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Rainbow Price: $149.00
What a treasure! I'm mourning the fact that I no longer have students in my home. I would love to go through this course with them. If there was anything even remotely like it "back then," I was unaware of it. This course combines music history (learning about composers) with music appreciation (learning about their music) and shows how they interweave with as well as impact the intricate fabric of western culture. The scope of the course is breathtaking a survey of 300 years (right before 1600 to the edge of WWI) of Western Music and Arts. The author, Carol Reynolds, is a well-loved professor of music history who supplies students with an abundance of primary and secondary sources and encourages her students to learn from them. The course she's provided is professionally well-done, comprehensive in its depth and scope, amazing in its use of musicians and cultural backdrops and, in short, magnificent. In her words, "the history of music makes sense only when it is combined with the history of science, politics, conquests, religious movements, and the other arts. . . . . Music has the ability to enlighten, enliven, and enshrine in our memory the interaction of history, science, and art."
Just to whet your appetite, here's what's provided in the unit on Mozart: a lecture that includes pictures from the Big Band era and rock and roll (to illustrate the similarity in terms of musical change between the Baroque and the following period), examples of music played on a piano that merge into orchestral presentations, pictures of political figures, art, architecture, places, clothing, a "sub-lecture" that shows how a grand piano works, vocabulary defined, dozens of musical examples. Through all of this, Mrs. Reynolds' sweeping commentary takes us from Mozart throughout Europe and even colonial America showing us relationships and a continual historical perspective. While the workbook provides "notes" (dates, places, definitions, etc.), the student will need to pay attention to the lecture in order to fill in all the blanks. Questions involve extrapolation from the lecture rather than just a regurgitation of it. The lecture introduces many musical compositions; listening to required and recommended works will provide others, but it's expected that the student continues to learn by drawing on provided internet sources.
There are 17 units:
- Using music history to unlock western culture
- Music entwined with great events in western history
- Technology, terminology, and cultural perspective
- Fanfare and power: the court of Louis XIV
- Sweeping away the Renaissance into the Baroque
- Liturgical calendar, street parties, and the new church music
- A lively journey through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach
- Enlightenment, classicism and the astonishing Mozart
- In the abyss: the century struggles with unfettered imagination
- Beethoven as hero and revolutionary
- Salons, poetry, and the power of the song
- A tale of four virtuosi and the birth of the tone poem
- Nationalism and explosion of romantic opera
- The absolutely new world of Wagner
- Imperial Russia a cultural odyssey
- Load up the wagons: the story of American music
- Turning the page on western tradition with the explosion of war
Course components include a set of DVDs (lively lectures that include "on location" film clips, interviews, and a wealth of information; professionally done) and a student Resource Book that will ultimately become a resource/reference for the student when the course is completed. Recently revised, the audio CDs that were previously included have been replaced by links on the publisher's website (www.professorcarol.com) to required and recommended musical works. The spiral-bound student Resource Book provides the student's path through the course. The pages for each unit provide a list of Key Figures and Places, Vocabulary, Notable Dates, suggestions for Listening (some of which are included on the CDs), and a listing of Websites for further research. The Putting It All Together section provides study projects for the student and the Viewing Guide provides a place for note-taking through the lecture series. Also included in the Workbook is a set of Quizzes for each unit, texts and translations for the music provided, and an answer key for both the Quizzes and the Viewing Guide pages.
Although it doesn't say so, this course seems like it was developed with homeschoolers in mind all instruction is directed toward the student so a motivated student could work somewhat independently (although in my home, I would have wanted to be learning these things right along with my student). Easily a full high school credit in Music History/Appreciation, it might be more properly called by an old-fashioned name Humanities.
