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joeoyster
2/16/2015 00:23 EST

I'm sure there are threads on the home schooling topic in previous posts but I'm not going to waste time trying to find them (too many pages).

I'm looking to find out from parents who currently home schools there kids while living in Belize, how "effective" the online home schooling has been for them. Specifically "Canadian" parents who home school their kids (if any). Nothing against Brit or American parents at all but we all know that home school curriculums vary from country to country. I'd like to hear from home schooling parents ONLY please and not from the Belize haters who actually live elsewhere that I've been reading on here.
Thanks

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HappyMoon
2/16/2015 09:08 EST

Our children are now 15 and 13 and we have homeschooled them, in Belize. To start with we had the usual toddler books you can buy in the UK/Canada. We are British so we brought these books with us, and Canadian friends brought down ones they found in their stores too. This kept them occupied for a few hours every day and apart from that, living in an amazing place helps every moment of every day with education.

Once our son was at the age for Grade 4 (USA grade) we started to get a bit twitchy that we should be doing something else too. I had been researching for YEARS on the internet but couldn't find anything in the UK that I was confident in using for homeschool. Calvert (USA) was the only option so we ordered Grade 5 Calvert. My son had to send in a test first so they could grade him and he came out where he should have been, ready to start Grade 5. We chose the basic version as the ones where tutors mark your work were too expensive for us at the time.

Over the years my son completed Grade 5, 6 and 7. We then ordered Grade 8, the final year under Calvert. They started making noises that they were going to bring out a High School curriculum, but it wasn't moving quickly enough. Before my son even started the Grade 8 we decided to switch him to International GCSE's (IGCSE), a UK curriculum as we could not find a highly regarded USA High School homeschool that could be studied online/on paper from overseas. The 1 or 2 we did find were HUGELY expensive (see below for further comment on this). We applied to a homeschool centre in the UK (Wolsey Hall, Oxford) and again, they asked my son to take a test in maths and English. In English he acheived a 95% pass! They advised us to start our son on his IGCSE's right then because "what are you going to teach him in the next year?" We did move him onto IGCSE's which he took after ONE year (should take 2 years) and his grades in the official exams were A*, A*, A, A.
Since then he went on last year to achieve another 3 A*, 4 A and 1 B (in Additional Maths).

Calvert provides a good solid grouding and is better than the Caribbean studies taken here in Belize schools.

One important thing to note is that I understand, last time I checked, that the curriculum studied in Belize schools is NOT accepted within the USA as a "High School" graduation pass. You will want to do your own research on this because those little babies and toddlers you have now will grow up fast on the good living down in Belize and before you know it, you will be thinking of college, University or just going to work and if they return to the USA you don't want to have them at a disadvantage due to the decisions you make now!

I am confident that Calvert, known as a "Private school in a Box" is the best homeschool system to use, and is ideal for Belize as it comes with EVERYTHING, you don't have to run around trying to find this or that, some of which you cannot find in Belize, it is all provided.

The Canadian books that my friends bought down when my children were younger were excellent (I don't have them anymore) and an be bought in the usual stores in Canada. They were fun and my son coped well with swopping between materials from the UK, Canada and the USA.

My younger son is presently using Calvert. For him I must admit I wish we had purchased Grade 4 to start with as he could have done with more help on spelling and his writing, but for earlier years you really can do it yourself!

Hope this helps.

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joeoyster
2/16/2015 21:45 EST

Thank you for the information. That was helpful. My children are also 15 and 13 (grade 10 and 8 in Canada). I researched home school curriculums in Canada and there are a few but they as well seem pricey. My goal is to provide my children the ability to live elsewhere, open their minds to cultural thinking and hopefully learn Spanish in the interim. But the necessity to have a recognized homeschool curriculum that is recognized by any post secondary institute is what is most important to me.
Thanks again!

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thesims
2/17/2015 17:52 EST

We're a Canadian homeschooling family looking to relocate to Belize in a year or two. My children are 16, 13 and 2. I homeschooled the older ones for about ten years.

Many post secondary institutions accept homeschooled students. In some instances it can be beneficial. Homeschoolers can be more independent and creative than their peers. Your child's experience in another country and learning a second language will likely be an asset. I would add volunteering as well. These things will set them apart from other applicants.

For my own children we used Math-U-See (great program that focuses on mastery, comes with detailed lesson plans and teaching videos, and marking books.) For the other subjects we had an eclectic approach. I never did find an English program I was completely happy with.

Keep in mind, you don't have to duplicate school at home. You need to find what works for your family. We were pretty laid back about it... we only did "school" in the mornings, learned about whatever interested us, by whatever means were available, etc.

This year my middle child entered school for the first time (grade 8.) She is doing wonderfully, has fantastic marks, her teachers love her, etc. Her older sister is working and will be starting a college course online very soon.

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shassett
2/4/2017 14:35 EST

Hello There. We are looking at relocating to Belize in the next few months for work for my husband. We are from Canada, and I currently homeschool my children. How easy is it to do this in Belize?
Can anyone tell me if you have moved from a different country to Belize? How are you liking it? Any information would be so helpful for our family. Our children are 8 and 10.

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shassett
2/4/2017 14:36 EST

Hello there.
Did you relocate to Belize? If so, how do you like it? How do your children like it? Are you still homeschooling? Sorry for all my questions, before we make the decision to move there just want to hear from some families who have made the move. I truly appreciate your time.

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toddwinston
2/4/2017 16:35 EST

…. I think all you home schoolers should get together and open a school in Belize. We have a vacation house in Corozal; and toy with the idea of pulling the girls from school in Canada for one year. The idea so far is a combination of home school and tutors.
I have heard there are some decent private schools, but none in Corozal.
Don't know if private school would be more affordable in Belize.

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BelizeExpat
2/4/2017 20:15 EST

I moved with 2 teenagers 13 years ago, and they attended the local schools the first year. Then the following year, home schooled. The system we used was very good- and they had plenty of friends to visit with on the weekends!

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Kenubelizeit
2/5/2017 09:41 EST

There is a lot of expats who homeschool and if u need more information there is a Facebook page group called Belize Home Schoolers ?

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Ndgirl13
2/28/2017 23:14 EST

I agree!! I'm 41 with a 2 yr old. I've been in love with belize for the last 20 yrs. One of the only thing holding me back is her education. I'm so up in the air....any info would help!!

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Ndgirl13
2/28/2017 23:16 EST

Hi, it sounds like we r in the same boat. My fiance & I are ready 2 move. We have a 2 yr old. Just looking 4 the best for her and well...all of us!

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EnduringWords
3/1/2017 04:58 EST

If you originate from the U.S. there is a great alternative. WWW.ivca.net

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tarantulaspun
4/5/2019 23:01 EST

I plan to move to Belize in hopefully 2021 at the latest and will be homeschooling two children. It will be through the ontario curriculum. I homeschooled three children already to high school in the past and two have gone though college and university no problems.
The ontario school board gives the requirements online for each grade. As for high school we did an online program and they did their exams witnessed by their youth pastor at the time.
It is not difficult to get printout materials online and various other educational materials.

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