GRADS! Money for College/University!

Heritage Christian Online School Parent Action Committee is pleased to offer ten scholarship/bursary opportunities of $1000.00 each for ten graduating Heritage Christian Online School students for 2017 in the following categories. We encourage all students who are pursuing further education to apply!  The deadline is drawing near and the PAC would like to give out all 10 scholarships/bursaries!!

grad1) SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT – Two Scholarships
3) AUSTIN JONES MEMORIAL AWARD – One Bursary -“Graduating while enduring difficult circumstances through reliance on the Lord’s grace and enabling.”

4) OVERCOMING GREAT ADVERSITY – One Bursary (graduating while overcoming great adversity i.e. health issues, difficult life situations, SE)
7) TRADES – Two Bursaries

*Depending on the number of applications and the categories they fall within, the PAC reserves the right to adjust the number of scholarships/bursaries in each category. For example, if we receive more applications for Trades and none for other categories, we may award more bursaries in the Trades category.

The following criteria must be met and items submitted to the HCOS PAC by the due date of May 31, 2017.  Please fill in the application form  and then email documents to:

HCOS PAC Scholarships and Bursaries
Attn: Joanna Imoo

Resources for Sale!

We have some great curriculum for sale!  Save money on these gently used items. Some are brand new!  All about Reading, All about Spelling and RightStart Math along with others! Payment: PO numbers, credit card via Paypal.

Here is the link to all of the great deals:   Items for Sale!

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What are Supplemental Packs?

Everyone is familiar with the HCOS unit study kits, but the Learning Commons also offers supplemental packs in L4U.  In fact, we have 154 different packs!  So, just what might you find if you searched the Supplemental Packs list?  A whole lot of great resources for grades 1 through 12, such as:

Library Unit Studies!

All Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, and in digital format through Overdrive.  View all units here: Unit Study Kits


Daily and Seasonal Changes Unit Study Gr. KSpring

The Reason for Seasons – Gail Gibbons
Fantastic Gifts of Fall – Dandi Daley Mackall
Super Gifts of Spring – Dandi Daley Mackall
Wonderful Gifts of Winter – Dandi Daley Mackall
Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter by Rustad, Martha E

This unit includes some lovely Christian books by Dandi Daley Mackall. Your child will enjoy learning about the seasons, weather, and how animals and plants are affected by the changes. Make a Cloud Jar or a wind chime…so many activities to choose from!

Light and sound unit study Gr. 1light

1. Usborne Light, Sound, Electricity by Kirsteen Rogers, Phillip Clarke, Alastair Smith and Corinne Henderson.
2. Scholastic Sound and Light by Pan Canadian Science Place
3. Fun Science with Toys Light & Sound
4. What are Light Waves? By Robin Johnson
5. Energy:Heat,Light,and Fuel by Darlene R. Stille
6. Hands-on kit:  2 Prisms,  2 Convex Lenses, 2 Concave Lenses, Primary colored paddles, Tuning fork

Learn about sources and properties of light and sound using prisms, lenses and a tuning fork!
There are many exciting experiments to choose from as well as activities like making a suncatcher.

Forces Unit Study Gr. 2Forces2

Move it! by Adrienne Mason
Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Kit Containing various magnets

This hands-on unit includes magnets so the student can learn about force and motion. Create a marble run or try pendulum painting. Make Lego cars to compare force and distance. Such a fun way to learn!

Solids, liquids, and gases unit study Gr. 4matter

1. The Solid Truth about States of Matter by Agnieszka Biskup
2. Junk Drawer Chemistry by Bobby Mercer
3. Chemistry Matters – AIM (PDF booklet)

Chemistry concepts such as phases of matter, changes in phases, and how temperature affects matter are covered in this unit. Your student will enjoy the variety of experiments included. Who doesn’t love making a volcano? Or playing with GAK?

Discovering Canada’s Governments Gr. 5 Unit Studycdn govt

Canada’s Government by Daniel Francis
Canada’s Maple Leaf by Ann-Maureen Owens
Our Country, Our Parliament by Parliament of Canada
Who Runs this Country Anyway? by Joanne Stanbridge

What do you know about the government of Canada? How does it work? How is it different from the government of the United States? How is the Canadian government different from the government of other countries in the world? Who is the head of the Canadian government? Do you know which political party they belong to? How is the Prime Minister elected? These and more questions will be explored from a Christian viewpoint.

