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  • Item #: 021885
    ISBN: 9781090432421
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  • Item #: 021884
    ISBN: 9781090531315
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  • Item #: 025000
    ISBN: 9781620573655
    Retail: $8.99
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    This fun book holds a variety of prompts to jump-start kids' creativity. Doodling pages hold a shape or line and encourage children to finish the doodle however they like. Drawing pages contain part of a picture and direct children to provide the missing part, like a fun and silly hat for a boy, decorating the bake sale cookies, or drawing their amazing discovery on the leaf. Writing pages range from fill-in-the-blank stories or statements to writing a story to go with a picture. Many pages combine drawing with writing like drawing a car of the future and then writing about all of the special things the car can do. There is fantastic variety to the 60 pages of activities; you should have no trouble finding activities that appeal to any child. Many kids will think this is just fun work, but in fact it is very helpful to get kids from picturing to writing, especially those young learners who have ideas but cannot yet put them into writing. Any child will benefit from and enjoy these prompts, but it could be also be a valuable resource for a non-verbal child or one with language processing difficulty. These would make a good warm-up activity for your daily language arts lesson. 64 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 019409
    ISBN: 9781556524578
    Retail: $18.95
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    Personally, I love these activity guides. They're well done, tell a good story, give a lot of good details, and offer some really neat projects to accompany the study. This study is especially interesting, as it focuses on a period of history that is normally not covered in any great depth - that of the ancient Israelites, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines. Several important aspects of each of these three civilizations are studied, including their history, architecture, clothing, language and writing, work, food, and religion. A nice timeline is included at the beginning, featuring a strip for each individual civilization, so you can see what was going on in each of the other countries at the same time. An introduction gives you the basics on the land you will be studying, as well as the time period - from 1200 B.C. to 538 B.C. Then we jump into the Israelite section. Much information as to Israelite history is drawn from the Bible, although, since the book is from a secular publisher, it is not taken to be infallible evidence. Much archaeological evidence is cited for the history of each civilization as well, which is fascinating, and sparks some neat projects! Each topic is discussed in each civilization on several pages, in a highly readable and interesting style packed with pictures such as artifacts and preserved buildings. Interesting related facts are frequently included off to the side. As mentioned above, the activities are great, and enough of them are included so you can pick and choose to suit your time and interests. For instance, in the Israelite section, you may construct a model pillared house, complete with some spare furniture, write in the ancient Israelite alphabet on a smashed pot, make your own stamp seal, create a model terrace farm, carry water on your head, stomp some grapes into juice, cook up an ancient Israelite meal, and making a blessing scroll. That's not all; I'm sure the kids will also really get into making a costume for each civilization, including headwear and other accessories, such as jewelry. Including an activity guide like this in your history studies will definitely add some spice - and a lot of fun! - Jess

  • Item #: 002512
    ISBN: 9780794501150
    Retail: $4.99
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    Short? Check. Colorful? Check. Good for children? Check. With colorful illustrations and kid-friendly writing, this book will get your kids playing chess in no time. Covering the bare basics, you will learn how to move the pieces, the point system, some basic strategies, as well as special moves: castling, en passant, and so forth. Meanwhile, cool little knights and pawns decorate the sides of the pages, and occasionally illustrate a point (like the armored knight jumping over enemy pawns, while they gaze up with a mixture of fear and awe). These little things help kids take an interest, enabling them to learn faster. While not for those that already have basic knowledge, it will jumpstart a child's interest in chess. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 002240
    ISBN: 9781602005228
    Retail: $0.00
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    That proverbial talk about the “birds and the bees.” You know you need to do it. Teaching your children about God’s plan for sex and all the male/female interaction that leads up to it is part of what it means to bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And you want to do it – sort of. It’s just that it’s so very uncomfortable – and you don’t know what to say – and there might be questions asked that make you ashamed or guilty. . .  Dennis and Barbara Rainey (parents of six) of Family Life Ministries know you need “a plan” and they’ve provided a lovely one – a getaway weekend kit complete with instructions for you, guidelines for what to do, excellent speakers to get the difficult words out in the open by offering interesting audio sessions, an engaging format, a solid study of Biblical values, and enjoyable scripture songs.

