Why Audiobooks Work!



I LOVE listening to audiobooks!  Perhaps it’s a sign of my age, but growing up as a young child in South Africa, radio was the only media we had other than books.  I can remember the names of my favourite radio shows so well, including the exciting content, as my mind was left to imagine all the visual details, and fill in all the gaps.

Some of you may think that listening to audio is not really reading. Does it count as reading?

Listening to audiobooks “counts” as reading if you believe that reading is not only decoding, but critically thinking about the author’s message, and making heart connections!


Why Is Audio Beneficial?

Here are some ways listening to audiobooks can encourage students who may struggle with reading:

  • Introduces students to higher reading levels and more advanced vocabulary
  • Models good interpretive reading
  • Teaches critical listening skills
  • Introduces new genres that students may not otherwise consider
  • Assists in bringing an understanding of different dialects and accents.
  • Provides a read-aloud model along with the written book
  • Opens the pathway to important discussions at the dinner table
  • Allows all family members to listen together, and experience the wonderful delight of hearing stories told

This past year we have made an effort to purchase more audio books on our Overdrive eLibrary for your reading enjoyment.

To discover audio simply refine your topic/keyword search by clicking on the left-hand filter and search via audiobooks.  

 

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To view our entire collection of audiobooks, go to advanced search, and choose “audiobooks” as the format.  

How to find audiobooks

You may listen to the audio by simply clicking on the links after borrowing the item and then sharing to your browser!


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Summer Reading and the Books are Open!


Yes, it’s almost time to bring out the beach towels, and head for the sun and turf with our basket of books!  To stay on top of the reading lapse over summer, we have some awesome ideas to help you stay literate.  Catch these on Overdrive, which is open all summer long!


TEACHERS and PARENTS:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT on OVERDRIVE

To discover a wonderful array of professional development resources, look no further than our Overdrive eLibrary.  You will find homeschooling books (philosophies),  teaching books, and different pedagogies including STEAM and Inquiry-based learning.  To access these materials click on Overdrive eLibrary under “Collections” and then under “Teacher Lounge“.


Here are some of our newer materials on Overdrive for you to enjoy, and catch up on all things Professional Development!

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In Hacking Education, Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez employ decades of teaching experience and hundreds of discussions with education thought leaders, to show you how to find and hone the quick fixes that every school and classroom need. Using a Hacker’s mentality, they provide one Aha moment after another with 10 Quick Fixes for Every School—solutions to everyday problems that any teacher or administrator can implement immediately.


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Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators. They discover powerful skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination—that will help them shape the world’s future…our future. In Launch, John Spencer and A.J. Juliani provide a process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level…even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative teacher.” And if you dare to innovate and view creativity as an essential skill, you will empower your students to change the world—starting right now.


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History of the English Bible is unknown to many people who regularly read scripture. It is a story of deprivation, perseverance, and achievement.

The Catholic Church had maintained a grip on the Bible for a thousand years, ensuring on pain of death that the Latin version was the only scripture available. In the late 1300’s and early 1400’s scholars and theologians began to rebel against the Church’s monopoly and began to produce ‘English’ Bibles, initially scribed laboriously by hand and using the Latin text ‘word for word’ as the source.

William Tyndale was a man with the divine mission to make the Bible accessible to the common Englishman. Not satisfied with the Latin Bible as his source, he went back to the original Hebrew and Greek and produced an English Bible. After years of evading capture Tyndale was arrested and in 1536 he was burnt at the stake as a heretic under the orders of the Church and King Henry VIII, but his legacy lives on in the English Bible which today still comprises nearly 90% of his beautiful, resonant translation.


STUDENTS:  SCIENCE and INQUIRY

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Lives of the Scientists

Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work—and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt’s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric—and anything but dull.


Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors?  In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly, no women were doctors.

In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly, no women were doctors.

But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren’t smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally—when she graduated from medical school and went on to have a brilliant career—proved her detractors wrong. This inspiring story of the first female doctor shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone is an NPR Best Book of 2013


Eleven Experiments that Failed Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup–and nothing else–all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book’s curious narrator. Here are 12 “hypotheses,” as well as lists of “what you need,” “what to do,” and “what happened” that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup–and nothing else–all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book’s curious narrator. Here are 12 “hypotheses,” as well as lists of “what you need,” “what to do,” and “what happened” that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter–the ingenious pair that brought you 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore–have outdone themselves in this brilliant and outrageously funny book.


If I built a Car and If I built a House are both by Chris Van Dusen, introducing students to the art of making.

Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he’d like to build. There’s a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack’s soaring imagination in the driver’s seat, we’re deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this whimsical, tantalizing take on the car of the future. Illustrations packed with witty detail, bright colors, and chrome recall the fabulous fifties and an era of classic American automobiles. Infectious rhythm and clever invention make this wonderful read-aloud a launch pad for imaginative fun.


