As COVID-19 continues to keep students indoors, more parents are choosing to enroll their kids in online education rather than sending them to school. As a result, distance education is getting crowded, and we’ve needed to pivot our priorities to make sure we’re catering to newly distributed populations of learners.
But how do you make sure your child isn’t lost in a sea of online students?
Homeschooling is rising in popularity to bridge the gap between strictly online only learning and classroom sessions. Parents are taking the extra steps to make sure their children are meeting their educational competencies.
This may seem like a strange opinion, but it can be an exciting time (even if it’s hard work!) because it means that education can be innovated to suit the needs of each individual student. Therefore, there are way more options to make learning exciting and meaningful, and today we’re going to go into one of our favourite curriculum designs: STEM classes.
You may have heard of STEM as a category of education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. However, STEM classes are different and have a lot more depth to them.
In this article, we’re going to go through an in-depth analysis of what these classes are, what they can offer, and how they can benefit your children. If you’re already itching to register your learner in STEM we offer a variety of classes for students to develop skills that will be directly transferable to postsecondary institutions and align with Canada’s education outcomes.
What is STEM?
The acronym for STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The term STEM has a few uses - in college and university it refers to the degrees and programs within it and in media it’s typically used as a measure of the gender and racial diversity within science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In these contexts STEM is more of a buzzword than an area of study.
In reality, STEM classes are definitely more than just a buzzword - they’re actually a curriculum design aimed at kids who are in elementary, middle, and high school. STEM aims to reduce the ‘siloed’ effect that traditional education has on school subjects.
Think of siloed education as a polka dot wallpaper. There are many dots arranged on the wall but none of them interconnect or overlap - school subjects are incredibly similar in that the student takes out their textbook, learns about anatomy, then puts their book away to learn about writing. The applicability of writing to other subjects isn’t analyzed, and vice versa.
But what happens when kids head to university after learning through traditional teaching?
Without the building blocks encouraged by STEM or other interdisciplinary curriculum design, students may struggle through their first year as they play ‘catch-up’ and develop important critical thinking skills they may be lacking.
STEM’s curriculum teaches the 4 disciplines but they’re interdisciplinary - meaning the teachings of one subject will cross into another and are used interchangeably. STEM is also applied, meaning there’s a hands-on approach to learning, some of which include building machines or conducting experiments.
Kids learn real world problem solving by developing competencies in important concepts and strategies, and then applying them in creative problem solving rather than memorization.
To keep students engaged, STEM uses an inquiry-based framework that allows the kids and teens to lead the class based on their own interests. For example, a student may decide their interests are in medicine. Their STEM program could then be adapted to explore their passions: science could look at anatomy and physiology, the technology classes could look at a number of areas including bridging medical access for rural Canadians and making healthcare secure, and the mathematics courses could look at prescription vs weight calculations or basic coding for robotics. Finally, the engineering courses could tie it all together with a project based in biomedical engineering - building a robot arm or prosthetic, and even looking at the science of medical devices.
STEM classes are highly adaptable to what inspires the learners, and education can easily be adapted to keep children engaged.
Beyond the core course offerings, STEM develops ‘soft skills’ which we will go over in more detail below:
Communication is the skill of giving and receiving different types of information. However, being good at communication means developing skills in a variety of different areas including active listening, empathy, confidence, adaptivity, and respect.
Communication skills are highly valued in the professional and postsecondary world. A person’s ability to relay information clearly, efficiently and in a way that develops and maintains relationships is often underdeveloped by the time they reach their career jobs.
The result of poor skill development can mean project targets are missed, relationships with colleagues are difficult, and university group work becomes near impossible. STEM curricula recognises the value of communication and ensures that students engage in projects that allow them to make connections with their classmates.
Creativity isn’t just for the art world - it’s how your child (and eventual adult!) thinks about an issue or challenge. Creativity is described as the ability to consider something in a new way, and is critical for not just STEM classes, but for every field of work and study. Creative thinkers have strong organisation, analysis, open-mindedness, and problem-solving.
