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  • Item #: 056404
    Retail: $19.99
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    See the natural world in 3-D with the iconic View-Master®. Set includes a red View-Master®, 3 reels and a reel storage case. 21 large, eye-popping images from Discovery Kids® portray the "Age of Dinosaurs," "Marine Life," and "Safari Adventures." Read the accompanying interesting facts above each picture on the viewing reel.

  • Item #: 031173
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  • Item #: 001280
    ISBN: 9780970852557
    Retail: $14.00
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    Originally published in 1854, this book by Reverend Nehemiah Adams provides an eyewitness account of slavery in the Antebellum South. Reverend Adams expected to see cruel bondage and other evils touted by the Abolitionists, but instead he found a well-ordered society in which the slaves were mainly content and properly cared for by their masters. He warns his Northern brethren that a continued assault upon the South's "peculiar institution" of slavery would ultimately destroy the Union and the Black population. Needless to say, this book was attacked by the Abolitionists, but despite its outdated views, it provides a perspective on slavery that rarely makes it into the history books. The book is full of insightful detail about the daily lives of slaves, including their dress, housing, family life, and worship. Reverend Adams' mixed feelings about slave auctions are included, and he even wrote a chapter in response to the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Facsimile reprint of the nineteenth century original. 214 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 057351
    ISBN: 9780804842358
    Retail: $18.95
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    I've been waiting for a good beginning Mandarin Chinese COURSE to come across my desk and this is it! Perfect for independent student learning, or even for a family. Some Chinese language materials either don't include an audio component or don't give enough help with pronunciation in the text; here you have both. It starts at the very beginning with Pinyin. These are the 4 tones that a syllable may have and they help a native English speaker immensely, almost like arrows telling you if your voice goes up or down. Our familiar letters are used rather than the beautiful, but intimidating, Chinese characters. From there you go to 16 chapters of daily conversation including: greetings, introductions, socializing, apologizing, thanks, weather, numbers, time, dates, phones, restaurant, tea house, directions, touring, bank, shopping, and transportation. English is used to introduce the lessons and explain what you will hear on the audio CD. It is super user-friendly and these are topics taught in most first year foreign language courses. There are exercises in the book (with answers), but you could use it without writing in the book, as it's not really a workbook. You will learn about Chinese culture too. Did you know there were 56 ethnic groups in China? I didn't! The author is encouraging every step of the way. I am reluctant to say this book is enough for a full high school credit; more like a semester. CD has PDF files to view or print and 190 audio files to play on a computer or mp3 player. Pb, 190pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 053254
    ISBN: 9780890516416
    Retail: $34.99
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    This beautiful book is so much more than just a guide to the stars. Written from a Christian perspective, Dr. Jason Lisle explains the celestial phenomena of God's creation. Beautiful photography, illustrations, and information take you on a tour through the event of stargazing – the movement of heavenly bodies, celestial events, telescopes, the moon, sun, stars, and planets, deep sky objects, and the relevance of astronomy.

    One especially interesting chapter that makes this stargazing guide a bit different is the chapter concerning the eye and how it works. This is a short chapter that explains the structure of the eye – cones, rods, iris, pupil, retina – and how they are involved in your vision and adaptation to lighting conditions. There are tips for adapting to night sky viewing with a telescope, binoculars, and with the naked eye.

    You will find this book helpful before you begin viewing, and while you are gazing at the night sky. Star charts will help guide you through the constellations, major stars, nebula, the Milky Way, and neighboring galaxies. Incredible photographs of the sun and its activity, the moon and its terrain and phases, and planets with their moons will leave you in awe of the universe in which we live. A planisphere (designed for 40 degrees north) is also now included with the book.

