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  • Item #: 051791
    ISBN: 9780890519257
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      In Book 3, join Charlie, Charlotte, their baby sister Ella, and their parents as they prepare and go on a mission trip to Peru. Children will review concepts from Book 2 and learn addition and subtraction up to 4 digits, rounding to 10s, 100s, and 1000s, multiplication and division up to 10s, area of rectangles and squares, place value through millions, more measurement, solving for unknowns, greater/less than, and Roman numerals.

  • Item #: 037144
    ISBN: 9780890519233
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      In Book 1, Charlie and Charlotte visit their grandparents farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, adding and subtracting. Along the way, the children also learn about gardening, baby farm animals, nature, family and love. In the first 30 lessons children will learn about numbers 0-9, place value, rectangles, circles, addition, subtraction, skip counting with 2, 5, and 10, telling time with minutes and hours, and more. The last 6 lessons of the book are review.

  • Item #: 003070
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    A 5" diameter student clock with geared hands to maintain hour/minute relationship.

  • Item #: 006285
    ISBN: 9780890519264
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       In Book 4 the family travels through the United States. The twins and friends learn about landmarks, Americas heroes, and work in their garden as they review concepts from Book 3 and do further work with larger numbers, metric measurement, decimals, operations with equivalent fractions, and more. Math Fact Reviews are incorporated into the lessons so that students won’t forget foundational math information.

  • Item #: 050290
    ISBN: 9780890519240
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      Book 2 follows the adventures of Charlie and Charlotte once they have returned home from their grandparent’s farm. Using the same format as Book 1, Book 2 content teaches addition and subtraction (including carrying & borrowing), numbers to 100, simple fractions, word problems, skip counting, inches/feet, perimeter, dollars/cents, temperature, graphs, pounds/ounces, liquid measure, and a bit about the seasons, geography, and love of family.

  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
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       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 036568
    ISBN: 9780307021069
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    This Little Golden Book features 20 short poems for all occasions that your child can easily read and memorize as a way to pray to God. Beautiful watercolor illustrations. 20 pgs, hc.

  • Item #: 028187
    ISBN: 9780312510817
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    Teach your child the numbers 1-10, colors, shapes and much more in this handy little board book. The visually stimulating pages are full of fun photographs to help your child associate the concept with its application. Its small size (5”x 6.25”) makes in perfect for bringing along to activities, the car or the waiting room. 22 hardcover board book pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 027798
    ISBN: 9780786807444
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    From Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown comes this tale of a little bunny who uses his big rabbit ears to explore the sounds in the world around him. Beautiful illustrations by Lisa McCue accompany this story. A fun board book to read with little ones as they learn the sounds around them. 32 pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 026791
    ISBN: 9780679806639
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    In classic Richard Scarry art style, each page of this book has one letter accompanied with several illustrations of vehicles that start with that letter. 22 pgs. – Laura

  • Item #: 018863
    ISBN: 9780913717059
    Retail: $54.99
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    Starts teaching number facts to the earliest learners using a high-quality set of double-nine dominoes. Subtitled: Do It With Dominoes, children learn to quickly recognize numbers of dots (a great visual exercise), count backwards, and practice addition facts. Includes a teacher guide book, set of dominoes, and game board all in a heavy plastic case.

  • Item #: 018494
    ISBN: 9780802430571
    Retail: $16.99
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    Geared for young children, this update of a popular Moody title that has sold over 1.5 million copies is written by Kenneth N. Taylor and beautifully illustrated by Annabel Spenceley. The 112 stories of the Old and 72 of the New Testaments are each presented with an illustration that captures the essence of the event, a simplified narrative (with the actual Scripture references) for reading aloud to your children, reinforcing questions, and a prayer to connect your children with the lesson presented. A wonderful way to introduce young children to what the Bible has to offer to us all. - Tom

  • Item #: 003719
    ISBN: 9780890519271
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      Book 5 reviews known concepts and teaches multiplying and dividing with 10/100/1000, 2-digit divisors, division w/ remainders as fractions, factoring, common factors, greatest common factor, reducing fractions, proper & improper fractions, least common multiple, finding a common denominator, adding & subtracting fractions w/ uncommon denominators, working w/ mixed numbers, multiply fractions, dividing fractions, multiplying & dividing decimals, and counting back money.

