What is homeschool or home-based learning?
Homeschooling or home-based learning is a delivery mode of education where children learn outside of a school setting under the supervision of their parents and school teachers. Parents have a wide range of educational resources available that can be used effectively with proper guidance from school teachers and advisers.
Is homeschooling in the Philippines legal? Will my child have DepEd accreditation?
Yes. Home Study 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…” Victorious provides records and other documents to its students that comply with DepEd requirements. This enables children to have a smooth transition into the conventional school system when it’s time for college, or if and when parents decide to enroll their child in any DepEd-accredited school.
Parents opt to actively monitor and teach their children with because of various reasons. Many choose this option to provide safety from virus threats. Others do it because of its affordability and educational benefits. It is also a reflection of the importance they place on being together as a family and a way to avoid the pressure to conform to norms not aligned with the family's belief system.
For most families, the challenge is the feeling of inadequacy of parents in teaching academics. Other challenges include boredom, restlessness, resistant learners, and so on… but nothing that cannot be overcome. With the right support and a whole lot of faith, it can be done victoriously.
This is a difficult time (Quarantine Period) in terms of having live interactions, but under normal circumstances, students can be involved in a lot of social activities in and out of the home where they develop friendships with other children. They have social opportunities and learn to relate vertically with parents and adults, and horizontally with siblings, and friends. Zoom or group online meetings with fellow students allow them to feel a semblance of togetherness as well.
More than academic qualification, parents should have willingness to commit to educating their child. Most parents do not have a teaching degree, and yet are able to teach their children successfully. Teachers provide support as well. For subjects that pose a challenge to the parent-teacher, the services of a regular online or offline tutor can be acquired.
You may begin as early as 3 years old (Play and Learn) but the accredited Preschool year is Kindergarten, 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.
Not really. Homeschooling is flexible and allows family calendaring. Enrollment is from March to September, and families can start homeschooling earlier or later than June.
If you are able to manage your child's unique needs, there is no reason for your child not to be officially enrolled. We have an inclusive program and if you wish to make sure your child's needs are identified and addressed, we can refer you to our developmental pediatricians, counselors, psychologists and therapists, and still align with DepEd. You may also work with your own trusted therapists.
For other questions, you may contact us at FB Victorious Homeschool, or 09228840090, 0289525628.