Curriculum Picks

For families who do not know where to start when it comes to selecting print curriculum, we have put together a collection of kindergarten through grade 9 print curriculum resources with just one or two options for each grade and subject. Please also refer to this page on the Learning Commons website, https://hcslearningcommons.org/curriculum-options/.

Kindergarten Curriculum Picks

Note: These Kindergarten Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Kindergarten Curriculum Picks

Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

OR

Mathematics

OR

OR

Multi-Subject 

Science (Physics Big Idea not covered In 'Come Sit By Me')

Optional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Kindergarten Curriculum Picks

Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

Option 1: All About Reading Pre-Reading Basic Package OR Level 1 with Interactive Kit; Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Numbers for Me Workbook; Stamp and See Screen (optional)
Option 2: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic   Activity Set; Explode the Code A, B, and C

 

Option 1a: All About Reading Pre-reading Basic Package OR Level 1 with Interactive Kit

Important Note: Level numbers on these books don’t refer to grade levels. Lessons are mastery-based, not grade-level-based. This means that students are placed where they are ability-wise, not according to age or grade level. Please refer to the Pre-reading Readiness Checklist and Level 1 Placement Test below. If you select Level 1 with Interactive Kit, please note that the Interactive Kit can be reused for subsequent levels.

Description of Pre-Reading: The All About Reading Pre-reading program is designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Your student will enjoy the special games, crafts, and storytime read-alouds, and you will love the way your student effortlessly learns essential pre-reading skills. Your student will learn five very important pre-reading skills: Print Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Letter Knowledge, Listening Comprehension, and Motivation to Read.

Description of Level 1: Students will be actively involved in the learning process. This is a multisensory program; your student will learn through sight, sound, and touch. Everything is taught in context, and your student will apply what he has learned right away. Your student will be engaged in thinking, processing, comparing, and learning. There are five key components of reading—and this program teaches all of them thoroughly:

    1. Phonological Awareness
    2. Phonics and Decoding
    3. Fluency
    4. Vocabulary
    5. Comprehension

Website: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading-pre-reading/ OR https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading-level-1/

Pre-reading Readiness Checklist: https://downloads.allaboutlearningpress.com/downloads/Placement_Tests/AAR-Pre-Reading-Readiness-Checklist.pdf 

Level 1 Placement Test: https://downloads.allaboutlearningpress.com/downloads/Placement_Tests/AAR-L1-Placement-Test.pdf 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs/all-about-reading#

Supplementary Resources: https://resources.allaboutlearningpress.com/#programresources 

Table of Contents: Pre-Reading; Level 1

Scope and Sequence: Pre-Reading; Level 1

PDF Samples: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/reading-lesson-samples/ 

 

Option 1b: HWT Letters and Numbers for Me Workbook and Stamp and See Screen

Description of Workbook: This workbook is for kindergarten students or those working at that level. Lessons teach capitals, lowercase letters, and numbers. Activities help form good handwriting habits and develop strong writers.

Description of Stamp and See Screen (optional): Build capitals and numbers using "Wood Piece" stamps. Magnetic, chalk-like writing tool helps develop grip. Set includes 4" x 6" magnetic screen, 4 magnetic stamps (Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve, Little Curve), and a magnetic writing tool.

Website
Letters and Numbers for Me Workbook - https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/LN/whatsnew?m=Canada%20Individu  
Stamp and See Screen - https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/SAS/handwriting 

Other Optional Supplementary Resources
Letters and Numbers for Me Teacher's Guide - https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/TGLN/handwriting 
Roll-A-Dough Letters - http://shopping.hwtears.com/product/RAD  
Slate Chalkboard - https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/SLT/handwriting  
Free Letter & Number Formation Charts - https://www.lwtears.com/resources/letter-number-formation-charts 

PDF Samples
Letters and Numbers for Me Workbook - https://shopping.lwtears.com/downloads/LN_Sample_Pages.pdf  
Stamp and See Screen - http://www.lwtears.com/files/Stamp%20and%20See%20Screen%20.pdf 

 

Option 2a: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

Description: A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading; no experts need to apply! 231 lessons; 369 pages. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading and is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book.

Website: https://welltrainedmind.com/p/the-ordinary-parents-guide-to-teaching-reading-paperback

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs/the-ordinary-parents-guide-to-teaching-reading 

Supplementary Resource (highly recommended): Fun With Letters Magnet Activity Set

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: click here

 

Option 2b: Fun With Letters Magnet Activity Set (used with Parent's Guide book above)

Description: Great for hands-on phonics and word-building centers! Includes 144 flexible magnet tiles with an improved font (blue consonants and red vowels), magnetic dry-erase board (9" x 12"), and activity booklet. Letters (113 lowercase, 28 uppercase, and 3 blanks) measure 1".

Website: https://www.dowlingmagnets.com/products/Fun-with-Letters-Magnet-Activity-Set/

 

Option 2c: Explode the Code A, B, C with Optional Teacher's Guide

Description: This fun pre-literacy workbook series teaches the 21 consonants, and their sounds as well as letter formation through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities. Students also learn print concepts.

Students will:

Website: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/products/literacy/phonics-word-study/explode-the-code/about-the-program

Scope and Sequence: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/EPS/media/Site-Resources/Downloads/products/etc/SS-etc.pdf?ext=.pdf

Supplementary Resources (Optional): Wall ChartCode Cards, and Picture Letter Cards; Explode the Code Online

PDF Samples: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/EPS/media/Site-Resources/Downloads/samples/1460M/gsftc_b-lesson.pdf?ext=.pdf

 

Mathematics

Math U See is not mentioned here simply because it is not available from our Curriculum Pick provider(s), although it is a strong option, especially in the primary grades. Math-U-See can be ordered directly from the Canadian Distributor, Math Canda. Place an order by Phone: 250-590-6761 or Toll-Free: 1-888-854-6284.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education K
Option 2: Singapore Earlybird Mathematics Textbook A and B
Option 3: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Kindergarten

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education K

Description: Designed to engage students through exciting stories, teach them how to apply mathematical concepts through everyday life situations, and allow them to learn smarter instead of harder.

This book was written to be used by you and your young students together. It begins the story of a twin brother and sister as they interact with their family, friends, and town. They make connections in life and find it full of learning opportunities! Students will learn about counting, basic shapes, opposites, positional words, graphing, and more. They will also learn about the weather, nature, and how unique God created them to be.  Features:

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-k

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education# 

Table of Contents: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-k

PDF Sample: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/1003/ 

 

Option 2: Singapore Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics Textbook A &

Description: Textbooks develop essential math concepts and basic reasoning skills in a fun and engaging way. Lessons are guided by focused learning objectives, exercises reinforce new knowledge, and reviews assess student learning. Textbooks include detailed teaching notes.

Features & Components:

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The two textbooks (A and B) correspond to the two halves of the school year. Generally, the two textbooks will be sufficient for a home education setting, but some families may wish to use the workbooks as well. The teacher Guides have been written for a classroom setting and are not necessary. 

Website: https://www.singaporemathshop.com/Earlybird_Math_Common_Core_Ed_s/271.htm

Supplementary Resources: Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics Activity Books A and B

PDF Samples:

 

Option 3: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Kindergarten

Description:  This program accommodates diverse student needs and abilities with an embedded review, the scaffolding of concepts, careful use of language, and opportunities for continuous assessment and practice. The New Canadian edition of AP Book 1 is printed in two parts, Book K.1 and Book K.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. In conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's Teacher Resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book K is designed to cover the curriculum for Kindergarten mathematics, with units on:

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website:https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_k_new_cdn

Teacher Resource and Lesson Plans: free when you register online: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tg_K_new_Cdn 

Other Supplementary Resources (must register for an online account for access): 

Table of Contents Here

Sample Pages: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/samples/#cdn_k_2016_sample 

 

Multi-Subject

Come Sit by Me Volume One

Description: This resource is a Canadian picture book unit study that uses literature as a launch point for learning activities. You and your student spend one week on each book, reading the book each day, followed by your choice of the dozen or more activities. The suggested activities are listed for all subject areas, from math to music, science to social studies and many in-between. Each book study has one or more connected Bible stories as well as a related memory verse. Suits multi-level teaching. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource addresses standards in ADST, Art, Bible, English, Health, Science, and Social Studies; additional math and phonics instruction required. It is suitable for multi-grade teaching of students in Kindergarten through Grade 2. Come Sit by Me book packs, each including one-quarter of the required literature books, are available to borrow via the HCOS Learning Commons Search Portal. 

Here are a few books that align with the content areas of BC's curriculum which you may choose to purchase and have on hand in case you experience a delay in borrowing some of the 36 books used in this unit study:

  1. A Team Like No Other (G. Graham)
  2. Baseball Bats for Christmas (M. Kusugak)
  3. Bone Button Borscht (A. Davis)
  4. Franklin Rides a Bike ( P. Bourgeois)
  5. Hannah’s Collections (M. Jocelyn)
  6. Jessie’s Island (S. McFarlane)
  7. My Arctic 1,2,3 (M. Kusugak)
  8. Sandwiches for Duke (J. Sadler)
  9. Stella, Queen of the Snow (M. Gay)
  10. The Auction (J. Andrews)
  11. The Moccasin Goalie (W. Brownridge)
  12. The Sugaring Off Party (J. London)

Website: https://www.learninghouse.ca/products/305/TLH/come-sit-by-me.html 

 

Science 

Intro to Engineering Science Kit

Description: Intro to Engineering welcomes young children to the field of engineering with 21 experiments and building projects in five sections. Start by learning some engineering basics with experiments on levers, forces, and pulleys. Build simple devices using these basic components. Move on to explore engineering on land by building vehicles with wheels, such as a race car and a wind-up car. Next, investigate engineering with air (and in the air) by building a helicopter, a pinwheel, a parachute, a glider, a balloon rocket, and an air-powered carousel. Then, build a diving bell, a sailboat, and a paddleboat to experiment with engineering in water. Finally, find engineering in your own home with experiments modelling the telephone and television. Includes a 48-page guidebook.

Website: https://thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/product/category/science-kits/intro-to-engineering

PDF Manual: https://thamesandkosmos.com/manuals/full/567002_introtoengineering_manual.pdf 

 

Grade One Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade One Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 1 Curriculum Picks

Phonics/Reading/Writing/Printing Skills

OR

Note, the Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading is also recommended as a Kindergarten Pick. Some students may just be starting to read in grade one, and many parents who may have started this resource in Kindergarten may be quite satisfied to continue using it for grade one.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Write About Me & Write About My World with Teacher's Guide is noted as an optional resoure below. There are writing activities in Come Sit By Me, but some students may benefit from extra writing prompts and practice.

Mathematics

OR

OR

Multisubject 

Science (for standards not well covered In Come Sit By Me)

Optional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 1 Curriculum Picks

Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

Option 1: All About Reading Level 1 with Interactive Kit; Handwriting Without Tears My Printing Book (or Canadian Handwriting Book A)
Option 2: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic   Activity Set; Explode the Code 1 and 2 (teacher's guide is only required for a few activities and is considered optional)

 

Option 1a: All About Reading Level 1 with Interactive Kit

Important Note: Level numbers on these books don’t refer to grade levels. Lessons are mastery-based, not grade-level-based. This means that students are placed where they are at ability-wise, not according to age or grade level. The Interactive Kit only needs to be purchased once and then can be used for all subsequent levels of All About Reading.

Description of Level 1: Students will be actively involved in the learning process. This is a multisensory program; your student will learn through sight, sound, and touch. Everything is taught in context, and your student will apply what he has learned right away. Your student will be engaged in thinking, processing, comparing, and learning. There are five key components of reading—and this program teaches all of them thoroughly:

    1. Phonological Awareness
    2. Phonics and Decoding
    3. Fluency
    4. Vocabulary
    5. Comprehension

Website: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading-level-1/

Level 1 Placement Test: https://downloads.allaboutlearningpress.com/downloads/Placement_Tests/AAR-L1-Placement-Test.pdf 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs/all-about-reading#

Supplementary Resources: https://resources.allaboutlearningpress.com/#programresources 

Table of Contents(download): https://downloads.allaboutlearningpress.com/samples/AAR-L1-Table-of-Contents.pdf

Scope and Sequence (download): https://downloads.allaboutlearningpress.com/samples/AAR-L1-Scope-and-Sequence.pdf 

PDF Samples: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/reading-lesson-samples/  

 

Option 1b: Handwriting Without Tears My Printing Book

Description: offers developmentally appropriate, multisensory strategies for early writing. The program follows research of how children learn best and includes materials that address all styles of learning. Innovative letter order and style are developmentally appropriate and promote easy learning for every letter. This student edition is for first-grade students or those working at that level. 

Website: https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/MPB/handwriting?m=International

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/handwriting/slant-print-or-simplified-cursive/handwriting-without-tears#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: My Printing Book Teacher's Guide

PDF Samples: https://shopping.lwtears.com/downloads/MPB_Sample_Pages.pdf

 

Option 2a: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

Description: A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading; no experts need to apply! 231 lessons; 369 pages. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading and is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book.

Website: https://welltrainedmind.com/p/the-ordinary-parents-guide-to-teaching-reading-paperback

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs/the-ordinary-parents-guide-to-teaching-reading 

Supplementary Resource (highly recommended): Fun With Letters Magnet Activity Set

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: click here

 

Option 2b: Explode the Code 1 and 2

Note: These books are not required, but they are a good companion resource to use with Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading because they enable students the opportunity to practise what they are learning and practise printing letters. Some families may choose to use My Printing Book (Handwriting Without Tears) for more direct printing instructions instead, or in addition to this resource.

Description: based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, which supports multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, and flexible instruction. Explode The Code® is a research-based, multisensory program geared to improving literacy with direct, systematic, phonics instruction. Build the essential literacy skills needed for reading success: phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and spelling with the Explode The Code series.

Website: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/products/literacy/phonics-word-study/explode-the-code/about-the-program

Placement Tests: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/products/literacy/phonics-word-study/explode-the-code/pricing/explode-the-code-placement-test

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs/explode-the-code

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Teacher's Guide; the program is also available online

Table of Contents for Book 1: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/EPS/media/Site-Resources/Downloads/samples/1460M/etc_1-TOC.pdf?ext=.pdf 

Scope and Sequence (download): https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/EPS/media/Site-Resources/Downloads/products/etc/SS-etc.pdf?ext=.pdf

Program Overview: https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/EPS/media/Site-Resources/Downloads/program-overviews/S-explode_the_code.pdf?ext=.pdf

 

Mathematics

Math U See is not mentioned here simply because it is not available from our Curriculum Pick provider(s), although it is a strong option, especially in the primary grades. Math-U-See can be ordered directly from the Canadian Distributor, Math Canda. Place an order by Phone: 250-590-6761 or Toll-Free: 1-888-854-6284.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 1
Option 2: Singapore Math Standards Edition Textbook, Workbook, and Home Instructor Guide 1A and 1B
Option 3: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Grade1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education

Description: teaches math through engaging, real-life stories and practical application because math is all around us! This story-based approach invites students to participate in the story, make mathematical connections, explore the world around them with Charlie & Charlotte, and realize the value of math in their own lives. It is an instructional blend of stories, copywork, oral narration, and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life.

Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 teaches through:

Video Overview of Series: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18 

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Readiness Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources:

Preview (includes Scope & Sequence, Daily Schedule and more: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/699/ 

 

Option 2: Singapore Math Standards Edition

Note: This program is advanced, making placement tests more important than perhaps other programs. The long term goal would be to complete book 6B by the end of Grade 7. Books should be completed at the student's pace, which means the grade level on the cover may not correspond with the student's actual grade level.

All three elements of the program (textbook, workbook, and home instructor guide) are recommended for success in this program as it progresses from concrete learning (often with manipulatives, especially at the lower levels), to pictorial (emphasized in the textbook), to abstract (workbook). Instructor-led lessons with suggestions for using manipulatives and workbook solutions are found in the Home Instructor Guide

Description: uses the Singapore math approach, including the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) progression, number bonds, bar modelling, and a strong focus on mental math. It is a rigorous program that balances supervised learning and independent practice while encouraging communication. 

Website: https://www.singaporemathshop.com/Primary_Mathematics_Stds_Ed_s/134.htm

Placement Tests: Primary Mathematics 1APrimary Mathematics 1B

Review: http://kateshomeschoolmath.com/singapore-math-buying-guide/

Other Optional Resources: Laminated Hundred Board, MathLink Cubes, Bucket Balance, 1A Tests, 1B Tests

Scope and Sequence: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PMSS_comparison.pdf

PDF Samples: https://www.singaporemathshop.com/Primary_Math_STDS_Samples_s/316.htm

Additional Support: Singapore Math Live offers instruction, encouragement, and support for parents and students

 

Option 3: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Description:  This program accommodates diverse student needs and abilities with embedded review, scaffolding of concepts, careful use of language, and opportunities for continuous assessment and practice. The New Canadian edition of AP Book 1 is printed in two parts, Book 1.1 and Book 1.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. In conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's Teacher Resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 1 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 1 mathematics, with units on:

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_1_new_cdn

Teacher Resource and Lesson Plans: free when you register online: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tr_1_new_cdn

Other Supplementary Resources (must register for an online account for access): 

Table of Contents: https://jumpmath.org/jump/sites/default/files/JUMP%20Math%20New%20Cdn%20Edition%20Grade%201%20TOC_0.pdf

Sample Pages: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/samples/#cdn_1_2016_sample 

 

Multisubject

Come Sit By Me Volume 2

Note: addresses standards in ADST, Art, Bible, English, Health, Science, and Social Studies; additional math and phonics instruction required. Come Sit by Me literature packs are available via the HCOS Learning Commons Search Portal. 

Description: A Canadian picture book unit study. You and your student spend one week on each book, reading the book each day, followed by your choice of the dozen or more activities. Units cover themes such as snow, poetry, grandparents, bugs and more. The suggested activities are listed for all subject areas, from math to music, science to social studies and many in between! Each book study has one or more connected Bible stories and a related memory verse. Also suits multi-level teaching. 

The following books are recommended to use with this volume (not included) to address BC’s Big Ideas in Science and Social Studies. As this would only provide 9 weeks of study, it is recommended that the other books be borrowed from the library or purchased separately. Here are a few books that align with the content areas of BC's curriculum which you may choose to purchase and have on hand in case you experience a delay in borrowing some of the 36 books used in this unit study :

  1. A Northern Alphabet
  2. A Prairie Alphabet
  3. A Seaside Alphabet
  4. Emma's Eggs
  5. Franklin is Lost
  6. Have You Seen Birds?
  7. Mr Belinksy's Bagels
  8. No Dragons for Tea
  9. Something to Remember Me By

Website: https://mapletreepublications.ca/product/come-sit-by-me-volume-2/

Review: https://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/come-sit-by-me/

Other Children's Picture Books Used: the other books used in this book are, Big Sarah’s Little Boots (Bourgeois), Franklin and the Tooth Fairy (Bourgeois), Katie’s Hand-Me-Down Day (Wark), Prairie Fire (Reynolds), To the Post Office with Mama (Farrell), Pettranella (Blades), Emma and the Silk Train (Lawson), Just Like New (Manson), Bear on the Train (Lawson), Alfie’s Long Winter (McEvoy), Pedrito’s Day (Garay), Don’t Dig So Deep, Nicholas (Harrison), Weighing the Elephant (Ye), The Name of the Tree (Barker), Sing a Song of Mother Goose (Reid), Hiding (Collins), I Went to the Bay (Miller), Eenie Meenie Manitoba (Heidbreder), Emma’s Eggs (Ruurs), Simon Finds a Feather (Tibo), Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night (Carney), A Mountain Alphabet (Ruurs), A Prairie Alphabet (Bannatyne-Cugnet), The City ABC Book (Milich), Have You Seen Bugs (Oppenheim), Effie (Alinson), and The Night the Stars Flew (Bogart)

 

Science

Science Wiz Light Kit

Description: Learn about the fundamentals of light: lenses, reflection, refraction, microscopes, telescopes, cameras, and the speed limit of the universe. Contains a 40-page science book with materials. 25 activities which include: Split light into a cascade of rainbows; make a kaleidoscope; mold lenses; make a microscope and telescope; capture a shadow; construct a pinhole camera; bounce, bend and blend light; play the “I Spy” game with mirrors; solve filter puzzles.

Website: https://sciencewiz.com/product/light

 

Sunshine Makes The Seasons

Description: Filled with colourful, full-page illustrations and clear, concise text, this long-running series remains a benchmark for early reader nonfiction. This book explains how the sun and the Earth's rotation cause our seasons.

Grade Two Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Two Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 2 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Mathematics

OR

Science 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Earth/space

Social Studies

Bible/Christian Studies

Optional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 2 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Language Lessons for a Living Education 2 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: students will move beyond pages of text to make real-world connections as this exciting new series guides your young learner toward mastery of reading, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as the mechanics of communication and writing. Utilizing phonics, observation, and reading comprehension through poems, stories, and real books as the foundation, your student will start forming basic sentences.

This story-based approach focused on young students Claire and Micah, uses Charlotte Mason ideas for the modern homeschool student with character-building themes. Each quarter has five stories, two picture studies (one of which is Bible-based), and two poems (one of which is a Psalm). Using the spelling words and the Dictionary Worksheets student will create their very own dictionary as they move week by week through the material.

This curriculum incorporates picture study, memorization, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, observation, poems, psalms, letters, and practical application through creative writing – all working towards the mastery of reading and grammar, as well as the mechanics of communication and writing. Equivalent to a second-grade level. Developing early reading and narration skills, by the end of the course, students should be able to comfortably write up to three sentences at a time. The additional resource, 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible by Ura Miller is a required supplement to this program.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-2

Series Overview: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series

Placement Guide: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/939/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/language-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: see this page under "Product Description"

PDF Sample: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/916/ 

Series Overview: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/


Stone Soup Picture Book with Literature Kit (or another grade-appropriate book)

Type of Resource: a fiction picture book and workbook

Description: Students use their brainstorming skills as they think of reasons why the villagers would hide their food from the soldiers. Find the vocabulary words from the story that have short i and long i sound. Match words to their synonyms from the novel. Put events from the story in the order that they happened when the soup was being made. Students draw a picture of their favourite soup. Then, make a list of ingredients and directions on how to make this soup. Explore the story with the sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch in a graphic organizer. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy; additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. Other options for picture book literature kits can be found here.

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2102

Free Bonus Worksheets: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/cc2102d

PDF Samples are available on their website here.

 

Printing Power Student Workbook

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: second-grade students, or those working at that level, master printing with advanced paragraphs, poems, and language arts activities. Features practice pages for advanced printing on a single line.

Website: https://shopping.lwtears.com/product/PP/handwriting

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/handwriting/slant-print-or-simplified-cursive/handwriting-without-tears

Supplementary Resources

PDF Samples: https://shopping.lwtears.com/downloads/PP_Sample_Pages.pdf 

Additional Support: free demos, research, how-to videos, and all of our free online resources available here.

 

Mathematics

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 2
Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 2.1 and 2.2

Singapore Math Standards Edition edition is not mentioned here because as the grades progress, it is more difficult to "jump in" to this method of learning. It is still a strong option and can be considered for students looking for an academically rigorous curriculum. A placement test is strongly recommended before selecting a level.

Math U See is not mentioned here simply because it is not available from our Curriculum Pick provider(s), although it is a strong option, especially in the primary grades. Math-U-See can be ordered directly from the Canadian Distributor, Math Canda. Place an order by Phone: 250-590-6761 or Toll-Free: 1-888-854-6284.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 2

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: teaches math through a blend of stories, copy work, oral narration and hands-on activities, showing how math is used in "real life"---just like a living math book! Thirty-six weeks of instruction guide students through the content, story, and hands-on activities using inexpensive manipulatives provided/made by the parent.

This book is written to be used by teachers and students together. It includes a suggested weekly schedule (30 minutes per lesson, 5 days per week, 36 weeks) with easy-to-manage lessons that include reading, worksheets, and assessments. Pages are perforated and three-hole-punched so that parents can easily tear out, hand-out, and store pages. Students will read the pages in the book and complete the corresponding section provided by the teacher. Assessments are given at regular intervals. Answer keys are available online.

This second-grade resource features the continuing story of twins Charlie and Charlotte, who are learning that life is full of learning opportunities! As students read, they'll be drawn into an adventure that teaches them about numbers, shapes, place value, adding, and subtracting, as well as the seasons, geography, and the love of family. The first 30 lessons have a story about the twins, followed by a lesson taught by Mom or Dad that features hands-on learning.

Covering one year of 2nd-grade math, by the end of the course students will have reviewed addition and subtraction and basic numbers up to 100, and will have learned about word problems, skip counting, money, time, bar & line graphs, basic measurement, place value, regrouping, and more.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/catalog/product/view/id/2733

Placement Test: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education

Series Overview Video: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18

Series Overview Webpage: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: found on this page under "Description" 

PDF Samples: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/700/ 

 

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 2 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Type of Resource: workbooks

Description: in conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's teacher resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 2 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 2 mathematics, with units on:

The New Canadian edition of AP Book 2 is printed in two parts, Book 2.1 and Book 2.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. Please visit our samples page to view the table of contents of AP Book 2.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_new_cdn_2

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans: free when you register online, https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tg_2_new_Cdn 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents

Sample Pages

 

Science 

The Elementary Teacher's Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5

100 ready-to-use graphic organizers that help elementary students learn

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: graphic organizers are a powerful metacognitive teaching and learning tool. These graphic organizers can be used before learning, during learning, or after learning activities. This resource provides tools to help students understand relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource can be utilized where resources do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. It is a recommended pick for grades 2 - 5 and can be used again year after year.

Website: here 

Biology

A Butterfly's Life Cycle (Capstone Press)

This unit should be done in May when the butterfly larvae are available. 

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction picture book

Description: the process of a new life starting is fascinating! Watch a butterfly grow from an egg to an insect. Young readers will learn about the stages in a butterfly's life. From a tiny egg to a chrysalis and, finally, a brightly-coloured butterfly! The life cycle of a butterfly is a beautiful thing to see.

Google preview: https://www.capstonepub.com/library/products/butterflys-life-cycle-2/

Live Butterfly Kit

Live Painted Lady Butterflies can be ordered in March for May delivery. Watch as the butterfly larvae grow through their stages to full-grown butterflies.

Available from Homeschool Canada or Canadian Home Education Resources

Salmon Stream (Carol Reed-Jones)

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction picture book 

Description: a poetic yet accurate description of the life cycle of salmon. Fast-paced prose and brilliant illustrations follow the salmon from their form as eggs in a stream to the wide ocean, eventually making a hazardous journey home to their stream of origin. At the back is a section on salmon facts and what makes a good habitat for them, teaching the basics of ecology and why clean streams and waters are so important.

Website: https://dawnpub.com/our-books/salmon-stream/

Free Activities: https://dawnpub.com/activity/salmon-stream-activities/ 

Chemistry

This unit will make up at least half of the overall workload for Grade 2 Science. The other branches of science addressing the other big ideas and content competencies are purposefully not addressed to the same level of depth.

Matter & Materials by On the Mark Press (Grades 1-3)

Type of Resource: A workbook designed for classroom instruction so some activities may need to be adapted slightly for a home setting.

Description: What is the world made of? Through hands-on activities and experiments, students will enjoy exploring the world around them as they practise science skills like observing and concluding. Games like "Simon Says" bring the realm of atoms and particles to life, as well as demonstrating solids, liquids, and gases. Students will learn to explain the magic of ice sculptures, gas-powered rockets, and invention. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Some of this resource may be review for families who have already addressed properties of matter in Grade 1. If this is the case, please begin on page 38 with the chapter, "Solids, Liquids, and Gases".

Website: https://www.onthemarkpress.com/product/00/OTM2129/Matter-Materials-Grades-1-3

Sample pages: https://www.onthemarkpress.com/related/otm2129s.pdf

Physics

ScienceWiz Physics Kit

Includes a 40-page science book with materials*. Concepts are covered with time-tested experiments and highly visual illustrations. This kit includes a balance scale for measuring mass and a jet car that really zooms. 24 activities that include:

*Also requires common household items.

Earth/Space

A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction picture book 

Description: This book engagingly leads readers around the world following a drop of water-whether as steam or snow, inside a plant or animal, or underground-teaching the wonders and importance of the water cycle.  Four pages about the qualities of water are included.

Sample pages: https://dawnpub.com/our-books/drop-around-the-world/

Free Activities: https://dawnpub.com/activity/drop/

 

Social Studies

Canada, My Country

Type of Resource: softcover text/workbook

Video Description: https://youtu.be/vtaozMK5q-s 

Description: This easy to use, read-aloud text is a delight for both students and teacher. Lessons require minimal preparation but are packed with content, games and activities. Students will grasp the basics of Canadian geography, both physical and political. Chapters on national symbols, government and Canadian freedoms provide the groundwork for future study. Each lesson includes a reproducible activity worksheet.  

Topics include:  Understanding maps; Canada’s physical regions; Symbols; Government; Freedoms; Outstanding Canadians

This study requires photos of Canadian landscapes and a physical map. 

Website: https://www.donnaward.net/canada-my-country/9780968678817/shop.php

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: https://www.donnaward.net/resources.php

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://www.donnaward.net/atk/uploads/PDF/CMCSample2011.pdf

 

Global Communities (On the Mark Press)

Type of Resource: workbook designed for classroom instruction so some activities may need to be adapted slightly for a home setting.

Description: goals of this resource include having students identify a number of global issues and recognizing the role that Canada and Canadian citizens have played in these issues; using the social studies inquiry process to investigate a variety of responses to the global issues identified and promoting an understanding of the impact on identified regions of the world of Canada's actions and inactions. Includes 19 activities, 9 extension activities, teacher guide and assessments.

