Resources for BC Home Based Learners

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The resources in this section are for BC residents. For more general listings, see also the Resources section in the pages for Canada.

Suppliers of educational materials

ABC Academic Books
abcacademicbooks.com
#210-2083 Alma St.
Vancouver, BC V6R 4N6
Telephone: 604-222-2772
Email: info@ (add abcacademicbooks.com to complete the email address)
— carries a wide variety of products, including: Textbooks, Workbooks, Competition Math material, Homeschooling material, Teacher's supplies. Material ranges from the K-12 level, and they occasionally stock higher-level items as well. Key Subjects: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, French, ESL, SAT.

 

Cornerstone Learning Resources
www.cornerstonelearningresources.com
#101 - 1924 Ambrosi Rd
Kelowna BC V1Y 4R9
1-800-337-4181
250-763-3463
fax: 1-250-763-1786
info@ (add cornerstonelearning.ca to complete the email address)
-- One-stop source for homeschool supplies from all publishers (if you don't see it in the store or online catalogue, just request it from them); they specialize in products that meet Prescribed Learning Outcomes in British Columbia and carry full curriculum packages from Heritage Christian Online School (HCOS); used curriculum and a Buy-Back program are available. Store hours are listed on the contact page of their website.

 

Fun In A Box Canada
www.FunInABoxCanada.com
2495 W. 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 2B2
604-782-4345
All Canadian, all fun curriculum. No workbooks.
Meets most Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade one learning outcomes.
Fun-In-A-Box Canada Activity Kits are designed so that children learn through play. Play provides opportunities for children to learn in a context in which they are most receptive. By studying themes, children take isolated facts and place them into meaningful and personally relevant contexts. Each activity addresses different developmental skills. Choose from one day mini-kits, one week activity kits or one month subscription kits.

 

Learning Lane
#6 - 4044 200B St
Langley BC V3A 1N9
Email: orders@ (add learninglane.ca to complete the email address)
Phone: (604) 533-3274
Toll Free: 877-936-5465
Fax: (604) 533-6781
www.learninglane.ca

New and used curriculum in one location. (The Used Resources division is called Recyculum.) The brick-&-mortar store is open 5 days a week. You can also order from the online catalogue. Under new ownership and management as of September 2006.

 

Maplerose
www.maplerose.ca
265 Baker Street
Nelson BC V1L 4H4
Store Hours Mo-Sat 9.30am-5pm
Phone: (250) 352-5729
E-mail: info@maplerose.ca
24-Hour Fax line: (250) 352-5729
— Sells Waldorf toys, craft and school supplies, including natural toys and dolls, felting wool and needles, and woolens for children and babies. Shop online or at the brick-&-mortar store in Nelson, BC.

 

Peaceful Learning

9416-105th Avenue
Fort St. John BC V1J 4V7
Phone: 1(250) 785-6763 (Jane)
Phone: 1(250) 787-1276 (Beth)
Email: PLresources@ (add shaw.ca to complete the email address)
www.peacefullearning.com

Educational resource store that serves Northern BC teachers and homeschoolers by appointment and all of Canada by mail order.

 

Recyculum
Recyculum is the Used Resources division of Learning Lane.

 

Wigglewurm Productions

Direct instruction of mathematics at grade 10, 11, and 12 levels on DVD's. For more information, send an e-mail to greichl@ (add nethop.net to complete the email address) or phone 250-499-5044.

Tutors, workshops and courses

Surrey Museum

www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/20518.aspx

The Museum offers programs for homeschool student groups in two ways: through scheduled registered programs and through individual bookings. For bookings, if you have a group of five students or more and would like to attend any of the Museum's school programs, please call the Museum for availability at 604-592-6956.

 

Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre homeschool programs for ages 5 to 18 on Fridays from 9:30-12:30. Please view our website for details:

lindbjergacademy.com/class-information-and-forms/home-learner-program/
#7 - 75 Blue Mountain Street, Coquitlam, BC V3K 0A7
604-777-2211
homelearners@ (add lindbjergacademy.com to complete the email address)

 

Glass Smith & Co.

We offer classes to students interested in Arts. We have been teaching classes for over 10 years but have been in business since 1967. Stained glass class the minimum age would be 12 and Mosaics or Fused glass minimum age would be 10. We require a minimum of 5 students and maximum of 8 to run a class. All supplies & materials are provided in each class. If you are interested in learning more about our classes please feel free to call or email. We also offer a special rate for home school students. Contact Carol Smith:

Glass Smith & Co.
3311 Tennyson Avenue
Victoria, BC V8W 3P5
phone: 1-250-475-3388
toll free: 1-888-360-3311
fax: 1-250-475-3377
e-mail: info@ (add glasssmith.ca to complete the email address)
www.glasssmith.ca
www.facebook.com/pages/Glass-Smith-Art-Glass-Studio/182330625118835?v=wall

 

