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.

FAQ: What are some of the benefits of homeschooling?

Different approaches to homeschooling offer different benefits to some degree, but there are also major benefits that all approaches share in common. Parental choice The freedom to choose their homeschooling approach in the first place allows parents to avail themselves of the specific homeschooling benefits they want, based on their own values and philosophies of

An Opinion on Education Vouchers and Tax Credits

Dear Home Rules, I really enjoyed the March issue of Home Rules, especially the articles detailing contacts with the government, and what their view of deschoolers, homeschoolers, and independent schools are. I would like to comment on the now-fashionable notion of education vouchers and tax credits for homeschoolers, referred to in the March issue (page

New Study of Homeschool Adults

Article on a New Study of Homeschool Adults, written by Keith Middleton and published in the February 2004 issue of Home Rules, the newsletter of the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents.

Testing Your Children

Many homeschooling parents are concerned as to whether or not their children are working at the same grade level as their “public schooled” counterparts and want to know where and how they can have their children tested. If you are concerned about how your homeschooled children are doing academically – or are just curious –

Buying Club + Homeschooling = Many Educational Experiences

This article was originally printed in the Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) newsletter, “Food For Thought”, June 2002, Issue No. 35. ONFC is a wholesale distributor of natural and organic foods and other products. Parents of homeschooled children are always seeking ways to provide educational experiences for their children. I have found that operating a

Informal Learning

In 1998 The National Research Network on New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) at OISE/UT conducted the first Canadian survey on informal learning of 1500 Canadian adults. The research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The purpose of NALL was to identify the extent of adult learning, the existence

A Reflection on my Internship Experience with OFTP

All students going through the Teacher Education Program at the University of Toronto must complete an internship in order to graduate. From the beginning of the year I knew that I wanted to do an internship that involved the topic of homeschooling. Even before we had children my husband and I seriously thought about the