Digital Unit Study Kit Guides Now on OverDrive



BIG NEWS.  We’ve made some more changes on OverDrive, making our HCOS Digital Unit Study Kit Guides by Rachael Freed (now Rennie), even easier to access.

To quickly find all of these digital kits on OverDrive, visit this link

 

To navigate to the Unit Study Kits from the main page, click our “Curriculum” Menu:

Unit Study Kits from Curriculum Menu

You will see all of the curated lists here that align with BC’s standards.

From there, SCROLL DOWN, and you’ll see all of our Unit Study Kits, LIKE THIS:

Unit Study Kits

It’s THAT EASY.

If you want a quick view of what’s in each collection, click the + sign on the right of each list.  To see all the Unit Study Kits for a particular grade, click, “view more“:

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We’re continually making improvements to serve you better, and are open to your comments and suggestions anytime.  Please feel free to send me an email, cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca


 

New Unit Study Kits and More!


 

New Grade 8 Socials Digital Unit Study Kits

 

We have three new Socials Unit Study Kits for Grade 8:

Coming Soon! Crusades Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit

To cover content and curricular competencies for Gr. 8 Socials, students are required to complete the Middle Ages kit AND the Renaissance kit, and EITHER the Reformation Mini Kit or the Crusades Mini Kit (coming soon).

 

More Learning Commons News

We look forward to hosting our Mystery Read-a-Thon later this month, as well as two webinars on Intermediate resources on Overdrive and a STEAM session! If you have a special request for a new webinar topic, please let us know and we will look into finding an expert to share!

Our Learning Commons has purchased a set of Dash robots for our younger K-Gr 5 students. Our STEAM mentors and teachers are excited to launch these this year at community centers near you. We also have one set available for usage from L4U. See this post for more.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources

 

What? Discover how to use Overdrive and L4U to find Intermediate Resources. Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through the joys of reading using audio and eBooks including some of the amazing digital kits we have on Overdrive.

When? January 16th at 3 pm

Where? Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/794363237

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,794363237#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 794 363 237
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OpBgMMDDAvr8wSA56VIIB1E4cczQAtmu

Register at this poll here.

 

Coding and Tynker: Discovering the Design Process

 

What? Not sure what ADST is? Curious about the Design Process? Wondering how to help your students learn these skills? Join us today as we take a look at ADST, the Design Process, how it relates to various skills, coding, and more. Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through these topics, and introduce us to some of his own courses which have been created to help families tackle ADST successfully.

Who?All individualized students and online students/parents or staff are welcome. There will be a time for Q and A after the session.

When? Jan 30th @ 3 pm

Where: Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

Please register at this poll here.

 

New Year New Goals!


 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Happy New Year!

January and Winter are here, and the research, reading, and learning are happening!  January is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for reading and research!  Let us know if we can help you with any of your research or project queries.  We love to find the very best bibliographic resources to help your student shine!

We look forward to hosting our Mystery Read-a-Thon later this month, as well as two webinars on Intermediate resources on Overdrive and a STEAM session! If you have a request for a webinar on some new learning please let us know and we will look into finding an expert to share!

SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you for participating our new physical commons survey.  Here are some of the results.

FUNCTIONS OF A LEARNING COMMONS TOP THREE:

  • 92 % Believe the learning commons should be a place to borrow a variety of materials
  • 83% believe that the learning commons serves as a place of research and reading.
  • 63% believe that the physical commons serves as a place for Maker ed learning.

ARCHITECTURAL ASPECTS TOP THREE:

  • Natural Light
  • Open Plan Layout with a few traditional office/collaboration/reading rooms.
  • Innovative Out of the Box style architecture

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE LEARNING COMMONS TOP FOUR:

  • 88% Books
  • 76% Electronic access and wireless support
  • 72% Library staff
  • 61% Robotics and Maker Kits!

 

NEW IN THE LEARNING COMMONS

The learning commons has purchased a set of Dash robots for our younger K-Gr 5 students.  Our STEAM mentors and teachers are excited to launch these this year at community centres near you.  We also have one set available for usage from L4U.  See this post for more.

