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  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 029283
    ISBN: 9780997506747
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  • Item #: 059604
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  • Item #: 052565
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    Dianne Craft is well known for her successful approaches for equipping families (and teachers) to overcome problems faced by their struggling, but bright learners. Designed for home use, this manual provides an overview of how the brain works, right brain vs. left brain traits, detailed information on the four identified learning gates, brain training exercises, suggestions for a weekly sequence plus daily lesson plans for struggling learners.

    Overwhelmed yet? Don't be. Mrs. Craft has created an easy to use resource that may save you hundreds of dollars in occupational therapy. Beginning with a clear introduction to brain integration therapy she walks you through a brief overview of struggling learners, the importance of crawling and understanding the function of the brain with a focus on the role of the left and right brain.

    With the foundation of the importance of brain integration put forth, she then introduces us to the four learning gates: Visual Processing, Visual/Motor (writing), Auditory Processing, and the Attention/Focusing/Behavior. Observable characteristics of the blocked gates are presented alongside simple activities to determine if your child presents with a blocked gate in one of these areas. For example, a parent might recognize that their child who is struggling to learn to read has a blocked Visual Processing gate if the child needs to underline or point to each word as they read or reverses letters (or words) while reading. While the manual focuses on therapies to improve blocks in the first three gates, Mrs. Craft does offer detailed information on correcting a blocked Attention/Focusing/Behavior gate in her Biology of Behavior audio CD series, which we are pleased to offer separately.

    The remaining sections in the manual are dedicated to explaining a variety of exercises to improve brain integration. These include detailed explanations and step by step instructions paired with numerous black and white photo demonstrations, which leads me into one of the most valuable aspects of this manual: the detailed schedule suggestions.

    The suggested schedule is divided into three areas: Brain Training Sequences designed to be done daily Monday through Thursday; the once a week Brain Training Session which provides exercises specific to one of the blocked gates, and daily lesson plans for reading, writing and math. Parents will find time spent in each subject varies but parents should anticipate 30-45 minutes daily on each subject.

    All in all, this is a user friendly guide for home use. The exercises are well explained and laid out. The background information provides the parent with a deeper understanding of our children with learning glitches. Detailed diagnostic checklists, a diagnostic reading grade placement test, case studies and the optional online support from Mrs. Craft provide parents with necessary tools to best meet the needs of their unique learner. One caveat I would make is regarding the time commitment necessary to gain full benefit of the brain training. The program described will be time intensive for the parent, and the author acknowledges that a parent's willingness to devote a consistent and fairly intense effort is vital to success. If you are looking for something more specific in scope, we also offer Dianne Craft's Teaching the Right Brained Child DVD and Smart Kids Who Hate to Write DVD. Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently as standalone products, or use them together as they complement each other well. There is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs, but there is not a great deal of redundancy and using them together provides parents with additional tools. 2013 Edition. Spiral bound with included 18"x 12" Writing Eight Exercise template. 151 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 022285
    ISBN: 9781609990831
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    I am excited that Ray and Charlene Notgrass have written this excellent, one year world history course! While many families enjoy a chronological, multi-year approach to world history, others prefer to study history in a more traditional manner-one year at a time. Written in the engaging narrative ‘voice’ that has made the Notgrass courses beloved by many homeschool families, this new World History begins at the very foundation of our Christian foundation- Adam and journeys to the end of the 20th century, with a final unit on our interconnected world (from the thrill of world-wide sporting events to turmoil in the Middle East).

    Containing 30 units, with 5 lessons per unit, this course will take students one year to complete. It is anticipated that daily lessons will take 45-90 minutes per day, although it is naturally flexible for homeschool families to set their own pace. While the target grade range is 5 through 8, families with younger children will find this a perfect ‘read aloud’ curriculum, as the text has been clearly and engagingly written.

