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  • Item #: 001899
    ISBN: 9780395137192
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    The 1962 Newbery Medal winner. Angry and vengeful at the death of his parents, Daniel bar Jamin joins an outlaw band pledging to do all he can to rid the land of the hated Romans. But Daniel's life is changed after an encounter with a wandering teacher from Nazareth named Jesus. Could he be following the wrong leader? 256 pgs, pb. By Elizabeth George Speare.

  • Item #: 001754
    ISBN: 9780312380038
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    Chester Cricket from Connecticut is accidentally transported to New York in a picnic basket. Alone and afraid in a strange city, Chester is befriended by Harry and Tucker, a cat and mouse, who help him adjust to city life and discover his amazing musical talent that brings success to a failing subway station newsstand.

  • Item #: 035998
    ISBN: 9780988898998
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  • Item #: 005267
    ISBN: 9780988898905
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    This book should be on every homeschooler's desk (and I don't mean the bookshelf!). Rarely will you hear me be quite so emphatic, but this book is a treasure! Designed to be a companion to Teaching the Classics, a Socratic approach to teaching literature, and undoubtedly an amazing resource for those using that approach, it is also an incredible reference for anyone who wants flexibility in terms of teaching literature coupled with "just enough" structure.

    The authors identified 200 books for grades K-12 and then (in a wonderful spreadsheet format) annotated them with tons of information plot, conflict, theme, aids & devices, and alternate titles (other books that could be used). In short, it lists everything you need at your fingertips to supervise a comprehensive literary analysis of the book. As if that weren't enough, they further reworked that annotated information into six different curriculum models daily, weekly, monthly, six-week, quarterly, and seasonal. These different models mean that you can teach literature in whatever way you want. Want to focus on literature everyday? Want to conduct a short-term co-op course? Want to hit literature "hard" for a little while and then be done? This resource will help you plan and implement any of these scenarios.

    The usefulness doesn't end there, however. There are separate chapters on writing from literature, learning objectives by grade level, grading and assigning credits, and major historical periods in western literature. The writing from literature section gives a brief overview of writing assignments (what sort and how long) for the elementary, junior high, and senior high levels. On the other hand, the analytical essay is dissected very thoroughly and a helpful "tootsie-roll" diagram helps the student to see how the parts of the essay work together. Just as helpful is the model essay that illustrates the effective use of this diagram. The graded learning objectives for literature are quite specific and can be used as a scope and sequence or for developing lesson plans. I used high school literature texts as references when I wanted information about the history of literature, but to have that same information at my fingertips would have been a beautiful thing. 234 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 003360
    ISBN: 9780064408677
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    Sam Beaver is a young boy who loves nature, and unlike most little boys, has a deep respect for it. Although he lives in Montana, Sam is camping in Canada. He discovers a pair of trumpet swans building a nest on a lake. He observes them carefully, and comes to visit after their eggs have hatched. Trumpet swans may be the most glorious breed of birds. Besides being marvelously beautiful, they also have the ability to trumpet joyously. Well, all of them except for Louis. When the father swan brings over his children to show off to Sam, all of them give him a polite beep, except for Louis, who can't beep or make any other sound and instead just tugs on Sam's shoelace. When fall comes, the family flies south to Montana. Here Louis decides that he must learn to read and write so he can better communicate. He finds Sam and begins attending school with him. Louis falls in love with a beautiful swan named Serena, but not even his education compensates for his inability to trumpet his love. Then his father finds him a real brass trumpet. Will Louis be able to use the musical instrument to win Serena's love? 272 pgs, pb. By E.B. White; illustrated by Fred Marcellino.

  • Item #: 026537
    ISBN: 9780152047184
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    Virginia Sorensen has acquired the prize, "Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children," with this fine work. When Marly's father returns from the war, he is a different man. However, with a few days "syruping" out in the country, the treasured aspects of his personality begin to reappear. Near Maple Hill, Marly's family spends most of their time with the neighbors, the Chrises. Mr. Chris has so much to teach about syrup-making, plants, flowers, and animals, and Marly quickly comes to regard him affectionately. Since their short stays at Maple Hill are doing father so much good, the family is faced with the decision to reside there permanently. Marly considers all the miracles she has witnessed there as valid reason to stay. This is a wonderful story about family relationships, neighborly friendship, and all of the beauty that nature bears. It is a story which must not be passed up.

  • Item #: 001534
    ISBN: 9781416927839
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    Story centering on two children yearning for a horse - a certain, special horse and her foal, Misty. A good telling, describing a special relationship between horse and human.
  • Item #: 000227
    ISBN: 9780988898929
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  • Item #: 000225
    ISBN: 9780988898936
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  • Item #: 063998
    ISBN: 9780988898981
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    Studies include suggestions for six writing assignments.

