Hello there! I’m Iya. I am a former slave of the BPO industry, but now a dedicated housewife and mother to my beautiful BAMs.
In this post, I am sharing our journey as a first time homeschooler and the struggle in finding the right school provider for my kids.
With a new addition to the family and difficulty in finding a nanny, my husband and I welcomed the idea to homeschool our kids.
I know what you’re thinking while you are reading this. Don’t worry! I asked the same question to my self, over and over.
That is the big “WHY!???”
First, I started listing down my reasons as to why I am leaning towards homeschooling. Trust me the list was long, and to my surprise, I have more Pros than Cons.
I joined several homeschooling groups on Facebook. Some were really helpful, some were all knowing and a few were arrogant.
Everyday, I keep on checking the pages, just a silent reader, and members were really active. There are people and groups organizing talks, workshops, seminars, and other events that can help you understand what homeschooling is all about.
I learned that there are parents that choose to take what is known as the “independent” homeschooling and I really admire them!
Being a worry wart, Ohhhhh, I am definitely going with a provider!
Then we discussed this with our family and close friends. Most of them were really against it. They said…
“Kawawa naman ang mga bata”.
“Magiging anti-social yang mga anak nyo!”
“Mahal yan diba?”
“Bakit kailangan iHomeschool di naman artista mga anak nyo!”
These words really poked my heart. I was so indecisive. I kept stressing myself out, and my husband would normally say. “If this will only stress you out, we will send them back to their school.”
And there I was, giving reasons and convincing my self again as to WHY I’ve chosen to take the homeschooling path.
Then, I talked to my kids. I know what you’re thinking again 🙂
Yes, they cried. They said that they’re going to miss their friends. Why do they need to be homeschooled? They can just take a Grab. (Kids nowadays are so confident because of Grab. HAHA.)
Kidding aside, It broke my heart. Seeing tears rolling from their eyes, it really gave me a new set of whys.
My husband and I had a long discussion. 3 Months to be exact. From homeschooling, to sending them to different schools, back to their old school and homeschooling again.
Good thing I am a procrastinator. Yeah, it has Pros! 🙂
Me and my husband dedicated a day to talk to the kids about it. This time, no tears. My husband did the talking as he is more relaxed, stating the pros and cons of being homeschooled, yada yada yada, until he said the magic word…
It was like a gold chest at the end of the rainbow and their eyes lit up like fireworks in the sky… Gosh! So I took the advantage to convince them more.
My next problem was “What homeschool provider should I choose and why?”
So I did my research, been calling providers back and forth, praying for signs as to which provider suits our family. Til I gave my heart out to 1.
And voila! We are now enrolled. The books were delivered, then I saw their school IDs.
The night before their 1st day. I cried, all my WHAT IFs sinked in.
What if I cannot give them the same education they get from school?
What if it doesn’t work out? There were a lot of what ifs…
Then comes “THE DAY.”
I gave them schedules. We did our first project. It’s making bookmarks! 🙂
At the end of the day, I heard my eldest say “Mom, I’m enjoying this homeschooling. I like it better than being in school school! I get to focus more and I get to understand the lessons better. I don’t need to pressure my self, and best of all, we don’t need to wake up at 4am to catch the school bus.”
Hearing those words from my baby feels like I won the lottery. And I said to my self, “WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION!”
Parenting itself already requires great patience! I myself am not the most patient of moms, but despite my impatience and imperfections, I still choose to do it. Actually, homeschooling has taught me to be more patient with my kids, among other things!
THE MOST IMPORTANT “RESOURCE” IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL IS YOU, THE PARENT, AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO TEACH YOUR CHILD.
We are now on our second month, this has worked for us so far, and my little BAMs are loving it.
We’ll see how it goes by the end of the school year.
If you have questions about homeschooling feel free to ask. I am no expert but I will definitely share everything I learned from my experience.