Help, I Still Need Curriculum! TIPS From our Curriculum Consultant


help-153094_1280The new school year is nearly upon us, and if you’re like me, there may still be a subject or two that you have yet to decide on curriculum for.  I’ve enjoyed the phone conversations and email dialogue I’ve had with many of you, and for the rest of you, I thought I’d share some tips to help you find the best curriculum options for your child(ren).


TIP #1:  Explore the HCOS Learning Commons

 

  • Discover our Grade Level Pages – a comprehensive collection of what the Learning Commons has to offer, including subscriptions, free of charge to HCOS families, and organized by grade

 

  • Consider these Unit Study Kits – using your choice of eBooks OR books from our L4U physical library, these kits for Social Studies and Science are fully aligned to BC’s standards and are adaptable to all learning styles

 

  • Check out this comprehensive Newbie Training document – tap into all the resources, programs, and events the HCOS Learning Commons has to offer

 


TIP #2:  Narrow Down the Options for Print Curriculum

 

  • Check out these Curriculum Picks from our BC vendors, chosen to address BC’s standards

 

  • Explore HCOS Recommended Resources (note that some of these options may require supplementation to fully address BC’s standards)

 

  • For a broader range of options, explore all the vendors who accept HCOS PO#s.  (Note that some of these options may require supplementation to fully address BC’s standards)

 


Questions?  Contact Cynthia Duncalfe, Curriculum Consultant:  cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca

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 Gr. 8 Curriculum Correlation Packages Available August 1st in the L4U Physical Library


The purpose of the Curriculum Correlations Guide is to outline how a specific curriculum aligns with BC’s standards, showing you which sections of the material to complete.  Please note, these are NOT Unit Study Kits. (Unit Study Kits for Grades 8 and 9 are coming later in the fall once our Curriculum Writer, Rachael Rennie is back from maternity leave).

These Guides have been designed to help you prioritize your time and effort, assisting you in addressing the relevant content and core competencies.

The Curriculum Correlations Package may be borrowed from our L4U Library, and includes the Curriculum Correlations Guide, AND the necessary curriculum. We recommend that you complete these Packages in consultation with your teacher so that your student’s learning style and needs can be addressed.


Correlations Guides for Social Studies

These Guides use the “Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries” curriculum by Diana Waring.  You may borrow the Curriculum Correlations Package from the L4U Physical Library, which includes the Guide, and the required curriculum.


Correlations Guide for Science

This Guide uses “God’s Design for the Physical World:  Heat & Energy” by Answers in Genesis.  You may borrow the Curriculum Correlations Package from the L4U Physical Library, which includes the Guide, and the required curriculum.


Also New!

Correlated Grade 8 Science Resources in L4U Physical Library

Plus!

Find all available resources on our Grade 8 web page

Coming Soon!

Grade 9 Curriculum Correlations Packages

 

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!

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Grade 9 ScienceGrade 9 Socials

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


 

New Gr. 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits Available Now!


Looking for a way to finish up that last Science and/or Socials Unit in this last semester? These Unit Study Kits provide tons of content and lots of options for interacting with the material in fun and engaging ways.  Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, or in digital format using Overdrive e-books.

Grade 7 Socials

Ancient Egypt Civilization Digital Unit Study Kit

Ancient Greece Civilization Digital Unit Study Kit

Stay tuned:  More Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!

 

 

Grade 7 Science Digital Unit Study Kits

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

Matter and Elements Digital Unit Study

Fossil Record and Climate Change Digital Unit Study

Energy and Electromagnetism Digital Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 7 Science Physical Unit Study Kits

Available from L4U Library

Fossil Record and Climate Change Physical Unit Study Kit

Creation and Evolution Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

Matter and Elements Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

Energy and Electromagnetism Physical Unit Study Kit COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Grade 7 Digital Unit Study Kits for Science – Available Now!


Term 3 is well under way.  Does your Grade 7 student need to finish up that final unit in science?  Our newest Grade 7 Digital Unit Study Kits may be just what you are looking for!

Each kit focuses on one of the Big Ideas in BC’s New Curriculum, so for each grade and subject, you’ll notice that we provide a variety of kits.  Complete some, complete them all … they’re designed to fit seamlessly into your overall student learning plan.

In each of our Digital Unit Study kits, you will be provided with suggested books from the HCS Overdrive E-Library, (you’ll need your login information to access), videos to watch, and activities to share with your child.  These kits are all about student choice and enabling your student to focus on areas where they have the most interest.  Therefore, you will not be required to complete all activities listed under each key question, instead, you will be able to choose activities which most appeal to you and your child.

