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  • Item #: 049847
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

  • Item #: 031007
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    With a similar mix of lessons, tests, practice material, and games as Typing Instructor, this version is more accessible to younger kids and offers a fun, motivating and effective way to learn typing skills. There are 160 touch-typing lessons which cover all the basic keys (letters, numbers, symbols) on either a standard or a split keyboard (except for the 10-key number pad). There are ten different typing plans, each geared to a different age group. Regardless of the plan they are following, each student learns the keyboard by taking a tour of "Typer Island" and visiting five different lands as they journey to the Castle. As students journey through Old West, On the Water, In the Air, Over the Edge, and Under the Sea, they'll learn new keys and complete exciting challenges (usually timed) like typing to shoot words out of the sky, racing a Viking ship by typing words as quickly as possible, and typing words printed on sharks before they eat you! The activities build upon each other so students can't move on until their skills are ready. The changes in scenery add a lot of variety to the lessons, but you can still rely on helpful features including visual instruction with the 3-D guide hands and keyboard. Accuracy and speed (WPM) are also tracked throughout, with students getting instant feedback on their performance, and earning rewards as well.

    Of course, the arcade-like games will be the most fun to the beginning typist! The further students advance in the program, the more games will be available to them. Once they make it through all five lands, students capture the Castle, which opens the Lost City, a new addition to the program that provides two new games. While capturing the Castle and exploring the Lost City are the ultimate goals of the game, students earn treasures and points all through the program, which keeps them motivated and entertained. Students can also visit Explorer Isle at any point to play their favorite games (except for Lost City games), using only the keys that they have covered already. They can also visit Story Lagoon and practice typing one of 40 familiar stories, including fairy tales and classic literature. With this program's careful progression, interesting storyline, high-quality animation, 30+ games, multiple skill levels, and English/Spanish instruction, it's no wonder it is the winner of so many prestigious educational awards. This one comes highly recommended, folks

    Please note that software comes in a paper sleeve, not a box. There are two versions available; one is designed for Windows or Mac and one that is only compatible with Windows. Both are compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 while Win/Mac version is also compatible with Mac OSX 10.4 or higher (including Snow Leopard). Rachel

  • Item #: 045999
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    System requirements for Windows: Windows 10/8/7, Pentium® P4, 580 MB Hard Drive Space, 800 x 600 16-Bit or Higher Display, 16-Bit Sound Card, Speakers or Headphones

  • Item #: 012240
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    This fun and easy program is guaranteed to improve your typing ability. It is organized into lessons, tests, and practice material. "Next Step" lessons put you in command of the keyboard, and you use proven teaching methods, such as double and repetitive key-stroking to learn faster. It includes 10-key techniques and instructions for a split or standard keyboard. 3-D graphical hands help guide the student. Tests reinforce the skills that are practiced and provide a measurement of progress. These timed tests provide levels of advancement and make it fun by providing colorful photos and music. After completing any of the typing material, you get immediate feedback on your speed and accuracy with charts and graphs that allow you to see your progress and identify your weak areas. Multimedia presentations on the CD-ROM include the "History of Typing," which gives you a new perspective of the invention and development of typing and teaches the best hand and sitting positions. One of the awesome features on this CD-ROM is something called the Magazine Rack. It includes material from over 300 books, short stories, and articles that you can use to practice your typing with. Also, an Internet site has been designed for this product. New lessons, tests, special exercises, additional articles, and practice material are available to download when you want to use it. My favorite part of this program is the Virtual Adventures section. In this section, you can choose from ten fun games to improve your keyboard or 10-key skills. You have to type quickly and correctly to succeed in these fun games that make you forget you are improving your skills. The games include Sea Adventure, Flotsam Fighter II, Xtreme Typing, Gone Fishin', The Wild West, Tomb Typer, Cliffhanger, Diamond Glider, Typer Shark, and Erik the Viking. This program is for anyone who wants to improve their typing skills and doesn't mind having some fun along the way. Please note that this software comes in a paper sleeve, not a box. Minimum system requirements (Windows ONLY): Windows 7, Vista, XP, ME, 2000, or 98; 50 MB RAM; 580 MB Hard drive space. Rachel S.

