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  • Item #: 066471
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    150 class periods; 101 video lessons; 219 workbook pages. 7 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (31-38 days): The Hobbit; and 8 Poetry lessons.

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    150 class periods; 101 video lessons; 219 workbook pages. 7 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (31-38 days): The Hobbit; and 8 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 066469
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    120 class periods; 91 video lessons; 204 workbook pages. 6 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (22-29 days): Night; and 5 Poetry lessons.

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    120 class periods; 91 video lessons; 204 workbook pages. 6 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (22-29 days): Night; and 5 Poetry lessons.

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    150 class periods; 108 video lessons; 211 workbook pages. 8 Fiction lessons; 6 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (20-25 days): Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; and 6 Poetry lessons.

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    150 class periods; 108 video lessons; 211 workbook pages. 8 Fiction lessons; 6 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (20-25 days): Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; and 6 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 000656
    ISBN: 9780140324648
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    Set in 13th century England, this Newbery Award winner tells of the adventures of Adam, the 11 year old son of a minstrel, as he travels around Southern England. He begins the journey with his father and his faithful cocker spaniel, Nick. However, when an unscrupulous minstrel steals his dog, Adam tries to recover him, losing track of his father in the process. This leaves 11-year old Adam alone on the roads to take care of himself, using his harp and minstrel skills to gain food and shelter as he seeks his lost puppy and father. 317 pgs.

  • Item #: 020452
    ISBN: 9780876145654
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    What a story of passion. Young Gutenberg's love of books and reading was a hard thing in the days when books were all copied out by hand. It was an agonizing wait sometimes, and Gutenberg's dream was to find some way of speeding up the making of books. We remember him as the man who invented both moveable type and the printing press, but we hear very little of the struggles it took to bring that to fruition. This book uses simple language to tell this rollercoaster of a story. 64 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 008374
    ISBN: 9780393080964
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    So you've read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and you're pleased by its information, guidance and practical curriculum suggestions. However, while reading it you may have thought, "I wish I had been educated this way, I guess it's too late for me." In the Well-Educated Mind, Susan focuses on the adult, and her premise is that it's not too late; you can have a Well-Educated Mind. Susan's focus is on helping the adult learn to read great literature. This book is so much more than a list of suggested reading. In fact, the suggested reading doesn't come until after Susan presents significant information on why it's important and how to go about it.

    Yes, the trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric is presented as well. Would you expect anything less from this author? Susan discusses why it is important for children to be taught properly in all three stages and if you were not, how as an adult, you can compensate and learn to read great literature. Susan's goal is to equip her readers to be able to learn self-education to train and fill their minds.

    For people who question their ability to read difficult material, the book states, "If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's sonnets or Jane Eyre." Susan says, "Reading is a discipline, like running regularly, or meditating, or taking voice lessons." Just like working through a training regimen to become proficient in sports or music we must learn technique and train our minds to effectively tackle the great books.

    Susan does not lecture from an ivory tower, but shows she can relate her understanding of real-life challenges to making time for the pursuit of reading. Her references to her struggles help make me feel like she understands real-life. These include the lure of TV after a long day, "just to vegetate for a few minutes, before I try to use my brain," or the call of email (including spam deletion). She includes a whole section on how to create a realistic reading schedule on your weekly calendar. A helpful section is including on training our minds to move from light reading and skimming for facts to more serious reading which leads to understanding. This "how-to" section includes information on reading mechanics, journaling, questioning and literary terms, all with examples. The book then progresses to six literary genres: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science with instructions on how to read each type. After each genre is a listing of literature with comprehensive summaries and the best versions of the books (with ISBN information). This new expanded and revised edition includes great 21st century works as well as essential readings in science. The selected reading lists usually have both a literary and a historical purpose. The Well-Educated Mind is a great resource that provides those adults who have a nagging sense of missing something in their literary education the practical techniques and guidance to regularly read and enjoy great literature. Jerry

