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  • Item #: 050290
    ISBN: 9780890519240
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    ISBN: 9780890519233
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    ISBN: 9781512095463
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    ISBN: 9780890519264
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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

  • Item #: 037110
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    Do you have a little one crazy for planes, trains and automobiles? Translate that interest into a fun little math lesson! This set comes with 6 colorful 2-sided activity cards (about 6x8") that direct children to match colors, differentiate shapes, follow arrows, & park vehicles in the lines. Also included are a dozen rainbow-colored vehicles, and they are made of squishy silicone! There are 2 each of: airplanes, track loaders, tiny cars, buses, trains & dumptrucks. They are small, about 1x1x2" just right for little hands and they fit perfectly on the cards. If they end up in the toybox, that's ok too! Comes in a storage box w/handle. ~Sara CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • 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 #: 003719
    ISBN: 9781512095579
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  • 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 #: 057313
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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 #: 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 #: 062730
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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 #: 057284
    ISBN: 9781425812119
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    Building a solid foundation with basic math skills is so important; children will continue to build on them for the rest of their math lives. Making sure that the essentials are solid can be done with extra practice and activities and this book provides over 250 suggestions that can help from kindergarten to third grade.

    The book is divided by grade level, so you know which activities will be appropriate. The first page of each grade level offers a list of items to be used with the activities. These are items that you may already have in your home but feel free to substitute. At the Pre-kindergarten level, the book suggests about 30 items: vinyl non-skid spots, beanbags, abacus, ball, buttons, hot glue, index cards, number cubes, counters, paper cups, manipulatives, letter tiles, blocks, plastic containers, erasers, puzzle pieces, string, pencils, ribbons, calendar, stickers, interlocking cubes, pen tops, old keys, two containers, marbles, crackers, pictures of animals, dish, cardboard rectangle and tape or chalk. In the first activity you are asked to put vinyl non-skid spots on the floor and children are asked to follow directions to go ___ steps forward or back. If you don’t have the non-skid spots, for example, you can substitute sidewalk chalk and do the activity outside or use tape to put a pattern on your floor or even cut shapes out of construction paper and tape them on the floor. The idea is that they have a trail to follow and count. The supply list is similar at each level with some variation and additional items needed at the higher grades.

    The front of the book offers instruction for the parent/teacher for incorporating activities into your curriculum and information on standards met. The appendices include reproducible pages that consist of a skills inventory (great for keeping track of your child’s math progress), rubrics and pages needed for some of the activities. These same pages are found in pdf format on the resource cd in the back of the book. The activities in this 168-page book add a multi-sensory aspect to learning the foundational material needed in math and would be a great addition for your kinesthetic learners. ~ Donna

  • 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 061266
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    The Teacher's Guide is divided into seven sections – basic concepts, equality, inequality, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Each section is then divided into two-page lessons that include illustrations and text. The lessons have three sections – readiness, which lists the purpose, materials needed and games played in this lesson; teacher modeling/student response is where you find the instruction for activities; expanding the concepts includes expansion activities for the concept; and independent practice/evaluations is the final section that includes practice and evaluations from the Teacher Resource Package. There are reproducible blacklines for blank decimal squares, grids, number lines, and place value tables found at the back of the Teacher's Guide. A thorough explanation of the lesson components (that you will want to read before beginning) is found at the front of the book. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 047186
    ISBN: 9780984583249
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    Another uncluttered, fresh-looking math course from author Christy Walters. Again, I love that the book is addressed to the student, has plenty of workspace for problem-solving, and uses a no-nonsense approach. There is nothing "cute" here; just a direct, front-on approach to learning math. If you are not familiar with the Algebra courses, PLEASE READ description of Algebra: A Fresh Approach, as all of the same applies here. If you have used the Algebra I course above, you will equally enjoy Geometry.

    In the Geometry book, I like that she begins with a mini logic course (much like Jacobs). Instead of waiting until introducing geometric theorems to have the student begin doing proofs, she immediately introduces them in the context of what the student already knows (using algebraic principles). In this way, proofs are not a "new" thing used to prove just geometry theorems, but are familiar to the student as an extension and organization of logical thought. Although non-Euclidean geometry is an interesting topic in the Jacobs book, your math-reluctant student will appreciate not having to deal with such abstract concepts here. For a more complete idea of the scope and sequence of this course (and other geometry courses, for comparison), please visit our website to view the table of contents.