  • Item #: 046000
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    System requirements for Windows: Windows 10/8/7/XP, 580 MB Hard Drive Space, 800 x 600 16-Bit or Higher Display, 16-Bit Sound Card, Speakers or Headphones. For Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (including Lion), PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel Core Duo Processor, CD-ROM Drive, 580 MB Hard Drive Space, Video Card with 32 MB of Video RAM, 1024 X 768 Resolution, Speakers & Mouse

  • Item #: 008368
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    System Requirements:

    • -Power PC G4, G5, or Intel Core Duo processor; 800 MHz processor or higher
    • -Mac OS X 10.4 or higher including Lion
    • -CD-Rom Drive
    • -580 MB Hard Drive Space
    • -Video Card with 32 MB of video RAM
    • -1024x768 resolution
    • -Speakers/headphones and mouse

  • Item #: 070865
    ISBN: 9781945841026
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 037519
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    Children today tend to be more technologically savvy than their parents and even older siblings. Yet the importance of learning the foundational skills remains. This engaging typing program has been uniquely created for young typists. Through the charm of various Disney characters, children are taught to use their "magical typing skills" to reach the palace. Whether freeing the Princess from the hedge that has engulfed her to the typing games found at the Palace Faire, children will be motivated to learn the typing skills necessary as the delightful, enchanting stories unfold. Children will practice their typing skills through various Disney stories including Pinocchio, Tangled, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Princess and the Frog, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

    The CD-ROM provides ten typing courses to reach all skill levels, visual hand guides, progress reports and hundreds of lessons and challenges. Your children may beg you to play Mickey's typing adventure (shhh, the educational value secret is safe with me!). Powered by the time proven Typing Instructor. Personal License: Install on up to 2 computers and not to exceed 5 family members. Internet access required to activate. Computer requirements: Pentium 4, Windows PC-Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or XP. 400mb Hard drive space, CD-Rom drive, 16 bit sound card, and speaker/mouse. Mac requirements: Mac OS 10.6 or higher; Power PC G4/G5 or Intel Core Duo Processor, 500 mb Hard drive space and speakers/mouse. Both require 1280x768 16 bit or higher display. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 058931
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Mavis combines award-winning typing instruction, animated teen instructors, and a fun learning environment to help your kids master their keyboarding skills. Features 3 skill levels, 250 lessons, 200 practice session topics, and 10 games; and it provides detailed tracking of your student's progress. Tech support is available 24 hrs if you have any trouble. Here are the system requirements: Windows: Windows 7, Vista, XP S3 (admin privileges required.) Mac: 10.5 or higher. You will need speakers, a keyboard and a mouse. ~Sara

  • Item #: 004196
    ISBN: 9781933407906
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.95
  • Item #: 065299
    ISBN: 9781506221342
    Retail: $44.99
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    With this text, students will get extensive review via print and digital formats that comprehensively approach the newly revised SAT. This massive book provides two printed practice tests which clarify answers by categorizing question types as well as explaining how to correctly achieve the answer. Learn Kaplan's tips and strategies to specifically approach each subject section (including the essay portion) with goals for higher scores. Kaplan has determined how often certain topics occur in the test as well as their corresponding point value. This SmartPoints analysis helps students best triage their study prep time. The included DVD provides strategy tutorials from expert SAT teachers. Registering for the digital resources provides access to a mobile version for tablet/smartphone, 3 practice tests, two official past exams, and live, instructor-led prep sessions. © 2016, 1039 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 056836
    ISBN: 9781615383580
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    Whenever you feel the urge (or need) to run through a few Latin declensions, now you'll have no excuse. This CD/DVD set provides just the right sort of "help." Cheryl Lowe (Memoria Press' veteran Latin author and instructor) leads the recitations for declensions, conjugations, adjectives, and adverbs – or, in other words, all Latin grammar forms. Use this CD in the car or at home. The DVD has a power-point type listing of the recitations and might help keep your visual learners oriented. Forms come up in columns and, as they're recited, the accented syllable is changed from red to blue type. This useful set could be used with any Latin program, not just the ones from Memoria Press, and the coverage is so broad, it will last through all the years of Latin study.

