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  • Item #: 014298
    ISBN: 9780801493843
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  • Item #: 032185
    ISBN: 9780486439914
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    The Boy Scouts Handbook has been read by generations of Boy Scouts (and their leaders). This 1911 edition is the one that started it all—and you will be surprised to see how little has changed about Scouting and its principles in the past 100 years. The traditional scouting themes of honoring God, being a good citizen, and learning important safety and survival skills are all covered in this book. What makes this vintage handbook particularly compelling, however, is that it's literally a slice of early twentieth century Americana! The guide contains over 200 period illustrations, diagrams, and black and white photographs, plus advertisements for Boy Scout products. Some of the topics covered include the Scout Oath, badges, knots, camping, canoeing, trailing, signaling, chivalry, first aid, games, and patriotism. While much of the content has stood the test of time (ie. knots, Morse Code), some of the medical information is outdated (but nevertheless interesting). An appendix contains illustrations and descriptions of Boy Scout uniforms and equipment. 400 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 006696
    ISBN: 9781628737080
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    From arts & crafts to sports, camping to ballet, the Adventurous Girl's Handbook has something for every girl itching to try something new. This compilation has vintage illustrations, an old-fashioned look, and excerpts from century-old publications--but most of the material is modern. Some of the long ago authors that were resources for this book include: Di Souza, a master horseman; Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Scouting Movement; and Eloise Roorbach, an early 20th century athlete and outdoor naturalist. Contemporary, up-to-date material written by father-daughter team Stephen and Lara Brennan makes up the majority of the book; in the introduction, they indicate that information was gleaned from a variety of sources, including friends, classmates, and the web. The book is divided into six chapters, each with a variety of fun activities. The first chapter, "Arts & Crafts" teaches clay modeling, sewing, rope knotting, pressed flowers, drawing, painting, and beadwork. "Sports" teaches swimming/lifesaving, boating, soccer, field hockey, horse riding, and more. The "Nature" chapter covers hiking, wild flower identification, mountain climbing, camping, building fires, stargazing, and birding. The "Gotta Dance" chapter provides an introduction to ballet, tap, and the tango. "Lifestyle" is a brief chapter with short biographies of 40 great American women, beauty tips, yoga, a book list, and abbreviations for email and texting. The final chapter, "Other Things an Adventurous Girl Should Know", includes first aid information. Also included are several lighthearted "how to's": how to talk to boys, throw a slumber party, put together an outfit, build a fort out of cushions, etc. Sign language and gardening are also covered here. Simple black and white illustrations appear throughout the book. An appendix in the back lists additional girl friendly resources, with website addresses. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 003197
    ISBN: 9781587762697
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  • Item #: 020138
    ISBN: 9781465402264
    Retail: $19.95
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    I love Shakespeare, so I know how amazing this handbook really is. It includes full commentaries with plot summaries on all 39 plays, a survey of both stage and movie adaptations of each play, and an introduction to Shakespeare's sonnets and narrative poetry. With clear, non-academic text, amazing illustrations, historic and contemporary photographs, and graphic icons for organization, this book is great for students, teachers, theater-goers, or people like me who just want to learn about one of the world's greatest playwrights. The first section of the book gives biographical, cultural, historical, literary, and cultural reference to the life and times of William Shakespeare. Antique sketches, reproductions of paintings, and contemporary photographs illustrate what was happening in the world during Shakespeare's time, and the text follows his life, giving concrete proof of events whenever possible. Timelines throughout this section label world and national events, as well as personal events in Shakespeare's life. The handbook then presents the plays, organized by genre and then by the approximate date of their composition. A genre overview is given before each type of play (history, comedy, tragedy, and romance), with a detailed discussion of each genre as a whole and exploration of the overlap between genres. Each play is then discussed in great detail over a number of pages, which are divided into distinct sections. An introduction looks at Shakespeare's inspiration for the play, its probable first performance, early production history, and the background story to the plot. Then, a page lists every character in the play, giving short descriptions of their role and the number of lines they speak. Role profile boxes highlight one or two of the most important roles within each play. A plot summary is then given, with specific points within the story highlighted. Next, a very useful section looks at approaching the play as a text and points out aspects of the language or plot that are known to cause frustration to first time readers. An overview of the play's performance history is also given. It discusses the issues surrounding performing the play on stage, from characterization to set design and visual effects. Famous actors who have performed the plays are included in this section, along with photos from both stage productions and movies based on the plays. The most frequently performed plays feature an additional page which looks at the play's wider cultural significance. A small section then introduces Shakespeare's sonnets and narrative poetry with the same detailed text and stunning illustrations as the rest of the book. With fully-illustrated pages, engaging text, actual lines from the plays throughout, and a format that provides easy, at-a-glance reference, this handbook is a must-have for Shakespeare students and enthusiasts. 480 pgs, durable pb.