Caroline’s Comets

Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) was not only one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived but also the first woman to be paid for her scientific work. Born the youngest daughter of a poor family in Hanover, Germany, she was scarred from smallpox, stunted from typhus and used by her parents as a scullery maid. But when her favorite brother, William, left for England, he took her with him. The siblings shared a passion for stars, and together they built the greatest telescope of their age, working tirelessly on star charts. Using their telescope, Caroline discovered fourteen nebulae and two galaxies, was the first woman to discover a comet and became the first woman officially employed as a scientist—by no less than the King of England! The information from the Herschels’ star catalogs is still used by space agencies today.


Enigma by Eric Walters

Having successfully foiled a Nazi plot to kidnap one of the British Royal Family, brothers Jack and George are on the move again—this time to England. The boys and their parents are traveling aboard a merchant ship that’s part of a convoy carrying supplies and troops to the battlefields of Europe at the request of the royal family, who wishes to thank them for rescuing Princess Louise.

Crossing the Atlantic is challenging enough … but when the destroyers attached to their convoy torpedo a U-boat, events take another very surprising turn. The U-boat was transporting a secret: a secret that Jack and George’s mother is now entrusted with … and a secret that the Nazis will kill to protect. When the family comes ashore in England, they’re whisked off to Bletchley Park, the hub of the British spy network, so that they can help to decipher it.


 

Canadian Historical Fiction, Anyone?


Karen Autio is a local author of a trilogy of historical novels for young readers.

Here’s a snapshot of each historical novel, available now in our L4U Physical Library:

Second-WatchCoverSecond Watch – An immigrant story of hardship and hope, faith, and family. In May 1914, when the Finnish Lutheran Mäki family of Port Arthur, Ontario, finally cobbles together enough for passage to Finland on the Empress of Ireland, they never dreamed it would be the steamship’s final voyage, wrecking in the St. Lawrence River.

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Saara’s Passage – After surviving one of the worst marine disasters in Canadian history, Saara Mäki still feels a little at sea. “Saara, your life has been spared for a purpose.” But all this 12-year-old girl can see is washing dishes and peeling potatoes. That is, until Aunt Marja contracts tuberculosis and must move a thousand miles away to the Toronto sanatorium, leaving Baby Sanni behind with Saara’s family. S\aara’s next passage takes her into entirely unfamiliar waters.

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Sabotage – The courage and wits of siblings Saara and John Mäki are put to the test when German spies sabotage Canada’s war effort in Port Arthur in 1915. Told by both Saara and John, this final book in the trilogy takes readers into a real-life world of espionage, sabotage, and paranoia. The story involves immigration, discriminatory policies of the Canadian government, internment of enemy aliens, treatment of minority groups, and human rights, all of which lead students into understanding different perspectives and making ethical judgments.

 

All three titles are published by Sono Nis Press (www.sononis.com) and were finalists for awards including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, and the BC Chocolate Lily Book Award.

Each of Karen’s books has a free downloadable Teacher’s Guide or Student Activity Guide, available through her website:  http://www.karenautio.com/SchoolVisits.html.

To learn more, visit her website at www.karenautio.com or her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KarenAutioAuthor.

For even more Canadian historical fiction options, please refer to the following pages:  Canadian Historical Fiction Part I, and Canadian Historical Fiction Part II.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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 😀

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

READ A THON Winners!!


We are SOO excited to announce this year’s Read-A-Thon winners! We had 165 eager Readers who read a ton, tweeted some and shared selfies!  Check out this Storify to see some of the selfies and tweets.

A Huge thank you to parents and teachers for encouraging your students in their literacy goals!  Congratulations to all students who participated and completed literacy goals!  Mrs Wiebe will be sending your gift certificates shortly.  A participation certificate will be coming your way via email from your teacher.

 

Drum Roll for the list of winners:

Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On behalf of the Elementary and High School top winners, Varenka and Timothy the Learning Commons will donate $500 to Out of Ashes Children’s Home in Africa, Kitale located here at this website address:
www.buildingbeyondborderskenya.com

Blessings

Your Learning commons team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Read-A-Thon time!


Hi all learning commons peeps!!!!

Hey Avid Readers, we have enjoyed reading your tweets and seeing your pictures! We are looking forward to seeing more selfies and reviews, so dress up as your favorite character and take a picture!  You can email it to Pippa, pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

At the end of Friday, you need to tally up your reading minutes and fill in the Minutes Completed form.

Deadline to submit minutes is Wednesday, February 12th, 2015. If you don’t submit this form, you are not eligible for the prize draws.

We will announce the winners on Monday, February 16th!

Here is the Certificate which you can print for your students. Certificate

Blessings

Pippa and the learning commons team

K-3 Online Resources You May Want to Explore


If you are looking for some great resources for your K-3 aged children we would like to highlight a few for you:

1.  We have a wide variety of Bible resources available on Overdrive. Many of them would be perfect for your K-3 student.

2.  We have an amazing collection of Picture Books available in Overdrive with a wide variety of titles and subjects.

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3.  We now have Overdrive Unit Studies with Language Arts, Math, Science, Music and Art for you to use with your K-1 students. These are in Open PDF format and can be printed. We have added: Ocean, The Circus, Color My World, Life on a Pond, Pirates and Harvest.

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4.  Reading Rainbow is available on Discovery Education and we have some matching books available in L4U and Overdrive. Here is a list of episodes and matching books.

