Manitoba Association for Schooling at Home

Winnipeg Manitoba Homeschooling Support

MASH Advisory Team Meeting

Posted on | May 25, 2015 | No Comments

There is a MASH Advisory Team meeting tomorrow night. Our meetings are open to the MASH membership. If you are interested in attending, please contact usMeeting. We will be brainstorming about the future of the organization.

What About Socialization?

Posted on | May 24, 2015 | No Comments

This is the questions that homeschoolers must face almost continually. In fact, those of us who’ve been homeschooling for many years don’t even tackle it anymore. We just say we’re not worried and move on. This article is a fantastic summary of exactly why we don’t worry about it.

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Why I Don’t Worry About my Homeschoolers’ Socialization by Annie Reneau over at

Please Take Our Survey!

Posted on | May 22, 2015 | No Comments


Hello fellow homeschoolers!

The Manitoba Association for Schooling at Home (MASH) is the oldest homeschool association in the province. Its beginnings reach back to the late 1970’s. It is currently the only association in the province that represents all home schooling families regardless of faith or philosophy. MASH maintains an excellent relationship with the Government of Manitoba and over the years has been instrumental in helping create the homeschool-friendly climate we currently find ourselves living in.

Over the years MASH has needed to grow and change to meet the demands of newer generations of homeschoolers and we once again find ourselves at such a crossroads. The current team dissolved the organization and redesigned the bylaws in 2013 and spent 2014 initiating a new webpage and creating an active online Facebook community.

MASH desires to expand that work and create an even stronger home-schooling community but we need to know about you as homeschooling parents and families. We would like to better understand the Manitoba homeschooling community and what it desires in a homeschooling organization.

So the advisory team has commissioned a comprehensive Homeschool survey. Please consider taking the time to fill out the complete survey (it consists of three pages) and let us know who you are, what you think, and how we can best serve you.

The survey is located here:

Thank-you so much for your time.

The MASH Advisory Team

Homeschool Pottery Classes

Posted on | May 22, 2015 | No Comments

Information received from Rita Nayar:

Hello Parents,
I have attached the summer schedule for my pottery classes. This is the second year I will be teaching pottery classes to home school children. I will be offering one free class. I do require 5 student minimum to run the classes. I am located in the Fort Richmond area in Wpg.

Free Introductory Children’s Pottery Class with the purchase of Pottery lessons. You will receive five classes for the price of four.

Class fee $100.00 (Regular fee $125.00)

5 fun filled days of learning hand building techniques and glazing.

Location: Fort Richmond

* Date: June 4 – July 2nd Thursday Evenings
Ages 6-12 Time 6:00-7:30 PM

* Date: June 5 – July 3rd Friday
Ages 6-12 Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Ages 13-16 Time: 11:30 -1:00PM

* Date: July 6 – 10, 2015 (Monday-Friday)
Ages 6 -12 Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Ages 13-16 Time: 11:30 – 1:-00 PM

Contact: Rita Nayar @204-269-1318 or at
*Registration deadline May 29, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Educational Resources

Posted on | September 30, 2014 | No Comments

MASH is sometimes asked to pass on information that might be of interest to homeschooling families. While we as an organization do not endorse these items, many of our members participate in and benefit from this information.

Habitat Logo

Here at Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg we have a great opportunity for educators to partner with us in raising awareness of the need for affordable housing in our city. Please look at the following resources available at our website as well as the attached brochure.

  1. One of the opportunities for Grades 4, 5 and 6 to begin the discussion of affordable housing in the community is the Meaning of Home Writing Contest, which runs from October 1 – November 10, 2014. For every entry, $5 is donated to Habitat so not only will the exercise be fun and relevant, but the students will be making an impact with a donation to Habitat. For more information, please check the website: and see the attached brochure.
  2. If you would like us to come and speak to your students about Habitat for Humanity’s role in providing affordable housing in our communities, please contact Kim Wilson at 204-235-2400 or kwilson at habitat dot mb dot ca. Together we can open doors to a brighter future.
  3. Habitat for Humanity also offers a variety of educational resources for your classroom. These resources support Manitoba Social Studies curriculum for sustainable development, have been developed and tested by teachers and are offered in English and French. To access all Habitat for Humanity classroom resources (Grades 3-8), please visit

It is always exciting to engage students in active learning by allowing them to explore issues relevant to their community. At Habitat for Humanity Manitoba we have created these Middle Years resource programs in order to promote the integration of social responsibility into the school curriculum.


Mary Friesen
Volunteer for School Programs
Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg
60 Archibald Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
R2J 0V8
mfriesen at habitat dot mb dot ca

MASH Homeschool Information Night 2014

Posted on | September 12, 2014 | No Comments

Hello MASH members,

You are invited to the MASH Homeschool Information Night.

September 20, 2014
Norberry Glenlee CC, 26 Molgat Ave (behind the Dairy Queen on St. Mary’s Road)
6:30-9:30 pm

Jennifer Gehman will present on the filling out of the Notification packages and her experience with the University of Winnipeg student application process (her daughter was accepted to the university Theatre department this fall.);

Karen Ridd (a long-time unschooling mother of 2 and founding member of the Winnipeg Learning Centre and Such Stuff Players) will share some ideas about creating a support group or network for yourself and your family;

and several teens, Francophones, and veteran homeschoolers will be available during the Question and Answer portion of the evening.

Bring a nut free snack to share, if you are able to.

Also, while we love children, the venue is only conducive to nursing babes.

