N is for Nose

When we had N for our letter of the week, my little trooper was sick. But that didn’t prevent him from being active! He didn’t want to just lie down and rest so we still went on with his activities to keep him preoccupied. :) He had to nebulize multiple times a day. To cheer him up, I told him that N is for Nebulize! Haha! That made him giggle. :) Here’s how our week went:

Books and the Bible

Mr. Nosey and Mr. Noisy are just some of the Mr. Men books that Timmy loves. :) The Nemo book is actually his introduction to the character. We haven’t watched the movie Finding Nemo yet. He still can’t stay put for 1.5 hours. He would rather play, read, or do something else than watch an entire movie. Maybe when he’s older. :) The Nemo book, by the way, is part of the Fish in a Box set that contains books about Dory, Finn, and Gill.

The Napping House is one of our favorites. We make different snoring sounds which makes this book really fun to read! Noah and the Ark is a rhyming reading level book. Timmy has two versions of The Nose Book. One is the board book and the other one is part of his collection of Bright and Early Beginner Books About Me. Timmy enjoys reading Ay Naku! all the time mainly because of its colorful illustrations. :)


For our Bible character, we learned about Nehemiah and how God granted him favor in everything he did. We also watched a couple of videos about him. :) Nehemiah’s story encouraged me to always commit to the Lord everything I do. Sometimes I get so preoccupied with my to-do things for the day that I tend to forget to ask help from God. It’s amazing how being a homeschool mom has taught me a lot of things! :)


God’s Story: Nehemiah from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

Primary Year C Quarter 4 Episode 8: “Nehemiah—God’s Builder” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.


For writing, Timmy placed Numbers on the N template. He really liked this activity because he loves numbers and stickers! It also kept him busy a little bit longer than usual. :)


Here you will see my little boy nebulizing. He still wanted to practice writing N so I gave him his big flashcards. Doing activities while nebulizing distracts him from the discomfort of the mask. It eventually became a good idea for him to do something during his sessions. :)


We also did his favorite reading-writing activity. I’m so glad that this exercise hasn’t lost its novelty yet! :) He checked his own work and wrote “very good.” Haha!



I asked Timmy to draw different Noses. :) He was more creative and free flowing when we just did it using pencil and plain bond paper. When I gave him faces with googly eyes and red mouth he became more careful in drawing! :) I think he got conscious because the people looked better. Haha!



We continued with our skip counting and here he was doing it by 5’s. He didn’t complain doing this exercise because he always looks forward to our skip counting practices. I think my son is slowly becoming an expert in multi-tasking like nebulizing while doing some math drills. :)


We did a counting exercise using Nuts. Timmy always ended up eating the nuts after he counted them. :) I helped him eat, too! Haha! :) What a very distracting activity! Heehee! :)


N is for Notes so we did another counting activity that week and used his colorful pegs. He clipped the clothespins to the correct number of notes. :)


It was a tough week for us because our little boy was sick but we praise and thank God that he got better eventually and he never lost his energy. :) During times like these, I’m so grateful that we’re homeschooling. I don’t need to worry about absences and make-up exams. We can rest for as long as we want. And if my son is in the mood to learn despite being sick, I can indulge him and try to make learning fun and comfortable for him. :) Watch for our C week on my next blog! Ciao! :)

Support in the Little Things

Part of being married is supporting your husband’s decisions. While I personally don’t find it difficult to support my husband on the big things, I struggle when it comes to the little things. The incident I’m about to share is so trivial to the point that I didn’t even bring this up with my husband until now! Surprise, honey! :) Haha!


My husband and I are both work-from-home writers and we love what we do. Omar writes about superheroes and basketball. He’s very fortunate that he gets to write about the things he loves. :) Sometime last month, I noticed that he was spending so much time writing about this article on the best Spider-Man costumes of all time.

There are ways to get articles done quickly. Most writers know that. I was surprised that he was spending hours on this one piece! He was getting paid per article. In my mind, I was computing that if he wrote 3 or 4 articles in that span of time that would’ve been more profitable, right?

