I miss doing our homeschool field trips in the Philippines. When I asked my kids what they missed most during our time in the Philippines, they mentioned ‘going for field trips’. You see, while we were there, I really didn’t make so much a fuss about finishin up work and such, we didn’t do ‘serious’ homeschool but it was more like a laid back kind of homeschool. We tried to go for a field trip every week, which we later found out to be impractical since it becomes so expensive to go out every week. But we did have it quite regularly, like twice a month or so.
Now, that we’re here in Malaysia and the kids are in a Homeschool Learning Centre, I think it’ll be a different story. But even then, I think we will have to continue doing family field trips not just for their ‘learning expererience’ but for family bonding as well. There are so many places we can visit here, even a trip to the radio station with dj mixing board can be a great learning experience for the kids. Anyways, I will have to start listing out the places we can go for Field Trips. Hmm,..this is going to be exciting!
It’s the summer holidays now and even if I’m homeschooling our kids the whole year, I still try to make use of the summer by letting my kids join summer workshops. Just last month, they joined the Mega sportscamp by CCF and they also did the Mcdonald’s Kiddie Crew.
I’ve always wanted them to do an art workshop but our time and budget doesn’t permit. So, when I saw that Trend Micro is sponsoring an art workshop at the Crafters Marketplace in Shangrila Mall, I immediately took the opportunity.
So, last Monday was the schedule for the workshop and my kids and I went there. It was indeed a great experience for them to meet new friends and at the same time learn a thing or two in drawing and coloring. Since it’s a sponsored 2 hour workshop, they mainly focus on the theme, internet safety ( as Trend Micro is a company of an internet security software). Their art teacher gave them some tips on drawing and coloring and they were asked to do an artwork on the said theme. It was a fun 2 hour workshop for the kids, while I busied myself with the grocery and some ‘me time’. Thanks to Trend Micro and Crafters Marketplace!
It such a relief to be out of the summer heat since the rainy days have already started last week. Though, it’s great that the weather is much cooler now ( compared to the humid summer days) but somehow I’m also a bit worried that the rains may cause floods in different parts of the city. When the rest of the world might be busy writing Cozy Winters Reviews , I’m here worrying that the next heavy rain might cause flooded streets and houses. Anyways, I just hope that it won’t rain that hard for the next few weeks in the city, thought the rains will be so helpful for those farmers in the mountains.
My kids are into composing songs. I think they got this from my hubby who ( with his family) has composed a few Tamil songs used for worship. My daughter already got a few songs, she actually started composing a few songs since she was 7, though I’m not so sure if she still remembered her songs. I should have recorded those songs. As for my son, he has a few rock songs but what’s funny is that sometimes, he completely forgets his songs so, I’ve been telling him to immediately record them.
Anyways, I have ask them to write the lyrics of the songs and maybe I can record them singing their songs. We don’t have a hi tech microphone like sennheiser ew100 but I’m sure they will sound just fine.
We finally went to Museo Pambata for a field trip! I’ve always been postponing this trip since I thought that it won’t be so interesting but I was so wrong. The kids really enjoyed their time at the museum and told me it’s the best museum that they’ve been too. Well, that means they really had tons of fun!
We went there on a Thursday morning and there was no crowd at all. We were by ourselves except on the last portion of the tour when a group of Kindergarten kids came. It’s really good to go there without the crowd because the kids will have ample of time to discover and explore a lot of things. Museo Pambata is an interactive museum where kids can actually touch and tinker with the displays. With a crowd of other children, the kids will tend to be in a hurry and miss out a lot of things.
My kids’ favorite parts of the tour where the My Body Works and the Marketplace. These were the places where they spent so much of time. The Marketplace was especially fun for them because they like to play ‘market market’ at home with pretend stuff but this time they have the opportunity to have a ‘real’ market all by themselves.
Anyways, If you have children around 4-12 years old don’t miss to visit Museo pambata and I assure you that your kids will not just learn but enjoy themselves while learning new things.
8 AM to 5 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays)
1 PM to 5 PM (Sunday)
The museum is closed on Mondays and
selected official holidays.
Php 250 (for children 2 yrs old and above and adults)
Museum workers and teachers (with valid IDs) – FREE
Manila residents (with valid IDs) – FREE on Tuesdays
and 50% discount on other days
(not applicable for group tours)