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Manitoba Education Resource Library – ten things you need to know

Posted on | January 24, 2016 | No Comments

Last Saturday, about a dozen homeschool parents (and a couple of kids) met at the MB Education Resource Library for an orientation and tour of the facility.  Many more would have liked to join us but weren’t able to.  Those of us who were present left feeling inspired, some of us kicking ourselves for not having connected with this great resource earlier in our homeschooling journey.  Here’s my top ten of what everyone needs to know about the library:

  1.  It’s big.  I somehow pictured it as a small basement room at the back of a windowless office building.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not what I expected.  It’s quite inviting, actually.  It would be similar in size to any branch of the Winnipeg Public Library system, other than the Millenium, of course.
  2. Children are welcome.  One mom had been avoiding a visit because she thought it would entail getting childcare and coming alone.  Nope.  Bring your kids, from toddlers to teens.  There’s something for everyone – even a tiny tot play area.  During school hours, the facility is not super busy.  There are numerous computer stations, sitting areas and tables with chairs so you can read and work on site.
  3. You can get a membership card and sign out the resources at no cost. Any homeschooling family that has notified the province and received an id number can sign up and receive a library card to use immediately.  Just head down for a visit and starting checking out the resources.
  4. It’s not just books.  Books are wonderful of course, and there are plenty of them, but what make this library unique is the range of resources available:  CDs, DVDs, games, kits, models, puppets, posters, etc.  On our first visit we checked out a number of Dr. Noggins fact card games and another game about fractions.  I saw one family leaving with a huge electricity set.  From math manipulatives to collections of insects preserved in resin, this library has something to appeal to every interest and educational goal.
  5. Your 6 year old wants to learn more about the rainforest?  Your 10 year old needs info on catapults?    Their staff will help you find what you exactly what you need.  They will prepare a package of resources for you according to your specific needs; you simply need to call or email your request.  Just let them know the subject matter you want to learn more about and the ages of the children involved, and they will put together a package of learning resources specially picked for you.  Wow!  If you live in Winnipeg, you just need to drop by and pick up your package when it’s ready.  Sounds like Christmas all year round!
  6. You live outside of Winnipeg?  Have no fear!  Library staff will mail your package out to you, AT NO COST.  And you can mail it back AT NO COST!  What?!  Just submit your request as described in #5 and you can access the library from wherever you are located in the province.  Wow again.
  7. Many of the library’s resources are online.  Highlights of the many digital resources include three collections of eBooks, many audiobooks, access to CBC’s Curio (CBC TV and radio programs and News in Review 1990-2015), a link to the NFB’s extensive film collection, Canada: A People’s History, and other streaming videos sites.  Just register for your online account to get a username and password.
  8. Copies of MB’s distance education curriculum for grades 9-12 are available as reference material at the library.  If you’re considering using this independent study curriculum with your teen but want to check it out before committing, you’re welcome to drop by the library and review it on site.
  9. Interested in knowing what’s being covered in the MB school curriculum for each grade level and subject?  All the info you need is available at the library; just ask a staff person to point you in the right direction.  The My Child in School website is another good resource for understanding what children are learning at each grade level in the public school system.
  10. And now, for the most frequently asked question:  IS THERE PARKING?  There is free one hour parking on streets right around the library and there is a paid parking lot right next door.  There’s also great bus service on Portage and poles to lock your bikes to!

    The Manitoba Education Resource Library awaits your visit:

    Main Floor, 1181 Portage Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB


    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

Thanks to Lisa Wilcox for the images.

Youth Climate Change Forum

Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments

Youth for Climate Change Action Forum
Assiniboine Park + Zoo |Winnipeg, Manitoba | April 14 – 16, 2016
Grades 9-11

Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earth’s fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has a role to play in preserving them. If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it. — Kofi Anan

On April 14-16 2016, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy will host the inaugural Youth for Climate Change Action Forum at Assiniboine Park and Zoo. Over the course of three days, we will explore the complexities of climate change and empower participants to take meaningful action in their own schools and communities.

We are offering your school the opportunity to send a team of up to four Grade 9 – 11 students to attend the conference.  There will be no cost to your school or participants.*

Youth for Climate Change Action will bring together students from urban, rural and northern regions of the province. Through workshops, discussion forums, brainstorming sessions, and social interaction, participants will share their knowledge and understanding of climate change and the impact it is having on Manitoba – on our communities, environment, wildlife, culture and economy.

Climate change is relevant to every Manitoban, especially youth. Students will be encouraged to find common ground, focus on solutions, and share inspiration and ideas for effective climate change action projects they can implement at home, at school, and in their communities. At the end of the three day forum, each school team will present their action project plan. A preliminary forum schedule is attached for your information.

At the conclusion of the forum, schools will be encouraged to appoint a mentor for their team who will provide guidance and support as your students implement their action plan.  Students will be encouraged to share projects updates with other teams through social media.

