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Convention 2017: Home Education: Education with a Purpose

Home Education Celebration Story: Chantelle

My name is Chantelle, I'm 15 years old. Everyone we come in contact with effects us. Friends, family, and the people that surround us in our everyday lives. In schools, where kids spend about six hours a day, five days a week, they are heavily influenced by the people around them, which are the teachers and their fellow students. So who is influencing them the most? Well, with the average class size in Alberta being as many as 28 children to one teacher, they are learning how to talk to other people, how to interact with others from other children.

When I am at home, the people who are making their impression on me? My parents. They are my examples of how to maturely interact with other adults, how to hold conversations and speak civilly to others. In schools how many times do you see the teachers talking to each other? Maybe a couple times a day in the few minutes in between classes, but when you have a bully who is being rude to other students, that is what children are picking up, that that is how you speak to other people, and are then treating other students rudely, who will in turn treat others like that. The primary influences in their lives five days a week are children talking to other children. When we have to run to the store for milk I see my parents talking to the cashier, or when we are at a camp or event I see them talking to other parents, and I see them making conversation and that is where I pick up how to talk and interact with other people. One of the benefits of homeschooling is something kids in school simply don’t get, which is modeling and practice; we model ourselves after our parents, and then we have the opportunity to put into practice what we are learning in our everyday lives.

Thank you, and God bless,
Chantelle

Home Education Celebration Story: Sean

My name is Sean Ansell. I’m currently 24 years old and working as a journeyman red sealed Machinist at a pump repair facility in Fort Saskatchewan. I was homeschooled by my wonderful mother, Kathy, from kindergarten to grade 12, along with my two younger brothers. Monday to Friday we did school at the dinner table or in the living room, sometimes not fully dressed. We always had math pages to do, different English stuff everyday and science was usually an exciting experiment. Mom liked to ask what we wanted to learn next for history and about 90% of the time it was a war or a battle. We spent a lot of time together as a family, which was great, but we probably drove my mother crazy, because we were crazy.

I had plenty of friends to play with growing up and many are still very active in my life to this day. We often did activities as a group of homeschoolers. For example, we did trips to the museums, Drumheller, Fort Edmonton. We would have open gym nights, different sports teams, play in a band, bible studies, art classes, volunteer at events, dance workshops, drama classes. I had so much fun growing up in that incredible community of friends and families.

I never went to a public school, and I don’t really feel like I missed anything because of that. The one thing I possibly wanted to do was join the school football team, but instead I played on a soccer team with one of my best friends, which was awesome! After grade 12 I graduated with eight other amazing homeschoolers. I studied for the trades entrance exam, completed that and started working at the Pump repair shop as a labourer for a few months until a spot opened for an apprentice as a Machinist. Four years later I successfully completed my technical training and received my ticket. Now I’m working full time, and I love making new things or repairing rust parts into functional parts.

Home Education Celebration Story: Casey

The Celbrate Home Education Rally featured several youth who wrote about their home education story. Here is one feature story:

Casey's Homeschooling Success Story

January 2017

I have been homeschooled my whole life, and I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities it has
given me. I have been able to custom make my curriculum and pursue my interests while learning all of
the essential skills I need to survive. My flexible program allows me to go out and explore the real world
through volunteering and part-time jobs. Earning me experience and a level of maturity that leads people
to believe that I am so much older than I really am! Participating in Wisdom’s online reading courses is
always a lot of fun, and I learn just as much from reading the classics as I do from the other students. I
find I am free from most peer pressure because I can focus on my education rather than what other
students think of me or public school dramatics. Homeschooling has helped me shape my dreams, I know
where I want to be in five, ten, fifteen years down the road. I can spend my time making my goals happen
rather than memorizing random facts for a pop quiz. When I look at the difference between
homeschooling and public schooling I am floored by how much more freedom I have opposed to other
students. With that freedom comes responsibility and a need for organization, and whenever those skills
are called upon I know that I am prepared to be depended on and expected of things. Homeschooling has
also taught me the value of hard work, you get what you put into a project, and I know I want the best
result possible, and how to get it. With the customization of my education I can choose what I want to
expand upon by finding educational opportunities outside of the regular classroom setting. I appreciate
my schooling because I know that learning is the lighting of a fire, not the filling of a bucket. I would
never give up my education, I love homeschooling from the deepest corners of my heart and will alway
remember how Wisdom helped me create who I am.

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