  • Item #: 017108
    ISBN: 9781145304109
    Retail: $45.75
    Rainbow Price: $38.95

    Modern second language acquisition has a different focus now than in past years; newer computer courses emphasize speaking & listening over the older reading & grammar method. This book is old school Spanish, literally. It is reprint of an original Spanish text for American students from about 1923. The old book was scanned, so the print looks vintage. If you are a fan of old textbooks or are learning Spanish but prefer a more traditional method than a computer, here is an option. The lessons assume you have a fluent instructor and begin with the alphabet and basic sounds. 610 pages walk you through basic grammar, ser & estar, formality, numbers, time, pronouns, comparing, negative, subjunctive, conditional future and more. By the end of this book, you will have covered about the same content as a modern first-year Spanish course. It is not the engaging & interactive presentation many students are accustomed to, and there is no audio component available. That said, the language instruction is solid. A glossary in the back serves as a handy reference. This book would be hard to use without some level of fluency in the student or instructor, but I like the charm of the old type and no-nonsense explanations. 610 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 031196
    ISBN: 9780195168082
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    Please note that this Teacher Handbook is 2nd edition and the student textbook and workbook is revised 3rd edition. However, the content is still compatible. Illustrations, reading passages and exercises are unchanged between the student revised 3rd edition and the 2nd edition teacher book. However, pages for further reading and specific illustrations referenced in the teacher book are off slightly, but the material is still easy to find in the student book. This is a good option if you strongly wish to use a print teacher's book. Alternatively, a downloadable PDF of the teacher material is also available for use with the revised 3rd edition student books by following the instructions below:

    Instructions for downloading the PDF of the Instructors Manual (3rd ed):

    1. Open your web browser and go to http://global.oup.com
    2. Choose "United States"
    3. Click on "Academic & Professional" in the options bar and choose Academic & Professional in the drop-down list
    4. In the Search Bar type "Athenaze" (or you can type in the ISBN number from the student book)
    5. Click on the book you need the teachers materials for (in our example, we chose Athenaze Book I)
    6. Click on "Companion Website" (underneath the picture of the book)
    7. Click on "Instructor Resources" (menu list on the left)
    8. Fill out the "Request Access" form. Your username will default to your email address; type in a password you wish to use; then retype the same password to confirm; and click on "Institution/School" at the bottom, and type in "homeschool." Submit the form and then send an email to arc.support@oup.com explaining that you have submitted a Request Access form, that you are a homeschooler and, therefore, there is no institution listed, and that you have already purchased your student materials.
    9. Your access information should be emailed to you within 24 hours
  • Item #: 024275
    ISBN: 9780970877055
    Retail: $13.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    A common marketing expression years ago was "Ask the man that owns one," the idea being that someone who has lived with something over time knows it pretty well. Who better then to share their experiences with you than Rick and Marilyn Boyer, parents of 12 children who began their home education experience in 1980. They have experienced the rewards and challenges, highs and lows, kudos and questions that arose from raising and educating a large family.

    This book offers encouragement. The first section deals with making the decision to home educate and opens with the chapter "Of Course You Can." Rick (the primary author) addresses teacher credentials, time constraints, financial limitations, and social pressures. Chapter 2 reviews the biblical principals involved concerning child training, with the third chapter focusing on clarifying your goals, motivation, and training methods for successfully educating your children.

    Part 2 gets into the nuts of bolts of home education, starting with the curriculum and materials to be used. Next comes the structure of the training – when and where do we work with the student, what type of learner is each student, which subjects should I focus on and at what age, what testing is appropriate. And, how do I make learning fun and interesting, so that the student really wants to grow in wisdom and knowledge?

    The last 6 chapters address peripheral but important issues – spiritual training, appropriate discipline, where does Dad fit in if Mom is the primary instructor, socialization, preparing for a career and the advisability of college.

    Many books of this ilk are chock full of the author's personal experiences and cute stories about their kids. To their credit, the Boyers clearly present their beliefs and preferences without getting into a lot of family history. You will find many quotes from and references to the Bible, practical advice and a good summary of their home education experience, and the idea that ordinary parents can produce extraordinary children. 271 pg, pb. - Bob

