How Learning Happens

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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.

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Tag: Not Really a Movie Review

Some time ago, the husband was telling me about this movie, based on a real-life bunch of adults playing tag.  I managed to say “Ah..” to feign a little interest.  I, recently, found it on Netflix, and heck, I watched it and unexpectedly, I loved it!  Having said that on the first paragraph, you know that this is Tag, not really a movie review.  Nevertheless, I will try to slide a bit on that. Photos in this post were taken from Netflix screen shots.

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40-item Lenten Checklist for Kids

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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. 

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Why Do Art With Kids?

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“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.

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10 Benefits of Homeschooling: Thoughts of a Beginner Mom

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!

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How to Control Our Kids’ Screen Time

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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!

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