Convention 2017: Home Education: Education with a Purpose

Have you done some Home School planning?

I just hosted a Home School Support Group meeting this week, and one of the questions was:

What is your best Home School planning tip?

Smile - One mom shared her best tip would be to plan BEFORE the AHEA Convention in Red Deer.  She plans her next year before the April Convention and then buys what she needs there.  (She is our high energy, go getter mom, however!  The rest of us usually do our home school planning sometime in the summer, or early fall.)

Other tips were:

*Spend some time with each child, and ask them questions - such as:  What do you want to learn this year?  What did you dislike last year?  What did you love?  And so on....  Factor these answers into your Home School planning.

*Ask your husband or big kids to hold down the fort while you go somewhere quiet to do some planning.  That could be another room, another floor of the house, the family camper or RV, or even a coffeeshop table.

*Plan some time off during the year.  One mom does 3 weeks on, 1 week off every month year 'round.  Other moms do 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off, while still other families just take time off as they need AND as life happens.

A couple moms shared:  JUST DO IT.  (Smile)  Make the time and get some planning done.  Any time spent planning, saves you time, energy and headaches home schooling.

I would even recommend a major Home School Room tidy, and IF you have little ones, some time spent putting together activities they can do, while you home educate the big kids.  (I think those tips will be in the next blog!) 

Check out Donna Young's Site for Tips (She has a HUGE site full of Home School Printables)!  Many pages of helps.

And even the Weird Unsocialized Home Schooler has some planning tips....  Check them out!

Smile - This lady says that one of the most important parts of our Home School Planning is our meal plan.  I do know it helps our Home Educating run smoother, if I do have a menu plan. 

So, I hope you are excited about Home Educating your children this fall and that something shared made it easier for you!{jcomments off}


Parents for Choice in Education

AHEA has been asked to be a part of a new organization called Parents for Choice in Education.  This group is being formed as a result of attacks on parental authority in education and significant concerns to changes in the education system both provincially and at local school board levels. This political lobby group is still in the development stages, but very soon plans to be actively involved in lobbying against changes which negatively affect parental authority in education and for positive changes to the same. 


Meeting with MLA in Summer of 2012

AHEA is recommending that Alberta home educators meet with their MLA prior to September 15, 2012.  Meeting your MLA alone, as a family, or as a group of home educators is a good way to approach a meeting. It is the desire of AHEA for all 83 MLA’s to receive a copy of the HSLDA research and Brian Ray research from a home schooling constituent.  AHEA can provide copies to you for your meeting; e-mail Patty Marler - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This courteous meeting is to build bridges with our elected officials, and should be treated as a non-confrontational, information sharing opportunity.  Remember that many MLAs are new and know little about our concerns. During this meeting you could address the following:

1.  Home educators still have concerns regarding the inclusion of the Alberta Human Rights Act in the Education Act http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/321-one-page-information-sheet .

- The AHRA is not referenced in the current Schools Act and AHEA is one of several groups opposing inclusion of the AHRA in any new Education Act.

- The federal government repealed section 13 - the hate crime section of the Federal Human Rights Act - in early June 2012.  The federal government has recognized the problem with this section of the Canadian Human Rights Act.  It would not be prudent for the provincial government to increasing the Human Rights Act authority as the federal government is reducing it. Read the Full Comment article on the National Post 

- You may mention that AHEA has recently been invited to join the organization “Parents for Choice in Education”, a parental choice advocacy organization which opposes the inclusion of the AHRA in the Education Act and is in favor of parental rights in Education. Read our Parents for Choice in Education Article

2. Home education is a very successful educational choice.  The successful nature has been proven empirically as shown in the research to be provided to your MLA.

3. It is freedom that home educators are wanting, not money. This alone is a unique perspective that very few MLA’s ever get. When it is made clear that money is not the issue, but that our parental liberties are, we have a much stronger voice.

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