SHARE YOUR #EBOOKLOVE FOR READ AN EBOOK DAY AND WIN!



 

Read an eBook Day is Monday, September 18th

Tell your story

 

Share your #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE thanks to our friends at Kobo.  Simply share a post, picture and/or videos showing off your #eBookLove for a chance to win this incredible device. OverDrive will notify the winners and share their posts throughout the week of the 18th.

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Read an eBook Day was created to promote the joy of digital reading and modern storytelling.  Visit Read an eBook Day website to get book recommendations, hear interviews with authors by our Professional Book Nerds podcast, and post comments about their eBook experiences. We hope you’ll join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading, stories about why you love eBooks, and by using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win content credit and devices!

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New eBooks on OverDrive for STEAM and MakerED

Need some inspiration?  We have lots of new eBooks on Overdrive for STEAM and MakerEd.  To find these excellent resources, first log-in to your Overdrive account, and then click this link.  To see our new titles first, sort by “added to site”.


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Highlights:

 

Adventures in Coding
Hello Ruby Series, Book 1

Cover of Adventures in Codingby Linda Liukas

Meet Ruby—a small girl with a huge imagination, and the determination to solve any puzzle. As Ruby stomps around her world making new friends, including the Wise Snow Leopard, the Friendly Foxes, and the Messy Robots, kids will be introduced to the fundamentals of computational thinking, like how to break big problems into small ones, create step-by-step plans, look for patterns and think outside the box through storytelling. Then, these basic concepts at the core of coding and programming will be reinforced through fun playful exercises and activities that encourage exploration and creativity.

In Ruby’s world, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.


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The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation

(With Audio Recording) by Gilbert Ford

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky!  One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer, and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous.

With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket—it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.


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by Andrea Beaty
Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of success and something to be celebrated rather than feared. Created by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, the same New York Times bestselling team who brought us Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist, this activity book will be perfect for old and new fans alike!

A cool idea with a big splash   You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.   A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem-solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.


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Design Thinking
Series: 21st Century Skills Innovation Library: Makers as Innovators

by Kristin Fontichiaro

Learn how to think critically about the design of things you want to make. Readers will learn to analyze the efficiency of their plans, while still feeling encouraged to push forward with new ideas. Photos, sidebars, and callouts help readers draw connections between new concepts in this book and other makers-related concepts they may already know. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.


 

 

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 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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaningful Composition


 

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Last April, Ray and Donna Reish were Keynote speakers at the BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention in Kelowna.  Their workshops encouraged and inspired! And they generously donated their newest curriculum Meaningful Compositions to our Learning Commons!

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Here is what they have to say about it:

The Meaningful Composition (MC) series is a multi-level writing program for students in grades two through twelve who desire to use character-based (and sometimes biblically-based) materials, themes, and subject matter, including, but not limited to, character
stories, biographies, science and weather/nature topics, animal information, Bible stories, and much more. (You may see the types of papers and assignments and content by looking at the two-week samples of each book below.

Additionally, MC uses many of our original methods that we have tested with one hundred to two hundred students every year for the past ten years. These methods work—whether they are Directed Brainstorming and Scene-by-Scene development for story writing or Outlining Cards and Bibliography Cards for Research Report writing or the Three P’s of Persuasion for Essay Writing.

We take students by the hand and leave nothing to chance! (These methods can also be found in our samples.)

Donna also has some video tutorials available: Video

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Meaningful Composition – A Powerful Writing Program

Precept-Upon-Precept Approach to Writing
Now families who want to offer their children a rich, in-depth, precept-upon-precept approach to writing can use the new Meaningful Composition by Training For Triumph. With instructions from prewriting (outlining, finding source material, researching, and more) to rough draft writing to revising to final product writing, Meaningful Composition is a compilation of the “writing only” parts of Character Quality Language Arts.