The Teacher's Manual on CD-ROM is available separately and includes PDF files for the following: Syllabus, a unit-by-unit Course Plan, four Exams with Answer Keys, and a Listening Plan. Appendices include a Listening Selection Chart and a Listening Progress Form. Although not absolutely necessary, this does provide some nice features and gives the course a little more cohesive "feel." The publisher recommends the addition of the Teacher's Manual especially if taking the course for credit. ~ Janice
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Although this book seems at least as comprehensive as an American Government textbook (if not more!), it certainly has a different flavor. Written for anyone who wants to brush up on the American Government or maybe just learn about a few selected aspects, it approaches the topic in a personable, borderline amusing, easy-to-read-and-comprehend style characteristic of the "Everything" series. The text is medium font and a single column, divided into short sections and interspersed with interesting fact boxes, further separating it from the familiar small-print double column textbook. All that said, it doesn't skimp on the scope of coverage! There are twenty-two chapters, each further divided into six or more sub-topics. The titles of the chapters are The Birth of a Nation, The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The House of Representatives, The Senate, Inside Congress, Making a Law, The Presidency, Powers of the President, The Vice Presidency, Cabinet and Staff, The Rest of the Federal Bureaucracy, The Federal Judiciary, The Supreme Court, the Federal Budget, Political Parties, Interest Groups, The Media, Presidential Primaries and Elections, State Government, Local Government, and Getting Involved. As you might guess, throughout these chapters readers will learn - as shown in the title - nearly EVERYTHING about the American Government. In fact, the thoroughness and interest level of the text coupled with the appealing format suggests that students may retain much more than they might otherwise. The downside, of course, is that there are no quizzes or tests as there would be in a more standard textbook, but this could easily be remedied with just a little effort from the teacher, if desired. Two appendices include copies of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and a timeline of relevant events. 305 pgs. - Melissa
Rainbow Price: $19.99
Critical Thinking Press has taken their excellent approach for improving subject-area skill and higher-order thinking skills and applied it to science in an effort to help students improve both their science knowledge AND thinking skills at the same time! The emphasis here is in helping students learn and understand science with a critical language arts slant so that they will learn to read science passages critically, and write full explanations of their thinking to reinforce their understanding. The book is divided into three units: physical science, life science, and earth science. Each unit contains over a dozen activities, each on a more specific sub-topic, and tied to national science standards. Each activity consists of a reading portion, and a question portion. The reading selection explains the concept in detail, with paragraphs separated and labeled by letter, and important vocabulary highlighted. The right-hand page features questions on the topic the student has just read about. Questions are presented in a variety of formats, including true/false, short answer (full-sentence responses), multiple-choice, graph questions, comparison/contrast and more. An answer key is included at the end of the book. The questions emphasize using "evidence" from the text, and really basing their answers on text evidence before choosing an answer. This helps reinforce what was read, and in many cases, requires the student to really think about their answer before giving it. This would be an excellent supplement to any science curriculum that will aid the student in really understanding concepts, where other workbooks may merely ask the student to regurgitate facts. I could even see using this alongside a full science curriculum, for added reasoning and critical thinking benefits! Currently, only the Beginning level is available, but we look for more levels to be available in the future. - Jess
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Does your child struggle with retaining math facts or forget how to perform basic math computations? Do they need to use math manipulatives for basic math facts, even into their middle school years? With the majority of math curricula written for the left-brain learners who easily understand the drill-based math facts taught through black and white images, what is a parent to do with a child who learns differently and is not able to grasp math as traditionally taught? This DVD may provide the key to defeating frustration and overcoming forgetfulness! Beginning with a brief overview of right and left-brain learning as it applies to mathematics, Dianne Craft shares effective strategies to help struggling learners retain math facts and processes. While recommendations for math curricula workbooks are offered, these techniques would work with most math programs that you are currently using-with just a bit of tweaking! Strategies to teach addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, Algebra (order of operations), fractions and multiplication by 3 digits are included. This totally different teaching method will retrain the “non-math” brain into a math sponge, giving your child confidence and skills for math success! While not part of the Right Brained Math Series from Child First Publications, this DVD could be a vital forerunner to that series, providing parents and teachers a foundational understanding of right brain leaners and their distinctive needs. Part of the “Struggling Learner Seminar” series. DVD runs approximately 40 minutes. ~ Deanne
