Hello!! It feels good and different to be back in blogging.  Having a new born is a bit overwhelming!  Plus Risen is now in grade 1 and we just moved here in Ilocos Norte (yes!) ---- so I guess I was really swamped with life ;)  Aside from this announcement, let me also say that I was able to figure out on how to homeschool with a newborn.  I listed down everything I have discovered and learned.  Read on.

1.  Seek God's guidance and wisdom - One of the first things that I thought when I got pregnant was, "how about homeschooling?".  Risen will be grade 1 the same time our baby will be out so I was kind of nervous because the first grade is crucial in terms of laying down a good foundation.  I knew that after venting to Bryan, I had to tell the Lord about it. I asked and asked. And of course, He graciously provided.

2.  Manage expectations - If you were able to homeschool for 2 hours straight and your lesson/activity  preps were seamless, do you think this would be possible with your newborn?  If not, then we have to lessen our expectations and increase appreciation in the little time we may have. You may also want to explain this to your little one or your high schoolers - that there is a big possibility that you won't be on call during lessons.  You may also determine the possible help you can get (with homeschooling or with your newborn) and the set-up you might have once the party starts.

3.  Opt not to "teach" - When my second boy was out, I conditioned myself not to teach.  What I had, instead, was a list of things that Risen can practice or re-learn.  We focused on activities he can do on his own, life skills, legos and puzzles, copy-write, Math drills, read-alouds, mazes, etc.  In short, we did not have any new lesson for a month.  I prepared a stack of things he can easily access and work on his own.

3.  Consider advance lessons - 9 months of being pregnant means 9 months of lesson preps and teaching.  -- so this is what we did.  The opening of classes was August, however, we decided to begin as early as March. With this, I had time to teach him. So come Given, it was okay for me not to teach.  And as of writing, Risen was able to take his exams on time because we studied in advance.

4.  Spend time NOT homeschooling - This is the hard part ;)  I had to make sure I still have time with Risen not homeschooling.  When Given was just a week old and I am still mostly in bed recovering from my CS procedure, I found myself always asking Risen if he had already "done something related to homeschooling".  Sometimes, our meals became a chance for me to encourage him to write better or to read more.  Then one time, he entered the room and asked me if "we would homeschool again".  Then, I realized that all of my interaction with him was about home education.  Since then, I made sure to balance it out.   

5.  Create a routine - Our family's favorite - and this includes our newborn.  We once again dedicated ourselves to training Given to sleep, hence, now that he is 2 months old, we can anticipate his wake, feeding  and sleeping schedule.  I also know when we can be noisy and when we should tone it down.  With this, I can also predict the window of when I can homeschool Risen.  It was a struggle in the beginning, but just last night, Given slept from 7pm tp 3am (with a scheduled dream feeding at around 8:30pm).  So, hopefully, this long sleep at night will make us all ready for the next day.

6.  Set a deadline - My goal is to go back to our normal homeschooling routine by December.  This mean I would be able to teach new lessons, calendar activities and prepare richly again.  As of today, I am able to slowly go back to the textbooks and plan ahead.  I pray that before the year ends, we will be able to get back on track.

When I was homeschooling Risen while feeding Given, it reminded me that indeed homeschooling is a lifestyle.  That there is no pressure of getting ahead nor knowing more.  That one of the keys to learning is embracing the current season and valuing that instead of the books. If you have a newborn or will have a new member of the family in the coming days, do not forget on why you signed up for homeschooling. Go back to your "why", discuss with your husband and allow the Lord to sustain you.  Homeschooling with a newborn is challenging but with God's help, it can be done.


Since every homeschooling family is unique, I am sure, each journey has its own advantages.  The list below may be different from yours, however, I think you can relate in some points.  It is also possible that you haven't realized these yet, so allow me to present the pros of homeschooling for our little family.

Homeschooling allows us to have....

