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  • Item #: 000203
    ISBN: 9781892427304
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    The beautiful 600+ page full-color, hardcover Mystery of History Volume IV text includes readable (story-based) text and plentiful illustrative information (maps, charts, art reproductions, and lots of photos). The flow of the last three centuries is traced through countries/peoples; through classical music and art; through notable people; through developing ideologies; through struggling/oppressed people groups; and through industrial/scientific developments. Utilizing the same 28 week, three lessons per week format as Volume 3, Volume 4 is primarily the Reader (text) with an online access code to download the accompanying Companion Guide. The digital (PDF) Companion Guide contains files of activities, maps, study guides, reviews, and quizzes. The final chapter provides a glimpse of the Christian reasons for a Hope for Mankind. An interesting endpoint for a world history course but not surprising for a series that has maintained from the beginning that the "mystery" of history is that there is a plan for mankind.

  • Item #: 049608
    ISBN: 9781893103313
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    The dawn of the nineteenth century was wrought with hope in our rapidly changing world of communication, transportation and technology, but dark days loom as human rights and liberties are being trampled across the ocean. With the strong belief that "history is drama" Genevieve Foster invites you to join her in the exciting tale of history in the early 1800s. Part one introduces us to Richard Trevithick and Robert Fulton as they develop steam for a mode of transportation. The second part exposes us to leaders of nations, exploration and music: Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, Touissant L' Overture, Lewis and Clark, and Beethoven. In part three we return to the progress made by Trevithick and Fulton, meet James Madison and learn of the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Black and white illustrations and engaging text, this book is classic Genevieve Foster. Reprinted by Beautiful Feet Books. SC. 96 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 002083
    ISBN: 9780794537524
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      Another Usborne hit! Introduce your children to classical music and composers in this beautifully illustrated reference book. Learn about the first composers, Renaissance Court and Church, Monteverdi, Music at the French Royal Court, Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Romantic Music in Russia, Dvorak, Mahler, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky.

      This is a 32-page, hardcover book full of illustrations, photos, and snippets of information – just the right amount for an introduction to music history and appreciation. QR Codes are found on fifteen of the pages that when scanned will take you to a music sample by some of the composers – this is a great addition to the content of this book. If you don’t have a QR reader on your smart phone or tablet, you can still hear all of the samples by going to Usborne.com/quicklinks, and type in the title of this book. No CDs to keep track of, the music is just a scan and click away. All of the information about the QR codes and quicklinks is found in the back. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 064847
    ISBN: 9781600512858
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  • Item #: 007636
    ISBN: 9781895404944
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  • Item #: 001754
    ISBN: 9780312380038
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    Chester Cricket from Connecticut is accidentally transported to New York in a picnic basket. Alone and afraid in a strange city, Chester is befriended by Harry and Tucker, a cat and mouse, who help him adjust to city life and discover his amazing musical talent that brings success to a failing subway station newsstand.

  • Item #: 064846
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  • Item #: 060665
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    Check out this deck of real playing cards with a musical enhancement. The four suits each represent a different musical style period: Renaissance (spades), Baroque (clubs), Classical (diamond) and Romantic (hearts, of course). Each of the 13 cards of a suit highlights a different composer from that musical era, including an image, birth/death dates, cities, and a brief description of their lives and major compositions. The Jokers contain a brief outline of each musical period. A fun way to learn while you wait for your turn! 2.5" x 3.5". ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 025468
    ISBN: 9780970235756
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    Designed especially for "beginning" quitters, this introduction to the Piano for Life series is the first place to start if you're looking into this program. In this 90-minute video, piano instructor Mark Almond explains why there are so many quitters, and how a more holistic approach, based on chords and harmony, is much more successful than simply and slowly learning notes. The video teaches aspiring pianists the simple rules of harmony without bogging them down in musical notation, and introduces them to the standard chord symbols used by professionals in non-technical language and with plenty of examples. Beginners and "quitters" of all ages can learn from and enjoy this introduction, which will give them a good foundation in most styles of piano music, including classical, pop, jazz, and more. And if you don't have a piano, that's fine - keyboards are welcome too! If you are one of those people who concluded you couldn't learn and gave up, I recommend this video to get you back at the piano and playing with confidence, really understanding the music you are making. And if you get a lot out of this get-you-up-and-running video, read on for the next part of the program! - Melissa

