LINKS to Boards & Resources

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HOMESCHOOL ADMINISTRATIONS & SCHOOL BOARDS WILLING TO SUPERVISE EDMONTON-AREA HOMESCHOOLERS
Education Unlimited
WISDOM Homeschooling
The Home Education Exchange
School of Hope
Centre for Learning
Edmonton Public School Board
A FEW RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED
Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA)
Home site of the annual AHEA Convention in Red Deer. AHEA endorses traditional (parent-directed) homeschooling under the Home Education Regulation. Includes resources & FAQs for new homeschoolers, convention info, provincial support group info, and government updates pertaining to homeschooling. Very active Facebook group page and a wealth of info on Pinterest.
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 current Canadian research about homeschooling & information for families with preschoolers. Links to lots of resources and FAQs including "what about socialization". Membership with HSLDA is strongly recommended.
Alberta Government Learning Outcomes
List of core subjects and content to consider when designing your child's Home Education Program Plan. From the Alberta Home Education Handbook.
Alberta Government Home Education Info and Handbook
Describes home education in Alberta; includes the Home Education Regulation in Appendix A of the Handbook. (An updated version of this Regulation that was to be in place Sept 2015 is on hold pending government review.)
Why Homeschool?
Though written with teens in mind, this list of WHY families choose to homeschool will benefit all of us. See how many of these reasons match your reasons for launching into home education.
Local Shopping - Educational Adventures & Family Resources (EAFR)
Homeschool resources store in Spruce Grove: books, curriculum, consignment.
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.
How My Child Learns & What Type of Homeschooler Am I?
Click on the Fun Quizzes to get you thinking about how you might like your own homeschool to look. (In this American quiz 'traditional' means a textbook/school-at-home approach to homeschooling. In Alberta, 'traditional' means that parents direct their own homeschool, rather than a school board directing it.)
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
This is an example of current research in support of your decision to home educate. Dr. Brian Ray from NHERI spoke to our group in Aug 2015. Canadian research links are available at HSLDA and from our Homeschooling in Alberta page.
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.
Need Encouragement?
Browse this website for the nitty gritty practical stuff to keep you encouraged in your homeschooling.
The Old Schoolhouse
A free online magazine - it's a busy website worth figuring out! Has been the number one print magazine for homeschool families for many years.
Feeling Burnt Out?
Super practical 'first aid' if you feel like you're burning out & have lost the joy you once had in homeschooling.
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
SPECIALTY RESOURCES
Homeschooling Special Needs Children
A Christian perspective from an Ottawa-area homeschool support group; includes link to NATHHAN. Favourite book: Learning in Spite of Labels, by Joyce Herzog.
Homeschooling Gifted Children
For understanding giftedness; includes twice exceptional students (giftedness + special needs).
Creation Science
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.
The Canadian Homeschooler
Learning Resources from a Canadian perspective. Pretty much an endless supply of homeschool-related browsing!
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.
FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
Homeschool Grads Panel Discussion
Wondering about homeschooling through high school? These are notes from a panel night we had at HSCF. Great answers to straight-up questions.
Homeschooling Thru High School in Alberta
Your role is changing from being a homeschool parent to a homeschool guidance counsellor! Great tips to help you make informed choices. Be sure to have a good relationship with your homeschool board & facilitator in prep for these amazing years of homeschooling. If your board isn't fitting with your family's philosophy & goals of homeschooling, look for one that does. Use the board links above to find more High School resources. Start now to keep organized records of what your teens are studying & doing so it's easier later on to build a portfolio, write a resume, a scholarship application, a transcript, etc.
Homeschooling Thru High School in General
Keep your homeschool AND your relationship with your teen vibrant in these years; you are reaping the rewards of the investment your family has made so far!
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS)
A career-planning tool for public high school, post secondary, apprenticeship and career information. Includes a link to the post-secondary schools Transfer Guide.
Check with your facilitator for homeschool-friendly options through high school & for post-secondary prep.
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. AHEA now offers a Completion Ceremony at conference. Check as well with your Homeschool Board.
TO KEEP YOU ORGANIZED
Printable Helps for Teaching
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.
Zotero
Download this free software to help you keep track in your homeschool of what you read, watch & listen to. Can be used on all of your computers, automatically keeps bibliographic information, lets your kids write a note about each resource, etc.
Fly Lady
They say it works to follow her advice!
FUN LEARNING FOR YOU & FOR YOUR KIDS
Free Rice
Popular site to practise vocabulary, math, languages and other subjects. Rice is donated for each correct answer. (Really!)
Khan Academy
A very popular tutorial site of brief, specific clips for academic support, especially in maths & sciences. No need to sign up.
DuoLingo.
Excellent AND free! Choose from over twenty languages & learn naturally; track your progress. Works just as easily on your home computer or as an app.
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.
Vintage Resources
Free downloads of classics, out-of-print, out-of-copyright resources - books, sheet music, original documents & publications, etc. Even includes old radio shows and vintage sermons.
Computer Tutorials
Completely free tutorials to help you learn about your computer: Word, Excel, keyboarding, internet, etc. Includes other everyday life tutorials as well.
Games Galore!
Hundreds of free, online educational games for everyone - preK to college - in all sorts of subject areas. Click on 'world' to find Canadian Geography games.
Free Activity Pages
Over 10,000 pages of well-organized free printables. Check out the holidays tab!