Just so grateful that it's YOU. (*craughing) And again our love theme Scripture eversince. Oo m...
Happy 11th birthday to our first born! I'm so happy to see you happy and surprised on your birt...
I haven't blogged for a while coz it's the start of a new homeschool year again. The combin...
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Grade 6 Filipino Topic: Kailanan ng Pangngalan
Me: Ano ang dalawahan ng salitang kapatid?....kayo ni Gabe, ano'ng tawag sa inyo?
Me: Tama! Ano naman ang maramihan ng magkapatid?
HAHAHAHA! Kaloka talaga tong anak ko. Pag sa Filipino na, nagiging comedy.
Have agreat day lovelies!
Music helps me connect to God. Lately, I've been listening to my favorite Christian b...
Here's one of their songs that I love, King of Love:
As selfless as they are, they post video tutorials how to play their songs on guitars on their website - i am they website. Or you may just type their name I Am They on youtube and their videos will appear.
I Am They, as I heard from one of their interviews, started out as a band in their local church. It's the other way around with other churches. They import a band to lead the worship in their church. I Am They started out as worship leaders in their own local church. That is the reason why their songs sound very churchy (ssaarreehhh, I'm inventing here) and not commercial sounding. They make their songs for the reason of worship and not for show.
During the previous Worship Camp in Antipolo City last May 27-29, 2016, we sang one of I Am They's songs, "From The Day" to represent the church in Biñan, Laguna. The camp was attended by worship leaders all over the Philippines. The house was on fire when we sang. We felt very ecstatic to see all people united to celebrate God's saving grace through the song. We didn't expect that is how our presentation would turn out, it's not perfect, but I'm glad it was how it was. Only by God's grace.
One of the lessons I've learned from our Worship Camp last May is that "Our joy comes...
"Our joy comes from the knowledge that we need God!" - Tyrone TyThis morning, I took hubs to the station and said goodbye for now, for he will be gone for two days to a company outing. Ooooaaahhhh.... Sana hindi ko nalang sya hinatid, mas nakakalungkot pala.
Anyways, while in Jollibee, I read my book, "101 Most Powerful Promises In The Bible." I'm sure my kids are still asleep at home so I still have time :D
I always cherish these times alone with God. We all know that we need God in our lives. But to let God know that (of course, God knows that), to profess it, by spending time with Him, is the ultimate joy of my life. There's nothing comparable to the joy I get from just sitting, reading the Bible, praying and thinking about God's love for me.....Yung tumunganga lang at magmuni-muni tungkol sa mga ginawa ni God sa buhay ko, the best!
I also get my strength from times like these. This month, start na naman ng homeschool. Starting this year, I'll be homeschooling my two boys na. HHUUUWWAAT! BBRREEEAaathee...I didn't realize that, until the other day, it's June already and we need to enroll the boys the soonest. It'll be a new experience again for our family. I'm quite nervous and excited and *buntung-hininga. All I know is that God will be with us in our daily homeschooling. Lots of happenings lately and also in our daily lives. All these things are just so energy-consuming. I needed this time to just be reminded again by God that He will be with us in every challenge.
Segue...I just celebrated my birthday last May 23. And I thank everyone who greeted me. Late greetings are not accepted. But I will gladly accept in form of cash or kind. Just kidding! HHH :D Of course I can't miss to thank God again and again for the 37 years that he has given me. To park, I want to share this verse from I Am They's song King Of Love, which speaks of my heart:
And so through all the length of daysEnjoy your day lovelies!
Thy goodness faileth never
Good Shepherd, may I sing your praise
Within your house forever
Within your forever
Kidzania is an innovative and interactive city, scaled for kids. It's a great place where kids ...
|Kidzania entrance is like checking in at the airport|
How To Maximize And Enjoy Your Trip To Kidzania:
- Be there early. Kidzania opens at 9am but check-in starts as early as 8am. The entrance at Kidzania is like an airport where you have to buy tickets and check-in. You will be given an electronic wrist band that will be swiped everytime your kid enters an establishment.
There are really lots of jobs and activities inside Kidzania so it's really good to go early so they can enjoy most of them, if not all. Establishments accept participants until 3:30pm only. Each activity lasts for about 15 to 30 minutes each. Your child needs to line up and wait until a group of kids on the job is done doing their "work."
2. Go on a weekday. Monday to Thursday schedule is at 9am to 4pm, while Friday to Sunday (including Holidays) have two shifts 9-2pm and 3-8pm. Rates are also lower on weekdays than on weekends.
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3. Try out first the activities that you like the most. Going there, the tactic I have in mind, was all wrong apparently. My kids were too focused on earning money. Until such time when they had earned much and wanted to try out wall climbing. But then the establishment is closed already at 3:30pm. Apparently, all jobs and activities are closed already at that time except for some, like BPI where they can open a savings account for their Kidzos. So if they plan to visit Kidzania again, they can use their saved Kidzos. They weren't able to try being a fireman or a pilot, two of the most anticipated activities by my sons. They could have done that in the beginning. All kids are given a check worth 50kidzos at the check-in counter which they can exchange for Kidzos in BPI. Then they can participate in jobs to earn Kidzos again.
The first thing that my kids tried is being a veterinarian. This was Zach's favorite job among all he did at Kidzania.
Bottom line, don't be too focused on earning Kidzos. It's useless outside Kidzania. Use it to join activities like climbing, being a pilot, making ice cream, or making pizza. If they lack Kidzos then they can work to earn again. Just like in real life, you earn for a living and not the other way around. Enjoy your Kidzos. Enjoy life. Enjoy the experience.