  • Item #: 006705
    ISBN: 9781616082611
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    Many families have made the life-changing decision to experience life afresh through self-sufficient living. Though this lifestyle holds a certain mystique, many of the skills needed for success were once common knowledge. This handbook is designed to give you the knowledge base for a thriving lifestyle of simplicity. It covers topics such as buying and building on the land (ie. log cabin, stone house, and raising a barn); gaining energy from natural resources (ie. wood, water, wind, and solar power); raising livestock; and growing/preserving fruits and vegetables. It also teaches household skills and crafts, including creating natural dyes, spinning, tanning, leatherwork, soap making, candle making and basketry. Each section provides background information, "how to" details, and user-friendly illustrations. This is a condensed version of Back to the Basics: (#000743).

    If you're wondering which Back to the Basics resource is the best for your family, the Complete Guide covers the above information as well as additional instructions for Adobe style homes and log building kits; building saunas and hot-tubs; how to build a fireplace; creating herb gardens and herbal medicine; regional recipes including beverages; quilting and making hook rugs and braided rugs, plus a section on recreation at home and in the wild. While both are valuable to families seeking simplicity in their lives, many will find this condensed version to be less overwhelming and easy to use. Detailed Index. 268 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 022613
    ISBN: 9781596472761
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    Rather than being just another schoolbook, this handbook has a different feel to it. By this, I mean that instead of the pages seeming like assignments, the book is written for students who want to learn how to write - as though they picked up this book themselves because they were interested and are doing it on their own time because they enjoy creative writing. I find it very fresh and appealing. The authors believe that mastering a narrative first will lead to better short stories and poetry and help them to flow more naturally, so the first part of the book focuses on writing a narrative. This is broken up into 3 different chapters, offering students practice in beginning a narrative, developing a narrative, and lastly perfecting a narrative. Each of these chapters follows the same basic steps - pre-writing, exploring, and brainstorming; composing and creating a draft; and finally revising, using sensory and vivid words, working with combining sentences, transitions, beginnings and ends, peer editing (you can do this yourself if there aren't any other students to assist), writing the final draft and then proofreading again. The chapters on short stories and poems follow this same format. For the short story, you'll also work on characterization and the structure specific to a short story. In the poetry chapter, you'll practice with imagery, structure, rhythm, figurative language, ideas, poetic springboards, and other relevant elements of poetry. Throughout all of the chapters, examples from professional and student writers are given for students to analyze and understand what it is about them that is so effective and successful. (This includes excerpts from books by John Steinbeck (The Long Valley) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). Students are also given plenty of opportunities throughout the book for their own writing practice. After reading the example, they are encouraged to try their hand at capturing an audience with a great opener, vivid descriptions, smooth transitions, or whatever skill they are working with. They are also encouraged to keep a writing journal for daily use, and ideas for topics are given to help them get started. The very last chapter in this handbook provides ten guidelines for good writing and additional practice with sentence combining. This handbook could be a very beneficial, enjoyable tool for anyone who is interested in creative writing as a craft. - Melissa

