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  • Item #: 047819
    ISBN: 9780547353708
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    ISBN: 9780547353319
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    ISBN: 9780547353661
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  • Item #: 017085
    ISBN: 9780205309023
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    Too often, English teachers make the English language more complicated than it needs to be. Not so with the late Prof. William Strunk Jr., who originally authored this work to use with his classes at Cornell University in the early 1900s. Although the original 43-page digest has swelled to a whopping 85 pages, the essence of the book remains a strong case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity. Think of this as a concise rulebook for English. Rules are given, followed by examples of improper and proper usage. If you could only have one book on language usage, this should be it.

  • Item #: 029415
    ISBN: 9781937664305
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Each page in this colorful 28-page pad focuses on an important form of figurative language or an element of literature, such as a simile, a metaphor, imagery, personification, plot, theme, setting, characterization, and much more. Each strip along the edge of a page contains a fun-to-write-about prompt based on that form or element. The teacher chooses the concept; a student selects, tears off, and writes about a related prompt.
  • Item #: 047298
    ISBN: 9780486447988
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    First published in 1918, this is the little book that started it all. This vintage edition of William Strunk, Jr.s Elements of Style provides timeless advice on grammar, sentence structure, and clarity. Like the modern edition, this handbook begins with a list of elementary rules of usage, with each rule followed by examples and explanations. Next are chapters on rules of composition, a few matters of form, and words and expressions commonly misused. Most of the rules and examples from this original edition appear in the modern edition; however, the modern edition is an expanded version with more rules, examples, and updates to reflect how the English language has changed over many decades. The original edition is a concise, inexpensive alternative to the modern versionwith grammar rules that still hold true today. 52 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 006548
    ISBN: 9781581305951
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    Similar to Forms and Elements of Literature, but slightly longer (40 pgs.), this worktext concentrates solely on literary terms. Included here are: allusion, antagonist/protagonist, assonance and alliteration, blank verse/free verse, characterization, clich, connotation/denotation, description, dialect and local color, elegy, figurative language (simile and metaphor), flashback, hyperbole, interior monologue and stream of consciousness, limerick, personification, point of view, and theme. While there is some overlap between these two titles, each covers material not included in the other. Each lesson is presented in a two-page spread complete with full explanation and student activities. These may be discussion questions, exercises or even a full-blown project which usually involves more extensive responses. A simple, one-page test matching terms to their definitions is included at the end of the book.

  • Item #: 036984
    ISBN: 9780801077692
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    How often we delight in the language and poetry of the Bible! How salient are the proverb and parable and how wonderfully joyous the psalm! How comforting in times of trouble are the familiar, lilting words, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want Our God is not the author of a dry, doctrinal tome, but the creator of a beautiful work of literary art! Leland Ryken, professor of English at Wheaton College, opens our eyes to the beauty of the Bible as literature. From realistic narrative to love poem, he thoroughly examines scripture from a literary viewpoint. Just from reading the introduction and spot reading through the book, I am awestruck by the artistry and literary wealth embodied within our Great Book. A far cry from a simple theological treatise, the Bible is a veritable banquet and sumptuous feast of well-chosen words that conjure up vivid images and help us see Gods message in a far better way than pure statement of fact. As he takes us through a deeper understanding of the Bible as literature, Professor Leland illustrates almost every literary device using the rich context of Scripture.

    So, if you are going to make a serious study of literature during high school, why not use the Bible as your basis? You will find that the Scriptures are replete with examples of the very literary constructs you hope to teach. What plotline did not have its origin in the Bible? Most every archetypal story began here, to be endlessly recycled by authors through the centuries. Its tales run the gamut from comedy to tragedy, including unfathomable, supernatural visions, gut-wrenching, horror stories, and unlikely romances. The Bible is also the basis for many literary patterns and designs in use today, as well as the origin of countless allegories, maxims, metaphors, and figurative expressions. Even the Epistles, despite being written by various disciples at different times and places, have a consistency of style that could not be purposely contrived. While their chief purpose was to convey information with concise, memorable statements, Dr. Ryken points out that there is a peculiar balance of rich, figurative language, proverbial style, repetition, patterned rhetoric, antithesis and parallelism that reveal a conscious design. In fact the entire Bible is an astoundingly cohesive compilation of many stories, narratives, poems, letters, songs, and histories within the basic framework story beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation.

