Anybody can homeschool their child or children but homeschooling may not be for everybody. But for our family, homeschooling in Bacolod proved to be the best course. Here are the things that we did in our family.
Homeschooling in Bacolod
These are all our family’s experiences and they will differ with that of other families. Our home dynamics are different. But we would love to hear from you, too. Do leave a message at the comment section.
Making the Decision
As parents, we decide for many things for our young kids. That is part of parenting. And part of it is choosing the “right” school for our child. We have wanted to homeschool since I was pregnant with our eldest. So everything we did for and with our eldest, we had homeschooling in Bacolod at the back of our minds.
Things just kind of fell into place years later. When we decided to homeschool our child, it was kind of easy making the shift. We are already on our third year, so this post is more than two years delayed. But I am writing this because I have already entertained countless inquiries about homeschooling in Bacolod.
Choosing to Homeschool Our Child
The decision to homeschool didn’t happen overnight. It was years of thinking and consideration as well as research. We also prayed a lot about this. The more that we read about homeschooling, the more that we were drawn to adapt the lifestyle.
My husband and I were products of homes who value education. He finished from a private school and I from a public school, but it cannot be denied that our parents put high value in providing quality education.
Moreover, our parents have provided us with homes conducive for learning. They have given us competitive advantage to excel in school.
Beating the System
I think it is safe to say that my husband and I have performed very well in school during our years.
However, there were things that we did not like about traditional school. And these are the very same reasons why we are homeschooling in Bacolod.
While we both aced the system, we just think that there are students who would better excel outside the school. They just have different competencies and personalities that are not highlighted in school. In short, we feel that regular school is not for everybody.
Trad School Experience
By the way, our daughter Dindin did go to regular school. We loved Bright Kids Preschool Bacolod and our daughter also loved her time there. This kinder school has a progressive curriculum and learning is designed to be fun.
Since preschool kids have more time outdoors than poring over schoolwork, my daughter learned a lot. She also honed her writing skills there.
Hiring a Writing Tutor
Our daughter went through Kinder at 4 years old with a very good reading ability. But she was not very good at writing, primarily because she lacked practice. We got her a writing tutor for two weeks before Kinder school started just so she could cope with copying from the board. It worked.
At first she was kind of slow and got tired of writing easily. But with the patience of the teachers and constant practice, she was able to cope. Now, she is making her own fonts.
So you see, we did try traditional school and if we found a school that applied such training for elementary kids, we might have sent our daughter there.
Specialized Training for Homeschooled Children
One of the things that I like about homeschooling is the very short class session. If my daughter finishes her goals for the day, she is free to play and do whatever she wants. But we do limit her TV time and the use of gadgets. Also we have more time to spend in special training that enhance her natural abilities.
She is musically inclined so she takes voice lessons from Coach John Raymond Castiller of Voice Chords Music Studio. Additionally, she likes dancing, so she studies ballet at the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance.
From time to time, she has painting sessions under Ms. Joan Honoridez (Joan of Art). Now, she is learning to play golf at the Negros Occ. Golf and Country Club. All of these constitute her Music, Arts, and PE aspects.
Yes, we pay for them but at least she gets to choose the courses that she is more interested in. We cannot do all of these if she is in regular school because of budget and time constraints.
Moreover, when you are in regular school, you get a more general approach to MAPEH. So even if you are not good in that subject matter, you are obliged to finish it. If you want more specialized training, you have to pay for them.
Anybody Can Homeschool
What I like about homeschooling is that, anybody can do it. Yeah, I am a stay at home mom, but I also work. And my schedule is pretty demanding, as I also work until the wee hours.
Additionally, I am not the most patient parent either, which is the reason why we had a writing tutor for our daughter. I just don’t have the patience to teach writing.
I am a work at home mom with a pretty unpredictable schedule. So I am not like most homeschooling moms who can give their all, preparing curriculum, crafts, and special projects.
But I do have a very supportive husband who is very much into this as I am. Albeit his job, we are still able to pull off homeschooling and teach life lessons to our children.
