School at home or homeschool?

I am surely much blessed with a husband who loves to be hands-on with the kids. He loves to teach, disciple, joke around, and just plain be with them. He’s gentle, but firm, the way a discipler ought to be.

This day was about going to the Maribojoc watch tower, a historical landmark and park, and get to some observing rocks, creatures, and basically any flora and fauna we could find there, basing on a rock quarrying instructional for kids that he’s found and printed.

This watch tower carries even more astounding significance because it’s a place that used to be underwater just 9 years ago. The Bohol-wide magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2013 wreaked havoc across the island.

This particular watch tower is a Spanish colonial era National Cultural Treasure, noted for its perfect isosceles triangle figure.

It was practically pushed 50 meters (backward?), new land was created due to the earthquake! It totally stunned me, as I was here in 2010 as a backpacking traveler and waves were crashing and splashing on me as I stood on the edge of the watchtower!

Visiting it again with my family was just sort of “O what a breath of fresh air this sea air is!,” and “I’m astounded they can run around and expend their energy!,” but for my husband it’s all these learning opportunities here and there. He’s plain so good with kids, no wonder he wants more! That’s another story right there.

Homeschooling for us was a conscious decision and a worthwhile endeavor, though it definitely is more than school brought home, and this and many other trips attest to that.

A countryside drive looking for birds, even a 2-minute drive to the Rizal park to feed doves, a beach trip scrounging around for tiny crabs and and sea cucumbers and lessons on buoyancy, a cuddle-filled read aloud(we’ve wonderfully had tons of those during these lockdowns!), racing around the CPG park counting our steps, glamping in the glamping park beside the Chocolate hills, in all of these, numerous opportunities abound and we are much blessed to homeschool and enjoy it at the same time!

Granted, not many have nearby places like these to go to, but careful planning and creativity does come in handy! All these trips are short trips and we do follow health and safety protocol. (We have a wonderful chance to remove our masks when its just us!)

Our city’s main source of trade income is tourism, with that industry practically closed, we could now enjoy these places alone, whereas normally it would’ve been packed to capacity, pre-pandemic.

We even went to that glamping park with reservations, but they we’re utterly shocked someone came to check in! Since the lockdowns began, they have been receiving dine-in clients only. Thankfully we were still graciously accommodated, and even had a wonderful bonfire experience.

So, this pandemic has forced practically everybody to do school at home, and we can really attest that one look around us with fresh eyes can really do a lot to rejuvenate us, thus affirming one of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will, in, and despite seemingly dreary global circumstances .

So, this pandemic has forced practically everybody to do school at home, and we can really attest that one look around us with fresh eyes can really do a lot to rejuvenate us, thus affirming one of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will, in, and despite seemingly dreary global circumstances .