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  • Item #: 060719
    ISBN: 9781620656877
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      The six chapters cover categories that are common in your children’s lives: All about Me, Around the House, At School, People and Places, Through the Year (Holidays, calendar language, etc.), and Communicating (greetings, opposites, manners, etc.). Each page uses a cartoon of a young child to demonstrate the American Sign Language (ASL) signs. Directional arrows are shown as needed. An inset with each sign shows a photograph of the activity or item signed. (These pictures often show action and would be good conversation starters as well. The word and a brief definition is included. 9 1/4x10 1/4", 112, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 023137
    ISBN: 9781937032173
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    Covers use of braces, quotations, dashes, metaphors, indirect and direct objects, acronyms, emphatic form of a verb, simple and compound sentences, coordinating and correlative conjunctions, compound vs. complex sentences, conjunctive adverbs, figurative language, outlining, synecdoche, metonymy, good diction, passive voice, three keys to good writing, iambic heptameter, how to write an essay, plagiarism, sentence fragments, and slashes.
  • Item #: 022378
    ISBN: 9780825162749
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    This book contains a collection of activities to help students develop their critical thinking skills. The book is divided into seven chapters focusing on different skills - judging the relevance of information; distinguishing among facts, assumptions, and values; understanding the relationship of conditions or events in stories; recognizing cause and effect relationships; rational thinking; persuasive techniques; and recognizing assumptions. Each skill is first introduced by a short example and exercise. The remainder of the chapter contains at least six different passages or stories, with questions to answer after each one. The passages are nonfiction, but interesting and appealing to kids. The questions are in a variety of formats depending upon the skill being covered, and include multiple choice, matching, long answer, and more to test comprehension and practice critical thinking. Overall, this well-designed course progresses at a good pace and appears to be both worthwhile and thought-provoking. Answer key is included. Reproducible. - Melissa

  • Item #: 049179
    ISBN: 9780963742513
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    This program was designed to help students unlock the English language. Once students log in, they may begin the lessons. It is recommended that they complete the lessons in order, but if you are using this for extra practice, they can choose which lessons they want to work through. Each lesson begins with a short, narrated introduction and explanation of the target concept. For example, in the adjectives lesson, the text and accompanying narration will define adjectives, give tips for recognizing them, and offer examples of adjectives in sentences. Afterwards, students will answer a few multiple choice questions to test their comprehension of the new material. Finally, students will complete an exercise in which they identify adjectives and other parts of speech in sample sentences. All of the exercises utilize complete sentences to help kids see how all of the skills relate to each other in context the way students will see them in books and the way they will use them in their own writing. The first CD-ROM Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure has around 30 lessons. Students in the fourth grade are expected to complete the first 15, students in the fifth grade should complete the first twenty, and students in the sixth grade or above should work through them all. After the first twenty lessons, there are reviews and a test to track progress and understanding. There is also a final test for students to take after all of the lessons have been completed. The second CD-ROM Punctuation and Mechanics - follows the same format as the first, with explanations, comprehension questions, and complete sentences to edit appropriately. It also includes around thirty lessons. 4th and 5th grade students should only start this CD-ROM after completing the allotted lessons from the Parts of Speech CD. 6th grade and above students should complete all lessons of both CDs. As students complete lessons on either CD-ROM, their scores are shown next to the lesson numbers on the lesson page, so they can see which lessons they've finished and you can decide which ones need more practice. The third CD-ROM offers additional reinforcement for the first and second CD-ROM in the form of workbook PDF pages with challenging sentences and essays for the students to label.Programs are for Windows only.

  • Item #: 067830
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    Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit 1 (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. We understand there will be two more levels: Books 5-8 are for ages 4-7; Books 9-12 are for ages 6-8. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (they do to me as well), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more." For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet. The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit 1 and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

    Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. There is a checklist included, as the back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

    A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. Although appropriate wording is modeled in the lessons, there is also general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning.

