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  • Item #: 010792
    ISBN: 9781882514304
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    After being out of print for a while, it's a pleasure to have this study once again available. With an emphasis on interactive discussion and worldview, the guide provides a lesson-by-lesson framework for studying some of the major works of ancient literature – The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Using an inductive approach, the student is encouraged to use three steps – observation, interpretation, and application – in coming to an understanding of the literary piece. Only after spending some time reading, absorbing, and comprehending the selection does the student seek to discover what others have said about it. The goal is for the student to be able and prepared to evaluate the opinions of others because they have formed their own thoughts first as opposed to just internalizing what others have thought and written.

    The course is divided into 24 lessons, each one taking about a week to complete. This is just about right for the literature component of a high school English course. You could easily lengthen the course to encompass the entire school year (30 or 36 weeks) by inserting writing assignments between the sections. As an example, let's look at the study of Oedipus Rex, which starts with some background information on the Greek Theater. This is to bring the student "up to speed" so to speak and includes all the basic information that a Greek theater-goer would know – such things as the story of Oedipus, how the play is organized, and who appears in the play. There are five lessons covering this reading selection, each organized similarly. First is a list of People and Places along with vocabulary that the student is expected to be able to identify and define. Then follows some reading sections, each accompanied by a set of comprehension questions (i.e. who, what, describe, how, etc.) An early lesson in the series gives some instruction on a literary analysis device – Dramatic Irony – and subsequent lessons ask the student to look for examples. In the second lesson in the series, an Overview Chart is introduced. The student uses this graphic organizer to identify and organize the main events and characters from the play. The series of lessons concludes with an in-depth Essay Question. The course includes four lessons on biblical literature and the Epic of Gilgamesh, four on The Odyssey, five lessons on Oedipus, five on Antigone (please note that both Sophocles' Antigone and the twentieth century play by Jean Anouilh are studied), and a final summary lesson.

    The text is designed as a consumable student workbook providing space to write the short essay answers to the comprehension/discussion questions. It could easily be used as a non-consumable by having the student keep answers in a separate binder/notebook. There are no answers given or an answer key. The parent/teacher is encouraged to be a participant along with the student in completing the readings and discussions. Although I understand this rationale and even agree that this approach is optimum, nevertheless, speaking as a mom, I would have appreciated some talking points.

    Compared to some, this is a relaxed study. This should not be interpreted as "lightweight." There's plenty here – both in organization and in the literature selections and discussion – to provide a challenging examination of ancient literature. One of the best features of the entire course is the fact that it starts with a four-lesson study of Daniel (the literature and culture of the Babylonians) and Genesis (creation, flood, and Tower of Babel) in order to assure that the student is well-grounded in biblical events and principles. Another excellent feature is the final worldview lesson. Although most ancient literature is the literature of pagans, this study provides the biblical grounding to make certain the study is profitable.

    Although a specific book list is not provided, it's obvious that specific versions of these works are being referenced because of the page numbers given throughout the lessons. ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 046123
    ISBN: 9781882514458
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    Continuing their literature series and including many of the characteristics of the Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature, this course is designed to provide the first year of a three-year survey of British and American Literature. Again utilizing whole works rather than excerpts, this course includes studies of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and selections from the Canterbury Tales and Hamlet (including the modern, worldview-shifting perspective from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead). There are 23 lessons, each expected to take about a week to complete, written directly (and often with a subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor) to the student, leading them to dig deeper into the shades of understanding of the literary piece as well as the culture and worldview of the author. The study guide – really a consumable worktext providing both the questions and plenty of space to write responses – starts with "typical" questions such as vocabulary development and sequence of events, but there is a spiraling intensity as the questions continue that quickly draws out more thoughtful responses. Most of the literature selections are written from a Christian worldview perspective.

