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  • Item #: 024975
    ISBN: 9781609781125
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    This quick and easy to use review system from Kaplan is a great way to reinforce the three main SAT topics: vocabulary, writing (grammar), and math. Each topical area contains two hundred color coded flashcards measuring approx. 3� x 2� and comes in a sturdy cardboard box. The Math Cards offer three types of activities. The first activity tests common terms, formulas and concepts of the SAT. The second mirrors the SAT “Grid in� Questions and the third type offers multiple choice questions. Each of the math problems offers step by step answers on the back of the flash card. A sample math question includes “36 percent of 18 is 18 percent of what number?� Vocabulary Cards contain a word on the front of the card with its pronunciation, the definition, synonyms, and a sample sentence to help you remember it on the back. Writing Cards offer two types of activities. First is a sentence containing an error with the answer and explanation on the back of the card. The second activity provides a sentence with four underlined words, students are asked to identify the parts of speech for each underlined word. This would be a great review for “car schooling� or for students who are intimidated by the larger SAT review books. Comes with the Kaplan Higher Score Guarantee (within 90 days of purchase). Deanne

  • Item #: 033944
    ISBN: 9780983297987
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    Why not? Why not continue to teach spelling and vocabulary in high school? Just because most spelling programs end in either the 6th or 8th grade doesnt mean its a good idea. This is the perfect program for a high schooler, allowing the student to combine spelling/vocabulary with particular subjects that are being studied. In the same manner as its younger sister, Phonetic Zoo, the program uses auditory input with frequency to achieve mastery. The newly revised (and lower-priced!) set includes two CD-ROMs which contain nine sets of MP3 audio vocabulary lessons and PDF booklets. Lesson sets follow specific subject topics including: Art & Architecture, Bible & Theology, Business & Economics, Government & Law, Greek & Latin Word Roots, Health & Science, Literature, Music and SAT/ACT. Each lesson features 24 words. Each word is pronounced, used in a sentence, and pronounced again, leaving time for the student to write the word. Later, the student checks his spelling as the word is spelled and the definition given on the CD. After each set of eight words, a short subject-related poem is inserted for the listeners relaxation. The student is expected to go through a lesson once each day until he can spell all its words perfectly. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 017131
    ISBN: 9780975854303
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    This book is full of worksheets to drill students on the rules of spelling. It has worksheets for 150 days and incorporates scripture from the Bible, including KJV, NKJV, and NIV versions. One spelling rule is introduced each week and until is has covered many of the most prominent spelling rules. The book then supplies short, simple daily drills to helps students memorize the rules. These lessons should be completed quickly and easily in no more than ten minutes a day. There are no lists and no tests, but every tenth day there is a review of the previously learned rules. Students then apply the rules by completing scripture, puzzles, and sentences. Most of the answers are somewhat obvious because the activities give a word box or list to draw answers from and the rest can usually be figured out by process of elimination, but a key is provided. The book focuses only on common spelling rules and does not provide drills for their exceptions. Once students are comfortable with a rule, they can look in the back for a list of exceptions. A simple way to enhance spelling for those who need it. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 042626
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) WordSmart's SAT/ACT tests and Vocabulary builder are state of the art learning tools, guaranteed to increase your test scores and overall reading and comprehension skills. This is the proven course used by thousands of high-school students to improve and advance their College and Career opportunities.
  • Item #: 035996
    ISBN: 9781623410391
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    College-bound high school students are expected to write essays. Of the many, there are two essays that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences the SAT essay and the college entrance essay. These are very specific types of writing tasks and are quite different. One is a timed response to a prompt. It must be completed quickly, coherently, and legibly. On the other hand, you can take as much time as you want writing the other. It must be as close to perfect as possible. You can prepare for these writing experiences. Andrew Pudewa, in his own inimitable style, shows you how in this entertaining, six-hour seminar. This video seminar is contained within a four DVD set two discs each covering the SAT essay and the college entrance essay. There is a bonus CD-ROM disc providing all the necessary handouts in PDF format to be printed prior to watching. Also included on the bonus disc is an audio essay preparation seminar by Julie Walker in MP3 format.

    Discussion of the SAT essay includes an examination of the six-point scoring rubric - critical thinking skills, reasoning examples, language and vocabulary, sentence structure, organization and focus, and grammar, usage and mechanics - as well as analysis of scored essays and specific preparation strategies.

    Starting with an overview of what colleges are looking for in essays, the discussion of the college entrance essay progresses to an analysis of samples as well as specific writing strategies including the TRIAC model.

    As expected, the most important preparation activity for these two types of essays is to write - a lot. You can, nevertheless, make the best use of your preparation writing activities by utilizing the strategies presented in this seminar. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 051249
    ISBN: 9780890516393
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    ACT prep – comprehensive and thorough – without the frantic feel. That about sums it up! This course offers a change of pace – and a change of focus – from the typical prep courses. Yes, it still covers vocabulary. Yes, it still provides test-taking strategies. Yes, it still provides detailed review of all subject areas: English, math, reading, writing, and science. But it also provides a call to prayer and devotional preparation that will cause your student to remember to put first things first.

    If you’ve ever wondered about the differences between the ACT and the SAT, you’ll find a clear analysis of each and suggestions for how best to prepare for each. In the introductory ACT test overview, the author covers these topics as well as provides information on how scores are used, average scores for certain universities, as well as suggestions for two essential habits to develop.

