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  • Date: August 3, 2019, Saturday
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Venue: The Parenting Emporium, 29 1st St., New Manila, QC
  • Learning Fee:
    • Prepaid: P700/head inclusive of handouts, a quick reference poster, simple snack and a drink, certificate
      • If employer wants to learn with yaya and join the class, total payment for yaya and employer is P1,200
    • Walk-in/Payment on the day: P850/head inclusive of handouts, simple snack and a drink

“I really believed that the seminar has helper her be affirmed in her work, that it is more than just taking care of a child.  She is valuable. I also recommend this to my other friend. This is truly an enriching seminar.” – Mommy Cindys (March 29, 2017)

“Thank you for this seminar… My yaya cant stop talking about what she learned.. I hope she will apply it..” – Mommy Shine Buenaventura (June 11, 2016)

“Thank you so much for seminars like this. You help us boost our yaya’s morale , give them self confidence especially self worth.” – Mommy Charmaine de Guzman (June 11, 2016)

“I like the topics you covered and the way you tackled them with the yayas. The topics are very practical and relevant. Also your approach was very effective because you were able to capture their attention.” – Ms Anchet Diaz, School Directress of I.D.E.A.S Montessori

Send your yaya to us!

Above are just some of the raving messages that we received after each run of our Teacher Yaya workshop. We’ve been offering it  for more than five years already, and we always get a positive feedback from parents and school administrators.

Send your yaya to us on August 3, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium. Learning fee is P700 and includes handouts, a quick reference poster, snacks by Mama Chows, and a certificate of attendance. Employers may sit in for an additional P500.

Sometimes, it’s better to hear the following from somebody other than one’s employers:
  • A yaya’s special role in a child’s life
  • How to understand a child’s actions and not think that he is “naughty”
  • How to respond to one’s alaga
  • Why TV and tablets are not good for kids below three years old
  • Why and how to play with one’s alaga, depending on age
Let us show your yaya…
  •  The importance of her job
  • A more positive way of looking at the children under her care
  • A more informed way of caring for your children

Click here to register!

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  • Date: June 8, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Venue: The Parenting Emporium, 29 1st St., New Manila, QC
  • Learning Fee: P600/head

Something clicked the first time I heard “You are your child’s first and best teacher.” It was my greatest takeaway during my Kindermusik educators’ training more than five years ago.

The notion immediately resonated with me as a hands-on mom. I suddenly had a context for all the things that I had been doing with my daughter, which were deemed by some family and friends as “over-the-top,” but which felt so natural to me.

Perhaps, the time, attention, and effort I put into my activities with my child seemed “too much” to some. In my heart though, I was just being supportive and responsive to my infant’s developmental needs. I was being her first and best teacher.

Our Personal Mission

We have since made it our personal mission to help other parents, especially first-timers, gain confidence and find inspiration in their role as the most important teacher in their children’s lives.

We warmly invite you, especially those with newborn to three-year-old children, to a talk that we will be giving called, you guessed it, “You Are Your Child’s First and Best Teacher.”

This parent education class was first given in September 2012! It was a great group of engaged parents!

Join us on June 8 2019, from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. for a morning of learning on how to be your child’s first and best teacher.

Learning fee is P600 including snacks by Mama Chows and handouts.

Click here to register.

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  • Date: June 1, 2019, Saturday
  • Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Venue: The Parenting Emporium, 29 1st St., New Manila, QC
  • Learning Fee:
    • Prepaid: P700/head inclusive of handouts, a quick reference poster, simple snack and a drink, certificate
      • If employer wants to learn with yaya and join the class, total payment for yaya and employer is P1,200
    • Walk-in/Payment on the day: P850/head inclusive of handouts, simple snack and a drink

“I really believed that the seminar has helper her be affirmed in her work, that it is more than just taking care of a child.  She is valuable. I also recommend this to my other friend. This is truly an enriching seminar.” – Mommy Cindys (March 29, 2017)

“Thank you for this seminar… My yaya cant stop talking about what she learned.. I hope she will apply it..” – Mommy Shine Buenaventura (June 11, 2016)

“Thank you so much for seminars like this. You help us boost our yaya’s morale , give them self confidence especially self worth.” – Mommy Charmaine de Guzman (June 11, 2016)

“I like the topics you covered and the way you tackled them with the yayas. The topics are very practical and relevant. Also your approach was very effective because you were able to capture their attention.” – Ms Anchet Diaz, School Directress of I.D.E.A.S Montessori

Send your yaya to us!

