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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

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.

Sunshine, Reading and Makered!


Summer is almost here, birds are singing, flowers are blossoming and the outdoors is calling!  To celebrate the start of those long, lazy days of summer we have some great educational resources lined up for you.

First watch this video which highlights why reading is important over the summer holidays! Don’t delay sign out your reading material with either L4U or Overdrive E Library.  If you have recently enrolled with our school please contact Shandra Wiebe for your passwords swiebe@onlineschool.ca so you can gain access NOW!

Reading Ideas for the summer!

New Resources on Overdrive- Latest e books on Overdrive and more.

Ideas for reading this Summer!  Natalie shares her favourite picks for lazing under the Maple tree.

Young adults free E book summer promotion with Overdrive

New Digital Kits from our Curriculum Team!

The British Civil War and The Glorious Revolution -Grade 9

The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte  Grade 9

American Revolution and Loyalists – Grade 9

Canadian History Overview to 1815 – Grade 9

Techie Tools for Grad students and end of Year exams!

Quizlet is a popular flash card service that students can use in their web browser on IOS and Android devices.  Text to speech mode in 18 languages is a PLUS.  A new aspect is Speller which plays words for you and you have to type correctly into the space provided.

StudiezPro is a powerful scheduling app which will help you ace time management. StudiezPro allows you to input your class schedule and homework into a built-in planner, then alerts you of approaching deadlines, keeps track of your grades, organizes your extracurricular schedule, and counts down to your next class.

Makered Ideas for the Summer!

Free summer camp from Make Enjoy tinkering and exploring online or at home or at a camp near you by clicking on this live map on this page. Learn more about MakerEd at our school here.

New to Homeschooling?  Check out our Home School web linking library for ideas on different ideas and resources.

Ning

Our Poetry competition is winding down for final marking by our judges.  Please make sure to enter your students work on Ning at the following link.  We are very excited to announce our winners in June!  Stay tuned!

Current Awareness Scoopit Newsletter!

Using the Learning commons over the Summer!

As we look forward to a lovely summer break there are some important dates you need to take note of.

If you have not re-enrolled, ALL library items are due back in the library by June 18th, 2015 and you cannot book items for next year.

Booking for next year:
You can book now for next year, but the first open day you can book items for the new school year is September 4th. Please DO NOT book items in July or August! We do not ship during the summer, so you will be reminded to rebook.
1. The earliest you can book an item is dependent on your homeroom, which indicates your shipping days ie. HCOS2 is 2 shipping days, (you can see your homeroom in your Profile page when logged in).
2. Add your shipping days to the date of September 4th, which is the first open date, to find the earliest date you can actually book an item: ie. If you are in HCOS3 your earliest ship date would be September 7th.
3. This works for any date you are booking for. For example, if I want to book an item for the next day, but I am in HCOS5, the system will state it is not available because it takes 5 days to ship to me.
4. I would need to choose a date 5 days in the future. The system will offer other open dates; please be sure the option you choose is for the loan period of 49 days.
5. When booking unit study kits for the year, please remember there is a limit of 3 kits per family out at one time.

  • Please do not:
    Book items back to back; we will delete the extra bookings. An item can be renewed if no one else has a reserve on it.
    DO NOT book kits so that they overlap with other kits, which takes you over the 3 kit limit. We will ask you to rebook.
    We have these limits in place to ensure all of our families have equal access to the resources.

Library loans for the summer:
If you have re-enrolled, you have the option of taking out material over the summer:

If you enrolled recently you will be sent a client code and pin from L4U at the beginning of the month, (check your junk folder!)
Last date for ordering items for the summer is June 19th

All material will be due back in the library August 14th, no exceptions! We need to have all items in and ready to go for the new school year.
There is a limit of 30 books per family
And a limit of 1 unit study 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 14th.
If you have any questions, please contact Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca or Kelly Wiebe at shipping@heritagechristian.ca

 

Summer Reading-Physical Commons

Summer is a time for professional development for parents and teachers! You have the opportunity to become acquainted with new material before you teach it, read up on different methods of teaching and make adjustments to your learning plans.

It’s a time to be refreshed and inspired so you can motivate your students! We have some awesome resources available:

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.

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully (Gr. 4 – 8) by Ruth Beechick
Here is THE book for all parents who want to teach their children. Includes sections on reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as subjects beyond the three R’s for grades 4 – 8.

This is just a small sampling of what we have on the shelves.
You can find more of our resources by logging into L4U and clicking on the TOPIC SEARCH tab.
Then click on the 001 Resouces icon and scroll through the list.

The Home Education icon lists 95 books related to this topic! Be sure to check out all of the other lists like Apologetics, Character, Manners and Values, and Novel studies!

Homeschool catalogues are a great resource. If you see a title you are interested in, search for it in our library. If we have it, you can check it out instead of buying it! If we don’t have it and you think we should, let us know!

Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of good reading!

Blessings from 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.

Summer time and the books are calling – Summer Reading Contest!


Fish are jumping and the weather is fine:)


 YES… it is finally time to take a break from studies, head outdoors and celebrate the beauty and majesty of British Columbia and Alberta!  Before you head out on holidays please remember that the best way to read this summer is to log into your Overdrive E library, and find your e-book or audiobook of choice.  Overdrive will be open all summer long to help your students reach new reading targets, and may also to help you prepare for next year with some amazing curriculum choices.

See below for details about our Summer Reading Contest!

Pippa and Natalie would like to share their 3 favourite reads with you to invite you to enjoy Overdrive this summer!

Pippa!

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  Middle school and up. The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster-father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Racing Home by Adele Dueck We read this book as part of our grade 6-8 book club and all agreed this was the favourite along with Catboy (Eric Walters)  from the Red Cedar awards.