    Designed to be used over a ten week period, the course is comprised of fifty daily lessons. Lessons will probably take 1-2 hours to complete so be sure to factor that into your planning. Lesson format is consistent. Starting with a scripture verse, prayer points, and a devotional passage (often derived from classic books), then progressing to individual sections for Vocabulary (Greek/Latin roots or from classic literature), math (review and practice problems), reading (short passages with questions), English (editing and analysis), writing (analysis), and science (sample questions). Test-taking info and strategies are also part of each lesson. Although this format does not vary, the emphasis does vary some with each lesson – one day more time will be spent on science; another day, more on writing, etc. Both end-notes and a complete answer key are included in the back.

    If you’re an appendix-lover, then you’ll be pleased with what’s provided here. First is a brief tutorial on preparing vocabulary cards followed by an extensive reading list grouped by high school grade level. Models for reading and devotional journals as well as lists of Greek and Latin morphemes complete the appendices.

    Compared to other ACT test prep courses, there are two obvious differences with this course. First of all, there is a decided emphasis on the spiritual development and focus of the student. Secondly, test sections (i.e. English, math, etc.) are studied side-by-side rather than as a concentrated focus for a period of time before going on to the next section. Both of these contribute to the sense that test prep is really an opportunity to develop overall maturing in the student. 332 pgs, pb. Janice



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  • Item #: 003171
    ISBN: 9780890516249
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    A thoroughly Christian test prep course from Dr. James Stobaugh now in a completely revised and enhanced version. If your child plans to take the SAT test (or the ACT), this combination devotional, literature study, critical reading and thinking tutorial, composition practice, and test prep course is too good to pass up! It not only builds disciplined study skills in your child as he prepares for the SAT and exposes him to “classic� foundational literature, but disciples your child as well with a daily Bible study regimen that prepares him for Christian life on the college campus and beyond. This sends the sure message that daily Christian training should never take a back seat to the training of the intellect. The course consists of 150 lessons that can be completed over the course of one, two, or three years. Using the 3-year plan (which the author highly recommends), students complete one lesson per week the first year, two lessons/week the second year, and three lessons/week the third year. Under the 2-year plan, students complete three lessons per week both years. The one-year “crash course� plan has students work at the rate of one lesson/day. The 3-year plan is preferable, making it possible for your student to consume many more of the referenced literature selections. In case you’re wondering why literature is such as integral part of the course, in Dr. Stobaugh’s words, “Reading good books is the single best preparation for the SAT verbal section.�

    The three main components of the course are: the daily devotion, reading and vocabulary exercises, and math, verbal, and writing exercises. Each lesson begins with a Scripture quotation and reference that can be used as the daily devotional on lesson days. The scripture is followed by the introduction to a book to be read, or a narrative excerpt or a short essay correlated to the basic theme of the lesson, followed by a thought-provoking question. Next is devotional journal time. It is suggested that students using this course spend 30 minutes/day at devotions. A reproducible form, providing an outline for this activity, is included in the appendix. Students who are using the 2- or 3-year plans should choose from one of the targeted scriptures provided in the appendix, or select their own Scripture for meditation on days between lessons. Reading and vocabulary activities come next. It is recommended that students read an average of 30-50 pages per day. Although not mandatory, I would guess that they would want to first read the selections mentioned in the lessons, since their interest in these would probably be piqued. Just looking at the course, it seems that it would be difficult to read all of the selections referred to, especially for students beginning the course in the 10th or 11th grades.

    The author includes a bibliography representing a “comprehensive cross-section of good literature� in the appendix. These were chosen with an eye to selections made by Christian and public colleges in their literature studies and grouped for 9th/10th graders and for 11th graders. You are also free to substitute any titles with ones of your own choosing, though, again, I would guess students would want to read ones referenced in the lessons. Vocabulary words for study are often taken from these works, as well. Students are instructed to make up vocabulary cards for words presented in the lesson as well as unfamiliar words in their reading. A suggested format for these is supplied in the appendix. Lessons continue with Critical Reading passages (and questions) and Critical Thinking questions, usually related to the theme of the lesson. Every fourth lesson includes a writing assignment, again based on the theme of the most recent series of lessons. The writing assignments include all forms of writing. Lessons also contain problems to solve in preparation for the math portion of the SAT test. A kind of “last thought� for the lesson appears in the sidebar. Many of these are test-taking hints and tips for the SAT. Others are meaningful quotations or further literary introductions. These latter are usually tied to the theme of the lesson as established by the Scripture.

    A complete answer key is provided at the end of the lessons. In addition to answers for the objective questions, there are sample essays of each type assigned – very helpful in understanding the nature of the assignment. The useful Appendices include items previously mentioned plus a bibliography of critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies and a meaty section titled “Remedy for College Admission Essays Jitters� . This section includes essential information for the Christian student on surviving and thriving in a secular college setting as well as a collection of 50 sample college admission essays.

    Compared to other SAT preparation courses we carry (Cracking the SAT and Kaplan’s Guide to the SAT), this course has a totally different “feel� emphasizing long-term academic, spiritual, and mental preparation rather than intense test-taking strategy and content review. This course seems more heavily weighted toward the Verbal and Writing part of the SAT, so students might want to supplement with 100 SAT Math Tips and How to Master Them Now! or consult the Cracking the SAT book for additional test-taking strategies and tips. They should also follow Dr. Stobaugh’s advice and take a practice SAT test every two months during this time. A good source for these practice tests is the 10 Real SATs book or those included with other SAT prep books. These tests provide annotated answers (detailed explanations about why a particular answer is the correct choice). That being said, this is a quality, well-designed course that will prepare students both for challenges in college and for their daily walk as Christians. 425 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 035534
    ISBN: 9781938176203
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    Im a planner-aholic, and Ive probably used a planner since fourth grade, but I got very excited when I saw these wonderful daily planners. These are a great way to help your children stay on-time and on-track with their various assignments while enriching their lives with Gods Word! There are planners geared towards elementary (grades 3-6), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). Planners are dated by year, and we stock current editions.