    This is a reference that will serve your family well, no matter the ages; and one that can be used for many years. 240 pages, hc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 040673
    ISBN: 9780890514931
    Retail: $16.99
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    This fascinating book by the author of Body by Design delves into the world of microbiology from a Christian perspective. Although many biologists look at microbes as clues to our evolutionary history, many Christian biologists see microbes as further evidence for an all-powerful, innovative Creator. Like other life forms, there are both helpful and harmful microorganisms in our world, and this book is designed to introduce the reader to the world of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. While discussing infectious disease and pathogens, it takes the stance that these are the result of a sinful world and were not part of God's original design. Ten textbook-like chapters cover: microbes and their unique design, useful bacteria, harmful bacteria, protists, fungi, viruses, the immune system, emerging diseases, the origins of disease, and future plagues and pestilence. Formatted similarly to a textbook, chapters are divided into segments with interesting "asides" and chapter summaries, and black-and-white illustrations and diagrams augment the text. A full page of true/false and multiple-choice questions for each chapter is found towards the end of the book, and a page of critical thinking questions has also been included. I also appreciate the appendix on bacterial genetics, as this is often covered in college courses and will be useful for students to become familiar with. A lengthy reference list, glossary, and index are also included. 188, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 012712
    ISBN: 9780890518618
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    Part of the Wonders of Creation series. From a creationist point of view, this book covers what causes the weather, water in the atmosphere, thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter storms, wild weather, historical climate, climate change, and our responsibility to the environment. The creation-Genesis flood model, El Niño, jet streams, green house effect, clouds, warm and cold fronts, and weather predicting. A fold-out weather poster is included. 96 pgs, hc ~ Anh

  • Item #: 026971
    ISBN: 9780890519059
    Retail: $16.99
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    This title in the Wonders of Creation series dives into the ocean. Through interesting text and an abundance of appealing pictures, students will learn about the ocean and its many facets from a creationist point of view. The book includes eleven chapters, which include: introduction to the ocean, oceanic research; physical characteristics of the ocean; the composition of the oceans' waters; tides, waves, and currents; weather; harvesting the ocean; marine life; exploring the coral reef; oceanic vessels; and the Genesis flood.

    Now updated, a page at the front of the book explains how to use the content with three different learning levels and the page content has color-coded backgrounds for clarity. Text on white background is for 5th/6th, text on light green is for 7th/8th, and text on blue background is for 9th- 11th. An 11"x 24" poster of the ocean's depths is included at the back of the book. Hardcover, 96 pages.

    A study guide is available for The Ocean Book. It corresponds by chapter, summarizing the main ideas and providing short answer questions for students to answer as they read through The Ocean Book. Each chapter of the study guide also includes discussion questions, vocabulary, activities, and projects to complete for better understanding of the concepts. These activities may include memorization of scripture, labeling maps, or reading weather maps. The study guide is a supplement to the text and is very helpful as you strive to comprehend and retain the facts presented. Guide is 72 pages, paperback, includes answers, and is not reproducible. - Melissa/Donna

  • Item #: 009459
    ISBN: 9780890518588
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  • Item #: 032793
    ISBN: 9780890518007
    Retail: $15.99
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    Learn about Earth Science from a Biblical worldview. Use this 160-page book as a resource or pair it up with your science curriculum to add more dimension to the history and methods of discovery and invention. Dr. Gary Parker will take you from Newton’s discovery of gravity to the formation of the Grand Canyon using as your guide the Bible as the ultimate “history book of the world”.

    Not just an information book, this will challenge you to think about your view of creation through questions called Building Inspection. After reading each chapter (which uses science to support the Scriptures), content is reviewed using these questions to help solidify a Biblical outline of Earth’s history. Earth structure, atmosphere, minerals, rocks, water table, and types of volcanoes are just a few of the topics covered. Full of black and white illustrations and photos on almost every page, this book offers visuals to enhance understanding. Important facts and vocabulary are in bold throughout the reading and answers to the questions are found in the back of the book. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 068997
    ISBN: 9780890519165
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  • Item #: 068996
    ISBN: 9780996171915
    Retail: $49.99
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  • Item #: 000423
    Retail: $14.99
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    This CD-ROM is a real time saver, containing a multitude of reproducible forms for almost everything you’ll need for school, plus several for household use as well. You get more than a hundred pages of assignment sheets, curriculum planning charts, report forms, timeline pages, menu planners, chore forms, calendars, pages for outlining and writing, checklists, portfolios, and various notebooks. Also included are forms for Bible study, including a journal, prayer log, and scripture memorization. Almost everything you need in this one CD!

    You can view each sheet on your computer screen and print out whatever forms you need! The CD-ROM contains 3 different formats: MS Word Templates, PDF Files, and Interactive GP. System requirements depend on which format you will use. MS Word Templates require MS Word 97 or higher. PDF files are useable on any Mac or PC with Acrobat Reader, and Interactive GP requires Windows 98 or higher, 16 MB of RAM, 800x600 screen resolution and 130 MB of hard disk space. - Melissa

  • Item #: 051450
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    Skills center on the ability to complete different types of sentences and designate the proper usage of nouns, pronouns, and verbs in those sentences. Students also learn about different types of writing, such as fairy tales, folk tales, fables, legends and myths. They will be introduced to the media and differences in facts and opinions as well as differing points of view. Homophones, homographs and compound words are the spelling focus. They will also master beginning research, writing and speaking skills.

  • Item #: 019217
    ISBN: 9780883138205
    Retail: $6.95
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    What better way to learn the countries of the world than to have to fill in the names of countries on a blank map! These reproducible black-line masters include all the countries of the world in 48 pages, large enough so that you can recognize the shape and write the name on them. Often several versions of a map of a country are included, such as a physical map, a map of the whole continent with country lines, and a larger magnification view containing part of the country. The front and back of the book contain answers to the numbered blank maps as well as data on area, population, industries, government, etc. - Jess

  • Item #: 031729
    ISBN: 9780486415819
    Retail: $29.95
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    At just over 1000 pages, this weighty anthology represents a cross-section of Western medieval literature. It begins with the Apocryphal New Testament, ends with the 15th-century French comedy The Worthy Master Pierre Patelin, and has many great works in between. The book is divided into 10 units, each representing a specific literary genre: drama, Romanesque, the Christian tradition, Dante, etc. Over 150 writings are included, ranging from biographical histories to hymns; Arthurian legends to Teutonic lyric poetry. You'll recognize some of the authors and works (Beowulf, Dante's Inferno, Song of Roland), but no doubt you'll find plenty of hidden gems, too. (Please see this title on our website to view the full table of contents.) Editor Charles W. Jones provides insightful introductions to the units and some of the works, helpfully placing them in historical and cultural context. A bibliography and index are included. pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 059720
    ISBN: 9781613220702
    Retail: $0.00
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    The book to have on hand for high school essay writing. This is not just an attempt on my part at a play on words; it’s the best description of this book. A compilation of two books from a Canadian author that have impacted the author’s writing (Janice Campbell, author of the Excellence in Literature series), this book has an abundance of guidance for correct essay (persuasive) and argument construction plus extensive sections on mechanics and usage.

    The author maintains that “one of the single most important intellectual skills in an undergraduate education is learning to write an essay that clearly and convincingly presents a point of view.” Students entering high school have usually written “who” (personal/autobiographical) or “what” (objective/factual) papers. High school is the time to focus on the abstract/universal papers – to master the art of the “why” paper in a logical and compelling way. The first half of this handbook provides a step-by-step guide to arguments taking the student from simple first principles through defining key terms, deductive/inductive arguments, organization and paragraph structure. Multiple examples illustrate the covered skills.

    The second half of the handbook is devoted to usage and style and provides systematic coverage of sentence construction, word usage, punctuation, reference citing, bibliographies and paper formats.

    Whether using one of the author’s literature courses or completing any other high school writing assignment, this book will be useful – and put to use. 420 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 016673
    ISBN: 9780985261146
    Retail: $0.00
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    The three DVDs in this set from the Institute for Excellence in Writing aim to help upper high school and college students improve their communications and information processing skills. Each DVD is 90 to 100 minutes long and is accompanied by a CD-ROM with student seminar handouts, teacher's notes, and more (access to a downloadable booklet with the same content as the CD-ROM is also included, but no print booklet is included with this product).

    Covers planning and writing a persuasive paper. Beginning with selection of a topic, the focus is on moving the reader or listener to your point of view. The first half of the tape deals primarily with a paper, while the second half coaches the student on public speaking techniques.

    Speaker Andrew Pudewa demonstrates a flexible "stick and branch" approach to note taking. He believes this is a more effective method of understanding complicated ideas taken from text or lectures. Mastering this technique can make a big difference in school and work performance.

    A basic model is presented which can be adapted to a variety of needs. The author also provides a method for identifying the preferences of the teacher and modifying the writing style to appeal to the teacher.

  • Item #: 003588
    ISBN: 9780825138027
    Retail: $26.00
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    Residing in this handy volume are the explanations and examples of literary and poetic elements you've been looking for! After a short preface, the entire book consists of reproducible student pages, and is pretty much self-instructional. According to the author, "Words are tools, and mastered words are power tools." In this spirit, all of the exercises are reality-based and constitute actual practice in using each new term as a tool. The first part of the book covers the basic tools: setting, plot, mood, conflict, style, theme, point of view, slant, and character, with a special section on outlining. The second part covers the shared vocabulary of poetry and prose: figures of speech (antithesis, apostrophe, hyperbole, irony, literary allusion, metaphor, metonymy, oxymoron, personification, simile, synecdoche, and understatement). Each of these first two sections contains a definition of the term, a cartoonish depiction of the concept, additional explanation, examples, and exercises. Answers to these exercises are included in the back of the book. The final part covers the specialized vocabulary of poetry: melody (alliteration, assonance, and rhyme), onomatopoeia, rhythm, and rhyme schemes. It also presents and explains various types of poetry including: epic, narrative, lyric, acrostic, ballad, blank verse, didactic, dramatic, elegy, epigram, epitaph, free verse, haiku, light verse, limerick, ode, parody, pastoral, satire, sonnet, and wordplay. A special section on poetry explication, complete with sample questions and sample explication elements ends the unit. One of the problems I've encountered in using a non-text approach to literature in the upper grades is the hit-or-miss presentation of literary terms. Some guides touch on a concept or two in each guide but what are the chances that my high schoolers will be exposed to all of them in our course of study? So, I've been on the lookout for a book just like this, to make sure my children have the familiarity and understanding of literary and poetic terms they'll need in college - regardless of the literature program we use.

  • Item #: 029490
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    If you are looking for a very complete, well-rounded art program for the upper elementary and junior high grades that requires very little teacher preparation time, you might want to take a look at Discovering Art from Calvert School. One of the advantages of this program is that a large part of the instruction is on DVD, taking a lot of the stress of presenting the concepts off of the teacher. The program consists of 32 lessons, which are shared between the teacher's Guidebook and the DVDs. Each lesson in the Guidebook begins with objectives and a summary of the DVD lesson. Following the summary, the DVD segment corresponding to that lesson is to be viewed by the students. Then, we turn back to the Guidebook for several follow-up activities and discussion questions which complement the topics discussed on the DVD. Then it's time to break out the art supplies for the "creating" portion of the lesson. An introduction to the art project, approximate working time, materials, and detailed, step-by-step directions are all laid out in the Guidebook, to make things fairly simple for the teacher. Finally, a list of suggested titles for further reading is given for those who would like to learn more, or take the lesson further. While this sounds pretty intense for an art program, the lessons are designed to be completed within a week, giving you ample room to split up the different parts of the lesson as it fits into your week.

    The lessons themselves are designed to walk the student or group through a thorough introduction to the visual arts. We begin by discussing art in general and then progress to discuss lines and types of lines, shapes, three dimensions in art, space, pattern, texture, principles of design, composing space, perspective, light, value, color, seeing and mixing colors, the use of color, and more. While I've seen these topics discussed in a fairly dry way in many art books, the activities and the DVD lessons make the finer details of art truly "come alive" for the student who would rather be set loose with his paints than learn a lengthy lesson about perspective or value. The DVD lessons, each of which span about 10-15 minutes, center around several boys and girls that frequently visit an old mill, where two artists work. On every visit to the mill, the artists explain artistic concepts through their own examples, by visually showing the youngsters (and viewers) on paper, and through the use of well-known masterpieces that clearly illustrate a concept. The DVDs are very professionally done, and manage to bring a lot of enthusiasm to every lesson. One thing I particularly like about the DVDs are the small "field trips" the viewer takes every five or so lessons. Six lessons are devoted to visiting an artist's studio, and getting a glimpse of their work, how they go about making their artwork, and what is important to them in their art. This is an aspect you often don't get to enjoy in art class, where you learn about classic masters, but never get to see an actual "artist" at work, unless you are lucky enough to know one you can visit.

    The lessons that surround the DVD viewing expand on what has been learned in the video, and offer plenty of guidance and freedom to explore the topic to your heart's content. The follow-up activities offer students a chance to find examples of lesson content in the world around them, looking at things in more depth, discussing what was learned in the DVD as well as what they have noticed themselves, and looking closer at great masterpieces that reflect the lessons they are learning. The taste of art history woven into the program seems seamless as students examine great works of art in light of color, line, value, perspective, and more. Although these masterpieces are not covered in a lot of depth in the DVD lessons (due to time constraints), they are helpfully listed in the back of the Guidebook so that you may locate them and have them on hand for the rest of the lesson, if desired. Several of these masterpieces are included as small reproductions to be used in more depth in several lessons. Most kids should truly enjoy the art activities as well, as they are complex enough not to be trite and over-simplified, and give the young artist plenty of freedom and opportunity to practice artistic concepts through their own work. The students are not limited to pencil and paper either - they will get to create their own masterpieces through sculpture, collage, paintings, rubbings, drawings, and more. The art activities are both original and open-ended, for those kids who just "get into them." The "field trip" lessons where we get to visit with different artists in their studios present an interesting diversion, where the activity centers around creating art in the featured artists' medium, and using their normal subject material as well!

    One more timesaving aspect I've failed to mention as of yet is the inclusion of nearly all the materials the student will need to complete the art activities. The art kit includes over 30 quality art supplies required to perform the activities, including painting and sculpting materials, drawing tools, printing materials, paper and more, conveniently packaged in a carrying box to avoid the "scattering" of supplies that happens when tools are packaged only in shrink wrap.

    This format, structure, and substance of this program make it terrific to use as a whole family, homeschool group, or co-op. With the DVD presentations, the lessons are accessible to everyone, and the other components of the lessons are ideally suited to group work, especially as the suggested "finale" to the program is an art exhibition for the students to display the great masterpieces they have created during art class. Don't just read about art, study drawing, or aimlessly freehand - discover it in every aspect! Program includes spiral-bound Guidebook, art materials kit, two DVDs, and several art reproductions. - Jess

  • Item #: 020037
    ISBN: 9780981813776
    Retail: $29.99
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    At least three music courses (for beginners – either in age or experience) in one user-friendly, family-oriented package: music appreciation/history, reading music, and making/enjoying music. We all have this nagging idea that we really ought to be doing something about music but don't know exactly what. Or perhaps you're one of those moms who recognize that there are tremendous advantages for your children (spiritually, emotionally and mentally) when enjoying music is part of your daily lives but you can't imagine how you'll fit one more thing into your busy lives and homes. Marcia Washburn makes it easy for us by leading us step-by-step and providing a wealth of online resources to broaden that experience. You don't need to be able to read music or recognize one composer from another or spend a lot of money or time gathering resources. The author even assures us that this product has been "field-tested to ensure that musically illiterate adults can confidently use it with their children."

