Schools in Manitoba

Homeschooling - Planning and Reporting

When planning for homeschooling, parents must demonstrate how their educational programming is equivalent to that of a public school. The four subject areas required are Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Physical education, music, art, religious studies, languages, career development and/or other subjects may be included.

Planning the Program Outline

When developing a program of studies and setting learning goals, consider each child's interests, skills, and abilities. Providing a wide range of resources encourages student engagement in learning.

Parents may choose to use Manitoba-developed curricula; however, there is no requirement to do so. Visit the Resources for Teaching and Learning webpage for educational programming resources. Varieties of print and online resources are available to support homeschool programs.

Homeschooling Liaison Officers are available to assist homeschooling parents with planning a program of studies. Contact the Homeschooling Office for more information.

Educational Approach

Parents may consider program delivery options such as hiring tutors, naming a main instructor other than the parents (such as a grandparent), and part-time enrollment in a public or independent school, as mutually agreed to by the school and family. A homeschooling family wishing to integrate their programming with that of a school should contact a school principal as early as possible.

Parents may consider a child-centered, structured or blended approach to learning. Parents using a child-centred approach determine their child's interests and then plan the program outline. This program outline contains educational resources, activities and materials and is included on the Student Notification Form. In a structured approach, parents use pre-packaged programs/curricula featuring lesson-by-lesson instruction in a print or online format. A blended approach combines elements of both the child-centered and the structured approaches.

When to Notify for Homeschooling

Parents who homeschooled their children in the previous school year and plan to continue for the upcoming school year, must notify the Homeschooling Office by September 1 of each school year. Parents new to homeschooling or withdrawing their child from school must notify the Homeschooling Office within 30 days of establishing their homeschool.

Program Adjustments

Parents may make adjustments to their homeschooling program during the school year according to the needs and progress of their child.  Parents are encouraged to submit program plan changes to the Homeschooling Office.


An important part of effective instruction is evaluating and documenting a child's progress through observation and work samples, as well as using assessment tools. A portfolio containing samples of a child's work may be used to record and show growth over time.

Best reporting practices include documenting what a child is doing well, what they are struggling with, what needs improvement, and next steps in programming. Parents using structured programming can note the units completed. Changes made to program outlines or student resources after submitting Student Notification Forms should be noted in the progress reports.

Notification forms and progress reports submitted to the Homeschooling Office are student records and may be used when pursuing future studies.

Homeschooling Videos

To learn more about homeschooling in Manitoba, please watch the following short and helpful videos. Though references are made to the past PDF version of forms, the information provides direction on how to complete the current online and paper forms.

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Welcome to Homeschooling Video – This video provides general information about homeschooling in Manitoba.
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Homeschooling Program Outline – This video explains how to complete a Student Notification Form and plan a Program Outline.
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Homeschooling Progress Reports – This video explains how to complete January and June Progress Reports.

Guideline Documents for Homeschooling

These documents provide direction on how to complete the current online and paper forms.

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 363 KB)
Grade 8 Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF Document 363 KB)
Grade 11 Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF Document 362 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 339 KB)
January, Grade 8 (Adobe PDF Document 349 KB)
January, Grade 11 (Adobe PDF Document 338 KB)

June, Grade 2 (Adobe PDF Document390 KB)
June, Grade 8 (Adobe PDF Document 322 KB)
June, Grade 11 (Adobe PDF Document 364 KB)