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  • Item #: 040175
    ISBN: 9781570916106
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    Very interesting history of how our alphabet came to us, tracing its evolution from ancient times. Each letter's Sinaitic, Phoenician, Greek and Roman predecessors are shown, along with explanation of its development to the letter form used in what we fondly call our alphabet (aleph = ox, beth = house) today. Of course, the Greeks really named the alphabet as such, using their names for the first two letters, alpha and beta. The word for house or home (beth) in the Middle East helped form the names of towns as well, such as Bethlehem (house of bread), Bethseda (merciful house) and Bethel (house of God). The letter E was originally formed from a figure of a person showing surprise (as in "Eeeeee"!). There are lots of snippets of information about written language throughout the book, from cuneiform to keyboard, as well. Did you know the Greeks had to learn all of their letters backwards and forwards so that writing could be formed and read "as the ox plows" (that's boustrophedon to you)? Do you know why the United States teams enter the arena toward the end of the procession when the Olympic games are held in an English-speaking country and toward the beginning when the games are held in France or Spain? Ok, that was easy. But do you know why one popular font today is called sans serif? Or which letter was once ordered out of the alphabet (hint – it's the letter which originally meant "weapon" or "dagger")? Ox = A, House = B, Stick = C, Water = ? – you'll have to read the book!

  • Item #: 009766
    ISBN: 9780964321038
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    A creative, interactive, hands-on approach to vocabulary! What better way to retain the learning of new words? Using index cards, a file box, and a good dictionary, this approach is a welcome departure from the typical workbook fare. And, subtitled: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling and S.A.T. Scores, it's obvious from looking at this book that it would, indeed, do just that! How? By teaching the roots of the English language found in Greek and Latin. Since the majority of our words are rooted in these classical languages, mastering these roots is a key that will open the door to understanding a myriad of words! The creative activity suggestions in this book could become the basis for wonderful unit studies as well.

  • Item #: 019992
    ISBN: 9780942617566
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    Another "Uncle Eric" book from Bluestocking Press, this one comparing events from the Roman Empire to happenings in our country today. Are we losing our freedoms, and does this mirror events in Ancient Rome? Uncle Eric presents the model of our government as intended and gives you his opinion on events today.

  • Item #: 005422
    ISBN: 9780471317517
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    Yes, a book that covers all the math you'll ever NEED. Numbers are everywhere, like it or not, and are a very important part of our lives. A surprising percent of people are mathematically illiterate and have trouble doing even grade school math without using a calculator. But this book makes us use our brains so we can once more solve problems in our heads or on paper, without depending on a calculator! A good refresher course for high schoolers, college graduates, or even adults, the 24 chapters go through math from the multiplication table to personal finances, to business math. Advanced word problems, interest rates, exponents and square roots, and much more are covered. Self-tests are included starting in chapter three, with at least two self-tests in every chapter. If you're inclined to skip some chapters, it's good to take the self-tests anyway, to see how well you really know that area. Don't feel intimidated by numbers any longer! Push aside that calculator dependency and use your head! - Megan

  • Item #: 043292
    ISBN: 9781599150093
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    This unabridged reproduction of the 1905 edition provides children with an extensive, yet engaging history of England from Roman times through the reign of Queen Victoria. There are over a hundred chapters, although each one is only several pages long. Chapters usually focus on a monarch or a specific event (usually a battle) under the reign of the monarch. Although this 654-pg to me looks intimidating at first glance, the writing is lively and descriptive with lots of dialogue. Lifelike black-and-white full-page illustrations are scattered throughout the book. By H.E. Marshall, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 024824
    ISBN: 9780545124126
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    Introducing our children to word roots may be one of the greatest tools for success we can give to them. Research suggests that knowing word roots leads to greater success in reading comprehension, vocabulary usage and spelling, all of which may help children succeed with communication skills and in standardized testing. This easy to use packet introduces, reinforces and provides practice with forty key root words. There are eight units (called packets) with five activities per packet. Activities are varied and include cross-word puzzles, word searches, and fill in the blank exercises. Additional review games and word cards provide a fun, hands-on way to solidify learning the word roots. Answer key in back. Reproducible, pb, 64 pages. ~ Deanne