Bloom Art Studio

Classes and workshops in art, crafts, print arts, hand sewing, hand knitting, and more. Child-centered, process focused approach to teaching, with lots of individual attention, small classes, in a studio setting designed especially for children to explore and be inspired. Art therapy approach to developing the whole child nurturing creativity to encourage growth and emotional development. Projects use natural materials, high quality professional art materials, and green choices through repurposing. Classes are provided in traditional handicrafts for tactile experiences and connections to the past. Children are encouraged to value making rather than consumption. Focus is on the process rather than the outcome. Through the creative process, Bloom Art Studio classes encourage mindfulness, observation, slowing down, and really seeing the world around you. Daytime schedule for homelearners.

www.bloomartstudio.ca
211-810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9
604-617-5729
kimberly@ (add bloomartstudio.ca to complete the email address)

 

Lighthouse Academy of Dance

Dance lessons - general dance for Fine Arts and PE curricula for homeschoolers. Other dance training in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Jazz & Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theatre from 3 upwards. Studios in Colwood and Victoria.

www.lighthouseacademyofdance.com
250 595 8705

 

Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art

3696 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6R 1Z1
Phone: 604-733-1356
Email: lyceum@ (add christiannehayward.com to complete the email address)
Website: www.christiannehayward.com

"Join us at the Lyceum for a series of programs designed for home learners. Each four week module offers youth the opportunity to engage in challenging ideas while being inspired in their own writing and art by the best children's literature in the world today. The Lyceum is a cozy living room, a specialized library, a well-equipped studio and a whimsical art gallery bound up in one. It is a wonderful space for children of all ages to explore their own creativity."

 

Arts and Music

Place des Arts is a Coquitlam based arts centre and music school offering a number of arts and music programs for home learners throughout the school year.

www.placedesarts.ca

 

Knitting

Knitting instructor Lindsay Bell is in the Victoria area. She charges $30 for up to 4 students between the ages of 7 and 12 or up to 6 students ages 13 and up. For more information, please call Lindsay at (250) 818-6229.

 

Leaders in Training International

Leaders in Training International (LITI) is a distance program of Education for Global Citizenship from sd22 and Eagle Bay Camp.

LITI explores conservation of sea turtles, reefs and rain forests. LITI students visit the Red Cross, the United Nations, Habitat for Humanity, The Peace Corps and International Universities in Panama Central America.

LITI uses online learning, webinars, state of the art software, dynamic student travel abroad, camp setting, field study, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institutes, Spanish Language study, and Indigenous peoples studies exploring Embera and Kuna culture.

LITI is a full semester distance/hybrid program for grade 11/12 students delivered in an innovative 3-stage platform:
  1. Face to face classes and an extended, weeklong high energy boot camp.
  2. State of the art online coursework with regularly scheduled, live video WEBINARS and teacher support.
  3. Worldview altering international 5 week odyssey in Panama, Central America.
LITI Staff

Dave Fehr (Balboa) is the LITI director. He was born in Panama and spent many of his formative years exploring the amazing biodiversity, cultural wealth and unique geography of Panama. Dave has taken student groups to Mexico, Spain, England and France. Dave is an experienced teacher at Kalamalka Secondary in Vernon BC. Dave is responsible for the academic and field study portion of the program.

Maddy Fehr grew up in Ecuador and has vivid memories of exploring the Amazon tributaries and surrounding Andes mountains. Maddy is an experienced traveler and has chaperoned extended youth odysseys on numerous happy occasions.

Dan Draht (Rodeo) is the Eagle Bay Camp LIT coordinator. Dan is an energetic, highly qualified adventurer who loves sea, sky, mountains, bush, caves and experiential teaching. Dan studied adventure education in New Zealand. Dan inspires through challenging activities designed to stretch the mind, the body, and the spirit. Dan is the lead man for leadership activities at boot camp and in the field.

Ric Cyr (Slider) is the Eagle Bay camp director. With LITI, Ric serves as a leadership consultant and promotional guru. Ric has his pulse on camp leadership programs across the province and is a key recruiter. It is one of our goals to bring the students of the province together in leadership development - this is where Ric shines.

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world."
- John le Carre

For more information:

Email: dfehr@ (add sd22.bc.ca to complete the email address)

Website: www.liti.ca

 

Olde Skool Education Centre

Offers both private and group learning experiences. Private tutoring is available in Vancouver in the following subject areas: Elementary: Math, Language arts, French, Social Studies; Secondary: French, Social Studies, English. Experienced with gifted, learning disabled, twice exceptional and unmotivated students.

Email: oldeskool.info@ (add gmail.com)

www.oldeskoolmag.com

 

Springboard Active Learning

Small group or individual tutoring in spelling, writing and math. Tutoring sessions include active breaks when students practice sitting and balancing on stability balls and do short aerobic activities. Small Group Tutoring: Monday to Thursday - 9am-3pm. Individual instruction after school hours: one to four days a week, Monday to Thursday.

www.springboardlearning.ca
1289 Parkdale Drive
Victoria BC V9B 4G9
Email: springboard@ (add shaw.ca to complete the email address)
Phone: 250-686-8923 (Marnie Spencelayh)
or 250-298-1068 (Katie Pinilla)

 