      The goal of this program is to encourage and empower parents to discuss the difficult topics of intimacy, sexual behavior, and personal feelings that are facing their children as they enter the preteen years. To give parents the tools they need to both challenge their sons and daughters as they enter the pathway to Christian adulthood as well as provide the foundation for future discussions and sharing. To build a mentoring relationship with your children that continues past the weekend and into all the years leading up to adulthood.

      Preteen? Isn’t that jumping the gun a bit for the birds and the bees? Not in today’s culture. It’s literally everywhere around us – and now in ways unimagined by all previous generations. This program is designed to set the stage for a close parent/child relationship as the child moves into this period. Topics are handled biblically, carefully, and tastefully. Some topics are left optional for the parent.

      A weekend getaway. That’s the general setting. One child – with the parent all to himself (boys with fathers; girls with mothers) – doing an activity of his choice that he loves to do and spending time listening to “talks” and working through study material together. It’s a wonderful affirmation that the love of the parent can transcend the upcoming changes that the child will be experiencing.

      There are five audio sessions and one optional session: 1) the adolescent experience, 2) how to handle peer pressure, 3) changes that are ahead (God’s design for sex), 4) purity (protecting sexual innocence), and 5) dating (properly engaging with the opposite sex). The optional session covers really delicate issues (masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction) and can be inserted after the fourth session and before the fifth if the parent chooses,

      The Getaway Kit provides the necessary framework: a tour guide for the parent, travel journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s of all sessions.

      The Tour Guide is for the parent – basically a leader’s guide for this very focused Bible study. This little manual includes sections on planning the getaway, an itinerary for the weekend, a suggested schedule, preparation checklists (and needed supplies), guidelines for writing a note to your son/daughter, and very specific suggestions for praying for your son/daughter. Also included is a page-for-page reproduction of the Travel Journal (accent color rather than full color) so you can work through it with your son/daughter.

      The Travel Journal is for your son/daughter and is designed as a companion for the experiences of the weekend. With a travel theme and an engaging appearance, it provides a place to write notes (from the talks), thoughts, and answers to questions as well as the guidelines for godly Christian living provided by this study material. There are 25 follow-up devotions that continue with a similar theme and help strengthen the biblical core of the young adult’s understanding of the various issues. This is a nicely done keepsake book with a hardcover, full-color graphics, and an elastic strap for place-keeping.

      The CD Set provides the core material for the heart of the weekend and the program. Eight CDs provide the weekend talk sessions. These sessions feature scripture memory songs, dramatic vignettes, humorous features, real-life stories from teens and adults, and lots of teaching from parents and experts that have “been there, done that.” Songs are CCM-type of music with understandable lyrics, singable melodies, and full instrumentation backup.

      Having “that” talk with your children may never be entirely comfortable, but this kit gives you a plan; the certainty of godly, biblical content; and the promise of enjoyable memories. 

  • Item #: 057181
    ISBN: 9781611030778
    Retail: $20.00
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    It's often been said that the single most important skill for test-taking success is good reading comprehension. I totally agree. Even math section scores will be higher if the student reads carefully. Providing a pretest and posttest, along with in-depth instructional sequences, this book will positively impact reading comprehension skills. The pretest is unusual in its length, with excerpts from eight different types of writing and detailed answer explanations that provide great help in understanding why you missed a question. The twenty lessons are organized into four units – building a strong foundation, structure, language/style, and reading between the lines. Introductory information at the beginning gives specific suggestions for becoming an active reader – skimming ahead/jumping back, marking up the text, highlighting or underlining, circling unfamiliar words, making notes in the margins, and making observations. Lessons are detailed and varied. For instance, lesson 4 on the difference between fact and opinion includes a lesson summary, a page of detailed instructional material, and three practice exercises, two of which include a passage and questions (with answers) and a third which actually allows you to manipulate sentences back and forth between fact and opinion. Another type of lesson, such as lesson 14 on tone, starts with a lesson summary then walks the student through different examples of how tone influences meaning and exercises on analyzing tone from several examples. The concluding posttest utilizes the same methodology as the pretest – excerpts from different types of writing and detailed explanations of answers. A ten page study skills section in the appendix provides excellent suggestions and effective tips. If you feel like you're just getting started when you come to the end of the book, there's a code in the book that gives you access to additional reading comprehension practice with immediate scoring, detailed answer explanations, and personalized recommendations for further practice and study. This seems an excellent resource for solid high school level reading comprehension skill-building which, of course, is excellent preparation for standardized and college entrance testing. 214 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

