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  • Item #: 020564
    ISBN: 9781567651157
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    This book is broken into eight chapters that approach words from different angles to encourage the student to expand his vocabulary. Before each chapter is a pretest, to gauge the knowledge the student may already have in this area. Following each chapter is a review exercise that encourages the student to apply what he has learned. Chapter One focuses on learning new words from context. It features 160 short passages where the student is instructed to find meanings of words based on context. Chapter Two works on enlarging vocabulary through central ideas with 20 groups of related words. For example, the Eating group contains words such as glutton, palatable, succulent, and voracious. Chapter Three enlarges vocabulary through Anglo-Saxon prefixes by teaching words like fore, so the student can easily know the meanings of forearm, foreboding, foreshadow, etc. Chapter Four does the same with Latin prefixes. Chapter Five teaches words derived from twenty different Latin roots. For example, they first learn that here means stick in Latin and then know such words as adhere, cohere, and incoherent. Chapter Six focuses on Greek roots. Chapter seven expands vocabulary through derivatives. From learning one word like literate, the student will understand the meanings of illiterate, literacy, semiliterate, etc. Chapter Eight works on understanding word relationships and analogies. This chapter is mostly for the student who is unfamiliar with analogy questions or is having difficulty with them. The final chapter is more of a dictionary of the words taught in the text. It is intended as a tool of reference and review. The exercises use short answers, fill in the blank, and multiple-choice questions to familiarize the student with the words. No extra books, such as a dictionary or thesaurus, are needed to complete the exercises because descriptions of words and word parts are given throughout the text. A great resource for teaching students many new words and also giving them the skills needed to better comprehend words, without already knowing the exact definition. The accompanying answer key lists answers to pretests and worksheets. Please call to order the answer key. ~ Rachel S.

  • 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 #: 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. These PDF handouts are also available in printed format in the Student Workbook. 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 #: 036200
    ISBN: 9780071780995
    Retail: $16.00
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    Breaking SAT preparation into seven effective steps, this new book provides students a thorough way to prepare mentally and educationally for the SAT. Step 1 focuses on the basics of the SAT, key principles and general 2400 strategies. Step 2 is dedicated to doing well on the SAT writing and covers essays strategies, improving sentences, and identifying sentence errors, along with specific writing and paragraph improvement strategies. Step 3 is devoted to general and passage-based reading strategies and includes numerous SAT reading passage samples. Also included are SAT vocabulary strategies along with the benefit and art of memorizing vocabulary words. Scoring high on the SAT math section is step 4. While entire books have been written on SAT math skills, this author takes a unique approach by giving students key strategies on recognizing patterns, uncovering hidden concepts and other unconventional methods to help students focus on solving math questions in the most efficient way possible. Step 5 provides students a simulated SAT practice test with scoring instructions. Step 6 offers students the opportunity to analyze their practice test answers, which further prepares them to score well on the SAT. In Step 7, you find a short do and dont checklist to assist students in presenting to the SAT test room with a calm demeanor. According to the author, the students state of mind can significantly impact the SAT score, and this brief checklist may help students relax and enjoy the journey.

    Each step also includes practice sets and answers. The author recommends using a five-section notebook for more efficient SAT preparation. Let this perfect-score student prepare your students for SAT success. PB. 454 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 018664
    ISBN: 9781556370663
    Retail: $14.95
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    These cards help students learn the vocabulary and language skills necessary to tackle the SAT test. Multiple choice questions similar to actual SAT test questions including analogies, sentence completion, words-in-context, and more are featured on 1000 cards, with the answers included on the other side. A great way for them to quiz themselves while preparing for the SAT Verbal test. - Jess
  • Item #: 035534
    ISBN: 9781938176203
    Retail: $8.00
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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 #: 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 #: 027998
    ISBN: 9781438000190
    Retail: $18.99
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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 #: 024975
    ISBN: 9781609781125
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 042775
    ISBN: 9785830315371
    Retail: $18.95
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    This book concentrates on the English portion of the SAT, providing fifty-five short practice activities to acquaint students with the types of English exercises they will encounter on the test. The book is divided into six different sections, each mimicking the questions found on the SAT - Identifying Sentence Errors, Sentence Completions, Reading Comprehension, Improving Sentences, Improving Paragraphs, and Writing. By completing and then scoring these exercises, students will learn which areas (grammar, usage, style, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing) they are competent in and which they need more practice with before taking the actual test. Each section includes approximately nine activities, generally contained on one to two pages. The last section, Writing, includes eleven activities, each a sample of an essay prompt like those found on the SAT which the student responds to through a short essay. Answers are included in the back of the book; for answers to the Writing section there are three sample essays provided. Reproducible, 84 pgs. - Melissa

