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  • Item #: 011333
    ISBN: 9781942192206
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    Are you like me? Color and beauty make me happy. A well-organized, common-sensible planner makes me want to plan. When both are wrapped up into one user-friendly, cheerful, full-of-extras package, I'm ready to grab my pen!

    First, let's talk about the basics. Each week has a two-page spread in the spiral-bound (lies flat) 8.5 x 11" planner. Days (Mon-Fri) are across the top (three on left-hand page; two on right-hand page). Each of these columns has five subject sections (Bible, Math, History, Science, English). Each of these sections has four lines. In other words, for each day, and each subject, you can briefly record a 2 " line for each of three or four children or use two lines for two children or four lines for one child. There are additional boxes (total of seven lines) at the bottom of each column any other subjects. Each of these lines in each column ends with a small colored box for check-offs. The remaining vertical column on the right-hand page has lined space to record weekly priorities, daily dinner menus, and weekend activities.  Each week includes a Bible verse on one page and a notable quote (think inspirational Facebook status posts) on the other. 

    Now for the extras - sample planner page, place to insert a family picture and record family memories, a weekly cleaning schedule, special projects page (monthly boxes with reminders of those easy-to-forget occasional cleaning tasks), important contacts, children chore cards (perforated and ready to tear out), teacher schedule, class plan (curriculum) and student schedules for four children,  semester goals, monthly calendar with accompanying page to record books to read, field trips, and monthly expenses, perforated shopping lists (set of six for each month), semester accomplishments, attendance records, and grade recording sheets. There is also two year at a glance calendars-current year and the upcoming year.

    A set of four perforated, cardstock report cards are in the back (Each month is inaugurated with an encouraging article and has its own color scheme vibrant, subtle, cool, warm each satisfying. The graphic theme (which changes each year) is lively, and frankly, delightful. An extravagant claim perhaps, but I'll stick by it - using this planner will remind you daily that homeschooling is a wonderful calling, full of beauty and grace. Janice

  • Item #: 017703
    ISBN: 9781942192213
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    With all the color and vibrancy of its larger sister (see above), this purse-sized planner (6" x 9") is more oriented to general homemaking duties and responsibilities. Weekly two-page spreads (spiral-binding lays flat) include daily columns (Sat/Sun in one column) that allow for both daily to-dos and appointments as well as one extra column for a shopping list and one that has space for recording weekly to-dos (while I'm out, household projects, purchases to make, events reminders, bills to pay, birthdays/anniversaries). Extras include goals, money management planning forms, homemaking cleaning and projects, greeting card registry, address pages, planning and note pages, monthly calendars and budget-keeping pages precede the weekly pages (all in a similar color scheme). Happy planning on a smaller scale. Janice

  • Item #: 017705
    ISBN: 9781942192237
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    WPD planner pages with gender appropriate graphics.

  • Item #: 011325
    ISBN: 9781942192220
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    WPD planner pages with gender appropriate graphics.

  • Item #: 017700
    ISBN: 9781942192244
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    Weekly two-page spreads with lined space for each weekday to write assignments, plus an inspirational quote. Extra features include year-at-a-glance, overall semester schedule, goals and literature list, two-page monthly calendars, projects/activities planner, and a set of resources (year-by-year checklists, credit requirements, electives, transcripts, standardized exam help, and test-taking tips)

  • Item #: 013562
    ISBN: 9780486418087
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    Taking up where Little Women left off, this heartwarming sequel finds irascible Jo married with a family of her own. In this second installment, Jo and her beloved Professor Bhaer open their home to educate three young boys, including business-minded Tommy and wild mischief-maker Dan. 300 pgs.

  • Item #: 011310
    ISBN: 9781942192268
    Retail: $36.95
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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 #: 073546
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  • Item #: 000953
    ISBN: 9781578262748
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    When our kids aren't involved in business or household duties, they tend to jump on the trampoline, hike, bike, swim, or play baseball or volleyball. So we did not see the need to offer a book on physical education. However, not all children are so inclined. With childhood obesity on the rise, physical fitness is becoming increasingly important in the schools. As of 2005, 48 states now have physical education requirements which need to be met for graduation. If P.E. needs more attention in your home, don't panic. Dr. Bruce Whitney (also a homeschool dad) has all the planning and instruction right here in this recently updated guide that's easy to read and use. In seven chapters, he offers a "quick start" with weekly lesson plans; ideas for motivating your family; information and instruction on building muscle strength, endurance and flexibility; information and instruction on aerobic fitness, instruction for games like Capture the Flag, Around the World Table Tennis and snow soccer; fitness tests with scoring charts; lesson plans to help build specific skills and even rules and teaching labs for sports. From specific exercises to strengthen your ankles to how to play softball, it's all here. Just think of this book as your family physical fitness trainer.Get moving! 166 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 068420
    Retail: $69.99
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      Add this charming house to your train table. The 46 piece set includes walls, windows, doors, floors, and more for endless modular building as well as four figures (two girls, two boys) and furniture for pretend play.

