I became a homeschooling mom in the recently concluded school year. It was amazing to see a lot of doors open for my son and myself. I realized that with our flexible schedule and a more functional approach in meeting the topic outline for his level, we can do a whole lot more! We targeted skills that were not embarking all upon the academic road. Our map led us to the smooth sailing rivers of growth mindset, steep valleys of executive function and to the wonderful trails of life skills! It hasn’t all been easy but it was worth it. And it got me thinking about learning itself. They say learning never stops and that it pays to aim for life-long learning.Continue reading “How Learning Happens”
When we were in high school, the husband and I met in our community chapel. He was an altar boy, I was a choir member and we were both Legionaries (Legion of Mary). Because we were very active in church activities back then, we called ourselves taong simbahan (church people). Probably because of this, we tried to be devout Catholics as individuals and as a family when we became one.Continue reading “40-item Lenten Checklist for Kids”
“Art is a universal language and through it each nation makes its own unique contribution to the culture of mankind.” This is according to Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States of America. Reading this quote gives us a clear motive why art is important in nation building and culture development, especially among all men. So why do art with kids?
Other than developing culture, making history and nation building, art, in its many forms of expression, does a lot in a person, young or old. In this article, I would like to show the countless benefits it gives our children when we incorporate art in their everyday activities, be it for school, play or hobby.Continue reading “Why Do Art With Kids?”
I have a 9-year-old 4th grader at home who went through more than four months of “summer” break from school. Yesterday was his first day back. Well, home school that is. We actually went through a broken 3 weeks of transitioning-back-to-school phase. He had to answer his previous books and pay attention to lessons. But we did not fade his screen time just yet. During the vacation, he has 1-hour computer time and 2 hours of TV time. Although he conceded to going cold turkey on his screen time, he is currently having difficulty paying attention to details of lessons and instructions; and sustaining focus when answering worksheets. Earlier today, it took him 25 minutes to finish a 15-item worksheet on proper and common nouns!Continue reading “How to Control Our Kids’ Screen Time”
Father, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Tatay, Itay, Ama.. They are considered the pillars of the home. Sila ang haligi ng tahanan, as we say it in Filipino. It’s their special day tomorrow and it’s an honor to write and share about how our Dads are important in our lives.Continue reading “The Value of Fathers: Why Dads are Important”
According to Abraham Maslow, social interaction is one of the basic human needs. It comes after physiological and safety needs. In this time of pandemic and quarantine, we take care of our kids in the comforts and security of our home. We feed them food to keep them healthy; and different activities to keep them cognitively sound and entertained. While we spend so much time with them nowadays, they still need to connect to their peers. Like us, adults, virtual meetup is the only way possible these days.Continue reading “10 Virtual Activities to Do With Friends: Kids Edition”
Let me start by being a Filipino. It is common practice for Filipino families to hire a helper at home. The helper cooks, cleans, washes dishes, washes laundry, etc. The adults (parents and extended family), usually, chip in, here and there, when they feel like it or if they really like doing the chore.Continue reading “Chores ‘r’ Us: How to Teach Your Children to Do Household Chores”
Every person in the universe is unique. No two persons are the same, not even twins. We have our own set of traits, how we deal with the world and how we go about carrying out our roles. We are all different as a student, a friend or as an employee.
One very important role, we take in our lifetime, is parenting. And it is not just a gene-giving, budget-allotting job. It is so much more than that. Being a parent is all about the life of a child, the child you will raise, rear, bring up, look after, nurture, take care, love and call your own.Continue reading “4 Parenting Styles: Which Parent Are You?”
After 2 months, most if not all of us, are still under a quarantine order. The Education Department has announced the school opening to be in the last week of August, be it done physically or in other alternative means. Kids are definitely staying indoors for 2 more months!
As a parent myself, I am looking forward to going outdoors again with the son, but not just yet. Maybe not even after the quarantine has just been lifted. I want to make sure that it’s completely safe before we breathe the air from outside again!
I am writing now with my own OT kids in mind since I am foreseeing a few more months before we can see each other, face to face, again for therapy.Continue reading “8 Must-Keeps for Every Family with Special Kids this Quarantine Season”
I would like to start by briefly discussing SI. Sensory Integration is a theory we use, as OTs, to manage children’s behaviors, feelings, learning and other difficulties in everyday activities. It tells us how our brain processes information from our body and environment.Continue reading “Quarantined Senses: Sensory-rich Activities for our Children in Lockdown”