To our very first Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 17th at 1:30 p.m. We will be sharing some of our favourite songs and hymns from this term. Cookies and tea to follow!
Thank you to all the family and friends who came out to support our class. I was so proud of everyone. The students worked very hard to memorize all the songs and had a great time sharing them with you.
Welcome to St. Innocent Orthodox Education Program website! We are a group of teachers and families in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia who are dedicated to educate our children in a way that meets (and exceeds) the standards of the public system, while framing and infusing their learning with the prayer and teaching of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Although we exist within the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), with the blessing of H.G. IRENEE, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada, we are dedicated to representing and serving the needs of all Orthodox Christians, regardless of jurisdiction.
To learn more about our cooperative, check out our proposal page.
If you are visiting this site, we encourage you to take the survey, whatever your interest may be in our project. At the very least, we would love to keep you updated as to our progress in the coming months.
Either way, please pray and ask the prayers of St. Innocent, that God may bless our endeavour, wherever it may lead!
An educational tour at the Apple Barn in Abbotsford! We learned about the life cycles of apples and pumpkins, about pollination and tree grafting. Learned how they sort, process and prepare the apples for market and for cider.
We visited the animals - bunnies and goats.
Then went for a hay ride to the pumpkin patch.
And picked pumpkins before heading back to the barn area for our lunch and then back to the orchard to pick apples!
It was really lovely to meet all of you last night - though incredibly surreal as everything was a bit fuzzy on the iPad. It's exciting to see so many young families considering home schooling.
Although we always knew that we wanted to home school it has always been on a yearly basis, reassessing both our children's and family's needs along the way. In the past few years the journey has been made so much easier with the support of like-minded home schooling families and a teacher who offers encouragement.
After our meeting last night I thought it would be helpful to share some websites to give more information about the school we (the Hewletts and Renes) and enrolled with (and work for!) as well as websites that show some examples of home school in action.
Traditional Learning Academy: www.schoolathome.ca If you are interested in enrolling with TLA I would encourage you to do so sooner rather than later as they will fill up.
Simple Homeschool This is one of my favourite blogs. It has many contributors from a huge range of homeschooling philosophies. They have run a series called Day in the Life in which you can get a sense of how different home schoolers do it. They also have posts going through different philosophies and reviewing curriculum.
School of Rene This is our personal family blog where I post weekly (or try to!) to log our school work. It is not a glamorous blog or particularly well written but might be helpful, again to just get a sense of this home schooling gig!
I look forward to more discussion and meeting all of you in person this summer!