Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tea Time with Wendi Capehart

I am one of the CM Mommas who did not miss the opportunity to meet Wendi Capehart in person during the Tea Time with Wendi organized by Gina of Our Living Learning.

Tea Time with Wendi Capehart 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mga Kwento ni Nanay: A Storytelling Workshop by Adarna House

The Gateway Gallery, managed by the J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF) - the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the Araneta Group, strongly believes in the importance of reading and literacy. In June 12 this year, the Gallery unveiled its “Liwanag Reading Corner”, a 7-piece mobile wooden sculpture inspired by the story of the Lamp and the Moth told by Teodora Alonzo to the young boy Jose Rizal. This one-of-a-kind art piece aims to promote our Filipino heritage and encourage reading by showcasing select books on Philippine history, culture, and arts for all ages.

Mga Kwento ni Nanay

GATEWAY GALLERY PROGRAM BRIEF

Reading has insurmountable benefits that cannot be neglected. It fosters individual growth that can spur national development. Encouragingly, the Philippines do not log behind on basic literacy. In 2013, 96.5 percent of 74 million Filipinos 10 years old and over was basically literate. Basic or simple literacy – is the ability of a person to read and write with understanding a simple message in any language or dialect. Furthermore, nine out of every ten Filipinos 10 to 64 years were functionally literate. Functional literacy includes not only reading and writing but also numeracy skills. The skills must be sufficiently advanced to enable the individual to participate fully and efficiently in activities commonly occurring in his life situation that require a reasonable capability of communicating by written language. A functional literate person is one who can at least read, write, compute and/or comprehend. Also, persons who graduated from high school or completed a higher level of education are classified as functionally literate.

Though the statistics look good, the number significantly drops when comprehension or higher level of literacy is considered. Only 5 out of 10 elementary graduates can read, write, compute and comprehend. While this number improves as the students reach high school, only about 60% of the population actually reaches high school thus, attaining this level of literacy. Employment/ looking for work (28.8%), Family income not sufficient to send child to school (15.7), and lack of personal interest (14.9) are top 3 reasons for not attending school/ dropping out.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

The Gateway Gallery Reading Program aims to foster literacy or love for reading and books among Filipino children. It supplements the current DepEd programs on improving the literacy rate in the country with an emphasis on promotion of Filipino history, arts, and culture.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

LIWANAG Reading Corner Unveiled during the Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2017, the “Liwanag Reading Corner” is a 7-piece mobile wooden sculpture inspired by the story of the Lamp and the Moth told by Teodora Alonzo to the young boy Jose Rizal. The one of a kind art piece aims to promote our Filipino heritage and encourage reading by showcasing select books on Philippine history, culture, and arts for all ages in the gallery.

Kuwentuhang Adarna sa Gateway Gallery is a monthly storytelling session for community children. The activity aims to promote book enjoyment through animated storytelling and activities. The stories are told by storytellers from Adarna House using Adarna books. The session ends with distribution of snacks and educational gifts.

The Liwanag Reading Caravan is a storytelling – school campaign where celebrity storytellers visit nearby schools to promote the value and habit of reading. It also encourages the students to visit Gateway Gallery’s Liwanag Reading Corner for some “after-school reading”.

Mga Kwento ni Nanay is a one-day storytelling workshop designed to strengthen the reading campaign of the Gallery by enlisting parents, guardian, teachers, and volunteers in the community. Participants are briefed on the value of reading and helpful techniques to become effective storytellers. The activity not only
emphasizes the benefits of reading but espouses spending quality time with the children for their overall development.

In the last 5 months since they launched their reading program, they were able to reach 230 children, trained nearly 100 storytellers and distributed more than 150 books.

This November 24 & 25, as we celebrate the National Reading Month, the Gateway Gallery is holding its 2nd Mga Kwento ni Nanay: A Storytelling Workshop in partnership with Adarna House. The workshop is designed to strengthen the reading campaign of the Gallery by involving parents, guardian, teachers, and volunteers in the community. Participants are briefed on the value of reading and helpful techniques to become effective storytellers. The activity not only emphasizes the benefits of reading but espouses spending quality time with children for their overall development.



