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  • Item #: 018492
    ISBN: 9781930953154
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    From the author of the Latina Christiana series, this is a study guide to Greek myths, Bible stories, and Roman history. This guide arms you to teach, learn, and master the basic stories fundamental to classical education. Included in the guide is a three-year reading plan, pronunciation guide, a schedule of learning activities, and more. Recommended books to use with this guide are D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and Famous Men of Rome. Introduce your child to these timeless stories as part of a classical education. (See the accompanying maps in our map section.)

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  • Item #: 028794
    ISBN: 9782924217214
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    I’ll admit it – as a young music student, I thought classical music was boooring without lyrics to tell a story. It wasn’t until many years later in a collegiate music appreciation class when I began to hear pieces like Peter and the Wolf and other classic story pieces that I realized how wrong I was!

    This book contains 20 pieces of classical music and an accompanying CD. The book goes through each song individually, explaining the literature it is based on, the ballet it is derived from, or any other information beneficial for giving context. Each page also has a few illustrations to go along, but the real key to the story is in the text. After the section explaining each story, there is a listening guide to show what instruments or pitches are used to indicate different voices or actions. Additionally, there is a short biography of each conductor and a glossary of musical terms used throughout the book. This is a unique, kid-friendly approach to classical music that I wish I had owned as a child! What a great foundation to music appreciation! Parents, as are often found in Shakespeare or other tales of that era, many of the pieces contain stories about elves, witches, fairies, and two pieces in particular mention the Devil. 68 hardcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 018892
    ISBN: 9781615383559
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  • Item #: 018875
    ISBN: 9781615383221
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  • Item #: 061893
    ISBN: 9782923163895
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  • Item #: 033630
    ISBN: 9781930953826
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    30 biographies starting with Romulus ending with Constantine and including the Tarquins, Horatius, Cincinnatus, Regulus, Cato, Marius, Cicerto, and Titus. The book concludes with a short section on the end of the Western Empire. 157 pgs, pb
  • Item #: 002406
    ISBN: 9780801068102
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    Need help with Hawthorne? Support for Shakespeare? Encouragement on Emerson? We could all use a little assistance understanding these great literary works, lest we get discouraged and set them aside for "another day." Invitation to the Classics contains introductory information on 78 literary gems from a Christian perspective. Commentary includes historical background, spiritual insights, issues to think about, and recommended editions if you wish to read the whole book cover-to-cover. Critical thinking questions are also provided to encourage you to think deeply about what you have just read. The text is very informative and easy to understand. A few of the most famous titles this book introduces you to include: Homer's The Illiad and The Odyssey, Augustine's Confessions, Thomas More's Utopia, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, four of Shakespeare's most famous plays, poetry by Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, and C.S.Lewis' Screwtape Letters. Colorful photographs and sketches illustrate the text. If you need help deciding what to read next or have ever wondered what makes a classic, this is a great aid. 384 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 065418
    ISBN: 9781930749443
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       More than half of the Bible is written in Hebrew. For Bible study purposes alone, this fact warrants learning the language. This text, originally intended for an adult audience at Bible colleges and seminaries, emphasizes pronouncing and reading Hebrew. Hebrew is complex and this text does not formally introduce grammatical concepts, nor does it follow a direct, traditional language learning method. The primary goal is to read and learn written text rather than communicating in Hebrew.

      The first 6 chapters introduce each consonant letter of the alphabet. Since vowels are not delineated in the Hebrew alphabet, the additional 6 chapters teach the vowels as classes. Then, starting as Jewish children do, students will learn to read the Shema in Hebrew and then work through the 10 Commandments, Sabbath and other blessings, daily worship prayers and blessings and then end with the Hebrew names for God.

      The author, Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, recommends following this pattern when studying the lessons: pray, review daily (30 minutes per day); use graph paper to practice the letter forms and make flash cards.

      Each of the 12 lessons in Part I should take one week per lesson for your motivated high school student. Lessons in Part II may be studied and reviewed for months to come. The readings in Lessons 12 through 16 provide the Hebrew writing with a transliteration and then an English translation below. Background information and cultural explanation elaborate on each text.

