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  • Item #: 018482
    ISBN: 9780929223186
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    A fun imaginary character based way to learning cursive

    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.

    Writing bible verses for cursive practice and character development

    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, it's 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.

    Reinforcement of writing and grammar skills for homeschoolers

    Grammar skills and alphabetizing are also incorporated into the lessons, which is a nice extra touch. - Melissa

  • Item #: 020722
    ISBN: 9781887456005
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    I love reading about the guiding hand of God in our nation's history. I find the story fascinating and the men of faith and conviction inspiring. This book is written in the same vein. Based on the assumption that all of history is providential, we learn how God's presence was evident at our nation's founding in the hearts and minds of the men who fought for independence and framed the Constitution. The book opens with an overview of geography and ancient history before moving to American history. A portion of the book is devoted to the history of education in our country. Later chapters focus on our decline as a nation, and a reconstructionist view is presented for bringing our nation back to what the authors believe God wants it to be. This book is used as a teacher resource for the Beautiful Feet American history studies. Lots of pictures and illustrations. 300 pgs.

    If you want to dig a little deeper into source documents referred to in America's Providential History, get the accompanying Documentary Sourcebook. Inspiring in its own right, this book includes speeches and documents that portray the Christian influence in the founding and history of our nation. A sampling of the offerings in this book includes excerpts from Columbus' Journal of His First Voyage, Fast and Thanksgiving Days of New England, Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution, Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, Washington's Farewell Address, excerpts from Democracy in America, the 1853 report from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the importance of congressional chaplains. 136 pg, pb.

    For ease of tying these two books together, consider the Teacher's Guide, which includes: APH chapter outlines; study questions for each of the 18 chapters, with answers; three exams, with answers; and a list of books for further study. 102 pgs, pb. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 059250
    ISBN: 9781892427526
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    Have you ever stopped to realize that a comprehensive understanding of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants are a necessary foundation for interacting meaningfully with our increasingly global-minded world? Taking an overview approach, the North Star Geography course covers geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Bright Ideas Press and world geography – what a great idea! Student Reader plus Companion Guide CD-ROM (activities: maps, hands-on, research options, quizzes/tests) – what a great idea! Quality content, Biblical worldview, and user-friendliness all rolled up into one package – what a great idea!

    Obviously, the Student Reader is the heart of the course. Each of the sixteen lessons provides 15-20 pages of reading text, full-color illustrations, photos, sidebar articles, and maps. Lessons are divided into teaching segments which are both highly readable and interesting. The organization lends itself to flexibility, and the course could be done over one year (two weeks per lesson), two years (four weeks per lesson), or even one semester (one week per lesson – a bare bones approach). Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions provided in the glossary at the end of the text. The Reader concludes with a reference list that provides options for further study.

    The accompanying Companion Guide CD-ROM (pdf files) provides both basic and "extra" activities in addition to all content from the Reader. It's these pdf files that will allow you to tailor the course for high school, for junior high, or for a combination of ages. Families may make photocopies or print pages as needed, but classrooms and co-ops should contact the publisher for a multiple-use license. Depending on the course time-frame you choose, you will probably have to do some selection of activities, as there is a wealth provided.

    • • Hands-On Activities – there is lots of variety here – some short and simple, some more involved. Materials lists are provided when necessary (and tend to be easy-to-get items).
    • • Build Your Own Atlas – there's a segment for each lesson that includes labeling outline maps, completing fact files, and creating a set of political, physical, and thematic maps. Outline maps are provided but a good atlas as a reference is helpful (i.e. Wondermaps or Atlas of World Geography).
    • • Note-Taking Pages – each lesson has a set of 10 questions taken from the text that serve as lesson review and a study guide for the quizzes.
    • • Memorization Lists – a list of 198 countries, 70 regions and physical features to learn – roughly 16 items per lesson.
    • • Research Questions – a set of questions for each continent which encourage the student to conduct his own research (answers included).
    • • Quizzes and Tests – quizzes for each lesson (based on note-taking questions and map work). A final exam includes questions taken from all 16 of the lessons (answer keys and grading rubrics included).
    • • Graphic Organizers - can be used for all types of studies – world/continent, country, culture, regional geography, and government fact files.

    Homeschool geography courses have tended to be research frameworks that can be used by multi-age students and over several years. While having lots of advantages for families they require planning, preparation, and, often, outside resources. North Star takes a different approach providing a very solid base of textual information but giving lots of options for additional activities and research. It provides all necessary forms and pages, requiring only a good world atlas to accompany the course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 049348
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    From the author of Latin Centered Curriculum (Memoria Press), this comprehensive K-12 resource for memorization, copywork, and dictation provides a vast array of memorization material in all academic areas, as well as Latin and Greek. Weighing in at a hefty 450 plus pages, this book provides you ample choices for memory work, and has been designed for use with any classical curriculum or simply as a handy reference for home or school. At first glance, the sheer size of this book appears to be overwhelming. However, the author reminds us this book has been created to provide 13 years worth of memorization options and we simply integrate what we feel is the best selection.