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

9 Lessons from 9 Years of Marriage

9 Years of Marriage

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." 
~ Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

Human love is really flawed, conditional and selfish, but God's love is unconditional. I learned a great deal from our nine years of marriage, from my past mistakes and wrong choices in life. I cannot say that I am an expert, I still make mistakes and I am still a work in progress. Our love story is not yet over and God has been teaching us a lot of things. I am grateful that He has been so gracious in our marriage and very patient with us. 

As we celebrate our nine years of marriage, let me share with you 9 lessons I've learned from this momentary gift.

1. I am not the leader.

During the early years of our marriage, it wasn't clear to me my role as a wife. My default is to control and manipulate my husband. Every time he makes a wrong move, I will take over. Gusto ko, ako masusunod. I came to realized that God's design is this: the husband is the leader and I am the helper. Whatever our husband's decision, it is final. You can make an appeal and give your opinions and suggestions but the final say should always be from him. You just have to trust him and support whatever the outcome of it. If there are times when I feel like the husband is lacking wisdom, I always bring the matter to our Heavenly Father. I learned this prayer from Joy of teachwithjoy, "Lord if my heart is not right, change me. But if my husband is not right, convict him." This is a very powerful prayer that really works for me as a wife. True enough, there are times when he will make a last minute change of mind just to follow my advice without me nagging or insisting on it.

2. I need to submit.

Since my husband is the God-ordained leader, I need to submit to the authority God placed before me. This doesn't mean I am inferior to him nor who is good in decision making, rather it is about roles and responsibilities. Just like in the office or in an organization, everyone has his own distinct function and hierarchy. Our failure to recognize these order was one of the big causes of difficulty during the early years of our marriage.

3. Forgiveness is a choice.

Forgiveness is not a feeling, it is a choice or a decision. Most importantly, it is a command from the Lord regardless of how you feel towards the offender. True love is forgiving and apart from God, it is never easy. I learned to forgive my husband because of the cross. When you look at the cross and realized what Jesus has done for you so we can have the forgiveness of our sins, how can you not forgive? Just like my husband, I too am a selfish, fallen creature in need of a Savior. If you choose to forgive, God will take care of the healing process.

4. Decrease expectations.

I used to expect a lot from my husband. I used to tell him, you need to be like this, and this and so on. But if he doesn't meet up to my expectations, It will end up in frustration for both our part. Don't expect too much from your spouse and you'll be the happiest if he does things you never expect him to do. Di ba mas sweet un? Less stress for us also.

9 Years of Marriage
Scrapbook and letters from our Discipleship Group Members
5. Increase appreciation.

This is usually tag along number 4. Instead of expecting too much, I learned to increase appreciation. Appreciate him for what he is doing and what he will be doing. My husband's primary love language is words of affirmation. Being the opposite, I learned to adjust so we can meet halfway. Outside our home, they already got a lot of criticisms, why not pamper them and boost them by encouraging words and verbal compliments? They need to hear it especially from us.

6. Nike slogan, just do it.

I learned this from Deonna Tan-Chi. This slogan is applicable when it comes to sex. I was one of the many couples who had a distorted concept of how this will fit into the pattern of our lives. Sex is a gift from God that should be enjoyed and satisfied within the context of marriage. "It is the deepest expression of love in the lives of married couples." So, just like the Nike slogan, just do it, no excuses!

7. Live within or below your means.

Since we are now on a single income, I learned to live within our means, not wanting more than what the hubby can provide. I really want to help him with the finances and I know I have a big part on that. God has been faithful in meeting our financial needs

When it comes to money matters, hubby has the final decision. I can make requests to him but if he refused, it's ok with me. I learned not to have a lot of material things and still learning to be content with what we have. Nowadays, I usually shop for used books for our homeschooling. It is just so hard to control yourself especially if you know that it's a rare book and has one copy left. I am blessed that my husband has been very supportive and if budget permits, he allows me to buy. But I still need to restrain myself and be reminded to invest in eternal riches. 

