Posts tagged Home Rules

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

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School Health Support Services Phase 2

The August 2000 issue of Home Rules published an article on the extension of school health support services by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to independent and home school children. Phase 1 of that initiative took effect in September, 2000. Children taught at home and those in independent schools finally have the

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Math in a Spider Web?

Math,” (Yikes!)… For some of us, this simple word sends a shiver up our spine as those long ago tormented years in math classes come back in a wave of consciousness so strong we can still smell the musty text books and #2 pencils. As parents we desire to help our children learn and understand

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Extended School Health Services for Homeschoolers – report of problems

In the August 2000 issue of Home Rules, it was reported by Albert Lubberts, President of OFTP, that School Health Support Services would be extended to all independent schools as well as home educated school aged children in the province. This new initiative came into effect on September 2000. The services covered are: occupational therapy,

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TV or Not TV? That Is the Question

Recently there was a discussion regarding TV on the homeschool-ca list [Web Editor’s Note: probably actually the hs-ca list — the homeschool-ca list is now used for administration of the www.flora.org/homeschool-ca website]. The question of whether children should watch TV or not was posted to the OFTP email list as well. Here are some responses:

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Extended School Health Services for Homeschoolers

On December 16, 1999 Elizabeth Witmer, the Minister of Health & Long Term Care (MOHLTC) announced the government’s commitment to provide School Health Support Services to all independent school and home educated school aged children in the province. This new initiative will come into effect in September, 2000. The expected cost to start up this

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Homeschooling and Citizenship

A summary of the research report “Homeschooling and the Redefinition of Citizenship” by Bruce Arai. Bruce Arai teaches courses in research methods, statistics, and the sociology of work at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests include homeschooling, educational assessment, and economic sociology, particularly self-employment. Professor Arai is also the author of a study entitled “”Changes

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Educating the School Board

The following letter was sent by a home schooling parent, Fred Joblin, to his local school board.  This letter was one of several communications back and forth that Mr. Joblin had with the superintendent of the Near North Board of Education as well as the school attendance counsellor. Apparently, the Near North Board of Education

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1999 – Ministry of Education Meetings Update

Talks with the Ministry of Education resumed on October 4th in Hamilton. In attendance were Jim Sebastian, Provincial School Attendance Counselor (PSAC), Pierce Thomas, president of the Ontario Association of Counseling and Attendance Services (OACAS), Glen Purcell, Scarborough attendance counselor, Des Brennan, attendance counselor from the Hamilton-Wentworth school board, Jack Barbibeau, Director from Home Schooling

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Changes in Parents’ Motivation to Home Educate

The following is a summary of a 21-page research paper by Bruce Arai, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. The paper is entitled “”Ideologues””, ““Pedagogues”” and “”Mainstreamers””: Changes in Parents’’ Motivations for Homeschooling”. This paper is currently under review for publication by a scholarly journal. [Web Editor’s Note: this likely refers to this

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