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

  • Item #: 068489
    ISBN: 9781539605157
    Retail: $17.50
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    In this Thinking Tree math workbook, students write their own math problems and solve them by following a directed mystery. As they do, they draw pictures of the various items such as cars, frogs, a cake, cups, flowers and more. Each page has an activity. Here is an example: Addition - Pick 3 numbers and write them in 3 boxes labeled X, Y and Z. Read the mystery: Liam went puddle jumping. He jumped in X little puddles, Y ankle-deep puddles and Z giant puddles. How many puddles did Liam jump in? Write out the numbers as a math problem, then write out your answer as a sentence on the spaces provided. Below that are 2 boxes, one with lines and one with a grid to be used as you like. At the top are 2 boxes: one to color and one to draw your own path of puddles to jump. Other pages work on subtraction, division/fractions, and multiplication. Enliven math practice with drawing and coloring. No math instruction included. Reproducible for a single household only. 8.5x11", 80pp, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 066487
    Retail: $11.99
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    Tactile learners will love using this set of color-coded plastic tiles! Nouns are blue (54), verbs are red (35), adjectives are green (32) and miscellaneous parts of speech, along with some punctuation tiles, are yellow (39.) Tiles come in 2 sizes, 1” squares and 1x1.5” and have a little ridge around the edge of the tile. Words are clearly printed in lower case black type. Some nouns include: water, wheels, girl, balloon, four, zoo, etc. Verbs include: lives, going, help, drinks, watch, wear, jumps, etc. Some adjectives are dark, small, many, shiny, other, slow, new, etc. And some miscellany words include who, in, the, of, this, a, what, the, around, me, when, your, etc. Make up your own silly sentences! Teach some beginner grammar! Create writing prompts by drawing 5 tiles and making up a story! Practice grouping words by color, then write some words on paper and add them to your groups! 160 tiles come in a clear plastic jug with screw-top lid and carrying handle. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 062864
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    Rainy days? Cold weather? Children with energy to burn? Children can learn to follow directions, take turns, learn their colors & even numbers 0-10 by playing hopscotch on this darling rug from Melissa & Doug. Add cute & colorful to your room décor whether at home, in a classroom, at your church or at a daycare. You won’t roll this up and put it away. Oh no! It will stay out and inspire kids to get jumping! Measures 78.5” x 26.5”, about the size of an average hallway runner. The rubber backing keeps it from sliding when you walk or jump on it. Edges are reinforced to prevent fraying. It even comes with 2 bean bags that attach to the rug! You can come up with variations to regular hopscotch like writing simple addition/subtraction problems on a card, throw a beanbag to that number and jump to the answer. So if the card says 3+3, you jump to the #6 and back. Try throwing both beanbags on the same square! Say, “I’m thinking of a number between 2 and 8,” then give clues to your secret number. Use the colors too. Children can say or spell the color their beanbag lands on. Hop on one foot or close your eyes when you throw your bag. And whatever else you and the kids can come up with for some good fun! Activities like these are great for a young kinesthetic learner. The background is a light blue sky with clouds and a few colorful birds. The #10 is the sun and there is grass/flowers near the #1. Did I mention how cute this rug is? Machine wash cold or spot clean. 100% polyester fibers. Latex backing. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 059362
    ISBN: 9780393243260
    Retail: $26.95
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      We’ve all read the legends of great scientific discoveries; from Archimedes jumping out of the bath shouting, “Eureka!” to Galileo defending his major work on heliocentrism from the Inquisition. But unfortunately for most of us, the story is where our knowledge ends and we have a tendency to take for granted the years of work and conflict that it took for these men and women of science to make sense of their discoveries, and then explain them to the world. Susan Wise Bauer’s book attempts to compile select major scientific works and their corresponding discoveries in chronological order to help readers better understand where this “very human pursuit” of science originated and how our ideas of science have changed through history. The 28 brief chapters are organized into five parts: “The Beginnings” (from Hippocrates to Copernicus), “The Birth of the Method” (from Francis Bacon to Isaac Newton), “Reading the Earth” (from Georges-Louis Leclerc and Comte de Buffon to Walter Alvarez), “Reading Life” (from Lamarck to Stephen Jay Gould) and “Reading the Cosmos” (Albert Einstein to James Gleick). The chapters do an excellent job of acquainting us with the featured scientist as we get a quick overview of their life’s work and their major writings. Each chapter closes with a link to read excerpts from the scientists’ foundational written work, and then the author provides a brief bibliography of the translations and versions of their works that are available in print today should you want to read the original work yourself. It’s an ambitious project, but the author has taken an immense volume of knowledge and distilled it into an understandable overview, with lots of guidance on how to dig deeper into the scientists’ original works. Much like her History of the World series, this is a book that curious adults will enjoy, either as a refresher or to round out their current knowledge. It would also provide an excellent foundation for high school students who will be exposed to most of these scientific discoveries and concepts through their more topical science courses. 316 pages, hc. – Jess  

