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  • Item #: 048762
    ISBN: 9780974492018
    Retail: $20.00
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  • Item #: 018482
    ISBN: 9780929223186
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    Mrs. Letz Farmer and her daughter Laura have teamed up again to help children learn cursive - and maintain a cheerful attitude while doing it. Somewhat similar to their first book in format, this book adopts the same encouraging instruction. It begins with lowercase letters for ease, introducing different strokes that can be used to make different letters. Several appropriately named characters represent these strokes and appear on related pages to offer tips. Bible verses appear on some pages, used for practice in reading cursive and identifying letters. Random words lining the bottom of the page are used for writing practice. The book then moves into lowercase letter combinations and finally words. When students are comfortable with their lowercase letters, its time to move on to the capitals. As the letters are introduced, students begin practicing by writing printed Bible verses in cursive, and then a cursive verse back into manuscript. Here again on these pages, there are random words included for additional writing practice for the featured letter. Any difficult letter combination connections are featured with practice lines so students become comfortable with them. Grammar skills and alphabetizing are also incorporated into the lessons, which is a nice extra touch. - Melissa

  • Item #: 002988
    ISBN: 9781591980711
    Retail: $14.99
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    With over 100 reproducible activities to choose from, youre bound to perfect your cursive handwriting. The first half of this book includes fairly straightforward practice with uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Activities in the second half not only practice cursive, but also review topics such as states and capitals, compound words, parts of speech, alphabetical order, antonyms and synonyms, habitats, the solar system, and plants. An answer key for the activities in the second half of the book is included. Anh

  • Item #: 005826
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    This book keeps going where many cursive writing practice books end; 128 pages of practice take students from the beginning steps to mastery all in one book. The first unit begins with individual letter practice. Letters are paired by similar strokes and for each letter the correct formation is shown, supplemented by letters to trace and space for children to write their own. After all lower and uppercase letters are covered, a few activity pages encourage children to practice through writing number words, days of the week, family names and filling in a fun information sheet on themselves. The next section offers more practice on specific letters, this time combining the uppercase and lowercase form of the same letter on each page. Words for each are given to copy along with a fun, alliterated sentence containing several of the relevant letters like Two turtles trade toys. This section also ends with a few fun pages. The last two units are included solely for practicing cursive writing and are comprised completely of engaging handwriting activity sheets. In the first section, sheets provide fun sentences for students to practice on, such as tongue twisters, fairy tale characters, antonym sentences, and poems, or specific word lists like types of birds, odd-sounding cities and kinds of flowers. The remaining worksheets offer fun questions or challenges for children to answer - in their best handwriting of course! In the final section, students copy interesting paragraphs, all based on writing. Students learn about writing in history and other writing topics while practicing. Some examples are: prehistoric writing, cuneiform, Pioneer days, early pens, calligraphy, handwritten books and unusual notes. Several fun pages based on these passages are mixed in, such as writing a letter to a pen-pal, decoding rebus sentences, and collecting autographs. Steph

  • Item #: 046931
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    This title introduces 11 principles of science, with one introduced each week. Five days of copywork are provided for each principle, with a different related text to copy the first four days, then dictation on the fifth day. 40 pgs, quality spiral-bound.

