CHEC Earlybird Registration Closes Soon!


BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention
April 27th & 28th, 2018, Kelowna B.C.

Embracing Change!
#LeadTheWay
#Create #Innovate #Transform

Earlybird  rates end April 2nd!

HCOS families can receive 50% off their children/youth (grades K-12) registrations, but funds are going quickly, so register soon!

 

Our theme for 2018 is Embracing Change! In the education world, there have been a lot of changes: BC’s new curriculum, the new Graduation program and the move toward project-based and inquiry based learning, to name a few! Home educators have been leading the way in education for years, using many of these “new” ideas daily! Flexibility with curriculum and teaching methods is one of the hallmarks of Home Education. Change is Biblical! As Christians, God calls us to change, to become more like him:  Romans 12:2 — Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Our Keynote speakers, Zan and Joe Tyler, have been through a lot of changes during their home educating years. Come and be inspired!
We are also hosting a High School Fair on Friday where you can learn about the new Graduation program!

Please share the BC CHEC website with friends who are interested in homeschooling, as we have New to Homeschooling workshops just for them!

This is a DO NOT MISS event!
Registration  is now open!

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Used Curriculum & Book Sale


Learning  Commons   USED CURRICULUM SALE!!book-sale-clip-art

April 27th and 28th, 2018

Preparations for the BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention are in full swing and the Learning Commons is gearing up for a lot of visitors!  We are looking forward to meeting new families and seeing old friends!

Four Great Reasons to visit the Learning Commons Open House:

Friday:             11:00am – 3:30pm

Saturday:        11:00am – 2:30pm

  1. Curriculum at great prices! Popular titles including math, language arts, science and socials! Cash/cheque, or PO number.  Check it out before you visit the Exhibit Halls!
  2. Investigate the ever-popular science and socials kits!
  3. Sign up for your own Username and Password
  4. The last hour of the sale on Saturday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. everything is 50% off!

We are located in the campus school building.

CHEC Registration Open!


BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention
April 27th & 28th, 2018
Embracing Change!
#LeadTheWay
#Create #Innovate #Transform

Yes, it’s that time again! The CHEC team has been busy planning a wonderful convention for you!

Our theme for 2018 is Embracing Change! In the education world, there have been a lot of changes: BC’s new curriculum, the new Graduation program and the move toward project-based and inquiry based learning, to name a few! Home educators have been leading the way in education for years, using many of these “new” ideas daily! Flexibility with curriculum and teaching methods is one of the hallmarks of Home Education. Change is Biblical! As Christians, God calls us to change, to become more like him:  Romans 12:2 — Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Our Keynote speakers, Zan and Joe Tyler, have been through a lot of changes during their home educating years. Come and be inspired!
We are also hosting a High School Fair on Friday where you can learn about the new Graduation program!

Please share the BC CHEC website with friends who are interested in homeschooling, as we have New to Homeschooling workshops just for them!

This is a DO NOT MISS event!
Registration  is now open!

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Special Ed/Learning Resources


Special Education highlighted in the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons offers some wonderful books and kits for children with special needs.  Check out a few of our titles:

 

5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! Pack

An honest guide for teens

Author(s)      Buron, Kari Dunn

1 book, 1 card game with 101 cards, instruction sheet.

Building on Kari Dunn Buron s popular The Incredible 5-Point Scale, this book takes a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular focus on behaviors that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries. Using a direct and simple style with lots of examples and hands-on activities, A 5 Is Against the Law! speaks directly to adolescents and young adults. A section of the book is devoted to how to cope with anxiety before it begins to escalate, often leading to impulsive and unacceptable behavior. Throughout the book, the reader is encouraged to think about and create his own behavior on an anxiety scale that applies to his particular emotions and situations.

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
Author(s)      Greene, Ross W.
Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting…these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. These behaviors often leave parents feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and desperate for answers. In this fully revised and updated book, Dr. Ross Greene helps you understand why and when your child does these things and how to respond in ways that are nonpunitive, nonadversarial, humane, and effective. Dr. Greene describes how best to: Understand the factors that contribute to challenging episodes. Identify the specific situations in which challenging episodes are likely to occur. Reduce or eliminate challenging episodes by solving the problems that cause them. Solve problems collaboratively (rather than unilaterally) and proactively (rather than reactively). Help your child develop the skills to be more flexible, solve problems, and handle frustration more adaptively. Reduce hostility and antagonism between you and your child. With Dr. Greene’s practical, expert guidance, you and your child will forge a new relationship based on communication and mutual respect.
Also contains a card game: Bully Free Zone
101 Cards and Instructions.

