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 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.