At one point I even commented, “Hon, parang ang tagal mo ata sa article na yan.” (Hon, it seems like you’re spending a lot of time on that article.) I just couldn’t help it! Omar said that it was taking some time because he needed to research more and he was analyzing the best of the best.

I was tempted to suggest that he should stop doing it. My husband was creating an original article and not a curated one. When I say curated it’s more of a rewrite with a little bit of your opinion. Original articles take more time and effort obviously but he couldn’t ask for a higher rate for that.

I had the choice to either make a big deal out of it or just let him finish. I couldn’t remember exactly what I needed him to do but I needed his help that time either with our son or something else. But whatever it was, I knew it could wait. I could’ve insisted though that he drop what he was doing and attend to me. I had no doubt that he would but it would mean interrupting his momentum.


I was overly concerned with him wasting time for an article that brought him minimal returns. I prayed and asked the Lord to help me shut up, literally. I asked Him to calm my heart and trust my husband that he knew what he was doing. Then God opened my eyes to something.

I saw that despite the challenge of writing that piece there was JOY in my husband’s eyes. I saw PASSION in what he was doing. His focus was different. He was really enjoying what he was writing! I may not understand why but I knew I should support him even for just a few hours (around 4-5 hours to be exact).

God assured me that letting my husband be was the best form of support I could give. That meant allowing him finish the article without disturbance, letting that concern wait, and leaving the results to Him (in terms of provisions). I couldn’t shake the feeling of dismay that Omar would’ve earned more by writing more articles in the span of time he supposedly “wasted” for that Spidey article.

When he posted the blog and shared it on social media, it generated more than 157,000 in reach and over 18,000 in post clicks (the actual number of people who actually clicked on the Facebook link and read the article)! The engagement in their Facebook page was unbelievable, too! His employer was so pleased with him! That blog has become one of their top performing articles to date.


Best of all, my husband created a perennial article that could be reposted or refurbished anytime regardless of the trend. It’s a classic, so to speak. Fanboys of their site loved the article. It doesn’t matter if a fidgety wife didn’t get it. What mattered was, their target market were hooked on it. :)

And I couldn’t be prouder. :) When I actually read it and saw his picks for the article, I was impressed! I became appreciative of the art and the stories that went along the creation of each Spider-Man costume. I saw how thrilled my husband was when he realized how quickly the fans were consuming his content. He saw the reach increase by the thousands in a matter of minutes!

I got excited about it, too! I planned to blog about this sooner but I got busy with other things and then this morning in my devotions about marriage I was reminded to be your husband’s biggest fan. I was brought back to that time when that article was published and realized that I had the chance to be in the front row seats, cheering for him when we were seeing the engagement that his article generated. :)

His success eventually led to his employer becoming confident again to invest in Facebook ads for his articles so they can get more traffic on the site. More traffic means more earnings for his employer and more stability for him and ultimately, for our family. In a volatile, fast-paced world of the web ENGAGEMENT is everything. Writing compelling articles that get people talking can give unprecedented traction for a website and that’s exactly what his article did. :)

He wouldn’t have achieved it if I gave in to my worries and asked him to stop doing it and go with something easier. I never thought that supporting him in that small thing and simply letting him be could result in something great. It took a lot of restraint on my part not to comment further when he was so engrossed in his writing.

It was only GOD’S GRACE that helped me that time. 1 Peter 3:3-4 says,”Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

Support through gentleness and being quiet was what my husband needed from me at that time. I’m extremely thankful that God gave me the grace to do so. He reminded me to trust in Him and trust the leader (my husband) He has given me. :) If I didn’t allow the Lord to reign me in and hold my tongue, I would’ve missed out on that moment when my husband got the recognition he deserved from his employer and the people who make their business thrive. That seemingly small support I gave him, allowed me to witness one of the highlights in my Omar’s writing career. :)

More often than not, our husbands require us to support them on the trivial things. Those small increments of support when accumulated over time builds our husband’s confidence. It makes them bolder to take on risks and face challenges knowing that they have their wife by their side. My husband isn’t perfect and he makes mistakes but he knows that I, his biggest fan, will always cheer for him regardless. It’s not easy when you need to do it at that particular moment but when you’re looking at it in hindsight, God will make you realize that it’s worth it. :)

