Read a thon coming to an end!

The Read a thon ends this Friday!  Be sure to enter your student’s minutes in this tally form. Deadline to enter minutes is Feb. 15, 2018.  Winner will be announced on February 19th, 2018.

Finding New Books in L4U

Have you ever wondered how to find the newest items added to our physical library, L4U?  It’s very easy!  Just log in and go to the Home page, where you will see the search bar and below are three options:  New Items, Top Ten Subjects and Top Ten Series.  You can scroll through the most recently added new items or click on the View More link to see everything added in the last 90 days.

new items

Another handy tip is knowing how to find more books on the same subject. Once you click on the title of a book, the book record opens. Under Subjects you will see a number of blue highlighted subject options.  These are links that will take you to a list of books that share that subject!

subjects We hope these tips help you find resources more easily!

New Book Alert!

Great books recently added to L4U!

Patterns of Power: inviting young writers into the conventions of language, pow
grades 1-5
Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca take you into primary and intermediate classrooms where students are curious about language, engage with the world around them, and notice and experiment with the conventions all writers use. Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, we invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Our students study authentic texts and come to recognize these “patterns of power”—the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning.
The first part of the book introduces a vibrant approach to grammar instruction and sets up what you need to immerse yourself in the Patterns of Power process, inviting students to experiment and play with language. The second part of the book offers over seventy practical, ready-to-use lessons, including:
•Extensive support materials
•Over 100 mentor sentences, curated for grades 1-5
•Student work samples
•Tips and power notes to facilitate your own knowledge and learning
•Examples for application

Books for that discuss Character, Feelings, Social Responsibility and more:


Interesting Books:

What a Mystery Read-a-thon!

The Read-a-thon starts on Monday, Jan. 22nd so be sure to sign your students up soon!

Here is the link to all of the information you need!

Updated Unit Study/CC List

At this time of year, many families are looking for resources and assume that most of the kits are booked up.  Often there are changes as folks delete bookings, so there is more availability. Here is an updated list of all of the Physical Unit Studies, Curriculum Correlations Packs and Donna Ward Supplementary Packs available for booking in L4U. You will need to log and go through the booking process to see what dates are available.

Kit list by grade 2018 PDF to download

kit list


New Books in L4U!

We have added some great new resources in L4U (Library for you)!


The new BC Science Connections 8 and 9 provide current, relevant, and rigorous content

that stresses science process skill development, mastery of knowledge outcomes, and the connections between science, technology, society, and the environment.

STEM Resources:

STEM, Grade 1 (Applying the Standards)

Applying the Standards: STEM for grade 1 offers 64 pages of highly engaging STEM tasks. It includes a problem-solving rubric and guided pages that walk students through completing each step of the STEM process. First graders will complete tasks in areas such as measurement, flight physics, food chemistry, sound, and the geometry of structures.

We have also added: STEM, Grade 2 (Applying the Standards) and Stepping into STEM Grade 4. Search by:  Series = Maker Ed for the whole series. 


The World Book Natural Marvels Series 
Natural Marvels takes readers around the globe to explore exceptional land features created by such forces as erosion and volcanic activity. Carefully written text breaks down sometimes complex processes into more easily understood segments. Arresting photography captures the attention of readers while revealing the often beautiful results of these forces at work. Readers will stare down into the depths of canyons, up to the peaks of still-growing mountains, and almost feel the spray from crashing waterfalls as they learn what causes these dramatic land forms.

Search by:  Series = Natural Marvels

Draw Canada And Greenland by Draeger, Kristin

Geography is essential to a child’s education. And basic to that study is a simple outline ofprovinces, countries and continents. In Draw Canada and Greenland I have tried to give students an easy introduction to committing the map of Canada and Greenland to memory. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, students learn to draw each province and territory as they connect to their neighbors and, with a little practice, will be able to draw Canada and Greenland as a whole.

Digital and information literacy Six book Series:

Music and video streaming by Mooney, Carla

Smart machines and the Internet of things by Nagelhout, Ryan.

Research project success using digital tools by Michalski, Pete

Web-based digital presentations by Daniels, Leonard

Virtual reality  by Rauf, Don

Strategic searches using digital tools by Towne, Isobel

Search by:  Series = Digital and information literacy


New Competency Packs!

