Allan Garneau has spent almost all his working life in education. Formerly a teacher and principal in the public system for 25 years, he left that and founded the Traditional Learning Academy in 1991. The school, located in Coquitlam, continues to provide education for nearly 200 students from K to 12. TLA offered full support for homeschooling from the beginning which is why it established one of the pioneer DL schools in BC. TLA Online continues to this day as a major participant in K-12 home and blended learning, and special needs education.
He is the father of five adult sons and grandfather to seven grandchildren, several of whom were homeschooled. He has maintained his firm commitment to ensure that parents in BC have access to all the options for learning available to families.
Allan will be bringing us two workshops:
HOW CHILDREN LEARN
How do we teach children so they will learn? Beginning homeschooling parents often express concern that they may not be “qualified” to teach. Understanding the young mind, and how the brain processes and stores information and skills, can help parents structure their home program and guide children through the learning process. The focus in this presentation is on the primary age learner, but concepts discussed can apply to older children as well.
This seminar will explore a child’s readiness to learn. Some learning requires that we wait until the child can manage the process. We will discuss how some learning disabilities can affect learning and learning styles. This workshop presents a common-sense approach toward ensuring that our children maintain a healthy, inquisitive approach for developing their intellect.
THE ROLE OF THE HOMESCHOOL DAD
A family that decides to educate their children in the home soon discovers that routines and roles change. One of the roles is that of the father, often the one who is the wage-earner, leaving the mother to handle the home duties, domestic and educational. Obviously, there is a role for both parents in the needs of the children’s education program, but that role can be difficult to define.
This seminar offers some ways that dad can provide support and positive input to the home-learning environment.