Home-School Hurdles

The Montreal Gazette
Saturday, May 27, 2011

MONTREAL - Christine Gauthier is a home-schooling mom in rural Val des Monts in the Outaouais, but she is anything but isolated.

She and her five kids, ages four to 18, are heavily involved in the region’s home-schooling support group, which has 180 families.

“Home-schooling is growing exponentially,” says Gauthier, a non-practising lawyer.

The families have near-daily get-togethers at each other’s houses for educational and social activities, including workshops on history, geography, theatre and tai chi. They also organize “school field trips” to apple orchards, museums and the science fair. They even hold their own Olympiads.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it,” Gauthier says.

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