Happy Home Schooling! This eLetter (Terry’s Terrific Learning Connections or Terry’s Tender Loving Care) is meant to encourage and inspire families homeschooling their children. (*If you would like to opt out of receiving this email, simply click the button at the bottom of this eLetter to unsubscribe.)

Christmas is just about here. No matter what year it is, time marches along. Christmas is a relatively short season – as is Summer. I try to appreciate each and every day.

So often, we lose ourselves in parenthood. Our own desires are often set aside as the demands of parenthood are so constant. I hope that you can just take a deep breath as you make it through another day - and so did your children.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” 

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy Home Schooling to all of you – especially to the families new to WISDOM. This eLetter (Terry’s Terrific Learning Connections or Terry’s Tender Loving Care) is meant to encourage and inspire families homeschooling their children. 

We are living in uncertain times. Some of us have homeschooled for years, while others leaped into homeschooling this September. No matter what lies ahead of us, homeschooling our children is a great choice! There were times when I got distracted by academics or parenting issues and those were what I focused on. 

Today I encourage you to focus on your relationship with your child / children. Why not add relationship building activities to your daily / weekly plant? 

Make a list of what each child loves and try to include that in your homeschool week / life as much as possible. Talk often.  Eat good food together slowly. Play games. Go for walks. Read great books aloud. Read the Bible and pray together to relieve stress and anxiety. Hug often. 

Do whatever builds your relationship with your child as much as possible. Our days together might seem long, but the years are so short. 

Homeschool Freedom (AND Fun) in the Summer

I must admit I love the freedom of home schooling at any time of the year, but home school freedom in the summer time is especially sweet. 

After a long home school year of planning, home schooling and meeting our goals, I (and the girls) appreciated a break from academics during the summer months. 

Many years, I had a Summer Binder and I would make a plan for each week.  I made a list of activities I thought the kids would enjoy and spaced them out through the summer months. 

Having activities listed on a calendar in my Summer Binder always made it easier for me to get things done.  Sometimes we would do one activity a day – other times, there would be an activity for the morning and another one for the afternoon.  I had family readalouds, nature walks, fun baking ideas, crafts, games, and more listed down.  We never got all of them accomplished, but if I needed an idea, it was there.  (And I reused it from year to year!)

A few years, we even had a Summer Fun Afternoon where we invited extra kids to join us for fun water games, a pinata, snacks and prizes one day.  The kids LOVED that.  (AND I almost always did childcare through the Summer!)

We also went swimming every summer weekday afternoon for two or three years AND hosted Japanese Exchange Students for four or five summers, too.  (I loved hosting Japanese Students.  We got a closer look into their culture and life, while they got a close look into Canadian culture and life.  Some girls were easier to host than others, but it was always a great family extra to do in the summer times.  *ALTHOUGH perhaps don’t go to Heritage Days before you know how to pronounce your Exchange Student’s last name….  We did find her!  She got tired and sat down by the Playground.)

Life was very full for me, and I loved it, but perhaps that isn’t the kind of summer you (or your family) want or need.  The great thing about Home School Freedom (AND freedom itself) is that each of us gets to choose what kind of summer we will have.  Here are some ideas that you are free to use or not, as you wish!

Terry’s Terrific Learning Connections (OR Terry’s Tender Loving Care)

As this home school year draws to a close, I hope you have had a great year home educating your children and that you have some fun (and / or) relaxing plans for your family this summer. 

Welcome to the first edition of Terry’s “Terrific Learning Connections” (and Tender Loving Care, too) for WISDOM Families.

I’ll share great links, contests and connection opportunities for WISDOM Families and Students monthly. I usually share a lot of these ideas on Facebook but want to open it up to the entire Family of WISDOM Home Schoolers.

Does your family love games? Or would you like to incorporate more family games but are not sure where to start? Games have been proven to rapidly develop cognitive functions in all ages.

Games the Build the Brain is a favourite resource of home schooling families everywhere! Find a fabulous game in this booklet, and learn which cognitive skills it builds and supports. Then, play it with your family to reap the cognitive and relationship benefits!

It was with the support of their local school principal that Ken and Marlane Noster brought home their eldest child, half way through grade 3; but the superintendent threatened to charge them with truancy.  The late 80’s were rife with inconsistencies in treatment of home schoolers.

What's the difference?

"What's the difference between parent-led and teacher-led? Why do some families get different homeschool funding than others? I hear about 'aligned' or 'blended' or 'school-delivered' or 'teacher-led' or 'parent-led'... are there really that many kinds of home schooling?"

We hear questions like this frequently, and hope that the following information will help you to make an informed decision in your own educational journey. All learning-at-home options in Alberta fall under one of the following categories.

Many students are thinking about the spring-times of their future careers, or summer jobs, or 'after school' jobs.

But with that thought comes anxiety:  as a home school grad, what do I put on my resume and what do I say in a job interview? What will I say when they ask “do you have your high school diploma?” I have some ideas…

(Note: this article isn’t a comprehensive list of everything you should put in a resume or say at an interview, but simply a few ideas for you to consider and get you thinking).