I know that I still fail and struggle in this area, hon. But I want you to know that I will always be your cheerleader. No amount of arthritis and gray hair will stop me from cheering for you. :) I love you! :)

5 Things We Love About Kidzania Manila

I’ve been waiting for Kidzania Manila since last year. So when a special preview was offered to our Facebook community group Homeschoolers of the Philippines I was beyond ecstatic! Before I go on, I want to say thank you to our ever faithful and hardworking founder Donna Pangilinan-Simpao of Homescool.ph. She has been a huge inspiration to all of us. She was on top of things, coordinating this preview with Mr. Rudy Villar, Ministry of Tourism of Kidzania Manila. :) It was also a great way for our community to celebrate our 4,000+ members! :)


Just got his first Kidzos! :)

A lot of homeschoolers have already shared their Kidzania Manila experience from tips to FAQs and you will find these links helpful as you plan your visit. So instead of doing a thorough review about it, I’ve decided to share with you 5 things we love about this awesome city!

1. Kidzania is where learning through play is experienced on a grand scale.

I’m an advocate of learning through play. My son is 4 years old and he loves learning new things especially when presented in the concept of play. :) We love to play-pretend at home so you can just imagine how awesome it was for him to take on different roles with matching uniforms! Your child can be an actor, gardener, judge, innovator, doctor, and more! They can even study first to get a degree so they can earn more Kidzos (the Kidzania currency). :) We didn’t try that, though, because we thought it was more for big kids. Besides, we’re already studying at home and we wouldn’t want to study outside! Haha! :) I made a slideshow of the sights and spots at Kidzania to give you a glimpse of what to expect. :)

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With our homeschool co-op. :) The rest of the moms in our group got in early! :)


Timmy and Daddy. :)


Timmy and Mommy. :)

It wasn’t easy at first because Timmy had a minor meltdown when we entered the city. There was an ongoing make-believe fire and the kiddie firemen were on their way with the fire truck and fire alarm blaring. In short, it was way too noisy and it scared our little man. He really wanted to go home! New place + just arrived + no nap + overwhelming noise = perfect meltdown formula. Yikes!


Job 1: Construction Worker (still feeling his way through) :)

Good thing we were able to take him somewhere far from where the fire was. We found a construction site where he had his first “job” but it was more of play for him because he just needed to calm his nerves down. He wasn’t too keen on listening because he only wanted to play with the bricks. He didn’t even wear his uniform. The staff were so patient and nice to just let him be! That good and relaxing experience gave him the confidence to take on more jobs! To give you an idea on how confident he got, he took on 8 jobs in the 5 hours that we were there! :)

2. The staff of Kidzania treat your kids like professionals.

They were called Mister or Miss by the staff. Although I think it would be better if the kids had name tags because sometimes they don’t know if they were the Mister or Miss the staff was calling. The kiddie interns were given instructions on what they ought to do. :) Timmy’s second job was an innovator. He loves to write and doodle so when he saw that there were lots of colorful pens at the Creative Hub, he jumped right into it! He even made a product presentation! Too cute! :)

Job 2: Innovator :)

Job 2: Innovator :)

Job 3: Drummer

Job 3: Drummer

3. Kidzania allows children to experience responsibility and independence.

With so many options for them, kids are given opportunities to choose the activity they want to participate in. They get paid for the job they do. Parents are not allowed inside the establishment during activities so your child is on his own. :) We first went with what we knew Timmy really wanted like construction, innovation (write and doodle), and music (as a drummer). He really wanted to drive a car but he couldn’t until he got his license. He took a job as a gasoline boy first and then took his driving lessons. Unfortunately, he didn’t pass. Our 4-year-old enjoyed bumping posts and cars more than abiding in traffic rules. I actually saw him do that during his exam. Haha! :)


Job 4: Gasoline crew

Driving lessons. :)

Driving lessons. :)

For his succeeding jobs we just went around showing him establishments and asking him if he wanted to try it. We skipped what he didn’t like and also the ones with long lines. He wanted to be a fireman but every time we checked it out the line was too long. To maximize our stay we would let him take on another job while waiting. The fire station is definitely the first establishment we’ll check out when we come back. :) Oh and by the way, Timmy eventually got desensitized with the fire drill noise.

