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  • Item #: 050290
    ISBN: 9781512095425
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    ISBN: 9781511930024
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    ISBN: 9781512095463
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  • Item #: 037751
    ISBN: 9780876285893
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    What do you call a unit study designed for the classroom? A ready-to-use interdisciplinary lesson and activity! While designed for the classroom, homeschool families will find the lessons and activities easy to implement at home with children of multiple ages or an excellent resource for a history focused co-op.

    Divided into three units, the 120 lessons immerse students in the history and culture of the United States. Beginning with the thirteen colonies, students will explore New England, the Middle and the Southern colonies before traveling into the Expanding Nation of the Midwest. This second unit covers the Midwest & Great Plains as well as the Mississippi Valley. The final unit traipses through the beckoning west as students explore the Southwest, Northwest and West. Units are formatted similarly and provide lessons in social studies, practical mathematics, language arts, music, art, consumer/family living and physical education. Extension activities are plentiful and include additional food experiences, research projects and reading suggestions.

    The lessons begin with a "For the Teacher" introduction, which provides parent/teachers with material lists and necessary teacher preparations, as well as a list of lesson activity worksheets. These reproducible worksheets vary and include map activities, word searches, fill in the blank outlines/sentences, matching definitions to vocabulary words, craft/art lessons, etc. Answers are provided as necessary. Art projects and other hands-on activities utilize common, easy-to-find items. Folk tales and literature suggestions abound and provide exposure to a wide range of options to enhance the language arts portion of the study. Some of the folk tales have been adapted and are included within the pages of this comprehensive resource, along with other historical information for the student.

    Let me share from Unit 2, Getting to Know the Southwest. Students begin with a map of the Southwest and are called upon to locate and label Arizona, New Mexico and Texas along with their capitals. They also locate the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico. The next lesson covers the people of the Southwest, introducing them by name along with a one-sentence summary; a word search puzzle follows and then students are asked to write a report on one of the famous people from this region. A reproducible outline is provided to guide their research. A "Life in Early Texas" lesson follows. In this lesson, students are given a word bank and asked to "fill in the blanks" to complete the reading on Texas in the 1800s and today. Following this concise historical view, an assignment is given to plan a trip to the Southwest. The teacher prep notes recommend students make use of travel agency pamphlets and books, but it may be easier for students to discover this information on the internet. Following the "trip" to the Southwest, a worksheet of various story problems is given with the focus of determining the costs for a family of four to travel to San Antonio. Vocabulary, folk-tales, literature, pastimes and games, music suggestions, craft projects, and authentic recipes and dining activities conclude the Southwest study. Helpful information in the back of the book includes a glossary of terms and summary of the fifty states including the date of union entry, capital and largest city.

    As with any interdisciplinary study, you will want to add a comprehensive math curriculum at grade level along with language arts topics like spelling and grammar. Correlated vocabulary words are included as are writing assignments, although you may wish to provide writing instruction for students who may be weak in composition. You will need to add science as it is not covered within the text. An excellent way to immerse children in the culture of the lower 48 states. As I perused the abundance of lessons, I was quickly impressed with the content and easily understood why it is a recommended resource for the Tapestry of Grace curriculum. 365 pgs. Spiral bound, reproducible for classroom use. ~Deanne