  • Item #: HANDPK
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  • Item #: 015574
    ISBN: 9780811734806
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    Designed to engage the new nature study enthusiast, this book contains an abundance of easy to implement hands-on activities, divided into chapter categories for quick reference and guidance in your personal nature journey. The author begins by encouraging you to select a chapter category that best fits your unique needs and the tools for a basic nature study kit which can be created inexpensively. Each chapter introduces you to a certain area in which to explore the familiar—and not so familiar—plants, animals and natural phenomena. Chapters include Around the House; Close to Home; In the Garden; At Sundown; In Winter; In the Weather; In Rocks and Water; and At the Seashore. Easy to implement activities (the authors recommend finding an owl pellet to dissect but I would suggest purchasing a sanitized owl pellet for example #033686 or #024986.) Perfect for a Charlotte Mason educator or a traditional educator who wants to introduce more theme-based, hands-on activities. Black and White Illustrations. SC. 251 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 050645
    ISBN: 9780312580902
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    This book could be taken two ways: as an actual field guide for some far-out world travels or as a virtual spring-board to some seriously fun online exploring. It may have a boy on the cover, but this is book is for anyone with a spirit for adventure. There is a disclaimer at the front, one of those "do not try this without adult supervision" deals, but it really shouldn't be a problem given the list of activities. Still, it is always a good reminder to use common sense. Students read how to plan their trip and then come the list of adventures including: how to race a horse in Mongolia, how to play cricket in the Trobriand Islands, and how to avoid hippos in the Zambezi River. They even tell you how to say "Hello" in 16 different languages. Chapters are short (2-5pp) and will likely invite further research from your young travelers. This handy little guide could be part of a larger unit of study such as one on planning a trip, islands, games played around the world, or even weather patterns across the globe. Book is 5x8" with a blue foil cover. 127pgs, hb. ~ Sara
  • Item #: 060452
    ISBN: 9781889538891
    Retail: $12.95
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    The art of nature study is immensely pleasurable and educational for our children. However, as parents who've not been taught this art, we often experience doubts of the educational value or even frustration at how to provide a worthwhile study. If this describes you, this book may quickly become your most valuable tool in the pursuit of nature studies. Well organized, the book begins with introducing a naturalist and the tools necessary to be a nature explorer, including details on a well-crafted nature journal. Adding to its value and ease of use, the book is divided into seasonal sections, which begin with a scavenger hunt focusing on the signs of each season. Within each seasonal study, explorations are offered in a variety of settings: woods, city, beach, pond, and meadow. The authors elaborate on the signs of the season in each of these areas and encourage exploration, but the authors provide background details to promote learning for families without access to each locale. Each section also offers information on careers in the field and a variety of activities, including DIY projects, journaling ideas and expanded science studies. Vividly illustrated with over 150 scientifically detailed illustrations of plants, animals and fungi. A wonderful resource for novice or intermediate nature loving family! 120 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 004066
    ISBN: 9780943173474
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    Willie Whitefeather, Honorary Chief of the Black Creek Cherokee of Florida, river-rafter, and backwoods guide, has lived in the wilderness for many years. Disturbed by the lack of survival guides for children (who are the most helpless when they get lost or hurt in the woods), he wrote this for his grandchildren (and children everywhere) to help keep them safe. It's filled with common sense advice for children (and adults) to help prevent them from ever getting lost, or to help them survive if they do. A lot of the information in the book is helpful even in a camping situation, as the unexpected can happen. Bad weather, animal attacks, or loss of food or equipment can turn a pleasant camping trip into an emergency. Would you know how to determine which plants to eat or how to protect yourself from the elements until help arrived? Consider how much more vulnerable your children would be in this situation. Could they make a campfire without matches? This book not only helps insure that they're prepared for the unexpected, but it's interesting, too. It covers basic survival in the woods, desert, and mountains. Some of the methods are presented as Old Cherokee ways, since the author learned them from the Indians of his tribe. The only possibly offensive part of this book for Christian readers is a picture showing an Indian head in the sky (like a portrayal of "The Great Spirit") watching over the lost campers. Read this with your children before that next camp-out or vacation in the wilderness.

