Raising Game Changers with iACADEMY

I am envious! So very green with envy.  I envy the youth of today whose lives are made more convenient with all the advances in technology.  I envy them for the vast opportunities they have to make their lives better.  What triggered this feeling?  A tour and an orientation of a school which I found sooooo amazing.  It made me want to wish that I were born several years later.

So, what’s the school that made me want to wish I were a teenager again?  iACADEMY!

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Aside from being the official partner school of Project Runway Philippines, here are the reasons why iACADEMY has me yearning to go back to the future.  These are also what sets them apart from other institutions:

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The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015: Ready for the World!

Have you already signed up for the largest homeschooling conference this year? Homeschool could be a good way of homeschooling young children for the first few years of their lives. There are different types of resources and materials out there for those who are interested in giving their children a helpful start in education, including color copies of activities and other types of worksheets and booklets. Whether you have been homeschooling for years or have yet to decide if homeschooling is for your family, this conference is something you should not miss.

PHC2015 Speakers


Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands, Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket bring you the largest homeschooling conference this year – “The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2015: Ready for the World!”

From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 17, homeschoolers will be filling the Samsung Hall and SMX Convention Center of SM Aura. Those who are considering homeschooling their kids are strongly encouraged to attend this conference which is also a precursor to the “Global Home Education Conference” (GHEC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March 2016.


Homeschool advocates and esteemed speakers will be gracing the event to inspire, to inform and to empower homeschoolers and those who are exploring homeschooling.

  • Michael Donnelly – Director for Global Outreach of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Secretary of GHEC 2016
  • Rachael Carman – mother of seven and best-selling author and publisher of popular homeschool science curriculum Apologia.
  • Davis Carman – the President of Apologia
  • Edric Mendoza – host of On The Money and homeschooling dad of five
  • Chinkee Tan – motivational speaker and wealth coach


This year’s conference is definitely bigger than the past years’ homeschool conferences. It’s so big that “Ready for the World!” will be held at THREE venues at SM Aura Premiere. Keynote talks will be held at the Samsung Hall, while smaller workshops and the much awaited homeschool expo will be in two different halls at the SMX Convention Center.


A minimal investment fee of Php 1,200 is all you need to shell out to get an All Access Pass to all three venues including the exposition venue. Come in groups of 5 and you can avail of the group rate of Php 1,000 per person. Register and pay before October 10 to avail of the Early Bird Rate of Php 1,000 per person.


The exposition venue where you will find various stalls that resembel a Trade show booth, where learning providers, educational tools, toys, books, and other learning materials will be open to the public. Those who do not have an All Access Pass need only to pay an entrance fee of Php 50 per head. Check the expo out and I’m sure you’ll be able to tick off several names on your Christmas list.


While you are learning more about homeschooling and enriching your parenting and teaching skills, your kids can have their own learning experiences through various arts & crafts workshops. Participation in each workshop is only Php 500 per person, and that already includes materials! Wonderful, right?! They will accept only 25 students per class so better register your kids today.

String Art by DMC (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)

Kids will hammer away to create different colorful figures, abstract or representational, using just wood, nails and various threads. For ages 13 and up.

Mandala by DMC (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)

Learn how to create beautiful hanging ornaments by mixing patterns and colors with just your thread. For ages 13 and up.

Cross Stitch by DMC (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

Remember the cross-stitch craze? Introduce your child to this absorbing hobby that can produce beautiful home wall decors with clean and precise X’s. For ages 9 and up.

Dream Catcher by DMC (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

Native Americans believe that dreams can be caught. Kids will love making their own dream catchers with a hoop, threads and eye-catching decors arranged in a web for a good night’s sleep. For ages 13 and up.

Basic Calligraphy by Little Ms Printer Marj Liwag (Morning: 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. / Afternoon: 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.)

Let your kids learn to write in beautiful calligraphy in this workshop to be facilitated by Marj Liwag of Little Ms Printer. For ages 13 and up.

Don’t miss out on everything this conference has to offer! Register now and avail of the Early Bird rate of Php 1,000 per person. This promo ends on October 10 (that’s this weekend already!), so do get your tickets now at ManilaWorkshops.com.

PHC2015 Media Partners


Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), a non-stock, non-profit advocacy of Filipino homeschoolers, together with Manila Workshops, a company dedicated to continuing education for professional and personal goals, and The Learning Basket, an advocacy that inspires parents to be their children’s first and best teacher, offers an event jam-packed with information and inspiration about homeschooling that will help parents get their kids ready for the world.

Parental Control Tools to Protect Kids in the Digital World

The internet offers a lot of benefits that bring ease and convenience in the day to day activities of everyone. But it can also add challenge to the complicated world of parenting. Instead of just browsing the net for tips on how to make the best waffles or how to raise well-rounded kids, you now find yourself searching how to stop cyber bullying. The use of social media and easy access to internet sites expose your children to the dangers of cyber bullying, inappropriate content, and cyber predators. The smart thing to do is to know more about these potential threats and find parenting tools to protect your kids in the digital world. These could include apps like storiesig that lets you save abusive Instagram stories so you can gather evidence against a perpetrator, or learning how to help your child avoid exposure to harmful posts altogether.

