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Many of these resources will need supplementing, as they may not fully cover the Big Ideas of BC’s Modernized Curriculum.  Please discuss this with your support teacher. The links provided below most often bring you to the publisher’s website, however, most of these products can be purchased from one of our preferred vendors using your PO#.

 

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (broken down into option areas)

Computational Thinking/Programming (Grades 6 – 9)

  • Coding Projects in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Coding Your Own Animations, Games, Simulations
  • Creative Coding in Python: 30+ Programming Projects in Art, Games, and More
  • Sphero (available from Best Buy)

Computers and Communications Devices (Grades 6 – 9)

  • DK Help Your Kids with Computer Science

Digital Literacy (Grades 6 – 9)

Drafting (Grades 6 – 9)

Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Grades 6 – 9)

  • Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox by Anthony O’Neal
  • Your Start-Up Starts Now! A Guide to Entrepreneurship Series by Crabtree explores the traits, skills, and values associated with achieving success in the world of entrepreneurship. Each title focuses on a particular field of entrepreneurship and outlines key phases involved in the process of starting up a business, including industry and market research, developing a business plan, finding funding sources, marketing, building brand identity, and creating plans for growth.
  • Micro Business for Teens Workbook by Carol Topp
  • Common Sense Business for Kids  by Kathryn Daniels
  • The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Food Studies (Grades 6 – 9)

  • Starting from Scratch by Sarah Elton
  • The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs
  • Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat

Power Technology (Grades 6 – 9)

  • The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

Robotics (Grades 6 – 9)

  • DK Robot by Lucy Rogers
  • National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics by Jennifer Swanson
  • Brick Robots: 30 Builds: An unofficial guide to making awesome robots from classic LEGO by Kevin Hall
  • Robotics Smart Machines Kit by Thames & Kosmos

Textiles (Grades 6 – 9)

  • Bunkhouse Sewing Books
  • Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens! Learn 6 All-Time Favorite Skills: Sew, Knit, Crochet, Felt, Embroider & Weave by Nicole Blum
  • Klutz: Stitch & Style Pouches
  • Klutz Felted Friends: Make Six Adorable Wool Animals
  • Klutz: Sew Mini Animals
  • Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love – 21 Projects to Sew

Woodwork (Grades 6 – 9)

  • 20-Minute Whittling Projects: Fun Things to Carve from Wood
  • Guide to Woodworking with Kids: 15 Craft Projects to Develop the Lifelong Skills of Young Makers (releases Aug/19)

Bible

  • NIV Teen Study Bible (Grades 7 – 12)

Bible Studies

Christianity and Christian Worldview

Highly Recommended Christian Curriculum Publishers

  • Daily Social & Workplace Skills – reading passages, graphic organizers, real-world activities, etc.
  • Going Above and Beyond Series by Crabtree –  creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills are essential for preparing young people for the future.  This series gives readers the tools to not only build these essential skills but to apply them to all situations so they become habits.
  • Better Together: Creating Community in an Uncertain World by Nikki Tate
  • How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000: Earn! Save! Invest! by James McKenna
  • Daily Marketplace Skills – reading passages, graphic organizers, real-world activities, etc.
  • Be the Change: The future is in your hands – 16+ creative projects for civic and community action by Eunice Moyle
  • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex Harris
  • What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job
  • Find Your Fit Discovery Workbook: Discover Your Unique Design by Kevin Johnson
  • Career Education Series  by Crabtree Publishing
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
  • DK Careers: The Graphic Guide to Planning Your Future

Grammar

Grammar and Composition Combined

  • Writers in Residence -a writing-focused language arts program. While completing high-interest writing assignments, students learn about sentence structure, the parts of speech, and the conventions of the English language for punctuation, capitalization, and usage. 2 Volumes; begin with Volume 1 regardless of grade; Grades 4 – 8.
  • Essentials in Writing includes an instructional DVD and a workbook; a complete grammar composition curriculum for Grades 1 – 12

