Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scholastic Warehouse Sale: Book Haven for Reading Advocates

One of the events that I look forward every quarter is the Scholastic Warehouse Sale in Pasig City. Among that I attended, what made it extra special this time  was I spent it with a good friend, Kat Agdeppa Santiago of Petite Momma's World blog. 

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Like me, she advocates raising readers. Above all means of learning, we patiently teach our kids to read and love doing it. We are so blessed that our kids are growing up as bibliophiles despite the advent of the advancements in technology.

Kat and I started teaching our kids the love of reading while they were still very young. We would find time story reading aloud and expose them to the different kinds of books-  cloth or felt, board (especially the Peek-a-board books), and those who were hardbound or paperback. We experienced frustrations when our kids tore the precious books that we provided them. We didn't mind because it was part of growing up. We just didn't stop exposing them until they learned to read by themselves with a little assistance depending on our kids' capacity. It was such a pleasant sight to see them reading on their own and manipulating their books. It became a habit. I know even if there are eBooks, like us, they would go back to reading books made of paper that they could touch, feel, and smell. There is no greater experience of having books that are tangible. The texture and scent of their crisp pages can be imprinted on the reader's memory. This feeling indeed is part of learning through reading that can't be replaced by any other reading materials uploaded in gadgets.

Kat and I enjoyed our brief stay in Scholastic Warehouse. Aside from being excited of bringing home new books for our kids to read and enjoy, we shared the same feeling of nostalgia by just being surrounded by books. Books gave us bliss at that moment. Even by just standing in the middle of the warehouse, we felt peace. 

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Both of us availed the famous Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet. For only Php799.00, in my case, I was able to place 75 paper back story books for children and most of them are Caldecott Honor medalists or written by famous authors like Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, and Leo Lionni. I chose mostly books for reading starters because most of the kids that I know are included in that group. I included some for Kuya too. I only paid Php799.00 for all the books in the box with the original total amount of Php7,820.00. I had a huge discount worth Php7021.00! Yay! These figures were all reflected on the receipt.

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My Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet Haul
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These were my top picks.
I've bought those books not just for my kids to enjoy but other kids as well. I always give books as gifts because they never get old in benefits. They can be passed on from one generation to another if well-taken cared off. Learning from books is boundless and endless.

As an educator and mom, I believe that reading is the foundation of all subjects. If kids don't know how to read, how can they understand different concepts? If they are not capable of reading, how can they be motivated to write and draw if they don't understand the purpose of what they are doing? 

I have this eagerness to share my love for reading and teaching kids how to read and their benefits to other teachers and parents especially to those who have students or children with speech delay. There is joy and beauty in reading aloud with kids and pointing the words to them so that they can eventually know how to read words in the story and say them loudly by themselves. When kids are already hooked in reading aloud with their parents, it can be noticeable that they themselves can be motivated to mirror what their parents are doing that's why it is very important to read to them properly. In my five years of teaching and 12 years of being a mom I have noticed that kids learn best when they confidently know how to read aside from giving them other activities to do that can enhance their holistic development.

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They were all discounted up to 70% OFF! Kuya was so happy to see these hardbound Harry Potter Books. I didn't forget to choose one for Paps too. Like me, we both love Paolo Coelho. Thank you, Scholastic Asia for these! This Mama is kilig to the bones until now!

In line with this, because some parents find books very expensive, I always suggest that they should visit Scholastic Warehouse Sale and avail the Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet to start their mini library at home. Not just parents, I also encourage teachers to start collecting books which they can use as tools in teaching their students. 

I started my collection of story books for kids whenever there was a Scholastic Sale in the school where I used to teach. I used those books in teaching my former pre-school students and for my own reading pleasure as well. Who would have thought that those books would benefit my own children? Amazing, isn't it? My collection keeps on growing through Scholastic Asia  through the years without breaking our tight budget to sustain my family's love for reading.

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There is still a chance for you to visit the Scholastic Warehouse Sale until June 18! There are so many books available from different genres. Your visit will be super sulit, promise! You may find all the complete details about the sale and location HERE.

If you can't make it, fret not because according to the friendly and lovely Scholastic staff members, Miss Cathy, Miss Darren, and Sir Ryan, they will have a huge sale again in NOVEMBER 2017. Instead of two months, they will have it for only two weeks. There is still time to save for it! I hope to see you there on November.

