Five Things You Should Know About Homeschooling In Canada
Home learning is becoming increasingly popular with the fear around covid-19. Many families making the switch, have no idea what there options are or where to start. Making the switch for the first time can feel very overwhelming and it’s very easy to be “bullied” into doing things unnecessarily harder than it needs to be.
Before we jump in, I just want to say, the district “crisis homeschooling” of the 2020 pandemic is NOT a glimpse into true home learning!
5 Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling: Laws and Facts!
1. Every province is different in its regulations
Find your province below for more information on how to get started in your area! Each province has different rules and procedures. We have also included provincial-specific curriculum and resources for each area.
2. Home-educated students do not receive high school diplomas
The school board will determine your child’s grade level if they return to the public school system. (This varies per province and style of home learning chosen). Many Post-secondary schools will accept a homeschool student on an individual basis.
3. Homeschooling is NOT just for religious groups
There is a large movement moving rapidly from being faith-based to more mainstream.
4. Our homeschooling community is huge!
There are many support groups and online Facebook groups/co-ops that you can get involved in. Search your town/region online or on Facebook (or start your own!)
5. Some can challenge your decision to homeschool your children
YES, people can and some even do call child services on families that do not send their children to a brick and mortar education institute! Though home learning is increasing in popularity thanks to the 2020 pandemic, there are still MANY styles of home learning and there’s always that possibility of someone thinking they know better.
Legal protection and insurance
The Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA Canada) is a national not-for-profit organization. This appears to be a more prevalent concern in Ontario however, they are an advocate to support and protect homeschooling families in Canada. You can become a member for a small fee and they are with you every step of the way. The money you pay goes towards management and lawyer fees, as they will help you if you ever get into a legal battle over homeschooling your children.
Once you become a member they will send you details on your province, support groups in your area, what you need to do.