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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Around the World Event


Welcome to the Read Around the World Book Club!  Join Pippa Davies, teacher librarian, as she celebrates beautiful picture books from around the world, during two sessions in March.  Each week we will read books from different parts of the world, celebrating all of the continents.  Here is a list to get you started on your reading using Overdrive e books.  Parents can help their students by starting a passport for reading around the world. More activities can be found on this page to help support your student’s reading.   Then students can continue with their reading after the two weeks.   If they read 20 or more picture books from around the world by the end of March, they will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift certificate for more books!  Please register/s your student once they have completed their reading on this form.

Who may attend?  Students and parents in grades K-6

Where will this happen?  Zoom videoconferencing room.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Read around the World Celebrating Picture Books 
Time: Mar 8,  and 15th 2017 11:00 AM- 12 PM PAC time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/585395427

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,585395427#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 585 395 427
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xWY-QWAogGJIs54iSSwMPUW0-N16p5_b

Cost:  Free

Please register at this poll here.

LEARNING TO CODE TO BUILD A GROWTH MINDSET


by Farrah Falco, Tech Specialist at STEM Magnet Academy, Chicago.

This article is copied from http://edtechchronicle.com/2017/01/learning-to-code-to-build-a-growth-mindset/

By now, most teachers know how important it is to teach Computer Science skills. The logic skills, creative problem solving abilities, and technology fluency will last a lifetime.

When students in Kindergarten through 8th grade learn Computer Science and coding skills, they also gain a growth mindset. That’s an important concept to learn early because, without a growth mindset, it would be almost impossible to learn to read, write, or even add. What interferes and stops most students along the learning pathway is not that they fundamentally cannot learn the concept; instead, it is the belief that they can’t do it and the freezing fear of failure.

Instilling a growth mindset in students has been shown to increase their willingness to persevere through challenges, leading to better learning outcomes. In a recent survey of teachers, 98% said, “all students can and should have a growth mindset.” And a further 97% agreed that, “Fostering a growth mindset in students is part of my job duties and responsibilities.” This is why, beginning in Kindergarten, on the first day of school, our students learn about having a growth mindset and how it’s not a failure to mess up.

It’s a key lesson I share over and over in Computer Science. When a student runs a line of code and it fails, it doesn’t mean that they failed. It means they found a way that didn’t work. That is not failure; it’s called learning. When the fear of failure is removed from the learning equation, amazing things can happen. Dreams are realized, discoveries are made, and lives are changed forever.

In our classes, we use Tynker to help our students learn to code. Not only is Tynker a deep and engaging (even fun) resource for kid-focused tech learning, it’s also a great way to reinforce the growth mindset and the process of learning. With Tynker, our students learn to be brave, to make mistakes, and to try.

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To describe what happens, I have to use a word that doesn’t have an English translation: meraki. It’s modern Greek and it means to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention. No matter how difficult a task, it is done with all your effort, with enthusiasm, with eagerness, with complete love, with all your heart. Meraki is to put your soul into something, to put a little bit of yourself into it, be it singing, dancing, or, in this case, coding.

Tynker invites students to create and learn with meraki.

Students don’t code because they want a good grade or because it makes their teacher happy; they have an intrinsic drive to work on Tynker because it allows them to share a piece of themselves with the world, to see their ideas come to life, to let their voices be heard. And in the process, they foster a growth mindset by seeing for themselves that anything is possible when they throw themselves into it.

The passion my young students have for coding in my class and the self-directed student tutorials, puts learning in their hands. Sometimes all I have to do is stand next to them while they do it.

When a student needs help on Tynker, I simply go over and ask them to specifically state their problem. Most of the time they already know the answer. Then I will tell them, “Be brave. I believe in you.” They try again, it works, and their little faces light up. “Thank you!” they’ll exclaim happily. I then say, “You figured it out on your own. I just stood here.” Sometimes students just call me over and say, “I just need you to stand here.” And I do. I stand beside them while they take a deep breath, shatter the wall, and come out victoriously on the other side. It’s an amazing teaching experience.

This typifies the growth mindset because students persevere and gain confidence in their own ability to problem-solve. And this attitude can spread.

I once saw a kindergartener standing next to a new non-English speaking student who was hesitant, fearfully adding his last bit of code. As I moved closer, the new student hit “Run” and saw his program work. He looked up at the boy standing beside him and smiled. That’s when I saw it. The other student wasn’t just standing there. Our new student had faced his fears, summoned up his courage and the belief he could do it while his young classmate helped him the best way he knew how – by merely standing next to him, metaphorically holding his hand.

