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  • Item #: 026264
    ISBN: 9780794527525
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    ISBN: 9780794524227
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    ISBN: 9780794524210
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  • Item #: 018009
    ISBN: 9780794514853
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    Similar to other titles in the Usborne Science Activities series, this book features interesting and easy-to-read science facts with an abundance of simple but exciting activities to demonstrate the concepts. Each two-page spread focuses on a different aspect of plants, including germination, growth, nutrients, light, flowers, trees, movement, useful plants, and more. The pages are filled with general information, interesting facts, and several fun activities to complete. For example, after reading about plant growth, readers can plant beans in a jar and watch them grow, investigate what plants need to grow, make a bottle garden, make a leaf rubbing, grow bulbs and carrot tops, and much more. - Jess

  • Item #: 011248
    ISBN: 9780794514846
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    ISBN: 9780794514051
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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 067907
    ISBN: 9780794539689
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     Take the classroom outdoors! Well-illustrated, clear instructions for activities, and helpful background information make this an excellent science supplement or a wonderful resource for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, tools for outdoor learning, safety tips and how to protect nature, the rest of the book then divides into 6 sections. These sections include Exploring ponds, Rivers and Seas; Discovering Wildlife; Into the Wild; Out in all Weather and Night Explorer. A sampling of activities includes bouncing stones, damming a stream, forming a footprint trap, being a tree detective, creating wildlife art from items found in the woods, pitching a tent and making a campfire, cloud spotting and forecasting, stargazing and much more. Includes a dedicated website for interactive activities and worksheets. Index and helpful glossary. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 000148
    ISBN: 9781427620743
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    An excellent unit to get children acquainted with a microscope - how to use it, and actual investigations with it. The World of the Microscope or the Complete Book of the Microscope (both by Usborne - see index) are highly recommended as basal resource books. Other resource books (list provided) should be obtained and available for reference. The unit requires a minimum of 42-48 days to complete. Activities look extremely interesting and the accompanying lab sheets are excellent - very thoughtfully constructed. Labs begin with the set up, use and clean up of the microscope. The next several labs teach children to make wet mounts, dry mounts, permanent mounts, and well mounts. Successive labs are spent using these skills to study a variety of things under the microscopic, from fibers to insect parts, with cells, plant parts, and simple cell animals in between. The book also contains vocabulary words, science supplier addresses and phone numbers, answers, and additional helpful tips about microscopes. Just looking through the unit makes me enthusiastic about using it - it looks like the best kind of learning - interesting and fun. I would guess that most children would thoroughly enjoy this adventure with a microscope - gaining invaluable skills for higher level science courses in the process. Children in the elementary grades would need some parental support to accomplish the study; older children could use it independently. Look into this one! 92 pages, paperback.
  • Item #: 034942
    ISBN: 9780794519858
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    A book that young children will pick up for the pictures, and older children will enjoy for both the photos and the text, this is an amazing and attractive guide to some of science's most fascinating topics! Nine chapters cover topics such as atoms, matter, materials, energy, motion, electricity, light, technology, and the human body. Although reading the topics may make you yawn, simply crack open this book to any topic, and you'll quickly see how cool science can really be! Each page includes awesome photos, many of which have been taken from electron microscopes, or at least at very high magnification, which shows how awesome some of these "hard-to-imagine" things are, like viruses, spider spinnerets, strands of nylon, cables, cells, and more! Also notable are the detailed diagrams, photos, and images of other, larger items. Each page features general information about the topic, followed by more specific information on subtopics in a smaller font. The section on the internet includes some general information on the internet, and how it is used today, followed by some short sections on internet connections being included on common household appliances, how faster Internet connections are designed, internet communications to outer space, and cyber criminals. Most pages also feature a link to a cool website (through Usborne's own site, so that they can be continually updated), which allows kids to access interactive websites that feature a related activity or additional information. Incorporating the newest technology with some of the neatest concepts in science, this volume is sure to grab - and hold - kids' attention, even ones that don't think they're interested in "science." 96 pgs, sturdy softcover. - Jess

  • Item #: 018008
    ISBN: 9780794523558
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    This book is obviously an Usborne book; it's overloaded with interesting information and tons of color pictures. But it also has something else: internet links. A great deal of science is packed in the book, with even more available online at the many quality websites chosen by Usborne. More than 1,000 internet links and 180 QR links are included. Perform more than 120 experiments and activities, and see video clips, diagrams, pictures, and other helpful online highlights. Sites allow you to see video clips of animals, hear animal sounds, build your own roller coaster, dissect a virtual frog, relive the story of landing on the moon complete with sounds, images, and slideshows, and so much more. All of science is covered in this book: physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sciences, astronomy, anatomy, zoology, and Earth conservation. A wonderful resource even for those without online access. This book is available in two sizes (with identical content).The small-format paperback version measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". The large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 012201
    ISBN: 9780794530488
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    Covers various things of the sea and ocean, including underwater life, all kinds of animals, boats and ships, pollution, seashore life, coral reefs, unknown seas, and much more. This book also supplies Internet links to approved sites with additional information, pictures, and activities.

