OFTP blog posts in English

For blog posts in French, see the French version of the site. They are not translations of the English posts, but rather different articles.
Pour les billets de blog en français, voir la version française du site. Ce ne sont pas des traductions, mais plutôt des articles différents.

Online summits for parents — Fall 2020

Online Summits & Conferences Fall 2020

Online Summits & Conferences of interest to homeschooling parents — Fall 2020

“Not Going Back To School” gatherings — fall 2020

“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.

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

Homeschool conferences online summer 2020

A list of some of the online homeschool conferences (webinars) happening in July and August 2020.

How does a single work-at-home mom homeschool six kids including two with special needs?

Sarah Wall interview on The HomeSchool CEO podcast

OFTP member Sarah Wall was interviewed on The HomeSchool CEO podcast, in an episode titled “Leaving Abuse and Homeschooling Six Kids as a Single Homeschool CEO.”

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

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.
Homeschool Conferences in Ontario Spring 2020

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.