Previously at HSCF
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November 2016 - Kristine Buchholtz brought us a whole lot of joy (well, until we were all teary at the end!) & encouragement in telling us about homeschooling in her home, and how it compares with the public school experiences most of us had. We talked about schedules, friends, testing, mastery, grading, choice of books & the value of extensive reading, using technology with discernment, and grammar, spelling, writing & communication, literary analysis, whew! What about high school? Am I doing enough? Yes, by God's grace! The bottom line is in our relationships - with Jesus & with each other. Thanks, Kristine! Announcements were made about the Nov 29th rally, a volunteer was found for the Christmas Program so sign ups are open! The HSing in Alberta page is for you to read & print & share. It is public, so non-members can learn about HSing in AB too. And please do read about the Homeschool Family Christmas Swap linked on the home page this season.
October 2016 - Patty Marler has a joyful way of clarifying government 'stuff' for homeschool families, and reminding us why we need to stay informed (Rom 13). She talked about the funding changes, the process, AHEA's role in advocating for freedom for HS families, and how we can be involved. Tonight we also talked about Organization in our homeschools. Hannah N, Lori T. & Patty M. shared their favourite ideas such as customized planners, a ready-to-go backpack, & portfolios. Always pray & do what's best for your own family! Thank you to each of our speakers :)
September 2016 - Thérèse McDonald spoked to a captivated audience tonight, graciously discussing "gentlemen brains & lady brains", how we form attachments, and how all this ties together in our homeschooling & parenting. Thérèse's outline will be posted for members in the Notes section. We look forward to inviting her to speak to HSCF members again!
August 2016 - Welcome Back! We had 40+ attendees tonight for round table discussions on the topics of Homeschooling 101, Homeschooling with Littles, Special Needs, Just for Dads, and Homeschooling thru High School. Special thanks to each of the veteran moms and dads who volunteered to lead the discussions:) Announcements were made regarding Quizzing, the Library, updating your Profile on the website, Membership, and even veggies & eggs for sale. It's great to be back & to enjoy fellowship together in support of our decision to home educate!
June 2016 - Annual Track & Field Day at the Strathcona Athletic Field. Many thanks again to Greg & Sonya for organizing this popular event for up to 180 homeschoolers! We'll all remember to bring sunscreen next year ;) Later in June was a senior graduation for four HSCF grade 12 members - congratulations!
Monday, May 30th, 2016 - Tonight Sonya hosted a most excellent Mom's Discussion Panel. Four homeschool moms, Wendy N., Roxana C., Carol P., and Gloria H., tackled an interesting variety of questions & shared their wisdom about practical home education - in the home, from the heart. Find their discussion posted in Notes & Archives. Thank you so very much, Moms! Also, special thanks to retiring volunteers - Mark (8 years newsletter editor) & Anthony (4 years executive/treasurer). Tracy chaired our short AGM; we are thankful to God for His hand on our group. Tracy also honoured Denise for her many years of expertise, loving care & mentoring in the HSCF community. Deeply missed. Safely home.
Monday, April 25, 2016 - Annual Science & Heritage Fair showcasing over 60 student projects. Thank you again to Lori and her stellar team for making this evening a highlight! Registration for next year's Fair opens in late January. Plan ahead to participate, to volunteer & to make family memories again next April!
Monday, March 21, 2016 - Annual Used Book & Curriculum Sale - We had an overflow of interest this year! Members, you may advertise any leftover items in the Classifieds. Special thanks for organizing this, Nicole, and thank you to all sellers & shoppers who made this evening a success!
Monday, February 29th, 2016 - Tonight was a fancy evening we called On Being a Homeschooling Couple. Friends & couples shared lots of laughs & food & encouraging words by candlelight. Chaplain Garry Engler was our guest speaker - keep doing 'the little things' well, in our marriages, homeschooling, finances & spiritual lives. Thanks everyone for making this a chocolate & roses sort of occasion!