STEM encourages students to look at a problem at all angles, and to try things even if they fail! This means that students are encouraged to tackle problems with solutions that they develop, not following a step-by-step prescribed process. Students can gain a more comprehensive understanding of a subject if they learn why something fails, not just the solutions to the issue. Beyond that, they’ll build critical skills for university and their careers.
Inquiry is the process of problem solving. It follows a cyclical method:
Study.com states that those who use the inquiry method can foster creativity, develop critical thinking, support reasoning skills, increase responsibility and encourage independent thinking.
Students develop skills in inquiry by driving the problem-solving process. They’re responsible for developing and testing solutions to issues, analyzing the results of their experiments based on scientific inquiry and honing their original hypotheses based on their data.
Students learn to think on their feet and work towards solutions in a methodical and rational way, while looking comprehensively at different methods they can go about solving it. This skill goes hand-in-hand with critical thinking and creativity.
The Foundation for Critical Thinking developed a great definition for critical thinking (adapted here and simplified):
Critical thinking can be defined as a mode of thought that develops processes by analysing a subject, problem or content by assessing and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is purely motivated by the individual: it’s directed, disciplined, monitored and corrective. This means that the action of critical thinking is thoughtful and intentional, and strong critical thinkers look to understand their own biases and how they play a role in their actions.
Students learn critical thinking by working through complex problems and adjusting outcomes as they learn more about the functions of their proposed solutions. STEM classes foster critical thinking by letting students work through problems on their own and experience failure - with these failures they learn a lot about how the world works and can take their own thought processes into account when developing new solutions.
Collaboration is the act of working together to accomplish a common goal. Good collaborators work with each teammate’s strengths and weaknesses and will collectively assign tasks that play to the skills of each member. They’ll compromise and share the load evenly and help those who may be struggling.
STEM classes foster collaboration through the engineering portion of the curriculum. When major problem sets are tackled, students will work with their classmates to develop solutions to the issues by following the guidelines of a good collaborator.
Engineering is the subject that separates standard instruction from STEM. Engineering classes take the instructional portions of the other three classes and use them to broaden understanding by letting students solve complex problems. These problems bring together concepts from other areas and allow kids to see the interactions of different subjects in the real world.
Some examples of engineering at work are: robotics, electricity/circuits, motors, colour development, space exploration, climate change and structural design.
Why is STEM Important?
STEM teaches important skills that are transferable to any field, as degree majors become less important to hiring managers and businesses. The soft skills that STEM students develop are critical to doing well in university and in their careers. Developing these skills early gives students an advantage as they tackle their young adult life.
What is a STEM High School?
A STEM high school functions similarly to programs offered to younger children. These programs integrate the curriculum at a broader scale by getting youth involved in community-wide problems or issues and allowing them to develop and propose solutions. STEM high schools go a bit further than programs targeted to younger children as they will also work to connect their students with career opportunities or development.
STEM schools defined the essential components of their programs as the following:
Each STEM school has individual and creative offerings and connections with their communities. The core elements described here are simply a jumping-off point for schools to create unique and driven programs meant to engage their students and foster growth.
What are STEM Careers?
There are thousands of different careers in STEM. As humans innovate, more jobs open up in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There’s no shortage of job development in relation to this area, as it’s the direction that humanity is pursuing. Even something as simple as a grocery store needs STEM graduates to help orchestrate major areas of their business, from the building and maintenance of their website to the engineering of their supply chain logistics (large-scale chain stores).
As the world gets more complicated, experts are needed in engineering to help ensure problems of all sizes are solved efficiently, effectively, and safely for all those involved. Students and graduates in university STEM programs have a lot of exciting opportunities to look forward to and a degree that’s adaptable to different fields based on their interests.
