A Milestone in Homeschooling
Last Friday, October 11, it was TMA’s 2012-2013 Commencement Exercises. Yes, TMA holds their graduation ceremonies twice a year, one in April and the other in October. Since I felt that joining the April batch would be too hectic for us and we would only end up rushing as we close our schoolyear, I decided to let Kayla join this October batch of graduates instead. Kayla graduated from elementary (Grade 6) and that makes it six years of homeschooling her! It is truly a milestone to celebrate!
The day, despite having a storm signal in Metro Manila and in some provinces, started well with my morning devotional which was perfect for the occasion. I couldn’t help but post it as a status in Facebook.
After having our usual early breakfast, from Alabang in the south, we headed to our first stop in Mandaluyong and I didn’t expect the traffic along the Skway to end up looking like EDSA! The girls and I had a quick makeover at the parlor, which I felt was the perfect way to de-stress me from that morning traffic…UGGGHHH!!!
The ceremonies went well with prayers, brief talk by key speakers, and the graduates’ marching and walking up on stage. There were a total of 45 graduates from pre-school, elementary, and high school. Three things I particularly like about TMA graduation ceremonies are (1) toddler and homeschooling photos flashed as a presentation for each graduate, (2) the Character Trait award given by the parents to their child, instead of the honors based on grades that I have been accustomed to, (3) letter by the graduate to their parents which each of them read up on stage. For me, it was really a momentous occasion to remember both our triumphs and defeats as we made learning more personal for our children and personally, go beyond books and walls. Looking back, it was really a challenge for me to homeschool Kayla whose kinesthetic learning style is so opposite of mine and my teaching style! Having been able to graduate Kayla after six years is no doubt, a milestone!
Proud of our graduate!
And thanks to Ate Arielle,
the designated photographer of the event 🙂
My parents, who came all the way from Batangas, joined us to celebrate this homeschooling milestone. They weren’t actually for it (totally not for it!) when we started out but I believe that with God’s hand at work through the years, they somehow have accepted and now respects our decision. They probably still don’t understand how this whole homeschool thing really works but if there’s a blessing I will never forget, it’s them witnessing how Arielle and Kayla have grown to bond and love each other as if they’re BEST FRIENDS and not sisters. Those were the words of my dad (my conservative, traditional dad!)
Best Friends 🙂
By 4:30 p.m. (The ceremonies started a bit before 2:00 p.m.), we were all starving! After a few more photo ops, from St. Francis Square, we immediately headed to Shangri-la Mall to eat at this new resto I wanted to try on my birthday. It was, unfortunately, packed with customers that time and so, we opted to make reservations as a celebration of Kayla’s graduation, the week after. We ate at Green Pastures, which turned out to be a super-duper late lunch for my parents and a super-early dinner for all of us.
Overall, I would say that their food was good! Something to really try and worth going back to a couple more times! Since we were all very hungry, I don’t think I’ll be able to give an objective review of our orders. Anything tastes uberly delicious when one’s starving 😉 But from someone quite particular and meticulous with the food she eats these days, I can say that the food and beverages in Green Pastures really taste more natural and organic, with less hint of the seasonings you would taste in the food other restaurants serve to make the flavors more pronounced. I just wished though that their pasta and bread would also be the more healthful kind, and I also forgot to ask what kind of sweetener they use. Something to take note of when we go back.
Just feast your eyes with these!
Combination of Ricotta and
Stracciatella Cheeses (fresh cow and carabao’s milk)
Their version of Salpicao named as Sloppy Cow
Crab Meat and Sea Urchin Pasta
(Mike’s adventurous taste)
Spicy Organic Tripe
(My dad’s choice; at least it’s organic)
Grilled Blue Ribbon Burger with ground Wagyu blend
80/20 Burger (80% Wagyu, 20% organic pancetta)
Organic Melon Green Tea
Mike also tried their Kombucha Tea,
a detoxifying and probiotic drink.
Strawberry Banana Almond Smoothie
Salted Caramel Smoothie
(Salted Caramel seems to be the new flavor being offered by different restos and cafes these days!)
* One dish I failed to take a photo of was their Organic Mushrooms with house made ricotta on toast. That was YUMMM, too!
What started as a surprisingly stressful morning ended with a relaxing afternoon until evening. After our tummies have been filled, my parents braved the rush-hour traffic and the rains and arrived home in Batangas safely while we stayed on in the mall to watch a movie 🙂
This was one happy and blessed day to celebrate a homeschooling milestone.