Rewards for Memorizing

Receiving a reward for memorizing is great.  Of course, memorizing is a reward in itself:  it exercises the brain, adds to the content stored inside the brain, and helps the brain improve its ability to perform in other areas.  Memorizing Scripture is best of all, because God’s Holy Spirit can pull those verses back into your mind whenever you need them.

However, when we can memorize and receive an Amazon gift certificate for having done it, why, then there’s a different type of reward!

As the staff member who sets up the Scripture Memorization prizes in Amazon, I have the unexpected bonus of getting many thank you notes from the students and families who have received the prizes!

  • Thank you for the Gift Card! I sure appreciate all the work you did for getting these out.:)
  • Lucy sends a very big THANK YOU!!!!! Thank you for the Gift Card!
  • We received our Amazon gift!! Thank you so much!:)
  • She will (have fun picking out her prize) …of course, the real prize is God’s word hidden in her heart! Thank you for organizing this; it is one of the most worthwhile things our children will do!
  • Thank you so much for this encouragement. My daughter has been diligently memorizing Scripture and not always super keen to review it, but today’s gift really inspired her to get going to memorize the rest of the Sermon on the Mount! She is excited to spend the gift card and my just-turned-5-year-old is already asking if she can do the same so she too can get a reward. So this is fabulous! Thank you! Now to find a chunk of 34 verses that she can wrap her little head around.
  • Thanks Beth!!! We got it yesterday…and Caleb is very excited about it. He still does all of his memory verses every bath night!!! Thanks for giving him the extra ‘push’….better than ‘mom saying he has to.’ Lol!!!!

This year, we awarded a total of $ 2,910.00 in prizes to the following students and one staff member.  Some memorized the basic challenge of 100 verses, 65 verses or 34 verses.  Others memorized new verses plus reviewed a previous year’s verses and recited them, for bonus prizes.

Peter Heyd  $               55.00
Karis Thiessen  $               55.00
Calleigh Parkins  $               55.00
Braiden Zylstra  $               55.00
Logan Zylstra  $               55.00
Jessica Zylstra  $               55.00
Jacob Zylstra  $               55.00
Thomas Heyd  $               55.00
Andrea Visscher  $               55.00
Isaac Visscher  $               55.00
Zacharias Walker  $               25.00
Emalie Carvalho  $               25.00
Danaya Bagnall  $               25.00
Elena Doerksen  $               25.00
Chloe Doerksen  $               25.00
Chloe Trotter  $               25.00
Amanda Jaggard  $               25.00
Bella Nelson  $               25.00
Lilly Nelson  $               25.00
Danielle Parkins  $               25.00
Lauren Parkins  $               25.00
Annika Klopper  $               25.00
Anya Webster  $               25.00
Zoe Ellis  $               25.00
Zara Ellis  $               25.00
Zyana Ellis  $               25.00
Hope Carvalho  $               25.00
Sophia Hartwick  $               25.00
Jordan Hughes  $               25.00
Isaac Hughes  $               25.00
Ellianna Tsai  $               25.00
Tristan Bourke  $               25.00
Gabriel Bourke  $               25.00
Marc Howard  $               25.00
Julie Howard  $               25.00
Samuel Zwygart  $               25.00
Madeline Giesbrecht  $               25.00
Julin Giesbrecht  $               25.00
Sarah Faith Rutsatz  $               25.00
Phinehas Cheng  $               25.00
Trevor Thiessen  $               25.00
Peyton Klassen  $               25.00
Zoe Klassen  $               25.00
Bella McKnight  $               25.00
Mikayla Theisen  $               25.00
Josiah Theisen  $               25.00
Micah Berg  $               40.00
Joshua Berg  $               40.00
Indianna Berg  $               40.00
Noah Berg  $               40.00
Lucy Fedorov  $               40.00
Hannah Nissen  $               40.00
Caleb Nissen  $               40.00
Malachi Jennings  $               40.00
Zachary Jennings  $               40.00
Tyrhel Pawluski  $               30.00
Rhiley Pawluski  $               30.00
Francois de Villiers  $               35.00
Leela de Villiers  $               35.00
Joseph Tsai  $               35.00
Caleb Johnson  $               35.00
Nathan Tsai  $               45.00
Aniah Johnson  $               50.00
Caleb Tsai  $               50.00
Charles Johnson  $               60.00
Thomas Johnson  $               60.00
Aidan de Villiers  $               60.00
Steffan de Villiers  $               60.00
Daniel Jenkins  $               80.00
Joshua Jenkins  $               80.00
Terrell Dutcyvich  $             100.00
Reese Dutcyvich  $             100.00
Jenna Dutcyvich  $             100.00
Roberta MacDonald  $               55.00
TOTAL  $   2,910.00

Congratulations to the 2015-16 prize-winners.  Enjoy your rewards, and especially enjoy that you now have more of God’s Word in your hearts!  Be sure to keep a lookout for the link to register for the “2016-17 Scripture Memorization Challenge”!