    Let me give a bit of an example of how the unit lessons are laid out. At the start of each unit, there is a brief introduction to the lessons including the recommended literature selection to accompany the reading. Each weekly unit has one lesson from each of five categories: Our World Story (major events in history); God’s Wonders (impact of the world’s created wonders on history and culture); World Landmarks; World Biography of some of history’s most influential personalities and Daily Life (an inside view of everyday life). Daily lessons are richly illustrated with graphics and photographs, including maps of historic places and regions. At the conclusion of each lesson (approximately 5-8 pages), parents and children will select assignments to complete from a list of 5-7 assignments. Older students may be able to complete all the activities-but again- there is built-in flexibility for your individual family’s needs. Assignments include readings from the Our Creative World book (collection of original documents); Map Book assignments; Timeline Book assignments; assignments from the Student Workbook and Lesson Review Book (optional resources), as well as language arts assignments covering vocabulary, creative writing, literature selections. Thinking Biblically assignments are also included with most lessons and are designed to engage students in applying Scripture to history and life. Each unit also provides a suggested weekly family activity-projects vary and include arts and crafts, recipes and games. Materials are easily found for the projects and are designed to bring the family together to enjoy time together building memories.

    Curriculum package contains From Adam to Us Part 1 & 2; Our Creative World, Map Book, Timeline Book and the Answer Key to end of the lessons questions as well as the activities and tests in the Student Workbook and the questions and tests in the Lesson Review. Although it is possible to share the Map and Timeline books, they are available separately, allowing each child to have their own copy. I suspect that most children will be eager to create their own map and timeline.

    If you would like to add more supplemental instruction or review, consider the Student Workbook (5th-6th grade) or the Lesson Review (7th-8th grades). Both include additional assignments that correspond to the daily lesson as well as unit tests and questions related to the literature selections. Most literature based questions are recall based. However, there are a smattering of higher level thinking questions.

    Middle school children will be enthralled as they view world history through the lens of a Creator God who is alive and active, from the very foundation of our world through present day. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 018284
    ISBN: 9780936981314
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  • Item #: 014528
    ISBN: 9781879478206
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    Do you want to see improved spelling in your students' writing? Research shows that 90% of English text consists of just 1000 words. This book focuses on teaching the most commonly used and misspelled words and ensuring that students of all ability levels receive intense instruction on core words. The book is divided into four main parts; Incredible English, Spelling and Teaching, Recommended Teaching Techniques, and Spelling Lists.

    The Incredible English chapter lists rules for spelling and then lists exceptions to the rules. It also compares the difficulty of spelling other languages to spelling English and covers the history of the how the English language has evolved. It also gives arguments for and against spelling reform in a humorous manner.

    The Spelling and Teaching section discussing ways a spelling program can be transferred to writing. Many students spell words correctly on tests but then forget to use the correct spelling in their writing. This part of the book gives ideas to keep that from happening. It discusses the importance of good spelling and explains why schools do not do a better job teaching it. It talks about the different types of memory a student uses to assist with spelling and gives suggestions for improvement.

    Recommended Teaching Techniques is the section of the book that suggests a few teaching methods that provide the greatest amount of practice in the least amount of time. Daily Practice provides six guided practices per word per day, each in about thirty seconds. Homework provides eleven independent practices per word per day, each in less than one minute. Diction provides distributed practice and allows the teacher to continually reinforce spellings, homophones, punctuation, capitalization, and form. Personal Words provide an optional method for dealing with misspellings in student writing in an effective and flexible way.

