“Not Back To School” gatherings have traditionally been held outside, at parks or other outdoor community spaces. This year, that open space advantage can help with holding them in spite of the pandemic, with physical distancing in mind. Here are the ones of which we’re aware.
“Not Going Back To School” gatherings — fall 2020
Homeschooling FAQ: How do I decide what approach to take?
How we approach the academic aspect of our children’s learning has an impact on their development and well-being in other dimensions of their being as well: physical, social, psychological, mental, emotional and spiritual. A number of homeschooling approaches are described on the OFTP’s webpage about teaching methods and learning philosophies. But when you’re first starting…
Summer 2020 Online Homeschool Conferences
A list of some of the online homeschool conferences (webinars) happening in July and August 2020.
“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
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…