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  • Item #: 027792
    ISBN: 9781573104104
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    These 100 reproducible activity sheets are great daily exercises for extra language practice. The format is consistent throughout the pages. Each page holds three separate exercises. At the top of the page is a short story, in which six vocabulary words are underlined and followed by blanks. Below the passage are the six definitions, lettered a-f. As students read through the passage, they write the letter of the correct definition in the blanks after the words. The middle section contains a list of six words for students to practice spelling and writing. The section at the bottom of each page gives six phrases or words for students to replace with a new word. For example, "to move like a rubber ball" or "beautiful." Students would then respond by writing something such as "bounce" and "pretty" on the blanks provided. 112 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 043890
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    Phonics: consonant and short vowel sounds, CVC words, long vowels, and CVCe words. Handwriting/copywork, narration, poetry, sentences. 64 pgs

  • Item #: 043891
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    Phonics: double vowels, double consonants, ed endings, silent consonants, digraphs, trigraphs, syllables. End-marks, comma, titles. 68 pgs

  • Item #: 043889
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    Teaches letter recognition, introduces narration, poetry appreciation, and creative expression. Oral interaction plus drawing; copywork is letters. 63 pgs

  • Item #: 000406
    ISBN: 9781494860226
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  • Item #: 053226
    ISBN: 9780981809342
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    Primary Language Lessons is one of those engaging programs first published long ago that many have used and loved and said "if only". If only the book would lay flat. If only the course had room for the student to write. If only I didn't have to explain why "tomorrow" has a hyphen after the "o". If only there were some information about the authors and artists. If only this art print were a little clearer – or a little bigger. This newest version will sweep away all your "if onlys". And, the really good news is that none of the well-loved features of the original have disappeared. Content – right down to all the high quality art and literature – is virtually the same, except for those few updates and edits done to provide more clarity. Each lesson still introduces principals of grammar and word use through question and answer dialogue, composition, memorization, oral presentation, and dictation. There's even a few added features you might not have thought to include in your litany of "if onlys." Cute little icons have been added to each segment of the lesson to designate its purpose – read, write, memorize, copy, tell/narrate, or study. Tear-out pages in the back provide copies of all the dictation passages. Lots of lined space for all written assignments is provided. My favorite feature is the fourteen pages of biographical notes on most of the authors and artists found in the back. 258 pgs, coil-bound ~ Janice

  • Item #: 005885
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    Emphasis on famous historical speeches for copywork and dictation, semicolons. Complete grammar review. 90 pgs
  • Item #: 054835
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    Covers picture study, dictation, instruction in different forms of creative and free writing, and a complete review in elementary and secondary grammar. Complete language arts curriculum for one academic year includes the U.S. Constitution as copywork and a study of the Bible and how it applies to everyday life. Download a PDF Sample
  • Item #: 059536
    ISBN: 9781494860059
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  • Item #: 059535
    ISBN: 9781494859824
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  • Item #: 059537
    ISBN: 9781494859978
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  • Item #: 054834
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    Covers picture study, dictation, instruction in different forms of creative and free writing, and a complete review in elementary and secondary grammar. Complete language arts curriculum for one academic year includes the U.S. Constitution as copywork and a study of the Bible and how it applies to everyday life.

  • Item #: 002252
    ISBN: 9780395259382
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    Once there was a little pink house built in the country on a hill with a brook and trees and lots of flowers. The little house loved watching the children play and the seasons change. She could see the lights of the city in the distance, and it made her wonder what it would be like to live there. The city grew closer and closer to the little house until it had all but swallowed her up. The little house didn't like this much; she was very sad as she daydreamed of the old days on her hill with the trees and the flowers. Will anyone save the little pink house? Will she ever get to see the trees and flowers again? 40 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 000345
    ISBN: 9781929683109
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    Continuing the excellent phonics, reading, and language arts instruction of the LLATL Blue Program, the Red Program incorporates the same effective methodologies and teaching strategies. The user-friendly teacher's manual (Red Book) with 36 weekly lesson plans is comprehensive and thorough with little teacher preparation needed. The heftier Student Activity Book reviews skills taught in the first grade program and reinforces new skills with a similar assortment of excellent activities: word wheels, flip books, games, and cut and paste activities. More emphasis is placed on poetry, sentence structure, grammar and writing - all learned in the context of stories. Spelling is also emphasized more with weekly word lists, visual representation of words, and puzzles and games for review/reinforcement. The six readers are longer but just as engaging with soft-hued color print rather than black & white. Periodic skill assessments give the teacher the tools to decide what the student needs to review. The program includes the Red Book (teacher's manual), the Student Activity Book, and six readers. The Student Activity Book and readers are sold separately for additional students. The Read-Aloud Library is integral to the program but sold separately (or available from the library). ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683093
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    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