We’re asking for a $2/per person donation to help off-set the cost of the room rental.

We look forward to seeing you,
The MASH Advisory Team

MASH Not-Back-to-School Picnic

Posted on | September 11, 2014 | No Comments

Hello MASH members,

Welcome to a new MASH Homeschooling year 2014-2015! We hope you all had a great summer.

We’re inviting you to the MASH : Not-Back-to-School Fall Picnic.

(This year we thought of changing the venue.)

When : Thursday, September 18th at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Where : We are going to meet at the Nature’s Playground in Assiniboine Park.

Here are some maps to help you find your way:
Here’s some information about the playground:

Rain or shine we will be sending an email out to let you all know if the picnic is happening or being pushed to the rained-out date.

Rained-out date : Thursday, September 25th at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Please bring your own peanut-free lunch and a picnic blanket.

You can arrive early and\or stay later.

Monique Turner will be greeting MASH members at the picnic.

See you all there and be sure to dress for the weather,
Your MASH Advisory Team

Teen Homeschooling Group: three65

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | No Comments

MASH is sometimes asked to pass on information that might be of interest to homeschooling families. While we as an organization do not endorse these items, many of our members participate in and benefit from this information.

three65 is a Winnipeg-based learning community for teens. Registrations are now open for new members. Here is some information on who we are and what we do:

Who We Are
three65 is a democratically-run community of teens (ages 12 and up) and mentors who learn and explore together. They meet weekly to plan and implement workshops and activities around youth interests. Here are some examples of the workshops they are lining up for the fall:

    computer graphics and computer programming
    survival skills
    building a zip line
    “green” building
    writing and publishing

How It Works
three65 youth meet once a week on Thursdays afternoons, from the third week in September to the last week in May. They alternate a planning week, in which a planning mentor helps facilitate the democratic process, with workshop weeks. Other time slots (Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons) have been reserved so youth can access them throughout the year for ease of planning — although not all time slots need to be used each week! The workshops come from youth interest and initiative. Parents and mentors form a support network to help find materials, spaces and community mentors around a specific interest.

$40 a month to cover the cost of mentoring, plus a $50 registration fee to help with administration costs.

three65 workshops are, as much as possible, run on a volunteer basis. Opportunities may come up that have additional costs to cover materials or a paid mentor, but this will always be optional.

The three65 experience
Many homeschooled teens are looking for a chance to get together and collaborate with others. three65 offers them the opportunity to come with their passions and interests, co-create learning experiences, and have fun together. They learn about the process of running a group democratically and initiate projects from the planning stages to implementation. With the support of parents and mentors, they are able to create learning experiences they would not be able to experience on their own. And they develop leadership skills while creating lasting friendships. Here is what three65 youth from last year, our pilot year, are saying:

“I think it’s amazing to have a group of very different teenagers come together and create a new system of learning, grow together, and become friends at the same time!”

“I really had fun!”

“I liked the mentors and kids!”

“I really liked all of it! It’s not just one part… it’s all of it!”

“I enjoyed learning how to work and make plans as a group. To me, it’s a very important skill to have.”

“We are an amazing group that likes to hang out and come up with fantastic ideas. We don’t use all our ideas but we take out the best ones and turn them into something amazing!”

three65 brought out the BEST in people.”

How to Join
If you’d like to register, or would like to know more about three65, contact winnipegthree65 at gmail dot com and one of our mentors will get back to you.

We’d love to have you join our learning adventures!

Home Schooling and the Winnipeg Public Library

Posted on | June 16, 2014 | No Comments


MASH representatives met with the Winnipeg Public Library last Monday to discuss how we could assist each other in creating a stronger partnership between home schooling families and the Winnipeg library system. The Winnipeg Public Library believes that “learning is for life” and they feel that this is especially relevant to those of us who take on the challenge of educating our children at home. The city library is a wonderful source of information and programming for home schooling families and MASH will try to keep you up to date on the these offerings.

Summer Programming
Visit the WPL webpage for a full listing of events or visit their calendar to see all the events by date.

To highlight just a few of the 165 programs the library will offer this summer:

Summer Reading Programs for Children
We handed out kits at the picnic for preschoolers and school-age children (for both anglophones and francophones). If you missed those, visit your local branch. The reading theme this year is on Maker Space. Visit the TD Summer Reading website for additional resources. And check-out their kick-off event on June 28.

Summer Reading Program for Teens
The teen reading club is run entirely online. Check out their website to signup and enter to win an Ipod Nano.
Teen Summer Reading Program

The Winnipeg Public Library will sponsoring a StoryMob on June 28 as part of their Summer Reading Kick-off Day. Join them for this wildly fun flashmob for picture book lovers!
2014 StoryMob Poster
2014 StoryMob Poster French

Family Literacy Programs
These literacy-focused, fun-filled events are offered at each branch throughout the year. Checkout the summer dates at your local branch.
Family Literacy Days

Did you know that the library offers access to free streaming television and movies?
Visit Hoopla

Did you know you that the library offers free passes to local theatre and arts events?
Visit the Theatre Art Pass

How about free audio and ebooks?
Visit Overdrive

How about free magazines?
Visit Zinio


Learning Never Ends Picnic June 12, 2014

Posted on | June 9, 2014 | No Comments


St Vital Park
11 am to 3pm (or whenever you need to leave)

Join home schooling families for a June picnic and a celebration of the fact that learning doesn’t have an end! Bring your own lunch and activities and meet us near the picnic shelter.

Rain Date is June 19th.

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