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  • Item #: 009163
    ISBN: 9780838820568
    Retail: $7.25
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    This 51-page book is a great tool for beginners. Commonly used words are arranged in alphabetical order with examples of usage for some of the words and 12 blanks at the bottom of each page can be used for problem words or words they've just learned and want to remember. A handy little thesaurus in the back contains synonyms for: then, big, small or little, good, great, or nice, went or ran, asked, answered, and said. A word bank of theme words is included for the following categories: The Calendar, Numbers, Colors, Family, Weather, Body Parts, Astronomy and Space, Geography, and several additional items.

  • Item #: 024725
    ISBN: 9781623411701
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    Here's a set of writing "tools" just for emerging IEW writers, providing a visual representation of all the elements of the first five Structure and Style units, but simplified for beginning and young writers. The Tool Kit (looking like a tool box) is a tri-fold folder with a pocket on one leaf. Cardstock cut-apart graphics that are to be positioned on the folder are provided. Designed to be added to as the student is introduced to the concepts, the folder serves as a ready reminder of what has been learned (and what the student is to be incorporating into his daily writing.) Notes from the first five units plus dress-ups, parts of speech, and word lists – even a basic (traditional) handwriting chart – are provided. This toolbox – like all useful toolboxes – can be kept close at hand and opened whenever a student needs a particular tool. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 008649
    ISBN: 9781567650891
    Retail: $5.50
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    Essay writing fears will be a thing of the past with this text reference on CD-ROM. The beginning is always a good place to start, and Steven Stern uses this exact technique as he teaches us all about essays. The very first chapter goes over exactly what an essay is, reading and writing essays, the purposes for essays (believe it or not, their purpose is not to frustrate or torture students), and the different parts of an essay. The guide progresses at a good pace, not dilly-dallying around on things that aren't helpful, but getting straight to the point in a logical and comprehensive way. There are several topics to be worked through at the pace of the student, covering what makes a readable essay, the steps to writing an essay (the writing process), how to get started, shaping the essay, going from the plan to essay, completing and polishing an essay, answering essay-test questions, and the parts of a whole (showing how the writer ties all the paragraphs together). There are activities throughout the text to cement the principles in the student's mind. Answers are not provided, as they will differ between students. This quick reference is a worthwhile tool both for those just learning to write and for those who want to polish up on their techniques and methods of essay writing. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 040623
    ISBN: 9780945045038
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    Designed as a complementary text to A Writer's Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions, this guide could also be used independently to reference and master eight different methods of transition in writing. Part one of the guide includes 15 explanations and examples of transition that parallel A Writer's Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions. These include time order, sequence, repeat, provide an example, concede, summarize, add a point, compare, contrast, cause and effect, classify, emphasize, connect clauses, and more. The book explains how to write an effective transition using these various methods and then gives a great example of how each is done (usually in the form of a paragraph that uses the featured style of transitioning). Part two of the guide includes seven additional explanations and examples of transition, including pronoun reference, repeating key words, word substitution, repeating key phrases or clauses, beginning-of-paragraph transition, end-of-paragraph transition, and the transitional paragraph. Again, concise explanations and great examples are included for each transitional method. Each method is presented on one page (at most two) and the methods and examples show how variety and liveliness are keys to good writing. If a student is struggling with writing effective transitions or needs help mixing it up, this guide book is a great reference. 56 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 051952
    ISBN: 9780615492704
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    Writers often have a larger spoken vocabulary than they do written. They may know the first sound in a word, but are unsure how to spell it out. This quick reference tool is meant to help struggling spellers and writers and is suitable for a broad range of skill levels from grade 4 to adult. The first section has a letter per page in alphabetical order. Words are categorized by how they are used (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) The second section is a word list of commonly misspelled words. Section three is for students to write their own word list to have as reference. There is a reading tool for you, from See-n-Read, in the back of this guide. I like how this book can be personalized by the student. It seems very simple in format and easy for kids to use. 40 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 015623
    ISBN: 9780669471977
    Retail: $385.53
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    The Language Programs for these editions contain the Program Guide, Handbook, Skillsbook, and Skillsbook Teacher Edition. The Program Guide is a 3-ring binder containing daily lesson plans, teaching notes, assessment strategies, and blackline masters for student activities and writing assignments. Writing assignments coordinate with the Handbook and are referenced in the daily lesson plans in the Program Guide. The Program Guide also contains reference information, writing evaluation guides, guidance for directing student research, vocabulary building strategies, and more. Skillbooks focus on editing and proofreading, while Daily Language Workouts focus on mechanics, word usage, grammar, and sentence combining and are intended to be quick and fun. Please note that the Daily Language Workout books are NOT included in the Language Program.
  • Item #: 015621
    ISBN: 9780669471991
    Retail: $385.53
    Rainbow Price: $128.66

