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We are joining the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016: From Roots to Wings

“My husband and I attended the 2015 Philippine Homeschool Conference and it helped us decide to continue our family’s homeschool journey. We are excited to attend this year’s conference to gather more insights and hear more inspiring testimonials from fellow homeschooling families.”

This was my answer to the quick survey that Tina ( www.trulyrichandblessed.com) posted on the Homeschoolers of the Philippines (HOP) Facebook page. She was gathering positive feedback among HOP members who attended the Philippine Homeschooler Conference last year.

Last year’s conference gave our family two important gifts to guide us in our homeschooling journey. First, it gave us affirmation that we are doing what is best for our child. The stories and informative lectures shared by fellow homeschoolers in the breakout sessions did not only encourage us to continue with our journey. It also fueled us with courage and boldness to take the primary responsibility of educating our child. We made the right decision to participate in this learning event together with the growing number of homeschooling families in the country. We needed that collective push from the helpful homeschooling community to go for it and take that leap of faith.

The conference also gifted us with tons of inspiration which we constantly use to survive the challenges and struggles we face in our journey. My husband and I still laugh whenever we recall Teacher Ched Azarcon’s anecdote about the comment she got for being a “pabayang ina” because she didn’t enrol her child in a traditional school. This “pabayang ina”  independently homeschooled and responsibly guided her child to pursue her interests and eventually finish college in one of the best universities in the country. Inspiring, di ba? We would always remember this story and joke about our goal to be the “most pabayang mga magulang” in the future.

We are attending this year’s conference! 

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Friends would always ask us how long do we see ourselves homeschooling Rio. I would always say that we are taking things one year at a time. Right now, we are enjoying every activity we do in our Kinder 2 year but we also encounter problems that sometimes make us question our capacity to fulfill our role as parent-educators. That’s why we need to attend this year’s conference – to recharge, refuel and strengthen our resolve to homeschool.

If you want to know more about homeschooling or to sustain your homeschool momentum, we invite you to attend this year’s Philippine Homeschool Conference entitled “From Roots to Wings” on October 22, 2016 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

See you there!

Check out the program and choose the perfect break out session for your homeschool needs and stage. We might join Alex Hao’s session on The How’s of Interest-Led Homeschooling.Taralets!

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Register now!

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Nanay’s Trip Review: One bottle of Nutri10 Plus, DOWN! Rio’s Appetite, UP!

 

I remember my pediatrician friend’s advice that it’s okay to regularly change Rio’s vitamins or food supplement. As expected, the loyal consumer in me ignored a doctor’s advice and stuck to the brand we have been taking for more than two years.

Friends always notice how my five-year old son is tall for his age. They also do not fail to mention how skinny he is and ask if he still drinks milk and what vitamins does he take.

“Tangkad ni Rio pero bakit ang payat,” they would always say.  We were also starting to worry so we asked our pediatrician during our last visit. “Bakit po kaya payat ang anak namin?”

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We were relieved when she said that our son was within the normal weight range for his age. She was also happy that we do not visit her often which means our growing boy remains strong and healthy. She also said that we try to change the food supplement that Rio takes and observe if his appetite improves. A slight increase in his weight will be good for our little boy’s daily activities.

Finally, change has come! We decided try a new brand of food supplement. I was even glad to try Nutri10 Plus with my fellow bloggers who are also hands-on mothers especially when it comes to their children’s health.

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Thanks Wert Philippines for these Nutri10 Plus bottles! 

One bottle of Nutri10 Plus, DOWN! Rio’s Appetite, UP!

The shift to Nutri10 Plus was not easy for our preschooler. He got used to the taste of his old vitamins so it was hard to convince him that this new food supplement also tastes good.  Good thing, the ponkan flavor which is almost the same as his other vitamins made him accept the necessary shift.

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We are now in our second bottle of Nutri 10 Plus and we have observed a gradual increase in our boy’s appetite. This may have not translated to a significant weight gain for our boy but we are happy to see him eat two big pan de sals for breakfast and ask for more snacks within the day.

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Taralets eat! 

We are also grateful that our son had only a short bout with colds these past weeks. Despite the unpredictable weather, he stayed healthy and active.

So far, so good! More food, more immunity boost and we will stick with Nutri 10 Plus!