Monday, January 25th, 2016 - It was great to be back together again! Tonight's topic of computer safety was pertinent to all our families. Computer security expert and educator Vincent Danen talked about all sorts of practical ways we can be safer online. His notes and Dawn's website blurb quiz are posted for members on the Notes & Archives page. Lori gave an update and brought examples of projects for the Science/Heritage Fair. Contact Sharon K. if you're interested in a senior grad.
Monday, December 14th, 2015 - It was a joy to share together with so many families tonight, celebrating our annual Christmas Concert. Thank you to all who had a part in making this evening extra special!
Monday, November 30th, 2015 - What kind of relationship does your homeschool family have with first responders? Huge appreciation to Dean & Don (Edmonton Fire), Dan (Edmonton Police) and Gary (RCMP) who formed a stellar discussion panel talking about their homeschooling, career & faith, work ethic and much more. Heartfelt insight. Outstanding advice. Lots of humour :) Thank you!
Monday, October 26th, 2015 - Tonight's theme was on Being Thrifty, sharing practical tips about handling expenses in our homeschools. Michelle shared about God's faithful provision during a family health crisis; Ingrid shared lots of ideas for local and online resources, and then we had table discussion time. Jennifer started the night by inviting us out to prayer group on Mondays. See the calendar for details. Thank you everyone! Ingrid's list of websites is linked for members under Notes & Archives.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 - Literature & Libraries was tonight's theme for about 40 members who met for fellowship. Denise shared the history & the procedures of the HSCF Library. We are so blessed to have nearly 800 resources available to us! Wendy recommended some fresh resources & creative ways to engage our kids in reading & literature, how to discern good books for kids, and how our homeschools can make the most of books & libraries. Thank you for the inspiration :) Wendy's notes & lists of books are posted for members in the Notes & Archives link.
Monday, August 31st, 2015 - Welcome Back! Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute graciously started off our new homeschool year discussing the benefits of homeschooling, current research - especially regarding socialization - and Dads' involvement. After some peppy Q & A, we enjoyed round table discussion groups and being together again as Christian home educating parents. Special appreciaton to Dr. Ray and to each of the group leaders who facilitated this fantastic evening!
Monday, June 1st, 2015 - The weather was perfect for the 10th Annual HSCF Track & Field Day with 180 or so participants. Many thanks to Greg & Sonya Hassan for leading the way! Members, please feel free to add your photos to the gallery.
Monday, May 25th, 2015 - Much appreciation to the thirty-some members who attended our AGM. It's an incredible blessing to be part of HSCF and enjoy the unity in our group! The minutes will be posted in the Members' Corner of the website. After discussion, Ted Tederoff spoke about the current political environment, had suggestions & encouragement for homeschool families, and Q&A time. Thank you!
Monday, April 27th, 2015 - We had the Annual HSCF Science & Heritage Fair, once again in a larger venue to accommodate some 60 projects. It was a great opportunity for home educating students to showcase their hard work! Thank you to all the participants, spectators & especially the committee - Gloria, Nicole & Lori - who organized this fantastic event.
Monday, March 30st, 2015 - The Annual HSCF Used Book & Curriculum Sale was a houseful of fun once again! A huge thank you to so very many shoppers for coming out, to all those who hauled boxes & worked the 16 tables, and to Nicole for organizing tonight's sale. Members, if you have leftovers you'd like to offer on the Classifieds, please do!
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 - Focus on Homeschool Dads. Wow! What a great turnout of Dads and Moms tonight to enjoy an evening of hilarious video clips, plenty of food & a fantastic panel of veteran Dads discussing the benefits and bumps of homeschooling. Thanks to Sheldon, Jans, Mark, Anthony, Garry and all who had a hand in helping out tonight!
Monday, January 26, 2015 - Garry started this new year off with Psalm 27:14 & prayer. Gloria talked about the upcoming science & heritage fair & creative ways to present & store your kids' projects. Mark shared engaging ways to teach science at home AND gave out lab coats as prizes :) He included this video about spirals and referenced this snowflake website. Thanks to all for an enjoyable evening! Please consider checking AHEA's website by Jan 31st to submit your comments about the updated Home Education Regulation which will affect our families for the next ten years.