Have a great day lovelies!
Two weeks ago, I dyed my hair in Creamy Ash by Beautylabo . Kaya pala, anlabo nila e. Hehe. The r...
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|with my magic grocery bag|
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Main reason why I dye my hair is to hide white hair. As for white hair coverage, it didn't do that task well. In fairness, my hair is soft as I was rinsing it. No need to shampoo. And it smells fruity good after.
Lolane Pixxel is very inexpensive at P129 only. Either the price tells me not to expect too much or that I should've left the color longer like 60 minutes in my hair? Haha!
I'm hoping the brassiness would still go away. Let's see, then. I'll update you if the hair color changes.
Have a great day lovelies!
Birthday reminder to myself *grin HAPPY BIRTHDY TO ME! Thank you Lord for an imperfect but blessed ...
making a model of the solar system This is actually a delayed reaction. Or a late post. Last Apr...
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|Zach and Gabe (green and grey shirt) while waiting for their appointments|
I can't believe we're done!Is it hard to homeschool your kids? YES! With the lessons, it's amazing how after all these years I still remember things I've learned from school. It's Math when I would usually get help from Mr. Google and youtube. Homeschooling moms of today would really thank the internet for lots of resources, references and help we could get from internet technology. Almost, if not all, that we need to know is in the worldwide web.
The hardest part in homeschooling mostly for me is dealing with my child's character. I realized what they said at the Homeschool 101 training,
Homeschooling is parenting,is so true.
The first few months were really terrible. Lots of tears fell. Our walls were witnesses to yelling and exchange of bickering and sometimes, sly words which were really regretted. I and my son literally fought. I and my husband fought too, once. He got fed up with the things I've been opening up to him about our homeschooling challenges but he felt that he can't do anything to help. He didn't know that when he listened and encouraged me, he has already given me the help I needed from him. I couldn't have done it without your support, thanks honey!
To hear experiences of other moms and to know that people are also going through the same things we were going through always gives me the strength I needed to go on again. It is helpful to know what other moms have been doing and get ideas from them. But what I realized is that, still it's you, the parent of your child is the only one capable to know how you're going to homeschool your child. Because each child is unique and you know him best.
After the first year, I can say that I knew my son even better now. And I could see that my child is learning happily than while he was in traditional school. Most of all, I felt that we are closer to each other now than before.
If you're new to homeschooling or is thinking about homeschooling your kids, here are a few tips I learned or realized from our experience that might help you as well:
- expect less from your child on the first few months. Always keep in mind that you're both adjusting to the new set-up. If they've been in the traditional school, they have thought of the school as the only place to study and the home, a place to play and rest. For first-time schoolers, it would also take time to get used to the new routine. It will really take time to unlearn some of the things from the past.
- understand that children are children and they love to play.....and dawdle. Mind-conditioning takes a lot of practice. That's why the next tip is important. Actually, play can be a part of homeschooling which is very helpful. Coz play is in the heart of every child. And if that's the way they will learn, then incorporate play in your homeschool activities. Sometimes, you need to just really let them play or take a breather for a few minutes.
- have a daily schedule posted on your wall or somewhere always visible. This is so helpful so the child knows what happens next. And when I see my son dawdling, I point them back to the schedule. But also, flexibility should be understood by both parent and child as it is one of the features of homeschooling. Make necessary compromises and considerations coz again, children are children.
- children are wise. They will make excuses (and complain) as long and as much as they can. They will manipulate you. But you need to be wiser to think of ways that would work for you and your child. And even though, we think they're young and don't understand, talking to them is very important. Explain things to them (in simple words) even if you're not sure if they can understand you at the moment. In time they will. And it's good when they get used to the idea of talking things out instead of whining or complaining.
- keep distractions away. Kids are easily distracted so keep gadgets, tv or anything that will distract them from focusing on their school work or from listening to you.
- Rules are very important. But keep them simple and at a minimum. Children need rules coz their minds need structure. For our family, I think, rules have really made an important part to make our homeschool work. One of our rules is, homeschool always comes first. So if they're done with homeschooling for the day, then they can play with the iPad and do whatever they want to do. It's like their reward for finishing their tasks for the day. Hubby even made a flowchart about this rule and tasks and rewards etc. I think I'd like to share that in a different post.
- listen to them. Listening to your child is the only way you will get to know him and from there you'll understand and be able to think how you're going to deal with them. Discipline starts from the heart, they say.
- be sure to meet all their needs first. Before you start the day, always make sure that your child is not hungry or sick. I've noticed that it's harder to make my kids obey if they don't feel loved. But if I took time first thing to make my son feel loved, then it becomes easy for him to obey coz he got what we need first thing...and always.
- Pray. Before you could give, you need to be full yourself. And the one thing that makes me give myself to my child is when I also had what I needed. And that's the connection with my Father and then with my husband. Homeschooling really takes a lot from the parent-teacher. I set a time for myself each day for prayer and bible reading. And at night, a time to catch up with hubby. Still, I'm not saying that if I get all these, then everything's perfect? No. Things come up when you least expect it. The day I thought I was being patient with my kids and things are getting fine, then suddenly, BEEP! trouble trouble. You'll be tested and you need to always remind yourself to stop and think and pray.
Obviously, I feel happy coz we've been having date nights lately. Haba ng herr! 😃 We ...
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:10God bless you lovelies!