    The Spelling Lists section includes the 1000 Word Core List. It provides lists for grade levels K-6 and pretesting, review testing, and post-testing to assess students' learning. It also includes spelling rules and lessons and worksheets that correspond with the lists. This instructional book also includes a word bank and other teacher resources like a step-by-step checklist and challenge spelling lists. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 065477
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      You may already be a fan of the inexpensive, yet exceptionally practical Elementary Student Planner (item # 038533), and wonder where to go after your children have outgrown it. For your middle schooler, pages are undated so you can use them whenever you need them. Each page provides a place to record assignments and a checkmark in 6 topics: Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Reading/Language and Specials for over the course of 5 days (Monday through Friday), with a final box for daily parental signature. Daily boxes measure approximately 2 1/2 x4 3/4”. The back of the soft cover book contains a place to write your weekly schedule (Monday through Saturday) and a time slot. Book measures 8 ½” x 11” and is 3-hole punched with 24 double-sided pages for a 48-week school year. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057603
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    Chores are re-defined as commitments on this weekly chart. There are 4 categories listed down the left-most column: honor myself, respect my home, honor my family, and respect my school; days of the week are across the top. Three to five subcategories include things like: dress myself on time, put my things away, help clean and participate in class. Some categories have extra spaces for you to write in your own commitments. At the bottom is a place to write a memory verse and you can write your student's name at the top. Pad contains a 6-month supply. The pages are colorful (greens, blues, purples) and show a cross and a dove. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 005982
    ISBN: 9781580373043
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    The daily warm-ups provided in this book will help young students understand various aspects of the Constitution and U.S. government. Each worksheet provides five quick exercises (one for each school day) that review certain parts of the constitution. Exercise examples include listing items (like listing 5 powers given to Congress), true or false, defining words, writing an opinion about an issue, short answer questions, and more. Thereââ‚™s a wide variety of exercise types so students wonââ‚™t get bored, and each exercise shouldnââ‚™t take more than 5-10 minutes a day. The entire Constitution (with amendments) is printed in the front of the book (taking up 18 reproducible pages) and students can use it as a reference to answer most of the daily questions. Exercise pages are also reproducible and perforated, so you can hand out each exercise day by day, or just give your student the page to complete the entire week of activities. The exercises are organized into convenient units covering the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, Articles 4, 5, and 6, the Bill of Rights, and the rest of the amendments to the Constitution. Answers included in back, 46 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
  • Item #: 039603
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  • Item #: 026377
    ISBN: 9781557999603
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  • Item #: 026369
    ISBN: 9780547485171
    Retail: $49.67
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  • Item #: 018285
    ISBN: 9780936981369
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  • Item #: WP11NA
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  • Item #: WP11MS
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  • Item #: FOODSC
    Retail: $378.64
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    The Instructor Resource CD-ROM includes printable textbook labs, test masters, answer keys for the textbook, tests, labs and lab manual/student workbook and the Instructor Resources. The Instructor resources include lesson suggestions for 12, 18 and 36-week scheduling, strategies for teaching, introductory material, assessment techniques (including portfolios), content standards, lesson plans, and teaching visuals. There is no student lab workbook. Computer requirements: Windows: Intel Pentium II or compatible processor, Windows 2000, XP, 7/8, 128 MB RAM, IE 6 or higher for weblinks, and Adobe Reader. Mac: Power PC G4, G5 or Intel Processor, Mac OS X v. 10.x, 128 MB Ram, Safari, and Adobe Reader.

    Worth mentioning, the included student materials are reproducible for homeschool and co-op/classroom use.

  • Item #: 071289
    ISBN: 9780735315051
    Retail: $9.99
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    I have such good memories of family vacations we took when I was younger. But I have to wonder if I am remembering the details from my point of view or from the pictures I saw later on. How cool it would be to see what I was actually thinking at that time! This particular travel journal has prompts on every page. This journal captures the entire trip starting with the "pre-trip" pages that include prompts on packing, what you know about where you are going, and finding your destination on a map. During-the-trip pages capture every moment from what you did and saw during the travel time; the weather, food and other cultural questions; and then day-to-day pages to record what you did, what you saw and what/where you ate each day. In the back are pages to keep in touch with new friends, write about your souvenirs, and space to reflect on your trip such as what you found the best/worst about the trip. With about 90 day-to-day pages, it would be perfect for a long summer vacation journal. The light blue/teal pages are great for a girl or boy. What a fun keepsake! pb, 126pp, 6x8". ~ Sara

  • Item #: 070353
    ISBN: 9781940110332
    Retail: $18.00
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       The Answer Key and Teaching Notes provides answers to those exercises and questions that have an appropriately objective response (including reviews). This means there are answers when one correct answer is required and also where a set range of answers is acceptable. The Answer Key does not provide suggested answers for open-ended or creative writing assignments. In other instances, the student is given examples and samples to help gauge appropriate responses. Also included with the Answer Key are suggested daily schedules 32 weeks/four days a week

  • Item #: 068704
    ISBN: 9781543083972
    Retail: $34.50
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     Love the idea of unschooling, but struggle to find a balance between too much unproductive time and a strictly scheduled day? This resource may provide the perfect balance. Subtitled, “The Beginner’s Journal”, this animal and farm themed curriculum gently guides learning in several areas including reading, handwriting, logic, spelling, classic literature and music, mathematics including practice in addition, subtraction, and multiplication, creative writing, and more.

      Due to the open-ended nature of this course, you will notice repetition in many of the activity pages. For example, the backyard science/nature walk study pages, animals of the world, and reading time pages allow children to document varied observations and studies. Many struggling learners thrive on familiarity, which helps create a fun learning experience for struggling or younger students. Parents will need to assist their children in choosing topics of study, completion of some activities and securing additional, recommended resources.

