With over 2 million books sold, the Complete Canadian Curriculum books from Popular Books is a favourite amongst the homeschooling community. Affordable, colourful, fun, easy to find, covering multiple subjects, and good all the way to Grade 8 – it’s easy to see why. These books have recently had a revision and update to make them even better.
However, as much as these books are labelled as the complete curriculum, they aren’t really designed to be a complete school year for your child. They only include a few pages on each topic per subject: Math, English, Social Studies, & Science. But don’t write these books off yet. They have great potential!
Here are 4 ways you can take advantage of these books in your homeschool.
1. As a base. Grab the grade level that you are working on with your child and take a look at the topics and subjects covered inside. For example, the Grade 6 book includes several pages about flight and air. You can then look into books, videos, experiments, field trips, etc that are related to that topic, and use the worksheets in this curriculum book as part of the complete picture. Build your year of school plans around the whole book and the lessons inside.
2. As a supplement. While you do school throughout the year, use the pages inside these books as an add on. As you study, when topics match up, you can just use these as a bonus page or exercise. For example, let’s say your child has been studying long division in their math program and could use some extra review. Using the pages in this book gives them an extra opportunity to practice. Plus, often the novelty of having a book that’s not their “usual work” can give them some special incentive too.
3. For a school break review/look ahead. If you take a break for the summer, but want to keep minds fresh and stimulated, you can challenge your child to use these books. Whether that be as a review for the year past, or as a jump ahead at the skills for the upcoming grade – they are fantastic for this purpose.
4. For a breather. Sometimes, we just need some downtime in our school days – doing something a little less intense. These books are perfect for those times. Just doing some colourful and whimsical pages of essentially independent work is a great way to have a break without giving up school completely.
I do recommend these books as they are a great tool for homeschoolers in Canada. I have used many of them with my own kids over the years. Lots of hard work, design, and experience have been used while putting them together. While they might not be the full, ready to go solution for homeschooling curriulum, they ARE a terrific resource.
You can usually find them in stores like Costco or Chapters, and online at Amazon.