LIFESKILLS: CRITICAL THINKING

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We met with several of Nathan’s teachers during his first quarter Parent-Teacher Conference. One thing that stood out from their different feedback about Nathan was that he is not afraid to ask questions, to clarify issues or to argue a point. If something doesn’t make sense to him, he doesn’t hesitate to start a discussion about it. If he answers a test question differently, he explains his perspective and requests his teacher to reconsider. I remember when Nathan as a young boy challenged the lines of the ever-popular nursery rhyme Twinkle, twinkle litte star, and explained to me that stars really are not little, and they don’t really twinkle. They just appear to twinkle when seen from the earth due to different factors in the atmosphere. The ability to think critically is one of the most valuable skills that our children can learn. We don’t want our kids to just […]

self-discipline

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My friends are always amazed when I tell them that I don’t have to wake my kids up on weekdays to get them ready for school. They have their own alarm clocks, and as soon as it goes off, they run to the shower, put their uniforms on and eat their breakfast. That’s when my husband joins them for their morning devotions, while I sleep in with our youngest, Joaquin. 🙂 For most families, weekday mornings are stressful. It is hard enough to get cranky kids out of bed, much more to push them to the shower, finish their breakfast and make it to school on time. With 3 kids going to school, I really don’t want to be shouting at them early in the morning and forcing them out of bed. Having trained our kids to take charge of their morning routine, life has been much easier for all […]

enrollment time. whew!

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I enrolled Nathan today for his 2nd year in Ateneo High School. It’s astounding how tuition fees have skyrocketed over the years. When I was in highschool, a few thousand pesos was enough for the first quarter. But now, that only covers school supplies. I really thank God for Paolo who budgets our money so well, that come enrollment time, we have enough to fund our checks. Call me shallow but I am so happy I saved P2,000 by borrowing Nathan’s books from one of our friends. You moms can relate with me on this. Don’t we try to find ways to save every peso? I got Nathan oversized uniforms last year so that he can still use them this year, even after a growth spurt. Hehe. I am also holding off on buying his school supplies and will use the ones left from last year first. Right now we […]

stepping back

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Nathan’s first year in highschool was not very easy… from a class of 11 in grade 7 to a class of 40 in Ateneo, from a school with a population of 250 to a school population of over 2,000, getting to know his classmates from different kinds of background, adjusting to different teaching styles, being exposed to greater peer pressure and standing up for his convictions and coping with the much heavier load of schoolwork (being in the honors class, the level of difficulty was higher than the other classes.) Several times during the schoolyear, Nathan talked to me about homeschooling. One such time was when a teacher of his accused him of violating one of the school rules and he seemed powerless to defend himself. Nathan has always been deadset on not only getting academic honors but also getting the Kostka award, which was the character award, given to […]

adapting to change

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This year, Janina’s school, Victory Christian International School (VCIS) shifted to a new curriculum called PACEs. We had mixed feelings about this at the beginning since she’s never done this type of curriculum before. For half of the day, she will have to work in a cubicle of her own, set her goals, read the lessons on her own, answer the tests and check them on her own. The first few days were rough. But as soon as she got the hang of it, she found her own pace, and learned to work diligently with minimum assistance from her supervisor. We saw that she became more focused, self-motivated and driven. Change is not always comfortable. In fact, most of the time, it’s uncomfortable. We need to train our kids to adapt to change. We moms usually do the best we can to make things easy for our kids. Though that […]

nathan graduates from gradeschool

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Our eldest, Nathan, graduated from gradeschool last Monday. I was a bit emotional from the first moment I saw him in his toga, to listening to his speech. (Yes, I’m OA!) It was just like yesterday when I sent him off on his first day in preschool. I am so proud of my son. He was homeschooled from Grade 3 to Grade 6, then we decided to put him in a regular school for Grade 7 to help him transition to highschool. By the way, he is going to Ateneo de Manila for highschool. Despite his rough start in school last June, Nathan came out top of his class, which merited him the “Scholarship Award.” He also received the “Best in Computer” and “Best in Music” awards. I realized how mature our son is when we saw him rise above his difficulties and challenges. Highschool will be a totally different […]

janina moves up to grade 4

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I am so proud of our one and only princess, Janina. Here are the awards she got from school this year (Grade 3): Academic Excellence in Language Arts, Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Science and Health Principal’s Circle Award for Mind Mapping Best Dance Moves Award Leadership Award I am also looking forward to our eldest Nathan’s graduation on Monday.