Our busy little guy also tried making some of his favorite treats like ice cream and chicken nuggets! :) For activities like these you pay Kidzos because you get the actual product at the end.


Job 5: Ice cream maker


Job 6: Food tech (creating chicken nuggets)

Trying a mouthful of his own creation! Haha! :)

Trying a mouthful of his own creation! Haha! :)

4. The variety of establishments and professions cater to different ages.

Kidzania is for ages 4 to 14 and they can choose the establishment that is appropriate for their age. For young kids, there are many options like gardening, delivery, hotel, salon, and more! The bigger kids can be cable operators and show off their wall climbing skills. :) There are also free play areas for kids ages 3 and below so if your little ones get tired of roaming around, they can stay there and relax. There’s also a parent recharging station and a breastfeeding station for moms. :)


Job 7: Arborist. :)

Timmy wanted to ride the tour bus so we did! We also needed a breather that time. :) It was actually tiring for parents with young kids because you have to wait 20-30 minutes for the activity to get done. You’ll be standing up most of the time so wear comfy shoes! Big kids can roam around on their own and parents can just wait at the restaurants or resting areas. Hopefully they’ll add slim benches near each station. Heehee! :)

Tired but happy parents. :)

Tired but happy parents. :)

Energy level is going down now for this little boy. :)

The cutie who wanted to ride the tour bus. :)


Job 8: Delivery man. :) Look! He’s receiving his salary! :) Last job for the day!

5. There’s always something to look forward to on your next visit.

There are still so many jobs that Timmy didn’t get to try especially the ones with long lines like the fire station, airport, and hospital. I guess it would take 3 to 4 visits to actually cover everything and by then more establishments would’ve been open! Before we went home, Timmy spent his earnings at the Kidzania Department Store. :) You actually have the option to save but we wanted him to enjoy the fruits of his labor/playtime. :) I hope they’ll provide a store where kids can buy food or drinks with their Kidzos. As for the saving part, maybe we’ll consider depositing some of his money when we come back. :) By the way, parents are not allowed inside the department store, too. Timmy chose his reward and ended up spending his money on football erasers. :) Good choice, buddy!

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Football erasers for the hardworking little man! :)

Football erasers for the hardworking little man! :)

Kidzania Manila is now open to the public! We encourage you to go and experience this fun educational theme park with your family! :) We’re pretty sure you’ll have a blast! Zank U, Kidzania! Z-U soon! :)

We love Kidzania Manila! :)

We love Kidzania Manila! :)

Zank U! Z-U!

Zank U! Z-U!

Letters of the Week: K and D Double Celebration

When I randomly picked our letters for June, I didn’t realize that K would fall on Independence Day week and D would fall on Father’s Day week! It was the first time that our featured letters had actual occasions to go along with it! :) I decided to make K is for Kalayaan (freedom) to celebrate Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan and D is for Daddy in celebration of Father’s Day! :) Here’s how our two busy weeks went:

K is for Kalayaan

Books and Bible Virtue

Our K books for the week included Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny (Caldecott Medal Winner) and Knuffle Bunny, Too. These hilarious books are so fun to read! :) The illustrations and reactions of the characters are priceless! Because A Little Bug Went Ka-choo! is an exaggerated tale of cause and effect. One ka-choo (i.e. sneeze) caused crazy chaos in a city. Too cute! :) Katy No-Pocket is a heartwarming tale of a kangaroo with no pocket and how she found a way to have one. :) Our storyboard for the week was about a kangaroo, too! Go to Sleep Kuting and Run Kuting Run (not in the picture, I forgot) are lovable stories about a very hyper kitten. Heehee! :)

For our Bible virtue, we learned about Kindness and how we can be kind to each other. :) We also read different stories from the Bible where the characters showed kindness to each other such as the friendship of David and Jonathan. :)


