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  • Item #: 051601
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  • Item #: 043459
    ISBN: 9780736844949
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    ISBN: 9780753465134
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    ISBN: 9781596987920
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  • Item #: 043490
    ISBN: 9781601441454
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    Not just a course in logic, but also in critical reading, reasoning, and problem solving as well. This is not a course designed for independent study, but is interesting enough to enjoy working through with your students. (With 4 children in the appropriate age range, weââ‚™ve taken to using the supper table for our discussion-type lessons. It sure beats some of our less educational dinnertime chit-chat! This series is broad in scope and topics covered (see contents below). The books contain interesting real-life situations. A ââ‚Å"logicalâ₝ follow-up to Building Thinking Skills from the same publisher.
  • Item #: 055691
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    Starline Press is a character-based, state standards aligned curriculum that is designed for independent study. This consumer math course is set up in 10 units, one year to complete, for one full high school credit. Topics covered in this series of workbooks are addition of whole numbers/decimals/percents, subtraction with whole numbers/negative numbers/decimals/percents, handling a checking account, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, units of measure, angles/triangles/quadrilaterals, planes & solid shapes, circle concepts, using variables, geometry & formulas, data analysis, mean/median/mode/range, tables & graphs, equations, writing expressions, order of operations, reasoning, relevant/irrelevant & missing information.

  • Item #: 055694
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    Designed for independent studies, this new elective course from Starline Press may be exactly what you are looking for! Known for their ease of use, clarity of instruction and infused character traits, Starline Press provides a state aligned standards based option for homeschooling families. The Home Economics course contains 6 units covering vital topics such as nutrition, menu planning, common kitchen equipment, cooking terminology and techniques, grocery shopping, recipes, table setting, kitchen maintenance household cleaning, laundry care, household organization, survival sewing skill, home ownership, employment and budgeting. Learning assessment is via short answer questions, fill-in-the blank questions, multiple choice questions and varied related projects. Each unit concludes with a test to assess learning prior to moving on. SC. Pages vary 30-40 per unit. Available only in complete sets with answer/test keys. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 000148
    ISBN: 9781427620743
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    An excellent unit to get children acquainted with a microscope - how to use it, and actual investigations with it. The World of the Microscope or the Complete Book of the Microscope (both by Usborne - see index) are highly recommended as basal resource books. Other resource books (list provided) should be obtained and available for reference. The unit requires a minimum of 42-48 days to complete. Activities look extremely interesting and the accompanying lab sheets are excellent - very thoughtfully constructed. Labs begin with the set up, use and clean up of the microscope. The next several labs teach children to make wet mounts, dry mounts, permanent mounts, and well mounts. Successive labs are spent using these skills to study a variety of things under the microscopic, from fibers to insect parts, with cells, plant parts, and simple cell animals in between. The book also contains vocabulary words, science supplier addresses and phone numbers, answers, and additional helpful tips about microscopes. Just looking through the unit makes me enthusiastic about using it - it looks like the best kind of learning - interesting and fun. I would guess that most children would thoroughly enjoy this adventure with a microscope - gaining invaluable skills for higher level science courses in the process. Children in the elementary grades would need some parental support to accomplish the study; older children could use it independently. Look into this one! 92 pages, paperback.
  • Item #: 063646
    ISBN: 9781626110052
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    With the goal of being self-explanatory, self-paced and self-contained, this course was written for the homeschooled student in mind. Free pronunciation recordings are available online in an mp3 format and an answer key is in the back of the book itself. Tests can be done by backing up to the previous lesson and having your student translate the exercises there. A parent can use the answer key to grade these, or have the student correct their own work. Students are encouraged to do 30 minutes a day rather than a longer session once or twice a week, but many of the lessons might take only15-20 minutes. This is a stripped down way to introduce your students to French. Each lesson is only a page long for the first 21 lessons and not much longer after that (1-3 pgs). You will cover basics of how to learn French such as pronunciation, gender, formal vs. informal language, some pronouns, beginner vocabulary, expressions which have a cultural element and other useful basics. While there is not enough content here for a full high school credit, after completing this book, your student would be ready for a first year high school level program having never had any other language instruction. This would also be a good option for an older elementary student or a middleschooler interested in French. Both Getting Started with French and Getting Started with Spanish are good ways for a student (and their parents) to see if they are really interested in the further study of a language. Helpful glossary in the back, 281 pp, sc, 8” x 11” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 025867
    ISBN: 9781572227675
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  • Item #: 040087
    ISBN: 9781602140066
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    This fold-out timeline is visually appealing and full of interesting information. It starts with George Washington and ends with George W. Bush with photos and important details about each figure. Additional information is given on the White House, civil rights achievements, a map of the White House, presidential pets, job responsibilities, famous first ladies, and more.The timeline is made out of full color, durable cardstock, folding out to a whopping 63" x 11". One side features an actual timeline full of dates, full-color photos and illustrations with captions, and the other side includes additional facts and graphics. Folded up, the timelines measure 6.5" x 11". ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 036540
    ISBN: 9781887456067
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  • Item #: 025426
    ISBN: 9781423224860
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    ISBN: 9780925279446
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  • Item #: 058442
    ISBN: 9780615822457
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    Teaching young people the value of proper nutrition is a valuable endeavor that is often overlooked. If you have a desire to teach your sons and daughters proper, whole foods nutrition, meal planning and cooking, this one semester course may be perfect to meet your needs. And if you were never taught the benefits of and how to prepare whole, organic, or living foods, you might be interested in learning right along with them!

