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  • Item #: 070279
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    These mechanical pencils feature a rubber grip that is scented with the Smencil scents you’ve come to love. The plastic barrels are printed with fruit doodle designs; scents include cherry, watermelon, donut, pineapple, and ice cream. Leads are HB #2 graphite. Each pack comes with 1 each of 5 different scents, and the smells are guaranteed to last for 2 years! – Laura

  • Item #: 067237
    Retail: $71.69
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      This sharpener contains an easy-turn-dial allows sharpening for 6 different sizes ranging from small to large, and even a triangular pencils option. The Tip Saver Technology extends the life of pencils by protecting against over sharpening. It features a large pencil shaving compartment for easy emptying. The base, when removed, prevents the sharpening mechanism from running. The base has 5 suction cups which hold it firmly on smooth surfaces. 6-foot power cord. Not for use on colored pencils. 10.63” x 9” x 6.13” – Logan

  • Item #: 062075
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    Heavy duty compass gives you the option of using a pencil or a small mechanical lead tip (2 included). A guard folds back to protect the pointed metal tip when not in use. Adjusting the compass is super easy: hold down on the red lock to open or close the width of your arc/circle. Stores neatly away in a plastic case with a strong closure. By Maped. 5.5 long.

  • Item #: 037842
    ISBN: 9780936981451
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  • Item #: 032555
    ISBN: 9781683441229
    Retail: $42.99
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     Self-described as Charlotte Mason-flavored, this is language arts curriculum with a Biblical emphasis. As a starting place for each weekly lesson, students will read a continuing story about friends Micah and Claire and their Sunday School experiences. Each week follows the same pattern of activities: Day 1, read the weekly story; Days 2-3, learn topics in writing, grammar and punctuation; Day 4, write responses to a prompt (alternating between picture study, poetry and a Psalm); and Day 5, work on spelling and vocabulary and build a dictionary. Brief assessments are provided quarterly. The fourth quarter is designed for review. Starting with Level 2, students are introduced to punctuation, grammar & writing. students will learn about nouns, compound words, subjects/predicates; possessive nouns; combining sentences; commas; interjections; action verbs; homophones; synonyms/antonyms and specific verbs such as be, has and see and pronouns like this and that. Biblical themes and assignments (such as memorizing verses from 1 Corinthians 13 alongside Micah and Claire) are used throughout. Level 3 will further strengthen previous reading, observation and communication skills, and begin writing paragraphs. Level 4 (expected late 2018) will strengthen previous skills and add study in noun types, verb tenses, mechanics and write compositions.

      This is a combined student and teacher consumable book. On the student pages, teacher notes are highlighted and kept minimal. While designed for you and the student to work along together, this text provides additional direction in the front matter and in the Teacher’s Aid section (about 100 pgs) in the back. This section includes dictionary pages to copy (or you can print off from the publisher’s web site); optional games to practice different language skills; spelling practice ideas; sight words alphabet practice; copywork practice; and grammar study sheets. You’ll want to provide more reading practice opportunities: a template to record these and a recommended Master Books reading list is included. Scriptures are from the NASB. Non-reproducible, consumable and 3-hole punched.

      Master Books recommends beginning this series after Foundations Phonics and Basic Language Skills. However, to select a starting place, the general expectation is that the student’s skills should be comfortably at grade level (in reading, writing, and in handwriting). 

    Approx 476 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

     

