Suppliers of educational materials

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ABC of Reading
Darwin the Dragon Reading Program (and Vowel First Method, its equivalent for adult learners) is a method of teaching the basic skills of reading to students with learning problems, including dyslexia. A highlight of the Program is that it was designed to be presented by people who lack a background in teaching - e.g. parents in particular. To accommodate this feature, the Guide contains clear teaching instructions, detailed lesson plans as well as specific tutor-training instructions and exercises. The Program consists of a guide plus workbook, and three illustrated storybooks.

-- Instant on-demand access to over 3,500 full length and 40,000 clip level educational video programs, including award winning content. You can search, stream and download content that has been correlated to provincial curriculum. Because it is web based, it is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week. Free 30 day trial. For more information, contact Please mention that you heard about them through the OFTP.

Alpha Textbooks
— Full service educational retailer that serves schools and homeschoolers across Canada. Shop in person (Toronto) or online. You can take a scheduled tour of their store and warehouse to see and review the selection of learning materials. Specializing in k-12 textbooks, workbooks, ESL, teacher and classroom resource materials. Buy & sell new and used textbooks.

  • textbooks and workbooks from all publishers;
  • latest editions (textbooks and e-resources);
  • new or used copies (all workbooks are new);
  • buy-back option for select books;
  • full-curriculum textbook lists for all grades;
  • comprehensive knowledge of the current curriculum, new materials and educational trends;
  • availability of faith-based interdisciplinary materials or other religious textbooks (serves all faiths equally).
  • If an item is not in stock, they will special order materials for you whenever possible from anywhere in the world.

Phone: 416-461-3542
Toll-free: 1-877-632-5742
3709 Chesswood Drive
Toronto ON M3J 2P6

Art of Learning: Creative Educational Resources

Contact: Rachel Ross-Herbison
Home-based business run by a long-time (since 1994) homeschooling family in BC. Providing Waldorf-inspired homeschooling materials preschool to grade 12. Music, Art and School supply kits for p-8. Suggested reading for the developmental stages p-8. Support and information for alternatives in education. Email Rachel for further information, grade outlines, price lists, etc.

Blue Mantle Educational Supplies

Home School Books and Curriculum ~ Christian Resources and Supplies
-- A homeschooling family business that distributes Christian books, resources, and homeschool curriculum. The Regular catalogue includes resources in the following categories: Science, History, Fine Arts, Languages, Geography, Mathematics, Language Arts. The Catholic supplement includes resources in the following categories: Mary, Children, Catechism, Apologetics, Family Life, Bible Studies, Religious Ed, Good Reading, Classical Curr, Lives of Saints, The Holy Father. The Catholic Gift catalogue includes videos, music CDs, board games and more.

Bizzy B'zz Bookbin

Used Curriculum Book store
Contact: Peggy Steer
-- Family-run bookstore specializing in homeschool used books, expanded now to a full service used book store. Accepts homeschool resources on consignment for sale.

Canadian Home Education Resources

"Good Stuff for Home School Families"
-- Canadian Suppliers for Five In A Row, Greenleaf Press, Writing Strands, and WriteShop plus other "Good Stuff for Home School Families." CHER carries materials for grades K - 12, parent resources, including Charlotte Mason and a wide variety of books, games, and materials for all subjects. Unit Studies, language arts, novels & such, math, manipulatives, science, history & geography - Canada and World, Bible, languages, music, ecomomics, early education, fun & games, Alpha Omega, Bob Jones, Saxon and more.

Cascia Books
-- Publishes homeschooling planners, menu planners, chore charts, incentive charts, homeschooling report sheets, and an activity advent calendar. Specializes in Catholic versions of these organizational products but some are non-denominational.

Castle Rock Research Corporation
-- Canadian publisher of digital and print educational resources for grades 3-12, has developed curriculum-specific digital and print resources for Ontario. Flagship product – SOLARO – Student Oriented Learning, Assessment, and Reporting Online, is 100% aligned to the Ontario curriculum. SOLARO is a grade 3-12 learning resource for Mathematics, Science, and English Language Arts that is accessible online and on mobile devices. SOLARO provides educational content consisting of lessons, activities, practice exercises, quizzes, and detailed solutions. Content, in the form of text, graphics, or multimedia (including audio, video, and animation), is available 24 hours a day in a well-organized, searchable, and highly engaging system. In depth information on SOLARO is available at:

Donna Ward/Northwoods Press
-- many Canadian educational books including historical fiction and several Canadian history/geography curricula which have been widely used across the country by home educators and were written by Donna herself, who homeschooled four children for 13 years.

