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/.

Curriculum Picks Criteria: "Why THAT Resource?"

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 visit our learning commons website.

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.

Kindergarten Curriculum Picks

These Kindergarten Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Kindergarten. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Kindergarten Curriculum Picks.

Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

 

  • 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
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic Activity Set; Explode the Code A, B, and C

Mathematics

 

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education K (Charlotte Mason methodology)

  • Singapore Earlybird Mathematics Textbooks A and B
  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition Kindergarten
Multi-Subject
  • Come Sit By Me Volume One

(unit study based on 36 Canadian picture books - addresses standards in ADST, Art, Bible, English, Health, Science, and Social Studies)

Science

 

  • Intro to Engineering Science Kit

(Physics Big Idea is not covered in 'Come Sit by Me')

Optional Resources

(not listed below)

  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids K by Teacher-Created Resources (addresses Health standards)
  • A Day with Yayah (addresses the "First Peoples Communities" content standard)

Detailed Information for 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 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:

Website: All About Reading Pre-Reading

Website: All About Reading Level - 1

 

Pre-reading Readiness Checklist

Level 1 Placement Test

Review

 

Supplementary Resources: Program Resources

Table of Contents: Pre-Reading; Level 1

Scope and Sequence: Pre-Reading; Level 1

PDF Samples: Reading 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
Stamp and See Screen

 

Other Optional Supplementary Resources
Letters and Numbers for Me Teacher's Guide  

Roll-A-Dough Letters

Slate Chalkboard 

Free Letter & Number Formation Charts

 

 

PDF Samples
Letters and Numbers for Me Workbook 

Stamp and See Screen

 

Option 2: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic Activity Set; Explore the Code A, B, and C

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

Review

Table of Contents & Sample Pages

Supplementary Resource:

Fun With Letters Magnet Activity Set (highly recommended)

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

 

 

 

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:

  • practice fine-motor skills and letter formation through tracing and writing consonants.
  • learn through visual activities.
  • use matching exercises to develop visual discrimination and letter recognition.
  • reinforce letter recognition through the use of capital and lowercase letters.

Website

Scope and Sequence  

PDF Samples 

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

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

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.

  • Learn to count to 10 and numbers 0-10
  • Develop critical thinking skills and build stamina
  • Make connections to their world by noticing basic patterns, shapes, and concepts of time

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:

  • A Charlotte Mason flavour to math for today's student
  • Convenient daily schedule — saving you lesson prep time
  • Short, engaging 15-30 minute lessons
  • An instructional blend of stories, copywork, oral narration, and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life

 

Video Overview of Series

Website

Teaching Companion

Preview (includes Table of Contents, Scope & Sequence, Daily Schedule, PDF Samples and more)

Review 

 

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:

  • Each lesson is directed by a focused learning objective.
  • Exercises allow students to repeat and reinforce newly learned skills.
  • Teaching notes at the bottom of each page give step-by-step instructions to help educators develop lessons systematically.
  • Math at Home activities in tear-out sheets provides extended opportunities for learning with family members.

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

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:

  • Number Sense
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Data Management

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 

Teacher Resource and Lesson Plans (free when you register online) 

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

Table of Contents (In the downloaded PDF file)

Sample Pages 

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

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 

PDF Manual

 

Grade One Curriculum Picks

These Grade One Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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.

Detailed Information for Grade 1 Curriculum Picks

Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 1. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Grade 1 Curriculum Picks.

Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

 

  • All About Reading Level 1 with Interactive Kit (teacher manual, student packet, 3 readers, and reading interactive kit - if not already purchased); Handwriting Without Tears My Printing book
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic Activity Set; Explode the Code 1 and 2

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

 

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 1
  • Singapore Math Standards Edition Textbook, Workbook, and Home Instructor Guide

  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition Grade 1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

Multi-Subject
  • Come Sit By Me Volume Two (unit study based on 36 Candian picture books) addresses standards in ADST, Art, Bible, English, Health, Science, and Social Studies 

Science

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

  • Science Wiz Light Kit
  • Sunshine Makes The Seasons

Optional Resources

(not detailed below)

  • Write About Me & Write About My World with Teacher's Guide (English Language Arts)
  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Gr. 1-2 by Teacher Created Resources (Health Education)
  • Me in My Community by Apple Press
  • A Walk on the Tundra (for First Peoples content standards)

Detailed Information for 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 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

Level 1 Placement Test

Review

Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents(download)

Scope and Sequence (download) 

PDF 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. 

