| President's Pen|
Education Minister Shirley Bond and "Homeschool 101"
month, Coleen Hein, one of the members of the BCHLA board, was
able to attend an informal meeting regarding homeschooling in BC with the
Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Education and Minister responsible
for Early Learning and Literacy. The meeting was very encouraging on all
counts. Coleen has submitted her summary of this meeting under our
President's Pen column.
This article does not represent partisan opinions of BCHLA nor it's members.
March 18, 2007 found seven ladies and a couple of gentlemen seated around a dining table at a home in Prince George. One of those ladies was BC's Minister of Education, Shirley Bond. She had indicated a desire to speak with homeschoolers at a previous roundtable in Prince George. A meeting was subsequently set up and six local homeschooling mothers were able to attend, all with various homeschool backgrounds and experience but equally representing among us both registration and enrollment home learning options.
As the meeting began, Minister Bond stated that she would really like us to give her "Homeschooling 101" - what was homeschooling like for us, for families in BC, what worked and what didn't, what issues did we feel needed attention, etc. We were able to address several topics with her...
Annual General Meeting
June 1, 2007
6:45 - 8:30 pm
Guildford Recreation Center
15105-105th Ave., Surrey, BC
Across and down the street from the Sheraton Guildford
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|The Unschool Mambo
By Lisa Rivero
Several months into our homeschooling journey, I took our son and two of his schooled friends, home on a school holiday, to our city's public museum. Listening to one of the children, a former classmate of our son, rattle off a list, in order, of the Ancient Chinese dynasties as we entered the Asian exhibit, I was briefly plagued by doubts about whether our son was "learning enough." I even wondered--just for a tiny moment--if I should plan an ancient history unit so that he would "keep up" with his peers in the classroom, even though he had expressed little interest in ancient history at the time and we weren't doing formal unit studies.
Most homeschooling parents have experienced these attacks of doubt at one time or another, especially when we unconsciously measure our own child's accomplishments and progress against those of children in more traditional learning environments. Such disquieting moments can not only wreak havoc with our moods but also shatter our confidence.
Fortunately, later that evening, after giving the matter more careful thought. . .
| What is Christian Unschooling?
The following 'article' was taken
from a blog, found on the internet. Unfortunately there was nothing on
the site to identify the author.
We are a Christian family that has embraced radical
unschooling as a lifestyle, believing it is the best way for us to Glorify God
as a family, to represent Him through our relationships with each other, and
serve as examples of Christ in our community.
What is unschooling? It is, simply, the absence of school. It is living life
as if school and school-related activities didn't exist. It is believing that
children will learn better and grow better when they don't have to conform to
someone else's agenda and timetable for when they should learn anything, but
are instead free to choose how, what, where, and when to learn. It is learning
that happens every day, all the time, through the pursuit of one's own
interests and daily living, without assignments and tests and textbooks and
For the Christian, it is believing that God has
created us to be learning beings, to seek out what we need to know when we need
to know it. It is making a conscious decision not to interfere with God's plan
for our children's education, but instead...
British Columbia Home Learners' Association has always operated as a volunteer organization. We have been standing for the freedoms of home schooling for many years. Often, when our freedoms are not challenged and life moves along smoothly, we forget the needs of the organization that lobbies for the freedoms we enjoy.
BCHLA is currently in need of directors. With many hands the work is light. We are looking for home schooling couples to join the board of BCHLA and help carry on the important task of lobbying for and representing the families of our province who value the home school freedoms we now enjoy.
Qualification for board members are:
- A member of BCHLA for a minimum of one year.
- A commitment to home schooling your children in the "traditional" sense. This means that all school-aged children are registered
School Act with a school in BC.(Because of the changes that have taken place in the past year with the MoE allowing registered home school students to enrol in DL classes, the board has determined that board members must have children that are not enrolled in any DL classes. We are waiting to see where the new options for registered students takes us in the next year or so before making ammendments to this policy.)
under Section 12 of The
- A willingness to support all forms of home schooling: secular and faith-based, textbook and unschooling, Charlotte Mason and classical, etc.
- A willingness to take on an area of responsibility with the board
If you have any questions regarding becoming a director or are interested in joining our team, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The ability to communicate via email.
Sherri Piechnik - President BCHLA
| Getting Through the Convention Maze|
Homeschool convention time is just around the corner. Now's the time to prepare. Here are some tips for navigating the convention halls and simposiums.
your research. Order
catalogues. Search through
websites. Talk to other parents and
look at their curriculum.
your husband in the decision making process. He will probably have some very wise
input. Often we forget to consult
him because he's not there for the day-to-day workings of our home school
a list of what you want to look at and where to find it. Don't trust your memory. Vendor halls can be overwhelming,
especially for newbies. Most
conventions will list the vendors who will be attending. Make notes of which vendors will
probably carry your item. Remember
that vendors only come with a certain number of each product so if you
know what you want, do your shopping early.
you have older children consider bringing them along to help pick out
materials they will find interesting.
a backpack or small rolling carrier to carry your books. Books become very heavy very fast and there
is not likely to be a place to store them.
(Husbands can come in handy here as well.) Remember, the vendor hall can become
crowded so use the smallest piece of luggage that will work for you.
vendors will accept VISA or Mastercard but you may also need cash for
lunch money and incidentals.
your workshops wisely. Focus on
your needs as well as your children's needs. Remember to leave yourself some
breathing space. By the way, if you decide
not to attend a workshop that you had signed up for, no one will come
looking for you. You
can always order the CD of a workshop and listen to it later.
ahead of time which CD's you will be ordering. Then talk to other moms to find out
which workshops they found the most helpful. You may choose to cut back on your list
or add to it.
tissue. You never know when a workshop/keynote
speaker might touch your heart.
moms find that going with a friend can enhance their conference experience
but others find it 'binding'. Think
about what you are wanting out of this experience and choose
appropriately. It may be that you
arrive together but go your separate ways and meet up for lunch at a
specific time. As homeschooling
moms we don't often get the time for a lunch without the kids and a chance
to talk about curriculum, uninterrupted.
yourself! Relax! If this is your first conference you
will be overwhelmed. But if you
are prepared as much as possible, in advance, you will have a great
|Children's Fitness Tax Credit
The Government of Canada proposes to allow, starting in 2007, a non-refundable tax credit on eligible amounts of up to $500 paid by parents to register a child in an eligible program of physical activity.
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Our thoughts and prayers
are with the Livingstone family over the loss of Mark, a wonderful husband and
father, in a tragic industrial truck accident. Mark and Doris have served as BCHLA
reps in the Tofina/Ucluelet area for many years and are well-known in the
homeschool community on Vancouver Island. Their eldest child will be
graduating this June at the homeschool convention and Doris plans to continue
homeschooling her two younger daughters. Please join with us in
remembering them in the coming months/years.
BCHLA Directors will be in attendance at the following events:
BC Homeschool Convention, June 1-2, 2007, Surrey, BC Website
Please come by the booth and introduce yourself! We love meeting members and getting a chance to talk "face to face"!
BCHLA Annual General Meeting, June 1, 2007, 6:45pm, Guildford Recreation Center in Surrey, BC
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