Homeschooling First-Timers’ Guide

If you have thought about homeschooling, but you aren’t sure of what, where, and how to start, then you are on the right page! 

Perhaps you were brought here because your child will enter grade school a few weeks from now, and you are thinking of enrolling him in virtual classes as ideal. 

Or you might also be here due to the intolerable bullying your child has experienced at school, and they are not getting the necessary moral and emotional support from the faculty members. 

Another reason might be your child may also be entering kindergarten. Still, you do not have many options other than nearby schools since you’re currently residing in a rural area. Well, whatever your reasons are, you are always welcome to view our suggestions and tips. 

Our main goal is to give all the resources and information you need to know what homeschooling is all about entirely. We will also help you understand how beneficial it is to your child’s academic wellbeing. 

Our resources will also help parents like you to create an efficient learning plan to maintain their child’s interest in homeschooling. If this is your first time being introduced to homeschooling, you sure ask yourself these questions:

1. Would homeschooling compromise socialization?

Well, socialization is one of the most important things to consider in your child’s academic journey. There is no questioning why socialization is essential for improving your child’s overall academic performance. After all, it enhances its communication and reasoning skills. 

It also helps your child easily fit into social groups whenever the situation requires him or her to. Socialization is a necessary skill to practice at an early age so that your child will become happy and healthy adults in the future. 

However, the question is, would you, as a parent, choose to let your kid spend five hours per day inside a classroom, staring at similar faces, four walls, the same blackboard, and the same teachers? 

Or you’d prefer to let them spend their entire day interacting with older kids, adults, and younger kinds where the classroom is not their only world? 

Homeschooling doesn’t really mean that your child will forever be stuck on a computer or tablet screen in the same dull environment. 

Yes, it can be like that if you, as a parent, won’t exert extra effort to maximize your child’s available time in doing something more purposeful and fun. 

In fact, there are also nature explorations, field trips, and tour exhibits for your child to enjoy. Simply put, only half of the homeschooling is about staring at the tablet or computer’s screen. The other half of it is living life to the fullest with their family.

Also, many homeschool students worry about compromising socializing and not being able to experience the “actual experience” at first. However, they have come to realize soon that it was never a matter of concern at all. 

Some students before even have a hard time finding enough time to stay at home and focus on their homework because of the amount of time wasted in traffic jams and long-distance travel.

2. Can I still do homeschooling even if I do not have a degree in teaching?

There are a lot of parents who feel like this at first. They feel like they don’t know how to guide their child’s academic path or create learning plans just because they are neither qualified nor skilled enough to do all of it in the first place. 

Well, you’re not alone. You can actually offer more individual attention to your child as they journey towards their academic goals. The guidance and teaching are more personalized compared to what physical classes provide. 

Parents can also walk alongside their kids as they learn together. There are plenty of homeschool parents or guardians who would like to connect or talk to you to share their personal experiences as first-timers.

3. Is it legal?

Yes, it is. It has been legal in Canada. However, every region in Canada has its set of guidelines and rules to follow. 

Simply put, even though homeschooling has already been legalized in all territories and provinces in Canada, parents still have to look into the compiled resources list that outlines every homeschooling legalities and procedures in each territory or province.

4. Is homeschooling also applicable to post-secondary education?

There are plenty of post-secondary educational institutions that accept more enrollees who are being homeschooled. 

Looking at their policies for admission, you will indeed find out that these institutions often have varying homeschooling requirements. 

Some schools even look for more homeschoolers because they acknowledge the importance of bringing homeschool students into their academic community.

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