Resources for Sale!


We have some great curriculum for sale!  Save money on these gently used items. Some are brand new!  All about Reading, All about Spelling and RightStart Math along with others! Payment: PO numbers, credit card via Paypal.

Here is the link to all of the great deals:   Items for Sale!

Contact Shandra Wiebe swiebe@onlineschool.ca

 

2017-18 Subscriptions


I remember this time of year!  It was always so exciting to start planning for the new year… purchasing new curriculum… watching boxes of new books arrive… setting up schedules (so I wouldn’t have to work on it later)… enjoying not having to do schoolwork any more during the summer…  having more time to read…   Yes, those are good memories of my 11 years of homeschooling.

Perhaps you are in that same frame of mind right now, yourself.  As you plan, you are wondering, “Can I use the HCOS subscriptions through the summer?”  “When will the links for subscription renewals be open?”  “My child is going to be in kindergarten this fall–can I start him (or her) using subscriptions right now?”  “When will the 2017-18 usernames and passwords be available?”

Which question shall I answer first?

  1. YES, you can use all the HCOS subscriptions through the summer if you are re-enrolling.  If you are not re-enrolling with HCOS for the fall, you will be able to use our subscriptions until the end of July.
  2. For subscriptions that needed billings to your curriculum budget, the links for renewals (or for new registrations) are available right now.  Scroll down to the bottom of this article to find those 2017-18 links and sign up for subscriptions through July 2018.
  3. YES, if your child is enrolled with HCOS for kindergarten this fall, you may start using HCOS subscriptions for him (or her) right now.  And yes, your teacher may start your kindergarten-to-be child in Reading Eggs right now.
  4. For the rest of the subscriptions, those that are free to you, just keep using the logins that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom under “curriculum resources”.  When these logins stop working, just go back to your parent homepage in Encom to find the new ones (probably in August).

Curriculum Resources Link in Encom

As always, if you have questions I’m happy to help you!  Beth Johnson

RENEWAL and REGISTRATION LINKS

You can go to these links to find out more about the various subscriptions, to renew your previous subscription, or to start your new subscription:

Please have patience with me if it takes a while to get these registrations completed for you.  Lots is happening these days, and summer is coming…

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch n Learn Webinars May


Dear learning commons friends,

We have three upcoming Lunch n Learn training webinars happening soon this month!  Mark your calendars for some learning about resources to help with Inquiry!

 

What:  Subscriptions:  Introduction to Inquiry Webinar with Beth and Pippa

When:  24th May 12pm-1pm

Who?  Open to parents, staff and students gr 4 and up

Where:  Zoom classroom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,337380724#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Register here at this poll.

 

What:  Overdrive e library How to use e books, and find resources to meet the new curriculum with Pippa and Cynthia.

When:  25th May 12pm-1pm

Who:  Students, parents and teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,337380724#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Register here at this poll

What:  How to use the L4U physical library; How to search and book unit studies and resources for the year!

When:  Monday,  29th May 12pm-1pm

Who:  Students, parents and teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/7813674494

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll):  +16475580588,7813674494#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 781 367 4494

International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xTJzEvdkUGSdkPGpxcsKxyYg3r9Qe4hK

Click on this link to register:

 

 

What are Supplemental Packs?


Everyone is familiar with the HCOS unit study kits, but the Learning Commons also offers supplemental packs in L4U.  In fact, we have 154 different packs!  So, just what might you find if you searched the Supplemental Packs list?  A whole lot of great resources for grades 1 through 12, such as:

Overdrive Summer Read!


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We are getting ready to launch our Summer Read program with Overdrive e books.  From June 7th to August 7th we will be sharing new fiction to support your reading needs so that your students may keep reading all year long!  Free, simultaneous access will be available on all fiction materials for both younger and older reading interests.  To find out more about what books are available click on this link here.

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*WINNERS* The HCOS & NING Talent show!!!! Spring 2017


As a fun celebration of all things ART, we put on an HCOS/NING Talent Show!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest, and liked the entries. It is so fun to see some of the God given talents from our high school community.  A very special thanks to Lori Taetz for her help in judging this contest. Good job to all of our participants!

And the Winners are:

1st: Tiara Ilic – ‘You Raise Me Up’. She had great voice control and demonstrated a natural talent.

2nd: Peter Roddis – “Something I Wrote.” He created a beautiful song with very complex rhythms and key changes.

3rd: Rebecca Harper – “Self Choreography”. She used some very original dance combinations and demonstrated the ability to smoothly complete them.

Winners are advised to contact Pippa Davies to receive their prizes.

Our NING Community is open to students Grades 8-12, or a family account can be made for those with younger students. It is a closed environment within the school, username and password access by invite only.   Ning is monitored by HCOS staff to create a safe online outlet for our students. If you would like to join NING or would like more information you can email Erin Duncan at eduncan@onlineschool.ca.