  • Item #: 028014
    Retail: $89.95
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    A cute three-level adventure set for your Calico Critters. Set includes tree trunk with grass base, 2 tree branches, cabin, slide, swing, basket pulley with sand bag, tree stem for the pulley, 2 railings, and 2 ladders. Some assembly is required.

  • Item #: 050290
    ISBN: 9780890519240
    Retail: $39.99
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      Book 2 follows the adventures of Charlie and Charlotte once they have returned home from their grandparent’s farm. Using the same format as Book 1, Book 2 content teaches addition and subtraction (including carrying & borrowing), numbers to 100, simple fractions, word problems, skip counting, inches/feet, perimeter, dollars/cents, temperature, graphs, pounds/ounces, liquid measure, and a bit about the seasons, geography, and love of family.

  • Item #: 028077
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    Includes the luxury townhouse plus 50+ accessories: 2 Critters, bed set, hutch desk set, dining set, oven w/ cooking pan & kitchen cart set, and grand piano w/ bench set.

  • Item #: 063456
    Retail: $39.95
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    Play, swim, and explore in your little Critter home away from home. This playhouse features 2 levels of living space with furniture, a lower level cave to explore, 2 swimming pools, a vine swing, swim gear, fish, and more! Measures 12"x 8.75"x 15".

  • Item #: 062538
    Retail: $59.95
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    Time for the Critters to learn and play! This set includes a schoolhouse with a tree trunk tower & walkway plus 40+ pieces of school furniture and accessories. Measures 16.5"x 11.5"x 9.5".

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
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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

  • Item #: 073698
    Retail: $24.99
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      Want to put a little zest into your school lessons? Fun manipulatives can do the trick! If your children love plastic brick building sets, they may enjoy these open-ended learning tools and manipulatives. Alphabriks and Mathbriks sets include 10” x 10” plastic brick baseplates with letter, punctuation mark, number, and math symbol tiles. The tiles fit securely on the baseplates to prevent falling, sliding, and wiggling, but they can easily be removed by children as two ends of each tile are open. Children and their teachers can use the sets to spell words, work math problems, build sentences and practice grammar. More “fun” uses of the sets include using them in word and math games or as a message board for the family. Up to 256 tiles can fit on a baseplate, and all baseplates and tiles are compatible with major brands of standard-size plastic brick building toys. This set includes one 10” x 10” baseplate, 100 Alphabrik tiles, and 100 Mathbrik tiles. - Janine

  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
    Rainbow Price: $139.95

       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • 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 #: 071354
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  • Item #: 071353
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  • Item #: 070403
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    How do you define success? Whatever your definition may be, this game allows players to imagine life in different scenarios while teaching real life application of money in everyday situations. The object is to become the first player to gather eight success pieces on his Success Combination Card. Some success pieces might include having a career, finishing your education, having a spouse and kids, investing, starting a business, or giving to charity. A player gathers his success pieces as he lands on spaces specific to his card and is able to pay for his piece. Also, if a player lands on a space that is not on his combination card, he can “sell” this piece to another player at a negotiable price. Each player begins with $3,000, which might quickly grow or dwindle depending on what spot he lands on around the board. For example, a player might collect lawyer fees on one turn and pay for a wedding on the next turn. There are home, vehicle, cell phone, and other bills to be paid, but also money to be earned from career incomes and investments. If a player is in financial trouble, he can sell back a card to the bank but will only receive 50% of its value (learning the concept of depreciation). The first player to gather their eight success combination cards without going broke will win the game. What a creative way to teach about real life finances while having family game night! 2-8 players. Ages 8 and up. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 066066
    Retail: $11.90
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    How many muscles are in an elephant's trunk? 100, 1,000, or 100,000? If you guessed 100,000 you are right! Did you know hippopotamuses were once known as a river horses? Prepare to go on an African safari right in your own home with these double-sided cards. On the front, a photographic image is paired with a question - flip it over for the answer along with detailed information on weight, size, habitat, diet, natural predators, life span and more! Perfect for trivia nights, science studies, and long car rides! Each of the two decks included contains 50 cards for a total of 100. Created in cooperation with the African Wildlife Foundations, with a portion of sales donated. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 062794
    ISBN: 9781476718712
    Retail: $15.99
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    When reading any book, and particularly one on parenting, you want to know that the author knows what he is talking about. John Rosemond has all the bases covered here: the education, the real world experience, the heart, and he and his wife have raised two kids of their own. As he puts it, he is “not a Christian psychologist,” but “a Christian who holds a license to practice psychology.” John was the rare person in his field who did not follow the latest fad in psychology, which he found increasingly baseless. Instead, he taught common sense, time-tested, Biblical methods of parenting because they tend to work well.

