We Must Be Doing Something Right!

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This is an actual three-way conversation between me and my two homeschoolers, Bea and Jude. I started the conversation as an avenue for an oral recitation in Math - addition and subtraction for Jude; and addition, subtraction and multiplication for Bea. But the conversation turned out to be a lesson in something far more important than Math. A lesson for me, on love and selflessness, and how my children's respective characters are being developed. Me: Jude, bibigyan mo ba si Mommy ng money mo? (Referring to Ninong Ogie's gift to him.) Jude: Yes, sa 'yo na lang, pero kukuha ako ng isa. (There were 6 bills.) Me: Bakit isa? Ano ang bibilhin mo? Jude: Gamot. Wala na akong (name of his med) e. Me: Hindi toy? Meron ka pa namang gamot, bagong bili ni Daddy. Bea: Dahil 'yon ang kailangan, Mommy, saka may toy pa s'ya. Me: Okay. Ganon nga ba 'yon, Jude? Jude: Ilan ba ang money ko, Mommy? I showed him the bills. Jude: Sige, dalawa na ang kukunin ko. Isang pang gamot, ... [ Read More ]

And By God’s Grace…

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Jude is now officially a first grader at the Aberásturi Home Academy!  He was supposed to start last December, but with my crazy schedule, it simply was not fair to get him on board without me 100% ready for his needs.  Plus, I needed to run an errand in Mindoro, so I had an out-of-town trip that ate up my time for lesson planning. As with all the best laid plans, the AOP Science curriculum that Bea (now in third grade) used will just be a supplement.  Recognizing Jude's special interest in astronomy, we will focus on Exploring Creation with Astronomy for the whole year. For the rest of the subjects, we'll have the following: Math – Lifepac Level 2 – Alpha Omega Publications Language – Speak, Read and Write 1 – C & E Publishing Reading – Reading Network - Sibs Publishing House Bible – Following God 1 – ICI Ministries Character – The Power for True Success – Institute in Basic Life Principles Filipino – Binhi 1 – Jo-Es Publishing House Social Studies – Mystery of History ... [ Read More ]

Bea’s English Garden

Bea's English Garden

Today has been really productive for me and my third grade homeschooler.  I took time out from my regular WAHM routine and focused on working with Bea on her English lapbook.  Since we are still waiting for our Science and Math books, we were able to finish our first quarter lessons for English last week, and as our output for the quarter, we decided to make a lapbook of lessons we have covered for the period. Pictured below is our project we decided to call Bea's English Garden.  Remember that we have lots of left over flower cut outs from the Teachers' Day cards?  We originally planned of putting them to good use with this project, but like any other plan, changes happen.  We stuck with the garden theme, but better ideas came up as we were working on the components. All the papers we used in this project were from our binder of printed lectures and activity notes from the past years.  We really have used so much bond paper in the past two years that I promised to just re-use them ... [ Read More ]

Teacher Mommy’s A-HA! Moment

It's my third year, and I'm still learning. For the first two years of our homeschooling journey, each time someone asks the name of our school, I just tell them we're with The Master's Academy (TMA).  Until I met Tina Rodriguez.  We met online, via Facebook, and she was in need of some pre-school materials, and I was just about ready to let go of some of mine, and so we agreed to meet so she could buy my old curriculum.  And it was during the course of our conversation that she mentioned something about giving her homeschool a name. Of course, I've read from other homeschooling blogs that they do have names for their homeschool.  I just didn't care much about giving ours a name.  Or I was too lazy to think up of something that I would actually like, long term.  So I just left it at that. And then came that A-HA! moment yesterday morning, as I was writing my status update on Facebook, and out came the Aberásturi Home Academy.  So simple, and it sounds so right.  Because every day, ... [ Read More ]