Homeschool

Of Homecomings and Homeschooling

It was as if I was re-entering my very first home after living somewhere else for quite some time. That’s how it felt like when I signed-in to this blog account this morning. As soon as the key clicked and the door opened, going through old posts felt like I was looking at photos on the wall which had become pretty dusty. Changing the look and organizing the categories felt as if I was rearranging my furniture to give my place a fresh yet familiar feel. It was like un-boxing treasures I almost forgot I had.

The moment I stood back and saw that my house on the web was ready, I found myself saying, I’m home. And as always, it’s good to be home.

So this is me opening my windows, waving to y`all! Hello!!! I’m back! Grab a cup of coffee (or tea). Come, hang out with me `coz oh boy, have I got loads of stories for you guys. Ready?

kristohomeschool2So, my eldest son is now in 5th grade. Ahhh, it seems like it was just yesterday when I was thinking about homeschooling him, right? Now, we’re on our 5th year! I shall be a tita of Manila and say, yes dear reader, time flies. Remember our baby girl? She’s 3 and a half now and wakes me up on a Saturday morning (when I want to sleep in badly) and whispers not-so-softly in my ear —  “mommy, let’s homeschool!” Crazy, right?

11246973_848516195222447_7456284311651495863_nYup! I’m homeschooling a tween and a toddler AT THE SAME TIME. It is absolutely challenging but definitely rewarding! Expect to read about our fun activities and life lessons learned because I guarantee, there’s loads to share.

Speaking of, I’ve got exciting news to share with you guys! If you know me personally or if you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time now, you know that my heart is to share whatever I know and whatever’s in my heart.  I’ve always said that if I keep all that I know to myself, what use is that, really?

So when a friend asked if I was willing to talk about our homeschooling story with her friend who worked for a magazine, I poured my heart out into each question she asked via chat. Little did I know, it was for Good Housekeeping Magazine! A day or two later, we found out that we were one of the four families they chose to feature and guess what?! We’re in this month’s issue (August). Hope you grab a copy. It’s the one with Jennylyn Mercado on the cover. *wink* (Shameless plug, I know! But, why not? Right?)

Tadaa!!!
Tadaa!!!

Before we even had a chance to get a copy, a few friends (who are avid readers of the magazine) messaged me about it and told me that they are encouraged by our story and some of them are thinking about homeschooling their kids too.

My goal when  I told our story was to help spread the word about the beauty of homeschooling and by getting that response, I believe we’ve achieved our goal. Or at least, we’ve helped debunk certain myths about homeschooling. *wink*

Myth Busters!
Myth Busters!

(Clears throat) But wait, there’s more! (I couldn’t help it, sorry.) Two months ago, my mommy friends and I got invited to share our homeschooling adventure with a group of parents who were interested in taking the homeschool plunge as well.

One of the couples opened their gorgeous home to the group. It was such a chill afternoon
One of the couples opened their gorgeous home to the group. It was such a chill afternoon

The talk was all about the realities of homeschooling so we shared a lot of our boo-boos and embarrassing stories. (If you homeschool too, you know we’ve all got loads!) Moreover, we got to tell them about a lot of our win-win, ultra-rewarding and encouraging stories too. I really hope we were able to help them decide if homeschooling is for their family or not.

Whenever I get the chance to give talks about  homeschooling and parenting, I always say yes because I believe it’s my small way of helping out the community. I don’t hold back in sharing the mistakes I’ve made along the way. If someone learns from my mistakes, then it makes everything worth it.

So, as you go on this journey again with me, may my stories, experiences, booboos and all encourage you and hopefully I get to hear from you guys too, so I can learn from you as well.

Cheers and may you have an amazing week!

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