Monday, December 8, 2014 - We had a very full Christmas Program again this year, organized by Sonya & emceed by Greg - thank you, you two! It’s always a joy to hear & see what the kids have worked so hard to prepare, and to celebrate this Christmas tradition together as homeschool families.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - Encouraging Entrepreneurship - a panel of three homeschool moms and two teens discussed the ins and outs of having a home-based business. Panel notes are posted here. Thank you to Dina who organized tonight's meeting, and to Evan, Claire, Jan, Kathy & Shawna for sharing your insight & experience with us! Members are invited to use the HSCF Business Directory to share their business & job shadowing opportunities.
Monday, October 27, 2014 - Dr. Margaret Helder talked about how every aspect of nature testifies to God's glory. Science ought to be enjoyed and studied in our homeschools, while teaching our kids to think & interpret data critically. An accomplished biologist and educator, Dr. Helder blessed our group with her wealth of knowledge, fascinating examples, and discussion of truth. Visit CSAA or CMI to learn more about creation science. Also tonight Denise updated us on the library; members, be sure to visit the library resource database!
Monday, September 29, 2014 - Homeschool Mom and art instructor, Yvonne Bayne, shared eight convincing reasons why art is a valuable part of home education. Art IS a big deal! She also led us in a fun art experience to illustrate her points - thank you, Yvonne! Please visit Yvonne's website here to see her notes and the art exercise you can try at home.
Monday, August 25, 2014 - We were back in the saddle with well-attended round table discussions to help us get started and keep us going! New this year was a Dads' group - excellent idea & well received. Thank you to the executive for organizing this evening, and to each of the group leaders for so ably sharing the wisdom God has given you in your home education experiences.
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 - Annual Track & Field Day was a summer success! See pix in the photo gallery. Kudos to the Hassans and team for organizing this huge event!
Monday, May 26th, 2014 - Annual General Meeting and guest speaker, Nicole K., who shared her story of homeschooling in the 'olden days' when her parents first started HSCF thirty years ago! We enjoyed lots of good fellowship and re-acquaintances tonight. Blessings to Sonya who completed four fabulous years as President/Acting President. Thank you to Nicole K., and to all who volunteer with HSCF!
Monday, April 28th, 2014 - Annual HSCF Science & Heritage Fair. Thank you students, judges and organizers (Gloria, Nicole, Lori) for a fun-filled evening and excellent work! See you next year :)
Monday, March 31st, 2014 - Annual HSCF Used Book & Curriculum Sale. Still looking for an item or needing to sell or give away your leftover items? Let other members know by using the Classifieds on the HSCF website! Thank you, Nicole, for organizing a full house again!
Monday, February 24th, 2014 - Literature - by homeschool Mom and speaker Kristine Buchholtz. It's always fun to hear how things are done in the Buchholz home, and tonight was no exception. Kris talked about what literature is and lots of ways "to do" it. And, yes, fiction is good! Thanks, Kris!
Monday, January 27th, 2014 - Thank you to Marlane Noster who spoke from her heart & from her many years of homeschooling! She talked about the purposes we have for homeschooling, and how to overcome the challenges that distract us from these purposes. Information was also provided about the 2014 Science & Heritage Fair coming up in April.
Monday, December 9th, 2013 - Thank you to Sonya, Vern, Gloria, the Pops family, ushers, kitchen helpers and others involved for ensuring the Annual HSCF Christmas Program was enjoyed by all! We had a full roster of creative kids and families share their gifts with us, with refreshments and fellowship afterwards. Also, thank you to Maegan for hosting the Quizzing demo for the kids. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Monday, November 25th, 2013 - Ever wondered if you could manage travelling with your homeschool family during the school year? It's not only possible, but with some planning, it's fantastic! Nathalie V. shared how their family participated in a work exchange to New Zealand, & Nicole G. highlighted their family's trip with another HSCF family for a week at a mission in Mexico. These families experienced life-changing perspectives! Also tonight, Melody W. brought information along about an orphan adoption ministry in Taiwan. Thank you to all!
