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  • Item #: 066101
    ISBN: 9780986325717
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  • Item #: 074560
    ISBN: 9780999146620
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  • Item #: 036002
    ISBN: 9781623412197
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    Rarely has a book appealed more to me at first glance. Remaining uncluttered, the concept of "playing with words" is evident in the colorful, graphic font manipulations (lines of type that sway), the cute illustrations, and the lists wonderful, whimsical, but never wayward words. This is a book about choosing the right word when you write. I use the word "appealing" quite a bit, so I thought I would look through the lists in this book and find a new one. I quickly discovered that this little diction worktext did not include "appealing" in any of its lists (or at least not that I could find). That means that I could put it in a "my words" section on one of the list. Would it best go on the Cheerful Clown Fish page or the Exuberant Sea Otter page or perhaps under the Ways to Describe Appearance or the Ways of Speaking list?

    Confused yet? This not-quite-a-vocabulary program, not-quite-a-thesaurus – it's all about discovering just the right word to use when writing. It features structured word lists organized around Character Traits, Ways to Describe, and Ways to Move with a few miscellaneous lists thrown in for good measure. Each list contains nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Students are encouraged to playfully interact with these lists with the goal of acquiring quality word choices to incorporate into their writing. Using games and family activities to become familiar with the layout and content of the book, students can then use it independently as they endeavor to interject more definitive word selections into their compositions. Interspersed throughout the book are "Quotes to Inspire Your Writing" taken from classic literature as well as biblical quotes designed to underscore whatever topic is the focus of that page's lists.

    The suggested grade levels for this product indicate it should be used by emerging writers – those who need to find exactly the right word – as they practice their writing skills. Such a student might scan the Generous Manatee list looking for "ly" words (abundantly, bounteously, copiously), or strong adjectives (exorbitant, magnanimous, plenteous) or verbs (showered, bestowed) and feel quite empowered by the choices. However, I also think much younger children (upper elementary) could benefit from this book – becoming familiar with the lists, playing around with the words, etc. I can also easily imagine using this book myself as I seek alternatives to my overused word choices.

    At less than 100 pages, one might think this spiral-bound volume by Loranna Schwaeofer published by IEW is a bit pricey. Although it is reproducible for one homeschooling family or classroom, some of the colorful charm will be lost. Also, each student may want to personalize his own well-worn copy. The fact is, I know of nothing else quite like it – an opportunity to build one's vocabulary, a tool for strengthening one's ability to write with style, and a delightful immersion into the world of words. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 066102
    ISBN: 9780986325700
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  • Item #: 066100
    ISBN: 9780986325724
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  • Item #: 053674
    ISBN: 9781467561785
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    Internships provide our young people with a time tested method of career exploration and preparation. Unfortunately, this type of learning has slowly been lost in the academic world and is often taught in book format rather than through experiential learning. As homeschool families, our lifestyle affords us greater opportunity to provide this excellent learning advantage to our young people. But where do you start? Frankly, internships are a lost art in our culture today, which is why I am so thankful for this book!

    Author of the popular Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, Sherri Seligson, has given high school students and their parents a vital tool for success at the high school level. Combining education and assessment, this book provides parents and students general information on internships and high school credits as well as practical details on selecting an internship and company. Once these decisions are made, the author walks you through writing a sample letter of introduction and resume. She also provides record keeping worksheets which include semester goals, a work performance evaluation form, weekly hour summary sheets, and journal logs to document work experiences, goals and skills, and evaluation forms. Skills-gained worksheets, a course wrap up (including a writing assignment) and sample thank you notes provide guidelines for concluding the internship experience. Although many internships are one semester in length, the author does provide for individual flexibility. If you choose to complete two semesters of internship, there are documentation pages for an expanded learning experience as well. Non-reproducible, spiral bound. 67 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 044599
    ISBN: 9780980100525
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    What do crows, peacocks, and bird nest soup have in common? They're just a few of the fun and fascinating things that your student will WANT to write about. Within its 24 lessons (a year's worth) it covers TWSS Units 1-7 (taking notes, summarizing narrative stories, writing from pictures, mini-research report, and creative writing) and several stylististic elements. Teacher prep is non-existent – you only need to read through the lessons with your student and be prepared to be "wowed" by their writing (and, of course, do a little evaluating). Although your student will want to make a final portfolio copy of their writing assignments, all the preliminary work – outlines, brainstorming charts, along with checklists – are provided in the consumable, 159-page spiral-bound text. Appendices include: banned words & prepositions and substitutes, -ly words. The purchaser may download an optional accompanying teacher e-book from the publisher's website. ~ Janice



