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Homeschooling in the Hills

Help for those thinking about keeping their child home this fall

By Stuart Benson

When the province announced in June that students preschool to Grade 9 would be heading back to class in September in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Stephanie Sewell began to notice an uptick in interest in homeschooling children.

“Every time I check in on one of the homeschooling Facebook groups, there's another three or four people who are newbies,” Sewell said. “There’s definitely a lot of interest.”

Sewell, who is the conductor and founder of the Chelsea Youth Choir, coordinated the Chelsea Homeschooling Co-op, and chaired the Board of Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning, consults and coaches families seeking guidance and support for their child’s education, including strategies for success in homeschooling.

"The most important thing, I believe, is the notion of de-schooling,” Sewell said. “This is the term I use t