    Beginning with the importance of memorizing, this detailed book takes you through the steps of how to memorize and includes general principles to make memory work easier; you are then set free to select memorization selections from a vast array of subject areas. Read on for more details! The Latin chapter is divided into six parts: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; Prayers; and Hymns and Carols. The first three sections contain mostly secular material, while the last three are religious. The Greek chapter is divided into five sections: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; and Prayers and Hymns. These selections are drawn from both classical and ecclesiastical Greek, and the author has also included some background information on Easter Christian traditions. Translations are provided throughout. The Arithmetic and Mathematics chapter includes an extensive resource selection, including (but not limited to): addition/subtraction fact families, properties and orders, prime numbers, multiplication table, Euclid's Definitions and Common Notions, and the Pythagorean Theorem. The Grammar and Composition chapter is designed to support the study of classical languages and to reinforce principles taught in your individual writing program. It includes grammar rhymes, grammar rules, and 100 commonly misspelled words. The Literature chapter contains five sections: Literary facts and lists; Sayings, Proverbs, and Famous Quotations, Teaching Rhymes, Poetry and dramatic speeches from Shakespeare's plays. The Religion chapter contains six sections: Scripture, Prayers, Catechism, Poetry, Hymns and Carols. Using the King James Version of the Bible, the religious selections include material drawn from the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Geography chapter contains a large number of lists from both a World and US Geography perspective. The World History chapter covers events and personalities from around the globe, with the emphasis on those topics of enduring importance. Please note: dating encompasses an old earth perspective, dating back to 35,000 BC. The United States History and Civics chapter stresses key dates in American history, as well as the founding documents of our nation. Patriotic songs, verse and oratory are also included. The Natural Sciences chapter brings together lists and mnemonics for basic information in the natural sciences and is written primarily for elementary and middle school. It is best if the child memorizes material in this chapter, as it is encountered in their course of studies in the science curriculum of your choice. Extensive reference charts are found at the end of the book. These are meant for quick reference in Latin and Greek and are not meant to replace a Latin or Greek curriculum. They are, however, a good basis for Latin and Greek recitation.

    As you can see, this extensive resource book provides ample opportunities for memorization success. I was impressed with the extensive selection in each academic area, and believe this truly will be a valuable resource for families who desire to incorporate memorization from the classical perspective. 450 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 042871
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    Even if your childhood was decades ago, you'll remember this favorite "first" game. It's "sweet" – in the old-fashioned meaning of the word rather than the newer colloquial meaning. The colorful playing board includes peppermint stick forest, crooked old peanut brittle house, molasses swamp, gumdrop mountains, lollipop woods, candy hearts, and my personal favorite, ice cream floats. The plastic gingerbread men playing pieces follow the path by drawing a color card and going to the next available color patch. When a picture card is drawn, the player moves to the space matching the picture (all those sweets). The winner is the first one to reach home sweet home (you guessed it - a candy house). It's the perfect first game because no reading is required, and something you may have not known, this favorite was developed in the late 40s by a retired schoolteacher as a fantasy game to help cheer young children recovering from polio. This version is a reproduction of the original game. For 2-4 Players.
  • Item #: 036333
    ISBN: 9781576836163
    Retail: $15.99
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    No matter where you are in your prayer journey, this journal can help! There's a lot packed into this 200 page, wire bound, paperback journal. It is full of prompts encouraging you to pray each day, pray for specific things, and pray scripture. The journal is laid out much like a daily planner. At the beginning of the journal, there is a place for you to record specific people to pray for each day of the week. You'll pray for your family on Monday, God's family on Tuesday, your community on Wednesday, your nation on Thursday, the world on Friday, the lost on Saturday, and for personal guidance on Sunday. Each month focuses on specific prayers to improve your prayer life and overall character such as seeking the Lord, yielding your heart, trusting His way, and obeying God's word. Each two-page spread has a six-day layout. Each day has its own box for your prayer requests and scriptures for you to read if you wish to read the Bible in one year. The borders feature scriptures and other insightful quotes. At the end of the month, there is a page for you to write monthly reflections, as well as a prayer for the month for your spiritual growth. The end of the journal features a place for you to record your answered prayers, and a few additional helps and resources to encourage you to keep praying. As an added bonus, this journal is formatted in such a way that you can start using it anytime during the year. – elise