Here are a few examples of careers that students can pursue based on each discipline of STEM:
Some of the many careers in science include: geneticists, doctors, pharmacologists, toxicologists, analytical chemists, aerospace, urban planning and resource extraction, biodefense and regulatory affairs.
Information Technology careers include programmers, network and database administrators, application system designers, information systems managers, and IT consultants.
Engineering careers include civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, aerospace engineering, and electrical engineering.
Careers in Mathematics include research, teaching, consulting, investment banking, and data science.
In this article, we looked at a number of different facets of STEM and the different aspects of their programs. As STEM is such a general term, we went beyond the acronym and looked at the design of the curricula and its benefits for young learners. We then went into detail on the types of soft skills that can be developed through STEM programs, including the definitions of each one and their applicability.
The importance of these programs was defined and discussed as they relate to skill building and preparation for both postsecondary and future careers. We defined a STEM high school, and how they differ from standard science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses through their connection with the community and interdisciplinary function. Finally, we went over the types of careers students of STEM can pursue and the exciting growth potential that exists in the sector.
STEM’s an exciting pathway for students, and they can start to develop their interests at any time. If you’re homeschooling due to the pandemic, doing an online/hybrid model of education or want to simply provide your teen with more support before they head to university, we offer courses to help develop important skills and competencies.
From exponents, prime factorization and radicals to stoichiometry, mole and solutions, we have a variety of courses for different learning needs to prepare students for university. We also provide several different learning opportunities, including online only, flexible (which includes instructor support) and live teaching so you can pick what’ll work best for your learner!
This year, parents have been challenged more than ever by the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families have decided to pull their kids from traditional schooling because they’re worried about outbreaks. Depending on the province, they may have connected with a distance-learning hub or have had very little support. We’ve created this guide to help parents across Canada who are considering taking the leap to homeschool!
We’ve provided an overview of the different homeschool offerings for each province, as each varies greatly. We’ve provided links to each province’s guidelines, as well as a series of Canadian resources. Before deciding to homeschool, we believe it is valuable to know what support is available for both the parent as an educator and their learner!
At Beyond Learning, we recognize homeschooling’s value for many Canadian kids and the need for support for struggling students. We offer courses that are both live and flexible in subjects that may be harder for parents to tackle. For example, we provide lessons in areas such as chemistry, paragraph development, and exponent rules. As more parents choose to homeschool their children, making sure they’re supported is essential!
How does homeschooling work in each province?
Homeschooling is a legal option in Canada, and each province varies in its delivery of educational opportunities. For whatever reason you decide to homeschool your child, each region is more than willing to accommodate, and some offer a variety of flexible options depending on your needs. As each province is unique, we’ll go over their offerings individually in the following sections.
British Columbia offers a few different styles of learning for its residents. Compared to other provinces, it is the most inclusive schooling portfolio with significant funding available depending on how you choose to educate your child and the school district you live in. They classify their education under three different categories for alternative/homeschooling:
The Ministry of Education in British Columbia describes traditional homeschooling as education managed by a parent or guardian and is done independently of the school system. There’s no oversight: children do not need to follow the government’s learning outcomes, and a certified teacher is not involved in their learning.
While the government does not supervise you, you’ll need to register your child for homeschooling through the Ministry. You can contact a public school in your district to learn more about the registration process and how they can help you.
If you choose to homeschool your child through the traditional method, they will not receive a Dogwood diploma, the standard high school graduation certificate. However, if they complete high school credits through distributed learning or another alternative schooling, they can receive an adult graduation certificate. Additionally, students can take courses through distributed education from grades 10-12 without losing their homeschooling status!
Distributed Learning (enrolled)
Distributed Learning (DL) is what British Columbia calls distance education. You can have your child complete Ministry-approved courses that count towards the Dogwood diploma. Your child is considered enrolled in the district under a DL school and supervised by a certified teacher. You’ll need to follow the BC learning outcomes when designing your child’s schedule. DL learning has a lot of potential for parents who are nervous about sending their kids back to school in person or want to offer more flexible learning. Students are also eligible for funding (the amount depends on the district).
