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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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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

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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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Doin' it home school!: A Rocha Field Trip

Doin' it home school!: A Rocha Field Trip | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Giesbrachts enjoy conservation at A Rocha with HCOS.

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Indigenous Storywork Challenge | Year of Indigenous Education

Indigenous Storywork Challenge | Year of Indigenous Education | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Year of Indigenous Education is focusing attention on Indigenous Stories by hosting the province-wide Indigenous Storywork Challenge (ISC) with the intention of: (1) building interest in Indigenous stories, (2) using stories for education, (3) encouraging creativity, (4) encouraging participation and sharing, and (5) having fun.  UBC.

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Teacher 2 Teacher: Learning with Living Books

Teacher 2 Teacher: Learning with Living Books | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Aneta Coulter shares how Living Books from the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling might help your students.

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UJAM – Make your music! Techie site of the week!

UJAM – Make your music! Techie site of the week! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

With UJAM, you can create music for all the things in your life, for free!  Watch this Youtube review on UJam to learn how to use!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=redHMH7sPw4

 

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Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to geo-literacy and the importance of geographic understanding.
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Talking to kids about the Storm

Talking to kids about the Storm | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

You could pull the curtains and claim it’s sunny, but more than 1/3 of the United States will experience Hurricane Sandy first-hand. Anxiety surfaces for some children, and questions arise for others, but all young minds do some mental filing and processing as this “Superstorm” strikes the East coast of the United States. Don’t be fooled; they’re thinking about more than lost Halloween candy. How do you talk to kids about a storm or about earthquakes?  The Mom Initiative!

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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

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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.


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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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HBC Our Story is Canada's Story

HBC Our Story is Canada's Story | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Visit the www.hbcheritage.ca for more information on discovering the history of Canada, from the evolution of the HBC to it's role in Canada's development.  This site is perfect for students of all ages studying Canadian socials.

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Choices & Decisions

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Thousands of Canadian math and business educators have already ordered their FREE copy of Visa's revised, re-designed and updated Choices & Decisions: Taking charge of your financial life since its launch in 2009.

Offered FREE of charge, this Teacher's Guide includes lesson plans, quizzes, and student activity work sheets. Designed to help educators teach high school students how to manage their money, develop effective financial strategies, and achieve their financial goals, Choices & Decisions contains the most recent financial information available.

To order your Teacher's Guide, go to www.4edu.ca/tors/visa

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Home-schooling pioneer Susan Wise Bauer is well-versed in controversy

Home-schooling pioneer Susan Wise Bauer is well-versed in controversy | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Divisions within the home-schooling community may drive out one of its pioneers, textbook author and teacher Susan Wise Bauer.
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A Reading Lesson Using a Silly Story

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Sometimes it’s fun to read a silly story with your children to liven up the homeschool day, take a break from an arduous math lesson, or provide a distraction...  Heartofthematteronline.

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Search Stories

Search Stories | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Search Stories Video Creator. Just type in your searches and select the kind of results that best communicate your story. Then, share your story with the world.  This is sooo much fun! Techie site of the week!

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Before: Kids 4 Truth

Video animations for kids on the truth from the Bible.  Kids 4 truth. 

http://kids4truth.com/Home.aspx

 

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