  • 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 #: 023927
    ISBN: 9781932786576
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    Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively, current text, recommendations of additional books to enjoy, narration, notebooking, and other fun activities, too! Geography of the earth is approached as if you and your children were taking a journey through and around the earth, learning everything about the Earth as a whole (individual continents and countries will be studied in upcoming volumes). Eleven chapters each focus on a geography topic, including the atmosphere, the continents, the oceans, seasons, climate, weather, the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, latitude, and longitude. The author recommends spending two days on each chapter; one to snuggle up and read the text together, and the other to spend on the activities. Taking basic information like ocean currents, the rotation of the earth and plate tectonics and presenting them to children in an exciting way could have been a challenge, but the author has done a very impressive job here and has taken great pains to present the information in a personal way that children will understand and often be awed by. Occasionally the text is broken up by a "Tell the folks at home all about it!" which acts as a narration prompt. The narration jogs kids' memories about what they have read so far and helps them to remember it by describing it in their own words. To take this the next step, the author recommends that you and your child or children pretend you're on the phone while they tell you what they've "seen" in their journey. Each chapter's text ends with a "Postcard Home" which further embodies the "journey" theme. Postcard templates are found in the back of the book, or can be printed from online resources.  For each chapter, children will create their own postcard of the journey, in which they draw what they have learned on the front and describe it on the back, as if they were describing it to a recipient. Dressing up the ordinary "notebooking" as making postcards is a novel idea that will undoubtedly be a little more fun! After this point in every chapter, there is a "Reaching Out to His World" section, which ties the concepts from the text into a need that people around the world experience. Suggestions for further research and outreach are included in each one, so you can not only learn about the earth but develop a heart for helping others, too. "Further Explorations" in each chapter list books which tie in to that topic, and each book is listed with a summary and a grade range the book is most appropriate for. Two "Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursions" round out each chapter, and although they're not "required," I can understand why they call them too fun to resist! Some of the activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigate ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, looking for pictures in the shapes of the continents, and much more! These activities have clearly not been "tacked on" just because they are related to the chapter's topic; they are well-chosen and things that kids will definitely enjoy. An appendix at the end of the book contains the postcard templates, geography copywork and maps you will need throughout your journey. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! I just hope "Vol. 1" means that more are on the way! Jess

  • Item #: 011750
    ISBN: 9780544238060
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    Subtitled Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought), this delightfully candid book offers rare insights into the lives of famous composers from Antonio Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie. See the great musicians as never before through this collection of fascinating and humorous mini-biographies. Many of us are familiar with the life stories of composers, such as Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. But still we wonder, what were these people really like? What kind of children were they? What style of clothing did they wear? What kinds of food did they like to eat? How did they die? Lives of the Musicians answers these questions and uncovers a host of little-known facts about the lives of musicians. Did you know, for example, that Mozart proposed marriage to Marie Antoinette at the ripe old age of eight? Or, that Giuseppe Verdi disliked fame so much that he once hid out in a toolshed when a group of fans came to visit? Read and find out which composer was deathly terrified of being buried alive, which one hated music as a baby, and which one banged the piano keys so hard his fingers bled. The light-hearted spirit of this volume is evident, not only by the lively text, but also by the caricature-like portraits of the musicians and witty chapter titles such as My Dear Corpse: Frederic Chopin; Twenty Children and 1,200 Compositions: Johann Sebastian Bach; and (my favorite) The Checked Cotton Underwear: Johannes Brahms. No longer will you have to bribe your children to get them to study music history. Lives of the Musicians is so captivatingly fun, it will leave your kids begging for more! Please note that at least one artist is mentioned as being a homosexual, but this is not elaborated upon. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 008979
    ISBN: 9780310242468
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    Now in its 4th edition, Gladys Hunt's book has encouraged thousands of families to reap the benefits of quality literature. Gladys wrote Honey for a Child's Heart to help others experience the same influence that reading books both separately and together has had on her family. In the first section of this book, she offers advice on "using books to help children grow." Through the chapters in this section she emphasizes the way that quality literature affects children, provides tips on raising a reader, helps you learn how to select good books and stories for your children, and discusses the merits of reading aloud together. She also explores in depth the question "What Makes a Good Book?" and discusses fantasy vs. realism and poetry before talking about the influences on your children from various sources. Gladys also provides a chapter in this section encouraging family Bible reading, warmly sharing on how to integrate it into your daily life and why it is so important. The second half of this volume, aptly sub-titled "Books your children should have the opportunity to enjoy," features lists of quality literature for different age levels and interests. These lists are organized by author and then title with brief descriptions of each book. Thirteen chapters recommend books for children age 0-3; picture book classics and more favorite picture books for 4-8 year olds; first books for beginning readers, classic children's novels, more great books for intermediate readers, stories for animal lovers, historical novels, and fantasy novels, all geared towards 9-12 year olds; young adult novels for ages 12-14; and worthwhile poetry, Bible and Christian truths storybooks, and books for special occasions. 251 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 001465
    ISBN: 9781433506017
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    When your father is a theologian, bedtime stories might become teaching sessions. Such was the case for Bethany and Rachel Ware who absorbed all the great truths of Christianity from their father, Bruce Ware, before bedtime prayers. Realizing how richly they were blessed by this experience, they encouraged their father to share his young-heart-size teachings with others and this book was born. Topics covered in his father's warm conversational tone include God's Own Life as God, God as Three in One, Creator and Ruler of All, Our Human Nature and Sin, Who Jesus Is and What He Has Done, The Holy Spirit, and Salvation. Each segment is followed by questions for thought and a Bible memory verse. Any parent could read through this with their child discussing the questions and discover that they both have been enlightened and their hearts drawn closer to God. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 071544
    ISBN: 9781843653240
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    The subject of physics can strike fear into hearts of parents and students alike, but this curious little book (7.5"x 7.5") presents physics topics in a fun and engaging fashion, making you want to read and learn. Two pages are devoted to each topic and the 10 experiments will help readers apply the concept. The experiments are found throughout the book and may require some special equipment playdough or modelling clay, lithium watch batteries or battery pack, and LEDs are needed to mold a lion with eyes that light up. Use hot water, ice, and aerosol spray to make an indoor cloud, or assemble your own pinhole camera using a potato chip can, tape, and foil. Illustrations are friendly and inviting and explanations are age appropriate for the middle school level. Cool Physics can take the fear out of learning physics concepts and put some fun into the learning. 112 pgs, hc. ~ Donna