Homeschooling can still work
And I have heard that there are even working parents who do it. You can also do it even if you have a less than desirable area, or if you cannot really delegate a particular room in your house as your child’s work station. Maybe one of the reasons why it took me too long to write this is because I feel like our set up is less than desirable.
I mean, my daughter has classes in her bedroom but sometimes it can be a mess. Nevertheless, she still gets to study. I also feel that I am not the “perfect” or the “most inspiring” homeschooling mom. But, I know that I still have something to share, hence this post.
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Bacolod Homeschoolers Network
It is also nice to have a homeschooling support group, which we didn’t have when we started. I wanted our daughter to be able to celebrate the special events in school and thought of Nutrition Month.
While preparing, I thought of inviting some homeschooling families that we know to join us in the activity.
We connected through a Facebook group that I started. There are only about 10 members there. Some are interested to homeschool while others are already starting the shift. We already had our first outing and we’re hoping that we can grow this group so we can help each other, too.
That is how Bacolod Homeschoolers Network was born.
Our Homeschooling Provider
We chose the School of Tomorrow primarily because of its Christian curriculum. They are also among the cheapest, which with our budget, is a very important consideration. We would like to be able to set aside some money for special training for our kids.
We have heard reviews that the curriculum of SOT is not very good. But it is okay for our purpose. It’s also used in Bacolod Christian schools and by missionaries that we know. So we are confident that we are on the right track.
While we find that the lessons are pretty easy, it is just perfect for our needs. Our daughter will not have to be burdened by difficult tasks and schoolwork. She has the time and energy to pursue other interests.
For more information about the School of Tomorrow, visit http://sotphil.net/.
When we started homeschooling in Bacolod three years ago, we bought a study table with chair as well as a whiteboard with stand. We also bought school supplies. Those are pretty much the initial investments.
As for the school, School of Tomorrow charges a one-time family fee of P15,000 when you start in the program. You pay the same amount whether you have one child or 10 children under the program.
If you are considering homeschooling in Bacolod, just know that everyone takes the diagnostic test, which is worth P1,000 before the first-time enrollment.
Registration fee per student is P3,000 per year plus the materials. You can choose the original colored prints or the local print, without color and on newsprint. We just use the local prints because it is about 50% cheaper than the original print and the lessons are the same.
For our first year, we paid about P24,000 for Level 1. For Level 2, it was down to approximately P7,500 and now on the third year, we paid almost P11,000–still, homeschooling in Bacolod is so much cheaper than sending our child to a private school. Plus, we don’t have expenses related to school, such as uniforms, shoes, bags, allowance, and peer pressure (which can be more expensive).
Other costs to consider for provincial students are shipping fees of the materials as well as the bank fees.
The school fees with SOT need to be paid in full upon enrollment. Installment is not available for homeschooling in Bacolod. We pay directly through Metrobank.
The Shift to Homeschooling
The first step we took when we decided to homeschool our daughter was to contact School of Tomorrow. We corresponded through emails and phone calls. Before enrollment, our daughter had to undergo their diagnostic test just to determine what she knows.
It is not really to grade the child or to give credits, but just so the assessors would know if the child needs to cover more areas. In our case, our daughter was ready for Level 1 and was enrolled as such.
However, she had a subject area where she had wrong answers, so a workbook was added to our materials. And that is fine because they can just easily complete the requirements and cope with the level. A personal appearance by the parents and the child is required at the SOT office for orientation. Then you can start your homeschooling in Bacolod journey.
When everything has been accomplished, the next step is enrollment. Since we live in the province, everything is done through long distance.
We deposit our payments to the school’s Metrobank account. We then email a scanned copy of the deposit slip. Upon confirmation, we receive all the materials that we need for the entire school year.
After our daughter is done with her workbooks, which are called PACEs, we send some of them back. Our academic adviser then checks it along with the Master Record Sheet.
Furthermore, I also send grades and assessments from her dance teacher and voice coach These are then assessed before you can enroll your child for the next level.
That is our homeschooling in Bacolod story. What’s yours?