Filling out your June reports? Here’s all you need to know.

June is here, and that means most homeschoolers are waltzing into summer, but before you do, remember to hand in your June reports.

It’s not an ordeal, so don’t worry, and everything you need to know is right here.

Click here for the form to fill out.

Wondering what to include?  Click here to see sample notification forms. These are copies of reports from a few families. You can choose how much information you would like to include.

In summary, Manitoba law requires families to send in three forms:  notification by September 1 indicating course of study for each student, and then January and June reports each indicating satisfactory progress.  There is no requirement for elaboration on checking off “satisfactory progress” for each student’s work.

Send in your June report by June 31, and if you get a note back asking for more information, politely decline, and let MACHS know.

If you want to hear someone describe how it works, here is a short video from Homeschooling 101.

Here is a video from the conference explaining MACHS position on notification forms.

MACHS Writing Contest

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MACHS Writing Contest.

From Ages 12-17!

Hey homeschoolers! You like to write stories, right? You like to read them to your friends and siblings, right? How would you like to win a contest? Announcing the First MACHS Short Story Contest! Anyone from ages 12-17 can submit a story under one of these two categories, and the first place winner in each category will receive a prize that will be announced soon. The winning story and two runners-up will be announced on facebook and the stories will be posted on the MACHS website and in the fall newsletter. Age of participant will be taken into consideration in the judging process.

Categories:

*True Experience Max 500 Words

*Fictional Story Max 3000 Words

Feel free to add pictures to a true experience, and drawings to a fictional story.

Send your story to [email protected] by Sept. 31st with the Subject line “Writing Contest”. Please Include:

Your full name

Your age (must be in homeschool to participate)

Your town

The category of your story

The name of your story

Your story in a normal, readable font

And a Declaration of Independence that states: “I (name of author) have written this story without help from my parents, (names of parents), and I hereby declare that every word in it is my own, with only occasional spelling help from my Mom and encouragement from my Dad. Signed, (name of author).”

Homeschool Soccer

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By Ezekiel Thiessen

Every spring, as if to prove that homeschoolers don’t spend every day all consigned to their dining room tables behind mounds of the latest and greatest homeschool curriculum, a good number of the homeschooled children and teens of Manitoba get out and play soccer!
Taking place every Monday afternoon (weather permitting), young children and teens (5-17) take to the soccer field and prove that while homeschooling isn’t always fun and games, it also isn’t characterized by a complete lack of fun and games! Though we extol the virtues of unified families, those of different ages are, nonetheless, divided up into groups to ensure the safety and well-being of participants.
I attend homeschool soccer as much as I am able, and I have for almost ten years. While I am not an exceptionally good player, or a very ‘sporty’ person, this event gives me the chance to exercise and work together with others. It also gives moms a chance to socialize (or, for those of you who hate that word, have fellowship) and take a break from the kids for a little while.

 

Are you up to something? Manitoba Homeschoolers want to see what other homeschoolers are doing.  If your family has done something cool let us know.  Email [email protected]

Home Education Around the World – “Sharing the Joy”

We, Gerald Huebner and Diane Kroeker (father and daughter) had the privilege to recently take a trip to share the joy of home education with people in far away places. We were invited to speak to families in 4 countries (Italy, Hungary, Ukraine and Belarus). These are countries where home education is either very uncommon (Italy and Hungary) or virtually non existent (Ukraine and Belarus).

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Our trip of 19 days, saw us participating and speaking at 5 different conferences in these 4 countries, and spending time meeting and interacting with many, many new friends. It was a truly wonderful trip with results beyond our hopes and expectations. But we should not be surprised as we know from Ephesians 3:20 that God does awesome things “now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”  We safely traveled over 25,000 miles and spoke to hundreds of people at the conferences. Diane as a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mom was able to speak to and connect with folks and share the joys and practicalities of home education.

 

In Rome, Italy we spoke at a European Education Freedom and Homeschool Conference where we met many parents from across Italy. Although home education is legal in Italy the legal requirements can be very onerous for parents and the conference was a great opportunity for them to start discussions on the start of a national home education organization. In Hungary we participated and manned a homeschool booth at the World Congress of Families Conference. This is a huge pro-family, pro-life event with over 1,000 participants. We were able to meet with those interested in home education from Hungary as well as many other countries including Serbia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France, to name a few.

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Next we travelled to Ukraine where we, together with a Ukrainian veteran homeschool couple, delivered the first ever homeschool conference in Ukraine. We had a lot of interest with 26 people attending. It was great to meet and interact with the homeschoolers of Ukraine and those interested in starting to homeschool. Passing on Christian family values to their children through homeschooling really interested them. We have already been asked to come back to speak in several cities across Ukraine. We spent time learning about Christian Camping in Ukraine as we were hosted and stayed at the Christian Camping International Ukraine Office in Kiev. The Lord is doing exciting things in camps across Ukraine.

