The Canadian Schoolhouse Themes
Financial Literacy for Kids: Budgeting, Banking, and Balancing
For many of us, one of the reasons we love home education is that it allows us to teach some life skills that are overlooked in public schools. Financial literacy is not just practical; it is also Biblical. There are countless verses in the Bible speaking to money. It is wise of us to teach our children to be good stewards of their money, which in turn will help them be content with what they have. Make financial literacy into a course or utilize real life instruction, but don’t neglect this important life training.
Home Education in Canada: Post-Secondary Avenues
There are certain myths about homeschooling that you hear circulating quite regularly among those who don’t homeschool; they are sometimes even used as reasons why people do not homeschool. I’m sure you’ve heard them all, but one of the big ones is “what if your child wants to go to university?” It seems to be a common misconception that if you are homeschooled, your schooling ends at grade 12.
Teaching Values and Developing Character
For many homeschool parents, the academic portion of teaching pales in importance to teaching values and developing our children’s character. While the internet is overrun with many beautiful and effective ways of teaching math and language arts, there is not so much out there to help us with instilling values in our children and teaching them to be people of strong character.
Homesteading Skills for You Family
More and more often these days, homeschooling family is becoming synonymous with homesteading family. Whether you are learning to appreciate simpler days, embracing the learning that comes through this lifestyle, or feel a push from the times we are living in, you may be putting more thought into taking on some homestead tasks. While homesteading encompasses a large amount of skills and tasks, it can be less overwhelming to just choose somewhere to start and focus on that. A garden can be made in a small yard or even in containers on a deck. You can find a local farmer’s market and buy produce there to preserve for winter or leaner times. You can learn to bake from scratch things that perhaps you used to buy. These are smaller steps you can do that don’t require a large piece of land.
Indigenous Culture and Traditions
Teaching your children about the way of life in different cultures provides them with a wider view of the world and exposes them to the various ways God has made us unique. There are many different indigenous cultures and traditions across the world today and even more when we look at the history aspect of cultures! The articles below barely touch on the many different indigenous cultures in all the countries, but we hope this will encourage you to springboard into learning more about the geography and history of people and their land.
Raising Readers: Reading Strategies for Every Age
Encouraging reading isn’t just for the kids. As parents, the best thing we can do is make the time for reading so we can set the example for our children. This theme page gives you a few articles to fill you with ideas and insights on how you can raise a family of readers. You’ll notice that these reading strategies are mostly about creating the environment in your home to encourage reading. There’s no curriculum to implement or teaching to do. Just have books in your home – preferably some on topics your kids enjoy.
Homeschooling Tips on Creative Writing
Communicating by writing is a foundational skill that everyone needs. And not just writing to share a quick fact or explain some favourite things. Putting words down on paper (or digital “paper”) is an integral way to express oneself in a variety of situations whether someone else will read it or not. The articles and resources below provide many different tips to encourage creative writing and writing for personal reasons and for profit.
Celebrating Women’s History: Figures of Integrity
All throughout history, we have examples of men and women who have stood for causes and changed perceptions and hearts by their strength of certain character traits. This page is celebrating women’s history, shining a light on their good works and persistent nature. These figures of women of the past are highlighted in the articles below.