  • Item #: 055714
    ISBN: 9781936706310
    Retail: $0.00
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) The Foundations Student Workbook is a colorful array of games and activities to engage your student. It includes fun pages for developing phonemic awareness, activities for mastering the sounds of A-Z, delightful cursive handwriting pages that correspond with Doodling Dragons, reading games, and much more! Each workbook also includes six tear-out readers for use with Foundations A. Like all Logic of English products, Foundations emphasizes critical thinking over rote memorization equipping students for all subjects. Handwriting New *studies link handwriting with stronger letter recognition and reading development. Foundations Level A builds upon this relationship by incorporating Rhythm of Handwriting instruction into each lesson. The single-letter phonograms are taught first with explicit instruction that teaches where the strokes touch the lines. These instructions are then shortened into the bold, rhythmic instruction that emphasizes the rhythm of handwriting. Students should be able to repeat back the bold words while forming each letter. This will help the student to develop a clear understanding of how each letter is formed. Foundations handwriting instruction has students see the letter, hear the instructions, repeat (speak) the instructions, and write the letter. *Read more about the relationship between reading and handwriting in our blog : The Relationship of Handwriting and Reading Lessons 1-4 begin by teaching four handwriting strokes. These four strokes are then combined to write the first phonogram in Lesson 5. Through our research we have found that some students begin to see each of the letters as a series of strokes. They picture the strokes as pieces of a puzzle that all fit neatly together to form a letter. These students thrive on learning the individual shapes of the strokes needed to write each letter first. They then combine the strokes both visually and rhythmically with the shortened, bold directions. Other students are big picture thinkers and prefer to learn the strokes as part of the whole. We suggest that teachers experiment to find the best technique for their students. Choosing Between Manuscript and Cursive Foundations and Rhythm of Handwriting both include instructions for teaching cursive as well as manuscript handwriting. Before beginning, the teacher should decide which form of handwriting is best for the student. We suggest all teachers read the article Why Teach Cursive First. We also suggest teachers consider the following three questions. Does the student struggle with fine motor activities? If the student struggles with fine motor skills, it is recommended to begin with cursive. Cursive handwriting requires significantly less fine motor movements than manuscript. The pencil does not need to be lifted up and down between letters and placing the pencil to begin each letter is greatly simplified by the fact that all cursive letters begin on the baseline whereas manuscript letters begin in eight different places. Does the child show signs of reversing letters while reading and/or writing? If the student has demonstrated confusion about the direction of bs and ds and ps and qs, cursive can be very helpful in minimizing the issue. Cursive handwriting naturally emphasizes the direction of reading and writing. Furthermore, it is difficult to reverse bs and ds and ps and qs in cursive. Does the child attend school where manuscript handwriting is taught? If a parent or tutor is using Foundations to supplement a reading program at school, we suggest matching the handwriting style to that of the school to minimize confusion.
  • Item #: 014670
    ISBN: 9780883099001
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  • Item #: 050796
    ISBN: 9780936785639
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    ISBN: 9780936785387
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  • Item #: 003735
    ISBN: 9780929223100
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    We try to be pragmatic at our house and in our business - whatever works well, whatever makes sense, thats what we try to do. Ive not met Letz Farmer, the author of this book, but Ill bet shes a pragmatist also. Lots of practical, that makes sense, ideas are included in this ball-and-stick method. For example, capital letters are taught first to minimize reversals that can occur in lower case letters (I thought Mark would never get b and d straight). Capital letters are taught according to stroke families; letters with only vertical and horizontal strokes are taught first; letters with slanted strokes are taught next; finally, letters which have a circular component are taught last, because these are the hardest. The first lower case letters taught are the ones that look exactly like their capital counterparts; next, the ones that look similar to their capital counterparts; and last, the ones that look nothing like their capital counterparts. Practice pages contain three lines for each letter; letters on the first line are thick and fully shaded, and show directional arrows for the starting point and direction of strokes; letters on the second line are thick outlines that allow for some wiggle as the child attempts to write his letter inside the outline; the third line is blank and allows the child to make his letters freeform. The book has a fold-flat plastic binding so that the student is not fighting a hump in the page as he attempts to print his letters. Each pair of pages is laid out so that the top of the pair is at the left-hand side as you open the book; when in its upright position, either right-handers or left-handers can use the book without disadvantage.

    Several other niceties are incorporated. A short story and cute illustrations help the child to remember each letter. The bottom of each practice page contains the alphabet, but missing some letters so the child can write them in the appropriate place. Phonics practice and (heres a first) sign language is incorporated if you want to use these along the way. Plus, Bible verses are used as part of each exercise.

    Where did Mrs. Farmer come up with all these good ideas? She credits her child expert, daughter Laura. Nice job, Laura!

  • Item #: 032728
    ISBN: 9781930953864
    Retail: $14.95
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    Features verses from the Old and New Testaments, books of the New Testament, the Lords Prayer, poetry by Robert Herrick, Hillaire Belloc, and Walter de la Mare, and nursery rhymes.