Above are just some of the raving messages that we received after each run of our Teacher Yaya workshop. We’ve been offering it  for more than five years already, and we always get a positive feedback from parents and school administrators.

Send your yaya to us on June 1, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium. Learning fee is P700 and includes handouts, a quick reference poster, snacks by Mama Chows, and a certificate of attendance. Employers may sit in for an additional P500.

Sometimes, it’s better to hear the following from somebody other than one’s employers:
  • A yaya’s special role in a child’s life
  • How to understand a child’s actions and not think that he is “naughty”
  • How to respond to one’s alaga
  • Why TV and tablets are not good for kids below three years old
  • Why and how to play with one’s alaga, depending on age
Let us show your yaya…
  •  The importance of her job
  • A more positive way of looking at the children under her care
  • A more informed way of caring for your children

Click here to register!

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14Days 12Hours 52Min 24Sec

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Learning how exactly to homeschool your preschooler can be quite daunting. Doubts about homeschooling and questions about teaching your own child can get really overwhelming.

This is why we, Mariel and Sanne, have been helping parents since 2011 through The Learning Basket blog and signature parent education classes.

As a former early childhood educator (Mariel), language literacy student (Sanne), and longtime homeschool moms, we have spoken not just at our own classes, but have also been invited all over the country to speak about our various causes.

Click here for some of the testimonials parents have sent our way through the years.

Through the years, countless parents have had the knowledge and confidence to be hands-on with their children’s education after attending our workshops:

  • Some have homeschooled beyond preschool
  • Some homeschooled just in the preschool years and treasure the time they’ve spent with their children
  • Some have gone on to become fellow advocates themselves and now also give talks on homeschooling!

In order to reach more parents around the country, we are so excited to give everyone the opportunity to learn what we have been teaching and sharing all these years, through an online parent education program.

The “Starting Your Preschool Homeschool Parent Education Program”

We have been planning to bring our live parent education classes to the digital world for five years now (and we’ve even offered a few webinars in the past). Finally, it’s happening, and we can’t wait for our digital parent education program to open its doors.

It was super helpful. I knew I had to do a Paradigm shift from classroom setting to the home, from being a classroom teacher to a homeschool mom. Since I did not know the ‘how’ even if I had preschool teaching experience, I had fears.

– Mommy Wilhelmina Alba of Everything is Grace, Starting Your Preschool Homeschool Webinar attendee

That was about just one class. Imagine the possibilities for this Parent Education Program where you will have access to not one, not two, not three parent education classes, but four. These classes will help you:

  • To think deeply about early childhood and education and help you form your own stand, beliefs, and philosophy about homeschooling in the preschool years
  • To create your own preschool homeschool curriculum that’s appropriate for your child, your family, and your lifestyle
  • To make the most of your child’s childhood
  • To actually start homeschooling your child as soon as you finish the main video
How It Works

The program will open on April 22 and end on May 13 2019.

For three weeks, you will have access to the following webinars with accompanying handouts and checklists:

  • Starting Your Preschool Homeschool
    • Will guide you in what homeschooling in the early years is all about
  • Raising Readers
    • Will give you the knowledge and desire to nurture a love of reading in your child
  • Playful Learning
    • Will help you understand and appreciate an essential element of early childhood development and education
  • Planning Your Literature-Based Preschool Homeschool
    • Will give you the tools to create a well-rounded curriculum that you can tailor-fit to your family’s lifestyle and budget

BUT THERE’S MORE! As a bonus, you will also get access to an exclusive class that is about something close to our hearts and something that we have never offered before — lapbooking. It’s a tool that provides hands-on activities that you can actually keep as a keepsake.

All of these parent education classes have been offered individually in the past, helping countless parents. Together, these will address all areas of early childhood learning, helping you make your own homeschooling style and curriculum.

As you watch the videos, make sure to write down all your questions, as we will answer them all at the live Q & A that we will have at the end of the parent education program.

Register now!

Program fee is just Php 1,500.

All our live classes are priced at the already affordable price of Php 600. But, YOU will get all of the classes listed above plus the free exclusive content for just, I repeat, Php 1,500.

You can never find a more generous offer than this: proven, long-running classes at an affordable price in your own home and at your own time.

Registration period is just for two weeks, until April 21, so register NOW!

Registration is easy:
  • Add the Starting Your Preschool Homeschool Parent Education Program to your shopping cart over at the book shop. Click on the image/link below, add to cart and check out.
  • Pay for your slot through bank transfer or bank deposit
  • After confirmation of payment, you will get full access to all the videos and corresponding handouts on April 22 until May 13
  • Join the online Live Q & A on May 13 for all your burning questions and clarifications

We’re excited for you on your homeschooling journey!