  • Item #: 014967
    ISBN: 9780486466156
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    Perfect for any beginning pianist who is fairly comfortable with the piano (notes, sharps/flats, simple chords, etc.), this book includes 83 simple arrangements of beautiful classical pieces. With selections from over 30 different composers including Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi, students will easily find a number of enjoyable pieces to master. To give you an idea of the difficulty level, most of the pieces require either no sharps or flats or only one, although there are a few with two or three, and there are plenty of arrangements that are quite easy on the left hand especially. However, there is still a nice range of difficulty within the book to allow for varying abilities. 133 pgs. – Melissa

  • Item #: 013373
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    This one-year course spans the history of music and its composers from ancient times to the 20th century. The comprehensive study guide employs familiar music history books such as The Usborne Story of Music, The Gift of Music, and The Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers as reference materials. This study consists of 30 lessons and 5 tests. In order to cover the course in one year, students devote approximately 30 minutes per week (more if optional activities are completed) to study. One lesson is assigned each Monday, to be completed during the week. Each lesson begins with required reading from one of the reference books listed above. Students must then complete writing activities and answer a series of questions pertaining to the sections they have read. Some of the questions are strictly objective, such as "How was a troubadour different from a minstrel?" Students should be able to find the answers to these questions within the text of the required reading. Other study questions have more subjective answers. Questions such as "What do you think Confucius meant by the quote 'If you want to understand a nation, listen to its music'?" will require more thinking on the part of the student. Complete answer key and test solutions are in the back of the manual. Optional activities are suggested which greatly enhance the course. One of these activities utilizes a permanent exhibit found on the Internet Public Library. (Text includes complete web addresses for all Internet pages cited.) Other optional supplemental materials include the Music Masters and Classical Kids audio series. The author also recommends attending live symphonies in your area if possible. Though written for students aged 13-15, this guide may be modified for younger students by substituting the reading material with books like Famous Composers or the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series. Older students may be assigned a major paper for extra work. - Rachel

  • Item #: 009873
    ISBN: 9781895404715
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  • Item #: 007697
    ISBN: 9780531233733
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  • Item #: 007665
    ISBN: 9780516445410
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  • Item #: 046854
    ISBN: 9780810957213
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    Can You Hear It? by William Lach is an interesting addition to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's popular Can You Find It? series. In this 39-page book, beautiful works of art are paired with equally beautiful symphonies, introducing children to both and encouraging their appreciation. The book brings pictorial classical music—music inspired by or capable of conjuring vivid visual images—to life through 16th century oil paintings, 19th-century engravings, and more, all displayed in dazzling full-color. Featured music includes pieces and excerpts of Vivaldi, Gershwin, Copland, Tchaikovsky, and others. The game is played and the book best used by reading the "Can you hear it?" clues on the pages, finding the clue in the artwork, playing the corresponding symphonic track on the included CD, and listening for the specific sound effect intended to represent that particular image. Follow-up clues are provided for the more difficult pairs. After identifying the clues, children can act out, draw, or describe the pictures the music makes in their own minds in addition to those in the art on the pages. Also included in the book are "An Introduction to Musical Instruments" (six pages of instrument descriptions and photographs of beautiful instruments—both in works of art, and that are works of art in themselves), a special section "About the Art and Music," and a brief listing of additional print, web, and CD resources. A great introduction to both art and classical music, and a beautiful and memorable book. ~ Rachel D.

  • Item #: 043553
    ISBN: 9780979760907
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    Some books just make it very clear from their title what they’re all about. Such is the case with this one subtitled – “Teaching Core Subjects With Literature”. If you like the idea of integrating all subjects with quality literature selections or teaching subjects through those literature selections and especially if you want to be cognizant of classical Roman Catholic literature, then this is a book you’ll pick up, pack along in your purse to libraries, and probably be hesitant to put down. There are some basics covered – using the book, using the library, and building your own home library as well as hints for reading aloud and a brief overview of classical and Charlotte Mason education – but the bulk of the book are literary guides to the core subjects. There are bibliographical listings for books valuable to the study of art and music appreciation, math, history, and science. Each listing includes a brief synopsis of the book as well as codes that indicate age/grade appropriateness. Books that are specifically Catholic are designated and constitute a significant portion of the listings although books from many other sources are included as well. The history section is by far the largest and is divided between world and American history and arranged chronologically. One feature destined to be a hit with almost any homeschooler is the At-a-Glance Reading Lists the author has prepared for each grade level covering the core subjects. Whether you’re planning a literature-based unit study or just want to enrich your educational experience with quality literature, this book will be a valuable resource. Janice

