We thought it would take another year before we could open Abot Tala for younger kids. It took us more than a year (14 months) to give birth to Abot Tala for teens so we surmised we needed time for the junior’s gestation period. However, circumstances conspired to bring us to where we are now: ready to open the doors of Abot Tala for children 6 to 11 years old!
We ran a two-week experiment last June to see if the kids and teens could co-exist in one place and we concluded that if we had a much bigger space, it could be done. But since the space for teens was limited as it was, a separate area for kids was necessary. We also had to quickly assemble a team like Avengers and it was no easy feat. Things eluded us. There were moments when we thought this dream was impossible to pull off this year and we could just wait till next year or when the universe grants us the consenting environment. Surprisingly, it did and tomorrow, August 12, we expand the age group and the physical space.
Abot Tala for teens promotes self-directed learning while Abot Tala for the kids is interest-led. Activities cater to all multiple intelligences and learning styles. The teacher follows the interests of the children while giving ample importance to basic academic skills.
Just like Abot Tala for Teens, Abot Tala Junior is not a school. The children who join us are either homeschooling already or intend to homeschool. Abot Tala Junior is an alternative to mainstream school. If the children want to transition to regular school or go to university in the future, they can opt to take the PEP Test at DepEd and/or get a homeschool provider.
Families can choose whether their kids attend Abot Tala Junior once, twice, thrice or four times a week. There are no grades, report cards or certificates. Every two or three months, there will be a presentation of the children’s works. To learn more about this program, visit https://abottala.com/junior/