Homeschooling in Brazil

Hello everyone,

Homeschooling your children as an expat in Brazil will definitely come with its load of challenges. Here is a special call to parents who are already homeschooling their children or who plan on doing so to share any information they might have.

Should you opt for homeschooling, is it legal in Brazil ? Do you require to register your child or do you need any kind of permission / exemption from the authorities ?  If it is not legal, what alternative option/s do you have ?

How do you go about getting all the necessary educational resources (books, syllabus, notes etc…) to pursue your children’s education in Brazil ? Does it depend on the curriculum ?

What do you add in your homeschooling techniques to help educate your child that might not be offered or available in traditional schooling ?

How do you socialise homeschooled children in Brazil by providing them opportunities to interact with other children ?

If you have any interest in homeschooling, could you please share your views on the pros and cons ?

Thank you for sharing your experience,
Bhavna

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Hello everyone,

Homeschooling your children as an expat in Brazil will definitely come with its load of challenges. Here is a special call to parents who are already homeschooling their children or who plan on doing so to share any information they might have.

Should you opt for homeschooling, is it legal in Brazil ? Do you require to register your child or do you need any kind of permission / exemption from the authorities ?  If it is not legal, what alternative option/s do you have ?

I don´t have children in Brazil but I´m involved in sending 2 children to school. So I would like to share my opinions:
I wouldn´t opt for home schooling because of the workload and dedication involved.
The Supreme court (STF) still considers home schooling as illegal per Article 6 of the
Constitution. But since there´s no active legislation yet by the new Bolsonaro administration, anyone who has the intention to do homeschooling should ask a judicial judge of their district for permission.

How do you go about getting all the necessary educational resources (books, syllabus, notes etc…) to pursue your children’s education in Brazil ? Does it depend on the curriculum ?

There are book stores that sell all the necessary supplies for a particular school depending on the level. You can copy the curriculum of any school you so desire and just buy the complete kit.

What do you add in your homeschooling techniques to help educate your child that might not be offered or available in traditional schooling ? I would put more emphasis on math, science and entrepreneurship.

How do you socialise homeschooled children in Brazil by providing them opportunities to interact with other children ? That´s easy. I also would emphasize languages (at least
4 during the years) and enroll them at language schools where other children are. Sports I would also include and enroll them at sports activities to play with other children.

If you have any interest in homeschooling, could you please share your views on the pros and cons ?

Pros:
1. You can control the amount of stress they are otherwise subjected to in public schools. Bullies are eliminated.
2. More dedication to learning and family cohesiveness.
3. More maturity awareness as they are thought to clean the instruction room, prepare their didactic
materials and act independently depending on situations.

Cons:
1. Children abuse can´t be easily monitored for public reprimand.
2. You reinforce the idea of public educational neglect by responsible govt agency.
3. You also reinforce the idea that teachers are not educated sufficiently to do the job
competently.
4. It´s possible that isolated children won´t develop social adeptness like the ones exposed to public every single day.

robal

Thank you for sharing your experience,
Bhavna

So true Doc

Hi guys,
I was in Brazil from July 2007 through March 2010 with my whole family.  I enrolled my children at a private school at first, and they quickly picked up Portuguese, but I was not happy with the quality.  I searched and found an academy in the US that specialized in home schooling.
My wife became the facilitator and my children did well, so well that when they returned to the US my youngest had just finished 6th grade but, after being tested by the school, he was placed in the second semester of the 8th grade.  At the end of the school year he had the highest grade in his class.
As for socializing, became member of a club and also had my kids going to karate lessons.  They still maintain many of the friends they made in Brazil.
Someone told me that it was illegal to home school my kids, but I never asked permission nor was I ever challenged.
Happy Thanksgiving all.

Eat some pie for us

I will, Tex, while thinking of you guys

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