    As mentioned before the Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you. For instance, Lesson 24, Book 4 practices comparative terminology. There are eight points to the lesson. The first point covers "est" words and comparing three or more things. The second point talks about the "er" words and comparing two things. Then there are five sets of pictures of various objects to compare starting with three objects of varying sizes but progressing to four and six objects. About 95 pgs each, spiral-bound.

    The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

    The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

    The Lesson Mat needs to be mentioned. It is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

    The Kit contents all have a purpose within the lessons. While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest.

    Kit 1 includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), 4 tubs of Play-Doh; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; and CD with 24 language arts songs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046789
    ISBN: 9780925279361
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  • Item #: 039512
    ISBN: 9781401676315
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    Do you suffer from historical amnesia? Many Christians do, holding knowledge of the church from the New Testament and of their current church denomination, but ignorant of the centuries in between. Sometimes that's less true for homeschoolers who have a stronger emphasis on world history and thus know something of the Church in ancient and medieval times. However, whichever camp you identify with, this is a book you will want for your library. Written to be understood by the layperson, it traces the history of the Christian church from the Age of Jesus and the Apostles (6 BC – AD 70) through the Age of Catholic Christianity (AD 70-312), the Age of the Christian Roman Empire (AD 312-590), the Christian Middle Ages (AD 590-1517), the Age of the Reformation (AD 1517-1648, the Age of Reason and Revival (AD 1648-1789), the Age of Progress (AD 1789-1914), the Age of Ideologies (AD 1914-1989), and finally through the Age of Global Expansion and Relocation (AD 1900-). Each section is prefaced with a helpful timeline showing its key personages and events. A few helpful maps, additional timelines, and portraits provide the only other illustrations. Although large, this book is highly readable meaning two things: firstly, I found it easy to flip anywhere, read a few paragraphs and come away with a nugget of historical information I had not known or had forgotten. Secondly, the book lays open easily; the result of a superior binding, I suppose. Reading up on church history may not be your choice free time activity, but there are likely to be times when high school students or homeschooling moms/dads will need a good, approachable reference. This is it! 540 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 059505
    ISBN: 9781600512650
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    This book asserts, in agreement with C.S. Lewis, that modern society is changing our definition of what it means to be human. Truth, goodness and beauty are the key characteristics which allow us to be truly human. Education should, therefore, cultivate in our students both the desire to follow those virtues and also to enjoy them. The author believes that classical education’s focus is to return to cultivating these as objective values. This book discusses the history of how these traits have been conveyed in Western and Eastern philosophies. Then it discusses how classical education achieves these goals and how teachers can incorporate these into their teaching to awaken a sense of awe and wonder. Each chapter includes an introduction and summary of key points. Includes a bibliography 5.5” x 8.5”, 111 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

