WARNING: This article explains the new homeschooling regulation in general and gives suggestions for fulfilling your legal obligations. This is not a legal opinion nor is it legal advice. For information specific to your situation, consult a lawyer. This article does not replace the content of the official guide mentioned in section 459.5.1 of the Education Act, which will be developed by the Minister and will be released no later than July 1, 2019. See AQED’s strategy.
Your learning project must be submitted to the Minister by September 30th.
Heads up! A learning project is not the same as the teaching or educational plans required by certain school boards before Bill 144. The change in terminology is significant. For example, when talking about a travel project, it is just a short general explanation of what you will do: “We will go to Greece and we will visit the islands!” Travel plans are much more detailed: “We are getting on Air Canada flight 144 on the 5th, at 1 PM. We land in Athens and are staying at the Hilton on…” Parents can still elaborate teaching plans for their own use, but our conversations with the Ministry tell us that this is not what they are looking for. Use your time to enrich your child’s learning experience and not for paperwork. Write projects, not plans!
|Template of our learning project||Example of learning project|
You can download the template of our learning project and use it for your child.
You can download our sample learning project and modify it for your child.
You will find more examples in our members-only section.
You can upload your learning project directly onto the MEES's secure server by following this link:
http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/.../suppor.../homeschooling/ (you can access it via the main portal, and click on the link under "document(s)" in the column on the right hand side.)
You can also choose to send in your learning project via snail mail or email :
Direction de l’enseignement à la maison
Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
600, rue Fullum, 11e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2K 4L1
Email : dem [at] education.gouv.qc.ca
Drawing up the Learning Project (see example below)
Article 5 of the regulation describes which information is required in the learning project. Below are some more detailed explanations and our interpretation. See example 2.1 in the AQED suggestions guide.
According to the regulation, your learning project must include the following information:
1. Identification of the child
First name and last name,withdrawal date and last level of educational services received from an education establishment
If your child ever went to school, add this information. Otherwise, write "Not applicable".
Permanent code: See the written notice for an explanation.
2. A description of the education approach selected
If you do not know yet which approach better suits your child or if you prefer an eclectic approach, you could write something like: “We will adapt our education approach throughout the year, based on the needs of our child and inspired by various pedagogies.” You could also list the approaches that you are interested in and mention that it is not a complete list.
For further information on the different pedagogical approaches and for examples of wording you could use in your learning project, visit the members-only section of AQED’s website (available fall 2018).
3. Evaluation Methods
Indicate the evaluation method(s) you have chosen among the 5 options proposed in article 15 of the regulations (see Evaluations).
You can always try to write something like “We would like to know the evaluation methods offered by our local school board before making a choice” and see if the government will accept it.
4. Approximate plan of the time to be allocated to the learning activities
If, like many homeschooling families, you do not have a calendar or specific planning per subject area, you could give an approximate time for the whole learning time (all subject areas taken together).
Your project must be implemented by September 30th. If you do a lot of activities during the summer, you could, for example, indicate that you started implementing your project in June or that your project covers the period from June to June. NB: According to the regulation, that means you should submit your status report by November, at the latest.
5. Organization(s) (and contact details) that will contribute to the child’s learning (if applicable)
Indicate the names and contact detail of organizations contributing to the child’s learning as well as a description of the content they will be contributing.
If many organizations contribute to your project, you could add this information by adding a column to the “Activities and Resources“ section of your project. See the AQED website for more examples.
You do not have to include information about individuals that contribute to the child’s learning.
If an activity is not necessary for the minimum required by the law, you should not have to mention that organization (for example, part-time participation in a community centre.)
Please note that most support groups are not legally considered organizations, so you do not need to mention those.
6. Brief description of education activities and the resources that will be used for:
- - the language of instruction and the second language, one in French and the other in English, depending on the choice of parents;
- - a subject belonging to each of the following learning domains selected from the compulsory subjects that are taught during the cycle in which you located the child:
- 1. Mathematics, science and technology
- 2. Social universe
- - other knowledge and skills for which the acquisition is intended.
We believe that these can all be grouped in one section.Heads up! To facilitate reporting and avoid the need to document changes, we suggest that you
- - Include only the subject (for each learning area) you are sure to explore during the year
- - Avoid indicating a specific grade
- - Give a list of examples rather than naming resources or specific textbooks
For each learning area, you can list the skills and knowledge you aim for, in one or two lines, and briefly describe activities and resources. (Include the fact that you are using textbooks and workbooks, if applicable).
You can also choose knowledge and skills not related to any subject or learning area, for example: teamwork, critical thinking, independence, etc.
What do I do if I there are problems with my learning project?
According to the regulations, if the Ministry finds that your learning project does not meet the requirements, they will send you written recommendations to help you correct your project. You can use them as a guide and propose other solutions as well. You have 30 days to submit a new learning project.
Don't hesitate to ask AQED for help if you need it!