More Great Dawn Publications with Teacher Guides!


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A Walk in the Rainforest

Written and illustrated by a 14 year-old in 1992, this best-selling book has introduced a whole generation to the wonders of a very important habitat. Following XYZ the Ant, young readers walk through the alphabet and engage in fun alliterations about the amazing anteater, majestic macaw, and quiet quetzal along with the other inhabitants they encounter in the rainforest. The colorful illustrations were done in magic marker. It reaches a large age range because the large text is for young readers, while smaller text is for you or more advanced children.

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A Walk in the Rainforest Teacher Guide (Grades 3-6)

Based on Pratt-Serafini’s picture book favorite for rain forest study, A Walk in the Rainforest, this guide includes lessons about habitat, interdependency of species, the rain forest water cycle, native peoples, oxygen generation, and much more.

This would be a great unit to cover this content along with many Curricular Competencies at a Grade 3-6 Grade level:

Grade 3 – Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Grade 4 – Ecosystems and Biomes

Some great videos to round out your studies:

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana: Rain Forest Ecosystem (Discovery Education)

Rescue in the Rainforest, Planet Bonehead (Learn 360)

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Teachers and parents, this book is an outstanding teaching resource, much more than the title might suggest. Beginning with: A lifetime for a mayfly is about one day, it presents 24 lifetimes such as that of an earthworm (about six years), a giant sequoia (about 2,000 years), a bacteria (well, that depends), a dinosaur (never again) and the universe (about 15 to 20 billion years). Each example comes with detailed illustrations and something to ponder, such as, for earthworms: Worms teach us that our work can be very important, even if it cannot be seen. Each plant or animal is practically a lesson plan in itself, with tell about it, think about it, and look it up challenges. Written by a retired teacher, this is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.

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Lifetimes Teacher Guide (Grades 4-6)

Based on Lifetimes, a picture book which introduces some of nature’s longest, shortest, and most unusual plant and animal lifetimes, these lesson plans support learning the benchmark standards for science, language arts, and life skills. Makes extensive use of mind mapping.

This would be a great unit to cover this content along with many Curricular Competencies at a Grade 4-6 level:

Grade 2 Lifecycles of Plants and Animals

Grade 3 Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Some great videos to round out your studies:

Life Cycles (Learn 360)

Cycles in Living Things (Discovery Education)

Check out these books and guides as well:

A Drop Around the World and A Drop Around the World Teacher Guide

How we Know What we Know about our Changing Climate and Teachers Guide

Pass the Energy, Please! and Teacher’s Guide to Nature’s Food Chains

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Summer Reading News

Why is summer reading so important?  How do we keep our students in tune with literacy all through those hazy, lazy summer days?

Research consistently shows that students who are engaged in literacy events will not miss a beat when schooling starts in the fall.  We would love to keep our students reading skills strong and resist the summer loss.

How do we encourage our students to engage in literacy?

  • Free public library events such as reading programs which run throughout the summer.  This will encourage reading habits.  Readers who use their public library before the age of 6 think positively about themselves as independent readers.
  • Emerging readers should be encouraged to read using HCS Overdrive E Library which is open all summer long.  Our new read-along text and listen based picture books will encourage reading for students who are not yet reading.  Check out the curated picture books.
  • Students of different ages might enjoy listening to audiobooks.  We have a growing collection on Overdrive e library.
  • Parents read stories about a place you might visit during the summer, to prepare your students before you visit.
  • Before you go to the movies read the book based on the movie.
  • Reading incentive programs in your own home are also a good idea.  This keeps students motivated with reading.  However we want students to love reading and be intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure.  So discovering your student’s reading passions or genre is also a great way to bond and share reading interests.
  • Enjoy a GeniusHour project over the summer to discover your student’s passions and interests. Finding something that interests your student inevitably leads to researching via non fiction books.
  • Discover some of our awesome subscription databases for younger students to help them discover more about their interests.  Pebble Go, WorldBook and RightNowMedia for some awesome spots to research and study.
  • Teach your students to do book reviews using sites like CommonSense
  • If you have a student who is behind their reading level be sure to get some goals to read over the summer.  Contact your teacher to discuss these goals.
  • Play literacy games and enjoy learning about a new sport/video game by reading the book/manual first.
  • High Schoolers read your novels for English Language Arts now!