Monday, October 28, 2013 - Guest speaker Anthony Neumann was back to share lots of reasons why board games are a valuable part of our families' homeschooling. We had a fun evening of "hands on" learning with Anthony & his family, trying out various sorts of games and seeing what could fit well with our kids' home education. Thank you, Neumann Family!
Monday, Sept 30, 2013 - Patty Marler spoke encouragingly of God's hand of blessing on home-educated children in general & the many positive elements of homeschooling in Alberta. She explained how the home education regulation is being reviewed/rewritten in AB currently & urged us to consider participating in the process as stakeholder parents. See AHEA's website to stay current on this issue.
Monday, August 26th, 2013 - Welcome Back! Round Table Discussion (homeschooling 101, homeschooling special needs kids, homeschooling through high school, homeschooling with young children). It was great to have a wide range of homeschool experience represented tonight. We hope everyone will make use of the online directory & map to connect & build friendships from introductions tonight. (Our new website with these features went live on June 26th!) God's blessings to each of your families!
Monday, June 3rd, 2013 - Thank you to the Hassans for another amazing HSCF Track & Field Day! There are lots of pictures to enjoy in the photo gallery...
Monday, May 27th, 2013 - An impressive Grad Panel (Bailey, Nathan, Jason, Heather) shared their insight about homeschooling & post-secondary options. Thank you :) See notes from their discussion in the Notes link to the left, and their photos in the gallery under Newer Random Fun. The AGM minutes are posted in the Members' Corner - thank you, Nicole!
Monday, April 29rd, 2013 - Largest HSCF Science & Heritage Fair ever with 73 projects! Thank you to all the organizers (Michelle, Gloria, Sonya), students & families for your outstanding work! And special thanks to Trinity Christian Reformed Church for hosting our growing Fair. See lots of pix in the photo gallery!
Monday, March 25th, 2013 - Used Curriculum and Book Fair - A full house! Thanks to Nicole for organizing this evening! If you have something left you want to sell, feel free to advertise via the HSCF email.
Monday, February 25th, 2013 - Wow! What a full evening of encouragement as veteran Homeschool & Foster Mom, Kimberley Walker, shared of God's leading in her family & homeschooling. Thank you so much!! Also, Denise shared their family's joy about soon adopting a daughter; follow their journey here!
Monday, January 28th, 2013 - A team of veteran homeschool parents presented their advice, tips, encouragement & enthusiasm for the annual HSCF Science & Canadian Heritage Fair held in April. Thanks, Team!
Monday, December 10th, 2012 - Christmas Programs are a joy at HSCF! Thank you everyone for coming out to share in this evening! You can check the gallery for pix.
Monday, November 26th, 2012 - Dr. Mark Sandercock lit a candle with smoke! He presented lots of ideas to consider when making science fun and significant in our homeschooling. The goal of science is to learn about God's creation and bring glory to Him! See Mark's notes in Notes & Archives.
Monday, October 29th, 2012 - Patty Marler joyfully summed up God's provision regarding the new Education Act, and then showed us how to make math fun in our homeschooling! The key is to go with our kids' learning styles, and at their pace, since math builds on itself. Become intentional about seeing math all around us all day! Use board games, storybooks, or even websites as part of your math fun. And most of all, PRAY!
Monday, September 24th, 2012 - Sonya emceed a fabulous panel of homeschool Moms: Sharla, Caralee, Janice & Tracy. Thank you so much for your willingness to prepare and share answers to questions that fellow homeschoolers are asking. You blessed us! Notes from the discussion are posted for members in the Notes & Archives section. Also tonight, the give-away table was much appreciated by those cleaning shelves and by those needing fresh ideas :)
Monday, August 27th, 2012 - New Homeschoolers! We had a full house to hear Kristine Buchholtz speak about homeschooling, especially the differences between homeschooling and classroom learning. She encouraged us all to find what works for our own family - what's a good fit - structured, unit studies, literature-based learning, etc. There are endless choices! Even if you feel stuck at times, there is nothing like homeschooling to build relationships over time and invest in your faith and family!
