Consistency is the key. Developing a regular schooling schedule and using a good curriculum will ensure that your children are staying on track. We have several options in each curriculum subject that you may purchase or borrow, but there are many other choices available out there. Attending the Home School Convention each year or asking other home schooling families what they are using will also give you other good ideas.
Although we can’t speak for other schools, Valley Christian School welcomes home schooled children each year to our classrooms, as well as other children transferring in from other schools. One of our teachers does an assessment with each new child at the beginning of the year so that we know exactly where that child is, the areas where they are above grade, where they are meeting expectations, and if there are any areas where they will need extra help. This is so that the classroom teacher has a good understanding of where the student is academically right at the beginning of the year.
Some families choose to continue home schooling throughout the Grade 10 to 12 years. With the registering option, the parent continues to be responsible for the teaching, which means that the core subjects required for the Dogwood diploma cannot be accredited by the school or the Ministry of Education. The registered student will not receive a Dogwood diploma. Before embarking on Grade 10, it is worthwhile for parent and student to re-assess the registering option. Some choose to proceed; some consider other options. We have had registered home school students who have proceeded through Grades 10 to 12 and then come back later, saying that they have changed their minds and would like credit for their courses. Regrettably, we have to say that we’re unable to do that. Their options then are to re-do the required courses through an on-line school or regular school, challenge the provincial exams and then negotiate with the post-secondary educational institute about the in-class portion of the courses, or to write an SAT exam or other equivalency testing.