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  • Item #: 032521
    ISBN: 9780618311149
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    This unique atlas explores American history through 20 significant journeys of the past. Children will voyage across the Atlantic with Christopher Columbus, accompany Daniel Boone on his trek to cut a trail into Kentucky, experience the gold rush with Dame Shirley, travel the Underground Railroad to freedom with Big Joe Bailey, and return to America after the Vietnam War with a Vietnamese family who helped America during the war, all in the pages of this book. Each page holds an enthralling account of that expedition and the history surrounding it told through the words of a specific person on the journey. Colorful maps outline the paths traveled, with significant points marked by a red numbered square and detailed by the corresponding caption. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 017524
    ISBN: 9781932971453
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  • Item #: 037977
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    Designed as an option for families with a child in Grades 2 or 3 without older siblings using the MFW program, this one-year program is based around U.S. History and the Names of Jesus (If you do have older children and are interested in using MFW with all of them, look at Exploring Countries & Cultures). Students will explore American History from a Christian perspective as they build their own history notebook, use timelines, enjoy read-aloud books and do hands-on activities. In Bible, students study the character of Jesus through hands-on activities and memory verses. Students read for themselves from the NIrV Discoverer's Bible (included in package). Geography is explored by learning the 50 states with map work and projects. Science explores topics such as stars, weather, plants, birds, gravity, energy, friction and more with simple science experiments. Art and music is covered through patriotic songs; art lessons from Barry Stebbing's I Can Do All Things art program (recently reprinted by MFW) and more hands-on activities. Math, language arts and foreign language are not included in the package, but you may plug in your current programs or follow MFW's recommendations which are listed below.

    Deluxe package includes Teacher Manual, Synergy Guide, student sheets, placemat map, American Pioneers and Patriots, Map of the United States Sticker Picture, Science in the Kitchen, First Encyclopedia of Science, Science with Air, Birds, Nests and Eggs, Fun with Magnets kit, The 4th of July Story, North American Indians, The Thanksgiving Story, NIrV Discoverer's Bible, Story of the U.S., Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag, Patriotic Songs of the USA CD, soda bottle bird feeder, U.S. history read-alouds (see website for more specifics), I Can Do All Things set (book, paint/marker cards and DVDs), Best of Tchaikovsky CD, and Story of Tchaikovsky CD.

  • Item #: 000293
    ISBN: 9781932971477
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  • Item #: 000292
    ISBN: 9781932971460
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  • 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

  • Item #: 019474
    ISBN: 9781893103412
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    Perhaps this text was part of my elementary education. The timing fits – and it would explain why the events lovingly memorialized in this publication are still firmly planted in my memory. First published in 1955 and now republished by Beautiful Feet, utilizing the historical accuracy and storytelling ability of Earl Schenck Miers and the amazing illustrations of James Daugherty (full-color, inked drawings), this book takes the reader through tales of adventure, heroism, and patriotism. From Leif's Viking boat explorations of the northeastern coastline to the atom bomb's close to the second World War, you will read about everything in between – explorers, founders, soldiers, adventurers, settlers, inventors, statesmen, educators, and many more – in the fifty stories that make up this 315 pg, paperback book. A worthy addition to your home library or ideal for any literature-based history course or unit study, the author himself sums up its scope: "…everywhere signs of the greatness of God. It is indeed the one truth in which we all believe. It is indeed our richest heritage." ~ Janice

  • Item #: 043295
    ISBN: 9781599150109
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    A reprint of the original 1917 edition by H.E. Marshall, this hefty book offers 99 exciting stories from American history, starting with the expeditions of the Vikings and Columbus, and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stories are grouped into seven parts; "Stories of Explorers and Pioneers," "Stories of Virginia," "Stories of New England," "Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies," "Stories of the French in America," "Stories of the Struggle for Liberty" and "Stories of the United States Under the Constitution." The book is unique in that the first 400 pages or so focus on exploration and the Colonial period, while only the last 200 pages cover the history of the U.S. as its own country. Although there is a lot of content here, the chapters are only several pages in length which make for great supplementary reading or read-alouds. Occasional black-and-white full-page illustrations are included in some chapters. 616 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 041891
    ISBN: 9781683440574
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  • Item #: 014424
    ISBN: 9781892427113
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  • Item #: 003136
    ISBN: 9781628630008
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    From that mogul of maps, Josh Wiggers (of Geography Matters), comes this valuable resource with over 130 reproducible maps. Need a map for Hannibal's travels, hurricane tracking, or habitat studies? It's here! No more wasted time searching for that elusive map of the ancient Middle East! Includes maps of each of the fifty states, continents, ancient historical regions, historical war regions, and more.

