2016 PHILIPPINE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SESSIONS

BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

Deonna Tan-Chi and Joy Mendoza

One of the advantages of homeschooling is being able to impart the values that the family upholds. In this plenary session, veteran homeschooler Deonna Tan-Chi, together with her daughter, Joy, will share how their family built on this firm foundation several years ago, and how Joy is now reaping its benefits as she homeschools her own children.

MOTIVATION: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HELPING STUDENTS LEARN WELL

Andrew Pudewa

Children like to do what they can do, they want to do what they think they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. If you want excited and enthusiastic children who learn well, you must understand these key laws of motivation and focus on the essential element of relevancy. If it matters, children will learn it, and if it doesn’t, they won’t. This session will enlighten you with specific ways to find and create relevancy for children to help them more easily learn and retain the skills and information you are teaching.

WINGS TO SOAR: LEAVING A LEGACY FOR OUR CHILDREN

Bo Sanchez

We build a strong foundation and pray that as they grow older, they grow their own wings to make a difference in this world. In this keynote session, Bo Sanchez will inspire us with the legacies of family, faith, and love of learning that we impart to our children through our unique role as parents-teachers.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Ins and Outs of Homeschooling in the Philippines
SPEAKER: Edric Mendoza
Function Hall 2, 2:00pm-2:45pm

The Ins and Outs of Homeschooling in the Philippines will be about topics relevant to beginning homeschoolers. This includes the history and frameworks of homeschooling, as well as laws governing it in the Philippines. A must for beginning homeschoolers.

Transitioning from Brick and Mortar to homeschooling
SPEAKER: Jenn Punzalan
Function Hall 1, 2:00pm-2:45pm 

 Can we still homeschool even if my child is already in a brick and mortar school? How do we take the plunge? How can we convince my child that homeschooling will benefit him? These are but some questions that veteran homeschooler Jenn Punzalan will answer as she shares her own journey with her family

Homeschooling the High School Years
SPEAKER: Racquel Guevara
Meeting Rooms 2 and 3, 2:00pm-2:45pm

Can I really homeschool my homeschooler? Where will she find peers? How can I lead her to pursue her passion? In this informal sharing session, Ms. Racquel Guevara will share how she did it – and still kept her sanity and her children’s! Connect with fellow homeschoolers in the same situation and be inspired and encouraged to homeschool even through high school. We can do it!

Laying the Foundation in Preschool
SPEAKER: Milona Barraca
Function Hall 2, 3:00pm-3:45pm

Homeschooling your preschooler is all about exposing your young child to various learning skills in a fun and engaging way. How do you do this without textbooks and workbooks? How do you plan a preschooler’s day to achieve the ultimate goal of making them fall in love with learning? Listen as homeschooling mom Milona Barraca shows us how she homeschooled her 4 children during their preschool years.

The Four Language Arts
SPEAKER: Andrew Pudewa
Function Hall 1, 3:00pm-3:45pm

When asked, “What are the language arts?” people may respond by listing numerous subjects: spelling, phonics, grammar, penmanship, copying, dictation, narration, and composition. But actually it’s much simpler! For those adhering to the classical model or those who just want a common-sense curriculum, there are really only four core language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and attending well to the first two makes teaching the latter two so much easier. Come and prepare to have your education paradigm adjusted, your load lightened, and your commitment to excellence renewed as you focus on the most important things in the limited time you have.

Transitioning to College
SPEAKER: Ivy and Bernard Marquez
Meeting Rooms 2 and 3, 3:00pm-3:45pm

College is a whole different life from homeschooling. It is natural for families to fear how their homeschooled kids will fare in university. In this session, homeschooling couple Ivy and Bernard Marquez, who have already released their children to college, will encourage us by sharing what to expect and how to support our children as they step into this whole new world on their own.

Starting Your Homeschool Journey
SPEAKER: Donna Simpao
Function Hall 2, 4:00pm-4:45pm

You’ve finally discerned and decided that you are called to homeschool… now what? In this session, veteran homeschooler Ms. Donna Simpao will talk about making goals, choosing curricula, scheduling and lesson planning to help you as you begin your homeschool journey.

The Hows of Interest-led Homeschooling
SPEAKER: Alex Hao
Function Hall 1, 4:00pm-4:45pm

“Unschooling” and “interest-led learning” are buzzwords that we often hear in homeschooling circles. What is it and how exactly do you embrace a lifestyle of learning without textbooks and lesson plans even in the later years? More importantly, will the children really learn? These are just some of the questions that this breakout session aims to answer.

Homeschooling the Special Needs Child
SPEAKER: Jen Bellosillo
Meeting Rooms 2 and 3, 4:00pm-4:45pm

Homeschooling children with special needs is both a rewarding and challenging task – but it can be done. Homeschooling mom Jen Bellosillo will share how she homeschools her special needs child – together with his three siblings – and how he has thrived because of individualized lessons and his family’s support.

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PHILIPPINE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE 2016