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  • Item #: 053041
    ISBN: 9781936706211
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    Denise Eide passionately believes that mastery of English (literacy) could be greatly simplified by:

    Understanding that there is a method behind the madness; English is systematic (at least 98% of the time)

    Learning and embracing the rules of this system

    And here I thought this was common knowledge. Now I understand why Spelling is one of our largest-selling areas. I was not aware that, according to the National Report Card, 34% of fourth graders cannot read and 68% are below proficient. Apparently, this has gone on for some time since 48% of all adults are also not proficient readers, according to the same report. The author also bemoans the fact that "intensive phonics is saved almost exclusively for students who struggle". Written in 2011, this book is not an outdated tome from the sight-reading era. Apparently, this is the current state of affairs in the country at large. The author firmly believes that the cause of the problem is that the structure, the logic, of English is not understood or taught. This not only hinders reading, writing, and spelling skills, but results in discouraged children who become illiterate adults. In writing this book, the author hoped to demystify the English system for parents and teachers, helping them turn the situation around in our nation. I think she has succeeded in this volume. Her presentation is comprehensive, clear, and well-organized. Helpful charts and tables punctate the concise text, lending additional structure and simplification to the narrative. A list of tables in the front helps you find specific information quickly. The book concludes with appendices that sum up most of the material in lists or charts providing a handy, ongoing reference.

    While I hope most homeschoolers have used or are using an intensive phonics program, this book would be an excellent refresher and reference. If you are one of the many homeschoolers whose children were taught to read in the public school system, you need to get this book and read it. Then you need to teach the rules of the English system to your children. If your children are past the phonics stage, but still having trouble with reading or spelling, this book will help you back up, understand the system, and get your children back on track. And, if you are just starting to teach your children to read, you will want to read this book first. Then, for more direct teaching materials, see the Logic of English program from Pedia Learning, inspired by this volume.

  • Item #: 048478
    ISBN: 9781880045152
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    A helpful resource that provides an alphabetical list of high-frequency words as well as commonly misspelled words.

  • Item #: 054540
    ISBN: 9781936706709
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    2nd edition also includes instruction on writing numbers 0-9 and handwriting strokes.

  • Item #: 011196
    ISBN: 9781615382187
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    If you ever wanted ALL the grammar rules in one place, here you go! Providing rules for capitalization (10), punctuation (15), and 150 grammar facts, these are presented in a logical and systematic sequence. Designed to teach (memorize through a catechetical method of oral recitation of questions and answers) about 30 grammar facts per year. This manual can be used to prepare the grammar stage student for the logic-level skills of diagramming and analysis. Or, you could use it as a reference book. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 003767
    ISBN: 9781929683543
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    This is the junior version of the Wordsmith program. Grades 4-6 are an ideal time to teach your kids the "tools" of writing. Of course, at that age, if it isn't fun, kids don't want to learn. Wordsmith does a great job of introducing vital writing skills in a fun and enthusiastic way. Throughout this workbook, students pretend to be writers for the local newspaper. Fun comics are interspersed throughout the book to "instruct" your child on the concept they are learning. The lessons will cover sentence review, paragraph writing, reporting, creative writing, and expressing opinions. These skills are covered in three different sections of the book. Part one introduces nouns, verbs, and basic sentence structure to your children. Some of the projects in this section have your child write an invitation, a thank you note, haiku poetry, and four-sentence captions - just to name a few. Part two focuses on modifiers and more complex sentences. Here your child will create some advertising, work on editing, and write a book review. Part three moves on to organizing sentences in a logical fashion and reporting skills. Some of the projects your child will do include writing sports stories, giving household hints, composing a news article, and creating a comics column. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of every project to help them complete it independently. Answers are printed in the back to help you correct their work. This spiral-bound workbook has black-and-white text and illustrations. 85 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 019773
    ISBN: 9780974531519
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    Sequel to The Fallacy Detective, this is by the same authors. While the first book focuses on recognizing bad reasoning, this book offers thirty-five lessons for strengthening your reasoning skills. The chapters provide you with tools for thinking, tools for opposing viewpoints, and tools for science. Within these chapters, you'll find lessons on when not to argue, finding the premises and conclusion, determining primary or secondary sources, circumstantial evidence, keen observation, brainstorming, analyzing data, and much more. This book is formatted much like The Fallacy Detective, with plenty of clear examples throughout the lessons and lengthy exercises following each lesson. Answers included, 234 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 000114
    ISBN: 9781601441508
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  • Item #: 054591
    ISBN: 9780920656662
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    Beautifully illustrated and user friendly for novice sky gazers, this book will quickly become a family favorite! Conveniently divided into three sections, each topic is presented through a two page spread. The first section, Cosmic Voyages, takes you on a ten step voyage from the Earth to the distant reaches of the universe. Section two, Alien Visitors, provides close-up views of our solar system, planets of other stars, nearby stars, black holes, quasars, and a cursory look at aliens and UFOs. The final section, Sky Gazing, provides beginning sky gazers the "nuts and bolts" necessary for a successful astronomical experience. Some evolutionary content. 72 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 064828
    ISBN: 9781600512933
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  • Item #: 055827
    ISBN: 9781936706266
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  • Item #: 064829
    ISBN: 9781600512940
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  • Item #: 034045
    ISBN: 9780590447874
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    No Sherlock Holmes here. Meet Dr. Haledjian, a famous detective who catches unnoticed details and can see through any witness's tale to determine the truth and bring the real criminals to justice. Each of the seventy-nine cases only takes a minute or two to read; but trying to solve the case can take a few minutes of investigation as you think through all the details described to Dr. Haledjian. Even after a few minutes, you might reach a conclusion as to "whodunit," but you might have to check to see if your detective skills are on the mark. Lucky for you, Dr. Haledjian has solved the case in a matter of seconds, and his accurate conclusion is printed upside-down so you can easily check to see if you were right. Trust me, these cases aren't so easy! I've tried my hand at several of them and they are pretty tricky. These cases are a great way to work on reading comprehension, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Are you ready to match wits with a professional detective? Time to find out if you are a modern day Sherlock or Watson! 158 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 030105
    ISBN: 9780887431487
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  • Item #: 025644
    ISBN: 9780806996196
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    This collection of whodunit mysteries takes the reader along with Dr. Quicksolve as he names suspects, accuses murderers, finds murder weapons, and disproves wild stories. You have to be quick - and an attentive reader - to catch these clues! 42 short mysteries are included here, (with solutions, in case you get stuck). Some are more difficult to solve than others, but don't give up! Otherwise, you'll look at the solution, smack your head and wonder "why didn't I think of that?  I knew that!" 96 pgs. ~ Jess

