Learn How to Use Reading Eggs

Parents, teachers and students, please join us on Tuesday, November 7 at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. to learn about our exciting Reading Eggs subscription.

Please register for Heritage Christian School – Reading Eggs Training on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST at:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8226435332575825922

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Reading Eggs site


Remembering on November 11th

We are blessed to live in a country with so many freedoms.  As we are preparing for the “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church”, we are reminded of the freedoms that are so important to us as Christians: the freedom of religion and of peaceful assembly.  Remembrance Day gives us opportunity to remember those who fought and died so that Canada could have these freedoms.

Remembrance Day Resources

  •  From the Learning Commons:

Remembrance Day Resources:  (A document with multiple resources listed for you to use in studying Remembrance Day topics)

  • From OverDrive:

On Remembrance Day”  by Eleanor Creasey

 “Remembrance Day” by Molly Aloian

By searching the topic “war”, I found many results, including a number of books relating to various wars in which Canada has participated.  For example:  “World War I:  Canada & the Great War” and “World War II:  Total War“, both by Doug Sylvester.

  • From Historica Canada:


  • From the Government of Canada:

This Veterans’ Week, #CanadaRemembers:  http://www.veterans.gc.ca/rememberthem?utm_source=rememberthem-2017

10 Quick Facts about Remembrance Day:  http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators/quick-facts/remembrance-day

For educators – Resources:  http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators

  • From Curio.ca  (find the link, username and password on your parent home page in Encom under “Curriculum Resources)

Remembrance Day:  In Memory of the Men and Women Who Have Served”  This collection features a selection of 29 stories marking this special day, in which we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country.  About half for ages 9-12 and half for ages 13-14, one for age 15-17.

Canada 150:  War and Peacekeeping”  This collection features 28 titles which look at the experiences of Canadian soldiers during the wars in which Canada has participated. It also examines the legacy of these wars, as well as Canadian participation in United Nations-led peacekeeping missions.  Mostly age 13-14, a few for 9-12 and 15-17.



In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Techie Tuesday: Be a Savvy Subber

Hi, HCOS families and especially elementary students:

Here is the link to see the video of “Be a Savvy Subber”:  https://vimeo.com/239849658 

The focus was on teaching your students how they could use the sites that were highlighted:

  • PebbleGo for K-3
  • PebbleGo Next for Grades 3-6
  • BrainPOP Jr for K-3
  • BrainPOP for Grades 3 to 8
  • EBSCO Explora Primary for Grades K-7
  • World Book Kids  for Grades K-5

We also touched briefly on navigation in RightNow Media, Discovery Education Streaming and Learn360.

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Using Tynker – Demo

Tynker - coding for kids

Tynker Demo will be at:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:00 AM(US/Pacific)

Note that this demo will be on Thursday morning, not Tuesday afternoon!! Please try to log in a little before 11:00 a.m.

Duration: 30-45 minutes

Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 827-562-717

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:

Subscriptions News – Fall 2017

Hooray!  All the HCOS subscriptions are now available to our students!

You may have been waiting to sign up for some of them; here are the links:

As your students are learning, don’t forget all the wealth of subscriptions that is available to you. To find them, log in to your parent home page in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” and scroll down the page to find the links, usernames and passwords for the subscriptions of your choice. To find the ones which are appropriate for your grade and learning, go to Resources for each grade

2017-18 Subscriptions

I remember this time of year!  It was always so exciting to start planning for the new year… purchasing new curriculum… watching boxes of new books arrive… setting up schedules (so I wouldn’t have to work on it later)… enjoying not having to do schoolwork any more during the summer…  having more time to read…   Yes, those are good memories of my 11 years of homeschooling.

Perhaps you are in that same frame of mind right now, yourself.  As you plan, you are wondering, “Can I use the HCOS subscriptions through the summer?”  “When will the links for subscription renewals be open?”  “My child is going to be in kindergarten this fall–can I start him (or her) using subscriptions right now?”  “When will the 2017-18 usernames and passwords be available?”

Which question shall I answer first?

  1. YES, you can use all the HCOS subscriptions through the summer if you are re-enrolling.  If you are not re-enrolling with HCOS for the fall, you will be able to use our subscriptions until the end of July.
  2. For subscriptions that needed billings to your curriculum budget, the links for renewals (or for new registrations) are available right now.  Scroll down to the bottom of this article to find those 2017-18 links and sign up for subscriptions through July 2018.
  3. YES, if your child is enrolled with HCOS for kindergarten this fall, you may start using HCOS subscriptions for him (or her) right now.  And yes, your teacher may start your kindergarten-to-be child in Reading Eggs right now.
  4. For the rest of the subscriptions, those that are free to you, just keep using the logins that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom under “curriculum resources”.  When these logins stop working, just go back to your parent homepage in Encom to find the new ones (probably in August).

