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

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

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

  • Item #: 030564
    ISBN: 9780310242604
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    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

  • Item #: 009281
    ISBN: 9781586093655
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    What makes this series meaty enough to be considered for gifted education? The units were written by the College of William & Mary specifically for Project Clarion. The Project Clarion Science Units introduce young ones to science concepts, processes, and overarching concepts in a hands-on, inquiry approach which allows children to build their knowledge and skills as they explore and play their way through organized information.

    You're probably wondering about Project Clarion, what it is, and why it is important. The College of William and Mary received a research grant from the Department of Education for a five-year study, with the goal of enhancing science concept development among the K-3 group. The subjects of the curriculum they developed are: basic concepts in the world of science, overarching or macro concepts (change is the concept in this series), knowledge of selected topics in science, science process skills, critical thinking skills, creative thinking, curiosity and interest in science. Children will learn about scientific method in age-appropriate terms and learn to apply the method just as a real scientist would.

    Each science unit is divided into two parts. The first part of each unit includes an introduction, instructions for using the unit, grading rubrics, glossary, teacher notes, and resources. "What is a Scientist?" by B. Lehn is required for the four units listed here, along with others which are listed below. Section 2 includes 12 to 15 lessons which have been tested in over 40 classrooms and cover science in the areas of earth science, life science, and physical science. The first two lessons in each unit are much the same ("What is a Scientist?" "What is Change?") and lesson content is similar in each of them, but include slight variations. Pre- and Post-assessments are included in each unit along with reproducible activity pages and appendices which include materials lists, tables, and reference material.

    These units are definitely for children who have a bent for learning and for parents who want to meet their gifted child at an appropriate level. These expansive studies are challenging and thought-provoking while being fun and interactive. ~ Donna

  • 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 #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
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    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 #: 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 #: 031995
    ISBN: 9780899577326
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    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 #: 032784
    ISBN: 9780875527383
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    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 #: 013752
    ISBN: 9780801031304
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    Whether you're confused about where the Bible stands on the roles of men and women in society or you're absolutely sure your views in this area are correct, this book could open your mind and heart to a fresh perspective. It jumps right in to this contemporary debate and states that both sides are right…and wrong. What's great about this book is that it not only includes perspectives from both sides of the argument, it uses scripture as the basis for debate and coming to conclusions. This book could be useful for a student who wants to explore the topic of feminism before entering college and having it thrown at them from all directions. It uses and thoroughly explains terms such as feminism, Christian feminism, egalitarian, complementarian, and more. It somewhat discusses the impact that the feminist movement has made on our society and explores women's place in the home, church, and work field. Written by a feminist who is also a strong Christian man, the book uses the Bible (mainly NRSV) to guide readers into a deeper understanding (or at least a deeper interest) of what God says about the role of women. This book is part of the Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology series and offers a detailed look at the topic and a great basis for further discussion on the issue. Male or female, conservative or liberal, you could benefit from reading this book. 138 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 012264
    ISBN: 9780913063026
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    Originally developed as a software package, the success of this simple, phonetically-based program encouraged the publication of The Reading Lesson book. The Reading Lesson is broken into 20 lessons, intended to be done side-by-side with a parent or teacher. A correlating Reading Lesson CD-ROM is available from the publisher, which features animations, audio and simple games. However, the book can be used on its own, and at this time the book is the only component we are offering.

