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Alberta Home Education Association

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Fun Extras for Home Schoolers

Here are some links to check out:

Geography Challenge for Canadian Students

Lego Play Book Giveaway

Learning Notebook Idea - very good. Daily Theme Ideas -  Written by an Alberta Home Schooler! 

Help Dyslexic Kids to Read - through Art!  This link looks so good .  I think it would be fun for everyone - Dyslexic Games

Morning Board and Calendar Time for younger Home Schoolers - very good tutorial.

I hope you are enjoying home schooling this week.  Any of the above would add fun into your home school AND would be fun extras to book! 

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Why Do You Attend Home School Support Group Meetings?

Another question that was asked on the AHEA Facebook Page - Why do you attend Home School Support Group Meetings?
*I will say if you aren't sure why you should attend a Home School Support Group Meeting, check out the Support Group Blogs on the AHEA website. smile
*Encouragement, new ideas, reviews of curriculum, socializing. Lots of reasons.
*A home school support group gives one access to information, ideas, resources and opportunities you might not otherwise find out about. They also can provide guidance on how to handle various aspects of the journey. Knowing others you can talk to and ask questions of who can relate to what you're doing is invaluable.
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What Things Would You Change if You Could Go Back and Start Home Schooling Over?

This was another question asked on the AHEA Facebook Page.
*I would have relaxed more (esp. with younger kids) and just enjoyed learning. It took me so long to realise hiking, baking, and even chores (!!) were learning experiences, too - we didn't have to be doing workbooks at the table to be learning....
*Well since I would have started earlier...lol. I would change the way we learned. I was so worried that I needed it to be just so. I also didn't realize that much of everyday life is where she learned the most.
*I wish I had spent more time on character building.... This blog says a lot of what I am thinking tonight: Beyond the Textbooks
*I would have to agree with both of you; I would definitely have been more relaxed with my firstborn (and first to be homeschooled). I've been way more relaxed with my second (of our two) child and its gone much, much better.
*I actually would have been more rigorous from the start, with more structure.
*I would have quit focusing on others expectations of what learning should look like and trusted my instinct sooner. Instead of worrying about content, I would have focused more on making the process of learning, fun, experiential, and interactive from the beginning. It's so much easier to homeschool when the child is excited about it.
*I wish I had been more patient and relaxed when we first started hs-ing (I was one stressed out mama), but there are also things I wish we had focused a little more on these past few years.
*I'm extremely thankful we started Home Schooling when our oldest started K.
*My biggest regret is not focusing more on character building in the beginning. Also, I wish that I had paid more attention to Charlotte Mason, although I do realize I wasn't ready to adopt her philosophy 5 years ago. Home Schoolng is definitely a journey that is different for everybody
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If you had to do it all over again, would you Home School?

This was a discussion recently on the AHEA Facebook Page which was inspired by a blog Home Schooling - the Hardest Thing I've Ever Done... Below are the answers that were shared!
*Depends on the day. In seriousness, though I may question myself daily, I know it was the best decision I made for my kids.
*Unequivocally YES!! But, I would start at Kindergarten rather than gr 4!!
*Yes!!! Though I would have started much much earlier!!
*Yes - would have started sooner!
*Yes!!!!. Would have done it with my older grown children if I had known about it. Homeschooling was not a word you heard when they were young.
*Yes! Yes! And Yes!
*Absolutely!!
*Oh, for sure - but would have done a few things different if I could.... lol
*In a heartbeat.
*I love the *in a heartbeat* above. I only wish we had started sooner. We waited until grade 1 with our oldest daughter - it just didn't make sense until then - BUT it is the only thing that has made sense ever since!
*Without a moments hesitation, ... best decision I ever made in spite of the opposition from family and trials along the way.
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How Many Bookshelves Do You Have in Your Home?

This was just a fun little survey on the AHEA Facebook Page. It was inspired by this article - Owning Two of What Indicates Your Children Will Do Well in School.

Question: How many bookshelves do you have in your home?

Answers:

*Oh dear. I never actually counted my bookshelves before. I think I might have a problem. :0) In my house, there are 18 bookshelves!

*7 that I would count plus baskets strewn around with books!

*6 that are 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide!

*Wow, I actually have 14!!

*We have 12. Not including cupboards and other little nooks that also hold books :)

*11, plus a small sling back book shelf, plus built in shelves in the bedrooms, plus cupboards...

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Smile - I gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to the winners, BUT I noted we all win with homes full of bookcases! Smile

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