  • Item #: 021561
    ISBN: 9780764144592
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    From the publisher Barron's is another quality book to simply make learning easier for you. Let me run through with you all that this comprehensive and logical spelling program covers: a 10,000 word ready reference spelling list; chapters on why to bother spelling correctly, why spelling is so difficult, why we misspell, how to become a good speller, and mnemonics; the section covering rules for spelling, which is broken down further to detail better spelling by ear, some special problems (-sede, -ceed, and -cede etc), prefixes, confusing suffixes, plurals of nouns, the final-y, the final-e, doubling final consonants, and the difference between British and American spelling; English as a second language; special devices such as the hyphen, the apostrophe, capital letters, and spelling abbreviations; and troublesome words like homonyms and homophones, word building, most frequently misspelled words, demons and superdemons, science and technology, computer terms, and medical terms. From the theory behind different aspects of spelling to the technical how and with what - I don't think they skipped a single step in teaching spelling. The chapters are clear, and they teach using many examples. Exercises are included throughout the book, and there are seven achievement tests in the back of the book to help test progress. Answers to all the exercises and tests are also included in this book that really does make spelling look like an easy thing to learn. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 013919
    ISBN: 9780894557927
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    If your child already has a basic understanding of analogies but still needs to work on the more complex aspects and needs practice, this book is for you. It contains 10 child-friendly lessons with examples that explain how to do the assigned worksheets. Each lesson comes with worksheets that get progressively harder to enhance skill development. The lessons in this book are entitled Seeing Relationships, Classifying Word Pairs, What is an Analogy? Clues to Reading Analogies, Classifying Analogies, Classification Analogies, Comparative Analogies, Descriptive Analogies, Completing Analogies, and Writing Analogies. The book also includes an Analogies Game to add some fun and assist in learning. ~ Rachel S.
  • Item #: 006384
    ISBN: 9780890515099
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    An all around guide to creation science, I was impressed with the wide variety of subjects the book touches on. Using a fairly common question to start off each chapter, it then delves into various subjects for detailed answers. For example, the book starts off with the question, "Is There Really a God?" It then talks about how order is always taken as a sign of a creator and how information can't really rise from non information. The questions range from such creation-related topics as the doom of dinosaurs, gap & ruin reconstruction theory, distant starlight, why Christians shouldn't accept billions of years, and hybrid theories. The questions are approached scientifically, biblically, and logically. Clear, relatively concise answers mean that this book is kind of a crash course in Intelligent Design. While there are books that deal specifically with fossils, or specifically with hybrid creation/evolution theories, this is an excellent book to get you in the loop with creation science. Written by Ken Ham and various creation scientists, it is 378 pgs, softcover. A revised and updated edition of the Answers Book. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 004094
    ISBN: 9780967991542
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    Edward Zaccaro takes a different approach to what is needed to be successful in the fields of math and science. He looks at catastrophes and disasters of the past and how they are linked to thinking errors. He sites the Challenger explosion as being avoidable had management listened to the mathematical data of the engineers. The ten things he refers to in this book are things we don't generally teach, but they are very important. They are: Math and Science Will Tell You the Truth, Your Mind Can be Fooled (Counterintuitive Thinking), Occam's Razor (the most basic or simple reason), Mistakes and Frustration are a Part of Learning and a Part of Life, It is Important to Keep an Open Mind, It is Important to Maintain a Healthy Skepticism, Don't Be Fooled by Statistics, You Must Know the Difference between Cause and Correlation, Ethical Decision Making and Bias is Everywhere. These aren't typical topics we think of as being associated to math and science! Zaccaro uses a comic strip to present the idea for each chapter. He then uses cartoon characters throughout the chapter as he makes his point. Each chapter ends with 3 discussion questions. Over 50 stories are included to show children the strong connections between mathematics and science and the real world. 242 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 001615
    ISBN: 9781930092242
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    Noah Webster, a master of the English language, wrote a phonics program called the Blue-Backed Speller. Christian Liberty now provides us with an updated version of the book that was a standard for reading instruction in years past. Concepts are presented in a logical progression, starting with short vowels, then a combination of consonant, short-vowel sounds, then practice words and sentences. Phonics rules are provided throughout, and there are a few teacher helps in the back of the book.

