Saturday, November 15, 2008

The book when it was first sold

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That is how the first edition looked like, in colors red and yellow. I was trying to keep printing costs low with this 100-page book. The pages were immaculate and quality book paper was used. The first printing was for 2000 units. 900 were sold out in a year.

I'm also glad to say I went the extra mile and registered this material for copyright at the National Library of the Philippines. I thank myself, otherwise I would be sorry by now if I had not done so.

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Please find the status of the book at the National Library of the Philippines. You may check the status on the Search Form by keying in: Teaching Your Child How To Read In 90 Days.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Top Ten Entrecard Droppers for October 2008

This is the first time I will post this, although I've been a member for months now. My apologies to all.

But many thanks to all droppers! I have enjoyed visiting your blogs very much as well! It's a pleasure to meet new bloggers through Entrecard, which reminds me I'll be featuring the "newbies" I just met.

So here goes:

1 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

2 Proud To Be Filipina's Corner

3 Subjective Soup

4 ADHD is the culprit!

5 JDBelle's insights

6 Random Thoughts

7 Communication Exchange

8 Prove Me Wrong

9 100% Batangueno

10 It's My Party



Thanks to all and congratulations! Hope you keep coming back =)

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Friday, October 24, 2008

I Love Senator Santiago!

I love the feisty Senator Santiago I saw tonight on tv! Even the usually lax Secretary Raul Gonzales, who usually fidgets in his swivel chair when being interviewed, looked snappy.

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The reason, plenty. Most importantly, Retired PNP comptroller (retired) Eliseo dela Paz was then a no-show at the Senate Proceedings, despite his assuring statement on the news. Sen. Miriam Santiago was upset: "Why isn't he here?Why doesn't he come out. ... The innocent is as bold as a lion!"

It was just one of those ordinary evenings that I didn't want to spend sitting infront of the tv, not even for the evening news. But her words caught my attention and made me sit on the sofa watching the news for more. I love her for she has a quick mind, speaks eloquently and doesn't dilly-dally on matters like these.

I chose not to comment on the case of the "euro generals" involved in the 6.9M found in Moscow on Dela Paz. I'm just, of course, a bystander. What I would like to commend here is Sen. Santiago's no-nonsense attitude. I like her when she is so mad at crooks and exposes their wrongdoing. Surely you would love her too when she is on your side and if you share her point of view. She reminds me of my mom who just says what she wants to say =)

Watch her here to see what transpired during the proceedings.

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Flashback muna, I once saw her guesting on Mel and Jay years before on the issue of philandering husbands. No, her husband isn't the philandering type but she was there to give her funny anecdotes. I remember her saying, " If I find out that my husband has another woman I would give him a slap left and right and throw the cabinet at him" Of course she was just being funny.

When I was in my teens and she was the Immigration Commissioner (an office I dread to face) She made raves then of weeding out crooks in the department, hurray for her! Sana may ganoon uli na tulad ni Sen. Santiago and would listen to our "foreigner living in the PI" story. And of how we cope with our immigration concerns. oops, just a little rant, but I'll stop now.

The news today made me look hopeful that justice will be served. I dread to see more situations where there is news of corruption and the perpetrators were caught off-guard and exposed - yet you still see them out in public many years later.

May the Lord God bless and guide our leaders!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's my son's 14th birthday today!

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Thank God for another amazing year of his life, I pray that God will continue to bless him, guide him, give him good health, favor and all the wonders of being an adolescent.















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This picture was taken on his elementary graduation in 2007 wherein he was on the honor roll. (Honestly, he doesn't like me posting this picture)


He's 14 today! Just like each and everyone of his brothers, Hans also has a special place in my heart. I thank him for being a responsible son, waking up at dawn to do some household chores (which is really my job). I thank him for he adds the bling to some of our friendster accounts. I have plenty of things to thank of.



Since this is my first year of blogging, I am writing this blog entry to post something about Hans and the amazing events in his life so ar.