    There are occasional writing suggestions (but no writing instruction) and many of the questions could be deepened into essays. Parents are strongly encouraged to read along with the student, and while I always think this is an excellent idea, I tend to be a little irritated when forced to do so: like other Greenleaf guides, there are no answer keys or even talking points provided. Students and parents are on their own in terms of evaluation. With the exception of Hamlet, specific versions (translations) of each work are referenced. We've listed these below. The Medieval Lit Study Package includes each of these books along with the Greenleaf Guide. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000960
    ISBN: 9781581341980
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    From a Christian perspective. A wonderful guide to well-written, interesting books that embody the values Christians hold dear. The author's goal is to expose children to books which will build character and instill a love for good literature. In the spirit of Charlotte Mason's philosophy, the author has provided us with a listing of hundreds of what she considers "living books" - books that "open windows onto the world God made for man to live in". Her extensive list is arranged by subject and includes a summary and evaluation of each. A welcome addition to your bookshelf - helping you to be wise in the selection of literature to be "consumed" by your children. 320 pgs.

  • Item #: 062119
    ISBN: 9780071800631
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    Even wonder what a Lexile score really means? It is an educators tool used to match a students reading level to the level of difficulty (and appropriate content for the age of the reader) of a particular book. You want the right level of challenge: if its too difficult, a child can become frustrated. The higher the Lexile score, the more difficult the book (typically). This teacher resource discusses Lexile scores and so much more! Chapters include how to choose books for your children; how to set up a library; strategies to increase comprehension (also vocabulary development & interpreting the theme); ways to discuss what was read; and responding to literature (book report & project ideas). There are lists of titles recommended for all ages and grade-specific lists of books, with many award winning books (Caldecott, Newbery, etc.). Also listed are multicultural books, titles about character traits, and race-specific titles. There are suggestions for your ELL learners, too (those learning English). The last part shows how to link a book to other subject areas. For you homeschooling families, this amounts to a unit study. When choosing books for your library, include both books to be read aloud and those to be read by students. Classroom teachers, librarians and homeschool families can all use this resource packed full of great ideas! Parents are always calling us for book suggestions and we are happy to give suggestions, but here is a book of reading lists & activities to help you any time you like! 351pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • 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 #: 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   

  • Item #: 026370
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  • Item #: 009154
    ISBN: 9780895981356
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  • Item #: 003994
    ISBN: 9781425811020
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      This book provides teachers with brief summaries on a wide range of literature for all elementary grade levels. The goal is to expand your options by including options with a range of themes, genres, cultures, authors, and illustrators. Although not exhaustive, this book serves as a guide to print and digital, new and classic, and readily available, with an emphasis on picture books titles. Book categories include alphabet books, picture books, chapter books and novels, pop-up books, informative books and poetry. In each chapter, you’ll find the book title, author and illustrator, and a brief description. In some cases, you’ll also find lists of additional or award winning books in that category, reading tips, and interesting tidbit facts. 19 pages of reproducible student activity sheets can be used to enhance reading comprehension and further discuss a variety of books. An additional Digital Resource CD includes PDF of 18 book-related activities to print. Reproducible for classroom use only. 168 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 047351
    ISBN: 9781613220238
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  • Item #: 008571
    ISBN: 9781557086556
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    Roughly one-third of this reproducible activity book is devoted to describing various types of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Novels, short stories, myths and fables, biographies/autobiographies, diaries/histories, essays, poetry, and dramatic literature are all covered. This section is followed by a brief review via crossword puzzle. The remainder of the book explores the following literary elements: plot, theme, characterization, setting, mood, conflict, point of view, symbolism, foreshadowing and flashback, personification and hyperbole, irony, simile, metaphor, satire, dialogue, suspense, and poetic devices. A literary review page, this time in matching format, closes the 28-page booklet. Exercises throughout the book present explanations of the constructs and require written student response, ranging from short answers to lists to full paragraph exposition.

