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Convention 2018: Embrace the Unexpected

About the 2018 AHEA Convention

 

AHEA is Western Canada’s largest home education convention. We bring in the largest variety of speakers and vendors in all of Canada. We welcome all parents who are interested in home education and we are not exclusionary. Our goal is to simply offer the widest variety of resources to parents. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years. Come join us and check out home education at our annual convention in April, 2018 in Red Deer.

 

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Trinity/WISDOM Reinstated

January 6, 2016

An agreement was reached yesterday between the province of Alberta and Trinity Christian School, the operator of WISDOM Home Schooling.

The Trinity Christian School Association will continue to be registered and accredited – and operate with full funding – under an agreement reached in court on January 5.

Trinity will continue to be responsible for the WISDOM program, and Trinity/ WISDOM expect that day-to-day operations will continue so that home educating families should see no disruption or change in service.

AHEA is thankful that Trinity/WISDOM will continue to operate and to serve Alberta home educating students and families.

During this difficult time, AHEA has advocated for home educators with the Minister and with Alberta Education. AHEA will continue to advocate for home educators to ensure that home education remains a true and viable option in Alberta.

We thank everyone who prayed for home education.
Please continue to pray for the future.

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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