    The Language Programs for these editions contain the Program Guide, Handbook, Skillsbook, and Skillsbook Teacher Edition. The Program Guide is a 3-ring binder containing daily lesson plans, teaching notes, assessment strategies, and blackline masters for student activities and writing assignments. Writing assignments coordinate with the Handbook and are referenced in the daily lesson plans in the Program Guide. The Program Guide also contains reference information, writing evaluation guides, guidance for directing student research, vocabulary building strategies, and more. Skillbooks focus on editing and proofreading, while Daily Language Workouts focus on mechanics, word usage, grammar, and sentence combining and are intended to be quick and fun. Please note that the Daily Language Workout books are NOT included in the Language Program.

  • Item #: 014180
    ISBN: 9781608236763
    Retail: $16.99
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    This book contains a collection of 93 reproducible activity pages covering a wide range of standard geography skills designed to help younger students gain an understanding of basic geography vocabulary and concepts. Content is divided into 4 distinct sections. Section 1 focuses on map skills and provides 31 activities covering 9 different map skills (what is a map, positional words, cardinal directions, compass rose, map symbols, map key, distance on a map, borders on a map, and map grids). Section 2 provides 29 activities and covers 8 landforms and 3 bodies of water such as hills & mountains; islands & volcanoes; deserts & plains; canyons & valleys; oceans, lakes & rivers; and landforms & bodies of water. Section 3 presents the seven continents and 4 oceans through the use of 21 various activities. Each continent has an introduction page with quick facts and a corresponding activity. A physical map of each continent is provided as well. The last section of the book focuses on animal life around the world. A world map and individual continental maps showing examples of the types of animals found in various regions are provided. Furthermore, review activities are included for the first 3 sections of material and can be used for student skill assessment. Activities range in style and typically include labeling, coloring, cutting/pasting, multiple choice, short answer, and matching. Two full color fold-out maps, a simplified world map, and a landforms and bodies of water map are included for additional teaching instruction. Answers included. - Enh

  • Item #: 037812
    ISBN: 9780805494334
    Retail: $14.99
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    If you need a handy, easy-to-use Bible reference, this could be what you're looking for. This isn't an in depth, verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible. This is a QuickSource! It begins with an explanation of how to read this book and use it as a reference. It then proceeds book by book, following the same format for each book. Each book begins with a Key Bible Text, a verse that gives a clue to the meaning of the book. It then gives a Key Term, which summarizes the book in one word. Next there is a One-Sentence Summary which shows how this particular book relates to God's story. The first section after the introductory material is entitled "God's Message in the Book." Here you'll read the purpose of the book, the Christian Worldview Elements as they pertain to twelve themes, teachings about God, teachings about humanity, and teachings about salvation. The second section is called "Christ in …" which explains how we can see Christ within that book. The 3rd section is titled "God's Story." This is a fuller explanation of the summary found at the beginning of each book on how the events in this book fit into God's bigger picture. The fourth section deals with the "Original Historical Setting." It is here that you'll get information about the author, date of writing, first audience and destination, and the occasion for the writing. The fifth and last section of each book is "Literary Features." Genre and literary style, theme and book features, and structure are discussed in this section. Scattered throughout the information are full-color diagrams, maps and photographs pertaining to the contents of that book. All of this information is packed into only about 6 pages per book of the Bible. This book was designed for those beginning their Bible journey, but it could be used by the more experienced as well. This is definitely an easy reference to use! Softcover, 405 pages. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 003156
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    Singing along makes learning scripture fun and easy! This CD by the Harrow Family has 26 short scripture songs that begin with letters from the alphabet! A is for "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Z is for "Zion hears and is glad!" Words and instrumental background tracks are included. - elise

