Dear Friends in Manitoba,As you may remember, we had a difficult time shipping my books to the conference. I had ordered three boxes of books and only one box made it in time for the convention.Then a few weeks later, I received an email that the missing books finally made it to Canada. Yay!My printer has already resent the missing books to me in Pennsylvania so these books are available to you in Winnipeg.After some deliberation with the MACHS board we have decided to offer them to anyone who is interested, with the proceeds being given to GHEC through CCHE. (CCHE is the charitable division of HSLDA Canada and GHEC is the Global Home Education Conference in which Gerald Huebner is involved.)Here are the books which are available:20 Speaking the Truth in Love30 Crisis to Christ30 Family Worship10 Hymns for Family Worship10 His Story My StoryCost: $10 each, $15 for 2 books, $20 for 3 booksPayment: cash or chequeIf you would like to purchase one or more, please email [email protected]MACHS.ca to make arrangements.Steve
This post is really late. We promise to get photos from the upcoming 2018 Field day up a lot faster. 🙂
This year’s field day is on the 18-19th of August. Registration will open at the beginning of June. See you there!
Last year we did some sky writing as our unique activity.
Each field day weekend contains a lot of races, sports, and fellowship.
More great memories will be made this year!
Photo credits go to: Rachelle Louden, Caleb Mogilevsky, Lily Friesen, and Carolyn Hamm.
Global Home Education – How can you help?
Greetings to Manitoba Home Educating Families!
It was great to see many of you at the MACHS conference. We would like to share more with you about upcoming international home education events:
The Global Home Education Conference (GHEC) is being held in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, May 14-19. A number of homeschool leaders from across Canada will be attending. Gerald & Bev Huebner from Manitoba, Ray & Lois Strom from Alberta, Russ & Andrea Hiebert from BC, Peter and Tarah Stock from Ontario, and Stephanie Jackson from Nova Scotia.
Gerald & Bev Huebner and Stephanie Jackson will also be speaking at home education and Christian camping conferences in Ukraine (9 days in 5 different cities) and Belarus before going to Russia.
This is the third Global Home Education Conference. The first was in Berlin, Germany, in 2012. The second was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
The purpose of the GHEC is to advance the freedom of parents globally to choose and direct the education of their children. GHEC is not specific to either motivation or methodology and is open to all. Its purpose is to bring together everyone with an interest in home education – whether parents, policy-makers, home education leaders, researchers, or anyone interested. We aim to influence public policy by promoting an understanding of the great value of home education and the necessity for it to be acknowledged as a human right. We also want to provide an opportunity for global leaders to connect and mutually support and encourage one another as we as seek to protect and advance home education freedom.
When passionate and committed people come together with a common goal, great things can happen. That is exactly what happened in Berlin and Rio, and we expect it to happen again in Russia this year.
What can you do to support these important Global efforts?
PRAY: Most important is the foundation and covering of prayer, which is needed crucially in the lead up and as we speak at these many conferences in the former Soviet Union. While the GHEC is purposefully not a specifically Christian conference, it is a special opportunity for Christian home educators to encourage others and to be salt and light. If you would like to support GHEC in prayer and get updates, you can email [email protected] and you will receive regular prayer updates.
ATTEND, although it may not be possible to attend in person the conference will be recorded and available online at www.ghec2018.org.
Picture above – Global Home Education Exchange Council in Rio 2016
SUPPORT, GHEC financially to enable a home educating family or leader from another part of the world to attend GHEC and thereby encourage and equip development of home education organizations around the world. Your support will be used to enable leaders from Africa, Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, etc.), South and Central America, and others. Average costs for a couple to attend will be approximately $3000, so anything you can do to help will be appreciated. Tax deductible donations in Canada can be made online through the Canadian Centre for Home Education (CCHE) at https://cche.ca/donate/ to designate the funds to this purpose also send an e-mail to [email protected] indicating you want the donation designated for this particular purpose.
Board Member, MACHS
Board Chair, Global Home Education Exchange Council (GHEC)
Board Chair, HSLDA Canada
Board Chair, Canadian Centre for Home Education
MACHS is currently studying issues involved in homeschooling, such as perceived access to and preparation for post-secondary education institutions for graduated homeschooled students, in addition to, the factors that discourage parents from homeschooling their children into high school.