    The full-color Large Elementary School Planner is 8 1/2 x 11, is spiral-bound and 3-hole punched, and is dated from August to July. Each month begins with a calendar to keep track of all of your events and has a scripture theme. Then there are weekly Monday through Friday, two-page layout calendars which provide ample space to record your assignments under the subject categories provided (Bible/Religion, Math, Reading/English, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling/Vocabulary). Space is also provided for you to record your prayer requests and memory verses. Games, puzzles, and scripture verses (from the NIV translation) are interspersed throughout the planner for when you need a little break from homework. The back of the planner also includes helps such as study hints, instructions on how to write a paper, parts of speech, commonly misspelled words, a world map, a U.S. map, and much more.

    The Large Middle School Planner differs slightly from the elementary version in that it is offered in both NIV and KJV versions, has different monthly themes, and has different subject categories (Bible/Religion, Math, Social Studies, Science, and English, plus room for assignments in other subjects). Otherwise, the planner is similar, but has a slightly more mature feel.

    The Small Secondary School Planner is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, is spiral-bound (but not 3-hole punched), and does not have games and puzzles. The 2-page Monday through Saturday calendar is more open-ended as subjects are not listed. Even though it is half the size, there is still plenty of space for your child to keep track of everything going on in their life.

  • Item #: 027998
    ISBN: 9781438000190
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    When youre studying for the SAT, you want the most up-to-date guide available. Students taking the SAT will greatly benefit from the timely advice, helpful strategies and tips, example questions reflective of the actual exams, and six practice SAT exams offered in this book. The first section of the book familiarizes students with the test. These chapters outline each part of the exam and the types of questions you will encounter. This section also provides future SAT takers with "winning tactics for the SAT" including advice on setting goals, pacing yourself, guessing, and simple techniques to apply when taking the test. In the second unit, you will find a diagnostic SAT designed to helps students identify the core areas that need improvement before taking the actual test. Following this mock-SAT test are answers, directions for calculating your raw score on each section, and fully explained answers for each question. The third section delves into each section of the test. These chapters cover each kind of question asked and all of the skills needed to successfully work through each part of the SAT. The critical reading chapters offer tactics, examples, and plenty of practice questions and answers on sentence completion and critical reading questions. The final chapter of this section focuses on vocabulary, which is essential for understanding and correctly answering the reading questions. This chapter holds 3,500 words and definitions, including SAT high-frequency words and hot prospects word lists. Prefixes, suffixes, and roots are also discussed. The back of the book contains 200+ sturdy, perforated flashcards of many of the high-frequency words and students are encouraged to add other words to this collection. The SAT also includes a writing section, which contains both grammar and usage multiple choice questions as well as a 25-minute essay. The chapters covering the writing section includes a review of crucial grammar and usage topics appearing on the test as well as highlighting a dozen specific errors frequently found in the SAT, and tactics for three types of writing skills questions: identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs along with practice in each area. The last chapter in this section prepares students for the essay portion by outlining the scoring process and offering tips on familiarizing yourself with the type of essay questions generally asked, brainstorming and outlining, and tactics to use when writing the actual essay. Sample essays, scored 6-1, show the standards used to grade the essay. The last component of the SAT is mathematics. The first chapter covering this area provides in-depth explanations for 17 practical strategies and tactics to use in the mathematics section and ends with practice exercises. The second chapter offers a detailed review of the math concepts covered on the test and practice in each specific area. The format of these chapters allows students to see which areas they need to review so they can focus on those topics. The remaining chapters, which comprise the fourth unit of this guide, hold five model tests complete with answer keys, self-evaluations, and answer explanations, for practice, practice, and more practice. Steph

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
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    Subtitled Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age, I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldnt find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, Latin Expressions are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like caveat emptor, or etc. and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Dont underestimate how these little sparks of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach out of a book, the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasnt had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! Jess

  • Item #: 045487
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    By the same author as Spelling Plus, Susan Anthony, comes this program specifically for high school students. This is a one-year review of words most frequently misspelled by high school students, and in fact they account for over half of that groups misspellings. This list of 388 words overlaps with the word list in Spelling Plus, so if your student has completed Spelling Plus there is no need for them to complete Spell Well. This course incorporates the same techniques set forth in Spelling Plus and is a pretty straightforward approach to learning to spell words. A list of the 388 words in order of frequency of misspelling is given, followed by pages with the list broken down into 20-word groups for students to keep for review and spelling lists for daily practice. Suggestions for daily practice follow a specific formula - spell the word and read it, trace the word and read it, cover the model/write the word and read it, check from the model, check and correct the word you wrote, and close your eyes/spell the word and say it. Give a test on Friday and place misspelled words on the blank lines of student lists for repeated practice. Suggested dictation sentences are listed at the back of the book for use with each weeks spelling list. If youve done the math, you know there are only 24 lists total, which isnt enough to do a new list each week for an entire school year. The author suggests that you use holiday weeks for review testing and additional study of difficult words. The goal of this program is mastery, which is the ability to spell a word correctly every time. By following the procedures in this book, students will practice the correct words in a way that should cement the spellings in their mind. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 034591
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    From 500 A.D. to 1530 A.D., this literature approach to history takes students through the medieval period via some of the best classic and historic literature available. Students read works by classic authors such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Sir Walter Scott. They learn about heroic figures of the time like Wycliffe, Tyndale, Joan of Arc, Luther, Saladin and more. This one-year course has been revised and the publishers have broken the study into two guides; one for intermediate/junior high grades, and one for high school. The guides are now full-color. The Intermediate/Junior High guide features 35 weekly lessons with reading assignments, mapping activities, research and discussion topics, hands-on and craft suggestions, vocabulary lists and more.

