This is the second of the series of blog posts I am doing after the recently concluded Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016 “From Roots to Wings”. I was given the opportunity to share about our experiences and journey during our high school years but I felt that I missed out quite a lot during my assigned breakout session.  So, I decided to blog about it instead to make up for all that I failed (or was too nervous) to share.  If you missed my first post, click here.

Next in line is about TEACHING.

When our girls reached Grades 5 and 7, it was the time I noticed that they didn’t want me to be always watching what they were doing with their schoolwork.  They didn’t want me to be looking over their shoulders all the time like in the past years where I was seated beside or with them as they do their subjects. I took it as a signal to step back a bit. That’s how they also started to learn by themselves, BE INDEPENDENT, and learn about TIME MANAGEMENT. I stepped back a bit but I would still be in the background, checking how they were managing their time or simply asking them “What are you working on?” or “What subjects do you plan to do today?” or “What do plan to finish this week?”

It helped that we were able to use user- and student-friendly materials which taught them to learn by themselves. We used e-books which started to train them on working on their own laptops.  I remember doing A LOT OF RESEARCH for high school math books until I came across Teaching Textbooks online. I got attracted to it and we ended up using it from Grade 7 to 4th year high school Pre-calculus.  The set (workbook, answer key, CD) is pricey at USD185 but Arielle and Kayla managed to learn higher math on their own with it.  I only brought them to a math tutorial centre on certain occasions like when they needed a little help from another math teacher, when I felt they needed a change of learning environment or when I wanted another math teacher to test if they really understood their lessons.  Mike and I felt that if had chosen a cheaper math material and added a regular tutor service, it would come out even more costly than the cost of Teaching Textbooks.  Plus, the books were handed down from Arielle to Kayla which made  it really worth it! With Teaching Textbooks, I NEVER HAD TO TEACH MATH to them!

For Science, we used Apologia Science which to me, explains science topics really well and in an interesting and Christian view. I purchased our Apologia books from another homeschool site Rock Solid Inc. at cheaper prices.

For Filipino, I sought the help of The Learning Library. Because Arielle was suddenly moved up to 1st year high school, I wasn’t prepared to teach the Filipino classic literature Ibong Adarna. I had to seek help somewhere and it was from The Learning Library.  The girls had a very positive learning experience with them and fondly remembers their teachers and how they made learning Filipino FUN.

So, in high school, I changed my hat from a TEACHER to a COACH, just like what Bo Sanchez had shared in his presentation as a keynote speaker of the conference.  I was coaching them on INDEPENDENT LEARNING and TIME MANAGEMENT more than the academics. Besides, the lessons are more difficult to teach that I would have failed in my teaching job if I continued to teach them their lessons. The subjects where I continued to discuss with our girls are Character, Christian Living and our Catholic faith, World History (I couldn’t let go of Mystery of History; I wanted to continue reading the book and learn more what happened!.  Approach to Filipino was all basic.  To me, basic Filipino is learning how to converse, understand, and write in the language in such a way that they’re able to convey the message they want to convey. Nothing deep and too poetic for me in Filipino.

When they stepped into high school, it was also the time they attended more workshops and classes outside home, aside from their required MAPE (Music, Art, PE) subjects. I made it a conscious effort to be on the lookout for workshops and classes late in grade school in preparation for high school.  These are some of the workshops they (sometimes, WE, which means I joined them) joined:

  • Mindmapping with Ivy Marquez
  • Sewing by Anne del Rosario at Sew Easy for Kids (culminated by a fashion show where they modeled their own sewing creations)
  • Blogging by Arriane Serafico (who unfortunately is no longer based here in the Philippines)
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Public Speaking and Presentation

 

A sample of our mindmapping

A sample of our mindmapping

 

 

We all learned how to sew! Kayla's summer culinary workshop!

We all learned how to sew!    Kayla’s summer culinary workshop!

 

Arielle and Kayla also joined a Hybrid Homeschool class with other homeschoolers,  once a week for one schoolyear. It was by Ivy Marquez and they had subjects which focused more on LIFE SKILLS such as Culinary and Food Science, Etiquette, Entrepreneurship.

As you can see, the workshops and classes they joined were very INTENTIONAL and really geared towards learning SKILLS, SKILLS, SKILLS, particularly LIFE and WORK SKILLS. I was already thinking forward.

With The Master’s Academy, we were required to present a portfolio at the end of every quarter to showcase what they had learned and accomplished in each subject during the quarter.  We used to live in Batangas and what I used to do was compile all their work or output in a binder, bring them to their academic consultant in TMA in Manila for her to review, then set another appointment with her for the scheduled portfolio review.  Can you imagine the travel and time factor involved? So I decided to go electronic or digital.  From hard copies in thick, heavy binders, we switched to Google Docs which allowed them to work on shared portfolio outputs but separately on their laptops.  It was like working in an office on your own workstation and contributing work as a team.  With Google Docs, I would just email our academic consultant the link of their Google Docs portfolio and schedule a trip to Manila for their portfolio review. What a convenience and time-saver!

