Homeschool Drivers Ed; Please RSVP!

Hey Folks!  I have been searching out the best drivers ed training for my second daughter and am excited to have found a company that has come highly recommended, at a great price, that is willing to do lessons at times convenient to homeschoolers!  If you have a child that is turning 16 this school year or is already 16 or above, please consider joining us.Car_Keys

The Details:

Dates: October 23-26 (these dates are not yet set in stone.  Please let me know if you can’t make these dates but want to participate!)

Time: 9am – 2:30pm

Classroom Location: TBD, likely in Bradford

In car lesson locations:  while students are welcome to come from anywhere the instructors will pick up and teach in Newmarket, Bradford, Innisfil and/ or Alliston.  If you are from outside of these areas then you will need to bring your child to one of these towns to do their in car lessons.

Includes: in class lessons, lesson book, extra study requirements, 10 hours INDIVIDUAL DAY TIME in car lessons in car provided by the instructor, pick up in the above mentioned communities at no extra charge, MTO certificate registration, taxes.

Cost: $499 + HST = $563.87 MAXIMUM, everything included.  They will give us a break on this if we get the class minimum of 7 students.

Course content: This is a Ministry of Transportation regulated course so the content is standarized but this school assures me that the content is EXACTLY the same as you get at Young Drivers which is more than twice the cost.

The instructors: Bob and Shelley from the Canadian School of Motoring.  https://www.canadianschoolofmotoring.com/  Please check out their website but direct questions to me.  (Our price break is contingent upon us coming as a full class rather than as several individuals.)

RSVP ASAP: We need to have at least 7 students to run the class.  They would like to know ASAP so that they can hold the dates and not book road tests on those dates so if you could even let me know if you MIGHT be interested, we can at least decide whether to hold the October dates or to postpone to later in the year or into the new year

 

Free Newby Workshops for Summer of 2018

It’s that time of year again that we start thinking toward the fall and school for the kiddos.  It seems that there are more options and more issues than ever weighing on us as parents as we strive to find that which is best for our kids and for our families.  If you have been considering homeschooling as an option for your children or if you have newly taken the plunge into this alternative but rapidly growing way of doing school and life then you are more than welcome to attend one of the upcoming FREE “Newby Workshops” in Barrie or Bradford.  These are interactive “Q&A” style workshops in small groups. 

Workshops are offered by veteran homeschoolers Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink and Cori Dean:

  • on Tuesday, July 31st near Barrie by Henry and Corrinna
  • on Thursday August 9th in Bradford by Cori
  • and on Tuesday, August 21st in Bradford by Cori.

All workshops are free, are approximately 2 hours in length, and will begin promptly at 7:30pm with an on-time draw.  Please feel free to come after 7pm to grab a drink and snack and to visit informally if you wish.  At the Bradford workshops you will be welcome to peruse Maple Tree Publications’ home-based homeschool resource store.

Feel free to forward this invitation to friends, family, neighbours, or other groups in the area who might be interested in learning more about homeshooling and RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited to 15 people per workshop.  Both Mom and Dad (and Grandma and Grandpa or other adult supports) are welcome to attend though we respectfully ask that only parents and nursing babes attend as a full house and a late evening often make it hard for little ones to allow the adults the opportunity to get the most out of the workshop.

RSVP to Henry at utopiapines@hotmail.com  or 705-737-3135 for the Barrie workshop or to Cori at cori@mapletreepublications.ca or 905-778-9412 for the Bradford workshops.

Some topics we will cover:

Yikes! Can I do this!?!

Where can I go for support?

What are the legal implications?

Do I have to contact my local school board?

What about curriculum?

What is a “normal” homeschooling day like?

What about high school and beyond?

What about socialization!?!

Please come with questions!

And expect some yummy handouts too!

Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink bring to these workshops nearly years of homeschooling experience while our little one room schoolhouse was established only 15 years ago.  While we aren’t experts, we do have a few years under our belts and have all participated in home education leadership on the local and national level for many years.  We hope to share the real deal on homeschooling, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  We are obviously a bit biased towards homeschooling but will gladly share the truth about the pros and cons of adopting this crazy lifestyle.  Looking forward to meeting many of you in at these events.

Peace,

Cori

Maple Tree Publications

905.778.9412

www.mapletreepublications.ca  

cori@mapletreepublications.ca

Free Bible League Planners!

Many of Maple Tree’s local friends know that we order in Student Connection Planners every summer as a service to our local community. The Bible League offers these day planners that are a wonderful resource for scheduling and planning, using for journaling or spelling lists, or whatever suits. There are three different versions available and they all have Bible reading plan options if you’d like to use those as well. While they will still be available at cost, this year, we are providing them for FREE to our customers as a way to say thanks and to encourage you as you enjoy the summer break and prepare for another school year to come.
 
 
If you’d like TO CLAIM YOUR FREE PLANNER, please choose from the three Bible League Planner 2018-2019 Elementaryoptions below and add your choice as a note on your online (www.mapletreepublications.ca) order or pick up in store. (We will add one free planner for every $50 spent while supplies last!):
 
 
– The Elementary Planner is 8.5×11” and is geared to K-2
 
– The Full-Sized Planner is also 8.5×11” and is geared to grades 3-5
 
– The Compact Planner is half the size of the others and is generally the same format as the full-sized but is marketed to grades 6-12
 
 
(While these are the grades that they are produced for they are really all quite interchangeable except for a couple of study notes sheets in the back and so you can choose whichever format most suits you.)
 
 
To take a closer look at the planners, please check here: https://bibleleague.ca/shop/
 
 
We will, of course still be providing the planners at cost for those who do not need to place an order! They are $4.29 + GST = $4.50 for Elementary or Full-Sized Planners and $3.29 + GST = $3.45 for the Compact Planner
 
 
If you’d like me to get some in stock for you, please send me your name and email address and how many of each you would like ASAP.  (Planners that don’t accompany an order are for pick-up only will be at our home based store in Bradford in late July.)
 

Free Newby Seminars for the Summer of 2016!

Hey Folks,

Once again this year, as the homeschooling movement in Canada continues to grow I am partnering with other homeschooling veterans to bring you a series of free open forum evenings to look into the world of homeschooling.  Henry and Corrinna Kiezebrink, and Dione Rogers and I have lived the highs and lows of this experience and are excited to chat with you in our homes about the adventure.  The workshops will be offered in  July and August in our homes in Bradford, Barrie, and Stouffville.  

Whether you have made a firm decision or are still investigating yo20160607_123501ur options, whether you are doing this based on a conviction you have or because the ability to school in a different way just seems to fit for your family, please feel free to come for a visit. These are interactive (question and answer style) small group workshops
. If you, or someone you know, are interested in coming please RSVP directly to me at cori@mapletreepublications.ca as soon as possible as attendance is limited to 15 people (since we do have a very cozy space to meet) and the evenings usually do fill up.

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A New Season…

It is so exciting to see spring unfolding once again and so early this year!  As usual, we are excited to be out in the yard cleaning up and dreaming of things to come, preparing gardens, tidying out the garage (let me tell you: that’s a messy job this year!) and starting little seedlings.  I am not nearly so much a gardening expert as I am an aficionado, a fan, a devotee to mucking in the dirt with hopes that something yummy might spring from it.  Really I am still that kid that makes mud pies and dreams of them really being tasty treats.

In addition to these signs of spring you can also be sure to find me playing with stacks of boxes and leafing through countless books as this is also the beginning of “Conference Season”.  Maple Tree will be at several conferences and sales over the next several months and I will also have the funky privilege of chatting with many of you as I teach several seminars at these gatherings and as I visit in our little corner of the exhibit hall.  

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