As the school year wraps up, many of us parents are already looking ahead to next year. You may be thinking about how the last school year went and considering what’s best for your child for the coming year. If you are wondering how to start homeschooling your child next year, you’re in the right place.
Homeschooling is a wonderful educational option for many families and it’s continually growing in popularity. So today we have Bonnie Way, one of our contributors who is a homeschool expert, here to help you learn how to start homeschooling.
If you’re considering homeschooling your child, here’s what you need to know about it…
What Is Homeschooling?
Homeschooling is widely accepted as an educational option across Canada and the United States. Many homeschoolers choose this option for religious reasons, but homeschooling is growing in secular circles as well. Rules and regulations governing homeschooling vary from state to state and province to province. In Canada, some provinces offer funding to homeschoolers and others don’t. You’ll want to look into what support is available locally, and what requirements you need to meet.
I grew up in Alberta in the 80s and 90s, and homeschooled from grades 1 through 12. At the time, homeschooling was relatively new and unknown. My brothers and I often got strange looks when we admitted that we were homeschoolers (and thus done school for the day, rather than playing hooky).
Today, I’m a homeschool mom of five children. My oldest three daughters just completed grades 4, 3 and Kindergarten. Homeschooling is much more common, so my children get smiles and nods when they tell grocery store clerks and bank tellers that they’re homeschoolers. Many of our friends are also homeschoolers, and we are able to take advantage of homeschool classes at various venues around Vancouver. [Read More…]