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Homeschooling resources Alberta Education and Home Education Regulations

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Find A Supervising School Authority



School Board Comparison Chart At-A-Glance-Updated


board comparison

School Board Contact Website List


School Boards Accepting Mid-Year Students Contact List 2020-2021


Unverified Supervising School Board List from Alberta Education 2020-2021





Forms



Home Education Supervised Notification Form


NONF - Home Education Notification Only, No Funding, No Supervision Form


How to Fill Out The Supervised Notification Form


Sample Home Education Plan General Template





Reference Documents



Alberta Education Online Learning Guides for Families and School Authorities 2019


Alberta Education Home Education Reimbursement Standards 2020


Home Education Regulations Written in Lay Person's Language


Government Home Education Handbook 2010 (Very outdated and overly complicated)


Home Education Regulations 2019


Government Funding Manual 2020-2021


Alberta Education Guide To Education 2020-2021


Government Education Act Proclaimed Dec 2019


Each student receives a minimum of $850.00 per year in reimbursement funding for their home education program as below:

Home Education Funding Reimbursement Rules


As per Alberta Education's directive, no student receives any funding or benefit on a school program as below:

Teacher-Directed, On-line, Paper-based Funding Rules


teacher-directed funding

PCE - Home education is a distinction of "authority" and not "location"





Alberta Programs of Study (APS Outcomes) Curriculum Summaries



Guidelines only - you do not have to follow these


Kindergarten


Grade 1


Grade 2


Grade 3


Grade 4


Grade 5


Grade 6


Grade 7


Grade 8


Grade 9


More Details on Each Grade and Subject


Curriculum Outcomes for Home Educators Grades K-12 that want to do their own programming


Please see the High School Page for High school course outcomes





Alberta Programs of Study (APS Outcomes) Full Targets




Grade 1-Entire APS Outcomes


Grade 2-Entire APS Outcomes


Grade 3-Entire APS Outcomes


Kindergarten-Entire APS Outcomes


English Language Arts K-9 Entire APS Outcomes


Math K-9 Entire APS Outcomes


Science K-6 Entire APS Outcomes


Social Studies K-6 Entire APS Outcomes





Sample Home Education Plan Templates



These plans are presented to give you an idea of how to plan your child's education year. You may follow the 1400 APS outcomes per grade as per the curriculum summaries above, or you may choose to follow the 22 Home Education SOLO outcomes as presented below.


Kindergarten Sample Education Plan - Just for ideas


Grade 1 Sample Education Plan


Grade 2 Sample Education Plan


Grade 3 Sample Education Plan


Grade 4 Sample Education Plan


Grade 5 Sample Education Plan


Grade 6 Sample Education Plan


Grade 7 Sample Education Plan


Grade 8 Sample Education Plan


Grade 8 Shared Responsibility Sample Education Plan


Grade 9 Sample Education Plan


Please see the High School page for Grade 10 to 12 plans





Activities and Events (see also Support Groups)



Join the main Alberta Homeschooling facebook group for tips, field trips and support


SHINE Society for the Homeschool Network of Edmonton


Calgary and Area Activities and Events Group


Edmonton and Area Activities and Events Group


Jim McGinn's Calgary Homeschooling Resources Site





Consultants



Robyn Robertson's Podcasts with Alberta Homeschooling Experts


Home Learning Connections, Elizabeth Grace, Calgary. Tutoring, essay marking, diploma prep, learning strategist.


Professional Parenting and Education, Judy Arnall, Calgary, Unschooling, High School Self-Design for Diploma Education consulting and Planning.


Natural Capacity Counseling, Donna Vanderlip, BC. Learning strategist and education consulting.


The Inspired Teacher, Tara Fry, Calgary. Tutoring, essay marking, diploma prep.


Line Vallieres French Classes for Children and Adults Calgary





Tutors



Tutors List





Exam Proctors



Exam Proctors List





Freelance Co-op Teachers



Co-op Freelance Teachers for Hire





Home Education Supportive Medical Professionals



Medical Professionals





Store Discounts



Current List of Store Discounts






How-To Homeschool Alberta Books/Webinars



Happy Homeschooling Handbook - Alberta Edition 2020-2021 Year

Alberta Happy Homeschooling Handbook

Considering homeschooling your child? Yes, you can! This 100+ page book contains everything you need to homeschool in Alberta.