  • Item #: 003154
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    The Harrow Family has done it again! These children's scripture songs will bring the Word of God to the hearts of your children through the art of music. This collection includes the following scripture songs: Psalm 8, Bless, Rejoice, and Weep (Romans 12:14-16), He Has Told You O Man (Micah 6:7-8), All Things Work Together for Good (Romans 8:28), Be Anxious for Nothing (Philippians 4:6-7), In the Beginning was the Word (John 1: 1-4), Iron Sharpens Iron (Proverbs 27:17), The Right Thing to Do (James 4:17), When a Man's Ways Please the Lord (Proverbs 16:7), God Meant it for Good (Genesis 50:20), More Than Sacrifice (Proverbs 21:3), The Battle is the Lord's (1 Samuel 17:45-47), The Light of Life (Romans 1:16), Psalm 42. Once again, the instrumental background tracks and the words to the songs are included so your family can easily perform these songs! - elise

  • Item #: 003155
    Retail: $14.95
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    More children's scripture songs from the Harrow Family! These songs will help God write His truths on the tablets of your hearts! The following songs are included in this collection: Psalm 1, For God So Loved the World (John 3:16), For I Know the Thoughts (Jeremiah 29:11), The Fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7), The Shema - Hear O Israel (Deuteronomy 6:4-6), Thy Word Have I Hidden (Psalm 119:11), Seek the Lord (Isaiah 55:6-7), The Soft Answer (Proverbs 15:1), In the Beginning (Genesis 1:1), Thy Word is a Lamp (Psalm 119:105), Do All Things (Philippians 2:14-15), Be Strong (Joshua 1:9), Ask (Matthew 7:7), I Am the Way (John 14:6), A New Commandment (John 13:34), Psalm 150: Praise the Lord, If Anyone Loves Me (John 14:23), Books of the Old Testament. Song words and instrumental background tracks included. - elise

  • Item #: 015418
    ISBN: 9780941995375
    Retail: $22.95
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    Here's a quick, proven, inexpensive way to measure the reading grade level of your student(s) privately. A one-time investment, this 380 word test is easy to administer and score, can be done in less than 15 minutes, and will tell at what grade level (1-12) your student is reading. Any reading problems are easily detected, allowing you to provide any needed remediation. Another 380 word test to use after your remedial work is administered is also provided, so you can check for improvement/correction. 5 copies of each test ("before" and "after") are included, along with information about the background of the test, an explanation of how it works, and how to score it. First and second graders can be tested using the beginning part of the test, but the overall test is intended for third grade and up.

  • Item #: 054876
    Retail: $30.00
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    This fast-paced word game rewards the quick thinker! 2 to 4 players draw letter tiles and place them white side up on the board. Each player tries to be the first to call out a word made from the letters and start his sand timer. The letters used in his word are turned over to their orange side. Other players can still use the orange letters, but they are of less value now. When the next player calls out a word, he starts his sand timer and turns over any white letters he used to the orange side. Play for this round continues until all players have made words or time has run out on the last timer started. White tiles score 10 points per letter, orange tiles score 5 points, and the first player to call out a word gets double points. Some tiles are bonus tiles which entitle the user to bonus cards with extra points – view these only at the end of the game. Write down the scores, sweep orange tiles off the board, put white tiles back in the draw pouch, and begin the second round. Game ends when any player is unable to draw the designated number of letter tiles. Tally your scores, look at your bonus cards, and see who won! The cleverly designed game board/tray system makes cleanup and preparation for the next game a snap. Games only take about 15-20 minutes.