Do you have your own Scholastic Warehouse Sale book haul? I am so excited to see it! You may tag me on Facebook and Instagram at @allaroundpinaymama. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Review + International Giveaway (November 2016): KidloLand App

Our world is now fast paced. Technology changes in a blink of an eye. People from all walks of life especially the older ones do their best to cope up with it while the youngsters, which include my son, are born with. We can’t deny that apps using our phones, laptops, and tablets become part of our lives now and they are here to break or make us especially the kids. What I mean is, there are those who are trashy and don’t teach our children the right values or skills and there are those who help us to develop them cognitively and wholistically.

I have two sons, eleven and five years old. With all honesty, I don’t expose them too much on gadgets because they have the tendency to get addicted. In the case of my eldest, I have no choice this year but to give him his own tablet because his class uses e-book in school. What  I do is I give him an hour during weekends and ten minutes during weekdays to enjoy his favorite videos on YouTube, read articles online, or play games. Paps, Loley, and I are still monitoring him despite of trusting him that he can control his urge to play instead of studying. While my Bunso, who has been diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum, is not allowed by his Developmental Pediatrician to get exposed to television shows or watching videos online and offline because his speech and fine motor skills are delayed. Sadly, he has the tendency to get hooked on gadgets that he doesn’t like to stop. He needs to do activities that require communicating and tinkering.

After his diagnosis in 2014, we took away his gadget privileges. It was also on the same year when he started being afraid of hearing load sounds and getting overwhelmed with too much color and action from movies. I exposed him to more books, flashcards, and concrete educational tools like blocks and Lego.

It was only last year that I let Bunso  use my phone. I only installed two educational puzzle apps that he's still playing daily under  time limit. Presently, he is still afraid of loud sounds and hearing songs from the television or radio. Ironically he has the tendency to get addicted to YouTube firework videos so I locked the internet access. So when KidloLand, an award-winning app for toddlers and preschoolers, contacted me to review its app, I was hesitant at first. But then again, 250+ mom bloggers all over the world recommended it so why should I not give it a try. Then I accepted the offer. Seeing and exploring the app myself with Kuya before showing it to Bunso made me feel happy that I said yes.

These are the things that we love about KidloLand:

1. Versatile

- There are over 800 nursery rhymes, stories, songs, activities, and  games available for toddlers and preschoolers.

- 95+ interactive classic nursery rhymes with thousands of surprises  come alive when tapping the screen.

- Original educational songs for learning ABCs, fruits, vegetables, shapes, colors, and a lot more can be found.

- There is a complete Phonics section composed of activities and songs to help kids start or enrich their reading skills.

- Kids learn a lot through games. They enjoy playing without them realizing that they are learning at the same time.

- It is loaded with activities that help kids develop their cognitive skills like sequencing, math, picture and number, comprehension, problem solving skills, and a lot more that develop their eye-hand coordination, creativity, reasoning, and imagination.


2. Child and Parent Friendly

- There are no advertisements that may influence the child.

- The games, songs, and activities are designed for kids ages zero to five.

- It’s easy to use and navigate.

- Shows a wide array of funny animations and sounds that make children entertained.

- Animation and sound are colorful and crisp respectively.

- Parents can download activities, videos, and songs that kids can enjoy offline anywhere, anytime. 
This also assures that parents can still choose and be in control in what contents of KidloLand their kids can watch, hear, and do at the moment.


Our internet connection speed here in the Philippines is too slow and it takes longer for me to download more contents of the app but I guess in other countries downloading is faster. It’s okay for me because as I’ve said, I only show Bunso a few portions of the app daily.

3. Android and Apple Device Compatible

Kidloland may be purchased through App Store, Google Play, and  Amazon Appstore for Android.

4. Affordable

There’s a Basic (Free) Service where a limited number of songs and other content is made available to the free users of the app and unlocking any additional content requires either in-app purchase or registering for subscription service. One year subscription, for example, is US$39.99.

During the first time that I showed Bunso the activities that I downloaded from the app, I felt a little nervous. As I mentioned a while ago, he was afraid of loud sounds, too colorful animation, and could get addicted to videos so I did his exposure one at a time for him not to get overwhelmed. I was surprised to see that he loved everything about it especially the puzzles. He didn’t get afraid of the sound and color. He was hooked  but still would return my phone after a given time limit. Like his favorite old puzzle apps, he didn’t get addicted.

