Recording for Homeschool Philosophies and the BC Ed Plan


Thank you for all those who attended our Zoom session last night on Homeschool Philosophies and the BC Ed Plan. It was wonderful to hear you comments and questions. For those who couldn’t make the session here is the recording and a PDF of the Powerpoint used.

You-tube Recording

Homeschool Philosophies and the BC Ed Plan PDF with notes and links

Blessings to you! Sarah-Beth and Natalie

Gizmos for Math and Science

Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. Over 400 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards help educators bring powerful new learning experiences to the classroom.  Gizmos…

Source: Gizmos for Math and Science

Gr. 6 Newton’s Laws of Motion Unit Study

This fun and interactive unit explores Newton’s Laws.
First Law: objects will stay stopped or in constant motion until acted upon by an outside force
Second Law: only an unbalanced force causes acceleration
Third Law: every force has an equal and opposite reaction force
Content: Effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on physical daily activities.

This kit is smaller than many of our other kits. As such, it is designed to be completed over three weeks with an average of 2-3 activities per week.

The kit includes the following books:

1. Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
2. Forces and Motion by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves
3. Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion by Andrea Gianopoulos
4. Exploring the World of Physics by John Hudson Tiner
5. Parent Guide

This unit is now available in L4U for bookings!

The Digital guide and Physical guide are also available for download.


JavaScript 101 available

Tynker has been listening to the requests of their subscribers and has created a new course!  JavaScript 101 is now available (and is part of our HCOS Tynker subscription) for students who want to, “Learn JavaScript and build your own games for web and mobile platforms.”

Students who wish to sign up for JavaScript 101 can do so at the Tynker registration site:

This course is geared to students in Grade 7 and up and is an introduction to JavaScript for intermediate or advanced coders in upper middle or high school.  In this advanced lesson plan, students will be introduced to JavaScript as they complete engaging lessons, solve challenging puzzles, and build their own games in JavaScript. This course is ideal for students who have already completed at least one Tynker course and are comfortable with the basics of programming logic and computational thinking. This course will help them transition to JavaScript and adapt to the additional challenges of text-based syntax.


Students who successfully complete this lesson plan will demonstrate a strong mastery of JavaScript syntax, as well as the ability to creatively program games and other projects and debug their own code. Students will also be able to come up with an idea for a game and take it through the entire design and implementation process, creating custom versions of many of their favourite games in JavaScript.

To see a description of each lesson, go to JavaScript 101 and scroll down to “Interactive Lessons (click on each lesson to view lesson details)”.

What Students Learn:

  • Learn JavaScript syntax
  • Use conditional logic, loops, and conditional loops to solve problems
  • Create and use variables
  • Detect and handle keyboard and mouse events
  • Write and interpret JavaScript expressions
  • Use the HTML canvas for drawing and displaying images
  • Detect win/loss conditions in a game
  • Implement collision detection between images on the canvas
  • Use arrays and objects to store structured data

Note:  This course and its classroom management are not supported on tablets.

HCOS Secret Santa Card&Gift Exchange

Secret Santa!


It’s that time of year again! For those of you that have never played this game with HCOS/NING, Secret Santa is a fun card/gift exchange.

To play, you commit to sending someone a card/gift worth $5 or less. Send Erin Duncan your mailing address ( I will stop accepting names on Nov 30th. At the beginning of December, I will scramble the names and send you the name and address of the person that you will be sending a card/gift to. I do not keep the addresses after the game is over and the only other person that will see your address is you Secret Santa.

Some good ideas on gifts are gift cards (these will fit in an envelope and not require extra shipping), Christmas ornaments, candy, stickers, books, and puzzles. You may not know your recipient so they and pick something that anyone could enjoy. All card/gifts NEED to be sent out by December 12 so that it reaches the recipient on time.

We (HCOS/NING) are not responsible for any late, lost or damaged card/gifts. If you want to play you are agreeing to commit to sending a card/gift.  And get one if return.  Spread the word, the more people we get the more fun it is. =) Feel free to email me with any questions.


~Erin Duncan



Families love the unit study kits!

We love to hear from families, especially when they share about how they are using the unit study kits and share pictures of their children’s work!

Here is what Linda shared:

We really enjoyed the grade 4 Earth, Sun and Moon kit and my kindergarten child did everything along side my grade 4, as kindergarten covers seasons. Four of mine worked on the crafts. Thank you for putting these kits together and having them available for us mommas. Makes things easier for us🙂


We include feedback forms with all of the physical units, and your feedback and suggestions are much appreciated!  We would love to share more feedback on both the physical and digital unit studies, so send us your comments and pictures to share on the blog! (names will not be used)

Email Shandra:  or Kelly:


Merry Christmas!


Advent is close at hand and as we look forward to celebarating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. We want to wish you and yours a joyful Christmas season!

Merry Christmas Overdrive

We have many Christmas titles available in Overdrive – here is an article from last year: Tis the Season. There are also several Christmas related movie titles in Overdrive: Films on Overdrive!

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You may want to look at having some fun this Christmas season and create! The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids has 14 kid friendly projects to enjoy making. Build it with Dad: Woodworking Projects for the Whole Family is an opportunity to build projects together.  What better time to learn more about photography together! Digital Photography for Beginners can help. With some time off during the holidays, students may want to start some new Minecraft projects – Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids can help. Creating your own musical instruments for Christmas Carols would certainly be a fun family project! Making Musical Instruments with Kids has 67 projects!


For more Christmas Unit Study ideas including STEAM projects you can go to this page on Pinterest.

Blessings to you and yours this Christmas Season! The Learning Commons team


World Book Lunch and Learn Cancelled

Hi all,

We have cancelled the World Book Lunch and Learn that was to happen this Tuesday. We will offer it in the New Year. We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused.


Your Learning Commons team

Lunch n Learn World Book – Cancelled

Hello learning commons folks,

Its time for another Lunch n Learn on Inquiry and our lovely WorldBook subscription K-12.  Sean Campbell from WorldBook and Pippa Davies from HCS Blended Learning Commons will walk you through using this amazing subscription for all your research needs, including the new Science Power for K-6.


This webinar has been cancelled. We will re-run it in the new year. Blessings, Your Learning Commons team



Homeschool Philosophies and the BC Ed Plan Webinar


Join Sarah-Beth Gould and Natalie Sing as they share homeschool philosophies and methodologies and how they apply to the BC Ed Plan.

This workshop is open to the seasoned homeschooler or one who may be just starting their journey.

Sarah-Beth and Natalie look forward to your questions and thoughts as we chat together in this interactive session.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm on Zoom:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Please RSVP (or direct any questions) to We look forward to seeing you on December 1st!

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