Edublox Online Tutor offers multisensory brain-training programs designed to strengthen weak underlying cognitive skills, leading to increased performance in reading, spelling, writing, math and learning. Programs are effective for a variety of learning difficulties including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and ADHD.

Electronic Wizard Apprenticeship
-- a distance course in electronics offered by The Windmill Workshops in the U.K. Not a textbook type of course, though--what you are signing up for is a one-year subscription to a monthly electronics project kit that arrives in the mail, and an online forum for discussion and technical support. The hands-on projects include solar energy, building circuits, soldering, light and sound, computer programming, radio and more.

English Grammar
- step by step instruction for students grades 6 to 12. Lessons provided online for a monthly fee.

Fire the Imagination
-- Quality wooden toys and other resources. Canadian Distributor for Jim Weiss' award-winning storytelling audio. His recordings span all historical time periods and include works by GAHenty. Jim is also the voice behind Susan Wise-Bauer's audio Story of the World Volume 3. In addition to providing Jim's recordings to homeschoolers, Fire the Imagination also distributes the Classical Kids series including Teachers' Guides, Mozart Effect audio for improving memory and spatial abilities and The Best of Collection, a series of classical music recordings chosen by the Classical Kids creator, Susan Hammond.

French Essentials
-- Complete curriculum for learning French, sold in downloadable modules. Sample lessons on the website so you can evaluate it before purchasing. Designed by experienced French teachers specifically for home learners, it is clear and easy to use and does not require previous knowledge of French. The lessons teach French in an easy-to-follow, gradual, step-by-step method with video & audio instruction that allows students to interact with the language in a fun and engaging way.

Heritage Resources
-- Homeschooling family-owned business selling books and homeschool curriculum from many different suppliers; a lot of Christian curriculum.

Homeschool Beaver
Home of Canadian History Tunes, a CD of 25 original songs to help students of all ages learn about some of the most important events and people in Canadian History, including a song to memorize the names of the all Prime Ministers since the birth of Canada. Created and performed by a certified teacher who is also a professional performer and now a homeschooling mom.

Discrete Trial Trainer
-- published by Accelerations Educational Software, "Powertools for Autism and other learning disabilities," D.T.Trainer is an ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) based software solution for early and special-needs learners under the developmental age of 9.

Kids Can Press
-- literature for many age ranges; books about Canada and its history, poetry, nature, science, sports, how-to and crafts; homeschool unit studies available; call and ask for a catalogue; can download catalogue from website.

Learning Advantage
-- A line of activity books in both French and English from grades K-Grade 7 written by Ontario teachers based on the Ontario curriculum.

The Learning House
Box 333, 61 Hamilton St.
Goderich, ON N7A 4C6
Phone: 519-524-5607
Toll Free Order Line: 1-866-875-5550
Fax: 519-524-4235
-- resources for teaching children with learning difficulties, family building resources, unit studies and creative teaching resources, Bible curriculum, preschool material, math, phonics, readers, printing, writing, keyboarding, home education software, language study, science, history, social studies, geography, art, games that teach, just for fun resources and much more; call and request a catalogue or view online.

Maple Tree Publications
Maple Tree Publications produces and sells Canadian and Charlotte Mason educational materials.

Louise Kool & Galt
180 Middlefield Road, Scarborough Ontario M1S 4M6
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-268-4011 or (416) 293-0312
Toll Free Fax: 1-800-482-7905 or (416) 293-9543
-- early childhood materials; huge selection of educational materials for ECE & Primary Grades; free teacher activities on website; catalogue contains children's toys and resources to use for construction & early technology, science, math, language, music & audio visual, also contains puzzles, games, arts & crafts and much more; can visit their showroom; call and request a catalogue.

McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited
300 Water Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 9B6
General Inquiries: (905) 430-5000, Toll Free Order Desk: 1-800-565-5758
-- resources for Elementary and Secondary education (Grades K-12) in a variety of subject areas as well as resources for higher education.

More Than Books

see Blue Mantle Educational Supplies


-- provides educational and resource materials to schools and home schoolers; resources in French, Music, Art, History, Reading, Science; also has record keeping and organizational materials for home educators and other resources for parents and students; links to other sites from website; call and request a catalogue

Nelson Education Ltd.
1120 Birchmount Road, Toronto, Ontario M1K 5G4
To Order Toll Free: 1-800-268-2222 or (416) 752-9448
Fax Toll Free: 1-800-430-4445 or (416) 752-8101
-- books and other resources for various grade/age levels for language arts, guided independent reading, spelling, science and technology, math, social studies, reference books and materials and much more; call and request a catalogue

The North American Montessori Center (NAMC)
13469 - 27th Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V4P 1Z1
(604) 531-6665
NAMC provides high-quality, full color curriculum manuals for the homeschooler, for teaching children from birth to age 9.

