Benefits of Home Education at CFL
There are many benefits to partnering with Connections For Learning to provide your child with a home education. We recognize that every student is unique, and that every Home Education plan is different. We strive to act in a supportive role, providing families with as many quality learning opportunities as possible. Some of these benefits and opportunities include:
A Customized, Simple Approach
It is your Home Education program. We want to support you and your education plan in a simple and streamlined way. We do not want you bogged down with paperwork, but focused on what matters most: educating your child.
To keep your education plan on track, we set up a minimum of three parent-teacher meetings throughout the school year that can be held at your home, at the school or through online video-conferencing.
These meetings include:
- An initial program plan review (with Home Education program planning assistance available upon request);
- A mid-year check-in and review of the program plan; and
- A final meeting to review your child's portfolio of finished schoolwork.
Ongoing Access to Teacher Support
Our Home Education Teacher is available for consultation at any time.
Choose your own learning materials, or access school resources.
Examples of resources available through Connections For Learning include:
- Alberta Distance Learning Centre teacher resources
- Special materials like science equipment and math manipulatives that can be loaned out
Home Education parents may have their child's photo taken during CFL's school picture days.
Home Education Grant
$840 of funding is available to parents to support their delivery of the home education program. This money can be spent on resources or learning activities.
Throughout the year, CFL organizes several optional field trips in which Home Education students can participate. Expenses for each trip vary and are set on a cost-recovery basis.
Field trips may include visits to:
- Telus World of Science
- Ukrainian Village
- Royal Alberta Museum
- Pioneer Museum
- University of Alberta Botanical Gardens
CFL provides optional learning workshops by request. This is a great opportunity for Home Education students to build relationships, connect to the community and have lots of fun learning!
Workshop examples include:
- Literacy workshops
- Numeracy workshops
- Technology workshops
- Physical Education opportunities
- Artist in Residence visits
- Learning Games
- Project-based Learning
- Writing with Lego
- Novel Studies
Community-Based Learning Opportunities
CFL values its partnerships within the community. Our students have many opportunities to participate in a variety of community-based programming. Program costs may vary.
Community-Based Learning may include participation in:
- Play Parkland: Students visit the Tri-Leisure in Spruce Grove and participate in a variety of activities that foster physical literacy.
- My Path: Students connect with and serve their community while participating in physical education, fine arts, technology and health programming.
Designing a Home Education Program Plan
Home Education parents choose their learning objectives, curriculum and teaching methods to develop their child’s education plan, which may or may not follow Alberta's Programs of Study. Following a learning schedule that fits their family's needs, parents teach and deliver their plan, using assessment tools to evaluate their child's progress. CFL staff can provide program planning assistance upon request.
A variety of community opportunities are available to help you enhance your child’s learning experience. These opportunities will be shared on Connections For Learning's social media pages, and sent out to parents as a monthly calendar, along with the information they need to participate.
Events from previous years have covered such topics as:
- Financial planning
- Physical literacy
- Cultural events