  • New! Expanded room for writing
  • New! Now offers digital instruction opportunities
  • Lessons emphasize the correct use of lowercase letters in words and sentences
  • Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with other language arts lessons
  • Practice pages teach writing on different styles of lines

Website

Review

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: 

My Printing Book Teacher's Guide

PDF Samples 

 

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 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

Review

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

Table of Contents and Sample Pages

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 practice what they are learning and practice 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

Placement Tests 

Review

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

Table of Contents for Book 1

Scope and Sequence (download) 

Program Overview

 

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

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:

  • Short, story-based lessons
  • Real-life application
  • Hands-on activities
  • Engaging, full-colour worksheets

Video Overview of Series

Website

Readiness Tests

Review

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources:

Preview (includes Scope & Sequence, Daily Schedule and more

Option 2: Singapore Math Standards Edition Textbook, Workbook, and Home Instructor Guide 1A and 1B

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

Placement Tests

Review

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

Scope and Sequence

PDF Samples

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

Option 3: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Grade1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

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:

 

  • Number Sense
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Data Management

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

On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu. .

Teacher Resource and Lesson Plans Free when you register online. 

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

Table of Contents (In the downloaded PDF file.)

Sample Pages

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

Review

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

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

These Grade Two Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 2. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Grade 2 Curriculum Picks.

English Language Arts

 

  • Language Lessons for a Living Education 2 with 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible
  • Stone Soup with Literature Kit (or another grade-appropriate book)
  • Printing Power student workbook (OR Canadian Handwriting B)

Mathematics

 

  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 2
  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition Grade 2 (Parts 1 and 2)

Science

 

  • The Elementary Teacher's Book of Graphic Organizers (templates for reporting on what has been learned in non-fiction picture books)

Biology

Chemistry

  • Matter & Materials (On the Mark Press)

Physics

  • ScienceWiz Physics Kit

Earth/Space

  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara McKinney

Social Studies

  • Canada, My Country (Northwoods Press)
  • Global Communities (On the Mark Press)

Bible/Christian Studies

  • Finding God's Promises workbook (Positive Action for Christ)

Optional Resources

(not detailed below)

  • Printing Power Teacher's Guide (English Language Arts)
  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Gr. 1/2 (Health Education)
  • Water Walker (to address First People’s knowledge of water Science content area)
  • Life in a Fishing Community (Social Studies; use with Canada, My Country)
  • A Sled Dog for Moshi (Social Studies; use with Canada, My Country)
  • Canada Map Book 1 (Social Studies)

Detailed Information for 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

Series Overview

Placement Guide

Review

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

PDF Sample 

Series Overview

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

Free Bonus Worksheets

PDF Samples (are available on their website)

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.

  • Expanded room for writing
  • Digital instruction opportunities
  • Learn & Check helps teachers and students check letter, word, and sentence skills
  • Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with punctuation, paragraph, poem, and language arts activities for practice

Website

Review

Supplementary Resources

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Mathematics

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.

 

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Placement Test

Review

Series Overview Video

Series Overview Webpage

Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

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

PDF Samples

Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 2.1 and 2.2 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:

  • Number Sense
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Data Management

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

On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu.

Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans (free when you register online)

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Free Activities

Chemistry

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

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.

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".

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Sample pages

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:

  • Launch bottle rockets
  • Perform tricks with inertia
  • Stay in motion with a floating hover puck
  • Zoom a jet car
  • Build your own spring meter
  • Spin water upside down
  • Assemble and use a balance scale
  • Clock a race and accelerate, accelerate, accelerate
  • Measure mass

*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

Free Activities

Social Studies

Canada, My Country

Type of Resource: softcover text/workbook

Video Description

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

    • Lessons are clearly outlined
    • Resource lists with lessons 
    • Reproducible worksheets now available digitally for original purchasers 
    • Index

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

 

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Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Table of Contents and Sample Pages

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.