  • Item #: 036287
    ISBN: 9781930953888
    Retail: $7.95
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    Designed to be used with or after Copybook III, this book allows the student to continue practicing their skills. Providing space for the students own Scripture, poetry, maxims, or composition selections, the traditional size and spacing prepares the student for standard notebook paper. Drawing pages are provided opposite (facing pages) to each copy page. Janice

  • Item #: 055715
    ISBN: 9781936706327
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.00
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) The Foundations Student Workbook is a colorful array of games and activities to engage your student. It includes fun pages for developing phonemic awareness, activities for mastering the sounds of A-Z, delightful cursive handwriting pages that correspond with Doodling Dragons, reading games, and much more! Each workbook also includes six tear-out readers for use with Foundations A. Like all Logic of English products, Foundations emphasizes critical thinking over rote memorization equipping students for all subjects. Handwriting New *studies link handwriting with stronger letter recognition and reading development. Foundations Level A builds upon this relationship by incorporating Rhythm of Handwriting instruction into each lesson. The single-letter phonograms are taught first with explicit instruction that teaches where the strokes touch the lines. These instructions are then shortened into the bold, rhythmic instruction that emphasizes the rhythm of handwriting. Students should be able to repeat back the bold words while forming each letter. This will help the student to develop a clear understanding of how each letter is formed. Foundations handwriting instruction has students see the letter, hear the instructions, repeat (speak) the instructions, and write the letter. *Read more about the relationship between reading and handwriting in our blog : The Relationship of Handwriting and Reading Lessons 1-4 begin by teaching four handwriting strokes. These four strokes are then combined to write the first phonogram in Lesson 5. Through our research we have found that some students begin to see each of the letters as a series of strokes. They picture the strokes as pieces of a puzzle that all fit neatly together to form a letter. These students thrive on learning the individual shapes of the strokes needed to write each letter first. They then combine the strokes both visually and rhythmically with the shortened, bold directions. Other students are big picture thinkers and prefer to learn the strokes as part of the whole. We suggest that teachers experiment to find the best technique for their students. Choosing Between Manuscript and Cursive Foundations and Rhythm of Handwriting both include instructions for teaching cursive as well as manuscript handwriting. Before beginning, the teacher should decide which form of handwriting is best for the student. We suggest all teachers read the article Why Teach Cursive First. We also suggest teachers consider the following three questions. Does the student struggle with fine motor activities? If the student struggles with fine motor skills, it is recommended to begin with cursive. Cursive handwriting requires significantly less fine motor movements than manuscript. The pencil does not need to be lifted up and down between letters and placing the pencil to begin each letter is greatly simplified by the fact that all cursive letters begin on the baseline whereas manuscript letters begin in eight different places. Does the child show signs of reversing letters while reading and/or writing? If the student has demonstrated confusion about the direction of bs and ds and ps and qs, cursive can be very helpful in minimizing the issue. Cursive handwriting naturally emphasizes the direction of reading and writing. Furthermore, it is difficult to reverse bs and ds and ps and qs in cursive. Does the child attend school where manuscript handwriting is taught? If a parent or tutor is using Foundations to supplement a reading program at school, we suggest matching the handwriting style to that of the school to minimize confusion.
  • Item #: 015284
    ISBN: 9781882514700
    Retail: $49.95
    Rainbow Price: $37.50
    The synthesis of years of planning, teaching, writing, and testing, this Guide to Teach Your Child to Read is truly inspirational! It incorporates so many great ideas and methods in an unforced, natural manner that it had to be written by a homeschooling mom! Valerie Bendt, author and homeschooling mother of six, has provided yet another wonderful tool to help us teach efficiently, effectively and personally! The course consists of 108 lessons which the author recommends using at the rate of 3 lessons per week with review and reinforcement of skills in between. Employing an approach similar to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, this low-stress (for teacher and student), gentle format allows you to sit alongside your child and enjoy a one-on-one adventure in learning to read. While Valerie has borrowed some great ideas from methods employed in that volume, her offering is distinctively different, too - both in format and, more notably, implementation. While both volumes are constructed as beginning reading programs (not intended as totally comprehensive phonics instruction), the instruction in Reading Made Easy goes far beyond teaching phonics rules to become a more fluid and total age- and skill-appropriate language arts presentation for the beginning reader. Valeries program also puts much more emphasis on the value and enjoyment of reading and on instilling a love of the written word in your child than any other phonics/reading