STEAM into 2017/18


Many of you have caught onto the ‘STEAM’ challenge, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics”.

You might ask yourself, “How do I teach the STEAM or STEM process?”  We have tons of teaching materials and lesson plan activities for you to explore!  We also have STEAM book clubs and workshops happening in the fall.  Watch for grades 2-7 STEAM book clubs, and STEAM workshops to be advertised on our Student Book Club page, blog page and also on the learning groups website.  Our mentors are so excited about sharing their vision with you.  Feel free to contact them for more information: Kathy Whittome – Lower Mainland, Steve Bastian – Vancouver Island, Mark Lamden – Northern Island, Shannon Beglaw – Okanagon, and Sara Zuidhof -Kamloops and Salmon Arm, as well as Justine Dehod in the Learning Commons!

RESOURCES

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  • Find out more about STEM careers with this World of Work career book on STEM careers by Diane Lindsey Reeves.  Print off some lesson plans based on copyright provided.
  • STEM in the World of Work series provides an age-appropriate and interactive introduction to the nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics career pathway using informal self-assessment elements, career profiles, informative sidebar features, and back matter activities.
  • STEM Trailblazers series covers famous STEM astronauts, engineers and physicists.
  • Discover grade level workbooks on STEM from grade K-5.  Engaging tasks and detailed rubrics will help you understand the STEM process and how to apply the standards.
  • STEM series workbooks by Mark Twain media have been created by the NCSS (National Science Education Standards)  to help you connect your students in the middle grades to real life science, such as food production and alternative energy.
  • STEM to Story helps you connect fiction to science.  Ever wanted to write science fiction, make a planet Oobleck with simple ingredients, or engineer airplanes?  This book is for all grades and has simple lesson plans, which will help walk you through each stage of the process.
  • The STEM Labs series is a lovely middle grade series of workbooks which provides labs that cover topics like geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.
  • Complete Classroom Press workbooks are jam packed with activities, many of which are STEM or Inquiry  related. Just type in the keyword “Complete Classroom Press” and you will find tons!
  • Inquiry Picture books are perfect for introducing Big Ideas and sharing the topic of interest.  Simply sign into the Overdrive eLibrary, click on Collections and then Teachers’ Lounge, the Collections menu again, and look for our Inquiry Picture book tab.  

Recently I shared some great STEAM sites that are in our web linking library now.  You will find them under the heading STEAM/Maker Education.

To find out more in regards to MakerEd materials, philosophy, and resources, you can review our STEAM and MakerEd page here.  If you have a gifting in this area please contact Pippa, as we are always looking for volunteers and experts in the field.

Blessings to you and yours as you explore the beautiful world of STEAM or STEM!

KidBlog for YOU!


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Our school has recently purchased a school subscription for Kidblog.   Why Kidblog?  Kidblog offers our younger students a scaffolded online environment for writing and sharing their learning in a global and collaborative approach.

Safe

Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. Teachers can monitor all activity within their blogging community.

Simple

Kidblog offers a kid-friendly publishing experience suitable for any K-12 student. It helps students focus on what’s important by removing distractions so they can focus on writing. Teachers or parents can efficiently manage all posts and comments through an easy-to-use dashboard.

Authentic

Kidblog gives students’ writing a meaningful purpose and an authentic audience. Students are motivated to write for their peers and engage with a global network. Teachers moderate all content, so nothing goes live until the teacher says so.

Transformative

Re-imagine writing instruction. Built by teachers, for teachers, Kidblog’s platform is deeply rooted in the pedagogy of writing. Engage students in the process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and commenting — Kidblog facilitates feedback and moderation at all stages.

Suggested

Students using our HCOS kits will often see suggestions of ways in which they can present their learning in writing.  Kidblog is regularly recommended in our kits as a way to do that.

Teachers may also choose Kidblog as a secure site for their regular, weekly communications with their families and students.

1.  Parents Having Their Own Kidblog “Classroom”

Parents may start their own Kidblog, if they wish to monitor the student’s posts and moderate, as needed.  In this instance, the parent will join Kidblog via a teacher join-code. Using this code, they will sign up for their own account and be linked to our organization’s Kidblog site.  (For a join-code and helpful instructions, please email Beth Johnson.)

2.  Parents Visiting The Support Teacher’s Kidblog “Classroom”

  1. If parents are added as “Guests” to teachers’ classes in HCOS, depending on the class’ privacy settings, they will be able to view and comment on all students’ posts within the class. Individual teachers may invite parents into the class as guests.
  1. Parents added under the “Parent” role will be tied directly to their child’s student portfolio. This allows the parent to view all of their child’s posts from multiple classes (including year-over-year), but they will not be able to view posts made by other students in other classes. Students may invite their parents or guardians to view their portfolios via their Dashboard by entering the parent’s email. The parent will then receive an email with instructions to connect with their child.