Solar system unit study Gr. 6space6

Our Universe by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
Our Universe Teacher Supplement
Amazing Solar System Projects by Delano Lopez
Space Encyclopedia by David Aguilar
All the Stars in the Sky by CJ Taylor

Explore our solar system! Planets, moons, asteroids, comets and more! There are many fascinating videos to watch and excellent projects to choose from. The Aurora Borealis chalk pastels picture is a favourite!

Two NEW unit studies for Gr. 5 & 6!

World Government and Economics Gr. 6 Unit Studydownload

1. Governments Around the World by Heinemann Library
2. What is Trade? by Carolyn Andrews
3. What is Importing and Exporting? by Carolyn Andrews
4. What is Scarcity of Resources? by Jessica Cohn
5. Land Use by Janice L. Redlin
6. Avoiding Hunger and Finding Water by Andrew Langley
7. Using STEM to Investigate Alternative Energy by Barbara R. Sandall
8. Using STEM to Investigate Issues in Food Production by Barbara R. Sandall
9. Parent Guide

This informative unit covers different systems of government, economic policies and resource management, globalization and trade.
Rather than being divided by day, the unit plan uses the key questions to breakdown content, activities, and experiences.

Human Rights, Immigration and Discrimination unit study Gr. 5humanrights

1. As Long as the River Flows by Larry Loyie
2. Caged Eagles by Eric Walters
3. Coming to Canada by Susan Hughes
4. The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration by Deborah Hodge
5. Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak by Emily Hearn
6. My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
7. Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
8. White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson
9. Parent Guide

Learn about immigrants who came to Canada and their contributions to Canada’s development, as well as the discrimination they faced. Japanese internment camps, residential schools and the underground railroad will be covered along with discussion about Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

These unit studies are available for booking in L4U!

Homeschool Convention!

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Save the dates!  Visit BC Convention to register!  Earlybird deadline is March 31st!

More L4U Library Units!

Motion of Objects unit study  Gr. K

  •  Let’s Move by Pan Canadian Science Place Teammotion
  • Give it a Push, Give it a Pull
  • Captain Kidd’s Crew Experiments with sinking and Floating
  • The Three Little Pigs

How can you make objects move?  How does the shape or size of an object effect the object’s movement?  How does the material the object is made of effect the object’s movement?

These and more questions will be explored using interesting books and some great activities! Kids love acting out The Three Little Pigs story by creating their own houses!


Water Unit Study Gr. 2wat

  •  Young Discoverer Flying and Floating Science Facts and Experiments by David Glover
  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney
  • Water Cycle by Bobbie Kalman
  • Down comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Water: Little Scientist by Martha E. H. Rustad

Water is essential to all living things! Learn about the water cycle and how important it is in our daily lives. Watch some videos and have fun with experiments!

Energy unit study Gr. 4energy

  • DK Eyewitness Books: Energy
  • Energy: It’s Forms, Changes and Functions
  • Janice VanCleave’s Energy for Every Kid
  • Why Should I Save Energy?

Energy – it’s a fascinating topic! What is energy? What forms does it take? Make a balloon car or witness a chain reaction in Stixplosion! Your student will have a lot of fun choosing experiments to learn the answers to so many questions!

Solutions, Chemistry Gr. 5 Unit Studymat

  1. Properties of Matter by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
  2. Chemistry Matters from AIMS

Chemistry can be a daunting subject to teach.  This short unit, which can be done in 4 weeks, covers solutions, solubility, properties of solutions and how they are used. Enjoy watching videos and choosing experiments – ice cream might be involved!

All of these kits are available for booking in L4U!


Library kits for YOU!

Natural resources Social Studies and Science Physical Unit Study Kit Gr. 5

1. Explorrocke Rocks and Minerals with 25 Great Projectsby Cynthia Light Brown
2. Explore Water with 25 Great Projects by Anita Yasuda
3. Our Resources by Pan Canadian Science
4. British Columbia, It’s Land, Water and Mineral Resources by Sandy Frances Duncan
5. Environmentalists from our First Nations by Vincent Schilling
6. Keepers of the Earth by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

This rich unit covers a number of important topics from a Christian perspective such as respecting our environment and sustainable resources. It also covers the rock cycle and the structure of our planet.  Many engaging activities are included for you to choose from!

Human body unit study Gr. 5skel

This unit includes some very engaging books, great activities and projects! Iit even includes a blood pressure monitor kit and a card game:

  1. Your Circulatory System by Conrad J. Storad
  2. Your Digestive System by Rebecca L. Johnson
  3. Your Muscular System by Rebecca L. Johnson
  4.  Your Respiratory System by Judith Jango-Cohen
  5.  Your Skeletal System by Caroline Arnold
  6. Bodyworks by Pan Canadian Science
  7. The Human Body – 25 Projects
  8. Blood Pressure Monitor Kit
  9. Human Body Card Game

What a great way to cover this topic and have some fun as well!

