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  • Item #: 059861
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    1,2,3,4,5,6 six colorful math games in one sturdy box! Students practice numbers 1-20, 1-100, place value 0-999, and addition and subtraction skills as they play the variety of games. Numbees features a hive on the board where each hexagon on the board holds a number between 2 and 17. Players start in the middle of the board, spin the spinner to show + or 1 to 3, and then move to the appropriate spot to make their way out of the hive. 1-100 Tracks is reminiscent of a train-themed Chutes and Ladders board as players spin the spinner to move up to 9 spaces. Landing on an arrow takes you up or down by 10. The Great Snail Race has two players rolling a die to race to the finish; certain spaces allow children to add or subtract small numbers to jump. In Place Value Round Up, players roll the die and move that amount of spaces, and then round the number on their new space either up or down to the nearest ten. Each ten holds a special instruction to follow if you round to it, such as moving extra spaces forward or backwards. Number Dominoes have children match addition and subtraction facts to numerals and pictures. The last game is really more of a manipulative, holding different colored hundred, ten, and one cards on a ring, each with 1-9 in order to create numbers up to 999. The bottom card has a visible tab that has hundreds, tens, and units written on it, so students can see which number is in which place. Parents and teachers can use it to play "Guess My Number." Most pieces are made out of thick, coated cardboard to last though many uses.

  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
    Retail: $32.95
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    Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

  • Item #: 028609
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    In order to track your progress around the world as you read, this program suggests attaching story disks to a world map to mark where each story took place. Although ready to color disks are provided at the back of each book, this set comes completed, saving you the work. 55 colorful, laminated disks represent each story covered in the first three FIAR volumes. Disks come in a laminated sheet, ready to be cut out.

  • Item #: 006891
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    Finally, a puzzle that isn't flat! In fact, it's quite the opposite. It is a sphere! This means you'll be twisting it quite a bit in order to complete the puzzle. There are many different tracks inside the sphere, with obstacles along each. Follow the numbered path, and keep trying! It'll take more than one attempt to complete this challenge, and there seem to be many dead ends. Almost every angle, side, and rotation will be needed to move the little metal ball to the end... maybe if you rotate it, you can make it- oops! It fell off! It's fun to play it on your own or race against a friend with another Perplexus. I must warn you, however: it's completely addicting. You'll never want to let go of it once you start. ~ Stephen

  • Item #: 065096
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  • Item #: 020928
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       Now there is a Bananagrams Game for the younger crowd. This set comes in a green canvas banana pouch that zips shut. There are 80 letter tiles, 13 combination letter tiles, and instruction sheet. Letter tiles have a nice feel to them, the right weight, raised lowercase letters, and a raised baseline so children know which is the bottom. Letters are white on a colored background, vowels are yellow, and letters that are similar (b/d, p/q, m/w) are in different colors to prevent confusion. Combination letter tiles are vowel teams (yellow), word families (vowel in yellow, consonant in blue or red), and digraphs (red). To play the game (1-4 players): 1) Lay all the letter tiles facedown in the center of the table; 2) All players take 15 single-letter tiles; 3) Everyone turns their tiles faceup and races to arrange them in their own word grid; 4) The first one to use all their tiles wins. The tiles can be used to play other games with younger learners – spell your name, abc’s in order, letter match, and more. “Peel” your banana and get started with some “Bananalicious” letter fun! 1CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 065102
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  • Item #: 044677
    ISBN: 9780977732302
    Retail: $24.95
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    Mastery of basic math facts is the goal of this 232-page reproducible book. Unlike other books, counting and the tricks taught here are to aid in the memory of the facts, not used as a substitute. You will need a set of math flash cards to implement the program, unless you want to make up your own. You can start at Tier 1 with a beginning student or begin wherever needed with a remedial student or one who already has mastered some of the facts. There are six tiers in the book; beginning with the second, all math facts from previous tiers are reviewed. Each tier section begins with a page of instructions and information for using the worksheets within. For each math "trick," corresponding math fact cards (flashcards) are assigned. Math fact cards should be added to and practiced daily. The tiers are not organized by number sequence (first introducing all +0, then all +1 facts, etc.), but by ease of learning for children. So, in Tier 1, the following "tricks" are presented: Number +1, Doubles (1's, 2's, 5's), Backwards 1; Doubles (1's, 2's, 5's, 3's); Zero; Doubles (1-5); Doubles Subtraction; Right Next to Each Other; Doubles Subtractions; 2 Ladder. In between pages that introduce and model the tricks are review pages, making the program very incremental and "fail-proof". Text is clean, problems nicely spaced, and both horizontal and vertical forms are practiced. A Record-Keeping Checklist allows students to track their progress through the tricks and tiers. The Math Facts Baseline Recorder lists all 81 addition and subtraction facts. As facts are mastered, they are circled on this sheet.