    The thirteen chapters are broken into parts (lessons) with direct instruction followed by problems. Again, I like the self-discovery incorporated into the exercises as well as the short-answer questions, which require the student to put principles into words. The last part of each chapter is a mixed review including material from previous sections and chapters of the book. While the book is thick (730 pages before the answers to odd-problems section), the larger typeset font is easy on the eye and the less bulky text per page helps the instruction seem less intimidating and overwhelming. Since this book is intended for use between Algebra I and Algebra II, there is an Appendix devoted to a review of algebraic concepts. This is a great mini-refresher course and I am glad to see it all in one place at the end of the book rather than parceled out in the middle of the geometry course. I found the latter approach to be unnecessarily distracting in the Jacobs book.

    Another notable feature of this series is the ability to work directly in the book or to photocopy the student problem pages rather than recopying the problems and working on a separate sheet of paper. In the geometry course, this goes a step further in the inclusion of blank coordinate graphs on problems that require them.

    I really like this math series and would recommend it to any student, but particularly for children who seem confused by other math courses and for children who are working grade-levels ahead. It is a good text for the easily-distracted and math-phobic student as well – who needs to see things organized clearly and appreciates the less-cluttered feel of the text. If your child has had difficulty using other math programs, don't throw in the towel until you've tried "A Fresh Approach".

  • Item #: 011333
    ISBN: 9781942192121
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    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 monthly 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 (due to a misprint in current planner, there is only 1 report card, but if you have purchased this planner and want the others, you can email customerservice@wellplannedgal and they will send you more). 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

  • Item #: 058443
    ISBN: 9780983180098
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    The study of science begins with an appreciation of the world about us - the living, breathing creation that is ours to enjoy. The beauty of our natural world surrounds us. It encompasses the rising sun in the early morn, overflows the river beds, and spans the wings of eagles. Teaching our children to appreciate the beauty and the science of their natural world is a goal worthy of the consideration of parents and teachers alike.

    This charming 1950s reprint has been designed to assist you in teaching the natural sciences. Offering 100 lessons that follow a traditional monthly school schedule, September through June, each lesson begins with an overview, explanatory information, and any necessary teacher preparations. The activities that follow provide the core of the lessons. Activities are divided into four areas: All Grades (1-8); Primary Grades (1-3); Intermediate Grades (3-5) and Junior Grades (5-8). Overlapping grade recommendations are numerous, making this a perfect resource for homeschool families and multi-level co-ops or classrooms. A listing of recommended books and web links is included to further expand lessons. A sampling of lessons included are: Animal life in the classroom, Birds going South, Autumn colors, planting bulbs, Insects-friends and foes in Autumn; How Plants/Animals prepare for Winter; Stars in December; Winter Habits of Some Wild Mammals; Who Has Seen the Wind?; Classroom Hatcheries; Nature Excursions in the Spring; and many more! Also included are monthly calendars which correspond to each unit and provide additional observations and activities.

    Let me share from Lesson 61 - Little Things We Seldom See-Germs: "What a thrill to the Dutch janitor Leeuwenhoek when, with lenses ground by himself, he saw 'wee beasties-a thousand times smaller than a louse's eye' in a drop of water! What he saw were the first bacteria seen by human eyes. These tiny, living things eat and grow, travel and multiply, and live lives as real as those of any other plants or animals. They live in almost every sort of place: in water, in soil, in air, on dust, in milk and other food, in and on our bodies; we cannot escape them…" Activity suggestions for all grade reinforces that germs hitchhike on drops of saliva, the breath, handkerchiefs, pencils etc. and asks students to make a mural entitled, "Little Hitchhikers." A Primary and Junior Grade activity is to illustrate a poem on germs. Junior and Intermediate Grade activities include: Observing raw milk and pasteurized milk for a few days to determine which milk sours first and reading a poem entitled, "Mushroom Song."

    All in all, this resource provides a wealth of instructional information to engage children in learning about the natural world around them. Lessons are easy to follow and provide ample activity suggestions, allowing you to do them all or to pick and choose activities to best meet your educational goals. As a family who incorporated nature studies throughout our home-learning, this would have quickly become a "go-to" resource, along with the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock, as the lessons are more specific to younger and middle school children along with more age-appropriate activities. Black and White Illustrations abound. Detailed Index. 445 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

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    (Publisher description) This lesson includes a wealth of Fraction Bars® activities and a reproducible Fraction Bars® game. Included are: basic fraction concept lessons incorporating estimation and problem solving skills and activities. The Teacher's Guide is keyed to the Teacher Resource Package. 71 pages.

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