Our family loves KidloLand. It ‘s definitely the best educational preschool and toddler app that I’ve seen so far. No wonder that it is trusted by moms all over the world and has gained so many awards and badges from different parenting and educational institutions. KindloLand can win the hearts of kids as well as their parents.

Like us, I also like you and your toddlers and preschoolers to experience the wonders of this app. KidloLand is so generous to give three (3) AAPM Readers of the Month of November a three month subscription each to the KidloLand app. It’s so easy to join. Just follow the steps below:

This giveaway is open to my readers WORLWIDE. You don't have to be my social media account followers to join. Giveaway period is from November 7 to 30, 2016 only. Winner will be chosen by

I'll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on December 1, 2016 and he/she will be notified through Facebook message on the same day. Thanks!

Good luck and thanks for joining!



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Music Can Help Build Your Child's Multiple Intelligence

Can music really help in your child’s brain development? It is an idea slowly gaining traction among educators and parents, but is there any truth to the claims that making children listen to classical music, like Mozart or Beethoven, makes them smarter?

The relationship between music and child development is a widely discussed subject in the circles of early childhood music therapists. Dr. Liz Inciong (a pediatrician, Fellow of the Philippine Pediatric Society and an Associate Active Consultant of the Institute of Pediatrics and Child Health at St. Luke’s Medical Center for 18 years) and Teacher Marah Vasquez-Estuesta of Kindermusik International are among those who have scientific understanding of the matter and strongly support it.

Through extensive interaction and training with young minds, they have discovered the role of music plays in a child's cognitive development is anchored on theory of Multiple Intelligence. 

According to this theory, a child’s intellectual capacity isn’t solely based on and measured by verbal or mathematical skills. On the contrary, it is in fact far more comprehensive – covering social, music, kinesthetic and visual intelligence as well.

As Dr. Inciong states, “Music plays an important role in the development of a child’s various modes of intelligence, specifically for mental, physical and social aspects. Music helps them seek patterns in their environment, which allows them to easily recall words, phrases, even in foreign languages. They become more perceptive to sound and develop into astute listeners.”

 The Sound of Music: How It Impacts Child Development


Dr. Inciong shares, “The concept of multiple intelligence creates a profound effect on how educators can approach teaching for their students. It allows us to tailor instruction to each child, to provide a wholistic approach to learning.”

Children as young as four can absorb the potential educational benefits of listening to music that are known to make an impact during these sensitive developmental years. Things such as speech and language development, motor and rhythmic coordination and even social skills are honed through early exposure to music.

But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to teach your children how to play an instrument. While there’s little doubt that doing so helps their mental development, studies show that simply having children actively listen to songs is enough to help them reap the benefits of cognitive development and maybe even encourage them to pick up an instrument to learn.

“The right tempo and message aids in the development of neurophysiological distinctions between sounds that develop literacy, which tangibly results in better academic results,” says Teacher Marah.


M.I. Beats


To address this opportunity of harnessing music for learning, Dr. Inciong and Teacher Marah have partnered with PROGRESS PRE-SCHOOL GOLD to create the firstever playlists, based on scientific research and practical applications, designed to help build Multiple Intelligence in the Philippines.

“As Early Childhood Music Educators, we have chosen the songs based on our first hand experience with the children. These songs were tried and tested with our students, were proven to have impact and were very appealing to them,” says Teacher Marah. “We curated one playlist each to help enhance Brain Smarts (mental development), Body Smarts (physical development), and People Smarts (Social and Emotional Development).”

To support Brain smarts, the team chose songs that highlight linguistic development through vocabulary building, phonemic awareness and vocal development as a way to develop oral language and speak rhythmically and expressively. For Body Smarts, song selections were anchored on music that can potentially help develop fine and gross motor skills. For People Smarts, songs focus on showing kids how to express their appreciation for friends and practicing basic social skills such as cooperation.

M.I. Beats is the first ever playlist specifically designed to help aid a child’s developmental process and provide modern moms with access to digital platforms that offer it. And to make it even easier for mothers to access this pioneering technology, Progress Pre-School Gold  is offering an exclusive opportunity for mothers to enjoy the exclusive M.I. Beats playlist for FREE!