8. I am not the Holy Spirit. 

I am my husband's helper, meaning to provide what is lacking. But sometimes I play the part of the Holy Spirit and I am not very proud of it. I came to know that It is NOT my role to convict him. If I do that, I am actually hindering the Holy Spirit to really work within him. Every now and then, I do accountability check but I don't impose on doing his Bible reading and devotion. I lift those matters to the Lord.

9. Depend only on God.

Anything and anyone else will fail, even our husbands, even our own selves. Never have confidence in yourself but depend on God in everything. Being a wife and a mother is not an easy task. If I am operating with my own self, I will fail all the time. I am learning to depend on God for everything. I learned to let go of my worries and trust in His plan for us.

9 Years of Marriage
Celebrating our anniversary at Yakimix
So there, I look forward to more years with my husband. I know I will learn more in this marriage. As the Lord reveals himself more and more to us, may we be also transformed into Christlikeness. May our marriage be a reflection of God's love and forgiveness.

"When God writes love stories, they are truly amazing!"


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Give More and Save More with Lazada Philippines’ Online Revolution

Who wants an "out of this world sale" with discounts of up to 95%! Yes, 95% off on items exclusive only at lazada.com.ph! No Sign-ups needed, read on: *|MC:SUBJECT|*
Give More and Save More with Lazada Philippines’ Online Revolution

MANILA CITY, PHILIPPINES – Southeast Asia’s biggest online shopping event, the Online Revolution Sale, brings to the spotlight over 28 million local and international products from its most trusted brands and sellers. Customers can expect jaw-dropping offers, flash sales and exclusive launches up to 95% off.

Now on its sixth year, Lazada.com.ph expects over 150 million visits combined during the sale period, which begins November 9 in the Philippines. The combination of millions of sellers and buyers makes this year’s theme: “Shop the Universe” a perfect fit.
Shoppers looking for more will get more choices as items on sale during Alibaba’s single’s day (11.11) will be available through the Taobao Collection. Digital goods such as prepaid load, mobile data and restaurant & lifestyle vouchers are also available at 5% off.

Christmas gift-seekers will be treated with more options at even better prices. Top deals include the Cherry Mobile OnRev smartphone for only Php 999, the Olay Night Ritual at Php 999 and the Casio G-Shock watch for only Php 2,995.

Bargain hunters will also love to the 11 Peso deals and flash sales every two hours. Some flash sale items include a Matrix microwave oven for Php 1,999, an A7 Sports camera for Php 439 and Mamypoko Extra Dry Skin Tape Diapers (30 pcs) for only Php 322.

Christmas shopping wouldn’t; be complete without raffle promos. Lazada has that too! Avent is giving away a cash prize of Php 1,000,000 to one lucky customer buying any Avent product. Lazada is also giving away free trips from Philippine Airlines and Star Cruises, as well as one Isuzu SUV to lucky shoppers. Each transaction entitles shoppers to an electronic raffle coupon. Through a collaboration with Freenet, the free internet platform of Voyager Innovations, customers using the Lazada mobile app can browse and shop without being charged for data consumption.

To get additional discounts, sign-up for a PayMaya account and enjoy additional 20% off (max. discount of P400) with the code PYMYNOV upon checkout for the whole month of November.

“With this year’s Online Revolution Sale, the best of the world is truly at everyone's fingertips. Lazada has been working closely with the top brands and sellers in the country and across the globe to offer the best products at the most affordable prices. We believe that campaigns such as Online Revolution will someday set the Philippines to be the online shopping capital of not only Southeast Asia but also the world” said Lazada Co-Founder and CEO, Inanc Balci.

Christmas can’t get better than this! Visit www.lazada.com.ph/online-revolution/ and make your Christmas shopping merry and bright. The biggest sale of the year, Online Revolution, will be from November 9 to December 12, 2017. Watch out for the mega days on November 9 to 11 and December 7 to 12.


