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.
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.
| 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!
Confessions of a "Perfect" Homeschool Mom
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
It came without packages, boxes or
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."
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:
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
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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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This Month: ChristmasEclectic HS Christmas
The Home School Mom
Christmas Printables - FREE
Christmas Essays by kids
All About Christmas
Traditions around the World
History of Christmas
Looking for more printables? Do a google search for "Christmas Printables".
If you have favourite links please send them to us so we can share them with other homeschoolers.
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