Credible information, regulations, responsibilities, how-to, tips and a whole lot of encouragement. You got this!

"An incredible, helpful resource! My husband loved it."- A Happy Reader

NEW! Includes a package of either grade 1-9 sample learning plans or grade 10-12 course proposal/summary templates

All net proceeds go to the Alberta Homeschooling Association to cover costs and keep our membership free!

See Inside the Table of Contents

"I would encourage it as "required reading" for all families new to homeschooling. It was so amazingly informative and answers 99% of the questions that pop up on this site. Very well written, the best $22 I've spent in a long time! Everyone even considering homeschooling should own a copy." - Homeschooling Parent

Print Book $21.95 plus $6.00 shipping



Unschooling To University Book - An Alberta Guide to Self-Directed Education

link to Judy Arnall unschooling-to-university

Buy From Amazon U.S.

Buy From Amazon Canada

While Amazon is not shipping during the COVID-19 virus, order direct from the publishing company below:

Send $35.00 CDN e-transfer to author and get a signed copy and free shipping.

Buy Unschooling To University From the Publisher



Homeschooling High School in Alberta Webinar 2020-2021

Need more detailed help and consultation?

Wondering how to home school your high school aged child? Your child can take on-line courses, classroom courses, or do Parent/self-designed high school or even a combo of the three and still acquire a diploma. This session is not sponsored by any school authority. Register for the 90 minute webinar recording and find out everything you need to know! Presented by Judy Arnall, Homeschool parent of 4 High school graduates/Scholarship recipients and 3 who have graduated university.

This detailed session is not sponsored by any school board so we can have a frank discussion. It is provided by Professional Parenting.

Fee: $29.95 plus GST, includes 90 minute recording, course proposals and summaries, and live consultation.


Homeschooling High School

Topics covered are:

  • The future of education
  • How high school works in Alberta
  • Choices in homeschooling high school
  • How to do Parent/self designed high school course by course
  • Course descriptions
  • What is university like and what is the real scoop on homeschooling acceptance?
  • Special needs in high school
  • Brain development and motivation
  • How to access resources for Parent/self designed courses




Free Alberta Education Grade-Specific Curriculum



Purchase curriculum if you are going to use it. Many unschoolers do not use prescribed curriculum. A library card and internet access is all you really need to start the homeschooling year until you discover how your child learns best (through workbooks, or hands-on kits, videos, field trips, etc.) Many children, especially in the younger grades dislike workbooks and textbooks, but if you need to purchase them, be sure to check with your school board first because they can order them for you with a discount applied.


The Giant List of Online Resources and Activities


There are no grades 1-3 in ADLC and Solaro resources because those grades are primarily focussed on children-learning-to-read, so that children can read-to-learn in grades 4 to 9. In the classroom, teachers have little choice but to teach kids through textbooks and workbooks because they have to deliver content to a large number of children. At home, you don't have to use workbooks and textbooks, because you are only teaching a small number of children. You can use hands-on activities, fun games and movies. If your child is in grades 1-3, you can spend the time at home cuddled up and reading with them. Let them learn through play activities. A variety of books is available at the local library. In addition to reading a varity of books, you can help your child with math concepts by baking, cooking, and discussing how counting works. Check out the "Curriculum Summaries" under the website tab of Resources to know what your child will cover in Math and English Language Arts in grades 1-3.


Here are some easy-to-read targets so you can customize activities:


Grade 1-Entire APS Outcomes


Grade 2-Entire APS Outcomes


Grade 3-Entire APS Outcomes



Free materials for each grade and subject is available on Learn Alberta. These are student resources.

Learn Alberta Free K-12 curriculum - Go to the T4T Tab


Alberta Distance-Education Free Gr 4-9 Curriculum Preview/Review Teaching Modules


Sign up at the Calgary or Edmonton Public Library and get access to SOLARO - Online free Alberta Education courses for grades 3-12 through the Public Library System


SOLARO Alberta Education Grades 3-12 Curriculum Teaching Modules


Here is Alberta Education's suggested reading list for grades 4 to 12. Many titles are available through Kindle, Kobo and other e-book distributors. In high schools, children read 1 novel a year. Homeschoolers read 10-50 novels a year because they have the time. Reading leads to enrichment of language skills and insight needed for English Language Arts and Social Studies.


Alberta Education Grade 4-12 Recommended Reading List per grade.