Website: https://www.onthemarkpress.com/product/00/J1105/Global-Communities-Grade-2-People-Environments-Series

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://www.onthemarkpress.com/related/sslj1105s.pdf

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Finding God's Promises Student Manual

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: encourage the study of God’s Word with this full-colour workbook filled with approachable exercises that teach biblical truth and apply what is taught. The Student Manual includes:

Website: https://positiveaction.org/store/group/finding-gods-promises

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: available here

Scope and Sequence: https://positiveaction.org/media/documents/FGP_ScopeSequence_2020.pdf

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://positiveaction.org/media/documents/2nd_Grade_SM_Sample.pdf

Grade Three Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Three Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose.  Some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 3 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

  • Language Lessons for a Living Education 3 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible
  • The Tale of Despereaux novel with Literature Kit by Classroom Complete Press (or alternate)

Mathematics

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 3

OR

  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition 3.1 and 3.2

Science 

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers OR 3-D Graphic Organizers

 

Biology

  • God's Design: Properties of Ecosystems

Chemistry

  • Experiments with Materials by Isabel Thomas

Physics

  • Heat and Temperature ScienceWiz Kit

Earth/Space

  • How Do Wind and Water Change Earth Natalie Hyde
  • Earth's Landforms and Bodies of Water by Natalie Hyde

Social Studies

Bible/Christian Studies

  • Growing with God Student Manual by Positive Action for Christ

Optional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 3 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Language Lessons for a Living Education 3 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: incorporates picture study, memorization, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, observation, poems, psalms, letters, and practical application through creative writing – all working towards the mastery of reading and grammar, as well as the mechanics of communication and writing.

Enjoy this story-based course featuring Claire and Micah, designed to engage your young learner and strengthen their reading and writing skills. Real-world examples and applications are the focus as they practice reading, apply grammatical skills, and increase their vocabulary. Complete with helpful illustrations and guides, this book will teach your student paragraph structure, compound words, contractions, sentence combining, helping verbs, prepositions, and more!

This language arts series adapts Charlotte Mason's ideas for the modern homeschool student, complete with character-building themes. Each quarter has five stories, two picture studies (one of which is Bible-based), and two poems (one of which is a Psalm). Using the spelling words and the Dictionary Worksheets, students will create their very own dictionary as they move week by week through the material.

Develops reading and narration skills as well as writing mastery of multisentence paragraphs. Continuing with what the student has learned in Level 2, Book 3 will add to their reading, communication and observation skills. They will begin to write paragraphs. They will review and refine lessons from Level 2 in addition to learning new skills. 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible is a required resource for this program.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-3

Series Overview: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series

Placement Guide: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/939/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/language-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: on this page under "Description"

PDF Sample: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/943/ 

The Tale of Despereaux novel with Classroom Complete Press Literature Kit (or another grade-appropriate book)

Type of Resource: fiction novel and workbook

Description: Learn the value of courage and fortitude with this twist on the classic fairy tale. Our comprehensive resource has response questions and activities that are great for guided reading and independent work. Use clues to match vocabulary words from the novel to a crossword puzzle. Show an understanding of details from the book by answering short questions. Imagine the inner qualities Roscuro has by describing why he decides never to torture another prisoner again. Compare the expression, "not the sharpest knife in the drawer," with the character Mig. Organize a character's actions and thoughts as they happened in the story with a graphic organizer. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy; additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

About the novel: a story of a special mouse who is on a dangerous quest to rescue the princess. Despereaux falls in love with a princess, even though mice and humans are not supposed to! Caught, Despereaux is sentenced to the dungeon; however, he escapes and goes looking for his beloved princess. Unfortunately, the Princess has already been tricked and has been taken to the dungeon. Despereaux must save his love, and together with the help of his friends, eventually rescues her. As his quest comes to a close, Despereaux realizes that he still cannot marry the Princess, but they become friends. The story ends with the King, the Princess and Despereaux eating a feast and living happily together forever. Other options for picture book literature kits can be found here.

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2302

Free Bonus Worksheets: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/cc2302d

PDF Samples are available on their website here.

 

Mathematics

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 3
Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 3.1 and 3.2

Singapore Math Standards Edition edition is not mentioned here because as the grades progress, it is more difficult to "jump in" to this method of learning. It is still a strong option and can be considered for students looking for an academically rigorous curriculum. A placement test is strongly recommended before selecting a level.

Math U See is not mentioned here simply because it is not available from our Curriculum Pick provider(s), although it is a strong option, especially in the primary grades. Math-U-See can be ordered directly from the Canadian Distributor, Math Canda. Place an order by Phone: 250-590-6761 or Toll-Free: 1-888-854-6284.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 3

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: brings concepts to life through a Charlotte Mason flavour of engaging stories, copy work, oral narration, hands-on experience, and practical application. This story-based approach ensures math is exciting and enjoyable as students participate in the story, make mathematical connections, explore the world around them with Charlie & Charlotte, and learn how they can put math to work in their own lives Students learn math concepts such as column addition & subtraction, multiplication, division, and Roman numerals through exciting, real-world stories. As your student explores the world around them with Charlie & Charlotte, they discover how math is related to everyday life in exciting—and sometimes unexpected ways! Students are encouraged to explore the big picture and break it down into smaller pieces, discover important connections as they work out solutions, develop a better understanding, and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

The course features an instructional blend of stories, copy work, oral narration, and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life. It includes a convenient Daily Schedule, short, engaging 15-30 minute lessons, full-colour worksheets, an answer key, and a manipulatives section.

Students will learn:

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-3

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/

Series Overview Video: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18

Series Overview Webpage: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education

Table of Contents: found on this page under "Description"

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/720/ 

 

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 3 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Type of Resource: workbooks

Description: in conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's teacher resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 3 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 3 mathematics, with units on:

The New Canadian edition of AP Book 3 is printed in two parts, Book 3.1 and Book 3.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. Please visit our samples page to view the table of contents of AP Book 3.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_new_cdn_3

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans: free when you register online, https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tg_3_new_Cdn 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents here

Sample Pages

Science

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5 (OR 3-D Graphic Organizers)

100 ready-to-use graphic organizers that help elementary students learn

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: graphic organizers are a powerful metacognitive teaching and learning tool. These graphic organizers can be used before learning, during learning, or after learning activities. This resource provides tools to help students understand relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource can be utilized where resources do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. It is a recommended pick for grades 2 - 5 and can be used again year after year.

Website: here 

Biology

God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology: Properties of Ecosystems 

Note: This resource will make up the bulk of the student work for Grade 3 science. The other branches of science addressing the other big ideas and content competencies are purposefully not addressed to the same level of depth.

Type of Resource: softcover student home education resource book

Description: take your student on a journey to discover grasslands and forests, aquatic and extreme ecosystems, animal behaviours, and even valuable lessons on conservation. At the end, sum up everything studied with exciting hands-on final projects. 35 lessons. Use this student textbook with the associated teacher guide for teacher instructions, answer keys, and resources.

God’s Design Series Overview

Elementary and middle schoolers will love the exciting, easy-to-understand, and easily taught lessons in the God’s Design textbooks by Debbie and Richard Lawrence. Best of all, God’s Design textbooks help you teach science from a biblical, creationist perspective, emphasizing God’s handiwork in the world around us. Using God’s Design curriculum from AiG will help strengthen your student’s faith by showing how science consistently supports the Bible’s written record. Students will learn to think critically and logically examine arguments presented by all sides in the creation/evolution debate.

Note: this resource is suitable for Grades 3 - 8. There is a Challenge section in light green boxes throughout the book for students in grades 6-8. The description above refers to the full colour updated 4th Edition.

Website: https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-chemistry-ecology-ecosystem-2016/

Teacher's Supplement: provides an introduction on how to teach the curriculum, a supply list and answer key for each lesson, a resource guide containing suggested books, videos, and field trips, and a master supply list, student supplement worksheets and tests in an electronic form. Sample pages here, https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/prod/etc/sample/13-1-058_properties-ecosystems-teacher.pdf.

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/prod/etc/sample/13-1-057_properties-ecosystems-student.pdf

Chemistry

Experiments with Materials by Isabel Thomas

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: one of the titles in Capstone's Read and Experiment series, introducing children to scientific concepts. Explore the world of materials with clear text, real-world examples and fun, safe step-by-step experiments. This book brings materials science to life, explaining the concepts and encouraging children to be hands-on scientists.

Website: https://www.capstonepub.com/consumer/products/experiments-with-materials/

Physics

Heat and Temperature ScienceWiz Kit

Type of Resource: Science kit including book and materials

Description

Website: https://sciencewiz.com/product/heat-and-temperature/

Earth/Space

Use of The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers or 3-D Graphic Organizers with the resources in the section below is recommended, as the books below provide only a few ways to interact with the content.

Earth's Landforms and Bodies of Water by Natalie Hyde

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: This informative book explains how Earth is covered by landforms and bodies of water, all of which change shape over time. Interesting images feature landforms such as mountains, valleys, and sand dunes, as well as waterways such as oceans, rivers, and ponds. Children will learn how they develop and why they change.

Teacher's Guide: see lesson 1, pages 4-5; 18 designed for a classroom, but can easily be adapted for a home setting. 

How Do Wind and Water Change Earth? by Natalie Hyde

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: This fascinating book explains how the shape of Earth is changed by weathering and erosion—the breaking down of rocks and minerals which are then carried from one place to another by water, ice, wind, and gravity. It is this movement that carves out valleys, causes trees to topple over, and creates or destroys good farmland. Examples of changes to landforms help show young readers the effects of weathering and erosion, which can happen quickly or sometimes take centuries!

Teacher’s Guide: see lesson 3, pages 8-11;19. Designed for a classroom, but can easily be adapted for a home setting.

Website: http://www.crabtreebooks.com/ProductDetail/9780778717737_how-do-wind-and-water-change-earth--pb#.XzG1-ShKhPY

 

Social Studies

From Time Immemorial by Pacific Edge Publishing 

Type of Resource: full-colour student book

Description: provides an honest survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. From Time Immemorial has been recommended by the First Nations Education Steering Committee of BC as an “authentic First Peoples text that meets provincial standards and reflects First Peoples knowledge and perspectives in a respective way.

This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.

While meeting the Learning Standards for the new BC Grade 3 Social Studies curriculum, it also addresses First Nations content for grades 4-8 (See Learning Standards Chart). Special features include:

Website: https://pacificedgepublishing.com/product/from-time-immemorial/

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: teacher's guide

Scope and Sequence: http://pacificedgepublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/From-Time-Immemorial-Learning-Standards-Chart-.pdf

PDF Samples: http://pacificedgepublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/From-Time-Immemorial-Sample-Chapter.pdf

Vanishing Cultures: Down Under

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: Amprenula, a young Tiwi girl from an island off the Australian coast, gathers food with her mother. Amprenula lives closely with the land, just as her people have done for thousands of years, taking only what they need from the forest and the ocean around them.

For the Tiwi and other Aborigines, the land is sacred. It connects them with their ancestors and the beginning of creation. As Amprenula combs through the forests and mangrove swamps, she is proud to travel along the same paths, sharing the same land, as her ancestors from centuries ago.

Website: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/vanishing-cultures-down-under 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Teacher’s Guide

Sample Pages: available here (look under book cover image)

Celebrate! Connections Among Cultures 

Type of Resource: Nonfiction book

Description: Every culture has its own special traditions and reasons for celebrating. At first glance, these practices seem quite different from each other, but they are actually much more alike than most people may realize. In Celebrate! readers travel to communities near and far and explore the essence of celebrations the world over.

With striking photographs and engaging text, photojournalist Jan Reynolds presents a refreshing look at the similarities among cultural traditions around the world. Readers will be captivated as they discover the universal connections people share when they celebrate.

Website: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/celebrate-connections-among-cultures 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Teacher’s Guide

Sample Pages: available here (look under book cover image)

Bible/Christian Studies

Growing With God Student Manual

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: Encourage the study of God’s Word with this full-colour workbook filled with approachable exercises that teach biblical truth and apply what is taught. This Student Manual includes 

The lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Daniel can teach us much about the rewards of living for God. Each of these men faced rejection, but by God’s grace, they all remained faithful. In this study, students will see examples of discipline and character, all while learning about the God that strengthens us.

 

Website: https://positiveaction.org/store/group/growing-with-god

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/bible-religion/curricula-and-scripture-memory/positive-action-for-christ-bible-curriculum#

PDF Sample of Student Manual: https://positiveaction.org/documents/192/3rd_Grade_SM_Sample.pdf 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: free printable verse cards

Teacher's Manual: equips teachers to help build a spiritual foundation for their students. With tools like a weekly schedule, target truths, teaching strategies, and read-aloud stories, you’ll have everything you need to help your students grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.

Note from curriculum consultant: although it is recommended to use the teacher manual with this resource, students should be able to the student manual alone with minor adjustments.

PDF Sample of Teacher Manual: https://positiveaction.org/documents/194/GWG-TM_Digital_Sample.pdf

 

 

Grade Four Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Four Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 4 Curriculum Picks
English Language Arts
  • Language Lessons for a Living Education 4 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall novel with Literature Kit (or alternate)
  • Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio with free teacher's guide

Mathematics

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 4

OR

  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition 4.1 and 4.2

Science 

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers OR 3-D Graphic Organizers

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Earth/Space

Social Studies

Bible/Christian Studies

Optional Resources (not detailed below)

 

Detailed Information - Grade 4 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Language Lessons for a Living Education 4 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible

Type of Resource: Workbook 

Description: This course utilizes a story-based approach, using Charlotte Mason's ideas for the modern homeschool student with character-building themes. Each quarter has five stories, two picture studies (one of which is biblically-based), and two poems (one of which is a psalm). Using the spelling words and the Dictionary Worksheets, the student will create their very own dictionary as they move week by week through the material. This course incorporates picture study, memorization, grammar and punctuation, spelling and vocabulary, observation, and application through creating their own stories through pictures, sentences, paragraphs, poems, psalms, and letters. This course also develops reading skills and gently develops narration skills.

Students will build on and reinforce essential communication skills as they achieve proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension. Independent reading and mastery of effective sentences and paragraphs are at the heart of this course. Students will enjoy poem, hymn, and picture studies and faith-growing stories to inspire detailed and descriptive paragraphs. Activities include memorizing poems, Scripture, and the books of the Bible, creating a dictionary, gentle narration and copy work, and critical thinking games to hone and apply their writing and reading skills creatively.

Additional copy work, fun games, and activities are in the back for extra practice of key grammar concepts and spelling, making the course easily adaptable to meet the needs of each student. Writing stamina is built up gradually. By the end of the course, students should be able to comfortably write a four to five-sentence paragraph. 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible is a required resource for this program.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-4

Series Overview: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series

Placement Guide: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/939/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/language-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: see this page under "Description"

PDF Samples: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/968/ 

Sarah, Plain and Tall Novel with Literature Kit

Type of Resource: fiction novel and workbook

Description: Students begin by imagining the hardships of living as a pioneer on the American prairies. Answer true or false questions about Sarah's letter to Anna and Caleb. Complete sentences from the story with their missing vocabulary words. Do some investigation to learn about mica, something that Sarah says her dune sparkled with. Use events from the story to inspire a tercet poem. Students imagine interviewing Sarah about her experiences. The comprehension quiz works great as a study guide for a final exam. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy; additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

About the Novel: a story filled with wisdom, gentle humour and the practical concerns necessary for a satisfying life. This Newbery Medal-winning story is based on the true adventures of a family living on the vast prairie in the early years of the 20th century. The story begins when Anna and Caleb missing their mother who died, wish for another woman to make their father laugh again. Sarah responds to an ad, stating she will come by train, wearing a yellow bonnet and that she is plain and tall. And into their lives comes Sarah, with her own needful loneliness and searching to help them create a whole family. But life on the endless prairie can be hard and unforgiving, taking all a person's strength and courage just to survive.