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  • Item #: 008602
    ISBN: 9781400024247
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    "The Basics - For Beginners or Anyone Who Wants a Thorough Review." This course is a no-frills look at Spanish utilizing the conversation building-block method. Everything you need is included in this handy little pack including a Spanish-English dictionary, a coursebook, and 4 audio CD's. The coursebook is divided into 40 lessons, which are fairly short and very do-able. All the words in bold faced type are pronounced on the audio CD's so you can learn the correct pronunciation. Notes scattered generously throughout the lessons explain pronunciation, rules and other information. Most lessons include one or two quizzes for you to practice what you've learned. The quizzes are generally formatted with matching exercises where you match Spanish phrases to English phrases and fill-in-the-blank with multiple choices of Spanish words to fill in a Spanish phrase (the English version of the word is next to the blank in parentheses). Answers are easily accessible at the end of each quiz section. The included Spanish-English dictionary is comprised of over 20,000 of the most frequently used Spanish words and the audio CD's contain over 3 hours of recorded material. This course has been recently updated and changes include the addition of 18 supplemental vocabulary sections and updated references including e-mail etiquette and Internet resources. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 043886
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  • Item #: 003113
    ISBN: 9781930953727
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    Memoria Press has a knack for giving parents the confidence to tackle heavy literature with their children. This is done by providing background historical information on the authors and their time period as well as historical material relevant to the literature itself. Do a little studying in here before teaching the lessons and you should be able to answer your kids' questions like a professor!

    Horatius at the Bridge is a story from ancient Rome, so it would be a great addition to any study of ancient culture or even a Latin language program. I like to see stories added to language studies. It gives the words some context about the people who speak it (or in the case of Latin, spoke it.) This story is a ballad or poem format. Parents are guided on meter and pronunciation. Each verse has a summary and characters are explained. There are lesson plans to follow. Hard names and words are spelled out phonetically and defined alongside the poem itself. This saves a lot of time with a dictionary.

    In the back is a study guide for students. Comprehension questions are in sections and have plenty of space for kids to write their answers here. Some exercises are matching vocabulary words to synonyms, but most require a sentence or two to answer. There are maps of the various Roman regions, a glossary of ancient place names and their modern equivalents, and a comprehensive test with 19 questions that require kids to write one or two sentence answers. A complete answer key to the study guide questions and the test are in the back. Not reproducible. 75 pgs, pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 048806
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    What's a mom to do? There's troubling waters ahead and you want your children to be armed with a scriptural approach and a biblical perspective. Not all moms would write a Bible study, but Sandi Queen did, and Queen Homeschool fans will welcome this thoroughly biblical study on this hard-to-talk-about subject. Designed for young adults (note that this does not mean just young ladies), the study starts with dictionary definitions of the "P" word (and related words) then progresses to a biblical study of all aspects of the topic. There is a continual emphasis on guarding one's heart and, subsequently, one's behavior and looking to the Lord for guidance and strength. Designed as a consumable, space is provided for writing biblical answers as well as personal responses to the Bible verses and copywork. Written from a biblically conservative viewpoint, some difficult topics are covered – lust, adultery, divorce, avoiding a pattern for divorce, modesty/appearance, physical/emotional purity, and dealing with temptation (such as found in music, reading material, friends). 45 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 063611
    ISBN: 9789812856265
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    For students taking a class or in a co-op with a teacher, this workbook with audio CD would make a good supplement. It would be most helpful to a student who is familiar with basic Chinese characters. If you do not have access to someone familiar enough with the language, this set would be best used as a supplement rather than a curriculum. I had a little trouble finding where I was on the CD because everything is in the target language. I did get the hang of it though with a little practice. For introducing culture, the book suggests adding movies. Students will be introduced to new words, phrases & sentences systematically by building on students' prior knowledge. The content has beginner vocabulary and phrases and covers what most foreign language courses cover in the first year. However, I would not count this as a high school credit; it is a workbook. The author, professor Jasmine Tang has 30 years of teaching experience. Includes 24 lessons, a writing exercise and a glossary. pp, sc. ~ Sara
  • Item #: 029774
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    Teaching language arts has never been so fun and easy! Watch your student’s eyes light up with understanding… English does make sense. With The Phonics Road, your student will learn to spell and write as well as they read.

