Big Changes on OverDrive!



Good News! We now have the capacity for many more menus on OverDrive, and we’ve made some major changes, investing significant time making improvements to the way you search our collections.


First of all, take a look at our all-new “Curriculum” tab…

 

 

 

New Curriculum Tab

All the subject lists by grade reside here!  So, instead of searching through all the titles in our former “Grades 2/3 Titles for BC’s New Curriculum” curation, for example, you’ll now see a screen that looks like this:

 

 

 

New Collections Lists

New to our “Collections” tab are CORE COMPETENCIES curations and much more!  Take a look at some of the new collections we’ve been working on.

 

 

The new capacity for multiple lists in this “Collections” tab opens up many new opportunities to share curated lists with you to meet your needs.

We’re incredibly excited to be launching these improvements to serve you better!  There are still a few tweaks and additions that we’ll be making over the next few weeks, and so if you have any suggestions for us, or if you are having trouble finding what you’re looking for, your Learning Commons Team is here to support you!

MORE CHANGES YET TO COME … STAY TUNED!


 

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.

Drum Roll, Please! Our Next “Techie Tuesday Webinar” is October 3rd at 3:00 pm!


“Unit Study Kits:  What They Are and How to Use Them” with Pippa and Cynthia

Webinars are a quick and easy way to receive a lot of valuable information in a short amount of time – in a live, virtual setting where you can also get all of your questions answered.  During this “Techie Tuesday” webinar, Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through Unit Study Kits:  What They Are, and How to Use Them.

 

What:  Pippa and Cynthia will share about our  HCOS Unit Study Kits – Digital & Physical curriculum to help your students learn from an inquiry base.

Who may attend:  Students K-12 and parents, staff

Where:  Zoom classroom

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/249449622

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,249449622#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 249 449 622
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=UjxqnAPcer2zhcwjUKwD4rzMLyCN6TAh

 

List of Kits (Both Unit Study and Supplemental Kits) Available in L4U

Unit Study Kit Description:  These kits are available in digital format (using OverDrive eBooks, etc.), or in physical format (Heritage Christian Online School couriers these kits to your home and will arrange for courier pick up as well – all free of charge for HCOS students).  These resource kits, created by our staff, outline lesson plans and activities for your students.  Significant effort has been made on your behalf to include quality resources and hard-to-find supplies, in order to address learning standards efficiently and effectively.

 

Kits include all or some of the following:

Several informative books on the unit study topic

Hard-to-locate reusable resources such as prepared slides, battery holders, and spring scales

A game, activity or DVD to make learning fun

Related websites to extend learning

A parent activity guide which breaks the content into a variety of lesson plans. The guide can also be accessed on the website and has live links to other websites


 

TAKE 5! … we interrupt your summer to share FIVE Curriculum Option updates



The BC Day long weekend is over, and some of us may begin to turn some of our attention towards planning for another fruitful year of home learning.  Here are a FIVE IMPORTANT UPDATES to keep in mind as you plan:

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  1. Updated Comprehensive Grade Level Resources Pages for K – 9, PLUS all new Grade 10 – 12 Resources Pages

  2. Updated Suggested Homeschooling Resources Pages

  3. We now have THREE comprehensive curriculum vendors in BC who have prepared Curriculum Options for HCOS students:

  4. New Unit Study Kits and Curriculum Correlation Packages

We now have Unit Study Kits for Grades K – 7, and so far this year, we’ve added:


5.  Our Overdrive Digital eBook and Audio Library has dozens of new books for you, and don’t forget to check out the great selection of curricular resources available to you in our L4U Physical Library!

 

New Resources for Grades 8 and 9



Many of you are already planning what resources you will be using for the fall, so we thought it would be the perfect time to let you know that we’ve got even more available to you for Grades 8 and 9 than ever before!


Updated Grade Level Pages

These pages have been organized by grade AND subject to make it easy for you to find available resources.

Simply go to our Learning Commons website, hover your mouse over the “BC’s New Curriculum” tab on the lower menu, and select “Resources by Grade“.

How to find Grade pages

You will find new offerings in ADST, Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and more!  Here is the new Grade 8 Resources page, and the new Grade 9 Resources page.

Other K-9 Resources by Grade pages can be found here.


Updated Overdrive Digital Library e-Book Lists

It is really easy to find all the wonderful digital resources available to you through our Overdrive eBook Library.

Just go to our Learning Commons website, hover your mouse over “Overdrive Digital Library” in the top menu bar, and then select “Grade Level Lists“.

How to find audiobooks

We’ve just purchased a ton of new resources, and we’ve organized our Grade 8 and 9 Science and Socials titles according to the new curriculum “Big Ideas” to make things even more convenient for you!

Grade 8 ScienceGrade 8 Socials

Grade 9 ScienceGrade 9 Socials

All Overdrive eBook Library K-9 Grade Level Lists can be found here.


 

Grade 4-7 Resources You May Want to Explore


If you are looking for some great resources for your Grades 4-7 children, we would like to highlight a few of them for you.

We have a wide range of bible resources on Overdrive (look under the collections tab for Bible). We will be adding many more this month – so check back often!

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We have an extensive collection of novels for Grades 4-7 in a wide variety of genres. Here are some reading lists available for both Canadian history and grade level options.

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We have many Social Studies and Science resources on Overdrive for your students. Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6 and Grade 7.

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We have Writing and Language Arts resources for your Grade 4-7 students. Grades 4-5, Grade 6-7 (look under the collections tab and find Grades 4-5 and 6-7)

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We have a variety of Novel/Literature Studies available. You can find them here.
We have kits available in both Physical and Digital formats. Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7.

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We have a wide range of Math Resources available in Overdrive.
There are many of our subscriptions that are wonderful additions to your Grade 4-7 students learning. Adaptive Curriculum, Brain Pop, Creativity Express, Gizmos and World Book – just to name a few.

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Discovery Education has a variety of series for Grades 4-7. Here are just a few of them: Horrible Histories, Mathematical Eye, Discovery Atlas, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, Mythbusters/Head Rush, Math Mastery, CG Kids, Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye, North America, Life, Global Stories, Global Wrap and Standard Deviants Nutrition (look at More in series for other videos).

Contact your teach for passwords to any of the above digital subscriptions.  To access the e library contact Shandra Wiebe for your passwords swiebe@onlineschool.ca

A Holy Experience: How to make this month amazing; Romans project.


See on Scoop.itHCS Learning Commons Newsletter

What you know by heart — is what your heart really knows.

And the crazy things is, right at the first of the month: what the heart knows by heart is all that can calm a heart.

Direct a heart. Strengthen a heart.

So I’m thinking: What does a heart know by heart?

So March blows in —  and this heart here stammers out a recitation of Romans 1:1-17 of The Romans Project:

Join in the March dare project with a memory commitment project.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies‘s insight:

Ann Voskamp shares more on her memory commitment challenge.  Download free Roman cards and share in the app, which allows for typing and bible memory to come together.  (there is a cost to the app)

See on www.aholyexperience.com

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