 

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Table of Contents and Sample Pages

 

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:

  • Engaging Design—full-colour activity pages with original artwork, puzzles, and maps
  • Music Curriculum—hymn and chorus lyrics included in the back of the book
  • Life Applications—activities to encourage self-reflection and character development

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Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

Scope and Sequence

Table of Contents and Sample Pages

 

Grade Three Curriculum Picks

These Grade Three Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 3. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for 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
  • 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

    (three options)

    • From Time Immemorial by Pacific Edge Publishing
    • Vanishing Cultures: Down Under
    • Celebrate! Connections Among Cultures

    Bible/Christian Studies

    • Growing with God Student Manual by Positive Action for Christ

    Optional Resources

    (not detailed below)

     

    • Canadian Handwriting Book C (English Language Arts)
    • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Grades 3-4 (Health Education)

    Detailed Information for 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 multi sentence 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

    Series Overview

    Placement Guide

    Review

     

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

    Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

    PDF Sample

    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.

     

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    Free Bonus Worksheets

    PDF Samples

    Mathematics

    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:

    • Column Addition & Subtraction
    • Rounding to 10s, 100s, & 1000s
    • Adding & Subtracting Money
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • Area of Rectangles & Squares
    • Estimation
    • Inequalities

    Website

    Placement Tests

    Series Overview Video

    Series Overview Webpage

    Review

    Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

    PDF Sample Pages

    Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition 3.1 and 3.2 - Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 3 (Parts 1 and 2) 
    Type of Resource: workbooks

    Description: i

    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:

    • Number Sense
    • Patterns and Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Probability and Data Management

    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

    On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu.

    Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans (free when you register online)

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

    Table of Contents

    Sample Pages

    • Student AP Book 4.1
    • Student AP Book 4.2
    • Grade 4 Problem-Solving Lessons

    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

    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.

     

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    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

    Table of Contents and More Sample Pages

    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.

     

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    Physics

    Heat and Temperature ScienceWiz Kit

    Type of Resource: Science kit including book and materials

    Description

    • Point and measure temperature from floor to ceiling with an infrared thermometer
    • Explore changes in state and record freezing and boiling points
    • Capture your thermal thumbprint
    • Measure the rising temperature of an oozing, snaking exothermic reaction
    • Make your own heat pack
    • Expand and contract and repair with heat
    • Radiate, convect & conduct heat
    • Learn about absolute zero
    • Explore Herschel’s experiment with thermometers and the discovery of infrared light
    • Measure black-body radiation and prepare to stumble into the ultraviolet catastrophe

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    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.

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    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:

    • Before You Read: suggests pre-reading activities
    • Looking Ahead: provides an overview of the content of the chapter
    • First Nations Today: raises awareness of the issues facing First Nations in the present
    • Ask the Elders: encourages students to learn about the unique characteristics of local First Nations
    • Stories: First Nation’s stories based on traditional values
    • What Do You Think: invites students to express their opinions about relevant issues
    • Looking Back: summarizes the content of the chapter
    • After You Read: suggest activities that review or extend the content of the chapter
    • 121 Illustrations and Photos: illustrate the culture and lifestyle of the West Coast First Nations.

    Website

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Teacher's guide

    Scope and Sequence

    PDF Samples

    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

    Teacher’s Guide

    Sample Pages (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

    Teacher’s Guide

    Sample Pages (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 

    • Engaging Design—full-colour activity pages with original artwork, puzzles, and maps
    • Vocabulary Sections—key terms from Scripture
    • Music Curriculum—hymn and chorus lyrics included in the back of the book
    • Life Applications—activities to encourage self-reflection and character development

    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

    Review

    PDF Sample of Student Manual

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

    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

     

    Grade Four Curriculum Picks

    These Grade Four Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

    Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 4. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for 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
    • 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

    • What Senses do Animals Have? by Bobbie Kalman
    • What is a Biome? by Bobbie Kalman