For more information on the role of “Parents” and “Guests” in Kidblog, view the tutorial here:

http://kidblog.org/class/gettingstarted/posts/8ts7awn0p8u4nz6e4q6cfdn4x

Useful information for teachers and students

When starting with Kidblog, this “Getting Started” class is helpful: kidblog.org/class/gettingstarted  Kidblog’s Help Centre has articles, class examples, and FAQ answers that may be helpful, as well: https://kidblog.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

In their blog posts and webinar sessions, Kidblog teachers share experiences, ideas, and tips for using Kidblog in the classroom.  You can view Kidblog’s own helpful blog here: https://kidblog.org/home/blog/

You can register for Kidblog webinars here: https://go.kidblog.org/webinars

Kidblog is working on creating and adding “How To” videos to their Help Centre and YouTube channel. You can access their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KidblogVideo

For parents to get their children started with this subscription, please contact your support teacher to add them, or Beth Johnson to set up your own site.  Your students do not have to belong to your support teacher’s classroom for you, as a parent, to have your own Kidblog account.  For info about getting your Kidblog account as a teacher or parent, please go to Kidblog Account.

Amazing Resources for Social Studies


To find the amazing extra resources available in the LesPlan site, when you log in to download the latest issues of these subscriptions (What in the World? and The Canadian Reader), you will look for the “Student Resource Links” located just above the issues.  https://www.lesplan.com/en/subscribers  You will not need passwords to access this information.

LesPlan Student Resources button

  1. Click on that button to find many more links and suggestions for teaching each of the topics introduced in the various articles of The Canadian Reader. (E.g. “Before Reading” suggestions, “Extension” for added teaching ideas, “Internet Connections” for more information about the same story and related topics, “After Reading”)
  1. Scroll down the page to find sites and links to videos that will enlarge your student’s understanding of the articles in What in the World?
  1. At the top right-hand side of the page, you will also find links to previous issues.

Teacher Resources

For the extra teacher resources that are available in LesPlan, please go to https://www.lesplan.com/en/resources  There you will find:

  • Activities  (“Find someone who…”  to familiarize students with key people in Canada)
  • Assessment Rubrics  (Criteria and marking rubric for assessing assignments of maps and paragraphs)
  • Assignments  (Assignments to familiarize students with different aspects of Canada and current events)
  • Graphic Organizers  (blank graphic organizers:  everything from Big Ideas to Venn Diagrams)
  • Templates  (e.g. “Find Someone Who…” template)

 

Using LesPlan with the New BC Curriculum

From LesPlan we learn:  “The new system provides teachers with more time and flexibility to explore topics in depth with students.” Our resource spends 1000 words on a topic, but the critical thinking questions, extended learning questions, and multiple links to additional resources allow for deep exploration. Many teachers allow their students to choose one of the four stories (or three for the elementary Canadian Reader) and go deep from there. To become mini experts who then teach the class.

“All 6 of the core competencies (communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity, personal awareness and responsibility, and social responsibility) are well served by current events resources–especially ones that often feature social justice stories.”

Note:  The Canadian Reader is aimed at a Grade 3 to 5 level; What in the World? Level 1 is for a Grade 5 to 7 level; What in the World? Level 2 is at a Grade 8 to 10 level.  For passwords to these issues, please contact your support teacher or Beth Johnson.

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New Grade 7 Digital Unit Study Kits for Science – Available Now!


Term 3 is well under way.  Does your Grade 7 student need to finish up that final unit in science?  Our newest Grade 7 Digital Unit Study Kits may be just what you are looking for!

Each kit focuses on one of the Big Ideas in BC’s New Curriculum, so for each grade and subject, you’ll notice that we provide a variety of kits.  Complete some, complete them all … they’re designed to fit seamlessly into your overall student learning plan.

In each of our Digital Unit Study kits, you will be provided with suggested books from the HCS Overdrive E-Library, (you’ll need your login information to access), videos to watch, and activities to share with your child.  These kits are all about student choice and enabling your student to focus on areas where they have the most interest.  Therefore, you will not be required to complete all activities listed under each key question, instead, you will be able to choose activities which most appeal to you and your child.

Each key question featured in the unit will include recommendations on how many activities to complete in order to fully address the curriculum content and competencies. Finally, each activity will have icons showing which competencies of BC’s new curriculum the activity addresses.

If you prefer to use physical books, you’ll need to find the kit you are looking for and reserve it in our L4U Physical Library.  Again, you’ll need your login information, and once logged in, go to advanced search by author “Rachael Freed” to find and reserve the Unit Study Kit of your choice.

L4U find by author

 

All the K – 9 Unit Study Kits can be found here.

Read Around the World contest Winner!


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A big congratulations to Ian Tilley winner of our Read Around the World Contest. Please contact Pippa for your prize.   Thanks to all our amazing readers who inspired me to learn more about world geography as we enjoyed picture books from each continent!  I look forward to doing this again with you all next year!  Save the dates for March 2018.

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