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5. We have a variety of literature studies available for your student. You can explore the author studies, book units as well as literature studies including fairy tales, folk tales etc. You can also find a variety of reading lists with links on this page, including a Canadian Picture Book list.

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6.  If you have yet to login to Pebble Go! and take a look at all it has to offer, I encourage you to do it very soon. Pebble Go! has great readers for Science and Social Studies that are visual, easy to follow and will encourage your student to want to read more!

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7.  We have a wide variety of Math Resources in Overdrive including living math books for you to explore math literacy with your student.

8.  We continue to add more Resource Kits to our collection – both digital and physical. Here are the K-1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 Kits.
9.  We have many Writing Resources for your K-3 student from Handwriting to Report Writing we have many options. For K-1 you can look here. For 2-3 you can look here.

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10.  Discovery Education has a wide range of videos for your K-3 student (look under more in series to find all the videos from that series) including: Math Monsters, A First Look – Science Videos, The Number Crew, Holiday Facts and Fun, Art Tango, Rabbit Ears, When I Grow Up, The Story of Read-Alee-Deed-Alee, Discovering Language Arts, Primary Music Appreciation and many, many more.

Back to School Greetings!


Greetings and welcome back to a new school year with Heritage Christian Schools Blended Learning Commons 😀

We hope your first week back is going well, and you have enjoyed opening that new curriculum!  Or maybe you have not hit the books yet,  but are enjoying the last few rays of sunshine, or celebrating not back to school with a WOW day!  Whatever you are doing we pray the Lord will bring great learning this year, and blessings in your online environment!

We thought we would introduce our learning commons team, and point you in the right direction to get you started in the learning commons this fall.  Shandra Wiebe is our online librarian and she works from Kelowna!  She is your go to lady for all things related to how L4U works and reference retrieval from the catalogue.  Kelly Wiebe is back on track with shipping and she does an awesome job of getting all things shipped to you in fine shape .  Natalie Sing is our curriculum consultant who loves helping families find curriculum to suit their needs, whether it be e books, websites or digital databases.  Jessie Davis is our campus co-ordinator and she is available for campus reference queries and events in the physical commons.  Sherri Funk is our campus reading specialist and she loves teaching music and reading skills.  Erin Duncan is our Forum and Ning moderator, and she keeps the peace in all things social networking.   New this year to our team we have Rachael Freed former HCOS alumni returning as a teacher and kit writer for the learning commons.  Welcome Rachael!  Then of course there is me, Pippa Davies who does a bit of everything in the cloud, but loves helping students, staff and parents find the right information at the right time!.  We all runs webinars related to websites, subscriptions, and research, and we love to co-teach anything in the literacy realm.

  • Learning commons passwords to use both the E library on Overdrive and the campus physical commons catalogue L4U are emailed to you when you enrol with the school, or when you email Shandra Wiebe our online Librarian. swiebe@onlineschool.ca
  • Please check your junk mail folder for passwords.  We have found in the past that when you enrol your  L4U generated passwords may often get sent to junk.  We are working on fixing this.  This is only for new enrolling families.  If you are unsure at all please email Shandra
  • Watch the Getting Started video on our website.  Just five minutes long it will point you in the right direction!
  • Our blended commons has a large variety of digital databases and subscriptions and we want you to know about all of them!:D  Please scroll through the alphabetical listing of our subscriptions to find learning resources to meet 21st century learning.  New this year we have Pebble Go and Nallenart L’art De Lire French curriculum.  Your teacher will help you get started by sharing the list of usernames and passwords.  Please make sure you do not share these with other school students.  We are only paying for HCS blended commons families.  Beth Johnson is in charge of signing up patrons for the different databases.
  • If you missed our Training session on using the Learning Commons please feel free to listen to the recording here:https://hcslearningcommons.org/archived-webinars/
  • Ning is back in the swing! if you have not seen the green icon on our website, and you have a student aged 13 and older please send them my way to join our private social network,  moderated by both Erin Duncan, Natalie Sing and Pippa Davies.  Students, parents and staff meet to share music, photographs, websites, learning experiences and more! All events planned on the Ning encourage discipleship and community, along with competitions and prizes.  If you would like an invite please email Pippa Davies pdavies@onlineschool.ca New this month we have a mentoring program for new grade 8/9 students and our older senior students.  For more information check out this group page here.  There are also icebreaker games for you to check out on the events tab!
  • Our summer reading challenge is still open to all our avid readers from K-12 who would like to share their book reviews.  For more information go here or to share your book review go here.
  • Please follow our blog by signing up on the learning commons website.
  • Information on all book clubs will be updated shortly.  But in the meantime here is a sneak peek!

Natalie shares more on the latest in the way of curriculum with her article on Canadian Historical Fiction.  What a great way to meet social studies learning outcomes than by reading great non – fiction books!

Shandra shares some important booking information for kits on L4U.

Lis Johnston, HCOS learning services consultant shares about learning styles in her book review on The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles.

Current awareness newsletter on Scoopit.

From all of us to all of you, cyberhugs and blessings!

The learning commons team!

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