Literary Analysis & Novel Studies

  • Progeny Press Novel Studies from a Christian Perspective – Grades K – 12
  • Veritas Press has some wonderful choices in their Literature Studies, which are by grade level.
  • Classroom Complete Press’ Novel Study Literature Kits include higher-order thinking questions
  • Sharon Watson –  Literature Courses for middle grades and up.
  • Windows to the World – literary analysis for Grades 9 – 12
  • Teaching the Classics – with this program, you will never need to buy another “novel study”, as it teaches literary analysis from K – 12

Spelling & Vocabulary

Writing –  Composition

  • Jump in! This writing program by Apologia offers both writing instruction and writing inspiration for grades 5 – 8.
  • Institute for Excellence in Writing provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity.  Excellent Resources is a Canadian Distributor.
  • Writing with Sharon Watson – Writing and Literature Courses for middle grades and up.
  • Writing Strands (updated) breaks writing instruction down systematically, combining skills-based composition instruction and Bible-based literature study.  It provides fun, engaging writing activities with a convenient daily schedule.
  • WriteShop – materials that teach your child how to write—and show you how to teach.  Engaging, step-by-step lessons present students with the building blocks of the writing process and help educators edit and evaluate their work.
  • Brave Writer – a variety of home study and online writing courses for students of all ages.
  • Clearwater Press’ Cover Story (Gr. 6 – 9), Byline (Gr. 8 – 12), and The One Year Adventure Novel (Gr. 9 – 12) offer longer-term writing projects that are broken into smaller instructional bites.
  • Elegant Essay –   From thesis statements to transitions, introductions, and conclusions, students will learn the building blocks of a well-crafted essay.  Grades 9 – 12

Supplemental

  • Create-A-Story Game (Grades 3 – 12) This high-adventure game is designed to help students structure a story; develop characters and plots; use dialogue; set up conflict and resolution; write with confidence and imagination; experience the joy of writing

Comprehensive

  • Horizons Math – a somewhat traditional approach with full-colour workbooks and easy-to-follow teacher guide.  Includes hands-on activities and uses a spiral learning method to help students master concepts through the process of introduction, review, and reinforcement.
  • Jump Math is a scaffolding math program that breaks math down in order to learn each step.  Be sure to access the correct free teacher guide online here, as the workbooks are being updated. (must sign up for a free account first).  Well-aligned to BC’s modernized curriculum for content, although is not overly strong in hands-on learning.
  • Life of Fred – This curriculum is recommended with caution; please consult with your support teacher first.  Students are drawn into why math procedures are useful to be learned – everything first happens in Fred’s everyday life so every piece of math is motivated by a need.  This resource does not “beat the student over the head with a million problems”, so don’t expect pages and pages of problems. This resource is not your typical math curriculum.  It does not fit neatly into grades, although we have done our best to give you a road map of which books to complete in which grades in our Math Correlations Index here.
  • Saxon Math – an incremental approach whereby concepts are woven together and connected throughout the year. Skills or concepts are reinforced throughout the years, helping students build a strong foundation of understanding.
  • Singapore MathematicsSonlight has the best description. Here are placement tests (highly recommended for anyone transferring in after grade 1
  • Math Mammoth Blue Series – this is a great series for catching up students who have fallen behind and need to pick up the foundational skills before moving on to Grade 9 and 10 and beyond.  Each book includes both the explanations of the concepts and lots of varied problems, which are essentially a textbook and workbook into one.

Online and Supplemental

  • Online (to bill to your curriculum budget, you must go through the purchasing department and use this link.  If you have questions, please email Donna Perret).
    • CTC Math – online subscription-based program for grades K – 12 that allows students to learn at their own pace. The program includes video tutorials, interactive questions, worksheets & solutions, and ongoing progress reports
    • DreamBox Math K – 8 Canadian online math program that assesses and adjusts to the student’s math ability. This can be purchased through our purchasing department from Homeschool Buyers’ Co-op.

Canadian

World

  • Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum Edition
  • All the Right Type 4 Online  is our #1 suggestion for an online typing program: Canadian site – sequenced lessons and games
  • Touch-type Read and Spell is the most recommended site for teaching typing to a student with dyslexia.  An award-winning, multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing, reading and spelling at the same time.

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