Links

DISCLAIMER - please read regarding these links
BOARDS WILLING TO SUPERVISE EDMONTON-AREA HOMESCHOOLERS
www.wisdomhomeschooling.com
www.thee.ca
www.schoolofhope.org
www.educationunlimited.ca
www.centreforlearning.ca
www.argyll.epsb.ca
A FEW RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED
Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA)
Home site of the annual AHEA Convention in Red Deer; includes resources & FAQs for new homeschoolers; convention info, home education articles, provincial support group info, and AB Gov't education updates. Very active Facebook page!
Home School Legal Defence Association - Canada (HSLDA)
HSLDA Canada works on behalf of Canadian home educators to provide legal & insurance services, as well as general services and resources in support of your decision to homeschool. Includes research about homeschooling & information for families with preschoolers.
Alberta Government Learning Outcomes
List of core subjects and content to consider when designing your child's Home Education Program Plan. From p.35 of the Alberta Home Education Handbook.
Alberta Government Home Education Handbook
Describes home education in Alberta; includes the current Home Education Regulation in Appendix A. (This regulation has been under review; the updated version will be transitioned into place during 2014, before becoming law Sept 1, 2015.)
Homeschooling Special Needs Children
A Christian perspective from an Ottawa area homeschool support group; includes link to NATHHAN.
Homeschooling Gifted Children
For understanding giftedness; includes twice exceptional students (giftedness + special needs).
Educational Adventures & Family Resources
Homeschool resources store in Spruce Grove: books, curriculum, consignment.
Printables
Do you like lists and planners? Need a few sheets of graph paper? (It's great for learning long division.) Need a lab report form? Or blank strips for cartooning? Oodles of free printables for multiple subjects.
Homeschool Curriculum Reviews
You don't always need curriculum, and homeschooling can cost as much or as little as you choose! Use this site to learn about what's available and whether it might fit your family's flavour of homeschooling and your child's learning style. Check the "Instant Key" of each review to save time. (USA-based, but also includes Canadian curriculum, e.g. Donna Ward's geography/history of Canada.) Need more ideas? Ask at an HSCF meeting or on the members' forum.
AND A FEW MORE TO KEEP YOU GOING
Bible
Be encouraged by the Verse of the Day and all sorts of tools to find your way around the Bible.
The Old Schoolhouse
An online magazine for homeschool families; includes a nice compilation of articles under the "homeschooling" tab. This is only one of many publications available to home educating families!
Khan Academy
A tutorial site for academic support, especially in maths & sciences. Choose the subject area from the drop down menu along the very top. Covers specific topics that you need help with or can't wait to learn more about!
Planning a Homeschool Graduation
Information and resources for creating a memorable homeschool graduation. An alternative grad supply company in Canada is Jostens. HSCF keeps a binder of reports from previous graduations if you'd like to read what other families have done.
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS)
For public high school, post secondary, apprenticeship and career information. Check with your facilitator for homeschool-friendly options through high school & for post-secondary prep.
Creation Science Magazine
Home website of Creation Ministries International speaker, Calvin Smith, who has also spoken at HSCF. Search the database of over 9000 science & apologetics articles.
Answers in Genesis
Home website of Biblical worldview speaker, Ken Ham, and the Creation Science Museum in Kentucky.
How to Tell a Story or Read Aloud Better
Professional storyteller, Jim Weiss, demonstrates how to tell a story with gusto. His advice will change the way you read aloud to your kids! He speaks on this topic at homeschool conventions.
Easy Peasy Homeschooling
Here's an organized site full of free links & ideas to jumpstart your homeschooling in all sorts of subjects.
Financial Hope
Learn from Dave Ramsey's resources & radio show how to manage your money using the 'baby steps'. Teach financial skills to your kids. His budget tool is at everydollar.com
RESOURCES FOR FUN LEARNING FOR YOU & YOUR KIDS
Free Rice
Popular site to practise vocabulary, math, languages and other subjects. Rice is donated for each correct answer. (Really!)
Games Galore!
Hundreds of free, online educational games for everyone - preK and up in all sorts of subject areas. Click on 'world' to find Canadian Geography games.
Free Audio and eBooks
Easy-to-use source of hundreds of classics, short stories, children's and other books to listen to and optionally download or read text along with. Browse by genre or by search bar. Not sure about a particular book? Click on the cover to read a synopsis of it. Browse for books in a second language that you might be studying.
Computer Tutorials
Completely free tutorials to help you learn about your computer: Word, Excel, keyboarding, internet, etc. Includes other everyday life tutorials as well.
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