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  • Item #: FSF2ST
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  • Item #: 042702
    ISBN: 9781930953659
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    ISBN: 9781930953666
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    ISBN: 9781930953680
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    ISBN: 9781930953673
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    ISBN: 9781930953406
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    ISBN: 9781930953635
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  • Item #: 063646
    ISBN: 9781626110052
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    With the goal of being self-explanatory, self-paced and self-contained, this course was written for the homeschooled student in mind. Free pronunciation recordings are available online in an mp3 format and an answer key is in the back of the book itself. Tests can be done by backing up to the previous lesson and having your student translate the exercises there. A parent can use the answer key to grade these, or have the student correct their own work. Students are encouraged to do 30 minutes a day rather than a longer session once or twice a week, but many of the lessons might take only15-20 minutes. This is a stripped down way to introduce your students to French. Each lesson is only a page long for the first 21 lessons and not much longer after that (1-3 pgs). You will cover basics of how to learn French such as pronunciation, gender, formal vs. informal language, some pronouns, beginner vocabulary, expressions which have a cultural element and other useful basics. While there is not enough content here for a full high school credit, after completing this book, your student would be ready for a first year high school level program having never had any other language instruction. This would also be a good option for an older elementary student or a middleschooler interested in French. Both Getting Started with French and Getting Started with Spanish are good ways for a student (and their parents) to see if they are really interested in the further study of a language. Helpful glossary in the back, 281 pp, sc, 8” x 11” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 020746
    ISBN: 9780794534837
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  • Item #: 037828
    ISBN: 9781615386895
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    To provide more reading practice as well as experience with more difficult phonics concepts, First Start Book E provides the perfect preparation for transitioning into StoryTime Treasures, Memoria Press’ first grade reading/literature guides. Each of the eight lessons focuses on a particular phonics concept and each include a story.

  • Item #: 056815
    ISBN: 9781615380077
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  • Item #: 042000
    ISBN: 9781438002538
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      I love it when a fun foreign language book has pronunciation help. This one uses common pronunciation guidance like: le papier [leh papp-yay], la rue [lah roo] and la cerise [lah seh-reez] rather than the more formal International Phonetic Alphabet. What this means to you is that you can introduce your young child to French without being fluent yourself. Colorful, themed pages have scenes with dotted empty spaces where you can place the stickers. Then you have a cute vocabulary book to read and practice with. There are 7 (2-pg) scenes and 4 pages of colorful stickers. 8.5” x 11”. ~Sara

  • Item #: 042259
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    Oh la la! ChOh la la! Cha cha cha! Add an exciting twist to learning French with this spirited 15-song collection - what fun to learn Francais a musical way! I often tell parents to introduce a foreign language to their children with songs. It gives kids a chance to hear and practice sounds that are new to them. Initially, they really don't have to understand anything, but with practice, the pieces fall into place and years later they remember something they sang as a child. Think of all the songs you learned when you were a kid and still recall without effort. The main focus is on imitating what they hear. Authentic speakers give your student a good model to follow, which is especially important if this is the first exposure to the language. Singer Lynn Veronneau is from Quebec and has a lovely, clear voice that is easy to understand. Guitar and other instruments accompany the 15 songs that are not too young for older students, but fun and danceable for little ones. Included is a booklet of the lyrics in French with some of the vocabulary defined on the side. Some songs are quite simple while others have a lot more words. Depending on the age and experience of your student, you can use these songs to demonstrate commands, prepositions, questions, negatives and other grammatical points. You can type out the lyrics, leave a space where some words should be, have students listen to the song and fill in the words as they hear them. Maybe one time you take out all of the verbs, and another time you remove articles or adjectives. There is a lot of vocabulary such as the months, numbers, vowels, seasons, weekdays, fruit and more. You can use the vocabulary to practice around the house and reinforce what your child is learning. I loved hearing the familiar Sur le Pont d'Avignon, but this CD also includes zesty arrangements of beloved traditional songs like B-i-n-g-o, Les Éléphants, and Tombe La Pluie. The fun Latin beats may not be what you expect from a French language, but you can't help but bob your head and tap your foot as your kids practice their French! ~ Sara
  • Item #: 056816
    ISBN: 9781615380084
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    ISBN: 9781615380091
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    ISBN: 9781615381326
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  • Item #: 048762
    ISBN: 9780974492018
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    Just as literacy suffered in the last century when the school systems abandoned phonics instruction, many people contend that handwriting suffered by the same educational system's insistence on beginning with manuscript handwriting. "Cursive first" is their rallying cry! Wanda Sanseri became convinced of this approach and has encouraged it as part of her Spell to Write and Read program. The Cursive First program was developed by Elizabeth FitzGerald to be used either with the SWR program or as a stand alone program of handwriting instruction.

    The "program" is comprised of a Teacher's Manual, Practice Sheets, and the Cursive Phonogram Card Set. The Teacher's Manual is designed to convince you of the merits of starting with cursive. But it also includes information for preparing your student, specific "how-to," directions for using the Practice Sheets/Card Set and a "troubleshooting guide" how to detect visual and perceptual problems. The reproducible (for families/classroom) Practice Sheets get quickly down to the business of practice no cutesy graphics. Lowercase letters are taught separately from uppercase and connections are taught from the very beginning in the natural context of multi-letter phonograms. Although solid and dotted line models are provided, the student is quickly weaned from tracing to more active writing utilizing narrow ruled, dotted lines for practice. The Cursive Phonogram Card Set (yellow cardstock, each page to be cut into fourths) includes instructional dialogue for writing the phonograms on one side and a sample of cursive writing on the other. Both numerals and the first 26 phonograms are included. Laminating these would preserve their use through multiple children.

