Parents who choose to homeschool their children must notify Manitoba Education and Training of their intent by completing and signing a Student Notification Form for each child. The name, date of birth, grade level, the school or school division the child would otherwise attend, and an outline of the education program are required. Parents must also submit Progress Reports in January and June. Student Notification Forms and Progress Reports are to be submitted annually for each child.
The 2016-17 Homeschooling Notification Package is available below. You may open the link and print the forms or contact the Homeschooling Office to have the package mailed to you. Please contact the Homeschooling Office for any further information.
January 2017 Progress Report ( 40 KB)
June 2017 Progress Report ( 61 KB)
There are a range of resources available to assist homeschooling parents with planning a program of studies for their child:
A variety of print and online resources are available to support homeschool programs. When developing a program of studies and setting learning goals, consider your child's interests, skills, and abilities. Providing varied program resources encourages student engagement in learning. When considering online education, it is recommended online programs be balanced with print and activity-based resources.
Homeschooling parents may consider using an assessment tool to determine what grade/level to start a homeschooling program with their child. There is no specific assessment that allows homeschoolers to assess their child's' progress in detail against the Manitoba curriculum. However, there are a number of online tools that may be used to provide information regarding your child's current academic standing, and determine appropriate grade/level placement. For information about the topics studied in each subject and grade level in the Manitoba curriculum and how students are assessed, visit the My Child in School website.
Your child's program of studies is to be described in the Program Outline section of the Student Notification Form which must be completed annually for each child and submitted to the Homeschooling Office by September 1st or 30 days after establishing your homeschool.
The following subject areas are required in the Program Outline:
At the elementary level, Language Arts and Mathematics are to be studied throughout the school year. Science and Social Studies may be studied on a term/semester basis. At the secondary level, consider your child's future goals and career aspirations when developing the Program Outline.
Homeschooling parents may make program adjustments to their homeschooling program during the school year according to the needs and progress of their child, as long as the program changes are consistent with the written plan that has been submitted to the Homeschooling Office. Homeschooling parents are encouraged to submit program plan changes to the Homeschooling Office for notation in their family file.
Homeschooling parents are to provide instruction and resources so that each child is able to achieve the broad learning goals of the annual Program Outline, appropriate for his or her age and ability. Parents may consider other program resources such as:
Homeschooling families may access their local catchment area public school or any funded independent (private) school on a part-time basis where the school agrees to the joint undertaking of an educational arrangement for a student. The local public school or private school is not obliged to enter into an arrangement with a homeschooling family for a part-time shared educational arrangement, but may choose to do so at the discretion of the school board. A homeschooling family wishing to integrate their programming with that of a school should contact their local or private school principal as early as possible.
Parents may choose to follow one of three different options or combine these options to create a unique program:
Print, non-print or online materials are used to plan a child-centred curriculum. The curriculum is also supplemented with a variety of personal experiences and activities that occur at appropriate times during the child’s education.
Parents who choose this method may use the Manitoba Education and Training Curriculum Documents. Homeschooling families are welcome to access these documents when planning the homeschool program. These documents are of assistance in determining outcomes/content areas.
Approved Homeschooling families may also borrow resources from the Manitoba Education and Training Library and/or purchase resources from the Manitoba Learning Resources Centre (formerly the Manitoba Textbook Bureau).
Most of these programs are laid out lesson by lesson in a print or online format.
Print – Textbooks and workbooks are available for the various school subjects. Students read the assigned chapter in the textbook with workbooks activities/assignments. Some programs offer external marking services while others do not.
Online – Text based material that may be interactive. Assignments and course work are done online.
A variety of faith-based and secular structured curricula are available from Manitoba, Canadian and American suppliers.
Grades 1-8 courses are available through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). Parents may purchase and register directly for courses provided by the ADLC after notifying the Manitoba Homeschooling Office. The ADLC provides print based or online distance learning programming with marking and learning support provided by teachers. For help with your registration or if you need more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-780-674-5333 ext. 5360 or toll-free 1-866-774-5333, ext. 5360.
Grades 9-12 Manitoba Independent Study Option (ISO) courses provide the opportunity and flexibility for school-age learners to study a wide range of compulsory and optional print based distance education courses. Learners complete courses independently and at their own pace while having some access to a tutor/marker via email or phone. Parents may purchase and register students for ISO courses with the Distance Learning Unit after notifying the Manitoba Homeschooling Office. The Distance Learning Unit issues the high school credit to distance learners who successfully complete an ISO course. The Distance Learning Unit may also issue diplomas to distance learners who successfully complete Manitoba graduation requirements.
Parents may choose to follow one of three different options or combine these options to create a unique homeschooling program. The Program Outline describes program of studies and the planned learning goals for each child, and should detail the resources to be used.
The following samples are provided in response to requests for clarification on preparing and submitting the program outline. The titles listed in the samples are not intended as an endorsement of these resources.
Homeschooling parents are encouraged to provide detailed comments on their child’s January and June Progress Reports. This will ensure the child has a comprehensive academic record which you and/or your child may use in the future for enrolment in a public, independent school or application to a post-secondary institution.