Frequently Asked Questions

What is homeschooling?

Homeschooling is parent-led, home-based education.

The Philippine Department of Education defines it as “a home-based education which relies on the active participation of the parent as a teacher to his child. This is a one-on-one tutorial type of teaching. The parent is at the center of the educative process of the child/learner from which the home-educated child/learner acquires the necessary skills to develop his full potential to become a self-propelling, fulfilled, and contributing member of the community.”

At Homeschool Global, we define it as an education where the parent creates an ideal climate for their children to achieve success. This climate consists of: a conducive home, intentional parents, a customized curriculum, a comprehensive support system, and clear goals towards true success.

What are the advantages of homeschooling?

Homeschooling offers a plethora of benefits in various aspects, not just for the child but for the entire family.

Academic
Homeschooling is customized learning. Subjects or topics where your child needs more assistance with or topics that are most interesting for them, can be given more time and focus. Your child may learn at his/her own pace in line with his/her learning style and has the opportunity to express himself/herself fully in his/her own way, his/her own pace, during the optimal time when his/her creativity juices flow what with the flexibility of the schedule. Thus, s/he is able to be more productive and bring forth great projects that glorify God. Plus, with the premium homeschooling puts on experiential learning, your child is given a multi-dimensional view of the lessons that are otherwise just taught in books.

Parent and Child Relationship
With the amount of quality time you’ll be spending with your child, you will have the greatest influence over him/her. Your authority is established, recognized, and appreciated and there are more chances of having magic moments together. What are magic moments? These are the times when the child asks questions about life, and opens up about topics that he/she can only share to people whom he/she can trust. Parents get to address issues using Biblical principles and develop a really close relationship with his/her child, and with the Lord together. And as you intentionally mold your children’s values, your own character is developed as well. You have nowhere to turn to but God for wisdom, guidance, and for the fruit of the Holy Spirit to emanate from you as you deal with your children while they homeschool.

Family and Community
All family members get to be involved in schooling—less time on the road stuck in traffic equals more time at home, more time to see the world together, and more time to serve the church as a family. You also get to build relationships with other homeschooling families as you support and walk alongside each other.

Financial
You can save on school fees and spend instead on selected programs to boost your child’s learning. No more extra fees need to be paid for the school bus, school baon, and uniform as the kids can even be in their jammies when studying.

What are the challenges of homeschooling?

There are moments when you would feel as if you’re inadequate to homeschool your child, or you’d think there’s just not enough time to juggle everything. Homeschooling, like everything else, comes with challenges, but not ones that you cannot triumph over with the right know-how, support, and a whole lot of faith. Boredom and restlessness borne out of structure and routine are common pitfalls, yet so is the opposite end of the spectrum: Too many activities and community engagement programs the parents and children venture into. Strike a balance between focused planning and fun flexibility so your family doesn’t grow weary and gets to maximize your homeschool journey.

What about socialization?

This is by far the most frequently-asked question. No homeschooler is an island. Homeschoolers can be involved in a lot of activities in and out of the home where they can interact with and develop friendships with other children. They have healthier social development as they learn to relate vertically to parents and adults, and horizontally with siblings, friends, and with others—a better picture of the real world. They also tend to be less susceptible to peer pressure because they have healthy relationships at home and share the same values as their parents. And as a result of the kids’ daily conversations and interactions with their parents at home (adults versus peers), their language skills are noticeably advanced.

The real issue is: What do they get socializing outside the home?

Is homeschooling in the Philippines legal? Will my child have DepEd accreditation if I homeschool?

Homeschooling is legal in the Philippines. The Philippine Constitution, Article 14, Section 1(2) protects parental rights and 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…” Also, Article 209 Chapter 1, General Provisions of the Family Code of the Philippines states that:

Pursuant to the natural right and duty of the parents over the person and property of their unemancipated children, parental authority and responsibility shall include the caring for and rearing them for civic consciousness and efficiency and the development of their moral, mental and physical character and well-being.

VCIS Homestudy and TMA Home Education Program, HG’s partner homeschool providers, provide accreditation, 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 it’s time for college, or if and when their parents decide to opt out of homeschooling

How do I know if I am qualified to teach my child?

Having at least one of the parents a college graduate is a distinctive requirement of HG. 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 a teaching degree, and yet are able to teach their children successfully. For subjects that pose a challenge to the parent-teacher, the services of a tutor can be acquired.

Can I work and homeschool at the same time?

An ideal scenario is for a father to provide financially, while a mother stays home to teach her child. 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 should be sufficient to homeschool. Older children who have been trained to self-study can also make it possible 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 full-time.

Can I homeschool even if I am overseas?

Yes. Families can communicate with HG (for consultation on academic matters, and counseling) mostly through email and Skype. Homeschooling is a great solution to keep families together.

How do I get my foot in the homeschooling world?

The first step to your journey at Homeschool Global is attending the Homeschool Intro where you will get a comprehensive orientation on the whys and hows of homeschooling and how our programs work. You cannot register to our academic services if you have not undergone the Homeschool Introduction seminar. Contact the main hub or the hub closest to you for their detailed HS Intro schedule.

What if my child is resistant to my instruction and struggles with obedience?

Homeschool Global 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.

How early can I start homeschooling?