  • Item #: 001745
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      Two-sided laminated strip is 11”x 2.75”. It’s perfect as a quick reference for those learning cursive. One side shows a line of the upper case alphabet with a line of the lower case alphabet below. On the back are the upper-case letters with arrows showing the strokes in order (numbered 1, 2, 3, 4). All letters are shown with the dotted half- lines. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 035556
    ISBN: 9780877798507
    Retail: $6.50
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    More than 150,000 words start with a basic definition followed by synonyms, related words, near antonyms, and antonyms. While not all words contain each of these, they will refer to synonyms or other words that do. There are also some sample sentences with selected words. An introduction and explanatory section is found at the beginning of the book. This inexpensive reference is indispensable to writers of all types. Find the right word to convey (impart, spread, transfer, transfuse, transit) the right meaning. Please note that this is a secular reference and does contain several profanities, which you may want to mark over before handing to your younger writers. Pb, 772 pgs. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 063888
    ISBN: 9781441318169
    Retail: $5.99
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  • Item #: 052928
    ISBN: 9780753464694
    Retail: $16.99
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    If you're looking for a friendly dictionary/thesaurus that is not intimidating for your student, this resource will be a pleasant fit. The first couple of pages give instructions for using the dictionary as well as useful features to help explore words. Having a few colorful pictures on every page also makes it attractive to the younger students. Every so often, there is a "feature page" dedicated to a specific word, which also has a word box with extended vocabulary and knowledge about the topic. For example, the page dedicated to "castle" features four different pictures. The vocabulary box includes words such as bailey, battlement, dungeon, and moat, to name a few. In the back, the 126-page thesaurus provides a nice variety of words for the beginning writer. This would work well with the Shurley English program or a similar program incorporating vocabulary and writing skills. Providing an all-in-one dictionary/thesaurus, this handy hardcover resource will be a beneficial addition to your curriculum. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 062232
    Retail: $19.95
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    Sara Jordan's series of language learning songs has been around for a while now (item #053347). This, however, is an enhanced version of Bilingual Beginners Spanish and uses the same songs as on that CD, but is expanded on. A nicely done workbook is included so you now have lessons to go with the songs. Students will work on oral skills (greetings, following instruction, singing, rolling R's), writing (made for beginner writers with dotted letters/words to trace), reading (simple words, word boxes, coloring activities, matching), grammar (questions, affirmative, negative, nouns, gender, articles, present tense verbs), vocabulary building (greetings, colors, numbers, home, time, food, family, body) and spelling (alphabetizing, capitalizing, Spanish accent marks). There are 12 lessons all together with answers in the back. For each lesson, there are cards for games and teaching activities: requires printing off cards from the publisher's website. Lessons are shown in both English and Spanish and have a group activity, the audio portion from the CD, and 2 or 4 writing activity pages. Since the CD models pronunciation, knowing how to speak Spanish isn't necessary. I think it would be helpful to have some prior exposure to aid your young learners' pronunciation. Reproducible for one classroom/homeschool. 63pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 006213
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    So, you're writing stories in English class, and your reluctant writer is whiny and reticent. "Why do we have to write stories? I can't think of anything!" If you can't get them out of their writing slump by suggesting "Well, let's brainstorm," or "Look around you for ideas," just say (with a twinkle in your eye) - "Forget it, let's just play a game instead." Of course, five or ten minutes later they'll realize they're not getting off the story-writing hook, but they'll probably be enjoying themselves so much they'll forget to pout. The game format is similar to most board games your family plays, with a large board featuring a wandering path from beginning to end. Besides a die, scoring pad and markers, the game features eight decks of story element cards and a story outline pad. Basically, as players move along the board, they will collect specific story element cards, and weave them into a story. Card decks are clearly labeled and include topic sentence, plot, character, setting, description, dialogue, lesson, and resolution cards. At the beginning of the game, each player receives a topic sentence. This is the only topic sentence card they will receive, and should be used towards the beginning of the story. As they roll the die, they will land on spaces labeled with the names of corresponding story element cards, and will draw the top card from the stack. By the end of the game, they should have at least one of each element card, and at least five description cards. Then, the writing begins! Choosing from their collected cards, the writer decides which cards he wants to incorporate into his or her story, and writes them onto the outline sheet. The outline begins with the topic sentence, and features blanks to fill in for each part of the story. Under "Setting", they must determine the "where", "when" and descriptors. Under character, they must identify the good guys and the bad guys, and describe both. For the plot, they must identify the problem, and decide on the order of events. Under "Resolution" and "Lesson", they will decide how the "Resolution" and "Lesson" cards they chose relate to their story, and how it all wraps up. Now, players each have a good framework for a story; the trick is now fleshing it out into an actual short story, which may be easier at this point, since a lot of the "unknowns" have been identified. A scoring sheet will help Mom decide if the story included all the necessary components, and will inspire kids not to skimp on the "less exciting" stuff. Since inventing characters, conflicts and settings sometimes takes a lot of steam out of even the more enthused young writers, I would imagine that taking that pressure off of them in this way would free up their imaginations to write a much more well-rounded, exciting story. I'll bet that even Mom and Dad will want to play this one! - Jess

  • Item #: 034823
    ISBN: 9781940384207
    Retail: $79.98
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    Levels 5 & 6 of the whole HOP program, 1st Grade includes two DVDs, two workbooks, eight storybooks, and reward stickers.