  • Item #: 008028
    ISBN: 9781496416117
    Retail: $16.99
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    An excellent resource and reference for Bible study that helps put the Bible in context with helpful visuals (maps, timelines, charts), background information (including archeological finds), chapter summaries and lists of key figures in each book. The beginning of the book gives general information about the Bible: how God wrote it using various men over a period of time; how it became the Bible of today; and maps of Bible lands. Successive chapters cover a specific book of the Bible, give background on author and title, the setting in which it took place, main figures in the book, an outline of the key events, and how the book relates to the Bible as a whole - as God's unfolding plan.

  • Item #: 022015
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    If you're like me, you can't remember every fact you've read when you want to recall it. I've read so many books on challenging evolution that I can't tell you where I read the information. This book puts it all in one place. This could be the ultimate resource book for Creationists. Thousands of scientific facts and interviews are included that challenge the theory of evolution. This book is based on the 3-volume series "Evolution Disproved" and was previously titled "Evolution Cruncher." Though the author had to omit some of the quotes and interviews from the original series, they generously make them accessible at their website. Their goal is to educate Creationists about the facts and the hoax of evolution, and believe it or not, most of the quotes are from evolution scientists. This book is smaller, 4 ¼ by 6 ¾ inches, but contains almost 1,000 pages of information you need to know. You'll learn about the different theories of evolution, inaccurate dating methods, fossils and strata, and much more. My favorite section is in the 'Ancient Man' chapter where evidence is presented against farcical missing links like Lucy and Nutcracker Man. I don't think you'll find this much information in any one book for such a low price. - Donna

  • Item #: 041001
    ISBN: 9781615385331
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    Take a walk, find something interesting (a fallen log, a patch of moss, a beetle) and encourage your child/student to take the time to observe, draw and write about what he sees. Each page has 5 large (dotted half-line) writing lines and a space to draw a picture (about 7 x 4) at the top. Younger students can tell you what they see while you write for them and they draw a picture. Older students can write a few sentences on their own. While you are creating a keepsake, children are learning to be curious about nature and practice their handwriting skills. A few pages at the beginning of the workbook explain some classifications children can include and there are some prompts if you need a little guidance on your nature walk. You dont have to find a lush forest; a yard or park will do the trick! Take a magnifying glass and some colored pencils with you. Each page has a verse from a poem or Scripture at the bottom. Memoria Press, 36pp (26 journaling pages), 8.5 x 11 pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 009836
    ISBN: 9781780677354
    Retail: $17.95
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    Nature journaling comes naturally for some children, but others need a little more guidance to release their inner naturalist. Combining guided activities and free journaling or sketching pages, children will learn about various aspects of our physical world and gain confidence in recording their own observations. Planet Earth, moon and stars, tree identification, flowers, insects, frogs and toads, moths and butterflies, seashells, birds, and more are introduced. While most activities center on drawing and reflecting, a few hands-on activities are included as well: for example, making leaf prints and growing sprout head.

