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  • Item #: 036822
    Retail: $11.59
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    Classroom or homeschool teachers will find much to love about this new lesson plan book. Beginning with traditional teacher tools like important dates on the school calendar, information for substitute teachers, birthday grids, seating charts, student lists and long term planning grids, you are equipped for success even before you come to the planning sheets. Before I elaborate on the lesson planning sheets, I wanted to quickly comment on the long-term planning framework. Presented in a two-page spread, boxes measure approx. 4" x 2 ¾" and cover twelve calendar months, giving teachers and parents a perfect place to brainstorm and plan out long-term goals. Let's move on to the un-dated lesson planning pages, which are displayed on two-page spreads with five subject boxes down the left side. Across the top of the pages are six boxes - the first box is designated for notes and is followed by the days of the week. Boxes measure approx. 2 ½" x 1 ¾". The lesson planning pages are uncluttered with colorful edges and minimal graphics, making them visually appealing with ample white space for all of your important notes and plans. The plan books also offers two pockets on the inside cover, which perfectly fit the miscellany of papers (or bills!) that must be kept organized. Spiral bound. Brightly colored flower laminated cover. 8.5" x 11". ~Deanne
  • Item #: 004443
    ISBN: 9780988928510
    Retail: $49.99
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  • Item #: 025482
    ISBN: 9781562345532
    Retail: $14.95
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    Whether you have 1 student or 30, a good lesson plan book can be your best friend. This spiral-bound, oversized one has several pages in the front that classroom teachers will find particularly helpful, such as sheets for student information, seating plan, and recording birthdays, and reproducible forms such as classroom news, parent communication log, behavior documentation, notes to parents, incentive charts and more. Following these "extras" pages are year at a glance and monthly planning calendars. But the best thing this planner has to offer (in my opinion) is that on the weekly planning pages, there are the 5 days down the left side each with 12 spaces across each set of facing pages! This is great space! You can keep track of progress in so many different subjects (or of several children!) this way. There is enough space to break down a large subject like language arts into reading/grammar/vocabulary, or large families can write the children's names across the top and using different colored ink for various subjects in the daily squares. The rightmost side of each planning page set has a column with space for notes, along with two writing/drawing prompts for the week. When laid open, this planner is 26" across and 10" tall. Pages in the back could be used to record grades or keep a books-read list for the year by a homeschooler. Non-dated, this planner says elementary on the front, but you could use it for any level. 112pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 048735
    ISBN: 9780836194845
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    Timna is the young wife of Shem, one of Noah's sons. Timna knows the rains will start soon, so she has agreed to board the ark with Noah's family. She is taunted and ridiculed by the people in her community, and she fears she will never see her friends and family again. Timna must be brave and know that she is following God's plan by trusting and obeying Him. By Lucille Travis. 168 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 029541
    ISBN: 9780800793135
    Retail: $13.99
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    David Brainerd once wrote, "Oh! One hour with God infinitely exceeds all pleasures and delights of this lower world." Yet, if you have ever set out to pray for one hour, you may appreciate my angst. There is nothing more intimidating, or overwhelming than attempting to pray with one eye on the spiritual realm and the other on the clock! This book offers a practical plan for praying one hour through 12 prayer points (meaning each will last about 5 minutes - now that's doable!) While the authors stress that the prayer plan should be applied with spiritual liberty rather than regimented legality, simply having a realistic, achievable plan with easy to follow steps explained frees the pray-er to focus on God more freely. Concludes with an invitation to pray for our communities, neighborhoods and nation. 25th Anniversary edition. This is a My Father's World US History 1877-Present High School recommended resource. SC. 145 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 070941
    ISBN: 9781438010922
    Retail: $13.99
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    If you have a classic LEGO® lover in your home or school who needs some new assembly ideas, then this book will be a great resource! Forty creative and easy-to-follow building plans, complete with specific material lists and full-color step-by-step instructions, grace the pages of this clever and nicely organized text. Plans cover a wide range of brick buildings, from castles and palaces, to church structures and skyscrapers. LEGO pieces are not included. 96 pgs, pb. ~Mike