    Lessons introduce and use specific letters and sounds. The entire alphabet is not taught at the beginning, nor is it taught in order. Letters and sounds are introduced in groups which can be used to read the corresponding simple stories. For example, Lesson One introduces c, o, s, a and t while Lesson Two features m, d and r. Each lesson contains information for the parent or teacher, words, exercises and short stories. The pacing of the lessons will depend on the child's age, and a suggested number of pages per day is provided. The authors suggest spending no more than 15 minutes on a lesson each day, so as to not exceed the child's attention span. Each page is written to both student and teacher, with instructions in small print at the top. Where letters, words, or sentences are given, small bars underneath the letters remind the reader to focus on one sound at a time, as they point at the letter (these bars disappear towards the end of the book). Gradually (with the parent modeling) the student will start to blend the sounds and read the words. The book teaches most phonetic sounds and blends; however, there are several that might be taught specificially in another course that are designated as "sight words" in this course. Only lowercase letters are taught until the 11th lesson, when several capital letters that look similar to their lowercase counterparts are introduced ('I' is also introduced here, with an explanation on its slightly different look). Other topics, such as the suffix "-ing",and apostrophes are also introduced as they are necessary, but are not covered in a great amount of depth. The emphasis here is to give the child the skills to decode and read words, so that they will "graduate" from the book with a 2nd-grade reading level. With the straightforward presentation, simple effective activities and reinforcement, this book makes the task do-able for student and teacher. Please note that there are several other companion products that are available from the publisher. To preview these, please check out www.readinglesson.com. - Jess

  • Item #: 005065
    ISBN: 9781932012958
    Retail: $22.00
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    The ideal homeschooling reference book would be many things: encouragement to begin or continue homeschooling, ideas for shaping a child’s character and strengthening his mind, practical methods of integrating homeschooling and family life, insights into different teaching and learning styles, and comments on different educational materials and suppliers. This book delves into each of these areas and uses an informal, informative and unique format. The main text is contained in a 5-inch column towards the inside of each page. A wide outside margin shows noteworthy quotes, comments on educational products, and helpful hints. Many pages include an “in our home” segment giving personal insights into various aspects of homeschooling life in the Clarkson household. You are not likely to tire of reading this book; it’s the type that you can pick up again and again and find fresh ideas and friendly encouragement.

  • Item #: 006418
    ISBN: 9780199744398
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    At first glance you might not expect a collection of short stories to be a cultural statement but look again! As the editor of this compilation explains "the change (in American short stories since the early nineteenth century) has been gradual from a literature that assumed a singular general, homogenous audience educated in the classics, the Christian Bible, even (possibly) in Latin and Greek, to numerous particularized audiences that may have very little in common except the English language." She further notes that the rise of the internet, online blogging, and online publication of writing has added a sort of chaos to the American literary scene. So, this collection of short stories represents both the historical short story icons but also selections from young and emerging writers and, additionally, some "retrievals" from past writers that weren't previously included. Arranged chronologically in terms of publication date, reading through these stories will provide a glimpse into the intricacies of our diverse American culture. Be aware, though, that some authors/stories might push you out of your comfort zone. 870 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 015676
    ISBN: 9780825101175
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    Reading good literature opens wide the windows of the world to students. A body of materials which will link the student with the general experience of mankind is provided in this book. This collection of titles is divided into ten units presenting experiences common to people in all times and societies. Certain works have been selected to provide as wide a scope as possible and while something will interest each reader, all of the titles in this collection will not be suitable for all students. Books such as Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, The Chalk Garden, The House of Mirth, On Golden Pond, The Chocolate War, 2001: Space Odyssey, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, and Ivanhoe represent the quality books from all spectrums that this book features. The book includes a reading level identification for and a short description of all 150 featured books and then provides tests for each book. Each test in this volume contains three types of questions. A set of objective questions will measure the student's understanding of the reading content., such as the basics of plot and setting. Five short-answer questions require more inferential responses about the larger ideas that the author wishes the reader to grasp. A final challenge essay asks the student to express observations on what has been read and to support those observations with information gained from the book, other books, and life. 100 More Great Books is constructed in the same format and contains seven units grouped in types of books: Adventure and Survival, The Maturing Self, History in Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Supernatural, Social Issues and Moral Challenge, Success and Achievement and Reflections of the Family. It recommends classics such as Pilgrims Progress, Jacob Have I Loved, Across Five Aprils, A Wrinkle in Time, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Anna and the King of Siam, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and many more. - Rachel S.
  • Item #: 037899
    ISBN: 9780940110526
    Retail: $10.49
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    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 #: 000278
    ISBN: 9781889209029
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    Extensive research, a heart for Charlotte Mason and her work, and much experience living the method combine in this meaty volume. Karen Andreola, owner of the Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Company, shares her years of putting the principles and “practicals” of Charlotte Mason into practice in her own home school. Complete with quaint turn of the century illustrations, her book reminds us that children are yet children - Ms. Mason’s insights and techniques are equally applicable in our “modern” times. An excellent writer, Karen imparts not only her love for Ms. Mason and her methods, but a real understanding of how to implement them. I felt like I was peeking in the door of her home as I read, watching her tenderly instruct her own children. After reading through the book, I felt that Charlotte Mason, with all her wisdom and gentleness, was still among us - embodied by enthusiastic and dedicated people like Karen who are indeed her “kindred spirits”.I suspect that many who travel through it’s pages will also become Charlotte Mason devotees, or at least adopt some of the learning approaches advocated.