Monday, June 4, 2012 - Track and Field Day!
Monday, May 14, 2012 - AGM & More! Sorry if you missed this evening of fellowship & treats! Members, feel free to use the group email to submit your great ideas & suggestions for HSCF! A list of fantastic questions we discussed are in the Notes & Archives. Thanks, Sonya and Marianne.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 - HSCF Science & Heritage Fair! If you have pictures you'd like posted, please submit them to the Englers!
Monday, March 19, 2012 - Used Curriculum and Book Fair - We had no lack of treasures! If you have something left you want to sell, feel free to advertise via the HSCF email!
Monday, February 13, 2012 - "Can I Be of Service" - Homeschool Dads Peter Gerber and Jans Pops, along with Hannah Pops, talked about developing a mindset of ministry in our home educating families. We are in a unique position to share God's love intentionally, both locally and globally! Peter shared about Hope Mission's Bethany Homes (a relatively new project for women & their kids, with gardening and horses). Jans made blood donation sound exciting! And Hannah presented how God is sending her to South Africa for the next couple of years to work with TransWorld Radio! It was excellent to hear of homeschoolers choosing to be of service and encouraging us to get involved!
Monday, January 16, 2012 - Homeschool and ART! - Thank you to local artist Tammy Taylor who spoke, inspired us about the fun and value of art, and shared her resources. Thank you also to all who came out despite the weather!!
Monday, December 12, 2011 - Christmas Program - Thank you to LOTS of you who came and shared your talents! We had an hour long program followed by Christmas goodies and a fun time for the teens & kids to try Bible Quizzing. Special thanks to Marianne for putting this fabulous evening together!!
Monday, November 21, 2011 - Patty Marler spoke about Homeschooling in Alberta and her role as Government Liaison for AHEA. She encouraged us to be proactive in our relationship with Alberta Education, as we have many good things in place with the current Home Education Regulation (2006, p.30ff), but we must not become complacent. Patty's notes can be found on the "political updates" page of the AHEA website, including information about how to have a positive visit with our MLAs. Please contact Patty here if you'd like further information or resources.
Also tonight, Laurie Roberts shared about the needs in Mexico and her various roles there providing opportunities for orphans in leadership and language training, and also Spanish coaching for English speakers.
And Karen Jarrah outlined Classical Conversations which combines classical learning with a Biblical worldview. Anyone interested please contact Karen.
Monday, October 17, 2011 - Calvin Smith of www.creation.com gave a compelling presentation about the importance of having a Biblical worldview as foundational. He discussed the authority of God's Word and why creation matters - it does affect our faith! He discussed topics such as bias, faith, science, facts, origins, meaning, death, evolution and atheism, all while modelling a Biblical response to skeptics and to Christians who accept atheist tenets (evolution as origin; millions of years of history, & that the Bible cannot be read as plainly written).
Monday, September 19, 2011 - Ken Noster reminded us of the freshness we have in each new day as we encourage our children's learning! He talked about the stages of learning and about developing useful program plans. Ken referred to a list of learning outcomes for students which can be found on Page 35 of the Home Education Handbook. Stewart Nelson also shared about the value of HSLDA. The vibrant Q & A sessions were much appreciated!
Monday, August 22, 2011 - "Never Say Never!" - Delightfully encouraging to new and veteran homeschoolers, Kristine Buchholtz shared her family's homeschool journey and the lessons learned along the way. Jesus has not left us alone!
Monday, June 6, 2011 - Track and Field Day
Monday, May 16, 2011 - AGM & Snapshots of the Past - Wow! It was amazing to meet and hear the stories, trials and blessings of the pioneer homeschoolers in Alberta - those creative families who started HSCF and AHEA and helped to shape the homeschooling freedoms that we all enjoy today! Thank you so much! May we be as faithful to the next generation.
Monday, April 11, 2011 - Science & Heritage Fair - In Marianne's words: "...what a wonderful time it was last night at the Science and Heritage Fair. The quality of the projects and the enthusiasm of the kids was such a joy. We had a great variety of projects; almost twice as many as last year, thanks to our new venue! Michelle Drost and her team did an amazing job of pulling it all together and a good time was had by all!