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    Shiller Math is a trusted name in math education, and they have now composed a kit to help those who need specific instruction with fractions. The kit includes the fraction lesson book and answer key, parent guide, fractions guide book, tracking sheet for completed assignments, and 2 sets of fraction circles. Each set of fractions circles includes 54 pieces which represent whole, halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, eighths, ninths, and tenths. Concepts practiced begin with the basics and build fraction families, denominator, numerator, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, least common denominator and much more. The lesson book has 168 lessons that include review tests (187 pages). The answer key offers answers to all lessons found in the lesson book. Take time out from your regular curriculum to focus on fractions, or use it alongside your regular curriculum to reinforce fraction concepts. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 003719
    ISBN: 9781512095579
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  • Item #: 034068
    ISBN: 9781425807733
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This classroom resource for Level 1 provides effective, research-based strategies to help teachers differentiate problem solving in the classroom and includes: 50 leveled math problems (150 problems total), an overview of the problem-solving process, and ideas for formative assessment of students' problem-solving abilities. It also includes 50 mini-lessons and a student activity sheet featuring a problem tiered at three levels, plus a Teacher Resource CD with electronic versions of activity sheets. 144pp.
  • Item #: 034079
    ISBN: 9781425807740
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This classroom resource for Level 2 provides effective, research-based strategies to help teachers differentiate problem solving in the classroom and includes: 50 leveled math problems (150 problems total), an overview of the problem-solving process, and ideas for formative assessment of students' problem-solving abilities. It also includes 50 mini-lessons and a student activity sheet featuring a problem tiered at three levels, plus a Teacher Resource CD with electronic versions of activity sheets. 144pp.
  • Item #: 034083
    ISBN: 9781425807757
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This classroom resource for Level 3 provides effective, research-based strategies to help teachers differentiate problem solving in the classroom and includes: 50 leveled math problems (150 problems total), an overview of the problem-solving process, and ideas for formative assessment of students' problem-solving abilities. It also includes 50 mini-lessons and a student activity sheet featuring a problem tiered at three levels, plus a Teacher Resource CD with electronic versions of activity sheets. 144pp.
  • Item #: 034095
    ISBN: 9781425807764
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This classroom resource for Level 4 provides effective, research-based strategies to help teachers differentiate problem solving in the classroom and includes: 50 leveled math problems (150 problems total), an overview of the problem-solving process, and ideas for formative assessment of students' problem-solving abilities. It also includes 50 mini-lessons and a student activity sheet featuring a problem tiered at three levels, plus a Teacher Resource CD with electronic versions of activity sheets. 144pp.
  • Item #: 034098
    ISBN: 9781425807771
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This classroom resource for Level 5 provides effective, research-based strategies to help teachers differentiate problem solving in the classroom and includes: 50 leveled math problems (150 problems total), an overview of the problem-solving process, and ideas for formative assessment of students' problem-solving abilities. It also includes 50 mini-lessons and a student activity sheet featuring a problem tiered at three levels, plus a Teacher Resource CD with electronic versions of activity sheets. 144pp.
  • Item #: 034112
    ISBN: 9781425807788
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This classroom resource for Level 6 provides effective, research-based strategies to help teachers differentiate problem solving in the classroom and includes: 50 leveled math problems (150 problems total), an overview of the problem-solving process, and ideas for formative assessment of students' problem-solving abilities. It also includes 50 mini-lessons and a student activity sheet featuring a problem tiered at three levels, plus a Teacher Resource CD with electronic versions of activity sheets. 144pp.
  • Item #: 031831
    ISBN: 9781612762111
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    Do you have a visual learner? A wiggle worm? A little engineer on your hands? All of the above? How can you teach a lesson and accommodate a variety of learning styles without creating several different lessons? Here is a time saver just for you! Reproducible pages have a concept at the top and a grid, each with 9 problems to solve. You assign the student to choose however many of the problems you want, say 4 of the 9, or 12 of the 20. Students will choose the ones that appeal to their learning style. Each concept has a separate skills sheet with more problems to help the teacher/parent assess learning. Over 375 differentiated activities! Pages can be used as a bell-ringer, warm-up, free time activity, homework or center time. 42 grids in all, they will cover multiplication, division, decimals, measurement, problem solving and more. Answers are in the back. 94pp, pb ~Sara
  • Item #: 038885
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    This hands-on approach to teaching both the entrepreneurial and math skills needed to run a business would be an excellent coop activity/project or fund-raiser for a support group. If the group could procure a booth at a homeschool curriculum fair or a neighborhood craft/flea market, it would work even better. Working in this business framework, children learn relevant, essential math skills. Those who appreciate the link between play and learning will appreciate this resource also. Even within a single homeschool, parents and children could do a mini-mall unit as math enrichment, planning and setting up their wares at an available venue (we live in the country and small towns around us are always hosting craft fairs, flea markets, etc.). Children can combine in groups (partnerships or corporations) or work as sole proprietorships. Businesses can range from construction, services, manufacturing, retail, even entertainment. Business plans, including marketing, pricing stratagems, and methods of record keeping can be discussed and implemented. You may wish to include a banking function or person who can make loans or invest monies. This binder is crammed full of ideas and worksheets to use in your endeavor (see table of contents on website). You may want to use this over the course of several years as an end of school (or before Christmas!) unit, working to hone your children’s entrepreneurial skills each year.
  • Item #: 061501
    ISBN: 9780615834108
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    Charlotte Mason wrote extensively of the purpose and promise of a notebook-inspired education, and many modern authors have attempted to encapsulate and inspire a new generation of notebook enthusiasts—yet few have done so as poignantly as Laurie Bestvater. Beginning with an overview of notebooking, the author guides us through an array of topics to inspire children (and adults!) to feel comfortable with the blank slate that overwhelms those new to the art. She then returns to the vision of self-education through notebooking before guiding us through setting up the "self-activity" or structure of notebooks. She concludes with the life-long benefits: development of imagination; inner growth (spiritual disciplines and character); and relationships with God, man and the universe in which we live. The extensive appendix includes recommend supplies, samples, general lesson plan template,