  • Item #: 029688
    ISBN: 9780802429865
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    One little woman with a big heart left her comfortable lifestyle in England in 1932 to become a missionary in China. She packed her bags by faith and trusted God to provide for all her needs. You will be amazed as you read about how she endured many hardships, trials, and sorrows during the years she spent in China. Your heart will be warmed as you read the many ways God took care of her and the people she came in contact with as she shared the Gospel and took children into her makeshift orphanage. The best part about this 153 page paperback book is that the story is told by Gladys Aylward herself. This is an amazing autobiography that I couldn't put down until I had read every last page of her remarkable life! She may have been a little woman, but Gladys definitely left a big legacy behind for us all to learn from! – elise

  • Item #: 018482
    ISBN: 9780929223186
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    Mrs. Letz Farmer and her daughter Laura have teamed up again to help children learn cursive - and maintain a cheerful attitude while doing it. Somewhat similar to their first book in format, this book adopts the same encouraging instruction. It begins with lowercase letters for ease, introducing different strokes that can be used to make different letters. Several appropriately named characters represent these strokes and appear on related pages to offer tips. Bible verses appear on some pages, used for practice in reading cursive and identifying letters. Random words lining the bottom of the page are used for writing practice. The book then moves into lowercase letter combinations and finally words. When students are comfortable with their lowercase letters, 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. Grammar skills and alphabetizing are also incorporated into the lessons, which is a nice extra touch. - Melissa

  • Item #: 048667
    ISBN: 9781611801491
    Retail: $24.95
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    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 #: 014153
    ISBN: 9780736955188
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    From the author of A Boy After God's Own Heart comes another devotional to help young men grow into godly men. This book takes young men through the process of making good decisions that can affect not just themselves but those around them. Using an ongoing story of eleven-year old Justin and his choices and bad days, the author uses acronyms to help boys remember important Biblical concepts about making right choices. Using scripture (NIV, NASB, NKJV, NLT, ICB), boys will learn what the Bible has to say about obeying, reading the Bible, praying, and more. Many of the circumstances Justin encounters are exactly what boys in junior high really do encounter in classroom and school, home, and church settings. Each lesson begins with another episode of Justin's life and follows with Fun in God's Word and questions to answer directly in the book. You could even use these questions for discussion in a group setting. Sometimes making the right choice is pretty easy, other times a little more difficult; Biblical guidelines can sure help with the process. 140 pgs. pb. ~ Donna

