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.

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

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.”

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

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

“Do we have to homeschool French?”

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?

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

Solidarity with Quebec Homeschoolers

The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents stands in solidarity with homeschooling families in Quebec in opposition to the proposed changes to the regulation of home education in that province. Here is the letter we sent to the Quebec Minister of Education: https://ontariohomeschool.org/OFTP-letter-Quebec.pdf

May is Homeschooling Awareness Month

May is Homeschooling Awareness Month!