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  • Item #: 050091
    ISBN: 9780977836901
    Retail: $17.95
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    Follow one family's experience through homeschooling and get a glimpse into the brilliance of every child. Go with the Brown family as they make decisions concerning education and the years of research and educational experience that lead to the development of an award-winning school and homeschool. The hope of the author is that all would discover the brilliance in children and turn their challenges into strengths. The content of this book goes against everything traditional about education, testing, labels, and classroom structure to bring out the best in our children. Read this book if you dare, and challenge your own thinking about what educating a child should be. - Donna

  • Item #: 068702
    ISBN: 9781539610519
    Retail: $34.50
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  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
    Retail: $27.50
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  • Item #: 007552
    ISBN: 9780316289122
    Retail: $15.00
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    On the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, young Horatio Hornblower sets to the sea for the glory of England. Horatio is unschooled in seafaring, so he must learn the ways of the sea quickly. This enthralling tale takes him through his first duels, storms, and other challenges as a midshipman in the British Navy. Ultimately his first naval adventure teaches him enough to embark on more glorious exploits. (Note: Occasional mild language.) This is the first volume in the acclaimed Horatio Hornblower series. By C.S. Forester. 310 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 001657
    ISBN: 9780794510763
    Retail: $15.99
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    Science in the elementary and middle school years is not complete without an abundance of hands-on activities, in my opinion, anyway. Whether your family uses one of the many fine science curricula available, unit studies, or unschooling, this book will become a frequently turned-to resource to enhance science concepts. Containing 22 categories of experiments, detailed steps, explanations, colorful illustrations, and internet links, there is much here to enhance your studies. The following is just a sampling of things children will make: varied crystals, a wormery, a compass, invisible ink, a butterfly feeder and much more. Other activities include children will see DNA, float an egg, separate mixtures, test their sense of taste and numerous others. The book concludes with an overview of the scientific process and encourages children to do their own scientific research. A glossary and list of experiments make it convenient for parents/teachers to quickly find the right activity to correspond with the day's lesson. SC. 96 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 046833
    ISBN: 9780977468539
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    …and transcripts aren’t the only thing made easy! Janice Campbell has a gift for taking each aspect of homeschooling a high schooler and showing that the task CAN be done and can be done with a minimum of vexatious worry. Starting at the beginning, Mrs. Campbell talks about when to start planning as well as the flip side of that question – what to do if you haven’t been planning and high school is almost over. What to study, standardized testing, and time management all receive a brief but thorough examination. With the transcript as the focal point, Mrs. Campbell covers record keeping (and its tools) naming classes, grading (including how to grade ethically), awarding credits, weighting grades, and figuring a grade point average. Since transcripts aren’t just for the “traditionally homeschooled,” (whatever that is) you’ll find information here for preparing transcripts for unschoolers, the chronically relaxed, and special-needs students. This isn’t just general information, either, as she gets very specific in terms of transcript (and diploma) text. In fact, she takes you step-by-step through the process of creating several different types of transcripts in your word processing program. Transcripts, of course, are just part of the bigger picture of college admissions, and the book provides helpful information on this topic as well. With frequent references to data gathered from college admissions personnel, she gives their perspective on all aspects of the admissions process – an extremely useful perspective. Samples of transcripts and diplomas as well as many reproducible forms (reading and activities logs, class profile, subject worksheets, and blank transcript forms) are provided. Janice

  • Item #: 058624
    ISBN: 9781937645076
    Retail: $19.95
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    There are a number of important inclusions for a book that claims to be a guide to home school teaching methods. Fortunately, this one delivers. In a lively, conversational tone, the author considers reasons for homeschooling, different homeschooling methods, family and individual factors such as personality and learning styles, schedules, and putting it all together into a workable plan. Peppered with experiences from her own family and many others she interviewed, the result is an enjoyable read, a practical how-to handbook, and an inspirational and motivational journey into the depths of homeschooling.

    Don't think that Ms. King-Christison has produced a book just like all the others, though. She goes places others have not. For instance, while Waldorf and Montessori education are sometimes mentioned in terms of homeschooling, this book gives a thorough examination of these two methodologies and even contrasts them. When covering learning styles, she also delves into multiple intelligences and shows their relationship to homeschooling. While recognizing the existence of faith-based reasons for homeschooling, she maintains that homeschooling is more about promoting core values alongside the other reasons (avoiding standardized education, providing a challenging and dynamic environment, and managing special needs and developmental issues). And, for the record, the author does make reference to her faith and to the faith-based orientation of some homeschooling approaches, but these references are not exclusively Christian.

