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Find A Supervising School Board
How to Fill Out The Supervised Notification Form
Alberta Programs of Study (APS Outcomes) Curriculum Summaries
Guidelines only - you do not have to follow these regardless of what you checked off on the notification form
Please see the High School Page for High school course outcomes
Alberta Programs of Study (APS Outcomes) Full Detailed Targets
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.
TIP: Always choose to follow (check the box on the notification forms) the Home Education Outcomes as that gives you the most flexibility to dump what is not
working and try new learning methods. Even if you plan to follow AB ED outcomes, checking the Home Ed Outcomes means that
you will not be held accountable for following the AB ED outcomes.
Please see the High School page for Grade 10 to 12 plans
Free Alberta Education Grade-Specific Curriculum
Home Education Boards do not supply curriculum. Parents and caregivers must procur their own resources and activites and may choose to use whatever form of curriculum they want, whether books, workbooks, games, videos, kits or field trips.
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.
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:
Just check off the boxes when you observe your child has mastered these outcomes.
Alberta Distance Learning Centre - Free Gr 4-9 Curriculum and Marking Keys
NOTE: Includes the 15 most important concepts per Alberta Education subject and grade including - math (numeracy) and English (literacy).
NOTE: Each subject is designed for a summer school 3 week preview/review course covering 1 module per day. However, each course can be stretched out for a Sept-June school year by adding 13 hours per booklet/module of additional practice. This would equate to spending 2.5 weeks on each module, in order to get all 15 modules done in a school year grade. Practice worksheets can be downloaded from many sources on the internet.
NOTE: Grades 1-3 are not included as the outcomes (listed above) should be taught using experiential activities instead of worksheets. (See above checklists for what to teach.)
NOTE: Grades 4-6 Science and Social Studies should be taught using experiential activities instead of worksheets.
NOTE: Grades 10-12 is high school and curriculum/main concepts can be assessed via textbooks and The Key or Solaro.
High School - Grades 10-12
The Key, and SNAP workbooks are excellent overviews of the concepts required in Alberta High School Courses.
Learn Alberta Free materials for each grade and subject is available on the Learn Alberta website. These are student resources. You must get the password from your board.
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
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.
Khan Academy For free math and science videos on every topic possible, visit Khanacademy.org. Homeschoolers best-kept secret!
There are also many ways to learn math without a workbook through hands-on activities. Here are some suggestions
If you need more paper curriculum, there are several great workbooks available at Costco, Chapters and Scholars Choice.
Popular Curriculums for Grades 1-9
Math Makes Sense - Textbooks for "Discovery Math"
Absolute Value (High School)
Canadian Curriculum Workbooks
Problem-Solved (High School)
The Key/Solaro (High School)
English Language Arts
Spelling Workout - Modern Curriculum Press
Plaid Phonics - Modern Curriculum Press
Essentials in Writing
Language Arts Handbook
Canadian Curriculum Workbooks
The Good and the Beautiful
Free Books for all Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 Students in Alberta
4 books per package!
Moira's Birthday (French Only), By Robert Munsch, AND Malaika's Costume, by Nadia Holm, AND Fast Friends, by Heather M. O'Conner AND Chaiwala! by Priti Birla Maheshwari.
Provided by the TD Grade One Book Giveaway and The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Get yours while quantity lasts! The books are free but we need to mail them out to you at a cost of $7 for all FOUR books to cover postage, paypal fee, tape and packaging.
We also have a limited amount of French books. Please let us know if you would like the French versions.
We also accept e-transfer to: email@example.com No password needed. Please give us your ship-to address.
Also French versions of the books above from TD Bank and the Canadian Children's Book Centre! Order above.
Each student receives a minimum of $901.00 per year in reimbursement funding for their home education program as below:
As per Alberta Education's directive, no student receives any funding or benefit on a school program as below:
Activities and Events (see also Support Groups)
Home Education Supports for Children With Special Needs
Alberta Homeschooling Association has been asking the Alberta Government for funding and supports for children with special needs since our inception in 2018. This year, the government listened and is providing supports for children regardless of how they are educated. These supports are being coordinated by AISCA for all home education children whether they are notified with public, Catholic, independent or just with the Notification-only government option.
