I started homeschooling my son when he was three years old. Two years of being an independent homeschooler and this is the first year that I enrolled him to a homeschool provider. Some find homeschooling cute, some difficult, some weird, and some even criticize you for not letting your child "experience" the real world, but I have my own reasons of choosing homeschooling for my son...lots of it.
My idea of homeschooling came from my ex-husband. He mentioned homeschooling during our normal conversations because "mag-aartista si Kib". Then it dawned to me, "Oo nga noh?! Showbiz kids have no normal study hours." So I find this reason "cute".
Way back 2009 I met a good friend of mine who is considering homeschooling for her daughters because of high tuition fees. Then the idea of homeschooling popped on to me and I also mentioned to her my intentions of homeschooling my child. So, she added me up to a Yahoo group (pinoyhomeschool) so I can learn more about homeschooling. There, I learned how to start homeschooling my child, the legal aspects of homeschooling, and meeting homeschooling families whom I met some personally and shared information/resources.
When I'm already saying my intentions of homeschooling to my mom, I made it into a joke. I said, "Magiging bayani si Kib, si Jose Rizal homeschooled yun, gusto ko magkaron sya ng monumento gaya ke Jose Rizal." Sounds funny, isn't it?!
Being a teacher by profession made me confident that I can do homeschooling. If I can teach other kids, why can't I teach my own son, right?! It'll also be a pride on my part if my son learned the basics from me (ehem, ehem). It'll also build a stronger mother-child relationship as well. On the other hand, since I'm a teacher and I know what a teacher does in school makes me also ponder that I may be a "monster parent" in school, up to the point of being "pakialamera" in school.
I also worry about the school environment, the bullying by other kids and adults in school. I don't want to elaborate on this as I may offend some people here. Period.
I'm also lazy going out of the house, if I enrol my son in a regular school, I need to bring him to school everyday. I don't want to entrust my son to a school service. I need a flexible schedule since I ran errands for my parents and having a fixed schedule to and from school will make things difficult for me especially in budgeting time.
Family situation is also a reason why I chose homeschooling. Currently, I am undergoing separation from my husband and having an incomplete family may be a source of insecurity of my son especially when the topic in school is about family.
My reasons may not be reasonable for some, but when I got serious about homeschooling, I was so happy with the results.
Mother and son team who likes doing things together, from homeschooling to taking vacations, from attending various activities to just staying at home -- basically doing anything and everything that will strengthen parent-child relationship. Mommy Donna wears different hats: from being a single mom to a work-at-home mom, to entrepmom, to homeschooling mom, to stage mom. Kib, on the other hand, is a homeschooled boy. He has been in TV commercials since he was five years old. He is also an aspiring chef and vlogger. Indeed, we are a team; Mommy Donna is a blogger and Kib is a vlogger. For event invites and collaborations, please do consider us as a team. Thanks!