1.  more time with Risen - I can't over emphasize the beauty of having quality and quantity time with Risen.  I am seeing the benefit now and I am praying that when Risen becomes an adult, he will see the benefit of this too.  Hopefully, he gets to realize that time spent with family is something that is worth it.  On this note, I want to mention that one thing we sacrificed for time is money.  We had to let go of my paycheck so I can stay at home.  We may not be "richer", but seeing each other's milestones, hits and misses is just too wonderful to miss out!

2.  a window to correct to our son - There are some actions that has to be dealt right away. The beauty of homeschooling is we get to do this right away.  We see our son's negative attitude, and we get to correct it on the spot.  We also get to follow through and see if he has improved in that area.  Aside from this, we get to train him.  As many of you would know, training requires consistency, time and follow-up -- and praise God for homeschooling, we get to work on this. 


3. flexibility in our lifestyle - This is the fun part.  We get to schedule our activities without pulling out Risen from school.  Since his Dad works in a university, we have summer breaks, Christmas holidays, shortened work hours, basically a flexible working timetable. Since we have this, our long weekends are spent at home and when everyone is busy working, we go out.  With this, we also get to cuddle every morning, enjoy long breakfast, have frequent movie nights and travel as the Lord provides the opportunity and provision.

4. the freedom to influence our child - Let me be direct, not all children are being influenced by their parents.  And to be honest, this is disappointing...I mean, if not us, who will?  Allow me share to you our deepest why in homeschooling Risen.  This is from Psalms 78:4-8.

We will not hide these truths from our children;
    we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
    about his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
    he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
    to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them—
    even the children not yet born—
    and they in turn will teach their own children.

So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
    not forgetting his glorious miracles
    and obeying his commands.
Then they will not be like their ancestors—
    stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
    refusing to give their hearts to God.

These (and more) are the advantages of home educating for our family.  I am certain there will be more that will arise as we go along.  


In my FB Page @readytomarryandtomommy,  I have been given the chance to actively interact with Nanays, Mamas and Mommies.   Most of them have questions on homeschooling.  The queries I usually answer are about its basics, providers, materials, etc.  However, one question struck me.  One Mommy inquired about materials her husband can read or study as they start the start the school year.  This got me thinking, I wonder if "all" fathers have been homeschooling or at least supporting their wives in this journey.  I mean, it is quite easy to say "yes" to homeschooling, but the bigger question is, "How can fathers help in educating their children?".

Before I continue with my tips, I just want to clarify that since every family set-up is different, the help of fathers may be not be the same in every household.  I will try to cover every structure, and just see what applies in your home.  The following tips may not be applicable to all.  So again, my suggestion is read on and see what works for your family.  

1.  Decide - Daddies, please help your wives decide if you will homeschool or not.  Do not pass on the option to your wives.  I encourage you to look into it, pray for it and eventually give a "yes" or a "no".  Letting your partners know of your decision for the family will help greatly.  

2. Commit on the little things  -  Given the hard work you do each day, the schedule that you have, the travel that is lined-up and or the other commitments (church, chores, errands, dogs) that has been there for the longest time, we understand that it is possible you won't be the main teacher of the kids.  This is okay.  Handling Physical Education every Saturday is perfect.  Bringing the kids to the car shop during errands is awesome too.  Gathering the family for a weekly Bible Study is appreciated.  It could even be, just asking your wife if there are any concerns she wants to raise.  You see, it is not the quantity of subjects that you teach but the commitment that you in the little things that matter. It may be small but if done consistently and with love, it will have a huge impact on the journey.

3.  Expect expenses - There will be book fairs, field trips, arts and crafts, paid lessons, and others.   The cost of homeschooling depends on the budget you set on it. However, based on experience, there can be unscheduled and spontaneous expenses.  I encourage you to consider this as they come.  However, do not succumb to your wives' hoarding (sorry, wives ;)). 

4.  Encourage your wives or partners - What is your wife's love language?  I encourage you to pour out love and encouragement especially to the moms who are also yaya-less. It is hard to balance work load, especially if multiple kids are on board. So, instead of asking the questions "Did you homeschool already?", or "What did you finish today?", you may say "How was your homeschooling day?".  If I may also add, some husbands give allowances to their wives. If you say "yes" to this make sure the money won't go to groceries or school supplies ;)

4.  Pray - Lead the family in discerning, praying and deciding on what to do next. Remember that we may have all the good plans but it is the Lord's plan that will always be good and perfect


Allow me to walk you through the ABCs of homeschooling.  Since I am also a teacher, I will try my best to share a few notes related to Education. It is my prayer that you will take time to look into each step because every point is essential to your possible homeschooling journey.  

To avoid confusion, let us set a definition for homeschooling.  In this blog entry, it is defined as 'the parents being responsible for the child's education.  This means the parent is the main teacher and the one who chooses the curriculum or learning path'. 

Let us begin.

Why are you homeschooling?  It is important to know the reason why you are shifting into this lifestyle because this reason will be your reminder when you hit a roadblock.  A roadblock could be a person asking you about your decision, a hard lesson that you meet along the way, a character flaw of your child, a schedule that you can't catch up with or a family concern that pops up in the middle of the school year.  It is in my best interest to remind you that homeschooling will happen for at least a school year, and if you choose to stop mid-way, there would be some consequences.  So again, I ask you, why?  

For us, our reason of homeschooling Risen is to pass our faith and values to him, to model Jesus and be his influencer, to give him time to focus on his interests and skills and to travel without the fear of missing out on school.

Since I am writing this in the time of Corona Virus, I know some of you are considering home education due to the Pandemic.  This is totally a valid reason, however, I want to appeal to you to add more whys because IF your reason is only because of our current health issue, it may not be enough to fuel you for the whole school year.

photo not mine

For us, homeschooling is a lifestyle of choosing to be in-charge of your child's learning. It is an everyday life of training, molding, correcting and teaching a child to be in his best.  For us, it is more than academics and books.

Now, there may be different views and paths to carry out homeschooling in our homes. This is especially true since we are in the middle of a pandemic.  For some families, this may mean hiring tutors or subscribing to online lessons.  This may also mean getting a boxed curriculum and allowing our kids to work independently on this.  Whatever path you take, just remember, it is important to know the exact track to manage expectations.

For example: on online learning, parents may still not have a control on the load of the lessons and topics. This is because a teacher or a school is still in-charge of the amount that the student has to do each day.  With this, the support of a parent may still be required after the day's session.  

In our family, we chose to be in-charge the lessons for the day, extra references, schedule of topics and mode of assessment.  This is our track of homeschooling.

I am a firm believer that if there is someone who needs to be on the same boat, it has to be the husband and wife.  This learning lifestyle would be messy if these two people are going on separate roads.  Actually, even the response that says “bahala ka, desisyon mo yan ” (“it is up to you, that is your decision”) is something I would still discourage.  

When it comes to the kids, my recommendation is, if your children are grades 3 or up, hear them out.  At this age, they already have their reasons, wants and say about their education.  Sit down with them, lay down the plans and explain this new journey to them.  If it would help, you may also ask them of their dream homeschooling set-up and apprehensions.

Are you a full-time parent-teacher?
Are you a working parent-teacher?
Are you a work-from-home parent-teacher?

The fear of many parents is that they will never be good teachers.  As you assess what kind of mommy-teacher you are, you might also want to go back to the type of homeschooling you will choose.  These two go hand-in-hand.  The questions "what can you offer as a parent?" and "what does your child need?" go together. 

Let me also encourage you that helping your kids with their homework is totally different from homeschooling.  IF you will choose to be in-charge of your child's education, the stress level will definitely be lessened.

