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:

New Learning Commons Website Guided Tour

We wanted to highlight for you a few features of our new Learning Commons website!

We have lots for you to explore and information ready with a click!

First you will find the Home tab at the top left of the page. This home screen will take you to our blog with ongoing posts of interest. On the home screen you will also find quick links to our current events, areas of interest, twitter feeds, indexes of posts etc. Please take advantage of setting up following the blog portion of the website via email.

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On the top headings, the next title is  About Us. This will link you to our Learning Commons team, Lib Answers so that you can contact us with questions, Blogs and Twitter Feeds of our Learning Commons team, as well as many of our staff. [Read more…]

Hear the Noise in the Learning Commons!

This week on campus in Kelowna we have a Scholastic Book Fair taking place.

I happened to walk-through and couldn’t resist taking this quick video.

First, I want you to watch it once.

Second, I just want you to close your eyes and listen to it.  I am amazed by the energy these kids have!

What a great reminder that our Learning Commons is an exciting, active, and boisterous place!

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