In the coming school year, we are considering homeschooling our daughter who will be in Grade 1. She is an avid reader, she likes making ballpoint pen drawings, Mandala art coloring books, she knows a bit of multiplication and division already and she’s turning 6 this month. She’s likely to pick up a book on her own and start reading.

 

We tried to train them really young to appreciate books and we try to practice a little bit of downtime from television. It’s a pretty hard decision and a major commitment to homeschool your child so we are weighing the pros and cons, the possibilities and reservations. I have done a bit of researching and so I want to list here the schools I am considering visiting in the next few weeks to acquaint our family with homeschooling and to make the final decision if it’s a practice that’s for us.

 

I see a lot of homeschool options that are really good and quite tried and tested but they’re pretty far from where we live so I now limit the options to those that are in the southern part of Metro Manila. This post from Smart Parenting is very helpful so I add to that any other information I found on their web sites and facebook pages. I’ll add some more info when we start visiting the schools.

 

First on my list is International British Academy.

What I like about them :

  • Their curriculum offers Singapore Math and Science, no need to enroll your child in any additional tutorial classes that have the same focus, as you may have observed, there are a number of Singapore Math centers popping up everywhere.
  • They have club immersions. I think it’s good for my kids to find out their interests early on in life and since I am not a musically inclined person and very far from the definition of someone sporty, I need external influences to help in these areas of interest.
  • They have trimesters instead of quarters. Traditional schooling usually has quarterly exams so having it in trimesters will be less stressful for both kids and parents. I think.

Other information from Smart Parenting Site which I’ll verify and update for 2017 since the post there was made in Oct 2016:

• Tuition is P20,000 for the 1st child enrolled in the programme, plus a one-time registration fee of P5,000;  additional children enrolled get a 50% discount each on tuition fees, plus a one-time registration fee of P5,000
• Located at Km. 25 General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Anabu II-D, Imus, Cavite. For details, call +63-917 -8705050 / 046-4715922 loc. 205. Check out their website or email emile.lastrilla@gmail.com

Photo taken from CAL website

On the other hand, my husband is inclined to this next option which is California Academy International.

What I like about them :

  • They have an open curriculum which in their website is described as a blend of DepEd’s prescribed curriculum and California State Standard that will help your child gain acceptance to universities, not only in the Philippines, but also in other countries.

Other important information from that Smart Parenting post:

• Tuition is P25,000 for eldest child, P10,000 for second child, and P5,000 for 3rd and 4th children.

According to their website, they are located at President Villa, West Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City.  Contact Numbers are Local: Phil. (02) 655-9121 and Cellphone: 0947-718-8282 (Smart). For more details, check out their Facebook page or their website.

Who wouldn’t want their kids to learn THIS?
Photo taken from GOPALA’s facebook page.

Lastly, there’s GOPALA SMILE(Simple Moments In Learning Experience) or GOPALA Play Center.

What I like about them:

  • Their programs in their facebook page include arts, camping, nature activities, which I’m sure my daughter will love.
  • They explicitly stated in their page that they are K-12 DepEd accredited and it was also stated in Smart Parenting.

Other important information from that Smart Parenting post:

• Rates start from P6,000 to P25,000 per child, depending on level and homeschool setup.
• Visit their office at #70 M.H. del Pilar St., Silang, Cavite, call 0906-3773357, or check out theirFacebook page.

All in all, I think ultimately, my daughter will be the swing vote in this since she agreed to go for homeschooling next school year. She says she will miss her friends and school bus mates but she understands why we think it’s good and is willing to consider for a year.

 

 

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