  • Item #: 037840
    ISBN: 9780936981413
    Retail: $34.95
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  • Item #: 043520
    Retail: $11.70
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      Geared towards students, the XL line of paper from Canson features a better quality product at a more affordable price range. Even amateur and professional watercolor artists can appreciate the heavy 140 lb (300 gsm) weight of this rough-tooth textured cold press paper. The acid-free paper works great for watercolors and other mixed media applications. Each pad contains 30 sheets and is bound with a Euro Fold cover that easily folds all the way over flat, making it great for outdoor studies, laying on easels and studio work. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 037841
    ISBN: 9780936981512
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  • Item #: 036314
    Retail: $2.29
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      This basic combo set will get you started! The clear protractor contains raised degree marks to 180° and a 6” ruler. The metal ball bearing compass, scaled in inches and centimeters, draws circles up to 12”; easily adjust the included 3 1/2" pencil with the metal clip. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 004667
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  • Item #: 041107
    Retail: $24.95
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    The Catapults & Crossbows Kit from Thames & Kosmos is great for studying the science of physics, or you can add it as a fun activity to your medieval history curriculum. Snap the plastic components together to assemble 5 different crossbows and 5 different catapults and trebuchets. The included manual offers step-by-step instructions for each model as well as information to conduct experiments with them.CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 018796
    Retail: $19.95
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      Great starter set for any student artist wanting to dabble and experiment with multiple drawing, sketching, and coloring applications without a large investment. This set includes 5 types of pencils (10 each) all packaged in a sturdy flip-top box that opens to reveal a plastic tray organizer displaying all 50 pencils inside. For black & white drawings, this set includes 10 drawing pencils in varying levels of hardness from 5H - 5B and 10 charcoal pencils in the same hardness. For color artwork, this set includes 10 bright colored pencils, for sheen and special effects, 10 metallic colored pencils, and for wet, fluid effects add a wet brush to the 10 watercolor pencils. All the colored pencils in this set come pre-sharpened, while the graphite and charcoal pencils will need sharpened before use. Make sure you have a good sharpener ready. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 066677
    Retail: $5.45
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  • Item #: 015557
    ISBN: 9781557998491
    Retail: $21.99
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  • Item #: 004666
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  • Item #: 004574
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  • Item #: 066877
    Retail: $19.99
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    Winner of the prestigious 2017 Spiel des Jahres award (Game of the Year), this clever domino-style tile game is fantastic for families! Each player is the ruler of a small kingdom; but one crucial component is missing: land! Throughout the game, players take turns acquiring 1x2" "domino" tiles with each half representing a combination of grassland, wheat, forest, sea, or mountain. Tiles are then placed next to a player's Castle or a tile with the same landscape. When a player finishes his 5x5 kingdom, scores are counted: each type of land gains points based on its total size multiplied by the number of Crowns on the landscape. So the ultimate goal is to create the biggest landscapes with the most Crowns- but players who take better tiles (higher numbers) must pick later the following round, often preventing them from getting the perfect piece! The clever mechanics, simple premise, and colorful illustrations ensure that the whole family can get in on this delightful game! For 2-4 players; 15 minutes.

  • Item #: 041072
    Retail: $39.99
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    For all you Ms. Frizzle fans, here's another Magic School Bus Science Kit. You can let your little ones do chemistry like all the students in Ms. Frizzle's science class. This Chemistry Lab comes packaged in a replica of the Magic School Bus (made of cardboard measuring 15" long by 8 ½" high) with storage space and trays for all the kits components. This kit includes most of the hard-to-find materials needed to do experiments: Petri dish, string, peppercorn, balloon, wooden craft stick, piece of iron, ph chart, 25 ml measuring cup, ph paper, pipette, blue and red litmus paper, pencil, safety goggles, plastic measuring spoon, plastic funnel, 3 plastic test tubes, test tube brush, soap, cardboard, clay, white blue, borax, yeast, chromatography paper, foil, liquid dish soap, straw, and ruler.

    51 glossy cards accompany the kit and will help your young chemist get started learning about scientific tools, measurements, acids and bases, and much more. The first twelve cards offer general information, messages from Ms. Frizzle, safety and instructions for the kit. Cards 13 through 51 are experiments. The front of each card gives a list of materials needed, steps to follow for the experiment, and illustrations. An explanation of the experiment is found on the reverse side of the card. You will get to make sticky ice, test materials for acidity, inflate a balloon without blowing into it, make pepper jump, learn about buoyancy, make a speed boat, and much more as you learn with Ms. Frizzle and her class.