    One of the major selling points of this book for me is that corresponding subtraction facts are introduced right alongside the addition facts, rather than treating the memorization of subtraction facts as a separate skill. In my experience, subtraction and division kind of just come along with memorizing addition and multiplication tables. The other is that it looks like it will accomplish the goal. Too often, kids don't quite master these tables and must resort to counting up, skip counting, using their fingers, or consulting a calculator. This adversely affects their computational speed which will increase their frustration and be a hindrance in timed tests. It's best to "bite the bullet" and commit these to memory. If your child is just starting into math facts, or struggling with them, I highly recommend this volume. Once you finish it, you'll be ready for Five Times Five Is Not Ten by the same author.

  • Item #: 023440
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    SmartMax has removed the danger of magnetic play for the very young. Even one and two year olds can put these animals together. The large magnetic bars are 4.5” long and medium bars are 2.75” long and metal balls (for joints) measure just under 2” diameter – no choking hazard. Animals come in two parts and your child will attach the front and back with a medium magnetic bar. My First Safari Animals (18 pieces) includes two parts for each animal – giraffe, lion, hippo, crocodile, elephant, rhino, and 6 medium bars to attach them.

  • Item #: 023404
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  • Item #: 003450
    ISBN: 9780976142584
    Retail: $11.95
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    Add a new dimension to your reading! These Mark-My-Time bookmarks have eye-popping 3D animal images (wolf, turtles or t-rex). Sorry, we cannot fulfill specific requests, but if you order more than one, we will try to assort.

