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  • Item #: 011762
    ISBN: 9780152162801
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    This fictitious tale is set in Ancient Rome. Caius, Rufus, Antonius, Mucius, Flavius, Julius, and Publius are students in the finest grammar school in all of Rome. Only wealthy patricians can afford to send their sons to this school, so these seven are the entire class. One day Cauis begins to irritate Rufus, and Rufus retaliates by writing "Cauis is a dumbbell" on his writing tablet and hanging it up at the front of the classroom. This leads to a scuffle, which their teacher soon dissolves. Rufus is sent home, and the boys are subdued. The next day arrives with a string of mysteries. Neither Rufus nor Cauis come to school, but an even bigger problem is that the teacher isn't there! This has never happened before. The remaining students find him tied up in his closet, his house ransacked. It appears that the burglar took only some mathematic books, unimportant pictures, and Rufus's writing tablet. When the boys go to visit Rufus, they find the words "Cauis is a dumbbell" written in red paint on the temple wall. Rufus claims he is innocent and his handwriting was forged, but his classmates discover that he was out all night long, with no good alibi. Now Rufus has been arrested, and it's up to his six friends to find out who is behind all the mysteries before Rufus is punished for desecrating the temple!

  • Item #: 067463
    ISBN: 9780986189920
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    The Teacher’s Edition contains the student worksheets (with answers filled in),  plus two valuable appendices. One is a collection of literature and vocabulary games that will appeal to all learning styles. These can be incorporated into any book’s study. The other is a set of Supplemental Worksheets that can be used as assessments or for extra credit activities. Most are graphic organizers and focus on literary elements.

  • Item #: 067462
    ISBN: 9780980030297
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      The Student Workbook is composed of the reproducible (for families only) student worksheets

  • Item #: 061539
    ISBN: 9780767512466
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  • Item #: 011767
    ISBN: 9780152162689
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    The "detectives" from Detectives in Togas (see description) are back. This time, the boys buy their teacher a slave, Udo, for his birthday. Unfortunately, he doesn't have any use for the slave, and he tells the boys to return him to the trader. The boys try and take Udo back, but the trader they bought him from has fled - and with good reason! An ex-gladiator threatened to kill him if he didn't get Udo back. Now the boys are stuck with a slave who is wanted - dead or alive - by an ex-gladiator! Udo eventually reveals to the boys and their teacher that he is the personal slave of Marcius Patricius Pollino. He was sent to Rome to deliver a letter - a letter revealing the name of a famous senator Pollino wants killed. The boys are horrified - all of their fathers are famous senators!

  • Item #: 046013
    ISBN: 9780974531571
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    Recently updated, the workbook edition provides students space to record responses to lesson exercises. Learn how to recognize bad reasoning and spot errors in others’ logic, and your own. The focus is on practical logic such as fallacies you might encounter in a newspaper. Learn to identify red herrings, circular reasoning, statistical fallacies, and propaganda. Each lesson presents several examples of poor reasoning (often illustrated by cartoons) and then provides a lengthy exercise set. Includes answer key and teaching tips for homeschoolers/private schools at authors’ website. Religiously neutral. Not reproducible. 262 pgs. sc.~ Anh/Deanne

  • Item #: 048762
    ISBN: 9780974492018
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    Just as literacy suffered in the last century when the school systems abandoned phonics instruction, many people contend that handwriting suffered by the same educational system's insistence on beginning with manuscript handwriting. "Cursive first" is their rallying cry! Wanda Sanseri became convinced of this approach and has encouraged it as part of her Spell to Write and Read program. The Cursive First program was developed by Elizabeth FitzGerald to be used either with the SWR program or as a stand alone program of handwriting instruction.

    The "program" is comprised of a Teacher's Manual, Practice Sheets, and the Cursive Phonogram Card Set. The Teacher's Manual is designed to convince you of the merits of starting with cursive. But it also includes information for preparing your student, specific "how-to," directions for using the Practice Sheets/Card Set and a "troubleshooting guide" how to detect visual and perceptual problems. The reproducible (for families/classroom) Practice Sheets get quickly down to the business of practice no cutesy graphics. Lowercase letters are taught separately from uppercase and connections are taught from the very beginning in the natural context of multi-letter phonograms. Although solid and dotted line models are provided, the student is quickly weaned from tracing to more active writing utilizing narrow ruled, dotted lines for practice. The Cursive Phonogram Card Set (yellow cardstock, each page to be cut into fourths) includes instructional dialogue for writing the phonograms on one side and a sample of cursive writing on the other. Both numerals and the first 26 phonograms are included. Laminating these would preserve their use through multiple children.