 

 

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One Delightful Day at Dino Play

My husband and I have agreed to bring our little boy to the Mind Museum when he turns seven.  He may have some ideas and interest about astronomy ( we watched Juno’s historic mission to Jupiter in YouTube together) and other science topics but we still think that he would appreciate the museum and its features when he gets a little older.

Several weeks ago, we were desperately looking for a museum for our weekly playdate with fellow homeschoolers. We have been to  Museo Pambata a number of times so we wanted to try other museums which offer fun and age-appropriate activities for our curious preschoolers.

Saan na nga ba ang next playdate?

A message in my blog’s Facebook page gave me the answer. We got an invitation to enter the world of dinosaurs at the Mind Museum’s Dino Play!

But wait, ‘di ba tatapak lang kami sa Mind Museum kapag seven years old na si Rio? Mukhang mapapaaga ang trip namin dito a ! We won’t miss this opportunity to experience Dino Play, an interactive exhibit on dinosaurs for children two (2) years and above.

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Let’s DIG the DINO Bones!

Kids love playing with sand. Pair it with dino fossil bones and you’ll get kids totally immersed in digging and never ending play. While kids are busy digging bones, parents can roam around the area, know more about dinosaurs (to answer our kids difficult questions about them :-)) and become paleontologists for a day!

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Rio and Gab busy digging dino fossil bones!

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Rio examines dino fossil bones in Dino Lab!

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Lookout, there are dinosaurs in the city! 

We were told that there were dinosaurs hidden around the area. Rio was excited to climb the lookout tower and search for the dinosaurs. I’m sure, your kids will also enjoy this fun and exciting activity.

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Nay, nasaan ang mga dinosaurs? Tumingin ka sa itaas, anak!

Let’s pretend play and wear our fave dino costumes! 

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Solving the dino puzzle with their scaly (read: soft) tails on!

Out last stop was the Dino Den where the kids had so much fun trying out the different activities wearing their dino tails and costumes. It was more fun because we had the den all to ourselves. We were there on a Tuesday so I think it’s best to explore the museum with your kids during weekdays.

Nanays, you only have a few weeks to visit Dino Play. This interactive exhibition will be at the Mind Museum until September 30, 2016.  Dino Play tickets are P200 for kids and P100 for adults. Book your tickets now!

Last na chika na ito mga mare! After our Dino Play adventure, guess where we spent the rest of the day. We went inside the Mind Museum! Babalik kami dito. T’yak yun!

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Nanay’s Trip EVENT ALERT : Toy Kingdom’s Amazing Toy Expo 2016 (August 19-21)

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This toy expo is perfect for Rio’s post-periodic exams treat! Nanays, you can drop by Toy Kingdom’s Amazing Toy Expo at the SMX Convention Center this coming weekend and celebrate the end of the first grading period with your amazing kids.

We are happy to know that most of our favorite toy brands are participating in this expo. We hope to find Lego items on sale so we can get a box for our little homeschooler.

Here’s the list of the participating brands:

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If you are one of those early Christmas shoppers, don’t miss this chance to get the latest toys for your inaanaks. These include toys from Trolls, Suicide Squad, Star Wars, classic Disney Junior; and the first Filipino Plush toys Plush and Play.

Kids will love the new Barbie You Can be Anything collection and My Little Pony. There will also be a Betty Spaghetti Launch and Meet and Greet sessions of Shopkins and Cartoon Network’s Power Puff girls. They will enjoy Marvel’s Avengers Metals Die Cast, the latest Lego Nexo Knights and Transformers. They will also have a thrilling ride at the Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt series, and be able to meet and greet the famous squad of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 During the event, kids can also Meet and Greet well loved characters from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, the Grossery Gang, and more.

 Check out Toy Kingdom’s Toy Expo 2016 at 2nd level of the SMX Convention Center from 10am to 10pm on August 19-21, 2016. Visit www.toykingdom.ph; official event hashtag: #TKToyExpo2016; follow ToyKingdomPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you there, mga mare!

 

 

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July 19 : National Children’s Book Day #BumasaAtLumaya

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Ipinagdiriwang ang National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) tuwing ikatlong Martes ng buwan ng Hulyo upang gunitain ang pagkakalimbag ng kuwentong “Matsing at Pagong” na isinulat ni Dr. Jose Rizal at ipinasa sa Trubner’s Oriental Record, isang  magasin sa Europa noong 1885.

