Abot Tala was originally intended for young people ages 12 to 18, but after opening this April 2019, we realized it was too good not to share the experience to kids from 6 to 11 years old. Thus, Abot Tala Junior was formed with its separate space and a complete team of mentor-teachers eager to redefine school for the 21st-century learner. As an interest-led learning center, Abot Tala Junior seeks to celebrate and honor each child’s innate curiosity, what they are naturally drawn to and their unique way of seeing the world.
The program focuses on:
- Values and character
- The importance of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration
- Laying and strengthening the foundation for skills in reading, writing math
- Integrated learning – science, history, social studies, entrepreneurship, environment and other topics integrated into activities that are interactive and engaging
- Interest-led and personalized – following the child’s interests and where that could lead them
Two sets of age groups:
- Ages 6, 7, 8
- Ages 9, 10, 11
Just like Abot Tala for Teens, Abot Tala Junior is not a school. The children who join this program are either homeschooling already or intend to homeschool. Abot Tala Junior is an alternative to mainstream school. If the children want to transition to regular school, they need to take the PEP Test at DepEd or get a homeschool provider.
Families can choose whether their kids attend Abot Tala Junior once, twice, thrice or four times a week. There are no grades, report cards or certificates. Every two or three months, there will be a presentation of the children’s works. Any child can join at any point of the year.
Here are a few examples of our weekly schedule. Activities cater to all multiple intelligences and learning styles. There is self-directed and interest-led learning without neglecting academic foundation skills.
Academics – reading, writing, math
Activities – any of the following: art, crafts, music, dance, cooking, experiments, building, creating; with a wide range of topics: history, science, social studies, Filipino, geography, environment, current events, mindfulness, etc.
Program Director / Head Teacher: Potch Dizon Turner
Art Teacher: Maggie Yoingco
Guest Teacher: Owie dela Cruz
ABOT TALA JUNIOR officially starts this Monday, August 12, 2019. Kids can join at any point of the year. Families can choose for their kids to attend once, twice, thrice or four times a week. For those who would like to try out for a week or to try out certain days, there is the fee per week and per day.