We have added the last two Core Competency Packs to the L4U library. These packs support the core competency of personal awareness and responsibility. Personal awareness and responsibility includes the skills, strategies, and dispositions that help students to stay healthy and active, set goals, monitor progress, regulate emotions, respect their own rights and the rights of others, manage stress, and persevere in difficult situations. Students who demonstrate personal awareness and responsibility demonstrates self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being.


Communication, grade K-3 Core Competency Pack

Five Books included:
Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker
The Noisy Paint Box
The day the crayons quit
My Mouth is a Volcano
Communication, then and now

Personal awareness and responsibility, grade 2-3 Core Competency Pack

Six Books included:
Extra yarn
Lemonade Hurricane
The boy who harnessed the wind
Four Feet, Two sandals
Up the Creek
Making Friends is an art


All of these book packs are available to book in L4U.

They can be found in the Topic Search: Topic Search: 001 Curriculum Resources as well as under each grade icon.pic2


You can also search by typing in “core competencies” then click the Subject icon

subject search

Bible Study and Character Training

Parents are often asking about resources for bible study, devotions and character training.

Here are some highlights of the resources we have available in physical format in L4U:

Character First Series

Each unit contains 3 lessons on 3 different character traits such as Attentiveness, charObedience and Thankfulness.  For each characteristic included you will find 3 pieces of literature that demonstrate the character trait presented:
1. Bible Story or verse
2. Article about an animal
3. Article about an historical character.
Memory work, games and activities are also included. Master copies for photocopying coloring pages are included.

You can visit this website for online resources as well.

Plants Grown Up: Projects for Sons on the Road to Manhood and Polished Cornerstones: Projects for Daughters on the Path to Womanhood by Forster, Pam 

Each chapter offers a variety of reading, writing, Bible study, and active projects for you plantto choose from for each of your unique sons. Projects in each chapter are listed in order according to increased difficulty. Start work in each area and continue to disciple your children with increasingly more difficult assignments.
Each project is labeled with the school subject it relates to, enabling homeschoolers to easily incorporate projects into their regular school plans.

We have more books on Character for all grade levels which can be found in L4U. To book, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 001 Curriculum Resources. Scroll to the Character, Manners and Values icon.

You will also find the Apologetics/Bible Study in the Topic Search under 001 Resources.

In this list, we have DVDs and CDs as well as many titles by authors such as:

Kay Arthur’s Inductive Bible Studies for kids series

Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ series

Ravi Zacharias – The End of Reason

Apologia – What We Believe series of four books:

Who is God and Can I really Know Him?
Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
Who is my neighbor?
What on Earth Can I Do?

If you are looking for a good study to do with older teens in a group setting, we have:

True U: Does God Exist? 

In this first DVD set of the TrueU series, Dr. Stephen Meyer plays a “philosophical survival game,” pitting four worldviews against one another in the quest to decide which one gives the best answers. Dr. Meyer examines the evidence and provides the tools needed for students to defend their faith and make it their own. This is the perfect resource for students preparing to enter college and a culture that may be hostile to their faith.

True U: Is the Bible Reliable? building the historical case

Who is God, and how can we know Him? The Bible claims to be the direct revelation of our Creator. So if the biblical record is true, it is a primary means by which the God of the universe has revealed Himself to mankind. However, if it can be proved false, then the God of whom it speaks is simply one more pretender in the assembly of gods that man has created.

In Is the Bible Reliable? Dr. Stephen Meyer challenges you to examine the historical and archaeological evidence to determine for yourself the veracity and accuracy of biblical Scripture. Is the Bible true? You decide.

Includes two DVDs, each with five 30-minute lessons, and a 96-page, two-color discussion guide.

We hope this helps you find resources for your student’s needs.

NEW! Dash the Robot!

The Learning Commons has added another great resource for younger students grades K-3!

Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, dashnavigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. You need a compatible device to use Dash, see list in the library record.

Go to this website to watch tutorials and learn how to use Dash.

Also included are 3 books to enhance learning:
Hello Ruby – Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
Boy & Bot – Ame Dyckman
My First Coding Book, DK

To book, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 001 Curriculum Resources.  Then scroll to the Maker Education (STEAM) icon for the whole list of resources.

topic searchResources

Want to start your own book club?

The Learning Commons has a number of titles set aside for Book Clubs. Each title has multiple copies which can be borrowed by the group leader for the time needed.