Paano kaya natin ipagdiriwang ang araw na ito? May ilang taon ko na ring isinusulat ang mga aktibidad na nagaganap tuwing National Children’s Book Day ( Blog post on NCBD 2013 , 2014) at muli, hinihikayat ko kayo mga mare at pare na markahan ang July 19 at July 23 sa inyong mga kalendaryo. Sama-sama nating kilalanin ang panitikang pambata sa Pilipinas at ibahagi ito sa ating mga anak.

Heto ang ilang mga aktibidad at kaganapang may kaugnayan sa NCBD 2016 na natawid ko sa internet. Taralets!

  1. Book Fair at Children’s Literature Talks sa July 23. Gaganapin ito sa Xavier School, San Juan City. Ilulunsad din ang aklat na Bumasa at Lumaya 2 , A Sourcebook on Children’s Literature in the Philippines sa araw na ito. May kopya na ako ng aklat na ito. Malaman at mayaman sa impormasyon at pagsusuri sa kasalukuyang yugto ng panitikang pambata sa Pilipinas.

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Mag-email sa ncbdph@gmail.com para magpre-register. Sa registration fee na P800.00, madadaluhan mo ang lahat ng talks na interesado kang pakinggan. Kitakits!

2. Storytelling Workshop for Adults with Kuya Bodjie Pascua sa July 23. Gaganapin ito sa Museo Pambata. Highly recommended ang workshop na ito para sa mga magulang. Maraming technique at ideya sa pagkukuwento ang mapupulot kay Kuya Bodjie. Pagkakataon ding ilabas ang mga matagal nang nakatagong mga kakayahan sa pag-arte at iba pang sining. Sali na! Sulit ‘to, pramis!

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3. Bumili ng mga award-winning na aklat pambata sa NCBD sale ng Adarna House mula July 11 hanggang July 25. Sugod na sa Adarna showroom sa Quezon City!

 

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4. Pandayan Bookshop SALE mula July 16-31 – 15% discount sa lahat ng aklat pambata ng Lampara Books. Narito ang mga branches ng Pandayan Bookshop.

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Mga mare, sinong game ipagdiwang ang National Children’s Book Day sa Nayong Pilipino sa Rizal Park sa July 19, Martes ng umaga? Maaari tayong magpalitan / maghiraman ng mga paboritong aklat pambata ( nakasulat sa wikang Filipino) ng ating mga chikiting. Sabay-sabay na rin tayong mamasyal ( pwede ring mag-picnic) sa bagong Nayong Pilipino. Mag-iwan lang ng comment dito sa blog o mensahe sa FB page ng Nanay’s Trip. Taralets!

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photo mula dito : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/a-visit-to-nayong-pilipino-within-rizal-park/

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Nanay’s Trip Review: Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid

When I was invited to write a product review for a dishwashing liquid, the first thing that I had to do was to convince my mother to try a new brand. Everyone in the family was open to try out something new but my mother ( who washes the dishes more often ) was more difficult to convince. She didn’t want to try a new brand because, in her own words —  “Hiyang na ako sa —– (mentions the leading brand)! Bakit pa tayo susubok ng iba?

I told her that teaching my five-year old son how to wash the dishes was part of our homeschooling activities so we need to try using a dishwashing liquid which is safe for his sensitive skin. I have read some reviews about Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid and I would love to know myself if it’s indeed safer and eco-friendly. It would be our perfect partner in teaching our son an important house chore.

In short, I was able to convince Rio’s Lola to dump her trusted brand and use Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid. Lola waited for me to come back from my week-long conference before she opened and used Bubble Man ( Lemon ) to wash our dishes.

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For the record, we started using this Lemon (yellow) variant last June 21 and the dishwashing liquid lasted until yesterday! It gave our family two weeks of easy to rinse and gentle on hands dishwashing experience. We are all excited to try Bubble Man Antibac (blue) this week to help us choose the best variant or scent for our dishwashing needs.

My husband has this one comment to share about his experience in using Bubble Man : “Mahal, parang Perla ang ginagamit ko kanina habang naghuhugas ng plato.” What do you mean, mahal?   “Hindi matapang itong Bubble Man sa kamay pero nalilinis nang maigi ang mga plato,” he explained.

