Happy Homeschooling!!

2017

Christmas

No, I have not totally lost my mind. I know it isn't even Halloween but  I was sitting in a tech meeting the other day where they were demoing some tech gadgets. There was a Code a Mouse, Ozbots, Snap Circuits, Lego Mindstorm, and Little Bits. I don't…

New Year

Welcome to another new year brimming with opportunities!! While it is always sad to realize that summer is nearly over, it is exciting to see potential for new learning and growth. I am looking forward to a new year filled with changes and exploration.…

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone's year is settling and you are using this cold weather as a time to be happily inside focusing on education. Use this time to immerse yourself in running toward your goals. Read, wonder and reflect on the intentions you have chosen…

2016

Time of Change

The fall of 2016 has brought changes to the community of Home Educators in Alberta and these changes have shaken people's confidence. As people are navigating these changes I want to ensure that they know that WRPS operates parent directed Home Education…

Welcome Back!!

Welcome back to another exciting year. I have been busy taking new registrants and working with my veterans. Every year I learn so much about new resources and am trying to get my resource pages updated to reflect the new material. As well, I want to…

2015

Resources for the New Year

Summer is going so fast and many of my Homeschool parents are starting to think about resources for next year. In my research for them I found a fabulous blog post on a blog titled Teach Beside Me. I have linked the page of History resources and if…

2014

Assesments

The Alberta Provincial Government decided to change their provincial assessments for Grade 3’s from Provincial Achievement Tests at the end of the year to Student Learning Assessments at the beginning of Grade 3. Along with the time shift, there was…

Last Days of Summer!

September is always a time of mixed emotions for parents and kids. Some are happy to go back to the routine that schoolwork offers them. Others hate the thought of giving up the freedom of summer and going back to a routine. Either way, September arrives…

Bittersweet

The end of the year is bittersweet for me. It is sad because some of my students are moving out of Wetaskiwin, returning to Public Schools or graduating. However it is cause for celebration, when I see how far students have progressed this year. Some…

A New Perspective

I had the good fortune of visiting a warm climate last winter and I was reminiscing about it the other day, as I was trying to survive our -30 temperatures. I closed my eyes and recalled fond memories of friends, laughter and new adventures. It also…

Learning From Others

Whenever people gather there is a great opportunity for learning. It may be a conversation around a kitchen table, a social gathering, a workshop or a much larger event like the Olympics. An opportunity to have a conversation to learn more about someone…

2013

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas is a time for coming together with family and friends to enjoy their love and laughter. It is a time to reminisce about precious memories and a time to plan for future experiences together. Please take time to truly enjoy the Christmas Season…

What Did I Do Before the Internet????

  I was searching on the Internet last night and wondered how I ever survived before we had access to the Internet. Now if I want to find something I just Google it (grad decorations - done, recipe – done, craft idea – done, Greece lesson – done,…

Abundance of Resources

Every time I meet with my Home Ed parents it amazes me how many different resources they use. My Home Ed parents are so resourceful and ingenious. They come up with texts, websites, games, etc. that are unique and intriguing. Some of the titles I have…

Welcome Back

  A new school year always reminds of a new fresh clean slate. Every new school year we start again. We let go of, and forget, the negatives of the past. A new school year is a time to begin with a fresh start, with new supplies, new shoes and a refreshed…

Thinking of Educating Your Child at Home

  When I first meet with parents who are seeking information about Home Education the conversation often focusses on the logistics of Home Education. A parent’s first questions are often, “Do I have to align with the Alberta Program of Studies?…

Destinations Near and Far

  Destinations near or far are great opportunities for learning. Before you leave for a destination think of all of the ways you can tie your journey to learning. Can your trip be tied to math? Count the number of stop signs we pass. If the odometer…

Happy New Year!!

  A new year symbolizes new beginnings. At the beginning of a new year, many people make New Year’s Resolutions, but I don’t. I believe that a promise is easy to make but hard to keep.  I do not want to make a promise that I will do something…

2012

Snowflakes

  At a social event, the topic of conversation often turns to what a person does for a living. When I explain that I facilitate Home Education people are very curious. I am often asked what a typical homeschool family is like and I am lost for an answer.…

Surfing!!

  The Internet is a tool that I can honestly say is both a blessing and a curse.  It is a curse if misused. I know that we have to teach our children about proper use of the Internet and the harsh realities of Internet predators. However, for a 50…

Words of Wisdom from a Home School Mom

I found this blog post by Alexandra Dekerf who shares her words of wisdom from 6 years of Homeschooling and I thought I would pass them on. Alexandra's writing can be found on her blog "Living and Learning on a Canadian Island". What I Have Learned…

Vision

I have been granted the gift of facilitating Home Education for WRPS. I have nourished this program for the last two years and it is slowly evolving into the vision I have. However, vision can be a tricky thing. Vision alludes to the fact that we can…