Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (NIV)
Homeschooling gives parents a unique opportunity to provide their children the education they believe necessary. For Christian families, homeschooling allows children to be taught from a Christian worldview and to meet individual student needs. Essentially, Roots parents are accountable to God for their child’s education, and Roots is set up to support parents to do this well. Parents establish their own children’s home education plan, although facilitators are available to help if requested.
Alberta Education requires documentation on the progress of all students; parents want it as well. In compliance with the Alberta Education Home Education Regulations, Roots collects an annual proposed education plan for each child registered. This plan outlines what will be studied and how the student will accomplish those goals. Each family is assigned a facilitator who is available to assist the family meet their educational goals. This facilitator visits each family in the fall and spring to observe the progress in meeting their goals. After each visit, facilitators write an individualized report on the progress and parents receive one copy of the report while another copy of the same report is filed in the child’s student records. Parents may access their child’s student records at any time by contacting the home education office. This written report is not an assessment of the parent’s teaching; rather it is a report on the student’s progress. Regular reviews of a child’s progress in light of the family’s goals enable students, parents and facilitators to work together towards a common purpose.