Animal Habitats
Rainforest Animals

This week in our homeschool first grade science class, we are going to learn the different homes and habitats for some animals that we chose to study. We have created some visual aids for this lesson. Please feel free to download the files.

Scarlet Macaw

In this post we included some facts about rainforest animals. Please watch for the remaining lessons and free printable files about wetland, grassland, ocean, polar and desert animals. We will post one group daily for this week’s lesson.

Spider Monkey

Vegetable Picking – A Homeschool Summer Outdoor Activity


#eggplant anyone? Our #homeschool #fieldtrip gave us lots of #goodies. We went #veggie picking. It was #fun and #immersive.

There are varied ways to #learn. We chose to homeschool our kids not because we don’t believe in #traditionalschooling. It is more because we intend to give them #christianbased #education with #strong #stem background.

It is almost impossible to get all that in either public or private school. You will probably get one depending on which school you choose but you won’t get both. Santi’s expertise is #religion and I have a #science degree, we both felt the need to give our kids their #best chance to develop optimally.

Santi had over 10 years experience teaching in grade school and middle school while I had few years experience teaching science in a junior college. We are definitely not experts but we are constantly researching to make us more effective teachers for our kids to benefit in our homeschool.

#1stgrade #homeschool #1stgradehomeschool #homeschooled #homeschooling #homeschooledkids #homeschooloutdoors #homeschoolideas #homeschoolcurriculum #homeschoollifestyle #fieldtrip #homeschoolcollective #unschooling #preK #prekactivities

First Grade Artwork

My 5-year and I had our homeschool session this morning. We tried finger painting on a canvas. Trust me this art does not look as great as it is in the picture. The camera made it look more vivid but we are very happy with the outcome.

Materials used:

Crayola washable paint. You can find this everywhere even at Walgreens.

8 x 10 canvas available at the Dollar Store and all of your local art supply stores.

Foam brush available at Walmart, Target or the Dollar Store.

Homeschool FREE PDF Printable Reading Log

Love to read? Here’s something for you.

Esperanza at 2 years and 6 months old

Our FREE PDF PRINTABLE READING LOG. We created this for our little one but thought we could share this to other families too. Enjoy!

How Moms In Healthcare Are Affected By The Pandemic

Life at work has never been as stressful as it is since the pandemic started. It has been seventeen months and we are still scrambling to get over this pandemic. I am apolitical. I don’t care which side you are at. I just know that the virus exist. It is not a hoax nor is it a political propaganda. People are dying yet some still insist that it is non-existent. If not, they downplay what this virus is capable of.

We all have families. The people who work in healthcare like me also have families. We sacrifice ourselves and the safety of our families to serve our community. We are getting exhausted. A lot of us are burnt out. A lot of us already quit. When will others start caring for the community? I could only wish I know the answer. Witnessing how lives are taken by this virus in a blink of an eye is more than just taxing.

Yes, healthcare workers may have seen death hundreds of times before the pandemic but we haven’t experienced seeing more young adults fight for their lives. It is heartbreaking. The emotional trauma that we in healthcare are enduring affect not just us but our families too. Women like me who need to care for our young children at home after work are hit hard especially at this point when we are seeing kids getting sick.

I used to say that I am able to balance my work life and my family life very well. I don’t know how but I was sure that I did. Unfortunately, I could not say the same now. Each time I step out of my house to be at work, I immediately feel the stress. Everything is uncertain. I don’t know how my day will go. I don’t know what I am going to witness. It is tough!

I wish people can set aside pride and political views. I wish more people will think of the good deeds they can do for the community in the midst of a public health crisis instead of thinking that they are being stripped off their basic rights and freedom. I know I can only wish because the truth is there are a lot who can never think beyond themselves. Reality hurts but it is what it is.

This is my sister. She is a doctor.
She is a pulmonologist.
She has a 6-year old daughter and a 2-year old son.
She is hurting because she has seen the worst of this pandemic through her patients but she has to stay strong to continue serving the community.

Life at Work

We live in an era where women work to help provide for the family. For some, it is an option while for others it is a must. No matter what your situation is, I think we all agree that it is tough to balance life being a wife, a mom and a career woman. But, it is definitely manageable!

