Programs that provide information about different approaches families can take to home-based education; homeschooling curriculum materials; consultation regarding learning styles, monitoring and assessing students and other aspects of teaching; academic help; tutorial services, as needed; and other forms of support for parents who are homeschooling their children. Included are school districts that support homeschooling by providing parents with curriculum, textbooks and even a space to meet with other homeschool students. Some schools also allow homeschool students to enroll part time. These students can study core subjects at home, and then enroll in elective classes at a nearby public, private or charter school. There may also be options for homeschool students to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities.
Programs that provide any of a wide variety of materials that teachers and others in similar roles can use in the classroom to enhance the learning experience for children.
Programs that promote parent, family and community involvement in helping children succeed in school. Using a variety of involvement models, these programs encourage parents to support their children's schooling by working directly with their children on learning activities in the home and serving as an advocate for better education in their community. Parents are encouraged to model desirable behaviour (e.g., reading for pleasure), discuss school matters at home, arrange for appropriate study space, organize and monitor their children's time, check homework on a regular basis, tutor their children at home, help older students make postsecondary plans and select courses which support these plans, advocate for their children when required, attend school functions, discuss their children's progress with teachers, join the PTA, vote in school board elections, attend school board meetings and, where possible, volunteer to help with school activities, work in the classroom and/or take an active role in governance and decision making about school programs at the community, provincial or national level.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.