  • Item #: 065092
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  • Item #: 064867
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    Fabulous quality, sheen and color selection! These metallic colored pencils by Faber-Castell® are by far my favorite and yes, I have my own set at home…hello, adult coloring books. The metallic pigment is impressively intense and shows up great on white or black paper with smooth bendability and pigment overlay. Kids, better make sure mom orders her own set or yours will go missing! Pencils feature a hexagonal-shaped barrel and are made of reforested wood. 12 count. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 042270
    ISBN: 9780486457376
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    Simple yet beautiful songs for the beginning pianist. Each book holds 20+ songs by the featured composer organized in the approximate order of difficulty. – Melissa
  • Item #: 022079
    ISBN: 9780982537718
    Retail: $21.95
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    Every once in a while, you come across a product that you wish you could have had when you were growing up, and those were exactly my feelings when I reviewed Ellen Johnston McHenry's introductory chemistry course. Geared for the upper elementary to junior-high age students, it introduces chemistry gently, comparing the elements, the ingredients of our world to common kitchen ingredients we use everyday to make many very different baked goods. The analogy kicks off the first chapter, where they learn about the more common elements such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, analogous to flour, sugar, and salt, which are used in nearly everything we bake. More uncommon elements such as berylium, gallium, and selenium are compared to fruit, spices, and other add-ins that you might only use in special recipes. The periodic table is then introduced, in the more simplified (and less intimidating) format of the "Kitchen Cupboard of the Universe). The basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in each chapter, in a very simple, understandable format, and avoids bogging them down with details that will be covered (much more exhaustively!) in high school or college. The approach appears to work well, with protons, neutrons, electrons, the electron cloud model, orbitals, bonding, spin, and more covered in just the very first few chapters. Fun and interactive activities are featured at the end of each chapter, to review and reinforce what was covered in the chapter, before moving further on. The activities are a good mix of hands-on experiments, and model-making, puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, and of course short answer to write electron configurations, Lewis diagrams, chemical compounds and more. The hands-on activities have been well-chosen and illustrate well the concepts that have been learned. Constructing balloon electron cloud models and edible chemical compounds, creating carbon dioxide bubbles, and electolysis are several examples. Several songs are included, for those who are more auditorily oriented. Several more involved activities include making periodic-table pillowcases to play a game on, creating your own "collect-'em-all" chemical elements card deck, and performing several short skits on the discovery of several of the more common elements of the periodic table. Students are also challenged by the author to memorize as much of the periodic table as they can, to help make life easier when they revisit the subject (as well as impress their relatives at get-togethers). At only 78 pages of lessons, this is a fairly brief, but effective introduction to chemistry that could be easily worked into the academic year with any style of curriculum being used. Patterns, outlines, activity sheets, experiments, games, skits and more are included in the Teacher's Section in back half of the book activity packet. And, to make things easier on Mom, most of the materials are easily found, either around the home, or at your local Wal-Mart. (No poring over science supply catalogs trying to decide how many moles of a chemical to order!) A CD is no longer included with the book - instruction is given in the text to stream the songs from the publisher's website and prescreened youtube videos are referenced for additional information.

    All in all, this is a very well-done introduction to the basics of chemistry, and whatever your students take with them from this course will be well applied to more advanced chemistry, making their journey into more advanced chemistry all the more manageable. Plus, I think students will definitely be impressed with themselves for being able to complete some college-level chemistry by Chapter 3 of the book! Personally, my first real experience with chemistry was my senior year of high school, followed by the four semesters of chemistry required by my major, and I think both high school chemistry as well as introductory college chemistry would have been much easier to understand had I had some experience with these concepts at an earlier age. - Jess

  • Item #: 017102
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    Grab your boat and get ready to hit the high seas…or the bathtub, swimming pool, or beach! These fun little boats measure 5-3/4"L x 3-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H and include an adorable little duck captain figure. You’ll receive one of three assorted styles: green speed boat, blue launch boat, or orange race boat, our choice, but if you order more than one, we will try to assort. Tops are removable for easy cleaning and are interchangeable for mix and match fun!

  • Item #: 016028
    ISBN: 9781933241364
    Retail: $7.95
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    If your children have mastered writing their upper and lower case letters then they are ready for the next step! In this third book of the alphabet sequence by Kumon (after My First Book of Uppercase Letters and ...Lowercase Letters) your children will learn to link upper and lowercase letters while working on alphabetical order. These skills are enhanced with the help of fun games like connect-the-dots and coloring and tracing activities. 80 pages with full-color illustrations. – elise

  • Item #: 011603
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  • Item #: 025874
    ISBN: 9781930514416
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    Although this set of CDs is now published by Answers in Genesis, the tracks are in the same order. Disregard the references in the study guide to 'cassette tape numbers and sides,' and instead follow the divisions on the cds which are labeled by lesson titles.