After Google Docs, I thought doing their portfolio via blogs would even be a BETTER idea! It would teach them creative writing, which was a priority area for me, since I knew that writing essays would be one of the college application requirements.  Aside from learning how to write, blogging would also allow them to integrate  photography, graphic design. Arielle managed to learn the codes on how to design or tweak the theme of her own blogsite. Take a peek at Arielle’s homeschool blog called The Homeschooled Mermaid and Kayla’s KaylaNeverKeila.

Laslty, what made high school learning also fun was WE ALL LEARNED TOGETHER. We learned how to mindmap together.  Arielle and I joined a blogging workshop together.  We three learned how to sew together. There were also other arts and crafts workshops we all joined like stamp-carving, silk screen printing, calligraphy, brush lettering watercolor painting.  So, I was learning new things and skills with them. WE ARE ALL LEARNERS and they were opportunities to show them that I AM A LIFELONG LEARNER myself. LEARNING WITH THEM was one way that we all connected and I STAY TUNED with them.

One last sharing on TEACHING.  In a recent Catholic homeschoolers gathering I attended with Mike, this question was asked: Where or how do you delineate your role as a parent and as a homeschool teacher? Where do you draw the line?  A very good question, don’t you think?  The speaker gave an answer without having to think long (not even 2 seconds!).  And I agree with what she said which was to let the academics suffer but not your relationship with your child.  NEVER.

With that I end my sharing on TEACHING in the high school years.  I really hope that with the first blog post and this second one, I was able to give tips to keep in mind and resources to bookmark.

My next blog post will be on EXPERIENCING.  What EXPERIENCES should I let our teenagers have during high school?  Enjoy my first two posts while you take your semestral or holiday break as I try to do the same.


 

Kamakailan lamang, mayroong nag-post sa isang grupo ko sa Facebook, nagtatanong kung dapat ba niyang ituro ang Filipino sa kanyang mga maliliit pang anak.  Sa palagay ko, mas tinutukoy niya ang salita o lengwaheng Filipino kaysa sa asignatura (subject).  Ang daming sumagot at nagbigay ng kanilang sariling palagay!   Ang haba tuloy ng usapan 🙂  E, ano naman ang sinagot ko?  Ang sabi ko…oo, ituturo ko pa rin at itinuturo ko na ang Filipino PERO ang gusto ko lang mangyari ay matuto sina Kayla at Arielle na:

  1.  makapagsalita sa sariling wika (to speak)
  2.  makapagsulat din naman (to write)
  3.  makipag-ugnayan sa ibang tao (to relate, converse, communicate)
  4.  at makaintindi ng Filipino (para hindi naman sila maloloko o magmukhang dayuhan; to understand)

 

Sinabi ko rin ang katotohanan na ang dami kong nilalaktwan ng mga leksyon sa libro kasi di na talaga pratikal paggugulan pa ng oras.  Itinuturo ko lamang ang mga bahagi ng pananalita (parts of speech) o balarila (grammar) na karaniwang ginagamit araw-araw.  Di ko na inaambisyon na sila ay maging makata.  Mas gugustuhin ko pa na maging komportable sila sa wikang Filipino at marunong silang magbigay-halaga at respeto sa kanilang sariling wika.  

Si Kayla ay kasalukuyang nasa ika-pitong baitang (7th Grade) at pinag-aaralan ang klasikong Ibong Adarna.  Si Arielle naman ay nasa ika-siyam na baitang (9th Grade) o ikatlong taon sa mataas na paaralan (3rd year high school).  Pinag-aaralan naman niya ang Noli Me Tangere.  Di ko na pahihirapan ang mga sarili namin.  Mas gusto kong pag-aralan nila nang mas maigi ang Math, Science, at English kaysa sa Filipino kasi ito ang mas praktikal at mas kailangan.  Eto ang mga librong ginagamit namin sa Adarna at Noli:

Ibong Adarna with English version

Ibong Adarna with English version

Pahina mula sa Ibong Adarna

Pahina mula sa Ibong Adarna

Noli Me Tangere with English version

Noli Me Tangere with English version

Pahina mula sa Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Noli Me Tangere

Para kay Kayla, pinapabasa ko muna sa kanya nang malakas ang salin (translation) sa Tagalog ng Ibong Adarna para masanay siyang magbasa sa Filipino sunod ang English translation. Pagkatapos nito, mas binibigyang-pansin at oras namin ang aralin gamit ang Manwal ng mga Guro kung saan may mga tanong at gabay sa pagtalakay.  Dito ko rin iniuugnay ang mga pangyayari at tauhan ng Ibong Adarna sa totoong buhay.

