Squawkcast – Ep. 35 – Trends Transforming Homeschooling

Join show hosts Diana Stinn and Jill Mann for a discussion of the trends that some people think are transforming homeschooling. WARNING: Lots of laughter, some cool tips and a special guest – Clare Southgate!

Date: August 29, 2014

Time: 47:28


Show Notes:

1. Introductions – Special Guest Clare Southgate

2. Wing Feather – Calgary Opera – Thanks for the donation!

3. Nest News – Welcome to Rik Davis – Mr. D and Mike Whittington.

4. What’s Hatching – Challenge – We’re all a little nuts, Sept. 3 open house at 6:30 PM, Sept. 5 – closed for staff meeting, Sept. 9 parent workshops, Sept. 10 – Junior / High school orientation

5. Beak Off – Phone system issues. Shout out to Costie Muirhead for the help on this one! (Tranquility Technical Solutions)

6. Fledgling FunniesFAQs

7. Under Our Wing – 10 trends that are transforming Homeschooling – http://www.brilliantpublishing.com/Magazines/The-Homeschool-Handbook-July-August-2014/


Thanks for listening!


Homeschooling for Grade 10

My answer to a question from a reader:

Q. I am currently in grade 9. Should I homeschool for grade 10? My grades are not that good and I’m really uncertain as to what I should do.

A. Starting homeschooling at this point in your educational journey is an option, however, there are several things to consider. But let’s start by asking the dreaded question . . . What do you want to be when you grow up? Or put another way . . . What are your goals and aspirations after high school?

If you were hoping to obtain a high school diploma, doing it by distance-learning or online will not be easy. You need to be an independent learner with strong reading skills for this style of learning.

If you were hoping to get five 30 level courses, which is what most post secondary institutions require for entrance, then homeschooling would allow you to ignore the other diploma requirements and just focus on obtain the entrance requirements. Being able to focus on just those five required courses and their prerequisites might really allow you to do a good job and to take the time you need to get decent marks.

If you have no intentions of going onto postsecondary education and have no wish to get a diploma, following a home education plan that is designed by you and your parents might really allow you to develop your unique skills and passions.

These are three distinct choices, each with pros and cons. It’s probably best to discuss this options with your parents and a guidance counselor or someone from a homeschooling organization with knowledge in this area. Further, I advise doing your own research into what the requirements are for the profession you want to go into. They all differ and that will greatly influence your options.

More info on highschool options, click here.



Squawkcast: Ep. 34 – Things We Forget to Teach Our Kids

Join Jill Mann and Diana Stinn for a cup of coffee some and some laughs about homeschooling.

Ep. 34       Date: August 12, 2014     Time: 28:36


Show Notes

1. Introductions

2. Wing Feathers – thank you to Owen Mann, Jade Cooper and CTV two! Plus a big thank you to Lori Desrosiers and Karen Jackson.

3. Nest News – Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Kitchen trolley and a cricut cutter – http://www.cricut.com

4. What’s Hatching – Splash – August 20, Kinder Open House.

5. Good Egg, Bad Egg – Pinterest, Dino Crafts

6. Under Our Wing – 5 Basic Skills We Are Forgetting to Teach our Children – http://www.babble.com/kids/5-basic-skills-were-forgetting-to-teach-our-children/

Other References:

1. TED Talks – “The Key to Success:Grit” by Angela Lee Duckworth – http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit

2. TED Talks – Sir Ken Robinson – http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

3. Essentialism – http://gregmckeown.com/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less/

4. Pete’s Power Point Station – http://www.pppst.com

Thanks for listening! Feedback – sure you can email us at info@phoenixfoundation.ca