    Way of the Will

    chart, additional resources, bibliography, glossary and notes. A tremendous resource for those seeking more support for a notebooking lifestyle; reminiscent of Charlotte Mason and the Parents National Education Union (PNEU) and one that you will refer to in years to come. 193 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne
  • Item #: 025913
    ISBN: 9780971889514
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    Why is it that Charlotte Mason homeschooling manuals seem to ooze warm, fuzzy snugglies? Whenever I spend time with one I want to start homeschooling all over again and read a LOT more books. Real Learning is like that. I came away re-convinced that relationships and character are more important than academics and that academics are really best conquered in an atmosphere of inquisitive learning; in fact, a lifestyle of learning.

    Written by and for Catholic homeschoolers, quotes from the venerable Ms. Mason are placed alongside those of a much less well known (but equally wise) contemporary – Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein). Amidst a companionable array of insightful observations from these two wise ones, our author gives us a tour of all-things homeschooling with chapters on each of the major subjects (language arts, math, history, science, and religion) as well as more particular topics – art, “special blessings” (children with learning difficulties), and sports. Interestingly however, I personally felt most blessed by the material on the practical side of living (er, I mean homeschooling) – chores, dealing with bad days, and character-building. The author recognizes that “education at home works so well because parent educators naturally dedicate their hearts and souls to touching the hearts and souls of their children.” However, that dedication can lead to burnout, and that’s where the practical suggestions found in the burnout chapter might just make the difference between the success and seeming failure of your homeschooling experience as you avoid or recover from “going down in flames.”

    Elizabeth Foss shares straight from the heart of her Catholic and homeschooling experience, but her book provides an ever broader picture as she includes the in-their-own-words advice and experiences of a number of homeschooling veterans. Designed to serve as an educational framework, the author takes the reader by the hand and helps her organize and orientate her homeschool. She makes the journey pleasant with vintage artwork as well as carefully selected pieces of the various artistic endeavors of her own and others’ children. She also leaves the reader with the “piece de resistance” – a lovely, age/grade-leveled booklist for “reading around the year.” There’s really nothing left to do but read, absorb, enjoy, and employ. Janice

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    Feeling like you want to use the full program but nervous about the cost? Here is a way to test drive La Clase with 5 lessons for 2 students and see if it is a good fit for your family. Your intro kit includes an introductory teacher's manual with a course overview and detailed lesson plans. It also includes a more brief lesson plan, so you can choose the better fit. Also in the box are 2 student activity packets with worksheets and puzzles to reinforce the lessons, 2 Mexican flags to color, 2 color wheels with 2 brads (included) to assemble and practice with, 1 DVD, 1 audio CD, 8 crayons, and several colors of cut tissue paper with wire to make flowers. Per the lesson plans, this kit will take 2 weeks to complete. This is a fun & lively way to learn Spanish. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 052975
    ISBN: 9781576858912
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    Want a crash course review prior to taking a standardized test? Or a tool for diagnosing and troubleshooting "holes" in your student's math education? Or maybe a refresher prior to starting an algebra course? Perhaps math has just never made a whole lot of sense – or you've taken an unschooling approach and now need to have an idea of what your student knows or doesn't know. We get one or more of these questions almost daily. From now on, this little book will be my go-to suggestion. The 20 lessons in Practical Math take about 20 minutes each and provide thorough coverage of math topics up to and including pre-algebra starting right where things get confusing – fractions. And they're done in a way that will encourage the student and help her/him feel that they are finally getting a grasp on what math is all about. How? Well, they start with clear and minimal instruction interspersed with illustrations, worked examples, tips (helpful reminders), and cautions (pitfalls to avoid) and end with a problem set that is comprehensive but not overwhelming. A pre-test and a post-test can be used to assess weak spots and to see how well they've been strengthened. Complete answer keys are included. Also available: additional online practice with immediate scoring and detailed answer explanations. 223 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056120
    ISBN: 9781465417350
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    (Publisher description) DK Workbooks: Math: Grade 3 will sharpen the math skills of 8 and 9 year olds. With lessons to help understand problem solving, multiplication and division, times tables, estimating, fractions and more, third graders will boost their confidence and knowledge in these subject areas. Developed in consultation with leading educational experts to support curriculum learning, DK Workbooks: Math is an innovative series of home-learning math workbooks that is closely linked to school curriculum and helps make learning easy and fun! Each title is packed with exercises and activities to strengthen what children learn in school. With clear questions and supportive illustrations to help children understand each topic, the books provide practice to reinforce learning and understanding of key concepts, such as fractions, times tables, and shapes. A parents' section contains answers, tips, and guidance to provide support, and a certificate of achievement will reinforce confidence in kids by rewarding their accomplishments. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

