Problems and Challenges of Homeschooling in Dubai

In our 3 years of homeschooling in Dubai, I can't say that it was a smooth sailing. We face some challenges and problems in our homeschooling. This is where we grow and learned a lot of things. As we teach our children we as parents also learned a lot. 

Here's some of Problems and Challenges of Homeschooling.

If you are first time parent-teacher of you homeschooling kids this might be one of your problem. Yes, you are not alone. Even now it's our 3rd year of homeschooling making and thinking for our children's homeschool portfolio is still challenging. 


2. Resources / Books
Our eldest start his homeschooling in the Philippines so resources was not really our problem. But when they transfer here in Dubai and need to enroll them again, and books and other resources are not available here. Good thing we have a lot of good friends who are willingly bring our child's books. You can also order online like in Bookshelvez.


3. Limited outdoor activities

During summer or even in a peak of winter season, our children is very limited to go outdoor and to have their Physical Activities. That's make them to stay more at home and do their P.E. indoor. 

kids doing PE

indoor games
We learn a lot of thing during our homeschooling journey. 

You can comment if you want to add more challenges that you faced during your homeschooling here in middle east.

PBA 2017 Governor's Cup Semi Finals Schedule

PBA 2017 Governor's Cup Semi Finals Schedule

Philippine Homeschool Books to UAE

Where to order Philippine Homeschool books to delivery in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, or any part of in the Middle East?

Since our 3rd year in our homeschool journey, one of our problem is to get books from Philippines. Shipping is too expensive and sometimes its not available.

Delivered Books

I saw this one page on facebook who can delivered in any country in a less amount of shipping charges. As they only charge what the shipping company charge to them. It takes only 7 days of waiting since we ordered and it was delivered in our door step.

Philippine Homeschool Books

You can visit this page and send a private message.
Bookshelvez

https://www.facebook.com/Bookshelvez-128404464553034/


How much it cost us for the shipping fee from Philippines to UAE?

Well, our homeschooling journey will not be successful without a books. So, why not invest a little much for the books of our children. It cost us for 12 books with teacher's manual is 5,030PHP. Receipt was send to me so we can have a refund if we pay more than the shipping fee.

Shippin Fee Price for 12books-Philippines to UAE

Bdo Nomura Under maintenance

Living in Dubai which is 4 hours behind the Philippines, time is so important. Especially to those who trade and invest in stocks in BDO Nomura platform. But after logging in to your account then Under maintenance will pop up is really a bad day for me.

Well, bad day as I can't check my account and buy or sell my share. But on the bright side, I know that they do maintenance for them to secure the BDO Nomura platform.

HACK FREE INDEED.

Happy Investing.

FAQ 101: Dividend in stocks BDO Nomura

Question:
How did you know that you have dividend in stocks BDO Nomura?

Answer:
If you are entitled, you will received an email in PDF form.

FAQ 101: I fund my account. When it will be reflected?



Question: 
Many newbie ask and confused if they transfer funds into their account in BDO Nomura, why it is not reflected it thier available balance? When it will be reflected?

Answer:
If you transfer today usually it will reflect tomorrow or the next trading day. But make sure you deposit before 10pm Philippine time (6pm Dubai).


FAQ 101: Invalid Lot Size


FAQ 101: Invalid lot size. Quantity must be valid against the board lot table.

Answer:
Check the board lot table. What is the board lot? Board lot is the minimum share you can buy in shares of stocks. Usually it comes from 5, 10, 100, 1000. If board lot is 100 you can only choose or buy by 100's aka. 100, 200, 300 and so on.

Board Lot Table

Why I decided to open an account with BDO Nomura?

Why I decided to open an account with BDO Nomura?

I had been looking for a good stock broker to invest my hard earned savings. Take note “hard earned savings” as we OFW’s really work hard to earn and saved for our family and our future. But now our saving is not enough if we don’t invest it in the right investment. Now we need to convert our work hard into “work wise and earn wise”. Let our savings (money) work for us. Yes, even we are sleeping. 


Well, I am advice by my officemate to open an account in COL financial. COL financial is very popular but I find it hard to send my documents and I don’t want to send into courier as it will cost another shipping fee. Well, that’s only for me, maybe it can be part of your investment because later on you will earn it more than that.


Then one day I was listening to 702 DZAS Family Matter’s episode which Mr. Marvin Germo of Smart Stock as there visitor. I learned a lot and I also heard the different kinds of stock broker and he mention that you can also open in your BDO bank which it just happened that I open an online banking in BDO. Then I search it and because of my eagerness to have an account to a stock broker I apply it right away. It is easy to apply when already have the online banking with BDO. Then after that is a history.

Homeschooling Frequent Ask Questions

From Homeschool Global FAQ (formerly The Masters Academy-TMA)- http://www.tmahomeschool.org/about-us/faq/

What is homeschooling?