The question is, how do you balance it all? How do you prioritize things? How do you manage to care for your kids, support your husband, maintain your home and still succeed at work? Like most working Moms, I have no clue how I manage to make each day happen. All I know is that my life is never perfect. In fact, it is far from perfect.

My life is not easy but I know I am blessed. We all are! We just have to look around us and accept what we have been blessed with. It is called GRATITUDE. We need to start each day with a grateful heart. This is the secret recipe that is keeping me sane through the years. No matter how tough life gets, I still thank God each morning for all His blessings.

#scienceiscool #scienceisreal #womeninscience #strongwomen #studygram #studymotivation

DIY Nontoxic Play Dough Recipe

Kids have so much energy. I can only wish I have it too. Kids can’t stay still. They have to constantly move. At times, it gets frustrating for parents especially when they need to do chores and run errands but just couldn’t get it done because of the kids. My personal go to activity for my little one when I need her to stay clear of my way is to keep her little hands busy with play dough.

I love this activity because it is so easy and it is always a win! Telling my 5-year old that we are making our own play dough automatically sets her mood for fun. It shifts her focus right away. All I need to do is help her get started with the measurements. I used to do everything with her when she was only two. But, now that she is older, I trust her to do all the hard work, the kneading, rolling and cutting. She loves the idea of being independent. Accomplishing a task on her own gives her confidence a boost.

Choco Loco



1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar (I skipped this last time and the play dough that we made still came out nice)

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 cup warm water

1 teaspoon food powder to color (I used neon gel food color because it looks brighter)

OPTIONAL: Few drops of therapeutic grade essential oil (I match my scents with the colors that I use)

These play dough balls smell great!

Purple dough – lavender essential oil

Yellow dough – lemon essential oil

Orange dough – orange essential oil

Green dough – eucalyptus or mint essential oil

Red or pink dough – floral scent like rose or geranium

Blue dough – energy booster essential oil

Brown dough – chocolate essential oil


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl adding flour, salt, and cream of tartar in small amounts to avoid a lumpy mixture.

Add oil and water to the dry ingredients. Stir well. Divide in smaller amounts.

Add the food coloring of your choice and mix well. Knead and roll until the consistency feels perfect to you.

Add few drops of essential oil if desired.

Store the playdough in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

ABC 123

Homeschool Math Aid for 1st Grade

Please feel free to download our FREE PDF PRINTABLE Math aid for 1st grader. Soon we will post a video in our YouTube channel using these printables for our daily Math drill.


Life Goes On

August 23, 2021, our homeschool session at our local library.

CoVid19 pandemic created a different world for all of us. Yes, Esperanza has been homeschooled ever since she was 2 years old. Yzzabella started 100% homeschool this year after being on remote learning for the last quarter of 2019-2020 school year.

When Illinois shutdown on March 15, 2020, all schools transitioned to remote learning up to the end of that academic year. When 2020-2021 school year started back in August 2020, the schools only offered remote classes for the first quarter. It was during the second quarter when the schools started giving the families in-person learning option. Our family chose to continue with online learning until the end of the school year.

Over summer break, we researched on other options that are available and fit for our family’s need. We have Esperanza, she is too young to be eligible for the vaccine. Santi, Yzzabella and I have all been vaccinated. As parents, we wanted both our kids to be safe. Despite that, we are also aware of their need for socialization among their peers or age group. Thus, we asked Yzzabella to voice out her thoughts and to let us know what will work best for her.

She knew that we were doing research on all possible learning alternatives for her and her sister. She was insistent on doing remote classes for another year due to the surge of delta cases. The continuous mutation of the virus will create more variants in the coming days. She knew her sister need to be protected. She knew that her Dad, being immunocompromised, is at high risk. She also knew and understood that having been vaccinated does not guarantee that we will never get infected.

Yzzabella’s school did not offer any remote classes this year. There were times when we received conflicting school communications regarding mask mandates and their Covid19 protocol. Until one day, we got the message about the school board deciding not to implement obligatory mask on students and staff regardless of vaccination status. That was our turning point. We decided to pull Yzzabella out of school which she agreed. We then registered her as a full time homeschooler just like her little sister.

