Schools in Manitoba

Homeschooling Notification Package

Parents who choose to homeschool their children must notify Manitoba Education 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 2020-2021 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.

2021-2022 Letter to Homeschooling Parents (Adobe PDF Document 38 KB)

2021-2022 Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF Document 149 KB)

January 2022 Progress Report (Adobe PDF Document 344 KB)

June 2022 Progress Report (Adobe PDF Document 349 KB)

2021-2022 Full Homeschooling Notification Package (Adobe PDF Document 524 KB)

June 2021 Progress Report (Adobe PDF Document 308 KB)


Homeschooling Videos

Please watch the following videos to learn more about homeschooling in Manitoba. These short videos provide important and helpful information.

Guideline Documents for Homeschooling

Welcoming to Homeschooling Guide ( 325 KB) - Please refer to this guide for general information about homeschooling in Manitoba.

Homeschooling Guidelines for Program Outline ( 541 KB) - Please refer to this guide for information on how to prepare a Program Outline and submit a Student Notification Form.

Homeschooling Guidelines for Reporting ( 701 KB) - Please refer to this guide for information on how to prepare January and June Progress Reports.


Planning the Program Outline

There are a range of resources available to assist homeschooling parents with planning a program of studies for their child:

  • homeschool organizations
  • other homeschooling parents
  • homeschool curricula suppliers
  • print and online learning resources for homeschooling parents
  • Manitoba Homeschooling Liaisons

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 (Adobe PDF Document 161 KB) 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:

  1. Language Arts: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Other: Examples; physical education, music, religious studies, languages, art, career development and/or others

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.

Program adjustments throughout the school year

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.

Other Program Resources

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:

  • Hiring tutors to assist with the academic instruction of their child
  • Shared educational activities and field trips with other homeschooling families
  • Lessons for arts education (e.g. music lessons) or physical education (e.g. swimming lessons)
  • Organized sports (e.g. soccer) or children/youth groups
  • Part-time enrollment in a public or independent school

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.

Curriculum Options for Homeschooling

Parents may choose to follow different curriculum options or combine them to create a unique program. Some options include:

  1. Child-Centred Instruction

    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 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 accesss rescources from the Online Resources for Manitoba Educators and/or purchase resources from the Manitoba Learning Resources Centre.

  2. Structured Curricula

    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.

  3. Provincial Aligned Curricula: Online Learning

    InformNet, Manitoba’s accredited online high school, offers Grades 9-12 courses for credit.

  4. Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre

    The Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre has been designed to offer system-wide support for remote learning for Kindergarten to Grade 8. Students and families that have registered for homeschooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic have access to the following supports:

    Certified Teacher Learning Support

    Parents/caregivers who are providing homeschooling may request support from a Homeschool Connector (a certified teacher). The Homeschool Connector, along with educational assistants, will support homeschooled students and families by offering learning resources and providing regular check-ins.

    Parents/guardians of homeschooled students can request support from Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre teachers by visiting the Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre website or by email at inquiries@mbremotelearning.ca.

    Learning Resources

    The Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre portal includes a repository of learning resources that are easily accessible and designed to support learning at home.

    Students, independently or with parent/caregiver support (depending on child’s age and ability), can complete the learning resources offered. The material is grade-specific and focuses on the curriculum areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Homeschooled students will remain as notified homeschool students with the Homeschooling Office of Manitoba Education.

    The centre also links to the Manitoba Education My Learning at Home webpage that contains additional information on learning at home.

    Mental Health and Wellness Resources

    The Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre also provides mental health and wellness resources and support to students and families engaged in remote learning.

Sample Student Notification Forms and Program Outlines

The Student Notification Form includes the Program Outline where a parent describes the planned programming for each subject area of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The parent provides a detailed plan which includes the learning goals for each child, the topics that will be covered and the learning resources that will be used.

Grade 2 Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF Document 119 KB)
Grade 8 Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF Document 119 KB)
Grade 11 Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF Document 118 KB)

Sample Progress Reports

Homeschooling parents are encouraged to provide detailed comments on their child’s progress reports. Best reporting practices include what a child is doing well and what needs improvement. Detailed reporting ensures a complete academic record. These reports may support future enrolment in school or application to a post-secondary institution.

January, Grade 2 (Adobe PDF Document 331 KB)
January, Grade 8 (Adobe PDF Document 349 KB)
January, Grade 11 (Adobe PDF Document 333 KB)

June, Grade 2 (Adobe PDF Document 1.73 MB)
June, Grade 8 (Adobe PDF Document 322 KB)
June, Grade 11 (Adobe PDF Document 1.73 MB)