    Designed for independent study, your role as a parent/instructor is to assist the student as needed, teach them location (and proper use) of kitchen equipment, and record their grade. Instructor overview, grade sheets (divided into 2 nine-week charts), required equipment and supplies, optional equipment and supplies, along with pantry and refrigerator staple items are provided before the course is initiated. As a side note, required equipment and supplies typically are common kitchen items, although you may need to add a food processor, grain mill, and a powerful blender.

    Weekly lessons are well organized and easy to implement. Beginning with a shopping list for the week, the lessons are organized into a five days per week schedule. The first day incorporates a scripture memory verse and related reading, and weekly homework assignments. Consecutive days provide brief review and meal preparation activity, which includes an ingredient listing and step by step instructions. Each meal has a dedicated day-for example: Tuesday breakfast, Wednesday lunch, Thursday dinner, and Friday focused on healthy desserts or side dishes. Most days also include related dinner discussion questions or starters. Throughout the course of study, students will learn the rationale for eating healthy, economics of food choices and shopping, proper table etiquette, grinding wheat for bread, planting an herb garden, canning, and diverse palates for healthy eating. Appendix includes two exams to be completed, one at the end of 9 weeks and the other at 18 weeks. Answer key is also included. An excellent, introduction to home-economics for families striving to live nutritionally well. Considered one semester, I would pair it with Light Speed Nutrition (#051984) DVDs for more nutrition instruction at the high school level. Spiral Bound. 267 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 054743
    ISBN: 9780929320199
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    What's the most useful book for a new homeschooler - or any homeschooler for that matter? In my opinion, it's Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks. Why? Because this book includes everything you need to get started - an overview of homeschooling methods, encouragement to develop your own philosophy of education, information on your child's learning styles, an idea of when children need to learn what (where the Common Core State Standards are discussed), and of course the 102 Top Picks. Cathy Duffy empathizes with new homeschoolers faced with an overwhelming array of choices and provides the perspective and tools they need to become competent and wise homeschool moms/dads. The 102 products are listed first in a handy reference chart and then each one is individually reviewed. The 102 Top Picks chart is an amazingly useful tool. Each product's characteristics are noted - how it works with each learning style; how much parent/teacher instruction and prep time is required; whether it works for independent study, one-to-one, or with a group; whether it's grade level specific or multilevel; the amount of writing required; ease of use for the teacher; how necessary the teacher's manual is; whether it supports Charlotte Mason or classical education; and, lastly, if its publisher is protestant, catholic, secular, or secular but 'Christian friendly". See what I mean? Just in the chart alone you get a wonderfully pinpointed view of each curriculum product - and that's before you read the well-written, informative reviews. Reviews are presented within chapters dedicated to educational subjects – phonics, reading, & literature; language arts: grammar & composition; language arts: spelling, vocabulary & handwriting; mathematics; history, geography & social studies; science; unit studies, all-in-one programs, & online courses; and selected electives. Each chapter is more than just a collection of product reviews. Take history, geography & social studies for example. Ms. Duffy starts with a short introduction that includes her Christian perspective on how to approach the divergent resources and worldviews one finds in this area. An amazing inclusion in this chapter is a six-page listing of "real" books by time periods and topics. The thirteen product reviews include a number of series and are extensive, providing complete contact and price information as well as insightful general and detailed information. This is an update of 101 Top Picks which was an update on 100 Top Picks which was a new take on Ms. Duffy's previous curriculum review manuals. She brings a seasoned, Christian perspective to every aspect of evaluating homeschool curriculum. I'll keep two of these books on my shelves - one to refer to and one to loan to friends. 347 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 045625
    ISBN: 9781594762246
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  • Item #: 017707
    ISBN: 9780984204120
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    Sometimes you just need to take a break from the regular curriculum to do something special - this easy-to-use unit study CD gives you the resources you need to do just that. Each holiday will take anywhere from one to three days to complete, depending on how much of the activities you want to complete. You can do all of the holidays as one larger unit study, or do each holiday as they arrive on the calendar year – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Passover, Easter, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other not-so common holidays. Over 30 projects, games, and recipes along with interesting links will help you learn things you never knew before. Textual information is provided for each holiday along with instructions and patterns for projects. This CD-ROM is both Windows and Macintosh compatible and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Item #: 051472
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    The people of Americas are studied including Cliff Dwellers, Nomads, American Indians and Woodland People. Students study explorations and explorers, such as Christopher Columbus and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado as well as early land and sea explorers. Early settlements and colonies in North America are also studied. The French and Indian war, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, westward expansion, California Gold Rush, and the Oregon Trail are all taught. Students do reports, create dioramas, and view artifacts to enrich understanding. Students are expected to work in groups and alone to prepare charts, graphs and develop critical thinking skills.

