Officially enrolled!

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

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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!

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7 Comment

  1. Awesome! 🙂 Congrats, Mommy Daise! So happy for you! Gosh, your Kinder and Preschool plans look SO much more organized than mine last year! hahaha! 🙂 God bless always!

    1. Thanks a lot Mommy Tina! I’m excited and nervous at the same time! So help me God!

  2. jude says: Reply

    hello,nice blog you have. i would just like to ask how is your homelife academy journey going on? is it good? no problems if you decide to change and enroll him in a brick and mortar school? i am planning to enroll my son in HLA also. how much did you pay for it? around $200?

    1. Thanks Jude! We haven’t enrolled yet with HLA this school year because I’m deciding if we’ll independently homeschool 100%. I’ve asked a lot of fellow homeschooling moms and it seems that I can just bring my kids to DepEd and have them take the PEPT exam if ever we decide to put them back in a regular school. Another option is ALS. So I’ve been contemplating if it’s worth it to still enroll with HLA, since some schools may still require the DepEd exam. Parang I’m thinking lang why the need to enroll with HLA if in the end, we would still have to go to DepEd.

  3. jude says: Reply

    got a point there mommadaise. what’s the PEPT? does your kids speak Filipino? I am worried that my son won’t be able to understand some things. i might teach him how to speak Filipino. and also, aren’t the DepEd exams too “pahirapan” for us homeschoolers? do they just give it if you say you want it? hehe 🙂 thanks for the reply,i really appreciate it 🙂

  4. jude says: Reply

    btw how old are your kids now? i will really be following your journey haha… 🙂

    1. Hi Jude! I apologize for the late reply. My kids are all under the age of 7. With regard to the PEPT exam, it’s the DepEd exam one would take to determine what grade level you are at. Some independent homeschoolers take it yearly, some prefer to have their kids take them at a much later time when their kids are older and more mature (age 10-11). I believe you can just go to DepEd NETRC at 2nd Flr. DepEd Ave. Complex Meralco Ave., Ortigas or call 631-2571 to inquire. Hope to have answered your questions!

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