Now, the question, “What if I am doing this all wrong?” is valid.  Just to help you out, let me suggest a few things you can go back to when faced with this.  (1) Is your child learning the lessons?  (2) How is your relationship with your child?  (3)  How is the student AND the parent-teacher looking at homeschooling on a daily basis? Keep in mind that homeschooling parents are mommy/daddy first, and teacher last.  As long as you nurture the relationship that you have with your kids, and you have a positive view of what homeschooling will look like the next day, then the lessons on your list will follow through.

When it comes to academics, home education exposes plenty things, your child’s strength and weakness. It will also unearth potentials, interests and skills.  One of the advantages of homeschooling is you and your child get to focus on what he is interested with and develop what he is good at.  He has also the chance to develop the skills he has been wanting to try.

Let me suggest that you use these capabilities to hone their weaknesses.  An example of this would be cooking to learn fractions or measurements.  Illustrating what they learned from a book instead of answering discussion questions.  Playing to learn Filipino and the likes.

Independent homeschooling: Independent homeschooling is when a family decides not to enroll with a Provider at age 5.  At this age, DEPED requires every child to be in school or to have an LRN (like an SSS number for students). So what happens here is that, if the parents decide on this route, they would have to take the PEP Test so they can go back to the system and enroll in a school. If the child was independently homeschooled from grades 1-3, and he wants to enroll the following year, then he takes a series of tests to qualify to grade 4.

Homeschooling with a provider: To homeschool with a provider is to be in-charge with the education of your child with a help from a school.  The school provides support, assessment, LRN, and books.  The provider may also have online teachers for certain subjects and resources available.

The academic part of daily homeschooling may happen from 45 minutes (Kinder) to 5 hours (higher levels), however, the actual preparation requires time too. Make sure that you will not squeeze out time in this, but to actually make time for it.  Homeschooling is pricey because it requires commitment and time from at least one parent-teacher. This is especially true to families with grades 3 or lower.  The burden of homeschooling these ages falls on the parent.  

This is why your "why" is important.  Homeschooling would require sacrifice, dedication, sometimes even a paycheck, and time.  Make sure you are not only doing it on your extra time, but on your allotted time.

After you have considered and worked on the things above, then I believe you are ready to begin the journey.  If you are still doubting, I suggest you try doing it for at least 10 days and see how it will affect your family, daily life and your kid/kids.  The best way to know if you can do it or not is to try. You will never know unless you try.

It is my desire that your reason will be clear, thought of and prayed for.  Taking on homeschooling as a journey has been fulfilling and tedious at the same time.  However, whenever we are on a roadblock or discouraged, we go back to our "why".For our family, the heart of homeschooling is the heart of a child.  We are homeschooling Risen so we can pass our faith, model Jesus and  witness him follow Jesus, too.  When you know what is yours, the rest can follow through..



I am excited to bring this activity list in your homes.  I am really energized because this is a trial pack.  In the next 10 days, you will have the feel of what homeschooling is like.  Let me specifically share what this looks like:

1.  This activity list is for kids who are ready for Kinder

2.  It is also for parents who want to know if homeschooling is for them but kind of swamped with ideas or cramped with time

3.  This chart DOES NOT come with materials, worksheets and books. It was written like a lesson plan wherein parents will have to prepare the materials and work on the activities listed. In short, this material will let you do the work

4.  This activity list is free, however, you are not allowed to pass it around.  Just refer those who are interested in this activity list to my blog or my FB page (@readytomarryandtomommy)

5.  The first 5 days, are complete with material list and suggested activities, but, the last 5 days only contain topics and the parents will have the chance to think of activities.  Why?  because this is the real world of homeschooling :)

Are you still in?  If "yes", then continue reading please.

Now, there is a catch to getting this :) I want to see you doing it :) I am sure a lot of mommies will be encouraged to see new moms preparing homeschooling activities from scratch. So, if you are still at it, I would need your commitment.  I would love to see your photos on a thread I will create on my FB Page. Why? because I want to make sure that this activity list will come to life in your homes.  I know you have been wanting to start, so I am giving you a push. To give you time to prepare, showing of finished activities will begin May 20.  And oh, this activity list will also let you access to my other freebies in the future (I have an e-book coming up!). So, win-win, right? :)

What do you think about this?

