Raya’s Room

Take a peek on what goes on in our daughter’s room. It’s always busy with sounds of a running sewing machine, washing of paint brushes, hammering, and cutting. I call it the factory of pretty things.


Raya created this artwork last week using wooden letters from Typo (Greenbelt 5) and just splashed craft paint in a canvas.

More posts in Raya’s Room coming soon!

The Most Amazing Book Ever

Our family believes that the Bible is the Word of God. We are committed to grow in the knowledge of Jesus through His Word and so we have prioritized the “passing of God’s Word” to our children through homeschooling. The toughest challenge in teaching God’s Word is that the best way to teach it is to LIVE it. As you share the Christ-like principles through the parables and verses by WORD, you also need to show it by DEEDS.

To honor God and how He has blessed us with His Word, my first “official” post is about GOD’s WORD and homeschooling.

After 16 years of being parents, we’ve moved from reading verses to the baby in the womb, to Bible verses in lullabies and children’s songs, to toddler Bibles, to Bible story books with lots of illustrations (from realistic, to cartoon, to comic!) to Bible Devotionals and now, they’re all reading from the same version I use and the challenge is to read the whole BIBLE, verse by verse, chapter by chapter.

These are the  first few and favorite  Children’s Bibles of the children:

It's more fun when it rhymes
It’s more fun when it rhymes
The Bible as our babies made their first steps .
The Bible as our babies made their first steps .
Another version with more text for older children.....
Another version with more text for older children…..
The Bible for the preschoolers and early primary years.
The Bible for the  early primary years, with lots of added information .
The BIBLE that points to JESUS in every story
The BIBLE that points to JESUS in every story


Heare are some of the Children’s Bibles that Powerbooks had last Holy Week 2015.


Here are some of my interesting finds (Cost: Php 450-500++):

Jesus Calling Bible Storybook
Sample page from the Jesus Calling Storybook
Sample page from the Jesus Calling Storybook
Collection of Bible Stories
Collection of Bible Stories
Sample page from 100 Bible Stories
Sample page from 100 Bible Stories
More details in this version
The Children’s Illustrated BIble – More Realistic illustrations
One story for every day of the year
One story for every day of the year
One Day, One Bible Story
One Day, One Bible Story,

Other versions may be purchased from Fully Booked, OMF Bookstores  and PCBS (Philippine Christian Book Stores).

Let me end by sharing my two homeschooled kids’ memory verse last week, Psalm 119:105 (New International Version), “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”  Indeed, the best treasure we can give our children is God’s Word, which we pray will take root in their hearts to guide them  and lighten their path.

Happy reading!

Soft Opening of HomesCool.ph

Oh my! Is this for real? I somehow knew that this had to start at some point. Thankful to Janna & Ian Simpao and Zoe Tuico who helped set this up. And so as the Nike tagline goes, just do it. So here it is. Born April 4, 2015, homescool.ph is a homeschooling blog born from our home. I am Donna Simpao, a homeschooler in the Philippines for the past 13 years. I’ve been married to Gilbert, my college sweetheart, and we have four children, Vince, Marco, Gino and Raya. Our two older boys, Vince and Marco are now in regular schools and we still have Raya, and Gino, in our “leaner” homeschool batch this school year.

Education-wise, I graduated grade and high school from Maryknoll (now Miriam) and completed a degree in Psychology in UP Diliman. I went further to earn a medical degree from UP College of Medicine but shortly after passing the boards, my husband was assigned abroad and I was not able to pursue my residency.

As we settled back in 2001, the wonderful window of homeschooling opened up with the help of my sister, Ate Felichi Buizon, who was then two years into homeschooling. Not only did I open the window but truly opened my heart and all doors of our home as I embraced homeschooling. Homeschooling four children became a full-time career for me eventually as more children came.

Encouragement is so important in the homeschooling community. And this is the main purpose of this blog, to encourage all those who may opt to formally or informally “homeschool” their children. Though this blog may be most helpful to the “official” and registered homeschoolers, we all know that every home is a school for every child. So I guess that explains “dropping” the word “school” from this blog’s name. I’d like to reach out to every parent out there who wishes to make her home a fun and cool place to learn and grow.