To help Canadian homeschooling families connect with each other and also with companies and resources that will help them on their learning journey from start to finish. I want them to be able find curriculum, materials, and resources that are relevant to them, their experiences, and their history.
What exactly is this site?
The Canadian Homeschooler is focused on sharing Canadian materials, curriculum, products, websites, etc. that are relevant and useful to families across the country in their home education journeys.
So, who IS behind The Canadian Homeschooler anyway?
I'm Lisa Marie - a homeschooling mother of 4 boys and 1 girl. We live in Ontario, Canada.
Why did you start this site?
Basically, I was frustrated. My sister-in-laws' both homeschooled using an American kit curriculum for their children. Following in their footsteps, I ordered the kit to use with my oldest. The program is excellent, but I was so annoyed having to explain that in Canada our money is different and we do our temperatures in Celsius - not Fahrenheit, and that we measure in metric. I was frustrated having to explain that our spelling words have a special extra "u".
A flip through sample curricula that are most popular in the homeschooling circles led me to realize that they are 99% American - chock full of American Flags and presidential history, centred on the US - not very relevant to my Canadian children.
So, I started my search for Canadian programs / books / materials that I can use for my own children. I polled every homeschooling group I could get my emails into, I surfed the web, I chatted with other Canadian homeschoolers that I knew. Using their feedback, I started to compile this list. It's just a start. There's a lot out there - you just have to dig.
I'm sure there are more resources than I'll ever realize - but for now, I hope to help another homeschooling family as they look for Canadian tools.
How do I use this site?
If you are looking for a resource on a specific subject, I recommend looking through the menu of subjects across the top of the site. If the subject you are looking for isn't listed, check at the bottom of the page for a tag that matches.
I try to post as regularly as I can, several times a week.
I invite you to join my email newsletter. I attempt to send out a short message early every other week. This is where I send out links to recent posts, reminders of challenges and activities, talk about homeschooling experiences, and share other news, sales, and offers. As a bonus, all my subscribers get access to a special printables library full of some of my post popular downloads - like LEGO challenge cards, Canadian history games and activities, Canadian vs. US spelling, and more.
Since my goal for this site is to support other homeschoolers across Canada, I only allow advertisers that are relevant and helpful to my readers. I do share some companies that are American - such as Little Passports, because I feel that they have a great product. I also share companies that have digital and downloaded products that others might find helpful.
Lastly, I'd invite you to check out my resources shop where any printables and curriculum I create to sell will be available, such as my Canadian Adventure - a virtual trip across Canada & Timelines of Canadian history.
Where else have you been seen?
This blog has given me some unique opportunities to be a part of some other blogs as a guest poster, and also interviewed for news articles. Here are a few:
How do I contact you?
If you have questions that this site hasn't answered or need help, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I am available and interested in doing interviews and for media inquiries. For more information, please visit my advertising & media page.
Thanks so much for joining me.