  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
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    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 069824
    ISBN: 9780134060491
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    This hardcover, 800+ page book is intended for high school physical science and covers the topics of physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. 28 chapters cover all of the topics students need to be prepared for upper level science classes. Each chapter includes short readable sections of text, checkpoints (questions with suggested answers), colorful illustrations and graphics, biographies of famous scientists, summary of terms, reading check questions, activities, Plug and Chug (formula familiarization, Think and Solve (mathematical application), Think and Rank (analysis), Exercises (synthesis), Discussion Questions (evaluation), and a Readiness Assurance Test (10 multiple choice questions with answers). Appendices include sections on linear and rotational motion, vectors, exponential growth and doubling time, solutions for odd-numbered questions at the end of the chapter, and a glossary.

    This text corresponds to the Conceptual Physical Science Self-Study Online Course (#69873), Physical Science, PAC Self-Study Online Course (#069874), and Conceptual Astronomy Self-Study Online Course (#069864). The PAC course is a truncated version of physical science, with fewer lessons and labs using materials from around the home or easily accessible. The Astronomy course uses only specific chapters of the text for a one-semester course.

  • 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 #: 067553
    ISBN: 9780768936612
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    Egghead’s Guide to Vocabulary (7-AD)

      In this one-book approach to vocabulary, there are 3 tiers of difficulty (100, 200 & 300 level words.) The first tier words are fairly common, but still very useful. For each word, you have a definition in language that students can understand and an example of it being used in 1-2 sentences. The sentences have some sort of story/situation to make the word more memorable. The Egghead character is there to point some helpful things (and sometimes just add levity) like the phonetic spelling of the word using the IPA or International Phonetic Alphabet. However, with more difficult words, there are not as many phonetic pronunciations. I recommend you check into the proper pronunciations with unfamiliar words. After a dozen or so words is an exercise – matching, grouping, fill in the blank, reading comprehension w/multiple choice, etc. The level 200 words are less likely to be familiar to students, but are fantastic words to master and use in their speaking and writing. Level 300 words are specifically for SAT or ACT test preparation where you will have to read and decipher meanings and write an impressive essay. There is the same format for all 3 levels, but again, little to no phonetic help at the harder levels. In the back of the book are some helpful resources including lists of prefixes/roots/suffixes and their meanings; 2 longer fill-in-the-blank quizzes; and answers to all exercises. 8x10”, 235pp, Sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 066105
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  • Item #: 066104
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  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 060732
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    Each workbook hones one skill: focused practice. Use them over the summer or during the school year as you work on your curriculum. Sometimes a student needs just a little more work with a concept before moving forward: no need to back up a grade level or anything big. Twenty-eight pages of guided practice and performance tasks are followed by 4 pages of assessments and an answer key. The activities vary from straight forward fact answers to higher thinking problems to solve. Includes free access to a video with instruction specific to each book. 36 perforated pages, non-reproducible, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 059847
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    There is more to this program than what might initially meet the eye. Seemingly only a series of six smallish workbooks, these provide the structure for a one-on-one tutoring relationship that will give an older student the tools he/she needs to become a successful reader. Organized by phonics but aiming for mastery, not only of phonics-based words but also of sight words, the six books each have five lessons. At a mastery rate (achievable with consistent work) of one lesson per week, the series can be completed in about 8 months and will take the student from a just beginning reading level to a fifth level.

    Lessons follow a pattern. Phonics Word Reading provides lists of words – organized by phonics sound – for the student to read and master. Interestingly, although the lessons start with short vowel sounds – they also cover additional sounds. For instance, the short a lesson also includes r-controlled a and all/aw words. This part of the lesson also includes a list of “Challenge Words” – compound words related to the lesson sound. The Spelling portion of the lesson includes a word list for the student to read and learn to spell followed by activities (i.e., fill in the blanks, write words from list under pictures). Sight Words are covered by flashcard lists (can be reproduced and cut apart) and more fill-in-the-blank exercises. Reading practice takes the form of Bible Stories (one per lesson) taken from the Old Testament and in chronological order through the workbooks. The student first listens to the story, finds/marks sight words, completes review and comprehension exercises, reads the story and then retells it in his own words.