    Combining seven (7) language arts skills in one program?! YES!

    Complete video teacher training through every word, rule, and lesson? YES!

    Everything you need already included? YES!

    Easy to learn/Easy to teach? YES!!

    Something for every student’s learning style? YES!

    Extra help and resources for our teachers? YES!

    Help stop/reverse Dyslexia? YES!

    Homeschool Friendly? YES!

    Charter/Flex School Friendly? YES!

    School Friendly? YES!

    There are four levels in The Phonics Road system. Each new level builds upon the skills learned in previous levels. This allows students starting with any skill level to become great spellers, writers and readers – FAST!

    This method creates greater results, in a shorter time span and with less homework.

    The Phonics Road Level Four is designed to follow Level Three. This level completes the skills your students have been building in The Phonics Road and includes all 7 language arts skills: Spelling, Handwriting, Reading, English Grammar, Composition, and Literature Studies with an Introduction to Latin while incorporating Music, Art, and History. As the teacher, you are guided step by step in how to finish teaching all these skills seamlessly, with ease and confidence.

    In Level Four, we have produced and provide twenty-two (22) hours of explicit teacher training via our video/text. This is the core of the curriculum and allows even a new teacher to begin teaching this method and level with very little preparation time needed. You also receive the physical pieces for both teacher and student. This includes the Teacher’s Blueprint Manual, with Literature Study Guide, and the Student Workbook, Student Literature Study and the book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham.

    It’s still as easy as 1-2-3…

    • 1) The Teacher watches the video/text for the week’s lesson (averages about 30-45 minutes per week) …
    • 2) …and using the completed Teachers Blueprints provided, takes any notes needed for that day.
    • 3) Follow exactly what was modeled on the video and begin with your students.

    The magic of this method continues through the interaction between teacher and students, building advanced reasoning and thinking skills. Each student will continue to learn with their natural learning-style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) while mastering the others. This continues to create success for both the teacher and the students!

    “I wish Barbara had been my grammar teacher. I feel like I'm learning alongside my student. There are many things in The Phonics Road programs that were never explained to me as a student.” – Emma M.

    “Even with my PhD, I realized just looking at the knowledge I have gained, and the ability to read, decode, spell, and memory my students have gained, this program is without peers when it comes to English Language Arts for the Elementary age.” - Phil D.

  • Item #: 040240
    ISBN: 9781578962686
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    306 pgs, pb; Grade 1 Student – 467 pgs, pb, three-hole punched, landscape. Grade 1 literature List (in order of lessons): Harold and the Purple Crayon; Madeline; Snowy Day; Caps for Sale; Chickens Aren't the Only Ones; Umbrella; Important Book; Joseph had a Little Overcoat; Napping House; Tale of Peter Rabbit; Hello, Goodbye Window; Grandfather's Journey; Doctor De Soto; Frog and Toad are Friends; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Story of Ferdinand; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Mother Goose Rhymes; Mabela the Clever; Make Way for Ducklings; Stellaluna; Chester's Way; Story About Ping; Mouse Soup; Bill and Pete to the Rescue; Best Friends for Frances; Always Room for One More; Tikki Tikki Tembo; Millions of Cats; Curious George Flies a Kite; Babar the King; This is London; Mike Mulligan and His Team Shovel; How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head; Big Orange Splot; and Wabi Sabi.
  • Item #: 051787
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    Fulfilling the commission given by Jesus before His ascent requires some preparation. Just like any other skill worth possessing, the effective sharing of the Gospel has to be learned. While there is not just one correct way to witness, this course very clearly lays out an effective, tried-and-true method. In 132 lessons, the author takes you by the hand, leading you through preparation, presentation and beyond. Scripted with sample conversations and hypothetical situations, Sandi Queen builds one lesson upon the next at a gentle pace that you can progress through at the schedule that suits you best. Her method is built around four main points: 1. You are a sinner. 2. You owe a wage for your sin. That wage is death. 3. Jesus Christ already paid the wage for your sin, and offers it to you as a free gift. 4. Like any free gift, you need to receive it willingly for it to become yours. Sandi suggests regular practice and role-playing with partners to hone your conversational skills and abilities – and incorporates the use of this into her lessons. You will find this course easy to use and gracious.