    Chemistry

    • Solids, Liquids and Gases by the Ontario Science Centre 

    Physics

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

    Earth/Space

    • Seasons, Tides and Lunar Phases by Tara Haelle 

    Social Studies

     

    • Courage & Conquest by Northwoods Press

    Bible/Christian Studies

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

    Optional Resources

    (not detailed below)

     

    • STEM Starters: Zip-Line Racers (ADST)
    • I Am Canada: Blood and Iron (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
    • Hudson's Bay Company Adventures (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
    • Canadian Handwriting D (English Language Arts)
    • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Gr. 3-4 (Health Education)
    • ScienceWiz Energy Kit (Science)
    • Discovering New France (Social Studies; use with Courage and Conquest)
    • Canada Map Book 3 (Social Studies)

    Detailed Information for 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

    Series Overview

    Placement Guide

    Review

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

    Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

    PDF Samples

    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

    Free Bonus Worksheets

    PDF Samples

    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

    Reviews

    Teacher's Guide

    Sample Pages (Amazon)

     

    Mathematics

    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:

    • New Fraction Concepts
    • Multiplication with Carrying using 11’s & 12’s
    • Measurement
    • Division with Remainders
    • Decimals
    • Geometry

    Website

    Placement Tests

    Series Overview Video

    Series Overview Webpage

    Review

    Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

    PDF Sample Pages

    Option 2: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student 4.1 and 4.2 - 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:

    • Number Sense
    • Patterns and Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Probability and Data Management

    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

    On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu.

    Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans (free when you register online)

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

    Table of Contents

    Sample Pages

    • Student AP Book 4.1
    • Student AP Book 4.2
    • Grade 4 Problem-Solving Lessons

    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

    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

    Preview

    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:

    • the world’s biomes including forests, deserts, grasslands, wetlands, oceans, and the chilly arctic tundra
    • how wildlife has adapted to their biome’s particular climate
    • biomes in danger

    Website

    Preview

    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

    PDF Sample

    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

    Table of Contents and Sample Pages

    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

    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.

    • Stowing Away with the Vikings - fiction
    • Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike, 1898 (fiction; out of print)
    • The Kids Book of Canadian History - highly recommended
    • The Kids Book of Canada's Railway - highly recommended
    • The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration - highly recommended
    • Discovering Canada Series by Robert Livesey and A. G. Smith (7 books in the series)

    Website

    Review

    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

    • Engaging Design—full-colour activity pages with original artwork, puzzles, and maps
    • Vocabulary Sections—key terms from Scripture
    • Music Curriculum—hymn lyrics included in the back of the book
    • Life Applications—activities to encourage self-reflection and character development

    Fourth Edition improvements include . . .

    • Segmented sessions and a simplified layout that help with planning
    • Greater variety of student exercises to encourage recall, conceptual thinking, and higher reasoning
    • Additional map activities and graphics for visual engagement with the material
    • Dedicated personal application or journaling section at the end of each lesson

    Website

    Review

    PDF Sample of Student Manual

    Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

    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

     

    Grade Five Curriculum Picks

    These Grade Five Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

    Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 5. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for 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
    • 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 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 Information for 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

      Series Overview 

      Placement Guide

      Review

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

      Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

      PDF Samples

      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

      Website

      Free Bonus Worksheets

      PDF Samples

      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

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

      Table of Contents and Preview (available on Amazon) 

      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

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources:

      Mathematics

      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:

      • Factoring
      • 2 Digit Divisors
      • Proper & Improper Fractions
      • Common Denominators
      • Multiplying & Dividing Decimals

      Website

      Placement Tests

      Series Overview Video

      Series Overview Webpage

      Review

      Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

      PDF Sample Pages

      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:

      • Number Sense
      • Patterns and Algebra
      • Geometry
      • Measurement
      • Probability and Data Management

      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

      On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu.

      Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans(free when you register online)

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

      Table of Contents

      Sample Pages

      • Student AP Book 5.1
      • Student AP Book 5.2
      • Grade 5 Problem-Solving Lessons
      • Teacher Resource 5.1
      • Teacher Resource 5.2

       

      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

      Review

      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

      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!