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  • Item #: 007373
    ISBN: 9780977691616
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    If you're already doing Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, did you know that you are all set up for seamlessly tying in this course with Science Roots to learn 123 life science roots. Science Roots is set up in much the same way that Vocabulary Vine is (please see our Spelling/Vocabulary section for complete description), where the student is given a main list of roots, and they make a study card for the root, including a root definition, example words and their definitions, and the source language (Greek or Latin). The roots are arranged in the order they are encountered in Exploring Creation with Biology, so vocabulary study can be tied in chapter by chapter. The study would also work for any other biology text, but the coordination would not be as good. The author recommends this vocabulary study as a two-year plan, ideally started before Exploring Creation with Biology. In this case, the student would study 63 roots of more general science terms the first year, and 60 roots of more specifically life-science terms the second year. Detailed instructions and implementation are offered to get you up and running, along with frequently asked questions and some suggested learning games using the vocabulary roots. The appendix contains a taxonomy chart, a complete vocabulary list, and vocabulary lists for following either the one-year or two-year plan. If you're already doing Exploring Creation with Biology, why not link vocabulary study as well? - Jess

  • Item #: 006757
    ISBN: 9780880621397
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    Another fascinating Bible history book by Ruth Beechick, author of Adam and His Kin. The product of much research and knowledge of ancient history and the Bible, it is suitable for teens or adults as a short course in ancient history. But, more than that, it is the story of truth - and how that truth has come to be perverted through history. It is the story of righteous and wicked men and kings. It is the story of civilizations - how and where they sprung up and flourished. It's the story of our roots. The historical and literary evidences of Biblical truth, the tracing of the recorded truth that eventually became our Bible, and the chronology of our "family tree" are masterfully woven together in this extremely readable text. Throughout Ruth's narrative, we can see the origins of false religions and flawed world views. Taking us through Genesis 1-11, it contains six units, corresponding to the "books" written by the earliest recorders of history. Using the King James translation, each unit begins with the actual Scripture to read. A Scripture study includes activities to help students understand the reading - activities such as drawing maps, listing genealogies, memorizing key verses, noting specific words used, comparing the reading to other Scriptures, etc. Topic studies address particular references in the Scripture reading and expand on them, using historic, literary, and linguistic sources. Ruth's many insights and expert compilation of information make these studies engrossing. Each topic is followed by questions that can be answered orally or in writing. Further study has the student do a little research and reporting of his own. In these sections, source books and other readings are recommended. There are also suggestions for several correlating writing projects. If using the study with several students, you may want to assign each a different one. Other types of activities are also included, varying by unit. The book is recommended for use independently for junior high and up, or for a family study with children of all ages. I know my eight-year-old would enjoy this study as much (or more) as my older children. I would be surprised if parents purchasing this book as an independent course for their older children didn't end up reading it from cover to cover themselves.

  • Item #: 036829
    ISBN: 9780452297197
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    After suggesting those who fear Algebra rename it "Algeblah, blah, blah," Danica tackles GCFs and LCMs with variables, factoring, solving for x, functions and relations, solving and graphing systems of linear equations, rate and motion problems, negative exponents, rules for exponents, square roots and radical expressions, factoring polynomials, quadratic equations, and much more. See our website for a complete table of contents.