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

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

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

  • Item #: 068042
    ISBN: 9781414372624
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      Do you desire to be your very best? Are you overwhelmed by daily tasks? Maybe your husband wakes you early, madly searching for clean socks? So focused on a to-dos list you battle finding time with God or your family? If any of these describe you, this book will challenge, equip and nourish you through focused Bible study and a 31-day, plan-filled practical homemaking suggestions. Each day provides a quick 2-3-page encouraging and reflective reading that presents a vision for becoming a gentle home-maker. Following this short read are 2 challenges: the Mary and Martha. The Mary challenge draws you into the heart of God through short Scripture readings and reflective questions. Martha Challenges may initially have more impact on those non natural-born organizers, but even “Martha’s” will discover helpful tips to open up more family time. Become the mother, wife and homemaker you were destined to become in this grace-filled book. For individual or women’s Bible study. 229 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 067085
    ISBN: 9781465446008
    Retail: $24.99
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    Would you be surprised to learn the firefly’s light organs are twice as efficient as an LED light? Or that the deadliest bug of them all is the mosquito? This encyclopedia is chockfull of fascinating facts and statistics from the insect world. Children will learn about amazing anatomy, remarkable feats of speed and agility, specialized hunting skills, bugs that spread disease, and unique life stories of certain insects.

      Replete with detailed, vibrant photographs and illustrations, children will be drawn into the world of bugs, eager to read the captivating descriptions from the insect world. Contains over 75 bugs from across the world, and includes descriptive information, at-a-glance text boxes with size, habitat, location, and diet highlighted, as well as a stats and facts box. Evolutionary content. Large format, measures 10 1/4”x 12”. 207 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 062794
    ISBN: 9781476718712
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    When reading any book, and particularly one on parenting, you want to know that the author knows what he is talking about. John Rosemond has all the bases covered here: the education, the real world experience, the heart, and he and his wife have raised two kids of their own. As he puts it, he is “not a Christian psychologist,” but “a Christian who holds a license to practice psychology.” John was the rare person in his field who did not follow the latest fad in psychology, which he found increasingly baseless. Instead, he taught common sense, time-tested, Biblical methods of parenting because they tend to work well.

    After sufficiently hammering home the point in the first four chapters that much of the advice coming from the professional psychology community on parenting is without merit, John gets into what does work. Marriage is foundational to the family, and the husband and wife’s relationship with each other must be kept strong, with relationships to the children being secondary. Parents need to be of one mind in their child-rearing methods. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; it is the parent’s job to set the child straight and instill humility. Have a vision for the success of the child. Increase the amount of responsibility given to the child as he matures. Discipline, including punishment, is necessary to instill obedience. Let your yes be your yes and your no be your no.

    There, I’ve given you the essence of the book, but the author makes the case so much more fluently. Dr. Kevin Leman sums it up: “This is the best commonsense guide to parenting I’ve read in a long time.