My favourite for all in the early elementary has to be Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne! Come with us to an enchanted place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be.

Natalie!

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White A beautiful story on audiobook for your listening pleasureGrades K-3 “Louis is a Trumpeter Swan, but he has no voice. Though he is frightened when his father explains to him that he is different from the other cygnets. Louis is resourceful and determined. Leaving his wild and beautiful home, he finds a young human friend, Sam Beaver, who helps him learn to read and write. When he returns to his lake, Louis discovers his education isn’t enough: The beautiful swan he loves, Serena, can’t read his declarations of love–and he can’t trumpet them. Louis’s resolution to win the swan of his desire launches him on an adventure that will take him far from home and lead where fate–and love–have a few surprises in store. With humor and lyric beauty, E. B. White tells a timeless tale of love, courage, and freedom that will capture the imagination of every listener.”

Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright This was an all-time favourite read aloud in our family! We have it in the Overdrive library in audiobook form. Wonderful for those long summer car trips! Great for grades 3-6. “Enjoy the adventures of eleven year-old Portia, who together with her younger brother, Foster, spend a summer with their cousin, Julian, engaged in more than the usual summer pastimes of sun, fun and games! The three intrepid children soon discover a fascinating abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted, crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp. But, best of all, they discover and befriend an elderly eccentric brother and sister who tell them the story of “Gone-Away Lake”!”

Summer of the Monkeys by Louis Rawls Another wonderful summer read! Grades 4-8 The last thing a fourteen-year-old boy expects to find along an old Ozark river bottom is a tree full of monkeys. Jay Berry Lee’s grandpa had an explanation, of course–as he did for most things. The monkeys had escaped from a traveling circus, and there was a handsome reward in store for anyone who could catch them. Grandpa said there wasn’t any animal that couldn’t be caught somehow, and Jay Berry started out believing him . . . But by the end of the “summer of the monkeys,” Jay Berry Lee had learned a lot more than he ever bargained for–and not just about monkeys. He learned about faith, and wishes coming true, and knowing what it is you really want. He even learned a little about growing up . . . This novel, set in rural Oklahoma around the turn of the century, is a heartwarming family story–full of rich detail and delightful characters–about a time and place when miracles were really the simplest of things…

Finally, I would also say that a great non-fiction book to enjoy over the summer would be a Thornton Burgess’ book The Burgess Seashore book for Children. Read about all of the seashore creatures in story form infused with facts about each one. “Familiar Burgess characters Danny Meadow Mouse, Jimmy Skunk, and Reddy Fox explore every nook and cranny of the shoreline and learn first hand about the habits and habitats of spider crabs, sea cucumbers, sand eels, and that strangest of little fishes—the sea horse. Veteran storyteller and nature lover Thornton W. Burgess provides fascinating information to young readers as he describes coastal areas along the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way he weaves the area’s many life forms into an entertaining tale that’s also an illustrated guide to the seashore’s natural history.”

 

What are your favourite reads?  We would love to hear your reviews of e or audio books which you may read over the summer:)

All summer long as you read a book from our Overdrive Library,  come back to this post and write a review in the comment section below. We will then pull a name randomly from all the reviews that we receive, and announce a winner in September. The prize will be a Kobo e- Reader, that will enable you to read more Overdrive e-books!!

We pray that the Lord will bless you and keep you this summer and offer a much-needed rest!

Blessings from the learning commons team!

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.

January News!


English: .. Dansk: Naturhistorisk Privatunderv...

Welcome to Winter in the learning commons;)

 This month we are focusing on some of the wonderful curriculum we have in our blended learning commons.  As research beckons, book reports get published and science experiments presented,  we thought we would invite you to try some amazing curriculum and learning resources.
Shandra Wiebe shares more about some of our science curriculum  found in the physical learning commons.  Click here.  To check out science non-fiction on the E Library  click here.  Feel free to add your suggestions, as we want to grow this area?

Are you interested in science lab reports?  Find some rubrics here.  General science websites are found here.

For information on assessment from a Christian worldview go here, and here.

New in social studies on the E Library we have activity guides, and books on ancient Egypt and Rome.  Grade 7 students we appreciate your opinion on these items and if you want us to order more?

Reading Promotions

Missions Read-A-thon starts this February and if you have a student in grades K-9 you might want to encourage them to take part in this exciting literary/missions event.  Please contact Shandra Wiebe if you have any queries in this regard.

Events happening on the E Library include the Device Raffle.  To learn more how to take part read this article. The only requirement to win an e reader is to read something on HCS E Library.  Contact Pippa if you need help setting up your device.

Social MediaNatalie shares more about using Google Plus for our community,  and how social media can work for you here.

Events on the Ning!  Currently we have The HCS Schools Innovator of the Year Awards.  Check out more about this new and interesting challenge for all students grade 4 and up here.

Current Awareness  Newsletter.  To learn more about upcoming Olympics fun, coding lessons, homeschooling goals and Valentine’s Day check out our latest newsletter.Blessings from all in the Learning Commons!

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Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute | MindShift


See on Scoop.it21 century education

Getty Bestselling author and educational expert Alan November’s new book Who Owns the Learning?

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

I love the idea do student as teacher, designer of personal learning plan, researcher and scribe! This looks like a good book to read!

See on blogs.kqed.org

Campus/Online Blended Humanities 10


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This past Monday, Mr. Mark Daley guest lectured on campus while online students followed live via illuminate. Mr. Vanee and Mr. Laird and Mr. Daley tri-teach this year’s Humanities 10 class. It was great for our campus students to put a physical face to a virtual voice.

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