Curriculum Resources Link in Encom

As always, if you have questions I’m happy to help you!  Beth Johnson


You can go to these links to find out more about the various subscriptions, to renew your previous subscription, or to start your new subscription:

Please have patience with me if it takes a while to get these registrations completed for you.  Lots is happening these days, and summer is coming…

Amazing Resources for Social Studies

To find the amazing extra resources available in the LesPlan site, when you log in to download the latest issues of these subscriptions (What in the World? and The Canadian Reader), you will look for the “Student Resource Links” located just above the issues.  https://www.lesplan.com/en/subscribers  You will not need passwords to access this information.

LesPlan Student Resources button

  1. Click on that button to find many more links and suggestions for teaching each of the topics introduced in the various articles of The Canadian Reader. (E.g. “Before Reading” suggestions, “Extension” for added teaching ideas, “Internet Connections” for more information about the same story and related topics, “After Reading”)
  1. Scroll down the page to find sites and links to videos that will enlarge your student’s understanding of the articles in What in the World?
  1. At the top right-hand side of the page, you will also find links to previous issues.

Teacher Resources

For the extra teacher resources that are available in LesPlan, please go to https://www.lesplan.com/en/resources  There you will find:

  • Activities  (“Find someone who…”  to familiarize students with key people in Canada)
  • Assessment Rubrics  (Criteria and marking rubric for assessing assignments of maps and paragraphs)
  • Assignments  (Assignments to familiarize students with different aspects of Canada and current events)
  • Graphic Organizers  (blank graphic organizers:  everything from Big Ideas to Venn Diagrams)
  • Templates  (e.g. “Find Someone Who…” template)


Using LesPlan with the New BC Curriculum

From LesPlan we learn:  “The new system provides teachers with more time and flexibility to explore topics in depth with students.” Our resource spends 1000 words on a topic, but the critical thinking questions, extended learning questions, and multiple links to additional resources allow for deep exploration. Many teachers allow their students to choose one of the four stories (or three for the elementary Canadian Reader) and go deep from there. To become mini experts who then teach the class.

“All 6 of the core competencies (communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity, personal awareness and responsibility, and social responsibility) are well served by current events resources–especially ones that often feature social justice stories.”

Note:  The Canadian Reader is aimed at a Grade 3 to 5 level; What in the World? Level 1 is for a Grade 5 to 7 level; What in the World? Level 2 is at a Grade 8 to 10 level.  For passwords to these issues, please contact your support teacher or Beth Johnson.

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They’re READY!

You may not have known that you were waiting for these, but you were!

The Learning Commons team has been working to create the ultimate resource for parents and teachers wanting to meet the requirements of the new BC Education Plan.  These pages for Kindergarten through Grade 9 are now ready for you to use.  Wait till you see what’s available to help you plan for your students’ schooling!  Look for this icon on the right-hand side of the Learning Commons website or click on the icon below:


For more information, go to BC Ed Plan New Curriculum


BrainPOP Jr. – Redesigned

Have you seen the new BrainPOP Jr.?  It has an amazing new design that is touchscreen-friendly and can be used by your various devices.


BrainPOP Jr. is the K-3 version of our popular BrainPOP website.  (Did you know that BrainPOP is our most used subscription of all?)  BrainPOP Jr. has some new and improved features:

  • With the improved Write About It, students can explore key vocabulary words to use as they write.
  • A richer Draw About It allows young learners to drag and drop shapes onto their drawings, and even add movie images.
  • The new Word Play enables students to explore and practice key vocabulary words through both drawing and writing.
  • Students can even collaborate to create a skit using BrainPOP Jr. characters.

There’s more information at the BrainPOP Educators’ Blog.  Parents, if you would like information about how to access the free BrainPOP Educator site, just email bjohnson@onlineschool.ca.

Teachers will enjoy that their teacher rosters in My BrainPOP are now able to link to BrainPOP Jr.

Middle School Math & Science Learning with Adaptive Curriculum

Adaptive Curriculum is a subscription which allows our students to learn and inquire about what they have learned.  Students are challenged to apply their newly-gained information in a digital activity that helps them understand what they’ve just watched.


The units we have in Adaptive Curriculum are geared to Math (Grades 6-9) and Science (Grades 5-10), and are a good supplement to meet the requirements of the BC Education Plan.  There are activities, explanations and worksheets to fit various learning styles.

The cost is $ 25.00/student for the school year, which ends on July 31st.  You can register your student(s) at https://fluidsurveys.com/s/Adaptive-Curriculum-2016-17/

Parents can preview this resource and get an idea of how Adaptive Curriculum  works.


Correlations of Adaptive Curriculum to the BC Ed Plan may be found at: https://hcslearningcommons.org/curriculum-correlations/

Catalogue of activities available on the Adaptive Curriculum site:  http://www.adaptivecurriculum.com/us/lessons-library/catalog.html

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:  https://fluidsurveys.com/s/Tynker-2016-17/

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.

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 Amazon.ca 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 Amazon.ca 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”!

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