    Checklists abound in these books – an overall list in the back of the book and within each lesson – while the inside front cover is a Progress Chart. This is where the one-on-one tutoring design of the series becomes apparent. A Tutor Guide is included with each set of workbooks providing helpful information for the tutor as well as the expectations for the tutoring relationship. As a mastery program, flexibility, consistency, and positive reactions to student efforts are essentials for success. Before starting, students need to have a basic knowledge of the alphabet: recognize letters, say letter names, write the letters, and know the usual sounds of consonants. Additional tutor training videos are available as free downloads on the publisher’s website. Each book is 40 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 054743
    ISBN: 9780929320199
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    What's the most useful book for a new homeschooler - or any homeschooler for that matter? In my opinion, it's Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks. Why? Because this book includes everything you need to get started - an overview of homeschooling methods, encouragement to develop your own philosophy of education, information on your child's learning styles, an idea of when children need to learn what (where the Common Core State Standards are discussed), and of course the 102 Top Picks. Cathy Duffy empathizes with new homeschoolers faced with an overwhelming array of choices and provides the perspective and tools they need to become competent and wise homeschool moms/dads. The 102 products are listed first in a handy reference chart and then each one is individually reviewed. The 102 Top Picks chart is an amazingly useful tool. Each product's characteristics are noted - how it works with each learning style; how much parent/teacher instruction and prep time is required; whether it works for independent study, one-to-one, or with a group; whether it's grade level specific or multilevel; the amount of writing required; ease of use for the teacher; how necessary the teacher's manual is; whether it supports Charlotte Mason or classical education; and, lastly, if its publisher is protestant, catholic, secular, or secular but 'Christian friendly". See what I mean? Just in the chart alone you get a wonderfully pinpointed view of each curriculum product - and that's before you read the well-written, informative reviews. Reviews are presented within chapters dedicated to educational subjects – phonics, reading, & literature; language arts: grammar & composition; language arts: spelling, vocabulary & handwriting; mathematics; history, geography & social studies; science; unit studies, all-in-one programs, & online courses; and selected electives. Each chapter is more than just a collection of product reviews. Take history, geography & social studies for example. Ms. Duffy starts with a short introduction that includes her Christian perspective on how to approach the divergent resources and worldviews one finds in this area. An amazing inclusion in this chapter is a six-page listing of "real" books by time periods and topics. The thirteen product reviews include a number of series and are extensive, providing complete contact and price information as well as insightful general and detailed information. This is an update of 101 Top Picks which was an update on 100 Top Picks which was a new take on Ms. Duffy's previous curriculum review manuals. She brings a seasoned, Christian perspective to every aspect of evaluating homeschool curriculum. I'll keep two of these books on my shelves - one to refer to and one to loan to friends. 347 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 052862
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    Nicer than just a plastic worksheet cover, this sealable flat plastic zip pouch comes with four double-sided cardstock template inserts for a total of 8 designs. Templates feature a range of graphic organizers including a Venn diagram, an ABCD for multiple choice, a true/false/agree/disagree 1-5 rating page, a 6 sequence design, a 5W question star, a lined page, a grid page and an illustrate/explain page. You could also use a page from a workbook and write on the plastic with dry-erase markers to keep consumable pages reusable. The pouches are a strong and soft vinyl. Use with any 8.5"x 11" pages. Sara