We’re back to our complete-the-words activity for practicing letter K. Timmy loves this activity as you can see in his face.  :) After that, he designed his big K and small K templates using keys! Those are my scrapbook embellishments. Lately, I’ve been finding myself donating more and more to my little one’s arts and crafts. Haha! :) He also practiced tracing letter K. All 3 activities took us 15-20 minutes only! :)





We did a counting exercise and I simply wrote K’s inside the box. My son used to be a careless counter but now he has improved a lot by counting slowly. :) He wants to get things done quickly all the time (I guess it’s typical for boys). To help him with that, we would practice counting random things or do simple exercises that would require him to be careful in counting especially for items that are more than five. :)


Arts and Crafts

In keeping with our Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan theme, we created the Philippine flag! We also read many Filipino books that week. :) The first Filipino bilingual book that Timmy had was Ang Mabait na Kalabaw or The Kind Carabao. It’s still one of his favorites. :)


For our next craft, we did some coin rubbing so that he would get more familiar with the heroes on our money and our currency. Timmy already knows the presidents and heroes on our bills but the coins were a bit tricky since it’s small. :) When I got him his play money, he got really curious and kept asking who the people on the bills were! A lot of my teaching moments are student-led so we jumped right into it! He memorized them because he wanted to. :) I’m still thinking of creative ways to tell their stories. :)

When we started doing this activity, I noticed that he wasn’t interested to know who the people on the coins were so I decided to scrap the learning part and just focused on the fun in coin rubbing. :) It was arts time anyway! When I teach him in the future, I’ll probably print out big pictures of the coins so that he’ll enjoy learning it as much as he enjoyed learning through his big play money bills. :)


D is for Daddy

I couldn’t concentrate with homeschool that week because I was busy planning my Father’s Day surprise for Omar. Thankfully, Timmy was extra cooperative that week! He didn’t even tell daddy that we were cookin’ up something for him! :) Great job, buddy!

Books and Bible Character

What better way to celebrate our D week than by reading Dr. Seuss! You can never go wrong reading him! The rhymes, tongue twisters, and colorful illustrations are so enticing! I can literally leave Timmy on his own and he would enjoy reading them! :) Our other D books included the huge Dinosaurs book, Down by the Cool of the Pool (we really love this and we even have a song for it!), The Duckling Gets a Cookie (yup, another Mo Willems), and Just Like Daddy (a tribute to Timmy’s super awesome dad!). :)



David was our Bible character of the week and we learned how God looks at our hearts more than our physical appearance. :) We also revisited the story of David and Goliath. This is one of Timmy’s favorite Bible stories and this music video by Go Fish is one of our staples. :) Go Fish, by the way, is a group of dads who make children’s praise music! :) They’re awesome!

Kindergarten Year B Quarter 2 Episode 1: “Just a Shepherd Boy?” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.


I gave Timmy a DIY letter template and asked him to decorate the big D and small d with diamonds! :) I cut out pieces of foam-shaped diamonds. :) He also traced/painted D using dots. He used white poster paint and Q tips for that activity. Since he enjoyed so much, I asked him to continue practice writing D using the Q tips! :)





My little boy loves learning something new so that week I introduced him to skip counting by 10’s. :) He really had fun with it! :) Here’s the exercise I asked him to do. Yup, he wrote he “Very Good” for his job well done. :) He gets all giddy when he sees me drafting an exercise for him. Timmy already knows it when I borrow his clipboard and colored pens. He watches me do it and would sometimes write on the paper too early! Haha! I would ask him to wait so that he gets to practice restraint and self-control even in the little things. :)


Arts and Crafts

It’s all about DADDY! Timmy painted “DADDY I LOVE YOU” on bond paper. I asked him to write the letters of  “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADDY” on different sheets of colored paper then I placed them all on a maroon felt paper banner and mounted it on our bedroom wall! :) When Daddy Omar woke up he was surprised! We also gave him his gifts, too! :) That man right there is our SUPER HERO. :) We love you, Daddy O!