      • Make Your Own Movable Pulley
      • Design a New Invention
      • Make Your Own Helicopter

      Website

      Guide with Essential Questions

      Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

      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:

      • Mold and slice open a model of the earth

      • Create a lava fountain to explore density

      • Spew your own volcano

      • Make your own pyroclastic eruptions

      • Discover which rocks will float and which will burn

      • Identify, break & display volcanic rocks

      • Sediment your own sedimentary rocks

      • Acid test rocks

      • Explore metamorphic rocks

      • Form fossils

      Website

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

      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

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

      PDF Samples 

      Science/Social Studies

      Option 1: 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

      Option 2: 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

       

      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

      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 defense 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

      Website

      PDF Samples

      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:

      • God is truth and He reveals His truth to people
      • He is the one true and almighty God; He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
      • He created everything
      • We are God’s children and are made to love and to praise Him
      • God meets all of our needs
      • Sin separates us from God
      • Jesus is the only way to God

      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

      Review

      Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

      Table of Contents and PDF Samples

       

      Grade Six Curriculum Picks

      These Grade Six Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form)or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

      Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 6. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for 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 
      • Jump Math New Canadian Edition 6.1 and 6.2

      Science

       

       

      Biology

      • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook and Notebooking Journal (Apologia), 
      • 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

      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 Resources

      (not detailed below)

       

      • Egg Drop STEM Starters by Teacher Created Resources (ADST)
      • Above and Beyond with Critical Thinking and Problem Solving by Megan Kopp (Career Education)
      • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Grades 5+ by Teacher Created Resources (PE/Health Education)
      • Child Soldier (Social Studies)
      • Every Human Has Rights (Social Studies)

        Detailed Information for 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

        Series Overview

        Placement Guide

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

        PDF Samples

        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

        Video Overview

        Reviews (scroll down on left side)

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources (free Number the Stars Bonus Worksheets) 

        PDF Samples (select sample page images on the left side), 

         

        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

        Review

        Table of Contents and PDF Samples

        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.

        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:

         

        • Averaging
        • Rounding
        • Fractions
        • Factors
        • Decimals
        • Percentages
        • Geometry
        • Maps
        • and so much more!

        Website

        Placement Tests

        Series Overview Video

        Series Overview Webpage

        Review

        Teacher Guide Preview

        Teaching Companion

        Table of Contents (under "Scope & Sequence")

        PDF Sample Pages

        Jump Math New Canadian Edition 6.1 and 6.2 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:

        • Number Sense
        • Patterns and Algebra
        • Geometry
        • Measurement
        • Probability and Data Management

        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

        On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu.

        Teacher Resource/Lesson Plans (free when you register online)

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents

        Sample Pages

        • Teacher Resource 6.1
        • Teacher Resource 6.2
        • Student AP Book 6.1
        • Student AP Book 6.2
        • Grade 6 Problem-Solving Lessons

        Science 

        Biology

        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.
        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:

        • The main areas and structures of the brain and what important role each plays in making your body work
        • Awesome examples of God’s creativity in both the design and precision of human anatomy showing you are wonderfully made
        • Important historical discoveries and modern medical techniques used for diagnosis and repair of the brain!

        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

        Review

        Book Trailer (video)

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

        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

        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
        Table of Contents and PDF Samples:

        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

        Supplementary Free Resources:

        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. 

        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.

        • Includes 100 graphic organizers-more than any comparable book
        • Included graphic organizers can be used before-, during-, and after-learning activities across the content areas
        • Contains easy-to-follow instructions for teachers on how to use and adapt the book's graphic organizers
        • Offers strategies for teachers to create their own graphic organizers for different grade levels

        Website 

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

        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

        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

        Free Supplementary Resources:

        PDF Samples

        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

        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

        Free Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents

        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

        Table of Contents and Sample Pages (google preview)

        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

        Table of Contents and PDF Samples(google preview)

        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:

        • God made me in His image and crowned me with glory
        • He has given me special gifts and a unique purpose in life
        • I can creatively express God’s love
        • I am meant to think about beautiful and praiseworthy things, especially God and His Word
        • I must make decisions based on God’s truth
        • I can always know the wise thing to do
        • I must cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in my life
        • I am a beloved child of God whose true identity is found in Christ.