About Lazada Group
Lazada is the number one online shopping & selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Lazada helps more than 135,000 local and international sellers as well as 3,000 brands serve the 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions. Lazada offers an excellent customer experience through a wide network of logistics partners and its own first- and last-mile delivery arm.  



PRESS CONTACT:

CHRISTINA MILA Z. JIMENEZ
Offline Marketing Head
Lazada Philippines
(E) c.jimenez@lazada.com.ph
(M) +639178969703




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What 7 Year-old Gabi thinks about Mom

I was cleaning my MS OneNote and found this:

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think. 

What Gabi thinks about Mom

Jose Gabriel - 7 years old

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Gabi: Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

2. What makes mom happy?
Gabi: By doing the right thing.

3. What makes mom sad?
Gabi: By not doing the right thing.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Gabi: By doing silly jokes

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Gabi: Disobedient

6. How old is your mom?
Gabi: 30 years old

7. How tall is your mom?
Gabi: I have to measure you… 57 inches and 146 cm

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Gabi: I don't know

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Gabi: Misses me.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Gabi: Everyone will know you forevermore.

11. What is your mom really good at?
Gabi: Sports - Dancing

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Gabi: Tasks

13. What does your mom do for a job?
Gabi: Anything

14.What is your mom's favorite food?
Gabi: Green veggies

15.What makes you proud of your mom?
Gabi: Doing her best

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Gabi: Barbie

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Gabi: Doing project

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Gabi: I don't know

19. How are you and your mom different?
Gabi: Our face

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Gabi: Because she always spanks me as a discipline.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Gabi: Doing his best

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Gabi: Everywhere

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
Gabi: 22, maybe

So there, this somehow made my day. I guess if I ask him the same question now, he will have different answers. Yet, this is worth keeping.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bible Reading Challenge

When I was a new Christian, I was elated to read the bible, I was able to finish it because I was really on fire and very anxious to know the Lord.

Bible Reading Challenge

Our Pastors in CCF would always encourage us to read the entire Bible in a year as part of our spiritual discipline. I was prompted to reread it and we wanted to make it a family challenge. So before entering the year 2016, we took it to heart and involved our eldest son.

At first, there was a lot of groaning and resistance from my eldest. He doesn't see yet the importance of it in our lives. We are still building the habit and it is the toughest part, I must say. He would complain everytime he was told to do his personal bible reading. 

There was one time I was disheartened when he asked me why does he need to read his bible and he added that he doesn't want to read it. As a Christian, it was frustrating to hear your child say these things. Still, I pressed on.

There were times he sees it as a competition, he often checked and questioned me or husband, what book we are currently reading. He was so competitive that he wants to be in the lead.

It became a breeze on the latter part of his reading. Though it doesn't mean I don't need to remind him from time to time, I still do. But I don't hear him grunting anymore.

I love those moments when he will come to me with questions. He will ask for the meaning of certain words. Sometimes, he will ask difficult questions like, why Jesus did not condemn the woman caught in adultery or why Jesus told the man who was healed of leprosy not to tell anyone about Him.

Honestly, I don't usually have the answers to his questions. In fact, I was reminded earlier of his statement that Jesus knows everything except His second coming. He was pertaining to the passage in Matthew 24:36, "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father". One of our mentors shed light on this and gave us a beautiful explanation which satisfied my eldest.

Bible Reading Challenge

Last October 31, 2017, he finished reading the entire NIV Adventure Bible. We don't want to reward him for this because we don't want it to be his motivation for doing so. But we promised to celebrate it. Yes, it will be one of our family celebrations. He requested mojos and chicken and his Dad owe it to him, haha!

We are planning to transition him to an adult Bible and he specifically asked for an NKJV Bible. My prayer, as we start again from the beginning is that it will be our family's delight and highest priority to read His Word. Not just mere reading but studying also so that it can be applied in our lives. We ask the Lord to reveal himself more and more and meet us where we are in our walk.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work". ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Charlotte Mason Immersion: The Early Years

Charlotte Mason Immersion: The Early Years

I attended another talk given by Gina of Our Living Learning about The Early Years. The talk was very insightful. It gave me an idea on what to do during these years. I got a peek at how the Early Years should look like in a CM perspective.

