By Kristelle Bechayda
As parents, our children’s education is important and is something we are willing to invest in. All we want is for them to get a quality education that will also equip them to face the real world.
As the Philippine Homeschool Convention draws near, here are some things you should know about this alternative teaching method from the ones who have tried it out:
1. Same curriculum, different execution
A lot of people think homeschooling follows a different curriculum. Actually, it doesn’t. It also applies the same format traditional schools are using.
“We follow the DepEd curriculum: all the subjects, requirements, and lessons. We just execute differently. Like for example, we teach Math, English or Science, but it’s like giving it to them in real life. It’s not in the textbook. For example, if the lesson is multiplication or division, we give them a problem in real life so that they will understand.” -Laksmi Maluya, second-generation homeschooler
2. Focuses on character-development
Homeschooling doesn’t only focus on the academic aspect of learning, but also puts emphasis on the character development of the children.
“It’s about teaching them about life. I molded my children’s character by training them to be obedient. In the future, they will know how to obey authority. This extends to their academics because I expect them to do their work well. Homeschooling is also the person itself: how to mold their character and raise them to be respectful children.” -Michelle Padrelanan, mother of four homeschooled children
3. The first few months will be rocky
The hardest part is in the beginning. It takes some getting used to since both parent and child parents are only exposed to the traditional way.
“In traditional school, there’s a schedule and curriculum that you need to follow and now, it’s in the house. It’s a challenge because parents are not teachers. When they homeschool, that becomes an additional stress to them because they have to do lesson plan, and go through the curriculum for their kids.” -Laksmi Maluya, second-generation homeschooler.
4. More flexible time
You don’t need to follow the usual 9 am to 5 pm schedule of traditional schools; parents can opt for lesser hours since it is a one-on-one teaching.
“Those long hours can be minimized since kids can easily learn in one-on-one teaching. Sometimes, one or two hours is already enough in the morning and also the same in the afternoon.” -Laksmi Maluya, second-generation homeschooler
5. Children can adjust back to traditional schools
Despite the different approach, children can eventually adapt when put into traditional schools.
“Many people think it was hard pero hindi naman siya ganun kahirap for me kasi homeschooling isn’t that different. We had schedules, we needed to do this before this deadline, and ganun din naman sa college. I just had to listen to professors instead of me looking for something to learn myself. Kasi sa school you have to listen tapos pag homeschooling, you’re the one trying to learn something.” -Vishnu Maluya, homeschooled from pre-school to high school
For more information on the Philippine Homeschool Convention, you can visit their site at educatingforlife.co