  • Item #: 058683
    ISBN: 9780205175482
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    "Ancient" for "Contemporary" identifies the focal assertion of this course: the importance of studying rhetoric as taught and presented by the ancients but with the necessity of bringing it into context by applications to contemporary situations. For example, the ancients probably did very little writing of their arguments until after they were formulated but modern methodologies rely on writing as part of the compositional process. Chosen by Veritas as their resource text for rhetoric for this combination of old methodologies brought into the twenty-first century context, you'll find here a thorough study of classical/ancient rhetoric – invention, arrangement, styles, memory, and delivery. Each chapter looks at one aspect or skill of rhetoric and compares examples drawn from the ancients with contemporary examples. Always the emphasis is on a comprehensive understanding of what is being taught in ancient rhetoric but with an eye to contemporary applications. Chapters are predominantly instructional text but do include some discussion questions, and one or more sets of activities/projects complete each chapter.

    There is a wealth of solid, instructional information here, but the presentation is undeniably designed for a teacher-centric classroom. Nevertheless, careful reading of the text will provide a thorough examination of classical rhetoric and give the reader an astounding understanding of how it is being constantly applied in today's culture. 389 pgs, hb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 058624
    ISBN: 9781937645076
    Retail: $19.95
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    There are a number of important inclusions for a book that claims to be a guide to home school teaching methods. Fortunately, this one delivers. In a lively, conversational tone, the author considers reasons for homeschooling, different homeschooling methods, family and individual factors such as personality and learning styles, schedules, and putting it all together into a workable plan. Peppered with experiences from her own family and many others she interviewed, the result is an enjoyable read, a practical how-to handbook, and an inspirational and motivational journey into the depths of homeschooling.

    Don't think that Ms. King-Christison has produced a book just like all the others, though. She goes places others have not. For instance, while Waldorf and Montessori education are sometimes mentioned in terms of homeschooling, this book gives a thorough examination of these two methodologies and even contrasts them. When covering learning styles, she also delves into multiple intelligences and shows their relationship to homeschooling. While recognizing the existence of faith-based reasons for homeschooling, she maintains that homeschooling is more about promoting core values alongside the other reasons (avoiding standardized education, providing a challenging and dynamic environment, and managing special needs and developmental issues). And, for the record, the author does make reference to her faith and to the faith-based orientation of some homeschooling approaches, but these references are not exclusively Christian.

    The author's assessment of educational methods and approaches is one of the most succinct, yet information-full that I've seen. For each method – and she covers Montessori, Waldorf, Trivium, Charlotte Mason, and Unschooling in depth – she looks at its history (how it came to be), guiding principles (the heart and soul of a method), defining characteristics (tell-tale signs), what the critics say (and why you should listen), the homeschool spin (how it might look in your home), activities (tips to try and home), and ideal for…(families that are a best match). Her thorough coverage provides some valuable angles of perspective.

    Resources include booklists, online resources, and a whole collection of planning worksheets that you can either reproduce from the reduced copies in the book or download printable pdf versions of from the publisher's website.

    This book will get you started well in homeschooling – or give you a shot in the arm if you're a bogged-down veteran. Pick it up and take a look. You'll be glad you did. 297 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 054740
    Retail: $35.00
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    Providing a solid foundational understanding of the providence of God in our nation's history, this one semester high school humanities course is an essential resource to solidify the Christian ideals of our young people as they prepare to enter the market place of ideas. Using Peter Marshall's popular books: The Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet, as spine resources, this study covers American history from 1492-1860 with a specific focus on four major themes: Call, Covenant, Repentance, and the Leader as a Servant. Throughout this one semester study, students are also required to conduct a community based project putting these principles into practice.

    Beginning with an 18-week lesson guideline, this curriculum is organized in a clear, easy to use format. The three core books have been organized into sections (called parts), and each part has further been developed to offer introductions, learning objectives, continuing themes, key words and concepts, key people and places, video and audio recommendations, supplemental reading recommendations, activity suggestions, writing/Socratic seminar topics and research ideas. Time spent on each part varies from one day to one week.

    Let me share an example from Part 19 (expected to take 3 days). Students begin by reading chapters 10-11 in the book, "From Sea to Shining Sea". The introduction covers how inherently wrong slavery is from our modern perspective, as well as the perspective of the majority of Christians in the early 19th century. The objectives focus on understanding the history of slavery in America, understanding why slavery did not develop in the North as the South, the impact of slavery on every political debate in America, the incompatibility of slavery in light of our Declaration of Independence, the realistic picture of slavery and the picture of Christianity role in the lives of slaves and slave holders. Continuing themes focus on God's selection of individuals and His perfect timing as well as how power can blind even good-hearted individuals and the love of money. Key Words and Concepts along with Key People and Places are provided. A sampling of the recommendations for viewing, listening and reading include: Roots, The Great Civil War Debate (Rev. Peter Marshall vs. Rev. Steve Wilkins) among others in the viewing category; a link to listen to Negro spirituals; and several links to online resources to read. Writing/Socratic Seminar Topic suggestions are numerous. For example: "Explain the impact of the cotton gin; or Chapter 11 teaches us that the public was very aware of the realities of slavery, yet seemingly remained indifferent to it. Are there parallels today? How can you explain why we ignore them?" Additionally, five research ideas are presented. As you can see based on the scope of options available, families can chose to expand these areas, creating a more in-depth study or select from the options to create a well-rounded study.