  • 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 #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
    Retail: $19.95
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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
    ISBN: 9781893103511
    Retail: $27.95
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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
    Retail: $34.99
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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 #: 015357
    ISBN: 9780890517451
    Retail: $17.99
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    Archaeology isnt a common topic for high school study. This Parent Lesson Planenr from Master Books combined with The Archaeology Book, Unwrapping the Pharaohs, and Unveiling the Kings of Israel, provides a full one-year study for one full high school credit. The schedule is set up in 180 daily lessons with space to record due dates and grades. There are also worksheets to complement the reading in each book, along with tests, quizzes, and an answer key. Reproducible worksheets (for homeschool families and groups up to ten) include short answer questions and activities such as Bible readings, timeline and map activities, research, and more. Students will learn about the mechanics of archaeology and vocabulary specific to the study. Maybe you have a future archaeologist this study will get them started with a solid Biblical foundation
  • Item #: 026519
    Retail: $11.99
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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 #: 022441
    ISBN: 9780470539507
    Retail: $29.95
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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 #: 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 #: 056104
    ISBN: 9780980030273
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $27.95
    (Description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Read with the Best American Literature Vol. 2 is a 34 week curriculum that includes literature, extensive vocabulary, critical reading, critical analysis, critical thinking, writing (including an MLA style research paper), and SAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP preparation (see more about this below). Students who complete the curriculum can receive 2 1/4 high school credits or more in literature, composition/writing, and American history. The literature in this course was chosen not only for its literary and analytical quality, but for its moral and inspirational quality as well. Over 250 pages.

    What else is unique about our program? 1) Volume 2 starts with Civil War authors and ends in the late 1930's-1950's with writers of The Great Depression, World War II, and The Communist Red Scare. 2) We use The Norton Anthology of American Literature, a book used in many freshman college classes. 3) Students learn interesting facts about the lives of the authors before they read the material that they wrote. This helps them appreciate and understand their writing so much more. 4) This course is also the equivalent of an SAT/ACT Verbal Preparation Course. SAT/ACT Guides and AP and CLEP Guides were used to write this curriculum. 5) Hands-on activities are included in each lesson to ensure mastery and understanding of the content. 6) Accommodations are made for students with special learning needs, so that students of all levels can complete this curriculum.
  • 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: $21.95
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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 #: 026075
    ISBN: 9781496069467
    Retail: $19.95
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    Two-fer studies are such a good idea. One course; two subjects covered. This particular combination literature and art makes so much sense. Richly illustrated with both full-color reproductions of masterpiece art plus step-by-step art lessons, this book will serve as a reference (for literary terms), an art appreciation course, and a drawing instruction manual. This should give you a little idea of its flexibility. The book is organized around different types/genres of literature: epic poetry, fable, science fiction, novel, and journal writing to name just a few. Each genre is defined plus examples cited (good suggestions for reading lists). Masterpiece art that relates in some way to the genre is provided, and several art projects are described and facilitated. To give you an idea of how this all works, take the example of the segment on free form verse. Starting with some biographical information on Robert Frost (an American master of free form verse), Mrs. Jeffus focuses on a specific poem The Road Not Taken giving website links to where it can be found and read. She then has two artwork examples of paths each very different from the other, and she describes the differences. Then citing another Frost poem this one mentioning a crow she has a short segment on painting birds and references Audubon providing an example of his work with the suggestion that the student reproduce the shapes found in the painting. She continues with the shape theme of the art lesson with examples of other bird paintings by Thorburn and a rabbit by Durer. With the rabbit picture, the student is led through the steps of creating a similar rabbit. Likewise with an owl painting. She ends the segment by noting how we can communicate certain characteristics by artistic additions. For instance, we communicate that an owl is wise by adding a graduation cap and glasses. This segment is longer than some but others follow a similar pattern.

    There are no lesson plans, per se. However, there are reading suggestions throughout plus lots of art projects and even discussion questions. The tone of the course is conversational and comfortable. This course could be completed independently, I think, by a high school student or to varying degrees of accomplishment and with varying amounts of assistance by younger students. A short, illustrated vocabulary and a simple end-of-course test (define genres and give examples) conclude the book. 92 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 013273
    ISBN: 9780740331138
    Retail: $98.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.06

    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 #: 015476
    ISBN: 9780890517277
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95
    Using the True North series and Awesome Science DVD series together, you can teach your students about what the rocks tell us about the earth and its history. This planner pulls them all together to make a full one-year curriculum that equals one high school credit. The 180 daily lesson plans lay it all out for you, along with reproducible worksheets (for ten or less and homeschool families), quizzes and tests, and the answer key. The worksheets include activities, discussion questions, short answer, fill-in-the-blank and vocabulary. The daily schedule is formatted in an easy-to-follow chart that also includes space for assignment due dates and recording grades. Lessons take 30-45 minutes daily, and some labs are suggested but not required. If you have a geology buff in your family, why not take the time to teach them about the geological record from a biblical perspective? ~ Donna
  • Item #: 025104
    ISBN: 9781616017651
    Retail: $4.49
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    (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.
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