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2308

Free Bonus Worksheets: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/cc2308d

PDF Samples: available on their website here

Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio with Free Teacher's Guide

Type of Resource: nonfiction picture book

Description: explores Okanagan history by focusing on Wild Horse Canyon in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park (south of Kelowna, BC) and its vicinity. This narrative nonfiction picture book, with illustrations by Loraine Kemp, includes natural and social history.

A hidden canyon in British Columbia's southern interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Season pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations and historical images and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book weaves First Nations history with European settlement and natural history. By following the thread of one tree growing one sheltered and sacred space, award-winning author Karen Autio gently explores patterns of colonization that will resonate with readers all over North America. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource also addresses many standards in Grade 3 Social Studies, especially when the activities in the teacher guide are explored.

Website: http://www.karenautio.com/PictureBooks

Reviews: http://www.karenautio.com/GUWHC_Reviews

Teacher's Guide: https://www.crwth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TG_GrowingUpinWildHorseCanyon.pdf

Sample Pages (Amazon): https://www.amazon.ca/Growing-Up-Wild-Horse-Canyon/dp/1775331903

 

Mathematics

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 4
Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 4.1 and 4.2

Singapore Math Standards Edition edition is not mentioned here because as the grades progress, it is more difficult to "jump in" to this method of learning. It is still a strong option and can be considered for students looking for an academically rigorous curriculum. A placement test is strongly recommended before selecting a level.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 4

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: teaches math concepts through engaging, real-life stories and practical application. In Level 4, a summer spent in Peru has meant a lot of changes for Charlie, Charlotte, and their growing family! Your student joins them as they see new sights on a family trip, explore the role math plays in their adventures, develop important character traits, apply critical thinking skills, and discover how mathematical concepts interact with the world around them.

Math is a living subject that happens all over everyday life! In Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 4, students learn math concepts such as fractions, metric units of measurement, basic geometry, and averaging through exciting, real-world stories and applications. A blend of stories, copy work, oral narration, and hands-on experience brings the concepts to life, invites the student to explore the world around them, and gives this math course a Charlotte Mason flavour.

This course includes: convenient Daily Schedule; short, engaging 15-30 minute lessons; full-colour worksheets; answer key; manipulatives section, and features convenient perforated pages.

Students will learn:

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-4

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/

Series Overview Video: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18

Series Overview Webpage: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education

Table of Contents: found on this page under "Description"

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/731/ 

 

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 4 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Type of Resource: workbooks

Description: in conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's teacher resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 4 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 4 mathematics, with units on:

The New Canadian edition of AP Book 4 is printed in two parts, Book 4.1 and Book 4.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_new_cdn_4

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans: free when you register online, https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tr_4_new_Cdn 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents here

Sample Pages: 

Science

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5

100 ready-to-use graphic organizers that help elementary students learn

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: graphic organizers are a powerful metacognitive teaching and learning tool. These graphic organizers can be used before learning, during learning, or after learning activities. This resource provides tools to help students understand relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource can be utilized where resources do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. It is a recommended pick for grades 2 - 5 and can be used again year after year.

Website: here 

Biology

What Senses do Animals Have? by Bobbie Kalman

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: did you know that worker bees have more than 5,000 lenses in each eye and dragonflies have more than 30,000? Did you know a chameleon can move each of its eyes in opposite directions? This fascinating book will thrill children with facts, such as how crickets hear with their legs, how bats and dolphins use echolocation, how elephants hear low-frequency sounds, and how sharks use their lateral line for sensing movement in the water. Other topics include animals that can sense ultraviolet and infrared light, temperature changes, and smells and those that are able to detect magnetic fields. This book, written at a grade 3 reading level and illustrated with magnificent photographs, is more interesting than a science-fiction novel! 

Website: https://www.crabtreebooks.com/en-ca/ProductDetail/9780778732853_what-senses-do-animals-have

Preview available here

What is a Biome? by Bobbie Kalman

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: the earth has over 30 types of biomes, some of which are home to thousands of ecosystems. All of the plants and animals living in these huge natural areas depend on one another for survival. Children will love learning about life in each major biome. Using simple-to-understand text and beautiful images, What is a Biome? clearly defines the concepts of biome and climate, and covers:

Website: https://www.crabtreebooks.com/en-ca/ProductDetail/9780865058873_what-is-a-biome

Preview available here

Chemistry

Solids, Liquids and Gases by the Ontario Science Centre 

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: Solids, Liquids and Gases has 13 experiments carefully chosen by the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children can explore the three states of matter, what makes each state unique and how matter changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas through evaporation, condensation, melting and freezing. Filled with bright photographs, the Starting with Science series provides valuable lessons about basic science.

Website: https://www.kidscanpress.com//products/solids-liquids-and-gases

PDF Sample: https://www.kidscanpress.com/sites/default/files/products/assets/SolidsLiquidsAndGases_0717_activity.pdf

Physics

God's Design for the Physical World: Heat and Energy Teacher and Student Pack

Note: This resource will make up the bulk of the student work for Grade 4 science. The other branches of science addressing the other big ideas and content competencies are purposefully not addressed to the same level of depth.

Type of Resource: softcover student home education resource book

Description: your student will delight in learning about the many kinds of energy that power our lives. From fossil fuels to nuclear power plants, you will see how God provided for our energy needs. Your student will enjoy experimenting with magnets and mirrors, light bulbs, and lenses, as he/she studies the wonders of electricity, magnetism, light, and sound. Your student will also learn about that wondrous power source, the sun. Heat and Energy provides 35 lessons that will introduce your student to the energy available in the physical world. Full-colour.

God’s Design Series Overview

Elementary and middle schoolers will love the exciting, easy-to-understand, and easily taught lessons in the God’s Design textbooks by Debbie and Richard Lawrence. Best of all, God’s Design textbooks help you teach science from a biblical, creationist perspective, emphasizing God’s handiwork in the world around us. Using God’s Design curriculum from AiG will help strengthen your student’s faith by showing how science consistently supports the Bible’s written record. Students will learn to think critically and logically examine arguments presented by all sides in the creation/evolution debate.

Note: this resource is suitable for Grades 3 - 8. There is a Challenge section in light green boxes throughout the book for students in grades 6-8. The description above refers to the full colour updated 4th Edition.

The teacher supplement book provides an introduction on how to teach the curriculum, a supply list and answer key for each lesson, a resource guide containing suggested books, videos, and field trips, and a master supply list for God’s Design for the Physical World: Heat & Energy. Also includes student supplement worksheets and tests in an electronic form.

Website: https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-physical-world-heat-and-energy-2016/?sku=13-1-041

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/prod/etc/sample/13-1-041_heat-energy-student.pdf

Earth/Space

Seasons, Tides and Lunar Phases by Tara Haelle 

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: the Earth rotates on its axis, causing day and night, and revolves around the Sun, causing changes in season and weather occurrences

Website: https://rourkeeducationalmedia.com/products/seasons-tides-and-lunar-phases-paperback

 

Social Studies

Courage and Conquest: Discovering Canadian History 7th Edition by Northwoods Press

Type of Resource: softcover student home education resource book

Description: a chronological study of Canadian History including all major events in the settlement of Canada to Confederation. Each lesson includes references to literature sure to captivate the student's interests. Text, reproducible work pages and timeline picture with each lesson. Includes exciting living text geared for upper elementary.  

Assignments with each lesson introduce the Six Historical Thinking Concepts for critical thinking. Colour timeline pictures complement each lesson. Historical fiction titles are listed for each topic, both in print and out of print for library users.  While this resource is most suitable for upper elementary, all ages can benefit. 

The following additional resources are recommended to deepen the quality of learning not essential to this independent guide.

Website: https://www.donnaward.net/courage-and-conquest-discovering-canadian-history-7th-edition/9781927474587/shop.php

Review here

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Digital Content: To collect digital content on a product you have purchased Login (or create a user account) and enter the code inside the front cover on the Redeem Code Field (original purchaser only).

Table of Contents and Samples Pages: available on this page (scroll down)

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Building Life's Castles Student Manual by Positive Action for Christ

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: encourage the study of God’s Word with this full-colour workbook filled with approachable exercises that teach biblical truth and apply what is taught. This Student Manual includes

Fourth Edition improvements include . . .

Website: https://positiveaction.org/store/group/building-life-castles#overview

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/bible-religion/curricula-and-scripture-memory/positive-action-for-christ-bible-curriculum#

PDF Sample of Student Manual: https://positiveaction.org/documents/603/G4_SM_Sample.pdf 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: free printable verse cards

Teacher's Manual: provides tools for teaching and discipling students. With features including a weekly schedule, lesson objectives, discussion questions, and character trait activities, you’ll have everything you need to help your students grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.

Note from curriculum consultant: although it is recommended to use the teacher manual with this resource, students can use the student manual alone with minor adjustments.

PDF Sample of Teacher's Manual: https://positiveaction.org/documents/709/G4_TM_Sample.pdf

 

Grade Five Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Five Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 5 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

  • Language Lessons for a Living Education 5
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiller with Classroom Complete Press Literature Kit (or alternate)
  • Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart (cross-curricular w/social studies)
  • No Time to Say Goodbye: Children's Stories of Kupe Island Residential School (cross-curricular w/social studies)

Mathematics 

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 5

OR

  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition 5.1 and 5.2

Science 

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers OR 3-D Graphic Organizers

Biology

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (First 8 lessons of 12; lessons 9 and 10 address Grade 6 content standards )

Chemistry

  • Mixtures and Solutions by Molly Aloian

Physics

  • Simple Machines! With 25 Science Activities for Kids by Anita Yasuda

Earth/Space

  • The Geology Book OR Rocks and Geology ScienceWiz Kit

Social Studies

  • Internment Camps (Crabtree Publishing)
  • BC Land and People (Apple Press)
  • Coming to Canada by Robert Livesey
  • Canadian Government by Classroom Complete Press

Bible/Christian Studies

  • Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? (Apologia)

Optional/Additional Resources (not detailed below)

  • STEM Starters: Balloon Cars (ADST)
  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Gr. 5-6 (Health Education)
  • Sockeye Mother (Science; to address First Peoples concepts of interconnectedness in the environment)
  • Above & Beyond with Communication (Career Education)

Detailed Grade 5 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Language Lessons for a Living Education 5 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible

Type of Resource: Workbook

Description: students will build on and reinforce essential communication skills as they achieve proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, and written communication. Independent reading and mastery of effective sentences and paragraphs are at the heart of this course.

Students will enjoy poem, hymn, and picture studies as well as faith-growing stories to inspire detailed and descriptive paragraphs while making real-world connections that enhance this fun and engaging story-based approach. Written with a Charlotte Mason influence but designed for modern homeschoolers, activities include book reports, Scripture, creating a dictionary, narration, and critical thinking games to hone and apply their writing and reading skills creatively.

This course is a story-based approach, using Charlotte Mason's ideas for the modern homeschool student with character-building themes. Each quarter has five stories, two picture studies (one of which is biblically-based), and two poems (one of which is a proverb). Using the spelling words and the Dictionary Worksheets, the student will create their very own dictionary as they move week by week through the material. 

This course incorporates picture study, memorization, grammar and punctuation, spelling and vocabulary, observation, and application through creating their own stories through pictures, sentences, paragraphs, poems, proverbs, and letters. This course also develops reading and narration skills. Writing stamina is built up gradually. By the end of the course, students should be able to comfortably write various types of paragraphs.

Scope and sequence, daily course calendar, assessment charts, recommended reading list, spelling practice ideas, and grammar sheets also included.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-5

Series Overview: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series 

Placement Guide: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/939/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/language-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: see this page under "Description"
PDF Samples: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/968/ 

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler with Literature Kit by Classroom Complete Press (or alternate)

Type of Resource: fiction novel and workbook

Description: enhance instruction and allow for much deeper conversations to keep students engaged. Imagine who the character of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will be and what role she will play in the story. Put the Kincaid children's actions in the correct order they occurred as they ran away. Find a simile used to describe how hungry the children are in the book. Invent a character and write a letter similar to what Mrs. Frankweiler does at the beginning of the novel. Draw a map of the children's journey in the style of a plot pyramid. Aligned to your State Standards, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

About the Novel: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a Newbery Medal-winning story about two young children who run away from home. Twelve-year-old Claudia and nine-year-old Jamie run away to New York using an old unused adult ticket for the train. The pair find themselves living in the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art by hiding in the bathrooms when the Museum closes. While there, they become interested in Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and her recent purchase of the marble statue of an angel on display at the Museum. They use the rest of their money to visit the woman in Connecticut. Their trip leads to them discovering the secret behind the angel statue.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Any novel can be chosen in place of this one. Other options for novels/novel studies can be found here.

Video Overview: https://youtu.be/4Vgo3w3t77U

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2528

Free Bonus Worksheets: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/cc2528d?_pos=1&_sid=9b5c71877&_ss=r

PDF Samples: available on their website here

Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922

Type of Resource: historical fiction

Description: each fictional diary in the "Dear Canada" series invites readers into the world of a girl living through a particular period in Canada's past. Gillian Chan's latest addition illustrates the effect the Chinese Head Tax has on one young girl and her family. Mei-ling and her father are struggling to pay the head tax that will allow her mother and brother, who are still living in China, to come to Canada. They must have that money before the impending Exclusion Act bars any more Chinese from immigrating. What will happen if they can't come up with enough money in time to reunite their family?

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this book addresses standards in Social Studies as well as English Language Arts. There are optional resources listed below to interact with the material, and there may also be suitable pages in The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, part of these grade "picks" lister under the Science section but suitable for all subjects.

Website: http://www.scholastic.ca/books/view/dear-canada-an-ocean-apart

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and Preview: available on Amazon, https://www.amazon.ca/Gillian-Chan/dp/0779113535

No Time to Say Goodbye: Children's Stories of Kupe Island Residential School

Type of Resource: historical fiction

Description: a fictional account of five children sent to aboriginal boarding school, based on the recollections of a number of Tsartlip First Nations people. These unforgettable children are taken by government agents from Tsartlip Day School to live at Kuper Island Residential School. The five are isolated on the small island and life becomes regimented by the strict school routine. They experience the pain of homesickness and confusion while trying to adjust to a world completely different from their own. Their lives are no longer organized by fishing, hunting and family, but by bells, line-ups and chores. In spite of the harsh realities of the residential school, the children find adventure in escape, challenge in competition, and camaraderie with their fellow students. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always engrossing, No Time to Say Goodbye is a story that readers of all ages won’t soon forget.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this book addresses standards in Social Studies as well as English Language Arts. No Time to Say Goodbye is made up of a number of different stories. Not all of them are appropriate for Grade 5, and some refer to sensitive material. Parents should exercise their discretion in assigning stories.