        Website

        Review

        Table of Contents and Sample Pages

         

         

        Grade Seven Curriculum Picks

        These Grade Seven Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form)or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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

        Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 7. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Grade 7 Curriculum Picks.

        English Language Arts

         

        • Writing Strands Intermediate 1 OR Essentials in Writing 7

        • Bronze Bow with Progeny Press Study Guide

        • The Golden Goblet with Progeny Press Study Guide

        Mathematics

         

         

        • Dynamic Classroom BC Grade 7
        • Singapore Dimensions Math 6A and 6B Textbooks and Teacher's Guides

        Science

         

         

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

        Social Studies

         

        • Ancient Civilizations and the Bible Essentials Pack 

        Bible/Christian Studies

        • Who Is My Neighbour? Textbook

        Optional Resources

        (not detailed below)

         

        • The Bottom Line: Money Basics by Diane Dakers (Math/Financial Literacy)
        • Paper Circuits STEM Starters by Teacher Created Resources (ADST)
        • Above and Beyond with Creativity and Innovation by Robin Johnson (Career)
        • ACSI's Total Health: Talking About Life's Changes - Student Textbook and Workbook (PE/Health)
        • The Archaeology Book by David Down (To address Socials content area, "Geographic conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations".)

        Detailed Information for Grade 7 Curriculum 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 - Master Book

        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

        Placement Tests

        Review

        Table of Contents: and PDF Sample content

        Scope and Sequence

         

        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

        Placement Test (Level Wizard)

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Sample Video Lesson

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample

        Free Trial

        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

        Review

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

        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

        Review

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

        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

        • Detailed explanations of every topic with step-by-step guided examples with solutions. 
        • A series of problems for the student to practice the concept they just learned. Questions start out easy and gradually increase in difficulty. Challenging questions are provided for those students that really want to push themselves.
        • Practice tests for each chapter/unit in the book. 
        • An answer key for all questions in the book. 
        • Students can get extra support through the website that provides additional worksheets and a limited selection of video lessons when you create an online account.
        • A complete set of video lessons (a paid service) where you can watch a math teacher while they explain a concept and then walk you through some examples. 

        Website

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

        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

        • Textbooks build on prior knowledge and develop familiar concepts in an accessible way.
        • Workbooks offer independent practice while maintaining the careful progression of exercise variation.
        • Teacher’s Guides provide teaching suggestions and important information for educators to help students achieve math mastery.
        • Workbook Solutions contain fully worked solutions for problems in workbooks.

        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

        Review

        Scope and Sequence

        Brochure

        Science

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

        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.

         

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        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

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

        Additional Support

        Social Studies

        Ancient Civilizations and the Bible Essentials Pack

        Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

        Key Features:

        • Presents many opportunities for students of all learning styles to thrive
        • Develops critical thinking skills in a Charlotte Mason style Unit Study approach
        • Different levels of projects and books allow multiple ages to learn together … Grades 5-12 with main curriculum and kindergarten to grade 4 with the Elementary Activity Book
        • Learn history from a Bible-centered approach
        • History Revealed integrates events and people of the Bible with the study of ancient civilizations from Creation to Jesus
        • Give high school credit for history plus possible credit for geography, creative writing, research writing, music appreciation, art appreciation, world literature, and more! (Possible credit based on hours spent and work completed in the subject area.)

        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

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        PDF Samples

        Additional Support: Video Introduction (highly recommended)

        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,

        • God created me to be a blessing to the world
        • God chooses to work through me
        • I can make a difference at home, in my community, and at church
        • The church is God’s family
        • The church is one body with many gifts and I am an important member of Jesus’ body.

        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

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents and PDF Samples

        Additional Support

         

        Grade Eight Curriculum Picks

        These Grade Eight Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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 Curriculum Picks

        Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 8. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Grade 8 Curriculum Picks.