  • Item #: 032308
    ISBN: 9780723294436
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  • Item #: 031448
    ISBN: 9781932012972
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    Becoming a family that reads aloud together was one of the most enjoyable journeys my family made. I only wish this book had been available when we transitioned into a read aloud family!

    Are you looking to introduce the reading of "living literature" into your home but feel overwhelmed at the vast array of books available? While there are many books available to guide you in selecting books, Read for the Heart is written from the perspective of a home educated young lady who was home educated in a family which successfully incorporated living literature into their home. Sarah Clarkson, daughter of Clay and Sally Clarkson, shares the inspiration and vision for incorporating literature into our homes through research, personal stories and suggestions on how to make reading a reality in your home. Her goal is simply to equip you to develop a reading habit within your own home, and with this book she has accomplished this goal.

    The first three chapters focus on helping you develop the habit of reading in your home. The following chapter is intended to give you a "road map" on using this book most effectively. The remaining chapters contain the booklists and are organized according to types of books. Each chapter focuses on one of the following eight literature categories: Picture Books, Golden Age Classics, Children's Fiction, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, History and Biography, Spiritual Reading, Poetry and Music, and Art and Nature. Prior to the lists, Sarah shares personal stories as well as explanations on why certain books are included in each category. This is specifically beneficial when considering the Fairy Tales and Fantasy Category. Within each chapter, book recommendations are organized by author and include a brief book review. This book review includes author's name, original publication date, award(s), illustrator, general age category, a short review, and any cautions you, the parent, should know regarding mature or questionable content. Appendices at the end of this book provide you quick references for finding books. These lists include Caldecott Medalists, Newberry Medalists, G.A. Henty Historical Fiction, Landmark History Books, Trailblazer Series, and Sarah's personal favorite literature for family read-aloud. All in all, this soft-cover book contains 384 pages of living literature inspiration for your family. The text is a larger print with ample margin space to record your own family favorites, thoughts, and memories. A delightful book that is sure to inspire you on your own journey of family reading. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 030396
    ISBN: 9781572814486
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    Like the Inventor's and Explorer's Card Games by the same manufacturer, this deck features famous men on a deck of playing cards. Thirteen famous composers are included in this deck, one on each book of cards. Featured composers are from the Classical and Romantic eras and include Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Handel, and more. Each composer is featured on the center of a type of card, along with a list of their most famous works and an informative sentence about him, continued from one card of that type to the next. - Jess