We are most interested in your family’s experiences, especially those that are considering stopping homeschooling before High School, those that intend to Homeschool through High School, and those who are considering post-secondary education for their homeschooling high homeschoolers.
This survey is expected to take only 10 minutes are would greatly benefit us in our planning and development of ministry initiatives.
Thank you for your participation in this survey!
The MACHS board and the MACHS Post-secondary Institution Sub-committee
The 2018 MACHS Conference was a refreshing and exciting experience. A record number gathered to learn, connect and shop. Our photographers worked hard to capture those moments during the conference, so we would have a reminder of what it was like. We’ll put the funny ones up at some point, but to start here are some shots of 2018 MACHS Conference moments!
The conference started off with the Beginners Panel Firing on all Cylinders for three straight hours.
Exhibitors are always looking to share about the products they offer.
Some even had samples. 🙂
I think arm waving is a big part of Steve’s act.
Bill Jack never let the teens get sleepy!
Everyone enjoyed Victoria Inn. Here, the morning light streams into the lobby.
Congratulations 2018 Graduates!
Join us for Homeschool Film Fest 2018!
At 9 pm on the Friday of the Homeschool Conference (March 23), after the keynote, you can come and watch some of the latest and greatest short films made by homeschoolers in Manitoba. Kick back and relax after a full and exciting day at the conference and enjoy! If you are attending the MACHS conference, no further registration is necessary to attend this event. The short films will be presented with a bit of commentary about them. This is a great opportunity to watch and discuss these films with friends! If you are a homeschooler and have made a short film, feel free to consider your involvement at this event. Please send the short film to [email protected] with Homeschool Film Fest 2018 in the subject and a brief description. This does not guarantee your film will be shown, but we will get back to you with more info. Don’t miss Homeschool Film Fest 2018. It’ll be a blast!
An Opportunity for Manitoba Homeschool Teens 13+
~a message from the MACHS board
MACHS has been blessed by a generous gift that we would like to pass on to a Manitoba Homeschool youth aged 13 and up. The Worldview Academy has donated a scholarship to one of its 23 Worldview Camps in 2018 (locations include Minnesota and other states). The scholarship covers all camp costs with the exception of transportation and has a value of $745 US. A list of camps / date and further information including an information brochure can be accessed at http://www.worldview.org/
Many of you will remember Bill Jack who has spoken at our MACHS conference in the past and is coming back in 2018. Bill is a faculty member with the Worldview Academy. Also a number of homeschooled Manitoba teens have participated in these camps in the past with very positive experiences.
At Worldview Academy Leadership Camps, junior high and high school students, ages 13 and up, are challenged to think hard about their faith. They are treated like real people who wrestle with real issues—and who need answers that match the real world. Each camp features 20+ hours of lively classroom sessions and discussions, which guide students to better understand servant leadership, apologetics/evangelism, and comparative worldviews.
The Worldview Academy experience is unlike any other. Students are taught by inspired teachers, challenged by creative activities, moved by meaningful worship, and welcomed into a community of life-long friends. Students join groups of the same age and gender for the discussion of the big ideas. They are led by college-aged small group leaders from across North America who have dynamic personal relationships with Jesus Christ and the life skills and spiritual maturity to lead students in discussions throughout the week. The six days are filled with laughter, tough questions, biblical answers, and a deepening hunger for Christ.
If you would be interested in attending a Worldview Academy Camp and applying for this scholarship opportunity the MACHS board would ask for the teen to write a letter of application (1000 words maximum length). Identify who you are, some information about you (age, interests, and family), tell us about your homeschool journey so far, and explain why you would like to attend camp. We would ask that these be sent to [email protected] by January 25, 2018.
Let’s get to know Steve Demme! He will be joining us as our keynote speaker at the 2018 MACHS Conference. Come hear him sharing the story of his personal journey toward a vibrant daily life in Christ and the impact the love of God has made on his parenting.
His desire is to strengthen, teach, encourage, validate, and exhort parents in Manitoba to follow the biblical model for the Christian home.
Steve and his wife, Sandra, have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son, John, has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families. He has served in full or part-time pastoral ministry for many years and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA.
And you get to meet him this March…
Laugh, tell stories, and hang out with one of the homeschooling pioneers. Get a selfie with the home educator’s favorite math teacher. It’s going to be Steve-U-See!
