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There are several ways you can connect with others in the community of home
based learners across Canada:
To find support more locally, visit the relevant provincial pages from the
To find support more internationally, visit our page of links.
Organizations and support groups
You can find provincial home based education organizations and local support
groups in the provincial sections. For Canada-wide support, join one of the
e-lists or yahoogroups listed below.
Association of Canadian Home Based Education (ACHBE)
The Association of Canadian Home Based Education (ACHBE) is currently inactive.
It may be revived if enough interest is sparked and enough volunteers step
forward from the different provinces to make it happen. If you'd like to be
actively involved, contact Marian at homeschool-ca@
(add flora.org to complete the email address).
Home School Legal Defence Association (HSLDA)
Web site: hslda.ca
HSLDA is a Christian, nonprofit advocacy organization established to protect
family freedoms and to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents
to direct the education of their children. Supported by a legal team and run
by "an active board of directors, all of whom are homeschooling fathers
who give guidance and direction to the organization," HSLDA provides
annual memberships to homeschooling families which entitle them to receive
legal support at no extra charge should they need it in the course of exercising
their homeschooling rights. You do not have to be Christian to belong, but
you do have to agree to "use an organized curriculum and a clearly recognizable
program of education to instruct [your] children." HSLDA has been active
in fighting against certain policies of the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child and in defending parental use of "reasonable corrective
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New as of Fall 2007. If you're looking for the chatroom format for connecting
with other homeschooling parents across Canada, this is your chance: this
is the first Canadian HBL chatroom we've heard about since we stopped hosting
the one we had here a few years ago. Share information and support about home
based learning, educational resources and more. They also have message boards.
E-lists and Yahoo! Groups
Living is learning. This list is the place for chatting about anything and
everything! Join us to share ideas and information with other Canadian home
To join the list, send a request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This list is for Canadian unschoolers who believe in child-led/natural learning.
It is a list for unschoolers certain of their choice, and also for those who
are learning to let go of school-at-home and let their children lead the way.
This list is not for those wanting questions answered about what unschooling,
natural learning, or child-led learning is -- there are better forums for
those questions to be answered. This list is also not for those who use the
word unschooling, yet apply other than child-directed learning attitudes.
To join the list, send a request by email to Unschooling_Canadaemail@example.com
A group for Canadian Military Homeschooling Families. A place to build up,
encourage, help, give advice, receive advice, and ask questions. Canadian
Military Homeschooling Families welcomes families of all homeschooling styles,
faiths and ethnicities. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Canadian_Military_homeschool/
This is a forum created to encourage dialogue about the transition of Canadian
homeschooled students into post-secondary education. We invite home
educating families and anyone with an interest in broadening our understanding
of the admissions process in Canada to join and share their knowledge and
experience. This list is sponsored by the Ontario
Federation of Teaching Parents and is part of our ongoing investigation
into this issue.
To join the list, send a request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(formerly HS Atheist Canada)
This group is for Canadian homeschooling parents who are atheists, agnostics,
or who otherwise don't believe in god(s) or subscribe to a religion (or UFO
religion). We encourage discussion on any topic, including the arts, philosophy,
science, history, politics and current events. We maintain a database to help
members find secular curricula.
For Canadian parents who are either using the Calvert
Home Study Curriculum, or thinking about doing it. On this forum, you may
find out more about Calvert, get tips on practically any aspect of using Calvert
with your children, ask questions, as well as share your expertise and fellowship
with other Canadian Calvert users.
Un groupe pour les franco-canadiens qui enseignent à
leurs enfants à la maison. Ce groupe se veut un lieu de soutien en
ligne pour tous les parents enseignants francophones (ou bilingues faisant
l'immersion à la maison), sans exclusion selon les méthodes
ni selon qu'on soit ou non religieux. L'école à la maison, ou
l'école à domicile, ("homeschooling"), n'est pas nécessairement
un enseignement comme à l'école, quoique ça peut l'être.
Ça peut aussi être un apprentissage bien plus libre et individualisé
comme dans l'approche "unschooling". Toutes les approches sont les
bienvenues. Le but du groupe est d'avoir des discussions, des échanges
d'idées et de renseignements sur les légalités et les
ressources éducatives en français, et aussi une occasion de
se faire des amies/amis en ligne et d'organiser des groupes de soutien régionaux
pour les rencontres et activités en personne. La participation dans
ce groupe nécessite une attitude tolérante envers nos différences,
et une manière respectueuse de s'exprimer. Rejoignez-nous et contribuez
au développement d'un réseau amical bien relié pour la
communauté francophone des parents enseignant à la maison au
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New as of August 2008. Forum started by an Ontario homeschool teen for homeschoolers
and homeschool graduates. Be aware that it is very restricted and restrictive:
only open to Protestant Christians who believe in the five solas and the existence
of absolute truth, and is only for "serious adult conversations about
theological issues," not for chatting.
New as of March 2008. "The Homeschooling Freethinkers site and discussion
forums serve the international community of homeschoolers whose worldview
is free of supernatural and mystical elements."
New as of 2007. This site offers an online forum for homeschooling parents
across Canada to share information and support about home based learning,
educational resources and more. They also have a chatroom.
A message board for homeschooling parents across Canada
Le forum FEM (Forum d'école-maison) se veut un lieu convivial d'échange pour
les parents qui font l'éducation à la maison. Ce forum francophone prend racine
au Québec et vise à échanger sur notre vie quotidienne de parents- éducateurs
et renseigner les parents qui veulent débuter cette belle aventure. En vous
enregistrant, vous accèderez à une panoplie de ressources. Alors n'hésitez
pas et joignez-vous à nous! ecolemaison.forumactif.com
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