  • Item #: 004267
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    This hefty high school curriculum, newly revised in 2016, was designed to train girls to become godly women, based on Proverbs 31:10-31. The goal of the curriculum is to help Christian girls develop their skills and abilities for optimal service to the Lord within the family setting: a preparation for all the duties of an adult life. The guide's beginning elaborates on the program's philosophies and then discusses four learning styles as well as the Six R's of education (adds Research, Responsibility and Righteousness to the traditional three). The author assumes that students have a good basic mastery of Math and English grammar, as well as a good reading ability. In addition, these courses are written for mature young people. , there are reproducible forms for planning and record keeping. (It is highly recommended that your daughter plan or at least help to plan her own lessons.) The forms included are a Goal Planning Checklist, High-School report Card, Lesson Planning Sheet, and a High School Cumulative Record Card. (This sheet will become the high school transcript for any student wishing to proceed on to college.) The curriculum guide is broken up into 20 different units (10 in Volume 1 and 10 in Volume 2). Each unit focuses on a different verse or verse group from Proverbs 31. Then, this unit is broken down into thematic mini units. Subjects covered are Bible and Christian Character, Cultural Studies, Reading and Literature, Composition, Math and Personal Finance, Science, Health and Physical Fitness, Practical Arts, and Decorative and Performing Arts. In each subject area within a unit, this curriculum guide gives a list of lessons for girls to choose from and complete. Since activities are provided for the four learning styles, there are more activities in the guide than can be completed in 4 years. The materials are written directly to the students, as they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. Each lesson assigns suggested point value (largely based on Carnegie units), so when an activity is completed you can easily total the points and convert them into High School credits. The guide also provides detailed instructions about how best to use the program, lists essential materials for the course, and recommends supplementary courses. Essential materials for the course are a Bible, concordance, dictionary, encyclopedia, hymnbooks, an English grammar book, and a writing style book). The list of strongly suggested materials is more extensive. Far Above Rubies was created to stand on its own, although the lessons call for reading and using a number of other books, such as Writer's Inc., the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Understanding the Times, and more. At the end of each volume, there is an updated, detailed list of recommended resources (and corresponding Web locations for more information), many of which we also offer in our catalog. Also included for each volume are some cross-reference guides to help you locate specific lessons based on chronology or theme and a "25 Ways to Have Fun with Book Reports" chart. Please note that although the guide self-proclaims that it is not necessarily against college and career goals for young ladies, they admit that this is not the primary aim of this guide. Consequently, if your daughter plans on attending college or becoming a career woman, you will need to supplement her curriculum with some college-preparatory math and science (specific suggestions are offered). However, this curriculum does still provide the college-bound with a well-rounded base, and it also offers a number of business and vocational skills. Help prepare your daughters using the model provided in Proverbs 31. Includes Beautiful Girlhood Audiobook and 7 bonus e-books: Friendship, Friendship Notebook pages, Girls in Bookland, Nest in the Honeysuckles, The Merchant Maiden, The Basket of Flowers, and The Value of a Praying Mom. The curriculum is only available in PDF format on CD-ROM. Requires Adobe Reader, a free download. Revised edition, 2016. Win/Mac ~ Rachel/Ruth.

