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We’ve heard from permies who like the idea of homeschooling, but think it may be too expensive to pay both private tuition and mandatory property taxes for a public school they don’t use. Here is our list of free homeschool resources, spanning pre-school to college, to reduce your costs to zero:
In addition to the academic resources listed above, the Kiwanis Club provides low-cost physical education, at http://www.kboysandgirlsclub.com/index.html.
If you want to align your homeschool curriculum with what the public schools are covering, see the Ontario Ministry of Education’s elementary and secondary curricula here: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/. If you withdraw your child from school in Hamilton, you must file a Letter of Intent to Home School with David Hoy, Manager of Social Work Services at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, every September and keep your excusal letter on file. This precaution will allow your child to obtain free distance education from the Independent Learning Centre in Toronto for high school. It’s best not to register your child for a trial run at kindergarten, if you think you may end up homeschooling later. If you experience difficulty with Youth Protective Services because of your choice to homeschool, you may want to join the Home School Legal Defence Association.
In 2001, there were 95,000 homeschooled students in Canada and 2 million in the U.S.A. The growth rate of homeschooling is 7% to 15% per year. Distance education is obviously the wave of the future. Most homeschooled students test a couple of grades ahead of their former public school peers, so do not hesitate to make the change to homeschooling. We listed just a few freebies above. Many more are being developed at time of writing. It is possible to tailor a high-quality curriculum to your child’s needs at no cost or very low cost. Your child may be able to write CLEP challenge exams and qualify for two years of advanced standing at a college. Many Canadian homeschool grads opt to study on-line at Athabasca University. Homeschooling a child in grade school or high school does not preclude entry into higher education.