Homeschooling in the Philippines

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of parents talk about homeschooling their children. If this pandemic continues, the safety of the children will be of utmost importance, so most of us parents would rather have them stay at home.

Now one of the decisions, if not the biggest decision, that we need to make is how should we go on educating our children in light of this new normal? Should we already enroll them for next school year and will things go back to normal? Will it be much like what we have experienced toward the end of the school year, which was a more distanced learning approach?

Or will physical schools be a thing of the past and all of us parents will need to learn now how to make curriculums and then outsource some of it to teachers or providers who can facilitate these lessons?

Although, I’ve organized homeschooling conferences in the past, I’m a newbie and know just a little about homeschooling. If everything to learn about homeschooling was a book, I’d probably just read the forward. Haha!

So to help us understand more about Homeschooling in the Philippines, I had a terrific chat with my friend, Dr. Donna Pangilinan – Simpao. Donna is the founder of a Facebook group Homeschoolers of the Philippines or HOP. In 2018, she was also elected president of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI).

In this video about Homeschooling in the Philippines, we talk about different things:

  • What is Homeschooling?
  • Is Homeschooling cheaper?
  • What is the first step that we should take if we want to Homeschool our daughter?
  • We have limitations as adults in terms of skill. How do we teach things that we are not good at?
  • How do you encourage your kids to go beyond what you are able to teach and impart?
  • We have limitations as adults in terms of skill. How do we teach things that we are not good at?
  • How do you encourage your kids to go beyond what you are able to teach and impart?
  • How do we know if our child is doing well?
  • How can we be more patient with our children?

Some of the things that I learned in this interview are:

Modeling is the best way of teaching and building character.

Support for those who want to homeschool is now present (more than ever) and some of the resources are actually free!

Teach our kids to Love to Learn again!

Here are some resources for Homeschooling in the Philippines that Donna mentioned in the interview that can help us first time homeschoolers:

Homeschoolers of the Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303988516361928

Homeschool Association of the Philippines: https://hapi.ph/

Dr. Donna Simpao’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNYcR_RsDurjrBzshj25OSg

Homeschool Global: https://www.facebook.com/HomeschoolGlobal

Online Philippine Homeschooling Conference: http://bit.ly/RegisterOPHC2020

Due to limited time, we probably got to answer just a few questions during the interview. If you have other questions that you have, feel free to write it on the comment section below. I’m thinking of having another episode where we can dive deeper into more specific topics.

Hope you enjoyed this episode of Mommyhood Uncensored.

Sincerely,

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4 Comments

  1. Diana
    May 13, 2020 / 8:14 am

    Hi. I’m a newbie to homeschooling. I am leaning towards homeschooling my child (incoming grade 1 this academic year because of the pandemic). I just want to ask a few questions:

    1. Would there be a syllabus or guideline for parents to follow so that appropriate lessons are given at appropriate times? For example, idk whether to start with nouns or sentence structure in English, whether to start with number lines or addition/subtraction in math).

    2. What specific materials do we need before starting homeschooling (markers, binders, notebooks, pens, crayons, etc?)

    3. I’ve read a lot of mentions of portfolios in HOP FB. How can we make this given the ECQ/GCQ in place? Can this be done via email? For example PowerPoint presentation or images of activities instead of using binders to physically send to school?

    Thank you! I’m sorry if these are basic questions. I’m totally clueless about homeschooling πŸ€—

    • May 15, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Hi Diana!

      Thank you for these questions. πŸ™‚ I’ll have these answered on the next video for Homeschooling πŸ™‚

    • May 15, 2020 / 8:35 am

      Thanks, Michelle! πŸ™‚ Hope to talk to you soon!

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