  • Item #: 049805
    ISBN: 9781425815516
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  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
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    While it may sound ambitious to think your child can learn letter sounds, letter recognition, blending sounds, reading, writing, spelling and typing all in one program, this well-produced and engaging software may help them do just that. It is made up of two CD-ROMs: Read, Write & Type! and Spaceship Challenge. Read, Write & Type! is the core of the program and provides the instruction, while Spaceship Challenge provides assessment. There are 40 lessons in Read, Write & Type! with a new letter or sound introduced in each one until children have learned the basic 40 speech sounds in English. These sounds include 21 which are represented by one consonant, 5 represented by two consonants (sh, th, ch, wh, and ng), the short and long sounds of each vowel, and then "oo" as in both "look" and "tool," "ou" as in "loud," and "aw" as in "hawk." The lessons are grouped into levels where four letters or sounds are learned at each level. If you follow the plan provided, children will complete one level in Read, Write & Type! before they switch to Spaceship Challenge for testing on what they've learned (starting after Level 2). The lessons are based around games, so learning is a fun and interactive experience. When you begin the program, the user can view the introduction to learn the back-story and be introduced to the characters (or storytellers). Most of the time the screen you will see includes a keyboard with keys divided under right and left "houses" and two little hands in the corners. The player also sees that each of the letters (and corresponding storyteller) "live" in a key shown on the animated keyboard. Above the keyboard, the scene changes as the user plays different games. In the introduction Vexor, a nasty virus, comes to town and steals all the letters from the animated keyboard. It's up to the player and the two talking hands to work together to win all of the letters back. As the player begins each round, they see which letter Vexor will offer to give back, pending the player's performance on the games. The player is instructed on how to type that letter on the keyboard, and the sound of the letter is pronounced (letters found on the left-hand side of the keyboard within easy reach are the first to be introduced). The player then plays a series of games with Vexor to try and win the letter. These are based heavily on sound and ask the child to associate the sound with a picture and determine if the sound is made when saying the name of the object in the picture. Different games test the player's ability to identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. Players are constantly encouraged to say the name of the pictures or the sounds of the letters out loud as they type to engage their eyes, ears, mouths and fingers to learn the letters and sounds. After they play the letter/sound games with Vexor, they must help the letter's storyteller get to the Story Tree by typing the letters they hear pronounced by an animated mouth. At the Story Tree, the mouth again pronounces the sounds of letters, and later words and simple sentences, as they type to complete the story. The games are different in Spaceship Challenge, although the emphasis is still on recognizing sounds and matching to letters. In the Sound Game, a picture shows one of three different monitors, and the player will identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word pictured. The Reading Game tests reading comprehension by asking the player to match the sentence or word to one of the pictures shown below. In the Spelling Game, a picture is shown and the word is pronounced, and the player is asked to type in the word correctly. If the player completes these tasks at or above the threshold for passing, they move on to the next level in Read, Write & Type! Additional fun reinforcement activities include the Power Fountain game which reinforces typing accuracy and speed, and a simulated e-mail area, where children can type and "send" messages (a selection of stored responses are "sent" in return). The spiral-bound lesson book also includes plenty of introductory material for parents, including an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, and more (please note that the book does reference some additional pieces like posters and keyboard covers that have not been included with the program for quite some time). All in all, this program has some good things going for it. The software is well-produced, not cheesy, and the sounds that are pronounced are clear and easy to understand. Because the emphasis is on learning the sounds, not just letter recognition (players are even asked to type "fffff," not "F"), this aids them in learning to sound out and recognize words later on. The games are fun to play and motivational, and the range of supplementary materials included and available (some on their website) round out the program to include non-computer time. Additionally, children will get plenty of typing practice with no pressure for speed, which gives them a leg up on children who don't learn to type until they are older. While I wouldn't use this in place of a phonics program, it is a meaty supplement that may be best used with a "no-frills" instruction book like How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy or The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and/or with phonics workbooks (to reinforce writing skills which are not used as much in the software). This will provide practice they'll want to do! Please note that this is the 2000 edition of the program on CD-ROM; the newest version is only available from Talking Fingers as a download.System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (but not Windows 7); Macintosh 7.5-9.2 or OS X Classic. - Jess

  • Item #: 041679
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    Extra Student Package contains: Student™s Workbook, Student Tool Cards, My First Readers booklet and the Practice Clipboard with wet erase pen.