  • Item #: 004267
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    This hefty high school curriculum, newly revised in 2016, was designed to train girls to become godly women, based on Proverbs 31:10-31. The goal of the curriculum is to help Christian girls develop their skills and abilities for optimal service to the Lord within the family setting: a preparation for all the duties of an adult life. The guide's beginning elaborates on the program's philosophies and then discusses four learning styles as well as the Six R's of education (adds Research, Responsibility and Righteousness to the traditional three). The author assumes that students have a good basic mastery of Math and English grammar, as well as a good reading ability. In addition, these courses are written for mature young people., there are reproducible forms for planning and record keeping. (It is highly recommended that your daughter plan or at least help to plan her own lessons.) The forms included are a Goal Planning Checklist, High-School report Card, Lesson Planning Sheet, and a High School Cumulative Record Card. (This sheet will become the high school transcript for any student wishing to proceed on to college.) The curriculum guide is broken up into 20 different units (10 in Volume 1 and 10 in Volume 2). Each unit focuses on a different verse or verse group from Proverbs 31. Then, this unit is broken down into thematic mini units. Subjects covered are Bible and Christian Character, Cultural Studies, Reading and Literature, Composition, Math and Personal Finance, Science, Health and Physical Fitness, Practical Arts, and Decorative and Performing Arts. In each subject area within a unit, this curriculum guide gives a list of lessons for girls to choose from and complete. Since activities are provided for the four learning styles, there are more activities in the guide than can be completed in 4 years. The materials are written directly to the students, as they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. Each lesson assigns suggested point value (largely based on Carnegie units), so when an activity is completed you can easily total the points and convert them into High School credits. The guide also provides detailed instructions about how best to use the program, lists essential materials for the course, and recommends supplementary courses. Essential materials for the course are a Bible, concordance, dictionary, encyclopedia, hymnbooks, an English grammar book, and a writing style book). The list of strongly suggested materials is more extensive. Far Above Rubies was created to stand on its own, although the lessons call for reading and using a number of other books, such as Writer's Inc., the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Understanding the Times, and more. At the end of each volume, there is an updated, detailed list of recommended resources (and corresponding Web locations for more information), many of which we also offer in our catalog. Also included for each volume are some cross-reference guides to help you locate specific lessons based on chronology or theme and a "25 Ways to Have Fun with Book Reports" chart. Please note that although the guide self-proclaims that it is not necessarily against college and career goals for young ladies, they admit that this is not the primary aim of this guide. Consequently, if your daughter plans on attending college or becoming a career woman, you will need to supplement her curriculum with some college-preparatory math and science (specific suggestions are offered). However, this curriculum does still provide the college-bound with a well-rounded base, and it also offers a number of business and vocational skills. Help prepare your daughters using the model provided in Proverbs 31. Includes Beautiful Girlhood Audiobook and 7 bonus e-books: Friendship, Friendship Notebook pages, Girls in Bookland, Nest in the Honeysuckles, The Merchant Maiden, The Basket of Flowers, and The Value of a Praying Mom. The curriculum is only available in PDF format on CD-ROM. Requires Adobe Reader, a free download. Revised edition, 2016. Win/Mac ~ Rachel/Ruth.

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  • Item #: 069970
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      A compilation of excerpts from major pieces of English Literature starting with 7th century Anglo-Saxon authors (Bede and Beowulf) through Sir Thomas Mallory and Everyman (1400s) and including Irish literature, Chaucer, William Langland, and mystery plays among others. Included in the Well-Planned Gal’s high school Essential Book Pack for Cultures & Ideas (#WPECHI), this is an excellent resource for many high school lit courses. Purchase of the book gives you access to a number of resources on the publisher’s website. These include a study plan, period introduction overview, timeline, period introduction quiz, reading comprehension quizzes, flashcards, and information on a number of places mentioned in literature, author portraits, and maps. 559 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

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  • Item #: 051249
    ISBN: 9780890516393
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    ACT prep – comprehensive and thorough – without the frantic feel. That about sums it up! This course offers a change of pace – and a change of focus – from the typical prep courses. Yes, it still covers vocabulary. Yes, it still provides test-taking strategies. Yes, it still provides detailed review of all subject areas: English, math, reading, writing, and science. But it also provides a call to prayer and devotional preparation that will cause your student to remember to put first things first.