  • Item #: 065879
    ISBN: 9781615387083
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      I am not generally a flashcard fan unless they are made by a student. That said, I love these! One side has a black outline map of the continent with a country filled in with black. This gives you not only the country outline, but where it is on the continent giving you context (addressing a flaw of many flashcards – no context.) The capital is boldly written below the map. On the back is a black outline of the country’s flag, inviting the student to color it in (addressing another flaw - no personal connection to the flashcard, thus little/no retention.) Below the flag is the country name in bold letters. A student can quiz themselves, practice in pairs, or make up a game to play with a group. I think you could add them to any geography course for fun & practice! About 150 cards, white cardstock, 5.5x4.25” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 049608
    ISBN: 9781893103313
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    The dawn of the nineteenth century was wrought with hope in our rapidly changing world of communication, transportation and technology, but dark days loom as human rights and liberties are being trampled across the ocean. With the strong belief that "history is drama" Genevieve Foster invites you to join her in the exciting tale of history in the early 1800s. Part one introduces us to Richard Trevithick and Robert Fulton as they develop steam for a mode of transportation. The second part exposes us to leaders of nations, exploration and music: Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, Touissant L' Overture, Lewis and Clark, and Beethoven. In part three we return to the progress made by Trevithick and Fulton, meet James Madison and learn of the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Black and white illustrations and engaging text, this book is classic Genevieve Foster. Reprinted by Beautiful Feet Books. SC. 96 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 046229
    ISBN: 9781935570134
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    Covers American history from earliest colonization through the establishment of each colony, the War for Independence, the beginning exploration and settling of the West.
  • Item #: 041609
    ISBN: 9781609990695
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  • Item #: 035995
    ISBN: 9781623410957
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    Suppose your junior or senior high student has been through Level B or C of the Student Writing Intensive (SWI) seminar and has a good understanding of how to write a paragraph using topic and clincher sentences. He may even have a little bit of experience with essay writing but you feel he needs more instruction and practice with essays. This course is for you! Focusing specifically on the structure and content of essay writing, it's an extension and refinement of IEW's Unit VIII (on the formal essay). Utilizing a four-step teaching strategy which includes preliminary instruction, modeling, practice with help, and "on your own" work, this ten-week course by Lesha Myers takes the student step-by-step through the essay-writing process. Teaching units include thesis statements, essay organization, transitions, introductions, and conclusions and end with descriptive and persuasive essay practice. The course book includes student pages with instruction written directly to the student and teacher pages that include helps (grading and schedules) and unit by unit lesson plans.

  • Item #: 018371
    ISBN: 9780590440554
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    When Squanto is young, the white men come to their country. Deeply curious about the white men, Squanto agrees to go back to England with them. Although his mother doesn't want him to leave, Squanto joins the English and spends many years in adventure before returning once again to his homeland. 112 pgs.

  • Item #: 014425
    ISBN: 9781892427120
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  • Item #: 013819
    ISBN: 9780060935467
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    1962 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. Scout and Jem Finch witness prejudice in the depression-era South when their father, a lawyer, defends a black man accused of rape. By Harper Lee, 323 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 012365
    ISBN: 9781580371643
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    For some kids, the study of history can be well, dry. Spark their interest with Amazing Facts in U.S. History! This activity book contains a series of quizzes on strange, but interesting, facts about Early Explorers, Native Americans, the First Thanksgiving, the 13 Colonies, the Revolution, the Gold Rush, the Civil War, World War II, U.S. Presidents, and more!

    Prior to each quiz is a summary of the topic to follow, the actual quiz questions are not covered. The goal is to spark interest in a topic. These would be an excellent way to excite interest in a topic or use as a guide for a history based unit study or research project. Quiz answer sheets provide explanations for the more unusual facts. Several "mystery from history" sections, which involve logic puzzles and word games, are also included. ~ Anh/Deanne

  • Item #: 000520
    ISBN: 9780486287386
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    This historical book by Booker T. Washington is an autobiography that shares his life story and how he became one of the most influential leaders of his day. Beginning with his childhood as a slave in Virginia, the book details how he struggled for an education, how Reconstruction affected his life, his involvement with the Tuskegee Institute, his efforts to promote education among African Americans, his motivational speechmaking around the country, and more. This unabridged book is an inspiring story of personal achievement during tough times and a must-read for those studying the civil rights movement during the time of the Civil War and Reconstruction. 166 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

    Historical Fiction

  • Item #: EXGVLP
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