What Is Homeschooling?
Homeschooling is the education of children at home by the parents (or by a private tutor in some cases) outside of a private or public conventional school. This form of schooling is recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) provided that the parent-teacher is a college graduate and is able to provide at least 4 hours of instruction for kindergarten to 7th grade.
Parent-teachers may avail of school curricula, lesson plans, teacher-training, and instructional materials through DepEd accredited homeschooling programs. The cost for these programs is considerably less than most traditional private schools. Apart from this, other advantages of homeschooling are that it permits individualized instruction, saves travel time, and promotes family bonding. While there are concerns that children’s social interactions may be limited, this may be counteracted by planning activities involving other children.Homeschooling means no pressure of learning all things. It is done at anytime, anywhere by the learner, mother or provider. For accreditation purposes a homeschooling clientele must go to the Dep-Ed office for validation or he may choose to enroll in a recognized school of the Department of Education.There are currently eight (8) Homeschool programs in the Philippines. They may or may not be accredited by the Department of Education of the Philippines. These are the following:
- AAA Homeschool
- Academe Alternative Homeschool
- Advance Home Education Homeschool
- Angelicum College
- Homeschool of Asia Pacific
- Catholic Filipino Academy
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran
- Victory Elijah School Systems (VESS)
- Harvest Christian School International
- The Master’s Academy
- School of Tomorrow
- Asia World Homeschool