Family Friday: New Homeschooling Year

Second Friday of the month: Schooling / Parenting

We did it! First year of homeschooling is over. The boy is now grade 6. It was a rocky road for both of us since June last year and I didn't want to rant or share anything negative here. For those of you following my blog, you may have noticed that I was not blogging as much as I used to, and haven't been attending events as often. I have to make those choices to spend more time homeschooling. It was not fun at all, I tell you, but it's all worth it.

The burden of educating my boy has put extra pressure on me. Pumayat pako lalo!!! But in my heart, I know this is the best for him at this time. It was not an easy first year and the whole family made a lot of adjustments. We coped and we accomplished what we had to do, kahit super delayed.

After the final assessment and meeting with our academic consultant from TMA, I know I need to plan better for this year. I also have to be more organized with the way I teach him. The boy also has to improve on his attitude and focus. 

He thrives in routine and he wants more interactive ways to learn. He's a visual and kinesthetic learner so he prefers drawing, watching videos, physical and hands-on activities, and of course, field trips! 

We ended late and so we started this school year late na rin. Today, we just ended week 1 of our new homeschooling year. If you follow me on Instagram, I share snippets of our homeschooling days with the hashtag #jthomeschool.

The good news is we are both more optimistic and more open now as we started sixth grade. Mas magaan ang feeling and we are now more prepared and have better expectations from each other. I also need to control and manage my temper. The support from family and friends provide enough motivation for us to continue and be more open to unconventional ways of learning, and to nurture the boy's interests, uniqueness and innate skills. That's what homeschooling is really all about.

We've come to accept this major change and it's now our new normal. We plan to apply to a conventional school next year, but we'll see how it goes this year. 

Algebra, anatomy, geography, history... sixth grade here we go. Onwards to year two of homeschooling. Please pray for us. =)

Our short-lived summer: Summer, Study, and 20 Questions
How it all started last year: Giant Leap to Homeschooling
You can read more related stories on our homeschooling journey here: 

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