  • Item #: 005828
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       If we are honest, many of us will admit we want to be healthier, and often start strong in January following a healthier eating plan and exercise regime. But come March, often desire and reality are two different things! Part inspiration, part tips and part hands-on, this practical resource provides a fresh start for parents and teens alike. Weaving together physical and spiritual health teaching, this excellent resource is designed for families or individuals to grow together toward a healthy lifestyle for life. Weekly lessons begin with a Biblically focused article that helps you rethink health from God’s perspective including topics like Rethinking Fitness (Jesus-centered), Recognizing the Counterfeit god of Food, God is Good, People Pleasing and other relevant topics. Reflection questions are included with some of the chapters. Following the Spiritual Health readings are the Physical Health articles. Topics covered include the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, dangers of sugar, weight loss basics, healthy eating on a budget and other helpful articles. The week lesson concludes with a place to record weekly goals and schedule your workout. Also included is access to the f3 Plan, a dedicated website with 65 online exercise videos for all fitness levels, a fitness forum, weekly menu plans for 2 weeks and helpful articles to help you on your journey. Worth mentioning, there are a few graphics in the book that are fuzzy, especially the scanned photos that accompany brief testimonies. An excellent resource for families that will inspire and motivate you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Index of Bible verses included. Spiralbound. 119 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 023441
    ISBN: 9780736949873
    Retail: $13.99
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    Okay, so you’ll still have to fold your laundry, sweep your floor, and wash your dishes, but if your house is overcome by clutter or you feel overwhelmed by the amount of time you spend cleaning your house, this book provides you with hope to end the cycle of constant cleaning. The book is pleasant to read, being written in a conversational tone, and it is sprinkled with helpful scriptures as well as encouraging clutter free devotions and praying through your house before you get started. The basic premise is different from many other cleaning books. While other books try to help you change your behavior in order to keep your house neater, this book encourages you to change your house in order to fit your natural behaviors – a much easier and less stressful fix. There is a bit of a time commitment, and an evaluation near the beginning of the book will help you realize whether the process will be finished in only a matter of weeks or whether it may take you months to get your house fully converted. To begin the process, the author suggest you draw a simple bird’s eye view map of your entire house and yard and divide it into zones (generally each room will be a zone unless it is dual purpose, such as a dining room that doubles as an office). You will number the zones based on priority (with the main entry being #1) and follow the plan as you convert your house to “a house that cleans itself.” After you have your map marked with zones, you will walk around your house and snap pictures and make notes of each zone, pinpointing clutter and identifying the problem or behavior behind it. Once you see how and why each room accumulates clutter, you’re ready to attack your house one zone at a time using the CONVERT system – Clear out the clutter; Open up and clean; Neaten, organize, and solve problem spots; Verify rabbit trails and set up stations; Examine sight zones; Record future improvements needed; and Take steps now for ongoing maintenance. Chapters for each of these steps provide you with plenty of tips, information, and practical advice, and the author suggest you follow through all of the steps in one zone before moving on to the next. Once you’ve converted your house to fit your behaviors and natural tendencies, you won’t have to expend nearly as much time and energy to keep it clean and clutter-free. 234 pgs, digest sized. – Melissa

  • Item #: 000618
    ISBN: 9780816076659
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    Let’s face it. We aren’t all born with a burning desire to be a doctor, scientist or archaeologist. Most of us don’t really know exactly what we want to do, we just know that we don’t want to end up in a dead-end job that we hate. Maybe you’re even like me and have so many interests that it’s hard to focus on just one. Enter College Majors and Careers. This book lists a wide variety of careers, including some of the more unique ones, and explains what you need to study in college to get there. The occupations are catalogued by general interest, or college major, then followed by a brief description of the topic. Underneath this is a list of high school courses you might take to prepare for the field and a list of related occupations in that field, followed by an abbreviation which tells you the minimum level of education required for the job. The book then suggests some activities related to your interest to pursue in your spare time to help you know if this is what you want to do. Next are listed some skills related to your interest, then personal attributes and values that are usually associated with that area of interest. Finally, sources for collecting more information are listed, both books and organizations. Is this too hard to picture? How’s this for an example. Say you’re interested in Botany. After defining what botany is, it gives a long list of related occupations (31, to be exact) including biochemist, ecologist, forester, phycologist, seed analyst, wood technologist, and many more (in case you don’t know exactly what a phycologist does, the definition is in the glossary). Then it suggests activities such as: visiting nature centers, gardens, and floral shops, collecting leaves, raising houseplants, doing some floral design, working part-time in a park or a greenhouse, doing nature studies, and reading about plants. Under the next heading, Skills, it suggests that you should be a good observer, be able to conduct and explain scientific research well, that you be able to concentrate and collect data proficiently, that you be accurate, etc. Next it lists aesthetic awareness, patience, thoroughness, appreciation for nature, curiosity and more as attributes that help if you are interested in botany. Books and organizations are also listed to help you find a wider range of information than what is included here. But that’s not all. At the end of the book are career-related questions and answers and definitions of occupations, values, and personal attributes.