  • Item #: 023268
    ISBN: 9780982776261
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       You’re never too old, or young, to begin learning to write calligraphy, and this book is a great step-by-step product to get you started. You can use alongside the Getty-Dubay Handwriting series for K-8 (beginning with 2nd grade) or as a stand-alone program to learn the art of calligraphy. This 64-page book is the collaboration of Inga Dubay and a group of Portland State teachers over the course of 3 years and includes instruction for writing with edged pens, italic calligraphy, and the history of the art form. 13 introductory pages explain what you will be doing in the remaining pages. There are 20 worksheets for use with a 3.5 mm nib and 9 worksheets for use with 2mm nib. 17 historical charts show the progression of letter formation since the Roman era. Ruled line pages and blank historical charts are found in the back and are the only pages that may be copied. Pages follow a progression; students practice strokes, lowercase letter families, formal capital letters, then copy Hindu-Arabic numerals, poems, quotes, Greek & Latin root words, and 50 most used English words. Use what you have learned to make beautiful cards & letters to give as thoughtful gifts.

      There are some great resources at the author’s website, handwritingsuccess.com. Helpful videos will take you through the worksheets in the book and a worksheet generator lets you make your own practice worksheets in both the 3.5mm and 2mm nib sizes.  

      The author asks that you, “Slow down, enjoy the process of calligraphy, and fall in love with letters along the way!” ~ Donna

  • Item #: 012055
    ISBN: 9780517588376
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    In this great book you will find timeless stories that have been retold through generations. Many stories from Greek and Roman mythology are included, as are tales from the Illiad and the Odyssey. The book is intended for adults to read to children, but older children could easily read it themselves and adults will find the stories interesting as well. The book is divided into two sections, one for ages five and up, and one for ages eight and up. The first section includes 19 myths, including The Gift of Athena, The Origin of the Seasons, Pegasus the Winged Horse, Cupid and Pschye, and Jason and the Golden Fleece. The second section includes twenty stories, including Perseus and the Gorgon's Head, The Riddle of the Sphinx, The Story of Helen of Troy, The Gods Take Sides, The Wooden Horse, and Aeneas Visits the Lower World. Preceding each myth is a list of vocabulary words and definitions, and pronunciation of difficult words is integrated into the text itself. Excerpts are also included that share how words have entered our language through these stories. ~ Rachel S.

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  • Item #: 067594
    ISBN: 9780997664737
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      Perhaps the subtitle of this republication of a 1928 ancient history text says it all: Their Growth and Their Legacy to Our Western World. While retracing the history of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, while providing biographical information on its notable persons, this readable text also traces the impact these people and events have had on western civilization. Written from a Canadian perspective, the emphasis is on the freedoms and democracy of the English-speaking world. Reading sections are usually 5-6 pages long and are followed by a set of questions. (An answer key for these questions is rumored to be available in the summer of 2018). Liberally sprinkled throughout the text are maps as well as black and white and full-color illustrations with an emphasis on art, artifacts, and ruins. 335 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 064800
    ISBN: 9780972740104
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       To fully understand the future of mankind, we must examine our heritage. Or as one author has written, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” As one who had limited Western Civilization education, this introduction is one of the most straight forward and readable resources I have reviewed.

      Beginning with a foundational understanding of the definition of civilization, the book is divided into four sections. In the first, The Mediterranean World, we examine the need for transportation, diversity and plunder; the economic, religious, and political life of early civilizations; early empires (Assyrians, Babylon, Persian); Ancient Greece; the Roman Empire and Christianity. Section 2: The Middle Ages examines the fall of Rome, rise of Islam and Western Europe; Feudalism; the spread of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church, the Crusades; scholasticism of Thomas Aquinas and others; and the rise and growth of European cities: England, France and Spain. Section 3: The Early Modern Era surveys the Renaissance; the Protestant Reformation; the Advancement of Science; and exploration and trade. The final Section analyzes the ongoing battle between traditional Judeo-Christian faith and the new faith in naturalism. From the battle for human minds and hearts, he describes the momentous battle for political control with a historical look at the political catastrophes of Romanticism, from Rousseau to Marx to Hitler. Finally, he examines the battle for economic control from the Industrial Revolution to Socialist Mentality.