    This nature journal's 8"x 11 ½" size makes it perfect for children to document their nature journey without the limitations smaller journals present. Bright colors, black-line illustrations and well-constructed pages and binding will allow storage of your children's outdoor reflections and memories for years. Sturdy, flexible cardboard cover. 224 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
    Retail: $16.95
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    More structured than a nature journal, this "outdoor workbook" is a great tool for families and students who prefer some guided instruction and inspiration as they observe, record, and learn from nature throughout the year. It features a varied, interactive format that kids won't soon get bored with, great forms for observation you can print from the publisher's website, and lots of terrific activity suggestions. The book is divided into three parts: "How to Be a Naturalist," "Learning the Sky," and "Exploring Nature." The first part introduces students to the skills and tools of the naturalist, provides suggestions and forms for setting up a nature journal, offers ideas for observation and appreciation (listing species that live in your neighborhood, making a "nature arrangement" or using observations to write a nature poem), and even includes quick drawing lessons that all culminate in an "field expedition." Because weather plays such a large role in nature, it gets its own chapter, and students are encouraged to draw the sky over different days and times, "read" clouds, draw a weather map, learn why we have seasons, play with shadows, keep a moon journal, discover nocturnal animals, learn three constellations and write a sky poem. The majority of "Exploring Nature" is organized by month (January-December) and provides specific activities and mini-lessons on seasonal nature topics. In March students will learn about the spring equinox, check for life in small pools of water and streams, turn over logs and rocks, draw birds, observe and draw budding twigs, and much more. In August, the focus is on water (the book assumes a family vacation here!) and students learn about the water cycle, find out more about a local stream or river, experiment with water, learn about water creatures, find sources of water in nature, keep a nature journal on vacation, and sleep under the stars. Several forms are provided for all months, including "Nature Notes" and "Nature Quest" forms, and a blank page for a "Picture of the Month." You can print more of these online for ongoing observation projects. Quite a few helpful resources for parents can be found in the appendix, such as safety information, suggestions on how to use nature journals in teaching and how to use the book to meet state curriculum standards, a bibliography (including suggested field guides and books for kids), recommended websites and a list of nature organizations. If you're new to nature studies and looking for some time-saving forms and activity suggestions, this is a resource to consider – and its reasonable enough you may want to get each child their own copy. – Jess

  • Item #: 008872
    ISBN: 9781402225178
    Retail: $19.99
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    Subtitled "A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination", this collection of poetry encourages rumination about all life. It features poems about dinosaurs, trees, insects, animals, and more. The poems were selected by Mary Ann Hoberman (U.S. Children's Poet Laureate) and Linda Winston (cultural anthropologist and teacher). This anthology also includes a 41 minute audio CD with select poetry readings. Please note that there is significant influence from the naturalist scientist perspective, especially Darwin. 207 pgs. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
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    Need more guidance to create a nature study notebook? Check out this new nature study journal from Funschooling Books. First, get a quick look at how to use the book along with a list of 10 things to think about when you go outside. Then you are whisked into activity pages. An assortment of independent activities is included: for example, drawing and coloring pages; brief research exercises; collecting items and creating nature crafts; spelling and vocabulary review, etc. To supplement these pages, I would recommend a Science Encyclopedia, the Handbook of Nature Study from Anna Comstock or accessing a library. The author does provide space to record additional reading/movie resources used with the journal. Created specifically for Dyslexic Children, and utilizing the Dyslexie Font created by Christian Boer. Children without dyslexia may also find them engaging. This is a fun supplement for your nature studies or to keep learning alive through the summer. Black & White graphics. SC.223 pgs. Non-reproducible. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 008487