    You can use this volume from start to finish as the basis for a study of literary device and technique, or use as a reference book in your literature program. The author has helpfully provided a glossary of literary terms with definitions and specific page references where many are discussed in greater detail. The indexes of subjects, authors, and scripture references will also enable you to incorporate this book into other areas of study (including your usual Bible study). Recommended and used with the Tapestry of Grace curriculum, this book merits a spot on your bookshelf alongside of dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference books. I would also heartily recommend this book as a devotional. With Dr. Ryken as your guide, you will develop an even deeper appreciation, even amazement, for the Book you already love.

  • Item #: 040464
    ISBN: 9781622234646
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    (Description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Centered around Common Core State Standards, Common Core: Elements of Literature is designed to help students understand such complex elements of literature as irony and symbolism. Practice pages, student charts, graphic organizers, research challenges, discussion starters, writing prompts, games, group activities, and recommended reading lists enable students to practice: Pinpointing character, setting, plot, and theme; uncovering common symbols in fiction; detecting similes, metaphors, and other figures of speech; spotting verbal, situational, and dramatic irony; and recognizing allegory, parody, and satire.
  • Item #: 028214
    ISBN: 9780881603170
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    Often students learn literary terms only within the larger realm of a reading program, where they are brought to light when a particular piece illustrates the meaning of that term well, and then it is again shadowed behind the other activities of comprehension, determining meaning, and interpreting symbolism. If youd like to work in some lessons exclusively on these terms before encountering them, this makes a great supplement to define these terms and give students practice before they are expected to understand and use these in high school. Each lesson focuses on one of 40 literary terms and gives a definition, examples from literature, provides questions based on the examples, and then includes several written exercises for students to try their hand exploring and using the terms. The activities are a nice mix of short answer questions, writing activities, matching, interpreting, listing, and more to give students great practice both identifying and using each term. The literary terms included here include figurative language (denotation/connotation, idiom, personification, symbol), poetic language (parallelism, rhyme, rhythm, assonance/consonance), and literary techniques (allusion, conflict, flashback, genre, irony, mood/tone, satire, stream of consciousness) and too many more to list! Very well done. 136 pgs. - Jess