Ontario Nature
-- Charitable organization that protects Ontario's nature through research, education and conservation action. Publishes resources on nature, mammals, birds, flowers, insects, reptiles, science, geography, wetlands, habitats, watersheds, wetlands, sustainable development and more.

201 Harbord St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H6
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-209-9182 or (416) 537-8334, Fax: (416) 537-9499
Email: (Inquiries),
-- stocks books on topics ranging from childbirth and infant care to education and health, parenting skills and psychology. Can visit the store in Toronto or view the booklist and purchase on-line. Lots of books about education, homeschooling and learning resources.

Pearson Canada
26 Prince Andrew Place, Toronto, Ontario M3C 2T8
Toll Free Telephone: 1-800-263-9965 or (416) 447-5101
Fax: (416) 443-0948
-- resources for language arts, math, science, social studies, French as a second language, music; publishes and sells learning and teaching resources in all formats in all required subject areas across all Grade levels from K to 12 in Canada; also has learning materials for college and university; call and request a catalogue.

Peppermint Stick Learning Company Inc.
Specializes in offering Canadian curriculum materials, some of which have been developed by the owner herself, homeschool mom Joy Delmore. Some physical products and some downloadable printable pdf files.
Joy and Rob Delmore
357 Skyhills Road
Huntsville ON P1H 2N5

Portage & Main Press

(formerly Peguis Publishers)
Order From: P. Tyrrell Associates, Telephone: (905) 639-7320,
Fax: (905) 639-5748
-- resources for hands-on science, beginning reading/guided reading, spelling, writing, poetry, art and more for the elementary level; call and request a catalogue.

Quality Classrooms
Phone: 1-888-517-8282
Fax: 1-888-246-7475
— Canadian-content educational resources including books, manipulatives, games, arts & crafts supplies, learning aids, and other play and learning materials in all subjects, plus classroom items such as child-scale furniture. Free catalogue on request, or browse and order online.

Razzberry Publishing

Mickey Eves, Author and Illustrator
134 Olive Street
Holland Landing
Ontario, Canada
L9N 1M2
— Sept. 2005, released a new series of picture books called The Canucks, to aid children with Canadian geography. There are 13 Canadian characters, each named for a province or territory. In the first book the characters head off to explore Ottawa and what there is to discover during Winterlude. The other books in the series will each feature one of the other provinces or territories and some of the interesting things it has to offer.

READ for Your Life Bookstore

Darlene Ashe - owner
46 King St. N.
Waterloo ON N2J 2W8
(inside Princess Twin Theatre Complex)
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 6pm
— offers gently used children's books, parenting and teaching resources, Read Aloud Storytimes, Books for Babies program, personalized shopping, reluctant reader assistance, Book related art, journals, gifts.

Reading Eggs
This is an online educational program where children learn to read. Each child is offered individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate. Free 14 day trial.

Reading Horizons at Home

"Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself"
Software program that uses Orton-Gillingham methods to teach phonics.

S & S Learning
— Workbooks and learning resources with a focus on fun activities. Some products are available in French. There are many products in the Canadiana section, covering topics like Canadian history, Canadian geography, Canadian government, and Canadian seasonal. Non-book products include posters, board games, toys.
Upcoming: Best Practice Kindergarten Activity Book: Alphabet Letters and Sounds provides children with well-rounded alphabet practice by combining structured and engaging activities with the help of a parent/caregiver. Covering names and sounds of letters from "Aa" to "Zz," features include: visual key words, actions, engaging worksheets, writing practice, hands-on activities, art activities, and language activities. Coming soon to major retail locations. To order advance copies call S & S Learning at 1-800-463-6367.