program Ive seen. She incorporates multi-sensory learning that will appeal to children of all learning modalities, using both kinesthetic manipulation (via cards and drawings) and auditory exercises. Whether instinctively or deliberately, she has created an almost ideal reading program to incorporate many of the multiple-intelligences as well! But, enough with the praise! On to the nuts and bolts of the program! Like Teach Your Child..., the lessons are meant to be taught side-by-side, preferably close enough to snuggle. Scripted lessons generally begin with skill review and practice, then progress to introduction of new phonetic constructs (and/or sight words) and end with reading practice. A special system of marking is used to enable the beginning reader to quickly master new and unfamiliar rules. Stories are all captivating, entertaining, and illustrated with a simple black-and-white illustration. Reading comprehension is incorporated in the reading exercises even at the earliest levels. Both volumes will have your child reading simple chapter books by the end of instruction. This is where the similarities end. Now for the differences in both format and content. While Teach Your Child... uses larger type face in the beginning, progressing to a smaller (but still bolder) typeface at books end, Valerie employs a consistent point size throughout. The type size is roughly the same as the ending type in Teach Your Child.... This will be better with older beginning readers, but may deter the very young reader. However, the marking system used in Reading Made Easy is less distracting. Teach Your Child... uses overlines to indicate long vowels and makes silent letters smaller (in comparison). Consonant digraphs are shown by actually joining the letters. When you put this all together it looks a little - well, funny. The reader is weaned from these special markings by the end of the volume, however, and typeset becomes consistent. Valerie uses more evenly-sized lettering throughout, graying short vowels, bolding long ones, and ghosting silent letters (forming them with dots instead of solid lines). Blends and digraphs are circled, a visual cue that they work as a phonetic unit. This system of marking is employed throughout the program in reading sections. Some weaning is done in copywork and sentence work, however. As a whole, the text has a less cluttered appearance than Teach Your Child. I appreciate Valeries scripted text being in a different font rather than in the red ink found in the latter. Missing also are the arrows beneath every practice letter, word, and sentence. If your child has an extremely difficult time with left-to-right tracking, you might appreciate the arrows; if not, it just adds extra busy-ness to the page. I do miss the stand-out bolding found in Teach Your Child. Some children may find it easier to ignore the rest of the writing on the pages if their part really stands out. If you plan on using Italic Handwriting, Valeries use of LucidaSansSchool font (used in Portland States Italic Handwriting program) will appeal. If you plan on using a pre-cursive (or modern manuscript) program, ditto. Reading Made Easy also uses a written a while Teach Your Child uses a typeset a". Reading Made Easy covers a little more phonics ground than Teach Your Child and includes a list of phonetic constructs at the end of the book for concepts not covered in the body of the book. The biggest differences in the two programs, though, is in their implementation. Lessons in Reading Made Easy are far more spontaneous and offer more variety in format. Impromptu games and activities are sprinkled liberally throughout, giving the program a more playful nature. Parents construct Sight Word Worms and a Sight Word Bingo game to help children add critical sight words to their reading repertoire. The incorporation of these in stories then results in more natural, interesting reading selections. Children are encouraged to flex their artistic wings by duplicating simple illustrations and writing is incorporated as they first write sentences, then stories to accompany them. Index cards are used extensively (buy lots of them!) for preparing aids to learn word and sentence construction. Many lessons include putting words from a simple sentence on cards (one word per card and usually marked using Valeries notations), mixing, then having your child reconstruct the sentence. This kinesthetic activity helps children understand capitalization, ending punctuation, and sentence construction from early on. While all lessons include a short reading selection to reinforce your instruction, the final lessons in Reading Made Easy contain a real chapter book. In each of twelve lessons, you read a chapter of the story after which your child reads a simpler (but not too watered-down) adaptation written at his level of reading ability. Copywork is also included in most lessons (in the tradition of Ruth Beechick), but the author suggests omitting it if your childs fine motor skills are not ready for additional writing. One final feature that every mom will appreciate is ending each lesson with read-aloud time from a book of your choice (Valerie has thoughtfully included a list of recommended picture and chapter books in the ending section of the book). We all know that reading to our children regularly increases both reading aptitude and appreciation. This inclusion assures that we will make the time for it and provides our children with a fitting reward for completing each lesson. Reading Made Easy is now available in paperback format or on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains .pdf files of all pages and a 55-minute audio workshop entitled Teaching Your Child to Read."
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