  • Item #: 024811
    ISBN: 9781932971767
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  • Item #: 007640
    ISBN: 9780876591123
    Retail: $16.95
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    These are very helpful compendiums of science activities especially conceived for the youngest "scientist". Each has an introduction, materials list, detailed instructions for you (including discussion and conclusion), plus a "Want to do more?" extension activity to use if you want to expand on the activity. The original book is somewhat less useful than the sequel. Although activities are great, the organization makes it a little difficult to find activities to go with a particular study. Basic units of organization include: On Your Own (Science Center Activities), Building with Science (Construction and Measurement), Science for a Crowd, Paints and Prints, Wet and Messy, Science to Grow On (Health and Nutrition), Learning About Nature (Outdoor Science), and Acting Out Science in a Big Way. Use the index to locate activities on particular science topics. The second book has a more useful organization. Basic units include: Colors, Crystals and Creations (Chemistry); How Things Work (Physics); Digging in the Dirt (Geology); How Hot, How Cold, How Windy, How Wet (Weather); Aerial Acrobatics (Flight and Space); Roots and Shoots (Plants); Houses for Slugs, Hideouts for Hamsters (Zoology); and How Much, How Far, How Many (Mathematics). A most welcome feature of both is the inclusion of a suggested minimum age for each activity.
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  • Item #: 067830
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    Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit 1 (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. We understand there will be two more levels: Books 5-8 are for ages 4-7; Books 9-12 are for ages 6-8. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (they do to me as well), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more." For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet. The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit 1 and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

    Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. There is a checklist included, as the back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

    A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. Although appropriate wording is modeled in the lessons, there is also general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning.

    As mentioned before the Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you. For instance, Lesson 24, Book 4 practices comparative terminology. There are eight points to the lesson. The first point covers "est" words and comparing three or more things. The second point talks about the "er" words and comparing two things. Then there are five sets of pictures of various objects to compare starting with three objects of varying sizes but progressing to four and six objects. About 95 pgs each, spiral-bound.

    The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

    The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

    The Lesson Mat needs to be mentioned. It is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

    The Kit contents all have a purpose within the lessons. While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest.

    Kit 1 includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), 4 tubs of Play-Doh; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; and CD with 24 language arts songs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 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 #: 056906
    ISBN: 9780310098553
    Retail: $129.99
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    The Beginner's Bible was the first Bible story book that my children read by themselves. It will always have a fond place in my heart for that reason alone. But the brightly illustrated, simply written book that tells the story of God's people and His Son, Jesus, is a favorite of many. You can take that well-loved story book one step further with this curriculum kit. Designed to provide 30 preschool lessons based on the stories from the Beginner's Bible, each video lesson covers three or so book lessons and utilizes the same artwork but with dramatized audio. You can either watch the video lessons or read the stories from the Bible (or both). Additional Resources in the Kit include PDF files for each lesson. A teacher's lesson sheet includes a master supply list and an optional supply list, step-by-step lesson plans, suggested activities, and applications for the lesson. Color sheets and a family page outline devotion activities for the week. Included in this kit: The Beginner's Bible hardcover storybook Bible, The Beginner's Bible Curriculum DVD-ROM (28 animated stories, 2 review lessons, 30 printable lessons in PDF format, and a Getting Started Guide). Although technically designed as a preschool curriculum, I could see this being used as a young family's first homeschool Bible curriculum; it even provides reading practice for emerging readers. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 055256
    ISBN: 9781615381852
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  • Item #: 049409
    ISBN: 9780723247708
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  • Item #: 047630
    ISBN: 9780890515631
    Retail: $13.99
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    God Made the World & Me contains 13 lessons with activity center ideas. This book is used in conjunction with The Creation Story for Children, which pictures each day of creation.

  • Item #: 045198
    ISBN: 9780892216154
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  • Item #: 045154
    ISBN: 9780890518328
    Retail: $8.99
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    A Biblically based activity book that helps your preschooler review colors, numbers, letters, shapes, opposites and other basic skills (such as sequencing). The book tells the story of Noah with pleasant rhyme, detailed pictures to color in, and activities to do. It also directs students to learn various key concepts. For example, color the grain that Ham and his wife gather yellow; follow steps to draw a rectangle since the ark was rectangular shaped; learn alphabet letters using the included Noah Alphabet song. Each page emphasizes the story while reinforcing preschool concepts so children review both simultaneously. Activities include tracing, coloring, mazes, counting, etc. A nice, Biblically based review activity book. From Master Books and part of the Biblical Beginnings for Preschoolers curriculum. 8 1/2” x 11”, 98 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 041981
    ISBN: 9780740331954
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  • Item #: 040098
    ISBN: 9780740314483
    Retail: $29.95
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