  • Item #: 057165
    ISBN: 9780071821414
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    Learning Latin and need a little more practice than what comes with your curriculum? This workbook includes short 20-minute lessons that work on basic skills. There is not enough instruction to be used alone, but it would be a good supplement for your middle or high school student. The lessons build in a logical fashion as you work on basic grammar, high-frequency vocabulary, declensions & conjugations, numbers, imperative & subjunctive moods, irregular verbs & more. All answers are in the back as well as a good-sized Latin/Eng and Eng/Latin glossary. Pb, 229pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 033710
    ISBN: 9781930953994
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    Many students learn just enough Latin to study English vocabulary; if your students are already studying Latin, why not use the Latin they're learning to beef up their English vocabulary at the same time? This book is designed as a supplement to students who are using Latina Christiana I, although it could be used (with a little more effort) with other Latin programs as well. Book of Roots focuses only on Latin words presented in Latina Christiana that have "significant derivations in English vocabulary", so not every Latin word from each LC lesson will be covered in Book of Roots. The lessons are designed to correlate with lessons in LC, and for the two programs to be used side-by-side. The book begins with an introduction, notes to the teacher, an index of Latin roots, a drill form, and an introduction to prefixes and suffixes. Lessons are made up of several pages, each of which focus on one Latin root. The Latin root is given in its complete form, with multiple forms for verbs and nouns. Each form of the root is defined, and its English derivative is given, along with the definition of the English derivative. Exercises ask students to use the English derivatives correctly in a fill-in-the-blank sentence, and grammar questions ask the meaning of prefixes, suffixes, and whole English words that contain Latin roots. In this manner, over 1500 English derivatives are covered – all through Latin! This gives students an excellent vocabulary boost, and helps them remember both their Latin and English words better.