    After sufficiently hammering home the point in the first four chapters that much of the advice coming from the professional psychology community on parenting is without merit, John gets into what does work. Marriage is foundational to the family, and the husband and wife’s relationship with each other must be kept strong, with relationships to the children being secondary. Parents need to be of one mind in their child-rearing methods. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; it is the parent’s job to set the child straight and instill humility. Have a vision for the success of the child. Increase the amount of responsibility given to the child as he matures. Discipline, including punishment, is necessary to instill obedience. Let your yes be your yes and your no be your no.

    There, I’ve given you the essence of the book, but the author makes the case so much more fluently. Dr. Kevin Leman sums it up: “This is the best commonsense guide to parenting I’ve read in a long time.

  • Item #: 062730
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    Feeling like you want to use the full program but nervous about the cost? Here is a way to test drive La Clase with 5 lessons for 2 students and see if it is a good fit for your family. Your intro kit includes an introductory teacher's manual with a course overview and detailed lesson plans. It also includes a more brief lesson plan, so you can choose the better fit. Also in the box are 2 student activity packets with worksheets and puzzles to reinforce the lessons, 2 Mexican flags to color, 2 color wheels with 2 brads (included) to assemble and practice with, 1 DVD, 1 audio CD, 8 crayons, and several colors of cut tissue paper with wire to make flowers. Per the lesson plans, this kit will take 2 weeks to complete. This is a fun & lively way to learn Spanish. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 061304
    ISBN: 9781938233036
    Retail: $15.00
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    Better Together perfectly sums up my family’s homeschool co-op experience. It started as a small group studying one country each month and grew into the most significant experience of our homeschooling years. My children’s and my own lifelong best friends come from that group. The educational experiences that originated from that co-op shaped and continue to shape our lives.

    If you would like to start, organize or participate in a co-op, this little book provides an excellent road map. Covering all the necessary territory from definitions to benefits to FAQs to schedules and assignments to tips for preparing lessons, it’s all here and so much more including samples and reproducibles. I was the administrator of our co-op for over ten years and these are exactly the things I would tell you to do; the places I would tell you to start; and the pitfalls I would suggest you avoid in one well-organized, user-friendly, attractive, and unintimidating training manual. 46 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 060410
    ISBN: 9781628736175
    Retail: $14.95
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    “What do I do about this? How do I handle that? But what if. . ..“ These are among the many questions parents new to the homeschooling journey ask. Many parents, the author asserts, tend to take in too much information as they begin homeschooling, and, thereby, complicate the process. In doing so, they and their students become overwhelmed and frustrated. Subtitled "How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun and Effective", the 12 chapters in this volume meet these goals. You will find much healthy wisdom here. Emphasis is on simultaneously maintaining simplicity and excellence in the home school. These qualities are reinforced in the author’s writing as well. Who better to write a stream-lined view of homeschooling in a stream-lined manner than Lorilee Lippincott, the author of The Simple Living Handbook? This is a practical and no-nonsense guide.

    Sprinkled throughout are real life stories from the author and other families who encompass varied approaches, needs and experience. Homeschooling educational philosophies are extremely comprehensive and clearly explained. There is solid, practical information on time management; how to instill a love of learning and curiosity in children and so more. You don’t have to be new to homeschooling to benefit from this handbook. There are chapters on avoiding burnout, tackling guilt and a lack of confidence, teaching under special circumstances and legal issues. 182 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 058624
    ISBN: 9781937645076
    Retail: $19.95
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    There are a number of important inclusions for a book that claims to be a guide to home school teaching methods. Fortunately, this one delivers. In a lively, conversational tone, the author considers reasons for homeschooling, different homeschooling methods, family and individual factors such as personality and learning styles, schedules, and putting it all together into a workable plan. Peppered with experiences from her own family and many others she interviewed, the result is an enjoyable read, a practical how-to handbook, and an inspirational and motivational journey into the depths of homeschooling.

    Don't think that Ms. King-Christison has produced a book just like all the others, though. She goes places others have not. For instance, while Waldorf and Montessori education are sometimes mentioned in terms of homeschooling, this book gives a thorough examination of these two methodologies and even contrasts them. When covering learning styles, she also delves into multiple intelligences and shows their relationship to homeschooling. While recognizing the existence of faith-based reasons for homeschooling, she maintains that homeschooling is more about promoting core values alongside the other reasons (avoiding standardized education, providing a challenging and dynamic environment, and managing special needs and developmental issues). And, for the record, the author does make reference to her faith and to the faith-based orientation of some homeschooling approaches, but these references are not exclusively Christian.