  • Item #: 001712
    ISBN: 9780794535476
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       Little ones are never too young to begin their education about gardening, and this Usborne book provides an interactive way to start. Over 100 stickers and 24 colorful pages teach children about things that grow, plant words, parts of a tree; types of seeds, how they grow and which ones are edible; flowers, their parts, how they grow; plants through the four seasons; plants for food, fruits and nuts, and peanuts. Every page has age-appropriate information, illustrations, and outlines on which to place the stickers. The four sticker pages have page numbers that correspond to where they should be placed. A great follow-up to this book would be to let your little one help plant your garden! ~ Donna

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  • Item #: 067894
    ISBN: 9780794537968
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  • Item #: 066233
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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 #: 062674
    ISBN: 9780794534967
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    Blast off for space with your little astronauts using the stickers and scenes in this fun and informational, 24-page Usborne sticker book. Over 250 stickers can be placed to show objects in space; visitors at a space museum; men on the moon; astronauts and their training and much more. There are 14 different scenes in this 9”x 12” book and each has a bit of scene information. Sticker pages are labeled at the bottom with the corresponding scene pages. Let your little ones learn a little more and have a bit of fun. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060898
    ISBN: 9780794533595
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    I don’t know very many children who don’t like stickers. Usborne knows that and they offer over 130 stickers to help children learn about astronomy and space. Every topic is a two-page spread, for a total of 32 pages on which young astronomers can place their stickers. Realistic stickers are labeled so you know on which pages to put them and are large enough for smaller hands to manipulate more easily: 1/2” up to about 5”. Walk with an astronaut on the moon, see the earth from space and see the starry sky from earth, or visit all of our planetary neighbors for a kid-friendly introduction to astronomy and space.

  • Item #: 050830
    ISBN: 9780794531133
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    Color and learn about butterflies at the same time with this charming and realistic coloring book. Open this book and you have colorful images of butterflies on one side beside outline images to color with pencils or crayons. The name of each species is at the top of the page along with a sprinkling of butterfly facts. Coloring tips, such as how to shade, are scattered throughout. A variety of plants and flowers add to the colorful backgrounds. Imagine taking this book outside in the sunshine, hoping to see a real butterfly flutter by as you color it's likeness on paper. I can see middle-schoolers enjoying this book as much as little ones. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 041425
    ISBN: 9780794533069
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  • Item #: 038010
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    This year-long geography study begins the MFW "Investigate" curriculum series, which is followed up in subsequent years by a chronological history study. Designed for students of different levels to use together, this is an option if you are looking for a curriculum to use with both a second grader and an older student. (Please note that 7th and 8th graders may also use this program with the purchase of additional resources, but this package as assembled is intended for students between grades 3-6.) With a focus on world geography and missions, students will learn Bible, geography, reading, science, art and music. You will need to add math, language arts and foreign language (if desired). MFW has specific recommendations for resources for these at each grade level; see more details online. In Bible, students do an in-depth study of Matthew, read about missionaries and pray for different ethnic groups. Geography is explored through all the senses and a wide variety of activities including using maps and globes, making geographic vocabulary cards, playing geography games, cooking ethnic recipes, making flags, listening to cultural music and viewing art from around the world. In reading, students will enjoy a selection of living books recommended from an extensive list.

    Deluxe Package includes Teacher Manual; Parent-Teacher Supplement; Synergy Guide; student sheets; flags of the world sticker book; passport booklet; Exploring World Geography; A Trip Around the World/Another Trip...; Classroom Atlas; Children's Atlas of God's World; Maps & Globes; Geography From A to Z; World Wall Map; Usborne Living World Encyclopedia; Properties of Ecosystems (God's Design for Science); Hero Tales; God Speaks Numanggang; Fast Facts; Window on the World; Global Art; Wee Sing Around the World; Currency Kit; a set of six Christian Heroes Then & Now; Great Animal Search; Fun with Easy Origami; Kingdom Tales and inflatable globe.

  • Item #: 031075
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    Homeschool mom Sandy Strenkowski (author of the Charlotte Mason-inspired Living Learning Books science curriculum) found herself poring over a wide variety of history curriculums on the lookout for one that met all of her criteria, but try as she might, she didn't find one. So, she decided to put together her own, using many of the same ideas and methods she incorporated into Living Learning Books. If you've used and liked Living Learning Books science, you may want to check out Ancient History for your history studies. Just browsing through the program, it appears well-organized, engaging, and multi-faceted, incorporating a wide variety of subjects - particularly in the language arts area.

    There are 114 lessons in the study, spanning the period between Creation and 444 B.C. The "backbone" of the lessons is in the "three R's" - reading, reflecting, and recording. For each lesson, the student will read assigned pages from one or several resource books. Additional assignments incorporated into many of the lessons include geography, Bible, handwriting, art appreciation, hands-on projects, timeline activities, and more. Although not every lesson includes every kind of assignment, each lesson includes the "Three R's" and a selection of additional assignments so the workload for each lesson isn't overwhelming.

    The "command center" of the study is the Teacher's Manual, which includes a lesson-by-lesson outline of assignments and activities, as well as a helpful lesson plan grid. The lesson plan grid displays the reading assignments and activities for every lesson in a quick, at-a-glance format, which should help tremendously with lesson planning. After a short section written to orient the user to the format and organization of the curriculum, the remainder of the Teacher's Manual is devoted to the detailed lesson plans. Lesson plans contain all assignments and lesson suggestions, including reading, handwriting, enrichment activities, answers to the reviews (test) and more, as well as a list of required resources for the lesson, project supplies (if applicable), and the corresponding student pages. Please note that either the Usborne Ancient World OR the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History is required, not both. – Jess

  • Item #: 030545
    ISBN: 9780794528546
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