Blended Learning (enrolled)
Blended learning is flexible, offering students the opportunity to do in-person classes some days and online learning on the others. If your child needs additional in-person support, this is an excellent option as it cuts down on the long hours in school and allows parents to register their kids in the trickier sessions.
Blended learning is enrolled and not considered to be homeschooling in the traditional sense. Like distributed learning, students are supervised and need to hit the Ministry’s education targets.
Home Education is like Traditional Homeschooling in British Columbia. Parents are 100% responsible for the procurement of educational materials and their child’s learning. There may be some support from the “associate board” (also referred to as a willing board), but parents ultimately decide for their children. There’s funding available for parents to purchase resources, but we’d recommend checking with your school board as it may vary.
Distance education is the same as it is in British Columbia. Students complete courses designed by the Ministry and are under the supervision of a teacher. This option is excellent for students who wish to be more flexible in their schooling and families who are not ready to send their kids back to in-person learning.
The school teaches a percentage of education, and the other portion is done at home and negotiated by each family. It helps students who may need some school support but can’t pull the long hours in classrooms. It allows for flexibility and lets kids go in only for the courses that they need the extra help. The student will need to follow the learning outcomes of Alberta’s Ministry of Education.
An Important Note:
The following provinces offer minor support in terms of homeschooling. If you live in these provinces, it is essential to make sure you’re fully committed to homeschooling, have a budget for resources, and that content is available that aligns with your educational goals!
Home education is easy to start in Manitoba - all you need to do is submit a letter to the government disclosing education’s commencement. Some homeschooling sites recommend informing the school you pull your child from to be aware that they’re no longer attending.
One important thing to note is that if you decide to homeschool, there’s no funding or curricula available unless your child has a disability or medical condition that makes in-class schooling difficult. The resources available for students with disabilities are online courses that are the same content that they teach in schools. Other families have the option of accessing this content for a fee.
When a parent informs the school board of their intent to homeschool, they must submit an educational plan for their child and provide 30 days notice. We recommend keeping a portfolio of your child’s progress as you’ll need to submit a summary of their progress at the end of the year. There’s some funding available, but it varies per district.
Parents need to submit a letter of their intent to homeschool and forward a copy to their child’s school as a courtesy. The government does not get involved beyond this, and no funding is available.
Parents inform the minister and school board of their intent to homeschool and need to submit an outline of their learning plan. A minister’s representative will follow-up at some point in the year to check on progress, and a year-end summary will need to be submitted. There’s no funding available.
New Brunswick offers a handy infographic that highlights the rights and responsibilities of homeschooling parents in the province. One key takeaway is that parents will need to submit their request to homeschool and keep detailed records of their child’s progress throughout the year. There’s no finding available.
Newfoundland and Labrador
In Newfoundland & Labrador, you’ll need approval from the Director of Education within the school district in order to homeschool your child. Additionally, you’ll have to seek this approval yearly. If you’re approved to homeschool, your child is registered through their local school and textbooks are provided to them free of charge.
According to the Canadian Homeschooler, PEI is the most relaxed around homeschooling children. As a result a vibrant community is available for those who choose to educate their child at home! A form is filled out that informs the district of your intent to teach at home, and the parent is completely responsible for their education and testing. If you wish to follow the provincial curriculum you’re supposed to contact the district for further instructions.
In Nova Scotia, the parents must register their child annually for homeschooling and provide documentation of their age. They must also produce an annual report in June of their children’s progress.
Finding Resources and Curriculums for Homeschooling
For Canadian parents, finding vital resources to educate their children can be a real challenge. We believe that finding Canadian content is essential to homeschoolers’ education. It is more cost-effective, relevant to the country they live in and lets them connect with content creators that may be local to them! Social studies/history, science and math are essential as content from other countries won’t match. In this section, we’ll compile a list of Canadian resources that parents can use to homeschool their children. If we’re unable to find a reputable curriculum, we’ll replace it with an American counterpart.