  • Item #: 041450
    ISBN: 9781581349719
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    It varies in length, comes in all different sizes and colors, has been translated into countless languages, and has been re-written into many different versions. Through all of these differences, though, the message of the Bible remains the same – but that doesn't necessarily mean it is always accessible or clear. Dig Deeper can help. This book is full of study principles that the authors call "tools." These tools – once learned – will provide readers with understanding they can use to open the Scriptures to a new level. So what, exactly, are these tools? A glance down the table of contents will show one tool per chapter: author's purpose (for writing the book), context, structure, linking words, parallels, narrator's comments, vocabulary, translations, tone and feel, repetition, quotation/allusion, genre, copycat, Bible time line, "who am I" (who is this, relative to who I am), and "so what" (what does this mean for me and my life?). Chapters explain how and why each tool will be useful during your individual or group reading/study periods, and include examples of the tools being put to use and activities that encourage you to start utilizing them. The conclusion ties it all together with a long example of how to use the tools, as a whole kit, on a specific passage. A real hands-on discovery of God's Word. 158 pgs, pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 040045
    ISBN: 9780825159046
    Retail: $26.00
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    Not really a "grabber" title, huh? What if I explained instead that these books offer students the opportunity to ponder historical issues in light of relevant historical documents and to then write an informed essay that answers that issue? Well, it still might not excite most students, but wow, what a great way to add a critical thinking and writing component to your study of American history! Each level contains 20-22 "Document-Based Questions" (or DBQs) to study, spanning American history from European exploration to the present time. Each DBQ lesson is titled with a question or issue and follows a similar format. The lesson begins with historical background on the issue, followed by a series of suggested steps for the student to use as they work their way through the lesson. In Part A, introductory and explanatory text surrounds excerpts from primary or secondary historical documents, with one or two questions following each excerpt. Documents may be letters, speeches, books written around the time of the issue, or secondary source documents from historians who have examined the documents and come to their own conclusions. The questions require the student to draw from the short excerpt and begin thinking about the issues. By the end of Part A, they have read several different excerpts and have seen multiple sides and viewpoints to the issue. At this point they're ready for Part B, the essay portion. Here they are expected to write an essay answering the lesson's question or issue by using what they have learned and supporting their opinions from the documents. A grading key at the end of the book offers answers for the questions, sample essays for each DBQ, and teacher comments.

    Historical issues examined in the High School book include economic opportunities in the Colonies, growth of political parties, antebellum reforms, progressivism, clash of cultures in the 1920s, the civil rights movement, the separation of church and state, and more. Middle school issues include the motivation of Europeans to explore America, causes of the American Revolution, Indian removal, reconstruction, the New Deal, immigration, costs and benefits of winning WWII, and what our future will be like. Some of the same topics are found in both levels, although the level of coverage is different. This series is from a secular publisher, so you will not find much religious content, and you will find some more "politically correct" flavoring. On the other hand, much of the book is open-ended, and essays are more likely to be graded on structure and organization than on personal opinion! Whether you're a secular homeschooler, you enjoy exploring issues and debates, or if you can overlook the statements you may not agree with, these lessons offer a great opportunity for historical analysis and writing that would make a beneficial supplement to any U.S. history program. – Jess

  • Item #: 033917
    ISBN: 9781483818252
    Retail: $12.99
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      The 26-piece Parts of Speech Set includes: a large chart, 9 small charts (15” x 11”) and 16 blank word cards.  Each small chart features one part of speech with definition, examples, and an example sentence. The small charts are color-coded to match the large chart. The large chart includes 9 parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections), paired with an explanation on how to use each one. Blank word cards add an additional level or interaction and are color-coded to support learning.