    Resources for each guide are listed below; if a resource is used in both levels, it is marked with an (*).

  • Item #: 001502
    ISBN: 9780890517109
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    A heavy-duty (and thoroughly Christian) writing course, recently revised. Use this course by itself or with its companion volume, Literary Analysis: An Introduction (see Reading section) for a complete English course. The author guides the student through various types of writing experiences by supplying ample explanation, a model (generally written by himself or one of his children), and plenty of practice! Each of the 35 lessons (formerly 26) should take approximately a week to complete. Students read through the lesson on the first day. Each lesson focuses on a specific type of writing and highlights a Writing Style skill. Warm-up essay subjects are provided for each day. These are intended to be short (one page or less) and take no more than a half hour to complete. Journal Writing (really, Bible study and reflection) is also intended to be done daily; the author suggests journaling through 1 Kings. A form for this is included in the books appendix. It is also expected that the student will read 35-50 pages in a good book each night, creating an index card vocabulary deck as he goes. To help in selecting appropriate literature, the author has included a list of books that should be read before graduating from high school. Because of the extemporaneous speech expected at the end of lesson 15, the student should also be keeping an extemporaneous file to prepare. During the week, the student will also be working on the major writing assignment for the lesson which corresponds to the writing skill being taught. Specific instructions for these (length and requirements) are given at the end of each lesson. Types of writing include: description, eyewitness account, summary report, firsthand experience, character profile, historical profile, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, literary analysis, case/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution, explanatory, and a major research paper. This last writing project covers a ten-week span and lessons focus on the skills and steps involved in producing a first-rate research paper from inception to conclusion. In addition to written assignments and the extemporaneous speech (since this is a writing and speaking course), in lesson 6 assignments include the presentation of an original oratory. As mentioned before, each weeks lesson includes study of a writing style technique or tip. These include: focus, combining sentences, expanding sentences, writing complete sentences, clear sentences, transitions, choosing the right word, quotation marks, and footnotes/endnotes. A very thorough (and demanding) course for your middle grader!

    A Teachers Edition is also available to help you get the most out of this program. For each lesson in the student book, it provides teaching plans, assessment goals, and evaluation tools to determine your students level of progress. The course is flexible enough to adjust the pacing for any student, but plans designed specifically for special needs learners to gain the maximum possible benefit from the study are included. For each weekly lesson, daily suggested activities and assignments are given. Additional teaching tips and activity ideas are included in the book and in the appendices. A DVD is also included with the Teacher Edition, which features the author, James Stobaugh, giving extra insights and encouragement. The Teachers Edition is very valuable in helping you get the most out of the student book and this great course.