Homeschooling allows parents to take responsibility for their child’s education. The home is the primary learning environment and parents teach their child through one-on-one instruction.
Who homeschools their children?
All kinds of families homeschool, from all walks of life! One common thing about homeschooling parents is that they are committed to give their children the best education and they have carefully considered the benefits of home education.
What are the benefits of homeschooling?
For many homeschoolers, one of the greatest benefits is passing on their faith and values to their children. It maximizes parental influence and lengthens that window of opportunity.
Homeschool also allows a lot of flexibility in terms of method of instruction, the learning environment, materials used, and pace of instruction. These advantages allow children to receive a more superior education that is tailor-made to their needs, learning style, personality and interests.
Another important benefit is that homeschooled children are socially well-adjusted. Because they spend a lot of time with their parents, they develop self-confidence and are able to interact comfortably with adults and make friends easily.
What are the disadvantages of homeschooling?
Time and energy are main costs of homeschooling because at least one parent has to dedicate sufficient time to teach their child or children. The family may also lose additional income for the household because one parent has to stay home most of the time. Yet many families find ways to start a home-based business to augment their income, or they simply adjust their lifestyle to prioritize homeschooling. For such families, dedicating the time and energy to raise their children and being hands-on with their education is a greater priority.
What about socialization?
This is by far the most frequently-asked question of homeschooling. No homeschooler is an island. Homeschoolers are involved in a lot of activities in and out of the home. They have many opportunities to interact with and develop friendships with other children. More importantly, they have healthy social development as they learn to relate positively to their parents and siblings first and then with others. They also tend to be more confident and less susceptible to peer pressure because they have healthy relationships at home and share the same values as their parents.
Is homeschooling in the Philippines legal? Will my child need DepEd accreditation if I homeschool him or her?
Homeschooling is legal in the Philippines. The Philippines Constitution, Article XIV, Section 1(2) states that the country will “Establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels. Without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children…” Under the last phrase, “Without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children,” religious groups, mission boards, and families can branch off from public education to create their own private education. But, the Constitution also provides under Section 4 (1) that “the State recognizes the complementary roles of public and private institutions in the education system and shall exercise reasonable supervision and regulation of all education institutions.”
Therefore, the Department of Education (DepEd) Memo no. 216 s. 1997 entitled “Home Education Program” states that if a homeschooled student wants to transfer into a conventional school, he or she must first be accredited by the DepEd. This is the reason why TMA Homeschool provides records and transcripts to its students, in compliance with DepEd accreditation requirements. It enables children to have a smooth transition into the conventional school system when their parents choose to do so.
Is homeschooling more expensive than conventional schools?
Homeschooling helps families save a lot of money, but it is not necessarily a cheaper education. Although families avoid high tuition fees, school uniforms, transportation, daily allowance, and other miscellaneous expenses related to conventional schools, homeschooling costs can also add up.  Costs for homeschool programs and curriculum, as well as field trips, out of town excursions and extracurricular classes will vary per family. However, the great thing about homeschooling is that parents can determine what they want to spend on based on their child’s needs and what they deem as important to their homeschooling experience.
How do I know if I am qualified to teach my child?      
The DepEd requires that all homeschooling parents are college graduates. However, the greater concern is not so much the educational attainment of a parent but his or her willingness to commit to homeschooling. Most parents who homeschool do not have teaching degrees and yet they successfully and effectively teach their own children.
Can I work and homeschool at the same time?
An ideal scenario would be that a father is providing financially and a mother is at home to teach her child or children. Single parent homes pose a greater challenge but it is still possible to homeschool. If a parent can set aside two to three hours of quality time daily, this is a sufficient amount of time to homeschool. Older children who have been trained to self-study will also make it more plausible for a parent to work and homeschool at the same time.
Situations vary from one family to another. However, the most successful homeschooling families have at least one parent (ideally the mom), teaching in a full-time capacity, without the burden of other obligations. Life is about choices and parents have to carefully weigh what sacrifices are important and necessary in order to homeschool effectively.
Can I homeschool even if I am overseas?
Yes. TMA Homeschool has Academic Consultants who can help overseas families. Families communicate (for consultation on academic matters, and counseling) mostly through email and skype. In fact, TMA Homeschool highly encourages OFW families to homeschool so that family members do not have to be physically apart.
How do I choose the curriculum, books and materials appropriate for my child?
At TMA, children entering Grade 1+ take a diagnostic test to determine strengths and weaknesses. After an assessment is made by the Academic Consultant, an appropriate curriculum is recommended for the year. Parents use these recommendations when buying their child’s materials or they present their own options for review and approval. Pre-school students are also assessed (without a Diagnostic Test) by an Academic Consultant to help parents choose the right materials.
How do I know if my child is learning and is at par with other children at the same grade level?
Children in Grades 1+ are tested annually through a standardized achievement test which gives parents a benchmark for how they are fairing compared to their school-going counterparts. At the same time, the test works very well as a diagnostic tool for their child’s next level. The achievement test shows proficiency levels in language arts, science, math and social studies. Children also have regular portfolio reviews with their Academic Consultants for progress monitoring.
How do I teach my children subjects that I am not strong at?
One of the most powerful learning experiences for a child is to have a parent learning together with him/her. Parents do not have to be the expert in every area but parents can learn with their child, or enlist the help of co-op members who can team-teach with them. They may also ask their Academic Consultants for advice and helpful ideas to better teach a subject or lesson.
What if my child is resistant to my instruction and struggles with obedience?
TMA Homeschool emphasizes a character-first approach to homeschooling. When parents prioritize the instruction of their child’s heart and character, children become teachable and positively responsive to their parents. Of course, biblical parenting is an important aspect of this dynamic between parent-teacher and child, which is why one of the first trainings parents will receive is on parenting.
Does enrollment follow the conventional school calendar?
Enrollment for families living within Metro Manila is every March, June, September, and November. For families living outside Metro Manila and the Philippines, enrollment is year-round.
How early can I start homeschooling?
The earliest age for starting preschool is 3.5 years old. For grade 1, a child needs to be at least 6 years old.
What levels are offered?
TMA Homeschool has Nursery, Kindergarten, and Preparatory for Pre-school, then Grade 1 through Grade 12 for Elementary and Highschool. DepEd requires records for Preparatory through High School only.
Is it difficult for homeschool students to enter local colleges?
In the Philippines, universities and colleges require applicants to come from accredited high schools and hold an official transcript. The benefit of homeschooling with  TMA is that students get the accreditation records they need. Students who present their TMA records when they apply for colleges are readily accepted as long as they pass the entrance exams.

