What is homeschooling?

Homeschooling allows parents to take a more engaged responsibility for their child’s education. The home is the primary learning environment and parents teach their child through one-on-one instruction.

Who Homeschools?

All kinds of families homeschool, from all walks of life! One common thing about homeschooling parents is that they are committed to give their children the best education after carefully considering the benefits of home education.

What are the benefits of homeschooling?

One of the great benefits is being able to pass on one’s faith and values. It maximizes parental influence and lengthens that window of opportunity. Bonding moments and memories together are so much more.

Homeschool also allows a lot of flexibility in terms of choice of curriculum, method of instruction, the learning environment, materials used, and pace of instruction. These advantages allow children to receive a superior education tailor-made to their needs, learning style, personality and interests. Homeschooled children are also socially well-adjusted. Because they communicate a lot with their parents, they are able to express themselves well, interact comfortably with adults, and make friends easily.

What are the disadvantages of homeschooling?

Time and energy are main costs of homeschooling because at least one parent has to dedicate sufficient time to teach. The family may also give up additional income because one parent has to stay home and teach. Some families find ways to start a home-based business to augment their income, or they simply adjust their lifestyle to prioritize homeschooling. For such these families, time well spent with their child is deemed priceless. It will never come again.

What about socialization?

This is by far the most frequently-asked question. No homeschooler is an island. Homeschoolers can be involved in a lot of activities in and out of the home where they can interact with and develop friendships with other children. They have healthier social development as they learn to relate vertically to parents and adults, and horizontally with siblings, friends and with others – a better picture of the real world. They also tend to be less susceptible to peer pressure because they have healthy relationships at home and share the same values as their parents.

Is homeschooling in the Philippines legal? Will my child have DepEd accreditation if I homeschool?

Homeschooling is legal in the Philippines. The Philippine Constitution, Article 14, Section 1(2) protects parental rights and states that the country will “establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children…” Also, Article 209 Chapter 1, General Provisions of the Family Code of the Philippines states that:

Pursuant to the natural right and duty of the parents over the person and property of their unemancipated children, parental authority and responsibility shall include the caring for and rearing them for civic consciousness and efficiency and the development of their moral, mental and physical character and well-being.

TMA Home Education Program provides records and transcripts to its students, in compliance with DepEd accreditation requirements. It enables children to have a smooth transition into the conventional school system when their parents choose to do so.

Is homeschooling more expensive than conventional schools?

Homeschooling can help families save money, but it is not necessarily a cheaper education. Although families can avoid high tuition fees, school uniforms, transportation, daily allowance, and other miscellaneous expenses related to conventional schools, homeschooling costs can also add up. Costs for homeschool programs and curricula, as well as field trips and extracurricular classes will vary per family. Parents can determine what they want to spend on based on their child’s needs and what they deem important to their homeschooling experience.

How do I know if I am qualified to teach my child?

DepEd requires that all homeschooling parents are college graduates. However, the greater concern is not so much the educational attainment of a parent but his or her willingness to commit to homeschooling. Most parents who homeschool do not have teaching degree, and yet are able to teach their children successfully.

Can I work and homeschool at the same time?

An ideal scenario is for a father to provide financially, while a mother stays home to teach her child. Single parent homes pose a greater challenge but it is still possible to homeschool. If a parent can set aside two to three hours of quality time daily, this should be sufficient to homeschool. Older children who have been trained to self-study can also make it possible for a parent to work and homeschool at the same time. Situations vary from one family to another. However, the most successful homeschooling families have at least one parent (ideally the mom), teaching full-time.

Can I homeschool even if I am overseas?

Yes. Families can communicate (for consultation on academic matters, and counselling) mostly through email and Skype. Homeschooling is a great solution to keep families together.

How do I choose the curriculum, books, and materials appropriate for my child?

At Homeschool Global, children entering Grade 1+ take a diagnostic test to determine strengths and weaknesses. After an assessment is made by the Academic Advisor an appropriate curriculum is recommended for the year. Parents use these recommendations when buying their child’s materials or they present their own options for review and approval. Preschool students are also assessed (without a Diagnostic Test) by an Academic Advisor to help parents choose the right materials.

How do I know if my child is learning and is at par with other children at the same grade level?

Children in Grades 1+ are tested annually through a standardized achievement test which gives parents a benchmark for how they are faring compared to their school-going counterparts. At the same time, the test works very well as a diagnostic tool for their child’s next level. The achievement test shows proficiency levels in language arts, science, math and social studies. Children also have regular portfolio reviews with their Academic Advisors for progress monitoring.

How do I teach my children subjects that I am not strong at?

One of the most powerful learning experiences for a child is to have a parent learning together with him/her. Parents do not have to be the expert in every area but parents can learn with their child, or enlist the help of co-op members who can team-teach with them. They may also ask their Academic Advisors for advice and helpful ideas to better teach a subject or lesson.

What if my child is resistant to my instruction and struggles with obedience?

Homeschool Global emphasizes a character-first approach to homeschooling. When parents prioritize the instruction of their child’s heart and character, children become teachable and positively responsive to their parents. Of course, biblical parenting is an important aspect of this dynamic between parent-teacher and child, which is why one of the first trainings parents will receive is on parenting.

Does enrolment follow the conventional school calendar?

Enrollment for families is every March, June, and September.

How early can I start homeschooling?

The earliest age for starting preschool is 4 years old. For Grade 1, a child needs to be at least 6 years old. With the new K-12, only one year of preschool is required, now called Universal Kindergarten (Prep).

What levels are offered?

Homeschool Global has Kinder 1 through Grade 12*. DepEd requires records for Preparatory through Senior High School.

*Accreditation for Grades 11 and 12 is acquired via Walkersville Christian Family School, our partner school in the U.S.

Is it difficult for homeschool students to enter local colleges?

In the Philippines, universities and colleges require applicants to come from accredited high schools and hold an official transcript. The benefit of homeschooling with TMA HEP is that students get the accreditation records they need. Students who present their TMA HEP records when they apply for colleges are readily accepted as long as they pass the entrance exams.

What is the enrollment procedures for Homeschool Global?

The 1st step is to attend the Homeschool Intro. It is an orientation about homeschooling and Homeschool Global. It is a prerequisite for enrollment. (Homeschool orientation fee per family is P500.00).* While parents are attending the orientation, Diagnostic Testing can be scheduled for incoming Elementary and High school students. (Diagnostic fee per child is P1,200.00).*

 

*Prices are subject to change without prior notice.