Before we go over the resources that you can access, We’ll first list the different standard subjects in school as reference:
1 - Language Arts/English
2 - Mathematics
3 - Science
4 - Technology
5 - Social Studies
6 - Health
7 - Career Development
8 - French
9 - Music
10 - Art
11 - Physical Education
Websites to Order From and Free Resources
We’ve compiled a list of Canadian resources - perfect for getting started on homeschooling!
Canadian Home Education Resources (CHER)
CHER offers resources in all core subjects: science, math, history/geography, and language arts. They also go a step farther and offer electives as well. They’re a great starting point to finding the resources your child will need to learn at home. Some exciting elective options available are leadership, economics, gardening, cooking and music.
Homeschool Canada has a collection of resources that you can find in Surrey, BC. They offer an impressive array of books and even digital downloads - making learning more accessible across the country. Some of the vast array of content to order from include computers and coding, critical thinking, LGBTQ+, and the core subjects listed above.
If you live in British Columbia, BC Hydro (a crown corporation) offers courses and information for students K-12 on sustainability and climate change. It is free and aligned with Ministry educational requirements!
Donna Ward/Northwoods Press
Donna Ward is a well-known Canadian social studies program with a variety of courses geared towards homeschooling families. They also offer various Canadian history books, and their programming is perfect for students of all ages!
Kaleeka Press is the one-stop-shop for language! They have materials in both French and Spanish and encompass 20 units spread over four books and CDs and develop content that parents can incorporate at any age.
Kids Can Press
Kids Can Press is not Canadian but offers a great selection of books about animals, space travel and Canadian history for kids up to 15 years of age.
Pearson Canada offers the most text-based resources for the most significant number of subject areas than the other publishers on our list. They’re the resource often relied on by schools, so their content is helpful if you want to follow some of the Ministry’s guidelines. They also offer textbooks and curriculums for Advanced Placement programs and the International Baccalaureate program.
Beyond Learning offers curricula in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as language arts lessons that are flexible depending on your child’s needs. We have two teaching styles: live and flexible. A teacher teaches the live classes through a webinar, which allows your child to ask questions and get help on the spot. The flexible sessions give your child the freedom to work when they want to while still having extra support. Having this choice allows students to choose more help if they need it or less oversight if they work at their own pace.
In this article, we went over the different homeschool opportunities to parents in each province and the kinds of supports that are available. We provided links to each region’s policy page for further reading and a list of Canadian resource websites that contain essential products for your child’s learning. Finding Canadian content and support can be difficult, and we recognise that parents want to ensure their children have education that’ll set them up for success. By providing this guide, we hope you’ll feel more confident deciding on homeschooling or distance learning for your child.
At Beyond Learning, we understand the importance of giving the best content for your child and their needs. This is why we’ve worked hard to develop course materials that go beyond the textbooks you can order online. By creating pre-recorded and live lessons with teacher supervision, we hope to provide robust curricula to parents who may need a hand teaching their kids some of these advanced concepts. Our list of available courses is always changing and expanding! Check out our online lesson list to see what’s currently available, or get in touch with us if there’s a course you’d love to see!
Chemistry is a subject that can be engaging and fun with the right curriculum. However, finding the perfect course package can be challenging! Homeschooling parents often want to step beyond what takes place in the classroom, but where do you begin?
There are pages of learning outcomes for every subject, but it’s essential to make sure that it embodies the spirit of homeschooling and other types of supplemental learning. That’s why in this article, we’ve focussed on the soft skills that you develop when learning chemistry. Building your lesson plans around these critical skillsets means your child will feel more confident to handle the challenges of any subject in university!
