First posted last February 28, 2013 – Once upon a time, my husband and I dreamed of homeschooling our son. We feel that it is an absolute way to give him a quality and holistic education. Fortunately, we read about Catholic Filipino Academy (CFA), a catholic home school that offers Kinder to High School Programs and is DepEd Accredited (here’s their site: http://catholicfilipinoacademy.com/). It is founded by a Bo Sanchez. A well-known noble man (no further introduction needed).
I immediately send them inquiries and questions, and the more I communicate with them, the more I became interested. But since my son hasn’t come of right age (he’s just 2 and half then) yet, they recommend a Reading Program for us to try. It’s equivalent to Nursery of the “conventional” school. Without much thinking, we joined the program.
Upon receiving the Reading Program Kit, we immediately tried it, not having a single idea how to go about it. I just follow what is written in the workbook… and it became a daily struggle for me. Every morning, I will present one lesson to my son and try (really try hard) to teach him how to read. There are rare times that we can finish one lesson peacefully (oh! thank goodness), but most of the time I ended up frustrated or angry and most of time shouting like a wicked stepmother… while my son is trying to comfort me out of frustration by crying quietly by his pillow or by giving me hugs and kisses, promising me to read again the next day. Piteous boy.
Every day for almost 5 weeks, I’m giving myself a chance to be successful in teaching him… but all he wanted me to do is to draw at the back page of the workbook all the animals that he can think of… and that makes it even harder for me. Should I give-up on this whole idea of homeschooling or not? What should I do? I feel so helpless and discouraged. Piteous mom.
Until my father came back from his vacation and stayed at our house, which makes me soooo busy every morning that I was able to give this reading program a rest. But not for long… after a few months of terribly busy and gloomy days for our family (we miss you so much Dad), I picked-up where we left off.
Still not knowing how to do it effectively, I forced myself to give it another try. Why? maybe because I’m naturally stubborn, or I’d like to make the most what I paid for the reading program, or I’m just my son’s ultimate fan and I believe he can do this reading thing now… or maybe all of the above. So I prepared different ways to present each lesson to him. Powerpoint presentations, flashcards even cutouts pasted in craft paper… but still no luck for me. He’s ok with all those things but he’s not hooked to any of it.
Then, one night an idea popped in my head like a genie that came out from the lamp… BOOM! I will include one lesson every night to his bedtime story books (he has a minimum of 5 books per night). It was the most brilliant thing I’ve done, not to mention, the easiest way to get him into reading his lessons. So simple and very straight forward yet so effective. Minimum input, maximum output… just like the works of Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Impressive!
From that day on we read one lesson every night… and as early as lesson 20 he can easily read 2-letter words and is familiar how to read 3-letter words. One night I even heard him say “I love lesson” while holding his book. Also, he continuously look forward, with so much excitement and joy, to our bedtime lesson.
And the proud mom sleeps happily ever after.