The idea for this page is to provide teaching packages and ideas for school children. The BHC are in the Ontario school curriculum as a suggested topic for Grades 6, 8 and 10. However, many more teachers are bringing this story to their classes.
Developed by award winning Author Beryl Young and BHCARA CEO Lori Oschefski, these lesson plans are based on the award winning book, "Charlie - A Home Child's Life in Canada". Included are suggested learning activities, relevent research sites and BHC related word search puzzles.
Copies of Charlie can be purchased at Amazon.ca
Awards for Charlie
Nominated for the B.C. Red Cedar 2011-12 award
short-listed for the 2010-11 Ontario Library Association Red Maple Non-fiction Award
recommended as a starred book of exceptional calibre in Canadian Children's Book Centre BEST BOOKS for 2010
nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award (B.C.) 2010-11
nominated for a Hackmatack Award (Atlantic Canada) 2010-11
runner-up for the National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2010
long-listed for the Canadian Literature Roundtable Information Book of 2010
"Born of Good Intentions" is a film about the BHC which examines the history of the BHC schemes, how it was possible and what the children endured in Canada. It helps to explain what is behind the glaring silence by the BHC and why this is an obscure part of our Canadian History.
This film can be viewed two ways, by linking in through Youtube, link above or by contacting us at for a digital copy. A shorter 25 minute version of this film is also available.
There is a children's film available. Please contact us at for use of this film.
Born of Good Intentions - British Home Children Film
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario Exhibit
Recipient the OMAC 2016
Award of Excellence in Exhibitions
For those classes in the Greater Toronto area, our award winning exhibit housed at the Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto is an excellent source of information. Created in partnership with BCPV, the exhibit was awarded the 2016 OMA Award of Excellence.
Visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village web site for location and business hours. www.blackcreek.ca
Free Digital Books
Free digital version available for teachers. Contact us at
Suitable for most ages
Free digital download from
Suitable for older students