  • Item #: 048673
    ISBN: 9781622236381
    Retail: $12.99
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    Kick off your school day or science class with a quick brain warm-up. With four writing activities per page, the exercises can be used for review or introduction in the areas of science: general, life, human body, earth, atmospheric, space, physical, and science/technology. Activities include unscrambling words, find the missing letter, matching, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, short answer, and more. Pages are reproducible for classroom or family use, so make copies and cut them apart to do one activity a day, or give a whole page to students for completion while working with another student. Jump start thinking and reinforce learning with these quick activities. 94 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 042750
    ISBN: 9781593277567
    Retail: $29.95
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  • Item #: 030198
    Retail: $9.99
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    This craft kit is adorable! If you have a fascination with all things tiny - fairy gardens, dollhouses - here are tiny books that you make yourself and wear as jewelry. The kit includes black cotton thread, 55 pieces of 3-hole-punched cardstock, 4 jump rings, faux-suede cord in rich eggplant and teal, a plastic needle and lots of peel-and-stick adhesive. The instructions are very clear with illustrations and photos to help. Most kids will be able to do this without adult help. The sewing instructions come with lots of photos. Friends could write books to each other with secret little messages and stories! Each kit makes 2 books/necklaces. Get several to do as a birthday party activity or scout project! Make tiny autograph books! Add tiny photos! Pages are just over an inch square; covers overlap this a little bit. Does not include pencils or markers. For ages 8+. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 027801
    ISBN: 9780596514921
    Retail: $29.99
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    Although I get excited about a lot of new products, when I saw this one my first thought was, "Why wasn't something like this available when I was in high school?" Subtitled "All Lab, No Lecture," and written for the do-it-yourselfers of all types and ages, I can't imagine a more fitting homeschool chemistry lab guide. Author Robert Bruce Thompson has studied chemistry most of his life after receiving a chemistry set for Christmas when he was a boy. With the growing realization both that the chemistry sets offered today have been so "whittled down" due to liability that they no longer can teach actual chemistry, and that schools often "skimp" on science, he was determined to write a complete lab manual for people truly interested in learning chemistry. And he has done a fantastic job.

    The lab manual contains two year's worth of chemistry labs (including AP recommended labs), organized topically. Because this is lab material only, you may need to do a bit of coordinating to plan for labs that correlate with what you are studying in your chemistry text. Further aiding your lesson planning, he sorts out lists of labs in the introduction, providing three suggested lists of labs for high schoolers who are not planning on going into a science major in college, those who are planning on a science-related major in college, and those who are wanting to take the AP Chemistry test for college credit (a chart is also included here matching AP recommended experiments with particular labs in the book). You may want to modify these lists or even create your own, however, based on the chemistry curriculum you are using. Before we jump into the labs, however, there is plenty more "good stuff" to read, including information on setting up and using a lab notebook, lab safety information, guidance on assembling equipment for your home laboratory, and advice on obtaining chemicals for the lab. While I could gloss over this and go onto the labs, I want to reinforce how helpful these chapters will be both to you and your student. With the background of someone who has built and used his own home chemistry lab for years, he offers a wealth of knowledge on specific apparatus and chemicals that you won't find in any packaged chemistry curriculum's teacher manual. In the chapter on equipping the lab, he goes into detail on specific types of glassware, and recommends specific sizes and quantities for each. This information is also helpfully found in a chart form as well. Other equipment, such as balances, heat sources, support stands, pipettes, thermometers, scoops, filter paper, rubber stoppers and more are covered separately, and he also provides a chart for these as well. I can appreciate how he keeps cost in mind, and often recommends substitutes or sources for items that he has found helpful. The last part of this chapter offers advice on where in your home to locate your chemistry lab (I have to grin, thinking of my own makeshift 1950's diner table in the corner of the dim basement). The chapter on obtaining chemicals is a gold mine all by itself (a tricky area, since some forms are classified as hazardous or restricted!). Here the author provides excellent reference material for the non-chemist/homeschool parent. He includes information on chemical names, how to understand chemical grades, information on chemical risk phrases and markings, safe chemical handling and storage. Next you'll find charts of all recommended basic and supplemental chemicals (with suggested quantities) needed for the labs in the book, helpfully organized on a chart complete with storage codes, risk and safety phrases, and quantities (in grams and mL, not moles!). Also very helpful are the appended notes that provide sources and alternatives for the chemicals in the list. More extensive notes on recommended supply sources can be found at www.homechemlab.com. A few words on hazardous chemical shipping are also included. The last chapter before the labs provides explanation and instruction on common laboratory skills the student will need, like how to correctly measure liquids, use a balance, perform titrations, using various heat sources, cleaning glassware, and more. Inside the back cover you'll also find a fold-out periodic table and a chart of formula weights for commonly used chemicals.