All the different public health measures that the schools are currently implementing does not directly affect our family. But, we too, feel the effects of this pandemic. We are not complaining. We strongly believe that we all need to do our part to help keep our community safe, protected and healthy. We are navigating our lives on a daily basis by adjusting what needs to get adjusted in order to conform with public health mandates like staying at home, wearing mask, social distancing and getting vaccinated.

As a homeschool family, we used to have more activities that involved learning outside of our home but that drastically changed during past 16 months. We stayed home for an entire year. We took advantage of delivery and grocery pick up services that our local stores offer. We skipped parties and even close family get together. We took our kids out from their extracurricular activities. They stopped going to martial arts school. They moved on with music school online instead of their one-on-one in-person lessons. As healthcare workers, we wanted our family to be compliant with the mandates for public safety. Like everyone else, we too, got stuck at home.

One thing that we loved to do during the lockdown was taking our kids out for joy rides a couple of days a week. We wanted them to enjoy few hours outside but still away from people other than those in our household. We let them play in our yard but they knew the danger of the virus. They always went back inside the house when there were other people around. It was an extremely long 2020 but it made our family closer. It made us realize the importance of time spent well with family.

When the world stopped, our family changed our routine. We canceled our planned trips and vacations. We kept our kids at home. Santi and I went out only for necessities that couldn’t be delivered nor picked up curbside. We did everything online except for our jobs because we were not fortunate to be able do it remotely. The past year was definitely a trying time for our family. There was a time when it seemed like there was nothing left but hope. Yes, we held on tight and believed that things will eventually get back to where it was.

Finally, the world reopened. It was great news but it also came with some terrifying news for our family. Both Santi and I were struggling with health issues. Santi was diagnosed with cancer. I had an ectopic pregnancy. We had nothing good left other than the kids being healthy and us still having our income to support our needs. Our family life seemed upside down. The things that we were looking forward to as family were all put on hold because we had to restructure our plans to accommodate Santi’s therapy and my healing. It was exhausting for us and the kids but life goes on.

We all have countless blessings from up above that oftentimes are left unnoticed. Simple things like having our family close to us or being in an area where everything is accessible. Our family has always been grateful for our parents’ health, the kids’ health, our safety, our jobs and our capability to continuously share our blessings in form of church tithe. We are not wealthy but God had always and is still providing for us. He planted our family in a place where we have everything that we need. When things get tough, we always remind ourselves how other people from other parts of the world live their lives suffering with zero sight of a better future.

Yes, we are being tested. We are struggling but unlike others we did not lose our jobs during the pandemic. Having our jobs also gave us the advantage of having medical insurance that we especially needed for Santi’s therapy and my constant need for doctor’s visit and varied testing during my bout with ectopic pregnancy. At that point in our lives when we both were too weak to travel and the kids have not yet been vaccinated, the only thing that got us excited was when our local library reopened.

It may be boring to some but it was great news for our family. It was sometime during the first quarter of this year when our library reopened its doors to our community. We knew we couldn’t go anywhere soon. Even if there were more places that tried to reopen for tourist, our family needed to stay put. We didn’t want to complicate Santi’s treatment schedule. We also didn’t want to take any risk. There was nothing left around that we were interested in doing other than getting back to an activity that we used to do with the kids. Visiting the library twice or thrice a week is one of our family’s favorite. Our library’s reopening provided us the opportunity to spend time leisurely in its premises and to hold our homeschool session in a safe environment at least few days a week.

Seeing other families with young kids like ours in the library make us feel some sense of normalcy. Seeing young children running and hopping around full of energy bring back life to an otherwise empty room. It is sad not being able to see their smiles but most kids seem not to care whether or not they see their friends’ pearly whites. It is us, parents, that worry most about the possible mental health effects that all these events might bring to ourselves and our children. Indeed, kids are more resilient than adults. Their inexperience make them worry less about what is going on these days but it doesn’t mean that they are free of the negative effects.

For now, we are dwelling on the fact that the country remained open and has no plan for another shutdown. One step at a time. One day the world will heal. One day we will all heal. One day we will get back to normalcy but that will be a different kind of normal.

#5yearsold #homeschooled #firstgrade