    If you’ve ever wondered about the differences between the ACT and the SAT, you’ll find a clear analysis of each and suggestions for how best to prepare for each. In the introductory ACT test overview, the author covers these topics as well as provides information on how scores are used, average scores for certain universities, as well as suggestions for two essential habits to develop.

    Designed to be used over a ten week period, the course is comprised of fifty daily lessons. Lessons will probably take 1-2 hours to complete so be sure to factor that into your planning. Lesson format is consistent. Starting with a scripture verse, prayer points, and a devotional passage (often derived from classic books), then progressing to individual sections for Vocabulary (Greek/Latin roots or from classic literature), math (review and practice problems), reading (short passages with questions), English (editing and analysis), writing (analysis), and science (sample questions). Test-taking info and strategies are also part of each lesson. Although this format does not vary, the emphasis does vary some with each lesson – one day more time will be spent on science; another day, more on writing, etc. Both end-notes and a complete answer key are included in the back.

    If you’re an appendix-lover, then you’ll be pleased with what’s provided here. First is a brief tutorial on preparing vocabulary cards followed by an extensive reading list grouped by high school grade level. Models for reading and devotional journals as well as lists of Greek and Latin morphemes complete the appendices.

    Compared to other ACT test prep courses, there are two obvious differences with this course. First of all, there is a decided emphasis on the spiritual development and focus of the student. Secondly, test sections (i.e. English, math, etc.) are studied side-by-side rather than as a concentrated focus for a period of time before going on to the next section. Both of these contribute to the sense that test prep is really an opportunity to develop overall maturing in the student. 332 pgs, pb. Janice

     

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  • Item #: 044214
    ISBN: 9781420680577
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    This book provides practice for older readers to enhance their reading skills, using a variety of different texts similar to what they would come across in their daily lives. It is divided into two parts: Key Reading Skills and Reading Texts. The first part focuses on specific skills, including scanning, predicting, working out word meanings, understanding a writer's purpose, understanding complex sentences, interpreting graphs and tables, inferring, and reading critically. Each unit focuses on one of those skills, with a brief explanation on what the skill is, how to use it, and why you might need to use it. A follow-up activity provides practice in using the skill, with an example text to read, and a series of related short-answer questions to complete. In the second part, students are given a variety of texts, including excerpts from textbooks, articles, novels, web pages, film reviews and cartoons. Three groups of activities accompany every text, one to complete before reading the text, one designed to test recall, and one intended for a student's personal response to the text. All in all, the book has a very no-nonsense visual appearance, with black-and-white pages and few illustrations. If your previous reading comprehension program does not cover this age level, or you feel that your junior high student could use some additional reading skills practice, you might consider this one. 30 units (lessons) total, with answers included in the back. Reproducible for classroom or family use only. – Jess

  • Item #: 041229
    ISBN: 9780967738731
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    Before studying history in depth in TRISMS for the high school level, you can take a one or two-year tour of the entire scope of world history in upper elementary or middle school. History's Masterminds covers world history up to the year 2010 in a similar format as the high school TRISMS, though there are some differences. In the high school level, more time is spent on each period in history, and students spend more time analyzing each civilization in depth, including the art, music, architecture, and literature of each culture. In History's Masterminds, the emphasis is on chronological developments throughout history, including new inventions, geographical explorations, and science discoveries. In fact, students will be compiling information on these three topics into a course book throughout the program. Children will also read and research their way through history via historical fiction, biographies, and other resource books. History, geography, writing, language, literature, and science are all covered through this program. Math history is covered, but math itself is not; so you will need to supplement with a complete math curriculum (Saxon Math is recommended). The set is composed of a teacher's manual, student book, and a loose-leaf pack of student worksheets, research questionnaires, quizzes, and quarterly tests. The teacher's manual contains all of the lessons, assignments, teaching information, reading lists, and answer keys while the other two packs contain the forms and worksheets the student will need to complete the ssignments.