  • Item #: 060817
    ISBN: 9781601442420
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    Continuing the successful "detective" series from The Critical Thinking Company, the U.S. History Detective book can be used as a supplement to any history program, as a review course, or as a stand-alone text. The goal of this text is to encourage and develop critical thinking, analysis, and reading comprehension through the study of U.S. history. Book one covers the span from Colonial Times to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. Each lesson includes an informative text where each sentence is clearly numbered for easy reference. Colorful pictures, maps and timelines illustrate the text throughout. The question section in each lesson requires students to support their answers with specific references back to the text (hence the numbered sentences). This helps students get into the practice of providing supporting evidence for answers rather than relying simply on recall information. The various questions in each lesson will give students the opportunity to make inferences and draw conclusions based on their evaluation of the text, distinguish between fact and opinion, understand historical chronology, expand their vocabulary, link history with geography, and practice answering analytical essay questions. There are 65 lessons grouped into 9 sections. There are also more than 20 reviews throughout the book and answers to all lessons and reviews are included. This is a consumable book and permission is given to make copies for home or classroom use. – Zach
  • Item #: 067907
    ISBN: 9780794539689
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     Take the classroom outdoors! Well-illustrated, clear instructions for activities, and helpful background information make this an excellent science supplement or a wonderful resource for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, tools for outdoor learning, safety tips and how to protect nature, the rest of the book then divides into 6 sections. These sections include Exploring ponds, Rivers and Seas; Discovering Wildlife; Into the Wild; Out in all Weather and Night Explorer. A sampling of activities includes bouncing stones, damming a stream, forming a footprint trap, being a tree detective, creating wildlife art from items found in the woods, pitching a tent and making a campfire, cloud spotting and forecasting, stargazing and much more. Includes a dedicated website for interactive activities and worksheets. Index and helpful glossary. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 026753
    ISBN: 9781601441447
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    Are you looking for a way to challenge your middle school students while your youngers are enjoying Story of the World (or another world history course)? Becoming a world history detective will do it! This course combines critical thinking and reading comprehension skills with your students' standards-based history studies (ancient and medieval history)! Covered skills are impressive for this grade level: using supporting evidence, drawing inferences and conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, understanding chronology or sequence of events, use of vocabulary using context clues, geographical and concept maps, and timelines. There's even grade appropriate experience with college-level analytical essay questions. The worktext provides a passage to read followed by a series of questions - both multiple choice/short answer as well as short essay. A complete answer key is available in the back which includes sample essay answers that identify key points). Free bonus review lessons are available at criticalthinking.com/whd1). 362 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 004904
    ISBN: 9780460873956
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    Father Brown has a knack for understanding the innermost thoughts and motivations of man. This talent serves him well for his work with the church, and also gives him an edge in solving crimes that leave other detectives puzzled. This collection contains 15 of the best-loved Father Brown mysteries. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 050218
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    Sherlock Holmes would have loved it! Mr. X tries to elude capture on the streets of London as detectives (other players) pursue him via taxi, bus, and subway. The net tightens as Mr. X must reveal his position periodically throughout the chase. Ahh, but he has a few tricks up his sleeve and deftly slips through the "holes" by playing his special cards or catching a boat ride on the river Thames. Detectives must work together to thwart his escape and determine how best to trap the elusive Mr. X. Will they make brilliant deductions, or will the clever Mr. X outwit Scotland Yard's best? From 2 to 6 players, the game is more exciting with more detectives in pursuit. The game also offers an easier variation for beginners, so kids as young as eight can join in on the fun.

  • Item #: 046150
    ISBN: 9780140367065
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    First published in 1899, this children's classic tells the story of the six Bastable children, who are determined to restore their family's fortune after their mother dies and their father's business fails. The children have many memorable adventures, from digging for treasure to publishing their own newspaper, being detectives, and more. By E. Nesbit, author of The Railway Children. 242 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 042559
    ISBN: 9780988898974
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  • Item #: 021811
    ISBN: 9780894558023
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  • Item #: 018775
    ISBN: 9781556527784
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    Similar to other books from Chicago Review Press, this one takes students on a tour of Isaac Newton's life, pairing the story with activities that explore his ideas and the times he lived in. The book begins with a timeline depicting the major accomplishments in Newton's life, and is followed by ten chapters, covering from his precarious first days to his death in 1727. Along with the text, occasional activities are included, like making ink similar to how Newton would have. In the chapter on Newton's work with light, readers can make a prism, observe Newton's Rings in a piece of glass, and understand the inverse square law by moving away from a light source and detecting the amount of light available. Although written from a secular perspective, the book shares Isaac Newton's intense interest in God and his struggle with the concept of the Trinity. A fascinating combination of biography and historical scientific activities. 132 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 012081
    ISBN: 9780894558641
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  • Item #: 006932
    ISBN: 9780156658997
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    Many homeschoolers are familiar with Dorothy Sayers because of her writings concerning education, and many know her for creating the Peter Wimsey mysteries. This Sayers novel is considered by many to be in the top five mystery novels of all time. It takes place in an English village and is full of memorable characters like the arrogant and finicky detective Lord Peter Wimsey, his faithful servant Bunter, a rector at the local church, the French wife of a thief, and many other assorted odd characters. The writing is witty and filled with dry humor, and all the elements of a classic mystery exist. With a missing emerald necklace, shady townspeople, and secrets hidden in the rings of church bells, this novel will keep you entertained and guessing until the surprising and satisfying conclusion. 398 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 004242
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    Reading comprehension just got a little help from Sherlock - Sam Sherlock, that is. For some children, paying attention to what they read or hear takes practice. High-interest material can help. This book leads students through many adventures with Sam, the famous detective, his dog, Watson, and a cast of other characters. Some "cases" are just foolish pranks; others are serious business. Regardless of the origin of the mystery, Sam is on the trail. Selections may be read by students or read by you. Students must read or listen closely to catch the clues needed to solve the "crime". Questions following each selection also give logic and thinking skills a workout as children work to put the clues together and draw a conclusion. The stories increase in difficulty as the book progresses, helping the reader to steadily increase his (or her) problem solving abilities. Other thinking skills get a workout, too, as questions ask children to predict outcomes, analyze motives, exercise judgment, apply information to other situations, etc. Answers are included. Is there a detective in the house?
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  • Item #: 215723
    ISBN: 9781591663164
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    This third book in the Sherlock Jones Junior Detective series teaches valuable lessons about valuing God, friends, and family more than money. When Sherlock and Penny make a new friend at school, Lisa Diamond, they are surprised and pleased to learn she is a millionaire and a Christian. When she is kidnapped, they must use all their brainpower and computer technology to get her safely home again. 110 pgs.

  • Item #: 074227
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    The title is a bit of a misnomer, as there is no actual crime solving to be had in this game. Instead, players collaborate to collect various pieces of evidence around town. However, you only have limited movement and there isn’t much time – you only have until the message cards run out! In addition, you’ll have to avoid or get rid of various hazards that flare up, like fires. Can you work together to collect the evidence in time? Or will the bad guy slip free? For 2-4 players; 30-minute game time. – Janine

  • Item #: 073758
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    Some nefarious villain has murdered Mr. Boddy, and it’s your job to find out whom. There’s only one catch: in this super-sized version of Clue, there’s a whole lot more evidence to find! This faithful reproduction of the original Master Detective involves 10 suspects, 8 weapons and 12 locations for 3-10 detectives to duke it out in the ultimate sleuth-fest!

    Please note this is a reprint of the 1988 version, with everything the original included (though with plastic instead of wood pawns).

  • Item #: 070907
    ISBN: 9781683370192
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    These fun mysteries follow three friends through a year, with several holiday and seasonal stories. Read about their adventures and try to figure out the solutions behind an unopen-able locker, secret messages, and more. Once readers solve each case and confirm correct results, they open a detective's door located in the front and back covers. Each of the 29 stories is 2-3 pages and includes full-color illustrations. Parents may want to note that there is one Halloween themed story. 127 pp, sc. -Laura

  • Item #: 069721
    ISBN: 9781465443465
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    DK offers another in the line of First Encyclopedias to encourage young learners. Divided by the geologic time periods, this book presents dinosaurs in chronological order – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The book is rounded out with sections on other forms of life, fossils, and the end of the dinosaurs. Every page is filled with illustrations and bite-sized pieces of information. At the bottom of each two-page spread, there is a question and answer about one of the creatures found on those pages. Each section of pages has color-coding at the bottom, and special sections throughout the book encourage readers to look more closely at the pages – “picture detective” encourages you to find specific things on the page and “weird or what” gives some type of interesting fact. The back of the book includes activities and a glossary. Another great dinosaur resource from DK! 136 pgs, hc. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 068442
    ISBN: 9780439175401
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     Word problems can be something kids really struggle with, and to be honest, they can be confusing and even nonsensical (those 2 trains arriving at the station, come on!) What if a word problem was funny, relatable, and was presented to you in the form of a mystery for you to solve? With these mysteries, kids will get familiar with the characters used throughout the book, giving them some familiarity as they solve the puzzles. There is more reading involved than an ordinary word problem too--another plus! Each story is about 1-2 pages long. Recommended responses are in the back. Lots of tips are provided to prompt discussions too! A page called an Investigator’s Log guides students’ problem solving by asking them to restate the problem in their own words, write the information they have, the info they need, what can be done to solve the problem and then a solution. The last question asks, “How do you know your solution makes sense?” These would be great as a daily warm up activity to get those brains goin’! Reproducible for classroom/homeschool use. Meets NCTM standards. 112pp. ~ Sara