    Beethoven Who? is an ebook, or in other words, pdf files on CD-ROM, readable from your computer. This ebook-on-CD format is perfect for providing quality information, hands-on activities, games, reproducible listening sheets and listening suggestions in an affordable package. AND, there are links – lots of links – to quality internet sources for listening to orchestra-performed and artist-performed pieces (classical, traditional, folk, patriotic, and sacred music). Many of the listening links also provide video footage so you get a great view of each instrument in the orchestra. As we mentioned earlier, coverage of all things introductory and basic to music appreciation and enjoyment are included. The first section – Listening to Music – provides an overview of the elements of music (terms and basic info) followed by a period-by-period examination of major composers, musical instruments, historical setting, and notable pieces. In this section are briefly annotated (the author tells what to expect and look for) links to orchestras performing various pieces as well as video re-enactments such as costumed musicians playing period instruments while floating on the Thames River in England and even flash mob versions. The links are designed to build in you and your children appreciation for the music involved and to just plain enjoy a huge variety of musical experiences. In this section you'll find descriptions of the various periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Twentieth Century), short biographical sketches (with full-color pictures) of the major composers within each, examples of their major works, and lots of interesting odds and ends about both composers and works. To give you just a bit of an idea of the care that has gone into making the video link selections, consider the Flight of the Bumblebee (a work of the Romantic period composer Rimsky-Korsakov). Links for this piece include an orchestra (so you can see how fast their fingers need to move), the record-holder for the fastest violin version, a master violinist (Perlman) performance, a number of solo instruments each playing the piece (oboe, bassoon, clarinet, soprano recorder, and tuba), a Canadian Brass comedic version, a Disney cartoon shortened version, and, lastly, a boogie-woogie rendition on the piano. Notes on these links include observing that at 1:55 the pianist is smiling at an audience member (boogie-woogie) and a caution not to read the comments on the clarinet link (inappropriate content).

    The second section – Reading Music – covers all the basics providing a wealth of reinforcing activities. Reproducible masters are often included for memory games or bingo, for instance, as well as using a variety of rudimentary, homemade musical instruments (toilet paper tube maracas, oatmeal container drums, metal bottle cap tambourines, and a drinking glass orchestra – all instructions included). Music Reading, Pitch, Rhythm, and Dynamics are all covered. Activities are easy and fun to do and will involve your entire family in a musical exploration adventure.

    Section 3 – Making Music – transported me back to my grade school days and had me agreeing with the author that American folk and traditional songs – once learned in elementary school music classes like mine – are disappearing from our culture. You'll appreciate her determination not to let that happen as you listen through her list of not-to-be-missed songs: action songs (London Bridge), love/friendship songs (Bicycle Built for Two), animal songs (Itsy, Bitsy Spider), work songs (I've Been Working on the Railroad), patriotic songs (America the Beautiful), and sacred songs (hymns such as A Mighty Fortress and children's songs such as Jesus Loves the Little Children). Trust me, I've only scratched the surface of her many, many suggestions here. Again, there are a multitude of annotated links and often, historical and cultural anecdotes. She ends this section with suggestions for ways you can make music together as a family and ways to incorporate musical experiences into your everyday family life. A series of appendices include How to Use the Links in the Book, an Elements of Music Chart, a master for Sample Listening Sheets, a Resources list, and a Glossary of Terms. There is also a complete index for the entire e-book./

    You can probably tell that I'm excited about the potential of this product to open the lives of our children to musical experiences, some noble, some mundane. There's over 300 pages of musical information, countless links, reproducibles, and, most importantly, the sense that "I can do this!" ~ Janice