    At the heart of this study is the Reflective Notebook (RN) students are required to create. Following the principle approach to education, this notebook is designed to train independent thinkers and writers and will contain class assignments and notes along with journal entries, reflection entries, and a place to process their learning and express opinions and feelings. While many of the activities are easy to incorporate at home, you may find some of the projects lend themselves to a group or co-op setting, making this a versatile study for many homeschool families.

    An expansive appendix offers beneficial resources including: a summary of dominant American values; suggestions for the reflective notebook; ideas/guidelines for the various projects including the covenant (social justice) project, American values multi-media project, American body biography project, viewing and reading guides; how to "read" art; final assessment ideas; supplemental reading lists organized by topic and time period; and additional teaching resources. Required for this study are the three spine books written by Peter Marshall, a spiral bound notebook (I would use a three ring binder for more versatility), highlighters, colored pencils/magic markers for map work, and butcher paper. Spiral. 240 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 048667
    ISBN: 9781611801491
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    Let’s bring the family together and what better way than thru art, cooking and celebration? Author Jean Van’t Hul (of The Artful Parent) brings us another beautiful and valuable resource. Reinforcing the joys of the seasons along with celebrating the holidays with art & craft activities and cooking, she introduces fun and creative ways to make quality family time happen year-round--and how you can start new traditions too! This book has a lovely presentation and organization of activities divided into the four seasons. Each of the 175+ family-friendly activities has an overview, list of supplies or ingredients, and easy-to-follow instructions. Colorful, beautiful photos of sample activities are showcased throughout. All the projects are easy to create and fun for all ages. There truly is something for everyone. Her words are inspiring and heart-felt, and the focus is not on perfection, but the journey together. She encourages you as a family to get out and explore the world around you, to take in the beauty of the changing seasons as inspiration for your art and baking activities. For anyone looking to add quality to family time, this book is a treasure! 350 pgs, 7” x 8.5” pb. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 048597
    ISBN: 9781590309643
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    What a beautiful tool and valuable resource for anyone who wants to bring art into their children’s lives. Exploring art with your children is so important for a child’s growth and development but not everyone is artsy. Where do you begin? Author Jean Van’t Hul (mother of two) sparks creativity in parents and encourages them in a heart-felt, kind way. She starts with a helpful, practical guide on setting up creative spaces in the home for must-have supplies (even items from around the house) and useful resources. The book showcases a wide range of 60 beautiful activities that are easy for all to accomplish and covers a diverse selection of art media and techniques. Her laidback “process over product” approach in artmaking with kids makes this book and activities so much fun. Plus she simplifies the approach and understands from a practical standpoint that scheduling art into a busy day can be a challenge. The text is clean and simple to read and the book is filled with gorgeous photos showing children creating the activities. What a soothing read for any parent. Just add a cup of tea! 320 pgs, 7” x 8.5” pb. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 037899
    ISBN: 9780940110526
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95
    If youââ‚™d like to go into a little more depth with your daughters after reading the Princess and the Kiss and want some structure and ideas, then this is the book for you. The guide is divided into 21 life lessons covering Godââ‚™s love, being unique, your special gift, the most precious gift, growing up, guarding your purity, wisdom, pride, obedience to God and more. Each lesson consists of a short passage about the topic; a ââ‚Å"princess prayerâ₝ related to the topic of the lesson; a creative focus section with ideas for drawing, journaling, activities, etc.; discussion questions from the book; a Bible verse; and hints for parents. A princess ceremony is also included which can be done individually or with a group of girls and their parents to celebrate completion. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 037870
    ISBN: 9781584741169
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    The Roby family is about to be infiltrated by the Probyn twins. Adolphus and Constantine Probyn have been sent to the Roby's quaint home for private tutoring. The Roby children, Alex, Bertha, and Laura, are initially glad to have them arrive. However, after only a day, it is quite clear that battle lines have been drawn between the children. Mrs. Roby walks into the midst of one of these beginning battles, and instead of taking notice of the conflict; she sits them down and reads them a story about a Giant-killer. In this allegorical story, the great knight Fides must travel through enemy land to slay any giant that should oppose him on the way in order to receive their great reward. Fides must overcome Giant Sloth, Giant Selfishness, Giant of Untruth, Giant Hate and Giant Pride in order to save the Fair Gratitude from the slough of forgetfulness. The lessons hidden within this story have a powerful effect on the fictional children, and it will impact your children as well. Written in 1888 by A.L.O.E., 173 pgs. – elise