    Lesson 17 explains the Tanakh (the full Hebrew Bible) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), followed by Scripture samples in Hebrew with the corresponding Scripture in English KJV. While no transliteration or direct translation is included at this point, the student should be able to pronounce these. A good Strong’s Concordance would solve the word for word translation. Lesson 18 discusses the Hebrew names of God with transliteration and definitions, with an in-depth discussion on 18 specific names.

      The wealth of language, Biblical and cultural information here is astounding. Even if you do not wish to read full documents in Hebrew, this text would be an excellent source for Bible study—or in preparation for a trip to Israel. Additional resources include an in-depth Hebrew Glossary, an Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar; and a bibliography. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 004203
    ISBN: 9780141321097
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    Includes a short biography but no introduction; 386 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 062071
    ISBN: 9780809033591
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    What do an old man carrying a huge pickle, a pirate with a bag of gold and a minimally dressed superhero have in common? They’re all on the cover of this statistics book giving you a hint that this is not your statistics-as-usual sort of course. It is, however, a fairly comprehensive introductory statistics treatise covering raw data, sorting, samples, populations, probabilities, inference and hypothesis testing. Illustrated with literally hundreds of lively and intriguing cartoon characters, the general idea of the book is to illustrate how statisticians think and help you visualize concepts that often seem as little esoteric to most of us. Along the way, you’ll probably find yourself chuckling. Take, for instance, this discussion on samples and progressions. “Since the dawn of civilization . . .people have had the urge to count things. In fact, the earliest forms of writing were invented for counting. As civilizations grew . . . so did the number of things needing to be counted. But this created a new challenge. Sometimes it’s impossible to count all the things you want to know about. Which is why, long ago, someone dreamed up the strategy .. . of studying a sample . . . to learn something about an entire population.” This entire discussion is illustrated over a two-page spread and includes all sorts of historical figures such as gladiators, emperors and oxen. There are fourteen chapters divided into two parts – gathering statistics and hunting parameters. Each chapter traces a statistical concept showing the rationale and explaining what it means and what it shows. The cartoon illustrations are amazingly effective at developing a clear understanding of the concepts. And the humor – subtle and often not so subtle – also aids understanding, not to mention holding interest in a topic that is often considered dry and boring. There are no discussion questions or problems, however. An interesting addendum is the appendix introduced by this statement: “We’ve spent this book learning how statisticians think. But if you want to learn how they talk . . . you can start by exploring . . . The Math Cave.” What follows is a concise explanation of each chapter in ordinary statistics-speak – punctuated with a few clever cartoons just for good measure. Whether you’re a student immersed in a statistics course that you’ve given up hope of understanding or someone who loves cartoon characters no matter what the subject or someone who just wants to learn something about statistics, this just might be the extraordinary statistics book you’ve been looking for. 225 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 048880
    ISBN: 9781579126995
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    This hardcover book with audio CD is a beautifully designed and illustrated introduction to the story-filled world of ballet. The first chapter introduces you to some basic terminology, ballet positions, and history, and invites you to listen to a couple of CD music tracks. Then, each chapter that follows tells the story of a particular ballet, complete with gorgeous, watercolor-like illustrations. Throughout these chapters you'll be able to listen to some of the music and/or learn a little bit more about terminology and technique. Occasionally a chapter will also feature a famous dancer, like Rudolph Nureyev. A glossary is included in the back, and there's also a resource section for learning more about becoming a ballerina, great ballets, famous dancers, and fiction stories about dancing. The final page provides you with a CD track list for your reference. 96 pgs ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 009869
    ISBN: 9780618118687
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    This Nextext curriculum offers a basic, concise, authoritative and accessible introduction to the sociological process. Students examine the history of sociology and its three major theories: functionalism, interactionism and conflict theory. In addition, students will learn about groups and individuals, social inequality, and change in society—in that order.