    I have found this book extremely helpful, with good coverage of a broad range of interests, educational requirements, and a wealth of other useful information for career planning. - Jess

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
    Retail: $79.00
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    While it may sound ambitious to think your child can learn letter sounds, letter recognition, blending sounds, reading, writing, spelling and typing all in one program, this well-produced and engaging software may help them do just that. It is made up of two CD-ROMs: Read, Write & Type! and Spaceship Challenge. Read, Write & Type! is the core of the program and provides the instruction, while Spaceship Challenge provides assessment. There are 40 lessons in Read, Write & Type! with a new letter or sound introduced in each one until children have learned the basic 40 speech sounds in English. These sounds include 21 which are represented by one consonant, 5 represented by two consonants (sh, th, ch, wh, and ng), the short and long sounds of each vowel, and then "oo" as in both "look" and "tool," "ou" as in "loud," and "aw" as in "hawk." The lessons are grouped into levels where four letters or sounds are learned at each level. If you follow the plan provided, children will complete one level in Read, Write & Type! before they switch to Spaceship Challenge for testing on what they've learned (starting after Level 2). The lessons are based around games, so learning is a fun and interactive experience. When you begin the program, the user can view the introduction to learn the back-story and be introduced to the characters (or storytellers). Most of the time the screen you will see includes a keyboard with keys divided under right and left "houses" and two little hands in the corners. The player also sees that each of the letters (and corresponding storyteller) "live" in a key shown on the animated keyboard. Above the keyboard, the scene changes as the user plays different games. In the introduction Vexor, a nasty virus, comes to town and steals all the letters from the animated keyboard. It's up to the player and the two talking hands to work together to win all of the letters back. As the player begins each round, they see which letter Vexor will offer to give back, pending the player's performance on the games. The player is instructed on how to type that letter on the keyboard, and the sound of the letter is pronounced (letters found on the left-hand side of the keyboard within easy reach are the first to be introduced). The player then plays a series of games with Vexor to try and win the letter. These are based heavily on sound and ask the child to associate the sound with a picture and determine if the sound is made when saying the name of the object in the picture. Different games test the player's ability to identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. Players are constantly encouraged to say the name of the pictures or the sounds of the letters out loud as they type to engage their eyes, ears, mouths and fingers to learn the letters and sounds. After they play the letter/sound games with Vexor, they must help the letter's storyteller get to the Story Tree by typing the letters they hear pronounced by an animated mouth. At the Story Tree, the mouth again pronounces the sounds of letters, and later words and simple sentences, as they type to complete the story. The games are different in Spaceship Challenge, although the emphasis is still on recognizing sounds and matching to letters. In the Sound Game, a picture shows one of three different monitors, and the player will identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word pictured. The Reading Game tests reading comprehension by asking the player to match the sentence or word to one of the pictures shown below. In the Spelling Game, a picture is shown and the word is pronounced, and the player is asked to type in the word correctly. If the player completes these tasks at or above the threshold for passing, they move on to the next level in Read, Write & Type! Additional fun reinforcement activities include the Power Fountain game which reinforces typing accuracy and speed, and a simulated e-mail area, where children can type and "send" messages (a selection of stored responses are "sent" in return). The spiral-bound lesson book also includes plenty of introductory material for parents, including an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, and more (please note that the book does reference some additional pieces like posters and keyboard covers that have not been included with the program for quite some time). All in all, this program has some good things going for it. The software is well-produced, not cheesy, and the sounds that are pronounced are clear and easy to understand. Because the emphasis is on learning the sounds, not just letter recognition (players are even asked to type "fffff," not "F"), this aids them in learning to sound out and recognize words later on. The games are fun to play and motivational, and the range of supplementary materials included and available (some on their website) round out the program to include non-computer time. Additionally, children will get plenty of typing practice with no pressure for speed, which gives them a leg up on children who don't learn to type until they are older. While I wouldn't use this in place of a phonics program, it is a meaty supplement that may be best used with a "no-frills" instruction book like How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy or The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and/or with phonics workbooks (to reinforce writing skills which are not used as much in the software). This will provide practice they'll want to do! Please note that this is the 2000 edition of the program on CD-ROM; the newest version is only available from Talking Fingers as a download.System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (but not Windows 7); Macintosh 7.5-9.2 or OS X Classic. - Jess

