For a quick video with Patty Marler (AHEA President) sharing about AHEA, go to
AHEA Review Committee
As part of a regular review, the AHEA board has formed a Review Committee to gather information and input from AHEA members on the “nature of AHEA” – AHEA’s values, philosophy, objects, bylaws, articles, and major policy documents – in order to confirm or change the direction the organization should take in the future and bring forward at the next AGM any necessary or proposed changes.
This committee will include long-time AHEA members Don Reid, Tom Lipp and Ray Strom so that AHEA’s history can be considered as part of the committee’s body of information. Input should be submitted in writing by AHEA members directly to the Review Committee.
- will include at least three but no more than five members,
- will not include current board members nor any person employed by a school board or authority or in a position of authority with the same, and
- will gather information for a period of approximately six months from the 2017 AGM.
Recommendations by the committee will be presented to the board by no later than November 1st 2017 so that committee recommendations in Notices of Motion can be published in order to give public written notice to current members of any changes being proposed at the April 2018 AGM.
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 Farris speaks to a packed house (170 attended!) on Thursday night about How to Home Educate in Alberta.
Listening to Keynote Speakers in the Main Hall
Listening to Keynote Speakers in the Main Hall
Shopping in the Exhibit Hall
11 graduates were in attendance at the first AHEA Home School Graduation with their families and friends!
The AHEA Home School Convention in Red Deer (April 6 - 8) is a mere 15 days away - and many home educators around the province are busy making plans to attend. The AHEA Board, Convention Coordinator, Convention Team AND volunteers are busy with last minute details - hoping and praying to make this year's Family Friendly Convention one of the best yet!
There are a lot of new activities and extras this year, plus some perennial favorites - a Used Curriculum Sale, Youth Labs, Graduation Ceremony, Breakfast for Dads, an evening of encouragement (and chocolate) for moms, a family movie night, one of the biggest Home School Exhibit Halls in Western Canada, many different speakers and so much more!
Whether you have been home educating for one year, or twenty years OR are simply thinking of home schooling your children, think about making plans to attend the Alberta Home Education Association Convention in April!
For more information and details, go to: AHEA 2017 Convention
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,