Learning Commons

Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons website provides Canadian, Christian, educational digital and non-digital resources to our school users; including teachers, parents and students.

Our learning commons mission is… to transform young people across the globe by means of a Christ-infused resource based library. Recognizing that Heritage Christian Schools has been given an extraordinary opportunity to provide a distinct online educational framework, one that will impact youth in BC and around the world. Our goal is to prepare our students to become lifelong learners, who can disseminate information consistently, think creatively and innovatively, and research effectively online, while actively engaging in their world from a Christian world-view, through discipleship-based Christian Education.

Learning Commons Update

As we wind down the year we pray you are keeping well during this challenging season. We know that many of you are working from home with your students. Our role as first responders in the learning commons is to ask you as our community what you would like to see us doing as far as extending our learning commons community to you? What events or contests would you like to see happening? We want to serve you best and connect in whatever way you think would bless your students. We are praying 2021 will be a more positive and uplifting year for all. Please feel free to email me pdavies@onlineschool.ca.

Digital Commons

Unit Study Kits

SORA Highlights



  • Sora Badge Achievements Reading Contest 2020: Enter to earn badges and win an E-Reader or prize. This contest runs from now until December 7th! The contest is open to all grades.

  • Photography Contest. This year our theme is change! Take out your cameras and define in images how 2020 has impacted you! Check out the details for registration here.

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team!

Learning Commons Update

This month we celebrate Remembrance Day, a Reading contest, Author event and Photographic contest coming soon. Thank you so much for your patronage this term. We know things have been very busy in the learning commons and we are so grateful for your support.

Digital Commons

  • Physical Health Education from Olympics Canada free tutorials.

  • Remembrance Day blog article including teaching resources.

  • Get your Prime Ministers of Canada Kit here, and learn more on the National Film Board of Canada website here.

SORA Highlights

  • Discover a plethora of Canadian Historical Fiction to cover your learning from a Humanities approach.

  • Digital Literacy is an important aspect with online learning and ADST. Check out more ebooks and workbooks here.

  • The Universal Supports page has many amazing materials for your student to read at a higher content but lower reading level.

Unit Study Kits

  • All of our newly formatted Grade 3 Science Blended Guides are now available for use with only the eBooks (physical kits not yet available but coming soon).


  • Freddie “Ferrets” out Fake News - Can Your Students? EBSCO’s 10 Tips for ferreting out fake news.

Webinar Wednesdays and Events/Contests

  • Sora Badge Achievements Reading Contest 2020: Enter to earn badges and win an E-Reader or prize. This contest runs from now until December 7th! The contest is open to all grades.

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team!

Learning Commons Update

Welcome to our November newsletter and cooler rainy days! Time to get reading some of your favourite classics in your favourite armchair! We have added many classics from the public domain into OverDrive: including most of Shakespeare, Dickens and many more of your favourite writers! These make wonderful novel studies! This month we celebrate Remembrance Day and our fallen soldiers. We also host another learning commons open house for anyone still needing help getting started in the learning commons. Find the event below in our Webinar Wednesdays.

Digital Commons

New on SORA


  • RightNow Media has a new 12-part series for the entire family, “Bible Unearthed”, showing how Bible archeology gives confidence in the truth of our faith. Trailer (2 min) This is a good middle school resource. Check out the “New and Popular” link along the left to see new content being added regularly.

Unit Study Kits

  • The Grade 3 Landforms and Erosion, and Thermal Energy Blended Unit Study Guides are now available on our website. Check out all our Grade 3 Science Unit Study Kits here.

  • We plan to retire our Digital Citizenship & Bullying Unit Study Kits temporarily until updated/revised kits can be written, which means they will be removed from our website for the time being. If this is something you are using or plan to use in the near future, please let us know, and we will do our best to make them available to you.

Webinar Wednesdays and Events

  • Virtual Week of Remembrance HCOS Learning Camps

    • Author Linda Granfield will share virtually about her books on Friday, November 6th 10:30am - 11:30am for all grades. More information and registration here.

    • Virtual author visit. Ruth Ohi Nov 13th 10.30-11.30. More information here,

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team!

Weekly Learning Commons Update

Dear Learning Commons families,

Summer is almost here! This term may have been tough but God’s light, hope and love will see us through! Remember to keep your students reading through the summer! Our digital library is OPEN all summer.

An email was shared with all families last week outlining the changes to our Learning Commons, and also parameters around returning your used curriculum. I forgot to include some addresses and an important note.

Families may ship their materials that were purchased with a PO number to:

  • Ted Gerk

Operations Manager

905 Badke Rd
Kelowna, B.C.

If you have questions please contact tgerk@onlineschool.ca

If you would like donate curriculum materials purchased with your own monies to the Learning Commons, please send directly to:

  • Shandra Wiebe, Learning Commons Administrator

HCOS Learning Commons
907 Badke Rd.
Kelowna, B.C.

You can choose to have the shipping for donated items arranged for and paid by the Learning Commons,OR receive 10% off your next purchase at our used curriculum store. This, on top of our moving sale discount of 10%, will equate to 20% off your purchases!

*Curriculum must be in good condition, please no writing in consumables.

If you would like to send materials back in July or thereafter, you will need to send them to the 905 Badke Rd. address, as our Learning Commons is moving buildings. You can email Shandra if you need further clarification about the coupons. swiebe@onlineschool.ca

Please join us this Wednesday, June 10th at 1 pm for our Learning Commons Virtual Open House. Join the Learning Commons team as we address our response to the funding cuts. We will explain changes to our shipping policy with tips and tricks for booking items, and reveal new resources available to you to help you homeschool on a budget. We will leave plenty of time to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team!

Kind regards,

Pippa Davies,

Director HCS Blended Learning Commons

Corona Virus getting you down? Catch an Opportunity.

According to the World Health Organization, we are in a pandemic. The information is coming at us at breakneck speed. The young people we work with everyday are hearing the news of schools and sports shutting down and are wondering...What is an influenza? What does pandemic mean? What about epidemic? Will my game be canceled? Should my family cancel our spring break plans? How can we avoid getting sick?

We are in a teachable moment. Curiosity is running high and there are

  • historic,

  • social,

  • scientific/medical,

  • geographic and

  • political/economic

implications that students can dig into! This is a perfect opportunity for inquiry.

Pandemic, epidemic, influenza, vaccination are some of the basic vocabulary that students can learn from studying COVID19. We might assume our students know that influenza is the flu, but they may not have made that connection. The word Pandemic offers insight into other words as it originates from the Greek pandemos or pan = all demos = people Learning the word pandemic can apply to all the other words with the prefix pan and root, demos.

What about history? Of course, there have been pandemics in the past. How is this different from the pandemics of the past- the Spanish Flu or Yellow Fever?

This Smithsonian podcast "Killer Viruses and One Man's Mission to Stop Them"unravels some of the keys to understanding viruses with a historical lens and how we combat them with science! Also Check out the images of artifacts at the bottom of that page under the podcast that might get your students thinking/wondering about other pandemics from history for some curious thinking for Open and Immerse.

What in the World and The Canadian Reader

Dec 2019

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