  • Item #: 015284
    ISBN: 9781885814296
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    The synthesis of years of planning, teaching, writing, and testing, this "Guide to Teach Your Child to Read" is truly inspirational! It incorporates so many great ideas and methods in an unforced, natural manner that it had to be written by a homeschooling mom! Valerie Bendt, author and homeschooling mother of six, has provided yet another wonderful tool to help us teach efficiently, effectively and personally! The course consists of 108 lessons which the author recommends using at the rate of 3 lessons per week with review and reinforcement of skills in between. Employing an approach similar to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, this low-stress (for teacher and student), gentle format allows you to sit alongside your child and enjoy a one-on-one adventure in learning to read. While Valerie has borrowed some great ideas from methods employed in that volume, her offering is distinctively different, too - both in format and, more notably, implementation. While both volumes are constructed as beginning reading programs (not intended as totally comprehensive phonics instruction), the instruction in Reading Made Easy goes far beyond teaching phonics rules to become a more fluid and total age- and skill-appropriate language arts presentation for the beginning reader. Valerie's program also puts much more emphasis on the value and enjoyment of reading and on instilling a love of the written word in your child than any other phonics/reading program I've seen. She incorporates multi-sensory learning that will appeal to children of all learning modalities, using both kinesthetic manipulation (via cards and drawings) and auditory exercises. Whether instinctively or deliberately, she has created an almost ideal reading program to incorporate many of the "multiple-intelligences" as well! But, enough with the praise! On to the nuts and bolts of the program! Like Teach Your Child..., the lessons are meant to be taught side-by-side, preferably close enough to snuggle. Scripted lessons generally begin with skill review and practice, then progress to introduction of new phonetic constructs (and/or sight words) and end with reading practice. A special system of marking is used to enable the beginning reader to quickly master new and unfamiliar rules. Stories are all captivating, entertaining, and illustrated with a simple black-and-white illustration. Reading comprehension is incorporated in the reading exercises even at the earliest levels. Both volumes will have your child reading simple chapter books by the end of instruction. This is where the similarities end. Now for the differences in both format and content. While Teach Your Child... uses larger type face in the beginning, progressing to a smaller (but still bolder) typeface at book's end, Valerie employs a consistent point size throughout. The type size is roughly the same as the ending type in Teach Your Child.... This will be better with older beginning readers, but may deter the very young reader. However, the marking system used in Reading Made Easy is less distracting. Teach Your Child... uses overlines to indicate long vowels and makes silent letters smaller (in comparison). Consonant digraphs are shown by actually joining the letters. When you put this all together it looks a little - well, funny. The reader is weaned from these special markings by the end of the volume, however, and typeset becomes consistent. Valerie uses more evenly-sized lettering throughout, graying short vowels, bolding long ones, and "ghosting" silent letters (forming them with dots instead of solid lines). Blends and digraphs are circled, a visual cue that they work as a phonetic unit. This system of marking is employed throughout the program in reading sections. Some weaning is done in copywork and sentence work, however. As a whole, the text has a less cluttered appearance than Teach Your Child. I appreciate Valerie's scripted text being in a different font rather than in the red ink found in the latter. Missing also are the arrows beneath every practice letter, word, and sentence. If your child has an extremely difficult time with left-to-right tracking, you might appreciate the arrows; if not, it just adds extra busy-ness to the page. I do miss the stand-out bolding found in Teach Your Child. Some children may find it easier to ignore the rest of the writing on the pages if their "part" really stands out. If you plan on using Italic Handwriting, Valerie's use of LucidaSansSchool font (used in Portland State's Italic Handwriting program) will appeal. If you plan on using a pre-cursive (or modern manuscript) program, ditto. Reading Made Easy also uses a written "a" while Teach Your Child uses a typeset "a". Reading Made Easy covers a little more phonics "ground" than Teach Your Child and includes a list of phonetic constructs at the end of the book for concepts not covered in the body of the book. The biggest differences in the two programs, though, is in their implementation. Lessons in Reading Made Easy are far more "spontaneous" and offer more variety in format. Impromptu games and activities are sprinkled liberally throughout, giving the program a more playful nature. Parents construct Sight Word Worms and a Sight Word Bingo game to help children add critical sight words to their reading repertoire. The incorporation of these in stories then results in more natural, interesting reading selections. Children are encouraged to flex their artistic wings by duplicating simple illustrations and writing is incorporated as they first write sentences, then stories to accompany them. Index cards are used extensively (buy lots of them!) for preparing aids to learn word and sentence construction. Many lessons include putting words from a simple sentence on cards (one word per card and usually marked using Valerie's notations), mixing, then having your child reconstruct the sentence. This kinesthetic activity helps children understand capitalization, ending punctuation, and sentence construction from early on. While all lessons include a short reading selection to reinforce your instruction, the final lessons in Reading Made Easy contain a real chapter book. In each of twelve lessons, you read a chapter of the story after which your child reads a simpler (but not too watered-down) adaptation written at his level of reading ability. Copywork is also included in most lessons (in the tradition of Ruth Beechick), but the author suggests omitting it if your child's fine motor skills are not ready for additional writing. One final feature that every mom will appreciate is ending each lesson with read-aloud time from a book of your choice (Valerie has thoughtfully included a list of recommended picture and chapter books in the ending section of the book). We all know that reading to our children regularly increases both reading aptitude and appreciation. This inclusion assures that we will make the time for it and provides our children with a fitting "reward" for completing each lesson. Reading Made Easy is now available in paperback format or on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains .pdf files of all pages and a 55-minute audio workshop entitled "Teaching Your Child to Read."
  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
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    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

  • Item #: 047746
    ISBN: 9780440404958
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.50

    This is a funny story about the English measure of one foot. The king decides to give the queen a bed for her birthday. He measures her in lengths of his feet, but when the apprentice builds the bed (using the length of his own feet), the bed is much too small and the king throws the apprentice in jail! Soon the clever apprentice discovers that if he makes a copy of the king's foot he can make a bed the proper size. At 5.125" x 7.625" with 32 pages featuring doodle-y two-color illustrations, this lighthearted little book alludes to the history of the English (or Standard) system and would be a fun addition to a lesson in the difference between the Metric and English measurement systems. Equally enjoyable read aloud or alone! ~ Rachel D.