Rainbow Price: $8.95
Basher books are such a hoot! The small format and cute illustrations combined with witty and informative text make the whole series a winner. This one goes continent by continent, covering each country in the region with a story written in the first person! Italy tells you about Italy; Uganda tells you about Uganda! You can read it front to back, or just flip open to a page anytime you like and learn a nugget or two. The maps are cartoon-like and general, but it does inspire you to learn about the various countries by thinking of them as “characters.” A nifty map of the world poster (18" x13") folds out from the book. 7"x 7", 200 pgs, pb. ~ Sara
Rainbow Price: $9.95
If you have a young one interested in rocks and collecting, this book can offer some fun supplementary activities to educate them on the subject. Explore Rocks and Minerals teaches children about the structure of the earth, minerals and crystals, igneous/sedimentary/metamorphic rocks, fossils, and how to be a rock hound. All of this is done by incorporating 20 different hands-on projects that will make the learning fun like making an edible 'earth' model, growing your own crystals from Epsom salts, modeling basaltic columns, baking 'pumice' meringue cookies, eating a 'sed-sandwich' for lunch, and wrapping up by making your own rock display. More than just fun, your children will be introduced to the amazing world of rocks and minerals. This non-reproducible book is divided into 7 chapters and each includes information on the topic, vocabulary words, interesting facts, black & white illustrations and activities. The back of the book includes a glossary and a page of resources in case you are interested in further investigation. You can use this book as a supplement to your curriculum or do a mini-study on rocks and minerals. Either way, you may be training a future geologist. ~ Donna
Rainbow Price: $65.95
If you've used Carrie Austin's Little Hands to Heaven and have enjoyed the flexible framework and biblically-based lessons, you will want to take a look at her second offering in the series, Little Hearts for His Glory, aimed at 5- to 7-year-olds. The program is made up of 34 units, each divided into 5-day increments. The layout is like Little Hands, with each day thoughtfully laid out on two facing pages, making it easy to see the whole lesson at a glance. More subject material is covered here, but the presentation is very manageable, and the activities and lessons are designed to appeal to children of different learning styles. Another huge plus here is that lessons are tied to biblical concepts and stories. So, not only are you studying the Bible together, but the author has also made every effort to present other subjects studied in a way that ties neatly into the Bible topic studied, reinforcing the biblical topic all day long! I suspect this will also form a lasting "mental bridge" between these topics and their correlating Bible concepts for years to come.
The program includes history, science, Bible study, story time/reading, math, music, rhymes and finger plays, dramatic play, and schedules in handwriting/fine motor skills and phonics. The assignments and activities are clearly listed in each subject's box on the page, which often include "text connections" to required resources for the reading portions. Most often, there is a hands-on, active assignment described in the subject's box, followed by the recommended reading. A "key idea" for reinforcement is also clearly written in each box, so you can keep the lesson on track (not always an easy thing to do with young ones!). The history portion of the curriculum covers a broad span, covering Creation through U.S. history. While it sounds extremely ambitious, keep in mind that the history is covered in big topical "chunks," keeping the topic familiar to young students and omitting a lot of the "in betweens." This gives youngsters a broad view of biblical and chronological history, while keeping it focused so they don't get lost in topics they don't understand. About half of the units focus on biblical history, while the last half covers the Roman Empire, the Age of Exploration, and early U.S. History. The history readings primarily come from two sources: the Bible and History for Little Pilgrims, from Christian Liberty Press. The daily Bible study correlates with the history lesson, while the daily action rhyme reinforces the Bible/history concepts as well. The science portion of the lesson has its textual basis in Christian Liberty's The World God Made, and oftentimes, the hands-on activity relates to the Bible/history topic as well. (Our Father’s World and God's Wonderful Works by Christian Liberty Press are supplemental text connections noted in the Appendix for grades 1 and 2). The science activities are very hands-on, but simple, and require few and convenient supplies. For example, in one of the lessons on the apostles, students read (or listen to) the stories of Stephen’s stoning and Paul’s conversion. The hand rhyme for that day ("Where is Jesus?") reinforces the idea that Jesus is in Heaven and the Holy Spirit is here among us. The Bible study focuses on Saul's conversion and students memorize Matthew 5:16. The science lesson ties in with Saul's conversion and the blinding "bright light" with students making construction paper stars, studying the brightness of stars, and discovering how we can only see them at night because the light from the sun outshines them during the day. The music portion of the day also