  • Item #: 000415
    ISBN: 9781593630461
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    Understanding analogies is important in all subject areas and facets of life. A major section on most standardized tests, it's also a skill essential to communication. This beginning book relies on both pictorial and verbal exercises to introduce analogous thinking to younger students.

  • Item #: 016068
    ISBN: 9781936706228
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  • Item #: 008374
    ISBN: 9780393080964
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    So you've read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and you're pleased by its information, guidance and practical curriculum suggestions. However, while reading it you may have thought, "I wish I had been educated this way, I guess it's too late for me." In the Well-Educated Mind, Susan focuses on the adult, and her premise is that it's not too late; you can have a Well-Educated Mind. Susan's focus is on helping the adult learn to read great literature. This book is so much more than a list of suggested reading. In fact, the suggested reading doesn't come until after Susan presents significant information on why it's important and how to go about it.

    Yes, the trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric is presented as well. Would you expect anything less from this author? Susan discusses why it is important for children to be taught properly in all three stages and if you were not, how as an adult, you can compensate and learn to read great literature. Susan's goal is to equip her readers to be able to learn self-education to train and fill their minds.

    For people who question their ability to read difficult material, the book states, "If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's sonnets or Jane Eyre." Susan says, "Reading is a discipline, like running regularly, or meditating, or taking voice lessons." Just like working through a training regimen to become proficient in sports or music we must learn technique and train our minds to effectively tackle the great books.

    Susan does not lecture from an ivory tower, but shows she can relate her understanding of real-life challenges to making time for the pursuit of reading. Her references to her struggles help make me feel like she understands real-life. These include the lure of TV after a long day, "just to vegetate for a few minutes, before I try to use my brain," or the call of email (including spam deletion). She includes a whole section on how to create a realistic reading schedule on your weekly calendar. A helpful section is including on training our minds to move from light reading and skimming for facts to more serious reading which leads to understanding. This "how-to" section includes information on reading mechanics, journaling, questioning and literary terms, all with examples. The book then progresses to six literary genres: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science with instructions on how to read each type. After each genre is a listing of literature with comprehensive summaries and the best versions of the books (with ISBN information). This new expanded and revised edition includes great 21st century works as well as essential readings in science. The selected reading lists usually have both a literary and a historical purpose. The Well-Educated Mind is a great resource that provides those adults who have a nagging sense of missing something in their literary education the practical techniques and guidance to regularly read and enjoy great literature. Jerry

  • Item #: 000420
    ISBN: 9781593631222
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    Covers analogies, relationships, deductive reasoning, problem solving, and organizing information. Lots of variety and interesting activities.

  • Item #: 219337
    ISBN: 9781591663843
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    Professor Van Dusen, A.K.A. the Thinking Machine, is an amazingly smart intellectual who is the main character in all the stories. He uses "simple" logic to find hidden treasure, solve crimes, escape from jail, and more. With his love of common sense and the complicated mysteries he solves, the Thinking Machine will be adored and respected by readers and logic-lovers. Includes 10 mysteries in all. 194 pgs.

  • Item #: 071221
    ISBN: 9781942154211
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  • Item #: 071220
    ISBN: 9781942154198
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  • Item #: 070348
    ISBN: 9781615386413
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     Designed to meet the needs of families transitioning to Memoria Press from other educational pathways, this curriculum manual incorporates the first half of D'Aulaire’s Greek Myths, Latina Christiana, States & Capitals, Christian Studies I, and English Grammar Recitation I which are started in grade 3 and completed in grade 4. While the pacing may be faster than your current program, families may find it helpful to start grade 4 earlier than your other children to ease the transition or allow two weeks to complete the 1-2 weeks of assignments. Allowing an extra week is only temporary to help the student transition, with the goal of following the schedule as written as quickly as possible. pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 067737
    ISBN: 9781942154136
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  • Item #: 067736
    ISBN: 9781942154778
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  • Item #: 064393
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      This fun challenge game improves spatial visualization and critical thinking skills. The 3D plastic pieces range in shape from traditional forms (cube and half circle) to zigzags and arrows. Select a card from one of three difficulty levels. The left side of the card shows the puzzle pieces to use; the right side shows how the built structure should look from some perspective (overhead, from the side, etc.). Game includes 15 puzzle pieces from 1.5” to 4.5” wide and 40 double-sided cards. For 1 or more players. Directions are in English, French, German, and Spanish.