Last year, we all wore purple for Laksmi. This year, Laksmi was still in purple but she also wore the teen-designed Abot Tala t-shirt along four other costumes, changing several times like Superman swooshing in and out of a telephone booth.
Somebody asked what’s the best take-away from the Philippine Homeschool Convention 2019 and there are just so many to mention. One is the realization that despite so many different styles of homeschooling, we are all united in our desire to improve ourselves, to encourage, support and learn from one another. It’s always inspiring to hear veteran homeschoolers and unschoolers share their stories and these are just some of my notes from the plenary and break-out sessions:
Dawn Fung, a leader-organizer of the homeschooling community in Singapore learned that she had to sacrifice her vision of trophy children. Donna Simpao said that her kids appreciated the focus on being a good person first and only after could they become a good student. Marla Taviano and her unschooling family moved from America to Cambodia where they built libraries and an adventure-filled life. Kay Ang emphasized experiences over material things and encouraged parents to take their kids to work. Aileen Santos advises parents to take on a coaching mindset while her 20-year old daughter, Fudge recounted how she developed self-discipline and initiative as a homeschooler and how she learned not to please everyone. Dawn Fung had a sizable audience break up into groups, brainstorm about their dream homeschool co-op, after which each group leader pitched the ideas back to the crowd.
A great shout-out of thanks to the organizers of the convention and much appreciation for the team of teens and mentors headed by Owie who made the Abot Tala booth a reality.