    ISBN: 9781908489098
    Retail: $13.99
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    Take flashcard learning to the next level with this beautifully illustrated nature activity card set. Containing numbers 1-20, each glossy card measures approximately 5” x 7.5”. The front of the card contains the number word (ex. twenty) and a numerically represented, nature illustration. The back of the card contains the number word and the number. Open up the activity card for an additional activity (activities) reinforcing foundational preschool skills like matching, counting, shapes, pattern identification, etc. The number 20 opens up as an illustrated timeline with a counting exercise to review each number learned. Worth mentioning: cards contain occasional British spellings or references. An exciting preschool learning tool for Charlotte Mason Nature Study families but any family will appreciate the eye-catching graphics and varied activities for young children. See also the ABC Nature Activity Cards (#008491) from the same publisher. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 045027
    ISBN: 9780976291886
    Retail: $32.95
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    Barbara Shukin, creator of the History Portfolios, has assembled another delightful notebooking study, this time a nature study organized by the seasons of the year. Inside the sturdy binder you'll find student notebooking pages, notebooking materials and a parent guide. The pages are divided into three-month blocks: September, October and November; December, January and February; March, April and May; and June, July and August (yes, you can do nature study year-round!). Within each three-month block, there are five habitats, each with three subjects to study. The habitats include yards and gardens, woods and fields, ponds and streams, desert, and seashore. So, for example, in March, April and May you would study frogs, dragonflies and wild flowers in the "Ponds and Streams" habitat. There are 48 notebooking pages in all, with at least one facing two-page spread for each group of three subjects in a habitat. To use this as a year-long nature study you would need to complete 1-2 notebooking pages per week. Now before you jump in, there is just a bit of organization you will need to do. First you need to locate your resources for reading about the nature topics. A very helpful reading guide is included at the very end of the binder to aid you. This includes a detailed chart divided by season, habitat and subject, with recommended readings noted from Handbook of Nature Study, Take-Along Guides, Wonders of Nature Sketchbook, and other recommended picture books and readers. Although you can enjoy the course just as much by utilizing any other resources of your choosing, the author recommends these three resources in particular which you will be able to use throughout the study. You will also need to look at the parent guide pages and decide which activities you will want to complete from the list suggested, and if you need to make copies of any reproducible forms. Activity suggestions include ideas for observation of the subject, copywork from related writings on the topic, narrations based on the reading material you have chosen, classifying the topic by answering questions based on physical characteristics, and learning related vocabulary. When you have gathered your resources, it's time to have fun. You'll read about the topics, go outdoors and observe firsthand, then fill in the sturdy notebooking pages with the activities that you chose. The suggested activities, pictures and forms are recommendations, but you may also come up with your own ideas to fill in the blank areas on the notebooking pages. At the end of each season, you'll find a coloring page and a decorative page for copywork. Poems of the appropriate length are included in the parent's section if you choose to use them. I can't imagine a cozier, more open-ended way to study nature than spending a year with the Nature Portfolio. I love that the chosen nature topics are all common creatures that should be fairly easy to observe, and the study is very open-ended as far as how you fill the pages. The resources the author recommends will be a joy to read together as well. – Jess

