August 23 is NOT a Holiday

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August 23, 2010 has been declared as a holiday last year in observance of the Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21.

This moved date however, has been declared otherwise because:

The purpose for observing Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 instead of August 23 is to avoid the imposition of unnecessary financial burden upon the employers,… business, and commercial transaction, promote productivity, while at the same time preserve the solemnity of the observance,” as released in the Palace statement.

I agree with this because moving the holidays on another day is not only counter-productive to some business but it sows confusion to the school children who are still getting an understanding about this country.

June 12 is Independence Day but holiday is observed on another day is not exactly how we teach the children.

Good thing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturdays have day names or else…

Mommy Milkshake Marathon Year 4

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We ran our first 3k, all the way from start to finish without shortcuts, under the pouring rain during the Mommy Milkshake Marathon year 4 for August as World Breastfeeding Month. Woohoo!

Mommy Milkshake Marathon 4

I know, 38mins is not a good time but with rains, a kid who tripped and ripped her jogging pants and another one who has to catch his breath and fears that he might have asthma attack later, it ain’t bad for us. At least, we finished :)

Watch a video from UNICEF about breastfeeding here.

Grade 1 Science First Quarter Reviewer

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Body Parts: What body parts do you use in the given situations?

  1. playing hopscotch or piko
  2. cutting paper shape with scissors […]

Draw a body and label […]

Choose the activity that shows how you take care of your body:

  1. taking a bath daily
  2. going to bed in dirty clothes […]

Health: Encircle the correct answer

  1. Which is the basic need to become healthy? (book, toy, food, clothes)
  2. There are (six, three, four, five) basic food groups. […]

PROPER CLOTHING: Write yes or no

  1. It is good to wear shorts during cold days.
  2. A raincoat or an umbrella is important during the rainy days […]

Click here for the Grade 1 Science First Quarter reviewer.

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Homeschoolers No More

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As I have written in this blog post, the children are Homeschoolers No More.

I will try to upgrade where I left the posts hanging but I am not promising anything.

Meanwhile, thank you for taking time to visit. I had to disable comments because there are a few people out there who, obviously looking for answers to their children’s homework, stumbled upon our blog entries but left nasty comments.

If this is the kind of Filipino parents that are out there, I hope there aren’t many of you.

Sorry I just had to say my piece. Peace! :)

How to Prepare for a Field Trip

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Field trips are not just fun learning experiences outside the four walls of the classrooms. Field trips, aside from teaching new information via multi-sensorial means, are ways to teach school children about safety, independence and looking out for each other.

Here are a few several tips on how to prepare for a field trip:

  • prep your child about the place they will visit: what to expect and how to behave accordingly
  • prepare enough food that will not spoil and spill
  • prepare food that will not have your child run to the nearest comfort room to relieve himself. What if there is none in sight?
  • prepare fluids that will hydrate the child, something that is not too sweet
  • prepare food by removing all wrappers at home and putting them in washable containers to avoid leaving trash behind. Field trips are now ZERO WASTE, fyi.
  • have your child bring extra clothes and small towels for wiping perspiration
  • have your child bring something that he can use to clean his hands before he eats: alcohol, wet tissue or wet towel, hand sanitizer (be careful though not to have him put his fingers in his mouth if he used this)
  • have your child sleep early
  • have breakfast before leaving for the field trip
  • be early
  • have your child bring identification cards and/or a mobile phone if this is allowed
  • do not allow child to bring hand-held gadgets
  • prepare a small emergency kit for your child: band-aid kit, tissue, wipes

If your child needs assistance or if you feel an extra pair of hands and eyes are needed, don’t hesitate to volunteer to join the field trip. Just remember to keep a little distance from your child and let him/her enjoy this time with his class.

Full Transcript of President NoyNoy Aquino’s State of the Nation Address 2010

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Here is a link to the full transcript of the State of the Nation Address of President NoyNoy Aquino during the 15th Philippine Congress.

Some excerpts:

Matagal pong naligaw ang pamahalaan sa daang baluktot.

Ganyan din po ang nangyari sa pondo ng MWSS. Kamakailan lamang, pumipila ang mga tao para lang makakuha ng tubig.

Narinig po ninyo kung paano nilustay ang kaban ng bayan. Ang malinaw po sa ngayon: ang anumang pagbabago ay magmumula sa pagsiguro natin na magwawakas na ang pagiging maluho at pagwawaldas.

Kung ang sagot sa kawalan ng katarungan ay pananagutan, ang sagot naman sa kakulangan natin sa pondo ay mga makabago at malikhaing paraan para tugunan ang mga pagkatagal-tagal nang problema.

Mahirap magsimula ang usapan habang mayroon pang amoy ng pulbura sa hangin. Nananawagan ako: huwag po natin hayaang masayang ang napakagandang pagkakataong ito upang magtipon sa ilalim ng iisang adhikain.

Puwede na muling mangarap. Tayo nang tumungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pinangarap.

July is Nutrition Month

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July is Nutrition Month.

Schools are actively participating in the Nutrition Month with different activities as well as major culminating events. In line with the Nutrition Month, Palamantasan was launched which enables the students to compete in different activities and learn about Nutrition the fun way.

For more information on Palamantasan, click here and here.

After Nutrition Month, it is up to you, parents, to follow through that your children are getting the right nutrition.

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