  • Item #: 049663
    ISBN: 9780312564223
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    Not many children would want to face a blizzard, tramping through a forest with the snow coming down fast and hard. But, that's what makes this story unique. William Steig has captured a unique story of love and determination in Brave Irene. Irene's mother is a dressmaker who has just completed a dress for the duchess, which she intends to wear that very night. However, when her mother is too ill to deliver it herself, Irene volunteers to brave the snow to deliver the parcel to the palace. Along the way, Irene encounters several trials that hinder her mission. Will she succeed in the darkness and whirling snow and deliver the dress on time? Pb. – John

  • Item #: 049653
    ISBN: 9780916291266
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    Two Australians, Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, have crafted a heart-warming story of a young boy who befriends the residents of a rest home, especially one lady in particular, Miss Nancy. Wilfrid Gordon is told that Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and not knowing what that means, sets out on a journey to find it for her. Having lived Downunder, I enjoy that Fox and Vivas have captured a bit of Aussie life in the writing and illustrations. Pb. – John

  • Item #: 042559
    ISBN: 9780988898974
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  • Item #: 035999
    ISBN: 9780998322919
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  • Item #: 004235
    ISBN: 9780345339683
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    Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is chosen to help the dwarves recover their lost treasure. Adventure and journey follow in this fantasy about elves, dwarves, goblins, and other magical, mystical creatures by writer J.R.R. Tolkien.

  • Item #: 000753
    ISBN: 9781534414273
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    "Many, many years ago, in Sorrento there lived a boy named Giovanni who had no mother and no father. He dressed in rags and begged for his food and slept in doorways. But he was happy, and he could do something wonderful. He could juggle." This is how the old French legend begins. This clown who made people smile his whole life is sure to make you smile as well! Your heart will be warmed with the miracle at the end of the story as Giovanni does his last performance before a statue of Our Lady and the Christ Child. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator, and he has painstakingly reproduced this old story as close to its original telling as possible. Accompanied by Renaissance-inspired watercolor paintings that are full of vibrant color and cartoon-like characters. – elise

  • Item #: 000228
    ISBN: 9780988898943
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  • Item #: 000208
    ISBN: 9780988898912
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  • Item #: 041107
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    The Catapults & Crossbows Kit from Thames & Kosmos is great for studying the science of physics, or you can add it as a fun activity to your medieval history curriculum. Snap the plastic components together to assemble 5 different crossbows and 5 different catapults and trebuchets. The included manual offers step-by-step instructions for each model as well as information to conduct experiments with them.CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 030293
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    This bright cheery clock is shaped like a little red schoolhouse and features a carry-handle and two dials on the front so you can manually move the clock hands. Use it to teach kids how to tell time, or just for fun. A dial in the back allows you to wind up the clock and play "Grandfather's Clock." Measures 6" x 11" x 3."
  • Item #: 002784
    ISBN: 9781888827392
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    Homeschool teachers will go to great lengths to help their students overcome difficulties. Take Beverly Adams-Gordon, for example. An engineer and Montessori teacher, she left her teaching job to homeschool in an effort to solve her youngest daughter's severe spelling problems. Finding no suitable material, she thoroughly researched the subject and developed her own spelling curriculum.

    So what is different?

    • * It's all in one book. One purchase for all years for all kids.
    • * A chapter on research details the most effective methods of spelling instruction.
    • * Complete instructions for introducing, implementing and evaluating the program. Directions are given for adapting to different learning styles and ages.
    • * The program takes only 15 minutes/day.
    • * Extensive Word Lists are based on research done after 1979 of most frequently used and misspelled words. Word lists used in most other programs are based on lists created in 1915 or 1947. Two lists are provided, with 5,000 and 12,000 words, respectively.
    • * General and specific placement tests start each student right where he needs to be.
    • * Program is based on phonics and spelling rules, not phonics alone.
    • * Review is built into the program which uses a "spiral" approach (repeated and spaced review) similar to the approach Saxon takes in it's problem sets.
    • * Directions for over 100 games and activities are included which concentrate on specific skills and make spelling more interesting. Most are individual or partner games, but some can be played by up to 6 players.

    Now available in its 4th edition. Spelling Power retains all of its award-winning effective procedures, but it is more user-friendly with larger type and more graphics. Easier to read and less intimidating, there is also improved organization of resources. The 4th edition Spelling Power package includes access to the Teacher's Online Resources on the publisher's website and an updated Quick Start DVD seminar. The Quick Start DVD provides a personal step-by-step introduction to using the Spelling Power program featuring author Beverly Adams-Gordon who explains each step as "real" homeschool moms and students demonstrate. The Teacher's Online Resources includes printable forms, searchable word lists, charts, printable Activity Task Cards, bonus activities, and the Digital Spelling Tutor which allows you to create spelling lists for multiple children, offers learning, drill and testing activities, tracks several children's progress, allows you to create and print progress reports, and can be used with any spelling word list.

    Spelling Power provides the most thorough coverage of spelling that we have seen. This one is a "classic."