  • Item #: 012328
    ISBN: 9780970226518
    Retail: $14.95
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    This handy, easy-to-use planner is specially designed to be used with a structured curriculum and can be used for up to four children. At the beginning of the planner you’ll find a seven-year calendar as well as a planning calendar for the year. Several teacher’s resource pages, curriculum pages, and extra-curricular activities pages follow, where you can record all of your curriculum, additional resources, and activity information for the year. Four double-sided pages are included to record books your children reads during the year. Several pages for recording test scores round out the “records” portion of the planner. The bulk of the planner, however, is made up of the daily lesson plan pages, which accommodate 46 weeks of plans for four children (or 92 weeks of plans for two). Each page includes a blank for the date, and two blanks for children’s names along the top of the page. Beneath each child’s name, you’ll find 5 boxes, labeled with the days of the week. With this layout, you can see four children’s plans at a time on one two-page spread, handy for reference during a busy school day. Spiral-bound.

  • Item #: 017347
    ISBN: 9780978541309
    Retail: $10.95
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    If you need some help getting organized, but want more flexibility than a standard lesson-plan book provides, read on! This journal combines lesson planner with other helpful forms uniquely suited to homeschooling. Intended as a permanent record, the spiral-bound volume can be filed away with your children’s work as a lasting reference to your school year. The first few pages contain helpful instructions for use and 2-year calendar to aid in planning. A“Linear Schedule of Home Schooling Events” - your year-at-a-glance summary of school-related activities - is followed by a page of yearly requirements like dental exams, test dates, home schooling conventions, etc. A two-sided page for recording by-subject test scores follows. The next several pages are devoted to recording information pertinent to planning field trips, including goals for learning. The heart of the organizer is a generous 200-day daily subject log. Recording boxes are ample and each page helpfully includes a lined, wide “NOTES:” column which allows for detailed recording of particulars on field trips, special activities, journal entries, whatever. At the end of the planner are 13 full pages of library list forms, allowing you to keep a record of books read or books that you hope to locate for use in unit studies. Reasonably priced, this journal could be a wonderful investment in tracking and organizing your school year.

  • Item #: 031448
    ISBN: 9781932012972
    Retail: $17.00
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    Becoming a family that reads aloud together was one of the most enjoyable journeys my family made. I only wish this book had been available when we transitioned into a read aloud family!

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

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

  • Item #: 029814
    ISBN: 9780143121602
    Retail: $18.00
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    When my sisters and I were younger, there weren't many things that could beat Dad reading to us. Although Dad worked full-time and didn't spend much time with us in the classroom, he always tried to work in reading before bedtime. The Little House books, Beverley Cleary's books, and other "classics" were always entertaining to hear aloud, even though most of us had already read them for ourselves (maybe it was Dad's voices). Author Jim Trelease was also a dad who read aloud to his kids because he enjoyed it, and because his father had read to him when he was a young boy. One day, almost by accident, he stumbled onto several realizations: most children are rarely or never read to; children that are read to tend to become livelong, avid readers; and children who don't read or are never read to often lag way behind in both their reading and verbal skills.