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  • Item #: 019699
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  • Item #: 019724
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  • Item #: 026052
    ISBN: 9780399230035
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    After a day at the zoo, the zookeeper says goodnight to each of the animals. Little does he know, the gorilla has stolen his keys and is letting all the animals loose. He doesn’t notice them until everyone is safe and snug – in his bedroom! A funny little tale with few words, and a great bedtime story for little ones. 6.5” x 5”, 34 pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 043329
    ISBN: 9781770443785
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    A comprehensive and age-appropriate study guide that helps students, educators, and parents alike navigate the new Common Core State Standards. With content developed by a team of teachers and curriculum specialists and reviewed by assessment experts with a minimum of five years of classroom teaching experience, SOLARO language arts study guides are wholly curriculum aligned and serve as an excellent source of material for review and practice. Each guide features sections such as Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Text Types and Purposes, Comprehension and Collaboration, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, as well as instructional pieces that clearly explain each of the key concepts for the course. Practice questions and sample tests have detailed solutions that show problem-solving methods, highlight concepts that are likely to be tested, and point out potential sources of errors. The multiplatform SOLARO study solution also features additional learning tools in the accompanying online version, allows educators to manage all of their classes with an intuitive interface through mobile apps or any web browser, and offers parents a free and easy-to-use online account, thus ensuring that children, educators, and parents alike are engaged in helping students achieve success.This age-appropriate study guide offers curriculum-aligned lessons, activities, exercises, and quizzes for seventh grade students who are learning the new Common Core State Standards in school.
  • Item #: 048723
    ISBN: 9780736928113
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    The authors of this book speak to the parents at the beginning of each section and then follow with a family activity, but most of the book is composed of "Kid-2-Kid" articles, written directly to the child. These articles have sensible advice written in an easy, conversational style. Advice topics include how to behave at sporting events, visiting/welcoming friends, personal cleanliness, keeping one's room tidy, respecting others' property, proper language, greeting others, expressing thanks, hosting a party, rude noises, mealtime etiquette, being a good leader, how to treat friends, how to treat the opposite gender, and more. The activities include something as common as setting a table properly for a dinner party, but also include taking an etiquette quiz, assessing areas where social confidence is low and going out for a few confidence-building adventures, and more. One major advantage of this book is that it promotes dialogue within the family and proposes family activities. 171 pgs, pb ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 053226
    ISBN: 9780981809342
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    Primary Language Lessons is one of those engaging programs first published long ago that many have used and loved and said "if only". If only the book would lay flat. If only the course had room for the student to write. If only I didn't have to explain why "tomorrow" has a hyphen after the "o". If only there were some information about the authors and artists. If only this art print were a little clearer – or a little bigger. This newest version will sweep away all your "if onlys". And, the really good news is that none of the well-loved features of the original have disappeared. Content – right down to all the high quality art and literature – is virtually the same, except for those few updates and edits done to provide more clarity. Each lesson still introduces principals of grammar and word use through question and answer dialogue, composition, memorization, oral presentation, and dictation. There's even a few added features you might not have thought to include in your litany of "if onlys." Cute little icons have been added to each segment of the lesson to designate its purpose – read, write, memorize, copy, tell/narrate, or study. Tear-out pages in the back provide copies of all the dictation passages. Lots of lined space for all written assignments is provided. My favorite feature is the fourteen pages of biographical notes on most of the authors and artists found in the back. 258 pgs, coil-bound ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 057954
    ISBN: 9781609052720
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    French! Spanish! English! Chinese! All on one card and it has phonetic help for parents too! The attractive, sturdy box includes 30 cards with an image on one side and the 4 languages in colored boxes on the other. Printed on thin cardboard (not cardstock paper), the images look like cut out paper animals on a natural fiber background. They are quite charming! There are 2 different cards for each animal. For example, there is a sitting rabbit and a running rabbit, both with the same words on the back. Having pairs of critter cards means you can play matching games! A card with some activity ideas is included. Each card is 6.5 x 5.5" with rounded corners. The very clear pronunciations ensure children learn the right spoken sounds, and the Chinese characters are also included. These would be great for young ESL learners, or for introducing children to a variety of languages before following up with a language program. I checked the French pronunciations and they were quite good, so I have faith in the other languages which are not my forte (like Chinese!) ~Sara