      The author takes seriously his predefined task, “to describe the institutions, politics, commerce, religion, and arts and sciences of past civilizations in an effort to discern the values, beliefs, and ideas which served to shape those societies” prior to examining the commonly held, yet erroneous viewpoints that contributed to the collapse of historic civilizations. The detailed index and chapter study questions (without answers) make this a valuable resource for teens and parents alike. 415pgs, HC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 061892
    ISBN: 9781843178804
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      Subtitled, Ancient Knowledge for Modern Minds. According to this author, if you wish to understand the basis of much of western culture, you must have some study of Greek and Roman societies. Their language, history, literature, philosophy, architecture, science and technology have greatly shaped and influenced much of our society. This book, written in a clever, personable tone, explains key aspects of each of these areas in understandable ways. The author distills and contrasts the Greek and Latin cultures. The language chapter, for examples contains several charts to help in explanation. A brief bibliography and index are included. Great for review or as a solid introduction to the classics. 4” x 7 1/4”, 192 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 061391
    ISBN: 9781623654160
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    A sweeping history of the Christian faith from its foundational roots in Judaism in the first century to its current characteristics in the twenty-first century. With a stated goal of providing “a broad picture of Christian history . . . without allowing any single aspect to overwhelm the narrative as a whole,” the thread is traced through religious and political rulers; through diverse cultures; and with a recognition that the true story of Christianity is “the beliefs, ideas and values that Christian faith instills in individual men and women.” Fifty chapters (just over two per century) track the major traditions (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant) through their rising and waning as well as show Christianity’s shift from being the core of western civilization to being “the most widespread and diverse of all religions, taking root in cultures very different from those in which it was born and in which it once flourished.” 356 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 059980
    ISBN: 9780140231991
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    Henry Chadwick explores the life of the early Christian church – from its exclusively Jewish roots through the conversion of Constantine and the subsequent role of the Church in society. Both theological and socio-political developments are chronicled, though the book is arranged more thematically than chronologically. Chadwick has an approach that has been called "honest history" by keeping his text as unbiased as possible. So, whether you come from a Protestant or Roman Catholic background, as you read this overview of the early church, you won't get bogged down in discussion of doctrinal issues. An extensive reading list is included in this paperback book of 314 pages. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 056129
    ISBN: 9781465408495
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    In today's world of emails, texts and instant messaging, the use of proper language and communication skills is quickly being devalued and forgotten. However, whether realized or not, future employers, colleges, and even spouses will evaluate our young people on their ability to communicate clearly and effectively. This step-by-step, visual guide may be the perfect tool for teaching or re-teaching valuable language arts skills that produce skilled communicators. Covering the four core English Language Arts subjects-Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Communication Skills, this well-organized resource is visually appealing and clearly written. In the grammar section, students will review the purpose of grammar and parts of speech, as well as commonly misused words, negatives, idioms, analogies, figures of speech, colloquialisms, slang and much more. The punctuation section provides review of common punctuation signs as well as appropriate use of bullet points, numbers/dates, asterisks, italics and much more, including a brief look at the alternative use of other punctuation with Twitter®. Spelling covers alphabetical order. syllables, roots, prefixes and suffixes, homonyms, homophones, British and American spellings plus much more. The final section, Communication Skills, covers effective communication, paragraphing, layout, writing skills necessary for letters/ emails and the web, as well as writing essays and speeches. A final section offers a thorough reference guide for quick answers to common writing dilemmas. Interesting tidbits are scattered throughout. Personally, the discussion of how our language has changed intrigued me. For instance, decades ago I was taught the possessive of a word ending with "s" was "apostrophe," but it is more commonly accepted now to use "s apostrophe s"--compare "Jess' to Jess's" car. That is just the tip of the helpful information in this great resource. This would make a perfect supplement for media-saturated students or one who has shutdown from the monotony of endless drilling and diagramming. 256 pgs, sc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 056106
    ISBN: 9781615642144
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    I think many of us can say we have given more than a thought to homesteading. While some families find a return to self-sufficiency and homesteading rewarding and a perfect fit for their lifestyle, others of us realize that it is impractical or unobtainable for our current situation. Countless books have been written to equip and educate those who have returned to living off the land, yet not much is available for those of us who want the self-sufficient experience on a smaller scale--until now.