  • Item #: 045024
    ISBN: 9780976638636
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    Have you ever used a book and just kept thinking about the changes you would make? Perhaps that was the experience of Margot Davidson. Taking a classic Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl she tweaked it just a bit. The result is all the warmth of the original with just a little more practicality, more beauty, and more applicability. The same wonderful balance between oral and written work has been preserved along with all the basic elements copywork/dictation, picture study, memorization selections, grammar sequences, and composition. Some of the pictures are now in full color, and some are changed to appeal more to young readers. Also, some changes were made to bring it in line with todays English. Already flexible (could be used as either a full third grade course or spread over second and third grade), some of the exercises toward the end of the 164 lessons have been broadened, making them more appropriate for students at the end of third grade. Perhaps the most noticeable change is the typesetting, which is modern; the pages having much more white space and an added coil-binding making it so much easier to use for copywork or for teacherwork. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 029418
    ISBN: 9781934256947
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) These 192 activities teach important language arts concepts and skills. Students think creatively and critically as they complete activities that focus on literary genres and elements, figurative language, types of writing, and much more.
  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683093
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    "Its just common sense!" Actually, its the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality childrens literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected childrens favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechicks principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teachers manual is a homeschoolers dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your childs readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isnt exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the childs progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a weeks worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the weeks lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, youll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teachers Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known childrens literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 058427
    ISBN: 9780985337216
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    (Description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) A two-year curriculum complete with 3 sets of flash cards, a whiteboard paddle, and 4 audio CD's, See it and Say it Flip Flop Spanish teaches chunks of language that is immediately usable. For ages 3 to 93, every family member will enjoy moving the innovative photo flashcards around to construct their original sentences in Spanish. Complete with games, charades, skits, audio, visual, and tactile learning, children and parents alike move quickly through the short CD tracks (about three per lesson) three times per week. Lessons include optional writing elements as well as plenty of voice bubbles coming from mascot Egg Head to explain the grammatical concepts along the way. Every curriculum needs a boost, and knowing this, Sra. Gose has included Break Weeks about every 6 weeks so that your family can enjoy watching Spanish movies, review old flashcards, or just practice the words as you do your household chores. Your Complete Curriculum Arrives hole-punched and shrink wrapped, ready for you to place into the binder of your choice at home.
  • Item #: 049546
    ISBN: 9790977949600
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    Looking for a user-friendly, reproducible blueprint for introducing students to literature genres and elements, for providing excellent studies in each genre, and for empowering the student to try his hand at writing in each? Look no further! This one, small book with its ambitious title does it all and does it all well. Organized around four main literature genres realistic fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and folktales, Literature Unlocked can provide either a complete reading/writing program or be used as a supplement. Targeting middle grades plus, its designed to prepare students for the more intensive upper level high school British and American lit courses. Reproducible for classroom and families, there are numerous student activities to reinforce or illustrate the concepts being covered. Starting with an overview of the various genres as well as its distinguishing literary elements (devices that comprise good writing), each genre study includes a definition with examples and categories, literary elements typically found, a recommended reading list, tips for writing section plus graphic organizers and worksheets. 103 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 006213
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    So, youre writing stories in English class, and your reluctant writer is whiny and reticent. "Why do we have to write stories? I cant think of anything!" If you cant get them out of their writing slump by suggesting "Well, lets brainstorm," or "Look around you for ideas," just say (with a twinkle in your eye) - "Forget it, lets just play a game instead." Of course, five or ten minutes later theyll realize theyre not getting off the story-writing hook, but theyll probably be enjoying themselves so much theyll forget to pout. The game format is similar to most board games your family plays, with a large board featuring a wandering path from beginning to end. Besides a die, scoring pad and markers, the game features eight decks of story element cards and a story outline pad. Basically, as players move along the board, they will collect specific story element cards, and weave them into a story. Card decks are clearly labeled and include topic sentence, plot, character, setting, description, dialogue, lesson, and resolution cards. At the beginning of the game, each player receives a topic sentence. This is the only topic sentence card they will receive, and should be used towards the beginning of the story. As they roll the die, they will land on spaces labeled with the names of corresponding story element cards, and will draw the top card from the stack. By the end of the game, they should have at least one of each element card, and at least five description cards. Then, the writing begins! Choosing from their collected cards, the writer decides which cards he wants to incorporate into his or her story, and writes them onto the outline sheet. The outline begins with the topic sentence, and features blanks to fill in for each part of the story. Under "Setting", they must determine the "where", "when" and descriptors. Under character, they must identify the good guys and the bad guys, and describe both. For the plot, they must identify the problem, and decide on the order of events. Under "Resolution" and "Lesson", they will decide how the "Resolution" and "Lesson" cards they chose relate to their story, and how it all wraps up. Now, players each have a good framework for a story; the trick is now fleshing it out into an actual short story, which may be easier at this point, since a lot of the "unknowns" have been identified. A scoring sheet will help Mom decide if the story included all the necessary components, and will inspire kids not to skimp on the "less exciting" stuff. Since inventing characters, conflicts and settings sometimes takes a lot of steam out of even the more enthused young writers, I would imagine that taking that pressure off of them in this way would free up their imaginations to write a much more well-rounded, exciting story. Ill bet that even Mom and Dad will want to play this one! - Jess

  • Item #: 027034
    ISBN: 9781934825020
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    An unusual product - thats what I thought as I started looking at this word card set designed by Handwriting Without Tears. Why do we need a special program to teach kindergarteners about sentences? The bottom line is that you probably dont. This program is essentially the sort of instruction that most moms use with their young children daily. However, there are several advantages to using a more formalized approach - consistency, sequential presentation, and comprehensiveness, to name a few.