Website: https://sononis.com/product/no-time-to-say-goodbye/

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: FNESC Indian Residential Schools & Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide, Gr. 5, pages 29 - 62


Math

Singapore Math Standards Edition edition is not mentioned here because as the grades progress, it is more difficult to "jump in" to this method of learning. It is still a strong option and can be considered for students looking for an academically rigorous curriculum. A placement test is strongly recommended before selecting a level.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 5

Type of Resource: workbook
Description: students learn best and retain more when they are engaged in the material and actively applying concepts to everyday life—Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 5 engages your student through exciting stories and teaches them how to apply mathematical concepts through everyday life situations—allowing your student to learn smarter instead of harder! Math Lessons for a Living Education teaches through short, story-based lessons; real-life application; Hands-on activities; and engaging, full-colour worksheets.

This engaging, story-based approach puts math into context for your student as they student build connections between mathematical concepts and their own lives—learning both how to do math, and how to apply it to life outside the textbook. A blend of stories, copy-work, oral narration, and hands-on experience brings the concepts to life, invites the student to explore the world around them, and gives this course a Charlotte Mason flavour.

In Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 5 your student will learn:

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-5

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/

Series Overview Video: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18

Series Overview Webpage: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education

Table of Contents: found on this page under "Description"

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/757/ 

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 5 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Type of Resource: workbooks

Description: in conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's teacher resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 5 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 5 mathematics, with units on:

NOTE: The New Canadian edition of AP Book 5 is printed in two parts, Book 5.1 and Book 5.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_new_cdn_5

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans: free when you register online, https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tr_5_new_Cdn 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents here

Sample Pages: 

 

Science 

Biology

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook* and Student Notebooking Journal*

*First 8 lessons of 12; lessons 9 and 10 address Grade 6 content standards

Note: This resource will make up half to two-thirds of the student work for Grade 5 science. The other branches of science addressing the other big ideas and content competencies are purposefully not addressed to the same level of depth.

Type of Resource: home education student textbook and student notebooking journal (like a workbook)

Description: From the brain in your head to the nails on your toes, you and your students will encounter fascinating facts, engaging activities, intriguing experiments, and loads of fun as you learn about the human body and how to keep it working well. Beginning with a brief history of medicine and a peek into cells and DNA, your students will voyage through fourteen lessons covering many subjects, such as the body systems: skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, nervous and more! They’ll study nutrition and health, how God designed their immune system to protect them, along with embryology and what makes them a unique creation of God.

As they work their way through the course, your students will enjoy adding the organs about which they learn to their own personalized human figure to be placed in their course notebook. In addition to all this exploration, your students will enjoy scientific experiments and projects, such as testing the bacteria content around the house, finding their blood type, creating a cell model from Jello and candy, and even building a stethoscope!

In keeping with the other books in the Apologia elementary science Young Explorer Series, the Charlotte Mason methodology is employed with engaging narratives, narration prompts and notebooking projects, all of which reinforce their learning using proven techniques that strengthen retention.

Website: https://www.apologia.com/product/apologia-advantage-set-anatomy-physiology-with-regular-notebooking-journal/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/science/science-unit-studies/apologia-s-exploring-creation-series-elementary-grades#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Samples:

Additional Support:

Chemistry

Mixtures and Solutions by Molly Aloian

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: most of the materials around us contain blends of more than one substance. These are mixtures and solutions. Seawater, for example, is a solution of salt and water. The engaging text and vivid illustrations in this book will help readers understand how mixtures and solutions form and how they apply to everyday life. Topics include:

• the difference between mixtures and solutions
• how solutions may be diluted or concentrated
• how distillation and filtration work
• the principles of osmosis

Website: https://www.crabtreebooks.com/ProductDetail/9780778742500_mixtures-and-solutions-pb

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Physics

Simple Machines! With 25 Science Activities for Kids by Anita Yasuda

Type of Resource: Nonfiction book

Description: You might not think you’re using a simple machine when you zip up your coat, but it’s true! Simple Machines! With 25 Science Projects for Kids introduces readers to the six simple machines recognized as crucial to human civilization: planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Hands-on science projects, essential questions, links to primary sources, and more get kids excited about STEM learning.

This resource dedicates a chapter to each of the six simple machines that were identified centuries ago: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Kids develop analytical skills as they figure out where force is applied and what kind of work it generates. Essential questions, fascinating facts, and links to online primary sources make student-led learning fun and productive!

Through science-minded STEM projects and investigative engineering experiments, kids develop critical and creative thinking skills about the roles simple machines play in our world and their importance to human civilization.

Try these hands-on engineering projects!

Website: https://nomadpress.net/nomadpress-books/simple-machines/#bookdetailc

Guide with Essential Questions: https://nomadpress.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Simple_Machines-Classroom-Guide.pdf

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://issuu.com/nomadpressvt/docs/explore-simplemachines_salescopy_rd

Earth/Space

Option 1: ScienceWiz Rocks and Geology Book & Kit

Type of Resource: Science Kit with Book

Description: This is the WEIGHTIEST ScienceWiz book sold, as it has lots of good-sized rock samples! Eruptive experiments are used to explore the active geology of planet Earth. Relate rocks to the history of the planet and connect the earth’s crust to real rocks through exciting eruptive experiments to foster comprehension.

20 activities which include:

Website: https://sciencewiz.com/product/rocks-and-geology/

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: ScienceWiz Portal to Discovery: Rocks and Geology

Option 2: The Geology Book (Wonders of Creation)

Note: only the first 4 of 8 chapters need to be completed to address content standards. This is not a very costly book.

Type of Resource: nonfiction 

Description: rocks firmly anchored to the ground and rocks floating through space fascinate us. Jewellery, houses and roads are just some of the ways we use what has been made from geologic processes to advance civilization. Whether scrambling over a rocky beach or gazing at spectacular meteor showers, we can’t get enough of geology! The Geology Book will teach you: what really carved the Grand Canyon; how thick the earth’s crust is; why the earth is unique for life; the varied features of the earth’s surface—from plains to peaks; how sedimentary deposition occurs through water, wind and ice; effects of erosion; ways in which sediments become sedimentary rock; fossilization and the age of the dinosaurs; the powerful effects of volcanic activity; continental drift theory; radioisotopes and carbon dating; and geological processes of the past.

Website: https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/geology-book/

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

PDF Samples available on this page, https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/geology-book/

 

Science/Social Studies

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: graphic organizers are a powerful metacognitive teaching and learning tool. These graphic organizers can be used before learning, during learning, or after learning activities. This resource provides tools to help students understand relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource can be utilized where resources do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. It is a recommended pick for grades 2 - 5 and can be used again year after year. 

Website: here 

OR 3-D Graphic Organizers: 20 Easy-to-Make Learning Tools That Reinforce Key Concepts

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: bring a new dimension to graphic organizers-and increase students' ability to learn and remember important content-area information-with these 20 engaging learning tools. Each organizer comes with a ready-to-go template, easy step-by-step directions, and ideas for using it across the curriculum. The finished three-dimensional products serve as powerful reference tools-and make a great classroom display to show off what students have learned. Great for individual, small-group, and whole-class learning!

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource can be utilized where resources do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. It is a recommended pick for grades 3-6 and can be used again year after year. 

Website: here

 

Social Studies 

Internment Camps (Crabtree Publishing's Series, Uncovering the Past: Analyzing Primary Sources) 

Use of The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers or 3-D Graphic Organizers with the resources in the section below is recommended, as the books below provide only a few ways to interact with the content.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book 

Description: an important addition to any multicultural collection, this title examines the internment of “enemy aliens” in the United States and Canada during the Second World War. With particular emphasis on “yellow peril” and the plight of Japanese-American and Canadian citizens, the book reveals the events, mindsets, and policies leading up to and following the forced removal of thousands of citizens from their homes into internment camps. Using primary sources including real accounts of survivors, the title encourages readers to examine differing perspectives on the events and think critically about the complex relationship between citizenship and diversity in North America. A final chapter considers the lasting effects of internment—and how harmful stereotypes in today’s global climate run the risk of repeating past mistakes.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Students may wish to expand their learning by completing an inquiry project (see this page for more) where they conduct their own research and reflect/report on Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples.

BC Land and People by Apple Press

Type of Resource: consumable workbook

Description: This reproducible activity book is about Canada's Pacific province. Topics include a cross-section of British Columbia, the Cordillera, climate, the Fraser River system, preserving a temperate rainforest, and natural resources, Aboriginal place-names, a traditional winter lodge, the gold rush, fruit growing, copper mining, Pacific Rim National Park, the capital, Victoria and emblems of British Columbia.

This series of reproducible resource books are filled with factual and up-to-date information. The imaginative and self-directing activities in each book focus on a particular province or territory of Canada and are designed to help students acquire a knowledge of the basic geography and social history of Canada. Numerous map activities are a part of each book and develop map skills such as plotting a route, interpreting symbols and using a scale to calculate distance. Pictures and charts are used to clarify and enhance the content. Activities such as crossword puzzles and quizzes are used for review. The answers to the activities as well as outline maps for the teacher or student use are included at the end of each book.

Coming to Canada by Robert Livesy

Type of Resource: student textbook

Description: This textbook of 160 pages contains personal stories of 42 young people aged 8 to 25, who left their native countries to come to Canada. It describes their reasons for leaving, why they, (or their parents) chose Canada, the problems that they encountered on the way here, the immediate culture shock when they arrived, their adjustment to their new environment, the problems and advantages that they discovered and their opinions of Canada today.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource could cross over into some English language arts standards as it includes hundreds of Topics for Discussion and Creative Challenges that will inform students about their new multicultural citizens and the advantages of living in Canada as seen by new Canadians.

Website: http://www.littlebrick.com/shop-online.html#!/Coming-to-Canada/p/122986981/category=30483411

Canadian Government by Classroom Complete Press 

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: travel back to Confederation to see how Canada became a new nation.  This resource breaks down the responsibilities and parts of the federal government. Recognize that Canada is a democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with the head of state being the King or Queen. Read the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, before writing your own Constitution for a new country. Create a presentation on one of the departments the federal government is responsible for, such as national defence or the post office. Understand that Canada is made up of provinces and territories and that each has its own government under the federal system. Jump into the political process to elect the next Prime Minister, and see how a majority of minority government affects his or her leadership. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy. Additional writing tasks, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. Gr. 5-8; reading level Gr. 3-4.

Video Overview: https://youtu.be/IhE7nL3IpPw

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp5758

PDF Samples on this page

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?

Type of Resource: student textbook

Description: introduces the concept of worldview while laying the foundational truths upon which a biblical Christian worldview is built. Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. Young children must be equipped to discern among competing ideas and stand firm in the truth. Concepts covered include:

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resource is most suitable for students in Grades 4-8 but could be used for children as young as 6 and as old as 14 in a multi-grade learning environment. This resource could be used for family devotions and discussions.

Website: https://www.apologia.com/product/who-is-god-textbook/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-extras/worldview-curriculum/what-we-believe-series#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Samples: https://view.publitas.com/apologia/apologia-who-is-god-sample/page/1

Grade Six Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Six Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 6 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

  • Language Lessons for a Living Education 6 and The 10 Minute Bible Journey (Mason)
  • Number the Stars (or similar) novel with Literature Kit by Classroom Complete Press
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man (or similar) novel with Progeny Press Study Guide

Mathematics

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 6 Student Workbook & Teacher Guide Set OR  Jump Math New Canadian Edition 6.1 and 6.2

Science 

Biology

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook and Notebooking Journal (Apologia), OR The Electrifying Nervous System by Master Books & Elementary Anatomy: Nervous, Respiratory, Circulatory Systems Teacher Guide

Chemistry

  • Candy Chemistry Science Kit by Thames & Kosmos

Physics

  • Forces & Motion: From High-speed Jets to Wind-up Toys (student book, student journal, teacher's guide)

Earth/Space

  • Solar System by Classroom Complete Press

Science/Social Studies

The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers Gr. 5-12 OR 3-D Graphic Organizers

Social Studies

  • Economy and Globalization by Classroom Complete Press
  • Shannen and the Dream for a School
  • World Electoral Processes by Classroom Complete Press
  • Understanding Propaganda by John Joseph Micklos
  • Understanding Social Media by Pamela Jain Dell

Bible/Christian Studies

  • Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? (Apologia)

Optional/Additional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 6 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts

Language Lessons for a Living Education 6 and The 10 Minute Bible Journey (Mason)

Type of Resource: workbook and supplementary book

Description: students will focus on the essentials of written communication as they master and apply their skills to grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, and vocabulary expansion. Independent reading and writing proficiency are developed by consistently writing clear, effective sentences within dynamic paragraphs. In practising these skills, students will start to incorporate more creative challenges, such as figures of speech and descriptive writing.

Students will also review and integrate the eight parts of speech, tricky words and verbs, parts of a story, poems, Bible genres, map studies, picture observation, and much more. With a large Teacher Aids section included, students are equipped to meet any writing challenge. Written with a Charlotte Mason influence but designed for modern homeschoolers, the course also includes a Scope and Sequence, daily course calendar, assessment charts, recommended reading list, spelling practice ideas, and grammar sheets.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-6

Series Overviewhttps://www.masterbooks.com/language-lessons-for-a-living-education-series 

Placement Guide: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/939/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/language-lessons-for-a-living-education#

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents: see this page under "Description"

PDF Samples: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/1026/

Number the Stars (or similar) novel with Literature Kit by Classroom Complete Press

Type of Resource: novel with workbook

Description: Experience the fear and danger of World War II as one girl risks her life to save her Jewish friend.

High-quality, detailed questions and support materials go beyond the typical drill questions. Find proof from the text that shows Mama is determined and quick-thinking. Put events at the end of World War II in order that they happened in the novel. Find examples of foreshadowing in the story and explain what it may be hinting at. Match vocabulary words to their underlined synonyms in the sentences. Create questions for the game Jeopardy using information from the story. Conduct an interview with one of the characters from the book with questions and the character's response. Additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

About the Novel:
A story of a ten-year-old girl, her family and their courageous journey to save the lives of their Jewish friends. During the darkest days of World War II living in Copenhagen, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is caught up in these unfolding historical events when she learns that the life of her best friend: Ellen Rosen, is in danger. The Rosens go into hiding and Annemarie's parents volunteer to take Ellen into their home until the voyage to the safe country of Sweden can be arranged. Annemarie is thrust into several perilous adventures as she does the utmost to save the lives of the Rosens. Annemarie's courage and ingenuity are severely tested as she is forced to confront German soldiers intent on killing her friend.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This novel has been selected as a cross-curricular resource that will also address the Gr. 6 social studies content area of "regional and international conflict: genocide", however an alternate novel can be chosen instead.