Mariel & Sanne

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We love our kids, yet we always find ourselves in a dilemma over how we should discipline them and deal with misbehavior. Should we spank them? Should we just shrug our shoulders because “kids will always be kids”?

From the time that our eldest learned how to say “no” empathically at about age two, my husband and I decided to be intentional about how we would discipline her (and her subsequent siblings).

I read up on various discipline methods and was naturally drawn to Positive Discipline, which is not authoritarian and not permissive either. Having several years of positive discipline “practice” on my children and took certification to be a  Positive Discipline Parent Educator, I advocate this discipline philosophy that is respectful to children yet has boundaries.

What to expect

We will talk about the basic principles of positive discipline based on the work of Jane Nelsen. We will also have hands-on activities to learn concrete strategies in being firm yet respectful in how we communicate with our children. Here are some of the things that we will touch on:

  • Find out why children “misbehave”
  • Understand why we react to “misbehavior” – and why that word is in quotes!
  • Discover long term solutions to usual boiling points

Join us on March 30, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon of learning how to be a positive parent. Learning fee is P600 including snacks by Mama Chows, and handouts.

This parent education class has been conducted for parents in our own classes and in the corporate setting. We are so grateful for our latest opportunity to share about positive discipline to over 200 parents at the Getz Pharma National Convention on March 1, 2017 in Cebu City!

What others say about it

“Hi Mariel and Sanne! Your tips on positive discipline has helped me discipline our two-year old. I could have been an authoritarian parents because that was how I was raised (as what people say, we become our parents). Instead, I learned and still learning to become authoritative. Respect and integrity are far more effective than strictness and rigid control. And oh, the power of hug really works. Thank you!” — Jacqueline Soco-Siy

In the meantime…

In the meantime, feel free to read our various articles about Positive Discipline. Just click on the links below:

Click here to register.

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We celebrate Ash Wednesday today, marking the beginning of Lent. It is the perfect season to share wonderful traditions of our faith to our children.

While the story of Lent is filled with pain, penance, sorry, and death, let us also not forget the true meaning of the darkness: that God’s love triumphed over evil and Jesus’ resurrection saved us all from sin. This love story is what we wish our children would remember.

If you’re still looking for resources for your family, here are some of the resources that we highly recommend for different ages. Some are free resources.

1. Picture books

Picture books are excellent materials for introducing the stories of Lent and Easter to toddlers and preschoolers. Check out our recommended books here.

2. Catholic Sprouts Podcast

Here is a free resource that we absolutely love! Listen to it during downtimes, mealtimes, in traffic… you get the idea. It is filled with nuggets of wisdom that we are sure even parents will enjoy. Look for Catholic Sprouts in your favorite podcast app or website for your daily dose of “seeds of faith.”

Don’t worry about not being able to catch the episodes from the beginning. Catch up on the episodes for the week entitled, “What is Lent?” and pick up from there, just like what Mariel and family are doing.

3. Stations of the Cross for Children

It’s never too early to practice this Lenten tradition with your children. Thanks to this wonderful book, we can help our children appreciate and reflect on the passion and death of Jesus. Get your copy here.

4. Get hands on!

I am the resident crafty-momma in The Learning Basket and hands-on activities have always been part of our homeschooling. Check out our Resurrection Eggs Easter tradition, as well as this free, downloadable Easter Story Stones resource that we made with Little Human & Company a few years back.

Another favorite activity that we did for several years is Oh Amanda’s Sense of the Resurrection {affiliate link}. The ebook contains 12 activities that engage the senses and can be done loosely throughout Lent. Perfect for preschoolers and lower-elementary children.

5. Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese’s autobiography is a challenging but a must-read for teens. It can also be the perfect read-aloud to share with upper-elementary students. Therese’s life and “The Little Way” will inspire children and adults alike to live in the spirit of Lent every day. Get a copy of Story of a Soul here.

More important than the activities, though, let us remind our children that Lent is best spent in silence and prayer. May you and your family have a blessed Lenten season!