Monday, March 21, 2011 - Used Curriculum and Book Fair - Such fun! If you have something left you want to sell, feel free to advertise via the HSCF email!
Monday, February 14th, 2011 - Food and Fellowship - It was just that! We heard some great stories, were encouraged together, nibbled on goodies, won some pretty prizes, and enjoyed a relaxing evening of visiting as home educating Moms & Dads. Thank you, Executive!
Monday, January 24th, 2011 - Marianne emceed a distinguished panel of homeschool Moms: Bridget, Elise, Denise and Michelle. You blessed us! Thank you so much for your willingness to prepare and share answers to questions that fellow homeschoolers are asking. The encouragement was topnotch! Notes from the discussion are now in the Newsletters/Notes section to the left.
Monday, December 13, 2010 - Christmas Program - We had a wonderful evening enjoying the talents of our home-educated kids! We heard violins, guitars, poems, singing, and piano-playing. So much variety! We also had a good time of fellowship afterwards. Thanks to everyone who came out, and to Rob Drost who emceed the program.
Monday, November 15th, 2010 - What a great way to add zest to homeschooling! Anthony Neumann, self-proclaimed board game geek, along with his wife & oodles of games, showed us how to have fun & keep learning!
Monday, October 18th, 2010 - Have you ever wondered what it means to magnify God? Thank you to Yvonne Nickel, who helped us learn about God's provision for us in creation, by studying the details! Marianne reminded us to visit our MLAs and share with them that - contrary to opinion out there - traditional home education is not child abandonment!
Monday, September 20th, 2010 - We welcomed back a full house! Many thanks to our guest speaker Paul van den Bosch who spoke about Why Homeschool? It's good for our kids and it's good for us! Also, Landon Coleman, representing Augustine College in Ottawa, related his experience as a student there.
Monday, June 7th, 2010 - Track and Field Day - Thank you, Sonya and many volunteers! There were a record 180 kids registered this year, most of whom came out despite the sprinkles. You can see a few pics in the gallery.
Monday, May 17, 2010 - Annual General Meeting AND The Straight Goods - Marianne interviewed her graduated daughters about their home-education experiences!
Monday, April 26, 2010 - Science & Heritage Fair - Thank you to Michelle, Nicole & Gloria for organizing this delightful event; also to Mr.Twa, all the judges & volunteers!! We had 33 projects, each reflecting our Creator and the creativity of families. See pics in the gallery :)
Monday, March 15, 2010 - Used Curriculum and Book Fair - A good time was had by all! If you have something left you want to sell, feel free to advertise via the HSCF email!
Monday, February 8, 2010 - Moms Night Out was a superb evening hosted by Dads! Thank you so much to Jans, Sheldon & Martin for your fun ideas & all your work!
Monday, January 18, 2010 - Kathy Put spoke encouragingly about High School Options and Post-Secondary Possibilities. You can visit Kathy's blog at www.puttingalong.blogspot.com which includes her daughter's home education story.
Monday, December 14, 2009 - We had an outstanding evening, celebrating Christmas with moms & dads, children, grandparents, songs, recitations, solos, duets, trios, a family skit, surprises and more, with treats afterwards. Photos are posted in the photo gallery...
Monday, November 16, 2009 - Karen Dargatz blessed us with lions & otters & retrievers & beavers! All about God's design for our families.
Monday, October 19, 2009 - Guest Speakers were Dan & Anne Reinhardt speaking on right-brained creativity & also HSLDA.
Monday, September 21, 2009 - Welcome Back and website tutorial.
AND BEFORE THAT...
- Approaches to Remembrance Day
- Journey of Dyslexia
- Math & Games
- Maintaining Margins
- Moms' Retreat Night
- Ten Things All Homeschoolers Need to Know
- Mediated Learning (Building Strong Families)
- Christmas Around the World (with chocolate making)
- Choosing Curriculum Wisely
- Putting Together Portfolios
- Family Holiday Ideas
- Homeschool Band Recital