Tuesday, April 04, 2023

All about Woodlands International Homeschool

When you are already a parent, all you want is the best for your child— you're always concerned about his/her welfare especially if they reach the schooling age. You start to worry constantly about your child whether he will be safe at school or even during his travel going to school and from your place.

All of such feelings are completely normal because you know that you should do the right thing and that is to be as responsible as you can be.  Some may call it over-reacting, but when you are a parent, there's no such thing as being over-reacting! You only want nothing but the best for your child~and in order to do that, you want to ensure your children's physical and emotional well-being! We as parents will do anything for them, so dear parents, do not invalidate that kind of feeling. What you feel is completely okay! 

So as not to feel so naive, one option is to consider homeschooling. It allows you to spend more time with your child or children each day, and ensure their safety while educating them in the comfort of your own home. 

Have you ever thought and considered homeschooling for your child?

A few days ago, I got to attend the launch of Woodlands International Homeschool, the latest venture of SRK Education Group International ~ a group of companies headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Richard Paolo B. Deluria, Woodlands International Homeschool Chairman and CEO, and his wife Ms. Frances Louise T. Deluria, a qualified registered pediatric nurse in both the Philippines and United Arab Emirates (UAE) were the ones who made it possible to establish Woodlands International Homeschool. Thanks to couple educators' passion for providing quality yet affordable education for Filipino children of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE.

How the passion for providing quality and affordable education started

Dr. Deluria and his wife Frances Louise believe that homeschooling can be executed in the comfort of homes, especially since it has grown more popular during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Deluria underscored the vital role of technology in the transition to the new normal way of executing education.

"Most families converted to this kind of new normal way of education," said Dr. Delia, who is also a Bachelor’s degree holder in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Master’s in Psychology, and Ph.D. in Education Major in Curriculum Design, Development, and Supervision.

"We have our own Learning Management System that can be accessed anytime, anywhere."

Likewise, mobile application and the websites are meticulously designed to serve not just as a marketing tool but as another way to create a meaningful learning experiences for all its students," Dr. Deluria shared.

SRK EDU APP available on Google Play and App Store 

For her part, Ms. Deluria said that homeschooling provides positive and appropriate socialization with peers and adults. "Homeschooled children are largely free from peer pressure. Homeschooled children are comfortable interacting with people of all ages," Ms. Deluria stated.

On Mental Benefits and Academic Accomplishments of Homeschooling

Dr. Deluria said that homeschooling has created a positive impact and installed discipline as a routine has been set up to religiously follow the curriculum while extra time is created by homeschooling. He also believes that both homeschoolers and pupils in traditional schools can attain academic accomplishments. "Both have equal opportunities for everything as long as both will not be confined in the four corners of their rooms or for homeschooled children, at their home," he said.

Meanwhile, as a personal experience for her, Ms. Deluria said that homeschooling has allowed their child to "explore other talents that have since been honed like playing piano, swimming, and basketball."

To add, Dr. Deluria refuted the "misconceptions" about homeschooling, for one the lack of socialization." Though if you look at the history of education, learning from home is one of the earliest ways of educating children," he explained. As to the assessments, Dr. Deluria said that Woodlands International Homeschool does quarterly assessments.

"I homeschooled the student’s family preferred PH curriculum, then the same will be enrolled in the partner school so as to report in the Learning Information System (LIS) of the Department of Education, if they chose US curriculum then they will be reportable to the partner school in Texas," he said.

Woodlands International Homeschool as the Future of Homeschooling

Woodlands International is anchored on the solid foundation of providing both the Philippine and US-based curricula of SRK students in the Middle East.

It belongs to the group that has served almost 2,000 students across the region catering to different types of families with the trust and engagement of the Filipino and International Community that has since moved to international schools or other Western countries like the United States, Canada, and other European countries.

Its curriculum is now well-certified under the Department of Education in the Philippines and the United States.

"Since we have started this noble mission of creating an alternative way of doing the new normal way of education, Woodlands International Homeschool will follow the best practices of all its counterparts across the globe," Dr. Deluria assured.

In the UAE, he cited, more than a thousand students have been interested and have since converted into enrolling in our curriculum. "Testimonies from all the current and past students have proven both effective and economical reasons on why they wanted our way of execution," he said.

The average cost of homeschooling per child will be P75,000.00 per year but can be adjusted based on the future needs of the families.

Likewise, there will be options for payment on additional tutors should the subjects will be really challenging. "It is more flexible," Dr. Deluria excitedly shared.

Homeschooling is not it's not for the faint-hearted

To those parents who are having second thoughts to homeschool their child or not, Dr. Deluria said that it takes a lot of courage to homeschool one child.

"As a parent, I feel how a day will go home without a single nag to our naughty kids. Yet if you allow exploring homeschooling and the benefits of it, like us, you should be able to feel comfort, safety, and close attachment to your children. Attending one of our orientations may somehow ease as well all your worries as we have a very interactive session prior to enrollment," he encouraged.

"Homeschool-based education shall be the future of education," Dr. Deluria concluded.

For more information, you may check them on their website or their official Facebook Page or email woodlands.homeschool@gmail.com~  

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