The homeschooling department at TLPK was established in 2017 with one student and reached its full size by the end of 2021. It now provides a well-structured homeschooling experience for approximately 150 families. The language of operation at TLPK is Estonian.
– a supportive community, including a monthly support group meeting for home schooling parents, a closed Facebook group, mailing list, traditional homeschoolers’ autumn day in Tartu, regular gatherings and study trips for homeschoolers;
– supervised co-learning days and support for parent-initiated co-learning;
– advice and services of homeschooling coordinators and support specialists;
– ready-made form for drafting the individual curriculum;
– counseling on setting up, organizing and enhancing the homeschooling experience;
– instructions for compiling and submitting the portfolio;
– interviews and summative assessment once in a half-year;
– assistance in evaluating the achievement of learning goals, and planning for the next half-year.
Additional service (for a monthly fee) includes:
– list of weekly or monthly activities compatible with national learning objectives;
– monthly supervision for parents;
– recommendations for individualisation of learning activities;
– recommendations for the involvement of support professionals or private teachers.
Evaluation of homeschoolers in Estonia:
According to Estonian legislation, the school is required to monitor the achievement of national learning objectives. At TLPK, this is done via the development discussion and summative assessment interview once in a half-year where the homeschoolers present their study portfolio which includes:
– physical learning materials (exercise books, workbooks, training or nutrition or other diaries, handicraft, works of art, etc.);
– learning materials in digital environments (eg tasks done and recorded in digital textbooks, training or nutrition or other journals, app statistics in smart devices);
– text, photo, video, audio or other files illustrating some of the learning objectives (art and craft projects can also be photographed, musical activities recorded into audio or video files, etc.);
– lists of books, films, tv-programmes, series, etc;
– links to websites, videos, video channels, etc;
– weekly tasks uploaded in the online environments (for families who have chosen this option).
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