  • Item #: 046237
    Retail: $130.00
    Rainbow Price: $112.95

    Jacobs' math courses – Elementary Algebra and Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding – are known for their clear explanations and strong, college-prep math. However, they've lacked the depth of teacher support (complete solutions manuals and teaching videos) available for other courses, making them less user-friendly for homeschoolers. The Ask Dr. Callahan series ends that! Each set of DVDs provides approximately 12 hours of lesson lectures that parallel the respective texts. Concepts are illustrated and problems (similar to those in the text) are worked on a white or black board behind the lecturer. There is an occasional use of illustrative videos which provides a break from the teaching environment. Solutions for assignment problems are not worked on the DVDs. The general feel of these DVDs is unscripted and casual rather than slickly professional. Dr. Dale Callahan is the instructor for the Geometry DVDs. The Algebra course is taught by Cassidy Callahan, who is also the author behind the Elementary Algebra Solutions Manual – a new publication from Jacobs - which shows solutions for all problems. In addition to the support offered to confused students by the DVDs themselves, there is more. Both courses are supported online via email answers (askdrcallahan.com) and the website also has a support page that answers common questions and is constantly expanding. One interesting aspect of the Geometry DVDs is the parallel that is drawn with logic arguments which occasionally include examples of biblical apologetics. Some basic equipment is required to complete the geometry constructions in that course. We'll be adding a set soon that includes this equipment: a compass, 6" ruler, 180 degree protractor, 45 degree triangle, 60 degree triangle, automatic pencil, eraser and spare leads.

    Both DVD sets come with a printed Teacher's Guide that includes a course syllabus, tests (more about these in a minute), a test grading guide and grade sheets. The Geometry tests are selected problems from the text with answers in the Jacobs Teacher's Manual. The Algebra tests come with a complete solution guide for the test problems. ~ Janice







  • Item #: 046238
    Retail: $130.00
    Rainbow Price: $112.95

    Jacobs' math courses Elementary Algebra and Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding are known for their clear explanations and strong, college-prep math. However, they've lacked the depth of teacher support (complete solutions manuals and teaching videos) available for other courses, making them less user-friendly for homeschoolers. The Ask Dr. Callahan series ends that! Each set of DVDs provides approximately 12 hours of lesson lectures that parallel the respective texts. Concepts are illustrated and problems (similar to those in the text) are worked on a white or black board behind the lecturer. There is an occasional use of illustrative videos which provides a break from the teaching environment. Solutions for assignment problems are not worked on the DVDs. The general feel of these DVDs is unscripted and casual rather than slickly professional. Dr. Dale Callahan is the instructor for the Geometry DVDs. The Algebra course is taught by Cassidy Callahan. In addition to the support offered to confused students by the DVDs themselves, there is more. Both courses are supported online via email answers (askdrcallahan.com) and the website also has a support page that answers common questions and is constantly expanding. One interesting aspect of the Geometry DVDs is the parallel that is drawn with logic arguments which occasionally include examples of biblical apologetics. Some basic equipment is required to complete the geometry constructions in that course. We'll be adding a set soon that includes this equipment: a compass, 6" ruler, 180 degree protractor, 45 degree triangle, 60 degree triangle, automatic pencil, eraser and spare leads.

    Both DVD sets include a Teacher's Guide that includes a course syllabus, a test grading guide and grade sheets (either in printed, bound form or as pdf files that can be printed at home). The Geometry material provides an alternate testing option utilizing problems from the text, making the test book optional.~ Janice





  • Item #: 014454
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $186.00

    You can always trust Calvert School to give you a comprehensive course packaged with all the bells and whistles. In this case, it's a lap harp, triangle, and flutophone. Intending the student's musical education to go beyond "textbook" learning and to experience the joy of music-making, everything is provided: instructional DVDs, an easy-to-use teacher's manual, and instruments. Short (about 10 minutes), instructional video segments – 32 in all – cover the basics of music: each family of instruments and the orchestra, introduction to the various components of music – rhythm, melody, tempo, and dynamics – and an introduction to several important composers as well as introductory instructions for playing the included instruments. All instruction is interlaced with enjoyable music – sometimes classical, sometimes folk tunes, sometimes instrumental, sometimes vocal. Students are encouraged and empowered to sing and play along. The well-designed teacher's manual makes it easy – even for the non-musical parent – to incorporate a fun, musical element into school days. Each lesson (one per week) lists objectives, provides words for sing-along songs, introduces the video segment, and follows this up with teaching instruction (well delineated but not scripted). Instrument instruction and practice is labeled "Performance Activities" and accompanies each lesson, as does an Activity Sheet. [Although the copyright does not allow for the reproduction of these sheets, it would be easy to complete them orally or to cover with a clear sheet protector and complete with dry erase marker in order to keep the manual as a non-consumable.] Sheet music is provided for the lap harp. The teacher's manual includes instructions for the flutophone. Musical scores for the various songs are also included.