    Sentence School includes 215 (8 1/2 x 3) laminated cards along with a 245 pg, spiral-bound teachers manual. The general approach is both interactive and multi-sensory: Read, Do, Speak, Write. Weekly lessons (34) provide a step-by-step introduction to sentences (first four weeks) as well as experience (next 30 weeks) with action, describing, and question/answer sentences. Word cards are introduced in pairs; each the same part of speech and related to each other: e.g. outside/inside, penguins/Antarctica, creep/leap. Resulting sentences have both personality and potential, not to mention a wide variety of topical variety. The teacher is encouraged to employ props, household items that provide a visual and activity focus (i.e., small stuffed bear that can be placed inside and outside). Lesson plans are detailed and cover introductory grammar concepts - word order, tenses, subject-verb agreement. Students also get experience with the various parts of speech. Optional activities open the door to sentence combining, rhyming words, etc. Needless to say, vocabulary development is optimized.

    As you would expect, handwriting is an important element, both in the teachers modeling as well as in the verbal instructions for writing the letters. Use of HWTs distinctive two-line paper is (strongly) encouraged, as is the use of a HWT lined white-board. Attention is paid to all aspects of neat and orderly handwriting - letter strokes, spacing, capitalization, and punctuation. Children learn what they are exposed to, and this program exposes them to good grammar, good handwriting, and good language skills.

    The Teachers Manual includes overview information, daily lesson plans, scope/sequence, sentence log and HWT paper masters (these last two are reproducible for class/families). The TM is obviously oriented toward a classroom setting and occasional adaptation to a one-on-one situation is necessary. Password protected teacher and student downloads are available at the HWT website for program purchasers. A sentence song/CD - Rock, Rap, Tap, & Learn - is referenced but not included in the set.

    It makes sense that HWT would provide a program like this. Most students introduction to sentences comes from their handwriting program. HWT has just taken it a step further, providing an excellent inauguration into the foundational elements of writing and composition. While targeting kindergarteners, theres nothing babyish about this program - word choices are much more advanced than typical K reading level. I believe this program could effectively be used with any lower elementary age student who has not had formal instruction in sentence construction. I can think of another situation where this program would prove very valuable - working with ESL students of all ages such as adopted-from-overseas daughters/sons. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 041584
    ISBN: 9780071463386
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    If youre looking for a simple but fairly thorough way to learn Spanish, this book teaches it in 15 straightforward grammatical steps. Youll learn Spanish the way people naturally acquire a language, with each step building upon the one before. First you learn the elements of a sentence with steps including: Nouns, Articles, and Adjectives; Estar, Ser, and Subject Pronouns; Hay, Interrogative Words, Days, and Months; Numbers, Dates, and Time; Regular Verbs; Irregular Verbs; Ir and the Future; Adjectives and Adverbs; and Negatives and Prepositions. Then you move on to more complicated steps like Indirect Objects, Direct Objects, Reflexive Verbs, Present Subjunctive, Preterit Tense, and finally Imperfect Tense. Each chapter contains clear grammar explanations and students will need to make sure they understand every concept before moving to the next or they may struggle to keep up. The book explains each component of Spanish grammar in an uncomplicated way, with plenty of examples to help students understand. After the explanations, varied written and oral exercises are included so students get used to reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. While speaking with a native Spanish speaker is the best way to learn how to pronounce the words correctly, a pronunciation guide is included in the book thats very helpful in describing how words should be pronounced. Each chapter also includes Spanish readings with comprehension questions to help students learn new vocabulary and practice reading aloud. Some may find that theres not enough review or drills in this book to help them cement the language into their head, because it does move rather quickly from step to step. However, if students are willing stay with each step until they truly understand the section and have memorized the vocabulary words, this program will give them a working knowledge of the language and allow them to communicate in everyday Spanish. Youll need a Spanish/English dictionary to get the most out of this book because while some of the Spanish words are shown with their English translation (including over 300 of the most commonly used verbs), many are not and the actual number of vocabulary words (specifically nouns) is limited. Overall, this is a great book that can quickly give students the knowledge they need to comminute in Spanish with confidence. An answer key for all the exercises is included in the back. By Barbara Bregstein, 304 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 057499
    ISBN: 9781411470736
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This six-page chart covers: Western poetic schools; Elements of poetry, including types of meter, foot, rhyme, and form; Types of poetic language and figurative meaning; Genres of poetry; How to analyze a poem and write an essay on poetry. PLUS:A detailed analysis of two different poems: Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and Shakespeare's "Sonnet 60." List of selected poets and online poetry resources
  • Item #: 029477
    ISBN: 9781883937713
    Retail: $15.95
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    Digging back much further than the development of the Periodic Table, this extremely readable (and entertaining!) book tells the whole story of chemistry, from the first pure elements ever found and used in ancient times (gold and silver) to Mendeleevs development of the Periodic Table, and beyond to the discovery of protons, neutrons and electrons. Along the way, we are introduced to the great thinkers of Greece, Medieval alchemists, Robert Boyle, Joseph Priestly, Lavoisier, John Dalton, Humphrey Davy, Ernest Rutherford, and many other colorful characters from chemistrys history. Believe me - they are definitely colorful! Avoiding dry facts and scientific language, author Benjamin D. Wiker has written this readable history of chemistry with an excellent blend of fact, anecdote and interactive writing. - Jess

