|Some of our homeschool materials|
This week has been a very hectic week for me as my children and I have officially started our 3rd year of homeschooling. Just like any other moms out there with school-aged children, I, too, kept myself busy with the nitty-gritty of preparing for the coming school year which, of course, includes the initial requirement of enrolling the children with a local homeschool provider located in Metro Manila, and as their “Teacher Mama”, choosing all the curricula that we can use this year, organizing our daily homeschool schedule, and planning for the activities that we can start with this week.
|Playing and learning at the same time!|
Since I now have 2 preschool children to teach, we kicked off our first two days of homeschool doing a review of some basic skills that my children learned last homeschool year. Part of the review that we did was done through a game. And since my little boy is now in Kinder, I am now trying to put more structure in our activities (without putting any pressure on him, I hope) and introducing a good curriculum which I hoped he will like. And so far he’s enjoying it. Thank God!
But beyond the academic preparations that I need to make, I think it is more important to prepare myself mentally, emotionally, physically, and most especially, spiritually for the call to homeschool. As their teacher, I am not only responsible for teaching academic subjects to my children but, more importantly, imparting to them a lifestyle of a love for learning, love and respect for God, family and others as well as modeling Godly characters and responsible parenting to my children. I know it’s a very tough job with a big responsibility laid on my shoulders. It really takes a lot of commitment, love and sacrifice to do it. And I know, too, that I cannot do it alone and rely on my own efforts and strength but to rely on friends and family for support and understanding (rather than opposition and discouragement) and to God, who called us in this ministry, for His grace, wisdom, strength, provision and everything else. May God lead us in this journey…
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