    A data notebook is included for recording data in specific lessons. This is a small 5"x 7" stapled booklet with space to record observations. If you are doing the experiments with multiple students, you can have them work in teams to record the information or let them make their own notebook – this one is pretty simple. Use this kit as a chemistry unit study or alongside your curriculum – either way you will have fun with Ms. Frizzle and the gang! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 041001
    ISBN: 9781615385331
    Retail: $8.95
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    Take a walk, find something interesting (a fallen log, a patch of moss, a beetle) and encourage your child/student to take the time to observe, draw and write about what he sees. Each page has 5 large (dotted half-line) writing lines and a space to draw a picture (about 7 x 4) at the top. Younger students can tell you what they see while you write for them and they draw a picture. Older students can write a few sentences on their own. While you are creating a keepsake, children are learning to be curious about nature and practice their handwriting skills. A few pages at the beginning of the workbook explain some classifications children can include and there are some prompts if you need a little guidance on your nature walk. You dont have to find a lush forest; a yard or park will do the trick! Take a magnifying glass and some colored pencils with you. Each page has a verse from a poem or Scripture at the bottom. Memoria Press, 36pp (26 journaling pages), 8.5 x 11 pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 039986
    Retail: $2.84
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    This small cylinder-shaped sharpener measures 1.5" tall and 1.75" in diameter. It's designed especially for sharpening wax crayons (crayons .5" in diameter or less). It doesn't sharpen to a point but more of a blunt tip, and the shavings can be collected right in the see-through sharpener (just pull off the lid to empty).

  • Item #: 039155
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  • Item #: 018283
    ISBN: 9780936981383
    Retail: $13.95
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  • Item #: 018282
    ISBN: 9780936981321
    Retail: $29.95
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  • Item #: 010368
    Retail: $70.00
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    Doing labs in Exploring Creation with Physics is much more convenient with this accompanying lab kit. It includes: safety goggles, pencil, 4 ping pong balls, masking tape, stopwatch, 2 rulers, protractor, modeling clay, pen, 2 rubber bands, pinto beans, aluminum foil, sand, nut, bolt, small block of wood, ¾" washer, thread, four 1" washers, pipette tip, cardboard tube, marble, spring with loops, 5 paper clips, mass scale, copper pipe, flat mirror, flashlight w/batteries, black paper, magnifying mirror, 3 balloons, 2 Styrofoam plates, AA battery, insulated copper wire, compass, 3" nail, small nail, toothpick, and plastic tub w/ lid. Items aren't bagged by lesson (like at the elementary level) and there are still items you will need to gather from around your home, but this kit makes the list much shorter. A packing list is included with the kit. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 004842
    ISBN: 9781939394057
    Retail: $47.95
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  • Item #: 004841
    ISBN: 9781939394040
    Retail: $47.95
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  • Item #: AP42AB
    Retail: $89.00
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  • Item #: 074389
    Retail: $1.99
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    40 sheets, 50 lb. (74 gsm), for graphite, crayons, charcoal, pen and ink.

  • Item #: 068703
    ISBN: 9781536914443
    Retail: $36.50
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      Targeting a slightly older crowd, this flexible curriculum resource may inspire delight-directed learning in your family. In this (mostly) self-study, children begin by choosing topics they wish to study and take steps to achieve their goals. Tips for wisely choosing resources while using these recommended resources: computer access and personal Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music, Google Earth and parent-approved news sources, educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math U See suggested). Listed are also a few necessary supplies: pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler.

      The heart of this course is the gentle, guiding learning in an array of subject areas including reading, creative writing, spelling and vocabulary, classical literature and music, mathematics (open ended to use with your math curriculum), science, geography, current events and much more. Comparing this to the author’s Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft, you will note overlapping activities but a different focus. The aforementioned course includes an animal and farm theme designed to engage younger learners, whereas the DIY Curriculum is written for a slightly older crowd and focuses on Geography and “world news today” events. Woven throughout the course are research projects to learn about mining in the real world, which provides a fascinating “rabbit trail” to a Minecraft study.

      If you are wondering which of the Thinking Tree Minecraft studies would best fit your child, younger children who thrive when working more directly with a parent, may find the Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft (#068704) a better option. While the reading level recommended for this course is grade 2 and up, many of the research activities and world studies seem better fit for an older child. Other activities like the backyard science nature walk and study may work with all ages. Another consideration in selecting these activities is the student’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. While the author does not define computer time in this course, her general guidelines for daily study are 5 pages per day for 10 years and under and 10 pages per day for 10 years and up (2-4 hours per day). Repetition is also built into this curriculum guide allowing students to study various aspects of Minecraft in a similar fashion.

  • Item #: 066675
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