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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
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    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

  • Item #: 032581
    ISBN: 9781683441175
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  • Item #: 031394
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    I had an early interest in houses and architecture, and now I still love good design and creative interiors. I would have loved the stencils in this set, and may have saved some heavy lifting if I had used them to plan my bedroom rearranging instead of winging it! Students are first introduced to several periods in architectural design in a brief & colorful, kid-friendly booklet (16 pp). Classical, Romanesque, gothic, renaissance, baroque, Georgian, neoclassical, beaux arts, Bauhaus, art deco, expressionism, deconstructivism, structural expressionism and critical regionalism all have a short blurb and an illustration of a famous building in that style. You then look at structural elements and a timeline before you are encouraged to have a go at an original design. In the kit is a color poster of all of these famous buildings, great for a quick reference as you are in design-mode! A set of 6 stencils are guides for your student. They are made of sturdy, flexible, clear plastic and have elements like turrets, windows, domes, ornamental doors & ornaments for the outside, plus interior stuff like furniture, closets and sinks. A set of 8 colored pencils and a tablet of graph paper get your kiddos started. They can then make a large exterior and a large interior on the poster-sized paper in the kit. Two sheets of patterned paper have 6 designs of wood-look floors, tile & fabric textures to add some flair. While small children would have some trouble using the stencils, they can still design an interior and exterior in their own style. This would be a fun addition to any study in history or architecture, art or design. It has enough guidance to get you started and enough openness to let you be creative. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 057185
    ISBN: 9781933410180
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    Take a journey through the traditions of Thanksgiving this year! This flexible, consumable study contains 15 lessons covering the Pilgrims and Native Americans, Psalm 100 and thankfulness, harvest, cranberries, pumpkins, corn and so much more. Historically focused, this study covers New England beginnings, Thanksgiving in the American Revolution, a Civil War Thanksgiving, late 1800s-early 1900s along with more recent festivities of football, parades and presidential turkey pardoning. Activities are varied and encompass short answer or fill in the blank worksheets, crossword puzzles, coloring (colored pencils recommended), secret codes and creative writing. Topically you will explore history, geography, Bible study, poetry and art study, grammar, and science. Instructions for seven craft projects, using easy to find items, are also included along with a place for a Thanksgiving scrapbook. Each lesson will take 30-60 minutes to complete. This would make an excellent break from the textbooks in November or a fun family devotional. Daily lesson recommendations and answer key included. Not reproducible. Scripture references NASB. Spiral Bound. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
    Retail: $19.99
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    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 014775
    ISBN: 9780395329207
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    Accompany Lord Kevin to his newly-acquired lands in northwest Wales. The rebellious Welsh do not recognize the authority of the English king, so a castle will be necessary to stake his claim on the land. A Caldecott Honor book.

  • Item #: 013786
    ISBN: 9780440406945
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    Newly expanded edition includes an exclusive behind the scenes look at the book's creation, a biography of the life and work of Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire, sketches from the authors' personal notebooks and photos from their family album.

    Golden fleece, titans, and muses, oh my! This is a very thorough collection of ancient Greek myths accompanied by artful pencil drawings in color and black and white.

    Starting with Gaea and Uranus (Earth and sky), stories are chronological to the Titans, Zeus and his descendants. Supporting characters are also given their due. Children will read about Hera, Hades, Persephone, Pandora, Centaurs, Orpheus, the Gorgon, King Midas, Oedipus, and more.

    The tales are written for children to understand. Add this book to a unit study of ancient Greece, the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mediterranean region, or even as a study of ancient religions. Compare their beliefs with modern ones. ~Sara

  • Item #: 012200
    ISBN: 9780794528966
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    This 400-page paperback text from Usborne is a fantastic reference guide that provides an extensive overview of world geography. First, you get a general overview of planet Earth. Next, more detailed sections cover the geographical phenomena of earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, weather, climate, and world ecosystems. The people and cultures of the world (North America, South America, Australasia and Oceania, Asia, Europe, and Africa) are then extensively discussed, followed by an Atlas of the World portion of the book comprised of various maps (60 total) of all seven continents. The text concludes with a Fact File section that provides a medley of information on topics including but not limited to geographers and scientists, world records, time zones, constellations, and types of government.

    To take advantage of the interactive component of this book, visit the hundreds of websites recommended throughout the text. These sites were chosen to provide further information about people and places of the world and are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure subject appropriateness and working order. Although it is "internet-linked," the Encyclopedia of World Geography is a complete book that can be used on its own. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 004139
    ISBN: 9781587920080
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    Learn about all the presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump. Portraits and signatures are on card fronts; backs contain brief biographies, terms, and trivia. Also includes seven timeline cards, three cards on political parties and history, and three information/activity cards. We have the 2017 Edition!