  • Item #: 057852
    ISBN: 9780890517598
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    The Genesis of Germs, focusing on the spread of germs and diseases caused by sin's corruption, combine into a full year of study with Building Blocks in Life Science, which delves deeper into biology and God's amazing design of life. Combined with the Parent Lesson Plan, you will have a detailed calendar for each week of study, reproducible worksheets, quizzes and tests, and answers keys to help grade all assignments.

    ________________________________________ Basic Pre-Med

    Course Description

    This is the suggested course sequence that allows one core area of science to be studied per semester. You can change the sequence of the semesters per the needs or interests of your student; materials for each semester are independent of one another to allow flexibility.

    Semester 1: Microbiology

    As the world waits in fear, world health organizations race to develop a vaccine for the looming bird flu epidemic-a threat that has forced international, federal, and local governments to begin planning for a possible pandemic, and the widespread death and devastation which would follow. Will the world find an answer in time? Or will we see this threat ravage populations as others have before in 1918 with influenza in the late 18th century with yellow fever, or the horrific "black death" or bubonic plague in 1347 AD? "Are these [viruses] examples of evolution? --Did God make microbes by mistake? Are they accidents of evolution, out of the primordial soup?" These timely questions are examined throughout The Genesis of Germs. It seems that a new and more terrible disease is touted on the news almost daily. The spread of these scary diseases from bird flu to SARS to AIDS is a cause for concern and leads to questions such as: Where did all these germs come from, and how do they fit into a biblical world view? What kind of function did these microbes have before the Fall? Does antibiotic resistance in bacteria prove evolution? How can something so small have such a huge, deadly impact on the world around us? Professor Alan Gillen sheds light on these and many other questions in this revealing and detailed book. He shows how these constantly mutating diseases are proof for devolution rather than evolution and how all of these germs fit into a biblical world view. Dr. Gillen shows how germs are symptomatic of the literal Fall and Curse of creation as a result of man's sin and the hope we have in the coming of Jesus Christ.

    Semester 2: Life Science

    Study clear biological answers for how science and Scripture fit together to honor the Creator. Have you ever wondered about such captivating topics as genetics, the roll of natural selection, embryonic development, or DNA and the magnificent origins of life? Within Building Blocks in Life Science you will discover exceptional insights and clarity to patterns of order in living things, including the promise of healing and new birth in Christ. Study numerous ways to refute the evolutionary worldview that life simply evolved by chance over millions of years. The evolutionary worldview can be found filtered through every topic at every age-level in our society. It has become the overwhelmingly accepted paradigm for the origins of life as taught in all secular institutions. This dynamic education resource helps young people not only learn science from a biblical perspective, but also helps them know how to defend their faith in the process.