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  • Date: March 16, 2019, Saturday
  • Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Venue: The Parenting Emporium, 29 1st St., New Manila, QC
  • Learning Fee:
    • Prepaid: P700/head inclusive of handouts, a quick reference poster, simple snack and a drink, certificate
      • If employer wants to learn with yaya and join the class, total payment for yaya and employer is P1,200
    • Walk-in/Payment on the day: P850/head inclusive of handouts, simple snack and a drink

“I really believed that the seminar has helper her be affirmed in her work, that it is more than just taking care of a child.  She is valuable. I also recommend this to my other friend. This is truly an enriching seminar.” – Mommy Cindys (March 29, 2017)

“Thank you for this seminar… My yaya cant stop talking about what she learned.. I hope she will apply it..” – Mommy Shine Buenaventura (June 11, 2016)

“Thank you so much for seminars like this. You help us boost our yaya’s morale , give them self confidence especially self worth.” – Mommy Charmaine de Guzman (June 11, 2016)

“I like the topics you covered and the way you tackled them with the yayas. The topics are very practical and relevant. Also your approach was very effective because you were able to capture their attention.” – Ms Anchet Diaz, School Directress of I.D.E.A.S Montessori

Send your yaya to us!

Above are just some of the raving messages that we received after each run of our Teacher Yaya workshop. We’ve been offering it  for more than five years already, and we always get a positive feedback from parents and school administrators.

Send your yaya to us on March 16, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium. Learning fee is P700 and includes handouts, a quick reference poster, snacks by Mama Chows, and a certificate of attendance. Employers may sit in for an additional P500.

Sometimes, it’s better to hear the following from somebody other than one’s employers:
  • A yaya’s special role in a child’s life
  • How to understand a child’s actions and not think that he is “naughty”
  • How to respond to one’s alaga
  • Why TV and tablets are not good for kids below three years old
  • Why and how to play with one’s alaga, depending on age
Let us show your yaya…
  •  The importance of her job
  • A more positive way of looking at the children under her care
  • A more informed way of caring for your children

Click here to register!

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The People Power Revolution was a celebrated event,  a bloodless uprising that toppled a dictator of 20 years. It showed nationalism and love of country at its finest.

Sadly, though, it is also a historic event that has been getting ignored of late. While the whirring of helicopters still remind those like me who lived through those days, to the young ones, it is just one part of history that they have to study and memorize. Just like any other historical event, it has lost its relevance to this generation.

It’s not easy to teach history these days

It is not always easy to teach history and current events, especially in these days of fake news and desensitized news writing.

So how do we solve this problem? With selected books, of course!

Below is a list of books that we have used throughout the years as we remember those four eventful days that put our beloved Philippines on the map.

1. Filway’s Philippine Almanac

For elementary and high school students. Available at Filway Marketing.

A reference book that offers snippets of daily list of historical events, as well as featured stories and information that give a deeper understanding of Philippine culture and history

2. Edsa by Russell Molina

For preschoolers. Available at the TLB Book Shop.

A counting book in Filipino featuring the scenes during the four days of the revolution. Perfect to introduce this event in our country’s history to young children.

3. At the School Gate by Sandra Nicole Roldan

For elementary to high school students. Available here.

This beautifully written book shows how Martial Law affected children. Based on the author’s experiences, it doesn’t get more real than this. Available here.

4. Isang Harding Papel by Augie Rivera

For elementary students. Available here.

Augie Rivera powerfully shows what Martial Law was like for a child and her incarcerated mother, and the joy they felt when she was finally released after the People Power Revolution. Available here.

5. Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth featuring Ninoy Aquino, Edjop, and Macliing Dulag by Bookmark

For elementary students.

Biographies are powerful because they show the children that history is created by real people who had families, people who hoped of a better world.

The Modern Heroes series includes these three Filipinos who fought against a powerful dictator. And while they may not have enjoyed the fruits of their battle, we are reminded of how their bravery is the reason for the freedom that we enjoy today.

  • Edjop: A Child of the Storm available here.
  • Ninoy Aquino: A Courageous Homecoming available here.
  • The Pangat, the Mountains, and the River available here.
  • Lakay Billy: Defender of Indigenous People available here.
6. Si Jhun-Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara ang Batas Militar

For elementary students. Available here.

A young brother learns about the realities of life when his brother goes missing around the time of Martial Law.

People Power

As parents, we have the responsibility to open our children’s eyes to the realities of the world. It is our turn inspire our children to guard our country’s democracy and freedom. Let’s tell them stories of what happened in the past, so that they will have a better future.

Let the observance of the People Power Revolution be not just a holiday, but a day where we remember the past and instill a love of country in the next generation of heroes.

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Are you a parent who worries about your child’s inability to speak, or even understand, his native tongue?

You’re not alone.

A lot of parents and teachers talk about students’ inability and reluctance to speak Filipino. Tutorial centers for the subject abound, and students’ Filipino grade usually blights an otherwise outstanding report card.

I’m one of those parents. My kids speak mostly English, and when we speak to them in Filipino, they would answer: “Ayoko po.”

