Canadas Homeschool Alberta 9.2 Winter : Page 3

ON THE COVER Community, Not Uniformity THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO Ask by Rebecca Chapman any homeschooling know what is best for your family, and you will DO what is best for your family. I LOVE my community of homeschooling mamas. What a inimitable village in which we raise our homeschooled children. Having taught in the classroom for over ten years, I really appreciate this unique aspect to homeschooling. I love sharing our ideas. The sky’s the limit for teaching opportunities. And what’s really special is that no one feels hurt or rejected if their idea is not picked up or carried on. We just love to share – and we understand that we are doing what is best for our children and our families may not be best for you or yours! We are creating an environment of passion . . . learning, reading, exploring. We are building paper-mache volcanoes, playing sink-or-float, studying advanced heart anatomy with your six-year old (that was me last week!) or reading a classic novel. When I get to the point where I just don’t know if what I’m doing is “good enough” or I’m wondering what to do next, I connect with my group of homeschooling mamas on Facebook or some other wonderful online forum! We go to one another for encouragement and inspiration... For a giggle. Or a tear. I would not want to be walking down any other path right now. I am so grateful for my friends who are sharing this special time in my life with me. May your education journey be just as rewarding. v WINTER 2013 3 mom what curriculum they are using for a given subject and you will have as many answers as there are moms! Even more, since some moms (myself included) use more than one curriculum. Ask any homeschooling mom what her teaching style is, what her daily or weekly timetable is like, and again, you will receive a diverse set of answers. Some prefer workbooks, pen and paper work. Others are using live books. Some teach four days a week, others seven, some don’t separate learning from living . . . because it happens all the time. Some moms are breastfeeding one (or more) little ones while pregnant with another, canning peaches and schooling their older children. Others are successfully running their own businesses, supporting their families and schooling their gifted beanies. This is what makes the community of homeschooling so rich. Variety. When in need, you can find someone that has gone through what you are going through, and has found a creative solution. Your need might be curriculum related, or not even ‘educational’. It might be how to deal with your child’s health issues, how to cook gluten free or not glare at your husband when he asks what you do all day. If your need is related to for specific a learning of issues, be prepared plethora and ideas support, truly without judgement. Everybody accepts that you will CanadasHomeschool.ca #1 in Home Education and Alternative Learning

Community, Not Uniformity The Story Behind the Photo

Rebecca Chapman

Ask any homeschooling mom what curriculum they are using for a given subject and you will have as many answers as there are moms! Even more, since some moms (myself included) use more than one curriculum. Ask any homeschooling mom what her teaching style is, what her daily or weekly timetable is like, and again, you will receive a diverse set of answers. Some prefer workbooks, pen and paper work. Others are using live books. Some teach four days a week, others seven, some don’t separate learning from living . . . because it happens all the time. Some moms are breastfeeding one (or more) little ones while pregnant with another, canning peaches and schooling their older children. Others are successfully running their own businesses, supporting their families and schooling their gifted beanies. This is what makes the community of homeschooling so rich. Variety.
When in need, you can find someone that has gone through what you are going through, and has found a creative solution. Your need might be curriculum related, or not even ‘educational’. It might be how to deal with your child’s health issues, how to cook gluten free or not glare at your husband when he asks what you do all day. If your need is related to specific learning issues, be prepared for a plethora of ideas and support, without judgement. Everybody truly accepts that you will know what is best for your family, and you will DO what is best for your family. I LOVE my community of homeschooling mamas. What a inimitable village in which we raise our homeschooled children.
Having taught in the classroom for over ten years, I really appreciate this unique aspect to homeschooling. I love sharing our ideas. The sky’s the limit for teaching opportunities. And what’s really special is that no one feels hurt or rejected if their idea is not picked up or carried on. We just love to share – and we understand that we are doing what is best for our children and our families may not be best for you or yours!
We are creating an environment of passion . . . learning, reading, exploring. We are building paper-mache volcanoes, playing sink-or-float, studying advanced heart anatomy with your six-year old (that was me last week!) or reading a classic novel.
When I get to the point where I just don’t know if what I’m doing is “good enough” or I’m wondering what to do next, I connect with my group of homeschooling mamas on Facebook or some other wonderful online forum! We go to one another for encouragement and inspiration... For a giggle. Or a tear.
I would not want to be walking down any other path right now. I am so grateful for my friends who are sharing this special time in my life with me. May your education journey be just as rewarding.

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