I could still remember the surprise I've had when I found out I was pregnant in March 1994. My hubby and I already made plans for our wedding when the unexpected surprise came up. Health-wise, it was not such a good time for me because I was undergoing treatment for deep-seated depression and anxiety; I was on Prozac and Xanax. It was horrible, I was occasionally having panic attacks those times and always praying for healing. I definitely think this event was God's answer to our prayers, that I be free of medication.

It was imperative that I get off meds, and so I did. Most times I just stayed home due to my fear of crowds. I would occasionally go out naman, even go to church. Everything was going well until I had to get out of the country despite my condition. (will blog about that soon) It's perhaps because of this that I had a difficult pregnancy... one panic attack episode, hypertension, and was checked into the hospital once for bladder infection. Despite that, prayer was always the order of the day. I prayed and prayed so hard that it won't get difficult. That's how it was indeed.

I was due on November 24 but I may have miscalculated the months. October 23 in the morning I felt just slight pains which I thought were symptoms of that bladder infection. So I called my doctor, who, oh no - was out of town. I was told by her husband to just check into the hospital and she will see me the next day. So we just did, actually feeling silly why we had to. Turns out I was 8 cm dilated, amazing too I hardly felt any pain nor difficulty when Hans came into this world. What is more wonderful is he is okay, just small for a newborn and weighed 5.8 lbs. God is very good to us. While Hans was growing up, he turned out to be intelligent, inherited the genes from my mother and father.


I praise God so much for His grace and His help. I praise God most for the miracle He has done in February 3, 2006 when Hans got hit by a speeding van and miraculously survived.

Happy, happy birthday dear Hans. Count your blessings! May God bless you more and more!

It's my son's 14th birthday today!

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Thank God for another amazing year of his life, I pray that God will continue to bless him, guide him, give him good health, favor and all the wonders of being an adolescent.















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This picture was taken on his elementary graduation in 2007 wherein he was on the honor roll. (Honestly, he doesn't like me posting this picture)


He's 14 today! Just like each and everyone of his brothers, Hans also has a special place in my heart. I thank him for being a responsible son, waking up at dawn to do some household chores (which is really my job). I thank him for he adds the bling to some of our friendster accounts. I have plenty of things to thank of.



Since this is my first year of blogging, I am writing this blog entry to post something about Hans and the amazing events in his life so ar.

I could still remember the surprise I've had when I found out I was pregnant in March 1994. My hubby and I already made plans for our wedding when the unexpected surprise came up. Health-wise, it was not such a good time for me because I was undergoing treatment for deep-seated depression and anxiety; I was on Prozac and Xanax. It was horrible, I was occasionally having panic attacks those times and always praying for healing. I definitely think this event was God's answer to our prayers, that I be free of medication.

It was imperative that I get off meds, and so I did. Most times I just stayed home due to my fear of crowds. I would occasionally go out naman, even go to church. Everything was going well until I had to get out of the country despite my condition. (will blog about that soon) It's perhaps because of this that I had a difficult pregnancy... one panic attack episode, hypertension, and was checked into the hospital once for bladder infection. Despite that, prayer was always the order of the day. I prayed and prayed so hard that it won't get difficult. That's how it was indeed.

I was due on November 24 but I may have miscalculated the months. October 23 in the morning I felt just slight pains which I thought were symptoms of that bladder infection. So I called my doctor, who, oh no - was out of town. I was told by her husband to just check into the hospital and she will see me the next day. So we just did, actually feeling silly why we had to. Turns out I was 8 cm dilated, amazing too I hardly felt any pain nor difficulty when Hans came into this world. What is more wonderful is he is okay, just small for a newborn and weighed 5.8 lbs. God is very good to us. While Hans was growing up, he turned out to be intelligent, inherited the genes from my mother and father.


I praise God so much for His grace and His help. I praise God most for the miracle He has done in February 3, 2006 when Hans got hit by a speeding van and miraculously survived.

Happy, happy birthday dear Hans. Count your blessings! May God bless you more and more!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Where I first started with my website at Geocities

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This was screenshot of the website at geocities. It used to be found at http://www.geocities.com/book_wagon/teach_reading

It's what I call my "bread and butter website" because it's one of my online selling websites where I sell so well and I take joy in it for it has helped my family since 2001.

I came a long, long way in selling. As I may have mentioned before in my previous posts, it had it's ups and downs because of my trial-and-error strategies.

Hardly believe that it's still doing well despite all the odds and to think that I just gradually developed it by just visiting other leading websites where I got more ideas. Who would believe that back then I didn't have my own computer and merely worked on this thru my frequent visits to the internet cafe in town? Yes, I spent hours and hours online, thinking how I can improve the website - and my online selling skills (which,honestly, I'm not really good at.) But thank God, the time I spent paid off.

I thought of putting up this website on Geocities (because it's also free!) so I can accept orders easily and at the same time give instant information to the interested parents/ teachers. That way they won't need to text or email just to inquire more about it, unless truly necessary, because it's all there.

Also, since I'm offline most times, I added an automatic order form which they can fill out in a jiffy. I got it from Createforms. This, too, is free. Purchasing customers can fill in their Name, Address, Email Address, Preferred payment method and book format. Two order forms are necessary to fill out and complete the purchase:

ORDERFORM1 and ORDERFORM2

This way, no request or inquiry is missed and every customer is attended to.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How I began selling online, the "a-ha!" moment

I was still so new in the business of publishing and in dealing with book traders. Admittedly, I felt I was stuck in a rut as my dealings with store owners were dismal. Either someone would ask for a 40% from my sales or someone would take longer to collect receivables from. The private schools were good to me though and they helped me a whole lot better in promoting the product. But, sad to say, I was near my giving up point. Before all else would fail, my knowledge of the internet revived me. Simply browsing websites, checking emails and posting my personal thoughts on forums gave me the idea that I can possibly earn here. Here's how the a-ha! moment came up...

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I've been an active member of alumni.net and a regular visitor at that. On one of the alumni webpages I spotted the bulletin board where former schoolmates get updated with alumni news.

I also posted a "find a classmate" bulletin when I realized I can try posting an advert since it was also allowed. I posted about 5 bulletins on each school I came from. Days later I was surprised when a few parents replied to my ad and emailed me to order. It brought good results, and it was fairly easy doing so. Most especially, I no longer needed to pay for expensive ads at the local daily!

Yes, I agree, it just brings a few customers to purchase but the results are far better than with advertising on the newspapers. The most advantage I get is that it's free and I can post on as many sites or forums as much as I'd like!

It was a lot of help from posting ads at alumni.net, then later on other satisfied parents posted ads for me too on other forums and email groups. Since then this book gained sales thru free advertising.

know more on my next post...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Looking back... the letter adverts I used to mail and hand out

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Where I got the idea and how it just grew :)

How this all started is a long story, with a few gaps in between the years that passed. Basically I just thought of the concept when my eldest was 7 years old and a struggling reader. During those times I was always on the lookout for books that can help him. But well, we lived in the province in 1995 when there were no books or materials that can really help. And believe me, I think I bought all the pre-school books that were labeled "For 3-5 year-olds" and still it didn't work out. So to help my eldest in his learning, I think this is unusual of me - I wrote all the sight words and words with the same phonograms to fill one notebook just so he could practice reading and eventually read well!

That alone didn't work so I searched more from the teaching resources in the libraries and some bookstores. There were plenty of articles to choose from, but mostly I would get tips from the non-conventional teaching and Montessori methods. The write-ups from the parenting magazines were a great help too. I compiled all of those write-ups, most of which back up the studies of teaching experts that phonics is still the simplest method in learning to read and is best suited for children between the ages of 3-5.

I saw this on a parent's viewpoint and thought of the idea that if the method was simplified then it would be easier to learn reading.

This is the story of how I, with the help and advice of my teacher-friends, came up with the reading concept of this material.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Welcome to My New Blog URL

Hi! My name is Chriss and I am currently a stay-at-home and/or work-at-home-mother (WAHM). I reside with my family in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines.

I've been a part-time tutor of grade school children since 1995, until I went back into college to continue my psychology course studies. In my tutoring sessions I usually guided the pupils in their homework. I would occasionally teach a struggling reader, though, because I believe that a child who can read independently has a vast opportunity to learn new ideas.