    The 16 chapters in the Student Course book include (in addition to the chapter reading) several features which enhance learning: a Sociologist’s Perspective demonstrating concepts; differences Across Cultures; facts and statistics; key research and a focus on US culture. Chapter summaries and vocabulary lists further aid retention.

    For each chapter, the Teacher Resource Manual provides objectives, vocabulary, background, further resources, discussion questions (which encourage review and critical thinking) and activities. In addition, you’ll find reproducible Study Guides, Vocabulary Quizzes and Tests with multiple choice and essay questions (and all answers). The TM mentions supplemental material available on the Nextext web site. However, at the writing of this review, this site was no longer available. The course can be taught well without these supplements, but both course book and teacher manual are needed. Would be considered 1 credit at the middle school level and 1 credit at the high school level (although only introductory if your student is pursuing further education in the social sciences). Student-7.5” x 9.25”, 352 pp, hc. Teacher-8.375” x 10.75”, 102pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 064796
    ISBN: 9780801039119
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       I didn’t study philosophy until college, but it seems that students are exposed to some heavier topics earlier than I was when a young adult. One thing I didn’t get in my first college philosophy class was a Christian perspective. My philosophy education changed when I went to a Christian college and was presented both the secular and Christian perspectives of philosophy.

      This 280+ page book does a very good job of presenting philosophy throughout history, the people who shaped philosophy as we know it today, and a Christian critique of each topic. Written for high school and beyond, this would be a nice introduction for your student before going to college. ~ Donna   

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  • Item #: 012230
    ISBN: 9781606521328
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    With chapters named "The Wordy Stuff" and "The Fancy Stuff," among other funny titles, I immediately got the feeling this book was going to be an approachable, user-friendly guide to classical Greek and Roman literature. But don't discount the value of this overview. I can see giving this book to a student around 9th grade, letting them read a bit about Homer, and having them ask you if they could please read The Odyssey. Yes, the author is that engaging. Students will be introduced to the Greek alphabet, learn about roots of many English words that come from Latin, and get several examples of phrases we use today like ad hoc, bona fide and etcetera. The entire second chapter is dedicated to the "Made Up Stuff" we call ancient religion and mythology. Students learn basic Greek and Roman history like wars and politics and their impact on modern times, followed by some literature from both cultures. Math, science, inventions and philosophy are also touched upon by author Caroline Taggart. I think your students could refer back to this book if they go beyond and study more Greek or Latin, but it also stands alone as a broad introduction to the classics. 170 pgs, hc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 041880
    ISBN: 9780972089036
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    This may be my new favorite worldview book. Author J.F. Baldwin compares worldviews to the characters of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Frankenstein's monster represents all other worldviews which believe man is innately good. Jekyll and Hyde represent the Christian worldview which believes man is born in sin. Christians, members of the "Hyde" crowd, must know what they believe and what sets Christianity apart from other worldviews. The author gives a brief overview of different worldviews in understandable language, so that even the beginner can understand this complex topic. Interesting real-life stories are used to drive home the different lessons. He discusses blind faith, good works and selfishness in relation to all the worldviews. Does your worldview require you to be selfish and look out for number one, or does it call you to show mercy and live a selfless, sacrificial life? This book will cause you to ask questions about things you see and hear in the world around you; moreover it will help you understand why you believe certain things. Are you most like Frankenstein or Hyde? 271 pgs, pb – Donna

  • Item #: 026275
    ISBN: 9780794527464
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    This attractive book provides a thorough introduction to art and its history. The book is arranged chronologically, divided into five different time periods covering ancient and medieval art, the renaissance, baroque and rococo periods, the revolution, and modern world art. Each page in these chapters is covered with interesting text, lots of pictures of paintings, and brief captions. While I enjoy art books anyway, this one is especially attention holding and very reader friendly. Techniques and other signs of the times are pointed out in the paintings so readers can see how the painting process changed and developed over time, including the way people were painted as well as the fashions and other preferences of each period. Aside from these main sections, there are two other section, one at the beginning and on at the end, which provide an introduction and a look behind the scenes, giving students even more information about the subject. Also, internet links where readers can find more information about paintings or artists are scattered throughout the pages. Please note that some of the paintings portray nudity. 144 pgs, sturdy pb. - Melissa