      Recommended educational resources include a computer with your own Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music CDs, a variety of educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math-U-See are suggested). Necessary school supplies include pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler. Assorted dyslexia games from the author’s Series A and B are included, and the Dyslexie font is utilized. Author states a child may work in this book up to 3 hours daily for 6 weeks, with 30 minutes of computer time 3 days per week, although flexibility allows you to fit to your family’s needs. Reproducible for children in your household. Black and white graphics. SC. 294 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 068342
    ISBN: 9780829443080
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    Practice Book provides additional practice for each chapter and include a series for "daily maintenance."

    Please note that there is a separate Answer Key for the Assessment and Practice books.

  • Item #: 067830
    Retail: $224.95
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    Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit 1 (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. We understand there will be two more levels: Books 5-8 are for ages 4-7; Books 9-12 are for ages 6-8. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (they do to me as well), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more." For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet. The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit 1 and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

    Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. There is a checklist included, as the back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

    A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. Although appropriate wording is modeled in the lessons, there is also general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning.

    As mentioned before the Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you. For instance, Lesson 24, Book 4 practices comparative terminology. There are eight points to the lesson. The first point covers "est" words and comparing three or more things. The second point talks about the "er" words and comparing two things. Then there are five sets of pictures of various objects to compare starting with three objects of varying sizes but progressing to four and six objects. About 95 pgs each, spiral-bound.

    The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

    The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

    The Lesson Mat needs to be mentioned. It is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

    The Kit contents all have a purpose within the lessons. While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest.

    Kit 1 includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), 4 tubs of Play-Doh; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; and CD with 24 language arts songs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 067781
    ISBN: 9781441318374
    Retail: $12.99
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    This journal for teens and adults is an introspective journey to learn oneself better. It could even be used with high school students to help shed some light on a career path. Each daily prompt falls into one of the following areas: who are you? What do you do? Your stuff, your people, food, your body, memories, places, dreams, outdoors and lastly a topic called this or that? They suggest you work through the book front to back. The questions really do get you thinking about what you value in life. Some days you will write a page, others will be just a short question with a few lines. A student could use this as a daily writing warm-up activity. A grandparent could fill it in for their grandchildren, creating a cherished memento as grandchildren (and probably their own children!) learn new things about them. However it is completed, and by whomever completes it, this is sure to become a keepsake for posterity. hc, 158pp, 6x8”, with an attached satin ribbon bookmark. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 067780
    ISBN: 9781441317407
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    Subtitled: “An Interactive Journal of Eclectic Exercises to Jump-Start Your Creativity,” this is a book of prompts to get you thinking creatively. The reader will be asked a series of questions – but not just the usual journal prompts asking what you like or don’t like. These will require higher order thinking skills. Your creative boundaries will be pushed as you figure out your answers. For example, one exercise asks you to put a dot anywhere on a certain page. No more instructions than that. Turn the page and the questions start: how did you choose where you dot will go? Were you being dismissive, impatient or playfully spontaneous when you made the mark? How do you usually respond to ambiguous situations? Did you consider other alternatives? Make more than one dot? Did you try to figure out the most creative answer? Were you afraid of doing it wrong? Does this fear inhibit your creativity? How did your choice reflect your usual approach to open-ended problems? What did you think on learning there are no wrong answers? And all of this is from putting a dot on a page! This exercise was at the front of the book. They get progressively deeper as you work through it. Fascinating bits on how our minds work and simple behaviors that can stimulate our brains introduce the thoughtful activities. Your STEM students will learn creative problem solving. Your artsy students will learn to dig deeper. A family can use it as a daily warm up or even for family discussion topics. An independent student can use it as an introspective journal. pb, 160pp, 6x8”. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 066232
    Retail: $446.00
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    Neither intensive nor too informal, this curriculum strikes an excellent balance in beginning instruction. Lessons focus on reading skills, but also incorporate math, science, Bible, art, character development, creative thinking and childrens literature. There are 26 thematic units total, with each unit taking five days to complete. Daily lessons will take 60-90 minutes.