  • Item #: 023532
    ISBN: 9781579121488
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    This book brings the culture and beauty of orchestra music to children by sharing the history of the art, describing the instruments involved, giving fun facts about different composers and music, and providing samples of the music on the accompanying CD. Orchestra Bob, a cartoon gentleman, is the guide through the book. The first half of the book tells about the different composers of orchestra music, and the second half describes the physical layout of an orchestra and the different instruments involved. The first half is broken into the Baroque, Classical Music, Romantic, and Modern Eras, highlighting famous composers from each time period. The book describes how this music became part of and affected each era and shows how each composer affected orchestra music. Orchestra Bob points out when to play certain tracks on the accompanying CD, which give famous samples of many of the composers' works. The book does a good job of highlighting the importance of each composer, but it does not give a thorough biography of each life, more of a general description of the way they affected the art and a list of their greatest works. Colorful text boxes, fun cartoon illustrations, and famous quotes make the book interesting and fun to read, and the music from the CD lets children connect the composers with their creations. The second half of the book covers the instruments themselves and is broken down into string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, as well as keyboard instruments. Readers see an illustration of an orchestra and then go on to learn about the specific instruments involved. The book explains how each instrument is played, points out special features, and gives some details of each instrument's history and development. In this section, Orchestra Bob instructs readers to listen to special tracks on the CD which provide examples of the music made from featured instruments in actual works from different composers. He also points out how to listen for the different instruments that have been discussed. This section is as colorful and fun as the first, with actual photographs of each instrument covered. An index of composers and musical terms is included, as well as a list of the 41 musical selections on the CD (over an hour of music). It provides a great way to listen to the music of the orchestra while simultaneously learning about the history, instruments, and composers. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 020495
    ISBN: 9780974361635
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    For those of you who want to teach using the classical method, the authors of this book, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, have long believed and implemented this in their own homeschool. In this book they combine their knowledge and experience to present a spiritual and philosophical foundation and a practical program for Christian homeschooling in the classical style. The first four chapters discuss the reasoning and logic of teaching with classical education, a discussion of why parents should be in charge of their students' education, problems with classroom (public) schools, and an explanation and description of what the trivium is. The next three chapters study one element of the trivium each - language, logic, and rhetoric. Each chapter presents the topic, arguments for teaching it, guidelines for teaching, where to start, what children should be learning at appropriate age levels, and other tips and advice for incorporating these core subjects. Chapter eight follows the same basic format, delving into the study of literature. In chapter nine, the Bluedorns offer principles for the study of historical literature. The following chapter provides lots of advice and help for different methods and approaches to homeschooling in light of the trivium, such as the Charlotte Mason approach, unschooling, unit studies, and others. Part two of the book, The Practical Trivium, hold chapters listing things children should do at particular ages - ten things to do with students before age ten, ten through twelve, thirteen through fifteen, sixteen through eighteen, nineteen and onward, and finally the last chapter, Life's Goals Begin at Home. Appendix one includes 16 different articles discussing the trivium, education, and other related issues. Appendix two provides an thorough resource list, outlining general resources and those for language arts & English, rhetoric, literature, history, government, law and economics, languages, mathematics, logic, Bible and theology, philosophy, science, art and music, and other miscellaneous resources. While you may not agree with all of the personal philosophy in this book, if you want to teach from the trivium and are looking for a guide to implement a classical education in your homeschool, this is a very complete and thorough guide from experienced authors. - Melissa

  • Item #: 016653
    ISBN: 9781575835723
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    This enjoyable CD pack provides hours of fun listening. Set includes three CDs, which together includes 102 full-length songs that should be part of every childhood. Examples include The ABC Song, B-I-N-G-O, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, If You're Happy and You Know It, The Wheels on the Bus, Yankee Doodle, Hickory Dickory Dock, and more. Classic and newer songs are included in the set, and the music is lively and cheerful. Background music usually includes guitar, with some piano and other instruments, and lyrics are sung by young children in an animated yet professional way. Perfect for sing-alongs in the car or at home. As an added bonus, lyrics are included in .pdf format on the CD, and one CD includes a printable 48-page activity book too! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 016078
    ISBN: 9780983408413
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    Vivaldi, Albinoni, Bach, Mouret, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Verdi, Suppe, Offenbach, Brahms, Borodin, Delibes, Mussorgsky, Dvorak, Grieg, Faure, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Stravinsky

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  • Item #: 015370
    ISBN: 9781881153108
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  • Item #: 015187
    ISBN: 9780486460154
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    Leaving the safety of the country and venturing into the city, young Polly Milton goes to stay in the home of her wealthy cousins. It doesn't take her long to realize she doesn't exactly belong and occasionally finds her cheeks aglow at the way of city life. Her cousins Fanny and Tom prove goodhearted, but their upbringing is slowly leading them on the path of becoming spoiled brats. Can Polly's good nature and contentment of doing things "old-fashioned" turn them from what seems their already set fate and bring much needed joy to this family? The second half of the book is set six years later when Polly returns to the city once more in hopes of being a music instructor. Chaos enters the scene as Mr. Sydney, who holds Fanny's interest, takes up a liking for Polly. Could it be that Polly feels the same way? Or will she soon discover the one for her is closer than she thinks? ~ Tasha

  • Item #: 009877
    ISBN: 9781895404739
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  • Item #: 009856
    ISBN: 9781895404777
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