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  • Item #: 000342
    ISBN: 9781880892190
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    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing Mechanics, Poetry, Creative Writing/Creating Books unit, Newspaper unit, Journal Writing, Research unit. Four book studies within the course include: Boxcar Children, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Ben and Me (recently updated from the previously used Benjamin Franklin Childhood of Famous Americans), and Sign of the Beaver. Debbie Strayer, author.

  • Item #: 002616
    ISBN: 9781880892176
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  • Item #: 000347
    ISBN: 9781880892213
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    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Creative Writing and Research unit, and Literary Analysis. Diane Welch & Susan Simpson, authors.

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  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683093
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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 #: 000344
    ISBN: 9781880892206
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    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Patriotic Songs & Poetry, Oral Presentations, Tall Tales/Folk Tales, and Composition. Debbie Strayer, author.

  • Item #: 000348
    ISBN: 9781880892183
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    Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading, Cursive Handwriting/Penmanship, and Writing Mechanics. Debbie Strayer and Susan Simpson, authors.

  • Item #: 000343
    ISBN: 9781880892855
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  • Item #: 000337
    ISBN: 9781880892473
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    Grammar, Composition, Vocabulary, Narrative Writing, Literature, Narrative, Persuasive, and Compare/Contrast Writing, Research, Latin Word Study. Diane Welch, author.

  • Item #: 000339
    ISBN: 9781880892879
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    Because the original version of Star of Light is now out of print, the Green Teacher book now includes suggested lesson changes to use with the revised edition.
  • Item #: 000346
    ISBN: 9781880892862
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  • Item #: 000338
    ISBN: 9781880892886
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  • Item #: 000341
    ISBN: 9781880892848
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  • Item #: 000340
    ISBN: 9781880892459
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    Grammar, Diagramming, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Short Story and Research Writing units, Poetry unit. Diane Welch & Susan Simpson, authors. Adapted lesson instructions are included for the revised edition of Star of Light, if you cannot locate the original version.

  • Item #: 000319
    ISBN: 9781929683321
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    Units: novel, poetry, essay (including a poetry interpretation essay), book review. Greg Strayer & Timothy Nichols, authors.

    Common Sense Press has published this collection specifically for use with the LLATL Gold British Literature course.

  • Item #: 021972
    ISBN: 9781929683345
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    Units cover Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval – Renaissance, Enlightenment – Romanticism, and 20th Century. The focus of the course is on literature and literary analysis but it includes some creative writing as well as response to literature writing.

  • Item #: 000345
    ISBN: 9781929683109
    Retail: $88.00
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    Continuing the excellent phonics, reading, and language arts instruction of the LLATL Blue Program, the Red Program incorporates the same effective methodologies and teaching strategies. The user-friendly teacher's manual (Red Book) with 36 weekly lesson plans is comprehensive and thorough with little teacher preparation needed. The heftier Student Activity Book reviews skills taught in the first grade program and reinforces new skills with a similar assortment of excellent activities: word wheels, flip books, games, and cut and paste activities. More emphasis is placed on poetry, sentence structure, grammar and writing - all learned in the context of stories. Spelling is also emphasized more with weekly word lists, visual representation of words, and puzzles and games for review/reinforcement. The six readers are longer but just as engaging with soft-hued color print rather than black & white. Periodic skill assessments give the teacher the tools to decide what the student needs to review. The program includes the Red Book (teacher's manual), the Student Activity Book, and six readers. The Student Activity Book and readers are sold separately for additional students. The Read-Aloud Library is integral to the program but sold separately (or available from the library). ~ Janice

  • Item #: 002621
    ISBN: 9781880892589
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  • Item #: 002623
    ISBN: 9781880892572
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  • Item #: 000336
    ISBN: 9781929683338
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    Units: short story, novels, essay (expository, descriptive, & narrative), poetry. Greg Strayer, author.