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2506 

Video Overview: https://youtu.be/6o7AemuP-kA

Reviews: see this page (scroll down on left side), https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2506 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: FREE Number the Stars Bonus Worksheets here 

PDF Samples: see this page (select sample page images on the left side), https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2506 

 

Amos Fortune, Free Man (or similar) novel with Progeny Press Study Guide

Type of Resource: novel with workbook

Description: provides a Christian perspective to classic literature through reading comprehension and literary analysis activities. Vocabulary words are used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth. Literary techniques and moral lessons are explored. Activities and writing assignments address themes such as research, art, map, field trip, video, poetry, storytelling, writing, racism discussion, and epitaph.

About the Novel: biographical; based on a true story. For the first 15 years of his life, Amos Fortune was At-mun, prince of an African tribe. He always believed that, as a future king, he was to live to serve his people. But At-mun's life is turned upside down when he and many of his people are captured and brought to the United States to be sold as slaves. At-mun is purchased by a kind Quaker family, who gives him the name Amos and welcome him into their home. Under the care of the Copelands, Amos learns to read and speak English and learns about their God. When Amos comes to understand that as a child of God his royal heritage has been restored, his life is transformed. For the rest of his life, Amos continues the work he believes he was born to do: serve his people. Through the many turns his life takes, Amos shows trust and assurance in God, and though he works to achieve his own freedom and the freedom of others, he knows that true freedom can only come from faith in God.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This novel has been selected as a cross-curricular resource that will also address the Gr. 6 social studies content area of inequality and racism, however an alternate novel can be chosen instead.

Website: https://stores.progenypress.com/amos-fortune-free-man-study-guide/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/novel-and-play-study-guides/progeny-press-study-guides-for-literature# 

Table of Contents and PDF Samples: https://stores.progenypress.com/content/AmosFortune_smpl.pdf 

Math

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 6
Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 6.1 and 6.2

Singapore Math Standards Edition edition is not mentioned here because as the grades progress, it is more difficult to "jump in" to this method of learning. It is still a strong option and can be considered for students looking for an academically rigorous curriculum. A placement test is strongly recommended before selecting a level.

Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 6 Student Workbook & Teacher Guide Set

Description: This engaging, story-based approach puts math into context for your student as they build connections between mathematical concepts and their own lives—learning both how to do the math and how to apply it to life outside the textbook. A blend of stories, copy work, oral narration, and hands-on experience brings the concepts to life, invites the student to explore the world around them, and gives this course a Charlotte Mason flavour.

In Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 6 your student will learn:

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-level-6 

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/750/

Series Overview Video: https://youtu.be/JHlMs8kFp18

Series Overview Webpage: https://www.masterbooks.com/math-lessons-for-a-living-education-series/

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-grades-k-6/math-lessons-for-a-living-education

Table of Contents: found on this page under "Description"

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/830/ 

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 6 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Type of Resource: workbooks

Description: in conjunction with the New Canadian Edition of JUMP Math's teacher resources, Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 6 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 6 mathematics, with units on:

NOTE: The New Canadian edition of AP Book 6 is printed in two parts, Book 6.1 and Book 6.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. The Teacher's Resource is highly recommended and is free when you create an account at https://jumpmath.org/.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.

Website: https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/ap_6_new_cdn 

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans: free when you register online, https://jumpmath.org/jump/en/tr_6_new_Cdn.

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents here

Sample Pages: 

Science 

Biology
Option 1: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook* and Student Notebooking Journal
Option 2: The Electrifying Nervous System by Master Books AND Elementary Anatomy: Nervous, Respiratory, Circulatory Systems Teacher Guide
Option 1: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook* and Student Notebooking Journal*

*Note: if Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology was used/purchased in Grade 5 begin at chapter 9 (lessons 9 and 10 address Grade 6 content standards). If this resource was not started in Grade 5, it is not recommended as a resource for Grade 6 since only a couple of chapters directly address the content standards. For a full description of this resource, see the Grade Five Curriculum Picks SOPHIE page.

Option 2: The Electrifying Nervous System by Master Books, AND Elementary Anatomy: Nervous, Respiratory, Circulatory Systems Teacher Guide

Type of Resource: hardcover textbook

Description: God created you with much care, love and incredible design. Developed by a homeschooling pediatrician, this book focuses on the amazing design and functionality of the human body’s nervous system. You will discover:

Learn interesting and important facts about why you sleep, the function of the central nervous system, what foods can superpower your brain functions, and much more in a wonderful exploration of the brain and how it controls the wondrous machine known as your body! 

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource contains activity options for younger students as well, so is good for multi-grade use. Use with Elementary Anatomy: Nervous, Respiratory, Circulatory Systems Teacher Guide.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/the-electrifying-nervous-system-hardback-single 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/science/topical-areas/human-body-and-health-education/elementary-anatomy-nervous-and-respiratory-systems# 

Book Trailer (video): https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/635/

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/610/ 

Chemistry

Candy Chemistry Science Kit by Thames & Kosmos

Note from Curriculum Consultant: this resources is a lighter, hands-on suggestion chosen purposefully because the other resources recommended in science for this grade are more academic in nature and will take significant time and effort. For a thorough exploration of Chemistry, consider "Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics" published by Apologia (which can also be used as a multi-grade resource in grades 1 through 6).

Type of Resource: science kit 

Description: Explore chemistry as you cook up candies and chocolates in the kitchen! Perform a number of sweet experiments and learn important physical science principles related to candy and cooking. Discover why sugar crystallizes to make rock candy. Learn about specific heat and the phases of matter by molding chocolates. Use a thermometer and learn about heat and temperature while boiling sugar. Gain experience with measurements and conversions, volumes, and weights. Investigate the chemistry of gummy bears. Learn about the mysterious phenomenon of triboluminescence with wintergreen candies. Make gummy candies, chocolate shapes, and hard sugar candy using the special tools included: plastic and metal molds, candy thermometer, spatula, dipping fork, and more. Finish them with foils, paper cups, sticks, and wrappers. The 48-page, full-colour manual provides instructions and explanations. Does not contain hazardous chemicals or food items; you supply the safe ingredients from your kitchen.

Website: https://store.thamesandkosmos.com/products/candy-chemistry 

Additional Support - Download Manual

Physics

Forces & Motion: From High-speed Jets to Wind-up Toys (textbook, student journal, teacher's guide)

Type of Resource: home education teacher's guide, student book, student journal
Description: In this new Investigate the Possibilities series for 3rd through 6th grade, elementary physical science is simplified into 20 simple investigations that use household items for education experiments! This easy-to-use manual will help you direct the learning experience by providing additional guidance for hands-on projects, important concepts, structure, and insightful instruction notes. The Teacher's Guide provides:
  • bonus activities for additional learning
  • clear investigations objectives to help guide the learning experience
  • sections on creation apologetics and connections to Bible references
The full-colour student book is filled with 20 hands-on activities that ignite a sense of curiosity about the wonderful God has made. Concepts are introduced in an engaging way - by highlighting the science behind kids at play, like rollerskating, skateboarding, and even running. By guiding students through these easy to understand investigations, they learn to explain, apply, expand, and assess what they have personally observed! Learn how to:
  • Determine the speed and motion of favourite toys
  • Create a catapult and experience the mechanics of pulleys
  • Set up a floating pencil race
  • Discover why friction creates heat
This student journal provides a vital place for you to save information about your investigations, projects, and ideas, as well as reflect on what you have learned and why it is important. The journal is filled with:
  • helpful graphs for special projects
  • Scripture reflections to pause and think about
  • questions to help you understand science better
  • useful charts to simplify your studies
  • guidance for digging deeper into important scientific principles
Website: https://www.nlpg.com/forces-and-motion-teachers-guide-paperback-single 
Table of Contents and PDF Samples:
Additional Support: http://www.investigatethepossibilities.com/ 

Earth/Space

Solar System by Classroom Complete Press

Type of Resource: workbook
Description: presents science concepts in a way that makes them accessible to students and easier to understand. Introduce students to the solar system. Explain how it is made up of planets, moons and asteroids. Then, travel to each of the inner and outer planets. Build a scale model of the solar system, and plan your trip to one of its planets. Your next stop, the moon. Learn the different phases of the moon and figure out what a Blue Moon is. Take a look at the stars and compare yellow dwarfs with blue giants. Create a presentation detailing the story behind your favourite constellation. Finally, compare asteroids, meteors and comets as they travel through our solar system. Aligned to the Next Generation State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy and STEAM initiatives, additional hands-on experiments, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
Highlights:

• Introduction to the Solar System
• The Inner Planets
• The Outer Planets
• The Moon
• The Stars
• Constellations
• Asteroids, Meteors & Comets

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp4512 
Supplementary Free Resources:
PDF Samples: see the left side panel of this page.

Science/Social Studies

The options in this section can be utilized where resources in Science or Social Studies do not provide a way to interact with the material presented. Teachers and students can pick and choose organizers that appeal to them and are readily adaptable to the material they are learning. 

Option 1: The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Gr 5-12

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: veteran educator and NCTE trainer Katherine McKnight shows how students can use graphic organizers as an important tool to organize new information. Providing a visual representation that uses symbols to express ideas, concepts, and convey meaning, graphic organizers help to depict relationships between facts, terms, and ideas. The author demonstrates how graphic organizers have proven to be a powerful teaching and learning strategy.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This is a recommended pick for grades 6-9 and can be used again year after year. 

Option 2: 3-D Graphic Organizers: 20 Easy-to-Make Learning Tools That Reinforce Key Concepts (Grades 3 - 6)

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: bring a new dimension to graphic organizers-and increase students' ability to learn and remember important content-area information-with these 20 engaging learning tools. Each organizer comes with a ready-to-go template, easy step-by-step directions, and ideas for using it across the curriculum. The finished three-dimensional products serve as powerful reference tools-and make a great classroom display to show off what students have learned. Great for individual, small-group, and whole-class learning!

Website: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/3-d-graphic-organizers-by-daniel-j-barnekow/ 

 

Social Studies

Economy and Globalization by Classroom Complete Press

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: debates the pros and cons of nationalization and privatization as it relates to the global economy. Review the early history of currency, from the barter system to metal money, then finally what we use today. Go back to the Great Depression and act out a scene to showcase the economic hardships faced by people living during this era. Hold a panel discussion on international immigration policy. Design your own multinational company and write a business plan. Write a case study about a particular example of outsourcing. Conduct a class debate about whether or not trends towards economic globalization have been good for people around the world. Practice exchanging world currencies using up-to-date currency exchange rates in an international airport. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional hands-on activities, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. 

Highlights:

• Economic Globalization
• The History of Currency
• The Great Depression
• International Commercial Law
• Migration
• Multinational Corporations
• Foreign Direct Investment

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp5783

Free Supplementary Resources:

PDF Samples: see left panel on this page

Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: Biography/Memoir

Description: the true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since the late 1970s when a fuel leak contaminated their original school building. 

It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don’t keep out the freezing cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school gains them attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Her passion and that of the other students makes politicians stand up and take notice and becomes a rallying point for the community and for the country.

Shannen will never see her dream fulfilled. Tragically, she was killed in a car crash in 2010. Her family, friends, and supporters are continuing to fight and to honour her memory as they work for equality for children in communities everywhere.

Website: https://secondstorypress.ca/kids/shannen-and-the-dream-for-a-school 

Supplementary Resources:

World Electoral Processes by Classroom Complete Press

Type of Resource: workbook

Description: breaks down the differences between a presidential, parliamentary and dictatorship government. Travel back to ancient times to experience the first voting system. Explore the concept of a democratic government and whether it truly represents the people. Discover how the president has to share powers with the legislature in a presidential system. Explain why it is easier to pass laws in the parliamentary system than in the presidential system. Roleplay as a member of Parliament and deliver a 90-second statement about an important issue. Find out why most dictators were military leaders, and how the role of a dictator has changed over time. Learn about suffrage and what the requirements are for a citizen to be allowed to vote. Hold your own election to decide on a policy for running your classroom. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy and includes additional writing tasks, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key. 

Highlights:

• History of the Voting System
• Legitimacy of Democratic Gov.
• Presidential System of Gov.
• Parliamentary System of Gov.
• A Dictatorship Gov.
• The Voting System
• Electoral Systems & Reform

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp5762

Free Supplementary Resources: Bonus Worksheets

Table of Contents: see side left panel on this page

 

Understanding Propaganda by John Joseph Micklos

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Description: everybody believes they're immune to propaganda, but everyone is wrong about that. Propaganda assaults us daily, on tv, on the internet, on the streets of our cities; everywhere we look, and even when we don't think we're looking. Easy-to-understand text, simple infographics, and lots of examples help kids learn how to crack the code of propaganda and learn how to use their brains to decide when they are being manipulated into believing lies presented as the truth.

Website: https://www.capstonepub.com/library/products/understanding-propaganda/ 

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: Google preview here

 

Understanding Social Media by Pamela Jain Dell

Use this book with one of the "Graphic Organizers" resources mentioned on this page to assist with learning and reinforcing key concepts.

Type of Resource: nonfiction book

Description: everybody thinks they can handle social media. They're only on with their friends. Everything on social media is real. Except that it isn't. Easy-to-understand language, simple infographics, and evocative photos show kids what's real and what's fake on the various social media platforms, and how to tell the difference.

Website: https://www.capstonepub.com/library/products/understanding-social-media/ 

Table of Contents and PDF Samples: see Google preview here

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? by David Webb and John Hay (Apologia)

Type of Resource: textbook

Description: helps children understand what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of the Most High God. Students will develop a healthy, biblical self-image based on the truths taught in this second book in the What We Believe Series.

Students will develop a healthy, biblical self-image based on these truths:

Website: https://www.apologia.com/product/who-am-i-textbook/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-extras/worldview-curriculum/what-we-believe-series 

Table of Contents and Sample Pages: https://view.publitas.com/apologia/apologia-who-am-i-sample/page/1 

 

Grade Seven Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Seven Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 7 Curriculum Picks

English Language Arts
Mathematics

Science 

Social Studies
Bible/Christian Studies

Optional/Additional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 7 Picks

Note from Curriculum Consultant: In the middle school years (grades 7 - 9), academic standards begin to increase in preparation for high school. Teachers/parents/students may also notice that the resources begin to shift towards more independent student work and that the role of the parent may begin to shift to more of a coach/facilitator. This is a healthy and necessary shift that is not without its challenges. One way I have tried to mitigate the challenges is to recommend resources in the same series for these grades so that students can gain a level of confidence with them over time. It is reasonable to expect that grade seven could be a bit of a learning curve for families as they navigate increasing expectations.

 

English Language Arts

Select one of the following writing programs (A or B), in addition to two novel studies listed below these options.

Option A: Writing Strands Intermediate 1

Type of Resource: Workbook

Description: Writing Strands Intermediate 1 will help your junior high/high school student learn about effective paragraphs, descriptive writing, narrative voice, and tense usage, as well as how to analyze plots in literature. It explores the art of writing effectively—and creatively! In this comprehensive course, students will discover how to structure a story, utilize topic sentences, organize information, craft written descriptions, explore voice and character position, and more.