  • Item #: 025153
    ISBN: 9781600225222
    Retail: $15.99
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    Roaming around the country to various homeschooling conventions, I've spent my share of time on historic Route 66. However, I've never seen the theme of Route 66 used in such a fun and productive way. Oftentimes Sunday School and Bible classes get in a rut of telling the same basic stories and doing the same activities over and over again. There's no danger of that when using this fun theme, because lessons and activities are provided for every book in the Bible. Students learn about each book (author, setting, etc.), as well as important stories and lessons within them. The book seems intended to be used in a Sunday school setting, with lessons divided into three 12-week units, but it could easily be used for a Bible class with just a student or two, or each activity page could also stand alone and be used to supplement other materials. Each lesson begins with a travel guide for teachers, which includes an overview of the featured book, key verses and stories in the featured book, warm-up questions, and ideas and suggestions to help with lesson planning. The lessons can require fairly small amounts of prep work, or you can go all out with the Route 66 theme; the material is pretty flexible. Three reproducible activity pages are included in each lesson, based on that particular lesson's book of the Bible. Activities can be completed with pencil or markers and include things like crosswords, word searches, hidden pictures, fill in the blanks, short-answer questions, and more. Fuel Up pages have short answer questions challenging students to read specific verses in the Bible to find the answers. Review pages (or Remember Where We've Been? sections) are provided at the end of each unit, which offer cumulative review questions for students to answer alone or in groups. The Route 66 theme helps students feel like they're really going on an adventure as they work their way through the 66 books of the Bible. There are even instructions and reproducible pages for making a Souvenir Scrapbook, which is a creative and fun way to keep track of what they learn. If you're looking for a fun way to educate your child or Sunday School group on each book of the Bible as well as the author, era, purpose, key verse, and the main characters and stories of each book, you should definitely take a look at this book. With all of the different components, your students are sure to get a solid overview of the Bible. By Christian Ditchfield, 192 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 022746
    ISBN: 9780753464205
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    Keeping track of all the different rules of those little dots, dashes, and squiggles can be challenging to a young writer. When do I use double quotation marks? When do I use singles? When do I use a comma before a quotation? Thankfully, this book is here to help. With quirky illustrations, it introduces the various marks as characters, with bullet points for usage and an explanatory paragraph from the mark's perspective. You'll be introduced to the list-making comma ("I'm the ref who steps in and brings order," he says), the Parentheses twins, and the Possessive Apostrophe – and you'll remember them, too. An excellent handbook for kids. 64 pages, softcover. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 022375
    ISBN: 9781933339917
    Retail: $19.95
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    Math understanding doesn’t magically occur when a child begins their academic years – kindergarten and up. Their brains are developing from the time they are born, and you, the parent, can do things to help with that development and lay the foundation as they approach kindergarten. Games – my favorite way to teach young children! This 100-page, softcover book is full of games to help your young child develop an understanding of number concepts – counting, comparing and ordering, recognizing written numerals, and beginning addition and subtraction. You may already be doing some of the activities found in this book, but this book lays out the content in a categorized fashion. There are seven chapters – counting to five, counting to ten, numbers from zero to five, numbers from six to ten, written numerals from 0 to 10, comparing quantities and numbers, and addition and subtraction stories. This isn’t a workbook, but a great resource for parents.

    Typically, you will be able to use these activities with a child who is about 4, but you know your child best and can begin when you believe they are ready. The author suggests that you do the activities in this book in the order they are presented, take as much time as needed with each, and a questionnaire at the end of each chapter will help you determine whether your child is ready to move on. Children may progress at different rates, so be patient as you work with your child. Most importantly, have fun while incorporating these activities into your child’s day. You don’t want them to hate math before they even get going strong. The activities use items from around your home or are easily accessible. You may want to put together a math basket with the following items: 20 small counters, resource pages from the back of the book, one nickel and ten pennies, blank paper and a writing tool. Additional items that may be used occasionally are: ten small toys, four stuffed animals, small blanket, two small paper bags, two regular dice, tape, two different small objects for game tokens, two different-coloring writing utensils, toy cups, plates, spoons, and play food items, dot stickers, small food items, large index cards, and small stickers.