    The product of his investigation and research is this title, first published in 1979. Its initial purpose was to educate parents and teachers on the impact that reading aloud to children can have, as well as to suggest some excellent books for reading aloud. Now in its 7th edition, the Read-Aloud Handbook serves the same goal, with a few updated features for today's parents and educators. This hefty guide contains a lot in just ten chapters! The introduction and the first chapter make the case (very loudly!) on why parents should read to their children. The following chapters address the when's, what's, and how's of reading aloud, offering advice on the stages of reading aloud, as well as some do's and don'ts. The fifth chapter discusses Sustained Silent Reading (not lacking in most homeschools, I'm sure!), and why it naturally complements reading aloud. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of libraries, what we can learn from the successes of the Harry Potter phenomenon and Oprah's book club, the limitations of using the Internet for reading or research, and how to help the television occupy a healthier, less time-consuming place in the readers' lives. The last portion of the book, about 120 pages in length, is the "Treasury of Read-Alouds". The Treasury is helpfully divided by type of book. For "Wordless Books" and "Predictable Books" (those with sentence patterns repeated often enough to be predictable to readers), recommendations are given in a list form. For recommendations on reference books, picture books, short novels, full-length novels, poetry, anthologies, and fairy/folk tales, the featured books are listed alphabetically, and include name of author, publisher, copyright date, # of pages, what grades the book is recommended for, and a short synopsis of the storyline. Yes, there is definitely a lot here for your mind to chew on! His list of recommended books offers a great place for parents and children to start, while his informational chapters are engrossing, and adults will find them very readable as well. While I would suspect that the percentage of homeschool parents who read to their children is probably already higher than those who do not homeschool, this volume offers any parent interested in beginning to read aloud to their children an excellent place to start. - Jess

  • Item #: 019783
    ISBN: 9780942617535
    Retail: $10.95
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    Subtitled "What would Thomas Jefferson think of this?" Provides guidelines for selecting books consistent with the principles of America's founding fathers. Richard Maybury, known as "Uncle Eric" in Whatever Happened to Penny Candy and Whatever Happened to Justice, hits the mark again! This book helps home educators and older students make informed choices about which books to select by showing us how to identify the philosophical slant of the author. Cathy Duffy calls it "a perfect follow-up for [the other two books]. More than a 'book guide,' it teaches basic principles of economics and government in bite-size nuggets - with examples." Includes a recommended list of approved authors and three articles that tell the "other side" of American history - the one not generally told in school textbooks. A wonderful resource for homeschoolers or any lover of American history. Though the book contains several reading recommendations for children as young as ten, the bulk of the reading is recommended for the middle-school to high-school level. 127 pgs.

  • Item #: 030564
    ISBN: 9780310242604
    Retail: $12.99
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    A follow-up to the popular Honey for a Child's Heart, Gladys Hunt has taken her passion for good literature and melded it with her passion to help teenagers catch a "vision of what they could be, what they were meant to be, created in God's image."

    The book discusses the value of reading as an individual as well as together as a family. She relates stories about her family reading together and the shared experiences, memories and discussions which resulted. The point? Reading together is as valuable for families with teens as it is for families with small children. I can attest to this as when our three year old goes to bed, my teenage boys and my wife and I read aloud together. I am fairly sure my teenagers enjoy it, if their pleas of "Can't we read just one more chapter?" are any indication.

    The author then discusses the characteristics of what makes a good book and evaluating literature within a Christian worldview. Finally, there are book lists by genre to help you choose books of interest to your teen along with handy indexes for reference. Want help getting your teen off the computer and back into reading? This book may just be the ticket. ~ Jerry

  • Item #: 042374
    ISBN: 9781600650130
    Retail: $11.95
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    Whether your child plans to attend college directly after high school or take time to determine his future aspirations, providing a quality homeschool high school experience is imperative. For my family, our oldest was college-motivated and incorporated dual-enrollment courses during her high school years, which paved (and eased!) the way for completing her BSN (Nursing) in less than four years. Our youngest is the complete opposite. A struggling learner, he was not sure college was right for him after graduation and is taking a slower path. As a homeschool mom, I am thankful I prepared them, to the best of their abilities, for college. Researching the ins and outs of what and how to teach a college preparatory high school was time consuming and dare I say, wearisome.

    If only I had read this book when my children were younger!

    Co-written by a college professor and his wife who have homeschooled their children from PK-12th grade, this book provides all the tools you need for a successful homeschool high school experience. Bringing together vision, practical tips and thorough course and transcript recommendations, this book is conveniently divided into the following four sections: Preparing Yourself (Getting the Answers You Need to Make the Choice to Homeschool through High school); Preparing Your Child (Developing skills for Success in College and Life); Preparing Your Program (Creating Your High School Curriculum) and Preparing for the End (Documenting for College).