  • Item #: 047300
    ISBN: 9780615309514
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Virtually all students take laboratory-based science classes in school. But if students do not write lab reports, they miss a tremendous opportunity for assimilating and learning from the experiment. Little better are experiments in which students fill out canned lab reports that assist students with information on experimental procedures, shepherd them through the process of taking and organizing data, and frame conceptual questions they must address about their experimental results. Our view is that lab reports based on canned lab manuals fall far short of what is necessary for students to engage fully with the laboratory exercise and to develop solid skills in communicating experimental goals, procedures and results.The only real way to address the learning goals of the experiment is for students to write their lab reports from scratch using a clear technical writing style, explaining the experiment in their own words, and presenting their results using tables and graphs formatted according to universal standards for the publication of scientific research. The obvious challenge here is that teaching students to do this without appropriate resources is nearly impossible. There is so much involved in a scientific report that classroom teachers can rarely take class time to explain it all to students with adequate detail and representative examples to emulate. The Student Lab Report Handbook fills this crucial resource need. The manual is designed to be given to students at the beginning of the 9th grade year. Students keep their copies of The Handbook as a consumable text for their independent use during their next four years of science course work. The Handbook is also appropriate for use by students in undergraduate science lab courses at college where reports written from scratch are the norm. The Student Lab Report Handbook includes detailed descriptions of every aspect of writing an effective lab report including, -A complete, annotated lab report outline, including standard section headings and essential content for each section -Instruction on technical writing style and formatting, including appropriate vocabulary and syntax. Good work in science requires carefully developed ability to observe, to document with accuracy, to take measurements properly, and to communicate effectively -Instructions for using lab journals for documenting experimental methods and data -Requirements for formatting and printing the report -Descriptions of academic standards for naming, titling, formatting and referring to tables, graphs and figures -Step-by-step instructions for preparing graphs using Microsoft Excel on both PCs and Macs, including color screen shots so that students can see what appropriately formatted graphs look like -Thorough descriptions of how to calculate experimental error, estimate experimental uncertainty, and account for the difference between experimental and predicted values -Descriptions of common lab report deficiencies and how to correct them -Four complete sample lab reports representing different levels of sophistication and different scientific disciplines The Student Lab Report Handbook is faith-neutral and suitable for use in any high school and undergraduate college science class.
  • Item #: 022441
    ISBN: 9780470539507
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    Whether you view the internet as a friend or foe, it is here to stay! Unfortunately, preparing our young people to wisely use the internet may be challenging for many of us who are still learning the pitfalls of the online world ourselves. Let me introduce you to iSafe. iSafe is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and empower students (and parents!) to safely and responsibly take control of their internet experiences. iSafe Internet Life Skills Activities contains five chapters: Taking Charge Online, Interacting Online, Put the Internet to Work for You, Other Online Considerations and Use the Internet to Move Forward. These five chapters cover computer security risks and online topics such as: banking, retail shopping, research, social networking, relationships, gaming, job hunting, tax preparation, wireless usage (network and public), online education and much more! Designed to be a self-guided teaching tool, this activity book contains a two-page teacher guide, vocabulary lists, discussion questions, writing activities, think-about-it activities to analyze and evaluate internet content, and reviews. Helpful sections in the back include topical index, quizzes, answer keys, and Go Online section summaries. Although written for the high school student, there is valuable internet safety information for older elementary students and even parents to glean. SC. 142 pgs. Reproducible. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 026519
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    For those learners who learn best by doing, this supplement offers some applicable suggestions for activities with physical and chemical changes. 78 reproducible pages divided into 10 units cover historical perspective, chemistry, elements, four states of matter, structure of matter, physical properties of matter, understanding solids/liquids/gases, physical changes of matter, chemical changes of matter, and evidence of chemical change. The front of the book offers an explanation to the teacher/parent on how to use this book, and each unit begins with a full page of teacher information that includes the topic, correlation to standards, the concepts to be covered, a lesson planner, an extension activity, and a real world application. Student activity pages include student information pages that introduce the concept and vocabulary through a reading passage; a one-page quick check that evaluates comprehension using matching, fill-in-the-blank, time lines, labeling, identifying, etc.; two or more knowledge builder activities provide application through labs and data collecting; and there is an occasional inquiry investigation which is an extension activity. The back of the book is a great reference section and includes definitions, answer keys, national standards, resources for further investigation, and more. Turn your science class from drab to lab with the addition of this helpful and easy-to-use supplement. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 042101
    ISBN: 9780942389043
    Retail: $19.95
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    There are so many great hands-on activity books available for young children its nice to see a resource for older ones! Rosalie and Charles Baker, founders and co-editors of Calliope magazine, have compiled this informational activity resource for students learning about ancient Greece and Rome. The five main chapters are organized in an interesting way - each focuses on Ancient Greece or Romes struggles with a challenging competitor. Chapters include: Persia vs. Greece, Greece vs. Rome, Carthage vs. Rome, Gaul vs. Rome and Egypt vs. Rome. In this way we learn about the political and landscape of the time, great kings and military leaders, historic battles, culture, and more. Each chapter begins with a summary of the conflict, followed by short articles that focus on specific battles, people, related stories, and other cultural tidbits. After the articles, youll find a short play related to chapters topic, with a cast of 7-12 characters. These could be fun for reading aloud or for performing if enough participants are available. Plays are followed by projects, such as making a Greek chiton, building a model Roman camp, or hosting a Roman dinner. Please note that several projects relate to religious customs or holidays celebrated by the Greeks and the Romans, and you may wish to simply read about the custom instead of replicating it. Two puzzle pages follow, with crosswords and other worksheet activities based on vocabulary and facts from the articles. Youll find answers to these in the back of the book. Finally, youll find a Companion section at the end of each chapter with ideas for additional research including comparison topics, essay and report topics, topics for debate, and suggested additional activities. Although recommended for the upper elementary and middle school grades, many of these activities would be of interest to older and younger students to do with a family or co-op. Pages may be reproduced for one classroom or family only. 184 pgs, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 030550
    ISBN: 9781607148654
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.50
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Kaplan guarantees that readers will improve their SAT score using guidesor get their money back. Vocabulary is a critical part of studying for the SATs. Memorizing words that are written on flashcards can be difficult because they are not put in the context of a sentence. Kaplans SAT Score-Raising Classics make learning SAT vocabulary words easier and more enjoyable for students. Classic novels that are taught throughout high school can now be read while learning vocabulary words that frequently appear on the SAT exam. Designed for easy use, these books feature the actual text on one side of the page, with the word definitions on the opposite side. In addition, the vocabulary words are in easy-to-spot bold typeface throughout. Each Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classic features: The complete text of the classic novel Hundreds of vocabulary words tested on the SAT exam Definitions for each highlighted work on the facing page A pronunciation guide An index for easy reference Kaplans SAT Score-Raising Classics series give readers get an invaluable learning tool and an enjoyable reading experience.
  • Item #: 010792
    ISBN: 9781882514304
    Retail: $18.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.50
    After being out of print for a while, its a pleasure to have this study once again available. With an emphasis on interactive discussion and worldview, the guide provides a lesson-by-lesson framework for studying some of the major works of ancient literature The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Using an inductive approach, the student is encouraged to use three steps observation, interpretation, and application in coming to an understanding of the literary piece. Only after spending some time reading, absorbing, and comprehending the selection does the student seek to discover what others have said about it. The goal is for the student to be able and prepared to evaluate the opinions of others because they have formed their own thoughts first as opposed to just internalizing what others have thought and written.

    The course is divided into 24 lessons, each one taking about a week to complete. This is just about right for the literature component of a high school English course. You could easily lengthen the course to encompass the entire school year (30 or 36 weeks) by inserting writing assignments between the sections. As an example, lets look at the study of Oedipus Rex, which starts with some background information on the Greek Theater. This is to bring the student up to speed so to speak and includes all the basic information that a Greek theater-goer would know such things as the story of Oedipus, how the play is organized, and who appears in the play. There are five lessons covering this reading selection, each organized similarly. First is a list of People and Places along with vocabulary that the student is expected to be able to identify and define. Then follows some reading sections, each accompanied by a set of comprehension questions (i.e. who, what, describe, how, etc.) An early lesson in the series gives some instruction on a literary analysis device Dramatic Irony and subsequent lessons ask the student to look for examples. In the second lesson in the series, an Overview Chart is introduced. The student uses this graphic organizer to identify and organize the main events and characters from the play. The series of lessons concludes with an in-depth Essay Question. The course includes four lessons on biblical literature and the Epic of Gilgamesh, four on The Odyssey, five lessons on Oedipus, five on Antigone (please note that both Sophocles Antigone and the twentieth century play by Jean Anouilh are studied), and a final summary lesson.

