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Getting a Good Start in Home Education

If you are new to home education and are wondering where to start, this is a great place to begin.  

After you have reviewed helpful resources like 102 Top Tips for Home School Families, Educating the Wholehearted Child as well as The Three Rs, most families find their next step would be in the area of the basics - Language Arts and Math. A great beginning for first year home school families is one of our Complete Language Arts Curricula, such as Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLAL). Start here and add the many other activities home education families are involved in as you feel comfortable. 

Are you looking to put together your own Language Arts program? Choose from the different Language Arts strands: Phonics, Spelling, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Writing and Handwriting.  We have added many sample pages thoughout the website for you to peruse and get that hands on experience online.

  • If your child is in early elementary age, begin with Phonics. Choose from either the Phonics Workbooks Category, or Phonics Teacher's Manuals, or the Phonics Kits.
  • Next add Spelling. You may want to check out popular programs such as the hands on All About Spelling or a Spelling Workout workbook.
  • Grammar can begin as early as grade 2 with Daily Guided Teaching and Review Grade 2 or earlier with The World of Language Series by Ruth Heller.
  • Reading Comprehension can be as simple as having your child narrate, or tell back what has just been read, either by you or your child. You could also incorporate some of the excellent Reading Comprehension materials available. 
  • Have your child write everyday or try using WriteShop, or one of the other great Writing curriculum available from CHER's online store.
  • A Reason for Handwriting and Handwriting without Tears are two of the many effective Handwriting programs available through CHER (Canadian Home Education Resources).

Older children may want to use a Novel Study Guide such as Progeny Press or Total Language Plus for their year's Language Arts. Use 4 novel studies a year and add Grammar and Writing.

These are just some of the suggestions that you may use. If you are in Alberta and you are Aligned, always check with your facilitator first. If you are in Alberta and are Traditional, you have choices in your curriculum selection. If you are in BC and are enrolled or registered, you must order through your school board to get your funding.  CHER accepts Purchase Orders from most home education school boards in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as many school boards in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. If your school board is not registered with us, we would be happy to have them use our easy application process.

 

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