I've learned a great deal about the importance of the Early Years which is also the formative years, the foundation that shapes children's future health, happiness, growth, development, and learning achievement.

I came to understand that we should not tire our child or overschedule them because the earlier we start formal schooling, we stunt their growth. Mechanical exercises and meaningless tasks of memory may result to over-pressure, too much mental work and early stress. 

I remember my eldest son Gabi, he went to conventional school at the age of 4. He was so eager and excited during the first few days. But he eventually grew tired of schooling. He came to a point where the school is not desirable anymore. Blame it on us for putting him in school very early depriving him of time to explore and wonder.

But I praise God because I know everything happened for a reason and we learned our lesson from it. It also has led us to this decision of homeschooling our kids.

Charlotte Mason Immersion: The Early Years

"The danger is not in giving the child too much work, but in giving him the wrong thing to do; work that is not for his present state of development."

"We substitute facts for that wonder which is the seed of knowledge, and then we are surprised that eager children grow into dull and indifferent little boys and girls."

According to Gina, the framework for early years are the following: the discipline of habits, joy from out-door life/nature, the child sees knowledge as desirable and finally, relationship with the Almighty. From this, we can draw out activities that will give them room to explore, learn and grow. We can offer them a wide feast during these years but no formal lessons. We can teach them reading and writing provided that the child has his natural inclination to it. Definitely, not forcing them so as not to stifle their natural curiosity.

I'll be doing some modifications in our current AO Year 3 schedule come Term 2 based on what I learned from this talk. For my 3 yo, I need to work on the two most important habit: obedience and attention. I need to equip him with the discipline of habit and hone his attention. This will help him prepare for the later years when formal years begin.

Charlotte Mason Immersion: The Early Years

It's always delightful to learn more about Miss Mason's principles from a CM guru. Again, thanks Gina for unselfishly sharing your passion and knowledge. There is so much more to learn from this method.

Charlotte Mason Immersion: The Early Years

"The chief function of the child-his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life-is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses, that he has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and that, therefore, the endeavor of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects." - Charlotte Mason

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Written Narration

This year, we started including one written narration a week since my dear son (ds) is turning 10 this December.

Back when I was using grammar textbooks in our homeschooling, my ds dreaded writing assignments. He often writes a very short paragraph and if I asked him to add more, it ends up in frustration. He would rather draw what's in his mind rather than writing it down.

I'm delighted to know that CM doesn't start with formal writing at the age of 10. Grammar is best saved for later years, and there should be minimal written work in the elementary years, phew! What a great relief for me.

Before, I thought if you want to be a good writer, you must practice writing. You need to write and write and write. But I was completely wrong! I've learned that in order to be a good one, you need to fill your minds with great and stimulating "ideas". Ideas that will make us think and sparks with great mins. The ideas they get from the book once they own it can then be put in writing.

We read about Benjamin Franklin and we've learned that he loves to read a lot. He worked as an apprentice in his brother's printing shop and would love to read all the books around him. He also bought books from his savings. Aside from that, he wanted very much to become a writer.

"When he read something he liked especially well, he rewrote it in his own words." ~ Benjamin Frankin by D'Aulaire

Sounds like written narration, isn't it?

So, here's how his first written narration turned out:

Written Narration
First Written Narration
What we do is once he is done, he will read it to me. Most of the time, he will add more orally when asked with prompt questions. I don't correct his writings yet but we will get into that in the coming years.

Written Narration
Latest Written Narration
The other day he told me he doesn't want to do a written narration because it'll require him a lot of pages to write. I don't know if I should be happy with it or not. Nonetheless, I don't force it at this point and I love the fact that he is able to write this long. For boys, writing is often an effort for them and this is already a great achievement!

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