Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
Agree together as husband and wife on your decision to homeschool.
Research home education by reading one or two basic home education books, such as Christopher Klicka's The Right Choice. Also meet and visit with more experienced homeschoolers in your church or at a local support group and make an effort to attend the RVHEA annual homeschool conference.
Contact RVHEA, to learn of local support groups, events, and publications as well as Ontario's laws governing home education.
Make arrangements to comply with the law according to your religious convictions and recommendations of RVHEA and/or HSLDA. Consider joining RVHEA and Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada to show solidarity with homeschoolers across the province and the country.
Get your home life and schedule in order by establishing discipline of your children and your use of time. Also, consider getting rid of unnecessary or little used possessions to make way for learning materials and study space.
Choose methods and teaching materials that you feel most comfortable in starting out with and that would be appropriate to the age and number of your children. If you feel overwhelmed by the choices you must make, you may want to use a prepared curriculum from a textbook, work text, or unit study publisher for your first year. It may also help to start with only one or a few subjects and add more as you go along, adjusting your pace accordingly.
Reassess and experiment with different materials and methods and make adjustments as you become more experienced with home education.
Throughout this educational process, you will, of course, want to give top priority to your children's spiritual and character development.
Homeschooling is a way of life in which the home is the centre of life and learning. Through home education, parents can experience, in a unique way, their responsibility to bring up their children by instilling strong moral and spiritual values.
FAQ Articles List
How do we get started? +
Here are some suggestions to help you get started: Agree together as husband and wife on your decision to homeschool.…Read More
What are the future trends in homeschooling? +
Mike Farris, one of North America's homeschooling pioneers predicts that the return to classical education in terms of curriculum content…Read More
What are higher education and career preparation options? +
Several institutions throughout North America have welcomed home-educated student. "Many of these schools actively recruit home-educated graduates because of their…Read More
What about children with special needs? +
Homeschooling is especially suited to children with special needs regardless of the type or severity of the disability. Many parents…Read More
What about my talented or gifted child? +
Homeschooling is also growing quickly as the educational practice of choice for parents of children who are particularly gifted or…Read More
What are some of the difficulties? +
The following are some common difficulties along with some suggested solutions. Lack of confidence. At first you may lack confidence…Read More
How can we teach several children at once? +
Subjects such as Bible, science, history, and literature can be taught to several grade levels of children together. Lessons can…Read More
How much time does it take? +
Homeschooling requires a time commitment, but not as much as you might expect. One-to-one tutoring is more efficient than classroom…Read More
What methods do homeschoolers use? +
There is no one right way to homeschool. There is no one right method or curriculum. As an artist has…Read More
What educational materials are available? +
Fine materials developed for Christian and private schools are available to home educators. With the huge growth of the homeschool…Read More
What about socialization? +
The issue of socialization is quite possibly the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling. Popular opinion assumes that children need periods…Read More
Why do families homeschool? +
Many Christian parents are committed to educating their children at home because of their conviction that this is God's will…Read More
Are parents qualified to teach their children? +
You know your children better than anyone and have the deepest love and concern for them. You also have the…Read More
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