Helping your anxious child: a step-by-step guide for parents /
Author(s)      Rapee, Ronald M.
Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But at least ten percent of children have excessive fears and worries – phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder – that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help. Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. The book offers proven effective skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to aid you in helping your child overcome intense fears and worries. You’ll also find out how to relieve your child’s anxious feelings while parenting with compassion. Inside, you will learn to: – Help your child practice detective thinking” to recognize irrational worries – What to do when your child becomes frightened – How to gently and gradually expose your child to challenging situations – Help your child learn important social skills This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit – an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives. “

How to Make & Keep Friends Pack
Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges

Author(s)      Briggs, Nadine
1 book, 2 card games
How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges by Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea offers social skills and friendship advice presented in an easy to read, reference guide format. While geared toward elementary school kids, many teens and adults report they are finding these tips to be a helpful resource. Included are simple and immediately actionable tips to navigate common social situations that can be challenging, such as: • How to Join a Group • How to Safely Handle Angry Feelings • Handling Rejection and Exclusion • Working Things Out & Sharing Fairly • Being a Good Guest and Host • Playground Success • … and much more!

Model Me Kids Series includes Airplane, Job Skills, Tips and Tricks:
Model Me: Movement
Ages 9-17
Local Call Num.  302.12 MOD
1 DVD, 60 min.
What do gross motor and movement skills have to do with social skills? Studies show that children with Autism who have better motor skills show greater ability in socializing. Synergies article. A study at Indiana University also found a strong correlation between hand-eye coordination and social communication skills. Psychology Today article.
Model Me Movement™: Balance, Core, & Calming is a video of short, easy-to-follow movement activities developed by Occupational Therapist Dr. Fabiane Curro. The video is designed to improve balance, increase core strength, and promote self-calming. The DVD contains six 8-11 minute movement segments each modeled by a child and guided by an adult. The activities are designed to target skills that help with coordination, body awareness, self-regulation, and promote an overall feeling of physical well-being.

SuperFlex Series:
Superflex : a superhero social thinking curriculum kit
Superflex takes on Rock Brain and the Team of Unthinkables
Author(s)      Madrigal, Stephanie.
1 CD-ROM (4 1/2 in.)
Provides educators and parents with fun and motivating ways to teach elementary school students with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism how to build social skills. Superflex combines a book, comic book and CD to create a curriculum that develops in the students’ brains a superhero who overcomes the social thinking challenges that arise in different social contexts.

Why does Izzy cover her ears?:dealing with sensory overload /
Author(s)      Veenendall, Jennifer.
Includes discussion questions.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 35-39).
Illustrated children’s book dealing with the challenges at home and at school of sensory overload– symptoms and tools for mitigating them and enabling children to function and learn more successfully.
Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload is the picture book story of Izzy, an intelligent young girl just starting the first grade. Izzy has sensory processing disorder, which makes her over-responsive to environmental stimuli, including sounds, accidental bumps from other kids, and visual distractions. Her reflexive tendencies to cry, lash out, or cover her ears have caused other kids to accuse her of being mean, or deride her as a “crybaby”. But with help from her parents, her teachers, and an occupational therapist, she is learning how to adjust. She feels calmer and ready to learn, and she’s made a lot of friends! The story is told from Izzy’s point of view, but does not talk down to the reader. A highly recommended and educational book for parents and children to share, especially if the child has sensory processing disorder or knows relatives or friends with it.

The Out-of-sync child has fun :
activities for kids with sensory processing disorder

Author(s)      Kranowitz, Carol Stock.
This revised edition of the companion volume to The Out-of-Sync Child includes new activities that parents of kids with Sensory Processing Disorder can do at home with their child, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions such as Asperger’s, autism, and more.

So, where do you find all of these amazing resources?  In our L4U library catalogue! Just log in, go to Topic Search, scroll to 003 Special Education and scroll through the lists!

 

Read-a-thon Winners!


We are so proud of the students, all 165 of them!, who took part in the read-a-thon!  What an accomplishment:  279,315 minutes read combined!  That’s 193.97 full (24 hour) days of reading!

And now, here are the winners:

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Honorable mention goes to:

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Notes:

  • Winners cannot win for both top reader of class and highest overall score
  • Winners from previous year are not eligible to win Grand Prize/top class prize two years in a row, but are still eligible for the Random prize draw.

All students will receive a Read-A-Thon Certificate from their teacher after completion or you can download it here:  Certificate2018

Great work everyone!!

 

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.

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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

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New Books in L4U!


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

Science:

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. 

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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
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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

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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

Grades

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

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