  • 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 #: 020002
    ISBN: 9781591280149
    Retail: $15.00
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    This is a collection of stories – or rather fairy tales – from author/theologian Peter Leithart. Quite engaging, and certainly not unfamiliar, readers – be they children or parents reading to their children – will be drawn into the adventures and dilemmas that challenge the characters they read about. What is the familiarity that engages the reader so easily? Themes, plots and the moral lesson are mostly taken from Scripture, and readers with some Bible knowledge will not have much trouble recognizing a retold parable, or a fleshed-out version of an Old Testament story. In each of the 18 tales, the moral is explained with the wisdom found in the book of Proverbs. A great book for family reading time. 134 pgs, pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 013549
    ISBN: 9780156026154
    Retail: $7.99
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    Drawn from the first 27 chapters of Carl Sandburg's two-volume Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, this is the story (and pre-story) of Abraham Lincoln's growth from baby to boy to young man. With first some family history of his father and grandfather, this book tells of Lincoln's games and chores as a boy, the things he handles and uses, the character building experiences, and the trials and the triumphs which helped shape him into the man he became. Read of Lincoln going from helping his father cut down trees and shoot turkeys to sailing a flatboat down the Mississippi to New Orleans. This version of the story ends with Lincoln packing himself off to New Salem to make his fortune. 222 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 031645
    ISBN: 9781853261152
    Retail: $4.99
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    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 #: 058683
    ISBN: 9780205175482
    Retail: $139.80
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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 #: 019539
    ISBN: 9780517548233
    Retail: $16.00
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    I am the first to admit that reading a book about economics is not at the top of my list. But once I got into it, I kept reading and reading! The first edition of this book appeared in 1947. Author Henry Hazlitt revised it in 1961 and again in 1978, but don't think for a minute that the information is not relevant to our world today. I found myself drawn into reading about the broken window fallacy. That is, if someone throws a brick through a bakery window, and the owner has to pay a glazier $250 to fix it, the brick-thrower has created work for the glazier. But this is a fallacy because prior to the brick through his window, the baker had a whole window and was planning to use the $250 to buy a new suit. So, the tailor actually lost work due to the brick-thrower. The overall economy is no further ahead due to the brick, get it? There are consequences we can see, such as the glazier getting a $250 window replacement job, and those we cannot see, such as the tailor who never got to make the baker a suit for $250. It's stories such as this that helped me understand economic principles like how need does not equal demand. Building a bridge to create jobs vs. there being a need for a new bridge; it was getting fascinating and kept my attention! Hazlitt made me think of the immediate vs. long-term results of a money decision. I was nervous at first that the language was too sophisticated for most students, but as I got into it, I adapted to the vocabulary and I think a high school student would too. Pb, 14pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 017364
    ISBN: 9780618150748
    Retail: $7.99
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    Sixteen year-old Peggy Grahame has no idea what to expect when her dying father sends her back to upstate New York to live with his brother Enos. Because the brothers have been estranged for so long, all Peggy knows is that Enos lives in the family's ancestral estate, Rest-and-be-Thankful, built when the first Grahames came over from Scotland in the 1700's. On her way to Rest-and-be-Thankful, Peggy runs into Pat Thorne, a scholar who is trying to investigate his own ancestors who were active in the Revolutionary War. Both are puzzled when Uncle Enos refuses to talk to Pat, and sends him away, forbidding him to come back or ever speak to Peggy again. As Uncle Enos is apparently too busy to spend time with Peggy, she spends her days alone in the library or wandering the grounds. When the very sociable family ghosts (recognizable from the huge oil paintings around the house) start appearing and telling their stories of the Revolutionary War times, she is drawn into their stories, the mystery of Pat's relatives, and her uncle's strange behavior and resolves to get to the bottom of it all. A blend of historical fiction, mystery and suspense, this is an absorbing story that would also make a great read-aloud. 266 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 024999
    ISBN: 9780156563772
    Retail: $11.95
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    Based on her own childhood memories of growing up in San Francisco, author Kathryn Forbes introduces us to the delightful character of Mama, the mother of a Norwegian immigrant family growing up in San Francisco during the early 1900s. Despite the many obstacles that are thrown her way, Mama always manages to make the best out of it and conquer the situation. She is an extremely resourceful person who leads her family through such trying financial times as paying for Papa's expensive operation (without ever having to dip into the mystery bank account!). Mama's Bank Account is a heart warming tale about a loving mother who always unconditionally puts her family first. First published in 1943, this book was the inspiration behind the successful play, movie, and television show "I Remember Mama". ~ Enh

  • Item #: 037870
    ISBN: 9781584741169
    Retail: $20.00
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    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 #: 048597
    ISBN: 9781590309643
    Retail: $21.95
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    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