Sara Jordan Publishers

- Songs that teach

Scholar's Choice
2323 Trafalgar St., Box 7214, London, Ontario N5Y 5S7
Phone: 1-800-265-1095 or (519) 453-7470
Fax: 1-800-363-3398 or (519) 455-2853
-- resources for children from Infant up to Grade 10; can view catalogue on website and order resources on-line or call and request a catalogue be mailed; lots of curriculum and other learning resources for language, math, science, geography, French, arts & crafts, music; also have other supplies, teaching aids, puzzles, games and much more

Scholastic Canada Ltd
175 Hillmount Road, Markham, Ontario L6C 1Z7
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-268-3860 (anywhere in Canada) or
(905) 887-7323 (Greater Toronto Area), Toll Free Fax: 1-800-387-4944
-- curriculum materials and resources for early literacy, reading, spelling, phonics, visual literacy, language arts, science, technology; catalogue available for literature available in French; other learning resources and supplies available for Pre-K to Grade 8; need a letter from OFTP stating that you are a homeschooler to join the Scholastic Book Club for discounts on books.

School House Teaching Supplies Ltd.
2014 Douglas Street
Victoria BC V8T 4L1
Phone: 250-385-9030
-- Full range of school products available through their online mail order catalogue or brick and mortar store located in Victoria BC. Mail service to rural areas is a specialty.


(Supplies, Motivational Aids & Resources For Teaching Store)
#36 - 2525 Yale Court
Abbotsford BC V2S 8G9
Phone: (604) 556-0111
Toll Free: 1-877-81SMART
-- new as of 2005. An abundance of educational resources in all subject areas for educators and the homeschool community. Organized by subject matter, grade level, specific interests and by publisher. Aside from math, language, science, art, etc., their product line includes books on homeschooling, resources for Canadian history/geography/social studies, a section for learning differences, and a section for Christian curriculum.

Spanish Programs
Quite a few free sample audio-visual Spanish lessons on-line, plus a newsletter you can subscribe to for more tips on the Spanish language and its usage. They also sell Complete Visual Link Spanish Program CD-ROM.

Spectrum Educational Supplies Ltd.
150 Pony Drive, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 7B6
Toll free line 1-800-668-0600 or (905) 898-0031
Toll free Fax 1-800-668-0602 or (905) 898-7458
-- lots of resources and educational manipulatives for math, science, technology, language and primary materials for K-Grade 12; call and request a catalogue or view online.

Sunrise Marian — Catholic Homeschooling Resources And Curriculum
Distributes all Catholic homeschooling curriculum and books (both traditional and updated), as well as children's and teens' Catholic educational materials.
703 East Main Street, Welland ON L3B 3Y5

The Learning House
Box 333, 61 Hamilton St.
Goderich, ON N7A 4C6
Phone: 519-524-5607
Toll Free Order Line: 1-866-875-5550
Fax: 519-524-4235
-- resources for teaching children with learning difficulties, family building resources, unit studies and creative teaching resources, Bible curriculum, preschool material, math, phonics, readers, printing, writing, keyboarding, home education software, language study, science, history, social studies, geography, art, games that teach, just for fun resources and much more; call and request a catalogue or view online.

The Learning Tree Educational Store
Cumberland Shopping Square
3300 Fairview Street, Burlington, Ont. L7N 3N7
Tel./Fax: (905) 319-2690, Toll Free: 1-866-319-2690
-- great selection of resource books, manipulatives, educational games, etc. from major publishers. Can place orders by telephone, fax, email or letter or visit the store; shop from the manufacturers' catalogues online.

Tree House Press Inc.

2-110 Lancing Drive
Hamilton, ON, Canada L8W 3A1
Toll-free: 1-800-776-8733
Phone: 905-574-3399
Fax: 905-574-0228

Usborne Books
-- lots of resources for early childhood up to Grade 12; books and resources on science, history, mythology, art, space, geography, computer guides, language, how-to-make things, music and musical instruments, puzzles, literature, wildlife, geology and much more.

Contact: Danny Williams
Phone: 450-242-1088
Phone: 440-853-6128
Wackymath is an educational Mathematics card game aimed at elementary, secondary, high school and even university level students. It is a family oriented game and has global appeal to students, teachers, parents, grandparents and even senior citizens. WackyMath is available in 2 different levels, Simple WackyMath and Advanced WackyMath. Simple WackyMath includes elementary mathematics (adding, subtracting, multiplying and division). Advanced WackyMath introduces algebra and is progressive and fun in it's approach to learning. WackyMath has been tested and approved by many educational organizations. For more information please visit their website.

Free Stuff and Samples

Free Homeschooling Resources

Mastermind Toys

OFTP members can get a teacher's discount card with the Chapters/Indigo iREWARDS program. Just present your OFTP membership card at any Chapters, Indigo or Coles store and you can join at the discounted rate. iREWARDS members get 10% off all books, gain points for every dollar spent to earn vouchers for future purchases, and enjoy exclusive events and promotions. For more details, visit the website.

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