  • Item #: 031798
    ISBN: 9780972961684
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  • Item #: 052567
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    This DVD could easily have been called, "Effective Teaching Strategies for Children Who Just Don't Get It!" Focusing specifically on teaching strategies for right brain learners, the ideas and concepts presented here will facilitate learning for many of your children. In this presentation, Dianne Craft explains the differences between right and left brain learning and defines the targeted audience for teaching with right brain strategies. While success has been documented in a variety of children including those with auditory processing issues, attention and focusing issues, underdeveloped memory and poor hemispheric integration (e.g. Dyslexia), the strategies presented will work for any child that other teaching methods are not working for.

    Beginning with the premise that most curricula is written for left brain learners who thrive on a sequential, repetitive, and mostly plain (non-distracting) presentation, Mrs. Craft explains the differences found in the right brain learner and provides a wide range of teaching suggestions in multiple subject areas including Spelling and Vocabulary, Phonics and Reading Comprehension, Math and Writing. Suggestions for following directions and study skills are also included.

    This DVD lecture is bursting with strategic ideas for teaching struggling learners and I personally took away many nuggets—valuable ideas that this "left brain mom" is incorporating into her home. One of the greatest tidbits I received was the idea that writing was not the best learning gate for all children and often times children feel penalized when made to write everything we strive to teach them-as a mom who incorporated a great deal of copywork in our homeschool, this explained a lot of the struggles I went through with one of my children. An accompanying 38 page comb-bound Study Guide provides overhead transparencies and additional "how-to" information. Mrs. Craft is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable presenter. My only lament with this DVD is the low sound quality at times (the teaching segment was recorded live in a large room), and the overhead projections are often difficult to view. Fortunately, the study guide does a fine job of aiding the viewer in following the presentation.

    Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently, or in tandem as they complement each other. While there is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs/CDs, using them together provides parents with additional tools. 126 min. Deanne

  • Item #: 031494
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  • Item #: 043803
    ISBN: 9780395981399
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    This riveting biography provides you with an inside look into the enchanting life of a powerful woman in European history, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Born in 1122, she was just fifteen when she inherited her father's vast lands in Aquitaine, France. In a quick political move, the King of France arranged for his son, Louis the VII to marry Eleanor, as a way to gain control of her duchy. Eleanor was a well-educated woman, politically savvy, and not content to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time. By the time she was twenty-nine she grew tired of her marriage to Louis, and she sought after a divorce. Afterwards, she pursued her next groom, Henry the Duke of Normandy. Henry soon was named the rightful heir to the English throne, and he took his place there in 1154. The author also points out that Eleanor was not only one of the most powerful political figures of her day, but she also helped to shape the future for the arts and humanities, as it was one of her true passions. This insightful narrative is a must-read for any lover of French and English history. Pb, 183 pgs.

