Our mission at Homeschool Connections is to support, encourage and advise parents as they educate their children; to provide a variety of innovative and quality educational opportunities; to help prepare students for their future; and to have a profound impact on the educational society.
“Connections” is what we are all about–connecting families with educational opportunities (classes, etc.), connecting parents with other parents, children with children, teachers with students, people with resources, and all with opportunities to learn and grow. Encouraging friendships, learning, personal growth, development, and mentoring are all part of having a place to belong. It is also important that our faculty and staff feel connected and have a sense of belonging within our organization. Connecting people and helping them feel like they belong with us is vital.
Homeschool Connections has high-quality classes that meet or exceed parents’ expectations. We hire teachers who are highly qualified to teach what they teach, are experts in their field and are very good teachers. Our facilities are comfortable and clean and are suitable for our program. Our staff consists of sharp, competent people who are friendly, helpful, professional, service-minded, and nice. Any curriculum used is of high quality and specifically chosen for quality of content.
We keep our class offerings fresh and relevant. We look for new topics, ideas, projects, and teachers who will bring in fresh ideas. Our class offerings are not the same each year. We create curriculum for new topics. Our technology classes always present and use up-to-date technology that is relevant to our children. We want to offer classes that people don’t see offered in other groups. We discover new ways of learning and delivering education. We think beyond the present horizon of education.
Customer delight is the positive emotional response and joy that the people feel from interaction with our people and our products and services. We delight our families with new and exciting classes, offering many classes for them to enjoy, being responsive to families’ educational needs, developing campuses convenient to them, offering additional resources that meet needs Homeschool Connections classes cannot, and being proactive in resolving issues.
Our teachers, staff and partners are the heart of our program. They are the people and organizations by which Homeschool Connections’ values and purpose are shared to the families who come to our program. Teachers, campus supervisors, staff, partner organizations, and churches all play a vital role in our program and are highly respected and valued.
Resourcefulness is the ability to deal resourcefully (creatively, imaginatively, and self-reliably) with unusual problems, difficult situations, or unanticipated opportunities. We use our resources wisely. We use our facilities to their fullest capacity. We have the teachers teach to their strengths, repeating their classes for various grade levels to minimize their prep time.
We are impacting the educational society as a whole by making alternative methods of educating children, including homeschooling, a viable, practical option. We are adaptable and responsive to the needs that we see now and in the future and create programs to meet those needs in innovative ways. We help break the stereotypes that surround homeschoolers. Our classes prepare students well for college and help students get into college.
Our systems, policies and procedures are consistent with our values and across our company. While we remain adaptable and responsive to our families, we create systems and procedures so everyone will know what is expected and how to do what is needed.
We feel a child’s religious education is the responsibility of the parent (and their chosen church). We are welcoming and respectful to all students and families regardless of their religious belief and personal worldview. Our classes are subject based, not religion-based. We want all families to feel comfortable learning with us. Because our classes focus on the content areas, they usually do not discuss religious topics. Unlike public schools, thoughtful, reasonable discussions about other worldviews will be accepted and respected.
When it is part of the class subject, the world view of the lessons will be from a conservative, Christian perspective. This allows the parent the opportunity to know what perspective a class is taught from and to have discussions with their children if they believe differently. Other viewpoints are welcome as part of a rational, thoughtful discussion.
We do not teach religion, but we do strive to show Christ’s love to all.
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Homeschool Bill - HB 4808 - Needs Support
ATTENTION ALL HOMESCHOOLERS AND EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS HOMESCHOOLING FREEDOMS...
Below is a press release from State Representative Reilly's office.
Rep. Reilly bill to defend privacy for homeschool students
State Rep. John Reilly introduced legislation to protect homeschooling families from a planned requirement that they submit
Educational Development Plans to a local school district.
Education Development Plans are academic and career evaluations, mandated by the state’s Department of Education for
all public school students starting in the seventh grade.
“Credible sources have reported to my office that the state Department of Education will seek a regulation to require all homeschool students taking more than two courses at a virtual academy to submit an Education Development Plan,” said Reilly, a member of the House Education Reform Committee. “We have thousands of homeschoolers across the state of Michigan that are thriving in virtual academies thanks to new found cooperation between homeschooling parents and local school districts. Maintaining student privacy has been integral in forging these new great relationships.”
House Bill 4808 was introduced today and has been assigned to the Education Reform Committee.
“We cannot jeopardize the educational progress and freedom for approximately 50,000 homeschool students in Michigan,” Reilly said. “They are doing well, so we have to make sure this co-operative relationship can continue without any limitations or invasions of privacy.”
You can read more here: http://gophouse.org/rep-reilly-bill-defend-privacy-homeschool-students/
How can we help?
1) Send this to everyone who wants to help preserve our homeschooling freedoms
2) Contact your state reps (only your representatives please!)
3) If your state representatives is on the education committee, please encourage them to pass this bill and protect our homeschooling freedoms!