Ontario Elementary Level Curriculum Checklists

Although not every homeschooler chooses to use the government outline for a curriculum, many like to know their child is following along in a similar learning pattern to their publicly schooled peers. Or maybe they are curious at what their child should know at the grade level they are at.

Either way, I’ve been chipping away at creating easy to use elementary grade curriculum checklists for Ontario that are sorted by grade. Currently, when you look at the curriculum online or in the printed books – the information is sorted by subject, requiring several different books and references to pull together everything for a single grade.

Ontario Curriculum Checklists - Easy to use elementary grade curriculum checklists for Ontario that are sorted by grade.


The resources I’ve put together include all current editions of each subject: math, science and technology, language arts, social studies, the arts, health and physical education, and core French (where applicable). I’ve tried to make it simple for you to look over, understand, and check off what your child has learned or is working on.

Right now, I’ve only completed Ontario, but hope in the future to add the rest of the provinces and territories across the country as I know there are differences between each and unique expectations.

**Please note: these files have been updated in February 2015 to add in the new changes to the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.** Also, I’ve added Kindergarten’s checklist as many people have requested it. This edition uses the 2006 curriculum and not the draft edition of the full-day program. It’s due for an update to the 2016Β edition.

If you are from British Columbia, it appears that they’ve done a similar edition of this with their own curriculum for grades K- 9.

76 Comment(s)

  • by Elizabeth Posted January 20, 2015 7:56 am

    Wow!! That was a lot of work, Thank you for doing this!

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 20, 2015 9:04 pm

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ I hope you find it helpful!

    • by Colleen Posted July 31, 2015 6:39 am

      Agreed, thank you! Love the layout.

    • by Kim Posted November 22, 2017 12:44 pm

      I cannot see the image to click? The only one I see brings me to an image to pin? What am I missing? Thanks

      • by LisaMarie Posted November 23, 2017 12:22 pm

        Hi Kim,
        There should be a box to enter your email to subscribe then you will get an email with the link you need to access the printables page.
        Sorry if there wasn’t clear instructions.
        Lisa Marie.

  • by Matthew Blackwood Posted January 20, 2015 8:44 am

    Great resource, thanks for putting this together!

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 20, 2015 9:05 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • by Emma Posted January 20, 2015 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this together. You just made my life easier πŸ™‚

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 20, 2015 9:05 pm

      Thanks for your feedback – I’m so glad! πŸ™‚

  • by Sheila Posted January 21, 2015 7:01 pm

    So greatful for your effort into creating this for us all. It is quite overwhelming when looking at the original way on the boards site. I am printing as we speek lol Thanks again!

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 22, 2015 7:14 am

      Thanks for the great feedback – I fully agree. looking at curriculum books is like looking at gibberish sometimes lol

  • by Jennifer Posted January 25, 2015 9:39 am

    Thank you so much for all your hard work. I love this format and can’t wait to use it. Your web site is a great Canadian resource and it’s a first stop for me every time I get a chance to surf.

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 25, 2015 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback. πŸ™‚ It’s really appreciated. πŸ™‚

  • by John Posted January 27, 2015 11:11 am

    Your the Best, Thank you,You have open my eyes to a lot more options than I thought I had. This I hope will help me I am sure for the upper level studies Thanks one more time.

  • by chesserie Posted February 3, 2015 9:22 am

    WOW! Thank you so much for putting this together! We will be starting grade 1 next year and this couldn’t have come out at a more perfect time for us.

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 3, 2015 12:00 pm

      So glad that it’s able to help you! All the best as you plan for the fall! πŸ™‚

  • by mongupp Posted February 11, 2015 10:14 am

    very helpful…thank you so much!

  • by Fletcher Posted February 11, 2015 8:27 pm

    Thank you very, very much for putting this together for us! I truly appreciate your website. I am new to homeschooling and I am gathering as much information as I can, because I will begin the next school term. This is awesome! Thank you.

    I do have a question: Is there a curriculum available for French Immersion or French as a First Language? I noticed the BC curriculum has it incorporated. Is there one for Ontario?

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 11, 2015 10:33 pm

      If you go to the Ontario website – http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/ – you can see all the French options. For these checklists, I opted to use the core French program which is the basic on starting from Grade 4 as an additional language, however they do have French Immersion and extended French curriculum outlines available.

      • by Fletcher Posted February 13, 2015 3:59 am

        This is great! Thank you sooo much! I will check out the link. I want my kids to continue with their French, and this will help a great deal.

        Thank you, again, LisaMarie. Very much appreciated.

        • by LisaMarie Posted February 13, 2015 8:57 pm

          You are welcome! I’m glad they will be helpful! πŸ™‚

  • by Mariana Posted February 23, 2015 10:51 pm


    Thank you so very much for all the work you’ve put into this; it’s truly amazing!

