Homeschooling resources Alberta Education and Home Education Regulations

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Find A Supervising School Authority

School Board List

board comparison

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

Unverified Supervising School Board List from Alberta Education 2020-2021


Home Education Supervised Notification Form

NONF - Home Education Government 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Government Home Education Handbook 2010 (Very outdated and overly complicated)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 2021-2022

Alberta Education Guide To Education 2021-2022

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


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

AB ED High School Courses

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


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 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

Graduation Providers

Graduation Providers and Supplies

How-To Homeschool Alberta Books/Webinars

The Happy Homeschooling Handbook - Alberta Edition 2021-2022 Year

Alberta Happy Homeschooling Handbook

Considering homeschooling your child? Yes, you can! This 120 page book contains everything you need to homeschool in Alberta.

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

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

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

See 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 money I've spent in a long time! Everyone even considering homeschooling should own a copy." - Homeschooling Parent

Print Book $23.95 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

Buy local and order a signed copy direct from the author below:

Send $30.00 CDN e-transfer to author and get a signed copy and free shipping.

Bonus! Get a copy of the book Parenting With Patience at no extra charge!

Buy Unschooling To University From the Publisher

Home Education Self-Designed High School in Alberta for a Diploma Webinar

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 all 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: $49.95 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

Includes the 15 most important concepts per grade and subject from grades 4-9

ADLC Preview Review 15 most important concepts per grade/subject

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

SOLARO and The Key - Paper Books for High School Courses - Contact your school to purchase at half price.

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.

ELA English Language Arts Recommended Readers 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 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.

Curriculum Reviews

Cathy Duffy Curriculum Reviews

My Little Poppies Gameschooling Reviews

Homeschool Gameschool Reviews

Popular Curriculums for Grades 1-9


Math Makes Sense - Textbooks for "Discovery Math"

Mammoth Math


Jump Math

Absolute Value

Saxon Math

Canadian Curriculum Workbooks


The Key

Khan Academy

English Language Arts

Spelling Workout - Modern Curriculum Press

Plaid Phonics - Modern Curriculum Press

Brave Writer

Essentials in Writing

Language Arts Handbook

Canadian Curriculum Workbooks

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

Schoolio Canadian Workbooks

Canadian curriculum for grades 1-12

Excell Easy - Free Ways to Learn Excell

Gameschooling with Gameschool Academy

Board Game Geek

Alberta Educational Services

The Grand Math Connection - Alberta based math curriculum help for High School and especially Math 30-1 and 30-2

Studopia - An Alberta based tutoring and curriculum help

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

Scholarships for Home Education

Alberta Scholarships and Career Planning

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for all Alberta Students

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 Tremblay, Deputy Education Minister

Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Education Minister

Webinars Recorded

Please click on the Support tab here


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


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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