Go, Grow and Glow Foods

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Multi-level homeschooling entails finding common topics from the different subjects from all the grade levels. Also, school projects should integrate those topics that both simplify the work to be done (less number of output needed) AND at the same time also make it more meaningful by using real-world situations and experiences.

And so for example, instead of cutting and pasting pictures of different types of food, we went to the grocery and they looked for the actual foods for each of the following categories:

  1. GO foods or Energy-giving foods
  2. GROW foods or Body-building foods
  3. GROW foods or Body-regulating foods

This may be used as the integrated project for the following subjects and topics:

Pre-school and Grade 1

  • Science: Basic needs of people
  • MAPEH: Food pyramid (Health)
  • Math: Grouping by color, size, and shape

Review can be done while in the car going home, and there was no need to open our textbooks for this one.

When it comes to learning about the different kinds of food, the end message is the most important:

“Eat right, eat healthy, and eat a balanced diet.”

God bless you!

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Buwan ng Wika 2018

It’s that time of the year again! We’ve been celebrating Buwan ng Wika here in Jeddah for 6 years now. 6 years of God’s faithfulness and relying on His love and grace in our homeschooling journey. Praise Jesus!

This year we had a simple celebration with old and new friends. We learned “Baybayin,” the ancient script used by Filipinos. We made T-shirts with the Baybayin script that says, “Anak ng Diyos.” We played a Pinoy game called, “Patintero” and watched the family movie, “Seven Sundays.”

With little babies in our families, it is more challenging to plan and execute any program. But we embrace this season in our homeschool families’ lives and do our best with whatever wisdom, strength and opportunity given us by the Lord.

Thank you Laxa, Fuentes and Salva families for celebrating with us! All Glory to God for He is worthy of all our worship and praise!

Trip to Taif 2018

Taif or Ta’if is found east of the holy city of Mecca. It is around 3 hours drive away from Jeddah and is also called summer capital of Saudi Arabia due to its relatively cool climate and breathtaking scenery.

One of the highlights of our visit was the Telefric or cable car ride. It was a 21-minute adventure down the rocky slopes of the Hejaz mountains.

We also visited the highest peak in Al Shafa just in time to take family photos with the golden sunset as our background.

More than the peaceful ambiance and interesting places to see, we also got to experience Pinoy hospitality that trancends borders and nations. It was also a wonderful bonding time with our kids who practically grew up together here in K.S.A.

Thank you to Contreras family for planning this trip! Thank you to your friends who welcomed us in their homes and prepared our food! Thank you dear AGCF family friends for always being a blessing! May God continue to bless your generous hearts!

By the Red Sea…

As we strolled near the beach, Kuya Sam remarked, “I wish we could see the Red Sea from the Bible, the one where Moses crossed.”

Dadi and Momi smiled and explained, “This is the Red Sea from that story in the Bible! This was the same one that God parted in the middle and which the Israelites crossed. We are in the land where the Israelites wandered for forty years.”

After 11 years in Jeddah, I am still amazed at how God has brought us here so we could build our family in the desert. With all four children born in this land, for us, this is home.

God revealed Himself to us here, faraway from our families and from all that we knew — just like Moses and the Israelites. Here, he showed us His great love and allowed us to grow in faith and trust in His grace.

While we are grateful for our home here, we know that our time here will end. And wherever God may lead our family next, we pray that we will always put our hope and our trust only in Jesus.