    Any chance you might do one for kindergarten? I know Kindergarten is not mandatory, but I was just wondering πŸ™‚



    • by LisaMarie Posted February 24, 2015 9:10 am

      Hi Mariana,

      I was planning to, but I just never got to it. Good suggestion. I’ll put it on my list! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your kind words.

      Lisa Marie.

  • by kylha Posted March 6, 2015 2:07 am

    This is a huge help for any parent in Ontario! Thank you so much!! Any chance that Manitoba is next on your list, or close to the top? I am looking at home schooling next year and would LOVE the extra help you can provide.
    Thanks so much.

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 6, 2015 6:54 am

      If I could just clone myself already, all the provinces would be done! πŸ˜€ I’m trying to chip away as fast as I can! I hope I can get them all done asap!

  • by Diane Posted March 25, 2015 9:55 pm

    LisaMarie What a wonderfully put together resource. And you’ve already included the new HPE curriculum! Thank you!

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 26, 2015 5:50 am

      Thank you for your kind words. πŸ™‚ I hope you find it useful.

  • by Seyma Posted March 26, 2015 10:16 am

    These sources are very helpful, thank you for putting these together. Appreciated!

  • by R Posted April 2, 2015 11:31 am

    Is there a set like this for Alberta?

    • by LisaMarie Posted April 2, 2015 5:06 pm

      In the works! πŸ˜€

  • by Sofia Posted April 14, 2015 12:31 am

    Thanks for this great resource. Do you know where I can find the curriculum check list format for secondary school, grades 9 to 12?
    Thank you

    • by LisaMarie Posted April 14, 2015 7:16 am

      Hi Sofia,

      I’m sorry – I currently don’t have these. Hopefully one day I’ll get time to work on them as well. For now, you can see the secondary school curriculum outlines provided by the gov’t here: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/

      Hope that helps.

  • by Jeannine Posted May 6, 2015 4:23 pm

    This is fantastic!
    I ma considering homeschooling my younger three (5, 2, 8 months). Is there any way you are planning to do one of these for kindergarten? Currently, my 5 year old is in the Catholic school system but I would like to research what I may be getting myself into with homeschooling. I ma downloading the others, though for future use even if it is just to help out with activities at home.
    Thanks you for this!

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 6, 2015 4:31 pm

      I wish I had 4 sets of hands and more time to work on this to-do list! I have Kindergarten in the works and hopefully will get it done soon! ::fingers crossed::

  • by Sarah Posted May 8, 2015 4:42 pm

    My child will be starting JK next year. Do you have a curriculum outline of what children should be learning in JK and SK in Ontario?

    PS: Your work is very well put together.

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 9, 2015 10:10 am

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m trying to get the Kindergarten edition finished. Hopefully I will have time to get it finalized soon!

      • by Jen Posted July 30, 2015 4:17 pm

        Just curious as to why the 2006 version of Kindergarten was done vs. the full day version which is now implemented in schools across Ontario? Do you have plans to update the full day Kindergarten version?

        • by LisaMarie Posted July 31, 2015 7:21 am

          Good Question. I didn’t do the full day one for a few reasons, the main being because it is marked on the site as “draft.” I wasn’t sure if it was completed or not. Plus, once you get past the first 50 pages of text or so, the full day program is actually laid out in a very easy chart design which I think is easy to read without my help. And, lastly, because it isn’t in every school, everywhere. I just had to pick something. If you think it is of vital importance, I will dd a note to the post with the link to the K-Full Day book from the gov-‘t. I hope that makes sense. πŸ™‚

  • by Lisa B Posted May 15, 2015 4:22 pm

    Thank You SO SO SO very much! All the work you put into the website and the sharing of information sure does help those of us thinking about the Homeschool option and those of use who’ve made the jump and are just getting started!

    I applaud your dedication.

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 15, 2015 7:03 pm

      πŸ™‚ Thanks Lisa. I appreciate it.

  • by AmyW Posted May 31, 2015 9:52 am

    Thank you so much for doing this! I am homeschooling my 6 children this fall and was feeling very overwhelmed trying to find the expectations/curriculum for 5 different grade levels. This is exactly what I needed. β™₯

  • by sadia Posted June 20, 2015 2:07 pm

    Thanks a lot.this is very very helpful.

  • by Kerry Posted July 5, 2015 10:15 am

    Hi there! Thanks so much for all the work you’ve done for these checklists! I read you answer to the comment about French immersion, but I wondered if you would post or send your blank template, so I could create the French immersion checklists to match all your others. Thanks for considering the request…

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 12, 2015 6:35 am

      Hi Kerry,

      I sent you an email. πŸ™‚

      Lisa Marie.

  • by Anne-Marie Rocheleau Posted July 5, 2015 1:13 pm

    Great work! Thank you very much! That will help me for math.Do you plan on doing the FSL curriculum checklist in the near future ?

