Life Learning - Canadian Home-Based Learning Resources

 

A Short History of The Homeschool Movement in Canada

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About This Website

This source of information about home-based learning in Canada is owned by Life Media, a 40+-year-old Canadian independent media and publishing company. Read more about Life Media.)

The co-founder and editor is Wendy Priesnitz, who organized the Canadian homeschooling movement in the 1970s with the launch of the Canadian Alliance of Homeschoolers, the first national home-based learning advocacy organization. She subsequently inspired and/or helped launch provincial advocacy and  support groups across the country. She is the mother of two home-educated daughters (born in 1972 and 1973) who lived and learned in a self-directed manner, which is now called life learning or unschooling. She is also the author of what is believed to be the first home-based learning research in Canada (conducted in the early 1980s), has written a number of books and hundreds of articles on the subject and edits Life Learning Magazine, which she founded in 2002. She also edits Natural Life Magazine, which she and her husband Rolf founded in 1976 in order to work at home while facilitating the home-based education of their two daughters, and two others. (Read more about Wendy Priesnitz.)

This website primarily uses the term "life learning" to refer to children's education that takes place outside of schools. The terms "homeschooling," "home-based learning," "unschooling," "deschooling," "autonomous learning," and others are also sometimes used to refer to this type of learning lifestyle. (Read more about terminology.)

We believe that,  no matter the label that one uses, there are no specific rules or sets of parameters that relate to the homeschooling experience. Other than meeting specific legal requirements (which vary by jurisdiction and, sometimes by interpretation), families are free to create the optimum learning experience for themselves and their children, which is one of the joys of the home-based learning experience. (Read more about legalities.)

We recognize that home-educating families have a wide variety of philosophies, beliefs systems and political stances. However, we believe that the foundation of home-based learning is that children  can and should be in control of their own learning - as they are when they learn to walk and talk - because that is the only way real learning happens. We believe that children are natural learners, and can be trusted with decisions that our culture often deems not to be within their capabilities. We believe  in children's rights and we do not believe in coercion. (Read more about natural learning.) However, we also believe that parents have an important role in their children's education, one that involves guidance, inspiration, facilitation, trust, and respect.

We do not offer legal advice to families who are dealing with school authorities. We have attempted to provide links to pertinent sections of provincial/territorial government websites and, where available, to home-based learning organizations who may be able to help with legalities.

The site will always be a work in progress, so bookmark it and return often. And please contact us if you know of Canadian home-based learning resources and provincial groups and websites that are not listed here.  

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