    In the midst of all of this valuable counsel are personal stories and insights along with key points to "take away." We are carrying the 2nd edition of this excellent book. Within this new edition there have been organizational changes, expanded sections and added content. The author has also set up a website which contains additional support that will be beneficial to homeschooling parents. Included on this website are a wide range of college tips for our homeschool teens, Course descriptions/credits and schedules overviews as well as expanded core and elective subjects. Additionally a list of testing resources is listed. Personally, I found this to be one of the most helpful and compelling homeschool through high school books I have read in a long time. PB. 388 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 011310
    ISBN: 9781942192268
    Retail: $0.00
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    Is it a planner? Or a how-to book on homeschooling high school? You’ll have to decide for yourself. For each of the four high school years there is a 44-page planner section; it includes six monthly two-page layouts, a two-page six month calendar, a journal-type semester summary, attendance record, and achievement record for each semester, plus two articles that pertain to planning that year. The layout for each month shows five columns with lined boxes for each day. There’s room to write assignments for six subjects, complete with check-off circle. A sixth column has a character challenge, a monthly summary (e.g. grades, attendance, and activities), and a brief note on future planning. Each month’s pages also include a scripture verse and miniature current and following month’s calendars. The beginning of the book has a sample month, course requirements, a course planning worksheet, transcript requirements, and a sample transcript. The end of the book provides a section on college preparation – a checklist on what to do when, blank high school transcripts, college portfolio worksheet and details, worksheets (college and scholarship considerations), and notes.

    As with other planners from Well-Planned Day, color and graphic schemes (different for each year) are inviting and strike a nice balance in appealing to both genders. Planner is 8.5” x 11” spiral-bound. Janice

  • Item #: 025127
    ISBN: 9781932786095
    Retail: $19.95
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    This is an ideal map set to complement any study of US history or geography. The CD-ROM features .pdf files of 112 reproducible maps, including 31 historical maps (showing events and wars in different regions), lesson plans for using the historical maps, maps of all 50 U.S. states, and an 11" x 17" U.S. map. Maps are simple, showing only relevant information, and the state maps include date of admission to the Union, capital city, and a box of facts, which includes the following: rank for entry into the Union, rank in size, state bird, and state flower. The time period covered by the historical maps is from 1000 AD to the present. CD-ROM is PC and Mac compatible. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 022211
    ISBN: 9781425748821
    Retail: $26.99
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    This unique study/devotional book does a fine job of covering much of the Bible; it is packed full of 108 family-oriented Bible lessons from Genesis to Revelation. The author makes so much of the Bible accessible to even your young ones. The Old Testament section includes much of Genesis and Exodus and most familiar stories, as well as lessons on the kings and prophets. Most of the New Testament lessons are taken from the Gospels and Acts, but each other book
    is given one chapter. Begin each lesson with the provided questions to arouse interest and introduce the lesson theme. The retelling of a Biblical story follows.
    Choose to read the included Biblical story or the corresponding passage in your own Bible. The next section, entitled Things to Think About, provides open-ended questions for discussion. The devotional ends with Things to Pray About, which offers unscripted prayer suggestions. Each lesson concludes with Things to Do, an activity suggestion section. Here you will find general directions for varied activity options (crafts, serving, worship, etc.). In some cases, activities are geared to particular age groups and are identified as such. Many of the craft-type activities appeared to be more elementary-aged focused: make a people collage, make an advent chain, etc. However, since these activities are
    explained in general terms, you can easily tailor the activity to your own child's level. Many of these activities require supplies you would normally have around a home-school house. There are some activities that require supplies, such as
    "chalk talk" and flannel board suggestions, but these are optional. There are also unique suggestions that would be appropriate for a variety of ages such as singing and dancing to praise songs or thinking of a friend and planning a time to tell him about Jesus. This book would work as a more in-depth family devotional or as a Bible curriculum in the elementary years (no tests included). 595 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 067809
    ISBN: 9780439498302
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       Projects are just a natural fit with social studies, but coming up with project ideas can be time consuming for a teacher/parent. Get kids interacting with history in fun and creative ways with these 25 projects you can do with a minimum of art/craft supplies (scissors, glue, colored pencils, rubber bands, file folders, craft sticks, boxes and resealable plastic bags.) That’s the entire supply list! Students follow clear instructions to complete the projects. At the end of each creation is a self-evaluation and an assessment rubric for the instructor. It is very easy to use. It’s a great way to get kids to learn following step-by-step instructions too! Some of the projects include: an origami caterpillar with information on each flap, a rubber band book, a shape book, matchbook report, a biography hanger, and loads more. There are enough objective tasks that do not require a student to be super creative, but the creative kids can still put their own spin on the products they create. Oh, and for the non-creative adult, you can do this one! ;-)   ~ Sara

