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A Community Effort

Kairos parents aren’t left to homeschool all on their own. Whether through materials, seminars, events, MAPEH classes, or regular communication, we help our parents experience the benefits of an educational community.

Stuck on a certain subject? Our teachers and fellow families are right here in the thick of it with you. Need friendship and encouragement? Whom better to befriend than parents and children who understand exactly what you’re going through?

Homeschooling is not lone schooling. Let Kairos be the Christian, Chinese community your child needs.

Structure vs. Freedom

Homeschooling without guidance or structure can be a daunting experience. Kairos simplifies the work for our families by providing curriculum, training, and community for all students and parents. By pre-dividing each year’s studies into four quarters, Kairos helps families focus on teaching one step at a time. By developing all tests, exams, and daily work requirements ahead of time, we let our parents invest themselves in the most valuable area of all: spending time to teach and enjoy their children.

Kairos strives to provide structure for families through our scheduling, curriculum, and group activities. At the same time, families may be as flexible as desired in teaching different subjects within each assigned quarter. Freedom and structure coexist to create the best possible educational opportunities for our students.

Types of Language Learning

Learning a new language is a time of great discovery and great challenge. Whether students are second language learners who are immersed in their target language’s culture or foreign language learners who are attempting to acquire a language not available in their immediate environment, students need assistance to make acquiring a new tongue a successful endeavor.

At Kairos, our Chinese curriculum is designed for heritage language learners – students who have experienced the Chinese language in their family and home, who understand the value of its legacy. Filipino is approached as a second language while English is built as a mother tongue. Students are expected to master English and basic Chinese in preschool and to learn Filipino starting from Grade One.

By combining home environment and school instruction, we aim to make multilingual learning a reality for all.

First Time for Everything

The first year of homeschooling is the most decisive for families, and Kairos tries to make it work for you. Not sure how to homeschool? Not a problem.

For families with children 3 years of age, our nursery program includes all learning materials and four skills-based assessments sessions. Parents join our training seminars and workshops as we help you to foster your child’s growth in behavioral, cognitive, academic, language, and physical development. Even young children can learn great things.

For families with older children, we serve you by providing all learning materials and regular checkpoints in the form of quarter exams. Students do their daily work at home before coming to school for exams four weeks each year. It helps to know how your child is doing!

Don’t let the thought overwhelm you. There’s a first time for everything, and we’re right here to help.

Chinese Education

In a growing global village, Kairos helps in equipping our children by requiring each student to learn Filipino, English, as well as Chinese throughout our grade levels. Preschool students start by listening and learning conversational Chinese, while elementary students add literacy into the mix. Students are encouraged to learn direct character recognition, without relying on phonetic symbols or picture prompts. All students are required to learn Chinese – for speaking, reading, and writing!

Let us partner with your family in raising multilingual learners. You learn a language, you open a world!

Opening Grade 4!

Kairos is happy to announce that we are opening our doors to Grade 4 students for school year 2017-2018! Having served families in Nursery to Grade 3 during this current school year, Kairos will expand our horizons one school year at a time to meet the needs of homeschooling families. The adventure never stops!

Interested families may reach out to our office or online contacts throughout upcoming weeks to learn more about the system and our inquiry events as well. Happy homeschooling!

CLASS Days

CLASS Days are a signature event for Kairos and all our enrolled families.  Once every three weeks, students come to the Kairos center to enjoy stories, friendships, fun, and access to special learning. Each letter represents something great!

C – Chapel. Every CLASS Day, students learn important stories that encourage specific character traits. Teachers share Biblical and moral narratives that help pave the way to nurturing a child’s heart.

L – Library. The Kairos library currently stocks over 200 titles and is constantly adding more. A good book is a child’s best friend! Enrolled students are allowed to borrow up to 5 books at a time, for return during the next CLASS Day.

A – Activities. With so many families gathered together, Kairos maximizes these occasions by highlighting them with special activities. From group games to crafts, from performances to decorating, students experience collaborative projects that allow them to meet friends, make friends, and make special memories.

S – Submissions. Families enrolled in Kindergarten and upwards are allowed and encouraged to submit their tests and projects as students progress. There’s nothing more satisfactory than handing in a job well done! Test scores are emailed to families within a week of submission.

S – Support. Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. Teachers and other parents make themselves available each time to share tips, reference content, and provide encouragement. Ask our faculty any questions or concerns, and meet your partners in Kairos!

A Multilingual Experience

Using English as the primary mother tongue, Kairos helps our students to grow up in a multilingual environment. Science, Math, Bible, and all other academic subjects come with complete English instructions, while Chinese and Filipino are introduced as second languages at early levels. To personalise the experience further, families are also permitted to choose between Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Prepare your child to live in the world’s global village!

Help Where Help’s Needed

As a provider helmed by experienced homeschoolers, Kairos focuses our efforts in the areas where homeschooling families need the most assistance. By targeting specific needs in the homeschooling community, we hope to continue providing an affordable, supportive, and multifaceted homeschool education.

1. Credit. One primary need for homeschoolers in the Philippines involves recognition by the Department of Education. Through a partnership with a Chinese, Christian private school, we offer academic credit for all our students’ work. Kairos graduates may transfer schools or apply to college just as any private school student would.

2. Curriculum. With the myriad of education choices facing each family, Kairos helps by providing a basic, comprehensive curriculum. Each book in each subject is curated by seasoned homeschoolers based upon relevance, worldview, quality, and suitability for the homeschool setting. A holistic, inclusive program allows families to focus on implementation and teaching.

3. Community. Through regular CLASS Days, field trips, and other joint activities, Kairos helps homeschoolers find like-minded company for their homeschooling journeys. Both students and parents can meet and partner with other Kairos families to share tips, encouragement, friendship, and ideas.

4. Capacity. By consolidating multiple families’ resources, Kairos invests in a school library, parent training, and non-academic classes to round-out the homeschooling experience. We procure academic supplies, ones that one family may want yet hesitate to purchase, for all families to use.

As we continue the journey through our first school year, may the Lord use each of the above avenues to enable families, one after another.

The Story of Kairos

God’s story for Kairos began when the United Evangelical Church of Malabon considered the establishment of a homeschool ministry in the middle months of 2014. During those months of prayer, the church board noted the absence of a school in the Philippines that meets the needs of families who want the following four components in their children’s education.

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Christian
  3. Chinese
  4. Recognized by the Department of Education

Prayer led to purpose and planning, and those elements eventually culminated in the establishment of the Kairos Homeschool Academy school board by the latter half of 2015. Not wanting to rush haphazardly into the field, Kairos board and staff have since prepared curriculum, facilities, schedules, and materials for homeschooling parents in anticipation of enrollment in 2016.

By God’s grace, our first school year has started today as we shared the complete curriculum, learning materials, and opening seminar with our parents. May the school year being glory to our Lord!

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