It’s a funny-not funny situation that I have thought about quite a lot over the years. We have experimented with different methods. In fact, I’ve already written several articles about it.

The tips I shared here three years ago were quite helpful. This time, though, I have another one for you all.

The first step is…

Sometimes, we focus on the results and forget the basics.

The first step to teaching kids to speak Filipino better is building comprehension their understanding of the language.

And how do we accomplish that? It’s actually easy: you expose your child to lots and lots of Filipino words. Grammar and speaking will follow.

Reading aloud books (picture books for younger ones, longer chapter books for older kids), enjoying Filipino poetry, and singing praise and folk songs will help unlock vocabulary words that will make them more comfortable in using the language.

Easy? You bet. You can do it.

Here’s how

In order to ease your child to grow in understanding Filipino, pick up a book and just read through it as slowly as you need to.

Here’s an easy way to do it
  1. Read even just one page a day. For novels for older kids, a chapter a week (in one read-aloud session or more) would be great!
  2. Ask your child to tell back in his own words – in English or Filipino – what you read. Depending on his level of comprehension, you can read one sentence at a time, going longer as you go along.
  3. Some kids love to draw. Ask your child to draw a scene from what you’ve read. Don’t dictate how they’ll do it. It’s not a problem if your child wouldn’t draw.
  4. Before continuing the book on the next reading day, ask your child to recap what he remembers from your last reading.

As you do this over and over through different books, you will see your child’s comprehension of the language grow. As he advances, you can ask him to retell in Filipino, even for just one sentence.

Booklist

Here are some of the Filipino books that we’ve enjoyed reading (and planning to read) with our children and which helped them grow in understanding our language.

All are available at our online children’s bookshop.

1. Picture Books

Picture books are not just for little ones. If you feel you need to start with really simple books, go ahead and check out the books below.

We enjoy a lot of Filipino books, but here are our favorites:

  • The books on The Learning Basket’s Guides to Enjoying and Learning from Philippine Children’s Picture Books. These are FREE TO DOWNLOAD guides to help parents engage with their kids using Philippine published books. Some of the books are written in English but most are in Filipino; just choose the Filipino language ones.

  • Fun Filipino Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Beginning Readers – Click here to go to the list!
2. Folk Songs

Singing folk songs is a great way to get some Filipino words rolling in kids’ tongues.

  • Bahay Kubo – A picture book of the classic folk song
  • Antukin – A collection of lullabies in different Filipino dialects
  • Pagtulog Na Nene – A Hiligaynon lullaby, if your mother tongue is not Tagalog
3. Riddles, Proverbs, Poetry

4. Short Novels / Short Stories for Older Kids – Note: You should still read these aloud to them!

  • Anina ng Mga Alon – Anina is a Badjao, growing up in the company of the sea. Like a friend, she knows its songs and moods by heart. Learn about another distinct culture in the Philippines.
  • Owl Friends (Filipino Edition)– A beautiful tale of friendship between a lowlander and an Aeta that will give you an opportunity to talk about prejudices
  • The Secret (Filipino Edition) – A tale of suspense and courage in a convent where young schoolgirls stay to survive the Second World War
  • Birdflight (Filipino Edition) – A rich novel that not only introduces the young reader to environmental issues and to the beauty of the many birds that make the Philippines their home, it also tells a story of friendship, unity and courage

Reading familiar stories is great in increasing comprehension because the child will already have a basic understanding of the story.

  • Odysseus and the Cyclops (Bilingual flip book) – Mined from the ancient treasure trove of Greek mythology
  • The Trojan Horse (Bilingual flip book) – Mined from the ancient treasure trove of Greek mythology
  • Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang – The three volumes of this series feature the stories popularized by Lola Basyang / Severino Reyes in beautiful old Tagalog
5. Philippine Classics

It’s never too early to start reading the classics. Though most students in the Philippines are introduced to the following titles in high school, you can actually start reading the original stories in the elementary years. Click here to read how to do it!

Start now!

Yes, it’s frustrating and a bit of head scratcher why a lot of Filipino kids are struggling with speaking their native tongue.

One more piece of advice? Just start now. Pick a book, cuddle your child, and read.

A little bit of reading everyday or every week is better than not doing it at all.

Reading consistently will expose your child naturally to the language, building his skills in understanding and speaking.

If you’re looking for a particular book…

Just ask us! We would be happy to help you find the right book for your child.

Oh, and always check our shop for new uploads. You’ll never know what treasure you’ll find on our pages.

Mariel and Sanne

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