Recap: From Roots to Wings – Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

On March 3, 2017, homeschoolers in the Philippines had their first taste of a legit “no classes” day as homeschooling families gathered together within their respective cities across the nation to celebrate the very first National Homeschool Day.

School in a Backpack's #HAPIDay2017 celebration at BGC, Taguig.

School in a Backpack’s #HAPIDay2017 celebration at BGC, Taguig.

It’s success that swept the nation was resounding, thundering clap to the extraordinary hearts and hands of every parent that decided and chose to take the education of their children into their own hands and homes. Recognizing this noble task as no easy feat, the Senate of the Philippines front-lined by no less than Senator Kiko Pangilinan himself, took our thrust and turned it into an official Senate Resolution:

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I would like to believe that this bold move and strong statement was largely brought about when the senator took center stage at the Philippine Homeschooling Conference 2016 for his opening remarks.

Senator Pangilinan saw the magnitude of the movement of those who dared thread this educational pivot, and in that very moment, something amazing sparked in him… as it did for most who was there as well.

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In case you missed the grand event that it was, here are some of the plenary sessions key takeaways from a live- notes feed via School in a Backpack’s FB page

Homeschooling allows you to build a firm foundation for your child.

Three points on how you can build a foundation as a homeschooling parent:

  1. Model
  2. Teach
  3. Train

Our children are watching us ALL THE TIME. -Joy Mendoza

Teach vs Train:

  • Teach is to provide knowledge
  • Train is to build will within

We are meant to more than teach our child, we are called to train them.

I. Model, Teach, Train: OBEDIENCE AND RESPECT

Posted originally in Instagram by @janaetupas with caption "LIVE | "We discipline our children for their future," not their past. - Joy Mendoza #phc2016 #fromrootstowingsphc #discipline #parenting #homeschool #philippines"

Posted originally in Instagram by @janaetupas with caption “LIVE | “We discipline our children for their future,” not their past. – Joy Mendoza #phc2016 #fromrootstowingsphc #discipline #parenting #homeschool #philippines”

We need to train our children holistically, not just in education. -Deonna Tan-Chi

II. Model, Teach, Train: WISDOM

A quote once said, “If you stand up for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.”

III. Model, Teach, Train: STATURE (Physical)

IV. Model, Teach, Train: FAVOR WITH GOD (Spiritual)

Traditional parenting is teaching your children what to do. Christian parenting is connecting them to God. Love for God is the strongest foundation we can build in or children. -Deonne Tan-Chi

To build a strong spiritual foundation, we need to model, teach, train our children the following:

  1. Love God wholeheartedly
  2. Live to please God (accountable)
  3. Glorify God

V. Model, Teach, Train: FAVOR WITH MEN (Social)

How? Follow Jesus’ golden rule!

VI. Model, Teach, Train: EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

VII. Model, Teach, Train: FINISH WELL

Remind your children that in life, it isn’t just about how they start, but it’s also about finishing well (“well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23). -Joy Mendoza

Economics expert, Eric Nicdao, shares funding tips for homeschoolers:

  1. Distinguish your needs vs wants.
  2. Save before our spend.
  3. Compute your targeted expenses.
  4. Explore investments.

Motivate your child to learn and learn well through the art and science of learning: when it’s something you’re interested in, you study more about it. Andrew Pudewa called calls this “relevancy”.

When you see your children show interest in one particular subject, capitalize on that. [Intrinsic relevancy: 1 of 4 types of learning relevancies] -Andrew Pudewa

A positive environment will encourage your child to learn something they originally have no intrinsic relevancy on.

The best possible way is you teach the things you love and find someone to teach what you don’t love but they do. [Inspired relevancy: 2 of 4 types of learning relevancies]

Your child isn’t interested in a subject. You can’t find anyone who loves that subject. What do you do? Turn it into a fun game! [Contrived relevancy: 3 of 4 types of learning relevancies]

Game Rules (so there’s a motivation to learn):

  1. It must be possible to win.
  2. There must be a potential gain and a potential loss.

You will learn that, or you will suffer. [Enforced relevancy: 4 of 4 types of learning relevancies]. -Andrew Pudewa

The problem with this relevancy is, the subject will be learned, but the learning will dissipate soon after.

Three Laws of Motivation:

  1. Children want to do what they CAN do.
  2. Children want to do what they THINK they can do.
  3. Children HATE and will REFUSE to do that which they BELIEVE they CANNOT do.

Spend 70-80% of the time to have children do the 1st law of motivation. Spend 20-30% of the time to have them do the 2nd law. Spend 0% on the 3rd law. The statement “I believe you can do it” is most often than not useless. -Andrew Pudawa

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Posted originally in Instagram by @janaetupas with caption “LIVE | The most important thing to motivating your child is to make sure they know how much you love them. Appreciate them. Affirm them. And don’t forget the power of a smile. – Andrew Pudewa #phc2016 #fromrootstowingsphc #homeschool #philippines #parenting #motivation”

A quote once said, “The only way to hold on is to let go.”

Three kinds of parenting:

  1. Under-parenting
  2. Parenting
  3. Over-parenting

Our kids want us to be in-control. To create boundaries. However, at a certain point, we would have to let go of our “control hats”. -Bo Sanchez

Your coaching hat says “I trust you to make the right decisions.”

When you’re in a season of control, you stand by your child. When you’re in a season of coaching, you need to stand by the sideline.

Parents, you’ve got to allow your children to make mistakes. -Bo Sanchez

Trust that they will learn in their mistakes.

Two secret weapons in dealing with our children: Questions and Stories.

These are powerful. And you’ll find that your kids will actually discover what you wanted them to learn.

Your kids are looking for their identity. They need their distance so they can have wings. This is the best time to be their coach. -Bo Sanchez

Once your child starts to work and/or get married, you need your “consultant’s hat”.

Remember: A consultant speaks only when they’re hired.

What happens when you don’t change hats?

  1. You’ll lose your child
  2. Your child won’t mature
  3. Your grandchildren won’t mature (because the way you parent your children is how they will parent your grandchildren)
  4. You won’t mature.

Your message to your child when you’re not changing hats is this: I don’t trust you.

Posted originally in Instagram by @janaetupas with caption "LIVE | If your heart is empty, it cannot let go. Fill your heart with love. And that's what Jesus is... love. Get the message? - Bo Sanchez #phc2016"

Posted originally in Instagram by @janaetupas with caption “LIVE | If your heart is empty, it cannot let go. Fill your heart with love. And that’s what Jesus is… love. Get the message? – Bo Sanchez #phc2016”

It was a swarm of parents at the expo area there, where top-notch homeschool providers and suppliers held their booths. I could hardly go through… Each booth packed with expertise. And each parent bumped into had smiles all over their faces.

With all the buzzing going around, the kids here also had a world of their own!

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The BIGGEST homeschool conference in the Philippines is coming soon! Save the date: October 17, 2017. Be updated via the #PHC2017 Facebook event page.

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