Zoe is Learning to Read

One of our goals this school year, is for our Zoe to learn reading before the end of fourth quarter. He learned phonics from his nursery class last year and refreshed him this year to eventually master it. We recently started the Learn to Read program of Starfall.com, it’s a free phonics based program online for parents, educators and homeschoolers. Now, Zoe can read short vowels sound and slowly learning long vowels sound.

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Before we started phonics, we used to read books before bed time. Our reading time together has also helped him learn the ropes to reading. Through this routine, my children specially our youngest has develop a love for reading and started to love books. There are times when we would read almost past bed time, because they want to read more books, and that sometimes requires true effort for me, to stay awake and read even if my eyes wants to turn in and hit dream land.

Currently, Zoe is slowly learning to read and everyday I noticed improvement on his reading skills.


Reading with Dr. Seuss

One of our goals in our first year of homeschooling is for Zoe to be able to read 4 to 5 letters word by the end of 3rd quarter. I’m glad that lately our boys were fascinated by Dr. Seuss stories. Our budding readers would grab the books whenever we hit the bed, and I would read until they fall asleep. Reading together is one of the precious time I love with my boys.

Exposing children to books at an early age will help them familiarize with sounds and words and eventually will boost their interest with books. It stimulate their immagination and eventually build literacy .

Currently we have a few collection of Dr. Seuss’ books. They love The Cat in the Hat and also want to build a circus mcgurcus from If a ran a Circus.

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Homeschooling from a First Time Homeschooler

When we started Homeschooling (last month), I thought I’ll just have to bring the conventional school teaching style at home. But after attending the Homeschool 101 of TMA where we are affiliated, it gave me a wider & better perspective of what and why we are Homeschooling.

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Learning the 3 main parts of the body

As I learn the ropes of Homeschooling, I have come to understand that:

Homeschooling is intentional parenting. I strongly believe that as parents we should be the one to teach and train our children thoughtfully and willfully, teaching them to Love God and directing them to a relationship with Jesus and glorifying God at the same time. Choosing Homeschooling is a tough decision, it takes a lot of courage to go against the flow of the society. Sure, there will be apprehensions not just from family friends, but even your own family. It could be a lot easier if wehave sent our child to school, as one person told me, “nagbayad ka na nga ng mahal, mag eefort ka pa magturo”. And that I think is what intentional parenting is, not doing what is easiest at the moment, but doing what’s best for your children.

Homeschooling is a heartwork. I once heard the phrase “we should school the heart” . As a homeschool parents, we should teach and set our heart right. Our mindset should reflect what’s in our heart.

Just this morning as I prepare for our homeschooling, our youngest was wailing over the scissor. He wanted to play with it which I haven’t allowed of course. Then the eldest wrenched off one of the art materials, that made me more agitated. I cringed and raised my voice and almost pinched him on the face. When I saw him staring at me teary eyed, I felt guilty. Right there, I know I was not being a good model. How could I raise my voice and hurt my child while I teach him to love God. Then I was reminded to practice more patience, admit to my kid that I was wrong, hugged him and asked forgiveness. It really is a heartwork for me.

As we, the parents set our heart right, we should also learn how to see and speak to our children’s heart. The, next thing to the heart should be the behavior. Remember that our child’s behavior is the outward manifestation of what’s inside the heart.

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learning creation

I’d like to quote from the book of Proverbs 4:23 “Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life consequences.” God has given us (parents) the Authority over our children. We are accountable to God and responsible for shaping the hearts of our children. It’s not an easy job, guess all parents will agree. But as long as we continue to walk with God, we will not get tired of doing such a tough job. The same thing applies to our children. We should also teach the little ones to the concept of staying within God’s Blessing. Training them as they grow will equip them towards true success. Just remember that training or discipline should be age appropriate. Proverbs 22:6 says Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Homeschooling is morethan just textbook. While academics are equally important, I think the very heart of homeschooling is teaching our children to love God, teaching them to have a personal relationship with Jesus and to develop a Christ-like attitude. Once we impart those of our children, I think a teachable and obedient heart wouldn’t be impossible. On the other hand, what I like about homeschooling is you can customize the curriculum and adjust to your child’s learning style. Plus, you can also do hands-on activities like crafts, nature study, music and art as part of their learning.

