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?”
Hello Writing! It’s been six months since I last wrote a piece to post in here. Was it really that long? Surprise! Half a year. Whew. Really. It’s time to write about why I took a break. What’s a better topic than the benefits of homeschooling we have come to learn?
It was really worth the break. I would like to call it my homeschooling hiatus. It has been quite a feat adjusting to homeschooling my 4th grader, but let me immediately add that it has been so much fun as well! When we were called (as opposed to using the term ‘forced’) to homeschool the son under the government’s quarantine orders, I decided to commit to it and embrace it, no matter how hard, time-consuming, or tiring it might be. It turns out, it’s hard, time-consuming but very fulfilling!Continue reading “10 Benefits of Homeschooling: Thoughts of a Beginner Mom”
This is the fifth and last part of the series to help you, parents and teachers, understand and improve your child’s handwriting skills. In this portion, I will be discussing the key components to a legible handwriting.Continue reading “Key Components to Legible Handwriting”
How to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting Skills: Part 4
I know I promised that this is going to be the final part of this series, but I realized I still want to share with you the nitty gritty so I decided to add one more part – the Legibility part. This post, then, is going to be the second to the last of the series. Catch the first three parts here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.Continue reading “Handwriting: Body, Mind and Hand Working as One”
How to Improve your Child’s Handwriting Skills: Part 3
If you have taken to heart the things discussed in the first two parts of this series, then I think you and your child are inching closer to the real stuff, what we’ve been talking about – handwriting. But first, let me present another very important skill that affords the hand to do its very precise jobs.Continue reading “Manipulation and Handwriting Skills: Translate, Shift and Rotate”
How to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting Skills: Part 2.
In the first part of this series, I wrote about two-hand use and handedness, which are very important areas for handwriting skills readiness. ICYMI, read it here.
Fine motor skills or hand skills is a vast topic. The hand may look small but deep within, it is a complicated network of tendons, bones, veins and nerves. It should be since we use it for manipulation of things around us and we need accuracy and fine movements to achieve that. Just imagine doing a precision task without your hands. In this part, I am covering coordination and prehension patterns, which takes us closer to developing handwriting skills in our children..Continue reading “Hand Skills, Precisely: To Improve Handwriting Skills”
How to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting Skills: Part 1.
Last time, I wrote about how to improve the movement, more aptly the gross motor skills of your child. ICYMI, read it here. This time, I would like to talk about your child’s hand skills, or what we call, in child development, the fine motor skills. Since fine motor skills is a hefty topic, I am writing a series about it and I start with bilateral hand use and handedness.Continue reading “To Improve Handwriting: Right-handed or Left-handed?”
Do you ever notice awkward movement in your child? Does he have difficulty going through obstacles in the playground or even around the house? Does she have difficulty copying simple dance steps?Continue reading “How to Improve Your Child’s Movement Skills At Home”