  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
    Retail: $27.00
    Rainbow Price: $26.50

    Indeed a sound approach to reading, this program is a solid, phonetically comprehensive program with reinforcing reading text incorporated directly in the book. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between Alphaphonics and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but with improved teacher instruction, lesson implementation, and textual presentation. As in those popular programs, your child will begin reading as soon as the first letter sounds are taught. And, in a mere 90 "byte-sized" lessons, your child will be reading at a beginning 3rd grade reading level. This program is also recommended for both remedial and ELL students. In fact, the school version of this program it is currently being used in more than 20 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

    Prior to beginning the lessons in this book, your child should have letter name and recognition skills and some phonemic awareness (the author provides background and methods for teaching these, or use another product that teaches these skills; see our Early Childhood section). You will want to read all of the preliminary teacher pages before actually starting lessons; otherwise you will miss out on helpful background information and other resources provided for you. While instruction in each lesson is devoted to reading, the author presents a great spelling methodology, complete with word lists, to integrate with lessons along with (brief) guidelines for incorporating handwriting, vocabulary, and creative writing into the program. Also in the intro section are specific instructions for teaching letter sounds, blending, playing Scramble Spell, and other implementation directions which would be redundant to include in each lesson. You should also teach the first four letter sounds introduced (a, t, s, c) BEFORE lesson 1-1, using the approach outlined in the teacher section. Here, the author strongly recommends using a set of flashcards WITHOUT pictures on them (such as the Alphabet Basics cards we've included below).

    The program teaches roughly 80 common sound/spelling patterns, based on the Orton-Gillingham phonograms as well as nearly all of the 100 most common sight words. I appreciate the author's sentiment below her Sequence of Skills table as she says, "Words from the list of 100 most common sight words that are not listed here are words that are decodable," as this echoes one of my pet peeves. Too many programs introduce phonetically decodable words as "sight words". Other features that captivate my heart for phonetic instruction are: integrated review of previously-learned sounds in each lesson; large, readable font with initial extra spacing between words and letters; immediate phonetic skill reinforcement in reading selections; word "play" incorporated into spelling lessons; longer "introduction" of each short vowel sound to prevent confusion; emphasis on blending from the beginning; and helpful review of phonograms by phoneme (yes!) in the latter lessons.

    Prior to the first lesson, a "How to Teach Sound Bytes Lessons" section concisely recaps directions in the teacher section of the book. Most lessons follow a similar format. Previously introduced sounds are reviewed, 1-2 new sounds are introduced, sight words (if any) are presented, new sounds are practiced in words, then sentences, and a story using only old and newly learned sounds and sight words is read. Lessons should take from 15-30 minutes per day. Lessons are generally grouped into units of 5 (lesson 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5), though there is no apparent reason for the grouping (maybe to accommodate a 5-day school week?). Units are also divided into chapters. Chapter One (38 lessons) teaches letter sounds and CVC words, ending with an impressively-long reading selection. Chapter Two (10 lessons) focuses on long vowel, silent-e constructions. Chapter Three (25 lessons) covers more advanced phonemes like r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, silent letters, and multi-syllabic words. Chapter Four (17 lessons) is "Challenge". Here is the synthesis of phonograms by sound as well as some final review and a list of additional sound patterns not included in the lessons. Font size and spacing between letters and words on the student pages tapers as the student progresses but, even at the end, is not too small or tight for an early reader. Line drawings scattered throughout the volume are sparse, attractive and non-distracting.

    The author suggests that your child practice handwriting the capital letters when learning letter NAMES and practice handwriting lower-case letters when learning the letter SOUNDS in this program. This can be done informally with a ruled white board (or paper) and marker or by using a beginning handwriting book (see descriptions and graphics on our website).

    I would strongly suggest incorporating the author's Scramble Spell game (word lists included) into most lessons rather than a standard spelling program, especially for beginning readers. This provides additional reinforcement for newly-learned sounds and adds a kinesthetic element to the lessons. By making additional words from an initial "base" word you explore onsets and rimes, word building, and practice encoding without all of the writing and rewriting that might turn your fun learning session into "work". A set of paper letter "cards" is provided in the book, but you may want to use a ready-made set of letter tiles or manipulatives for this (some suggestions below). If you want your child to have more practice actually writing words, follow her advice for incorporating creative writing into the program. Even the youngest students will enjoy making their own books that align with their budding language skills.