Blessings on your reading this summer!  Thank you for your patronage this year!  See you all in August for a new school year:)





Grade 3 Digital Kits Completed!!

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All of our Grade 3 Digital Unit Study kits (using Overdrive resources, subscriptions and a wide variety of activity ideas) are now available for download in the Learning Commons!

You can find them all on this page.

Or Individually here:

Social Studies:

Indigenous People of Canada

Indigenous People Around the World


All Matter is Made of Particles

Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Landforms and Erosion

Thermal Energy

Dinosaurs in the Learning Commons! Yikes!

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Summer is a great time of year to explore Dinosaurs with some of our great new Dinosaur resources! What kind of unit studies would you like to see us add to the Learning Commons? We would love to hear from you!

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To begin we are thrilled that Pebble Go has added a new module on Dinosaurs! It includes many different types of Dinosaurs. The Compare to Today feature is great for comparing animals of today to Dinosaurs of the past.

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There are activity pages, Range Maps and audio ability so that your student who isn’t fluent yet can still enjoy the content. Check out Pebble Go for your K-3 student.

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You may want to add in some Dinosaur unit studies resources for fun!

We have also added some awesome fiction and non-fiction titles to Overdrive:

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Dinosaurs Before Dark and Dinosaurs by Mary Pope Osborne

Join Jack and Annie as they travel to the time of dinosaurs in Magic Tree House® #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark. Then uncover the facts behind the fiction in Magic Tree House® Fact Tracker: Dinosaurs. It’s two favorite ebooks in one! Find out why Mary Pope Osborne’s #1 New York Times bestselling series is such a hit with kids, parents, and teachers around the world.

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Chronicles of Dinosauria by David Woetzel

Discover why the author calls into question what we’ve been taught to believe and understand about the history of dinosaurs and man.

Every legend is said to include some grain of truth, and for years co-author Dave Woetzel has sought to separate fact from fiction as he explores mysteries related to dinosaurs, mankind’s history, and the biblical time-line. Teaming with artist and designer Richard Dobbs, the two have created a visual archive of expeditions and intriguing clues to explore, all of which highlight the connection to the authority and reliability of Scripture.

Provocative artifacts from around the world are examined in an exquisite, full-color book that hints at man’s familiarity with living dinosaurs. Studies point to more than simple answers beneath the waves of Loch Ness, and other sites around the world, many investigated personally by the author. Here is the study of cryptozoology and the discoveries that seem to defy all evolutionary time-lines, vividly illustrated and filled with rare photos.

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Curious George Dinosaur Tracks by H. A. Rey

George is taking pictures of wild animals and their tracks for his photo collection. While looking for the fawn his friend Bill spotted, he finds an unusual set of tracks. George thinks he has discovered dinosaur footprints—which would make the perfect addition to his collection! In hopes of getting a photo, he attempts to lure the dinosaur with food, but quickly remembers that some dinosaurs are not friendly. Eventually George discovers the real culprit behind the tracks and it’s not what he expects!

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Danger Dinosaurs by Frieda Wishinsky

Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic, Matt and Emily have met fearsome pirates in Frobisher Bay. In Danger, Dinosaurs!, Emily and Matt are off to the Cretaceous period in the Alberta Badlands to fulfill every child’s fantasy of getting up close with a dinosaur. Maiasaura, Lambeosaurus, and T-rex, oh my! In this, the second book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about dinosaurs and dinosaur hunters, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

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Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham

Within these pages kids will uncover the facts about dinosaur history from the Creation to recent discoveries. Let Ken Ham take you on a journey through time to explore these awesome wonders of God’s design. From where dinosaurs lived to what scientists assume they know about these great creatures, dinosaurs have never been this exciting, revealing and simply amazing!

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Dinosaurs from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick

Dig into Dinosaurs from Head to Tail for colorful close-ups of weird and wondrous prehistoric parts. Take a guess which dino they belong to and then turn the page for fun facts about each creature. Which one had a crested head? Who sported claws as long as baseball bats? Stomping through the pages are familiar favorites like the Tyrannosaurus and lesser-known beasts like the Parasaurolophus. Dinosaur fans will be roaring for more!

