Back To School!

Hi, everyone!  I trust that you had a restful and enjoyable summer.  As always, it goes by too fast.  But we do have a bit more time to enjoy the sun!

A few notes:

Laura Klassen and I are working on our WOW event for next month.  Details will be sent out when plans are finalized.

I am wanting to have a webinar near the beginning of September to show everyone how to create an SLP, chat about portfolios, communication…and answer questions.  I would be beneficial for all of you to attend, even if you have been with the school for a number of years.  Let me know what day/time would work best for you:

Tuesday, September 6 @ 10am

Tuesday, September 6 @ 1pm

Wednesday, September 7 @ 10am

Wednesday, September 7 @ 1pm

Thursday, September 8 @ 10am

Thursday, September 8 @ 1pm

 

Speaking of webinars…I am hosting a free parenting webinar tomorrow afternoon if you are interested.  Click here to register.  If you can’t make that time but you still want to watch the webinar, register anyway and you will get the replay link via email.

If you have any questions before September, feel free to zip me off an email.  I may not answer right away since I am still on summer hours;)  aimbeau@onlineschool.ca

One last note – this is a prayer request for this momma’s heart – and sanity.  About a week and a half ago, I was at the mall with my son, Matt.  I had to get new pants for him – he is now taller than me!  I was chatting with a friend and Matt suddenly fainted.  There was no apparent reason for it like being out in the sun too much or not eating properly.  So, I booked a dr appt and had him checked out.  The dr said he was fine from all of his exams but then, as an afterthought, he printed off a blood work requisition for Matt.  We went to have his blood taken on Thursday, where he almost passed out again, which was strange for him.  The dr’s office called yesterday and said the dr wanted to see Matt and me again right away.  Naturally, this momma is worried.  I am hanging on to Deuteronomy 31:8 right now – I read it when I start to panic again.  Would you mind praying about this for me?  For peace for my heart.  That there isn’t anything wrong with my boy.  And whatever the news may be, that our family will rest in His peace.  I appreciate it so much!

I pray that you will have a restful remainder of the summer and that you all feel prepared for the new school year – if you don’t, drop me an email so we can chat about it!

In Grace,

Aimee

 

Are you ready for summer?

Hi, everyone!  Are you ready for summer break?  I sure am!  BUT…I still have reports do finish up!  Thank you so much for sending in your samples!

Summer Plans

What are your plans for summer?  Are you going on a trip?  Spending time at the beach?  Did you know that your activities over the summer can be used for your school records?  For example, in August, we plan to take a trip through the Kootenays, up to Calgary and then to Edmonton.  We will come home through the Rockies.  I am looking forward to this trip.  A lot of learning will be happening on this trip!  The kids will see how the land looks so much different than here in the Okanagan.  Maybe we’ll stop at the zoo in Calgary and learn about various animals there.  We plan to visit the mall in Edmonton – not so much for the shopping – but the waterpark!  I will certainly be using this trip to fulfill learning outcomes for my kids!  And we’ll have fun doing it!

Another idea is having the kids do STEM challenges over the summer.  My 2 youngest made an egg ‘bed’ yesterday.  They had to create a soft landing area for hard boiled eggs to land on.  They enjoyed this activity and it kept them busy for at least an hour!  If you are looking for STEM ideas, check Pinterest and/or Teachers Pay Teachers.  There is a wealth of ideas on both of those sites.  You can also check my Pinterest boards for ideas.

Change Is In The Air

I know many don’t like changes…and this coming year has a HUGE change for learning outcomes (for the better!!)…but I wanted to let you know of another change that is coming.  It is one that I am relieved about – it actually feels like a lot has been lifted off of my ‘shoulders’.  The change has to do with the part of my job that I like the least.  I will not be ordering resources for families anymore!  I even had a mini celebration yesterday when I finished my Visa reconciliation!  The school will hire an ordering department.  I don’t know all of the logistics of this yet, but I am sure the school will make the process as simple as possible.  I do know that I will need to sign off on the order digitally.