The Key, and SNAP workbooks are excellent overviews of the concepts required in Alberta High School Courses.

The KeysSNAP workbooks


For free math and science videos on every topic possible, visit Kahnacademy.org. Homeschoolers best-kept secret!

Kahn Academy Math and Science Free Videos


There are also many ways to learn math without a workbook through hands-on activities. Here are some suggestions

Fun ways to learn math grades 1-8 without a workbook


If you need more paper curriculum, there are several great workbooks available at Costco, Chapters and Scholars Choice.





World Wide Curriculum



Giant List of Online Free Activities


Free tutoring help in math, science and more from Kahnacademy organization


Homeschool Buyers Co-op


Canadian Homeschooling Purchase Facebook Group


CHER Canadian Home Education Resources


Secular Alberta Homeschooling Curriculum Sale


Tools For Schools


Kids Source


Math-U-See Canada


Education Station, Edmonton


Kids Books 4 Less


Scholars Choice


Mastermind Toys and Educational Items


Wintergreen Learning Materials


Science Is


Western Campus Resources - Alberta Education High School Textbooks


Spectrum Educational Supplies


Goodheart-Wilcox GW Publishers


Drawn To Books


Nelson Canada Textbooks


Pearson Canada Textbooks


Scholastic Education


HSC Learning Resources


Jump Math


Learning Adventures Toys and Games


Boreal Science





Educational Services



Line Vallieres French Classes for Children and Adults Calgary


Classes to Teach Children Entrepreneurial Skills


Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta


dancED Movement Project


Quest Theatre


Trickster Theatre


Puppet Tree House


Young Engineers


Voices Into Action


Imagination Academy (Art)


WorldStrides Educational Travel and Experiences


Rooney and Punyi Productions


YMCA Youth Exchanges


Theatre Alberta


Money Mentors


CFEE - Canadian Foundation for Economic Education





Alberta Education Resource Departments



Alberta Education Government Homeschooling Phone 780-427-6272


Richard Arnold, Finance and Reimbursements


Daylene Lauman, Online, Paper-based and Teacher-Directed Distance Education Programs


Paul Lamoureux, Field Services Director


Nicole Williams, Chief of Staff


Andre Corbould, Deputy Education Minister


Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Education Minister





Webinars Recorded



Please click on the Support tab here





Conferences



Canadian Home Education Online Conference

National Home Education Conference - September 2019


Inspired Calgary - September 2019


Wisdom High School Conference - November 2019


Canadian Free Online Homeschool Conference - February 2020


Western Canadian Catholic Homeschool Conference - March 2019


AHEA Homeschool Conference - April 2019





Advocacy



Parents for Choice in Education


Alberta Independent Schools and Colleges Association


Unschooling Canada Association


Alliance of Self-Directed Education


Home School Legal Defense Canada





Canadian Websites



Unschooling Canada Association Facebook Support Group


Unschooling Canada Association Facebook Page


Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko's Blog "Radio Free School"


Jan Hunt's Website "The Natural Child Project"


Pam Laricchia's Blog "Living Joyfully"


Wendy Priesnitz' Blog "Life Learning"


Carlo Ricci's Blog "Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning"


Attachment Parenting Canada's Home Education


Judy Arnall's Blog "Unschooling To University"


Facebook - Indigenous Homeschoolers





Tip Sheets on Homeschooling



Why Would I Consider Home Education?


Home Education Myths


10 Worries of New Home Educators


8 Parenting and Education Myths Not Backed by Research


Homeschooling Advantages and Disadvantages


Does Your Parenting Style Match Your Homeschooling Style?


How Does an Unschooler change a Light Bulb? A Day in the Life of an Unschooler


Tips for Applying to Colleges, Universities and Tech Schools


Setting Up Your Home for Success


Ten Things to Know About Unschooling


What about Socialization?


Is Minecraft Educational?


Video Game Benefits


Unschooling and STEM Careers


Homeschooling Glossary of Terms


Why you should take your children out of public school, by Brent Kreuger


Ways to Learn Math Without a Workbook


The Back-to-School Schedule When You Unschool


10 Reasons to Get the Degree (or Diploma or Certificate)


Screen Time Mitigates Summer Learning Loss


Self-Directed Education Alliance Article: Unschooling 101


Are All-inclusive Vacations Educational? You bet!


The "Back to School" Schedule When You Unschool





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