In the area of each soft skill, we’ve defined the learning outcomes described by British Columbia’s curriculum plans for both Chemistry 11 and 12 as they were the most updated. We’ve also provided resource options for each section to build your student’s curiosity and passion for chemistry! Finally, we offer links to the curriculum outcomes for each province, where you’ll find links for textbooks that teach the “hard skills” - the facts and theories that your child should learn for each grade.
At Beyond Learning, we understand the challenges of getting your child set up for success in homeschooling, especially in Canada, where fewer options are available. Not only that, the pandemic makes connecting with the homeschooling community incredibly difficult.
We want to help make things easier for you and your learner!
From now until June 30th, 2021, we’re offering free, online on-demand prep courses to get ready for the next school year. These courses come with lessons, worksheets and the ability to get in touch with an instructor if you need extra support. This offer is perfect for student enrichment, homeschooling and flexible learning and will help get your child set up for success in the next school year.
Developing “Soft Skills”
Focus has shifted in provincial curriculum guidelines to emphasize soft skills - these are the skills that are most transferable into other aspects of life. From communication and planning to questioning and analyzing, chemistry is rife with opportunities to help develop students’ critical thinking for university.
This section will detail the different soft skill outcomes as described by British Columbia’s curriculum outcomes. We chose their resources as it’s most readily available, current, and detailed for parents looking to build their child’s coursework. We’ll describe their measurements of success in more detail and go over some resources that can help foster growth in each area.
Questioning and Predicting
By Chemistry 11, students should begin to develop intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem. This could be at any level: a personal issue, a community objective, or a global crisis. Exploration into these issues leads to observations: how can these issues be solved? Through the scientific method, you help guide your child through increasingly abstract questions and comments about the natural world.
For example, starting with a question like “what are the main contributors to global warming?” students can go down a path that develops theories around renewable energy resources and the social/cultural consequences of these changes.
Finally, after their explorations, students are expected to formulate hypotheses and predict multiple outcomes. This skill takes the abstract questions learners may have about the world around them and converts them into a workable experiment where they can determine whether their predictions were correct. If they weren’t, they could then decide what may have contributed to the experiment’s outcome.
These skills can be tough to develop through a textbook and distance learning alone. So how can your child spark their interest in chemistry that leads to these explorations?
You can start by getting your family involved in different interests and hobbies in the community. From these entry points, your children can learn more about what they find interesting and use it to develop theories and solutions surrounding the issues in their subject area. Here are a few different outings that can spark interest in chemistry and exploration into the natural world:
1 - Salmon Hatchery
2 - Bird Sanctuary (If you’re local to BC, there’s one in Richmond!)
3 - Trips to the forest to identify plant and mushroom species (find books here)
4 - Gardening! Look online for a variety of community gardens and learn from pros about soil mixes and PH levels
5 - Owning a fish tank (maintenance requires chemical testing and balancing, even at a small size!)
Planning and Conducting
The planning and conducting category refers to the actual development of scientific experiments. British Columbia’s Ministry of Education indicates that by Grade 11, students should take the “hard skills” learned in earlier years of science classes to develop their experiments both in a group and individually. Learners should be familiar with the scientific method and use it to create, plan and collect reliable data (qualitative and quantitative) to create a helpful study.
The essential part of this skill set recognizes the impacts the experiments can have on the environment and the community where they conduct the study. Students who develop these skills are ready for university, where they’ll need to reflect on the ramifications of their research in every class they take.
You can start building these skills without conducting elaborate experiments. One way we’d recommend getting students thinking about the impacts of research is to pull news articles that talk about recent studies and ask the following questions:
1 - Why was this study conducted?
2 - Who would benefit from this research?
3 - Can you find any potential problems with the data?
4 - What is the impact this research has on the surrounding community?
If you’re ready to go beyond the planning stages and conquer some home chemistry experiments, you’ll need to invest in equipment. Luckily, there are many kits out there that make things easier and more affordable for parents. Here are a few great places to start:
Switched-On Schoolhouse Lab Kit (SOS)
This kit has everything you need to get your child set up to conduct experiments at home. There’s also a curriculum book that you can add to help maximize the use of the equipment.
