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Field Trip at Ogden Nature Center Sept 2008



Most of the kids here who went to field trip had their first school bus ride. One of them is Michelle. They had fun inside the bus. I happened to be there as the parent volunteer to capture the moments of Mich’s first school field trip. Inside the bus, the kids were singing “The Wheels of the Bus”. 

 
It was hot out in the field. Some kids were complaining of getting tired and thirsty. Kids get to listen to the tour guide explaining the ecosystem, different animals in the wild, how they thrive in such environment. They also played a hiding game so they could feel how animals get to camouflage themselves when enemies are watching. They were also toured to see some big birds like owls and eagles. 
 
It was a different learning experience for these little ones and it was just so amazing to hear how they reason when asked about what they know and think about nature. 

Lincoln Lynx



Excerpts from Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher

He will have to learn,
I know, that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time to ponder
the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong… Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…

Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob
and to stand and fight if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order, but see what you can do… He is such a fine fellow, my son!

My kids are enrolled at Lincoln Elementary. It’s Michelle’s first traditional school and Adrian’s second. They are enrolled as kindergarten and 3rd grade respectively. The school was named after Abe Lincoln. Their vision is to change the world…one student at a time. 

Reading Reward


She is savoring the reward for her diligence in reading. Her quota is a book per day. Mrs. Moon (kindergarten teacher) challenges her reading skills by giving her a book or two everyday. Thanks to Pizza Hut for supporting the reading programs of schools. 

Malacanang Museum



Our first trip to Malacanang Museum. It was an educational tour around the places where our presidents held offices and received guests. There were different memorabilias representing the different regimes of past presidents. The newer collections were some of the state gifts during our current president’s state visits. We’ve also seen the room with the table and chair where Martial law was proclaimed by former president Marcos.

Sulky Snoopy


One day, while I was giving Michelle a bath, she was laughing at something. She saw a broken tile and said it looks like snoopy. I can’t figure it out. She pointed to me in details the sulky face of snoopy with a hand on the right side of the face. But I still can’t figure it out. I just don’t know if I’m slow to get it or she is just too visual that she can see images from different perspectives and can interpret it. Well, I’m kinda convinced that the latter is more valid. Why? I’ve witnessed how she create, draw and analyze images. When she writes the alphabet, she likes to see it written upside down and many other ways. She also tries to write using both hands to see which is better.

There were times in our creative thinking lesson when she would surpass me in interpretation. Many times before I teach, I don’t have any weapon to explain the lessons in our materials. But I’m amazed at how she can answer it according to her own reasoning. I’ll just laugh behind and say “kids are really smart.”

Michelle’s 5th Birthday

The Birthday Girl
Pink Girls

Mich was happy with her pink cake
One of the many things to thank God for this month aside from the birthday of Jesus is the birthday of our little girl, Michelle. She is the source of my laughter most of the time for she is fond of cracking jokes. She gets me with her wit especially when we are homescholing.
Michelle and her brother enjoyed a play-all-you can treat at a mall far from our place. She doesn’t mind if she doesn’t have a big party or a lot of gifts, but a whole day of fun and activity just for kids was important to them. She didn’t even taste the food her Dad likes but merely enjoyed waffle and a fruit shake.
Cake was blown 3 days after her birthday. She had her cake blowing at the kids church. Since she likes pink, all of us girls in the family wore pink shirts. It was surprising to see pink and purple cake in a local cake store so we bought one instead of mocha flavor. It made her happy to have a cake that is pink. It was worth buying coz it’s yummy and not too sweet.

 

Christmas 2007

We usually stay home during Christmas eve but this year, we opted celebrating in the province with my husband’s family. We had a simple “noche buena” at my brother-in-laws house in San Pablo City, Laguna. There, my children and their cousins got to spend longer time by playing.


In the morning, we went on strolling around the place to see one of the seven lakes in San Pablo City. It was interesting to see Sampaloc Lake because my son’s past lesson in Filipino tackled a story or a legend about that lake. Though it was just a legend, it gave us something to think about why it was called Sampaloc Lake.
There were bicycles for rent by the lake. We decided to take a tour around the lake for the kids to enjoy the view and to know what’s surrounding it. Though the bikes were old and difficult to use, we were able to circle the lake. Our muscles got to work and how we wished there is a massage session after that exercise.
We rented two sidecars and a solo bike for me. My kids were so amazed to see me riding a solo bike. Along the journey, aside from the lake itself and the fishpens, we saw ducks, monkey and tropical trees that have fruits. It was raining a bit but it didn’t stop us from biking because we were ready with our umbrellas.
In the afternoon, we then went to Majayjay to greet our relatives. It was a long trip going home but paying respect to elders specially in this holiday season is something important for the family than all the wrapped gifts.

Storytelling



She loves every bit of attention from me. She even uses a bell to get my attention especially when I’m giving only half of my “divided attention”. Children are smart. They also know when you are minding of what they do.

This activity of Michelle makes her more creative, increase her vocabulary and master spelling of words. Uses of different characters in the story widens the sphere that influences her. By this kind of play at the same time learning, she becomes more aware about her surroundings.
More than the learning experience, she loves being appreciated. A clap or mere hug makes her smile and contented that what she does makes sense. It also inspires her to stretch her limit.

Homeschool Community Service Christmas Party


Ready to give their gifts to their sponsored kid

Indigent kids of Pasig being reached out by Victory Christian Fellowship Pasig were invited to attend a Christmas party prepared by VCS Homeschool. It was a privilege to share something with them. Our children somehow granted their wish by asking their parents to buy what the children were wishing for. Most of their wishes are toys and clothes. Most of the invited children had a letter given to the ones who gave them a gift.
There were games and food of course. Adrian won the longest Happy Birthday Jesus game as usual. I think he mastered it already. During birthday parties, most of the time he wins this game if not he is the second.
At the end of the party, everybody was satisfied that children were blessed in our own little way. As one of the teachers of these children said, “It’s really something big for them. They were so happy.”
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