  • Item #: 031116
    ISBN: 9780929895048
    Retail: $17.95
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    You know an approach to grammar is different when students and teachers are giggling. Indeed, Jane Kiester's 10-step approach to teaching grammar is rather amusing, with the bonus of being extremely effective, which certainly sets it apart from many other grammar books! How does Jane keep her classes giggling through grammar? The Caught'ya. In essence, the Caught'ya is one or two sentences of a continuous, humorous story, filled with grammar errors that the teacher wants to eliminate. In this book, Jane walks you through how the Caught'ya works and exactly how to integrate this approach in your own classroom. She starts by "inviting" you into her classroom to see how she uses the Caught'ya and then breaks down the process into ten easy steps. Ten steps may sound intimidating, but each one is a very small piece and the entire task only takes 5-10 minutes a day. In short, the ten steps consist of composing the daily Caught'ya sentence by deciding on a plot, the skills and a vocabulary word to address that day, writing the sentence down incorrectly on the board and critiquing students as they copy the Caught'ya on their own paper correctly, and concluding by checking the sentence together with the whole class, then having the students mark their mistakes, count up their own errors, and turn in their work. The complete, detailed explanations of each step are found in chapter 2. The third chapter focuses on how to evaluate the Caught'ya, with thorough directions on checking and grading the content as well as the format, using real student's Caught'yas as examples. Chapter 4 goes beyond the basics and describes how to use Caught'yas as a tool to teach other grammar skills such as spelling, diagramming sentences, and writing, among other tips. This chapter also holds sample spelling practices and Caught'ya grammar tests with answer keys. Assuming that many teachers may find the idea of creating their own funny story plot and outline a bit daunting, Jane includes six sample story ideas in chapter 5, two each for elementary, middle, and high school classes, tried and very successful in classrooms. These suggestions serve as a plot for you to flesh out through your daily Caught'ya sentences, each one offering a tidbit of the funny tale to anticipating students. If the task of writing your own sentences based on a given outline still sounds too hard, then you'll appreciate chapters 6-8, which each hold 100 daily Caught'ya sentences for your use until you are comfortable writing them yourself. Each of these chapters holds sentences for one of the sample stories from each grade level and gives you the passage written incorrectly and correctly, with the skills covered and vocabulary word. With her helpful, personal writing style, Jane Keister leaves you encouraged and fully prepared to "catch" your own giggling grammar students. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 001502
    ISBN: 9780890517109
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $24.95
    A heavy-duty (and thoroughly Christian) writing course, recently revised. Use this course by itself or with it's companion volume, Literary Analysis: An Introduction (see Reading section) for a complete English course. The author guides the student through various types of writing experiences by supplying ample explanation, a model (generally written by himself or one of his children), and plenty of practice! Each of the 35 lessons (formerly 26) should take approximately a week to complete. Students read through the lesson on the first day. Each lesson focuses on a specific type of writing and highlights a Writing Style skill. Warm-up essay subjects are provided for each day. These are intended to be short (one page or less) and take no more than a half hour to complete. Journal Writing (really, Bible study and reflection) is also intended to be done daily; the author suggests journaling through 1 Kings. A form for this is included in the book's appendix. It is also expected that the student will read 35-50 pages in a good book each night, creating an index card vocabulary deck as he goes. To help in selecting appropriate literature, the author has included a list of books that should be read before graduating from high school. Because of the extemporaneous speech expected at the end of lesson 15, the student should also be keeping an "extemporaneous file" to prepare. During the week, the student will also be working on the major writing assignment for the lesson which corresponds to the writing skill being taught. Specific instructions for these (length and requirements) are given at the end of each lesson. Types of writing include: description, eyewitness account, summary report, firsthand experience, character profile, historical profile, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, literary analysis, case/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution, explanatory, and a major research paper. This last writing project covers a ten-week span and lessons focus on the skills and steps involved in producing a first-rate research paper from inception to conclusion. In addition to written assignments and the extemporaneous speech (since this is a writing and speaking course), in lesson 6 assignments include the presentation of an original oratory. As mentioned before, each week's lesson includes study of a writing style technique or tip. These include: focus, combining sentences, expanding sentences, writing complete sentences, clear sentences, transitions, choosing the right word, quotation marks, and footnotes/endnotes. A very thorough (and demanding) course for your middle grader!

    A Teacher's Edition is also available to help you get the most out of this program. For each lesson in the student book, it provides teaching plans, assessment goals, and evaluation tools to determine your student's level of progress. The course is flexible enough to adjust the pacing for any student, but plans designed specifically for special needs learners to gain the maximum possible benefit from the study are included. For each weekly lesson, daily suggested activities and assignments are given. Additional teaching tips and activity ideas are included in the book and in the appendices. A DVD is also included with the Teacher Edition, which features the author, James Stobaugh, giving extra insights and encouragement. The Teacher's Edition is very valuable in helping you get the most out of the student book and this great course.

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
    Retail: $39.99
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    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
    Retail: $17.95
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 040707
    ISBN: 9781933339092
    Retail: $17.95
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    Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

    Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

    The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.