corresponds with the main idea from the Bible/history section and uses songs from Hide 'Em in Your Heart Volume 1. Occasional art and dramatic play activities are substituted for the science lesson, and these coincide with the topic studied that day. The second portion of each day's lesson focuses on the academic basics, and features instructions and lesson plans for handwriting, phonics, reading, and math. Like the boxed assignments on the history-focused portion of the lesson, these also often contain an activity, an assignment from a required or recommended resource, and a key idea for reinforcement. The reading assignments feature a read-aloud from a Thornton Burgess story, followed by a discussion section. The discussion often includes comprehension, vocabulary, tie-ins to the child’s life, and identification of story elements. For math, a hands-on activity is presented for each day, illustrating a math concept. The author recommends using Singapore Math’s Essential Math Kindergarten A & B for a text connection to the math concept studied. By incorporating her very visual, manipulative-based activities with Singapore Math, children receive a very well-rounded and understandable introduction to important math concepts. The fine motor skills/handwriting portion of the lesson requires the use of either early concepts books, (Do It Carefully and Finding the Answers from Rod and Staff or Going on Eagerly and Just Thinking and Choosing from Rod &Staff), and handwriting books (either Italic Handwriting or Reason for Handwriting are recommended). The one exception to the activity/assignment/key idea lesson plan rule is the phonics section. While the author recommends either The Reading Lesson, or Reading Made Easy for good, economical, phonics programs, she believes that phonics instruction is a personal decision for each family and is best left to their discernment. In that spirit, phonics time is scheduled in for each day, but the lesson itself is left to your judgment. An appendix contains recommended pacing for suggested phonics programs, a condensed list of readings for each unit and day from the required texts, an alternate math schedule using Singapore Math's Primary Math 1A and 1B (in case you have already covered concepts from Essential Math Kindergarten A & B), suggestions for additional reading that tie in with the history topic, and the action rhymes. All in all, this is a very well-designed course that has obviously been very thoughtfully designed. I love the fact that all subjects are covered in a very balanced way, and that the Bible, history, science, music, and action rhymes all correlate to form a very cohesive lesson. The author has also carefully chosen the required resources, and wisely tied the lesson into these, rather than trying to "reinvent the wheel," by incorporating all the material into this already very sizeable volume! Like Little Hands, the format is flexible and adjustable to your schedule, so portions of the lesson can be completed throughout the day in the order that you choose. Also, because she has done the groundwork in assigning specific lessons from outside resources, there is very little lesson planning left for you: always a huge help to anyone already trying to manage older children's schoolwork AND not short-change the younger ones. Even if you haven't tried Little Hands to Heaven, you'll enjoy discovering this program. Because this curriculum depends on additional resources, we have listed these below for your convenience. Items we do not currently carry are listed without item numbers or prices. ~ Jess
Rainbow Price: $70.95
Whether you've used Little Hands to Heaven or Little Hearts for His Glory and are lamenting the fact that your journey is ending, or you are just starting out with your first or second grader and aren't sure where to begin, take heart! Carrie Austin has taken her organized, enjoyable curriculum series up to the next grade level. Designed for 6-8-year olds, this curriculum guide is laid out similarly to the preceding volumes, with Bible study, language arts, spelling, grammar, mechanics, usage, copywork, reading, story time, math exploration, history, poetry, music, art, science, and geography. The curriculum is divided into 34 units. Each unit is divided into five daily lessons, which follow the history, language arts and math theme for the unit. The daily lessons are divided into two parts (helpfully on facing pages!): "Learning Through History" and "Learning the Basics".
The history section contains the history, poetry/rhyme, Bible study, and corresponding music portion of the lesson, all visually separated into printed boxes with related icons. Geography, history activities, art, or science make up the remaining part of the "history" portion. These activities are sprinkled throughout each unit, lightening the load while covering each of these topics at least once a week. The necessary resources for teaching history include American Pioneers and Patriots, Stories of the Pilgrims, and Boys and Girls of Colonial Days (2002 copyright). As mentioned above, each unit focuses on one event in American history, from 1565 to 1865. The other activities in the history portion of the lesson complement the history story, so it won’t easily be forgotten! For example, in Day 1 of Unit 2, the history story relates how the Jamestown settlers did not want to work to eat or build a town; they only wanted to find gold. The corresponding Bible study is on Galatians 6:9, and focuses on not giving up, even though we may become weary. The poetry selection is "Father, We Thank Thee", and the science activity asks students to perform a small experiment with paper demonstrating why tree squirrels flatten their body to glide through the air.