  • Item #: 052089
    ISBN: 9780756662929
    Retail: $14.99
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    Filled with large-scale full-color photos, interesting facts and hands-on activities, this book is a compilation of six previously-published Nature Activities books from DK. It contains most of the content from Birdwatcher, Bug Hunter, Star Gazer, Rock & Fossil Hunter, Nature Ranger and Weather Watcher. Each two-page spread introduces a different area of study or topic in each subject, providing some background information, photos with explanatory captions, and a related activity or a suggestion for further observation. For example, in the "Bug Hunter" chapter, pages 60-61 discuss moths and step-by-step instructions are provided for making a moth trap. In "Star Gazer," one spread invites readers to "star hop" across the northern sky and provides instructions on how to use the Big Dipper to find and identify Polaris, Cephus, Cassiopeia, Draco and the galaxy M81. With an extensive range of topics from weather to mammals, this is your one-stop shop for outdoor learning adventures! 256 pgs, sturdy paperback. – Jess

  • Item #: 043293
    ISBN: 9781599150253
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    While other scientists were catching and killing insects and classifying them based on physical characteristics, the 19th-century scientist and teacher Jean Henri Fabre was a firm believer in observing insects and nature in their natural habitats, spending just as much time watching their behavior as studying their anatomy. In this delightful book, he shares his observations and knowledge with children through a series of stories in which Uncle Paul describes the wonders of nature for his nieces and nephews, Claire, Emile, and Jules. With frequent questions and interjections from the children, Uncle Paul discusses livestock, trees, metals, fibers, paper, spiders, insects, weather, clouds, steam engines, astronomy, plants, mushrooms, shells, ocean creatures, and much more. If you enjoy the Christian Liberty Nature Readers or the Handbook of Nature Study, I think you'll enjoy this one as well. Originally published in 1917 and translated from French by Florence Bicknell, this reprint from Yesterday's Classics is 438 pgs, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 022612
    ISBN: 9780972089074
    Retail: $12.00
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    Is your student ready for the hard questions? This study puts it this way: "Do the good ideas we find in scripture match reality better than any of the false ideas opposed to scripture?" In nine weeks of study, your student will be introduced to those questions, have the opportunity to examine and think about them; talk about the different ways to respond and become much better prepared to give an account for the hope that is his. In the form of a devotional, each of nine weekly lessons provides a study centered around one topic (understanding worldview; nature of man; nature of God; four types of worldview; how do you know?; ideas have consequences; sacred/secular dichotomy; apologetics and evangelism; and finding your identity in Christ.) A relatively brief essay (usually around 4 pages) is followed by questions for the student to think through and answer (space is provided). The week's study concludes with a set of discussion questions, clearly begging for interaction either as a family or perhaps a small group of friends. Scripture references and reading assignments are integrated into the questions encouraging the student to think deeply on these things for a bit rather than plowing through on a comprehension-only type of approach. Due to the devotional and discussion approach of this study, there is no answer key.

    Concise and to the point, but still very applicable and practical, this is for those who may not want to complete a really extensive course, but still want a course with good discussion topics and thoughtful questions. There are suggestions for further reading/study in both the endnotes and on the author's website (Worldview Academy). 72 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 038921
    ISBN: 9781454914723
    Retail: $6.95
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      Study wild animal tracks with gorgeous, life-size renditions perfected with acrylic paint and detailed pencil drawings. The brief text, multiple drawings and even life-size renditions highlight a good variety of North American animals: feline, deer, hooved animal, small animal, bear, reptile and bird tracks. In 7 different cases, life-size tracks of animals are included and four fold-out pages allow you to get up close and personal with the tracks. An ALA Notable book. 9x11.5”, 32 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 065720
    ISBN: 9780830817740
    Retail: $22.00
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    Do you ever have difficulty answering some of those tough questions asked of Christians? How can God allow evil? Are miracles possible? Is Christianity the only true religion? This book was written as a resource to help you with answers for others and yourself. Over 400 pages of topics and conclusion, objections to the conclusion, and rebuttals. After the introduction, the second part addresses questions about the existence of God, Part 3 is God & Nature, Part 4 is God and Grace, Part 5 is God and Glory, and Part 6 summarizes with conclusions. This might not be the type of book you want to sit down and read cover to cover, but more of a reference book that allows you to go to information on specific topics. The book is written by professors of philosophy and religion so, as you might guess, many of the answers are answered from a philosophical perspective (I felt like I was back in my college philosophy classes) and true logic is employed. Written in defense of the Christian faith, the information would be super helpful to anyone who has questions or needs to answer these questions. We are all called to bear witness; that means we need to know how to answer the tough questions asked of us and defend the faith. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 067606
    ISBN: 9781908489296
    Retail: $12.99
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     Nature studies are a valuable part of science studies, but often younger ones are not ready for the detailed illustrating and research that are a vital part of a nature education. Draw your littles into the love of nature with this delightful activity book. Divided into seasons, activities range from simple drawings, matching, coloring, and spot the differences to scavenger hunts and more. Activities vary in complexity and some youngers may need a little direction as they create a personal nature journal. Includes a nature code introducing safety of self and surroundings. Colorfully illustrated. Answers included in back. 60 pgs, pb. 

  • Item #: 032711
    ISBN: 9780890519899
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    Use this planner with Discovery of Design, Made in Heaven, and Champions of Invention as you learn how discoveries and inventions throughout time are actually derived from the God-created natural world. The planner lays out a one-year course of study (one full high school credit) into 180 daily lessons. Each lesson tells you exactly what to read and do, and space is provided within the schedule for recording assignment due dates and grades. Worksheets are included in the planner along with quizzes, tests and an answer key. Worksheets are everything from writing out answers to questions to doing experiments and labs to doing a research paper or working on vocabulary.

  • Item #: 029814
    ISBN: 9780143121602
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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