I came to the DL / home education late, when my children were in grade six and nine. So yes, we had to ‘transition’ in many ways, not least mentally! That said, the opportunities presented to us through this experience have truly been a life-changing gift to our family. As a teacher, I learned about home education through the lens of parent and teacher simultaneously, so fully sympathize with the concerns and goals of parents, and also see with gratitude the unique opportunities we have in BC as home educators.
Mary will be bringing us 2 of the following 4 workshops, to be finalized with the schedule:
Transitioning to High School: Be not Afraid –– Yes. Parents with small children in primary grades have come to me with worries about high school. And understandably. It is confusing. Thankfully it is also survivable, and much more flexible than we realize. As a parent of two children who have survived high school, cross-enrolled with several independent DLs in BC, I would like to offer encouragement and assurance, as well as some tips for negotiating the transition. And of course, answer questions as best I can!
Nourishing the Creative Writing Process –– explanation of the creative process in children, and how to encourage that in their writing: principles and practical tips to keep in mind.
Home Education: Gift for Our Families and Our World –– As families who choose home education, we are hoping to offer our culture a gift by raising young adults capable of regenerating the culture, acting as ‘leaven’ in a world that desperately needs capable, community-oriented people. At the same time, it is also a gift to our own families, offering us a family life not possible for many, in any time or place. With that in mind, some encouragement and tips to keep the ‘big picture’ in mind in our day-to-day…
The new curriculum: great news for DL –– Overview of directions in the new curriculum, and why they work so well for the DL world, with a focus on how to incorporate core competencies.