    Written for those who want to eat healthy, save money and live sustainably in the space they have, this book covers a wide range of topics for the neighborhood farmer. Beginning with building your earth friendly lifestyle, you will learn about the cost and health considerations, benefits of small-scale farming, finding land, and building on the land you already own (quarter acre, half acre and full acre lots) before expanding to the principles for successful backyard farming. The authors help you plan your garden space and type (traditional, raised bed or square foot), introduce you to the tools and skills necessary for success, and teach you soil needs, zones, sun and water, and organic land friendly principles. Once the foundation of gardening is laid (perfect for us city folks but possibly simplistic for experienced gardeners), you will learn which vegetables are best grown on an acre, vegetables to grow in the cool of the season compared to those which thrive in warmer temperatures, growing kitchen medicinal and culinary herbs, practical fruits, berries and nuts, as well as small scale animal raising and bee keeping. As you finish the book, you will learn how to enjoy your harvest: canning and freezing, dehydrating and smoking, root cellars/basements, preserving herbs and creating crafts from your back yard farm. Also included are reproducible garden journal pages, suggested resources, and a comprehensive index. An invaluable resource for the backyard homesteader who lives on a small piece of land. 414 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 054740
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    Providing a solid foundational understanding of the providence of God in our nation's history, this one semester high school humanities course is an essential resource to solidify the Christian ideals of our young people as they prepare to enter the market place of ideas. Using Peter Marshall's popular books: The Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet, as spine resources, this study covers American history from 1492-1860 with a specific focus on four major themes: Call, Covenant, Repentance, and the Leader as a Servant. Throughout this one semester study, students are also required to conduct a community based project putting these principles into practice.

    Beginning with an 18-week lesson guideline, this curriculum is organized in a clear, easy to use format. The three core books have been organized into sections (called parts), and each part has further been developed to offer introductions, learning objectives, continuing themes, key words and concepts, key people and places, video and audio recommendations, supplemental reading recommendations, activity suggestions, writing/Socratic seminar topics and research ideas. Time spent on each part varies from one day to one week.

    Let me share an example from Part 19 (expected to take 3 days). Students begin by reading chapters 10-11 in the book, "From Sea to Shining Sea". The introduction covers how inherently wrong slavery is from our modern perspective, as well as the perspective of the majority of Christians in the early 19th century. The objectives focus on understanding the history of slavery in America, understanding why slavery did not develop in the North as the South, the impact of slavery on every political debate in America, the incompatibility of slavery in light of our Declaration of Independence, the realistic picture of slavery and the picture of Christianity role in the lives of slaves and slave holders. Continuing themes focus on God's selection of individuals and His perfect timing as well as how power can blind even good-hearted individuals and the love of money. Key Words and Concepts along with Key People and Places are provided. A sampling of the recommendations for viewing, listening and reading include: Roots, The Great Civil War Debate (Rev. Peter Marshall vs. Rev. Steve Wilkins) among others in the viewing category; a link to listen to Negro spirituals; and several links to online resources to read. Writing/Socratic Seminar Topic suggestions are numerous. For example: "Explain the impact of the cotton gin; or Chapter 11 teaches us that the public was very aware of the realities of slavery, yet seemingly remained indifferent to it. Are there parallels today? How can you explain why we ignore them?" Additionally, five research ideas are presented. As you can see based on the scope of options available, families can chose to expand these areas, creating a more in-depth study or select from the options to create a well-rounded study.