  • Item #: 047614
    ISBN: 9781615389629
    Retail: $14.95
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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 #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
    Retail: $0.00
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 048706
    ISBN: 9781940384184
    Retail: $79.98
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    Consists of Levels 1 & 2. Includes two DVDs, two workbooks, six readers, uppercase and lowercase letter flashcards, and reward stickers.

  • Item #: 063887
    ISBN: 9781441318152
    Retail: $5.99
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  • Item #: 014911
    ISBN: 9781885767660
    Retail: $15.00
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    Just as words are a gift from God, so the skillful poet has gifts for readers. This slight paraphrase of what Suzanne Clark says in the introduction to her book is an insight as to how she approaches poetry. She begins with God, the source of all language from the first, and an ideal place to launch ourselves into the world of poetry. The first two chapters of her book look at noticing and naming the sights, sounds and smells around you. Each chapter builds on the last as you progress through metaphors and other figures of speech; sound and rhythm; sonnets, stanzas, white space and planned freefalls; types of poems or genres; voice and diction; and reading, writing and revising. Poets see things with a different eye; they do more than observe details. The exercises throughout the book help to instill that concept in budding poets and encourage it in those poets who already have some experience. They teach how to "hear the roar on the other side of silence." Exercises also contain the more down-to-earth side of poetry: rhyme and rhythm, meter, stresses, diction, experiments with different genres, and, of course, revising. A teacher's section has more exercises and writing projects to promote creative thinking. Examples of poetry and poetic style are taken from writers such as Shakespeare, Dickinson, Dante and Frost, with some writings from the author's own students. The final chapter is a compilation of poems, some of which appeared as examples in the text, and can be used for more practice in analyzing or simply for your own enjoyment. As one chapter title says, with a tongue-in-cheek Star Wars reference, "Metaphors be with you!" ~ Zach

  • Item #: 009489
    ISBN: 9780439764216
    Retail: $9.99
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    Just the spelling, thank you. Beginning writers understand more words than they can spell (for some writers, this will always be the case!). This spelling dictionary contains over 15,000 words without definitions to provide a very usable spell checker in book form. The list is purely alphabetical, meaning that different forms of a word may not even be listed together. The sole purpose is for a child to be able to check the spelling of a word. Words are syllabicated and stressed (di•gres•sion) so this book will be useful for work in these areas as well. In order to help students find a word (since it's sometimes hard to find a word when you don't know how to spell it - like a catch-22), the author gives students a method to follow, basic hints on other possible ways a given sound might begin, a "dozen and one" spelling rules, and a "Misspeller's Dictionary" to use if all else fails. This peculiar dictionary is appended at the end and includes common (it-really-sounds-like-it-starts-this-way) misspellings, along with correctly spelled words. He also includes a "Memory Tricks" section (which is priceless itself), containing 150+ words that are often misspelled, along with a memory aid to help remember their spellings ("Ma, the mat has mathematics written on it"). A nice addition to your child's reference library for all those "Mom, how do you spell...."? times.

