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Have little ones at home? Wondering how you’ll effectively and productively respond to their outburst of energy and curiosity?

Worry no more for the awesome folks at the Learning Basket have come up with the perfect workshop to solve your dilemma!

Attend their workshop entitled You are Your Child’s First and Best Teacher to be held on June 14, Saturday from 9:00- 11:30 a .m. at the Medela House QC.


Now what can you expect from this workshop? Below are the details from their website:

Through the talk and activities:

  • Learn about the mindset of being your child’s teacher from birth
  • Learn about the basics of early childhood development
  • Get some practical tips and examples about early childhood “issues”

The learning fee is P300 per person and P500 per couple (real couples only). The fee also includes handouts and snacks!

For a very affordable learning fee you get valuable information that will equip you in deciding what and how to approach learning with your children. More importantly, you’ll feel confident in the fact that you are, indeed, your child’s first and best teacher!

Interested to join this seminar? Join the fun and go over to their website to register.








My little girl is now showing signs that she’s ready for formal lessons. So aside from our daily read alouds, I’m now incorporating more structured lessons for the 3 R’s.

I don’t want to bombard her with textbooks, so our lesson are mostly still based on our read alouds.

Our first lesson was all about one’s self, like loving one’s name, uniqueness and identity.

Below are the books we’ve read to cover the topic.

1.  Chrysanthemum


Chrysanthemum is a story about a young mouse who learned to love her name and appreciate her identity and uniqueness. It is just the perfect book for our lesson, so glad I found it on booksale!

2. A Color of his own







A color of His own is about a chameleon who felt sad that he doesn’t have his own color. The book has a message that true identity comes from personality, not appearance. It doesn’t matter what color you are or if you have a color at all but that you know who you are. We also tackled about how to deal with change and value friendships. Thanks to thelearningbasket for this book!


3. Madeline



Madeline oh Madeline, need I say more? They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines…my daughter is just in love with this book! I will be incorporating FIAR soon to help me  disect this book, thanks to a fellow homeschooling mom for selling  me the manual at a discounted rate!

And for our writing practice, I found this cheap wipe-clean workbook.



My daughter does writing when she feels like doing so, this way since the drive came from her,  the handwriting ends up looking nicer too.  🙂



So far we’ve discussed traits that she has, things she can do and can’t, stuffs she likes and hate, friend she has, traits of her friends, etc.  and now my daughter proudly says “I am unique” and “I love my name.”

She hasn’t let go of Madeline though, she sleeps embracing her. If you know what I mean.


Happy days! Happy homeschooling!

It’s summer break here in the Philippines and it’s the time of the year where kids and parents get their much needed break from all the “school stuff”. Some go on vacations here and abroad or simply stay at home and rest. Others opt to enroll in summer classes, so as to make summer productive still.

In my case, I”ve been very busy lately with all the preparations for our very first year of homeschooling. We are officially enrolled! My son will be in Kindergarten for the school year 2013-2014 and we enrolled with Homelife Academy and we will be homeschooling year round!

We’re sort of Eclectic  with a lot of inspiration from Charlotte Mason especially when it comes to keeping lessons short during the early years.  For now my focus is just on learning the 3 R’s : Reading, Writing and Arithmetic along with character development. Obedience must be instilled early on so as for the rest of our homeschooling years to be a breeze. But we also do art and music and lots of reading and play!

Here are some of the materials I’ve gathered so far.

For Kindergarten:


This one I got from a very kind homeschooling mom, thanks Mommy Chris! She blogs over at mommyjourney.com

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For our read alouds- Thanks Meme!

For my preschooler:

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Additional materials:

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I’m now busy making lesson plans, but I realize planning weeks in advance doesn’t work for me. There was a time that my son finished all the math lessons for the week in just one day, and that’s just because he’s interested to do and learn everything! So what I now do is I just make an outline of lessons or skills that needs to be covered for the semester and I do adjustments whenever it seems necessary or as our lessons progress. Makes things a lot easier actually.

I am also planning to purchase Early Bird’s Singapore Math but I haven’t had the chance to go buy it yet. I figured I’ll just use what we have for now and buy it once were done with the current Math book we have.

We just started this month and we don’t have any fixed schedule as of now, there are times that we learn in the mornings, in the afternoons or even in the evenings. Just at anytime or place where the kids have the desire and eagerness to learn. I find it so much better to teach them if they are in a good mood, and we do get to cover more if the interest is there!

Flexibility. Just one of the many things I love about homeschooling!

God bless everyone!