Getting Started

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homeschool_family-2If you’re new to homeschooling, you probably have a lot of questions. We all did when we started; that’s perfectly normal.

However, once the initial excitement of the decision wears off, it can be difficult to know where or how to begin.

So, what will you need to do to get started?

Here is a step-by-step list to help take the first steps of your home education journey.

Know the New Brunswick Law and register your son/ daughter for home education

By law, home education in New Brunswick is every parent’s right. And, you don’t have to hold a teacher certification or be a college graduate to do it. There are no reporting or annual testing requirements in NB at this time. At no time should any district representatives contact you for a home visit.  If this occurs, please notify HENB at info@henb.ca and the Home School Legal Defence Association (HSLDA) immediately.

Join HENB

You’ll be connected with hundreds of home educating families across the province who’ve “been there.”  See our page on Benefits and Discounts for more info and to Apply For Membership today!

Join a Local Chapter

Joining a Local Chapter in your area is easy.  Any of the listed chapters encourages and welcomes new families to attend a few meetings and find out more about the support and resources they can provide

Attend the Annual Conference

Attending the annual HENB Conference will provide you with ample opportunities to be refreshed and learn more about home education. Through sessions, browsing the curriculum hall or talking with other home educating families, you’ll be well informed and well equipped to start on this journey.

Don’t Panic

Many first-time home educating parents feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of curriculum, class and activity options that are available. It’s easy to feel like you need to make choices quickly and come up with a plan right away so that your child doesn’t “fall behind.” However, since teaching a child at home can accomplish much more in a shorter time than a public school classroom of 25+ students you don’t actually have to be in that much of a rush.  One veteran NB home educating mom recently recommended focusing on two main subjects in your first year of home education:  Math and English.  Once you feel like you have a handle on these, you can add more subject areas in subsequent years

Do Your Research

A good place to start is to realize that no two families home educate in the exactly same way. Read blogs to find out more about home education from people who’ve written about their experiences. As you read, you will know what resonates with your personality and your child’s learning abilities. Once you see what has worked for others, it will be easier for you to choose methods and materials that are a good fit for you and your family.

View our Resources section for many articles related to home education

Check out our local Curriculum Suppliers for help with your curriculum selection

Visit our Used Curriculum Portal (accessible only to HENB members)

Register Your Intent To Home Educate

When your family is ready to start home education, be sure to pick up a form at your local school district, fill it out and return it. Once you have done that, your child is registered with the local school district and you are good to go. The reason you need to fill out that form is for the province to have a record that you take full responsibility for all education for your children.

Link for Moncton Area: http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Pages/Home-Schooling.aspx

If your children are currently in school, you can remove them and begin home educating them once you’ve registered via the above mentioned form. If your kids have never been enrolled in an institutional school you can simply continue learning at home. Just make sure you fill out the required forms.

Additional Notes

Your family’s home education experience is yours to shape, but learning from others’ experiences can help you decide how to structure — or creatively “not structure” — your child’s learning.

For any further questions you may have, check out our FAQ page. There you’ll find answers to many more questions that come up for families just starting out on their home education adventure!