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E-News Issue #5 November 2007
 Promoting and Protecting the Freedoms of HomeschoolersGreetings!

Our eleven year old son loves celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, dinner to honour dad or mom.He loves them all. When it's time to set the table, he is right there to help. When it's time to light the candles around the house, just hand him the lighter. He'll tidy the shoes in the closet, sweep the floor, and tidy a bathroom if he knows it's all about celebrating something. And Christmas? We're beginning the decorating a little early this year so we're ready for our 2nd annual Christmas Sing-a-long. The neighbourhood is invited to enjoy songs and Christmas goodies at our home.Our eldest daughter will lead the singing while her sister accompanies on the piano. One of our sons will design the invitations and another will help deliver them.

How do you involve your family in the celebrations that take place in December? Do you set them up to watch a video while you decorate or are they an integral part of the excitement? Do you take orders for favorite cookies and then together bake marvelous creations or do you send them to play with friends to cut down the mess? I know that depending on the time of day and what I'm doing I may do any one of the above, but we try to involve the kids as much as possible. 

This holiday season, be aware that even though you may take time from "school" to prepare and celebrate, you're children are still learning. Whether it be cooking, decorating, hospitality or character building, they will learn lessons that will last a lifetime and will be part of their memories of this Christmas. 

Glittery Christmas tree star President's Pen

September and October are always busy months at BCHLA. Parents are looking at their home education options and are asking many question. Here's a sample of the phone calls I've had over the past two months: a recruiter of a post-secondary institution in BC is wondering how they can better appeal to home school students, a parent struggling through a divorce wants help dealing with an ex-spouse who is attempting to stop the home education of his child, a mom who is frustrated with trying to meet all these "outcomes", and someone who is simply trying to understand the differences between enrolment and registration. I generally spend 20-45 minutes on the phone with each caller and receive anywhere from 3 to 8 phone calls per week. (Email communication is between 15-20 emails per week. Lots more in the junk box but I won't count those.) I am energized when serving these families by sharing what I know or pointing them in the direction of others who have expertise in the areas where they are struggling. I am excited with the opportunity to help these parents make decisions that will benefit their families for years to come.

We are in the process of rewriting our BCHLA info brochure to be ready by February for printing.Please let us know if you are wanting brochures for your support groups and we will ship them as soon as they are ready.

Thank you so much to all those who have expressed their gratefulness for the job we are doing on behalf of homeschoolers in this province.Your words provide the encouragement often needed to "keep on, keeping on".

Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!  Merry Christmas!

Sherri Piechnik

  Carousel Theatre

Confessions of a "Perfect" Homeschool MomChild's nativity scene

by Lynn Hogan

Wow, I'll bet it's all "together" in your house now, right? You've instituted your behavior chart and everyone is jumping up and down to encourage one another and to strive to earn those gold stars and trips to the ice cream shop with mom and dad, right? Well the changes might not happen overnight, but they may happen if you can "stick with it".

It seems, in my house, whenever I try to start something new, my family members roll their eyes and say to one another "here we go again".  I could be angry about that, but there is a reason they react this way. The reason, unfortunately, is me.  I know you probably find this hard to believe, but I have, occasionally, had struggles with consistency. I don't think I am the only one, because shortly after the release of the last newsletter, someone asked me if they could buy that "consistency thingie" from my website.

Consistency comes from self-discipline. This is a toughie for me. I want to check my e-mail first thing in the morning but plan on starting school "early".  Well, once I get on the computer, "early" becomes 11 AM.  (Most folks do NOT feel like that is "early"). You know how it goes, you talk to someone on the internet and just as you get ready to get off, someone else comes on and you don't want to appear to be rude, and the cycle continues.

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"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,

stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

Dr. Seuss


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  A Change of Pace

by Robyn Bray

Are you and the kids getting burned out with whatever study methods you are currently using? Try this for a change of pace:

Christmas tree with ornaments Choose a book the whole family can enjoy together.  Right now Joel and I are reading RASCAL by Sterling North.  It's about a boy who found and raised a baby raccoon! You can choose a chapter book, or shorter story book.

Read aloud together, perhaps each person reading a paragraph in turn. It's ideal if everyone has a copy of the book. You may need to check out extra copies from the library.

After reading the chapter (or chosen portion for the day), choose one or more of the following activities:

(1) Reread a particularly descriptive paragraph from the story. As you read, have the children write down the descriptive words they hear. Then, have the children read back to you the words they listed, one at a time. As each word is read, have them determine if it is an adjective, adverb, descriptive noun or verb. If necessary, refer again to the text to make sure. You may check the words for spelling if you wish.

(2) Ask the children to take dictation as you reread a paragraph from the story. As they write down what you say, they should try to use proper punctuation and capitalization, and correct spelling. When they finish writing,  

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Icicles hanging from roof corner  All Children are Special,
Honoring Their Special Needs through Homeschooling

Our society respects adults who think differently and take risks to become our inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Often these are people who discovered inborn talents through their interests, honing them until they became very good at something others either can't do or never thought to do. If we extended the same approval of unique thinking and nurturing of inherent talent in our children, would we persist in expecting them all to learn the same thing in the same way at the same time during their school years?

Of course not, especially when the continuation of this one-size-fits-all schooling is accompanied by a soaring increase in the number of children labeled as "learning disabled." It might be that many of these children are not dis-abled, but merely "differently-abled" learners who just don't learn in the narrow way the schools have chosen to teach. 

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Honoring Special Needs
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"I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he has thought about as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up. "

               -- Albert Einstein

"Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions."
             -- D.T. Max
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