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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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    The goal of any kindergarten program should be to build a solid foundation in necessary skill areas. This program does just that, but in a way that is simple and mom-friendly. Parents will find the tools needed to help build a solid foundation for the rest of their childs education, all wrapped up in one short, easy-to-use guide.

    The author begins by explaining the basics of kindergarten: Bible, math, phonics, early writing, general skills and general knowledge. She outlines the content that should be taught in each area including science, nature, poetry, biographies, and living stories in the area of general knowledge and calendar, household tasks, and emergency preparedness under the heading of general skills.

    Lists of suggested materials are given by skill area. One nice feature of this program is that the materials and resources are recommendations, not requirements. If you dont want to use the resources mentioned, you can resort to a similar product or item that you may already have. Some of the recommended resources are Egermeiers Bible Storybook, a scripture memory CD, Mathematical Reasoning by Critical Thinking Press, a geoboard, a clock w/ movable hands, Explode the Code, Ready Writer, and Ruth Beechicks Language and Thinking for Young Children. Other suggested items can be found around your home or borrowed from your local library or church.

    A 5-day sample schedule is printed in the guide to help you get started. This is just a sample in which everything can be substituted with something else. One very prominent feature of the sample lesson plans is that they are extremely repetitive. This is done on purpose because that is how young children learn. Another characteristic of the sample is that very little is scheduled in each skill area on any given day. This is also done intentionally because young children learn best in shorter time increments.

    Now its your turn! Choose the letter you will be working with for the week and build your activities around that letter. Select one or two activities from each skill area (a plethora of ideas are suggested in the guide, or you can come up with your own), write the information into a blank planning sheet, print off any materials you may need from other sources, and youre off.

    An appendix includes reproducible blank planning sheets and monthly calendar sheets, books, websites, helpful resources, and methods for learning how many days are in each month.

    The beauty of this program is the flexibility. You can choose to use the suggested resources, or not. You can do activities found in the guide, or not. Either way, this inexpensive Soli Deo Gloria guide is the perfect resource to provide a framework for what your child needs for Kindergarten Basics. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 007105
    ISBN: 9780766859487
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    A complete PK or K curriculum based on wonderful, ever-popular childrens books like Caps For Sale, Goodnight Moon, Have You Seen my Duckling?, The Little Red Hen, Noahs Ark, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and 30 others. No small book, this treasure is a hefty 272 pages filled with literature-based experiences including finger plays, songs, poems, art, music, reading and writing, science and math (not to mention the experience of actually reading the book!). Its loaded with tips on involving children in the book AND even tells you exactly how to present and discuss the books and wealth of accompanying activities. We heartily concur with Dr. Ruth Beechicks comments about Peak With Books: I think this book is topnotch. Any parent who used these lesson plans for awhile would be getting a good education in using books with children and building upon them to expand vocabulary, experiences and thoughts. For people who want to do the `living books thing that Susan Macaulay has popularized, here is the kindergarten program all worked out for them. It includes music, numbers, a little P.E., and art, as well as the thinking, vocabulary, real life and fantasy life, and all such benefits of literature.

    New in 2002 was the 3rd edition; the entire book has been rewritten. The book now features full-color childrens artwork and 500 annotated storybooks woven into the lessons.

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