While home educating your children, there are many distractions that need to be dealt with or managed. We are bombarded by expectations, comments, and pressures from relatives, such as grandparents, from our Christian friends, and from ourselves. These could derail our home educating journey if we are not careful.
Often relatives are quick to criticize when they see us doing things differently than what they expect or what they see from other forms of schooling (i.e., public/private). Our friends can exaggerate how their children are succeeding at their public/private schools and how they feel their own time is being used more effectively for Christian service and “the Lord’s work.” This can contribute to our already somewhat distorted thinking that “I’m not doing enough” with my children, that my children are missing out, or that “I’m not pleasing the Lord” because my service time is limited or lacking. To combat these pressures and distractions, I
encourage you to remember to keep the first things the first things, to remember why you are doing what you are doing, and to remember the “big picture” and where you are hoping (and praying!) this effort will lead.
Home education provides the best environment for raising our children in the “training and admonishment of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). For Christian parents, our number one desire for our children is that they would not depart from “wisdom and understanding . . . sound judgment and discretion” (Proverbs 3:21). Within home education, instruction with godly example is the best way for us to instill these truths upon our children. Do not take the discipling of your children lightly. It is the most important job the Lord has for you to do (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Also, why did you begin your home educating journey? Was it to provide your children individualized instruction and learning opportunities, strengthen family relationships, have a flexible schedule that met your family’s needs, less negative peer influences and/or to instill your Christian values and morals on your children? Whatever the reasons, I believe that it is important to “remember” them and to spend time renewing your commitment to these reasons if you are feeling deflated or pressured. More than likely, these reasons are as important now or even more so than when you started. Take time to resolve to continue to push forward with renewed vision and purpose.
Research has revealed that most home educated children turn out to have a deep and meaningful faith as an adult, have strong morals and values, and make valuable contributions to their families, churches, communities, and society. When we are tempted to say, “homeschooling is too hard” or “it doesn’t really matter,” we would do well to remember the outcomes of those that have gone before us, those who made the sacrifices necessary to home educate through high school and gained the rewards. It is important to continue to remember the big picture and how the Lord has brought you to this point and that He can continue to help you to completion (Philippians 1:6).
So, if you are feeling distracted or pressured by comments from others or your own negative thinking, consider remembering the tremendous benefits of home education. Remembering these benefits will help you focus on what is most important, the reasons why you first chose this journey. Focusing on these things will inspire you to continue, and give you the hope for an outcome that will help you to know that it was all worth it. You sacrificed for your children and went against popular cultural norms, to give them the best opportunity to live their lives “worthy of the calling they have received” (Ephesians 4:1). I believe there is a great reward for you in heaven.
Ian Mogilevsky is married to Debbie, and is a home educating father of eight children, three of which have graduated. Vocationally, he is a psychologist with an expertise in working with children, teens, and adults with learning differences. He is also the president of MACHS.
Wondering what could get 30 homeschool teens and alumni waking at the crack of dawn to drive across the province? Manitoba has a thriving community of filmmakers, and on Saturday, October 28th, a 13-hour film challenge was the draw.
This was the second film challenge hosted by Liberty Film, with the goal of bringing filmmakers together to learn how to work under pressure, and of course, have fun. Caleb Mogilvesky did an excellent job of planning and running the whole affair.
The group of thirty was divided into 4 teams. By the end of the day, each team was to have produced a short film over 45 seconds long.
The morning was dedicated to brainstorming, settling on an idea, outlining and scripting, as well as preparing any props and locations that would be needed. The whiteboard was a key part of that process.
After lunch, the filming began. In a team leaders meeting during the noon break, we found that every team was planning to shoot most of their film outside in the blasting wind and freezing cold.
Wearing the headphones was a real privilege in the wind.
Some did enough filming inside to keep ears and toes warm.
The short time demanded operating a camera at the same time as coaching acting.
As soon as each team completed shooting, editing could commence.
Sometimes editing is tedious for the young siblings of the host family. It took about 3 hours to get all the clips together, the sound right, and the music slapped on top.
The only time to socialize was over supper and lunch so we all made the most of it.
Once all the films had been edited everyone piled into the living room and watched all the films on the Tv. It’s a great reward after a long day of work.
If you would like to watch the films click here.
Mercer Lawrenson lives with his family on their farm near Sanford Manitoba. He spends his days farming, making YouTube videos, and volunteering with MACHS. His personal blog is TheMercerReport.com