At this time, we want to assess potential interest from your student body and support from the administration.

* Funding will cover the following for a team of up to 4 students plus 2 chaperones:

·         Forum registration for four students

·         Winnipeg hotel accommodation for April 14 and 15 (2 nights),

·         Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

·         Bus travel within Winnipeg to/from any scheduled extracurricular forum activities.

·         We will also subsidize mileage costs for rural and northern schools Winnipeg for travel to and from the conference.  

If you are interested, please reply and we will forward a complete information package to you in the coming weeks. If I don’t hear from you, I will follow up by phone to discuss whether this opportunity is a good fit for your school and answer any questions you have.

Should you wish to contact me, I encourage you to call or email me at 204-927-6053 or


Karen Lind, Education Coordinator, Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Webinars – PD on Environmental Issues

Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments

Green Teacher’s upcoming webinars are an interactive way for educators to continue learning about key environmental topics. Our professional development webinar series features some of the most important thinkers in the field of environmental education addressing vital and relevant topics.

We have six webinars scheduled in the coming months. Registration is FREE and one can obtain a certificate upon completion.

Full details here.

Teen Art Classes at Great Blue Art Studio

Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments

Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon
February 12 – March 25, 2016
Studio located at 516 McNaughton Ave. just off Jubilee

$185 (all supplies provided) and an additional $5 if you want your child included in our art show.

To register or for further information or questions call Shirley at 204-452-1735 or e-mail Shirley at
Shirley will confirm your registration by e-mail. Please include the name and age of your child and your phone number.


Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments

School-community project subsidies are available to classrooms and school clubs. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage your students in projects that seek to address poverty in our communities, or address human rights, or any other social justice issue of importance to your school. Perhaps you even wish to become a Fair Trade school.

To create a project and apply for funding, please login or create a profile ( and select one of the following subsidies:

School-community social action projects $300

The value of eliminating poverty $300

Become a Fair Trade School $300

Speak Truth to Power Canada, Defenders for Human Rights $300

Project Overseas 2015 $300

Join the 150,000+ students in Canada engaged in 420 school-community social actions projects. You have until June 30, 2016 to complete your project.

Full day of activity Celebrating Women Getting the Vote

Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Women’s Voting Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Partnership with the Manitoba Museum and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office is holding an exciting event on January 28th, 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of some women in Manitoba gaining the right to vote. They are inviting student participation.

Go here for full details of the day’s activities and how to register.


Pinhole Camera Teacher Workshop

Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments

Friday, February 19, 2016
9am to 3:30pm
ArtsJunktion – 312B William Ave

In this teacher workshop, participants will learn how to build and use pinhole cameras in a DIY dark room setting. Lasha will explain the basic functions of a regular camera (Aperture, shutter speed, ISO) and how the pinhole camera adapts these functions. Participants will leave not only with practical pinhole camera knowledge, but also an understanding of how the science of optics can help their students comprehend pictures in the age of the instant digital image.
(No experience necessary)

Instructor:  LASHA MOWCHUN
Attendance is limited to 24
Registration $75.00 (all materials provided)
Register at:

This workshop was made possible through a grant from Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning

Helping Your Child Flourish

Posted on | January 23, 2016 | No Comments


Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
7-9 pm

Qualico Family Centre at Assiniboine Park
(by the Duck Pond)
330 Assiniboine Park Dr.

$20.00 per person (cash or cheque, to be paid at the door)

Overview: Parents always strive to ensure that our children are given the best opportunities possible to become all they were meant to be. But how is this to be accomplished? What conditions and experiences can parents encourage and facilitate to ensure this occurs? What type of home environment which will best foster our children’s optimal emotional, intellectual, and social development?

Pamela Whyte will present Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s ground-breaking approach, which reveals surprising answers to these questions and will help guide parents in their role to help our children reach their potential.

Pamela Whyte is a Winnipeg-based presenter and parent consultant who works with parents and professionals to make sense of the children in their care. Pamela was a founding faculty member of the Neufeld Institute, where she trained and mentored teachers, helping professionals and others u n d e r s t a n d this attachment- based developmental approach. She presents this material with compassion, enthusiasm, humour and insight, and has a personal and practical understanding of the joys and challenges of parenting in today`s world, being a mother of 3 children.

You won’t be disappointed!

2015 MASH Survey Results

Posted on | January 11, 2016 | No Comments

Here is a summary of the MASH survey results compiled for 2015.

Total Respondents: 85

    From the initial mailing to the membership email list and a posting on the MASH Facebook group, there were 54 responses. This represents about a 22% response rate. (The average response rate for email surveys is about 24%.)

    An additional 31 responses were recorded after the survey was released to other homeschooling groups.

Demographics Section


      40% identified as Christian
      18% as Catholic
      30% as atheist/agnostic or no religion
      6% as Buddhist
      6% as other (Hindu, Pagan, refusal)


      10% of the respondents identified as something other than straight

    Marital Status:

      Almost 5% of the respondent are possibly single parents.


      14% identify French as their primary language and 12% homeschool in French


      About 1/3 of the respondents live in rural areas
      The three major centres are Winnipeg (70%), Steinbach (12%) and Brandon (7%).
      11% do not live near a major community.

Homeschooling Section

    New to Homeschooling

      4-6% of the respondents have never homeschooled.
      75% of them have been homeschooling for 6 years or less and 30% have been homeschooling for less than 3 years.
      50% have preschoolers that they plan on homeschooling in the future
      Veteran Homeschoolers
      16% of respondents are homeschooling high school
      10% have graduated homeschool students

    Public School Attendance

      ⅔ of the respondents’ children have never been to public or private school
      of those who withdrew their children, the grade at which that happened was evenly distributed from K-7.

    Top 3 Reasons for Homeschooling

      personalized education (93%)
      concern about peer environment (85%)
      preserve close family ties (81%)

    Learning Challenges

      1 in 5 are homeschooling a child with learning challenges.

    Top 3 Homeschool Styles

      Unschooling (46%)
      Relaxed (45%)
      Eclectic (41%)

    Comparing Homeschool to Public School Approaches

      64% prefer a more unstructured approach to education than public school
      52% track what grade levels their children are in
      55% say they teach different knowledge to their students than the public school would
      90% say they use different method of teaching than the public school
      7% of respondents have children taking classes at a local school


      97% of all respondents who should notify do so.


      38% say no
      34% say yes
      29% say said other (expressing concerns about how it would work or that it would depend on certain conditions)

    Homeschool Frustrations Summarized

      MASH connections seems to happen only on Facebook
      time management
      teaching different ages
      finding time for self
      self-doubt/lack of confidence
      need mentoring
      existing co-ops and groups are full
      rural disconnect
      need French resources
      need secular resources
      need connections to other families
      comparisons to others – peers, school-going children, other homeschooling families
      need places to host meetings, co-ops, classes, etc
      “The feeling that homeschooling in Manitoba is very fractured and cliquish and that there is no one place where everyone can feel welcomed.”

    Homeschool Benefits Summarized

      letting kids be themselves
      creating a love of learning
      building relationships with children, with siblings, with greater family
      freedom to set schedules, timetables, etc (Flexibility)
      tailored education
      unconventional, unhurried lifestyles.

MASH Membership Section

    MASH Membership

      66% of the respondents are MASH members
      20% of the respondents appear to be on the Facebook group, but are not official members of MASH
      86% have not visited the webpage recently
      50% belong to the facebook group, but only 30% had recently visited that page

    Other Homeschool Affiliations

      35% belonged to LIFE
      32% belong to MACHS
      10% belong to the Westman group (in Brandon)

    Homeschool Community Connectedness

      50% of people do not feel connected
      10% of respondents do not know another family who is homeschooling

    MASH Goals

      all three were relatively tied with “providing information” slightly ahead of “government liaison work”, followed closely by “building community”.

    Creating Community

      the top answers were:
      providing co-ops
      providing lessons
      offering regular newsletters, emails, and an updated website
      running parental support and mom’s meeting
      other fill-in-the-blank answers included: rural connections, workshops, local support groups, secular conference with secular speakers, and free play opportunities (picnics, park days)


      82% of respondents would be interested in workshops
      the most popular answer was “How to teach specific subjects”
      high school and post-secondary information was next
      workshops on information about how to homeschool were lowest but still significant

    Sending out MASH Information

      most people prefer a weekly email and a monthly newsletter

    Desired Information

      73% respondents want a complete listing of all homeschooling groups in the province
      78% want a listing of all lessons and activities available in the province
      other fill-in-the-blank suggestions included: post-secondary information, comprehensive FAQ, area contacts, a list of homeschooling parents willing to teach or tutor, and homeschooling stats and successes

    New Homeschooler Information

      Most people equally desired a workshop, an information package, and networking.
      other suggestions included a mentoring program, networking for families of similar philosophy, stress reduction information (addressing the common worries of homeschooling) and a place for shared personal stories

    MASH Involvement

      the top three answers were willingness to arrange a field-trip, willingness to arrange a group lesson, and willingness to host a support group

    Membership Fee

      these responses were somewhat equally divided among the answers with a slight lead to “pay for what I attend” (17%)

Summary of the Final Comments

  • a rural presence is required
  • the need for an exhaustive list of groups, co-ops, field trips, lessons and activities
  • the need for French activities
  • a desire for adult only events
  • a desire for whole family events
  • the need to better connect people
  • a listing of homeschool friendly lessons and teachers
  • an overview of all the rich diversity that is present in our homeschool community

ASD workshop series

Posted on | January 10, 2016 | No Comments

MATC (Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre) offers workshops for parents and care providers related to teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Upcoming workshops include:

February 26
Brochure with details here

March 11
Sexuality and Self-Care
Brochure with details here

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