    This course is so complete and thorough (not to mention a fun and enjoyable introduction to music) that I hate to include any caveats, but I feel compelled to present a complete and accurate picture of the course. The Melody Lane setting - reminiscent of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood – has a slightly dated appearance. Likewise, there are little reminders that video production has greatly improved in recent years. For instance, the vocal music instructor has a lovely voice and engaging manner and obviously knows her material thoroughly. However, I personally found it distracting to realize that she was not actually playing the piano accompaniment (only "playing" the air above the keys). Young children are much more forgiving on these types of idiosyncrasies and would probably just be focused on making music! [Wooden Lap Harp dimensions: 12" bottom; 7" top. Flutophone is 11," plastic, with seven holes. Metal Triangle is 6".] ~ Janice

  • Item #: 015532
    ISBN: 9781891155000
    Retail: $59.95
    Rainbow Price: $49.95

    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this CD-ROM product from eMedia. The program is so thorough and complete, with so many extras. It is designed for someone with no prior knowledge, and seems as though it would be extremely easy to pick up and begin with - very user friendly.

    The program consists of six chapters, each divided into several lessons (165 in all). The first chapter starts out with the basics - how to use the various features of the program, types of guitars, stringing and tuning your guitar, finger positioning, chord reading. After you know all that, you get right into the music. You continue learning chords, which are clearly pictured and well described, with one accompanying song and/or exercise to practice. The chords used are always pictured on the same screen. As you learn more chords, the songs involve more chords and there are practice exercises for changing chords smoothly. After every few chords you learn, there is a quiz and an exercise incorporating them. As you get further into the course, there are lessons to educate you in other aspects of the guitar, such as accents, syncopation, double strumming, and notation. By the end of the sixth chapter, you will be able to play over 50 songs of varying styles, including hymns, blues, classics, rock, and other genres. Most of the songs in the lessons are classic examples, such as "Greensleeves," "Amazing Grace," and "Skip to My Lou," but there are a variety of other songs too, i.e. "Downtown Train," "Rock Steady," and "La Bamba."

    As if these lessons don't sound wonderful enough, there are many additions worth mentioning. First, three different buttons are displayed on many of the screens. One is a picture of a video camera. When you click on this feature, a box pops up with the instructor and his guitar, and he talks and shows you what he is doing. This provides a helpful visual for some of the harder concepts, such as strumming, new chords, accents, and double strumming. Next, there is a button with a person shown speaking. Clicking this button allows you to hear the instructor offer short tips and practical suggestions. The last button is my favorite. The audio button appears by all of the songs and exercises. When you click this, the music is played through slowly so that you know what it sounds like and you can play along with it. The chords flash red as they are played so you can follow along. Sometimes the instructor suggests ways to embellish this feature, such as playing in rounds with the audio clip. Yet another added bonus is an animated fret. When you play the audio clip, a picture of the fret pops up, and the strings and fingers of the chords are highlighted as they are played so you can see what your fingers are supposed to be doing as you play. There is also a chord dictionary in case you want to see all of the chords or look up a particular one.

    Also the program suggests list of songs that you can find on the internet at one site. Each time you learn some new chords, there will be a screen devoted to listing a collection of various songs using only those chords you've learned so far. There are so many additional songs here, I think this was one particularly good addition. If your computer has a microphone, other features will come in handy. You can play your guitar into your computer's microphone and it will record and play back the song so you can hear you play. A new instant feedback feature even highlights notes in green that you play correctly - as you play the song! The microphone will also allow the computer to help you with your tuning. An appendix at the end aids you in a further study of notes, sharps, key signatures, and other little tidbits of information. Is this great or what?

    In summary, the sound quality is extremely good, very clear and easy to understand, and the lessons are incredibly simple and well laid out. The program is designed to use in lesson order, but someone who has some knowledge would be able to skip around and use a specific lesson to work on a practicing a particular skill. System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, 16 MB of RAM and 40 MB of free hard disk space; Mac OSX 10.4 or later, 16 MB RAM, 83 MB of free disk space.

  • Item #: 070866
    ISBN: 9781945841064
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.50

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 070868
    ISBN: 9781945841040
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $25.95

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: GFWTMC
    Retail: $108.80
    Rainbow Price: $66.25

      Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 070864
    ISBN: 9781945841125
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

       Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: GFWTMS
    Retail: $55.90
    Rainbow Price: $33.95

      Eagerly anticipated for years, Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind is a sequel to Susan Wise Bauer’s First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. For those wanting a definitive English grammar that will cover all aspects of this (troublesome) language and who are willing to devote the time and energy necessary for mastery, this program will not disappoint. It provides a user-friendly, comprehensive, and thorough roadmap through all the nooks and crannies of basic grammar, usage, and mechanics and into advanced English skills (detailed analysis of complex sentence structure). The author confidently states, “A student completing four years of this program will have all the skills needed for the study of advanced rhetoric – persuasive and sophisticated writing.” I believe it.

