Home Education Facts
Updated: Jul 26, 2020
Home educated children absolutely can go to post-secondary colleges and universities. Section 6 of the Home Education regulations ensure students can apply for credits to earn a high school diploma.
Post-secondary schools do not know whether applicants are home educated or school students because there are no indications of study methods on the government transcript.
All the major universities across Canada do not require a high school diploma for entrance. Applicants need only to apply with 5 grade 12 subjects: math, English, Social Studies, Science and 1 option. Three of these courses are stand alone and can be taken by anyone without pre-requisites.
Any student can write the grade 12 diploma exams without taking any courses or pre-requisites at age 19, and the exam mark stands for 100% of the final course mark.
Online courses fall under the category of distance education and is school. They are not home education.
Online courses only work for a limited number of students. They do not work for kinesthetic learners.
Home educated children can learn three dimensionally and kinesthetically through experiences, field trips, travel, play, books, board games, videos, and hands-on activities. The education experience comes alive so the learning sticks in long-term memory. Many children do not learn through two dimensional online delivery.
Home educated children do not have to write any exams, but may if they want to. In fact, even school students don't have to write the PATs.
Home education takes a tenth of the time children spend in school. Compare the time it takes to host a formal dinner party for twenty people versus heating a microwave dinner for two. Both relieve hunger but one takes much more planning and delivery for a large number.
90% of parents have the content expertise to teach their children (or answer their questions) up to a Grade 8 level without teacher's manuals.
We aim to help parents regain their confidence that they had when home educating their babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Everyone home educates their child until age 5 and most everyone can keep doing so.
Until high school, literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy (arithmetic and math)are the most important skills to learn. Most children self-teach reading, writing and math just as most children learn to walk and talk on their own. All children are born curious and never stop learning. Even when school stops.
By age 13, most students surpass their parents in current academic knowledge and can continue home education through high school via self-study, co-ops or with occasional tutor help. Parents do not have to teach. They choose home education in order to continue the general contracting of their child's education using a variety of resources.
Home education is the only program where parents can outsource any of their child's education as they see fit. Parents do not have to teach.
Parents are the ultimate decision-makers.
Home education children do not have to learn the 1400 outcomes per grade of the official Alberta Programs of Study. Many of these outcomes overlap between subjects are repeat. Home education students can follow their interests and learn what they want in order to meet the 22 outcomes of home education by age 20. If they choose to write the grade 12 diploma exams, they can study the grade 12 course (the only grade the exams test).
Home educated children meet and socialize with a greater diversity of people and friends in the community than school children who are age-graded. Home educated children meet friends in the neighborhood, through sports, lessons, field trips, facebook group arranged activities, church, and community activities such as Girl Guides, 4H, Triathalon, etc.
Bullying is almost rare in home education because of the adult-child ratio. Bullying is a form of toxic stress that can impair the development of childhood brain architecture.
Home educated children own their education and do not need to be "entertained" or "kept occupied." This skill is the beginning of independent learning that is valuable for post-secondary success.
Evidence shows that the earlier and longer children spend time in formal education (16 years when pre-school begins at age 2), the less likely they will be to go on to post-secondary schools.
Schools provide a structured learning environment where the emphasis is on student learning, rather than teacher-teaching.
Parents can easily provide the same or superior structured learning environment at home and out in the community.
Home education students are borderless and can learn from any resource, any where, any time, any place and any way. In fact, children are never not learning.
This information was taken from the following link: http://albertahomeschooling.ca/index.html