What does membership with OCHEC do for me?
- Maintains a network of support group references to aid starting home schoolers, or people moving to a different part of the province
- Hosts a provincial convention held each year to encourage home educators and bring vendors and educators together.
- Qualifies you for a discount on HSLDA (Home School Legal Defence Association Canada) membership.
- Publishes a quarterly newsletter providing up-to-date information on home education news for your area, nationally, and internationally, as well as information on conferences, conventions and other home education related events in the province, plus informative articles written by home educators for home educators (available in paper copy or in PDF format by email).
- Maintains a province-wide network with a telephone/email chain ready to lobby the government on home education issues, should this be required.
What does membership with OCHEC do for my support group?
OCHEC can provide:
- Speakers for support group meetings.
- Leadership training for group leaders.
- Chapter Leaders kit, helpful tools for group leaders.
- Connection with other home schooling groups and individuals in the province.
- Regular email updates on current issues, events or concerns for home schooling families.
- Increase in your group's membership by referring inquiries in your area to the group leader (with permission to release the contact information).
How do I find a support group in my area?
What does the law state concerning home schooling in Ontario?
Does the home educating parent need any teaching qualifications?
Will my child need to be tested by anyone?
Do I need to tell anyone that I am home schooling?
What about home schooling for high school?
What about socialization?
My children are still quite young. How can I be preparing myself for home schooling?
- Check our Recommended Reading List and choose one or two of these "basics" books. Some are available in your public library. Most are available through Amazon.com or from many of our Canadian curriculum suppliers.
- Get connected with a support group in your area and learn from others how they've done it.
- Attend the OCHEC convention in the spring to hear several excellent speakers addressing inspirational, practical and informative topics. Here you will also be able to see many curriculum vendors displaying a wide range of teaching materials.
- Consider joining OCHEC. You will receive our newsletter four times a year, keeping you informed and educated about home schooling, particularly here in Ontario.
What are some benefits of home education?
- Parents can maintain and enjoy the position of primary influence in the developing lives of their children.
- Home provides a safer environment with fewer distractions.
- Curriculum and pace of learning can be geared to the individual child.
- The negative effects of peer pressure are minimized in an age-integrated setting.
- More time spent with children results in closer relationships.
- One-on-one tutoring has many advantages over the typical classroom where one teacher tries to meet the needs of many children at differing learning levels.
- Age integration as opposed to age segregation better prepares the child for life in the "real world".
- Flexibility and economy of time - It takes less time to get the work done at home than in a typical classroom resulting in greater flexibility in scheduling.
- Many opportunities for character development and the passing on of the parents' faith and values are realized.
- Parents, especially the primary educating parent, benefit from continued learning as they teach subjects they may not have delved into in their own education.