    The author's assessment of educational methods and approaches is one of the most succinct, yet information-full that I've seen. For each method – and she covers Montessori, Waldorf, Trivium, Charlotte Mason, and Unschooling in depth – she looks at its history (how it came to be), guiding principles (the heart and soul of a method), defining characteristics (tell-tale signs), what the critics say (and why you should listen), the homeschool spin (how it might look in your home), activities (tips to try and home), and ideal for…(families that are a best match). Her thorough coverage provides some valuable angles of perspective.

    Resources include booklists, online resources, and a whole collection of planning worksheets that you can either reproduce from the reduced copies in the book or download printable pdf versions of from the publisher's website.

    This book will get you started well in homeschooling – or give you a shot in the arm if you're a bogged-down veteran. Pick it up and take a look. You'll be glad you did. 297 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 058443
    ISBN: 9780983180098
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    The study of science begins with an appreciation of the world about us - the living, breathing creation that is ours to enjoy. The beauty of our natural world surrounds us. It encompasses the rising sun in the early morn, overflows the river beds, and spans the wings of eagles. Teaching our children to appreciate the beauty and the science of their natural world is a goal worthy of the consideration of parents and teachers alike.

    This charming 1950s reprint has been designed to assist you in teaching the natural sciences. Offering 100 lessons that follow a traditional monthly school schedule, September through June, each lesson begins with an overview, explanatory information, and any necessary teacher preparations. The activities that follow provide the core of the lessons. Activities are divided into four areas: All Grades (1-8); Primary Grades (1-3); Intermediate Grades (3-5) and Junior Grades (5-8). Overlapping grade recommendations are numerous, making this a perfect resource for homeschool families and multi-level co-ops or classrooms. A listing of recommended books and web links is included to further expand lessons. A sampling of lessons included are: Animal life in the classroom, Birds going South, Autumn colors, planting bulbs, Insects-friends and foes in Autumn; How Plants/Animals prepare for Winter; Stars in December; Winter Habits of Some Wild Mammals; Who Has Seen the Wind?; Classroom Hatcheries; Nature Excursions in the Spring; and many more! Also included are monthly calendars which correspond to each unit and provide additional observations and activities.

    Let me share from Lesson 61 - Little Things We Seldom See-Germs: "What a thrill to the Dutch janitor Leeuwenhoek when, with lenses ground by himself, he saw 'wee beasties-a thousand times smaller than a louse's eye' in a drop of water! What he saw were the first bacteria seen by human eyes. These tiny, living things eat and grow, travel and multiply, and live lives as real as those of any other plants or animals. They live in almost every sort of place: in water, in soil, in air, on dust, in milk and other food, in and on our bodies; we cannot escape them…" Activity suggestions for all grade reinforces that germs hitchhike on drops of saliva, the breath, handkerchiefs, pencils etc. and asks students to make a mural entitled, "Little Hitchhikers." A Primary and Junior Grade activity is to illustrate a poem on germs. Junior and Intermediate Grade activities include: Observing raw milk and pasteurized milk for a few days to determine which milk sours first and reading a poem entitled, "Mushroom Song."

    All in all, this resource provides a wealth of instructional information to engage children in learning about the natural world around them. Lessons are easy to follow and provide ample activity suggestions, allowing you to do them all or to pick and choose activities to best meet your educational goals. As a family who incorporated nature studies throughout our home-learning, this would have quickly become a "go-to" resource, along with the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock, as the lessons are more specific to younger and middle school children along with more age-appropriate activities. Black and White Illustrations abound. Detailed Index. 445 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 057561
    ISBN: 9780977044405
    Retail: $19.95
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    Curious about the unit study approach and want to learn more? Look no further than this great resource! Beginning with a brief overview of the popular teaching methods used by homeschool families, the author then expands on the benefits and common objections to unit studies. Once the vision is laid, she walks you through the process of preparing you and your children for a unit study, which is quite helpful for those of us accustomed to a more traditional approach to education. From here, we learn how to develop a learning toolbox, create notebooks to record our journey, and plan the unit study based on our children's interests. Insights for including preschoolers in the study are welcome additions. What I love about this book compared to others is the chapter on unit studies for high school students; many resources tend to skim over the value of continuing unit studies for our older children, but not Mrs. Steward! Through personal stories, goal setting encouragement, and forms for record-keeping at the high school level, you can be confident that unit studies are practical for our high schoolers. The last chapter contains a collection of additional resources, co-op and support group insights for the unit study family. Excited to get started? Check out the extensive helps in the appendix of the book: reproducible (for your family) planning and recording sheets, additional recommended resources, and three sample unit studies to get you going. A helpful resource you will return to often, quickly earning a prominent place on your bookshelf. Worth noting, while the practical information within the pages of this book is timeless, the copyright is 2005, so some of the suggested resources are no longer available. 197 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne