IT’S ALL ABOUT LEARNING ………..
Parents and students can choose the best learning paths to meet their needs. Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools has committed support to enhance Home Education in our community by offering many flexible alternatives for Home Educators. Home Educators can create a Parent Directed Home Education program, use ADLC resources, choose to blend a program with another WRPS School or take part in individual workshops that will be offered throughout the year.
If you are interested in any of these alternatives please call Kathy Stephanson at 312-3000 for more information.
Alberta Provincial Election
In partnership with Elections Alberta, CIVIX is organizing a Student Vote parallel election for elementary and high schools coinciding with the 2019 Alberta provincial election. Students from throughout the province will learn about provincial government and the electoral process, researched the parties, candidates and issues, and cast ballots for the official local candidates running in their school’s electoral division. I will be ordering resources to make available to parents who would like their students to participate in learning about the election process and then setting up a mock election polling station for students. More details will follow when the election is announced.
Educators are invited to register their school and receive free educational materials and election supplies: http://studentvote.ca/registration/
The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta is having a contest. Wouldn't it be great to have participation from Wetaskiwin Home Education.
Canada History Online Magazine
Canada's History is an amazing online resource for teaching Canadian History.
Free News Website
DOGO is a free news website for parents to help kids navigate the world of current events. It is great for adding some critical thought and reflection about the world we live in. Check it out!!
If you are looking for a free repository of Audiobooks check out Librivox.
You can listen to free books or you can create a reading for others to listen to.
Ocean School is now live! Join the immersive learning experience.
Earlier today, the National Film Board of Canada, in collaboration with Ingenium, Dalhousie University, and the Ocean Frontier Institute, launched a new and free learning experience: Ocean School. With Ocean School, young people embark on a journey of discovery that makes learning fun through projects that highlight the importance of better understanding—and preserving—the ocean.
Curriculum and Resources
My parents are great at finding new resources. Here are links to some of them that I have found out about while doing my Year End Visits.
Alberta Home Education Parents Society
Alberta Home Education Parents Society (AHEPS) is a democratically-run, inclusive home learner advocacy group representing home education families of Alberta.
We advocate for individualized education that meets the child’s needs and interests. We advocate for the child/youth’s rights to learn in any way that best meets their needs, as well as the caregivers’ rights to choose their means of education.
We embrace the diversity of home education families, and support people of:
- All family shapes
- All program choice
- All abilities
- All socio-economic statuses
- All religions and non-religions
- All ethnicities and cultures
- All ages
- All sexual orientations and genders
- We strive to be 100% inclusive
AHEPS is dedicated to our members and is working with the Alberta Government to ensure that changes to home education laws and policies reflect our members’ needs. We strive to provide insight to stakeholders as to the realities of home education it its infinite forms.
Does your child need some support in his/her learning? Do you have questions about the Speech Language development, Fine Motor Skill development and how to address specific learning needs? If so, check out the toolbox on the CARCSD, Teacher Gateway to Special Education, Alberta Education, PBIS World or Glenda Assistive Technology.
Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is pleased to announce this year’s Educational Programs. Inspired by the stories of those who, in the past, present, and future, have worked to understand and improve our daily lives, Educational Programs allow students to explore a range of amazing programming and digital content on the theme of human ingenuity.
Choose Your Voice
Choose Your Voice is a group that advocates for the voices of all races to be heard. It offers resources to help students learn about the dangers of hatred and stereotypes, and find their voices to combat them. It encourages students not to be bystanders or perpetrators but heroes, by speaking out.
Check out the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation's website for some really cool things to learn about water use around the world.
The Gathering Place
- Canadian culture, identity and symbols
- Government, citizenship and democracy
- Canadian stories, heroes and celebrations
Mental Health Resource Online
One in five children and youth, which is approximately 200,000 young people in Alberta, experience mental health problems. More than 125,000 of them are not receiving treatment.
If you are looking for resources on Mental Health to use check out the resources at MORE.
Make some delicious recipes with milk and eggs using Power Up to guide you.
Immunizations often take place in the school setting and sometimes parents that educate their children at home may have questions about getting their child immunized. If you are wanting information on the Alberta Health Services immunization schedule visit the Alberta Health Services website or call the health centre at 780-361-4333.
Looking for resources to supplement your Homeschool Health Curriculum?? Alberta Health Services has coordinated lessons and resources into a user friendly wiki. All items are organized by grade and topic.
The Wheat Orbit
The Wheat Orbit is an interactive blog about the transformation of a wheat seed into a loaf of bread. This educational blog will explain the decisions that a farmer goes through during the seasons as he posts about his journey from now until October.
Cool Science is a great website where you can see video demonstrations of many science experiments.
Get To Know
The Get To Know program is a great way to integrate art and the outdoors.
Sarah, who is a mom of 4 busy boys, has created a website full of ideas to engage her boys in learning. It is full of ideas on how to parent boys, teach boys and just keep them busy. If you have a busy boy in your home check out the website Frugalfun4boys.
If you are interested in having your child write
to a PenPal in the UK or other locations
check out the Teacher's Corner at
UPCOMING: Indigenous Parent Engagement Gatherings & MEC Meeting
Posted on Apr 4 2019
Please join Trustee Randy Ermineskin at the following: Parent Engagement Gatherings (last rounds for the 2018-2019 School Year): Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ Buck Mountain School Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ Falun School Wednesday, May…
Gwynne School to Build Sensory Room
Posted on Apr 2 2019
The opportunity to apply for a grant through the Children’s Ability Fund became available earlier this year. Gwynne School jumped on the chance to apply for the grant which included the “Sensory Magic Starter Kit System”. This…