Those two weeks were tiring but fun! :) Watch out for our C week in my next blog! Thanks for dropping by! :)

L is for Leaf

For our “L” letter of the week, we really wanted to do some leaf picking in our neighborhood. I wanted Timmy to pick and choose all sizes of leaves. But there were days when it was scorching hot outside (this was late May and it still felt like the peak of Manila summer!). Leaf picking at night was not a good idea either because Timmy wouldn’t be able to appreciate the colors and shapes of the leaves. I’m not allowed to get exposed to the sun because of my Lupus so we had to find a compromise.

Thankfully, there were tiny plants sprouting in our garage! They may be small but a leaf is a leaf no matter how whiff! Yes, that’s my pathetic attempt to recreate Dr. Seuss’ “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Haha! Anyway, here’s how our week went. :)

Books and the Bible

L is for Love so we read our love-related books such as Guess How Much I Love You, I Love You Forever (with matching singing), How Do I Love You, and I Love You Because You’re You. :) One of our favorite storybooks is The Lion Who Wanted to Love. It’s about Leo the Lion who instead of being wild and fierce prefers to make friends and help other animals. :) We also read a couple of Mo Willems—Leonardo the Terrible Monster (because he’s too cute to scare anyone) and Listen to my Trumpet. Llama Llama Red Pajama is another favorite! It teaches your little one not to be so clingy but in a sweet way. :) We’ve been reading this since he was two (he’s four now)! :)


The Little Engine that Could is a classic that everyone must have in their shelves. We would chant, “I think, I can! I think, I can!” repeatedly with a chugga-chugga-choo-choo vibe to it. :) It’s a story about perseverance and believing that you can do things even if you think you’re “small.” :) Lenny’s Lost Spots is a cute one! It’s about a ladybug who lost his spots and found it again. The rhyming verses are fun to read, too! I mentioned before that we love Mr. and Mrs. Green books and the Lucky Days is another compilation of three awesome adventures of the crocodile couple. :)

The Little House is another classic. It’s not as colorful as other storybooks so it always takes extra animation for me whenever we read it. :) It’s about a little house that has seen all sorts of changes in its environment. From being at the countryside to seeing fields turned into roads, buildings being constructed, and getting lost in the crowded city. It gets saved by the family who previously owns it. It’s a touching tale about modernization told from a little house’s point of view. :)


Aside from watching the video, we learned about the different ways we can show our love for God and each other. :) We also discussed how great Jesus’ love is for us by giving His life to save us from our sins. My husband and I have been explaining to Timmy in the simplest terms the sacrifice that Jesus did. It’s heartwarming to hear your child say, “Jesus saved me because I can’t save myself. Jesus died for my sins!” :)


L is a pretty easy letter to write so to make our writing and letter familiarization more exciting I asked him to stamp L on his big L and small l templates. :) He loves stamping, by the way, so it’s a win-win activity! :) He also wrote L words like love, lion, and Lot 5B, Blk 6 (the address of his grandma…HAHA!). Too cute! :) He patiently traced letter L on his colorful flash cards as well. Timmy wanted to show his bunny how to do it that’s why he’s there. :)



For math, we’ve done less-and-more activities before and I decided to do a review on it. :) It has been a few months since we did our last practice so I first did a visual exercise for him to be reminded of the concept then gave him another one which had numbers only. :) Whenever I teach this to him I interchange synonymous words like lesser/less than, fewer, and smaller so that he knows that they basically mean the same (i.e. in terms of numerical value). I do the same with more, greater, and bigger.

It’s L week so we practiced the “less than” concept. It wasn’t in the instructions but it was the word I was using to explain what he needed to do. :) Okay, let me just say that this technique works for us. If interchanging words confuses your child, don’t do it. :)


Arts and Crafts

We did our leaf art! :) One morning, we were on our way out when I saw small plants in our garage! Yay! I asked Timmy to pick some and place it inside the plastic I brought. He picked two big leaves and teeny tiny ones. :) The next day, I asked him to form an L using the leaves! We also did letter stamping ala Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. :) I drew a coconut tree and asked him to stamp the falling letters. So fun!



That wraps up our L week! Hope you got some ideas you can do with your little one. :) Watch out for our D and K weeks in my next blog! Ciao!