Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Federal Election Learning Opportunities

We are gearing up for the 41st General Election in Canada.  This presents us with a great opportunity to teach our children about elections and government.  One resource that can help with that is StudentVote.ca.  Some quotes from their website:
Student Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to build the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.
Student Vote’s flagship program is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience. The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.
The great thing is this program is homeschool friendly. Homeschool families can register individually or in groups.  To register initially call 1-866-488-8775 to be entered into their database. Be prepared to give a name for your group, a mailing address, a team leader name, email address and phone number, your electoral district, and the number of ballots you will need for your students. Once you are in the database you can register online for future programs.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Newfoundland Homeschoolers be sure you are counted

Homeschool Horizons is having a fun challenge to see which is the top homeschooling province in Canada.  Really, it is not an actual account of homeschoolers in each province, just an account of how many homeschoolers in each province have filled in the Homeschool Horizons Survey, but it's still fun. Along with giving you a chance to have Newfoundland and Labrador more accurately represented in numbers, the survey also gives you a chance to help ensure that Homeschool Horizons will meet the needs of homeschoolers across Canada.  They post updates of the results each week on their facebook page.  Why not join in the fun and make sure that you are counted?