        English Language Arts

         

        • Writing Strands Intermediate 2 OR Essentials in Writing 8

        • Crispin: The Cross of Lead Novel with Literature Kit by Classroom Complete Press (or alternate)
        • Anna of Byzantium novel or alternate

        Mathematics

         

         

        • Dynamic Classroom BC Grade 8
        • Crescent Beach Publishing Mathematics 8
        • Singapore Dimensions Math 7A and 7B Textbooks and Teacher's Guides

        Science

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

        Social Studies

        • Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Essentials Pack

        Bible/Christian Studies

        • What on Earth Can I Do? Textbook

        Optional Resources

        (not detailed below)

         

        • Hydraulics STEM Starters by Teacher Created Resources (ADST)
        • Find Your Fit Book, and Find Your Fit Discovery Workbook 2018 Edition by Kevin Johnson (Career Education)
        • Making Smart Financial Choices by Diane Dakers (Mathematics)
        • ACSI's Total Health: Talking About Life's Changes - Student Textbook and Workbook (Health)

        Detailed Information for Grade 8 Curriculum 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, practice 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

        Placement Tests

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

        Scope and Sequence

        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

        Placement Test (Level Wizard)

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Sample Video Lesson

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample

        Free Trial

        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 

        Video Overview

        Reviews (scroll down on left side)

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        PDF Samples (select sample page images on the left side) 

        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

        • Detailed explanations of every topic with step-by-step guided examples with solutions. 
        • A series of problems for the student to practice the concept they just learned. Questions start out easy and gradually increase in difficulty. Challenging questions are provided for those students that really want to push themselves.
        • Practice tests for each chapter/unit in the book. 
        • An answer key for all questions in the book. 
        • Students can get extra support through the website that provides additional worksheets and a limited selection of video lessons when you create an online account.
        • A complete set of video lessons (a paid service) where you can watch a math teacher while they explain a concept and then walk you through some examples. 

        Website

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

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

        Description: aligned to BC's curriculum

        • Written to be used as a primary teaching resource
        • Contains a comprehensive explanation of the subject for each section
        • 364 detailed example questions
        • Hundreds of practice problems with answers and step by step solutions where necessary
        • Space is given for each practice question to complete the problem, and keep the work organized all in one place

        Website

        Table of Contents

        PDF Sample Pages

        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

        • Textbooks build on prior knowledge and develop familiar concepts in an accessible way.
        • Workbooks offer independent practise while maintaining the careful progression of exercise variation.
        • Teaching Notes and Solutions provide teaching suggestions and important information for educators to help students achieve math mastery.
        • Workbook Solutions contain fully worked solutions for problems in workbooks.

        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

        Review 

        Scope and Sequence

        Brochure

        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:

        • The basics of science including the scientific process, scientific theories and laws, inferences and models, and measurement and units
        • Chemistry including properties and states of matter, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions and energy
        • Physics including motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light and electricity and magnetism
        • Earth Science including the Earth’s structure and processes and our atmosphere and beyond
        • Chemistry and Physics in the life sciences
        • Physical Science research

        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

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resource:

        Social Studies

        Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Essentials Pack

        Type of Resource: Home education curriculum 

        Key Features:

        • Quick Start Guide to help you easily navigate through the 4-Phase structure
        • Basic Lesson Plan to give you confidence for each week’s activities
        • Teacher Guide to provide helpful background information suggested resources, motivating suggestions, and much more
        • Student Manual to introduce each era, offer multiple topics for further exploration, encourage hands-on participation, and invite creative expression
        • What in the World Vol 2 CD set to bring history to life through audio instruction and stories
        • Rubrics Set to help the student know what is expected and to help parent/teacher evaluate the student’s creative work (qualitative assessment)
        • Test Kit to allow students to demonstrate what they’ve learned (quantitative assessment).

