow-up question would be, “What grades are they in now?”

And because we are no longer accredited with any homeschool program provider, I really don’t know.  And the fear creeps in.

Are we doing it wrong?  Are we doing enough?

Our 12-year old homeschooler just draws most of the time.  I would ask her to prepare a grocery list, and she would give me an illustrated list, like I don’t know what a juice pack or a tissue paper roll look like.  I could be having a bad day, and she would come up with something like this.

By age, she should be in Grade 7.  And because I downloaded the Department of Education’s curriculum to serve as my guide in knowing what they should be learning for the grade she’s supposed to be in, I know that she should be learning Ang Ibong Adarna for Filipino this year.  Next year should be Florante at Laura; the year after next should be El Filibusterismo, and the next, Noli Me Tangere.  Knowing we’d be needing all these books anyway, I went ahead and bought all four last year at the Manila International Book Fair, taking advantage of the discounts.  And alas, she has read them all.

Today, I overheard her discussing Gas Laws with her dad.  And then there’s Basic Accounting with me.

Our 10-year old, by age in Grade 5, is studying Physics, reading Larkin Kerwin’s Introduction to Atomic Physics, and The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, edited by Timothy Ferris. I’m not saying he understands what he’s reading at this point, but those are the books he’d rather read.  Physics, astronomy, geography and history are the subjects he’d rather study.  We have the whole suite of textbooks based on what private schools require, and they have remained unopened, unused.  And he’s not writing cursive yet.  🙁

No, I’m not sure if they are learning what they should be learning if they are in a regular school. Yes, my biggest fear is that they’ll fail the PEPT and not be accepted to college.

But what I’m sure of is that they understand life and living within our means, they understand the value of family and of hard work.  They respect rules.  They understand the importance of education.  They have goals.  They know how to care for the environment and each other. And they know that they were created fearfully and wonderfully by God.

I may not be sure if what we’re doing is right, or if they’re enough, but I know that our children are once-in-a-lifetime individuals who deserve a unique once-in-a-lifetime education.

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