Most Complete Writing Program Available
Using a “directed writing approach,” Meaningful Composition tells your child how much to write, what to put in each paragraph, etc., in a step-by-step format. Each book contains two levels so that more advanced students in each level are expected to write more details and complete more revisions than the beginners. Meaningful Composition is not for every child, but for the child who loves to write and for the college–bound, you won’t find any more complete program.

We now have Levels 4 through 12 available in our physical L4U library.  Search for Meaningful Composition by Series to find all of the levels.

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This is a great way to “try before you buy” a curriculum!  You have 6 weeks to explore this great resource, and you can renew online if there are no bookings on it!

 

 

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

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!!

Booking for Summer and 2016/2017


If you have re-enrolled, send us an email and we will update your account: Shandra Wiebe  swiebe@onlineschool.ca  or Kelly Wiebe  shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Once re-enrolled, you have the option of taking out material over the summer:

  • Last date for booking items for the summer is June 17th
  • Unit Studies kits will not be available to book until August 15th.
  • All material will be due back in the library August 15th, no exceptions! We need to have all items in and ready to go for the 2016/2017 school year.
  • There is a limit of 30 books and 8 AV items per family from L4U.  On Overdrive there is a limit of 5 items at a time.
  • You can book curriculum, books and AV items for the next year starting in June, date will be announced, (but not unit study kits).

Newly Enrolled Families – will be given access to L4U and Overdrive in May. Passwords will be sent out as soon as you enrol.  If you do not receive please check your junk folder as they come from L4U and not from the school. Patrons can book material over the summer. In June we will open bookings for next year. However, none of the unit study kits will be available over the summer due to the BCEdplan updates, and they will not be available to book until mid-August.   

All Patrons:

Due to the changes we are making, you may find that the system will not allow you to book items due to the Global Due Date during the month of May.  If you receive that message when attempting to book, please add your items to your bookbag, click on Display Bookbag, and email your bookbag, (there is a link at the bottom of the L4U page),

bookbagto Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca  or Kelly at shipping@heritagechristian.ca . Then send us an email regarding the dates you want to book for and we will take care of it for you.

Summer Reading Basics


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Literacy skills are essential for student’s success, and we hope that by the end of third grade our students are understanding the written word, and reading with some fluency at grade level.  How do we make sure our students don’t fall behind?

As accountable parents and teachers we provide intervention where necessary, and try to close the gaps. Preventative factors are critically important in the early years if we want to make sure we don’t have to intervene.  Effective teaching instruction in the K-2 reading years is vital if we want to make sure our students gain the foundational skills needed for reading in the upper grades.

If we wait until our students show up in grades 4 and above, with discrepancies in their phonetic ability we are failing to prepare them for the high school years.  In grade 4 students should be reading books that have multi-syllable words.

Here are some summer reading tips for helping your younger K-2 student stay on task over the summer and beyond! Remember that for struggling students accelerating skill development to reach grade level expectations takes a high level of instructional intensity.  Offer lots of rewards and treats on a weekly basis!

1.  Log into our Overdrive E Library for some amazing picture books that now come with embedded audio content.  We have recently ordered many of the critically acclaimed Sonlight picture books.  If you have a student with reading difficulties make sure to turn on the Dyslexic font in the settings menu.  To find picture books go to our subject menu and click on Picture Books.

2.  Do daily practice with your Reading Eggs and RAZ Kids Subscription to ensure phonics, and reading comprehension is up to scratch.  Record your student reading at the beginning of the summer on RAZKids and then at the end of summer share with your teacher as a progress/assessment tool!  Contact Beth Johnson if you need to sign up for the coming year!

3.  Include multiple texts including manuals, graphs, infographics, video, and websites, signs and non-fiction to encourage your students’ wide interests.  Discover the awesome subscription Pebble Go for students K-4 to learn more about science and social studies.

4.  Play word games in the car on holiday.  Do you remember those old fashioned games like name the animal?

The Animal Name Game

Ages 6 and up: One person names an animal. Then each person in order has to name another animal (no repeating!) that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. There are no winners or losers in this game. With older children, try the game with TV shows, or geographical categories such as cities or countries.