    The author recommends completing this course over a 2-year period. There are 38 weeks of lessons included, and each week's activities are listed on a lesson plan grid, similar to what is used in the upper-level TRISMS books but with a few differences. The assignments are divided between science, inventions, explorers, and language. A separate grid for each week lists recommended historical fiction, biographies and resource books while major historical events, suggested topics for research, and math history developments are also included. Each weekly lesson focuses on a different chronological span of time and covers all of these topics during that time period. For each week, students will be reading historical fiction and other books and completing questionnaires for scientists, inventions, and explorers. Questionnaires include a series of questions about the topic that the student answers through researching the topic, using the library, and other available resources. Inventions questionnaires also ask the student to draw and/or diagram the invention, while Explorers questionnaires ask the student to mark the explorer's journey on a map and create a map key. The reading lists in the teacher's guide offer suggestions for resources, organized by lesson, which may help when researching. There are separate science assignments for most weeks, which include experiments and research projects. Language assignments are more extensive and incorporate a wide variety of topics including poetry, book reports, letter writing, reports, public speaking, word roots, grammar, outlining, interviewing, bibliographies, and much more. Because the emphasis is on exploring history in a very chronological way, creating a timeline is essential to the course. Famous inventors, scientists, explorers, other major historical figures and events will all be added to the timeline as they are studied each week. Quizzes and tests are also included for reinforcement; quizzes are given every three lessons while tests are given four times throughout the year.

    Overall, this course is not only a great way to try the TRISMS approach, but it offers great practice in researching and a terrific scope of our entire history as well. Its open-ended approach makes it useable with students of different grades, and it would be easy (and fun!) to use with multiple children. Because it is so heavily book and research-based, this would be a good fit for you especially if you have pretty easy access to a library and if your students are fairly motivated and independent. – Jess

  • Item #: 030314
    ISBN: 9781576906552
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    Although most people can hear, listening is a skill that takes time and motivation to develop. Much information is given to us verbally, and it is essential to attend to these signals and pick out the vital messages. This book helps students build their listening skills as they are taught to recognize important information in a passage that is read to them, take effective notes on this information, and then write answers and essay questions to show their understanding. Preliminary listening activities such as "solve the mystery" and "which word doesn't belong" are provided to ready students for the content of the book. A list of key words signaling important information is included as well. Units are based on four different types of written selections: folktales, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and literature, to teach students how to understand information presented in a variety of different ways. Each unit offers an outline student guide and graphic organizer to aid the student in taking notes. For every unit, twelve different passages are given for the teacher to read aloud, each with a reproducible answer page for the students to complete. The first passage of each unit serves as a "role model," as teachers work through the answer page with the students. Students quickly learn to perform more and more of the process themselves throughout the next few passages, and the last 7 passages of each chapter are performed completely independently. Teachers read the story and allow the student to take notes, and then hand out the short essay questions to be completed from their notes only. Answers at the back of each unit provide aid in grading the assignments. Note - the passages in the "Literature" unit are from popular novels such as Julie of the Wolves and Sounder, and are not included. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 027998
    ISBN: 9781438009988
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    When you're studying for the SAT, you want the most up-to-date guide available. This one is completely revised and reflects all of the new question types for the 2016 SAT. Students will greatly benefit from the timely advice, helpful strategies and tips, example questions reflective of the actual exams, and four practice SAT exams offered in this book. Two online practice tests are also included with purchase.

    The first section of the book familiarizes students with the test. These chapters outline each part of the exam and the typesof questions you will encounter. This section also provides future SAT takers with "winning tactics for the SAT" including advice on setting goals, pacing yourself, guessing, and simple techniques to applywhen taking the test.