  • Item #: 003903
    ISBN: 9780802447999
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    Little Pilgrims Progress maintains all the allegorical messages, characters and places of the original. Helen Taylor wanted a younger audience (elementary and middle school children) to profit from the allegory as much as countless generations of grown-up Christians had before them. Accordingly, the language and vocabulary is more accessible and the main character is a young boy rather than a man. See more details on the corresponding Adventure Guide, which examines everything from literary elements to biblical truths found in the book.

  • Item #: 051444
    Retail: $174.50
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    Chemistry: Studies the branches and the language of chemistry. Chemical bonds, thermodynamics, mean and standard deviation are learned. Also studied are: atomic model, nucleus of an atom, atomic weight, and mass number. Students also study the development of Quantum Theory and Quantum Mechanics as well as Mendeleevs contribution. Students also learn about elements and energies, and the physical properties of matter as well as nuclear processes, organic chemistry and biochemistry, acids and bases and reaction rates. Additional lab supplies are numerous at this level. Contact our office for a complete listing.

  • Item #: 021446
    ISBN: 9780486220314
    Retail: $6.95
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    Chemistry has been known to strike a chord of fear into homeschool parents. This book may be the perfect transition into the mysterious realm of Chemistry. Beginning with the language of chemistry this book walks students through the most common elements and their symbols, how to set up a laboratory complete with a list of equipment and chemicals and a discussion of lab safety. Next begins the forty plus experiments and demonstrations, with clear step by step instructions, numerous diagrams, and clear conclusions allowing students to complete experiments with minimal supervision (some activities may require more supervision). Experiments are organized into eight sections: Chemicals in the Air, the Chemistry of Water, Chemistry of solutions, diffusion and osmosis, the Chemistry of Chemicals, the Chemistry of Fire, the Chemistry of Acids, Bases and Salts, the Chemistry of Photography, and the Chemistry of Everyday Things. One thing I greatly appreciated was the equipment lists (divided into easily found at home or to purchase locally and the equipment you will need to buy from a chemical supply house). Most activities require commonly found items, but less common items include an alcohol burner, beaker, filter paper, flasks, flame spreader, glass rod/tubing, litmus paper (red and blue), rubber stoppers, rubber tubing, test tubes (glass and Pyrex), thistle tubes, and wood splints. You will also find a list of required chemicals and where available-many may be easily found. Also contained are instructions for easily made lab equipment. This inexpensive experiment guide from Dover makes a great supplement to your current Chemistry curriculum or as a way to stir interest in a student transitioning (and fearful!) of Chemistry. Black & white illustrations, 96 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 045578
    ISBN: 9780880620260
    Retail: $6.99
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    If youre looking for a formula-driven writing program look elsewhere in our catalog. However, if you want a small treatise that assumes writing is an art and presents a natural way to encourage maturing writers to communicate with clarity, look no further. There are three paths to explore - message, sentences, and words; each directly impacted by the bonus fourth section a short history of how English came to us. Message includes both a planning (nudging an idea germ into an outlined topic) and a writing (deftly opening a story thread and proceeding) portion. Sentence construction looks and sounds vaguely like grammar skillfully using words to transport ideas through linking strategies, comma concerns, and usage quirks. Words gets down to the least element and makes sure their selection maximizes meaning and intensity. One of the main tenets of author Ruth Beechick is that English has come to use through a rambling amalgamation of linguistic elements rather than an orderly acquisition of grammatical precepts and thus discovering an inherently English (language not nationality) manner is the secret (and often missing) ingredient of effective writing. 83 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 044612
