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You know your children better than anyone and have the deepest love and concern for them. You also have the most direct and long-term responsibility for your children.

Educationally, one-to-one tutoring of a child has many advantages over the typical classroom where one teacher tries to meet the needs of many children at different learning levels.

Your example and enthusiasm in learning with your children will motivate and encourage them far more than striving to appear as if you know it all. You do not need to know everything in order to teach.

Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, conducted a nationwide study of home education in Canada involving more that 800 families with 2,800 children. He found these home educated children scored at or above the 76th percentile in all subject areas. (The national average of all conventionally schooled children is the 50th percentile.)

Dr. Ray says, "The tutorial method has always been the superior method for educating children. Homeschooling epitomizes this method, providing the essentials for success - a close relationship between the student and teacher, motivation, flexibility, and individualization."

Several resources are available to give you on-the-job training:

  • Homeschool conferences, workshops, and book fairs at local, regional, and provincial levels provide practical instruction in teaching techniques unique to home instruction. Up-to-date information on these events is a regular feature of homeschooling magazines and the RVHEA newsletter, Learning At Home. 
  • Homeschooling magazines present articles that inform, encourage, and inspire you in various principles and techniques of home teaching.
  • Provincial and local homeschool support groups can greatly encourage and help you as ideas and information are exchanged.

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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