    At the heart of this study is the Reflective Notebook (RN) students are required to create. Following the principle approach to education, this notebook is designed to train independent thinkers and writers and will contain class assignments and notes along with journal entries, reflection entries, and a place to process their learning and express opinions and feelings. While many of the activities are easy to incorporate at home, you may find some of the projects lend themselves to a group or co-op setting, making this a versatile study for many homeschool families.

    An expansive appendix offers beneficial resources including: a summary of dominant American values; suggestions for the reflective notebook; ideas/guidelines for the various projects including the covenant (social justice) project, American values multi-media project, American body biography project, viewing and reading guides; how to "read" art; final assessment ideas; supplemental reading lists organized by topic and time period; and additional teaching resources. Required for this study are the three spine books written by Peter Marshall, a spiral bound notebook (I would use a three ring binder for more versatility), highlighters, colored pencils/magic markers for map work, and butcher paper. Spiral. 240 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 051474
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    The Roman Empire including its geographic borders, social woes, religion and philosophy, crisis in Roman leadership and military, and eastern orthodox civilization and church/state relations are studied. Discoveries that changed China and Japan are studied as well as Mexico, Central America, and the rise of the Mayan Empire. Students are also introduced to Christian missionaries, Catholic and Protestant European regions, and the roots of the Science revolution including Jewish, Christian and Muslim Science. The Enlightenment period and Magna Carta are introduced. Maps, timelines and bibliographies are incorporated into reports enabling students to outline and evaluate what they have learned.

  • Item #: 050379
    ISBN: 9780195178449
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    Weaving together primary sources containing eyewitness accounts, original writings, detailed maps and numerous colorful illustrations; this is not your typical Middle Ages History text. In fact, you may quickly agree that this book breathes new life into world history! Beginning with an introduction to the "cast of characters" students are quickly transported back in time as the storyline unravels revealing this pivotal time period that is crucial to understanding our own times. The history of the Middle Ages is one of believers and barbarians, popes and peasants, competing empires and unforgettable leaders. It also the story of the fall of the Roman Empire, invasion of the Huns, the rise of feudalism, and the reign of plunder brought by the Vikings. But it is also a story of faith: Augustine and Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, and the Crusaders; the spread and reform of religious institutions; expansions of trade and city life, the rise of regional empires and local feudal regimes and the revolutionary advances in science and technology. Engaging writing, abundant illustrations and a detailed timeline all flow together to create a telling of history that will delight teens and adults alike. Recommended for the Beautiful Feet Medieval History Literature guide, this book would be a valuable asset to any study of the Middle Ages. Hc, 189 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 048532
    ISBN: 9781929756292
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    Beginning with the early exploration/colonization and ending with the Civil War, these stories, poems, and songs will give your children a thorough education of our nation's early roots. This MP3-CD contains 200 recordings covering the French and Indian War, tales from the Revolutionary times, sectional differences leading to the Civil War, and the secession and the close of the Civil War. Although recorded as the audio presentation (unabridged) of American History Stories Volumes I-IV, reprinted by Yesterday's Classics, you would not need the books to be able to learn American History from these audios. Over 14 hours.