    The author's assessment of educational methods and approaches is one of the most succinct, yet information-full that I've seen. For each method – and she covers Montessori, Waldorf, Trivium, Charlotte Mason, and Unschooling in depth – she looks at its history (how it came to be), guiding principles (the heart and soul of a method), defining characteristics (tell-tale signs), what the critics say (and why you should listen), the homeschool spin (how it might look in your home), activities (tips to try and home), and ideal for…(families that are a best match). Her thorough coverage provides some valuable angles of perspective.

    Resources include booklists, online resources, and a whole collection of planning worksheets that you can either reproduce from the reduced copies in the book or download printable pdf versions of from the publisher's website.

    This book will get you started well in homeschooling – or give you a shot in the arm if you're a bogged-down veteran. Pick it up and take a look. You'll be glad you did. 297 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 045857
    ISBN: 9780983099666
    Retail: $15.95
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    We had a customer request for this book. The first reviewer in our office after spending a little time with the book suggested that it was a new approach to homeschooling – somewhere between classical and the principle approach. Another remarked (without a close look at the book) that she thought it was associated with unschooling. Actually, both observations have merit. Sometimes called Leadership Education, the goals of an education styled after that of Thomas Jefferson seeks to teach its students how to think and prepare them to be leaders in their home and communities, entrepreneurs in business, and statesmen in government.

    The author describes four phases of learning: Core Phase (years 0-8) when learning is the product of the structure and flow of family life providing a rich learning environment and a culture of self-education. Love of Learning Phase (ages 8-12) requires exposure to many areas of human knowledge, high standards of quality, and areas of exploration and skill-building. Scholar Phase (ages 12-16) when the student is ready to apply a new level of effort to personal academic achievement through the process of commitment and accountability and is exposed to a variety of options in materials and classic works. Depth Phase (ages 16-22) marked by a profound hunger to prepare for oncoming responsibility and future contribution to society.

    In America today we have three types of education – conveyor belt (move everyone along on the same track teaching them what to think), professional (prepare for a particular career teaching them when to think), and leadership education (prepare to lead teaching them how to think). The first two are based on the myth that it is possible for one human being to educate another. But author Oliver DeMille says “No!” Teachers teach and students educate (themselves). And a Thomas Jefferson Education is all about students becoming excited about learning and applying themselves to their own education. The means by which this is accomplished? Mentors and Classics – the two types of teachers that consistently motivate student-driven education. Mentors inspire through the transfer of knowledge, the force of their personality, and individual attention. The Classics were created by other great teachers to be the experiences of life found in books, art, music, and other media. DeMille goes on to describe characteristics of the mentoring relationship, how to teach using the Classics, and the learning environments conducive to successful mentoring. Other chapters include how to implement a TJEd in the public schools and in colleges, a look at leadership careers, and how statesmanship can make a difference in our society. He concludes the book with some excellent appendices – 100 Classics, Classics for Children & Youth, Sample Discussion Questions (covering 26 Classics), a recommended reading list, and a section called "Putting Thomas Jefferson to Work", which features step-by-step instructions for integrating the Thomas Jefferson Education into your family's life. 198 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 020495
    ISBN: 9780974361635
    Retail: $34.00
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    For those of you who want to teach using the classical method, the authors of this book, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, have long believed and implemented this in their own homeschool. In this book they combine their knowledge and experience to present a spiritual and philosophical foundation and a practical program for Christian homeschooling in the classical style. The first four chapters discuss the reasoning and logic of teaching with classical education, a discussion of why parents should be in charge of their students' education, problems with classroom (public) schools, and an explanation and description of what the trivium is. The next three chapters study one element of the trivium each - language, logic, and rhetoric. Each chapter presents the topic, arguments for teaching it, guidelines for teaching, where to start, what children should be learning at appropriate age levels, and other tips and advice for incorporating these core subjects. Chapter eight follows the same basic format, delving into the study of literature. In chapter nine, the Bluedorns offer principles for the study of historical literature. The following chapter provides lots of advice and help for different methods and approaches to homeschooling in light of the trivium, such as the Charlotte Mason approach, unschooling, unit studies, and others. Part two of the book, The Practical Trivium, hold chapters listing things children should do at particular ages - ten things to do with students before age ten, ten through twelve, thirteen through fifteen, sixteen through eighteen, nineteen and onward, and finally the last chapter, Life's Goals Begin at Home. Appendix one includes 16 different articles discussing the trivium, education, and other related issues. Appendix two provides an thorough resource list, outlining general resources and those for language arts & English, rhetoric, literature, history, government, law and economics, languages, mathematics, logic, Bible and theology, philosophy, science, art and music, and other miscellaneous resources. While you may not agree with all of the personal philosophy in this book, if you want to teach from the trivium and are looking for a guide to implement a classical education in your homeschool, this is a very complete and thorough guide from experienced authors. - Melissa