A Gift of Effective Reading: A Global Outreach Attempt

I write blogs which center on homeschooling, and by homeschooling, I do not exclusively refer to families whose children are enrolled in either composite or regular home school programs. My weblog, http://www.homeiswherethefamilyis.org/, is for every parent and guardian. What we do or fail to perform as chief facilitator of learning will affect our children’s academic and overall success. Understand, the process of education always begins at home; in this context, homeschooling is a universal approach.

I recognize the frustrations about inadequate learning opportunities children face daily. I deal with these, too. My philosophy is straightforward. If my options were limited, I would consider available choices and turn one or two into the best decision for my children. To encourage few families, who are passionate about providing the best for their kids, but are short of resources, I try to expand my postings by publishing echoes of learning I get from workshops and seminars I attended. In the future, I will post book reviews.

Allow me to emphasize that my weblogs were mostly personal opinions, interpretations, and were based on my family’s homeschool and evolving parenting ways. By sharing my family’s homeschool journey, I am hoping that, in some respects, I can inspire parents to step up and let the educator in them come to action for their kids. However, the choices they make will have to be based on the uniqueness of their familial situations.

My 2nd grader’s Charter School provides his class with an online-based reading program through Raz Kids. As my son and I went through it, I began considering it as a sustainable means of helping out English learners from my country of birth. About three weeks ago, I opened an English reading class via Raz Kids for children of my extended families and friends in the Philippines, who I think could benefit from practical English reading lessons. The program is being offered as a supplement, and not a replacement for the students’ English reading standards. It is not intended to “Americanized” their way of reading. What we expect from the process is to help every child successfully read and understand materials written in the English language.

This online reading class will not solve the problems of the world. Regardless, I am hoping, the gesture of assisting a small number of children (ages 3 to 15) from another country, who do not have direct access to effective English reading lessons, would help open up learning opportunities for them and their families. At present, I have about 11 students in the program. The online class can accommodate 36 students. I am in the process of training my two older children to help me run this program. I am not a professional educator, but I believe that, with vision and commitment to action, we can help uplift the standards of education children from less privileged countries get.

A little act of global assistance may not mean so much concerning erasing the world’s woes, but it does to one or two families, including mine.

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