    In the second unit, you will find a diagnostic SAT designed to helps students identify the core areas that need improvement before taking the actual test. Following this mock-SAT test are answers, directions for calculating your raw score on each section, and fully explained answers for each question.

    The third section delves into the SAT Reading test. These chapters cover each kind of question asked and the skills needed to successfully workthrough each part of the SAT. The evidence based reading chapters offers an overview of the test, testing tactics, examples, and plenty of practice questions and answers. Also included are reading challenges,critical reading questions, and a selected reading list divided into four sections: US and World literature,Science, Social Studies and U.S. Founding. The final chapter of this section focuses on vocabulary,which is essential for understanding and correctly answering the reading questions. This chapter holds practical ways to increase your vocabulary and a master list of common words used in uncommon ways, with every word. Interactive Vocabulary flashcards are available online. 

    The next section focuses on the SAT Writing and Language test. This section provides an overview of the test, reviews key grammar and graph analysis skills, offers test strategies, examples with explanations and in-depth practice questions and passages. The last chapter in this section prepares students for the(optional) essay portion by providing sample prompts and sample response essay rubric to understand how the essay is scored. Additionally key strategies, skill building lessons and practice, sample essays (of varied quality) and more practice prompts are included.

    The last component of the SAT is mathematics. The first chapter provides tactics for success, helpful hints, using the number grids, calculator use and various practice exercises. The second chapter offers a detailed review of the math concepts covered on the test and practice in each specific area. The format of these chapters allows students to see which areas they need to review so they can focus on those topics.

    The remaining chapters, which comprise the final unit of this guide, hold four model tests complete with answer keys, self-evaluations, and answer explanations, for practice, practice, and more practice. Two full length tests are available online which include answers, explanations,  and automatic scoring. pb, 1034 pgs. ~ Steph/Deanne

  • Item #: 003171
    ISBN: 9781601264664
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    A thoroughly Christian test prep course from Dr. James Stobaugh now in a completely revised and enhanced version. If your child plans to take the SAT test (or the ACT), this combination devotional, literature study, critical reading and thinking tutorial, composition practice, and test prep course is too good to pass up! It not only builds disciplined study skills in your child as he prepares for the SAT and exposes him to “classic” foundational literature, but disciples your child as well with a daily Bible study regimen that prepares him for Christian life on the college campus and beyond. This sends the sure message that daily Christian training should never take a back seat to the training of the intellect. The course consists of 150 lessons that can be completed over the course of one, two, or three years. Using the 3-year plan (which the author highly recommends), students complete one lesson per week the first year, two lessons/week the second year, and three lessons/week the third year. Under the 2-year plan, students complete three lessons per week both years. The one-year “crash course” plan has students work at the rate of one lesson/day. The 3-year plan is preferable, making it possible for your student to consume many more of the referenced literature selections. In case you’re wondering why literature is such as integral part of the course, in Dr. Stobaugh’s words, “Reading good books is the single best preparation for the SAT verbal section.”

    The three main components of the course are: the daily devotion, reading and vocabulary exercises, and math, verbal, and writing exercises. Each lesson begins with a Scripture quotation and reference that can be used as the daily devotional on lesson days. The scripture is followed by the introduction to a book to be read, or a narrative excerpt or a short essay correlated to the basic theme of the lesson, followed by a thought-provoking question. Next is devotional journal time. It is suggested that students using this course spend 30 minutes/day at devotions. A reproducible form, providing an outline for this activity, is included in the appendix. Students who are using the 2- or 3-year plans should choose from one of the targeted scriptures provided in the appendix, or select their own Scripture for meditation on days between lessons. Reading and vocabulary activities come next. It is recommended that students read an average of 30-50 pages per day. Although not mandatory, I would guess that they would want to first read the selections mentioned in the lessons, since their interest in these would probably be piqued. Just looking at the course, it seems that it would be difficult to read all of the selections referred to, especially for students beginning the course in the 10th or 11th grades.