    The text is designed as a consumable student workbook providing space to write the short essay answers to the comprehension/discussion questions. It could easily be used as a non-consumable by having the student keep answers in a separate binder/notebook. There are no answers given or an answer key. The parent/teacher is encouraged to be a participant along with the student in completing the readings and discussions. Although I understand this rationale and even agree that this approach is optimum, nevertheless, speaking as a mom, I would have appreciated some talking points.

    Compared to some, this is a relaxed study. This should not be interpreted as lightweight. Theres plenty here both in organization and in the literature selections and discussion to provide a challenging examination of ancient literature. One of the best features of the entire course is the fact that it starts with a four-lesson study of Daniel (the literature and culture of the Babylonians) and Genesis (creation, flood, and Tower of Babel) in order to assure that the student is well-grounded in biblical events and principles. Another excellent feature is the final worldview lesson. Although most ancient literature is the literature of pagans, this study provides the biblical grounding to make certain the study is profitable.

    Although a specific book list is not provided, its obvious that specific versions of these works are being referenced because of the page numbers given throughout the lessons. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 006237
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    From 500 A.D. to 1530 A.D., this literature approach to history takes students through the medieval period via some of the best classic and historic literature available. Students read works by classic authors such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Sir Walter Scott. They learn about heroic figures of the time like Wycliffe, Tyndale, Joan of Arc, Luther, Saladin and more. This one-year course has been revised and the publishers have broken the study into two guides; one for intermediate/junior high grades, and one for high school. The guides are now full-color. The Intermediate/Junior High guide features 35 weekly lessons with reading assignments, mapping activities, research and discussion topics, hands-on and craft suggestions, vocabulary lists and more.

    Resources for each guide are listed below; if a resource is used in both levels, it is marked with an (*).

  • Item #: 013273
    Retail: $98.95
    Rainbow Price: $79.16

    An easy program to use, for both student and teacher. This three CD-ROM set contains a years worth of lessons in consumer mathematics. The Switched-On Schoolhouse program creates an interactive learning environment by combining written instruction with video clips, audio clips, animation, and vocabulary games (thats right, even in math its important to learn the appropriate vocabulary). Like other Switched-On Schoolhouse subjects, this computer-based course is NOT intended for self-study. Personal instruction is required. This software is not intended to replace the teacher, but to free up some of the teachers time by taking care of administrative tasks such as grading and writing lesson plans.

    This course consists of the following ten units: basic math review, personal finance, statistics, taxes & insurance, banking & credit goods, purchase & sale of goods, leisure & travel & retirement, job-related services, and consumer math review. Each unit contains approx. twenty lessons, two to five quizzes, and one unit test. Once the teacher sets up the student calendar, lesson plans are automatically generated by evenly spreading the course work over the total number of school days. Up to five students can be registered on this software, and access for each student is password protected.

    One feature I really enjoyed using was the message posting system. Before each new lesson, the teacher can skim the material and post hints or explanations to potentially confusing sections. During the lesson, the student can read these messages and post his or her own comments and questions (which is really useful if the teacher is not on-hand to answer questions when the lesson is actually completed). The more familiar the teacher is with the course content, the easier it will be to answer student questions, especially since answer keys, but not solutions, are provided. Although no recommended grade levels were given, I would consider this elective a high school level course. System requirements: Windows XP (Service Pack 3)/ Vista (Service Pack 2)/7/8; CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended). - Anh