"Learning the Basics" focuses on language arts skills and math, but also incorporates story time and reading. Each unit features a key theme for spelling, grammar and math that is built upon during the week. Four subject assignments are included for this section of the lesson, including language arts, reading, story time, and math. Language arts usually includes spelling and copywork. The spelling lists for the week follow the unit’s "spelling word pattern" or phonetic construct/sound. The copywork portion has students copying bits of poetry, prose, and other things as they fit the grammar concept for the week. Each day's reading assignment offers three options for graded reading material, depending on the reading ability of your student: the phonics program you are already completing, a recommended title for emerging readers recommended for that unit (suggested books and comprehension questions are found in the appendix), or Drawn Into the Heart of Reading for independent reading. Read aloud to your child (or for you to read together) from books in a variety of genres during Story Time. The author has included book suggestions for nine genres, including biography, adventure, historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, humor, realistic fiction, and folk tale. Each of these genres is covered in 20 days of read alouds, except for folk tales, which has 10 days. Because she leaves the Story time discussion open-ended, you can choose your own read-alouds for each genre. Suggestions can be found in the appendix. The math portion of the lesson also follows a theme for the unit, from numbers 1-10, sets, missing numbers, and number pairs in Lesson 1; to money, counting, writing amounts, and making change in Unit 33. The math lessons use Singapore’s Primary Mathematics 1A and 1B, or if you are already ahead of this in math, Carrie has provided an alternate math schedule using Primary Mathematics 2A and 2B. Like her previous curricula, the format is easy to use, and the weekly themes tie the subjects together nicely. The author also places an emphasis on hands-on and full-body activities that develop gross and fine motor skill development (and offer a chance for kids to burn off some "wigglies"). Flexibility is built in, with plenty of options as to which additional resources you use, and how you choose to personalize the lessons. Activities are designed to require no (or very little) preparation time and use around-the-house items. The appendix includes an "Overview of Reading Choices," suggested books for reading time (grouped by unit), suggested books for story time (grouped by genre), two spelling lists for each unit, and poetry and rhymes used for both poetry and copywork time. Whether you’re familiar with Carrie’s approach, or you've never used it before and are looking for a solid guide that lays it all out for you, you are sure to enjoy the early grades. ~ Jess
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Learn the U.S. states, capitals, and flags with this colorful and unique 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. Incredibly, the puzzle is actually a series of 50 state-shaped mini-puzzles that you'll eventually connect into a larger U.S. map. For example, Utah is made up of 11 pieces, and the separate Alaska and Hawaii puzzles are made up of 20 and 10 pieces, respectively. Another very cool feature is that each state is its state flag, instead of the typical solid colored background with illustrated points of interest. This will really bring the flags to life more than just featuring them around the border or as extra "filler" on the puzzle. The fact that you can assemble the states independently also makes the puzzle a great tool for studying the states individually. You could assemble each state as studied and easily track your progress by connecting the finished states. When you're done with the whole U.S., your map will be complete! Assembled puzzle is shaped like the U.S. and measures 32" x 16." - Jess
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Science is all around and should be fun for children. The idea of a book and pencil would be shear drudgery for young ones, but this book combines their love for children's books and natural questioning spirits to create a memorable science experience.
Fifty different activity suggestions in four different areas of science – building, growing, outdoors (wind, rain, shadows), and animals & insects – introduce concepts in the simplest of terms for young learners. Pick out books from your local library to read together, and then explore the topic in a hands-on fashion. The content of this book is flexible and can be taught in any order and you aren't limited to using one specific children's book per lesson. The author offers a list of three books for each lesson and you can read just one of them or all of them. Short summaries are provided at the back of the book to help you know if the books are ones that you would like to read to your children. Read "From Seed to Plant", "How a Seed Grows" or "One Bean" to introduce children to the idea of germination and growing conditions. Then sprout your own seeds in a number of ways to see which works best. Look at the seeds with a magnifier and talk about the questions suggested in the book. You will also find facts about each topic listed within the lesson.
You don't need a strict, regimented curriculum for science when children are young. This book is the first in a wonderful science series that could take you through your early science years in a more age-appropriate format. Have some fun and read some good books while learning about the world of science around you.