BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention April 24 & 25, 2015

The BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention is thrilled to be celebrating its 10th Annual Convention! This event brings together homeschooling families with resource-providers, speakers, and supportive networking options for two days of inspiration, encouragement and challenge.

We are honored to present many excellent speakers who offer their expertise covering a wide range of topics, from beginning homeschooling and curriculum choices to special education and worldview. They offer encouragement for understanding why we homeschool and how to not only educate our children, but to impact their hearts and lives as well.

At the 2015 Convention you’ll find something for every member of your family.

Register Here: https://bcconvention.ca/registration.php

BC CHEC 10th Anniversary T-Shirts For Sale!!!CHEC logo1

• The Adult shirts are $19.98 and the Youth shirts are $16.26, taxes included
• Order and pay online
• Pick up at the convention (bring your receipt!) This will save on the shipping costs.
• Last day to order is March 26th, 2015!

A portion of the proceeds will go towards assisting families with registration costs. We want everyone who wants to come to be able to attend. This is open to all families regardless of which school they are enrolled or registered with. Please contact me for more information about assistance: organize@bcconvention.ca

Order T-Shirts here: http://urstore.ca/schools/ca/british-columbia/kelowna/bc-chec-2015-official-online-apparel-store?no-cache

Effective immediately: Online Renewals turned off in L4U!

Hello Folks!

We have run in to a software bug that has allowed items to be renewed even though they are needed for other bookings. This has caused some issues, as we have families waiting for items that are not returned on time. L4U is working towards a solution to this problem, but until it is resolved, you won’t be able to renew items online.  Please contact Kelly at shipping@heritagechristian.ca  or Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca to renew your items.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Your Learning Commons Team

Searching and Booking Items in L4U: A Review

It’s always good to review how to search for items and how the booking process works.  We know it can be difficult to “get the hang of it” so don’t hesitate to contact us for help. This article will cover basic searches, how to use the bookbag and how to book items.

We will open bookings for the next school year, (2015-2016), on March 16th.  Once you have re-enrolled and notified us, you will be able to start booking for the following year!

Review How to Access L4U and Book items

Reading and making in the Commons!

As a teacher I have always loved using a hook to create excitement,  and move production in the classroom.  As a teacher librarian my students in my reading buddies K-3 online class ask for extension activities.

This term we have shared lots of picture books, had scintillating, philosophical discussions after reading books like Frederick by Leo Leonni, and had fun researching animals using Pebble Go database!  The getting geeky characteristic  with Pebble Go is you can print off your production, or share as a URL straight from your iPad!

Reading Buddies students share their joy in creation after reading a great picture book like Don’t Spill the Milk by Stephen Davies! Here are a few samples of artistic creation!

Caileigh shares her watercolour below.


Mikayla shares her watercolour below.


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Janel shares her pastel creation of Don’t Spill the Milk above, and below a collage after reading Frederick by Leo Leonni!

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Research using Pebble Go subscription and  Tiger Report[1]! by Janel


Thanks for sharing reading buddies!! You are great content creators, artists and readers!  I am going to miss ALL of  you:)

PS!  All of mentioned picture books may be loaned from our growing E Library!


Pippa Davies

Dimension for U

Are you bored with school?  Do you long to play games and have fun while learning math and language arts!  Then this educational virtual world/game might be for you?  At the moment Dimension U is advertising its Spring Spectacular promotion where students can win awesome prizes like Amazon gift cards and T Shirts.


  • DimensionU Spring Spectacular t-shirts to the first 50 registrants
  • $25 Amazon Electronic Gift Card + 10,000 DUTS (DimU Tokens) + Finals Round Qualification, to the TOP 5 Scorers in each of the 4 Preliminary Rounds (Weeks 1-4)
  • Grand Prize Choice Award to Overall Highest Cumulative Score across all 4 Preliminary Rounds (Weeks 1-4)
  • Grand Prize Choice Award to TOP 3 Scorers in the Finals Round (Week 5)

If you are interested in becoming part of a winning league at HCOS (Jacob Lee HCOS student was first in Canada) then contact your teacher for signing up to this winning educational virtual game at a reduced rate! This rate will not last! You never know… you might just become the next best math whizz kid!



Pippa Davies

Springing into March

Thank you God for your creation!  Sun and flowers have arrived in South Surrey!  Spring is imminent! Time to stretch and head outdoors to enjoy nature, poetry, creative writing and reading about nature!

New Resources and Articles! Natalie shares how to discover more about Polar Bears with fiction and non-fiction resources in this article.

Websites of the Month!   Read this article about Great Kids’ Milestones!

Current Awareness on Scoopit with contests, apps and articles.