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D is for Dinosaur by Ken and Mally Ham

D is for Dinosaur is a proven resource that makes learning the Bible fun. This revised classic from Ken and Mally Ham shares biblical insights of Noah’s Ark and the Genesis Flood to a new generation of families. Inside a parent or teacher finds all that’s needed to share the basic truths of the Gospel from A to Z, and to expand that teaching through detailed instructional tips and structured learning. The entertaining ABC rhymes and humorous illustrations will truly engage young children, while the text shares God’s Word in an “easy-to-learn” style.

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Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

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More Perfect Pairs, Terrific Trios and Quaint Quartets – Fiction, Non-Fiction and Learn 360 Videos for you to Explore with Your Students!

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We have some more great options for you to combine Overdrive fiction, non-fiction and Learn 360 video to create great opportunities for your students learning. Have you used some great fiction and non fiction together before?  Sharing fiction and non-fiction genre together allows our students to understand the differences/similarities between fiction and non-fiction.  It also helps our students develop an idea about what is a fact, and what is an opinion.  This really consolidates critical thinking in the early grades.  What perfect pairs, terrific trios or even quaint quartets stand out for you as great studies? Maybe you have some great project ideas to go with the themes below? We would love to hear about them! 

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Baby Owls Rescue

What if you found a baby owl in your backyard? Would you know what to do? Where would you go to find help? Join young Maddie and Max as they learn a valuable lesson from a little lost owl in Baby Owl’s Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis. The brother and sister pair just wanted to play baseball one day. They never expected to come face-to-face with a wild animal! Lush illustrations by Laura Jacques accompany this story and demonstrate the proper treatment of wildlife. This story reminds all of us that we live in a world surrounded by wild animals, and those wild animals deserve our caution and our respect!

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The Barn Owls

Tony Johnston’s THE BARN OWLS recalls in quiet tones the memory of a barn that has stood alone in a wheat field for one hundred years at least. The owls have nested there and have hunted in the fields and circled in the night skies as time slowly slipped by. Every night, as the moon rises, a barn owl awakens and flies out to hunt. Feathered against the endless starry night, he swoops and sails to the darkened wheat field below and catches a mouse in his nimble talons. With outstretched wings, this barn owl returns to his barn nest and his hungry family, repeating the ageless ritual his ancestors have practiced here, in this barn, for at least one hundred years. Following the life cycle of the barn owl, this gentle poem evokes a sense of warm sunshine and envelopes readers with the memory of the scent of a wheat field.

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How do owls find their way in the dark? What do they eat? What is a baby owl called? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this easy to read guide with stunning photographs.

Owl (Learn 360 Video)

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Big City Bees

Vivid writing and luminous art combine to tell a modern story that introduces young readers to the wonders of bees For city kids like Sophie and Matthew, growing pumpkins is a big thrill. But they’re worried. They know they need bees to make their pumpkins grow. But will the bees find their garden? Are there even bees in the city? So one day, Grandpa and the children set out to look for bees. They arrive downtown just in time to see something amazing: a buzzing ball of bees hovers from the branch of a nearby tree. And high on the terrace of a towering hotel are four brightly coloured beehives! For Matthew and Sophie, this is the beginning of an exciting adventure. All summer they tend their plants, eagerly watching as their seeds sprout and turn into shoots, then vines and leaves. But they’re still worried. Will the bees come when they’re needed? Finally, the golden pumpkin flowers appear among the leaves. The female flowers will be open for just one day, and Matthew and Sophie arrive at the garden early in the morning to wait and watch. Will the bees arrive in time to pollinate the plants?

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Bumblebee Queen

As early morning fog surrounds a single bird feeder, the first two feathered guests arrive for their meal. Count a total of twenty colorful backyard birds as they gather to crack seeds at the feeder while a cunning cat lurks below.

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Inside the Bees Hive

Hundreds of buzzing worker honeybees build a yellow structure called a comb inside a tree trunk. The comb is made up of many small, six-sided rooms that the bees make out of wax. These rooms, called cells, will be used to hold baby bees and sweet, gooey honey. Welcome to the bees’ hive! Clear text and colorful photos and diagrams will engage young readers as they explore the habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these curious creatures. Age-appropriate activities and critical-thinking questions give readers an opportunity to make observations and gain valuable insights.