Homeschool Game: Scrabble

We are thinking another indoor game for our homeschool kids instead of giving them gadgets.

In my previous post, giving them lego instead of gadget help them to think and to be creative on their own. Which really help their critical thinking.

On the other hand, if you want to developed their spelling skills and their vocabulary this game is very helpful. As young as 3 or 4 years old they can start playing this. They called it SCRABBLE. Well, we are amaze because our kids age 5 and 6 so love playing it. They so happy if they create a word on their own 7 letter chips.

They enjoyed it and the same time they speeling and vocabulary developed.

How important to test your child

We will know how much our child learned if we will give him a test. This will also give us peace as parent-teacher. We will know if we are on the right track or not.

That's what I love of homeschooling, we will know if they already master the lesson and we can move on to the another topic. If not we will also know what subjects or topics our child need to focus.

Homeschooling test is no difference in traditional school. Only if our child failed we can teach them again and again untill they master it or understand the lesson.

Homeschool game: Lego instead of gadgets

Most kids now are very hooked in a modern technology. Especially during summer here in the middle east, playing outdoor is really not an option. Even in their playing time most of them choose to play gadgets instead some physical activity like we did when we are a child. Well, our homeschoolers are excepted to that.

We observe that as they used gadgets to play and watch for a long period of time their character changed. That why we come up in an idea that instead of giving them a gadget to pacify them we give them a lego.

They enjoy it and we are happy because we know that they used they imagination to create a new thing.

How to discipline homeschool kids

Homeschooling kids are not excepted in disciplinary action. Disobeying parent-teacher is not acceptable in our homeschooling envinronment. There are a lot of ways you can discipline your child base on their age level. Squatting, face on the wall or even grounded in their favorite toys and gadgets to older ones.

It is important to discipline them tonknow and to show them their wrong doings.

How about you? How you discipline your homeschoolers?

Homeschool Journey in the Middle East

We have been homeschooling our two kids for about two years now and we are about to finish our 1st quarter in our third year of home schooling. Our homeschooling journey is not easy; especially the first time we home schooled our eldest son. We are both working as an expat but we can say that it’s doable.

What is homeschooling?

Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children inside the home. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor (Wikipedia). 

Yes, parents usually take the responsibility (mom mostly) to teach their children. Homeschooling doesn’t mean you only study in your home, learning can take place anytime and everywhere.

Legally, homeschooling is recognized by the government in the Philippines. So, if the time we plan to bring them back to traditional school that would not be a problem for us. There are home school providers in the Philippines who recognized internationally who can help us to our home school journey.

Why do you homeschool?

When we decide to home school our kids, this question is very common. Why and why not? When we decide to live and work in UAE alongside with my family, homeschooling is one of our choices to educate our kids. We made the decision to homeschool our kids because we think we could give them a better education, a better experience, and we can impart to them our values intentionally. Maybe traditional school can give it but it certainly wasn't for us. 

Homeschool Providers

Homeschool providers are very important in our homeschool journey. There are home school providers in the Philippines who recognized internationally who can help us to do our homeschooling. Though some people has success story even they are homeschooled their child independently, means they didn’t enrolled in any homeschooled provider. Actually homeschool provider helps us to get accreditation for our children’s homeschooling. They can give us documents and records that are needed when our child enrolls in a regular school or college.







Dubai Garden to Place to Visit During winter

Dubai Garden is one of the best tourist place you can visit during winter season. Every year they have different concept and design so visitor will keep visiting the place again.

Dubai garden onlu opens during winter time. Don't miss out the new design and concept every year. This year you will find the Emirates plane full of flowers.

Here are the different types of flower that you will find in Dubai Garden.