We are having difficulties of finding a school for our preschooler in Dubai. I can’t believe that most affordable schools are filling in fast. International schools are expensive and we cannot afford to send our kids to such school. And so, we are sticking to our second option which is Homeschooling. I have been wanting to homeschool Zoe, but I needed to work full time, so we send him to a conventional school. This time, we’ll get to homeschool him once we landed in Dubai.
Last week, I was able to attend the Homeschool Intro at The Master’s Academy. They’re the pioneer homeschool institution in the Philippines and they’ve been around for 16 years now. I’ve learned about TMA through our church, CCF being it’s founder.
Homeschooling in the Philippines is supported by Department of Education. Article IV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution decrees that the quality of education should be made accessible to all Filipinos, including self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs. And as long as the parents are a degree holder, you can homeschool your kids.
As TMA defines, Homeschooling is an education where the parent creates an ideal climate for their children to achieve success. This climate consists of a conducive home, intentional parents, a customized curriculum, a comprehensive support system and clear goals towards true success. I’ve only known a few parents who homeschool their kids. And their reason for homeschooling their kids is to ensure that their kid’s values formation is directly influenced by them (parents). And that is something agreeable and unarguable. Being a parent, we are the number one responsible of our children’s character.
Homeschooling is also a cheaper option compared to conventional schools. With the increasing tuition fees, I guess a cut down expense on uniform and school service as well as baon is a big savings. But as the President of TMA Edric Mendoza puts it, financial aspect should not be the main reason for homeschooling. It is the character formation that we should focus on.
This is an all new thing to us. My husband and I are really looking forward for this new challenge. I am not skeptical about this, but sometimes I’m in doubt about my ability to teach. But I am trusting God that he will give me and my husband wisdom and strength to get through this and be successful homeschool parents.