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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 Written in 2011, this book is not an outdated tome from the sight-reading era.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 #: 054540
    ISBN: 9781936706709
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    2nd edition also includes instruction on writing numbers 0-9 and handwriting strokes.

  • 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 #: 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 #: 036289
    ISBN: 9781930953734
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    Serving both as an explanation and a defense of the curriculum offerings from Memoria Press, this little book (181 pgs.) also presents a scope and sequence along with daily school day plans and a subject-by-subject outline for a complete, classical K-12 course of study in the home or private school. Emphasizing the difference between current definitions of classical education and his own definition of a more consciously Latin-centered classical education, author Andrew Campbell gives a brief history of education from the Roman/Greek cultures through the modern neoclassical revival being careful not to condemn the efforts of others toward a classical revival. Starting, as one might expect, with Latin, Greek, and logic, other content areas – English studies, classical studies, Christian and modern studies – are combined with sections on arithmetic, science, and mathematics. It also provides a working plan for utilizing the growing number of excellent Memoria Press courses. Janice

  • 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 #: 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 #: 007970
    ISBN: 9780877848103
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    This book by Peter Kreeft takes such a unique approach to the abortion debate that people will enjoy reading. In it, Socrates has traveled in time to modern Athens to discuss the issue of abortion with a variety of people. He first talks to a doctor who performs abortions, then to a philosopher at a pro-choice convention, then to a psychologist who is also pro-choice. Socrates uses his logical technique to avoid emotional arguments and discuss rational objections to abortion. He makes some pretty good points while talking to experts in the abortion field. The discussions read like a play, with lots of bantering and fun dialogue. Lots of humor is added to keep the reader from growing tired of the debate, but the topic is still approached seriously and scrupulously. Some of the questions debated include "Is abortion a woman's right?" "When does human life begin?" and "Should we legislate morality?" A great book for anyone interested in logical and philosophical arguments against abortion. 156 pgs, pb. - Rachel

  • Item #: 038239
    ISBN: 9780967991597
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    When it comes to problem-solving strategies, who hasn't heard of the "guess and check" method? This handbook of math strategies by Edward Zaccaro offers some innovative and easy-to-apply strategies such as the "Think 1" method. If the following problem (One bag of cat food will feed 3 cats for 40 days. If I buy 2 more cats, how long will one bag of cat food last?) makes your head hurt, then you definitely need to learn how to "Think 1." What I like about this book is that the author really takes his time explaining each strategy, and he also makes it fun by using cartoon characters. Each new strategy is then followed by lots and lots of practice. In fact, the practice problems are even separated into 5 levels of difficulty – Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Einstein Level, and Super Einstein. This enormous book is divided into 17 chapters: Think 1, The 2-10 Method, Sometimes You Must Subtract, Draw a Picture, Venn Diagrams, Language of Algebra, Solving Equations, Solving Algebra Problems, Logic, The Power of Ratios, Function Machines, Don't Be Fooled, The Eccentric Mathematician, Permutations, Understanding Bases, Who Wants to be a Googolillionaire, and Contests. The last chapter, titled Contests, does not teach a new strategy but contains even more pages of practice organized into 4-5 problem math contests. 320 pgs. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 030105
    ISBN: 9780887431487
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  • Item #: 021537
    ISBN: 9780486450742
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    There are a lot of Sudoku books on the market; however, this one is geared towards children from ages 8-13. It contains 48 puzzles with interesting illustrations for hours of fun. No math skills are needed, just reasoning and logic. The first 24 puzzles use the numbers 1-4, and the remaining 24 puzzles use the numbers 1-9. The instructions are at the front of the book to get you started, and the solutions are at the back. 64 pgs, pb. - Stephanie A.