  • Item #: 022002
    ISBN: 9781929683314
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    Providing a collection of literature used in LLATL Gold – World Literature, this volume saves you the trouble of finding the selections on your own. With the exception of the books noted, this one volume provides the literature needed for assignments in the four units (Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval – Renaissance, and Enlightenment – Romanticism) as well as two sets of short stories. Translations used are those available in the public domain and while useable will not include newer translations that might be easier to read. 290 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000349
    ISBN: 9781929683222
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  • Item #: 027792
    ISBN: 9781573104104
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    These 100 reproducible activity sheets are great daily exercises for extra language practice. The format is consistent throughout the pages. Each page holds three separate exercises. At the top of the page is a short story, in which six vocabulary words are underlined and followed by blanks. Below the passage are the six definitions, lettered a-f. As students read through the passage, they write the letter of the correct definition in the blanks after the words. The middle section contains a list of six words for students to practice spelling and writing. The section at the bottom of each page gives six phrases or words for students to replace with a new word. For example, "to move like a rubber ball" or "beautiful." Students would then respond by writing something such as "bounce" and "pretty" on the blanks provided. 112 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 055142
    ISBN: 9781929683307
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    This collection of British poetry was specifically compiled for use with the LLATL Gold British Literature book. The contents include poems from Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Lord Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, Hardy, Owen, and Graves.

  • Item #: 036805
    ISBN: 9781880892664
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  • Item #: 002622
    ISBN: 9781929683284
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  • Item #: 022555
    ISBN: 9780965326353
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    An excellent resource! This book was designed especially for students before they begin high school. The subtitle is "Stuff You Need to Know, and Mistakes You Need to Stop Making, Before You Step Foot into High School." It's an awesome book designed to ensure students know some relatively basic facts before they hit high school. For example, they should know the order of the planets, most of the more familiar presidents (although if they want to learn them all, they can do that here too), a basic timeline of world and U.S. events, how to find the diameter, radius and circumference of a circle, how to make subjects and verbs agree in sentences, at least five major artists and musicians, and the most famous works of some of the most famous authors in history. It sounds like a lot of information - and it is - but this book is in no way overwhelming. It is very non-threatening, with only about 70 pages including the introduction and other informational pages. The size isn't the only thing that is non-threatening -the text is written in very personable, often entertaining style from an author who doesn't want to bore students or surround them with long definitions, but really wants them to learn the basics to create a good foundation for their more advanced schooling. He speaks not in a know-it-all tone, but in a this-is-great-stuff-to-know manner. The book starts at the very broadest of issues, the universe, and works its way down to the smaller things like individual topics and famous people. Each topic is usually presented on a two-page spread, although some (like World History) take up a little more space. Here is a sampling of the spread and type of knowledge given on each topic, using the universe pages as an example. A column on the left side of the pages gives a brief overview to what we can know about the universe, and then we move on to "stuff you should know about your universe." This section provides a basic yet in depth summary of the universe, with important terms in bold. These bolded terms are Earth, the Solar System, star, galaxy, Milky Way, cluster, and light year. Enough information is given to students about each of them to give them a basic knowledge and understanding, sufficient but not enough to write a research paper about. The right hand page covers constellations, good terms to know such as black holes, nebula, and supernova, and finally a small section titled "Don't Make These Mistakes Anymore!" which tells students the difference between astronomy and astrology, what exactly a light year is (it is not a measure of time, but a distance), that the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun, which moves with the entire galaxy as it turns and moves through space, and what exactly an astronomical unit is. This same format (although it varies by topic) is used throughout the book to provide students with an excellent base for further learning. I know this is kind of a long list, but I want you to be able to see how complete this book actually is, so here is the table of contents: the Universe, the Solar System, Earth, Continents and Oceans, Countries and Cities, Islands and Mountains, Lakes and Rivers, U.S. Geography, Canadian Geography, World History, American History, U.S. Presidents, Canadian History, Math, Science, Writing and Grammar, Art and Music History, Literature, Major Religions, Languages, People, and Life and Miscellaneous. I think every pre-highschooler should definitely have access to and read a copy of this book, as well as any high school student or even beyond who would enjoy keeping a copy of the basics around. By the same author as 500 Keywords for the SAT, and How to Remember Them Forever and 100 Math Tips for the SAT, and How to Master Them Now! - Melissa

  • Item #: 050932
    ISBN: 9780931993886
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    Learn to say through sign language the types of fruits and vegetables. This sixteen-page book contains thirty-nine colorful photos and easy-to-follow instructions on how to sign the individual names.

  • Item #: 067830
    Retail: $149.95
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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