  • The Call of the Wild
  • Enigma
  • The Giver
  • The Hobbit
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • Pieces of the Past
  • The Prophet, the Shepherd and the Star
  • The Roman, the Twelve and the King
  • Sabotage
  • Second Watch
  • The Reluctant Deckhand
  • Ultra

To find the book club books, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 002 Books by Topic/Subject. Then click on the Book Club icon for the list of books available.  To book contact Shandra Wiebe at

topic search

Books by topic

Great K-2 Resources!

We have added another book pack!

Being polite and kind, grade K-2 Core Competency Pack

Books included:kind
The Magic Word
Oskar and the eight blessings
Maggie’s Chopsticks
Fair-minded Fran
Each Kindness
A Chair for my mother

This kit supports the core competency of personal awareness and responsibility. Personal awareness and responsibility includes the skills, strategies, and dispositions that help students to stay healthy and active, set goals, monitor progress, regulate emotions, respect their own rights and the rights of others, manage stress, and persevere in difficult situations.

Do you use or have you considered using the Come Sit by Me curriculum?  If so, you are in luck!  We carry the manuals as well as book packs for both Volume 1 and Volume 2. You can find the correlations to curriculum here.

The packs include books for two units, like this one (manual not included, book separately):

Part 1   Come sit by me : Volume One – Ages 4-7
I Can Do It! & Cats and Dogs
Kit contains 8 pictures books for the units in Come Sit by Me.csbm

  1. Hurry Up Franklin!
  2. Franklin Rides a Bike
  3. Franklin Fibs
  4. Franklin’s New Friend
  5. Franklin is Messy
  6. Sandwiches for Duke
  7. The Klondike Cat
  8. Pussycats Everywhere
  9. I want a Dog

There are 4 book packs altogether for Volume 1 and 3 book packs for Volume 2.

More resources can be found here.

To find these physical resources, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on the appropriate grade icon. Here you will find a list of resources which you can book (learn how to book):


New Physical Unit Studies Gr. 7 & 8

We are pleased to announce that the updated Grade 7 Ancient Egypt and Ancient 280px-egypt-giza-sphinx-01Greece Unit studies are now available!

New books and great activities await!

For Grade 8 we have:

Plate Tectonics Unit Study Gr. 8 KIT 551 PLAplate

1. Plate Tectonics and Disasters by Tom Greve
2. What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics? by Craig Saunders
3. Geology by Barbara Woyt
4. The Geology Book by Dr. John D. Morris
5. Unit Guide

What is the theory of plate tectonics?  Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes and geological formations.

Kinetic molecular and Atomic Theory Gr. 8  KIT 539 KINatoms

  1. Atoms and Molecules by Tracy Nelson Maurer
  2. Investigating the Chemistry of Atoms by Elizabeth Cregan
  3. Atoms and Molecules by Nigel Saunders
  4. What is Atomic Theory? Adam Mclean
  5. Molecular kit containing: balls: 30 white , 15 black, 10 red, 4 blue, 8 green, 2 orange, 3 yellow, 4 purple, 4 grey, 2 dark blue, 2 dark purple; Bonds: 55 short clear, 8 short white, 55 grey, 22 blue, 1 remover tool
  6. Unit Guide

In this fascinating unit readers will discover some of the basics of physics, including matter, atomic yheory, alchemy, electrons, neutrons, protons, nucleus, and radioactivity. They will learn how particles move in different states and how atomic theory provides evidence for the existence of atoms and molecules.

Cells Unit Study Gr. 8  KIT 612 CEL

  1. What is Cell Theory? by Marina Cohen
  2. Vaccine Innovators by S. Wood
  3. Superbugs by John DiConsiglio
  4. Plague and Pandemic Alert! by Julie Karner
  5. Cells: How are Living Things Built? by Marina Cohen
  6. Wonder of the Cell – Creation Library Series DVD
  7. Unit Guide

cellFrom insects to elephants, every living thing on this planet is made up of cells, the tiny building blocks of plant and animal life. Each cell is alive-and each has work to do! What do cells look like? How do millions and billions of cells work together to form one plant, one animal, or one human being?

These unit studies are available in two formats: Digital, using Overdrive resources,  and Physical in L4U.  To find them, log in to L4U, go to Topic Search, then click on the Grade Icon:

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