  • Item #: 011750
    ISBN: 9780544238060
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    Subtitled Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought), this delightfully candid book offers rare insights into the lives of famous composers from Antonio Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie. See the great musicians as never before through this collection of fascinating and humorous mini-biographies. Many of us are familiar with the life stories of composers, such as Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. But still we wonder, what were these people really like? What kind of children were they? What style of clothing did they wear? What kinds of food did they like to eat? How did they die? Lives of the Musicians answers these questions and uncovers a host of little-known facts about the lives of musicians. Did you know, for example, that Mozart proposed marriage to Marie Antoinette at the ripe old age of eight? Or, that Giuseppe Verdi disliked fame so much that he once hid out in a toolshed when a group of fans came to visit? Read and find out which composer was deathly terrified of being buried alive, which one hated music as a baby, and which one banged the piano keys so hard his fingers bled. The light-hearted spirit of this volume is evident, not only by the lively text, but also by the caricature-like portraits of the musicians and witty chapter titles such as My Dear Corpse: Frederic Chopin; Twenty Children and 1,200 Compositions: Johann Sebastian Bach; and (my favorite) The Checked Cotton Underwear: Johannes Brahms. No longer will you have to bribe your children to get them to study music history. Lives of the Musicians is so captivatingly fun, it will leave your kids begging for more! Please note that at least one artist is mentioned as being a homosexual, but this is not elaborated upon. ~ Rachel

  • 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 #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683093
    Retail: $98.00
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    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 019972
    ISBN: 9780763650940
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    Subtitled: Voices from a Medieval Village, this brilliant little book by Laura Amy Schlitz contains a series of nineteen monologues and two dialogues telling the stories of people living in a medieval manor in England in the year 1255 A.D. People from every rank and station are represented in this book of mini-plays. There's Hugo, the lord's nephew who must kill a boar to earn his manhood and avoid a beating; Otho, the miller's son, who's quite a philosopher for his young age; Mariot and Maud, the glassblower's daughters, one of whom faces the dreaded plight of marrying their father's apprentice; and a dozen other colorful characters. The sketches are written in period voice, but with simple language, so that they are easy to understand. There are marginal notes with explanation of the few antiquated words or ideas that appear in the text. Where the author thought it necessary, there are short essays on certain aspects of medieval life (such as medieval pilgrimage, the crusades, falconry and farming) included in the book. This is an enjoyable read as a storybook, and I am certain it would be an equally enjoyable drama project for anyone studying the Middle Ages. ~ Rachel P.

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

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  • Item #: 036305
    ISBN: 9780802412850
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    Based on the same ideas as the bestseller The Five Love Languages, also written by Gary Chapman, this book focuses on cultivating a loving relationship with your children. This entails identifying your child's primary love language: physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, or acts of service, and then learning to speak it to them. In the first chapters, Gary concentrates on each of the five love languages in turn. Using real-life examples of children and their parents, he details each language, showing the different aspects of it and offering guidance on how to "talk" to your child in this language. Each of these chapters also concludes with a long list of specific ideas for speaking the language such as baking together, having a campout in your own yard, taking family walks, and asking specific questions about their day for "quality time" children. If your child's primary love language hasn't become clear already by reading these chapters, Gary provides tips for identifying it in the next chapter. He then tackles helpful subjects in light of the love language approach: discipline, learning, anger and love, speaking love languages in single-parent homes, and speaking the love languages in marriage (a good marriage can only benefit your relationship with your children). Ideas for further reading and a helpful love language assessment test are contained at the end of the book. A free online study guide is available online. 224 pgs, pb. ~ Steph

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    Covers picture study, dictation, instruction in different forms of creative and free writing, and a complete review in elementary and secondary grammar. Complete language arts curriculum for one academic year includes the U.S. Constitution as copywork and a study of the Bible and how it applies to everyday life.

  • Item #: 020314
    ISBN: 9780553394672
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    Good Growth Guide is the fourth grade level. This 116-page workbook "follows" the twins, Jason and Joel, as they learn about good nutrition; safety and first aid; good sportsmanship; basic anatomy and personal care; courtesy and manners; and Christian hospitality. There are five chapters, each divided into six parts, for a total of 30 parts to be done, one per week. The sixth part of every chapter is a review and test. Children will learn how to pack a healthy lunch, do word puzzles, answer short questions, play active games, and more. There is a bit more reading at this level, but still age appropriate. There is no teacher edition (no answer key), but simple teacher instruction is offered on the inside of the student workbook's front and back covers.

  • Item #: 070866
    ISBN: 9781945841064
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       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice