"Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader"? I have so enjoyed watching this show over the past few months, particularly the Canadian edition. It has encouraged me to see how much 'fluff' (albeit fun fluff) is put into our kids heads that they never ever remember! Hey, one of the contestants was a lawyer with 3 university degrees and completing his 4th and he got the very first question wrong - which was in Grade 2 math!! How great is that for us as home schoolers!
I know so often I get discouraged thinking I can't begin to teach it all to my children, but I am attempting to teach them what I can. Reading, Writing & Arithmetic of course are major priorities, along with Social Studies, PE and Science. If I happen to miss a statistic about what the geophysical term for the earth was in the 17th Century, so be it. I want my children to know how to find the information they are learning, rather than simply memorize it in rote. I want them to enjoy learning and not begin despising it because they are feel they have to 'memorize' all these things that don't seem to pertain to them. I want my children to grow up learning what their gifts are and being able to use them to the absolute best of their abilities. I want to raise responsible, loving adults - not just kids. I know I enjoy my freedom to teach my children at home.
On that note, I am very grateful for BCHLA and the fact that they will fight to keep my right to home school my children. I am grateful for the work the original founders of BCHLA did back in 1988/89 in which they influenced the British Columbia School Act as we know it today. After what has happened in California over the past few months, I especially see the importance of having an organization like BCHLA as a liaison to the BC Government to keep those rights I know that I both enjoy and had become complacent about. I want to encourage all who read this newsletter, that if you are not already a member to please click on the membership link sooner than later - we need you to help keep our right to school our children at home - our way.
If you are already a member and haven't renewed your membership, please do so immediately!
As the "school year" draws to a close we often reflect on whether or not our children finished well. Did they work to their best abilities? Did they learn skills that will help them achieve success in their journey? This year, let's evaluate our own finish.
What were your intentions last September when you began this year? Did you write down some goals and how you would achieve them?
- Did you have your days organized enough to handle what came your way?
- Did you say that email would wait till after school rather than allowing it to draw your precious attention away from what was vitally important?
- Did you put housework ahead of academics and learning or did you incorporate it into your day, teaching your children essential skills for living?
- Did you take walks with your children or did you get caught up in the business of living, only to put aside the activities that matter most?
- Did you stick to your homeschool budget? Did you need a homeschool budget?
These are just a few areas to 'grade' yourself in. Did you Pass, Fail or Need Improvement? What were your intentions all those months ago? I remember, years ago, when I was homeschool four of our children, that I made a commitment to let the answering machine take the calls when I was teaching. That was such a difficult one to stick to but on the days that I did, everything went so much smoother.
Now is a good time to write out your goals for next year, while this year is still fresh in your mind. Make a plan to accomplish those goals and then 'grade' yourself at the end of next year. Don't let your goals and plans rule over you but rather allow them to coach you forward to better things.
BCHLA Annual General Meeting
for June 6, 2008 has been
until further notice.
ODE TO MOTHERS
by Kristin F. McKendall
Mothers cannot do it all
But surely do they try.
Mothers hear the angel's call,
To comfort all who cry.
Mothers for themselves may fall,
For others they will fly.
Mother's bear the weight of all,
For their children, theywould die.
A Mother's gift extends beyond
All bounds of time and space.
Her lovingness and nurturing
Make earth a peaceful place.
|MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL NOTICE
BCHLA membership year has been changed to June 1 - May 31 to give the opportunity for everyone to vote at the AGM.
With this in mind please remember to renew your membership immediately. For a limited time renewals and new memberships will be $20/year. All new memberships will be $25/year as of July 1/08. Renewals will be accepted at the $20 rate until Sept.1/08 with expiration being May 31/09 to accommodate the new BCHLA year.
"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love".
-- Stevie Wonder
Homeschooling: Why Dads Should Get Involved Part 2
Once Robby McGee began home schooling his teenage son, the two developed a stronger, closer relationship. As McGee explains, this was one of the benefits of assuming a more active role in his child's education. Michael Farris, author of The Home Schooling Father, describes how he helped his wife, Vicki, teach their ten children. Michael, co-founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, also explains why the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child is dangerous to families and how listeners can help prevent the United States from ratifying the treaty.
"When I look back at the different things that God allowed [my son and me] to share together during those last couple years of his schooling, I can tell you that it was worth every sacrifice." - Robby McGee
Homeschooling: Why Dads Should Get Involved 2
| Mother's Day Story...
The story of Mothers Day is a long one. It is neither a recent phenomenon as many people believe it to be. Nor it is the creation of card and gift marketers syndicate as assumed by cynics of Mothers Day festival. To the surprise of lot many people Mothers Day celebrations are first said to have taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago. Even Mothers Day celebrations in UK began much before the tradition saw the light of the day in US. In US the efforts of Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis are greatly recognised for starting the tradition of Mothers Day but several other women too made remarkable contribution to further the cause of Mothers Day holiday.
|Baking a Cake with your Child's Help
Check to be certain that there are no rubber balls or plastic soldiers on the oven shelves.
Remove blocks and toy autos from table.
Grease pan. Crack nuts.
Measure 2 cups flour; remove Johnny's hands from flour; wash flour off him. Re-measure flour.
Crack more nuts to replace those Johnny ate.
Put flour, baking powder and salt in sifter. Get dustpan and brush up pieces of bowl Johnny knocked on floor.
Get another bowl. Answer doorbell. Return to kitchen.
Remove Johnny's hands from bowl. Wash Johnny. Answer telephone. Return.
Remove 1/4 inch salt from greased pan.
Look for Johnny. Grease another pan. Answer telephone.
Return to kitchen and find Johnny.
Remove his hands from bowl.
Take up greased pan and remove layer of nut shells in it.
Head for Johnny, who runs, knocking bowl off table.
Wash kitchen floor, table, walls, dishes.
Call bakery, place order. Take two aspirin. Lie down.
|CONGRATULATIONS to our Kelowna CHEC Convention 'Basket for Mom' winner: Tanja Neely of Abbotsford, BC.|
BC Homeschool Convention June 5 - 7, 2008, Surrey, BC
Please come by the booth and introduce yourself! We love meeting members and getting a chance to talk 'face to face"!
Thank-you to all those that stopped by the booth at the Kelowna CHEC Convention in April. It was a real pleasure getting to know many of you and having the opportunity to also speak to many online teachers too!
Take out a Membership!
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Membership runs from:
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Board of Directors
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
- Mildred B. Vermont
Free Science Games/Programs
Looking for more programs? Google 'free science programs'.
If you have favourite links please send them to us so we can share them with other homeschoolers.
BCHLA 1st Annual Book Sale
Thank-you to all who participated in our 1st Annual Used Book Sale. It certainly was a great beginning to a much needed annual event. Keep watching the newsletter for next Spring 2009's Sale!
BC Homeschool Conventions/Expos
June 5-7, 2008
|Used Books Forumming Events
Don't forget to check out http://bookforums.bchla.bc.ca/ to buy and sell your used curriculum!
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