  • Item #: 043174
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    Microscope activity books are great if you already have everything you need to start making your own slides, but what if you don't? That's why I like this kit. The experiment manual is solid enough to stand on its own - a rarity in most science kits today - and the kit includes everything you need to begin using the microscope, exploring prepared slides, and preparing and making your own slides. The full-color 48-page manual begins by explaining microscope use and care, as well as how to safely make thin slices from specimens using a scalpel or razor blade. Then young scientists are ready to start observing! The following sections focus on viewing cells of different types, including cheek cells, onion skin, onion cells affected by salt, egeria/elodea, various fruits and vegetables, starch from foodstuffs, hydra, pollen grains, salt and sugar crystals, insect wings, insect specimens, mushrooms, root hairs, watermelon water ducts, blades of grass, leaves, hair, nettle hairs, and feathers. Each section provides informational text about the subject viewed, detailed instructions on how to make and mount the specimen, tips on specimen-making techniques, and photos of photographed specimens under the microscope. Since the student will probably not be very proficient at preparing their own slides, several prepared slides are included as examples, and the more difficult-to-make specimens are saved for later in the book. The photos of example specimens are also helpful for beginners. Unlike many microscope kits, this one actually has a fairly decent microscope. It is constructed of metal and plastic microscope and has pretty good focusing ability. Features include: a monocular 10X eyepiece, 4X, 10X and 40X glass objective lenses (for 40X, 100X and 400X total magnification). The microscope includes two bright LED lights, one above and one below the stage. This kit would be a great choice for a microscope study, along with a science curriculum, or just for the interested student, especially if you are not planning on investing in a good-quality microscope in the future. Kit includes the experiment manual, microscope, blank slides, prepared slides, coverslips, tweezers, a dissection needle, a scalpel, a pipette, Petri dish with lid, stain, lens paper, blank labels for slides, and a dust cover for the microscope. Microscope requires 3 AA batteries (not included). - Jess



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  • Item #: 041229
    ISBN: 9780967738731
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    Before studying history in depth in TRISMS for the high school level, you can take a one or two-year tour of the entire scope of world history in upper elementary or middle school. History's Masterminds covers world history up to the year 2010 in a similar format as the high school TRISMS, though there are some differences. In the high school level, more time is spent on each period in history, and students spend more time analyzing each civilization in depth, including the art, music, architecture, and literature of each culture. In History's Masterminds, the emphasis is on chronological developments throughout history, including new inventions, geographical explorations, and science discoveries. In fact, students will be compiling information on these three topics into a course book throughout the program. Children will also read and research their way through history via historical fiction, biographies, and other resource books. History, geography, writing, language, literature, and science are all covered through this program. Math history is covered, but math itself is not; so you will need to supplement with a complete math curriculum (Saxon Math is recommended). The set is composed of a teacher's manual, student book, and a loose-leaf pack of student worksheets, research questionnaires, quizzes, and quarterly tests. The teacher's manual contains all of the lessons, assignments, teaching information, reading lists, and answer keys while the other two packs contain the forms and worksheets the student will need to complete the ssignments.

    The author recommends completing this course over a 2-year period. There are 38 weeks of lessons included, and each week's activities are listed on a lesson plan grid, similar to what is used in the upper-level TRISMS books but with a few differences. The assignments are divided between science, inventions, explorers, and language. A separate grid for each week lists recommended historical fiction, biographies and resource books while major historical events, suggested topics for research, and math history developments are also included. Each weekly lesson focuses on a different chronological span of time and covers all of these topics during that time period. For each week, students will be reading historical fiction and other books and completing questionnaires for scientists, inventions, and explorers. Questionnaires include a series of questions about the topic that the student answers through researching the topic, using the library, and other available resources. Inventions questionnaires also ask the student to draw and/or diagram the invention, while Explorers questionnaires ask the student to mark the explorer's journey on a map and create a map key. The reading lists in the teacher's guide offer suggestions for resources, organized by lesson, which may help when researching. There are separate science assignments for most weeks, which include experiments and research projects. Language assignments are more extensive and incorporate a wide variety of topics including poetry, book reports, letter writing, reports, public speaking, word roots, grammar, outlining, interviewing, bibliographies, and much more. Because the emphasis is on exploring history in a very chronological way, creating a timeline is essential to the course. Famous inventors, scientists, explorers, other major historical figures and events will all be added to the timeline as they are studied each week. Quizzes and tests are also included for reinforcement; quizzes are given every three lessons while tests are given four times throughout the year.

    Overall, this course is not only a great way to try the TRISMS approach, but it offers great practice in researching and a terrific scope of our entire history as well. Its open-ended approach makes it useable with students of different grades, and it would be easy (and fun!) to use with multiple children. Because it is so heavily book and research-based, this would be a good fit for you especially if you have pretty easy access to a library and if your students are fairly motivated and independent. – Jess