    Beginning reading lessons are systematic and thorough, using tactile, visual and auditory methods to teach children letters and letter sounds. The corresponding letter flashcards are beautifully illustrated with animals and other items from Gods creation. Letters are not introduced in alphabetical order, but in an order to facilitate early blending into words (for early reinforcement of phonetic skills) and to correspond with elements of creation. (For example, S is introduced first along with a science lesson about the Sun. Students also construct a sundial, make raisins, paint a sun and see how, like the sun, Jesus is the light of the world.) Textured letters are integral to the lessons (see below), as are the flashcards. Handwriting is also incorporated as are various games, songs, drawing, cut & paste, and other reinforcing activities. By lesson 6, children begin blending letter sounds into simple words. By the end, they'll be reading simple stories. Each unit also has a recommended children's literature title. Math concepts include counting, writing numerals, charts and graphs, sequencing, comparing, classifying, ordinal numbers, fractions (whole and half), time, money, and simple addition/subtraction. Science topics match the illustrations on the alphabet flashcards and consist of objects that can be observed in nature.

    The Limited Ed. Package includes the Teacher's Manual; student sheets; alphabet flashcards, Lauri lower-case alphabet puzzle; What Really Happened to the Dinosuars?; For the Children's Sake; Cuisenaire Rods; Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet Book; Say Hello to Classical Music; an inflatable globe and the MFW Kindergarten Literature Collection with 26 stories to be used with the units. Ant Hill and Butterfly Garden kits are not included in the kits but highly recommended for customers in the 48 states. Both insect kits are also available from us separately.

  • Item #: 065418
    ISBN: 9781930749443
    Retail: $39.00
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       More than half of the Bible is written in Hebrew. For Bible study purposes alone, this fact warrants learning the language. This text, originally intended for an adult audience at Bible colleges and seminaries, emphasizes pronouncing and reading Hebrew. Hebrew is complex and this text does not formally introduce grammatical concepts, nor does it follow a direct, traditional language learning method. The primary goal is to read and learn written text rather than communicating in Hebrew.

      The first 6 chapters introduce each consonant letter of the alphabet. Since vowels are not delineated in the Hebrew alphabet, the additional 6 chapters teach the vowels as classes. Then, starting as Jewish children do, students will learn to read the Shema in Hebrew and then work through the 10 Commandments, Sabbath and other blessings, daily worship prayers and blessings and then end with the Hebrew names for God.

      The author, Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, recommends following this pattern when studying the lessons: pray, review daily (30 minutes per day); use graph paper to practice the letter forms and make flash cards.

      Each of the 12 lessons in Part I should take one week per lesson for your motivated high school student. Lessons in Part II may be studied and reviewed for months to come. The readings in Lessons 12 through 16 provide the Hebrew writing with a transliteration and then an English translation below. Background information and cultural explanation elaborate on each text.

    Lesson 17 explains the Tanakh (the full Hebrew Bible) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), followed by Scripture samples in Hebrew with the corresponding Scripture in English KJV. While no transliteration or direct translation is included at this point, the student should be able to pronounce these. A good Strong’s Concordance would solve the word for word translation. Lesson 18 discusses the Hebrew names of God with transliteration and definitions, with an in-depth discussion on 18 specific names.

      The wealth of language, Biblical and cultural information here is astounding. Even if you do not wish to read full documents in Hebrew, this text would be an excellent source for Bible study—or in preparation for a trip to Israel. Additional resources include an in-depth Hebrew Glossary, an Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar; and a bibliography. ~ Ruth

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       Take a different approach to teaching phonics and reading with your students. The Stretch & Catch Method can help children learn to read in 10 minutes a day. Whether you are teaching your children at home or they need extra help with their classroom learning, this method is easy and can be a tremendous help.

      The instructions for employing the Stretch & Catch Method are presented in a systematic fashion, so that anyone can use it. Developed by Amanda McNamara Lowe, her goal is to help all children learn to read. To learn to read, children must understand how words work. Stretch & Catch will help them see patterns in words, sound out the words, hear the sounds, feel the sounds, and use their fingers to “catch” the sounds.