This is Daniel Cook Learning about Bee Keeping (Learn 360 video)

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The Busy Beaver

The busy but careless beaver spends his days following random impulses, rarely thinking things through and leaving in his wake a devastated forest filled with stumps, half-nibbled trees and injured, homeless animals. But then one day the beaver finds himself on the wrong side of a falling tree, which as it turns out, is just the thing to knock some sense into him. After reflecting on his behavior, he decides to make some changes. Soon, the now wiser and gentler beaver is getting down to the business of making things right, much to the delighted surprise of his forest friends. This charming story from the creator of Big Bear Hug and Making the Moose Out of Life gently teaches youngsters how to take care with others, as well as the world around us.

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Beavers gnaw on tree trunks until trees break in half and fall down! Then these busy builders pile wood, mud, and rocks in water to make dams and lodges. Young readers will enjoy learning how beavers use their teeth, paddle through water, and build safe homes.

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The First Beaver

This is the story of how the first beaver came to be. It tells of a young girl, Reedee, who is born with hair the colour of Mother Earth, not the colour of Raven like the rest of her people. It isn’t just her hair that sets Reedee apart: at night, when everyone else sleeps, Reedee disappears into the forest. Her parents are dismayed, but when they learn that Reedee has a path she must follow on her own, they support her and allow her to become her true self.

Caroll Simpson’s charming tale and vivid colour paintings depict the world of the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest and encourage young readers to find and honour their true selves, just like Reedee did. The book includes a glossary of crests and their significance in First Nations culture.

Beaver (Learn 360 Video)

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The Dory Story

Be prepared for a few surprises when Danny ventures out into the bay in his dory.

Although taking the dory out solo is strictly forbidden, Danny cannot resist the calm waters of the bay. And that’s where the adventure begins. He thinks rowing into a school of bluefish is trouble enough, but wait until the whales enter the picture. Danny encounters one sea creature after another and learns about the ocean food chain in the process. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, the story takes an unexpected twist.

With brilliant and vibrant illustrations, readers will feel the excitement of being out on the water surrounded by ocean creatures. The life and the life cycle of the ocean will fascinate young readers.

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Here Come the Humpbacks

In this latest book by acclaimed science writer April Pulley Sayre, young readers follow along as a mother humpback whale and her calf make their annual trek from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds off the coast of New England and back again. Within this extraordinary story of migration, Sayre provides information about how humpback whales breathe, sing, and how they got their name—a secondary layer of text expands upon the more intricate details. But aside from the basics about the humpback whale species, HERE COME THE HUMPBACKS! also delves into the dangers these whales face—from other mammals and sea life such as hungry orcas, to man-made threats like pollution and giant ships. Jamie Hogan’s stunning, rich pastel illustrations complement Sayre’s text beautifully, and make this book a great choice for a read-aloud in the classroom, library, or at home.

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Humphrey the Lost Whale

Wrong-way Humphrey is saved after swimming into San Francisco bay.

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Oceans Alive: Whales

Whales are giant sea creatures capable of performing amazing acrobatics! They groan and sing to talk to each other. This books lets children look closely at the life and behavior of whales.

Humphrey the Lost Whale: Reading Rainbow (Learn 360 Video)

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The Girl Who Loved Horses (audio)

“In Paul Goble’s Caldecott-winning story, tending to the horses is the special pleasure of one young girl in the village…As narrator, Lance White Magpie sets an expectant tone…his voice becomes one of confidence and satisfaction when the young girl finds her place beside the spotted stallion. Gentle music surrounds the story. Chants and songs from Sioux and Navaho traditions complete the recording.”

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100 Facts about Horses and Ponies

100 Facts Horses & Ponies presents in stunning detail the real facts about the equestrian world, from basic horse and pony care through to breeds, history and habitats. Exactly 100 facts accompanied by detailed photographs and beautiful artwork will challenge children, acting as an incentive as they make their way through the ebook. Projects to make and do, hilarious facts and brilliantly drawn cartoons add an extra element of fun. Add a detailed index, and 100 Facts has all the ingredients for a perfect introduction to this truly fascinating topic.

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Horses and Ponies

Learn all about horses and ponies with Discovery Kids! Packed with action-packed full color photographs, fun facts, a cool quiz, and a glossary, this reader is perfect for helping kids learn about animals in a fun and vibrant manner. Developed with the help of educational experts and ideal for ages 4-8, this Discovery Kids reader is a great introduction to children’s non-fiction.

This is Emily Yeung Taking Care of Horses (Learn 360 Video)

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The Little Rabbit

Full-color photographs. “The warm, cuddly world of a real rabbit family is introduced to young readers in enchanting photographs.”