“Security Button On Mobile Screen” by Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Security Button On Mobile Screen” by Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A major concern for parents is the child’s access to inappropriate content that may corrupt their minds or influence their behavior negatively. Parents can regulate the information or site that can be accessed by their kids by using tools like the Familoop – Parental Control Software. This digital parenting software provides comprehensive protection for kids while using the internet. The parental control by Familoop allows guardians to block inappropriate content or websites. Parents can also regulate the YouTube videos that their kids can view through the YouTube parental control. One great feature of this internet filtering software is the Smart Protection Rules which makes use of age-based rules in web filtering.

The social media has become a popular tool for kids in expressing themselves. However, incidents of cyber bullying and the presence of cyber predators are things to worry about. The safety of your child should be important to you, especially as pretty much anyone can have access to the internet. With this being said, doing some research into something similar to Broadband Search cyber bullying stats could help you prevent your child from becoming a victim of cyber bullying. Even if they are safe online, this is something worth knowing just in case. Social media can be dangerous for children, which is why some parents feel that they have to play a key part in monitoring their interactions with other online users to ensure that their child is talking to people they know. Some parents have apparently downloaded an igdm desktop application to allow them to see their children’s messages from their Instagram account. This way, parents can be sure that their child is using the internet safely.

Familoop Safeguard takes care of this concern through its parental control feature that gives them access to all social media, internet and mobile activities of their kids. Parents can look into profiles of people that interact with their kids and check for suspicious behaviors. This way, parents can nip the trouble in the bud and lessen the risk of their children getting hurt or violated online. However, it is important to know that parenting issues in the digital world are as sensitive as those of the real world. Familoop’s dashboard can be of help in this aspect as it provides a guide for potential issues and appropriate parenting advice.

Familoop Safeguard offers a comprehensive package of internet filtering, parental control, child locator, social network protection, and digital parenting advice. It is a great option for ensuring internet safety for kids. Opt-in early and get as much as 60% discount when the product is made available on Sept 2015. If you’re willing to shell out hundreds of dollars just to provide your children with the latest gadget, you must also be willing to shell out some funds for their protection online so do get the best one you can afford.

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Get High Quality School ID Cards in Bulk

If you want to improve security at your school then having an ID card for staff and visitors is the best way to do this. Being able to identify people in the building and on the premises means you will have a safe environment with only authorised personnel allowed in.

Having ID cards for schools is a shrewd security measure, as it means you will always be able to identify who ought to be on the grounds and who should not be. It means that staff and pupils can identify each other more easily. Many schools also give out ID cards to temporary visitors, such as people coming in for meetings or prospective students and their parents looking round. These badges mean that you know and identify people at all times and can keep track of who has been on and off the premises.

You can get custom designed school ID cards from many reputable online suppliers. The best will allow you to design the ID card with your school logo, colours or other education based designs. You can also get basic designs where the ID card demarcates if someone is a member of staff or a visitor meaning the ID cards make people quickly identifiable.

Staff name badges

These ID cards can come in paper form so that temporary passes can be made easily, or in hard plastic for those that will be used long term. Many institutions also opt to purchase ID card holders, either hard plastic holders or vinyl holders, so that people can display these cards. These can be easily ordered and mean the ID never has to wear and tear. Many people wear them on lanyards around their necks.

Equally, there are more and more instances of schools using automated security systems where their IDs will open doors to the building, so having an ID which clearly shows that someone is a member of staff, and can be kept in good condition in an ID card holder, is a must.

Some schools also use ID cards for their students, and they have many benefits. It means that you can log who is in the building and who is not because they will have had to swipe in with this ID. Equally, these can have the student’s medical information on them in case they have allergies to medicines, to avoid any problems if they have to get treatment on site.

Many institutions use ID cards for a range of purposes beyond simply identifying staff, visitors and pupils. Many use them in line with their technology, photocopiers for example, so that a student can have an account with the school, more so, they can be used as admission for events, or in libraries for borrowing books. These ID cards make keeping records very easy for you and your students.

Getting high quality ID cards is no hassle thanks to the many reputable suppliers out there, with years of experience. With custom designs, speedy delivery and fantastic customer support, you can get durable ID cards in bulk for your school for a great price.

Singapore Math Enrichment at Galileo

A few years ago, I was able to attend a seminar on Unlocking the Secrets of Singapore Math.  Although I have heard of Singapore Math before, I was not inclined to learn more about it as my kids were still babies then.  On that day, however, I was amazed at how easy it was to understand and to solve complex Math problems using the Singapore Math method. Of course, one seminar isn’t enough to fully grasp this method. Thankfully, Galileo regularly holds seminars and workshops for parents and teachers and has enrichment programs all year-round for students.

Why Enrol Your Kids in A Singapore Math Enrichment Program?

Our generation grew up learning Math using a different method which is why a lot of parents find the Singapore Math method confusing.  Believe me, I’ve heard one too many parents complain about this method because they have a hard time helping their kids with their homework. How can you teach something you don’t know? Of course, the task of teaching Math should actually fall on the teachers’ shoulders; but, with a class population of 30 – 45 kids, not all kids are able to keep up with the lessons.

So what’s a parent to do? You could attend seminars and workshops to equip you with skills and knowledge you can use to help your kids.  Or, you could enrol your kids in an enrichment program where qualified teachers can create an effective program that’s suited to your kids’ learning styles.

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