      The series is built on three guiding principles, the elements of classical language learning. First, students need to understand and memorize the rules of language. Next, they need meaningful and valuable examples of every rule and principle. And finally, they need to practice in order to incorporate these rules and principles deeply into their oral and written communication skills. In keeping with its classical roots, this program provides rules and definitions with lots of opportunity to memorize them along with excellent examples and plenteous exercises for mastery. For the first level in the series, there are four program components– the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules and Core Instructor Text (both non-consumable), Student Workbook 1 (consumable) and the Answer Key for Student Workbook 1 (non-consumable). We expect Student Workbooks and Answer Keys for each of three subsequent years.

      Serving as both a resource and a reference to be used each year of the four-year series, the small-ish (7” x 8.25”) Comprehensive Handbook of Rules is indeed both comprehensive and a rule book. It contains all the principles that govern the English language as well as examples of each. Included are parts of speech, sentences, parts of sentences, dialogue and quotations, capitalization (summary of rules), punctuations, documentation (Turabian method), and sample conjugations. To give you an idea of the scope, nouns are covered thus: types, capitalization rules, gender, plural formation, noun imposters, and nouns that serve as other parts of speech. Each is clearly illustrated by examples that come from great literature (often classic but sometimes contemporary). In the verb section, there is a helpful five-page verb summary chart that provides active and passive formation with examples for four verb tenses (indicative, modal, imperative, and subjunctive). An index is provided (thankfully). Although a key component of the Grammar for the WTM series, it could easily be used as a reference by anyone wanting a solid, definitive English grammar resource.

      The Core Instructor Text is the scripted teacher’s book for the entire four years. All rules and examples as well as teaching notes explaining the ambiguities and difficulties of each grammatical construct are built into student-teacher dialogues. There are question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons. Including reviews, the expectation is lessons on 4 days a week for 36 weeks. It helps to have an understanding of classical methodology to appreciate what is here. Essentially, each of the lessons contains a single theme that will be repeated in each of the program’s four years. The idea is that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped but through repetition and through four years of exercises, mastery of both concept and applications will be perfected. The instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues. That means a significant time investment will need to be made by the teacher (I’m guessing 15-20 minutes per lesson) for each of the four years. While this may seem a bit daunting, remember that everything is scripted (i.e. provided for you) with little to no teacher prep and that you will also gain familiarity with the dialogues as you progress through the years.

      The Core Instructor Text interacts with the Student Workbook. Whenever a rule, definition, information, or a sample sentence is needed as part of the teacher-student dialogue, it is provided in the Student Workbook (SW). The SW also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises – some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key. The key contains reproduced exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain or clarify the answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work much of the time and to discuss any discrepancies they find between the answers and their own work.

      Review is built into the program in several ways. Routinely, as part of daily dialogues rule/definition content from previous dialogs is repeated/reviewed. Additionally, regular exercise reviews are built into the courses. Every three weeks the student lesson provides six exercises that review what was covered in the previous three weeks. Toward the end of each Workbook (i.e. Lesson 27), the reviews double (twelve exercises) and become cumulative (back to the beginning of the course). These reviews are completed over the course of the week with every fourth week as a review week. There are no other formal assessments.

      The general idea of this series is unusual. Teacher dialogue is identical from year to year. Difficulty of the exercises increases over the course of the year (particularly after Week 20) and students may find it difficult to complete Workbook 1 in a single year. However, exercises from year to year are comparable in difficulty. Subsequent years can be completed more efficiently than Year 1 due to familiarity with the rules, definitions, and exercise expectations. This means that a student can start on Workbook 3 (if others in the class or your homeschool are in the third Workbook). However, they are strongly encouraged to go back and complete the first two workbooks. Mastery/proficiency is based on four years of interacting with the material.

      Many of us have wondered what Ms. Bauer’s approach to Grammar would be. Thoroughly classical and rigorous, yet user-friendly; this program steps into the void and will be welcomed. Comprehensive Handbook of Rules – 95 pgs, hb. Core Instructor Text – 387 pgs, pb. Workbook – 579 pgs, pb. Answer Key – 417 pgs, pb. ~ Janice