This change has absolutely nothing to do with the government (so please don’t begin thinking the government is out to get us homeschoolers:0).  This change has to do with us teachers being able to remain as contractors with the school instead of having to switch to employees.

So, if you need anything ordered, you will have to wait until September.  However, you are able to use your PO at any approved vendor over the summer.  You are encouraged to use your PO as much as possible.

If you have any questions about this change, I will try to answer them!  It shouldn’t really affect you too much – you just send your order or wish list to someone else instead of me;)

Planning For Next Year

Are you thinking about the next school year yet?  I am – sort of.  Actually, Sarah and I just picked her grade 10 courses for next year (SO happy that the provincial exams are being eliminated BTW!!!).  It feels weird that I won’t be her ‘main teacher’ next year…and that in 3 years she will graduate.  But let’s not talk about that too much, ok?  I’ll start crying.

Do you need help figuring out next year?  We can chat about that over the summer, if you want.  I think, for myself, I am going to take it all in bits and pieces.  I want to find more PBL activities and STEM challenges for my kids.  They don’t want to sit at their desks all day…and honestly, I don’t want them to, either.

Have You Lost Your Joy?

Homeschooling is not easy.  It is incredibly hard!  We get so caught up in lesson planning, curriculum choosing, extra activities, meeting outcomes…that we begin to lose our joy.  Yes?

Part of my job as your support teacher is to help restore that joy.  Last month, I wrote a blog post for my friend, Rosilind.  I can’t remember if I sent the link to you or not…but in any case, here is part one When You Need Joy In Your Homeschool.  Part two will be live on June 17th.  July’s post will be Top Bible Picks For Child Discipleship.

I do have a guest post that is live today.  4 Reasons To Challenge Our Kids With Spiritual Truths.  It is on Sarah Ann’s site, Faith Along The Way.  She has a cool Strong Family downloadable packet for subscribers that goes with her Strong Family series.

Website Ideas For Next Year

I am thinking about how to lay out my website next year…I am wondering about focusing on one subject area per month and making suggestions on a weekly basis.  What do you think?  Do you have any suggestions?  Leave a comment below!

That’s it for now!

In Grace,

Aimee

Spring Update

Hey everyone!  I hope and pray that you have all had a restful Spring Break and a Blessed Easter.

A few reminders/notes:

The absolute last day for you to use the remainder of your funding for this year is May 15.  You don’t have to use all of it, the funds are absorbed back into our school and go towards the extra programs and subscriptions that you enjoy.

The form for Internet reimbursement should be released in May.

Convention is quickly approaching.  April 29th & 30th, 2016 – mark your calendars and get yourself registered.  If you wish to set up a time to get together with me, we can meet in the hospitality room.  We can set up something before convention or you can message or text me during the event – (250) 503-6512.

I am in the process of gathering ideas that will line up with the new BC Ed plan (which I am excited about!).  I have started with science.  You can find these ideas in the science page of my site under Learning Activities.  Please be sure to discuss next year’s plans with me before making purchases for next year!  There are many products out there that won’t fit well into the new plan…and I just might be able to convince you to not purchase those packaged curricula like PACES, Horizons and Lifepacs or grammar and spelling resources.  We can find a better way to teach these ideas:)  And, honestly, I get a better idea of your child’s progress in grammar and spelling in their actual writing.

Coding will be a part of the new BC Ed plan.  Our school has bought a subscription to a gaming course for kids called Tynker.

The link to sign up for Tynker is https://fluidsurveys.com/s/tynker1516-registration/ .  There is no cost for this subscription.  The site states it is geared for advanced K students through Grade 8.  Emily and Matt started their course and they say it is a lot of fun.  NOTE:  The BC Ministry is saying for grade 6-9 Coding will be a mandatory course, so with Tynker you will be on track for meeting the new standards!

I think that is it for now.  Enjoy the beautiful sunny weather!