  • Item #: 056095
    ISBN: 9781601444554
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    If you're looking for a "quick and done" computer instruction course, you may want to keep looking. However, if you want a series of lesson plans for "walking" your student through projects that interest her and which are a bit "showy," learning computer research, storage, word processing skills, and presentation programs along the way, then you've come to the right place. Starting with activities that assess computer usage knowledge, assess personal interests, and then select a high-interest (to him) topic may seem odd for a technology book but (as is typical with Critical Thinking Co. books) the goal is much broader than just experiencing various computer projects and completing meaningless mini-projects. Your student will be actively invested in "her" project, you will have lots of step-by-step help in covering various programs on both PCs and Macs, and the end result will be projects that encourage the presentation of information and communication with peers (i.e. essential leadership skills). Computer coverage includes: PC and Mac filing basics, word processing (MS Word, Mac Pages, Open Office Writer), presentation software (MS PowerPoint, Mac Keynote, Open Office Impress), movie-making software (Windows Live Movie Maker, iMovie, Photo Story 3 for Windows) and animation software (Scratch). Reproducibles include project outlines, project contracts, assessments, rubrics, and informational handouts on various software programs. Each of the nine activities are outlined for the teacher and include key skills, guiding questions, materials needed (always includes a computer/laptop with one of software options), preparation, procedures, presentations, closure, and assessment. 74 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 022613
    ISBN: 9781596472761
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    Rather than being just another schoolbook, this handbook has a different feel to it. By this, I mean that instead of the pages seeming like assignments, the book is written for students who want to learn how to write - as though they picked up this book themselves because they were interested and are doing it on their own time because they enjoy creative writing. I find it very fresh and appealing. The authors believe that mastering a narrative first will lead to better short stories and poetry and help them to flow more naturally, so the first part of the book focuses on writing a narrative. This is broken up into 3 different chapters, offering students practice in beginning a narrative, developing a narrative, and lastly perfecting a narrative. Each of these chapters follows the same basic steps - pre-writing, exploring, and brainstorming; composing and creating a draft; and finally revising, using sensory and vivid words, working with combining sentences, transitions, beginnings and ends, peer editing (you can do this yourself if there aren't any other students to assist), writing the final draft and then proofreading again. The chapters on short stories and poems follow this same format. For the short story, you'll also work on characterization and the structure specific to a short story. In the poetry chapter, you'll practice with imagery, structure, rhythm, figurative language, ideas, poetic springboards, and other relevant elements of poetry. Throughout all of the chapters, examples from professional and student writers are given for students to analyze and understand what it is about them that is so effective and successful. (This includes excerpts from books by John Steinbeck (The Long Valley) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). Students are also given plenty of opportunities throughout the book for their own writing practice. After reading the example, they are encouraged to try their hand at capturing an audience with a great opener, vivid descriptions, smooth transitions, or whatever skill they are working with. They are also encouraged to keep a writing journal for daily use, and ideas for topics are given to help them get started. The very last chapter in this handbook provides ten guidelines for good writing and additional practice with sentence combining. This handbook could be a very beneficial, enjoyable tool for anyone who is interested in creative writing as a craft. - Melissa

  • Item #: 016255
    ISBN: 9781883934040
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.50

    Advice for becoming an effective communicator with the written word might be "Work hard" or it might be "Practice a lot" or it could be "Have fun as you learn new skills and be encouraged as you work at your own pace to put these new skills into practice". Doesn't that last piece of advice make learning how to write sound a lot more attractive than the first two? It can be that way. For some, learning to write just takes longer and requires a little more effort. That is the beauty about writing courses such as this one. The Write Stuff Adventure is extremely flexible; students can begin learning at any time during the school year, and teachers can select any of the units that are best suited for the skill level of the student. Of course, it can work in a more regimented style as well, because it progresses from the simple to the complex over the six sections in the book. This curriculum covers the whole spectrum of writing, beginning with the basics in section one, entitled "Simple Things", and teaching a multitude of writing styles as progress is made through the next five sections. These include: letter writing to relatives, instruction lists, speeches, letters to the editor, essay writing, interviewing, news stories, feature stories, photojournalism, short stories and much, much more. At the beginning, a lot of emphasis is placed on positive encouragement rather than being picky about spelling mistakes and the like. Mastery of spelling and grammar will come; in the early stages, however, writing should be an enjoyable experience, not something to discourage the young writers. The writing assignments do become more difficult as you advance through the six sections, but again, the versatility of this curriculum allows it to be spread over several years. And don't worry about getting discouraged as the teacher, either. The lessons are well laid out, easy to follow and understand, and all have notes for the teacher. Lessons begin with an explanation of the assignment, and often, they include an example to illustrate the assignment. A marvelous course in writing aimed at producing effective communicators in any career field. ~ Zach