  • Item #: 020495
    ISBN: 9780974361635
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    For those of you who want to teach using the classical method, the authors of this book, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, have long believed and implemented this in their own homeschool. In this book they combine their knowledge and experience to present a spiritual and philosophical foundation and a practical program for Christian homeschooling in the classical style. The first four chapters discuss the reasoning and logic of teaching with classical education, a discussion of why parents should be in charge of their students' education, problems with classroom (public) schools, and an explanation and description of what the trivium is. The next three chapters study one element of the trivium each - language, logic, and rhetoric. Each chapter presents the topic, arguments for teaching it, guidelines for teaching, where to start, what children should be learning at appropriate age levels, and other tips and advice for incorporating these core subjects. Chapter eight follows the same basic format, delving into the study of literature. In chapter nine, the Bluedorns offer principles for the study of historical literature. The following chapter provides lots of advice and help for different methods and approaches to homeschooling in light of the trivium, such as the Charlotte Mason approach, unschooling, unit studies, and others. Part two of the book, The Practical Trivium, hold chapters listing things children should do at particular ages - ten things to do with students before age ten, ten through twelve, thirteen through fifteen, sixteen through eighteen, nineteen and onward, and finally the last chapter, Life's Goals Begin at Home. Appendix one includes 16 different articles discussing the trivium, education, and other related issues. Appendix two provides an thorough resource list, outlining general resources and those for language arts & English, rhetoric, literature, history, government, law and economics, languages, mathematics, logic, Bible and theology, philosophy, science, art and music, and other miscellaneous resources. While you may not agree with all of the personal philosophy in this book, if you want to teach from the trivium and are looking for a guide to implement a classical education in your homeschool, this is a very complete and thorough guide from experienced authors. - Melissa

  • Item #: 016068
    ISBN: 9781936706228
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  • Item #: 014217
    ISBN: 9780894559112
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    A brand new starting point for the Building Thinking Skills series, the Beginning course is intended for children ages 3 and 4. Pages are brightly colored and uncluttered, with exercises that look fun for kids this age to do. Basic skills covered include colors, similarities and differences, geometric shapes, inference, measurement, problem solving, and analogies. At a deeper level, two pages at the beginning show which exercises relate to physiological development and cognitive skills such as visual tracking, auditory processing, and fine motor skills development, among others. If you were to find an area that needs attention, you could focus on the exercises on these page numbers. No manipulatives are required with this book; however, some of the exercises show geometric shapes that look like attribute blocks. It would be easier and more fun for the student to have these available during the lesson, and if you go on to Building Thinking Skills Primary, you will need them anyway. sc, 218 pgs.

  • 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 #: 010885
    ISBN: 9780486214832
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    A selection of the best Oriental and American tangram problems. Range in difficulty from easy to almost frustrating. Solutions (thankfully) are included.

  • 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 #: 003584
    ISBN: 9781887823388
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    "For People Who Can't Even Draw a Straight Line," "No Talent Required" - hey, this woman knows me! From Sandra Angelo (Discover Art), comes this easy self study guide and workbook that, using a simple, four-step drawing system, transforms your skills from barely beginner to accomplished artist in a few easy lessons. I like the directions to "begin at the beginning and work your way through the book sequentially," nice and simple. It's full of irreverent pearls of wisdom, like "The race goes not to the hare but the tortoise" and "those who don't give up succeed," and (my personal favorite), "Talent is REALLY not necessary." Sandra gives us a short introduction that would give hope to even the most drawing-challenged person. If you draw for 45 minutes to one hour per day, you can finish this book in 60-90 days (if you're in a hurry to improve). Otherwise, plan on spending longer relative to the amount of time per day you can allocate to drawing. Next, a materials section acquaints us with the "tools of the trade" - some basic equipment we need to gather before jumping in. Then on to the instruction. Some of this book is reminiscent of the Draw Today program, especially the use of grids for beginning artists. As promised, the instruction is super-easy to follow and all the work can be done right in the book. Instruction progresses logically from seeing and drawing shapes, to lines, to shading, creating texture, gradation, hatching, and plenty of good practice in a lengthy additional exercise section. The methods and exercises look great, and, if I didn't have a lot to do..... But, someday, I'll actually have some time each day to use this! In the meantime, I'm hoping many aspiring artists out there will benefit from Sandra's instruction. 150 pgs. in all, with 130 black-and white photos and 25 line drawings - including plenty of "before" and "after" testimonials to show this method really works.

  • 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 #: 000421
    ISBN: 9781593631437
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    Next in sequence, this book presents a challenging array of investigations into the similarities between two things, building vocabulary and critical thinking skills. All of these are word analogies.

  • 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 #: 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 #: 000114
    ISBN: 9781601441508
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  • 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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