For first-time independent homeschooling families, choosing learning materials may seem like a daunting task. Some use foreign textbooks from the US and other countries. Others create their own curricula using mostly free resources online, while unschoolers often don’t follow any curricula at all.
If you prefer a more ready-made approach that adheres to the Department of Education’s K to 12 Basic Education Program, you can simply buy textbooks from local educational publishers. Most of these publishers cater only to institutional clients with large wholesale orders (i.e., schools), but a few sell to individual retail consumers. And in this time of COVID-19, it is best to order online. Only retail-friendly local publishers with online stores are listed here.
Click here to view their entire catalog. They also publish picture and fiction books for kids and teens.
Vibal has been quick to adapt to the “new normal” by releasing a new line of textbooks designed for home-based learning called Learn at Home: Academic Books. They also have
a Smart Homeschool Kit, and a line of children’s picture books called Chikiting Books. (Update: Vibal seems to have discontinued the former; instead they have the following new lines: Self-Learning Modules, Smart Class, and Smart Wizard).
They don’t have their own online store, but they are officially on Lazada and Shopee.
Only Senior High School textbooks are available on their online store, but I’m listing them here in case they decide to sell their elementary textbooks online. They also have a line of picture books for kids called Hello Animals!
- The Learning Hub by Homeschool Global
- Kate bookshop – Facebook seller with a shop in Recto. Can source most locally published textbooks
- Homeschool Books Sale/Swap Philippines – Facebook group where fellow homeschoolers sell their used textbooks