That’s when your heart fills all the way up because you just taught them something that will open new worlds and stay with them forever. That is what it feels like to teach Computer Science with Tynker. The best part is watching them learn to learn and persevere.

Yes, the hard lessons and hard skills of learning computer coding absolutely have value. And these skills are highly transferable to other subjects. But when coding is taught right – in a way that empowers the students to find meraki and to try to fail on their own – the growth mindset they acquire is infinitely more valuable.

Publishers on Overdrive: Evan-Moor Educational Publishers


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We are very fortunate to have a wide range of downloadable curriculum in Overdrive. There are many great publishers that we have access to. Over the next week or two we want to highlight some of our publishers and the amazing curriculum we have available for you.

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Our first highlighted publisher is Evan-Moor. Evan-Moor has a wide range of materials from K-8. Their materials are very colourful and creative and many of our families really enjoy using these materials.

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Here are just some of the options we have for you from Evan-Moor:

  1. Literature Pockets
  2. History Pockets
  3. “Daily” Resources such as Daily Math and Daily Science
  4. A variety of Writing Resources
  5. Science Unit Studies
  6. Read and Understand Units
  7. Book Reports
  8. Geography Units

All these resources come in a printable PDF Ebook format. Don’t miss out on using Evan-Moor with your K-8 student! If you need help using Overdrive you can go to this help page or don’t hesitate to contact Pippa Davies at pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Natalie Sing at nsing@onlineschool.ca – we would love to help you get started! Blessings from your Learning Commons Team!

Discover Ancient Egypt


On February 16th, 1923 the Tomb of King Tutankhamen was opened by British Egyptologist Howard Carter. It was a great day for archeology and the study of Ancient Egypt. You can find more information on King Tutankhamen here. Here is information on his tomb.

To help you with your own discoveries here are some books in our e-library for your study of Ancient Egypt!

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100 Facts about Ancient Egypt

Be a Pharaoh for a day and visit the land of the pyramids and the mummies! Discover everything you need to know about ancient Egypt with this brilliant book. One hundred facts, fantastic illustrations and hilarious cartoons give you the inside story on Egyptian life, while fun quizzes test your knowledge. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!

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Great Ancient Egypt Projects

From reed boats, papyrus, and amulets, to pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies, Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the fascinating lives of ancient Egyptians through more than
25 hands-on building projects and activities. Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers today a chance to experience how the ancient Egyptians lived, cooked, worked, worshipped, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbours through building projects that use common household supplies.
Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project are combined with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia for the real-life models of each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life in ancient Egypt.

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Explore Ancient Egypt

Pyramids, mummies, amulets, temples, and pharaohs— Explore Ancient Egypt! brings this fascinating civilization to young readers ages 6–9 with 25 hands-on projects, activities, and games. Kids learn about ancient Egyptian homes, food, money, toys, games, makeup, clothes, kings, mummies, and more. Projects are easy to follow and require primarily common household products and very little adult supervision.
Activities range from making a scarab necklace to writing in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and making King Tut sandals. By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore Ancient Egypt! in this accessible introduction to an incredible, ancient world.

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Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbours

Want to speak Hittite? Hold out a glass and ask for “wa-tar.” This unique activity book for children ages nine and up shows what life was like among the Nubians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, and their neighbours the Egyptians from around 3100 B.C., when Upper and Lower Egypt became one kingdom, to the death of Queen Cleopatra under the Romans, in 30 B.C. Projects such as building a Nubian irrigation machine, creating a Mesopotamian cylinder seal out of clay, making kilts like those worn by Egyptian boys and men, and writing in Hittite cuneiform help young readers to connect with these ancient cultures and see how profoundly they have influenced our own.

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!

Kid President Reminds us of why we teach/homeschool!


BC Christian Home Educators’ Convention 2013


Hands up if you are coming to Convention!

Hands up if you are coming to Convention!

BC CHEC registration opens this Monday, Feburary 18th! Come and join us for a time of encouragement and inspiration. Our Keynote Speakers are Catherine Levison and Cori Dean. Catherine is hosting a full day of workshops based on the Charlotte Mason method! We also have over 40 workshops featuring great speakers such as Paul Faris of HSLDA, Marie Filion, Greg Bitgood and more! Visit our website at: http://bcconvention.ca/index.php
BC CHEC also offers programs for children and teens so the whole family can participate!
Join our Facebook page for updates, contests and great prizes! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/48469982549/

Making Free Online Classes From YouTube Videos: Teachem


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Teachem officially launched the School of You today giving anyone the ability to create unlimited online classes from YouTube videos

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