  • Item #: 000203
    ISBN: 9781892427304
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    The beautiful 600+ page full-color, hardcover Mystery of History Volume IV text includes readable (story-based) text and plentiful illustrative information (maps, charts, art reproductions, and lots of photos). The flow of the last three centuries is traced through countries/peoples; through classical music and art; through notable people; through developing ideologies; through struggling/oppressed people groups; and through industrial/scientific developments. Utilizing the same 28 week, three lessons per week format as Volume 3, Volume 4 includes the Reader (text) plus an accompanying Companion Guide digital download that provides PDF files of activities, maps, study guides, reviews, and quizzes. The final chapter provides a glimpse of the Christian reasons for a Hope for Mankind. An interesting endpoint for a world history course but not surprising for a series that has maintained from the beginning that the "mystery" of history is that there is a plan for mankind.

  • Item #: 027116
    ISBN: 9780880800181
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    This 3-holed, reproducible teacher resource kit equips you with everything you need to explore nine historic holidays during the school year. Each month, September-May, an American holiday such as Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, or Jefferson's birthday is celebrated through fun stories, songs, poems, coloring pages, games, and other activities. Each month's lesson contains 1-5 days worth of activities centered on an object or event representative of the holiday - The Declaration of Independence for Jefferson's birthday or the settling of America for Thanksgiving. The lesson pages clearly guide the teacher through the purpose, presentation, and activities of each lesson. All stories, coloring pages, songs and other activities to be used in the lesson are included, and any necessary additional materials can be found easily. The back of the packet holds an I Love America Coloring Book, which holds each state's outline, flag, flower, tree, and chief products, along with a fun state activity, on reproducible coloring pages. 310 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 052699
    ISBN: 9780615348032
    Retail: $18.00
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    "America is unlike any other nation in the world. Born in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, she has had only one form of government since the U.S. constitution was ratified in 1789. Neither our closest allies nor our fiercest enemies have experienced the stability with which America has been blessed…America Exceptionalism is the result of distinctive Biblical ideas such as God-given inalienable rights, limited government, full republicanism, separation of powers with checks and balances and especially, an educated and virtuous citizenry." (From the Foreword)

    As Christians, we recognize God's blessings on this nation from the beginning, and yet we are living in a generation that is seeing the slow erosion of this blessing as our nation drifts farther and farther from His Word. If you are longing to better understand America's Christian heritage and your role in it, then read this book! Beginning with the biblical foundation for citizenship and the characteristics necessary to form a biblical worldview, the author presents the historical precedence of our Christian nation and takes a serious look at how our nation has gotten to the place it is today, concluding with a challenge to believers to take a stand for biblical values and liberty. In the words of the Old Testament prophet, Hosea, "My People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." As Believers, let us learn what it means to be an active, stable and committed member of society based on a Godly foundation. An excellent study for high school students and adults, each chapter offers thought provoking questions for reflection and discussion. 223 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 025304
    ISBN: 9780781442121
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    This book is a great companion to The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (either the book or the movie). There are two parts, which can be read independently but together serve as a great commentary on the book and on modern fantasy writing in general. The first part of the book is simply an explanation of the story, which highlights symbolism and themes and points out subtle details. Covering topics like human nature, the reign of the White Witch/Satan, Aslan/God, atonement, redemption, sanctification, etc., the book uses quotes from the Bible and the story to draw parallels and explain everything clearly. The text moves at a quick pace, but is easy to follow and understand. The second half of the book is a discussion on fantasy writing in general. Comparing the Narnia books to other Christian and non-Christian fantasies (most notably Harry Potter and His Dark Materials), the book discusses how fantasy writing has become popular among young readers today and gives tips on how Christians can tell the difference between "good" and "bad" fantasy and make sure the books aren't leading to spiritually harmful ideas. A 10-page reader's guide is included, which asks searching questions that correlate with The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe and is great for group discussions. By Gene Veith, 240 pgs, hc. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 025435
    ISBN: 9780880801447
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    A pocket reference sized version of the U.S. Constitution complete with an index and the Declaration of Independence. 48 pgs. ~ Tom