Hi all!  My name is Anita, and my husband, Ken, and I have five children (one girl and four boys).  Our children range in age from 27 down to 11.  We have been homeschooling for more than 21 years now.  Two of our children have graduated homeschool high school, and the other 3 are still being educated at home.  Our curriculum has changed quite a bit over the years, and we are now using more of an internet approach rather than the textbooks we used years ago.

Area #6 is the Niagara Region.  We have quite a few homeschool support groups in the area (about 5 or 6) – some of them based on location and some based on church affiliation.  The largest group is Niagara Area Homeschool Group (NAHG), and they are an internet-based secular group.  They do not hold support group meetings, but their website is the “go-to” for field trips and information sharing.  The second largest group is faith-based Niagara Home Educators’ Association (NHEA).  Support meetings are held monthly, along with gym days and moms’ night out, and they are studying Sarah Mackenzie’s inspirational book entitled “Teaching from Rest:  A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace“.  Another group in the area, the West Lincoln Reformed Home School Group, has already studied this book.  NHEA also offers an annual talent showcase as well as a commencement ceremony for all graduates.

The Eagles Wings Athletics Club is a year-round track and cross-country group who participates in various annual events.

Jubal Cottage School is in full swing again.  This is a 20-week fine arts co-op program located in Niagara Falls featuring handbells, choir, drama and cultural context (history).  The theme this year is Ancient Greece.  Homeschool families in the region look forward to the Christmas concert on December 6th as well as to the drama in March.

Written by Anita Klassen

Contact Anita Klassen by emailing area_6@ochec.org