Each key question featured in the unit will include recommendations on how many activities to complete in order to fully address the curriculum content and competencies. Finally, each activity will have icons showing which competencies of BC’s new curriculum the activity addresses.

If you prefer to use physical books, you’ll need to find the kit you are looking for and reserve it in our L4U Physical Library.  Again, you’ll need your login information, and once logged in, go to advanced search by author “Rachael Freed” to find and reserve the Unit Study Kit of your choice.

L4U find by author

 

All the K – 9 Unit Study Kits can be found here.

Read Around the World Event


Welcome to the Read Around the World Book Club!  Join Pippa Davies, teacher librarian, as she celebrates beautiful picture books from around the world, during two sessions in March.  Each week we will read books from different parts of the world, celebrating all of the continents.  Here is a list to get you started on your reading using Overdrive e books.  Parents can help their students by starting a passport for reading around the world. More activities can be found on this page to help support your student’s reading.   Then students can continue with their reading after the two weeks.   If they read 20 or more picture books from around the world by the end of March, they will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift certificate for more books!  Please register/s your student once they have completed their reading on this form.

Who may attend?  Students and parents in grades K-6

Where will this happen?  Zoom videoconferencing room.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Read around the World Celebrating Picture Books 
Time: Mar 8,  and 15th 2017 11:00 AM- 12 PM PAC time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/585395427

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,585395427#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 585 395 427
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xWY-QWAogGJIs54iSSwMPUW0-N16p5_b

Cost:  Free

Please register at this poll here.

Lunch n Learn – L4U Training


CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. Will be rescheduled for February.

Searching! Booking!  Shipping!  Come to our Lunch n Learn with Shandra, and unravel the mysteries of L4U (Library for You!), our physical library of resources! You will learn how easy it is to search, book items individually and as a group for one date, book for the year, renew,  modify and delete bookings!  We have amazing resources for all ages so come learn how to take advantage of them!

Date: Thursday, 26/Jan/2017

Time:  12pm-1pm

Who may attend:  Staff and parents, students

Where:  Zoom videoconferencing meeting room.

 

 

Lunch n Learn- Curriculum 2016


The learning commons would love to talk all things curriculum with you!  Come to our Lunch n Learn with Natalie and Pippa, as they take a web tour through all the resources the learning commons has available for you to meet the new BCEdPlan and Christian education.  Bring your questions, and your solutions and come and learn more.  We will glean from each other 🙂

Date:  4/Oct/2016

Time:  12pm-1pm

Who may attend:  Staff and parents, students

Where:  Zoom videoconferencing meeting room.

Please click on this link on the day:

https://zoom.us/j/389819837

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/389819837

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,389819837#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 389 819 837
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=F3Moh0Toi4c9oHT-ZykXhsfTHy9TPMaq

Different Approaches to the New Unit Study Kits


The new unit studies are laid out differently from the old kits.  There are no daily lessons, which allows you to be flexible in how you approach the units, choosing the activities that work best for your student.

Here is an example of how two different families approached the Grade 2 Local Actions have Global Consequences Physical unit study.  One is a planned approach, the other is a more “plan as you go” approach. Life happens, so remember to be flexible when you are planning your own approach!

Planned Approach:

Cindy is the mom of three busy kids, in grades K, 2 and 4. She likes to have things planned out in advance so she can be prepared.  Cindy booked her unit studies for the year and knows when they will be arriving at her doorstep. She also ensured she had her passwords for L4U/Overdrive and the subscriptions saved!  A few days before she knows the kit will arrive, she took 2 hours one evening to map out her 6 week plan for this unit.

She downloaded and printed the parent guide from the Learning Commons website, https://hcslearningcommons.org/unit-study-resource-kits/.  Having the guide on the computer gives her quick access to the links provided.  Cindy likes to have her own paper copy of the guide so she can highlight videos and activities as she plans.

On the How to Use This Kit page of the guide, Cindy noted that the suggestion is to read all of the books, and watch 10 – 12 videos. Each section also noted how many activities to do.  There was a lot to choose from, so it felt a bit overwhelming, but Cindy got her highlighter ready!

Cindy created a 6 week daily plan, knowing there would likely be changes. She kept Fridays as a “catch up” day if they get behind. She aimed for 1 to 1.5 hours daily for the unit, depending on the activity chosen. She worked that into her daily schedule for all subjects. Cindy also used a Google doc to note what was done and shared it with her teacher so portfolios would be easier.

Week 1

Day 1 Wants vs. Needs: A Place to Live Read aloud and discuss questions.

Activity: Giving to Others

Day 2 Watch: Community Rules and Laws (Discovery Education) 15 min.

Activity: Rights and Responsibilities: watch Brain Popjr. video

Day 3  Wants vs. Needs: Food and Drink: Read aloud and discuss questions.

Activities: Reading Around the World (go to local library) and Field Trip to Food Bank

Day 4 Watch Reading Rainbow: Boxes for Katje (Discovery Education) 9 min.

Do the grocery store flyer list of needs & wants.

Day 5  Finish activity: Activity: Rights and Responsibilities Poster.

 

Week 2

Day 1 Wants vs. Needs: Clothes  Read aloud and discuss questions.

Day 2  Watch: The Difference Between Wants and Needs (Discovery Education) 16 min.

Activity: Our Africa Videos and do Cool Country Report

Day 3  Wants vs. Needs: Possessions: Read and discuss questions.

Activity:  Service Activity and donate items.

Day 4 Continue –  Cool Country Report

Day 5 Activity: Peace Is…Book (if we have time!)

 

Week 3

Day 1  Justine McKeen, Queen of Green –  read 2 chapters aloud

Watch: Rodney Raccoon Goes Green (Discovery Education) 23min.

Day 2   Our Global Community: Schools Read and discuss questions.

Activity: Holding the Earth Art

Day 3  Justine McKeen, Queen of Green –  read 2 chapters aloud

Activity: Technology Time: Play the Super Sorter Recycling Game. 

Activity: Endangered Species Report

Day 4 Watch: Sid the Science Kid: Save the Stump (Discovery Education) 26 min.

Activity: Endangered Species Report

Day 5 Activity: Endangered Species Report – finish

 

Week 4

Day 1  Justine McKeen, Queen of Green – read 2 chapters aloud

Activity: Caring for the Earth Story on Storybird

Day 2  Three Cheers for Trees: A Book about our Carbon Footprint  Read and discuss questions.

Activity: Caring for the Earth Story on Storybird

Day 3  Justine McKeen, Queen of Green –  read 2 chapters aloud

Activity: How do Oil Spills Harm Wildlife

Day 4  Watch: Keeping the Hive Alive (Learn 360) 32 min.

Activity: Caring for the Earth Story on Storybird

Day 5  Finish: Caring for the Earth Story on Storybird

 

Week 5

Day 1  Justine McKeen, Queen of Green – read 2 chapters aloud

Activity: Carl Gets Some Rest EPA Colouring Book

Day 2  Trash Magic: A Book About Recycling a Plastic Bottle  Read and discuss questions.

Day 3  Justine McKeen, Queen of Green – finish the book

Watch: Save Energy: Recycle Plastic (Learn 360) 1 min.

Save Energy: Recycle Glass (Learn 360)  1 min.

Day 4  Watch: Mission Recyclable (Learn 360) 28 min.

Activity: Carl Gets Some Rest EPA Colouring Book

Day 5  Activity: Field Trip – to our local river.

 

Week 6

Days 1 – 5 What’s Sprouting in My Trash: A Book about Composting  Read and discuss questions.

Activity: Build an Ecosystem – take the week to do this one and finish any other projects.

Videos: Recommend 10-12, completed: 10

Activities: Recommend 5-8 for 1st section.  Completed: 9

Recommend 6-12 for 2nd section. Completed:  8

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Plan as You Go Approach:

Mary also has 3 kids in grades K, 2 and 4.  Here is her experience with the unit study:

Week 1

Hooray!  The kit came today and the kids are so excited!

Whoa,  there is so much to do…oh wait, we don’t have to do it all! We can pick the videos and activities we want as long as we do enough to cover the topics.  Kate has already picked out a few she wants to do! I better look up the guide online as there are a lot of links. I think I’ll keep my camera handy so I can take pictures of the projects as she’s working on them.

Just emailed our teacher for the subscription passwords so Kate can watch some videos.

We read Wants vs. Needs: A Place to Live,    Wants vs. Needs: Clothes and

Wants vs. Needs: Food and Drink. 

Kate had fun going through our closets! We donated clothes for the Service Activity.

She also chose to do My Extended Community (Technology Activity) blog which took all week to do.

Week 2

The kids caught colds so I was glad there were videos to watch!  Kate was able to open the links herself since my password is saved for Discovery  and Learn 360!

She watched:

Community Rules and Laws (Discovery Education)

Reading Rainbow: Our Big Home, an Earth Poem (Discovery Education)

Reading Rainbow: Boxes for Katje (Discovery Education)

If the World Were a Village (Learn 360)

The Difference Between Wants and Needs (Discovery Education)

For activities, she put on music: World Music

And did Random Acts of Kindness Challenge for her sick siblings.

Pen-Pals Around the World – we contacted friends in Mexico City via Facebook and she emailed their daughter!

 

Week 3

We read: Wants vs. Needs: Possessions and Our Global Community: Schools

Kate made a Paper Mache Globe which took 3 days to complete.

She also did the Community Comparison Activity and learned about Ghana.

Instead of Care Kits for the Homeless we put together shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

 

Week 4

This week we read Justine McKeen, Queen of Green and Three Cheers for Trees: A Book about our Carbon Footprint

We had some good conversations about recycling and Kate decided to make the string-covered vase. She also did Recycling Kid Art, and Caring for the Earth Story as a physical book;

Technology Time: Have fun exploring NASA’s Climate Kids website

She also watched Balltown: Environment (Discovery Education), Reading Rainbow Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning (Discovery Education), Reading Rainbow: Jack, the Seal, and the Sea (Learn 360) and Don’t Pollute: Berenstain Bears (Learn 360)

 

Week 5

We read Trash Magic: A Book About Recycling a Plastic Bottle and watched

A Future for Frogs (Learn 360) and Rainforests (Learn 360)

Activities this week: Simulated Oil Spill and report, which took 3 days to do.

Technology Time: Played Light it Right

 

Week 6

We read What’s Sprouting in My Trash: A Book about Composting

Kate did the Sandwich Bag Compost Experiment

And from the first section,  Kate made drawings  of 5 important rights:  United Nations Rights of the Child and played the The Fair Trade Game with her older sister.

Videos: Recommend 10-12, completed: 12

Activities: Recommend 5-8 for 1st section.  Completed: 10

Recommend 6-12 for 2nd section. Completed:  6

As you can see, these are two very different approaches! Both work well for the families involved.  You may fall in between these two approaches…that’s great!  Make it your own!

We have created a Unit Study Planning Sheet for the unit studies which you can use as a place to start.  You have six weeks for the units and in some cases, you will be done sooner.  If you run out of time and have to send the kit back, you have the option of using the online guide for activities, or you can use the Digital unit and access eBooks to finish the unit!  Online guides

We are here to help you, so please contact us with your questions!

Physical L4U library:  Shandra Wiebe swiebe@onlineschool.ca

Overdrive and Research:  Pippa Davies pdavies@onlineschool.ca

Curriculum questions:  Natalie Sing nsing@onlineschool.ca

Subscription info and passwords:  Beth Johnson bjohnson@onlineschool.ca

Blessings,

Shandra Wiebe

Library Resource Administrator

A Peek at New Kits!


How is your summer going? Lots of beach time, travel, visitors?  I hope it’s relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your family.  It’s hard to believe we are already into August!  Our Learning Commons team has been busy…very busy!  Preparing new kits and adding new resources to meet the new outcomes.  Here’s just a peek at few of the Kindergarten to Grade 3 units we now have on the shelves!  So EXCITING!!

 

You can view and download the parent guides in L4U  or on our web page: Unit Studies by Grade. We are adding more units so watch for more updates!

We will open bookings on Monday, August 15th!

Blessings,

Shandra

 

New Account info!


New client codes/pins have been sent via email to all parents and teachers who have 2016/17 accounts in Encom. These emails were generated by L4U on Monday, so please check your junk folder if you don’t see them in your inbox. The old accounts have been deleted.

Items out

All items out are due back June 17th unless you arranged a renewal (no unit study kits will be renewed).  Please contact Kelly to arrange pickup: shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Unit Study kits:

  • If you have kits out, they are due back June 17th. They cannot be renewed over the summer.
  • Unit Study Kits are being redone to meet the new outcomes, so they cannot be booked over the summer OR for next year at this time.
  • We will announce the date they will be available to be booked in August, most likely August 15th.

Summer Loans

  • You can book curriculum, books and CDs/DVDs for the summer and next year, (but not unit study kits).
  • Last day to book items for the summer is June 17th.  Books will be shipped the following week.
  • Summer items will be due back in August.

Changes to Loans and Shipping

  • The Loan period is now 6 weeks as the new unit study kits will be shorter in length. You can use the materials for the full 6 weeks as shipping time is calculated outside of that time.
  • New limit of 35 books and 8 AV items out at one time per family.
  • Enrolled families now receive 16 FREE shipments (8 round trips) per school year (August – July)
  • Registered families now receive 10 Free Shipments (5 round trips) per school year (August –July)
  • Registered families will now have access to Overdrive, and most materials in L4U except MakerEd and Unit Study kits. Access to Digital kits and all guides is available here.

If you have moved – please contact either Kelly or myself with your new address as we do not get automatic updates from the office.  It’s so sad when an order goes to the wrong address and time is lost trying to get it back!!

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