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HCS Learning Commons newsletter is a dynamic hub, made up of our blended virtual and physical learning commons.  Exciting things happen around literacy, technology, social media, homeschooling and classroom pedagogy.
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Educational writing & arts program for Aboriginal youth! | Programme éducatif de rédaction & d’arts pour les jeunes autochtones!

Educational writing & arts program for Aboriginal youth! | Programme éducatif de rédaction & d’arts pour les jeunes autochtones! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Historica-Dominion Institute invites students (ages 14 to 29) of Aboriginal descent (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) to create a short piece of writing or two-dimensional piece of art exploring a moment or theme in Aboriginal history and culture!
 
New! Free bilingual Learning Tools provide curriculum-based activities to help students in preparing their writing or art work. Implementing the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge into the classroom has never been easier.

For more information or to register for the Challenge, please visit
www.our-story.ca

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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Using Popular Movies for School

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Using Popular Movies for School | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Natalie Sing explores using movies as a literacy tool to expand on learning.

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…student open mic – Amanda Todd – pt 3…

…student open mic – Amanda Todd – pt 3… | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

It is one thing to have staff sharing at chapel; it is another to have students talking to each other.

The past two weeks I have shared on very heavy topics.  So I felt a ‘check-in’ was needed.  This was confirmed when two students at separate times came to ask if we could have an open mic at chapel.

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3 Dinosaurs - Printable Packs

3 Dinosaurs - Printable Packs | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
3 Dinosaurs is a web site with printables and activities for kids.

Via Natalie Sing
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Home | TV411

Home | TV411 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

TV411 will help you read for success, fine-tune your writing, expand your vocabulary, get a grip on math, and explore science. TV411 is a collection of entertaining videos and engaging web activities, all designed to help you reach your learning goals.

Pick a topic—reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, or finance—and get started.

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Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic

Get Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Z-Type - A Fun Typing Game

Free Technology for Teachers: Z-Type - A Fun Typing Game | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

New Typing game for beginners on the computer.  Great idea for students who need to improve their fine motor skills.  Freetech4teachers

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The Lesson Plans Page - Christmas Lesson Plans and Holiday Lesson Plans, Teacher Resources, teaching resources, theme, unit, educator, education resources, resource, printables, worksheets | HotCha...

The Lesson Plans Page - Christmas Lesson Plans and Holiday Lesson Plans, Teacher Resources, teaching resources, theme, unit, educator, education resources, resource, printables, worksheets | HotCha... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Lesson Plans on Christmas, Holidays. Christmas activities and Holiday lesson plan ideas, Christmas lesson plans, Teacher Resources, teaching resources, theme, unit, educator, education resources, resource, printables, worksheets.
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Santa Claus and Christmas at the North Pole

Enjoy Christmas with Santa Claus at the North pole, an award-winning Christmas web site. Send a letter to Santa Claus or a Christmas card to a friend. Find yummy Christmas recipes, Christmas stories, Christmas entertainment and free games to play.
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Building a School Web Site

Building a School Web Site | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
A complete guide to building a school web site; a hands-on project that teachers and kids can do together...
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NOVA Online | Secrets of Lost Empires | Medieval Siege

NOVA Online | Secrets of Lost Empires | Medieval Siege | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Learn about life in medieval castles and how to operate a catapult. For upper elementary and middle school students.

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Signing Savvy | ASL Sign Language Video Dictionary

Signing Savvy | ASL Sign Language Video Dictionary | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Signing Savvy is a sign language video dictionary that contains American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs.
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Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook)

Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook) | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook).. from John Piper.

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War of 1812 History Articles, Bicentennial News, Pictures, Book reviews, Reenactment Events, Quizzes, Sound Clips, Links....

War of 1812 History Articles, Bicentennial News, Pictures, Book reviews, Reenactment Events, Quizzes, Sound Clips, Links.... | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
The War of 1812 Website offers free articles, Bicentennial news, biographies, reenactment events, events, conferences, War of 1812 links, uniform charts, War of 1812 book reviews, War of 1812 reenactments, military replicas (swords uniforms)...
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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: December Favourites!

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: December Favourites! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

News from the HCS Learning commons team,  along with a bible study on the Ning.

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News from the Physical Commons

Shandra shares some of the latest books in the campus library and some new rules on shipping.

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Links Library: Christmas - Heritage Christian Schools

Links Library: Christmas - Heritage Christian Schools | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

HCS Learning Commons links on Christmas.

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Grammar Jammers Middle Edition

Get Grammar Jammers Middle Edition on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

Via Natalie Sing
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From My Heart to Yours

Join HCOS parent Laurel Simpson as she shares in her faith journey and homeschooling. 

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LEGO® Creationary

Get LEGO® Creationary on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Keeping Focused on Christ in the Christmas Season: Devotional and Bible Ideas for Children :: Christian Perspective

Keeping Focused on Christ in the Christmas Season: Devotional and Bible Ideas for Children :: Christian Perspective | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Throughout our official homeschooling years, holidays always presented the same dilemma: How could we truly use them as a time to focus on the Lord instead of getting lost in all the worldly trappings?

Opinions on how we should (or if we should) celebrate Christmas vary drastically among Christians. Some have huge celebrations, while others have virtually no celebration at all. Some of us glow with excitement when we think of the holidays, some of us cringe, and some of us don’t know what to do or think of it all. But regardless of your personal view or participation in Christmas, this time of year provides special opportunities for you as a teacher.  Christian Perspective an Online Resource.

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This Week At Heart of The Matter

This Week At Heart of The Matter | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to catch up on these amazing articles from this week at Heart of the Matter!
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Nets (3D Models) : Free Printables : SEN Teacher ~ Free teaching resources for Special Needs.

Nets (3D Models) : Free Printables : SEN Teacher ~ Free teaching resources for Special Needs. | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

 Special needs models and printables.  Prints out a selection of nets with which to make common 3D shapes.


Via Natalie Sing
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National Gallery of Art | NGAkids home page

National Gallery of Art | NGAkids home page | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

NGAkids helps children develop interpretive and analytical skills through interactive discussions of paintings and sculpture in the National Gallery of Art, educational explorations, online interactive activities, and interactive art projects. Explore stories in art, take a post card tour of one of the galleries, get directions for art activities and projects, and more. Middle school and up.

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