      There are nine chapters in the book; chapter one is the explanation, preparation, and assessment portion of the book. This chapter is very important to understanding the Stretch & Catch methodology, The Word List (TWL), daily reading and placement. Stretch & Catch is a technique that uses the fingers to represent word sounds – Stretch is sounding out the word by raising one finger at a time per sound, Catch is saying all the sounds together, quickly, while bringing the fingers into a fist. Example: Spelling the word ‘dot’ – say /d/ and raise the first finger, say /o/ and raise the second finger, say /t/ and raise the third finger; say the word fast and pull the three fingers into a fist. My example is a simplified explanation of the methodology, and there is a scripted dialogue to be used along with it (8 steps). The Word Lists (TWL) are five colored lists of high-frequency words that the student learns to identify, these words make up 50% to 60% of the child’s reading and must be mastered. TWL are found in chapters 3 through 7. Assessments for TWL are found in chapter one, but you won’t use them until the appropriate time. Daily Reading to and with your child is a very important part of this program. There are no designated readers, but the author suggests reading alphabet and ABC books for children who need to learn basic letter sounds (children beginning with chapter two of this book). Early reader books for children in chapters three through six of this book, fluent readers (children in chapters 7-9) can read anything of interest to them. Chapter One includes a vital assessment tool to help you determine where to begin in this program. For children who need to learn basic letter sounds, begin with chapter two. Others start with chapter three, where Stretch & Catch begins teaching letter patterns. The word ‘feature’ is used to refer to the spelling pattern(s) being introduced in each chapter – there are 26 features total. 

      Chapter Two teaches the basic alphabet sounds (feature 1) and instructions are given at the beginning of the chapter. The author suggests that you have index cards on which to write the letters (lowercase and uppercase on separate cards), consonants in one color and vowels in another. Spend one week per letter for children who are being introduced to letters and sounds, one per day for those who just need review. Each letter has a key word that will be associated with it throughout the lessons. Only short vowels are presented in chapters two and three.

      Chapter Three introduces the first TWL words (you will want to use index cards to write them on for practice), Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of short vowels using Stretch & Catch, and scripted templates for teaching ‘features’ 2 through 6. There are two templates, one that is adult-led and another for child-led. These are examples of how to teach the lessons included in the chapter. You will then find lessons (lists of words) to use within the template for teaching each day. This chapter also includes some optional lessons.

      Chapter Four focuses on beginning and ending blends (features 7-11), and chapter five is beginning and ending digraphs (features 12-13). These chapters follow the same format as chapter three: TWL words, Daily Reading suggestion, explanation of the features in the chapter, templates, lessons, and examples.

      Chapters 6-9 cover features 14-26, and at this point your child is no longer considered a beginning reader. Lessons become child-led and you (parent/teacher) are there to be a guide. Children will learn about silent e, common long vowels, diphthongs, and r-controlled vowel patterns. Each chapter includes the TWL words, Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of the ‘features,’ an optional template for introducing the ‘features,’ child-led templates, lessons, and examples.

      Children should be reading fluently upon completion of this book, and just 10 minutes a day! Lessons may take more than ten minutes a day in the beginning; but once the methodology is mastered, teacher and student will love the ease of doing a short lesson each day. The method is multi-sensory and repetitive, which helps children to commit things to memory. The more a child is exposed to letters, sounds, and words, the quicker they will be imprinted on the brain (memorized). This method works well with beginning readers, but can also help struggling readers. 137-pgs, p/b. ~ Donna     

  • Item #: 064893
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       How often have you heard or used the excuse, “I just don’t have time to do a daily devotion.” This little devotion book, “Three Little Words,” does away with that excuse. Written by a Christian parent, this devotional reminds us to “put God first,” “do your best,” and “just be yourself” – good advice put into three-word phrases. That’s what this book does – each day there is a three-word phrase supported by three Bible verses (quotation and reference) – no additional information or guidance. Each devotion is a simple read, and takes very little time – so no excuses for not fitting in a daily devotion.

      All scripture quotes are RSV, NKJV, KJV, and NIV. “Put God First,” Exodus 20:1-3, Matthew 6:33, Mark 12:29-32; “Do Your Best,” 1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 5:16, 2 Corinthians 8:10-11; “Just Be Yourself,” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:20 & 24, Proverbs 26:4. Keeping it simple helps you to remember the thought for the day and relay that thought to your children and to others around you. 256 pgs., pb. ~ Donna

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      Logging what you eat (writing it down) is a great way to control weight, be sure you are getting proper nutrition, and track foods that might affect your health. This little 4” x 6” book can go anywhere with you and includes an information page to help you get started and 190 formatted pages for logging your food – 3 months of daily entries broken down by meals and snacks (2 pages per day), non-dated for use at any time of the year. Each two-page spread includes space to record three meals and three snacks a day with space to name of each item, amount eaten, and calories along with a line to calculate the total for that meal, plus checkboxes to track your water intake and servings of fruits and vegetables, and a couple of lines to note exercise and calories burned. An attached bookmark will help you hold your place and an attached elastic band will holds the book closed, so no crumpled pages.

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