It is no secret that I am homeschooling my kids. My husband, currently working as a senior high school teacher is probably my biggest fan when it comes to my bold decision to homeschool our girls. Ironic, right? A teacher with homeschooled kids.
Homeschooling, as I have said, is one bold decision. It took us a while to decide about it, like years. We were frowned upon at first so we sent the first girl to a traditional Catholic school because at some point, it is what we wanted. However, after 4 years of being in that system, we realized that it isn’t what we want for our family. It just didn’t feel right. After 2nd Grade, we pulled her out and unschooled her along with her then 1.5 year old sister. We homeschooled them together.
It was scary, really scary. But what kept me going was the thought that my husband is supportive of me and I first believed that I can do it. Sino pa bang maniniwala sa akin kung hindi ako rin? Given these reasons, my husband and I were positive that in order for my child to become a better version of us, we need to do things differently.
We think about the “future” a lot. And to prepare them for this so called “future”, WE
DO NOT DO ARE NO LONGER DOING SCHOOL AT HOME.
Seriously? Yes. We learn as we go along and we are much comfortable with interest-based learning. This may sound radical to some, but yes A LOT of families are already doing this. My eldest, who’s 11, is more into literature and art. She reads a lot, like a whole lot AND spends much time writing and drawing. She recently finished her year end report on vampires and what supposed to be a report turned out as a script for a vlog so we MIGHT use the material for a vlog. My youngest on the other hand is a little girl beyond her years, I don’t worry about her, yet.
I won’t deny the fact that like most parents, I worry about their future. Questions like, “am I still doing the right thing?”, or “what the heck, am I jeopardizing the lives of my girls?” constantly play in my mind, day in and day out. Silly but valid thoughts. I’ve researched high and low on how my husband and I could prepare them for their unknown future.
Here’s what I found:
How will kids nowadays thrive personally and professionally in the future? What knowledge, experiences, and skill will they need in order to succeed?
- Ability to pick up new concepts quickly
- Become a life-long learner
- Have strong critical skills
- Have this most important skill: write well
- Translate technical concepts into a language everyone understands
- Act in a global manner
- Collaborates well with others
- Ability to interact people across continents, languages, in various subject areas
- Higher order thinking skills
- Effectively manage, synthesize, and analyze information in a creative manner AND NOT just memorize it
- Have the ability to work in diverse environment
- and SO MUCH MORE…
Information is at our kids’ fingertips. Therefore, all of these skills need to be integrated in their day-to-day lessons to develop a broader sense of thinking. The need to be creative, socially mature individuals is there for them to thrive in a global community like what they have now. A cookie cutter curriculum will no longer be beneficial for them when THAT future comes.
The homeschooling mom in me: I NEED A SCHOOL FOR THE GIRLS WITH VALUES ALIGNED TO OURS!!!
Then came Intégra
The INTÉGRA Institute of Art, Business & Technology is a progressive school committed to delivering premier quality education and training at the best possible value.
INTÉGRA’S educational values integrate both fundamental and progressive principles specifically combined to be highly effective in today’s fast changing world.
Intégra is a leading innovator in global education and progressive learning.
The mission of Intégra is to educate leaders who make a genuine difference in the world of arts, business, design, and technology.
Intégra provides life-changing education, workshops, coaching, and seminars that impact lives of people everywhere significantly and immediately.
Their quality is vouched for by their students, and the value for your investment is simply unbeatable.
Intégra’s core values are first to focus on what is INTEGRAL, not just today but also tomorrow. Second, to provide an INTEGRATED variety of learning opportunities that make an individual more effective in today’s highly competitive environment. And third, to conduct all our activities with the utmost INTEGRITY for the benefit of both the learner and the industry in which they are contributing to.
“Life Changing Education, Made Simple.”
Courses in Intégra
- Fundamentals of Multimedia
- Multimedia Production
- Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
- Innovation Strategy for Managers
My girls are still young (11 and 5) so we’re more focused on values formation and building a solid foundation for them, and when the time comes that they’re ready to explore, they are geared with the right values and basic know-how to face the world outside.
I personally think that they would need a school like Intégra. I hope that by the time they decide to enter college, the school’s values would still match ours.
=== GIVEAWAY ===
Chef Rob Pengson (you know him of course! c’mon, who doesn’t?), the founder of Intégra Institute is generous enough to give us P100,000 worth of classes/workshops on entrepreneurship.
How cool is that?
Integra is holding 3-runs of a free entrepreneurship class lead by Chef Rob with his other co-mentors from various fields from fashion, graphic design, interior design, business, and food service. They have come together to give for free a 3-day seminar worth 12,500 pesos per person.
May 8, 9 & 10
10am – 3pm (lunch not included)
I’ll be electronically choosing the winners via Rafflecopter on May 1st, 2017.