WE HAVE A WINNER! Do you want to be passionate and confidenthomeschooling parents? Join EDUCATING FOR LIFE A HomeschoolingConference (Plus a GIVEAWAY Alert!)

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And the winner is..... Wait, before we announce who our lucky winner is,  I'll show some photos of our first ever blog giveaway experience as a family. Tatay prepared the names of those who joined while I took some photos. Rio, our lucky charm took charge of picking our lucky winner.

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Thanks to the 26 friends ( 24 comments in the blog and two in IG) who took time to read my blog post and joined the giveaway. I had to follow the giveaway rules so all the comments who were posted after the deadline were not included in the draw.

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Congratulations to May De Jesus-Palacpac!

Mommy May homeschools her three boys. Read her meaningful and interesting posts at Fully Housewifed. She shared her thoughts about this year's Homeschooling Conference:
I attended the first two homeschooling conferences by HAPI. I even attended the launch of HAPI in McDo Alabang…I was wondering when this year’s home school conference would be…I’ve been encouraged so much in these conferences. I’ve met a a bigger and more diverse group of families, there were people we could really relate to. Iba iba naman kasi talaga. :) I recommend this conference for any parent, home schooling or not.



" Does Rio go to school?"

" Not yet. He's only three."  This has become my standard answer to that usual question we get from our friends and relatives. My reply has received mixed responses. Some take my answer as it is but there are a few friends who get so surprised and start to convince me to send my son to school.

" I am his teacher. We are into preschool homeschool."

That's it. The word homeschool seems to attract  a lot of questions to anyone who hears it. How do you do it? Uso na ba talaga homeschooling sa Pilipinas? How will Rio learn to socialize with other kids his age? Di ba pang-artista lang 'yan? 

A straightforward and simple "Bata pa si Rio." reply may spare me long interrogations from our friends for now. But when Rio turns four next year, my husband and I will definitely get more aggressive questions and pressure from them to enrol Rio in a "real" preschool.
BE PREPARED. JOIN THE HOMESCHOOLING CONFERENCE! 

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We plan to attend workshops, seminars and other learning events to help us become better teachers to our child especially in these crucial preschool years. We can also further build our confidence and resolve to homeschool our child even beyond the preschool years by listening to the inspiring stories of other homeschooling families. We value the people who share the same passion as ours and that is to be our children's first and best teachers. We do not only learn how to teach our preschooler but we also gain new friends and a whole community along the way.

That's why we are so excited for this upcoming learning event  "Educating for Life Homeschool Conference" on September 6 at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center in Pioneer St. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  Manila Workshops, The Learning Basket  and Unilab will gather passionate homeschoolers to share helpful tips and inspiring stories based on their rich homeschool experiences.  We are planning to homeschool Rio during his preschool years but we are still open to enrolling him in a regular school when he turns five. We are looking forward to these particular discussions to help us make crucial decisions with regard to our child's education and future.

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 GIVEAWAY ALERT! 

Nanay's Trip will hold a simple giveaway to all parents who are already homeschooling or are considering to plunge into it. A few months ago, our small digital printing business Maestro Rio Shop launched our Homeschool Rocks series to help spread awareness on homeschooling among Filipino families. We consider the coming homeschooling conference to be a milestone in our family so we thought of sharing some of our products to our new community.

We will be giving away one (1) Team Homeschool canvas bag, one (1) Homeschool Rocks t-shirt and 3 books :  Sandra Boynton's Blue Hat, Green Hat and But not the Hippopotamus; Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  book with a read-aloud CD ( Note: I bought all the books in thrift shops but are still in very good condition, {hoping the CD is OK too!})

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How to join :

1) Just leave a comment below and you are in!  Please include your email address too. Rio and I will raffle your names in the traditional way because Nanay is too lazy to learn how Rafflecopter works.

2) You can also post a comment on my Instagram account (Hope you follow @nanaystrip in IG).

3) One comment, either on my blog or IG, gives you one (1) entry. You can post comments until  August 29, Friday, 11:59 p.m.

4) I will announce the winner on August 31, Sunday!