This is a hybrid course that combines reading and writing into one course. Worksheets add structure to reading assignments chosen by the teacher/parent. Students will rotate writing and reading assignments each week—thus also learning to write through literature because good readers make good writers! Additionally, the Bible is used as the literature base for teaching how narrative voice can be used to form captivating pieces of literature.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource refers to a different book/novel assigned by the teacher/parent each week over 18 lessons and provides a page with six steps for discussion regarding this book in each lesson. This may be a bit much for many students, so this page could be skipped when desired, and the novel study suggested below can be completed as an alternative to this page many of the weeks.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/writing-strands-intermediate-1 

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/910/  

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/ungraded-multi-level-resources-comprehensive/writing-strands# 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Writing Strands: Teaching Companion

Scope and Sequence: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/924/ 

Table of Contents: and PDF Samples: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/869/ 

 

Option B: Essentials in Writing 7 Student Book and Video Component (Choose Stream Online or DVD)

Type of Resource: Homes education curriculum

Description: a homeschool writing curriculum that teaches middle school students proper grammar, how to properly write meaningful sentences, and implement mechanics. Students learn to use the writing process for narrative/descriptive/expository/ persuasive writing, how to use effective writing techniques, and much more. The step-by-step approach allows students to focus on small, daily assignments, so they don’t feel overwhelmed. Level 7 includes a textbook/workbook and contains a video component.

Lesson-by-lesson video instruction is provided via streaming or DVD. These lessons are essential to the program and must be used in conjunction with the textbook/workbook combo book. Note that additional workbooks may be purchased if there are additional students in the family taking the course.

Website: https://essentialsinwriting.com/level-7/ 

Placement Test (Level Wizard): http://essentialsinwriting.com/level-wizard/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/essentials-in-writing 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: 34-Week Plan

Sample Video Lesson: https://youtu.be/N_CK73DXTa8 

Table of Contents and PDF Sample: Level 7 Textbook Sample

Free Trial: https://essentialsinwriting.com/trybeforeyoubuy/ 

 

Novels

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Alternate novels can be chosen. The ones below are cross-curricular historical fiction selections set in ancient history, the era of study in Socials Studies grade 7. Some students may wish to complete 3 or more novels/novel studies. Good options can be found at Progeny Press or Classroom Complete Press.

Novel #1: Bronze Bow with Progeny Press Study Guide

Type of Resource: Novel and workbook

Description: Angry and vengeful at the death of his parents, Daniel bar Jamin joins an outlaw Zealot band pledging to all he can to rid the land of the hated Romans. Daniel meets Joel and Malthace, two young people with a similar desire to see their land free of the Romans. The three of them make a pact to fight together for God's victory. 

Then Daniel learns his grandmother has died and finds he must leave the mountain to care for his sister, Leah. He is torn between the responsibility he feels toward his sister and his hatred against the Romans. To support himself and his sister, Daniel takes over a blacksmith shop belonging to his friend, Simon, who has left town to follow a travelling teacher named Jesus.

Daniel begins to wonder if Jesus is the leader they have all been hoping for, the one who will lead them against the Romans. But Jesus is teaching a very different message from the one Daniel wants to hear.

Website: https://stores.progenypress.com/bronze-bow-the-study-guide/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/novel-and-play-study-guides/progeny-press-study-guides-for-literature 

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://stores.progenypress.com/content/BronzeBow_smpl.pdf 

Novel #2: The Golden Goblet with Progeny Press Study Guide

Type of Resource: Novel and workbook

Description: Ranofer dreams of following in his father's footsteps as a goldsmith, but when he is suddenly orphaned, he struggles under the abusive control of a half-brother. When he stumbles across tomb robbers, Ranofer is swept into danger, mystery, and intrigue, but he never loses sight of his dream. This exciting coming-of-age mystery brings Ancient Egypt to life.

Website: https://stores.progenypress.com/golden-goblet-the-study-guide/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/novel-and-play-study-guides/progeny-press-study-guides-for-literature 

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://stores.progenypress.com/content/GoldenGoblet_smpl.pdf 

 

Math

Select one of the following math programs (A or B) below

Jump Math has not been included as a "Pick" in the middle school grades because the workbooks themselves often do not provide sufficient instruction for most students to adequately learn new and increasingly more difficult concepts. Families who have had good success with this program may wish to continue, however.

Option A: Dynamic Classroom BC Grade 7

Type of Resource: Workbook

Description: aligned to BC's curriculum

Website: https://www.math-help.ca/ 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: http://resources.dynamic-classroom.ca/bookcase/qhyyw 

 

Option B: Singapore Dimensions Math 6A and 6B Textbooks and Teacher's Guides

Type of Resource: Home education/classroom curriculum

Description: The program emphasizes problem-solving and empowers students to think mathematically, both inside and outside the classroom. Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, data analysis, probability, and some advanced math topics are included in this rigorous series. The series follows the principles outlined in the Singapore mathematics framework, including the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) Approach, bar modelling, and more. In the Dimensions Math program, concepts are introduced and explained in a new format with vibrant imagery, all with the progression and scope that has defined Singapore math.

Components

Components Samples

Notes from Curriculum Consultant: This US-based resource is advanced for BC standards, and books 6 - 8A align reasonably well (although not entirely) with BC's curriculum for grades 7 - 9. There are sufficient exercises in the textbook for many students, and so the workbook may not be necessary (and may even be frustrating) for students who learn quickly. For students who require repetition and extra practice, the workbook (and workbook solutions) are recommended. Even though this resource does not completely align with BC's curriculum, it was chosen for its proven approach which has been a favourite with home educators for years. It is a rigorous program that generally works best for students who have developed an aptitude for math. Those looking towards using this program to prepare for the BC grad course, Foundations and Math and Pre-Calculus 10 should be aware that levels 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B and 8A should be sufficient preparation. That is 5 books over 3 years, and so in terms of pacing, one would be looking at completing approximately 1 and 2/3 books per year, allowing for a slightly less rigorous pace than 2 books per year.

Website: https://www.singaporemath.com/programs/dimensions-6-8/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/grades-7-8/dimensions-math-levels-6-8 

Scope and Sequence: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SS_DM6-8.pdf 

Brochure: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DM_6-8_BROCHURE.pdf 

 

Science

Exploring Creation with General Science Textbook, Solutions and Test Manual, and Student Notebook

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Type of Resource: Home education curriculum

Description: Specifically designed to be the first course taken during junior high, it was created to give middle school students an understanding of the basic world that surrounds them each day of their lives so that they can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry and the beauty of creation. This course covers a wide range of branches of science while making the connections between each. There is a large component of Earth Science (modules include astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, earth study, geology, paleontology, and environmental science) to give students a great foundation of that broad field of study. Students will learn what science is and, in a detailed and engaging way, how to utilize the proper scientific method. This course has many hands-on science experiments that can be completed with household materials.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This is one of my favourite resources, and although lengthy, it is very conversational in its approach and makes science concepts interesting and accessible for students. It has been recommended in favour of piecing together multiple resources from various publishers for the sake of addressing all the content areas (which really isn't necessary anyway). For students that may be put off by such a "thick" textbook, a secondary option would be to use all or some of the following: It Couldn’t Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards; God’s Design for Chemistry & Ecology: Properties of Atoms and Molecules 4th Edition Student Book and Teacher Supplement; Inventions ScienceWiz Kit; and The Fossil Book by Dr. Gary Parker.

Website: https://www.apologia.com/homeschool-general-science/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/science/creation-science-intelligent-design/exploring-creation-science-series-apologia-science-for-junior-and-senior-high-levels 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://view.publitas.com/apologia/general-science-sample-grade-7/ 

Additional Support

 

Social Studies

Ancient Civilizations and the Bible Essentials Pack

Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

Key Features:

The Essentials Pack includes:  Teacher Guide, Student Manual, What in the World Volume 1 CD Set, Test Kit, Rubric Set, Quick-Start Guide and Basic Lesson Plan

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Assignments could possibly be applied for credit in English Language Arts, and Arts Education as well, depending on which activities students choose. This resource may seem daunting at first, but many of the assignments are pick and choose, and students can select activities that are appealing to them. I recommend listening to a sample of the audio lessons online here, as this makes up a large portion of the teaching.

Website: https://www.dianawaring.com/product/ancient-civilizations-the-bible-essentials-pack/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/history-and-geography/world-history-core-curricula/history-revealed-series 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

PDF Samples

Additional Support: Video Introduction (highly recommended): https://youtu.be/4fGpzXMiK7A 

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Who Is My Neighbor?

Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

Description: Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? helps students understand what it means to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-14). This study will encourage students to develop a Christlike servant attitude based on biblical truths taught in this third book in the What We Believe series. This book covers the following concepts,

Note From Curriculum Consultant: This resource works really well as a family devotional where discussion and open conversation are encouraged and fostered. The content is suitable for elementary grades through middle school, however, most Grade 7 students could work through this resource independently.

Website: https://www.apologia.com/product/who-is-my-neighbor-textbook/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-extras/worldview-curriculum/what-we-believe-series 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Samples: https://view.publitas.com/apologia/apologia-who-is-my-neighbor-sample/ 

Additional Support: https://www.apologia.com/faqs/ 

 

 

Grade Eight Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Eight Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview Of Grade 8 Picks

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Science 

Social Studies

Bible/Christian Studies

Optional/Additional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 8 Picks

English Language Arts

Select one of the following writing programs (A or B), in addition to two novel studies listed below these options.

Option A: Writing Strands Intermediate 2

Type of Resource: Home education workbook

Description: Writing Strands Intermediate 2 will help your junior high student study writing string arguments, dialogue, papers, and letters, as well as literary elements like theme, genre, point of view, and tone. This language arts curriculum is ideal for a 6-9 grade level. In this comprehensive course, students will discover how narrative voice and attitude influence the reader, the elements of an effective written argument, explore character voice and dialogue, and so much more!

This resource takes a comprehensive approach to language arts, teaching students how to construct effective paragraphs, write persuasively and explore narrative voice while also developing the student's reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will learn how to read and evaluate literature, practise spelling, analyze worldview, and write a story.

Students will rotate writing and reading assignments each week—thus also learning to write through literature because good readers make good writers! Additionally, the Bible is used as the literature base for teaching how narrative voice and attitude can be used to form captivating pieces of literature.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource refers to a different book/novel assigned by the teacher/parent each week over 18 lessons and provides a page with six steps for discussion regarding this book/novel in each lesson. This may be a bit much for many students, so this page could be skipped when desired, and the novel study suggested below can be completed as an alternative to this page many of the weeks.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/writing-strands-intermediate-2 

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/910/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/ungraded-multi-level-resources-comprehensive/writing-strands# 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Writing Strands: Teaching Companion

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/872/ 

Scope and Sequence: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/924/ 

Option B: Essentials in Writing 8 Student Book and Video Component (Choose Stream Online or DVD)

Type of Resource: Homes education curriculum

Description: EIW Level 8 is a homeschool writing curriculum that teaches middle school students ages 13 to 14 how to write meaningful sentences, proper grammar, and sentence mechanics as well as the writing process for narrative/descriptive/expository/ persuasive writing. Instruction on effective writing techniques and much more are included as well. The step-by-step approach allows students to focus on small, daily assignments, so they don’t feel overwhelmed. Level 8 includes a textbook/workbook and contains a video lesson component.

Lesson-by-lesson video instruction is provided via streaming or DVD. These lessons are essential to the program and must be used in conjunction with the textbook/workbook combo book. Note that additional workbooks may be purchased if there are additional students in the family taking the course.

Website: https://essentialsinwriting.com/level-8/ 

Placement Test (Level Wizard): http://essentialsinwriting.com/level-wizard/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/essentials-in-writing 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: 34-week plan

Sample Video Lesson: https://youtu.be/N_CK73DXTa8 

Table of Contents and PDF Sample: Level 8 textbook sample 

Free Trial: https://essentialsinwriting.com/trybeforeyoubuy/ 

 

Novels

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Alternate novels can be chosen. The ones below are cross-curricular historical fiction selections set in the Middle Ages (a period of study in Social Studies for grade 8 students). Some students may wish to complete 3 or more novels/novel studies. Good options can be found at Progeny Press or Classroom Complete Press.

Novel #1 Crispin: The Cross of Lead Novel (or alternate) with  Literature Kit by Classroom Complete Press

Type of Resource: novel and workbook

Description: This all-in-one resource provides everything needed for student comprehension, including vocabulary and writing prompts with each chapter. Determine whether Crispin would support the viewpoint, "cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities". Brainstorm possible inscriptions on Crispin's cross that would cause Bear's reaction. Investigate the trade of a tinker as it would appear during the time of the novel. Consider the battle between Bear and John Aycliffe from a different perspective, then complete a chart. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

About the Novel: Crispin: The Cross of Lead is the Newbery Medal-winning story of a young boy hiding from the law. Set in 14th Century England, a young boy—only known as Crispin—finds himself on the run from Lord Furnival and his evil steward, John Aycliffe. When Crispin overhears the private conversation of Aycliffe and another man in the forest, he becomes the object of a massive hunt. Crispin then flees from the area after his only allies—his mother and Father Quinel—are dead. Crispin soon meets up with Bear—a travelling entertainer—who trains him in the arts of the mummer. However, Bear is not what he seems, and Crispin is thrown into a life full of dangerous adventures that lead to a dramatic ending, where the secret of Crispin’s heritage is revealed.

Website: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2705 

Video Overview: https://youtu.be/MLihgymShzk 

Reviews: see this page (scroll down on left side), https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2705 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/cc2705d 

PDF Samples: see this page (select sample page images on the left side), https://classroomcompletepress.com/products/ccp2705 

 
Novel #2 Anna of Byzantium Novel (or alternate)

Type of Resource: Novel

Description: Anna Comnena has every reason to feel entitled. She's a princess, her father's firstborn and his chosen successor. Someday she expects to sit on the throne and rule the vast Byzantine Empire. So the birth of a baby brother doesn't perturb her. Nor do the "barbarians" from foreign lands, who think only a son should ascend to power. Anna is as dismissive of them as are her father and his most trusted adviser--his mother, a manipulative woman with whom Anna studies the art of diplomacy. Anna relishes her lessons, proving adept at checkmating opponents in swift moves of mental chess. But as she matures into a young woman, her arrogance and intelligence threaten her grandmother. Anna will be no one's puppet. Almost overnight, Anna sees her dreams of power wrenched from her and bestowed on her little brother. Bitter at the betrayal, Anna waits to avenge herself, and to seize what is rightfully hers.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This novel (or a novel of your choice) can be used in conjunction with the reading assignments in Writing Strands Intermediate 2.

 

Math

Select one of the following math programs (A or B or C) below

Option A: Dynamic Classroom BC Grade 8

Type of Resource: Workbook

Description: aligned to BC's curriculum

Website: https://www.math-help.ca/ 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: http://resources.dynamic-classroom.ca/bookcase/qhyyw 

 

Option B: Crescent Beach Publishing Theory and Problems for Mathematics 8 - Third Edition

Description: aligned to BC's curriculum

Website: https://www.crescentbeachpublishing.ca/math-8 

Table of Contents: https://www.crescentbeachpublishing.ca/s/Math8ToC.pdf 

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.crescentbeachpublishing.ca/s/Math8Sample2.pdf 

 

Option C: Singapore Dimensions Math 7A and 7B Textbooks and Teaching Notes/Solutions

Type of Resource: Home education/classroom curriculum

Description: The program emphasizes problem-solving and empowers students to think mathematically, both inside and outside the classroom. Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, data analysis, probability, and some advanced math topics are included in this rigorous series. The series follows the principles outlined in the Singapore mathematics framework, including the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) Approach, bar modelling, and more. In the Dimensions Math program, concepts are introduced and explained in a new format with vibrant imagery, all with the progression and scope that has defined Singapore math.