 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Mystery Read-A-Thon

Jan 22- Feb 9th.  Register by reading the post above.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources

 

WhatDiscover how to use Overdrive and L4U to find Intermediate Resources.  Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through the joys of reading using audio and eBooks including some of the amazing digital kits we have on Overdrive.

When?  January 16th at 3 pm

Where?  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/794363237

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,794363237#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 794 363 237
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OpBgMMDDAvr8wSA56VIIB1E4cczQAtmu

Register at this poll here.

 

Coding and Tynker:  Discovering the Design Process

 

What?  Not sure what ADST is?  Curious about the Design Process?  Wondering how to help your students learn these skills?  Join us today as we take a look at ADST, the Design Process, how it relates to various skills, coding, and more.  Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through these topics, and introduce us to some of his own courses which have been created to help families tackle ADST successfully.

Who?All individualized students and online students/parents or staff are welcome. There will be a time for Q and A after the session. 

When?  Jan 30th @ 3 pm  

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

Please register at this poll here.

Blessings for a healthy, happy and peaceful New year!

From the Learning Commons Team!

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


 

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

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.

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

Timberdoodle’s review
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!

 

 

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

 

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.

Springing into March: Learning Commons Newsletter


As I share our news from my learning commons, office on this sunny but snowy day, I am reminded that Spring is just 23 days away!  Yes, time to drop a layer or two and look forward to the new buds! 😀

We are so grateful to connect with you all in this wonderful community we call HCS Blended Commons! Thank you for the awesome patronage shared by our staff and families!   We hope you will enjoy some of our team’s collaborative efforts.  We also love to hear from you!  Feel free to contact us and share your blog posts, suggestions or feedback.

Curriculum Finds!

Natalie shared more about some of the amazing fiction books related to International Friendship Month (career and health outcomes grade 1-5) we have on our E Library in this article here.  Did you know that February 20th was Love Your Pet Day?  Natalie shares some of the wonderful curriculum we have purchased in regards to novel studies and pets in this article here.   For grade seven students learning about Ancient Egypt you may discover how to use some amazing social studies curriculum in this article here.

Picture Books Celebration

If you have a student who enjoys reading, blogging or reviewing books,  please invite them to join in our Chocolate Lily Children’s book awards celebration and blogging bonanza.  Read more in this article here.  To launch this part of our book club Natalie and Pippa will be hosting a “How to Blog” webinar next week on Thursday March 6th @ 11 am.  If your students in grades 4-9 would like to attend please RSVP Pippa Davies.  Come ready with questions and Gmail address to get your Blogger going!  If you are 13 or under please ask a parent whether they are willing to share their Gmail address?

Here is the link to the virtual classroom on Blackboard Collaborate.  Please sign in 15 minutes early to check your headset and sound.


https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.DFDD377336D30DF4C874D117700BD6

Campus News

From the campus Jessie shares about her inquiry based learning and iBuddies program in this article.

March Happenings

Missions Read-A-Thon winners will be announced in March.  Don’t forget to add up your reading and donate your monies to our worthy charity! Thank you for participating with us!!  Read more at this website.

PRIZE for the E Reader competition on Overdrive will be shared on the blog next week.  Stay tuned for more information:)

Innovator of the Year Competition on the Ning.   If your student has a science project, computer skill set, video producer, virtual world innovator, or entrepreneur please encourage them to enter this competition.  Students in grades 4-12 may enter.  D Day is March 15th for all entries!  If you would like an invite to the Ning to find out more please contact Pippa Davies.

Current Awareness

Find some great lesson plans, and educational resources related to Plants, Nutrition and St Patricks Day, Martin Luther, Carol Barnier, Science and Math, Art, and apps,  in our Scoopit Newsletter.

Blessings from our learning commons team!

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever. Psalm 136:1 (NIrV)

Learn, teach, and share online video lessons


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Educational videos and lesson plans to help make your classroom more vibrant and interesting.

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