Great website –

This is one of the best Canadian websites to explore if you are a Home-based Educator.

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What’s new with Home based Education(HBE) in 2020-21

Welcome to Home based Education for the 2020-2021 school year!

September Updates:

Enrolment: HBE has seen a surge in our enrolment this fall. Last year at this time HBE had approx. 500 students enrolled and this year we are currently at 840 students. The surge is primarily due to Covid 19, with so many new families we want to let you know a bit more about some of HBE staff.

Our HBE team consists of these people: 

Janet Jeffries : HBE facilitator

Rob Troupe  : Spirit eLearning and HBE facilitator

Lorraine Fitzgerald : HBE 

We are pleased to be working with you and are available to you if you have questions or concerns. Call 306-683-2800 to be connected to one of us. 

or email us at : or

We are currently working on the HBE blog and plan to have it updated soon with forms, resources and a new look. Watch for that !

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Park Time

PARK TIME starts next week April 28th in Warman…

Where:   Warman Lions Spray Park
When:    TUESDAYS 1:00 pm – 3:30ish pm

A free drop-in style weekly time for home-based educating families to get together in the great outdoors.  Kids of all ages can have fun together – it is a park!  There is playground equipment, spray park, lots of trees & green space.  You may want to bring a ball of some kind, Frisbee, bathing suit & towel, etc, but definitely a water bottle!  Parents, bring a lawn chair or blanket so we can gather in a common area for visiting, meeting new people, sharing ideas, supporting each other, or just relaxing together.

Park Time continues right through the summer, usually until it is too cold in the autumn for the moms to sit outside happily:)

If you have questions, feel free to contact me:

Shelley Gilbey at 306-384-2716 or

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Swimming Lessons



Start May 1 (next Friday!)
End June 19


Once again, we are offering swim lessons to homeschooled children at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre on Friday mornings.


Please come to the lobby at Harry Bailey on Thursday night, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 for our registration night. Payment must be made at that time as well. We take cash and cheques made out to Saskatoon Homeschoolers.


Prices are as follows:


Preschool levels through to Level 4  $65
Levels 5 – 8  $85
Levels 9 and 10  $95


Lessons go on anywhere from 9 am to 10:40. We won’t know your exact swim time until a few days after registration and we will contact you with this via email. A recreational family swim will be held every week from 10:40 – 11:25–a great opportunity for the kids to socialize and practice their skills!


Please note: there will be 7 instruction days and the last day will be a rec. swim from 10 – 11:25! They unfortunately do not have enough lifeguards to teach the whole 8 weeks, but they assure me that everyone can still get their badges within those 7 weeks of instruction.


Thank you all for your patience while I organize this. See you Thursday!

Janina Chamberlain ( and Melody Friesen

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The Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Newbery Medal Books

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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The Willow Awards


The mission of The Willow Awards is to promote reading by granting a “Willow Award” to the Canadian and/or Saskatchewan book(s) voted by Saskatchewan students to be the best of those nominated in designated categories for a specific year.


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SHBE – The Saskatchewan Home Based Educators

The Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) provides supportive, social and instructional resources for homeschoolers and is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. The user-friendly SHBE website is and has links to many resources for parents. For example, there is the Getting Started tab as well as Beginner and Seeker Resources that they can access if they click on the Links side tab. The other useful tab is the FAQ that will have answers to many common questions about homeschooling. If you still have concerns or questions, there is a direct link to the Help Desk if you click on the Links tab.

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NEW…Prairie Spirit Homeschoolers Gym Time!

  • an active afternoon for your kids on Mondays (parent supervised please)
  • bring clean, dry, indoor shoes  (Outside footwear must be stored on boot racks outside of gym)
  • gym provides some equipment we can use (ie. floor hockey, basketball, parachute, pylons, balls)

Where:  Legends Centre; 701 Centennial Blvd, Warman

Starts:  Monday March 24 (weekly booking ends on June 30)

Time:   1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

I think this will be fun for all ages – so come on out:)  If you have any questions, let me know.

Shelley Gilbey



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Children’s Festival

You wouldn’t know it by looking outside, but it is almost time for the Potashcorp Children’s Festival!

This is our 25th Birthday year and we have some exciting events planned.

The link to the website is

There you can find information for all of our shows, as well as a downloadable PDF with information specifically for teachers:

  • Curriculum connections
  • Ordering information
  • Site activities
  • Information on our 25th Birthday special ticket offer!

Please note that the dedicated window for teacher/home-based educator ticket sales closes April 19th. After that date, public ticket sales will commence, increasing the possibility of shows selling out. Teachers will still be able to order tickets at the reduced teacher price, but the public service charge of $1 per ticket will be applied.

If you have any questions regarding school orders, please contact Jody at 306-664-3376, or email

Jody Polowick
School Communication Coordinator
PotashCorp Children’s Festival of SK

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