[Hi everyone! Sharing with you why we are homeschooling written by Jett. Enjoy!]
Early this year, when we first publicly shared that we were planning to homeschool our kids, many of our family and friends were surprised. [Some of them already know 😊] After all, we’ve been going to “regular school” for the past almost 6 years and it seemed strange to suddenly take a different path. [We actually got a lot of questions, but I only want to share one answer from those questions: We’re not trying to do school at home, we’re trying to do homeschool-an education lifestyle 😊]
What many people do not know is that even before Summer started going to playschool, we were already seriously considering homeschooling. At that time, however, we felt that we were not ready. We were afraid of failing because the consequences will be disastrous for them. Having come from traditional schools we were also afraid that they will miss out on all the experiences in a “normal” school (growing up with school friends, misadventures with classmates, …).
There was one thing that we were sure of – we did not want them to be in a traditional school. [One of the reasons why my kids are not in Chinese school, I know how it goes, and I feel like leading them to take another path. Though taking Mandarin classes is non-negotiable. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my roots 🐲] We wanted an educational system that is student-centered instead of teacher-centered. Fortunately, we learned about the “progressive school” concept. We really liked the low student-teacher ratio and personalized and experiential learning. It seemed to offer the good points of homeschooling without requiring us to handle the teaching part. It as the next best thing so we enrolled them in a progressive playschool (The Little Gym Pasig-Mandaluyong) and preschool (Multiple Intelligence International School). [Grateful to have been to these schools. We would have stayed if we did not decide to homeschool]
Fast forward to this year, the idea of trying homeschooling came up again. Now seemed to be a perfect time. [Yeah. You know that strong feeling when you aligned with the universe and agreed to just do it?✨]
We are very hands-on parents. We bring them and pick them up from school every day. We also make it a point to ask them what they did in school. We also help them when they have school projects and when they need to study for quizzes. We also take the opportunity to teach them new things whenever we go to some new place or when we try something new.
We then realized that we were already doing some of the things that we were afraid of doing. Homeschooling may not be that hard to ease the transition to after all. I guess when you have the best of intentions it brings out the best in you, too. [Yeah. Also, There are no perfect parents, that’s a fact. Jett and I are not perfect, but we always believe that we are the best teachers of these precious girls God gave us. Parents by default give the quality of everything their children need.]
We also learned that we can tap other resources to help us in teaching. For instance, we can enroll them in other activities like music lessons, sports, and art and this would give them the opportunity to socialize with more kids. If eventually, we encounter subjects that are hard to teach [like Trigonometry…] we can always get assistance from tutors from our tutorial center. [..and teachers who are now friends 🥰] With this newfound confidence, we decided to make the big decision.
[Shameless Plug: Our tutorial center, Pillars Tutorials is now assisting homeschooling parents in subjects that are challenging to teach.]👍🏻
Why did we decide to make the jump?
First, we want them to cultivate a love of learning. As with all kids, they are very curious and we would like them to be in an environment where they will not be constrained and bounded by a set curriculum. We would like them to keep their curiosity strong by supporting them in the things that they want to pursue. Beyond academics we want them to have the time and freedom to be able to learn new things like a hobby, sport, or a craft because it will make them into well-rounded individuals. Taking an active part in their learning will allow us to tailor-fit their education so that they can pursue their natural inclinations and be the best that they can be.
Second, we want them to be firmly rooted in our family values. Knowledge without values is meaningless. We want them to put their learning into something that will allow them to be a blessing to others. We believe that by having more time with them and being able to tag them along whatever we do will allow us to do this more effectively. [We want them to make a difference using their intelligence along with their hearts. We want them to shine because of their good character first. This is just me, but I think I failed as a Mom or God’s steward if these girls grow up to be bad]
Finally, as someone great once said: “Experience is the best teacher”. We believe that homeschooling would allow us to help them learn through actual experience. Whether it be learning about places and people by going there as part of a family trip or learning entrepreneurship by helping out in our businesses, we want them to learn by exposing them to the real thing. [Our job as parents are not easy whether you’re homeschooling or not. And even if choosing this path may be harder for us, I believe it’s worth trying because we will learn and grow together. I may be the most impatient individual on earth, but together we will become better]
The world that they will be joining years from now will have intense global competition. They need to be able to shine in whatever it is that they will discover as we go through this journey together. We believe that putting them in an open, loving, and God-centered environment for learning will help get them there.
[We still have so much to learn and prepare, we are taking one quarter at a time. With God’s grace, He will guide this Gamboa Academy to bear fruit. We hope that you walk with us and pray with us]🙏💖
[Blessings and love to all of you who are reading this.]