The Association of Christian Parent-Educators of Quebec (ACPEQ) is a bilingual, non-profit Christian organization whose goal is to inform, support and encourage families who have chosen to teach their children at home, or who are considering this option. ACPEQ strives to support parents in their responsibility as educators, to help them to equip their children so that they can flourish in life, excelling in the use of their gifts and talents, and thus make a difference in their community. […]
"When we started home-school, we first had to learn how to live with our families again. There was a period of adjustment, but now we have a much more united family. This way of life allows us to accompany each of our children according to their own rhythm and way of learning, because each child is unique. We now have quality time and a much healthier pace of life. Above all, I have learned that learning is not just a matter of having your nose in a book, but also in the daily routine of life".
"What I enjoy most about homeschooling is watching my children blossom and grow like a beautiful garden that produces fruit in abundance! There is nothing more rewarding for me to see that our efforts and love are producing tangible results and transforming our children on a daily basis. Life at home with several children is a real mini-society, where we learn to help each other, to develop our talents and qualities, to forgive each other, to take our place. And despite the difficulties and the sometimes complicated path, there is a lot of joy and happiness in being together every day!"
"Choosing to homeschool is not choosing the easy way out. It is choosing to test and maintain the parent-child connection, it is choosing to grow up alongside our children, it is choosing to redo one's own education, it is choosing to go to the foot of the cross daily to ask for God's grace, wisdom and patience. Going alone in this project is unthinkable. We need God's support and the accompaniment of parents who have already lived through it to de-dramatize and defuse more difficult situations. It is still the best decision we have ever made. "
"We made the choice to keep our children at home to have the privilege of watching them grow at their own pace every day. To be able to marvel at all the potential that God has given them and to have a more natural, relaxed family rhythm. When you begin the adventure of homeschooling, it's like starting a new job. The first months are unsettling and demanding. We must give ourselves time to get used to our new tasks and our new reality before we become comfortable and more confident."
"For us, homeschooling is the joy of seeing our children develop their talents, their passions; and at home, it is music, art, crafts, computers. What has been very beneficial for us is to be able to adapt to our children's learning styles and pace. With children who are not too intellectual, but rather artistic and manual, and who have some learning difficulties, it is necessary to adapt, to be patient, not to be afraid to occasionally leave aside academic subjects and let their talents emerge. We were able to experience this.
I believe that homeschooling has allowed us, as a family, to simply BE: OURSELVES."
Homeschooling is simply replicating the school system in our homes, right? Absolutely not! It is much more than that! At ACPEQ, we believe that homeschooling is a call to transform small everyday moments into educational experiences that are true to each family's worldview. Whether it's learning fractions by baking cookies or delving into the history of a country on an immersive family trip, this lifestyle choice offers children a unique and creative learning opportunity that satisfies their passions and needs. Basic math, reading and writing skills are taught in an atmosphere that strengthens family bonds. Parents can become even more involved in their children's character and personal skill development, while balancing their job schedules with the rhythm of their homeschool. Relationships are deepened and problems are solved together. In short, homeschooling is a way of life.
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