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The last stop on our journey was a a marathon of conferences in two different cities in Belarus.(above picture are the attendees in Minsk area conference) Belarus is right beside Russia to the north of Ukraine and remains a communist dictatorship that is more soviet than Russia. In addition to being in Minsk we traveled to the south of the country and spoke in the city of Gomel which is close to Chernobyl in Ukraine. Then we headed back after the evening session to Minsk (over 4 hour hour drive) and did a full day session the next morning. We had a total of over 60 participants in Belarus with a lot of interest in home education. Although there are very few people currently home education in Belarus, we met one family who have home educated for several years already. We spoke about home education, but also about Christian parenting and discipling our children. It was a great time of fellowship and sharing. The folks in Belarus want to arrange a bigger conference for next spring, so we will likely have this in our plans.

 

It was an amazing trip and we were so honored to share our homeschool stories. So many families said the information we shared was completely new to them and they wanted to hear more. They had so many questions and God, through us, provided the answers about how to integrate education to all parts of life (Gerald turned a question about teaching children where meat comes when he talked about raising chickens into a lesson on teaching salvation). Please pray for the families considering homeschooling, and starting homeschooling, in Europe as they have a lot of opposition and it’s always hard to be “the first ones”.

Diane also has a blog for this mission, to access it see the following link dianekroeker.wordpress.com

Homeschool Field Trip – Exchange District in Winnipeg

Homeschool Field Trip – Exchange District in Winnipeg

By  Teresa Bergsma

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Our homeschool group recently had an opportunity to enjoy a guided walking tour of the Eastern Exchange District in downtown Winnipeg. This National Historic Site features an exceptional collection of heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920. Nicknamed the “Chicago of the North”, the Exchange features massive stone and brick warehouses, elegant terracotta-clad buildings, narrow angled streets as well as cobblestone paths and alleyways.  A very friendly and knowledgeable young lady took us down the streets to some of this beautiful architecture. The stone buildings with numerous floors were  a mixture of warehouse, retail, and apartment block structures built in the early 1900s. During that time Winnipeg was the Gateway to the west and had a robust economy.  We stopped regularly at different sites to hear Winnipeg history.  

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We heard about the wealth of the turn of the century banks, the vibrant Grain Exchange and how the Winnipeg strike in 1919 shaped the Labor movement in Canada for generations to come.  We also heard about the numerous fires that would flow through the buildings and the primitive way they battled with the flames in early days.

The walk was not long or strenuous, and our tour guide kept our interest with lively stories of long ago.   Our group enjoyed this outing and we would recommend it to others.  It was about 1 1/2 hours long and the price is very reasonable.

For more information see: https://www.exchangedistrict.org/tours/historic-walking-tours/

 

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5 ways to maintain a homeschooling mentality after graduation

 

By Isaac Mogilevsky

 

  1. Think with creativity, originality, and “outside the box.”

 

Throughout my homeschooling journey, I was constantly encouraged and given opportunities to think creatively. This was especially important as I developed my problem solving skills. The ability to step outside a situation and evaluated it with a thinking “outside the box” mentality is rare in our conventional thinking society. After graduation, I encourage you to continue to step outside of a situation and think with creativity, originality, and an “outside the box” mentality.  

       

2. Pursue your interests

 

One of the great benefits in homeschooling is the ability to go beyond surface level knowledge of a subject, to dig deeper into what interests us. Going deeper into your interests lead to excellence as your giftedness and talents are fully expressed.  After graduation, continue to pursue your interests with passion.

 

3. Take advantage of flexibility and live with spontaneity

 

I can remember multiple occasions in which I would look outside on a cold winter’s day and see 2 feet of snow. At the sight of this snow, I immediately would become very excited. My mother would let us leave our “seat work” for the morning in order that we would be able to play in the snow. Even after graduation, take advantage when you have some flexibility in your life. Furthermore, taking an opportunity to be spontaneous will continue to add excitement to your life.   

 

4. Look at problems as opportunities to grow

 

Homeschooling provided no shortage of problems. However, being around your family constantly has glorious benefits. One of those benefits is that every problem that we face can be used to develop our character and grow as people. This thought should certainly not stop after graduation. In fact, I believe this time of live  is the perfect opportunity to continue to look at problems as opportunities to grow.

 

5. Continue to live in Christ-centred community

 

Another amazing aspect of homeschooling is that we were a part of a Christ-centered community. This God-given gift of community encourages us, sanctifies us, and loves us.

After graduation, it can be difficult to find this community. If you are a homeschool alumni looking for community, I would encourage you to check out the “Christian Homeschool Alumni Network;” otherwise, known as “CHAN.”