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using their fave toy in learning inside & out

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These are just few of I think many benifits of homeschooling. This is only our first year, and I believe there’s more to learn for my family.



Tour Operators Day | Zoocobia Clark, Pampanga

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On May 26, 2015, Zoomanity Group, the leader in Theme Parks and Zoo Management in the Philippines will welcome 500 Travel & Tour Operators to acknowledge them in their contributions and loyalty in bringing quality destination and educational tours to patrons and clients of the Zoomanity Group. The event will be held in Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga.

The Zoomanity Group handles 5 theme parks, namely Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc, Bohol, Residence Inn & Zoo in Tagaytay and Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite. The company is also managing chains of hotels and restaurants here and abroad.

CEO Robert Yupangco, COO Del De Jesus and Operation Managers of the Zoomanity Group will also welcome the media who are helping the company in information dissemination.

According to Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas of TAG Media and Public Relations, “Zoomanity Group likes to give back the blessings to our partner travel & tour operators and the media. Without them, the ever increasing customers and clients who are visiting the theme parks under Zoomanity Group will not be possible. We are thankful and grateful for them and to acknowledge them, Zoomanity Group are hosting events like these annually.”

About Zoocobia

Zoocobia Theme Farm is a 5-hectare facility in Clark, Pampanga If you wish to visit any of the theme parks, please contact Grace atgrace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph. You may also visit their website at http://www.zoomanity.com.ph


Press Release | Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is expecting 6 Million foreign tourist in 2016 and with the ASEAN integration, this is not impossible to happen. The first thing we usually ask and prepare when visiting for a vacation is an accommodation that’s why an influx of tourist inquiring and checking in to different hotels are overwhelming.

Inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone, there are so many hotels to choose from but only one hotel stand out not only because of the professional and friendly staff but because of the chic & fun KTV, affordable Spa and the restaurant with fixed tables because of the custom made Shabu Shabu embedded gas range. Subic Grand Hoya Hotel is a class of its own located just along Canal Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales which is just 2 hours North away from Manila, Philippines.

According to Liberty Yana, the Sales and Marketing Head of Subic Grand Hoya Hotel, “Grand Hoyah Hotel Subic is a four storey boutique hotel located in central business district of Subic Bay Freeport Zone. This 3 years old hotel magnificently designed and features with the finest amenities. Throughout the hotel, the guests are treated to a unique atmosphere, complimented with the gracious hospitality and personalized service of our warm staff. The best choice for your family, business partners and also for leisure travelers.”

Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel offers a world class facility that is just in the heart of Subic and near all the best places to go like if you like shopping, head to the nearest Royal Duty Free. For motorized Ziplines and if your family likes to experience the extreme, go to Tree Top Adventure while if you like to check your courage with tigers, crocodiles and other 30 more animal species, drop by to the only theme park with white lions & the only tiger Safari in the Philippines which is Zoobic Safari under Zoomanity Group. The best theme parks not only in Subic but also in the country.


Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel offers 40 spacious rooms and as follows;

Deluxe Twin Rooms

Superior King Room

Deluxe King Room Family

Deluxe Room Family Suite Room

Spa and Massage

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Grand Hoyah Hotel offers an international standard Spa and Massage services from experts and professionally trained therapist while on stay in the hotel. The Grand Hoyah Hotel KTV Relaxing and fun KTV rooms with 55 inches screens at Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel. From VIP Rooms that caters for two persons to bigger and wider for groups and parties. There are different choices only at Grand Hoyah Hotel.
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At the right side of the lobby is the restaurant that can cater up to 100 people. The complimentary breakfast is something to look forward to with different kinds of juices and coffee selections. The Shabu Shabu is beyond the standard. All ingredients are selected by the Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel to prove the magnificent dining experience.

When in Subic, the most affordable hotel but with world class amenities can be found only at Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel. Visit to believe.

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For more information:  http://www.subicgrandhoyahhotel.com