  • Item #: 035342
    ISBN: 9781937494124
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $28.95
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) The Wise Woman enchants readers while it contrasts the ugliness of pride, selfishness and conceit with the beauty of humility, sacrifice, and compassion. By offering students 16 to 24 literary analysis questions per chapter, this 160-page spiral bound edition teaches critical thinking in a way that is engaging and transformational. Not for Women Only Do not let the title deceive youthis elegant fable is not for girls and women only. It captivates boys and men as well. Prepare to encounter sleek wolves, slobbering hyenas, and an assortment of beasts that go bump in the night. Step into enchanted rooms with pictures that become doorways into the familiar or the fantastic. Witness weak-willed parents who blindly overindulge their childrenand reap the destructive consequences. Meet a fearlessly loving and wise woman who confronts stubborn ignorance and ugly pride with unflinching discipline, truth, and grace. How to Use This Book The Wise Woman is a perfect story for a family to read together curled up on the couch under a warm afghan or after a meal. (It is only fair to warn you: once you read the first chapter, you might not put it down. More than one mom has stayed up late to read after her children have gone to bed.) Read each chapter and discuss the literary analysis questions and vocabulary. Clear writing requires clear thinking. The exercise of formulating and writing answers will strengthen your students thinking and communication skills. Middle school and high school students create a profound keepsake as they write their answers in the book.
  • Item #: 025147
    ISBN: 9781616017729
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Going to school for the first time is an exciting, highly anticipated event for both parents and their young children. Though that time may be a year or two away, it is not too early to begin preparing your child for a successful school experience. This book includes quick, engaging activities that will help your child learn the letters and their sounds, skills young children need for school success. While these activities may seem simplistic, their mastery is essential. Repetition is key but remember to have fun! Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Visual discrimination Letter/sound knowledge Matching Vocabulary development Letter identification Penmanship Phonemic awareness HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING Work with your child in a quiet, calm setting. Complete some activities together, acknowledge your childs progress, and respond to his or her comfort level. Keep a positive attitude, and provide words of encouragement to support your childs journey in becoming a lifelong learner. Have your child trace letters on a surface such as cloth or sand and say the corresponding sound as each letter is written. Write letters on sticky notes, and have your child match them to objects inside the house. For example, place a D on a door. Place magnetic letters on the refrigerator for your child to practice letter names, letter sounds, and word formation. Encourage your child to look for and identify letters in his or her environment, such as on signs, food boxes, and menus.
  • Item #: 025104
    ISBN: 9781616017651
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Going to school for the first time is an exciting, highly anticipated event for both parents and their young children. Though that time may be a year or two away, it is not too early to begin preparing your child for a successful school experience. Every day your child is acquiring skills needed for entry into the world beyond family and home. This book provides practice in tracing skills that promote profi ciency in handwriting and other fine motor activities your child will encounter in Kindergarten. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Hand-eye coordination Fine motor development Letter recognition Color words vocabulary HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING Work with your child in a quiet, calm setting. Have your child trace paths by finger first. Provide a selection of writing tools, such as colored chalk or pencils, markers, and crayons, to keep the activities engaging. Complete some activities together. Keep a positive attitude, and provide words of encouragement to support your childs journey in becoming a lifelong learner.
  • Item #: 025247
    ISBN: 9781616017941
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Sight words are those words that readers should instantly recognize. They are among a group of high-frequency words that compose 75% of the words that children encounter in text and use in their own writing on a daily basis. Many of these sight words do not follow standard phonics rules or spelling patterns, which makes them difficult for early readers to recognize and sound out. Children just learning to read can build both fluency and comprehension skills when they learn to read and write basic sight word vocabulary quickly and automatically. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Sight word recognition Reading and writing of 100 sight words Visual discrimination Vocabulary development Following directions Beginning reading and writing skills HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING As each set of four sight words is introduced, write them on index cards for extra and frequent practice with your child. See page 2 for a list of 100 sight words introduced in this book. Provide magnetic letters for your child to use in building sight words. Have your child write sight words with chalk or paint them with water on the sidewalk. Keep a Magna Doodle in the car to practice the words. Point out sight words in books you read with your child.
  • Item #: 025257
    ISBN: 9781616017835
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Sight words are those words that readers should instantly recognize. They are among a group of high-frequency words that compose 75% of the words that children encounter in text and use in their own writing on a daily basis. Many of these sight words do not follow standard phonics rules or spelling patterns, which makes them difficult for early readers to recognize and sound out. Children just learning to read can build fluency and comprehension skills when they learn to read and write basic sight word vocabulary quickly and automatically. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Sight word recognition Fluent reading and writing of 100 sight words Visual discrimination Vocabulary development Following directions Beginning reading and writing skills HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING As each set of four sight words is introduced, write them on index cards for extra and frequent practice with your child. See page 2 for a list of 100 sight words introduced in this book. Have your child build sight words with magnetic letters. Have your child write sight words with chalk or paint them with water on the sidewalk. Keep a Magna Doodle in the car to practice words on the go. Point out sight words in books you read with your child.
  • Item #: 031116
    ISBN: 9780929895048
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    You know an approach to grammar is different when students and teachers are giggling. Indeed, Jane Kiesters 10-step approach to teaching grammar is rather amusing, with the bonus of being extremely effective, which certainly sets it apart from many other grammar books! How does Jane keep her classes giggling through grammar? The Caughtya. In essence, the Caughtya is one or two sentences of a continuous, humorous story, filled with grammar errors that the teacher wants to eliminate. In this book, Jane walks you through how the Caughtya works and exactly how to integrate this approach in your own classroom. She starts by inviting you into her classroom to see how she uses the Caughtya and then breaks down the process into ten easy steps. Ten steps may sound intimidating, but each one is a very small piece and the entire task only takes 5-10 minutes a day. In short, the ten steps consist of composing the daily Caughtya sentence by deciding on a plot, the skills and a vocabulary word to address that day, writing the sentence down incorrectly on the board and critiquing students as they copy the Caughtya on their own paper correctly, and concluding by checking the sentence together with the whole class, then having the students mark their mistakes, count up their own errors, and turn in their work. The complete, detailed explanations of each step are found in chapter 2. The third chapter focuses on how to evaluate the Caughtya, with thorough directions on checking and grading the content as well as the format, using real students Caughtyas as examples. Chapter 4 goes beyond the basics and describes how to use Caughtyas as a tool to teach other grammar skills such as spelling, diagramming sentences, and writing, among other tips. This chapter also holds sample spelling practices and Caughtya grammar tests with answer keys. Assuming that many teachers may find the idea of creating their own funny story plot and outline a bit daunting, Jane includes six sample story ideas in chapter 5, two each for elementary, middle, and high school classes, tried and very successful in classrooms. These suggestions serve as a plot for you to flesh out through your daily Caughtya sentences, each one offering a tidbit of the funny tale to anticipating students. If the task of writing your own sentences based on a given outline still sounds too hard, then youll appreciate chapters 6-8, which each hold 100 daily Caughtya sentences for your use until you are comfortable writing them yourself. Each of these chapters holds sentences for one of the sample stories from each grade level and gives you the passage written incorrectly and correctly, with the skills covered and vocabulary word. With her helpful, personal writing style, Jane Keister leaves you encouraged and fully prepared to catch your own giggling grammar students. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 025348
    ISBN: 9781616018047
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Research has shown that repetition is essential for the brain to learn and recall information. The engaging games and puzzles in this book will provide your child with repeated practice of grade-level-appropriate vocabulary and language skills. Becoming fluent, or automatic, with these skills helps develop reading fluency and build a strong foundation in reading comprehension, an important skill for academic success. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Phonics Tricky spelling patterns Sight words/high-frequency words Synonyms and antonyms Contractions Prefixes and suffixes Classifying words HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING Work with your child in a quiet, calm setting. Make sure your child understands the directions before beginning each activity. Acknowledge your childs progress, and respond to his or her comfort level. Keep a positive attitude, and provide words of encouragement to support your childs journey in becoming a lifelong learner.
  • Item #: 050020
    ISBN: 9780981999005
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $179.00