If you are still game, email me at with the email subject, GAME!  Once I see that, I will reply with the activity list.  Below is a sample of the first day :)

Day 1
The T Sound
Writing the letter T
  1. Manila Paper or Bond Paper )pasted together to form a size of a Manila Paper)
  2. Markers
  3. Crayons
  4. Masking Tape (for posting Manila paper on the Wall or Door)
  5. Writing pad or notebook, pencil, eraser
Activities (May be done in random, if too much, choose at least 3)
  1. Teach how to make a letter “T” using the arms
  2. Student to practice writing “T” (upper and lower case) using his/her writing pad
  3. Using the Manila Paper (or sheets of bond paper pasted together), write a big “Tt” in the middle.  Then, think of words that begin with the said letter.  Draw these words on the Manila Paper.  (Example: toy, ten, tent, Tennis racket, tissue, tiger, etc)
  4. “Tell starts with the word T” – ask your son/daughter to tell something about the following. Emphasize on the word “tell”:
a.       Mommy/Daddy
b.       His/her last birthday
c.        His favorite toy

  1. Play “Tag” (Mataya-taya), remember to say the word “tag” when tagging someone as you run



I have been receiving a number of questions on my FB page.  Allow me to compile and give a direct answer to some of them. And since our journey is different from other families, my replies to these questions are mostly based on our learnings, experiences and observations. I hope this helps.

Based on our journey, homeschooling is a lifestyle of choosing to be in-charge of your child's learning. It is an everyday life of training, molding, correcting and teaching a child to be in his best.  For us, it is more than academics and books.

Hhhhmmm, based on our definition, we practically started since infancy.  However, we began our research on adding life skills and academics when our son was three.  At that  age, we were more intentional of our routine, which included: reading aloud, arts and crafts, singing, pretend play, etc...At age 4, we slowly introduced the concept of pen and paper (only at 10 minutes, thrice a week).  Then, when he reached 5 yrs and 7 months, we enrolled in a Provider and this started our "official homeschooling year" that included academics. This was also a time we assessed if Risen is ready to be taught reading and writing with the use of textbooks

Independent homeschooling is when a family decides not to enroll with a Provider at age 5.  At this age, DEPED requires every child to be in school or to have an LRN (like an SSS number for students). So what happens here is that, if the parents decide on this route, they would have to take the PEP Test so they can go back to the system and enroll in a school. If the child was independently homeschooled from grades 1-3, and he wants to enroll the following year, then he takes a series of tests to qualify to grade 4.

To homeschool with a Provider is to be in-charge with the education of your child with a help from a school.  The school provides support, assessment, LRN, and books.  The Provider may also have online teachers for certain subjects and resources available.

Here :)

It may start from infancy, however, the academic part of homeschooling may officially begin at 5 years old.  Most Providers accept kids at 5 years old, however, some also say yes to 5 years old under.  Note that DEPED requires every child to be enrolled at age 5.  So, at this time, it is expected that kids are tied to a school.  Should you decide not to be with a Provider, then, independent homescooling begins.

Since it is a lifestyle, we start when Risen wakes up.  However, for the academic part, at Kinder, we homeschool 30 min to 1 hour in a day. I saw this image and I thought this rings true for us.

image not mine


This chart represents some of the Homeschool Providers in the Philippines.    I tried to efficiently summarize the information handed to me, so if you have further clarifications, you may pay them a visit on their FB pages. Also, information gathered may change without prior notice.  If you have found this helpful, kindly subscribe on my blog for more updates like this :)

If you are a Homeschool Provider and you want your school added on the chart, please let me know so I can add you up :) 

Here's the list in alphabetical order:








Southwoods Binan, Laguna (opening soon in Pasig and Manila)

18k – 35k
(conventional, enhanced and complete program)