  • Item #: 010750
    ISBN: 9781892427069
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    Linda Hobar, the author of this world history series, states in the beginning of this book, "I believe history is the story of God revealing Himself to mankind and that He did it most perfectly through the person of Jesus Christ…the "mystery" is the gospel of Jesus Christ." What a refreshing and different view from most world history curriculums! Those looking for a world history program that aligns the stories of mankind with the living story of God will truly appreciate this Bible-centered approach to the history of the world. Picking up where Volume 1 leaves off, this volume begins with the Pentecost and the first followers of Jesus (including Paul) around 29 A.D and chronologically continues through the early church and moves into the Middle Ages, covering the years through about 1456 A.D. The format of this book is very similar to that of the first volume; however, there are some small differences. Firstly, there are fewer lessons (84 as opposed to 108), but these lessons are slightly longer, offering more information on a given topic. Lessons generally take the form of real-life biographies, sharing the stories of men and women who changed the world while simultaneously showing the relationship between God and the world during that period. Another new feature is the bolding of key words to aid students in finding the information again later for activity or vocabulary purposes. As in the first book, this volume includes pretests to be given at the beginning of each week, end of the week reviews, memory card suggestions, bi-weekly quizzes, quarterly worksheets, and two semester tests. Memory cards are fact cards that students create for each lesson, capturing the main points and dates on an easy to review flashcard. The end of the week reviews continue to hold timeline and mapping exercises, providing students with helpful visuals of when important figures lived and where places studied are located. This volume also contains even more activities following each lesson than the first volume. This is simply to provide you with more choices, not to overwhelm you with feeling like you should do them all! These activities are generally categorized into younger, middle, and older student activities in order to accommodate the curriculum to a wider spread of grade levels, with the youngest comprised of many hands-on activities to help them experience history, middle activities a combination of hands-on exercises with research, and the older ideas centering on research, encouraging students to learn more and dig deeper into the people and lessons from history. The activities and memory cards, as well as the weekly and quarterly reviews and tests, are meant to ensure long-term retention of the key events and people throughout history, as opposed to the short term memory capacity we often hold history (and other subjects!) lessons in. The back of this hefty 700-page book contains the outline maps for the lessons, additional fun supplemental activities, suggestions of books and resources for further study of many of the topics, a chart of materials needed for the activities found in each lesson, and a full answer key. The fascinating journey across the continents continues as students discover who lived when and the way God worked His plan throughout this period of history. ~ Steph
  • Item #: 031576
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    In the same spirit as Get a Grip, Lentil Science takes hands-on lentil play, and applies it to science, math, social studies, language and art. After perusing the books and kits, I have to agree that this is almost like less messy, more educational sandbox play, and is sure to give kids a solid understanding of comparison, volume, numbers/amount, planning and layout, sorting, graphing, problem-solving and more. Actually, it's almost like a hands-on, open-ended critical thinking program! The components of the kit are similar to that used in Get a Grip but allow for more experimentation and, include: a seamless job box, assorted plastic vials cut to particular sizes, baby food jars of different sizes, sifting screens, a bottle connector, magnets, bottle caps, BBs, craft sticks, and a scoop. The book contains all teacher information, instructions, and reproducible student materials/task cards. The book is designed for Lentil Science to be used as a sort of "center activity," where the lentil workstation would be set up somewhere in the classroom, and students would take turns playing with it. Because of this, the student portion of the activity book is formatted as "activity cards", and are found at the bottom of the pages, with corresponding teacher information at the top. The student task cards contain little text, instead utilizing illustrations to show the equipment and procedure. The teacher information includes an objective, introduction to the lesson, and questions intended to guide the activity. The primary book contains seven chapters labeled "pour," "search," "compare," "design," "measure," "divide," and "calibrate." The first chapter primarily encourages children to play with the lentils, to observe them, and to draw containers when they're full, half full, etc. Other chapters focus on sorting activities where students must separate another small object from the lentils; volume and amount activities similar to those in Get a Grip; artistic activities where students use lentils as a medium to create shapes and 3-D landscapes; measuring activities and determining equal volumes; division activities where a volume of lentils should be equally divided into other volumes, and calibration activities where students use division of lentils to calibrate other containers to a specific volume.

    Intermediate lentil activities are more advanced, with seven chapters focusing on comparison, searching, measuring, designing, dividing, calibrating, and estimating. The students jump right into volume puzzles similar to Get a Grip activities, and from that point, complete lentil activities similar those in Primary Lentil Science, but more involved, more complicated in procedure and incorporating content from other subjects. Instead of simply creating a lentil landscape, they'll lay out a city in a grid pattern, and add street names, landscape "props," and more. The Intermediate kit is nearly the same also, including only an additional test tube and a counting grid. If you plan on using both the Primary and Intermediate books, you may want to consider the Combo kit, which includes both books and a combined kit.

  • Item #: 019434
    ISBN: 9780825144905
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    Unlike math or reading, geography may be one of those subjects studied intermittently, or even as one concentrated course, not something we hit every day, and this can make memorizing places and names difficult for those students not so good at memorization. Similar to the other Daily Warm-Ups books, each page is a mini-lesson that can be completed at any odd time of the day, and gives the student just a little taste of the subject on a daily basis. Activities include matching, true/false, charts and graphs, reading comprehension, riddles, and more. Not a comprehensive study of world geography by any means, but an easy way to keep the kids sharp, and keep them thinking about geography all year long. - Jess