Plenty of write-ups have helped me in teaching youngsters to read. I got ideas from the teachings of Maria Montessori and Jean Piaget who dealt mostly with kids ages 3-5. Parenting magazines from the US also featured tips and tricks to teaching reading. Teacher's journals published in the country were also a great aid. All these helped me improve my basic methods and develop this material.

Ironically, it was only when my eldest child entered nursery that I had a different problem in teaching reading. He struggled with his reading and writing skills, had difficulty copying from the blackboard. After such time that I guided him in his homework, I was surprised that he learned to read anyways.

Until one evening while we were having a reading drill, the lights went out and he still continued to say the words written on the book. I then realized he was just reading from memory then and not from decoding! Because of his regular practice in reading it turned out he merely memorized the words! I felt defeated and my efforts did not bring improvement. I think I was pressured and in turn pressuring him to comply with the standards of the school he went to.

So I thought of other simple ways to present reading. I thought of how I learned to read when I was 5 years old. I remember I could really read the words on the "Snow White" book when my yaya would read them out loud for me. I could already read then when I entered kindergarten and met the teachers having folder-sized Alphabet cards for us pupils. How easy was it then?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CottonCandy's Graduation

My son Cotton-candy graduated from elementary school last March 24th and I am also surprised that he graduated with a scholarship award and a deserving pupil distinction.

Yes, we were all there to attend the commencement and recognition program. The school had a newly appointed principal by the name of Mrs. Luz Arguilla who took care of all the school preparations. Among the guests were the municipal mayor, Herminio Romero; Vice Mayor Jojo Surdilla's representative and my friend, Johnny Aquino; municipal coucilor Atty. Joseph Cera; the PTCA president Danilo De Vera;and the guest of honor and speaker Dr. Fel Magdalyn Tomaneng of Clinica Dermatologica.

And though it was so hot that afternoon ( we started around 1:30) it was great to be there and listen to the speeches of the distinguished guests. I was moved by the speech of Atty. Cera giving attention to thank the ordinary people that made a difference to the graduating students' lives. Here is the content of his speech:

To the Embarcadero Elementary School Graduates of 2008,

You have finished the race, you have kept the faith, you have fought the good fight. You are entering a new chapter in your life. A very interesting phase in High School.

You have done well. The shared experiences that you have with your friends and classmates would be the main fodder of your reunions that would be retold over and over even after your fiftieth anniversary as an alumnus/alumni. The chairs, the tables, the buildings would have special meaning as you would revisit your school in the coming years. As you leave the portals of your school, take time to reflect that you have a lot to thank for.

One email that is circultaing the internet universe nowadays is that pjilosophy attributed to Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts. I am adopting such email, shich in our case, goes like this. What follows is a list of questions. You don't need to answer them at all. Just read through.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world; 2. Name the last five winners of the Nobel Peace Prize; 3. Name the last five winners of Ms. Universe

Schultz said that none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. but the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends sho have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

It is easier indeed to think of these people. He said that the people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care. your teacher, your friend, your mother, your dad, your family.

Just take time to consider these. Thank your teacher who patiently taught you even when he would have thought you were beyond redemption. Thank your teacher who inspired you to do something great and worthwhile. Thank your teacher who was your number one fan and supporter when you had your contests that brought honor to your school. Even that teacher who is usually cranky and angry because despite a limited salary, they would still go to school to teach because they believe in their solemn duty to build character and mold minds in order that they would at tleast contribute to make the youth to be indeed the future of the land.

Thank your mom who gave you your allowance, who prepared your meals, who worried sick when you didn't come home. Thank your dad who has worked hard to bring food on the table. Thank your parents for believing in you that you would realize your dreams, reach for the stars and make this world a better place than you left it. Mabuhay ka, graduate. Change the world!

Wow, that speech is amazing. It echoes my thoughts that I still have plenty of hopes and dreams for Cotton-candy, and though it's still a possibility that he will enroll in a public school again next year, I am at least hoping he will pass the special science achievement test. How I hope he will learn more and improve next year, especially in chess and in painting. Actually, my kumare seated beside me, whose son also graduated, asked me why Cottoncandy was no longer on the top five list ... I jestingly replied : " Mare, pag birthday ng mga anak ko kasi di ako nag-iinvite ng mga teachers, kumbaga, kami-kami lang sa bahay" then we laughed tapos she said, "Hoy, teacher din ako dito ah, I hope di ako kasali dyan" Hint: ganun po sa amin pa-bonggahan ang mga honors

Cotton-candy's getting a deserving pupil distinction is just good enough and I know there is still much room for improvement this coming school year when he enters high school. I don't pressure my children to achieve more, although they are just studying in a public school. I simply encourage them to learn as much as they can and read more about their interests and hone their skills. Thanks that we, as parents, somehow survive and make ends meet in putting them through school.

Ayy, next year, we will be having 3 high schoolers already! As I always say, it's time to put our faith into action!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

How I Helped Host My Aunt's Elementary Batch 1952 reunion



<Seated 1st row from L-R> Leticia De Guzman, Lorenza Serafica, Cecilia Mejia, Cecilia De Vera, Bernarda De Guzman, Francisca Lalata, Ana De Guzman, Marcelina Ranoli, Mr. (Principal), Azucena De Vera, Miguela Cabrera, Teodora Barrozo, Librada De Vera, Lourdes Castillo, Angelita Ariola, Jesusa Ariola; <Seated 2nd row from L-R> Salome Magalong, Cornelia Bautista, Leticia Cabrera, Eduvijes De Guzman, Brigida Biagtan, Eduvijes Magno, Caridad Lalata, Teresita Gonzales, Ingracia De Guzman, Emma Revilla, Leonarda Mamayson, Carmen Costes, Angelita Ibasitas, Maria Biagtas, Narcisa De Vera; <Seated 3rd row from L-R> Fidel Biacan, Efren Revilla, Jose Gotoc, Rogelio Frialde, Benjamin De Guzman, Ruperto Fabia, Norberto Dizon, Perpetuo De Guzman, Henry Cabanlig, Jose Mangonon, Daniel Biagtan, Crisostomo Frianela; <Seated 4th row from L-R> Dionisio De Guzman, Gregorio Biagtan, Lorenzo Biacan, Rodrigo Frialde, Armando Cabanlig, Fortunato Biagtas, Antonio Revilla, Domingo Bautista, Ruperto De Guzman


Elementary Class 1952 of Embarcadero Elementary School was held last February 29, 2008 at the Town Cresh Resort, Nibaliw East, San Fabian, Pangasinan. This reunion was organized by the coordinators Mrs. Lourdes Castillo-Soriano, Mrs. Francisca Lalata-Zipagan, Mrs. Bernarda De Guzman- Prestoza and Mrs. Azucena De Vera- De Guzman.


I'm so glad to be a part of this event though I'm not one of the batch. It's my aunt's elementary school batch that she told me to help organize. The goal was just to have an open communication with all the members of this batch, wherever they are, whatever they are now, as long as they see each other again. My aunt said before that some of them were not fortunate enough to go on to high school and had to stop schooling due to economic circumstances. Some went on to high school, some were even fortunate to work abroad and are permanent residents there.


It was a great day for the reunion, the weather was great... not too hot as we first prepared for. And every former classmate invited was present : Gil De Vera, Miguela "Mely" Cabrera-Ungos, Teodora "Dorang" Barrozo, Librada"Lib" De Vera-Estrada and Rudy Estrada, Lourdes Castillo-Soriano, Francisca "Paring" Lalata-Zipagan, Cornelia "Orel" Bautista and grandchildren, Bernarda "Bening" De Guzman-Prestoza and Tito Prestoza, Eduvijes "Duvy" Magno, Narcisa "Celing" De Vera, Fidel Biacan and wife, Efren Revilla, Rogelio Frialde, Benjamin "Ben" De Guzman and Azucena "Celing" De Vera-De Guzman, Crisostomo "Tommy" Frianela, Rodrigo Frialde, Ruperto "Ruping" De Guzman, Fred Tamayo, Emma Revilla, Pepito "Pito" Aquino and wife Kagawad Soledad Aquino, Jovita Garcia, Benjamin Sanchez,and Leonardo Cendana.










It was an enjoyable day for everyone!

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