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We are a Christian support group of homeschooling parents who meet monthly in the Burnaby, B.C. area to encourage each other, share information and resources, and learn new ways to help our children learn. Our meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month (September to June). Check the Calendar to see when our next meeting is due. Anyone is welcome and these meetings are usually free, however, certain presentations may incur a small registration fee for non-members (refundable if you decide to join!). Whether you're an experienced homeschooler or just thinking about it this is the group for you! Our members are from Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster and other communities of Greater Vancouver. If you decide to join the group, the $35.00 annual membership fee will give you access to our great library and field trips, free monthly meetings, as well as a monthly newsletter. If you still have questions at the end of a New Life meeting, or just want some social time, just plan to stay later after the meeting. It's a good time for us to get to know each other as people, not just parents!

 

Please take time to browse our website and our events Calendar. For general homeschooling info for B.C., see our Teaching Options or check out the BC Home Educators' Association.

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What did you do in the summer?

TOPIC: What has been the highlight so far about your summer? What are you doing to get yourself ready for the new school year? Are you making any significant changes in how you do things? What are you most looking forward to about the new year? ANSWERS: Our highlight has been TIME with each other and just spur of the moment happenings- like fun camping in our yard, having a camp fire and tasting smores (our first time), bicycle rides in the rain, sailing our boats, VBS camps, friends over for tea or for supper and sleep-overs. We had a good holiday and enjoyed the family time together! At the moment I am tidying up our school room and putting new posters on the wall and getting our books ready for the new term. I am not making any major changes at the moment. It will just be a new year filled with excitement and learning together. I would like to do more experiments and hands-on activities with my boys. I also want to get more involved in field trips and outings. My 4 year old wants to learn to read - so that will be something to look forward to. ------- We had a great summer! We went to family camp, several VBS/daycamps, camping and enjoyed a Vancouver "staycation"! Our family is rested and ready for the fall! The year will be different for us because our second oldest is now in grade one. With two of the kids "doing school" I’m feeling some need to be a little more serious and methodical with regards to our studies.... read more

How do I deal with kids who are bored or struggling in their work?

TOPIC: How do you deal with your children’s attitudes when they say "I don’t want to" or "I don’t feel like it" when it comes to their schoolwork? How do you deal with their attitudes when it is because they are struggling with the work? What do you do to help them when they are struggling with the work? And for those of you with perfect children who never have a bad attitude, what factory did you buy them at? ANSWERS: When my kids say that they don't want to do their work, there is always an underlying cause. Is it because they need a short break? Is the work too difficult? Is it boring or mundane? Do they need to be challenged more? How much time have they spent sitting? Do they want to go ride their bikes?.... the list goes on, but there is always a reason. Generally speaking, I know my kids quite well and can pinpoint quickly why they don't want to work. Sometimes it's a reflection of me and my lack of creativity to make a lesson more interesting. But, like us adults, sometimes it's just plain laziness, and the work has to be done somehow, so I will insist that they do it. We talk about how long it might take to complete and then break it down into chunks so that it seems more manageable in their minds. I will often give an incentive to motivate them like a walk to the park, a small treat, permission to watch a short cartoon... I find that when they know a reward is in... read more

How do I take care of myself as a homeschooling mom?

TOPIC: Someone was reminding me today of the importance of self-care. What do you do to take care of yourself on a daily basis (physically/ spiritually /mentally/ emotionally)? How do you refresh yourself on an ongoing basis? What do you do when you are struggling? ANSWERS: I know I don't take/make the time every day to take care of myself as I should, but generally speaking I find that if I get outside for even a short walk that I am better off on every level. Something about getting fresh air, and enjoying God's creation that lifts my spirits and clears my head. If I get the luxury of going for a walk by myself, I like to use that time to talk with God and have Him work on my heart. I also am in the process of spring cleaning, so if I can get through one small thing such as a drawer or cupboard, then I feel better; a sense of accomplishment that I am working towards a goal. On a weekly basis (generally) I need to create something. I enjoy sewing and crafting and making cards, so I take time to indulge in my art and always come away refreshed and excited to be with my family again. I don't always go out and work on my projects; usually I stay at home in my craft space (which is really an area I have carved out in my laundry room), but the very act of creating something lovely is invigorating for me. God is a creative God and I believe that He has created us, as... read more

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