Character Trait: “Attentiveness”

23rd November 2010.
In this second meet-up, the kids learned the character trait “Attentiveness”.
As usual the Meet-Up starts with singing of the National Anthem – Indonesia Raya & Sumpah Pemuda, Pledge to the Bible and Pledge to the Christian Flag.

Welcoming new friends : Anna - CJ - Jann - Alice

Today’s teaching is about Attentiveness.
We feel that’s its MIGHTY important to teach the values of attentiveness to our kids.

Children listening to MR ROBERT explaining the attitudes in showing that we are ATTENTIVE.

The outlines of the lessons are as follows:

I Will Look At People When They Speak To Me
By intently looking into the face of a speaker, we communicate, “I am interested. I am ready to hear and respond to what you have to say.”

I Will Ask Questions If I Don’t Understand
It is good to ask questions to clarify an instruction. Ask appropriate questions will complete ones understanding.

I will Sit or Stand up Straight
Proper posture enhances the ability to hear and concentrate. Additionally, our body language “speaks” loudly to others about how much we value what they are saying or doing.

I Will Not Draw Attention to Myself
We can communicate inattentiveness if we do this with people. Continually glancing at our watch, shuffling papers, constantly interrupting, reading or continuing to work while someone else is talking to us—what messages are we sending to the speaker? Are we truly giving that person our undivided concentration? Being a distraction steals attention from others who deserve respect.

I Will Keep My Eyes, Ears, Hands, Feet, and Mouth From Distractions
True attentiveness means giving FULL concentration to the person that speaks to us.

Memory Work
I will look at someone speaking
And I’ll listen all I can.
I will sit or stand up straight
Like a soldier on command.

I will not draw attention;
I will guard against distraction.
I will learn to ask the questions
That will help me understand.

Commitments are important steps
To guard us from disaster.
And just to show we know them well,
Let’s say them even faster.



Joshua can directly apply the behaviour....raising hand before asking question is a way not to distract others.

The children learn to practice their attentiveness and writing skill by interviewing their friends.

After the interviews, the children mark the birthdays of their friends on board.


JHC’s Launching

‘Nasi Tumpeng’ Marked the Launch of JHC

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
Psalm 127 : 1

After much preparation, finally on November 9, 2010 we held the first meet-up. Ms. Ida, our host, provide Tumpeng (the cone shaped rice surrounded by assorted Indonesian dishes) to celebrate the first day of this club. In the picture above, the tip of the cone is cut off, and Ms. Ida gave it to her mother as a gratitude for allowing us to use her house as a meeting place.

Is it easy to start a homeschool club?

Well. I think the answer depends on what we expect from this club.

I once read an article that said : Parents who homeschool are some of the most driven people on this planet. It’s definitely true! Parents who educate their children play an important role in  determining the right paths of learning  to prepare their children toward the future.


Not all people understand the method we choose, sometimes we can feel alone and frustrated. Also, there are social issues that come up when homeschooling our child. We want to provide a good environment for them to socialize and grow, but we also realize that one day they must go into the community without us, parents, walking beside them. There is only God who will always be there to guide them.

So. We really hope and pray  that  God gives our children wisdom, knowledge and understanding along our ways and our children ways. In this club, we can share and support each other, though it’s impossible for this club to be all things to all homeschooling families in this area.

May this club be an instrument for God to bless us.

Below are some pictures of our very first activities :

The Preparation

Explanation of the club rules and regulation

Today's virtues and values : "WISDOM"

Miss Ida, wearing green hat, introduced 'The Six Thinking Skills' (Edward de Bono)

Portfolio Introduction

Hello world!

Jakarta Homeschool Club.

We welcome those of you who live in Jakarta, especially in West Jakarta, Indonesia and would like to find a homeschool support group for your kids.

Our Homeschool Club hold a meet-up every two weeks where children can learn together, doing activities and socializing with other homeschoolers in Jakarta region.

If you are interested, please go to the guideline page to know more about us.  There are details on regulation and requirements for joining the club.

If you think you have the same vision and mission with us, feel free to let your children to grow together with this club.  We are happy to welcome you to Jakarta Homeschool Club.