  • Item #: 058133
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    Starline's general psych course summarizes the major theories, concepts and treatment approaches in the field of psychology. Upon completion, your student will have a good basic understanding of the field. Set includes 10 consumable student worktexts, each with a quiz in the back, and a separate spiral-bound answer key. Students can certainly work independently with a parent administering the exams. The text is not overly complicated and could be appropriate for a younger high-schooler in my opinion. The booklets get more challenging as you work through the course, and students are exposed to the vocabulary terms used in the field. Each booklet is 27-41pp, Score key is 74pp, pb. ~Sara

  • Item #: 037493
    ISBN: 9781579122829
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    This book by Michael Driscoll introduces young students to poetry and famous poets in a way they will find interesting and fun. The first part of the book describes the various types of poetry like nursery rhymes, villanelle, limerick, narrative verse, ballad, sonnet, free verse, and more. Each type of poem is described quickly and clearly, and then the book contains famous examples of that type of poem. Kids can either read the poems themselves, or play the accompanying CD when prompted. The audio CD includes all the poems in the book read alternately by a man and a woman with pleasant voices. Colorful boxes tell readers when to play a track on the CD, as well as sharing extra information about the poems or their authors. "Words for the Wise" boxes are included on each page, defining words in the poems that children may not be familiar with. "If You're a Poet, You Should Know It" boxes are also included throughout the book, with vocabulary words related to poetry defined (like stanza, alliteration, etc.). After all the types of poetry are introduced, explained, and exampled, the second half of the book is dedicated to famous poets. A quick biography of each poet is included and then excerpts from that person's poetry are shared. These excerpts (sometimes full poems) are also included on the CD. Text boxes on the pages give a summary of the poems and explain confusing parts. Fun, colorful, little drawings accompany these poems (as well as those earlier in the book) and add to the charm of the book. Homer, Shakespeare, Blake, Dickinson, Kipling, Sandburg, Heaney, Angelou, and many more are included in this section of the book. Overall, 64 famous poems are included in the book (and on the CD). With the easy-to-understand explanations and numerous examples, young students will be grasping and enjoying poetry in no time. Book includes a listing of all 64 tracks on the CD and measures 10.25" x 10.25". 96 pages, hc. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
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    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

  • Item #: 022079
    ISBN: 9780982537718
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    Every once in a while, you come across a product that you wish you could have had when you were growing up, and those were exactly my feelings when I reviewed Ellen Johnston McHenry's introductory chemistry course. Geared for the upper elementary to junior-high age students, it introduces chemistry gently, comparing the elements, the ingredients of our world to common kitchen ingredients we use everyday to make many very different baked goods. The analogy kicks off the first chapter, where they learn about the more common elements such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, analogous to flour, sugar, and salt, which are used in nearly everything we bake. More uncommon elements such as berylium, gallium, and selenium are compared to fruit, spices, and other add-ins that you might only use in special recipes. The periodic table is then introduced, in the more simplified (and less intimidating) format of the "Kitchen Cupboard of the Universe). The basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in each chapter, in a very simple, understandable format, and avoids bogging them down with details that will be covered (much more exhaustively!) in high school or college. The approach appears to work well, with protons, neutrons, electrons, the electron cloud model, orbitals, bonding, spin, and more covered in just the very first few chapters. Fun and interactive activities are featured at the end of each chapter, to review and reinforce what was covered in the chapter, before moving further on. The activities are a good mix of hands-on experiments, and model-making, puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, and of course short answer to write electron configurations, Lewis diagrams, chemical compounds and more. The hands-on activities have been well-chosen and illustrate well the concepts that have been learned. Constructing balloon electron cloud models and edible chemical compounds, creating carbon dioxide bubbles, and electolysis are several examples. Several songs are included, for those who are more auditorily oriented. Several more involved activities include making periodic-table pillowcases to play a game on, creating your own "collect-'em-all" chemical elements card deck, and performing several short skits on the discovery of several of the more common elements of the periodic table. Students are also challenged by the author to memorize as much of the periodic table as they can, to help make life easier when they revisit the subject (as well as impress their relatives at get-togethers). At only 78 pages of lessons, this is a fairly brief, but effective introduction to chemistry that could be easily worked into the academic year with any style of curriculum being used. Patterns, outlines, activity sheets, experiments, games, skits and more are included in the Teacher's Section in back half of the book activity packet. And, to make things easier on Mom, most of the materials are easily found, either around the home, or at your local Wal-Mart. (No poring over science supply catalogs trying to decide how many moles of a chemical to order!) A CD is no longer included with the book - instruction is given in the text to stream the songs from the publisher's website and prescreened youtube videos are referenced for additional information.