    The author suggests following up her program by having your child read books from a carefully sequenced list included at the end of the book. She thoughtfully provides lexile scores, implementation instructions, and further resources for locating other appropriate reading materials.

  • Item #: 036205
    ISBN: 9780800798055
    Retail: $9.99
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     Children can now read about the brave missionary Brother Andrew in this edition for young readers. This story depicts Brother Andrew’s adventures from childhood through adulthood. As he goes undercover to transport Bibles across borders, readers will discover the amazing ways God provides for him as he pours his heart into the mission field. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 032784
    ISBN: 9780875527383
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    These stories will appeal to your children's imagination while directing their hearts and minds toward truth and integrity! Twenty-one stories were specially selected for this volume, as each one draws on the power of your imagination to take you to many magical places and direct you towards God's light! God is the one who gave us our imaginations, and the storytellers featured in this book, such as: George MacDonald, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, and others, will utilize your God-given imagination to give you many treasures from the land of enchantment. The stories within this book are broken down into six parts: Fairy Gifts, Magical Wishes, Clever Heroes, Just Rewards, Nature's Wonders, and Heavenly Marvels. At the end of this 304 page, paperback book, there is a message to parents and teachers from the editors regarding why we need fairy tales and fantasy. There is also a quotation collection on great thoughts about faerie and fantasy, as well as information on the authors featured in the book. Great for independent reading, family story hour, or classroom use! A study guide (#032782) is also available in the study guides & books section of the Reading/Literature section of our catalog. Prepare to be enchanted! - elise

  • Item #: 031995
    ISBN: 9780899577326
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.40
    Trying to define God is a monumental task! So huge, in fact, that it's beyond our human comprehension to explain or understand. Not that we don't try, but often we see or read things that on the surface appear to be contradictory although we know that God has a perfect design with no contradictions. This Bible study takes young adults through an eight-week study on some of the facets of God. The first section is entitled God Isâ₦ Huge, subtitled "A God-sized God," and it is broken down into five subsequent subsections showing that God is bigger than some of our pictures of Him. For example, He is bigger than a vending machine that we just put our requests into and expect to get what we want; He is more than an angry police officer, just waiting to catch us in the act of sinning. Each subsection has a daily devotion complete with an introduction, discussion, questions to answer, Bible passages to read, and prayer exercises. The eight sections are entitled God Isâ₦ Huge (a God-sized God), Personal (a God not disconnected from our struggle), Holy (a God worth worshipping), Gracious (a God with a big heart), Jealous (a God who desires us), Father (a God who cares), Ordinary (a God who became one of us), and Mysterious (a God of so much more). This study will expand your view and understanding of just who the wonderful God we serve is. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 031645
    ISBN: 9781853261152
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.33

    Be swept away into the romantic world of long ago. Arthurian tales have been passed down through history, and Andrew Lang has put together this selection of tales for all to enjoy. As you read along you will be enamored by a young boy being crowned king, the Knights of the Round Table performing heroic deeds, the quest for the Holy Grail, and the fight for Guinevere's heart. Black-and-white illustrations throughout the book add to the richness of the tales. 141 pgs, pb. - elise

  • Item #: 031455
    Retail: $22.00
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    “Any man who has been placed in the White House can not feel that it is the result of his exertions or his own merit. Some power outside and beyond him becomes manifest through him. As he contemplates the workings of his office, he comes to realize with an increasing sense of humility that he is but an instrument in the hands of God.” Profoundly reflective, this quote summarizes President Coolidge’s experiences in the executive office. Weaving together glimpses of childhood, collegiate years, and his venture into law and politics, this book looks into the heart and soul of a man who loved his country. He gave his all to restore dignity to the oval office and preserve the American ideals of frugality in government. Engaging read with black and white photographs. One of the Exploring Government (Notgrass) literature recommendations. 273 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 030564
    ISBN: 9780310242604
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.50

    A follow-up to the popular Honey for a Child's Heart, Gladys Hunt has taken her passion for good literature and melded it with her passion to help teenagers catch a "vision of what they could be, what they were meant to be, created in God's image."

    The book discusses the value of reading as an individual as well as together as a family. She relates stories about her family reading together and the shared experiences, memories and discussions which resulted. The point? Reading together is as valuable for families with teens as it is for families with small children. I can attest to this as when our three year old goes to bed, my teenage boys and my wife and I read aloud together. I am fairly sure my teenagers enjoy it, if their pleas of "Can't we read just one more chapter?" are any indication.

    The author then discusses the characteristics of what makes a good book and evaluating literature within a Christian worldview. Finally, there are book lists by genre to help you choose books of interest to your teen along with handy indexes for reference. Want help getting your teen off the computer and back into reading? This book may just be the ticket. ~ Jerry