    Use these simple activities to solidify your child’s math foundation and only spend a few minutes a day doing so. Get them ready for kindergarten math and have fun in the process. ~ Donna

  • Item #: SSRWL1
    Retail: $264.87
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    Considering the approach, ease of use, content, child-appeal, benefits, effectiveness and cost of all the phonics programs we were familiar with, Sing, Spell, Read & Write was our choice for personal use. We have used several programs and read about many others. Although we didn't use this program in total with our children (because we extended the spelling, used italic handwriting instead of ball and stick, etc.) we did find it the most used and useful of those we tried. AND the results were wonderful! If you're looking for something to really lay it all out for you, something that works, is easy to use, and will have your child singing the letter sounds in days, followed closely by actually reading...this is what we recommend! Here are some of our reasons:

    The "raceway" theme is very appealing and motivating to children, who love tracking their success via race car around a track as they complete the 36 steps to independent reading.

    The songs are unquestionably contagious - children will sing and sing and sing and learn their letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending vowels and consonants, and digraphs almost effortlessly - and enjoy it! That is, if you can bear to listen to it sung over and over, multiplied by x times the number of children using it throughout the years.

    The 17 phonetic, full-color storybooks cover all 36 steps, providing immediate, rewarding reinforcement for the decoding skill just learned. This makes good sense.

    The games are not just fluff, but real fortification of phonetic skills. They are more fun, however, if you can play with more than one child.

    The teacher training videos included in the set will greatly aid you in understanding/teaching the phonics program - and give you the confidence to do it!

    Included is a complete, phonetic spelling program dove-tailing with the phonetic constructs being learned and a complete handwriting program (if you use ball and stick manuscript).

    thick, four-color workbooks include grammar and creative writing

    phonics songs are contained in both cassette and CD formats

    The two workbooks and the assessment book included in the set are the only consumables in the program. Replacements must be ordered from the publisher.

    To be honest, we have just a few quibbles :

    1. Some of the tapes/voices are not as clear or distinct as a perfectionist might demand. Some may go a little too "fast" for your taste - notably the ferris wheel song used to practice blending sounds smoothly. For us, this was a plus, since we kept at it until we could keep up with the song, resulting in perfect blending!

    2. The "prizes" included are...well...rather cheesy at best and who needs 4 or 5 yo- yos, several plastic magnifiers, multiple thin plastic bracelets, and numerous plastic sack puppets? When using with one child, one of each would do nicely. To alleviate this, see our special offer below.

     

  • Item #: LRS2DN
    Retail: $62.90
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  • Item #: 299230
    ISBN: 9781606828939
    Retail: $0.00
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     Reading 3 Teachers Edition (3rd ed., 2 volumes) contains 180 lessons including the traditional story guides and provides phonics and literary instruction, literal and higher-order discussion questions, and prereading and postreading activities to meet multiple learning styles. A Teachers Toolkit CD is provided with the Teachers Edition, along with guides and novels for two BJ Booklinks – Case of the Dognapped Cat and These Are My People.

  • Item #: 072991
    Retail: $59.99
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    25-pc set includes battery-powered engine, car, load, 9 wooden track pieces, 5 specialty track pieces, 2 tunnel supports with cap, 5 elevated track supports.

  • Item #: 071369
    ISBN: 9781893791220
    Retail: $1.50
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  • Item #: 068792
    ISBN: 9781481436991
    Retail: $8.99
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       I love to find texture in children’s books; it adds a different dimension and a tactile experience to help them remember. A B See adds the texture to a beautiful, visual experience as children travel through the alphabet. On each page is one or two large letters of the alphabet constructed of pictures that begin with that letter. Run your finger over the letter to feel the bumpy, rough, or smooth textures of the letter: gentle texturing that’s just right for young and sensitive fingers. This is also a find-it book, with each letter is a line telling the child what to look for in the letter – “Panda peeks into a purple pocket.” The complete textured alphabet is found near the back of the book and six pages of words, in alphabetical order, of objects that can be found in the book. Walk with your child as they A B See their way through the alphabet. 32 pgs. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 066233
    Retail: $409.00
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    Early in our nation's history, the primary reason for education was to allow each person to read the Bible for himself. In the same spirit comes this complete first grade curriculum. While it incorporates history, science, art, and math, the heart of the program is phonics-based reading instruction with Biblical emphasis. This program was revised in 2013 and features a new title, changes to the teacher's manual and new package resources.