  • Item #: 047614
    ISBN: 9781615389629
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    Just the right stuff! That's what you'll be thinking as you use this warm and inviting reading program from Memoria Press. The Study Guides are really a worktext (horizontal orientation) that provides the student with vocabulary and comprehension worksheets. The teacher needs to take a quick peek at two pages at the beginning that give the plan for the Word Study, Read, Comprehension, and Language (introductory grammar) segments of each lesson. The Just For Fun section is self-explanatory. There's writing involved (7/16" lines with dotted midline) but the top binding makes it easy for either right-handed students or lefties. The StoryTime guide covers five classic children's books in 16 lessons. More StoryTime provides another 16 lessons and seven children's books. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
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    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

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  • Item #: 072012
    ISBN: 9781974027743
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    ISBN: 9781974027583
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    ISBN: 9781974027361
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    ISBN: 9781974027170
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  • Item #: 071253
    ISBN: 9780763698485
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    Most children, particularly if they are boys, have a natural interest in the study of medieval warfare and knighthood. This deluxe, lavishly illustrated volume provides a detailed account of the steps that one would be required to take to become a knight, while it also gives readers an understanding of medieval arms and armor. Additional information is provided regarding medieval jousts and tournaments, crusader battles, as well as details about what it was like to live in or defend a castle. In addition to being visually impressive and stunning, this full-color publication manages to weave in a captivating storyline that helps readers to stay engaged in the quest for knowledge about famous myths and legends from the middle ages. This book is both fun and informative, and that is a beautiful combination! Measures 10 1/4"x 12". 28 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 065693
    ISBN: 9780544234444
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    There are 14 chapters in the GED Cram Plan book. The first is a thorough explanation of computer-based testing, types of questions, and reading comprehension strategies. Chapter two is a diagnostic test (lengthy, about 60 pages) over all areas language arts, math, science, social studies, with answers. Cram Plans for the four subject areas are in chapters three through six. Chapters seven through ten then offer tutorials in the four subject areas wherever you may need help. Chapters eleven through fourteen are practice tests in the four subject areas. If you need to get ready for your GED, this is a wonderful resource to help you prepare. 365 pgs.

  • Item #: 065359
    ISBN: 9781496405296
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    From trophies for every child who participates to teens walking around with selfie sticks and counting how many people are following their Twitter and Facebook accounts, it’s no wonder that our culture produces entitled children. And we as parents want our children to be happy. We are quick to give our children the things they want, make them the center of our lives, and fix their mistakes and problems. We may not recognize how these things are contributing to the attitude of entitlement. In this timely book full of practical advice, Kristen Welch (writer of the parenting blog We Are THAT Family) shares her family’s journey of changing their attitudes (and not just the kids’!) from entitlement to gratefulness. Ten chapters cover such topics as Wants vs. Needs, Seven Ways We Parents Miss the Boat, Making Smart Choices about Technology, Cultivating Obedience, and Gratitude is a Choice. Each chapter identifies factors contributing to entitlement; offers advice on how to handle situations differently to instead cultivate better attitudes which will go against the flow of the culture around us. Chapters close with specific strategies for parents themselves as well as for parents to implement with toddlers/preschoolers, elementary aged children, and Tweens/Teens. Though the author herself is coming from a Christian perspective, the tips in this book will be helpful to anyone looking to combat the sense of entitlement in their kids, no matter what their basis or personal reasons. Appendices in the back include a well-conceived cell phone contract for parents to have with their children; a sample Christian Parent Manifesto; and a list of Recommended Resources. A discussion guide follows with questions to think about yourself, to talk over with your spouse, or to examine together in a small group study. – Steph

  • Item #: 065122
    ISBN: 9781932786545
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    Fourth in the A Child's Geography series, this one or two semester course studies the vast and tiny kingdoms that made up Western Europe, along with the modern day countries of Western Europe. Picking up where the A Child's Geography Volume 3: Explore the Classical World (#007672) ended, this book explores the tumultuous times between the Classical era and the Renaissance. While having a basic knowledge of the Classical period is helpful in understanding the nuances of the Middle Ages, it is not necessary to complete the other volumes in the series before embarking on this journey.

    Written in a similar style to the preceding volumes, history and geography are taught with a living book approach that weaves together engaging text and vibrant photographs and graphics. Students will truly feel as if they are walking in the footsteps of the great minds from the medieval world like Charlemagne, Ferdinand and Isabella, Joan of Arc, Johannes Gutenberg, and Martin Luther while exploring Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the tiny kingdoms: Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

