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ON THE COVER From the Beginning THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO Our family has been homeschooling since the by Ché Borden beginning – our children don’t Homeschool Parent know the inside of a public school classroom. Our family consists of mom, dad, seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. A typical family with not so typical lives – but we like it that way. This year marks our third year “officially” homeschooling, although I was previously opposed to the idea. After working out the glitches, I can say that I truly love having my children around all day and that my husband and I can be the primary influence in their lives! Not only do I homeschool my children, but I am an entrepreneur and own my own creative design agency. It has given me the opportunity to be with my children, educate them and still contribute to my family financially. My husband also owns his own company. The freedom we have working for ourselves, while simultaenously homeschooling, is amazing. Working and homeschooling definitely needs organization, dedication and balance and I think we have succeeded thus far. We are a more relaxed, flexible and happy family. Our family dabbles in all kinds of educational approaches from worksheets, books, technology, classes, field trips, exploring nature, child-led interests . . . anything goes with us. We try to take advantage of what our province and city have to offer and make family trips out of it. Hiking, museums, nature parks, live theatre and more provide lots of fun, and yet we still get lots of family downtime as well. I love that homeschooling gives my children individual attention to their interests, learning styles and personalities. Our daughter lives in her own world of fairies and mermaids and excels at art. As long as I make “school work” artsy crafty, she is my best student! She enjoys being a teacher to her brother and being a mother figure to him. We have the happiest little boy that loves cars and is a soccer monster. He excels at math, but he is a typical little boy who is passionate with computers, iPads, iPhones, you name it... we even considered changing his name to jPad as a joke! Never a dull moment! Homeschooling has advanced so much in the last 15 to 20 years. Whereas there used to be only a few textbooks to choose from, now there is a plethora of curriculum, classes, resources, support groups, computer programs and more available for homeschooling students. It is almost overwhelming how many choices we have available here in Calgary. I am excited to continue this path with my children, even though I am dreading fractions and algebra! I have found great inspiration and support from my fellow homeschoolers and family. I cannot thank them enough. The classes, the groups, the opportunities and the people have made homeschooling an enjoyable journey. I look forward to more unique experiences as we learn together. v Wind Farm near Pincher Creek, Alberta kids driving Papa and Gamma’s boat CanadasHomeschool.ca #1 in Home Education and Alternative Learning FALL 2012 5

From the Beginning, The Story Behind the Photo

Ché Borden

Our family has been homeschooling since the beginning – our children don’t know the inside of a public school classroom. Our family consists of mom, dad, seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. A typical family with not so typical lives – but we like it that way.
This year marks our third year “officially” homeschooling, although I was previously opposed to the idea. After working out the glitches, I can say that I truly love having my children around all day and that my husband and I can be the primary influence in their lives!
Not only do I homeschool my children, but I am an entrepreneur and own my own creative design agency. It has given me the opportunity to be with my children, educate them and still contribute to my family financially. My husband also owns his own company. The freedom we have working for ourselves, while simultaenously homeschooling, is amazing. Working and homeschooling definitely needs organization, dedication and balance and I think we have succeeded thus far. We are a more relaxed, flexible and happy family.
Our family dabbles in all kinds of educational approaches from worksheets, books, technology, classes, field trips, exploring nature, child-led interests . . . anything goes with us. We try to take advantage of what our province and city have to offer and make family trips out of it. Hiking, museums, nature parks, live theatre and more provide lots of fun, and yet we still get lots of family downtime as well. I love that homeschooling gives my children individual attention to their interests, learning styles and personalities.
Our daughter lives in her own world of fairies and mermaids and excels at art. As long as I make “school work” artsy crafty, she is my best student! She enjoys being a teacher to her brother and being a mother figure to him. We have the happiest little boy that loves cars and is a soccer monster. He excels at math, but he is a typical little boy who is passionate with computers, iPads, iPhones, you name it... we even considered changing his name to jPad as a joke! Never a dull moment!
Homeschooling has advanced so much in the last 15 to 20 years. Whereas there used to be only a few textbooks to choose from, now there is a plethora of curriculum, classes, resources, support groups, computer programs and more available for homeschooling students. It is almost overwhelming how many choices we have available here in Calgary.
I am excited to continue this path with my children, even though I am dreading fractions and algebra! I have found great inspiration and support from my fellow homeschoolers and family. I cannot thank them enough. The classes, the groups, the opportunities and the people have made homeschooling an enjoyable journey. I look forward to more unique experiences as we learn together.

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