AISCA is providing two subcontractors to deliver services:
Learning Resources for Children With Special Needs
Freelance Co-op Teachers
Home Education Supportive Medical Professionals
How-To Homeschool in Alberta Books/Webinars
The Happy Homeschooling Handbook - Alberta Edition
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!
"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
Buy local and order a signed copy direct from the author below:
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.
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
Come Join Our Coffee and Conversation Online Facilitated Support Group *NEW!* Monday Nov 20, 2023, 7 PM MDT
Come join us for an enjoyable evening sharing tips, information, support, strategies and friendship!
UCA Unschooling Info Session Thursday November 23, 2023, 6 PM MST 8 PM EST
Come join us for a quick overview of "Unschooling" in Canada and an extensive "learner-centred" Q and A session over zoom!
Unschooling is where children direct their learning and curiosity becomes the curriculum. No motivation problems ever! Parents and children love learning when it is consensual and personalized.
AHA - Help! My Child Won't Listen and Can't Do the Work! Tips and tricks to gain engagement. Wednesday November 29, 2023, 7 PM MDT
In this webinar we will discuss when children "listen" and when they "comply" with tasks that we have asked them to do. We will discuss tips and tricks that parents can use keep kids engaged in learning and make learning fun. Q and A for all participants.
Presented by Judy Arnall
Judy is a veteran unschooling mom of five adult children whom she has had the proud experience of attending four university convocations so far. She will teach with anything except worksheets and seat work!
The Alberta Homeschooling/Unschooling 4 Session Course - NEW!
For parents and caregivers
Provided by Professional Parenting
4 Sessions Wednesdays, August 30, September 6, 20 and 27th 2023, 7 pm to 8:30 pm ish MDT
Instructor: Judy Arnall, BA, Certified Brain and Child Development Specialist, and Home Education Parent of 4 University graduates. Judy has worked in adult education for 25 years and has taught for Alberta Health Services and Continuing Education at The University of Calgary for 13 years each.
Location: Live Online Zoom. Class size limited to 10 participants to enable interaction and individual attention.
Target: New and experienced parents/caregivers and homeschoolers and unschoolers of all ages and grades.
Investment is $265 per computer plus GST, which includes the 4 Week course and all materials. Course workbook and the following reference books; Parenting With Patience, The Happy Homeschooling Handbook Or Money Smart Mom (if outside Alberta), Unschooling to University, and Attachment Parenting Tips Raising Toddlers to Teens will be mailed out upon registration. Recordings of missed sessions will be provided.
All sessions are flexible to meet the customized needs of the class participants
Session One - How Home Education differs from School Education and how The Parent/Caregiver Role changes. Benefits of Home Education.
Session Two - The Mechanics of Brain Development and How Children Learn at Different Ages and Stages.
Session Three - The Impact of Personality, Temperament, Learning Styles, Neurodiversity, and Multiple Intelligences on Learning. Direct Instruction or Self-Directed Learning.
Session Four - Setting Up for Success. The Learning Environment: curriculum or no-curriculum. Behaviour Guidance. Screen Time. Handling Multiple Grades.
Come join our sessions and feel more confident and competent in educating your child. You got this!
AHA Considering Home Education 101 Wednesday September 13, 2023, 7 PM MDT
Come join us for an extensive session on understanding how home education works in Alberta.
There will be lots of time for a Q and A session on this most popular webinar of the year!
Presented by Judy Arnall
AHA Self-Designed Home Education High School Tuesday September 12, 2023, 7 PM MDT
Come join us for an extensive session on understanding how home education high school works in Alberta. Online is not the only "at-home" option for high school! Yes, your child can most certainly earn a government diploma and/or credits on home education. Plus, its personalized and meaningful!
There will be lots of time for a Q and A session on this most interesting way to do high school and gain admissions to post-secondary schools.
Presented by Judy Arnall and Golda David
Parenting Tips Webinar: Sibling Rivalry Remedies
Thursday May 18, 2023, 7 PM MDT, 9 PM EDT No Fee, Zoom Presentation
Discover when children learn self-control and begin listening. Learn 3 easy steps to remain calm and help our children get calm through times of chaos and conflict. Q and A
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Alberta Educational Services
Scholarships for Home Education
Alberta Education Resource Departments
Alberta Education Government Homeschooling Phone 780-427-6272