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

  • Item #: 023532
    ISBN: 9781579121488
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    This book brings the culture and beauty of orchestra music to children by sharing the history of the art, describing the instruments involved, giving fun facts about different composers and music, and providing samples of the music on the accompanying CD. Orchestra Bob, a cartoon gentleman, is the guide through the book. The first half of the book tells about the different composers of orchestra music, and the second half describes the physical layout of an orchestra and the different instruments involved. The first half is broken into the Baroque, Classical Music, Romantic, and Modern Eras, highlighting famous composers from each time period. The book describes how this music became part of and affected each era and shows how each composer affected orchestra music. Orchestra Bob points out when to play certain tracks on the accompanying CD, which give famous samples of many of the composers' works. The book does a good job of highlighting the importance of each composer, but it does not give a thorough biography of each life, more of a general description of the way they affected the art and a list of their greatest works. Colorful text boxes, fun cartoon illustrations, and famous quotes make the book interesting and fun to read, and the music from the CD lets children connect the composers with their creations. The second half of the book covers the instruments themselves and is broken down into string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, as well as keyboard instruments. Readers see an illustration of an orchestra and then go on to learn about the specific instruments involved. The book explains how each instrument is played, points out special features, and gives some details of each instrument's history and development. In this section, Orchestra Bob instructs readers to listen to special tracks on the CD which provide examples of the music made from featured instruments in actual works from different composers. He also points out how to listen for the different instruments that have been discussed. This section is as colorful and fun as the first, with actual photographs of each instrument covered. An index of composers and musical terms is included, as well as a list of the 41 musical selections on the CD (over an hour of music). It provides a great way to listen to the music of the orchestra while simultaneously learning about the history, instruments, and composers. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 005790
    ISBN: 9780064400558
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    Fern keeps her father from killing Wilbur, a runt pig. Later, when Wilbur is full-grown, Charlotte the spider saves Wilbur from the butcher knife and brings him county-wide notoriety. A beloved classic by E.B. White.

  • Item #: 068876
    ISBN: 9781619991392
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  • Item #: 010029
    ISBN: 9780393253627
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      The 4th edition of this Classical favorite updates all product information (eliminating products which are no longer available and substituting new favorites for previous recommendations). The general organization and structure of the book is the same, although a new introduction/overview section on homeschooling high school has been added.

    If you're looking for some real guidance in product/curriculum selection for providing your child with a "classical" education, here it is -- down to the titles of the books and where to find them! These ladies have very clear recommendations for each subject area, both for elementary through eighth grade and high school levels, and they're anxious to share them with you. Written by a mother and her daughter (a second-generation homeschooler), the book provides what many are looking for - concrete, specific recommendations for materials to help in providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive education. Using the trivium as their pattern for education, the book is divided into sections by stage: the Grammar stage (grades K through 4), the Logic stage (grades 5 through 8), and the Rhetoric stage (high school). They wrote this book after coming to the conclusion that "if you want your child to have an excellent education, you need to take charge of it yourself. You don't have to reform your entire school system. All you have to do is teach your own child." And they, very capably, supply you with the when, what, and how of it all from there.

    Jessie Wise taught her daughter, Susan, at home, using the classical method. And Susan, a literature professor at the college of William and Mary in Virginia, uses it with her own three sons. Their experience and knowledge of materials has enabled them to provide us with both a clear explanation of the theory behind a classical education and the means to implement it. Each part of the book begins with a very good description of that stage, how it differs from the others, and what your priorities should be. Then, subject by subject, and grade by grade, they provide much advice about what to teach, schedules for teaching, and many, many curriculum (text and non-text) recommendations. Later sections of the book address socialization, character, time management, grading and record keeping, standardized testing, athletics, dealing with your local school system, getting help (when needed), going to college, working, obtaining materials, and starting in the middle. Appendices list home-education organizations and other resources. Parents who want to provide this type of education will find much support in this volume. Revised in 2009.

  • Item #: 066198
    ISBN: 9780945084327
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    If you would like a story that gently reminds us that honesty is the best policy' you will enjoy this book. First copyrighted in 1954, this reprint tells of a young man named Shan, who thought a penny wasn't a big deal. Bringing used sacks back to the local store would bring a penny a bag a lot of money for that time. Shan knew that one of the sacks had a hole in it, but he wanted ten cents for ten sacks, so he could get a chocolate bar and lemon soda. There are consequences to our actions even cheating someone out of a penny, and Shan finds this out. A Penny's Worth of Character is a quick and easy read, but teaches a lesson we should learn for a lifetime. 60 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 055991
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    Included is a Teaching Line to help beginners control their balance.

  • Item #: 052953
    ISBN: 9781615381517
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    20 lessons that teach outlines, variations and paraphrasing using fables as short, narrative examples. The goal is to learn how to use words to so engage the imagination that the idea is believed by the audience. The Student Book provides space to complete most assignments (although some final drafts are to be completed on separate paper). 105 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 007946
    ISBN: 9781600512438
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    Includes 12 lessons, 9 of which are chreia (short essays or remembrance that praises the author of a saying and shows why the saying is useful) based on sayings (proverbs) from historical figures: King Solomon, King Arthur, King Alfred the Great, King Canute, Two Medieval Poets, Francis of Assisi, Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Godiva, and King Richard III plus 3 introductory lessons detailing the process of writing a chreia. Utilizes skills learned in previous books and teaches the six-paragraph essay.