    The last 300+ pages of the book are devoted to the labs. These are grouped in chapters according to topic, as mentioned above, so you may be jumping around the book completing them according to your chosen chemistry text rather than completing the labs front to back. Topics covered in the lab chapters include: separating mixtures, solubility and solutions, colligative properties of solutions, introduction to chemical reactions and stoichiometry, reduction-oxidation reactions, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, gas chemistry, thermochemistry and calorimetry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, colloids and suspensions, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, synthesis of useful compounds, forensic chemistry. Each lab contains background information and advice, a checklist of equipment and chemicals, a step-by-step procedure, charts with blanks to guide lab report recording, and long-answer review questions based on the lab. The layout is extremely easy to read and well-organized, and also often contains full-color photos of set-ups or results. Side notes on substitutes and modifications, optional activities, and comments from the author's technical editors all make these labs non-threatening, as if you have a team of experts to support you. Because the review questions are all related directly to the experiment, the answers should be attainable for the student. Unfortunately, no answers are included in the book (which fits with the spirit of self-discovery found throughout), but if you absolutely need them, you can subscribe to the author's newsletter ($18 per year) and receive an electronic copy. The e-mail newsletter contains additional labs and updates. Whether or not you subscribe, you should definitely check out www.homechemlab.com for the lists of corrections found since the book's publication.

    In summary, I would stack this lab guide up against any lab manual from a purely school/educational publisher. You can't beat the price for the treasure trove of practical information and advice from someone who has "been there, done that" before, also on a budget. It's extremely user-friendly for both the student and the parent and the professional-looking, with ample use of charts and photos make it easy on the eye as well. Have I said enough yet? Perhaps so; I think it's time for me to go start setting up my own lab, this time as a hobbyist! 416 pgs, pb. Jess

  • Item #: 027352
    ISBN: 9780404285067
    Retail: $16.95
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    In this reproducible activity book, students will learn about 21 California missions through informational text and a variety of paper-and-pencil and hands-on activities. After some background in California history and missions, we jump into separate lessons on each of the missions, featured in chronological order of their founding. Each lesson begins with a short informational piece about the establishment and history of that mission, followed by several activities. These range from questions based on the text to word puzzles, map activities, and more. The highlight of each lesson is the model construction project, where students use cardboard, tape, glue, paint, construction paper, craft sticks, and a few other materials to reconstruct a miniature model mission that closely resembles the original. Step-by-step directions, helpful diagrams and illustrations of the model through the instructions aid students in their constructions. Additional teaching suggestions are included with extension activities such as writing, discussion, using graphic organizers to review missions, and writing research reports. - Jess