For every 1.6 kg can of Progress Pre-School Gold, you get FREE access to the exclusive M.I. Beats Playlist on Spotify Premium for an entire month. Simply purchase the specially-marked cans to get the unique code, visit to register, fill up the necessary information and wait for the confirmation email.

“We found that incorporating music into a child’s daily activities can help develop his different Smarts. The more exposure a child gets, the more stimulation and benefits he gains.Living in the digital age, there are now so many options and platforms for mothers to use in developing their child. The intention of M.I. Beats is to provide them the opportunity to use music as an enabler and tool in helping them build their child’s Multiple Intelligence,” ends Josteen Vega, Brand Manager for Progress Pre-School Gold.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

GUEST POST: "How Does Homeschooling Impact the Physical and Social Growth of an Individual?" by Kelly Everson

Homeschooling is where an individual learns from home, rather than follow the traditional academic setting, where an individual attends school with other students. It offers parents a chance to have more control over their children’s education. As for the students, it offers a chance to learn in an environment that might be more conducive to their needs.

Social Development Implications

Thinking that homeschooled students lack in social skills is a false assumption that individuals sometimes make when they don’t understand home-schooling. When you homeschool a child, he isn’t exposed to peer pressure, drugs, bullying and other forms of violence that a traditional student may encounter. 

A child who interacts more with family members than peers, according to the Family Education website, is more confident and has higher levels of self-respect and self-worth. While a homeschooler may interact more with siblings than peers during the day, they may be exposed to social activities like after-school clubs, scouting groups, groups for homeschoolers or classes and clubs in the community.

The following are the social pros of homeschooling:

Emotional Freedom

Peer pressure, competition, boredom, and bullies are all part of a typical school day. This can be a particular problem for girls. Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to "fit in." They live in the real world, where lives aren't dictated by adolescent trends and dangerous experimentation.

Closer Family Ties

Homeschooling plays a role in helping families find time to foster loving ties between all family members. Teens, especially, seem to benefit enormously from this interaction. More often than not the rebellious and destructive behavior often begins to diminish soon after homeschooling begins.

Freedom from the Hectic School Life

After the initial shock of leaving the school system has passed parents who home-school says they experience a real sense of freedom. With their lives no longer revolving around school hours, homework, and the school calendar, these families plan off-season vacations, visit parks and museums during the week, and live their lives according to what works for them. It really helps them in planning their lives as a family.

Better at Coping With Difficult Times

Life has surprises day in day out. Whether there's a new baby, an illness, a death in the family, or another obstacle or transition, home-schooling helps an individual cope during challenging periods. One is able to take time off from the school work and deal with the given changes the resume when done. After all they will miss nothing as they pick from where they left.

Better Leadership and Community Involvement

Kids who are homeschooled tend to be more actively involved in their communities than traditional students, according to Reasons for this include receiving hands-on learning at places like museums and parks. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, adults who were home-schooled as children and/or teens are more likely to engage in community service projects, attend public meetings and vote than those who were traditionally schooled.

Independent Thinking and Higher Self-Esteem

Since homeschoolers aren’t exposed to peer pressure and teasing in a classroom setting, a student is more likely to think for himself and create his own ideals. Incidentally, during school, a student can focus more on learning than other things such as his clothes, fitting in or bullies. Family Education reports that homeschooled kids, especially girls in middle school, tend to have better self-esteem bas they aren’t exposed to the judgment of peers. When you homeschool a child, his life isn’t dictated by trends; it’s dictated by the values that you instill. This is because outside interference is at minimum.

Physical impacts of homeschooling on an individual include:

Less Busy Work

Homeschooled children can accomplish in a few hours what takes a typical classroom a week or more to cover. In a recent interview, John Taylor Gatto, New York City Teacher of the Year and a 26-year teaching veteran, said that in many classrooms less than one hour out of each school day is spent on "on task" learning. No wonder these kids have so much homework. With homeschooling, there is no homework and if there is it is so minimal.

Well-Rested Kids

More and more studies are illustrating that sleep is vital to the emotional and physical well-being of kids, especially teens and preteens. The effects of early morning classes can be devastating to many children, especially those who are not morning people. With homeschooling, the individual is able to schedule the learning time with the tutor well, which is done within the day and thus no need to incorporate way too early classes.


Homeschooling has more advantages than the traditional schooling system. Homeschooled kids do well on standardized tests, are welcome at colleges and universities, and as adults, have a reputation for being self-directed learners and reliable employees. As much as the traditional setting may seem better, there is basically not much difference between the two. You may try it out and see how well it works for you. 