    All in all, this is a very well-done introduction to the basics of chemistry, and whatever your students take with them from this course will be well applied to more advanced chemistry, making their journey into more advanced chemistry all the more manageable. Plus, I think students will definitely be impressed with themselves for being able to complete some college-level chemistry by Chapter 3 of the book! Personally, my first real experience with chemistry was my senior year of high school, followed by the four semesters of chemistry required by my major, and I think both high school chemistry as well as introductory college chemistry would have been much easier to understand had I had some experience with these concepts at an earlier age. - Jess

  • Item #: 067459
    ISBN: 9781433547034
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  • Item #: 030157
    ISBN: 9780977070497
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    It happens to me once in awhile. I start skimming through a curriculum product and then realize I've slowed down and am reading it thoroughly. This is one of those products. I might be inclined to call it a "practically perfect" introduction to worldview. Designed as a four-lesson unit study and targeting a middle school audience, it provides instructional information, illustrative hands-on activities, and well-developed questions and talking points for family discussions. The lessons move from defining worldview, to finding the commonalities between worldviews, to identifying four worldview "families" (polytheism, monotheism, pantheism, and naturalism) and placing the world's religions in these families, and finally to evaluating the impact of worldview on history. The student is led into discovery: learning to think and evaluate for himself. And, perhaps most important for this age group, they are given tools by which they can continue the evaluation process.

