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The 2017 AHEA Convention went well!

After months of planning and preparation, the 2017 Alberta Home Education Association Convention in Red Deer on April 6 - 8, everything went really well.

THANKS so much to all of our volunteers! More than 2250 people attended the 2017 Convention! *Please mark your calendars for April 12 -14, 2018 and plan to attend!

There has been a lot of positive feedback on the Alberta Home Education Association Facebook Page. (If you want to join that, click the Facebook Button on the left side of this page AND watch for a private message from the moderator. It must be answered before you will be added to the page. There are over 2000 members on the AHEA Page on Facebook - and there is a LOT of encouragement, inspiration and posts with questions (and answers) about Home Education shared!)

Below are some pictures of the convention:

Paul Faris Session | AHEA 2017 Convention

 Paul Farris speaks to a packed house (170 attended!) on Thursday night about How to Home Educate in Alberta.

Listening to Keynote Speakers | AHEA Convention 2017

Listening to Keynote Speakers in the Main Hall

Listening to Keynote Speakers | AHEA Convention 2017

 Listening to Keynote Speakers in the Main Hall

Shopping in the Exhibit Hall | AHEA Convention 2017

 Shopping in the Exhibit Hall

The first AHEA Home School Graduation Ceremony

11 graduates were in attendance at the first AHEA Home School Graduation with their families and friends!

Home Education Celebration Story: Chantelle

My name is Chantelle, I'm 15 years old. Everyone we come in contact with effects us. Friends, family, and the people that surround us in our everyday lives. In schools, where kids spend about six hours a day, five days a week, they are heavily influenced by the people around them, which are the teachers and their fellow students. So who is influencing them the most? Well, with the average class size in Alberta being as many as 28 children to one teacher, they are learning how to talk to other people, how to interact with others from other children.

When I am at home, the people who are making their impression on me? My parents. They are my examples of how to maturely interact with other adults, how to hold conversations and speak civilly to others. In schools how many times do you see the teachers talking to each other? Maybe a couple times a day in the few minutes in between classes, but when you have a bully who is being rude to other students, that is what children are picking up, that that is how you speak to other people, and are then treating other students rudely, who will in turn treat others like that. The primary influences in their lives five days a week are children talking to other children. When we have to run to the store for milk I see my parents talking to the cashier, or when we are at a camp or event I see them talking to other parents, and I see them making conversation and that is where I pick up how to talk and interact with other people. One of the benefits of homeschooling is something kids in school simply don’t get, which is modeling and practice; we model ourselves after our parents, and then we have the opportunity to put into practice what we are learning in our everyday lives.

Thank you, and God bless,
Chantelle

Home Education Celebration Story: Sean

My name is Sean. I’m currently 24 years old and working as a journeyman red sealed Machinist at a pump repair facility in Fort Saskatchewan. I was homeschooled by my wonderful mother, Kathy, from kindergarten to grade 12, along with my two younger brothers. Monday to Friday we did school at the dinner table or in the living room, sometimes not fully dressed. We always had math pages to do, different English stuff everyday and science was usually an exciting experiment. Mom liked to ask what we wanted to learn next for history and about 90% of the time it was a war or a battle. We spent a lot of time together as a family, which was great, but we probably drove my mother crazy, because we were crazy.

I had plenty of friends to play with growing up and many are still very active in my life to this day. We often did activities as a group of homeschoolers. For example, we did trips to the museums, Drumheller, Fort Edmonton. We would have open gym nights, different sports teams, play in a band, bible studies, art classes, volunteer at events, dance workshops, drama classes. I had so much fun growing up in that incredible community of friends and families.

I never went to a public school, and I don’t really feel like I missed anything because of that. The one thing I possibly wanted to do was join the school football team, but instead I played on a soccer team with one of my best friends, which was awesome! After grade 12 I graduated with eight other amazing homeschoolers. I studied for the trades entrance exam, completed that and started working at the Pump repair shop as a labourer for a few months until a spot opened for an apprentice as a Machinist. Four years later I successfully completed my technical training and received my ticket. Now I’m working full time, and I love making new things or repairing rust parts into functional parts.

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