Twenty Questions

Ages 4 and up: One person secretly thinks of either an animal, mineral, or vegetable. The other players then take turns asking yes-or-no questions, such as “Can it fly?” or “Does it grow in the ground?” After the players have asked 20 questions, each player gets a chance to make a guess.

Telephone

Ages 4 and up: A child whispers a story to someone else in the car. That person whispers the same story — as close to a word-for-word recount as possible — to a third person, and so on. The last person to hear the story repeats it out loud so everyone can hear. Invariably, some of the story will have been lost in the translation, and the resulting garbled message usually inspires a good laugh.

The Alphabet Game

Ages 5 and up: One person chooses the right-hand side of the road, and someone else the left. Each player looks for letters of the alphabet that appear on signs or license plates on their side. The object of the game is to point out all the letters of the alphabet in order, from A to Z. The first person to spot the entire alphabet wins.

Help your student P.I.C.K. out the right book for their reading and interest level using this article for guidance!

If your student still needs intervention make sure to contact your teacher who can get your student the required scaffolding with diagnostic testing.  This method of intervention will help match your student to the right materials and his or her unique style of learning.  Feel free to contact me if you need suggestions for your student’s reading materials!

Blessings

Pippa

Springing into March


Thank you God for your creation!  Sun and flowers have arrived in South Surrey!  Spring is imminent! Time to stretch and head outdoors to enjoy nature, poetry, creative writing and reading about nature!

New Resources and Articles! Natalie shares how to discover more about Polar Bears with fiction and non-fiction resources in this article.

Websites of the Month!   Read this article about Great Kids’ Milestones!

Current Awareness on Scoopit with contests, apps and articles.

Maker-Ed  – STEAM Learning

HCOS student Maclean has fun with the learning commons  Makey Makey kit and video games!  Watch here:

New Kits!

Communities – Grade 2

British Columbia History – Grade 5

Introduction to Canadian Government – Grade 5

Ancient Civilizations – China – Grade 7

Cells and Systems – Grade 8 and 9

Fluids and Dynamics Grade 8

Optics – Grade 8

Math Shape and Space – Grade 8

More unit studies have been added.  Please read this article by Shandra.

Ning Our talent show is still happening on Ning.  High school students be sure to load your entry soon before the contest closes at the end of the month. The next event happening is the writing contest in March/April to coincide with a writing workshop by Sigmund Brouwer.  Check out more here.

Younger students in grades 5 and up to grade 12 may enter this one and parents may post on their behalf.

Subscription Survey Results A big thank you to all our participants in the recent survey!  You told us you liked the following subscriptions the most! Untitled

  • You also told us that 55% of patrons are using the eLibrary.
  • Our stats in the physical commons show an increase of 30% and in the virtual commons over 100%.
  • You told us you liked hands on, engaging supplementary tools to help support 21st-century learning.
  • You also told us you liked databases that helped support independent reading and learning.

Innovation in the Learning Commons! We value your input into making our learning commons an innovative and exciting hub of our blended schools.  If you have more ideas to suggest to our learning commons team please read more in this article.

Blessings

Pippa Davies

Learning Commons Team

Innovators/Makers/Ideas/Disciples Welcome!


 

Innovation and Evaluation

What does Innovation mean to you?  How do you see our schools growing and changing to meet the needs of the 21st century?  How do we encourage our students to grow as disciples?  We want to hear from you as staff, parents and students.  With the move to newer learning outcomes in British Columbia coming shortly and the focus on more project based learning our hope is to build a learning commons which reflects your voice on the integration of Christian education, technology, curriculum, e books and physical books.

If you have ideas in this regard to please share below in our comments area or on our Ning at our Innovation Think Tank.  If you need an invite to our Ning  please contact me via email.

Blessings

Pippa Davies

 

 

 

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