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Educating a child from home is the ideal arrangement for some families and learners.

With quality educational resources and a willing parent or mentor to support the learning experience, children can not only grow but prosper from Kindergarten through to high school graduation in this nurturing environment.



At the DLC, we see ourselves as partners in this journey. Our educational resources - which include kindergarten to Grade 12 lesson plans, reading materials, workbooks, instructional videos, and online assessment tools - are developed by professional educators with the express purpose of facilitating learning in a remote location. Those same educators also provide support to the learner – and in the case of a young learner, the learning mentor – as they advance through the course. Through email, Skype, phone and, if convenient, face to face meetings, our instructors help develop alternate ways to explore issues, creatively solve problems and prepare leaners for subsequent steps on their educational journey.



Choose How, When and Where Learning Happens

In a home-based environment, learners have the flexibility to choose when, where and how they tackle their studies. For young learners, that may mean working around snack times and necessary periods of rest. For others, that might mean scheduling academics around sports, training or other extra-curricular activities. For families who travel, perhaps study happens on weekends or evenings.

There is no right or wrong way to learn. We are here to provide access to quality education resources when and where it best suits your learner.





Pace

  • Select specific course start and end date
  • Accelerate or extend timelines
  • Focus on one course at a time or manage multiple courses simultaneously

Path

Time

Place

  • Learn at home, in a library, a church or any accessible venue conducive to learning
  • Get help from instructors via email, phone, Skype or in-person @ the DLC

What Does the DLC Provide?

We provide ACCESS.


To permanent residents of Saskatchewan that are interested in studying from home, we believe that they should have access to the same caliber of educational resources that they would if enrolled in a traditional school.

We provide SUPPORT.


Our professional educators provide instructional support backed by a team of career guidance and student support professionals to offer additional services.

We facilitate CHOICE.


We encourage the learner - along with his/her learning mentor choose the pace, path, time and place that best suits them.

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Benefits of Full-Time Enrolment

By enrolling as a full-time Sun West Distance Learning Centre learner, your child will have access to:




How Can Parents and the DLC Work Together?

Online learning requires a high degree of self-motivation and commitment and we encourage learners to be independent and creative in their problem solving. However, we also know that a reliable support system can significantly enhance the educational experience and improve the learner’s chances of success. At the DLC, that support stems from the active participation of parents or mentors and the timely involvement of our instructors.



What Role Do Parents Play?


Structure, consistency of routine and clarity of expectations are integral to successful learning in any environment. In a home-schooling situation, parents typically fulfill all of these responsibilities, acting as the primary instructor, cheerleader and disciplinarian. We believe that wearing this assortment of hats, the parent or learning mentor, is perfectly suited to create unique, personalized learning opportunities based on the strengths and interests of each child.

With the input of their learners, parents guide the learning activities, choose subject matter and help their children find ways to express and demonstrate their learning.

Parents also contribute to the learning experience through constructive and timely feedback. By reviewing and commenting on the daily practice work, parents have a unique opportunity to reflect on progress and direct the learner to either revisit the concept at hand or progress onto the next one. This style of assessment, referred to as formative assessment, plays a critical role in the child’s development.



What Role Do DLC Instructors Play?

Our educators are here to support the decisions that parents make for their children. Exactly how they do that depends on the needs of the learner and the requests of the parent.

The key to making sure that happens is effective and transparent communication between the learner, his/her parent and the instructor. Starting the course off with an educational plan means that all parties have the same goals and outcomes in mind and can work cohesively in growing the learner’s skills and competencies on a common timeline.

Our instructors are also equipped to support parents when their child is struggling to process or fully comprehend course concepts or material. They will work collaboratively with parents to identify new ways to present, prepare and discuss the concepts or material in a way that makes sense to the learner.

What is a learning mentor?

A home-based learning mentor is any adult who is responsible for learning instruction and support in the home. The mentor is typically a parent, but when that is not possible or the best fit, a guardian, relative, friend, or tutor may fulfill this role. Mentors work collaboratively with instructors to provide personalized support and ensure the success of every learner.

What does a mentor do?

The role of the mentor will evolve as a learner progresses from elementary to high school and is heavily dependent on the degree of independence, online experience, and time management skill of the learner.

At all ages, an effective learning mentor can have a significant impact on a learner’s success in an online environment. Our Online Learning Mentor Guide explores this role in more detail.

Sun West DLC Learning Mentor Guide




How Do I Know if Online Learning is a Fit for My Child?

It is important that a learner and his/her support team take time to consider all of the factors that affect learning readiness before starting a class.

Some of the major considerations to consider are:



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What technology is required in a home-based learning environment?

To ensure the timely completion of courses, learners should have regular access to a device such as a computer, tablet, or Smartphone and reliable Internet service. If you do not have a computer or Internet in the home, inquire at the local library or other public venues about their options.

In order to run DLC videos, our video hosting site, BrainShark, recommends:

Bandwidth
High speed internet recommended

Supported Browsers
Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari, Chrome

Flash Player
Adobe Flash

Suggested Video Players
VLC media player

Browser Settings
allow pop-ups for www.brainshark.com
enable Java script
enable cookies

Mobile Devices
Blackberry
iPhone
iPad
iPod Touch
Android

If you require support in downloading these programs or adjusting your settings, please call (306) 252-1000.

All Sun West Distance Learning Centre learners must agree to our Acceptable Use Policy. This policy outlines expectations of staff and learners when accessing electronic content.




Are there any online resources to help me out?

Definitely! Through the DLC, students have access to a wide variety of free digital learning resources.

Microsoft Office Products Office 365 provides families’ access to Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel. Office 365 email account available upon request.
Mathletics A Canadian-based math site that provides a fun way for students to practice their basic math skills.
RAZ Kids Helps students improve their reading skills. Students can access a wide library of books at any reading level.
Reading Eggs Another fun and engaging way to practice reading skills.
Pearson E-Texts The e-text version of our Pearson textbooks can enhance a child's understanding. Content is provided in an interactive format and additional videos make this online resource option a favourite with students.
Learn 360 A Canadian learning solution; more than 1500 feature films and documentaries are available in English and 1000+ are available in French.
ROVER A video-on-demand service that provides learners with the convenience of immediate access to streamed, educational videos.

Sun West Distance Learning Centre

P.O. Box 370
408 - 5th Avenue
Kenaston, SK S0G 2N0

 

Phone: (306) 252-1000
Fax: (306) 252-2150
Email: registrations@sunwestsd.ca