” Home schooling produces achievers” (The Philippine Star)

Manila, Philippines – While the country scrambles to fill the gap between the number of students going to school this June and the available classrooms that can accommodate them, there are actually families discovering the joys and freedom of learning without the classroom.

These families have made their very own homes a prime education option. Their children, who are products of homeschooling, are reaping the benefits of learning from home, as exemplified by one of the top five in Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition, Louise Mabulo, child genius Darrell Tan, and cum laude graduate and basketball cager Paul Tan-Chi. These individuals are just some of the proofs of the efficacy of homeschooling, which is now being aggressively promoted by the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI).

The organization, composed of homeschooling families, students, and home education resource providers working with the Department of Education (DepEd), recently staged the 4th Homeschooling Conference with the theme “Laying a Strong Foundation,” underscoring the importance of homeschooling as a transformative force in nation-building.

Read the whole article: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=80&articleId=820895

“Should you homeschool your children?” (GMA News Online)

If your child sits inside a classroom with 20 to 40 other children every single day, do you think that one teacher can successfully meet the individual learning needs of each student? How will he or she compete for the teacher’s attention? How will the teacher impart abstract ideas like wisdom and worth—concepts that cannot be taught in an hour—when she rarely has the opportunity to spend ample time with each of her pupils? These are just some of the challenges that homeschooling parents and advocates present to our traditional education system.

Debra Bell, a recognized homeschooling advocate from the US and best-selling author of award-winning books on homeschooling, was the keynote speaker in this year’s Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) Conference. Bell homeschooled her four children, all of whom have now found success in their chosen careers and are happily raising their own families. She believes that as children grow, they become disengaged from learning. Homeschooling will help instill in children a genuine love for learning. This is important because, according to Bell, “You can’t teach anyone anything, you can only motivate him to engage.”

Click here to read more: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/260137/lifestyle/people/should-you-homeschool-your-children

“Laying a Strong Foundation” – Philippine Homeschool Conference 2012


Good news! HAPI will be at Expo Mom! Catch us at the Rockwell Tent on May 5 & 6 to register and purchase tickets for the 4th Philippine Homeschool Conference. Registrants at Expo Mom (on-site at the HAPI booth ONLY) will be eligible for the iPad raffle promo.

See you there!

Homeschooling as an alternative to sending kids to school (GMA News Online)

Mainstream education in the Philippines has been around for more than a hundred years. The idea of sending your child to a conventional school has been so ingrained in our psyche that schools are normally considered students’ second homes, while teachers take over as parents inside the classroom.

By the time children start to walk and talk, parents start to canvas for the most reputable school that will raise them best, and one they can afford at that.

But a new movement led by the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) is changing the landscape of education by advocating homeschooling in the Philippines. Established in 2009, HAPI is an organization composed of homeschooling families, as well as various accredited schools who offer home school programs.

Its chairman Edric Mendoza quickly clarifies, “Homeschool is different from home study.” Home study is schooling supervised by a teacher or a tutor who drops by a student’s house.

“Home school, on the other hand, is a form of education where the parent is the teacher and the child is the student,” Mendoza says to distinguish the two forms.

Click on the link to read more and then share your thoughts below: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/256144/lifestyle/people/homeschooling-as-an-alternative-to-sending-kids-to-school