        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

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        PDF Samples

        Additional Support: Video Introduction (highly recommended)

        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:

        • God owns all things because He created and sustains all things
        • He has entrusted me with certain gifts and wants me to use these gifts for His glory
        • I honour God by using my money and possessions wisely
        • I glorify Him by investing my time and talents wisely
        • My body is not my own but has been bought at a price
        • God expects me to care for His creation
        • God will reward me for my faithfulness

        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

        Review

        Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

        Table of Contents and PDF Samples

        Additional Support

         

        Grade Nine Curriculum Picks

        These Grade Nine Picks can be purchased from Homeschool Canada (order using the HCOS Curriculum Order Form) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal and/or via the Sora/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 Curriculum Picks

        Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 9. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Grade 9 Curriculum Picks.

        English Language Arts

         

        • Writing Strands Advanced 1 OR Essentials in Writing 9
        • The Red Badge of Courage with Progeny Press Study Guide
        • They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

          Mathematics

           

          • Dynamic Classroom BC Grade 9
          • Crescent Beach Publishing Mathematics 9
          • Singapore Dimensions Math 8A and 8B Textbooks and Teaching Notes and Solutions

          Science

          • BC Science Connections 9 Textbook and Workbook

          Social Studies

          • Nelson Socials 9
          • World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Essentials Pack

          Bible/Christian Studies

          • Gospel of John Explorer’s Bible Study

          Optional Resources

          (not detailed below)

           

          • What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition by Carol Christen (Career Education)
          • Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World by David Allen (Career Education)
          • Invest in your Financial Future by Diane Dakers (Mathematics/Career Education)
          • ACSI's Choices for a Winning Lifestyle - Student Textbook and Workbook (Heath Education; can also be used for Grade 10)
          • Canada Map Book 6 (Social Studies; says Gr. 6-8 on the cover, but is still suitable )
          • Righting Canada's Wrongs - any of the 6 books in the series by Lorimer Publications (Social Studies)
          • Heritage Collection: The Immigrant Experience by Rose Fine-Myer (Social Studies)

          Detailed Information for Grade 9 Curriculum 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

          Placement Tests

          Review

          Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

          Scope and Sequence

          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.

          Placement Test (Level Wizard)

          Review

          Other Optional or Supplementary Resources:

          Sample Video Lesson

          Table of Contents and PDF Sample

          Free Trial

          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

          Review

          Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

          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

           

          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

          • Detailed explanations of every topic with step-by-step guided examples with solutions. 
          • A series of problems for the student to practice the concept they just learned. Questions start out easy and gradually increase in difficulty. Challenging questions are provided for those students that really want to push themselves.
          • Practice tests for each chapter/unit in the book. 
          • An answer key for all questions in the book. 
          • Students can get extra support through the website that provides additional worksheets and a limited selection of video lessons when you create an online account.
          • A complete set of video lessons (a paid service) where you can watch a math teacher while they explain a concept and then walk you through some examples. 

          Website

          Other Optional or Supplementary Resources

          Table of Contents and PDF Sample Pages

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

          Description: Aligned to BC's curriculum

          • Written to be used as a primary teaching resource

          • Contains a comprehensive explanation of the subject for each section

          • Over 300 detailed example questions

          • Hundreds of practise problems with answers and step by step solutions where necessary

          • Space is given for each practice question to complete the problem, and keep the work organized all in one place 

          Website

          Table of Contents

          PDF Sample Pages

          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

          • Textbooks build on prior knowledge and develop familiar concepts in an accessible way.
          • Workbooks offer independent practice while maintaining the careful progression of exercise variation.
          • Teaching Notes and Solutions provide teaching suggestions and important information for educators to help students achieve math mastery.
          • Workbook Solutions contain fully worked solutions for problems in workbooks.

          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

          Review

          Scope and Sequence

          Brochure

          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:

          • Support for place-based learning and integrates First Peoples' ways of knowing.
          • Builds students confidence with solid science content that is easy to understand and provides the background necessary for personalized inquiry.
          • Engages students with relevant science content, dynamic visuals and intriguing labs.
          • Develops and supports scientific literacy, engages students with dynamic content, lab experiences and a rich array of resources to ensure students understand the big idea.

          Website

          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

          Table of Contents and Sample pages

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

          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

          Other Optional or Supplementary Resources:

          PDF Sample Lesson