    While the textbook is a standalone resource for readings and narration exercises, the author has provided a website link to download additional activities. This includes timelines for each chapter, maps to label (and completed maps), hands- on activities that include games and craft projects, recipes, supplemental reading resources, prayer guide and much more. Additional links are scattered throughout the text which provide media resources on a variety of topics. Chapters include bold vocabulary words with a glossary in the back. 240 pgs, SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 063025
    ISBN: 9781935424215
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  • Item #: 062849
    ISBN: 9781935424208
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  • Item #: 061888
    ISBN: 9781613730515
    Retail: $16.95
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    An absolutely fantastic dig-in-and-understand book full of activities, black and white photos and informational text. So many complex issues caused and occurred during the Great Depression. This book guides kids through cross-curricular activities to understand a broad spectrum of these topics. The themes are balanced between studying hardship and hope, a society worn down and rebuilt. To name a few, kids will engage in stock market activities, conduct surveys and create an action plan to meet others' needs, simulate a wind storm, recreate depression glass--21 activities in all. Seven chapters cover the stock market crash and varied responses to it, urban and rural life, children, the New Deal, and entertainment. A list of additional resources and a bibliography (with young-reader friendly materials identified) are included to explore this time period further. This book alone would provide a solid basis for a unit study on the Depression. 11" x 8.5", 126 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 059009
    ISBN: 9780310725756
    Retail: $16.99
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    If you have a comic book reader, the Adventure Bible Handbook might be a great way to interest them in reading stories from the Bible. Travel with the children of an archeologist throughout the Holy Land as they go in search of their missing father. In their quest to find Dad, they travel back in time with unusual tour guides who use RSP (really smart phones) devices to reach their destinations. They travel by hang glider, camel, kayak, and more, learning first-hand about places and events along the way. As unusual as this approach might seem, the Adventure Bible Handbook takes children on a chronological tour of major events. After meeting all the characters of the story, begin at the Garden of Eden, then go to the flood and see how large the ark really was; visit the Tower of Babel, meet Abraham and his family, then travel with Joseph to Egypt before moving on through other Bible events. For each stop in the story, you will not only read about the group of travelers, there will be photos of the area, items found there, explanation of unusual terms, and a Bible summary of that particular event. There may also be a scripture quotation (NIrV unless otherwise noted) or reference, so you can read more on the subject. The good news is that the children find their father, but they learn so much as they are searching.

    Some great resources are also found in this handbook. In the front of this 240-page hardcover book is a list of the pages on which you can find references to the books of the Bible (chronologically) and a list of the stories that are covered in the Adventure Bible Handbook. The back of the book includes a reading guide to the Bible, the Apostles' Creed, scripture index that tells you the page of the handbook on which you can find a particular scripture, a subject index, and a guide to the images (photos) used in the handbook. Your child can also access games and activities to accompany their Adventure Bible Handbook at www.AdventureBible.com.

    Use the Adventure Bible Handbook to get your child interested in God's Word and to introduce them to the adventure and excitement of the events that are foundational to the Christian faith. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 055766
    ISBN: 9781623410872
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    There's a lot of versatility in this short course on creative writing a la IEW methodology. There are ten lessons (each will take one to three class periods/days). Lessons have three parts: learning about some aspect of writing stories and assigning homework stories, doing an in-class writing assignment to practice what was just learned, and reading aloud homework stories to each other with time for feedback. This book is written to the teacher, but most of the pages are for the student. These can be reproduced for a family or classroom. Instruction progresses from planning/writing a seven-sentence story to rewriting a fable in their own words, using pictures to write a story, point of view, creating memorable characters, crafting dialogue, writing scenes, creating conflict, recognizing satisfactory endings, starting, and revising. The purchaser is entitled to a downloadable copy of the Pictures for Unit 5 e-book (downloading instructions are included).

    Very flexible, this course could be used as a creative writing unit during the school year or as a special summer unit. You could also go through the entire course once a year for several years using alternate assignments or take 3-4 days per lesson rather than the 1-2 expected. This last option would allow your student to practice writing more stories. 96 pgs, spiral-bound. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046659
    ISBN: 9780890515655
    Retail: $14.99
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    Introduce kids to the wonder of things God has created with this colorful storybook. Initially, each 2-page spread in the book is composed of a large illustration showing one of the seven days of Creation. Illustrations are detailed and colorful and show the vast array of things that God has created. Along with each illustration are the verses from Genesis that talk about that part of Creation (in the King James Version) along with a small description about it and a prompt to get kids to notice specific elements of Creation both in the pictures and in life. Then several pages in the book are dedicated to pointing out some especially unique and well-designed animals that God created. Each animal is shown in a colorful illustration and then a caption shares a bit about what is so amazing about the animal. The last part of the book focuses on why humans are so special and how God can know and love us so well because He created us. Excerpts from Psalm 139 are accompanied by cute pictures of children and explanations of how God knows all about us. A colorful and meaningful storybook by Helen and David Haidle, 40 pgs, hc. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 043329
    ISBN: 9781770443785
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    A comprehensive and age-appropriate study guide that helps students, educators, and parents alike navigate the new Common Core State Standards. With content developed by a team of teachers and curriculum specialists and reviewed by assessment experts with a minimum of five years of classroom teaching experience, SOLARO language arts study guides are wholly curriculum aligned and serve as an excellent source of material for review and practice. Each guide features sections such as Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Text Types and Purposes, Comprehension and Collaboration, and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, as well as instructional pieces that clearly explain each of the key concepts for the course. Practice questions and sample tests have detailed solutions that show problem-solving methods, highlight concepts that are likely to be tested, and point out potential sources of errors. The multiplatform SOLARO study solution also features additional learning tools in the accompanying online version, allows educators to manage all of their classes with an intuitive interface through mobile apps or any web browser, and offers parents a free and easy-to-use online account, thus ensuring that children, educators, and parents alike are engaged in helping students achieve success.This age-appropriate study guide offers curriculum-aligned lessons, activities, exercises, and quizzes for seventh grade students who are learning the new Common Core State Standards in school.