    The author includes a bibliography representing a “comprehensive cross-section of good literature” in the appendix. These were chosen with an eye to selections made by Christian and public colleges in their literature studies and grouped for 9th/10th graders and for 11th graders. You are also free to substitute any titles with ones of your own choosing, though, again, I would guess students would want to read ones referenced in the lessons. Vocabulary words for study are often taken from these works, as well. Students are instructed to make up vocabulary cards for words presented in the lesson as well as unfamiliar words in their reading. A suggested format for these is supplied in the appendix. Lessons continue with Critical Reading passages (and questions) and Critical Thinking questions, usually related to the theme of the lesson. Every fourth lesson includes a writing assignment, again based on the theme of the most recent series of lessons. The writing assignments include all forms of writing. Lessons also contain problems to solve in preparation for the math portion of the SAT test. A kind of “last thought” for the lesson appears in the sidebar. Many of these are test-taking hints and tips for the SAT. Others are meaningful quotations or further literary introductions. These latter are usually tied to the theme of the lesson as established by the Scripture.

    A complete answer key is provided at the end of the lessons. In addition to answers for the objective questions, there are sample essays of each type assigned – very helpful in understanding the nature of the assignment. The useful Appendices include items previously mentioned plus a bibliography of critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies and a meaty section titled “Remedy for College Admission Essays Jitters”. This section includes essential information for the Christian student on surviving and thriving in a secular college setting as well as a collection of 50 sample college admission essays.

    Compared to other SAT preparation courses we carry (Cracking the SAT and Kaplan’s Guide to the SAT), this course has a totally different “feel” emphasizing long-term academic, spiritual, and mental preparation rather than intense test-taking strategy and content review. This course seems more heavily weighted toward the Verbal and Writing part of the SAT, so students might want to supplement with 100 SAT Math Tips and How to Master Them Now! or consult the Cracking the SAT book for additional test-taking strategies and tips. They should also follow Dr. Stobaugh’s advice and take a practice SAT test every two months during this time. A good source for these practice tests is the 10 Real SATs book or those included with other SAT prep books. These tests provide annotated answers (detailed explanations about why a particular answer is the correct choice). That being said, this is a quality, well-designed course that will prepare students both for challenges in college and for their daily walk as Christians. 425 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 001512
    ISBN: 9781888659047
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    Not to leave out the eager younger children, this volume provides mini Five in a Row- style lessons for youngsters. This book; however, is divided into two parts, the first being similar to the other curriculum guides. Just as in the original series, each unit is built around a simple, classic children's storybook. This book differs from the older volumes in that it is not structured around a week. The purpose is simply to provide an array of activities for each book that engage children and lay the foundation for further learning. Some of the activities are subject related, such as Bible, science, math, language arts, and art; others are various skills such as learning shapes, sequencing, colors or problem solving, and the rest are centered on specific topics, like relationships, contentment, birthdays or another book-related idea. The second part of this book focuses on arming parents with creative ideas to build learning readiness. This section is a treasure trove of activities that help develop reading readiness and motor skills or focus on the arts. Additional activities also capitalize on teachable moments that arise during bath time, in the kitchen, or during a trip to the store. 149 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 055030
    ISBN: 9781930900639
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    Today is Thanksgiving, and young Maggie is visiting her grandmother. Every year, Grandmother invites a guest for Thanksgiving dinner, and she encourages Maggie to do the same. "Ask someone poor or lonely," instructions Grandmother. Grandmother's guest is the elegant, lonely Mr. Horace, who is staying at the Town Hotel. Maggie's guest is the unsavory, eccentric Mr. Whiskers, much to Grandmother's dismay! What will happen at Thanksgiving dinner this year? This charming, humorous tale has entertained families since its publication in 1971, and we are pleased that it's back in print after a long absence. Only a secret in the story, the recipe for Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread is located on the back of the book. By Wende and Harry Devlin, 32 pgs, hc. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 019808
    ISBN: 9781888659009
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    150 pgs covering 19 weeks (and 19 books).

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

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