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A rabbit’s teeth grow up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) every year. Their eyes allow them to see almost 360 degrees. These engaging facts and more are waiting to be discovered in Rabbits, an Animals in My Backyard book. This is an AV2 media enhanced book. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimedia content. This book comes alive with video, audio, weblinks, slide shows, activities, hands-on experiments, and much more.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. Mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother Mrs. Rabbit who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

Rabbit (Learn360 Video)

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Over and Under the Snow

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter s snowy landscape in this magical book.

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Do Polar Bears Snooze in Hollow Trees?

Animals All Around-A question-and-answer format combines with colorful art for read-aloud fun. Introduce children to fascinating facts and beginning biology comprehension.

What is Hibernation (Learn 360 Video)

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From the power plant all the way to your house, electricity is on the move! In rhythmic text, Anastasia Suen breaks the complex subject of electricity down to its essential parts. Paul Carrick’s brilliant, three-dimensional illustrations crackle with energy.

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All Charged Up – A Look at Electricity

Lightning streaks across the sky. A lamp lights up a room. Electricity is all around you. But where does electricity come from? And how do we bring it into our homes? Read this book to find out!

Using Electricity (Learn 360 Video)

Terrific Trios with The Summer Camp Science Mystery Series, Non-Fiction titles and Brain Pop!

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“Camp Dakota sure is full of mysteries. A group of friends at summer camp use science concepts to solve a mystery in each of these full-color graphic novels. The stories illustrate problem-solving thought processes and integrate third- through fifth-grade science concepts, while sidebar panels supplement dialogue with additional science information.  Written by a science educator and illustrated by animators and graphic artists, these engaging mysteries will help readers to recognize how science can be applied in real-world situations.”

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The Nighttime Cabin Thief: A Mystery about Light:

A thief is on the prowl at Camp Dakota! The campers can’t find their favorite things—and they’re starting to accuse each other of stealing. The kids set out to find the culprit—but the truth behind the missing stuff may be stranger than anyone expected. Can the campers track down the Cabin Thief? Or will they turn on each other first?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Secrets of Light:

In Secrets of Light, you will find out where light comes from, why rainbows occur, and how cameras work.

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and Brain Pop: Light:

Wanna know about light? You’ve come to the right place! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will teach you all about artificial light sources and visible light. You’ll learn about the two ways in which artificial light can be created, and how fast light can go. Whether you prefer to light your surroundings with a light bulb or a candle, you’ll discover enough about each light source to understand how they work! You’ll also gather info on natural sources of light — like from the sun and even some animals! Plus, Tim and Moby explain how the electromagnetic spectrum and reflected light help your eyes to see. How enlightening!

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The Whispering Lake Ghosts: A Mystery about Sound:

It’s a dark and stormy morning at Camp Dakota, but that won’t keep Braelin from investigating the whispers coming from the lake. What else could it be, but ghosts? The campers try to record and amplify the sounds, but suddenly the eerie voices go mute. Braelin and Megan won’t give up, even when their ghost hunt leads them deep into the woods. Can they use their sound smarts to get back safe?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Ear Splitting Sounds and Other Vile Noises:

They say that in space no one can hear you scream…and it’s true! In the emptiness of space, nothing makes a noise. But on Earth…our ears are constantly pounded by sounds. Learn all about the most disgusting and dreadful aspects of sound. From flatulent whoopee cushions to glass-smashing opera singers and music-loving pigs, this book is full of yucky, painful and fascinating facts. You can get your ears tuned into some easy (and painless!) experiments, too.

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and Brain Pop: Sound:

Did you hear that? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the world of sound! In the movie, you’ll find out how sound and ocean waves are similar, yet different, as you learn about different kinds of waves. See how air molecules, air pressure, pitch, and vibration all play a part in everything you hear. Plus, you’ll be introduced to a cool mechanism designed to measure sound waves! Discover how fast sound can travel through mediums like air, water, and steel. And see how aquatic animals like whales use sound to communicate underwater! Hey, this sound movie sounds pretty cool, right?!

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The Hunt for Hidden Treasure: A Mystery about Rocks

When Jordan finds a treasure map at Camp Dakota, the hunt for hidden treasure is on! As the campers follow the map, they discover that time has changed some of the landmarks. They’ll need to rely on what they know about rocks and changes to Earth’s surface to have any chance of success. Will the old drawing still lead them to the treasure? And why is Jordan acting so weird?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Explore Rocks and Minerals with 25 Great Projects:

Explore Rocks and Minerals! offers kids ages 6–9 a fascinating introduction to geology. It investigates the geological forces that create and transform rocks, outlining the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and what they can tell us about the earth. It also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered.
Explore Rocks and Minerals! includes 20 hands-on activities to bring learning to life. Kids create their own crystals, sculpt edible models of the planet, and bake volcanic meringue cookies. These easy-to- follow activities require minimal adult supervision and use common household products. By combining an interactive component with jokes, fun facts, and cartoons, Explore Rocks and Minerals! provides a fun, accessible introduction to geology.