4) I hope that the winner attends the homeschool conference on September 6 so I can personally hand over my simple presents and share some homeschooling stories too!

Good luck everyone and happy homeschooling!

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Kat | Petite Momma
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August 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM delete

Present!! Join ako, Nanay Nadia! :) See you on Sept 6 :)

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August 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM delete

I'm thinking of homeschooling my twins at least for the preschool stage but I'm not sure yet how serious I am about it, and if I'm up to it! So now I'm joining the raffles for this event left and right, pag nanalo ako I'll take that as a sign he he

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August 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM delete

Hi! I would like to join, but unfortunately would not be able to attend the Homeschooling Conference, it is my youngest daughter's birthday and we have planned an activity/field trip for that day.

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August 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM delete

I really really want to win. I am currently home schooling my 2 children. My son is studying at home because there is a problem with their school. It was featured in the news that Villamor Air Base Elementary School was about to collapsed because of the cracks made by the earthquake last month. Students are relaying on modules and pass it every friday. The school admin have no idea when it will be safe to go to school. I think they have to rebuild it and may take months or a year to finish. I really need this so bad for my 2 kids and I have a little idea about home schooling. I want to pursue this with my 3 years old daughter. I have created class outline base on her personality (more on play base) I made improvise reading materials, inexpensive arts and crafts, and visual aids -my own hand writing for our daily class. I want to know more from other moms experiences and learn techniques suitable for my children different needs and ages. I have a mommy friend who started her daughter homeschooling at an early age. Now that her daughter is 2 years and half she can read 5 letter words even more randomly. I have thought my daughter some sight words as advised by my mommy friend. Not only passion but also commitment with homeschooling to make it effective and FUN!

michelle_polancos24@yahoo.com

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Joy
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August 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM delete

Joining! Heehee!

I am homeschooling now my daughter. The HC last year inspired me to do so. Definitely, I'm attending this year's HC. Just like what I have seen from last year's conference, I believe HC 2014 will be another source of inspiration for other parents who are still oscillating between homeschooling their kid/s and putting them to "regular" school. It will encourage, equip and enable parents like me who are resolved to do this not-so-simple task but very rewarding job. For me, homeschool really rocks! :)

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Shirley
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August 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM delete

I would really love to here your stories about homeschooling. A newbie here and dnt know if im doing it right with my son.
Mendozashirley@yahoo.com

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Teresa
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August 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM delete

Hi, Nadia! I hope my husband and I can attend this year's Homeschool Conference. Would love to meet other homeschooling parents especially those who have homeschooled longer than us. Been homeschooling for 4 years now. Will definitely homeschool my eldest until he finishes grade school. Not yet sure with my second child if we will do the same. He's almost three and we're homeschooling him for preschool. if he gets assessed by their developmental pedia to be potentially gifted like his older brother, then he will be homeschooled also for the duration of his grade school at least. Joining your giveaway because we are fans of Sandra Boynton over here. ;)

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beverliechua
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August 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM delete

I want to learn more about homeschooling and its technicalities.

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ceemee
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August 26, 2014 at 3:52 AM delete

I also have considered this, but it's tricky to go through when my hubby's not into it. Those questions are also what he asks me, especially "Are you qualified?"

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Em Alcantara
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August 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM delete

Join ako, Nadia! Hopefully talaga makapunta. =)

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 2:25 AM delete

Momma Kat! Thanks for joining. Super excited to finally meet you. Kitakits!

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 2:29 AM delete

Hi Rina! Kumusta, may result na mga giveaways? I hope you get the "sign" so we can meet and chat about our homeschooling blues.

