Now that we're in the province, this cottage by the seashore serves as their daily classroom. We get free 'air-conditioning' care of the sea breeze, free natural light, and an ambiance that's like no other. And when they need to take a break, they just go to the waters, schoon a few pebbles, and cool their feet with the onrushing waves.
One of the biggest reasons why we switched to homeschooling from traditional schooling is to be more hands-on teachers to our kids. This is just one of the plethora of reasons why you should consider switching, too. Here are some more that you should seriously think about --
Outstanding education. Homeschooling is all for educating children and the numbers have already proven that it is doing just that. First, homeschooled children in the U.S. performed better than regular students on standardized exams (although homeschooling is slowly veering away from this evaluation system and now favor sample-based testing). The Finnish education system also proves, year in and year out, that better education is not based on the number of hours spent inside the four walls of a classroom. In fact, with more play time come well-rounded learners.
Awesome teacher-to-student-ratio. This is an extremely crucial part of schooling. Just imagine how well an educator would connect to her student now that she only has one or two being taught at a time. And with the parent being the teacher, just imagine the dedication that's poured to each lesson.
Consistent and concise education. Since the parents teach the child, in the long run, the lessons become consistent and, thus, custom-fitted to the learner. And since the parent knows the child better than anyone else, then she will be able to tailor-fit the lessons according to the strengths and intelligences of the learner.
The best teaching materials. Homeschooling materials are not limited to the manuals and worksheets that are provided to them by their school. More than these, homeschoolers are encouraged to read and appreciate (and even critique) the classics, infuse cultures and traditions in their projects and learnings, and to seek out other learning materials that are still relevant to the lessons.
An amazing example of this is when a museum tour can become the student's project and how a trip to Binondo to sample the Tsinoy dishes there is already a fortification of their learnings in Filipino-Chinese relations and mercantilism.
Relevant, culture-centered approach. The University of the Philippines has long taught its education majors about inclusive education. The culture-centered approach in teaching is a method that recognizes the different cultures inside the classroom. The classroom is supposed to be a safe place for learners and the teacher; here, race does not matter because diversity is celebrated.
The Philippines, although classified as one nation, is a melting pot of many diverse cultures. It is because of this reason that we must be more respectful of one another's cultures, traditions, and customs. Add to these that there are also different intelligences (or gifts if you would want to call them as such) and the teacher has an exciting classroom to facilitate.
One of the instruments that help us teach diversity of cultures to our kids is through gastronomic experiences. We sample different dishes and fruits especially when we're in a new place. We are also more practical on our teaching approach as we include skills acquisition (cooking, computer, music, art, communication, social interaction, etc.).
The Philippines is one huge classroom for learners to explore. We'll surely post more of our learning activities here soon.
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Cultural-Centered Teaching: An Inclusive Education - GCU Blogs. (2018, January 16). Retrieved October 31, 2018, from https://blogs.gcu.edu/college-of-education/cultural-centered-teaching-inclusive-education/
Tung, S. (2012, January 20). How the Finnish school system outshines U.S. education. Retrieved October 31, 2018, from https://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/january/finnish-schools-reform-012012.html
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.