  • Item #: 023755
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    Do you just not seem to have enough black paper around to satisfy your metallic gel ink users? Here's a journal so they can scribble, doodle, and write to their hearts content with their beloved gel pens. And who can blame them? It's such a unique look. The journal measures approximately 6" x 9" and contains 70 pages eagerly awaiting your writer/artist's talents.
  • Item #: 023659
    ISBN: 9780545417457
    Retail: $12.99
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    Not everyone can pick up a pencil and produce an essay easily. A graphic organizer is a tool to help kids brainstorm ideas for writing. Getting the ideas out and then seeing them on a chart gives students an in-between step to putting ideas into writing. These are large, colorful, and reusable with a dry-erase marker. 5 brightly-colored write-on/wipe-off organizers include a Venn Diagram (2 overlapping circles, a T-Chart (two-sided list format – think pros and cons) a KWL chart with 3 columns to show what you know, what you want to know, and what you have learned, a story board that looks a little like a comic strip with a flow of six boxes, and a concept map with a large bubble in the middle and smaller bubbles branching of it, also known as a story web. These can be used to sequence events, brainstorm, look for commonalities and differences, analyze reading selections, etc. They are a fun way to explore topics you will be writing about and most kids enjoy the interaction as you come up with ideas. With all your ideas visually organized, the writing process will have a fine jump-start. 18" x 24". ~ Sara

  • Item #: 006150
    ISBN: 9781601445780
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      This colorful, straightforward instructional workbook from The Critical Thinking Company eliminates much of the “stuff” and the “fluff” found in many other phonics and early reading programs and focuses on individual letter sounds and how they are represented as letters. You won’t find pages of teacher tips and background here, just one introductory page and one teaching suggestion page, and then you’re off and running to the activities. Similar in format to Mathematical Reasoning, Fun-Time Phonics is softcover, with several exercises per activity page, brief instructions to the teacher, and full-color illustrated graphics.

      There are 100 activities, or short lessons, in the book. The first seven lay the foundation by asking the student to identify beginning sounds, ending sounds, and rhyming words. Activities 6 and 7 challenge them to identify the three letter sounds in a word and to match that with the correct picture. Starting in Activity 8, students learn the short vowel sounds and identify pictures of words that contain that sound. Before moving on to the consonant sounds, students complete activities such as identifying a word out of a set of three that includes a different vowel sound than the other two, or swapping out one vowel sound for another in a word to create a new word. After students learn the five short vowel sounds, they learn the written vowel letters. One feature in the vowel portion of the book that threw me for a loop, however, was the depiction of a short ‘/ǎ/’ sound as ‘/ah/’ next to words like, “cat.” Most phonics programs are quite clear to teachers to take care when pronouncing the vowel and consonant sounds to not include other sounds (say ‘/b/,’ not ‘/buh/’). At first glance, you will want to read the ‘/ah/’ as the /a/ in “father.” Personally, I would probably just ignore these additional ‘h’s or cross them out and add a short vowel symbol as a reminder. Fortunately, as these only occur on the teacher instructions, it shouldn’t confuse your students as long as your pronunciation is clear. Lesson 20 moves on to consonant sounds, starting with ‘b’ and moving alphabetically through ‘z.’ As children learn each consonant, the consonant sound is blended with each of the short vowels, so they are learning to distinguish ‘da,’ ‘de,’ ‘di,’ ‘do,’ and ‘du’ with the letter D right off the bat. This may be a real benefit to students who are confused about how to blend the individual letter sounds together after learning them in isolation. The last five lessons ask the student to connect a picture with the beginning letters, ending letters and middle vowel wounds, stressing the letter representation of the sound. The last two activities ask children to read three-letter CVC words and identify a matching picture. At the end of the book you’ll find a double-sided sheet with short-vowel words that children should be able to decode at this point, such as ‘doll, ‘hen’ and ‘yum.’

      This approach would work well with logical children who do not need additional reinforcement activities or motivators in the form of games or songs. It may also work well for remedial students, or those who did not learn phonics initially. It’s simple to teach, but with an emphasis on identifying letter sounds, you will want to work apart from other distractions and enunciate the words very clearly as you work through the pages with your student.  Although students are led to associate the written letters with the sounds, there are no writing activities featured in the book. However, it is suggested in the beginning that if the student is older or able to write, you may consider having them write the answers under the exercises. For additional enforcement (and writing activities) you might consider a workbook like Explode the Code Book 1. You may also want to note that no sight words are covered in this volume. If you want to jump ahead to some very basic short-vowel readers, you will need to introduce any sight words in that reader. I’m assuming that a second book will be released as a follow-up which will introduce long vowel sounds. The book is reproducible for your student/classroom use, which makes an affordable resource even more budget-friendly if you use it with multiple children. 314 pages, pb. - Jess