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and Brain Pop: Types of Rocks:

Do rocks rock your world? Then you’ll love following Tim and Moby as they take you on a tour of the types of rocks that can be found on and inside Earth. In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll learn about the three main types of rocks — igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. You can also discover the difference between lava and magma and find out what types of rocks these two semi-liquids form. Finally, you’ll see how pressure and heat can change the shape of mineral grains, changing one type of rock into another entirely. If rocks didn’t rock your world before, they will now!

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The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery about Gravity:

There’s a new kid at Camp Dakota! It’s Megan’s first year, and all she can think about is riding horses. But gravity seems to be getting in the way of all the campers’ fun, from the stables to the beach. Then the big cuckoo clock in the main cabin goes missing. Who would take a cuckoo clock? Can the campers use the weighty facts they’ve learned to solve the mystery of where it went—and why?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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with Cool Gravity Activities:

Introduces young readers to kid-tested cool science projects using balance.

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and Brain Pop: Gravity:

Earth got you down? Don’t worry, it’s got us all down — thanks to gravity! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you all about the ins and outs of gravity. You’ll learn everything from Sir Isaac Newton’s famous apple to Albert Einstein’s theory that massive objects use gravity to “bend” space and time. You’ll also find out about gravity’s effect on tides, humans, and even the earth’s rotation. In addition, Tim and Moby explain the difference between mass and weight, and how the moon’s gravity enables us humans to weigh less on the Moon than they do here on Earth!

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The Yucky Duck Rescue: A Mystery about Pollution:

There’s something fishy going on in the lake at Camp Dakota . . . and it sure isn’t the fish! The campers have discovered some smelly, green gunk in the water. Yuck! The creek seems to be source of the pollution, but how can they stop it? And why is a trash-covered duck leading them on a wild goose chase?

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with Secrets of Pollution and Conservation:

In Secrets of Pollution and Conservation, you will find out how human activity has polluted the air, land, and sea and what steps people are taking to clean up the planet.

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and Brain Pop: Water Pollution:

Is that water safe to drink? In this BrainPOP movie Tim and Moby will tell you all about water pollution! Discover what water pollution even means as well as how water becomes polluted and where the pollution can come from. You’ll also find out why it’s not just bad chemicals that can be pollutants – as well as what happens, exactly, when a body of water gets polluted. Plus, find out why we’re to blame for a good deal of water pollution and what’s being done to help the problem. Go ahead, the water’s fine!

Reviews by Overdrive and Brain Pop

New Books about Financial Literacy

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With the new BCEdPlan including Financial Literacy from K-9 we thought that it would be prudent to add into Overdrive some great books to help you with meeting these Learning Standards.

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Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business with 25 Projects (Grades 4-6)

From the early days of traders and trappers to today’s global online marketplace, business is the glue that holds our world together. In Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business, children learn what it takes to transform a great idea into their own new business. Through plenty of hands-on activities, art and history meet economics and math while young readers gain a solid understanding of how a business works.
Kids use familiar resources to develop a business idea of their own, create a presentation for potential investors, and utilize basic cost and price analysis worksheets. The skills they learn by writing a business plan, creating a prototype of an item to sell, designing packaging, and finding ways to advertise their products translate into language, math, and problem-solving skills that are relevant across all subjects. Cartoon illustrations, fun facts, and interviews with successful entrepreneurs make Entrepreneurship entertaining and informative. Supplemental materials include a glossary, list of resources, and an index.

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Explore Money with 25 Great Projects (Grades 3-4)

In Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects, money is more than something to earn, save, and spend. It’s an opportunity to explore history, art, science, economics, and math! While checking out the change in their pockets and bills from their banks, young readers search for hidden treasures, learn how money can multiply, and see how countries keep their currency secure. Very large and very small numbers take on a new relevance when seen through the lens of money.
Using familiar materials found in the home or classroom, young readers explore the cultural aspect of money as well as its physical properties, discovering how these properties have affected business and global relationships throughout history. Kids experiment with various substances to clean coins, scientifically test coin components, design their own currency, and plan how to allocate their own money. Understanding the whats, whys, and hows of currency helps children achieve financial literacy and establish a strong foundation for a healthy, life-long relationship with money.