Body Systems unit study Gr. 6human

Continue learning about the different body systems with this unit. This is a shorter unit that can be completed in just 4 weeks! Pick your favorite activities – there are lots to choose from!

  1. The Digestive and Excretory Systemsby Susan Dudley Gold
  2. The Human Bodyby Kathleen M. Reilly
  3. The Nervous System by Joelle Riley
  4. The Reproductive System by Steve Parker

All of these kits are available for booking in L4U!


Looking for a Unit Study?

It’s that time of year when parents start looking at what needs to be done by June, or earlier, so everyone can enjoy a summer break!  Unit study kits that were booked months ago are no longer needed because the topic was covered in a co-op. Or the reverse: Oh my goodness, Johnny needs to cover Simple Machines!!  What to do?  If you review your advanced bookings and find things you no longer need, please delete your booking so another family can use the item.

If you review your advanced bookings and find things you no longer need, please delete your booking so another family can use the item.

If you have gaps that need filling, check L4U for physical units that can be shipped direct to your door!  We have a number of unit studies available right now, so gettem’ while they’re hot!

  • Motion of Objects unit study  Gr. K
  • Daily and Seasonal Changes Unit Study Gr. K
  • Light and sound unit study Gr. 1
  • Local Environment Unit Study Gr. 1
  • What is a Community? Unit Study, Gr. 1

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  • Forces Unit Study Gr. 2
  • Water Unit Study Gr. 2
  • Matter can Undergo Physical and Chemical Changes Gr. 2 unit study
  • Life Cycle of Plants and Animals gr. 2 unit study
  • History of British Columbia unit study gr. 4
  • Solids, liquids, and gases unit study Gr. 4
  • Energy unit study Gr. 4
  • Explorers Unit Study Gr. 4:
  • Discovering Canada’s Governments Gr. 5 Unit Study
  • Human body unit study Gr. 5
  • Natural resources unit study Gr. 5
  • Simple machines Gr. 5 unit study
  • Solutions Chemistry Gr. 5 Unit Study
  • War and Conflict Unit Study Gr. 6
  • Body Systems unit study Gr. 6
  • Solar system unit study Gr. 6
  • Mixtures and solutions Gr. 6 Unit Study
  • Extreme Environments unit study Gr. 6
  • Fossils Unit Study Gr. 7
  • Ancient Egypt Unit Study Gr. 7
  •  Ancient Mesopotamia Unit Study Gr. 7
  • Life in the Middle Ages Gr. 8 Unit Study

Just log in to L4U and search for the title. Use the term “unit study” to narrow your results!

Micro: Bits and more!

Hello Folks,

We have just added over 100+ new items to the L4U catalogue!  Did you know you can easily find all of the recently added items quickly and easily from the Home page by scrolling through the New Items or clicking the View More button to see them all:


We have added some great new hands-on items as well:

Happy Atoms will help your students learn about how atoms form.  View more here.

Micro: Bits are the newest, coolest gadgets to learn about coding!  View more here. You will need to log into L4U to place your bookings!


You can view all of the MakerEd items available by clicking on Topic Search, then 001 Resources, then click on Maker Education (STEAM):






Book-A-Neer Winners!



Ahoy Mateys!

We’ve had another successful Read-a-thon with 128 students participating! Each class winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card and the Top Readers will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!  Congratulations to the winners for the most minutes read in their class or category:


Thank you all for participating!  You read a lot of books!  Total time for everyone reading is 3,798 hours!  Isn’t that amazing!!  You guys ROCK!!

Parents can download the certificate for participation here  cert2017

A BIG Thank you to the HCOS Parent Action Committee for making these prizes possible!!

Grade 6 Body Systems Unit Study

Yes!  The grade 6 unit studies continue to roll out!  This unit is now available for booking in L4U.  (Log in first to book)

Books included are:

  1. The Digestive and Excretory Systems by Susan Dudley Gold
  2. The Human Body by Kathleen M. Reilly
  3. The Nervous System by Joelle Riley
  4. The Reproductive System by Steve Parker
  5. Parent Guide

You can find more resources for Grade 6 subjects in the L4U Topic Search:


Just log in, click on Topic Search, scroll to Grade 6 and view the subject icons:



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