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 12, 2015 6:37 am

      These checklists include Core French which is from Grade 4 on. Honestly, I had no plans on adding in the French Immersion information but if enought people want it, I suppose I can try to pop it together. Lack of time and hands makes these extra things a challenge. πŸ˜‰

  • by Karen Posted August 18, 2015 10:30 pm

    Great job putting that together!! Your truly an angel!! Thank you very much for taking the time to make things easier for us parents! (and children!) I just have one question, do you know of a good website where I can find some workbooks for different subjects for Grade 3 that mesh with your checklist? My son loves filling out workbooks! Thanks again!!

    • by LisaMarie Posted August 18, 2015 11:03 pm

      There’s nothing that “officially” matches, but check out the SmartSeries books if you are looking for some quick and easy workbooks. You can usually find them for pretty cheap at places like Chapters. πŸ™‚ MathSmart, EnglishSmart, ScienceSmart, etc.

  • by Farah Posted September 2, 2015 9:02 pm

    THIS IS AWESOME!! Thank you sooo much!

  • by T Posted January 2, 2016 5:11 pm

    Thank you for creating these guides! I have my first classroom as a teacher this year and am finding them extremely helpful!!

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 3, 2016 6:48 am

      Fantastic! I’m so glad that you’ve found them useful. πŸ˜€

  • by Cynthia Posted January 4, 2016 5:45 pm

    This is fabulous!!! I’ve been looking for something like this for ages! Tried making my own and gave up because it was so time consuming and tedious! Thanks so much!!!

  • by Tim Posted March 22, 2016 10:53 pm

    Amazing job! Thank you.

  • by joanne epworth Posted April 6, 2016 8:43 pm

    this is fantastic, i just printed off a bunch of checklists to show in a binder for my teaching evaluation, saved me a lot of time thanks

  • by Suneela Mayberry Posted July 15, 2016 11:43 am

    Hello.This is an excellent resource! It must have taken you a while. Thank you very much for sharing it for free!

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 15, 2016 2:22 pm

      You are welcome πŸ™‚

  • by Rebecca Posted August 3, 2016 9:13 am

    Thank you so much! Exactly what I was looking for!

  • by Michelle Posted November 24, 2016 1:13 pm

    Thank you! Exactly what I need.

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  • by Mariana Abeid-McDougall Posted August 30, 2017 10:57 am

    I’m once again using these awesome checklists as I get organized for September. I’ve linked to them in my latest post πŸ™‚ http://www.marianamcdougall.com/not-back-school-homeschooling-family-september/

  • by Yogini Posted October 5, 2017 2:19 am

    Thank You Very Much for Putting this together. I really do appreciate it

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 7, 2017 6:36 am

      I hope that it’s helpful! πŸ™‚

  • by Denise Posted November 10, 2017 8:59 pm

    LisaMarie, I echo all the comments here, also thanking you so much for all your hard work compiling all this curriculum information by grade. This is an invaluable resource for teachers πŸ™‚

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 10, 2017 9:02 pm


  • by Donna Posted November 29, 2017 4:34 am

    Hello I have subscribed to your website, received an email stating my subscription was confirm, but I still cannot pull the curriculum checklists from your site. What am I doing wrong?

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 29, 2017 3:07 pm

      Hi Donna,
      You should have gotten an email after the confirm one that gave ou the link and the password to the downloads library. It’s all there. It looks like you got that email today – did you get in yet?

  • by Milla Posted January 6, 2018 12:48 pm

    I received e-mail, after I put the password that it was sent to me without any distance before and after password and nothing happened. Did you send me the right password?

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 8, 2018 7:37 am

      Hi Milla. It should be the right password. I will email you.

  • by Ashley Posted May 1, 2018 9:38 pm

    I saw that you mentioned doing one for the updaed 2016 kindergarten curriculum. Did you end up doing this? I would be very interested in this if so!

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 2, 2018 5:39 am

      Sorry – I don’t think I finished it yet. The work is very time consuming for these, and I just haven’t had time! I’ll keep chipping away though πŸ™‚

      The actual layout of the new kindergarten curriculum in the government file is pretty good, though. So it’s not as complicated as the other grades!

  • by Elizabeth Posted September 12, 2018 4:20 pm

    Hi! Are these updated with the 2018 social studies expectations? Thanks for doing this!

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 12, 2018 6:26 pm

      Not yet. I honestly thought that it had been postponed. I will take a look and see what I can do about updating them soon. Thanks for letting me know!

  • by Gilbert Posted September 7, 2019 3:56 pm

    Hi there,
    Have you done anything for high school yet?

  • by Jessica Spice Posted September 21, 2019 8:38 am

    I just want to say – as an educator of 9 years I have been coming to your website as long as I can remember. I use a lot of stuff on here for my son as well, in order to supplement his learning at school. I want to thank you so much for the wonderful resources you offer – you have honestly made my career and life easier.

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 26, 2019 7:47 am

      I’m so glad that you’d found it helpful! πŸ™‚

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