  • Item #: 030506
    ISBN: 9780825138034
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    Read faster and retain more of what you read! Using a variety of diverse reading material such as editorials, letters, and primary source materials from several core subject areas, these lessons are geared to improve the student's speed of reading and overall comprehension, which should result in better test-taking skills. This workbook contains sixteen lessons focusing on specific reading skills including vocabulary building, eye movements, reading purpose, previewing, reading in thought, skimming and scanning for the main idea and details, study reading and memory, and how to improve your reading in specific subject areas such as math, social studies, science, and literature. Each lesson has five exercises. The lesson begins with a teacher page describing the skill, which could also be read by the student. Then students work through an interpretation exercise, perception exercise, comprehension exercise, and two stories with questions for the student to answer to determine their average comprehension score and effective word-per-minute speed. Answers are included at the end of the book. This workbook could easily be used for self-study by an individual student or in a "class" situation, as the exercise pages are reproducible. What I like best about this workbook is that it is very realistic in what words we should be able to read per minute (not skim or scan per minute). While other products make loftier promises, this workbook states that the maximum number of words read are 800-900 words per minute. Overall, this is a very thorough course that will teach you how to speed read without sacrificing reading comprehension. – Jess

  • Item #: 009590
    ISBN: 9780984638192
    Retail: $19.95
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    "A Conversational Handbook for the Thoroughly Befuddled." Yup, that's what it's like, alright. Just like a friend to help you through those "hard times" in math. This book kindly takes you by the hand and incrementally, step-by-step and question by question, teaches you the whys and hows of algebra. The book is even formatted to appeal to algebraically turned-off students, sympathetic to their predicament, but ready to "deal with it". The self-teaching, self-paced text has received accolades from students, teachers and publications ranging from Home Education Magazine to The Washington Times. Every page, or bite-sized "mini-lesson" is presented in question and answer format. There are five "types" of pages (designated by muted graphic): Mind Munchies (introduce/explain concepts), Bare Bones (information to memorize cold), Step by Step (how to do it), Pitfall (common mistakes/misunderstandings to avoid), and Target Practice (practice problems) plus QuikCheck problems (boxes on these pages with just a few problems to make sure students grasp the concept taught on the page). These are gathered into 12 content sections: Properties, Sets of Numbers, Positive & Negative Numbers, Order of Operations & Like Terms, Absolute Value, Exponents, Radicals, Factoring, Cancelling, Equations, the Coordinate Plane, and Word Problems. The new 2nd Edition of this book also includes a final chapter on Advanced Algebraic Word Problems (additional questions and solutions for this chapter are not found in the 1st edition workbook, but links are provided to find this material online). Altogether they constitute a complete Algebra I course. You can use this book as an Algebra I text (especially good for math- or algebra-phobic students) or as a comprehensive reference for students who are using another algebra program, but have difficulty understanding certain concepts.
  • Item #: 011333
    ISBN: 9781942192121
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $26.95

    Are you like me? Color and beauty make me happy. A well-organized, common-sensible planner makes me want to plan. When both are wrapped up into one user-friendly, cheerful, full-of-extras package, I'm ready to grab my pen!

    First, let's talk about the basics. Each week has a two-page spread in the spiral-bound (lies flat) 8.5 x 11" planner. Days (Mon-Fri) are across the top (three on left-hand page; two on right-hand page). Each of these columns has five subject sections (Bible, Math, History, Science, English). Each of these sections has four lines. In other words, for each day, and each subject, you can briefly record a 2 ¼" line for each of three or four children – or use two lines for two children or four lines for one child. There are additional boxes (total of seven lines) at the bottom of each column any other subjects. Each of these lines in each column ends with a small colored box for check-offs. The remaining vertical column on the right-hand page has lined space to record weekly priorities, daily dinner menus, and weekend activities. There is also a box with one question and its accompanying answer from the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Each week includes a Bible verse on one page and a notable quote (think inspirational Facebook status posts) on the other. Also included are small mon38558thly calendars for the current and following month (with the current week highlighted).

    Now for the extras - sample planner page, greeting card registry, place to insert a family picture, family budget page, weekly cleaning schedule, special projects page (monthly boxes with reminders of those easy-to-forget occasional cleaning tasks), important contacts, children chore cards (perforated and ready to tear out), teacher schedule, class plan (curriculum) and student schedules for four children, year at a glance, semester goals, monthly calendar with accompanying page to record books to read, field trips, and monthly expenses, perforated shopping lists (set of six for each month), semester accomplishments, attendance records, and grade recording sheets. A set of four perforated, cardstock report cards are in the back. Each month is inaugurated with an encouraging article and has its own color scheme – vibrant, subtle, cool, warm – each satisfying. The graphic theme (which changes each year) is lively, and frankly, delightful. An extravagant claim perhaps, but I'll stick by it - using this planner will remind you daily that homeschooling is a wonderful calling, full of beauty and grace. Janice

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