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 2:32 AM delete

Hi Leah! Thanks for joining! Maaga na akong mag-greet ng happy birthday sa iyong little angel. Please leave your email address so I can contact you re: giveaway updates. Thanks for dropping by the blog. Daan ka ulit ha. :)

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Kat | Petite Momma
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August 27, 2014 at 2:48 AM delete

Yiiii! Parang teenagers na maga -eyeball. LOL! :) See yah! :D

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 2:54 AM delete

Hi Michelle! Thanks for joining! Join the blogs who are giving away free tickets to the conference ha. Books and homeschool shirt and bag ang aking simple presents for you mommies. Kumusta na ang Villamor Air Base Elementary School? Saan ka sa Pasay? I hope we can meet one of these days. :) Salamat uli sa pagbisita :)

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 2:58 AM delete

Wow, Mommy Joy! Perfect attendance ka sa Homeschooling Conferences! Rakenrol! See you on the 6th! Thanks for joining the giveaway. :)

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 3:17 AM delete

Hi Shirley! Thanks for dropping by and joining the giveaway. Are you attending the conference too? Hope to meet you soon! Learning is so much fun when you are part of a community who share the same passion and purpose.

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nanaystrip
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August 27, 2014 at 3:22 AM delete

Hi Mommy Teresa! Thanks for joining! We also love Sandra Boynton. The two books included in the giveaway package are my son's first and most loved Boynton books. Hope you can attend the conference. See you!

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August 27, 2014 at 7:26 AM delete

waaah, wala, talo sa lahat so far! yung sa Learning Basket na lang yata di pa naga-announce pero ang daaaming entries! baka next year pa dadating ang sign ko, he he. sakto siguro, tutal 1.5 years old pa lang ang mga bulinggit ko. pero wishing pa rin, he he

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Joy
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August 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM delete

Hi, Ceemee!

Just want to encourage you. I had a similar question last year when I attended the first Homeschool Conference. I asked, "How can we equip ourselves so we can homeschool our kids?" I was encouraged by Mariel's answer: "Please don't think you're not equipped and able (she addressed this to all of us in her group) You are, actually. But there are resources that can help you. Don't worry I'll send all of you an email with links that you can use as resources." As Nanay Nadia mentioned, this conference will not only forge new friendships but also let you in to a supportive community.

Hope this helps. God bless you! :)

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Nicole C
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August 28, 2014 at 3:03 AM delete

Interesting! I have friends who are looking into homeschooling soon, I'll share this with them. BTW Nadia, I don't know if you'll remember me, small world talaga, I'm Nicole, the one who used to sell Human Nature products to you. Nagkikita pa tayo sa Jollibee sa Pasay malapit sa Church. Glad to have bumped into you sa Mommy Bloggers. :)

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August 28, 2014 at 5:44 AM delete

I have nothing against homeschooling but we still prefer the traditional school. There are times that I wanted to homeschool my son lalo na pag may bully or words na natututunan. I do follow and check some homeschool blogs and get some free printables, :)

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nanaystrip
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August 28, 2014 at 6:01 AM delete

Hi Beverlie! Join us and let's learn the ins and outs of homeschooling together. Thanks for dropping by and joining! :-)

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nanaystrip
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August 28, 2014 at 6:10 AM delete

Thanks for sharing your thoughts ( and resources, too!) Mommy Joy!

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nanaystrip
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August 28, 2014 at 6:15 AM delete

Hi Ceemee! Madalas tinatanong ko rin 'yan sa sarili ko, hehe. Kaya for now, preschool homeschool pa lang ang target namin. Very crucial ang next year, kapag 4 na si Rio para maevaluate if we will continue. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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nanaystrip
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August 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM delete

You're doing a great job, Teacher Mommy Em! Punta ka na sa conference para ma-share mo ang mga homeschooling stories mo! :-)

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August 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM delete

I also homeschool my kids, they are only 3yrs & 5mos and the other one is 1yr & 10mos.
sharijansen@ymail.com

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tweenselmom
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August 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM delete

It's nice to know that there's already an alternative to schooling these days. Why not homeschool if your home is perfect for this. All the best to homeschooling conferences like these.

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August 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM delete

I attended the first two homeschooling conferences by HAPI. I even attended the launch of HAPI in McDo Alabang...I was wondering when this year's home school conference would be...I've been encouraged so much in these conferences. I've met a a bigger and more diverse group of families, there were people we could really relate to. Iba iba naman kasi talaga. :) I recommend this conference for any parent, home schooling or not.

