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Learning vocabulary really doesn't have to hurt – in fact, it can be an enjoyable experience! Painless Vocabulary introduces vocabulary in a non-threatening way so students will learn it through context and association with similar words. Each chapter introduces fifteen new vocabulary words in a short story. The vocabulary words are presented in a red font so they stand out from the rest of the story. Then the learning activities begin as the fifteen words are broken down into smaller five-word sections. Each word is given a complete definition which often includes italicized synonyms. Then students perform a "brain tickler" which allows them to practice the words they've learned through matching, multiple choice, or fill-in-the-blank exercises. Helpful hints are included in most chapters, showing students common mistakes made, giving ideas for mastering vocabulary, etc., and "On Your Own" and "Last Word" sections offer other learning activities or things to ponder. Answers are contained at the end of each chapter. The book contains a total of 20 chapters and introduces 300 vocabulary words in a way that your child will be able to remember and expand upon. 292 pgs, pb. ~ Megan
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Looking for a fun way to increase your child's vocabulary? 180 reproducible cartoons are contained in this book, and each highlights a new word to learn for the day. It's like reading the comics, but a bit more educational. Verbs, nouns, and adjectives are all included, and the vocabulary words are all in common use. For each of the cartoons, one of the characters is saying something humorous within the context of what is going on in the picture. The vocabulary word is bolded within the cartoon, and the part of speech and definition of the word is given to the side. Two cartoons are displayed on every page of the book, and everything is in black and white. While black and white cartoons could be seen as a drawback (who doesn't love the colorful Sunday comics the best?), children could have fun and get more use out of the book by coloring the comics themselves. The vocabulary words are geared towards 4th-6th graders, but could be enjoyable for younger or older students depending on their vocabulary level. 94 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
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A lighter, more enjoyable approach than your typical grammar lesson. Every lesson begins with a sentence that breaks the rule for that lesson, resulting in a humorous sentence, to show students what happens when you don't follow the language rules. Then, by applying the rule, the same sentence is written correctly. Guided activities follow to give the student practice at applying the rule. Even more practice is given in fun, independent exercises in which the student interprets logic clues to utilize the newly learned rule. Topics covered include capitalization, run-on sentences, agreement, modifiers, pronouns, verbs, unnecessary words, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary and more. Answers are provided, and worksheets are reproducible for your own use. ~ Stephanie
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Do you ever wonder how things work? This book offers explanations, but in a visual and textual format. How do we get electricity in our homes? How does a letter travel through the mail? How does a 3D printer work? Find out how 27 different things happen or work by following the numbered path around the page. Each topic covers a two-page spread and some of the pages fold out for an even bigger explanation. A large diagram or cross-section is in the middle of the explanation and little people are illustrated working inside of it. For example, the 3D printer shows all the parts on the inside and outside and little people make the parts move and do the work – kind of a humorous element to the explanation. There is so much to see and read on each page, you will see something different each time through. This book is 80 pages of illustrations, information, and new vocabulary. If you’re curious about where your trash goes, how your vacuum cleaner works, and of course how your cell phone functions, you will love this book. Age range is grades 3 through 7, but enjoyable by all ages. ~ Donna
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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
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This DVD could easily have been called, "Effective Teaching Strategies for Children Who Just Don't Get It!" Focusing specifically on teaching strategies for right brain learners, the ideas and concepts presented here will facilitate learning for many of your children. In this presentation, Dianne Craft explains the differences between right and left brain learning and defines the targeted audience for teaching with right brain strategies. While success has been documented in a variety of children including those with auditory processing issues, attention and focusing issues, underdeveloped memory and poor hemispheric integration (e.g. Dyslexia), the strategies presented will work for any child that other teaching methods are not working for.
Beginning with the premise that most curricula is written for left brain learners who thrive on a sequential, repetitive, and mostly plain (non-distracting) presentation, Mrs. Craft explains the differences found in the right brain learner and provides a wide range of teaching suggestions in multiple subject areas including Spelling and Vocabulary, Phonics and Reading Comprehension, Math and Writing. Suggestions for following directions and study skills are also included.
This DVD lecture is bursting with strategic ideas for teaching struggling learners and I personally took away many nuggets—valuable ideas that this "left brain mom" is incorporating into her home. One of the greatest tidbits I received was the idea that writing was not the best learning gate for all children and often times children feel penalized when made to write everything we strive to teach them-as a mom who incorporated a great deal of copywork in our homeschool, this explained a lot of the struggles I went through with one of my children. An accompanying 38 page comb-bound Study Guide provides overhead transparencies and additional "how-to" information. Mrs. Craft is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable presenter. My only lament with this DVD is the low sound quality at times (the teaching segment was recorded live in a large room), and the overhead projections are often difficult to view. Fortunately, the study guide does a fine job of aiding the viewer in following the presentation.
Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently, or in tandem as they complement each other. While there is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs/CDs, using them together provides parents with additional tools. 126 min. Deanne
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“Take us to Your Reader!” Your goal is to reach Cosmos. Start reading on Earth; answering questions correctly will move you towards outer space. The first player to reach Cosmos wins. But there are twists, turns, and dangers ahead! A player may switch places with you; you may lose a turn; you may be sent back to another planet. You can save yourself, however, with the much sought after X-Pack—but you’re allowed only one at a time!
This creative and enjoyable game reinforces reading comprehension techniques such as main idea, inference, details, cause/effect, visualizing and sequencing. Also highlighted are more complex skills including figurative language, context clues, comparison/contrast, genre, rhyming and vocabulary/grammar. These absolutely crucial reading skills are practiced while playing in an engaging and fun space-themed game format—with a bit of humor along the way.
Four square game boards are double sided. Place them together, but players stay on their individual boards. Everyone starts on the side that shows earth. Use the spinner to start, and then select Earth card questions (either level A or the more challenging, B). Cards sometimes ask you to read the card’s passage and answer questions or may reinforce reading terms. Once you’ve made it to the rocket ship and correctly answered the next question, flip your game board over and move to the Space questions (there’s also a level A and B). Travel to 7 planets and then reach Cosmos.
Won’t the cards’ reading selections just get routine or memorized? Substitute your own questions for the included cards. Imagine using your students’ textbook reading comprehension questions to reach the Cosmos! Caution: product may cause extreme fun while learning!
Includes four double-sided game boards, a sturdy spinner card, 4 game pawns, 140 question cards, rules and answer key. Correlates to CCS standards. For 2-4 players. ~ Ruth