Additionally, the website that carries the Lab Kit - Home Science Tools, has over 75 products meant for students in upper-level chemistry that help them explore and carry out experiments in many different areas of interest!
The Green Teacher has various free lesson plans that get students outside that also use minimal lab equipment. If you want access to more resources, they offer quarterly newsletters, books and a podcast.
Processing and Analyzing Data and Information
Processing and analyzing data doesn’t take place in just the classroom! According to the learning outcomes for chemistry, students should bring in other ways of knowing and local knowledge as sources of information, emphasizing First Peoples perspectives.
After they’ve analyzed community perspectives, they’ll combine it with their data analysis. Some ways they can describe data include graphing, charts and quantitative analysis. They can use this to identify patterns.
From these patterns, your learner will need to combine the community perspectives and knowledge with their quantitative data to reach reasonable conclusions about the experiment they conducted.
Under the learning outcomes described for Chemistry 11 and 12, the term “evaluating” covers critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom when building a well-rounded program for your child. Addressing actual world application of student learning can help your child see where they can use chemistry skills outside of their lessons.
Within the classroom, learners should understand the process of their experiments. Could there be errors? Are there better ways to collect data?
Evaluating also includes the nature of their experimental conditions and data quality. From these decisions, students need to conclude whether their study was valid and discuss their biases.
As students learn and explore, they need to demonstrate consideration of the changes in their knowledge and connect this to future careers and areas of development. While they work through problems, they need to analyze the social, ethical and environmental implications of the findings from their experiments and those of other researchers.
Teaching data analysis and evaluation at home is no easy task. Luckily, there’s a lot of fantastic, free resources out there to help support you!
Khan Academy offers free instruction on all sorts of math concepts, and teachers recommend it to support learners through challenging content. We’ve added the link for their statistics courses, but there’s a wealth of knowledge available!
BC Open Textbook
BC teachers created this resource to connect students with high-quality, free textbook resources. We’ve linked the statistics section, but there are several other great offerings as well.
BioInteractive offers data and free experiments to help students visualize statistical data and draw conclusions.
Core Concepts: Chemistry Education Outcomes for Grades 11 and 12
There are a lot of education outcomes for students learning chemistry in Grades 11 and 12. Instead of going through each province’s requirements, we’ve put together a list of links here so you can access their information.
British Columbia - Grade 11 and Grade 12
Quebec - not available
Newfoundland and Labrador - Grade 11 and Grade 12
Manitoba - Grade 11 and Grade 12
Nova Scotia - Grade 11 and Grade 12
Saskatchewan - Physical Science 20 and Chemistry 30
Prince Edward Island - Grade 11 and Grade 12
Ontario - Complete Science Curriculum
This article went over the soft skills that students are to develop in higher-level chemistry courses. We believe that by emphasizing these skill areas, homeschooling parents can visualize course content for their learners and step outside the textbook. We also provided both free and paid resources for parents to use for each area of skill development.
Chemistry education is essential for students wanting to head into college or university, regardless of whether they wish to pursue science further. For parents, developing lessons that hold their child’s interest can be challenging. We know that keeping learners supported and ready to learn is a difficult task!
At Beyond Learning, we want to make it easier for Canadian parents to find the information they need to support and educate their kids. That’s why we offer flexible learning opportunities in a broad range of school subjects such as English, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. In addition to these offerings, we’re also allowing parents to check out our content by giving free on-demand courses for the rest of the school year!
One of our featured on-demand courses is Chemistry 11, a class covering seven units: Introduction, Matter, Atomic Theory, Stoichiometry/Mole, Chemical Naming, Chemical Reactions, and Solutions. You can sign up for a free, limited-time, all-access account so you can see where we can fit into your homeschooling plan. Check out our on-demand page to get started!
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