About the Author
Kelly Everson is an American author and having MA in English Literature. After spending time as a writer in some of Health Industries' best websites, she now works as an independent researcher and contributor for health news related website like Consumer Health Digest. In her spare time, she does research work regarding Beauty, skin care reviews  and Women Health, Fitness and overall health issues, which acts as a fuel to her passion of writing. When she is not researching or writing, you can find Kelly staying active, whether it be practicing yoga or taking swimming classes. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Diksyunaryo Atbp's 2015 Summer Reading Camp

Ready for another camping kind of day in the city, reading and listening to stories? 

On its second year this summer, DIKSYONARYO ATBP, a non-proft non-stock non-government organization will stage  SUMMER READING CAMP in Manila (May 23) and Quezon City (May 30)! 

There will be teepees set-up for the reading camp where kids can participate in any or all of the following:

• READING CORNER –read all the books they want from Diksyonaryo Atbp’s mobile library

• ART CORNER – unleash their inner artist by engaging in art activities related to stories read to them

• STORYTELLING CORNER – listen as children’s stories come alive via The Storytelling Project team

Aside from participating in these events, parents/children can also avail of books from National Bookstore on site, which they can donate for Diksyonaryo Atbp’s future projects or take home for themselves.

This event aims to rekindle and encourage a genuine love for reading in Filipino children, by spending one whole day doing reading related activities, ALL FOR FREE.

To register your child, please click HERE or click

The event is in partnership with The Storytelling Project, Pottly and Tubby, CanvasPH, National Bookstore and Mcdonalds.

For more inquiries, text 0917-5361783 or tweet @diksyonaryoatbp.

Acknowledgement: The Diva Journalist

Monday, March 30, 2015

Your Tutorial Center Launches Summer K-12 Bridging Programs

"The world is undergoing unprecedented changes brought about by rapid advancement in information and communication technologies, trade liberalization, globalization." 
                                                                                                                                         – UNESCO, 2010

Change is inevitable and adapting to change is another thing. In its pursuit to improve the Philippine education system, the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented a major education reform known as the K-12 Curriculum.

The education program includes mandatory preschool education for five-year old children before entering the six-year elementary school as well as going through additional two years in high school or secondary education. Aside from this new structure, the medium of instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 3 will now be mother tongue-based. This means that the K to 12 student will be taught the core learning areas using his first language. The National Achievement Test, popularly known as NAT, will still be administered as an end-of-Grade 6 assessment but this time will serve both as an exit examination from elementary and entrance examination for Grade 7. Grade 10 students will also go through an assessment to qualify for senior high school and their chosen track.  The end of Grade 12 examination will not only be the end of K to 12 exam but also serve as entrance exam for university.

These significant changes, initially,  may be  difficult for kids. As parents, there are a number of things to help your child or teen to prepare and embrace this transition. Parents can help their child to mentally organize and emotionally process the child's feelings such as fear of the unknown. By being a support system to your teens, you could help them cope with "anticipatory change jitters." Aside from these tips, there are private educational sectors who can also help you and you kids adapt to the new K to 12 curriculum.

“This is not a perfect curriculum. There is much for us to work on. There will be learning curves that we will need to meet and challenges to be resolved. But with everyone’s help, we will be able to roll out the program  that we can keep improving  over the next couple of years.”
                                                                                          -Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC Deped Secretary

Your Tutorial Center (YTC) is a 3-in-1 education center which offers Tutorial, Review and Language programs. YTC primarily provides ACADEMIC TUTORIAL programs from preschool to college all throughout the year.

This summer, YTC will be offering  bridging programs focusing on developing and strengthening the coping skills  of kindergarten until grade 10 students in order to smoothly transition from the old to the new curriculum.

"Aside from the basic literacy tools of reading, writing and numeracy, tomorrow’s individuals will need them knowledge and skills that will equip them to participate productively in their societies. "
                                                                                                                                                  – ADB 2008

YTC is one with the  K-12  curriculum to produce Filipino graduates  who are holistically-developed with 21st century skills through its program and services geared to prepare kids and teen for higher education, middle-level skills development and entrepreneurship.

Check or call any YTC branch for more information on Summer K-12 Bridging Programs.

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