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A Touching Story of a Daughter on Her Battle To Save Her Father’s Life

A Touching Story of a Daughter on Her Battle To Save Her Father’s Life

Nothing hurts more than knowing someone important in your life is in pain. That someone who used to be a vision of a strong man whom you can lean on. That someone who protected you from your reckless decisions. That someone who taught you how to ride a bike. That someone you call Dad.

Joanna William, a 19-year-old student from the Philippines, is now going through the biggest trial of her life. Her 47-year-old father, John, has deteriorated and now barely hanging on to his life. It started with pneumonia, an illness that can be treated easily, but for someone poverty stricken, it’s a struggle to even afford medical consultation.

Here’s her story:

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My name is Joanna William, my father, John, was diagnosed with pneumonia last June. We didn’t have any money to have him treated, so his health slowly deteriorated since. By September, he can no longer walk and speak. He frequently complains of pain and quickly lost a lot of weight down to flesh and bones.

A few days ago, November 7, 2016, around 5pm, we finally got the chance to consult a doctor. The doctor said my father needed to be confined immediately, if not, his condition will worsen and may even lead to his death. We rushed him to a public hospital (Ospital Ning Angeles) that same day at around 8pm. There were no vacant rooms. Everyone is busy. No one seem to care. We were distraught beyond words. We went home, tired, hungry, and without a single ray of hope that my father will get better. He cried not because of pain, but because he doesn’t want to be a burden to us.

He needs to be confined to a hospital, he needs insulin treatment twice a day, he needs to eat healthy, he needs to learn how to speak and walk again. He needs help.

We are asking for your help. We need prayers to help us withstand this trial. We need monetary assistance to pay for his hospital bills, medicines, and treatment. Any amount will make a difference.

Aku pu y Joanna William. At y tatang ku, y John, mika pneumonia ya pu anyang June. Ala ke pung sapat a pera ba mi yang apaulung masalese, anya manibat anya ditak ditak yapung mengayna pamikakatawan. At aniang September ene pu mekalakad at mekapagsalita.

Anya pung milabasan a aldo, November 7, apalawe miya king doctor. Anyang aldong ayti papa admit dane, nun e pu kanu ma admit agad, lala ing panamdaman na, at maliari mu namang mantung king pangamate. Ita mu rin pung aldong ayta, pilayi mi ne ONA, bandang alas otsu ning bengi. Dapot alang bakanting kwartu. At edake rigu sikasu. Minuli keng mapagal at maranup. Lakwas ne pung masakit penamdaman y tatang ku. Menangis ya e pauli ning sakit na, nun ne gaganakan na kami at eya bisang maging pabayat.

Kelangan na pung ma confine. Kelangan nang misaksakan insulin aduang besis king patingapun. Kelangan na pung mangan masalese bayang mibalik sikanan, kanita makapagsalita at makalakad yang pasibayu.

Kelangan mi pu ing sawup yu. Kelangan mi pu ing dakal a panalangin king Ibpa, ba kaming mikabyus king sitwasyun a ini. At kelangan mi mu rin pu sana ing pinansyal a sawup para king gastus king ospital at panulu ng tatang ku.

Kelangan mi pung makalikum Php70,000 para king gastus ng ospital y tatang. Nanu man pung ulaga manibat kekayu, maragul nang kabaldugan at maragul sawup kekami lakwas na kang tatang ku.

Dakal pung salamat, ing upaya at pagpapala ning Ginu abutan na ko ngan.

To help her family, you can send your donations through their Generosity Fundraising. As simple as sharing her story can make a difference.

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Published on November 7, 2018

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

Figure Out the Laws

Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

Decide on an Approach

Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

Supplies/Resources

Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

Find a Community

Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

7 Different Homeschooling Methods

1. School-At-Home

Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

  • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
  • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
  • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

2. Classical

One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

3. Unit Studies

Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

  • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
  • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
  • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

4. Charlotte Mason

This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

5. Montessori

Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

6. Unschooling

Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

7. Eclectic/Relaxed

As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

Email

Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

Google Drive/Calendar

Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

Ebooks

Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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E-Courses

When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

Some recommendations:

Youtube

Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

Some recommendations:

Final Thoughts

Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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