 

Mission Statement

CHAN exists to provide opportunities for like-minded Christian Homeschool alumni in Manitoba to fellowship in a casual group environment through activity’s, meals, group study and great conversation with the goal of building relationships and strengthening friendships. CHAN is specifically geared for young adult Christian Homeschool alumni.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can join our Facebook group, go to our website, like our Facebook page, and/or  join our emailing list!

Join the Facebook group    

Check out our website

Join our email list by emailing: [email protected]

 

Isaac is a homeschool alumnus, blogger for thedailydisciple.blog, Personality on libertyfilm.org, and head coordinator of the Christian Homeschool Alumni Network (CHAN). Isaac has a great passion to serve the Homeschool and Christian community through his platforms.  

Report on the MACHS Meeting with the Minister of Education

 

 

Report on April 20th Meeting with Minister of Education 

By Gerald Huebner

MACHS representatives Ian Mogilevsky (President), Len Bergsma (Treasurer), Diane Kroeker (Newsletter Editor and web graphics), Cheryl Ronald (conference committee member and leader), and Gerald Huebner (Secretary) met with Minister Ian Wishart at the Legislature. It was a very cordial and productive meeting where we were able to relay concerns directly to the minister and ask for his support on important issues.

We were able to recognize the reality that the right to home education has always been the case in Manitoba (since start of MB in 1870). Ian was able to thank minister for sending MLA James Teitsma to bring greetings at MACHS conference in March and Ian invited Minister Wishart to come to 2018 MACHS conference.

We began with the MACHS foundational principle that home education is a fundamental human right. The ability of parents to choose and direct education is clearly recognized internationally as a basic human right and must be protected and not compromised. As stated in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Article 26 part 3 “parents have the prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 18, paragraph 4 that “the States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions”. We were able to share with the minister copies of the “Berlin Declaration” and “Rio Principles”.

We raised with the minister the frustration that issues are coming up often where officials in Manitoba Education (Home School Liaison officers) go significantly beyond the Public Schools Act and miscommunicate to parents.  We gave the following examples:

  1. Parents being told they need to talk to MB Ed officials in order to be granted permission to home educate.
  2. Parents being told they must allow home visits in order for Mb Education to provide ongoing permission for home education.
  3. Parents are being asked for additional information on educational outcomes and additional information requested and indicated as “required”
  4. Parents are being told that there are specific curriculum requirements that must be met, such as science and social studies in each of the senior years.
  5. Parents are being told that notifications and progress reports if not completed in full detail will result in “non-recognition” of a home education program and MB Ed will not be able provide a letter to post-secondary institutions on behalf of the student to support admission.

We pointed to the strong and successful examples of non- intrusive legal frameworks in other jurisdictions.  We asked the minister to follow the examples of the Province of British Columbia in Canada and of the United Kingdom where the legal requirements are both non-intrusive and clear.

  1. We asked of the Minster that the principle of “notification” vs. “registration” be enforced and reflected clearly in any communications, regulations and policies. That the principle be communicated clearly that permission is not required, rather that parents have the clear right to choose and direct the education of their children according to their beliefs and values. The only information required of parents is to be limited and specific, only that specifically required under the Act, with any further requests for information and particularly “home visits” requiring formal notice with just cause declared. We feel that MB Education would not need the level of staff that are currently devoted to home education if this was adopted as the philosophy driving MB Ed. Further we asked the Minster to ensure continuation of present responsibility on a provincial basis
  2. We asked the minster to ensure recognition of home education, given the requirement by law that children are receiving an “equivalent” education. We asked that the minister direct that this be properly recognized to provide for a smooth and logical recognition of home education programs by post-secondary institutions and a smooth entry system for home school students into these institutions. We were able to share copies of the significant research that has been done that shows that home education works well.
  3. We raised the issue of lack of access to non-educational health services and special needs and requested that the minister ensure access for home school families to needed special government services that may or may not be delivered by Manitoba Education, such as speech therapy and other forms of non-educational services.
  4. We asked that the minister continue to ensure the potential for collaborative arrangements whereby schools can partner with families in home education (illustrated by the then Sisler and Churchill high school programs and many other local arrangements over the years). These schools for example, offer services to families who are free to choose the level of involvement and then the school receives funding for whatever portion of the program that the student is enrolled.
  5. Last we communicated to the minister the long standing MACHS position opposing any direct funding of home education programs. We pointed out the very significant cost savings to the provincial treasury as a result of parents bearing the full cost of education.

The minister committed to the ongoing freedom of parents to choose to home educate in Manitoba and ongoing dialogue with MACHS. The minister committed to examination of the issues raised and a further meeting to discuss these. Ian was able to share that MACHS families are praying for the minister in his challenging role in dealing with the public education system.