You may begin as early as 3 years old for nursery or 4 years old for Pre-K, but for now, the accredited Preschool year is Kinder 2, prior to Grade 1; the child must be 5 years old at the time of enrollment. For Grade 1, a child needs to be at least 6 years old. While Nursery and Pre-K are not recognized by DepEd yet, these levels, which are mostly about play, help cultivate developmental key skills.

What levels are offered?

We offer play-based homeschooling for children aged 3 and 4 years old (Nursery and Pre-K, respectively), DepEd-accredited formal homeschooling begins at Kinder 1 (for kids aged 4 years old) through Grade 12. DepEd requires records for Kindergarten through Senior High School.

Does enrollment follow the conventional school calendar?

Enrollment for families happen every March, June, and September. Thus, interested families have the advantage of starting homeschooling earlier or later than June.

What are the rates for each track?

Touch
Php 35K for a family with one child and additional Php 5K for every succeeding child.
Books range from Php 10-30K per child. You can browse the books here: learningplus.ph.
This option comes with the assistance of the Advisor and quarterly portfolio reviews.

Tech
Php 18K/ student
Bob Jones University (BJU) Curriculum, costs around Php 10-15K/ student. You can check their website here: http://www.bjupress.com/page/Home
This option has NO quarterly portfolio reviews and no Advisor but has quarterly online exams.

Explore
No accreditation but you can avail of the events, books, and non-academic classes. Fees vary.

Is there a cut-off grade/year level for homeschooling and what’s the advisable length for homeschooling your kids?

You may begin homeschooling them at any grade/year level from Kinder to Grade 12, ideally finish up until high school before the child heads to university so you really reap the full benefits of homeschooling.

Do you accept children with special needs?

Yes, we have a program called The Learning Curve, focused on making sure they are raised up the way God had designed them to be.

What is Homeschool Intro?

A prerequisite for enrollment, HS Intro is an orientation about homeschooling and the services Homeschool Global offers (Homeschool orientation fee per family is P500.00 only).

At what point should I attend the HS Intro?

The HS Intro will give you a clear picture of what homeschooling is and how HG helps you to #LearnBetter, but there are no strings attached to attending. Keep in mind, though, that your HS Intro certificate is only valid for enrollment within the same year you attended the session.

What questions will be addressed during the HS intro?

Anything and everything about homeschooling! It will equip you with the knowledge you need to begin your homeschooling journey while also helping you reflect and process this exciting step you will be taking with your children. The most important question to settle is “why homeschool”?

What if i just want to directly enroll without attending the HS Intro because I’m already very sure I want to homeschool my children?

You still must attend. We want to make sure all bases are covered and that you have a solid foundation upon which your decision to homeschool was based.

How do I choose the curriculum, books, and materials appropriate for my child?

At the Homeschool Intro orientation, an academic advisor will recommend the appropriate curriculum based on DepEd minimum competencies, learning gaps, and strengths of your child. There are also required curriculum that you must cover.

What are the requirements to enroll?

· Duly accomplished Registration Form with the student’s and parent’s picture (1” x 1”)
· Authenticated copy of the PSA (formerly NSO) birth certificate of student
· Original copy of latest Report Card (Form 138 - for Grades 1 – High School Enrollees)
· A digital copy of the student’s and parent’s latest ID Picture (JPEG Format) with white background
· Photocopy of teaching parent’s Transcript of Records or Diploma

What are the fees and payment schemes?

Payment schemes: Cash, online payment, credit card, dated checks, and 2-payment and 5-payment check methods (one dated check, succeeding checks may be postdated).

*Our Diagnostic test is presently taken online (the link is sent within two weeks after enrollment). The fee is P500 for children who are aged 3 and 4 years old, while 5 year-olds and up have P3,500 fee. This is not a pass or fail test but is meant to assess the learning of your child in preparation for his homeschooling.

How can I equip myself to better educate my child?

HG has trainings like HS 101, and the HS 200 and HS 300 series (and soon HS 400 series) where parents can deepen teaching skills and possibly earn for them a professional teacher certificate. Some of these trainings are open to homeschoolers from other providers, independents, and even non-homeschoolers.

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 Learn Group members who can team-teach with them. They may also ask their Homeschool Advisors for advice and for helpful ideas to better teach a subject or lesson. Tutors can also be hired.

How does the grading system work exactly?

Your child’s performance undergoes two-fold assessment: Through the quizzes, tests, and activities you administer and through a quarterly portfolio review conducted by your academic or family advisor. You are to input your grades for your child in our Online Grading System, while the portfolio review is a multi-dimensional way for the AA or the FA to see not just what your child has learned, but how much he/she has grown through the project he/she has decided to produce.

Every when are report cards issued? If I do decide to send my kid to conventional school, would the transition in terms of documents be easy?

Report cards are issued at the end of your school year, and they function just like those of conventional schools’—you don’t have to worry about transitioning, or even about your child’s college application requirements.

About Homeschool Global

TMA Homeschool and VCIS Homeschool, two leading providers of homeschool services are now ONE and will be known henceforth as HOMESCHOOL GLOBAL - the global learning organization that will help families design their own education.

Homeschool Global serves over 3,000 students across 30 countries, from Preschool to High School levels.
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