Visit our sponsors

These organizations generously contributed prizes for our NBTS Picnic Raffle to be held on September 5th 2014.  Please visit their websites and show them your support!

Tickets cost $5 each, or 3 for $10.  You can buy your tickets at the NBTS picnic or by contacting

The grand prize is four return tickets on Via Rail, to go anywhere along the Quebec-Windsor corridor!























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Not-Back-To-School Picnic at Beaver Lake


While still enjoying the last weeks of summer, it’s time to mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Not-back-to-school picnic on Friday September 5th 2014, from 11am to 5pm at Beaver Lake on Mont Royal. In case of rain, tune in to  and/or Facebook (Centre Communidée).

The Montreal Homelearners group invites all homeschooling families to come from far and wide and celebrate our freedom from the classroom! In previous years, a couple of hundred people attended. If you want to be sure to meet lots of other homeschoolers, this is the event to drive in for!

We will gather in and beside the playground at Beaver Lake. There is a small water spray, so bring your swim stuff. Also bring your picnic lunch – there are picnic tables and lots of shady spots to spread your blanket. At the nearby chalet, there is a small café and bathrooms.

After lunch, we will organize some games for the children, including relay races, a tug-of-war, and a baseball game. There will be time for free play too : )

Centre Communidée will hold a raffle at 4:30pm, with great family prizes to be won!  Tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10.

Please help us get the word out by passing this invitation along to any homeschoolers you know…

Hope to see you there!


Pendant que l’on profite de l’été, c’est le temps de noter sur vos calendriers le picnic de non-rentrée à l’école: vendredi le 5 septembre, de 11h à 17h, au Lac des Castors sur le Mont-Royal. En cas de pluie, un plan alternatif sera annoncé sur et Facebook (Centre Communidée).

Les Montreal Homelearners invitent toutes les familles qui font l’école à la maison de venir de partout pour célébrer notre liberté de la salle de classe! Lors des dernières années, il y avait quelques centaines de personnes. C’est une opportunité idéale de rencontrer d’autre gens qui font l’école à la maison. Même si vous venez de loin, ca vaut le détour.

La rencontre aura lieu près du nouveau terrain de jeux pour enfants. Il y a un petit parc avec jet d’eau, alors n’oubliez pas vos maillots. Amenez votre propre dîner. Il y a des tables à picnic ainsi que des endroits à l’ombre, sous les arbres pour s’iinstaller par terre.  Au chalet tout près, il y a un café et des toilettes.

Après le dîner, il y aura des jeux pour les enfants, incluant des courses de relais, une lutte à la corde, et un jeu de baseball.

Centre Communidée tiendra une tombola à 16h30, avec de superbes prix de la famille à gagner! Les billets coûtent 5$ chacun ou 3 pour 10$.

SVP aidez-nous en faisant circuler l’invitation à d’autres familles que vous connaissez qui font l’école à la maison…

En espérant de vous voir!

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Video of Communidée 2013-2014

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Pancake Bot

The “Pancake Bot” is a Lego robot that makes pancakes.  Russell initiated and led this week-long project, which we then brought to the Montreal Mini Maker Faire on June 7th.

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April 2014

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Thank you Home Depot!

Many thanks to our local Home Depot, who generously donated $500 towards the start up of our Atelier!


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Summer Camps 2014


Camp Communidée is back for another year of fun in the sun!  Enjoy the family-feel of small, multi-aged groups while supporting Communidée Homeschool Centre and Atelier.  For all the information about dates, themes, and registration, click here.

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Atelier Communidée Open House

Everyone is welcome to come and check out our new family-friendly workspace during our open house on Saturday March 15th from 3pm to 7pm at Centre Communidée – 137 St-Ferdinand #153, Montreal QC, H4C 2S6.  For more information, contact


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Video of the last year at Communidée

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Communidée Turns Three!

Three years ago on March 1st, Centre Communidée opened in its full-time location!  Thanks to everyone who has helped make the centre possible so far :)

Here are some the the things we have done together in the past year:

Activities: music, singing, orchestra, arts & crafts, building club, cooking, chess club, Magic cards, book club, yoga, French tutoring, history of Montreal, LARP-ing, advertising secrets, snow play, origami, story time, if the world was a village, art+, social issues, Brain Awareness Week, gardening, ecology, basketball, tennis, Minecraft, computer programming, the story of stuff, Japanese Culture Centre, minerals, climate change, intro to Lego Mindstorms, DIY body butter, junior youth group, drama, adult sewing club, pottery, drawing techniques, aikido, and piano lessons.

Field trips: Château Ramesay, Sucrerie de la montagne, Centre d’histoire de Montreal, medieval archery, Geordie: Head à Tête, McGill telescope, Planetarium, Biosphere, Sports Day at UdeM, canoeing on the Lachine Canal, St-Sauveur waterpark, organic farm, apple picking, Wilder Homestead, horseback riding, Japanese drumming, Capelton Mines, Megabloks factory, Battle of the Chateauguay, Musée des Beaux Arts: Picasso & Civilizations, Grands Ballets: Nutcracker, Christmas carolling, Radio Canada, OSM: How the gimquat got her song, tour of La Maison Symphonique, skating, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, downhill skiing, Redpath: minerals, and a trip to Quebec City with an activity on the Planes of Abraham.

Events: the Not-Back-To-School picnic and raffle, Wii Day, spaghetti dinner, movie night & sleepover, community garage sale, chess tournament, and parties to celebrate spring, year-end, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s day.

We also ran several awesome summer camps and opened Atelier Communidée!

Many volunteers work very hard to make all of this happen and pay the rent.  If you want to support the centre through a donation, you can use PayPal – or you can mail a cheque to: Centre Communidée, 137 St-Ferdinand #153, Montreal QC, H4C 2S6.  Thanks!

Here’s to another great year :)


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