“Homeschooling” during school closures (is it, though?)

With Ontario schools being closed as part of the effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (OFTP) has been receiving some new types of questions about homeschooling. Some parents are asking about how to switch to homeschooling for the long term, regardless of whatever measures the government

Switching to Home-Based Learning in the Teen Years in Ontario

When parents start considering homeschooling a child who is already in middle school or high school after years of school attendance, it’s usually because of difficulties the teen is experiencing in school. There could be any number of issues: struggling to keep up academically experiencing bullying or discrimination experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression or a

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) workshop: Understanding and Helping Behaviourly Challenging Kids

Two-day advanced training workshop by Dr Ross Greene, author of best sellers The Explosive Child and Lost at School. For parents/care-givers/foster parents and/or extended family raising a child who is experiencing challenging behaviours, as well as for professionals providing care, education, or services for such children. MAY 13-14, 2020 London, Ontario Western University Somerville House

Spring 2020 Home Education Conferences and Curriculum Fairs

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the measures taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, some or all of the following conferences and curriculum fairs may be canceled. Please double check with the hosts themselves.

Dates, locations, and registration links for the Homeschool Conferences happening in Ontario in Spring 2020.

OFTP session at the 2020 Canadian Online Homeschool Conference

The 2020 Canadian Online Homeschool Conference is happening Feb 5-11, 2020. Speaking on behalf of the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents, Marian Buchanan’s Feb.7 session is called Homeschooling in Ontario: How it Works and How to Get Started.

The Most Important Thing Your Child Should Know About Math

In a study at Columbia and Stanford (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, and Dweck, 2007), researchers looked at the math performance of students in seventh grade, divided into two groups: an intervention group and a control group. Both groups received some enriching academic activities, as well as some instruction in study skills. So one might assume that both

“How do I homeschool my 3 year old?” (or any child under age 7)

Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about how to homeschool a preschool child. It makes me wonder if there’s been a rise in social pressures that make parents think that their own natural parenting is somehow inadequate, that they have to ‘get down to business’ as soon as possible, and that what that

Holiday Gift-Giving? Give a gift made by an OFTP Member!

Letting you know early so there’s time for shipping: We have some talented people in the OFTP membership! Check out what some of our members have on offer for gift-giving this holiday season! Browse by artist: Wendy Elizabeth Hart – Freeschoolin’ Author, Illustrator Marian Buchanan – Artist Or skip to a product: children’s book by

“Do we have to homeschool French?”

Information valid for Ontario at the time of publication – October 2018 Short answer: no. Longer answer: there are good reasons to learn French (some to do with social advantages, others to do with brain development), and certain things to be aware of when a child or youth enters the school system after a time

“Can we homeschool part-time?”

Information valid for Ontario at the time of publication – August 2019 It’s not uncommon for Ontario parents who are considering homeschooling to ask us the question: “Can we homeschool part-time?” But in order to provide the relevant information, first we need to know whether it’s about homeschooling for a portion of the day (or