Joe, I need to thank you for taking [my son] on. We met with Cindy today & what a fit! …. Incredible! Cindy left [my son] feeling good (& not like a loser) for the schooling he needs to finish & graduate…& found a way to reduce his course load….. Cindy explained why that heavy course load was not needed & praised him for the classes he had already done…& for his good grades. I haven’t seen him smile about school in a year, so it was wonderful to see him respond so well to Cindy.
Bottom line? She gave him hope! He completed the self-directed plan already (on his own within an hour of her being here) & was ready to submit it to her. She added in work experience & he is thrilled. He told me he liked Cindy & felt he could work with her, instead of being “told” by [another home school provider], beaten down with a huge course load – & receive no willingness to work with him & treat him well. Teens resist being dictated too & prefer feeling empowered & having a say in things. I was so thankful she was so kind to him & he was ready to run with it.
I was panicked I had gotten him this far as an HS-er & to have him miss graduating with 9 credits short! Now I feel relieved & thankful. He will make it!
You folks are AMAZING! Where have you been all our homeschool journey? I wish I had heard of you folks sooner… It would have made […..]’s high school so much more pleasant. Super thankful for y’all now.
I am so happy with my experience this far with Willow Home Ed. I have been a part of their program for 3 years going on four years. Principal Joseph and our Home Education Manager Risa have been super amazing, supporting my girls and I to have our own journey in teaching what is relevant and important for our family. I have never felt pressured or felt I needed to conform to something or someone. They are there to support one individually in whatever it is that you need. Thank you and I am looking forward to a continued warm, caring relationship with you in the future years.”
It has been “Home Education my child’s way” times seven and each child literally needed a different approach. I have considered myself blessed that I have been able to facilitated my children’s learning with the freedom and flexibility my family needed yet also always received the support I needed. From 100% life learning to life learning till high school and several other approaches that included online classes, our family is now raising a couple of home learners with special needs and we are confident that we will continue to receive whatever support we need. I love how my children have been celebrated and cheered on by their facilitator during the home visits. I now have a graduate from SAIT, another adult child with a career in youth work and another one who was accepted into University after a life of self directed learning at home. Having had a supportive learning environment with a Home Education Program and facilitators that understand what we are doing, has been crucial to my success with my children!
Willow Home Ed is the first school we have attended, that have ‘truly’ put our children’s needs first and we are very grateful for that. Our home education manager Cindy Schnee has been a great help to us and we enjoy her visits. Not forgetting Joe Smith who never fails to make time for us in his extremely busy schedule!
With Willow Home Ed we appreciate the ability to pursue our children’s learning path in a way that fits their individual needs. Our years with Risa as our facilitator have been very enjoyable. We have a lot in common, and she really understands what our family is doing. We are leaving, only because we are moving out of province, and we dearly wish we could pack Risa in our suitcase and take her along, too. Thank you for all you’ve done for us over the years