The Music Room
The Westside School of Rock

The Music Room offers private, professional instruction in guitar, drums, voice, bass, piano/keyboards, violin, banjo, and more. They also have an ensemble program called The Westside School of Rock, teaching musicians to play together. The instructors are professional and friendly, and all the programs are customized to the student. Daytime spots are available for all programs. Special arrangements can be made for Home School children as daytime scheduling can be flexible. They can invoice directly to the respective agency if required. Rental instruments are available.

www.thewestsideschoolofmusic.com
Dan and Nancy Summers
2417 Gossett Road
Westbank, B.C. V4T 1P4
Phone or fax: 250-707-3626
Email: veblen@ (add shaw.ca to complete the email address)

 

Love of Wildlife Art School

Art classes offered by artist Deborah Hartloff to children in the Kelowna/Westbank BC area. She has been offering classes for the past 8 years to Home school children, as well as after-school and early evening classes.

www.loveofwildlife.ca
Deborah Hartloff
Love of Wildlife Studio & Gallery
3918 Harding Road
Westbank, BC V4T 2J9
Phone: 250.768.1876
Fax: 250.768.8018
Email: deborah@ (add loveofwildlife.ca to complete the email address)

 

Turning Point Tutoring

Individual one-on-one help for all grades and subjects, in the convenience of your home. Teaching style is adjusted to the individual child's way of learning.

www.tptutoring.com
Email: learn@ (add tptutoring.com to complete the email address)
Phone: (250)376-5306
Area served: Kamloops and area

 

Leap Education: Exam-preparation seminars for Principles of Math 12

Two-day seminars designed to provide students with everything they need to excel on the provincial exam. BC-certified instructors present the material in a concise, easy-to-understand manner, cover all aspects of the curriculum and reinforce this learning with hundreds of actual provincial exam questions.

www.LeapEducation.ca
Phone: 604-842-LEAP (5327)
Toll-free: 1-866-716-LEAP (5327)
Email: info@ (add LeapEducation.ca to complete the email address)

 

Wildwood Educational Enrichment Centre

"Are you seeking a small, family-style, non-coercive learning community for your children? Perhaps you need to work, yet want your children to continue to have the advantages of homeschooling? Wildwood, in Fort Langley, BC, offers freedom, respect and inspiring enrichment opportunities three days a week. Activities include art, photography, multiculturalism, science, literature and much more."

For further information, please call Terry Stafford: 604-888-2766 or email: lifelonglearner@ (add shaw.ca to complete the email address)

 

Solar Power Roadshow

www.solar-roadshow-list.blogspot.com
Rob Matthies conducts fun workshops for kids on renewable energy and sustainable living. You can contact him at 604-512-9567 (or 604-980-7197).

Stirling engine workshop

The Stirling engine is the most efficient combustion engine, yet most people have not heard of it. Many futurists believe that the Stirling is the engine of the future. Stirling engines with 5,000 horsepower are already deployed for marine applications. Solar Powered Roadshow offers a hands-on workshop about the Stirling engine, by showing a model that works simply from any heat source, even the heat from a warm coffee cup, that is enough to make the engine turn, and spin a wheel.

This is available as a travelling workshop for $70/hour.

 

Lion Life Coaching workshops

Individual life coaching and group improv workshops to help build skills in making choices, understanding perceptions, and self-awareness. Experience in coaching the gifted. Lion Life Coaching can work with you to produce a customized solution that fits your needs.
Contact: Joanna Fletcher
Phone: 403-837-1866
Email: info@ (add lionlifecoaching.com to complete the email address)
Skype ID: joanna.fletcher
MSN: jo@ (add lionlifecoaching.com to complete the email address)

 

Violin lessons in student's home Langley and Surrey

Experienced violin teacher with B.Mus offers comprehensive musical education including classical violin training combining Suzuki and traditional methods, ear training, theory of music, RCM exam preparations, chamber music (ensemble). You can reach Jovana at 604-533-2927 or jovanai2002@ (add yahoo.ca to complete the email address).

 

Drum instructor - Abbotsford

Andy Neilsen, member of the percussive arts society, is offering daytime lessons for ages 8 and up, beginners to advanced, all styles of music. Lessons are 30 minutes, cost $18.00 per lesson, and are held at Studio 2000, located beneath Kings Music on Langdon Street, as well as in his home-based studio on Morgan Way.
Phone: 604-504-1849 or 604-217-1033

 

English Tutor - Vancouver

Professional English Tutor available one on one or small group setting. All ages from Primary to College levels. Please contact Bill at 604-531-7372 or email billandbecky@ (add telus.net to complete the email address)

 

The Beatboard

A Vancouver- and Victoria-based team of professional artists and facilitators who deliver interactive youth workshops in schools, at conferences, alternative education centers, and Native Friendship centers.
www.beatboard.org

 

Silbury School and Resource Centre

Silbury offers home schooling courses, including summer programs for homeschoolers:
www.silbury.ca/directory.html

 

Granville Island Music School

1918 Fir Street
Vancouver BC
Contact: Dan Parry
Phone: (604) 551-4415
Email: info@ (add playmusic.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.playmusic.ca

One-on-one instruction for all levels and ages of students on guitar, bass, drums, hand drums, piano, sax, vocals, turn tables, reason and protools. Qualified instructors who are also active performing and recording artists.

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