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nanaystrip
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August 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM delete

Oo naman, Nicole! Small world! I read some of your posts and you are truly blessed! Ethan is so adorable! Sana magkita tayo uli. :-)

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nanaystrip
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August 28, 2014 at 8:16 PM delete

Isa ang bullying sa mga fears ko sa trad school. We plan to homeschool our son in his preschool years lang kaya if we'll stick to our plan, maencounter din namin ang mga fears na ito - bullying at kung anu-ano pa. Good luck sa atin! Thanks for dropping by.

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Paulline
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August 29, 2014 at 12:18 AM delete

I salute moms who can home school. I have to decide in a year if I can do the same. Maybe if hindi na ko working full-time. For now, baby teacher muna. Then prepare as preschool teacher. One level at a time.

❤ Paulline
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August 29, 2014 at 12:56 AM delete

Nadj, I always see homeschooler moms as strong and brave. My son goes to traditional school, I am the one who tutors him. It is already a great challenge for me - to not walkout when my son starts whining -with all the reasons available in this planet. I salute you homeschooler moms!

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mariqia
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August 29, 2014 at 2:51 AM delete

At one point, naging interested ako sa homeschooling. But in my case, developmental delay ang condition ng anak ko because of her seizure disorder. She will have to undergo many therapies pa..

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Maan
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August 29, 2014 at 3:15 AM delete

I'm determined to homeschool (at least for preschool; we'll take one year at a time) and am now so busy looking at different curricula. I know most of you will suggest that I don't need a curricula, but I think I'd need it hehe.

I'm so sad that I won't be able to attend this conference because Davao is so far from Manila, and even though I want to join the contest, I choose not to so that you won't have to spend on shipping (if I win). Mahal pa naman shipping for books. Good luck to everyone who joins! :D

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Rona Cuera-O
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August 29, 2014 at 3:55 AM delete

home schooling pwede rin kay rj :) pero contradict doon sa lola na gusto siyang mag-aral sa schools talaga :)

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August 29, 2014 at 4:26 AM delete

I attended this one last year. It was a big help. Towards the end of the year, we are thinking of attending a TMA orientation :)

See you soon Nadia!

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lally
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August 29, 2014 at 6:02 AM delete

I'm also planning to homeschool my daughter. I hope I can attend the conference. :-D

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August 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM delete

I want I want! But I just don't know if the husband's schedule is free on the day of the seminar. That's why I haven't registered yet. :(

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Millie
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August 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM delete

Nadia! Wow, Finally, I will meet you na in person! I will be there too..:) I started homeschooling my kids this year lang, and yes mahirap siya, so attending this event, would definitely, help us! See you soon.

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M
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August 30, 2014 at 4:51 AM delete

I'd love to try homeschooling for my daughter ;)

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August 30, 2014 at 5:23 AM delete

I would have really wanted to join this Mommy Nadia but perhaps I'll just wait out til next year. Malayo pa naman ang Cebu. Hehe.

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August 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM delete

I have always been interested in home schooling and how it works. Lalu na sa dami ng benefits na kasama. I wanna win hehe.

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Alaine
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August 31, 2014 at 6:14 AM delete

I've been reading/hearing a lot about homeschooling. I would love to know more about this. Planning to have a baby by 2015...this may be helpful in the future.

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Cheanne
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August 31, 2014 at 7:48 AM delete

When my second child was still in the tummy, I thought I could home school my first. We did trial on a few preschools and I thought to myself that I could do that at home too. When second son came along though, biglang so many things to do na, so many people to take care of, home schooling took a back seat. Maybe I can restart it again sometime hehe

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Sol Razo
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August 31, 2014 at 8:53 AM delete

My kids are grown up already--grade 6 and 2nd year high school so I don't think home schooling is still applicable for me...

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Teresa Martinez
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September 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM delete

I've always wondered about homeschooling. I really don't know if I can do it.

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September 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM delete

We tried homeschooling for a year but decided not to continue. I think it's because my children were already in their tweens when we tried. I'm hoping to try it with my youngest though soon.

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September 30, 2014 at 3:23 AM delete

Nice to see you again during the homeschool conference. We were there because of photobooth but we were really inspired to pre-school homeschool our son too! :)

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