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 videoconferencing.
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.
In May 2022, Alberta Education provided a grant to Khan Communication Services to assist traditional home education families with specialized support services and resources that schools and facilitators are not able to provide. Some of the concerns addressed with this program include speech, occupational therapy, mental health, behavioural needs, communication, social skills, and learning.
Accessing these services begins with a screening or consultation process. There is no cost to families for these services. Specific assessments such as Psych Ed can be requested, but the consultant will determine if this is the direction needed. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-440-3251 (ext. 1).
Choose your own learning materials, or access school resources. Examples of resources available through Connections for Learning include 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.
Throughout the year, CFL aims to organize monthly activities in which Home Education students can participate. Expenses for each trip vary and are set on a cost-recovery basis. Events focus on enhancing programs already in place as well as providing socialization opportunities.
Activities may include:
- Sports and physical recreation
- Arts and crafts
- Theatre and music
Home Education Grant
For more information, visit our Home Education Grant page.
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:
- Health and wellness
- Artist in Residence visits
- Learning Games
- Project-based Learning
Literacy Through the Arts
This is an alternative education program of choice that serves students in Grades 1-6. This program is a partnership between Virtual Learning, Home Education families and the school. Students in the Literacy Through the Arts program attend in-person learning two afternoons per week to complete the program of studies outcomes in Art and Music. Teachers will plan and deliver learning activities designed with a literacy focus meant to complement the Language Arts outcomes completed through your Virtual Leaning or Home Education programming.
Students experience a variety of exciting activities and lessons. Some examples include:
- Art history appreciation, composition and craftsmanship
- Experimentation with unique mediums
- Art reflection and expression
- Musical awareness
- Music from around the world
- Classical composers
- Problem-solving and design challenges
- Self-expression and creativity
- Working with various genres of literature
This program currently runs Mondays and Wednesdays at our main Connections for Learning location from 1-2:50pm.
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.