    The Guide is written directly to the student with the parent serving more or less as an administrator. This is an effective presentation methodology because many parents are unfamiliar with these topics and uncertain how to present them. Here, they can become co-learners. Both the instructional segments and the hands-on activities (designed to illustrate and lead the student into understanding) are well-laid out, thoroughly explained and easy to follow. The harder-to-find supplies are provided with the remainder being household/office items. Lessons include definitions, instruction, hands-on activities, processing explanations, review and Table Talk (guidelines for family discussion). Literature selections are used with some lessons to provide discussion points and to further clarify the instruction. The Appendix includes reproducible (for the family) copies of worksheets, literature selections, and a summary of 12 different worldviews. The "very back" of the guide includes nine cardstock pages which are used for some of the lesson activities. The curriculum packet includes the Guide plus pre-cut wrapping papers, three white boxes (flattened, six-inch cubes), and a pair of 3-D glasses. 87 pgs. pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056331
    ISBN: 9780140449754
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      With narrative flair, Plutarch wrote biographies that portrayed the personality, character and key points of each individual who established and influenced the development of Rome. From mythical and Greek characters to defenders of freedom, the 12 selected biographies from Plutarch’s Lives include Romulus, Elder Cato and Marcellus. Some of the biographies were originally translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert and Christ Pelling. Revisions and additional translations in this edition were written by Jeffrey Tatum. Maps are provided for Rome, Latium, Italy, Greece, East Mediterranean, and Spain/Africa. Tatum’s introduction provides a helpful explanation to Plutarch’s purpose and style. Additionally, each biography includes an introduction and comparison of each biography. 188 pages of further notes reinforce the study. A Penguin Classic. 6x7.5”, 784 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 045002
    ISBN: 9780982537749
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    While I already knew that Ellen McHenry has a talent for making complicated topics fun and understandable for middle schoolers, I was impressed all over again when I saw this study on the brain. I mean, it seems manageable to teach chemistry to kids, but neurology? Things can get complicated when you start following nerve pathways across and through the brain! However, I was relieved to see that you don't need to be a brain surgeon to teach this course. The book has two parts – a student booklet and a teacher's section, both of which include reproducibles that you can copy for your own family or one classroom. The student booklet is at the core of the course, and includes all of the text and text-based activities. There are ten topical chapters in the booklet, plus "half-chapters" that end in .5 and cover "extras" that you could choose to cover or skip, depending on your interest and time available. The chapters cover the history of brain research, basic brain anatomy, the right and left sides of the brain, the parts of the brain and their functions, brain cells, neurons, learning and memory, the brain's connection to the body, sleep and brain doctors. Each chapter includes several pages of friendly, straight-forward text on the topic, augmented by black-and-white graphics and the little fingerprint guys you might recognize from the author's chemistry programs. Several review activities are provided at the end of each chapter. These are quite wide-ranging in format, so much so that I'm just going to have to give you specific examples! For instance, in the first chapter on brain research, the first activity asks students to research different brain scans on the internet and answer question about each, then read to find out more about Phineas Gage (the strangest story in brain research!), and finally, students complete a color-by-number "PET Scan." In the chapter about brain parts and functions you'll find a crossword puzzle to complete, a diagram to color the parts of the brain, and "The Brain Song" to listen to, which is available as a download on the author's website. Other fun activities include making a 9-square puzzle of connected neurons and using the right and left sides of your brain to complete specific challenges. An answer key is provided at the end of the student portion, and contains all of the answers to activities with specific answers. The teacher's section is primarily made up of more involved, hands-on activities. These are organized by corresponding chapter and include fun ideas like making a brain "hemisphere hat" using the reproducible patterns that show the different areas of the brain, doing an MRI on an orange, making a human neuronal network, building an edible neuron, and much, much more. I was very impressed with the hands-on activities overall; they are very creative! This would be a very fun curriculum to use with a co-op, or with several of your children at one time. I would recommend finding some good text resources on the brain, as the visuals are a bit limited here, and there may be topics you'll want to read more about, but I think the content and the activities here will definitely capture children's interest! Packaged in a 3-hole, looseleaf format (no longer includes CD; all digital files are available on the author's website). – Jess

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  • Item #: 056101
    ISBN: 9781433526121
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    Publisher's description: We've all heard about the classics and assume they're great. Some of us have even read them on our own. But for those of us who remain a bit intimidated or simply want to get more out of our reading, Crossway's Christian Guides to the Classics are here to help.



    In these short guidebooks, popular professor, author, and literary expert Leland Ryken takes you through some of the greatest literature in history while answering your questions along the way.

    Each book:

    • includes an introduction to the author and work
    • explains the cultural context
    • incorporates published criticism
    • defines key literary terms
    • contains discussion questions at the end of each unit of the text
    • lists resources for further study
    • evaluates the classic text from a Christian worldview.



    This guide opens up the last of Shakespeare's magnificent tragedies, Macbeth, and explores the themes of temptation, sin, and guilt, as well as the keys to virtuous behavior.

  • Item #: 004640
    ISBN: 9781934124086
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  • Item #: 056097
    ISBN: 9781433534591
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    Publisher's description: We've all heard about the classics and assume they're great. Some of us have even read them on our own. But for those of us who remain a bit intimidated or simply want to get more out of our reading, Crossway's Christian Guides to the Classics are here to help.



    In these short guidebooks, popular professor, author, and literary expert Leland Ryken takes you through some of the greatest literature in history while answering your questions along the way.

    Each book:

    • includes an introduction to the author and work
    • explains the cultural context
    • incorporates published criticism
    • defines key literary terms
    • contains discussion questions at the end of each unit of the text
    • lists resources for further study
    • evaluates the classic text from a Christian worldview.



    In this volume, Ryken guides readers through Dickens's quintessential coming-of-age novel, Great Expectations. Exploring perennial themes such as love, justice, and heroism, this book stands as the preeminent example of Dickens's unrivaled ability to conjure realistic characters and palpable settings.