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Is it different province to province ? If so, which seems to be the easiest one?
|Are there towns, with a farmers market during some part of the year ? If so,
what towns offer this ? And for how many months ?
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
Midwifery student , Mama to my 4 amazing kids.
Ministries of Education are provincial bodies, so I believe there are differences between provinces. I can only answer for British Columbia since that is the only province I've lived in.
Here are the laws regarding homeschooling in BC. Despite the "legalese" I believe BC is one of the easiest and most supportive places in the world to homeschool. At least in North American I know it is!
In this province there are a lot of local homelearning organizations. I know this because in our recent search for a new place to live in BC I researched several regions and found homelearners in pretty much all of them. In general, the bigger the town the bigger the group but that can vary (some towns are "crunchier" than others and then tend to have a greater proportion of homeschoolers). Just Google the town or region you are interested in plus "homelearners" and you're bound to find links to websites. Some also use Yahoo Groups so you should search there.
An additional option for homelearners is enrollment with a Distributed Learning program. By enrolling with a DL you get more funding, access to teachers, resources, etc. Some programs are very "schoolish" with assignments, report cards, and curricula. While your child is not technically considered a homeschooler, some of these programs are specifically designed for, and very supportive of, homelearning.
The one we are in (www.selfdesign.org) is totally child-led learning and very supportive of unschooling and enthusiasm-based learning. I'd say it is the best program if you lean towards that sort of homeschooling style and want the most freedom you can get. We get $1100/year for our grade-school daughter and half that amount for our kindergarten aged son. We can spend this on virtually anything related to their learning. I send in weekly reports for her (biweekly for him) which are about a page written in journal format describing what you did that week (its very informal and discussion of personal growth, etc is encouraged - it's not all "first we did a chapter of math, then we read a book..."). A BC-certified teacher with special training (called a Learning Consultant) is assigned to your child (you get to choose which one) and they can remain with your child for the duration of their education if you so choose (ours has been with us 3 years now).
Because DL's are funded by the ministry there are certain requirements. French or some second language is expected to begin in the middle years (flexibility depends on the program) and the Foundation Skills Assessements (standardized tests) are administered for learners in grades 4 and 9 (in our program you can opt out but are strongly encouraged to take them).
Pretty much every town (at least in the southern half of BC) has farmer's markets. Some all year round.
Here's a good site for you:
BC Homelearners Association
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this site will answer all your homeschooling questions for alberta. let me just say that i have been homeschooling for 10 years and have never had an issue with anything in alberta. you do have to register with a homeschooling board in alberta, but there are some wonderful, supportive, non-interventive homeschooling boards to choose from in alberta.
it is very easy to register with a board ... choose a board, get the form, and send it in you do need to submit a plan at the beginning of the year (easy) and meet with a facilitator from the board twice a year. we also receive funding, about $730 per child per school year if you register traditional.
well i live in an insanely small town of 2300 so there is no such thing as a planetarium here we have a small public library but in alberta the library system is great ~ you have access to all resources in all alberta libraries, including post-secondary institutions through an online database. it's great! depending where you live, you may or may not have access to public school resources, however, you will probably find you really don't need the resources available through the public schools.
alberta is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig province, so homeschooling groups depend on where you live. we don't have one here, but there is a large number of families homeschooling in my area.
yes, we have a farmer's market, and they are all over alberta
the growing season is fairly short here, so although the markets may be open year round, of course you won't have access to fresh produce all year.
let me know if you have any more questions ...
oh, i just wanted to add that in alberta, no testing of any kind is required if you choose not to, and no second language is required.
I'm sorry you lost your original post
Thank you for your help & info.
So, I'm assuming its not hard to find organic products?
From what month to what month can you find fresh produce at the farmers markets?
Do you have a Trader Joe's and or Whole Foods available, or something like it?
What do you all spend on food, approx. weekly, monthly, how many adults &
how many children, to get an idea on a budget...
Midwifery student , Mama to my 4 amazing kids.