    ISBN: 9780787992903
    Retail: $24.95
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    This is for those of you with children who want to create some serious writing in the realm of fantasy. It references several classic fantasy works like Tolkiens Lord of the Rings, Eragon by Christopher Paiolini, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, among others. I highly recommend perusing the Table of Contents pages on our website to get an idea of this instructional volumes scope. Whereas author John Gust had to literally fight for time and resort to subversive tactics to use this approach in his classroom (due to all of the mandated, test-driven material he had to cover), you can blissfully submerge yourselves in working through this epic material. You can use this approach as a write of passage (Mr. Gusts words), working through the entire project and allowing your student to become really involved in the process, or you can use selected lessons and handouts; kind of a fantasy light. You will still be way ahead with this book; Ive seen little on the market with anywhere near the coverage offered here. Mark would have absolutely loved this book. I remember him doing much the same thing on his own time even developing a new language for his created world.

    Here you will study what constitutes a fantasy, the various types of fantasy, and learn about all of the individual elements that combine to make a fantasy great. There are many details and much imagination required to write a story in an entirely different setting or world than the one we are all familiar with! Details need to be carefully considered and crafted to make the world real for the reader. Many student handouts are included in the volume among with ample teacher instruction and photographs of Mr. Gusts class happily engaged in their inventions. The authors enthusiasm for this project is contagious, also, helping you to get caught up in the adventure that awaits. This might be a good project to jump in on and create a fantasy world of your own.who knows you might be the next Tolkien!

  • Item #: 020495
    ISBN: 9780974361635
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    For those of you who want to teach using the classical method, the authors of this book, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, have long believed and implemented this in their own homeschool. In this book they combine their knowledge and experience to present a spiritual and philosophical foundation and a practical program for Christian homeschooling in the classical style. The first four chapters discuss the reasoning and logic of teaching with classical education, a discussion of why parents should be in charge of their students education, problems with classroom (public) schools, and an explanation and description of what the trivium is. The next three chapters study one element of the trivium each - language, logic, and rhetoric. Each chapter presents the topic, arguments for teaching it, guidelines for teaching, where to start, what children should be learning at appropriate age levels, and other tips and advice for incorporating these core subjects. Chapter eight follows the same basic format, delving into the study of literature. In chapter nine, the Bluedorns offer principles for the study of historical literature. The following chapter provides lots of advice and help for different methods and approaches to homeschooling in light of the trivium, such as the Charlotte Mason approach, unschooling, unit studies, and others. Part two of the book, The Practical Trivium, hold chapters listing things children should do at particular ages - ten things to do with students before age ten, ten through twelve, thirteen through fifteen, sixteen through eighteen, nineteen and onward, and finally the last chapter, Lifes Goals Begin at Home. Appendix one includes 16 different articles discussing the trivium, education, and other related issues. Appendix two provides an thorough resource list, outlining general resources and those for language arts & English, rhetoric, literature, history, government, law and economics, languages, mathematics, logic, Bible and theology, philosophy, science, art and music, and other miscellaneous resources. While you may not agree with all of the personal philosophy in this book, if you want to teach from the trivium and are looking for a guide to implement a classical education in your homeschool, this is a very complete and thorough guide from experienced authors. - Melissa

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