    What a treasure! Im mourning the fact that I no longer have students in my home. I would love to go through this course with them. If there was anything even remotely like it back then, I was unaware of it. This course combines music history (learning about composers) with music appreciation (learning about their music) and shows how they interweave with as well as impact the intricate fabric of western culture. The scope of the course is breathtaking a survey of 300 years (right before 1600 to the edge of WWI) of Western Music and Arts. The author, Carol Reynolds, is a well-loved professor of music history who supplies students with an abundance of primary and secondary sources and encourages her students to learn from them. The course shes provided is professionally well-done, comprehensive in its depth and scope, amazing in its use of musicians and cultural backdrops and, in short, magnificent. In her words, the history of music makes sense only when it is combined with the history of science, politics, conquests, religious movements, and the other arts. . . . . Music has the ability to enlighten, enliven, and enshrine in our memory the interaction of history, science, and art.

    Just to whet your appetite, heres whats provided in the unit on Mozart: a lecture that includes pictures from the Big Band era and rock and roll (to illustrate the similarity in terms of musical change between the Baroque and the following period), examples of music played on a piano that merge into orchestral presentations, pictures of political figures, art, architecture, places, clothing, a sub-lecture that shows how a grand piano works, vocabulary defined, dozens of musical examples. Through all of this, Mrs. Reynolds sweeping commentary takes us from Mozart throughout Europe and even colonial America showing us relationships and a continual historical perspective. While the workbook provides notes (dates, places, definitions, etc.), the student will need to pay attention to the lecture in order to fill in all the blanks. Questions involve extrapolation from the lecture rather than just a regurgitation of it. The lecture introduces many musical compositions; listening to the CDs will provide others, but its expected that the student continues to learn by drawing on provided internet sources.

    There are 17 units:

  • Using music history to unlock western culture
  • Music entwined with great events in western history
  • Technology, terminology, and cultural perspective
  • Fanfare and power: the court of Louis XIV
  • Sweeping away the Renaissance into the Baroque
  • Liturgical calendar, street parties, and the new church music
  • A lively journey through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Enlightenment, classicism and the astonishing Mozart
  • In the abyss: the century struggles with unfettered imagination
  • Beethoven as hero and revolutionary
  • Salons, poetry, and the power of the song
  • A tale of four virtuosi and the birth of the tone poem
  • Nationalism and explosion of romantic opera
  • The absolutely new world of Wagner
  • Imperial Russia a cultural odyssey
  • Load up the wagons: the story of American music
  • Turning the page on western tradition with the explosion of war
  • Course components include a set of DVDs (lively lectures that include on location film clips, interviews, and a wealth of information; professionally done), a set of Audio CDs (solo and orchestra performances), and a Workbook that will ultimately become a resource/reference for the student when the course is completed. The Workbook provides the students path through the course. The pages for each unit provide a list of Key Figures and Places, Vocabulary, Notable Dates, suggestions for Listening (some of which are included on the CDs), and a listing of Websites for further research. The Putting It All Together section provides study projects for the student and the Viewing Guide provides a place for note-taking through the lecture series. Also included in the Workbook is a set of Quizzes for each unit, texts and translations for the music provided, and an answer key for both the Quizzes and the Viewing Guide pages.

    Although it doesnt say so, this course seems like it was developed with homeschoolers in mind all instruction is directed toward the student so a motivated student could work somewhat independently (although in my home, I would have wanted to be learning these things right along with my student). Easily a full high school credit in Music History/Appreciation, it might be more properly called by an old-fashioned name Humanities.

    The Teachers Manual is available as a CD-ROM and includes pdf files for the following: Syllabus, a unit-by-unit Course Plan, four Exams with Answer Keys, and a Listening Plan. Appendices include a Listening Selection Chart and a Listening Progress Form. Although not absolutely necessary, this does provide some nice features and gives the course a little more cohesive feel. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 025193
    ISBN: 9781616017705
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Going to school for the first time is an exciting, highly anticipated event for both parents and their young children. Though that time may be a year or two away, it is not too early to begin preparing your child for a successful school experience. Research has shown that repetition is essential for the brain to learn and recall information. The quick and engaging activities in this book will provide your child with repeated practice of developmentally appropriate math skills and vocabulary. While these activities may seem simplistic, their mastery is essential. To make sense of numbers, children must learn not only the verbal counting sequence 1, 2, 3, but also the way to connect each count with an object known as one-to-one correspondence. In addition, children must understand the fact that the last spoken number corresponds to the number of items being counted. Becoming fluent, or automatic, with these skills helps develop fluency and build a strong foundation in mathematical thinking and reasoning, an important skill for academic success. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Number recognition One-to-one correspondence Matching Writing and identifying number words Counting HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING Work with your child in a quiet, calm setting. Complete some activities together. Provide buttons, coins, or other small items if needed to help your child complete the activities in this book. Find teachable moments in your regular everyday activities, such as when visiting the grocery store, folding laundry, or setting the table, to practice their counting and other math skills.
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