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Kids Making Money (Grades K-3)

Kids Making Money introduces children to the different ways adults earn money from jobs and helps them think about age-appropriate jobs kids can do too.

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Saving for the Future (Grades K-3)

Saving for the Future helps children see the benefits of saving a portion of money earned. The book addresses the concepts of needs and wants.

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Sharing with Others (Grades K-3)

Sharing with Others explains the values of charity and sharing one’s earnings and time. The book helps young children see the benefits of sharing their time and money.

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Starting Your Own Business (Grades 4-8)

Do you have a great idea? Do you think customers would pay to buy your product or service? Read this book to learn more about starting your own business and why good math skills are necessary if you want to make your business a success.

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Super Smart Shopping (Grades K-3)

Super-Smart Shopping models different ways children can help their families make good decisions when shopping and develop skills to be a smart consumer.

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The Teens Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job (8-12)

Whether it was in a department store, fast-food chain, or kiosk in the mall, everyone remembers his or her first job—even more so, you probably remember that first paycheck. But with the current job crisis, it has become harder and harder to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Now more than ever, it has become necessary to think outside the box to reel in the dough.

Making money is about making smart decisions. The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job will put you on the right track to start earning your spending money, even if you cannot land a traditional first job. You will learn how to start exploring other options, such as pet sitting, babysitting, and tutoring. You will also grasp just how to leverage the Internet to help you make money by taking paid surveys, blogging, or even teaching your parents and their friends how to use social networks. Most importantly, you will discover how to take your hobbies and turn them into your personalized income generator.

This book not only covers how to make that money, but it also teaches you how to save it and how to make it grow, presented specifically with teenagers in mind. You will learn which credit cards are the best when you are first starting out. You will learn how to set (and stick to) a budget to help save for something you really want, whether it is for a car or your college education.

This book contains inspiring stories from young adults just like you who have found self-employment a boon in a tough economy and are flourishing despite the tough times. If you have been hitting the pavement but are coming up short in the job department, all is not lost. With The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job in your back pocket, you can start making money on your own without having to depend on your parents’ finances.

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Tom’s New Business (Grades K-3)

Tom needs to earn money to buy a new bike, so he starts his own dog-walking business. This funny story shows that walking dogs can be harder than it sounds.

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What is Money? (Grades 1-4)

What is Money? is Etan Boritzer’s 8th title in the best selling What is? book series on Life Concepts on character education and social issues. What is Money? opens up discussion for children on issues of financial responsibility, both practical and ethical. Encouraging children to learn about and understand the true value of one of man’s most intriguing inventions, What is Money? is a way to examine the history of money, as well as the realistic applications and moral questions associated with its use. With many questions and some gentle suggestions, the author attempts to let children develop their own answers and facilitate their own analytical thinking in exploring this most basic and intrinsic mode of human exchange.

reviews from Overdrive

Spring Poetry Contest 2016!! WINNERS!



For the Final LC & NING Contest  of the 2015/2016 school year we hosted a Poetry contest with the Theme of Hope and Spring. We had some wonderful entries, and we would like to share the winning ones with you. I hope that you are blessed and refreshed as you enjoy these original works on Hope and Spring!

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this contest!

Elementary-School Winner

1st Place:

Lydia Doerschlag . Winters End


High-School Winners

1st place:

Emma Wiebe.  Hope for Spring 

2nd place:

Aven Duncan. A Love Letter For A Rainy Day 

Adon Wiebe. Spring

3rd place:

Emily Pearson. Hope Once Again



More Maker-Ed to be Had!

Great Learning happened this Year!

The Heritage online and on campus students were so blessed this year to have Jessie Davis facilitate Maker-Ed sessions the last Friday of each month here in the learning commons. The students from grade 4 to grade 6 had the opportunity to discover problem solving and creativity with the use of Keva planks and keva balls. Along with Keva planks the students worked with making a keyboard and bongo app work on the laptops using ‘Makey,Makey’ and runner beans! If you haven’t heard of the movement of Maker Education it is a term used to create opportunities to develop creativity and an interest in science, technology,engineering, math and art through hands on learning, doing and making. The learning commons has a number of great resources that the online and on campus students can tap into , such as K’nex, lego mindstorms, a 3D printer, Keva planks, Makey Makey and Squishy Circuits.

     ” If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward”

– Thomas Edison


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