Maker-Ed  – STEAM Learning

HCOS student Maclean has fun with the learning commons  Makey Makey kit and video games!  Watch here:

New Kits!

Communities – Grade 2

British Columbia History – Grade 5

Introduction to Canadian Government – Grade 5

Ancient Civilizations – China – Grade 7

Cells and Systems – Grade 8 and 9

Fluids and Dynamics - Grade 8

Optics – Grade 8

Math Shape and Space – Grade 8

More unit studies have been added.  Please read this article by Shandra.

Ning Our talent show is still happening on Ning.  High school students be sure to load your entry soon before the contest closes at the end of the month. The next event happening is the writing contest in March/April to coincide with a writing workshop by Sigmund Brouwer.  Check out more here.

Younger students in grades 5 and up to grade 12 may enter this one and parents may post on their behalf.

Subscription Survey Results A big thank you to all our participants in the recent survey!  You told us you liked the following subscriptions the most! Untitled

  • You also told us that 55% of patrons are using the eLibrary.
  • Our stats in the physical commons show an increase of 30% and in the virtual commons over 100%.
  • You told us you liked hands on, engaging supplementary tools to help support 21st-century learning.
  • You also told us you liked databases that helped support independent reading and learning.

Innovation in the Learning Commons! We value your input into making our learning commons an innovative and exciting hub of our blended schools.  If you have more ideas to suggest to our learning commons team please read more in this article.


Pippa Davies

Learning Commons Team

International Polar Bear Day!

February 27th is International Polar Bear Day. We thought you might like to take some time on this day to explore polar bears with resources from the Learning Commons. Here are some great lessons and unit plans from Polar Bears International.

Here are some free Polar Bear writing pages you could use.

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L4U has many fiction and non-fiction books, including Magic Treehouse’s Polar Bears Past Bedtime and Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett.

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In Overdrive:

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do you Hear? By Bill Martin Jr.

Academy Award–winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow gives voice to the lion, flamingo, boa constrictor, and other animals who snort, bray, trumpet, and hiss on every page of this beloved children’s classic! This audio recording also includes a read-along track and a bonus Spanish language recording of the story.

This printout from Enchanted Learning might be helpful for your younger students.

Discovery Education has a unit of Polar Bear resources available here.

Learn 360 has several videos:

Ice Bear for Grades 6-12

This program follows the ice bear, Binne, as she searches for seals with the scavenger arctic fox, Rev. The setting is Norway’s arctic island archipelago, Svalbard. The ice bear, or polar bear, is threatened by the scarcity of pack ice where arctic seals breed. The ice bear must replace and store calories for the year in three short months. As global warming effects the planet, fragile ecosystems are endangered.

Polar Bear for Grades K-8

A day in the life of a baby polar bear, playing in the snow, drinking milk, growing up in the burrow during the winter with their mother

Polar Bears and Climate Change for Grades 3-12

The World Wildlife Fund has published new scientific studies indicating that the arctic polar bear is affected by climate changes.

Finally, here are some great Polar Bear crafts  and a science experiment you could also do with your younger students.

Blessings! Your Learning Commons Team!

Reviews by Overdrive and Learn360

READ A THON Winners!!

We are SOO excited to announce this year’s Read-A-Thon winners! We had 165 eager Readers who read a ton, tweeted some and shared selfies!  Check out this Storify to see some of the selfies and tweets.

A Huge thank you to parents and teachers for encouraging your students in their literacy goals!  Congratulations to all students who participated and completed literacy goals!  Mrs Wiebe will be sending your gift certificates shortly.  A participation certificate will be coming your way via email from your teacher.


Drum Roll for the list of winners:




















On behalf of the Elementary and High School top winners, Varenka and Timothy the Learning Commons will donate $500 to Out of Ashes Children’s Home in Africa, Kitale located here at this website address:


Your Learning commons team!







Innovators/Makers/Ideas/Disciples Welcome!


Innovation and Evaluation

What does Innovation mean to you?  How do you see our schools growing and changing to meet the needs of the 21st century?  How do we encourage our students to grow as disciples?  We want to hear from you as staff, parents and students.  With the move to newer learning outcomes in British Columbia coming shortly and the focus on more project based learning our hope is to build a learning commons which reflects your voice on the integration of Christian education, technology, curriculum, e books and physical books.

If you have ideas in this regard to please share below in our comments area or on our Ning at our Innovation Think Tank.  If you need an invite to our Ning  please contact me via email.


Pippa Davies




Milestones: Is your child on track in school? | GreatKids : Milestones

Milestones let you watch kids demonstrate success in reading, writing and math for grades K-5.

Source: www.greatschools.org

Milestones is an American database of math and language arts videos for grades K-5.  Lots of great helpers for homeschooling and classroom students.  


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