Welcome to the NHEA Niagara Home Educator's Association Webpage. Hopefully you will find this helpful in making some meaningful connections for your family.
Founded in 1978, this group is part of the greater Homeschooling Community of Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. Our membership is comprised of a variety of denominations and expressions of worship.
People who do not consider themselves Christians are welcome to membership with the understanding that they acknowledge this is a faith-based group and will be mutually respectful of all its members. as you home-school in Niagara.
The last Thursday evening of each month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm (excl. December, June & July)
Every other Friday from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Homeschooling has been a rewarding experience for generations. With many methods and approaches, Christian home education has become a preferred alternative form of instruction. We at NHEA are here to support you and serve the home educating community in the Niagara Region.
All of the events held within the NHEA community are spearheaded by parents. Everyone is encouraged to both participate in and also introduce new events or activities as time and interest allows throughout the region. We are always looking for help with our annual community events such as the Seasonal parties, Showcase and Commencement.
If you are looking for support in offering something new, contact one of our board members, we are happy to support you in this.
We love our kids, we are choosing to home-school in some way, shape or form and we love to share our ideas, and gifts. We are an encouraging community and value respect in all circumstances. Because we are concerned for the privacy of our members and their families, Our Facebook page and Blog is for members only.
NHEA affirms the primacy of parental responsibility for the welfare, socialization and education of their children. NHEA is dedicated to the education and socialization of children in the natural setting of the family. Fortunately for us in Ontario home schooling is legal. The following excerpt is from Ontario's Education Act section 21: "When attendance excused (2) A person is excused from attendance at school if, (a) the person is receiving satisfactory instruction at home or elsewhere"
Upcoming events in our Community
Bi-weekly - these days are composed of socials, open gym time, crafts, Seasonal parties (holidays), Speech Meets, and Learning Fairs where students share what they are learning at home.e NHEA Facebook page and others within the network.
MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
We meet on the last Thursday of each month to offer support, encouragement and inspiration to each other.
(formerly "Gym Days")
Bi-weekly - these days are composed of socials, open gym time, crafts, Seasonal parties (holidays), Speech Meets, and Learning Fairs where students share what they are learning at home.
These are parent initiated and are announced throughout the year based on interest and availability.
We've had classes such as Electrical, Plumbing, Poetry, Visual Art, Civics, Music, Nature Study, Creative Writing & Public Speaking and more.
Field Trips like ballet, live theater, nature reserves, factories, farms, museums, galleries, the Safety Village and More.
We've also had parents initiate regular meetups for parks, beaches and hikes.
There have also been groups targeting Primary and High school ages.
OCHEC, OFTP & HSLDA
Membership in NHEA gives you representation in these groups as well as discounts to memberships and conferences.
OCHEC - Ontario Christian Home Educator's Connection
OFTP - Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents
HSLDA - Homeschool Legal Defense Association
MOMS NIGHT OUT
Usually a monthly informal event hosted in a home or at a cafe.
RETREATS & "MA" DAYS
Periodic days set aside for planning and "rejuvenating" for moms.
MEMBERSHIP CARD & LIBRARY
Your NHEA membership card will give you a teachers ID and access to discounts at various stores and activities.
Members also have access to the NHEA library available during support meetings and Community Days.
All members will receive a directory in mid fall to connect with other members directly as desired .
Membership dues help to pay for annual events listed below (but not limited to)
Harvest, Christmas, Valentines, Easter
Year End Talent Show
Public Learning Events
Learning Fairs, Speech Meets, ect.
(Formal Ceremony & Reception held annually in June
NHEA attempts to foster connections with the community and other Niagara-Based Home-school Groups offering programs and activities which would benefit our members.
The following are not NHEA Groups, but we support them in their endeavors:
JUBAL COTTAGE SCHOOL
A Performing Arts Co-op which runs Oct-March. www.jubalcottageschool.com
NAHG - Niagara Area Homeschool Group
A secular online support group.
Niagara Invitational Track Meet - open to all
Membership ensures access to current information, annual events and more. Covers a ten month period from Sept - June regardless of when you register.
**NHEA is a non registered, not for profit association of Homeschooling Families in Niagara.**