  • Item #: 013128
    ISBN: 9781404872448
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  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
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    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

  • Item #: 002512
    ISBN: 9780794501150
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    Short? Check. Colorful? Check. Good for children? Check. With colorful illustrations and kid-friendly writing, this book will get your kids playing chess in no time. Covering the bare basics, you will learn how to move the pieces, the point system, some basic strategies, as well as special moves: castling, en passant, and so forth. Meanwhile, cool little knights and pawns decorate the sides of the pages, and occasionally illustrate a point (like the armored knight jumping over enemy pawns, while they gaze up with a mixture of fear and awe). These little things help kids take an interest, enabling them to learn faster. While not for those that already have basic knowledge, it will jumpstart a child's interest in chess. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 013721
    ISBN: 9781429643696
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    These colorful picture dictionaries will inspire young language learners to study those important vocabulary words. Vivid color photos show themed scenes from everyday life with items labeled in both English and the target language. Pronunciation helps are provided for each word. Topics include the family, body, clothes, toys, rooms, food, colors, and more. The back of each book features counting from one to ten, greetings, and other useful phrases. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 058831
    ISBN: 9781412711821
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    Incorporating full color photos and childlike drawings, this first dictionary's layout is orderly and easily draws the reader's eyes across the page. On each two-page layout words are grouped according to interesting themes of importance to pre- and early readers. Topics start with "me," move to family and community, then nature, etc., then finish with key pre-K concepts such as colors, money, opposites, and action words. In each topic, words are used to form 2-3 sample sentences which include Dolch sight words. Some of the occupation pictures are caricatures: the scientist is "mad" and the farmer is slovenly. Overall, this is an appealing early dictionary to help young ones associate the written word with the people and things around them. 9" x 11", 96 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 010019
    ISBN: 9781939814432
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    New from Learning without Tears as an extension of My First School Book is this Transitional Kindergarten course, Kick Start Kindergarten, teaches capitals, lower case letters and numbers with developmentally appropriate lessons. Workbook includes space to trace and write letters and examples of letter building with manipulatives.

  • Item #: 061377
    ISBN: 9780876593936
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      Subtitled, Building Brain Power in the Early Years, this edition is based on findings that indicate that the brain’s development occurs most drastically during early childhood experiences (before age 10). During these ages we should strengthen the neural networks, help children respond effectively, and make connections between various stimuli. The chapters are organized by different stimuli such as color, movement, emotions, exercise, laughter, movement, and nutrition (24 in all). Other chapters focus on more uncommonly considered factors: novelty, patterns, stress, technology, overstimulation, etc. With this revised edition, each chapter first presents the latest research on that topic. Then comes the largest treasure trove of each chapter! You’ll find lists of ideas to use with individuals and groups of children. These activities are detailed and simple enough to accomplish. These activities include rhymes, games, recipes for craft materials, etc. The end of each chapter lists appropriate books that will accentuate the learning experience for infants and toddlers, and then preschool and school-age children. The chapter ends with a bibliography of additional parent resources. The pages are designed with extra wide yellow margins (room to jot notes) and full-color photographs. The back of the book contains a glossary, an annotated bibliography of additional research and an index. 7” x 10”, 184 pp, sc. ~ Ruth 

  • Item #: 020928
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       Now there is a Bananagrams Game for the younger crowd. This set comes in a green canvas banana pouch that zips shut. There are 80 letter tiles, 13 combination letter tiles, and instruction sheet. Letter tiles have a nice feel to them, the right weight, raised lowercase letters, and a raised baseline so children know which is the bottom. Letters are white on a colored background, vowels are yellow, and letters that are similar (b/d, p/q, m/w) are in different colors to prevent confusion. Combination letter tiles are vowel teams (yellow), word families (vowel in yellow, consonant in blue or red), and digraphs (red). To play the game (1-4 players): 1) Lay all the letter tiles facedown in the center of the table; 2) All players take 15 single-letter tiles; 3) Everyone turns their tiles faceup and races to arrange them in their own word grid; 4) The first one to use all their tiles wins. The tiles can be used to play other games with younger learners – spell your name, abc’s in order, letter match, and more. “Peel” your banana and get started with some “Bananalicious” letter fun! 1CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 021537
    ISBN: 9780486450742
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    There are a lot of Sudoku books on the market; however, this one is geared towards children from ages 8-13. It contains 48 puzzles with interesting illustrations for hours of fun. No math skills are needed, just reasoning and logic. The first 24 puzzles use the numbers 1-4, and the remaining 24 puzzles use the numbers 1-9. The instructions are at the front of the book to get you started, and the solutions are at the back. 64 pgs, pb. - Stephanie A.

  • Item #: 000869
    ISBN: 9781615382415
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  • Item #: 059441
    ISBN: 9780763660840
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    Z is tired of always having to go last when the alphabet family lines up. Z takes charge of the letters and starts to rearrange them, but it gets messy when they don't all cooperate. Along the way, there is a lot of vocabulary such as R is for raindrops & rainbow, D is for dragon & damsel in distress and G is for green garden & great gorilla, in that order– which is wonky and fun! Z gets frustrated and can't find the A, which came last. It's cute. The letters all ask, "Can we go back to normal now?" It's a funny book to read aloud with children who know alphabetical order and can appreciate the silliness. The illustrations are bright and fun and the letter characters have a lot of personality. 9.5" x 10.5" 40pp, sc. ~ Sara