Components

Components Samples

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This US-based resource is advanced for BC standards, and books 6 - 8A align reasonably well (although not entirely) with BC's curriculum for grades 7 - 9. There are sufficient exercises in the textbook for many students, and so the workbook may not be necessary (and may even be frustrating) for students who learn quickly. For students who require repetition and extra practice, the workbook (and workbook solutions) are recommended. Even though this resource does not completely align with BC's curriculum, it was chosen for its proven approach which has been a favourite with home educators for many years. It is a rigorous program that generally works best for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for math. Those looking towards using this program to prepare for the BC grad course, Foundations and Math and Pre-Calculus 10 should be aware that levels 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B and 8A should be sufficient preparation. That is 5 books over 3 years, and so in terms of pacing, one would be looking at completing approximately 1 and 2/3 books per year, allowing for a slightly less rigorous pace than the standard 2 books per year.

Website: https://www.singaporemath.com/programs/dimensions-6-8/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/grades-7-8/dimensions-math-levels-6-8 

Scope and Sequence: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SS_DM6-8.pdf

Brochure: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DM_6-8_BROCHURE.pdf 

 

Science

Exploring Creation with Physical Science Textbook, Solutions and Test Manual, and Student Notebook
Type of Resource: Home education curriculum

Description: Middle school students are taught the methods they will need to succeed in high school science courses. Using a conversational tone, we present challenging science concepts and thought-provoking experiments in an easily navigated, personalized format to help students methodically learn, self-check, and master difficult concepts before moving on. We also keep science relevant. Additional online materials are available through a book extras portal so that students can see science in action. This course covers:

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This is one of my favourite resources, and although lengthy, it is very conversational in its approach and makes science concepts interesting and accessible for students. It has been recommended in favour of piecing together multiple resources from various publishers for the sake of addressing all the content areas (which really isn't necessary anyway). A secondary option to this resource would be to use all or some of the following: Biology: Cells by Classroom Complete Press; Cells ScienceWiz Kit; Chemistry: What Is Atomic Theory? by Adam Mclean; Physics: Exploring the World of Physics by John Hudson Tiner; Collisions and Trajectories ScienceWiz Kit; Earth/Space: What Is the Theory of Plate Tectonics? by Craig Saunders.

Website: https://www.apologia.com/physical-science/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/science/creation-science-intelligent-design/exploring-creation-science-series-apologia-science-for-junior-and-senior-high-levels 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resource: MP3 Audio CD

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://view.publitas.com/apologia/apologia-physical-science-3rd-edition-sample
Additional Support

 

Social Studies

Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Essentials Pack

Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

Key Features:

The Essentials Pack includes:  Teacher Guide, Student Manual, What in the World Volume 2 CD Set, Test Kit, Rubric Set, Quick-Start Guide and Basic Lesson Plan

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Assignments could possibly be applied for credit in English Language Arts, and Arts Education as well, depending on which activities students choose. This resource may seem daunting at first, but many of the assignments are pick and choose, and students can select activities that are appealing to them. I recommend listening to a sample of the audio lessons online here, as this makes up a large portion of the teaching.

Website: https://www.dianawaring.com/product/romans-reformers-revolutionaries-essentials-pack/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/history-and-geography/world-history-core-curricula/history-revealed-series 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

PDF Samples

Additional Support: Video Introduction (highly recommended): https://youtu.be/4fGpzXMiK7A 

 

Bible/Christian Studies

What On Earth Can I Do?

Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

Description: What On Earth Can I Do?, the fourth book in the award-winning What We Believe series, helps students understand what it means to be a “good and faithful servant” of God (Matthew 25:23) and to be stewards of all the blessings we have from God. It will help them choose to put God first in every area of their lives based on biblical truths taught in this study of stewardship. This study will help them choose to put God first in every area of their lives based on these biblical truths:

Note From Curriculum Consultant: This resource works really well as a family devotional where discussion and open conversation are encouraged and fostered. The content is suitable for elementary grades through middle school, however, most Grade 8 students could work through this resource independently.

Website: https://www.apologia.com/product/what-on-earth-can-i-do-textbook/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-extras/worldview-curriculum/what-we-believe-series 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Samples: https://view.publitas.com/apologia/apologia-what-on-earth-sample/ 

Additional Support: https://www.apologia.com/faqs/ 

 

 

Grade Nine Curriculum Picks

Note: These Grade Nine Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form). Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview of Grade 9 Picks

English Language Arts 

Mathematics

Science 

Social Studies

Bible/Christian Studies

Optional/Additional Resources (not detailed below)

Detailed Information - Grade 9 Picks

English Language Arts

Select one of the following writing programs (A or B), in addition to two novel studies listed below these options.

Option A: Writing Strands Advanced 1

Type of Resource: Home education workbook

Description: Writing Strands Advanced 1 will help your junior high/high school student practice writing reports, short stories, essays, and other forms of writing and learn about literary devices, including imagery, symbolism, and rhetorical language. developed to give students advanced skills, such as recognizing and using persuasive language, writing reports, and developing character in creative pieces. Students will learn the process of giving others their thoughts in written form through three areas: creative, research and reports, and explanatory. Every exercise will guide them in the development of the communication skills they need. A suggested schedule is provided, as well as worksheets that are three-hole punched and perforated, and the addition of a reading and literature component helps students look more deeply into the Bible and other books they select.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This resource refers to a different book/novel assigned by the teacher/parent each week over 18 lessons and provides a page with six steps for discussion regarding this book in each lesson. This may be a bit much for many students, so this page could be skipped when desired, and the novel study suggested below can be completed as an alternative to this page many of the weeks.

Website: https://www.masterbooks.com/writing-strands-advanced-1 

Placement Tests: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/910/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/ungraded-multi-level-resources-comprehensive/writing-strands# 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Writing Strands: Teaching Companion

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/893/ 

Scope and Sequence: https://www.masterbooks.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/924/ 

Option B: Essentials in Writing 9 Student Book and Video Component (Choose Stream Online or DVD)

Type of Resource: Homes education curriculum

Description: EIW Level 9 provides students with the writing skills needed for high school and university writing, the SAT, college application, and beyond. This curriculum contains step-by-step guidance throughout the program and is relatively self-contained between the workbook and online (or DVD) video lessons.

Website: https://essentialsinwriting.com/level-9/ 

Placement Test (Level Wizard): http://essentialsinwriting.com/level-wizard/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/graded-language-arts-curricula/essentials-in-writing 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: LEVEL 9 34-WEEK PLAN

Sample Video Lesson: https://youtu.be/N_CK73DXTa8 

Table of Contents and PDF Sample HERE

Free Trial: https://essentialsinwriting.com/trybeforeyoubuy/ 

Novels

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Alternate novels can be chosen. The ones below are cross-curricular historical fiction selections set in the time period/area of study for Grade 9 Social Studies. Some students may wish to complete 3 or more novels.

Novel #1: The Red Badge of Courage with Progeny Press Study Guide

Type of Resource: Novel and workbook

Description: Stephen Crane’s classic novel looks at the trauma and horror of war through a young man’s eyes. Henry Fleming joins the Union army as a green recruit dreaming of glory and heroic acts on bravery on the battlefield. He wants to earn his “badge of courage.” He imagines himself "a blue determined figure standing before a crimson and steel assault, getting calmly killed on a high place before the eyes of all." Camp life, he soon discovers, is far less exciting than the army of his imagination. Henry must learn, through much mental and spiritual agony, to stand in the face of physical danger with no thought to his own heroics nor to the opinions of others. He learns to despise his earlier dreams of war and glory. Instead, he finds quiet manhood, non-assertive but of sturdy and strong blood. He has faced death and become a man.

Website: https://stores.progenypress.com/red-badge-of-courage-the-study-guide/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/novel-and-play-study-guides/progeny-press-study-guides-for-literature

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: https://stores.progenypress.com/content/RedBadge_smpl.pdf 

Novel #2: They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

Type of Resource: Novel 

Description: Like thousands of Aboriginal children in Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. These institutions endeavoured to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipline. Perhaps the most symbolically potent strategy used to alienate residential school children was addressing them by assigned numbers only—not by the names with which they knew and understood themselves.

In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school's lasting effects on her and her family—from substance abuse to suicide attempts—and eloquently articulates her own path to healing. Number One comes at a time of recognition—by governments and society at large—that only through knowing the truth about these past injustices can we begin to redress them.

Website: https://talonbooks.com/books/they-called-me-number-one 


Math

Select one of the following math programs (A or B or C) below

Option A: Dynamic Classroom BC Grade 9

Type of Resource: Workbook

Description: Aligned to BC's curriculum

Website: https://www.math-help.ca/ 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages: http://resources.dynamic-classroom.ca/bookcase/qhyyw 

Option B: Crescent Beach Publishing Theory and Problems for Mathematics 9 - Third Edition

Description: Aligned to BC's curriculum

Website: https://www.crescentbeachpublishing.ca/math-9 

Table of Contents: https://www.crescentbeachpublishing.ca/s/Math9ToC.pdf 

PDF Sample Pages: https://www.crescentbeachpublishing.ca/s/Math9Sample2.pdf

Option C: Singapore Dimensions Math 8A and 8B (Optional) Textbooks and Teaching Notes/Solutions

Type of Resource: Home education/classroom curriculum

Description: The program emphasizes problem-solving and empowers students to think mathematically, both inside and outside the classroom. Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, data analysis, probability, and some advanced math topics are included in this rigorous series. The series follows the principles outlined in the Singapore mathematics framework, including the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) Approach, bar modelling, and more. In the Dimensions Math program, concepts are introduced and explained in a new format with vibrant imagery, all with the progression and scope that has defined Singapore math.

Components

Components Samples

Note from Curriculum Consultant: This US-based resource is rather rigorous and is advanced for BC standards. Books 6 - 8A align reasonably well (although not entirely) with BC's curriculum for grades 7 - 9. If students are just beginning to use this series in grade 9, it is recommended that they begin with level 7B (sample pages here), and students who have been using the series for a year are two could be starting 7B or be partway through 7B at the beginning of grade 9. There are sufficient exercises in the textbook for many students, and so the workbook may not be necessary (and may even be frustrating) for students who learn quickly. For students who require repetition and extra practice, the workbook (and workbook solutions) are recommended. Even though this resource does not completely align with BC's curriculum, it was chosen for its proven approach which has been a favourite with home educators for years.

Website: https://www.singaporemath.com/programs/dimensions-6-8/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/grades-7-8/dimensions-math-levels-6-8 

Scope and Sequence: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SS_DM6-8.pdf

Brochure: https://www.singaporemath.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DM_6-8_BROCHURE.pdf 

 

Science

BC Science Connections 9 Textbook and Workbook

Type of Resource: Secular classroom Student Edition textbook and workbook

Description: The BC Science Connections program is 100% Curriculum aligned and supported inquiry-based learning. It leverages students' natural sense of curiosity and wonder so they learn by actively engaging in activities while having access to clear, concise, and highly visual curriculum-specific content to support knowing, doing and understanding.

Key Features:

Website: https://school.nelson.com/bc-science-connections-grade-9 

 

Social Studies

Option A: Nelson Socials 9 Student Resource and eBook

Type of Resource: Student textbook and eBook

Description: A comprehensive resource aligned to BC’s curriculum that helps students become active, engaged citizens with the ability to think and communicate critically, historically and geographically. Includes rich and engaging primary sources and inquiry-focused questions. The Student Resource includes a print textbook with built-in activity cards and lifetime access to an online student centre.

Website: https://school.nelson.com/bc-nelson-socials/

Table of Contents and Sample pages: https://www.nelson.com/assets/pdf/Grade9SampleMaterial.pdf 

Option B: World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Essentials Pack

It is recommended that students complete an inquiry/research project that addresses an area of Canadian content within the curriculum in addition to the resource below. Sample topics include the impact of treaties on First Peoples; the role imperialism and colonialism have on events in present-day Canada; and the influences of immigration on Canada’s identity. There are many other topics as well; please consult with your support teacher.

Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

Description:

Key Features:

The Essentials Pack includes:  Teacher Guide, Student Manual, What in the World Volume 3 CD Set, Test Kit, Rubric Set, Quick-Start Guide and Basic Lesson Plan

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Assignments could possibly be applied for credit in English Language Arts, and Arts Education as well, depending on which activities students choose. This resource may seem daunting at first, but many of the assignments are pick and choose, and students can select activities that are appealing to them. I recommend listening to a sample of the audio lessons online here, as this makes up a large portion of the teaching.

Website: https://www.dianawaring.com/store/world-empires-world-missions-world-wars/ 

Review: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/history-and-geography/world-history-core-curricula/history-revealed-series 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

PDF Samples

Additional Support: Video Introduction (highly recommended): https://youtu.be/4fGpzXMiK7A 

 

Bible/Christian Studies

Explorer’s Bible Study: The Gospel of John

Type of Resource: Workbook

Description: John focuses on the spiritual significance of what Jesus did and said rather than just reporting the events of His life. He begins the gospel with a declaration of the deity of Jesus, His pre-existence, and His direct involvement in creation. As you study, you will discover that John has a very penetrating gaze into eternal truth and into the very heart and mind of God. But John gives us more than just information; he reveals an invitation – to an abundant life in Jesus, the True Vine. May this study help you find “life in His name” and bear much fruit from (and for) Him.

Website: https://ebshome.org/store/product/qgoj/ 

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Answer Key

PDF Sample Lesson: https://ebshome.org/store/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Quest-John-Lesson-1.pdf 

 

 

 

Curriculum Picks Criteria: "Why THAT Resource?"

Preamble

These Picks are print options, not digital.

It is a rare thing to find a home education curriculum that aligns to BC standards from a Christian worldview at the proper grade level. This is the ideal but is the exception rather than the rule.

In general, stand-alone resources have been selected. This means that Picks can be used regardless of whether or not the resources in the grade or level prior have been completed, and are specific to the subject area. Picks for the most part are not cross-curricular; exceptions to this have been noted.

The purpose of the Picks is to provide print options for families who want a list of vetted suggestions. It is not a list of the best materials available, because (in addition to the other points on this page) what is best for one student may not be best for another.

The Picks also do not include many of the digital or borrowed resources that are available. For more information about these, please see this page, https://hcslearningcommons.org/curriculum-options/.

Curriculum selection is best completed in consultation with the support teacher.

The suggestions listed may not be suitable for every student and should be considered as an option among other options. 

Many typical and popular home education resources do not find themselves on the list of PIcks for the reasons stated on this page. This does not mean that they are not excellent, it just means that they have not met the criteria and purpose for creating a list of Picks.

Priorities for Selecting Resources

 

For more information, or to request a curriculum consult, please contact your support teacher or email our Curriculum Consultant,  cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca.