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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Tuning-Up Your Grammar Skills


Annual Grammar Day is March 4th


 

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1.  Try Out a New Tool

Grammarly:  This online proofreading tool checks your text for grammar, punctuation, and style, and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector.  It is available as an add-on for Office, for Windows, and as a Chrome Extension.

2.  Follow a Facebook Page With a Little Humour

  • Grammar Girl:  This page is a good mix of light-hearted fun, and short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Grammar Girl makes complex grammar concepts simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules.
  • The Grammar Police:  Because sometimes we need a bit of humour to engage our minds with grammar.  And yes, I just began and sentence with “because”.  Oh, and there again with “and”…
theofficialgrammarpolice-croppedhttp://www.facebook.com/theofficialgrammarpolice

 

3.  Check Out Some Books in Overdrive

 

overdrive-bookSkin Like Milk, Hair of Silk:  What Are Similes and Metaphors? by Brian P. Cleary.    

Overdrive description:  Are you as clever as a fox? Or perhaps you’re as sharp as any spike? If so, this book will be a piece of cake! Clever rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and humorous illustrations from Brian Gable present similes and metaphors. When it comes to grammar, this team is not as slow as thick molasses. Oh no, they’re as bright as polished pennies! Each simile and metaphor is printed in colour for easy identification in this gem of a book. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense – and nonsense – of words. 

 

the-grammar-teachers-activity-a-dayThe Grammar Teacher’s Activity-a-Day180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage by Jack Umstatter

Overdrive description:  This must-have resource features 180 practical, ready-to-use grammar and usage lessons and activities–one for each day of the school year. The activities included help students in grades 5-12 to acquire, improve, and expand their grammar skills, and become more adept and confident writers.

 

4.  Have Some Fun with Apps, Videos, and BrainPop

  • Grammar Wonderland Apps available on iTunes and Google Play

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!!

Professional Development for U.


Reading

Hi learning commons friends,

Education is constantly changing.  Are you finding it hard to keep up with new educational technology, and constant ideas and buzzwords that are floating around the education hemisphere?  Having enjoyed Gafe (Google) summit and BC ERAC conferences recently I enjoyed gleaning and learning from others!  With that in mind we have purchased some great professional development for you to discover on Overdrive e library.  Grab your coffee and come and enjoy some wonderful reads which might inspire you to try something different!

Reading in the Wild:  Donalyn Miller

In Reading in the Wild, reading expert Donalyn Miller continues the conversation that began in her bestselling book, The Book Whisperer. While The Book Whisperer revealed the secrets of getting students to love reading, Reading in the Wild, written with reading teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to truly instill lifelong “wild” reading habits in our students.

Based, in part, on survey responses from adult readers as well as students, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Also included are strategies, lesson plans, management tools, and comprehensive lists of recommended books. Copublished with Editorial Projects in Education, publisher of Education Week and Teacher magazine, Reading in the Wild is packed with ideas for helping students build capacity for a lifetime of “wild” reading.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift; Ann Voskamp

Based on the overwhelming success of The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp has expanded her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so families can celebrate together. Each day, families can listen to the provided Scripture passage (which connects with the original adult book), engage with a special devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme.

This audiobook can serve as a precious guide to help recapture the sacredness of the Advent season and help the entire family understand and celebrate the epic pageantry of humankind from Adam to the Messiah.

Tribes; Seth Godin

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature.

Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they’re enabling countless new tribes to be born—groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

And so the key question: Who is going to lead us?

The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals— people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips.

 

One Word that will change your life! Jon Gordon

One Word explains how to simplify your life and business by focusing on just ONE WORD for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing one word makes it a catalyst for life-change. Clutter and complexity lead to procrastination and paralysis, while simplicity and focus lead to success and clarity. By celebrated authors Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon, One Word That Will Change Your Life shows you how to cut through to the core of your intention for the next year. It offers an action plan and simple process to discover your word for the year. It also explains how your one word will impact the six dimensions of your life—mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial.

 

The Montessori Method; Maria Montessori

The Montessori method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing abstract concepts and practical skills. The Montessori method teaches reading via phonics and whole language, the comparative benefits of which are currently being recognized.

“To all educators this book should prove most interesting. All who are fair-minded will admit the genius that shines from the pages which follow, and the remarkable suggestiveness of Dr. Montessori’s labors.” -Henry W. Holmes

We also have copies of The Absorbent Mind and The Montessori Reader.

Science as Enquiry by Jack Hassard

Their eyes light up, they ask good questions, they can explain the concept to other students, and they relate what they learn in class to what happens in the world. That’s how students respond to the project-based, cooperative-inquiry Earth, life, environmental, and physical science lessons this book fully describes. Theoretical discussion of constructivist learning introduces the detailed lessons, many of which hinge on reproducible handouts to present a puzzling scientific phenomenon for students to investigate. Grades 5-8.

 

Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger

Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent changes such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools have been run and structured for over a century. Leading in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to your advantage.

Eric Sheninger—”Principal Twitter”—shares his Pillars of Digital Leadership to help readers

 

  • Transform school culture by initiating sustainable change
  • Use free social media tools to improve communication, enhance public relations, and create a positive brand presence
  • Integrate digital tools into the classroom to increase student engagement and achievement
  • Facilitate professional learning and access new opportunities and resources

 

Let me know  if you need help getting going on our e library.

Blessings

Pippa

 

 

 

Smart Start in Language Arts


Language Arts in the Learning Commons – great curriculum for the primary grades!

A Complete Program of Language Arts Instruction for Grades 1 & 2 by Jo Anne Mooresmart

The Smart Start Home Education Edition was written specifically for homeschoolers.

The child is guided by a workbook that introduces reading, writing and spelling skills in a sequential order. These are applied in the lessons and reviewed until mastery is obtained.

Parents discover a simple, effective method of teaching reading and writing using a teacher’s manual. Lesson plans and answer keys are presented in a simple, straightforward manner.

Smart Start In Language Arts Home Education Edition is a comprehensive, well-developed resource backed by research that supports the wide variety of activities that are presented in well-organized, day-by-day lessons. Activities presented in lessons range from directed to guided, thus allowing students to develop confidence in their own abilities as they learn to read, write, and explore their own creativity. While the lessons are consistent in format, different media are used to present activities to students. This set-up enables learners to work within their areas of strength and to develop their weak areas on an ongoing basis. This resource eliminates the pressure of testing because skills mastery is the primary goal. Learned skills are reinforced continually through a variety of review activities and the incorporation of old skills into new lessons.

1. The binder contains one workbook and four DVDs.
2. Summary of reading and comprehension strategies is included. These are supported by research.
3. The first DVD contains thirteen I SPY photographs for the alphabet lessons, and printable sight word and phonics games (lotto and bingo) for reading instruction fun. The other three DVDs have thirty-five puppet shows which introduce letter sounds, long vowel words with silent e and long vowel words with two vowels together.
4. Lesson plans and detailed instructions are located in the teacher’s manuals.

If you are looking for a great program for your child, you can take this out for 7 weeks to see if it’s a good fit. It’s nice to “try before you buy” when it comes to curriculum!  When booking the items in the L4U catalog, be sure to book both the teacher’s manual and workbook.

Client Codes and PINS for L4U Library and Overdrive


As we prepare for the new school year, we are receiving lots of requests for access to the L4U library, which offers books, curriculum and unit study kits, and Overdrive, our E-library which also offers curriculum and books!

If you had an account with us last year, your client code and pin remain unchanged.

If you are new to HCOS, you will receive your client code and pin in an email sent from L4U. It is important that you add L4U to your safe senders list and/or check your JUNK folder for the info. Your students will also receive emails – the email is sent to the email address supplied by you when you enrolled them. We will be adding new patrons weekly until October, so please watch for the email!

One client code/pin – TWO libraries!

Important Notes:
1. Only one LIBRARY account is set up per family, under the parent’s name. However each parent and student will be sent a client code and password. Students cannot book items in the physical library; all items must be booked through the parent account. However, Students can access e-books through Overdrive!
2. SAVE your new client code and pin! *You can log in using your LAST NAME instead of the client code!!
3. To learn how to use the new L4U system and learn about our shipping guidelines, visit: How to use the library.
4. Go to the library webpage at L4U library and log in.
5. You can access Overdrive details here: Overdrive
6. Please don’t hesitate to contact Shandra Wiebe swiebe@onlineschool.ca regarding the L4U library or Pippa Davies should you have any queries regarding the E Library.

Tips for Using the Library over the Summer.


Summer vacation is just around the corner, so here are a few important tips from the Learning Commons physical library:

• You can book items for next year if you are re-enrolled/registered
• If you enrolled recently you will be sent a client code and pin from L4U (check your junk folder!)
• Last date to order items for the summer is June 20th
• All items are due back August 15th. Please be sure to use this date as your return date when booking. It will save time rather than having to change the due date later!
• There is a limit of 20 books per family and a limit of 1 kit per family over the summer.

The library is closed for the month of July, and is on summer hours for August. We will arrange Canpar returns during the first week of August so they are received by August 15th. This will ensure that the material is available to those who have placed reserves for the beginning of the school year. If you know you will be away, please email Kelly for an earlier pick up: shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Good Reads for the summer: books on the outdoors and books to inspire you!

Engaging today’s prodigal : clear thinking, new approaches, and reasons for hope by Carol Barnier
If you weren’t able to attend Carol’s session at BC CHEC, or want more information, her book is easy to read and has a lot of practical insights.
Many families today experience the profound guilt and shame-filled pain of seeing a child walk away from their faith and values. Churches and parents feel powerless to change the relationship and engage the prodigal in positive ways. Carol Barnier has the insight to help. She left the faith of her pastor father, became an active atheist, debated Christians, and explored a variety of worldviews before she found the truth in a relationship with Jesus. But far more than her personal story, Engaging Today’s Prodigal equips readers with a better understanding of a prodigal’s motivation, useful responses that won’t prevent reconciliation, clear boundaries to protect themselves and other children, actions to take when you know you have contributed to the problem, and the value of realistic expectations. With effective wit and humor, Carol provides material relevant for churches, parents and even the prodigals themselves. Can your family or church interact with a prodigal in ways that build a relationship bridge that can provide a way back home when they are ready? Let Engaging Today’s Prodigal equip you with clear, specific actions that can overcome the shame, hurt, and loss to bring real hope for the future.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
A manual for every family involved in home-based learning. Provides vision for the joys of homeschooling and the essential tools for success. Includes teaching middle and high school, guide to internet and technology, six ingredients of a successful homeschool, resources for curriculum suppliers, creative solutions for burnout, budgets, toddlers and time.

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Offers parents step-by-step instructions for helping their child make the most of their education from preschool through high school, while becoming well-rounded and curious about learning.

The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
This book on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy by well-known speaker and columnist K. Andreola provides a wealth of insight, practical advice and narratives illustrating how the ideas of the famed turn-of-the-century educator actually works in “real life”. Discover the gentle art of learning using methods that help your child succeed.

The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Samson
The purpose of this book is to provide inspiration and motivation for you to make God’s Word the primary focus of your day, every day. Robin combines several philosophies of learning including Charlotte Mason’s, Lifestyle of Learning, Writing to Learn, Unit Studies and Notebooking to create four-step lessons that engage different learning styles.

Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
You’ve read all the method books. Now take a step back and receive some much-needed inspiration. You’ll be encouraged by stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent – and how their children transformed their relationship with God. Sacred Parenting affirms the spiritual value of being a parent, showing you the holy potential of the parent- child relationship.

I Hate School by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
What can you do when your child hates school? Your child is unique, with a personal learning style that needs to be understood and respected. Filled with practical applications and insights as commonsense as they are revolutionary.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child by Linda Dobson
This book on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy by well-known speaker and columnist K. Andreola provides a wealth of insight, practical advice and narratives illustrating how the idea of the famed turn-of-the-century educator actually works in “real life”. Discover the gentle art of learning using methods that help your child succeed.

Homeschooling High School by Jeanne Gowen Dennis
You can design a solid high school program that both maximizes educational freedom and leads to successful college admission.

This is just a small sampling of what we have on the shelves. To find resources for parents, go to the Topic Search tab, click on the 001 Resources icon, then click on Homeschooling.

Here are some fun books for vacation time:

Backyard ballistics : build potato cannons, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, tennis ball mortars, and more dynamite devices
[ Book ] 531.55 GUR Gurstelle, William.
The Book of the crossbow [ Book ] 623.4 PAY Payne-Gallwey, Ralph, Sir, 1846-1916.
Rockets and other spacecraft [ Book ] 629.4 FAR Farndon, John.
Soda-pop rockets : 20 sensational projects to make from plastic [ Book ] 621.43 JAR Jarvis, Paul.
Aircraft And Space Rockets [ Book ] 629.132 JOH Johnstone, Hugh
How to build treehouses, huts & forts [ Book ] 690.89 STI Stiles, David R.
The art of the catapult : build Greek ballistae, Roman onagers, English 2 of 2 available [ Book ] 623.4 GUR Gurstelle, William.
Basic essentials : Camping [ Book ] 796.54 JAC Jacobson, Cliff.
Basic essentials : cooking in the outdoors. Cooking in the [ Book ] 641.5 JAC Jacobson, Cliff.
Castaway survivor’s guide [ Book ] 613.69STO Storm, Rory, 1958-
Extreme survival / : an adventurer’s guide to the world’s most dangerous places [ Book ] 613.6 COR Corwin, Marshall.
Basic essentials : animal tracks. Animal tracks
[ Book ] 599 HAN Hanson, Roseann Beggy.
Basic essentials : solo canoeing [ Book ] 797.1 JAC Jacobson, Cliff.
Basic Essentials : survival [ Book ] 613.6 CHU Churchill, James E.
Basic essentials : using GPS. Using GPS [ Book ] 910 GRU Grubbs, Bruce (Bruce O.)
Basic essentials : wilderness first aid. Wilderness first aid 1 of 1 available
[ Book ] 616.02 FOR Forgey, William W., 1942-

Scholarships and Bursaries for 2014 Graduates


Do you have a student graduating from Heritage Christian Online School this year?

If so, it’s not too late to apply for the HCOS PAC Scholarships and Bursaries! The deadline is May 30th, and awards will be announced at the Grad Banquet in June. If your student is planning to attend college or university in the next 18 months, they should apply in the category best suited to their situation.

Heritage Christian Online School Parent Advisory Council is pleased to offer ten scholarship/bursary opportunities of $1000.00 each in the following categories:

1) SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT – Two Scholarships
2) FINANCIAL ENCOURAGEMENT – Two Bursaries
3) AUSTIN JONES MEMORIAL AWARD – One Bursary (graduating while enduring difficult circumstances)
4) OVERCOMING GREAT ADVERSITY – One Bursary (graduating while overcoming great adversity)
5) TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY or A QUALIFYING CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY – One Scholarship
6) MINISTERIAL PURSUIT – One Bursary
7) TRADES – Two Bursaries

Visit the HCOS PAC website for full details.


Congratulations to the following winners in our Missions Based Readathon!

Highest minutes per class winners – Prize $20 Amazon Gift Certificate:

Mikayla Watson Gr. K
Zane MacDonald Gr. 1
Jaden Myles Gr. 2
Aiden Watson Gr. 3
Kinley Friesen Gr. 4
AngusTrombley Gr. 5
Chloe Urbanowski Gr. 6

Highest Reading Score for Grades 7 – 10 Winner

Kennedy MacInnis Gr. 10

Prize $100 Amazon Gift Certificate:

Kiev McDonald Gr. 6 – Highest reading score for Elementary Grades 1-6

Kona Mcdonald Gr. 7– Highest reading score for High School Grades 7- 10

Winner of the Fundraising – All schools, Prize $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

Jeremiah Cooper – HCS, he raised $205.00

https://hcslearningcommons.org/2014/03/16/3823/

Exciting Announcement!! Correlated Teacher Materials in Overdrive Library!!


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This month we have worked very hard in the Learning Commons to offer our patrons a range of teacher materials and non-fiction titles for the specifics of meeting learning outcomes. These titles have been correlated to the new 2015 BC ministry outcomes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start using them today!! Many of the topics will remain the same and others have changed ever so slightly in year that you will be able to use these materials with ease. If you check the Collection Tab you will find these catageries;  Bible, K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-7.  But you can also search via topic using the search function.

We have many titles for science and social studies,  and we have added in novel studies as well as general language arts materials.

This is an exciting way that our families can access unit studies, teacher guides, hands on ideas for science and social studies and non fiction books to round out their studies!

Pippa has created a great video to guide you through Overdrive and our new materials.

If you are needing assistance with your Overdrive account please contact us at the Learning Commons.

We trust that this will bless you in your homeschool adventures!!

Blessings from the Learning Commons team!

How Distance Learning Is Changing The Educational Landscape Infographic


See on Scoop.it21 century education

College and university education is going online at a breath-taking pace. Small colleges that typically had local students are now increasing their geographic

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Some stats reflecting the changes in online education in this infographic..

See on elearninginfographics.com

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