This means that the parent is responsible for delivering the program to their child or children. They receive help to develop a program plan for their children from an Alberta Certified Teacher known as a Facilitator or Home Education Manager.
You first need to contact an Alberta homeschooling board or authority. Be prepared to do some work to find the best board or authority for meeting your family’s needs. You will find reviewing posts on social media networks and talking to other homeschool parents very helpful in making your choice. Once you have selected a homeschooling board or authority, they will provide you with the documents needed to be filled out. You will also need to provide a copy of a birth certificate for each child that is registering.
Willow Home Ed’s Home Education Managers are professional, compassionate, and experienced. They know how to help families homeschool.
Willow Home Ed is inclusive. We’re not aligned with any particular community – whether that be ethnic, religious, cultural, or educational – but rather, we are open and supportive of all. We promise to respect your beliefs and values as we help you develop and deliver a homeschool program that fully meets Alberta Education’s requirements for Home Education.
Third Academy is Willow Home Ed’s associate private school board. Founded in 1997, Third Academy operates two Designated Special Education Private Schools in the Province of Alberta. For over two decades we’ve been helping meet the While Willow Home Ed students are registered as Third Academy students, most Willow Home Ed students are not special needs students. All Willow Home Education Managers are employees of Third Academy.
Your Home Education Manager will direct you to where to get the resources for your child’s program plan. These can vary a lot between families depending on their educational goals. Textbooks, workbooks, field trips, or educational websites are just a few resources that can be used.
Yes, you can work outside the home and still home school your children, however it really depends on your family circumstances. How many children, the age of the children, and what type of learners your children are can all factor into the situation. It is however, the most flexible education that your child could have..
Alberta Education provides funding for each Alberta home education student that is registered prior to September 30 of that school year. This funding is used to pay for two annual home visits by an Education Manager. The family may also claim a maximum of $835.40 to pay for eligible resources to support the program plan. To receive Alberta Education funding, the registration process must be completed before September 30th.
Yes, you can register your child at Willow after the funding deadline. However, Alberta Education will not cover the cost of Resource Expenses or Home Visits for that school year. We recognize that not all families are able to afford these expenses and, on a case-by-case basis, do the best we can to provide support.
We are based in Calgary and accept students from all over the province of Alberta. We currently have Home Education Managers in Calgary and Edmonton that travel the province to visit our families.
Your Home Education Manager will visit a minimum of two times per year.
The length of the visit depends on your individual needs. This ‘usually’ means one-half hour to visit with each child, and one-half hour to chat with parents. Families new to home education, or families just beginning the high school journey may require extra time during their first visit. Our Home Education Managers strive to meet your needs, and will stay as long as required to answer all your questions.
Home visits allow our Home Education Managers to meet your children in their home, get to know them, their interests, passions, goals, and where they are right now with their learning (especially literacy and numeracy). We like our visits to be child-led when possible. This is an opportunity for your child to share their work, any special projects, and interests. In the fall we will discuss your learning plan for the year and answer any questions you may have. In the spring we will discuss your child’s progress over the year and look at samples of work. It is a celebration of their learning.
It’s helpful if you have some samples of “work” and some notes on classes, activities, outings, etc. your child has recently done or will be doing this year. This can be anything from traditional workbooks, lessons and essays/reports, to emails to grandma, artwork decorating the walls, family trips and adventures, games your child enjoys, online activities, Lego creations, pets they care for, cookies they’ve baked, stories they are writing, jobs or volunteering they are doing in the community…its ALL learning. Some families share a photo journal or homeschool blog before each visit. It is helpful for your Home Education Manager if you have a list of classes, activities, field trips, and major concepts covered over the year.
Your Home Education Manager is always accessible. Once you are assigned a Home Education Manager, you will receive an email with all of their contact information. We strive to answer all communication in a timely manner, usually with 24-48 hours.
Yes, all our Home Education Managers are required to have a degree in education and a valid Alberta teaching certificate. Willow Home Ed’s Home Education Managers are also experienced home education parents, either currently educating their children at home, or have in the past when their children were school aged.
Absolutely! In fact, special needs students experience great success with home education. Planning a program specially tailored to your child’s needs, allows them to work at their own pace, at their level, without outside pressure. All of our Home Education Managers have experience with special needs children.
Choose resources, curriculum, and activities according to your child’s interests and abilities.
There are so many activities happening in most communities especially for homeschoolers of all ages that you will have to pick and choose. You can join The Friends of Willow Facebook Group to get started and from there just ask about other groups in almost any community in Alberta
Yes, your home-educated student can earn credits and achieve an Alberta high school diploma. Willow Home Ed High School Students have considerable flexibility to develop their own, individualized program of study while meeting Alberta Education standards. Options for high school students include self-directed learning, and online or print ADLC courses. For students looking for a self-directed high school program, we supply course outlines that detail the learning outcomes for each course, and recommended resources to assist in achieving the outcomes. Students write a proposal for each course and submit to their Home Education Manager for approval before beginning the course. For more information ask your Home Education Manager or visit the high school page on our website. http://willowhome.ca/about/high-school/self-directed-high-school/
Yes, many of our students go on to post-secondary studies. This can be achieved in several different ways.
- Students achieve a high school diploma through self-directed courses and/or ADLC courses.
- Students achieve credits in the specific courses required for their post-secondary studies.
- Students challenge diploma exams for specific courses they need once they are 19 years of age.
- Some programs allow for portfolio of learning. Parents/students must research this option, as it varies by school and program.
Yes, Willow Home Ed students earning credits towards a high school diploma are eligible for up to $2500 through the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship program. Scholarship is dependent of grades. For more information and to apply, visit: https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships/alexander-rutherford-scholarship/
Just send them the awesome report that your Home Education Manager will write about you and your kids!
Sure you are! There are online programs to help you teach the subjects you are less confident in as well as tutors and in person classes.
You will find our forms for filling out your program plan on our website http://willowhome.ca/resources/forms/. You can also ask your Home Education Manager for help and samples.
All kinds of families homeschool! We have families of all religions, homeschool philosophies, big families, small families, travelling families. You name it; we have it!
Of course! At Willow Home Ed, it’s home education, your child’s way! We recognize that every child is unique and we know that families come in many different forms. Some LGBTQ2 families choose to homeschool because their children have had difficulty being accepted at their school.
The PATs are made available to all Willow Home Ed students, but are not a requirement. Willow Home Ed also maintains a subscription to ExamBank, and all of our students have access to these tests at any time. Students taking high school courses for credit are required to write the necessary exams, including the diploma exams for 30 level core subjects.
Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. Unschooling philosophies vary from family to family.
De-schooling refers to a period of time to allow students and parents new to homeschooling to figure out what will work for them in terms of homeschooling. It’s a time to shake off any preconceived ideas of what “school” should be and to try lots of different learning.
The reasons families choose to homeschool is varied. Benefits include spending more time with your children, individual programs for each child depending on their strengths and weaknesses, setting your own schedule, uncrowded family vacations during non-school holidays…