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.
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Home Education Memoirs: A Personal Biography of Our Journey – Part I

Our research about preschool: When our eldest, Leigh, was a toddler there was much talk about nursery schools, preschool programs and Four Year Old Kindergarten which was the school issue of the early 80’s. Though we had already chosen many alternatives as far as birthing and diet we were pretty steeped in the idea of

Dehumanizing Effects of Standardized Testing

Few people consider standardized tests to be the powerful teaching instruments they are, nor do parents consider the possible impact of tests on their children. Most homeschoolers who have their children tested find the tests to be merely a source of academic feedback or a simple way to notify the state that the children are

Home-Schooled Students Face Hurdles to Higher Education

Historical Archive - This article describes the situation in 2002 concerning university admissions of homeschooled students. Since that time, the OFTP's Post-Secondary Admissions Project has resulted in more universities and colleges establishing homeschooler admissions policies.

University registrars in Ontario and a federation of parents who teach their children at home are beginning talks about how to admit home-schooled students to Ontario universities. There aren’’t any formal guidelines for dealing with home-schooled students, and universities have trouble slotting them into the system because they are such a varied group. “”It’’s a

How to Measure Home School Education

Are you making the right choice? I have been a home educating parent for a number of years. We have only one child who is now a teenager. Except for a brief experience at public school in grades two and three, he has received the majority of his education here at home. I will admit

Fraser Institute Study on Home Schooling

Home schooling is an effective alternative to the public school system The Fraser Institute issued a press release on October 9 [2001] summarizing their study entitled, “Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream”. Here are some quotes from Claudia Hepburn, director of education policy at the Institute: In the past decade, home schooling has

How Do Homeschooling Parents Know Their Children Are Learning?

The assumption that homeschooling parents somehow lack awareness of their children’’s progress, and therefore require formal evaluation of that progress, is related to the fact that homeschoolers function beyond the arena of the schools, and our philosophies and methods are not always well-understood. How do homeschooling parents know their children are learning? The answer to

Good News!! School Health Support Services Update

2018 Update: CCACs have since been discontinued. School Health Support Services (SHSS) are now provided through Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

There has been a positive change in the service delivery model for School Health Support Services. The service delivery model for SHSS is now the same as it is for the Personal Support initiative. This means that the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will still assess children for eligibility and determine the type and level

Ten Things I Wish I Had Known About Homeschooling

The Top 10 Okay, here are the top 10 things that I wish I had known about homeschooling–it’s just that some of it is difficult to believe until you have lived it. 1)  Homeschooling is addictive.  Once you start, it’s difficult to stop. 2)  Most learning goals will be reached even if you teach nothing. 

University Entrance Letter exchange

There has been a great deal of discussion recently around the issue of Ontario universities admitting homeschooled applicants. Shelley Welchner, who started the OFTP Universities Project, recently sent me a couple of thoughtful questions about this and I thought other people might have an interest in these issues. Below is her question and my response

Schooling ~ The Many-Sided Sphere

“Nobody that can think should ever be forced into a situation that bores them.”-Anon. Since I started homeschooling (about 2 1/2 years ago now), I’ve felt more often happy than sad or stressed in any way. I’ve gotten enough sleep (which none of my schooling friends have), and I’ve been able to pursue things that