I remembered we use Perla to wash Rio’s baby clothes. His pediatrician advised us to use this soap because it’s safer and not as harsh or strong as other detergent bars.

I know you are more interested to know about my mother’s views and experience in using Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid. So, Lola M, take it away!

Hindi masyadong mabula kaya madaling banlawan.

She was excited to tell me how she was able to conserve water because Bubble Man made it easier for her to rinse the dishes. “Konting banlaw lang, wala nang dulas agad.” This was definitely good news for the family especially if it will make our water consumption lower and our bill cheaper too!

Mas mura ba ito? Ito na lang ang gamitin natin!  

I was not able to answer my mother about Bubble Man’s price because I haven’t seen this new brand displayed in shelves during our recent grocery trips. But not until yesterday while I was checking one of the leading drugstore’s grocery shelves, I saw stocks of Bubble Man and true enough, its price is more affordable and lower than the leading brands.

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When I got home, I finally answered my mother’s question. “Nay, ‘di hamak na mas mura ang Bubble Man!” 

Thank you to my dear friend May of Fully Housewifed who included Nanay’s Trip as one of the blogs to post a product review on Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid.

Thank you to Ms. Jennifer Dizon and Mikewell World of Household Products Company for sending me samples of Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquids for review.

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Slime Cup Run, RIO, Run!

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“Yes, Nanay. I know  Slime Cup Run and I want to go there. Please.”   After hearing my five-year old son say the magic word , there was no choice for me but to join the fun run.  He learned about the run from the TV ads flashed  in between his favorite shows in Nickelodeon.

I didn’t know what made him so excited to join the run. I was not able to catch the TV ads so I had no idea what convinced my little boy to flex his leg muscles and try running with a crowd for the first time. Bakit kaya excited agad ang batang ito?

I had no chance to probe his reasons because I was busy thinking where to get my little boy a new pair of running shoes. Excited din ang nanay, siyempre!

My husband and I hunted for the perfect running shoes.  Ang mamahal pala ng running shoes! Finally, we chose these Florsheim rubber shoes since we had durable pairs of sandals and shoes from the same brand and they were on sale.

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The next problem was how could I make my little sleepyhead to wake up so early and catch the six o’clock gun start. Preparing our running outfit and gears was one way to psyche him up for the early morning event. The most important preparation for the run was sleeping early and skipping all his late Saturday night rituals.

And our pre-run activities paid off. We were in the Mall of Asia concert grounds a few minutes past six o’clock. We got our run kits at the booth and swiftly changed into our Slime Cup Run running sandos.  This is it!

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Rio had some time to enjoy some of his favorite Nickelodeon shows in the big screen which was set up in the venue. We also visited some of the booths around the area. We were glad to have bumped to our friends and the kids warmed up even before the race began.

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What happened next made it difficult for my little boy to enjoy the race he was looking forward to all week long. Nadapa ang anak ko! He was playing  with his friends before the race started when he accidentally stepped on a cable. Awwww. My son was not ready to cope with the small wounds on his knees and this unfortunate accident before the actual race.

We were thankful for the quick response of Leadpack’s (race organizer )First Aid team. A man with his medical kit approached us and swiftly offered to help our little boy. We told him to just apply some Betadine on Rio’s wounds. Our hurt little boy was still not ready to go back to his jolly mood. He was sobbing and would not let go of me. We were dealing not only with the pain from his wounds but the embarrassment he felt after the incident. His other friends were so excited to start the race while he was injured even before the race had begun.

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“Let’s do this, anak.” I was determined to convince Rio to run the race and move on from his “dapa episode”. I told him we would run and reach the finish line together. I was so happy to be running with my little boy. He forgot all about his wounds when the other children together with their parents started to run. “Malapit na ang finish line, Nanay!”

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We were almost at the end of the running crowd but we were just as happy as everyone who finished this short but fun race.  

Rio regained his happy mood and enjoyed the inflatable playground with his friends. Look at our group photos. Enjoy na enjoy ang mga mommies and kids!

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Our family enjoyed the slime cup run and we pledged to spend the coming weekends walking or even running around parks. Masarap pala gumising nang maaga at magpapawis nang sama-sama!

Thanks to Nickelodeon and Leadpack for this fun running family adventure! Next year uli!