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    Do your kids know what they want to do when they grow up? They don’t have to choose at age 15 what to study in college, but imagine what you could do to focus their high school learning if they did. This packet is a good first step to getting kids to think about what they really love to do and what careers are available in those areas. Kids respond to almost 150 statements deciding if it is a good fit, moderate fit, unsure, or a poor fit to their interests. The statements are related to duties one would find in a particular career. Easy to follow directions steer you into majors like medical sciences, humanities, education, engineering, communication, science and business. This scorecard may give your child a little direction in deciding what major to choose if they are undecided. 12 pgs, pb. - Sara

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    ISBN: 9781619302655
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      There are so many valuable lessons here for kid-preneurs! Written in a way that kids will understand, the pages are colorful and clear, with illustrations and text boxes making it visually appealing. I liked the timeline at the beginning that goes from early bartering for goods to social media! There are many examples of entrepreneurs’ stories that kids will know like George Washington and Steve Jobs. I really loved how they walk students through the steps to plan their business, starting with a personality quiz and an honest self evaluation of your strengths. This is followed by brainstorming, evaluating your ideas, then writing an overview and summary. Other topics covered include: customers and competition, marketing and communication, and managing the money you make. Each step includes a project for the reader to complete. At the least, this book will be a great education in some basic business principals, and at the best, you groom and watch blossom a possible career for your child or student! Sc, 122pp  ~Sara

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    ISBN: 9780981695457
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    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

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    ISBN: 9780735352179
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     Includes a brief description of Frank Lloyd Wright followed by a variety of his designs. One activity suggests filling in a blank floor plan adding furniture and labeling each room.

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  • Item #: 061297
    ISBN: 9781562906924
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    If you follow a unit study approach, or simply don’t have time to incorporate a stand-alone art program in your curriculum, this is an incredible resource to “plug in” art to your current curriculum. Subtitled “Multidisciplinary Lessons That Teach Across the Curriculum Through Art,” this full-color resource holds 30 art lessons that tie in with math, science, language arts or history topics and include a variety of instructional material for the teacher. Written by a classroom teacher for classroom teachers, each lesson includes a list of the featured elements of art, materials used, suggested art works for reference, art vocabulary, discussion questions, national standards, learning objectives, background information, instructional steps for the project, alternate projects (for some lessons), and grading criteria; but this is all presented in brief, almost bullet-point format making it easy to read, peruse, and pick-and-choose what you want to use. Lessons include designing Gothic-style stained glass window with scratch art paper, drawing overlapping shapes using compass and protractors then coloring in with watercolor pencils, creating a cave-like painting of animals using sticks and neutral paints, color mixing by spraying simple marker designs with water, making a multi-media collage out of black paper, pastels, candy and candy wrappers to illustrate the poem, “The Sugar-Plum Tree” by Eugene Field, illustrating the human anatomy with major organs and more. The art materials used range by lesson, and there are at least a handful that use scratch art paper. You will probably need to purchase some materials unless you have a well-stocked art area. In other cases, specific materials are suggested, such as Lick-A-Stick shapes, but you could cut shapes from construction paper and adhere with a glue stick instead. The projects are well-thought out and complement studies of other cultures, time periods, science topics and other academic subjects, but there is room to tweak and modify as desired based on the supplies and tools you have available, to modify for students of different ages or skill levels, or to adapt more specifically to a lesson. This would also be a great resource for an art co-op. 72 pages, spiral-bound.