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Alberta Home Education Association

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Encouraging Links!

Smile - Life continues on at a great pace. So much to do and enjoy. One of the newest extras for AHEA is the Alberta Home Education Association Facebook Page. If you are on Facebook, check us out and join the group. Political updates will be posted when needed AND encouraging links will be posted often.

Some of the links posted recently were:

How to Start Home Schooling, How to Home School Preschool, Do You Need a Home School Support Group,18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Home School Their Children, Five Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Home Schooling, Home Schooling Extra*ordinary* Kids, AND Five Simple Steps to a Better Home School Day!

Poetry Teatimes, a reminder about the NEW and improved Support Group Listings on our website, 5 Educational Board Games You Probably Already Own, Quiet Book Time for Toddlers and Preschoolers, Line Design Fun (One of our FAVORITE Art Activities!), Move, Eat and Learn (amazing videos on each where 3 young men travel around the world and present what they did or learned - great idea for home school grads!), KHAN Academy, Marriage Priorities for the Home School Mom, and Home School Benefits.

Home School Convention Guide, 7 Ways to Stick to Your Budget at a Home School Convention, Responding to Home School Critics, and a Home School Convention Survival Guide.

Page Position Opportunity for the Alberta Legislature, Patty Marler shared that she was thankful to have a Member of Parliament stand up for Free Speech, and Manitoba's Anti Bullying Bill.

An AHEA Member even shared a link to Why Are Home School Kids So Annoying? One of her favorite articles!

Need a smile today? Check out Tim Hawkins and his Youtube on the Home School Mom and Yoga Pants!

So much encouragement and tips posted. Check them out and watch for more soon!

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Home School Graduation information!

Our support group, Home School Christian Fellowship, offers a grade 12 grad for members (currently around 75 families in the Edmonton area). I helped organize the 2011 grad, and there are a few pictures on our website http://www.hscfedmonton.ca/olderrandom.htm Even with a group our size, it's hard to find many kids still homeschooling through high school, but hopefully that will improve in the years ahead! We have 7 kids interested this year. They're on a private yahoo group & get together to discuss the theme, colours, decorations & group activities.

Our goal is to create a milestone memory, for when parents feel ready to graduate their senior student. It's been done various ways over the years at HSCF, depending on the families doing the organizing. Currently, we have a fairly formal ceremony - processional, anthem, prayer, speaker, etc., but each student is given about 10 minutes to share in whatever way they feel best reflects their homeschooling. So it could be speeches by mom, dad, student, relative, friend, etc., blessings or prayers by a pastor or grandparent, etc., a slideshow, piano solo, hugs, moving the tassel, etc... It doesn't feel nearly as rushed as the typical few seconds of a handshake by a principal! The students also display their homeschool memorabilia on tables in the
fellowship room. Families & friends have cake & light snacks here afterwards, and a photo session. The evening is free then for each family to continue celebrating on their own.

There is a homeschool-friendly company in Wisconsin that I love to get gradwear from! The owner, Joan, was a homeschool Mom! Her kids are graduated now, and this is their family business. It's http://www.homeschooldiploma.com/. Shipping costs are high, but overall the whole amount has still been cheaper compared to other places we've looked, & the customer service has been perfect. For families who want, we place an order together with one Mom being the contact person, and then divide up shipping based on what each family has ordered. Each family is free to choose how much or little they want to include of the "grad look". It helps to show off things ordered previously so parents can see the quality & choices better before ordering online.

When it's all over, an HSCF parent types up a report for "the grad binder" which explains what ideas were used that year, assuming a grad was organized. As our group changes, this allows info to be passed along.

Hope that helps a bit. Mostly these are ideas we've learned along the way from others!

Dawn Engler

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Encouragement for Today - Hackschooling

Wow - A friend shared this Youtube recently and it was such an encouragement to me. I absolutely LOVED it. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Hackschooling with Logan LaPlante (a Ted Talk)

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The Importance of Teaching Our Children to Think AND ....

To Be Creative. I know that rates up high on my Home Education To Do List.

I just read a blog that encourages parents to do just that. She isn't a home schooling mom, but I think her thoughts fit in with home education very well. Why not take a look and think about it?

Teaching Our Kids to Think Outside the Box

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NEW Home School Support Group Page AND Listings!

Well, earlier in January, I spent about 10 days phoning through a couple of Support Groups lists. I updated all the info I could AND asked Home School Support Group Leaders (and those who let their names stand as contacts) what their home school support group was doing well.

Our webmaster just added all the info - the Support Group Page has been under construction for a few weeks - and WOW, does it ever look good. Check it out here - Home School Support Groups.

The list has been updated to alphabetical by town or city. Click on the name to access how to contact that Support Group AND under the contact information is what each support group is doing or has to offer. There will be some additional info added - some groups missed the deadline for the AHEA Home Matters magazine - but their info will be added shortly to the website. As always, the most current information will be on the website.

If your info isn't there OR needs to be updated (OR you want to change what your Home School Support Group offers after looking at how other groups worded their information....) contact Terry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ENJOY looking through the listings AND pass the link onto home school friends and family!

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