It’s that time of the year again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas (but yes, it is September already!). I’m talking about the upcoming Homeschool Conference here in the Philippines this coming October 17 at SMX-SM Aura, the biggest one so far. This year’s conference theme, Ready for the World, takes on a personal meaning now that our eldest daughter had graduated from high school after 8 years of being homeschooled. Now on a gap year, Arielle is not slacking to take things slow and easy but is actually a lot busier preparing herself even more for college. This is really IT for us! Mike and I will soon release Arielle to the real world and that would mean, sending her off to a foreign place with God’s leading, SCAD-Hong Kong, to take up Animation and pursue her dream of becoming an animator someday. Kayla, our second daughter at 9th Grade, on the other hand, has decided to take her golf seriously and is already preparing herself for scholarship opportunities in college.
Recently, I’ve had a number of friends coming up to me and asking me about homeschooling. I’ve met up with a few to share them my story and answer their questions the best way I could. I’ve also been receiving private messages from friends I haven’t heard from in a long time telling me how inspired they are with my posts and our homeschooling lifestyle. Now this conference is a great chance for those who want to know more about homeschooling and for those who are already doing it to learn more about this viable, do-able (It really is!) option on educating their children, to be inspired by well-respected international and local speakers, and to be encouraged by and meet fellow homeschooling parents, old and new.
Brought to us by HAPI (Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands), Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket, this year’s Homeschool Conference will have the following as keynote speakers from the U.S.:
- Michael Donnelly, Director for Global Outreach of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Secretary of GHEC (Global Home Education Conference) 2016. He will also give a smaller workshop on the topic Singled Out.
- Rachael Carman, best-selling author and publisher of a popular homeschool science curriculum, Apologia. Rachael’s husband, Davis, Apologia’s president, will be speaking as well on Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool.
As for local speakers:
- Tina Rodriguez of Truly Rich Mom will talk about Homeschooling 101;
- Ched Azardon, Associate Professor at UP Diliman College of Education and homeschool mom, on Getting Homeschoolers Ready for the World Through Independent Homeschooling;
- Chinkee Tan, host of Chink Positive, best-selling author, finance literacy educator and motivational speaker, homeschool dad of three children on Stretching Your P100 (How to Homeschool Thriftily but Effectively);
- Edric Mendoza, host of ANC’s On The Money, homeschool dad of five kids on Parenting Basics: Getting Your Children to Listen and Learn.
The whole day event (8 am to 5 pm) will not only have these inspiring and eye-opening talks by the speakers but will also have an expo or an exhibit of various learning providers, educational tools, toys, books, and other materials for homeschooling families, those considering to homeschool or are hands-on and intentional in their parenting (Wow! This made me go back to my very first blog post and be reminded why we chose to homeschool!) .
- An All-Access Pass, meaning a ticket to be able to go in and out of the 3 venues for the talks AND expo included is priced at P1,000 per person for the early bird (until October 4). By October 5 onwards, the regular rate will be P1,200 per person. Group rates (minimum of 5 persons) are also available at P1,000 per person. Click here to register.
- The expo will be open to the public for a minimal fee of P50 per person.
- Children who will be coming along with their parent(s) can join fun craft workshops for a fee of P500. For more info on this, check out the post on Beyond The Silver and The Gold by Michelle Padrelanan.
We’ve taken the big leap of faith to homeschool our two girls 9 years ago backed up only by my own research and readings. I felt scared and alone. Now that homeschooling has spread to more people and homes in the Philippines and there are support groups and organizations who come up with homeschool conferences such as this, the journey is less daunting. If you feel that you are being called to homeschool, would like to try it out, or would definitely want to stay on, then come and join the 2015 Philippine Homeschool Conference: Ready for the World to be educated, encouraged, and empowered!
Homeschooling is NOT PROTECTING our children from the world but PREPARING them so they can and will be READY for the WORLD! Because when you homeschool, you AND your children are almost always already learning in the REAL WORLD 🙂