Manwal ng mga Guro ng Ibong Adarna

Manwal ng mga Guro ng Ibong Adarna

Pahina mula sa Manwal ng mga Guro

Pahina mula sa Manwal ng mga Guro

Dahil mas madaming pinag-aaralan at mas mahirap ang mga aralin ni Arielle ngayon, dumederecho na lang kami sa English translation ng Noli Me Tangere na pawang mas mabigat at mahaba kaysa sa Ibong Adarna.  Paminsan-minsan, pinapabasa ko rin sa kanya nang malakas ang Tagalog translation para naman masanay din magbasa ng mga salitang Tagalog.  At katulad ni Kayla, gamit ang Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere, dito ko kinukuha ang gabay sa pagdidiskusyon o pag-uusap namin tungkol sa nobela. 

Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa
Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Pahina mula sa Mga Tulong sa Pag-aaral sa Noli Me Tangere

Kung meron ngang magandang kalidad na sine na pwedeng naming bilhin at panoorin sa bahay tungkol sa Florante at Laura, Ibong Adarna, Noli Me Tangere, at El Flibusterismo, ay mas pipiliin ko pang gamitin ang mga ito!  Sigurado akong mas maiintindihan naming lahat ang kwento, mas mapapahalagahan namin ang mga akdang Pilipino at mas masaya pa kaming lahat na nag-aaral ng Filipino 🙂  

Kayo?  Itinuturo niyo ba ang wikang Filipino sa inyong mga anak?  Madali ba para sa inyo?  Paano ninyo ito itinuturo? 


Pagmamano

Litrato mula sa:
http://definitelyfilipino.com/blog/2012/12/25/mga-kaugaliang-pinoy-na-nawawala-na-o-nawala-na/

 

Ang isa sa mga ugaling Pilipino na gustung-gusto kong ibalik at muling isabuhay nina Arielle at Kayla ay ang PAGMAMANO SA MATATANDA O NAKATATANDA sa kanila.   Marunong naman sila kaya lang, siguro, dahil sa iba’t ibang klaseng tao ang nakilala at patuloy na nakikilala nila na may iba’t ibang pamumuhay, mas madalas silang humalik bilang pagbati o paggalang kaysa magmano.  Eto rin kasi ang nakikita nila sa kanilang mga kaibigan.

Pinaalalahanan ko sila nung minsan, pagkatapos namin magmisa, na gusto kong MAGMANO sila sa amin ng Papa nila, PAGKATAPOS NG MISA at TUWING HAPON.   Nung sinabi ko ito sa kanila, parang naalala nga nila na hindi na nila ito nagagawa.  

Ngayon, dahan-dahan naming ibinabalik ang pagmamano sa aming tahanan at buhay.  Mas maganda lang kasi at mas nararamdaman ko ang respeto o paggalang, MALIBAN SA PAGGAMIT NG “PO” AT “OPO.”   Sa sobrang makabago at mabilis na pag-ikot ng ating mundo ngayon, naniniwala ako na may mga bagay pa rin…makaluma, tradisyon, at nakaugalian na…na dapat panatilihing buhay sa ating mga Pilipino.

Maidagdag ko lang.   Medyo tama o akma rin pala itong “post” ko sa aking or aming goals para sa taong 2013…na magpakita ng pagkamamamayan at maging mas makabayan o maka-Pilipino.

 


Naisip ko lang.  Wala pa atang akong nakikita o nababasang blog na nasa salitang Filipino o Tagalog.  Nag-search ako…”blogpost+Filipino+Tagalog”.  Eto ang isa sa mga lumabas.

Gawin ko rin kaya?  Eh, kung yung mga anak ko nga pinapapagawa kong proyekto sa kanila ang magsulat sa Filipino, eh di dapat ako rin.  Binalikan ko rin ang mga goals o nais namin gawin para sa taong 2013 at napansin ko na gusto naming maging mas makabayan at maging mas maka-Pilipino sa taong ito.

Sabi ko, masimulan nga.  Hindi ko pipiliting magsulat na lahat ng mga salitang gagamitin ko ay Filipino.  Magta-Taglish din ako.  Ayokong maging makata. Hindi ko rin naman kaya yon.  Simple lang.  Gusto ko din lang makapagsulat sa sariling wika kahit paminsan-minsan.

Sana magawa ko at sana magustuhan ninyo at may mapulot din kayo sa mga susunod kong ilalathala ( publish 🙂 ).