  • 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 #: 010931
    ISBN: 9780740337987
    Retail: $56.96
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    This CD-ROM provides a supplement to the SOS Language Arts curriculum. The one-semester course covers a variety of periods including early American literature, the Romantic Period, war and reconciliation, the Modern Age, and the Post-Modern Age. Please see our main Switched-On Schoolhouse description in Curriculum for more details on the lastest SOS version. System requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 / Windows 10. CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended).

  • Item #: 017555
    ISBN: 9781891975097
    Retail: $38.00
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    This complete, one-year literature course was designed for high school but would be great for a middle school study as well. The course uses classic novels that have been made into movies to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis. Student discussion and composition questions are provided for each of the seventeen movies featured. An extensive teacher's guide and answer key are included for the questions asked. A glossary of important literary terms is also given, as well as a final exam which tests literary elements learned from each movie. The course not only provides students the skills needed to dissect different literary aspects of books, it also teaches them to discern underlying messages in movies rather than simply absorbing them. Whether you want your students to read the novels first and then watch the movies and analyze them, or merely watch the movies alone, this book provides great guidelines and offers students the tools they need for prompting literary analysis. ~ Rachel S.
  • Item #: 026275
    ISBN: 9780794527464
    Retail: $17.99
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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 #: 009670
    Retail: $129.00
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    Literature covered includes: Introduction to the Short Story (Smarr), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Merchant of Venice, Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Prince and the Pauper, Silas Marner, Moping Melancholy Mad: An Introduction to Poetry (Smarr), Great Expectations, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Black Arrow

  • Item #: 028794
    ISBN: 9782924217214
    Retail: $16.95
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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 #: 058133
    Retail: $174.50
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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 #: 022728
    ISBN: 9781586093679
    Retail: $24.99
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    This study guide from Progeny Press, though tackling a slightly different topic, is just as well done. The format is much the same, although it requires three books to use (all of which we offer very inexpensively and are listed below for your convenience). The study guide begins with an introduction to poetry and its historical background. The first part of the book offers a short lesson in types of poetry, and the remaining two parts offer several lessons each. The second part focuses on elements of poetry, and the lessons deal specifically with lines, words, sounds, rhyme, imagery, tone, and other specific poetic elements. The last part in the book looks at designated forms of poetry such as the sonnet, blank verse, ballad, limerick, free verse, etc. The lessons in these two parts both begin with some information in the guide, and then the student is direct to read a poem or two per lesson and answer questions about them. As with Progeny's other guides, these challenge students to think critically about the selections. Scripture based questions are also tied into the themes in "deeper thinking" questions. 84 pages. - Mel
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  • Item #: 045002
    ISBN: 9780982537749
    Retail: $19.95
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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

  • Item #: 059029
    ISBN: 9781893103504
    Retail: $14.95
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    The literature of a time period is always one of our best sources of information. This is especially true about a long ago time period like the medieval centuries. These are the stories that have withstood the test of time – and translation – and appeal. This anthology – edited by Rebecca Berg Manor (daughter of Beautiful Feet author, Rea Berg) – provides us with an excellent (and manageable) cross-section of literature that traces medieval culture from the beginnings of Christendom to the Age of Exploration. Selections, organized by type of literature, include excerpts from Augustine's Confessions (Early Christian), Deeds of Charlemagne (Romanesque) Battle of Brunanburh (Old English), Song of Roland (Arthurian), Song of the Creatures (Late Latin), Divine Comedy (Dante). Used as a Senior High resource for Beautiful Feet's Medieval History: A Literature Approach, this is a good reference/resource book for any high school world history course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 042561
    ISBN: 9780980100518
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  • Item #: 010949
    ISBN: 9780740338007
    Retail: $56.95
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    This CD-ROM provides a supplement to the SOS language arts curriculum. The one-semester course introduces students to prominent British authors and their writings. Covers the Middle Ages, Reformation and Renaissance, Neoclassical Period, Romantic Era, and the Modern Age and era. Please see our main Switched-On Schoolhouse description in Curriculum for more details on the lastest SOS version. System requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 / Windows 10. CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended).

  • 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