HCOS Newsletter

May 2021

Discerning the Curriculum We Use

More frequently than ever we encounter content in curriculum that comes from a worldview that does not align with Christian values. This can create a challenging decision in what resources we choose to use. To what extent can a secular curriculum be a useful tool and at what point do the ideologies it promotes override that usefulness? That is a difficult question and one that every family will answer differently.

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5 Things Saving Our Homeschool Life Right Now

Sometimes it is good to refresh and remind ourselves of different ways to support our children and their individual needs in home education life. Here are five creative ways to change things up, that are ‘saving our lives’ right now:

  1. Cross-curricular learning: Mixing our subjects together, like Social Studies and English is something that I try to do. Anytime we are able to overlap subjects, it feels like a win. I feel like this is one of the best perks of...

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Using Praise Effectively

Recently, I attended a leadership training workshop through the Achieve Centre for Leadership. One of the take-aways was that punitive discipline rarely results in long term positive change. While there is a place for appropriate disciplinary measures, the focus was on building a positive environment, where people feel like what they do matters and that they are cared about as a person. This leads to intrinsic motivation to do well in the workplace. These principles...

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