    Phonics instruction begins with a quick review of letter names and sounds using full-color alphabet flash cards, then follows with in-depth, step-by-step teaching of all phonics constructs. Phonics lesson plans teach new skills while reviewing previously-learned skills. By Lesson 31, students are able to read Bible stories in a special beginning Bible Reader. The reader uses a thematic approach to teach Bible history in chronological order from Genesis to Revelation. Students are expected to retell the Bible story, and then create a keepsake Bible notebook in which they summarize and illustrate Bible stories. (Linda used a similar approach years ago to teach Bible to our older children, and they enjoyed it very much.) Weekly memory verses selected from Proverbs help to develop character and handwriting at the same time. Hands-on projects are designed to help children understand the world of the Bible. These include creating timelines using the included figures, making Bible times costumes, and celebrating a Sabbath meal. Science focuses on the wonders of God's creation, and uses three Usborne books (Things Outdoors, Science with Water, and Science with Plants), which are included with the curriculum. Math incorporates hands-on activities, math manipulatives and a math workbook (Complete Book of Math Gr. 1-2). If you prefer a more serious approach to math (as we do), you can add another math program.

    The Deluxe Package includes the Teacher's Manual; student book; student worksheets; a Bible Notebook; Bible Reader; Complete Book of Math Gr. 1-2; My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions; Unifix Cubes; a small geared clock; addition and subtraction flashcards; wood pattern blocks; Pattern Animals; Things Outdoors; Science with Water; Science with Plants; Honey for a Child's Heart; Peter and the Wolf CD; Enjoying Art Together; and Drawing with Children. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 066232
    Retail: $446.00
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    Neither intensive nor too informal, this curriculum strikes an excellent balance in beginning instruction. Lessons focus on reading skills, but also incorporate math, science, Bible, art, character development, creative thinking and childrens literature. There are 26 thematic units total, with each unit taking five days to complete. Daily lessons will take 60-90 minutes.

    Beginning reading lessons are systematic and thorough, using tactile, visual and auditory methods to teach children letters and letter sounds. The corresponding letter flashcards are beautifully illustrated with animals and other items from Gods creation. Letters are not introduced in alphabetical order, but in an order to facilitate early blending into words (for early reinforcement of phonetic skills) and to correspond with elements of creation. (For example, S is introduced first along with a science lesson about the Sun. Students also construct a sundial, make raisins, paint a sun and see how, like the sun, Jesus is the light of the world.) Textured letters are integral to the lessons (see below), as are the flashcards. Handwriting is also incorporated as are various games, songs, drawing, cut & paste, and other reinforcing activities. By lesson 6, children begin blending letter sounds into simple words. By the end, they'll be reading simple stories. Each unit also has a recommended children's literature title. Math concepts include counting, writing numerals, charts and graphs, sequencing, comparing, classifying, ordinal numbers, fractions (whole and half), time, money, and simple addition/subtraction. Science topics match the illustrations on the alphabet flashcards and consist of objects that can be observed in nature.

    The Limited Ed. Package includes the Teacher's Manual; student sheets; alphabet flashcards, Lauri lower-case alphabet puzzle; What Really Happened to the Dinosuars?; For the Children's Sake; Cuisenaire Rods; Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet Book; Say Hello to Classical Music; an inflatable globe and the MFW Kindergarten Literature Collection with 26 stories to be used with the units. Ant Hill and Butterfly Garden kits are not included in the kits but highly recommended for customers in the 48 states. Both insect kits are also available from us separately.