Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday with us!


We are not one hundred percent sure when Shakespeare was born, but we celebrate his birthday on April 23rd. Here are some facts about Shakespeare. There is very little known about Shakespeare, which has spawned many conspiracies about him and his life. You can watch one video called The Shakespeare Conspiracy here.

Many of his plays are available in our Learn 360 subscription. You can watch Romeo and Juliet (in Ballet form), Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, King Richard II, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet (in play form), Macbeth and The Merry Wives of Windsor. You can also find several videos about Shakespeare’s poetry and the Globe Theatre. In Discovery Education you can find WordPlay Shakespeare, which includes the play alongside the original and modern Texts. There is Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can also find Standard Deviants Shakespeare Tragedies in Discovery Education with great explanations of all of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.

Discover Shakespeare resources for all ages in our L4U library: several retellings of Shakespeare Plays; Irresistible Shakespeare, which includes several Readers Theatre Scripts; The World of Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the Globe,  and several audio retellings of Shakespeare.

In Overdrive we recently added a range of study guides for you, the texts can be found at Project Gutenberg which you can access from our Overdrive site.

Cliffs Complete

Cliffs Complete: Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar

Complete Classroom Press

Complete Classroom Press: Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet

The Globe Education

Globe Education Shakespeare: Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing and Romeo and Juliet

Shmoop Guide

Shmoop Guides: Romeo and Juliet

The Plays the Thing

For more information about Shakespeare read The Play’s the Thing by Ruth Turk

Gary Blackwood

And if you are looking for a springboard to Shakespeare, Gary Blackwood’s books are great options: The Shakespeare Stealer and The Shakespeare Scribe.

If you are wanting to study Shakespeare with younger children I would suggest using the following:

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

And finally a few great resources for all students are Video SparkNotes for Shakespeare  and these note booking pages for Shakespeare plays.

Have fun exploring Shakespeare!

Blessings, The Learning Commons Team

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.

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!

Teaching ‘The Great Gatsby’ With The New York Times


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In honor of the new film, we update an old post with new resources and teaching ideas. Do your students still relate to Gatsby and see the “flawed world” of America today in Fitzgerald’s portrait of the Jazz Age?

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Lesson plan for grade 11/12 on the classic novel “The Great Gatsby”.

See on learning.blogs.nytimes.com

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