22% off for every additional

- portfolios
- offers bi yearly, quarterly, weekly assessment (depends on package)

-family care program
-family advisor
- student coaching
- monthly training
- FB group

-open curriculum
- entertains enrollees outside of Luzon

Chosen Homeschool

San Pedro, Laguna

10k– 15k for tuition fee
(7% off for every additional sibling)

- quarterly assessment
- MAPEH Portfolio
- Final Exam

- lecture once a week per subject
- Training (live or online)
- family advisor
- PDF files, worksheets, and other learning materials

- Accepts students from abroad
- Processes accreditation of Independent Homeschoolers
-open curriculum

Gopala Learning Haven

Silang, Cavite

15k – 30k
for tuition fee and books

- monthly test
- Quarterly test
- month projects (similar to portfolio)

- Trainings (live or online)
- Fb group  
- Coaching
as needed (online/call/email)
- farm activities
- events for social interaction
- online tutors for parents with difficulties in certain subjects

- Offers monthly Coaching fee  
-online transaction
- has a space for outdoor, camp and farming activities
- entertains enrollees outside of Luzon
- open curriculum

Homeschoolers Hub

(in partnership with Harvest of Wisdom Montessori School)

Quezon City/ Cainta

Fees: 12k

Books (optional):
3k-7k depending on the level

- Portfolio
- Exam (optional)

- FB group
- Quarterly Advising
- Release of Scope and Exams based on K-12 Dep Ed Curriculum

- accepts enrollees outside Philippines
- open curriculum

Kids World Integrated School

San Juan

29k – 34k

- Portfolio
- Progress Reports every semester

- phone/email
- FB group

- parents chooses books
-can join MAPEH classes
- Sports and Music Programs
- online transaction/
- accepts students with special needs
- accepts students outside Luzon

Living Learning Homeschool (Charlotte Mason Curriculum)

School Partner: Muntinlupa School for Child Development (The Master's School)

Quezon City/

Kinder - 17,500, Gradeschool - 19,500 Highschool - 21,500

(Sibling discounts are available)

CM Method of:

- Exams
- Recitations
- Portfolio

- Group Portfolio Celebrations
- Group
- Recitation Gala
- Charlotte Mason Trainings
- Guided CM lessons for Coops/Meet-ups

- Open curriculum following the Charlotte Mason 

Peniel Christian Academy

Cainta, Rizal

20k – 21k
(Kinder tuition fee and books)

- Portfolio
- Quarterly Exams

- Online / live orientation
- Email
- FB group

- online transaction
from enrollment to end of school year
- books sent via courier
- accepts enrollees outside Luzon
- open curriculum

Saints Paul and Mark School Inc

Sta. Rosa Laguna

17,500k -25k
(depends on level; 20% discount for additional sibling)

- Quarterly Test
- Performance Task

- online or live orientation
- workshops and seminars
- academic advisor
- FB group
- online availability of School Directress/Home School Coordinator/ Academic Advisor for queries/concerns/

- accepts enrollees outside Luzon
- open curriculum
- has Special Education program
- online transaction from enrollment to end of school year
- parents can choose the books of their children

Part II

Since this is a developing blog, I am putting the additional Homeschool Providers below.  For editing purposes, this may no longer be on alphabetical order (it is harder to edit tables and charts :) ).   The blanks are for other Providers that might send details later this month.  







Living Pupil Homeschool Solutions 

Cebu City

Books and Tuition fee:
18k- 24k 

- Quarterly exams
- projects 

- Parent training
  -coaching as needed
-coop meet ups

-open curriculum - Charlotte Mason Method

B.U.I.L.D. Up Christian School 

Sta. Rosa,

Tuition, books and assessment:

May vary per level:

- year end assessment
-   Quizzes and Mastery Tests,
- Performance tasks
- Quarterly Assessments
 - Pre test
- Performance Tasks and activities
- projects
- Portfolio

- online or live orientation
- workshops and seminars

- Homeschool + Virtual Classroom