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  • Item #: 044316
    ISBN: 9781438001661
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    Expand and improve your vocabulary in just 15 minutes a day with Barrons! For nearly 40 years, this best-selling book has helped countless students (and adults) learn new vocabulary words to assist in their studies, college entrance exams, and overall reading comprehension. This book contains 46 weeks (plus two bonus weeks) of lessons, with each week containing five daily lessons. These lessons introduce five new vocabulary words that students learn by reading a brief passage, completing sample sentences, and matching each word to its definition. An idiom is introduced at the bottom of each lesson page as well (briefly defined, with a sample sentence). Each daily vocabulary lesson is only one page, and the exercises are fun, interesting and bite-sized. The book contains a variety of review exercises to test prior words studied, and the end of the book has a multiple-choice Final Review Test as well as pages containing real-life quotes that use the vocabulary words. Index and answer key included, 397 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • 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 #: 056071
    ISBN: 9781438003658
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    Barrons does such a great job with test prep, and here is another example of that! They keep it simple: tell you what you need to know and how to apply it to an exam. The ACT tests vocabulary in a variety of contexts. Students will be making generalizations, drawing conclusions, comparing, interpreting, formulating & more within the three verbal portions: English, Reading & Writing.

    This vocabulary book is divided into 26 lessons. Each begins with a test-takers anecdote a few short paragraphs with snippets of common errors to avoid. Following is a word bank of 10 words, a manageable number for most students. There is a short definition followed by three sample sentences for each of the ten words and then memory tips, mnemonic tricks, and some matching practice with the vocab words and definitions. At the end of the lesson is a true/false exercise. Answers to the review exercises are in the back along with a glossary. The small format (6x9) makes it handy to toss in a purse or backpack. 193 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • 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 #: 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 #: 013215
    ISBN: 9781438075266
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    Five words a day, 4 days a week, for 52 weeks (plus three bonus weeks!) sound good to you? If you have a high school student in need of vocabulary prep for SAT, ACT, PARCC or other tests, or even a college student who needs to build their vocabulary, here is an effective system that will not add too much to their heavy course load. Based on the best-selling book by the same title, the convenient flashcard format could not be simpler. Double-sided, numbered flashcards (3.75x2.5) come in a nice storage box and are hole-punched to keep them on the included book ring. Definitions are on the back. Sample words include: indiscriminate, replete, automaton, paradox, tinge, interminable, & vigilant. Use your 5th day to review your weekly words. You could use these with your younger high school students and perhaps do 10 words a week instead of 20. Give them bonus points for using the words in their writing! ~ Sara

  • 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
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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 #: 039682
    ISBN: 9780825160608
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    180 thought-provoking exercises for your high school students that require them to call on their vocabulary skills. Varying formats keep practice interesting and appeal to different learning styles. For example: in a word search, find 10 synonyms for small; Correct commonly misspelled words such as papparazi, merangue and abundant; or, come up with 15 words to describe the most beautiful scene you have ever seen! Answers in the back. Pb, 200pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 027998
    ISBN: 9781438003672
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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 #: 057357
    ISBN: 9781609787073
    Retail: $24.99
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    SAT test questions are designed with a progression in difficulty and include a certain number of questions that they expect very, very few students to be able to answer correctly. Most test prep books start with the general and dont even attempt to prepare students for that extremely difficult mini-percentage of questions. However, if you are a student who can zip through the basic questions, you may be one who has a real chance at achieving a 2400 score on the SAT a perfect score. This is the book that will help you. Ignoring the basic questions and the basic strategies, the focus of this book is on the especially tricky concepts and tough questions. Why the push for a perfect or near-perfect score? To get into the school of your dreams.

    There are six sections:

    • 1) An overview of the SAT
    • 2) Critical reading how to handle the hardest Long and Short Reading Passages, with special attention on the difficult Narrative, Science, and Paired Passages. Also include the best strategies for the difficult Sentence Completion questions (those with two blank and hard vocabulary).
    • 3) Writing section how to turn a so-so essay into a top-scoring one as well as the Writing Multiple Choice questions.
    • 4) Math basics- effective strategies for handling the toughest math questions.
    • 5) A follow-up section that deals with the trickiest straight math questions really tough questions that are not word problems.
    • 6) A follow-up section that deals with the ugly SAT Math word problems. There are five strategy chapters within these various sections each with advanced level strategies ending with a practice set to apply them.

    The best test preparation for high scorers involves a combination of taking real or simulated SATs under test-like conditions and studying the tips and techniques for acing the hard questions. This book is all about those tips and techniques. 395 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 006237
    ISBN: 9781893103559
    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 #: 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
    Rainbow Price: $24.95
    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 #: 019539
    ISBN: 9780517548233
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    I am the first to admit that reading a book about economics is not at the top of my list. But once I got into it, I kept reading and reading! The first edition of this book appeared in 1947. Author Henry Hazlitt revised it in 1961 and again in 1978, but dont think for a minute that the information is not relevant to our world today. I found myself drawn into reading about the broken window fallacy. That is, if someone throws a brick through a bakery window, and the owner has to pay a glazier $250 to fix it, the brick-thrower has created work for the glazier. But this is a fallacy because prior to the brick through his window, the baker had a whole window and was planning to use the $250 to buy a new suit. So, the tailor actually lost work due to the brick-thrower. The overall economy is no further ahead due to the brick, get it? There are consequences we can see, such as the glazier getting a $250 window replacement job, and those we cannot see, such as the tailor who never got to make the baker a suit for $250. Its stories such as this that helped me understand economic principles like how need does not equal demand. Building a bridge to create jobs vs. there being a need for a new bridge; it was getting fascinating and kept my attention! Hazlitt made me think of the immediate vs. long-term results of a money decision. I was nervous at first that the language was too sophisticated for most students, but as I got into it, I adapted to the vocabulary and I think a high school student would too. Pb, 14pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 012701
    ISBN: 9780984977291
    Retail: $35.00
    Rainbow Price: $21.95

    Originally written as a one-semester study, this textbook takes a look at the beliefs of evolutionists and creationists side-by-side. Shelby MacFarlane presents the information in a systematic, easy-to-read format. Chapters one through three offer the evolutionist perspective, citing those who contributed to the evolutionary theory and the timeline of its beliefs. Chapters four through ten focus on the creationist perspective, citing scientific evidence against evolution (missing fossil links, fraudulent embryonic drawings of Haeckel and more) as well as the dating methods used today.

    Each chapter is broken into sections, and each section wraps up with discussion sections. Throughout the sections are illustrations and photos to enhance the content, and new terminology and vocabulary are in bold. A glossary at the back of the book offers the definitions of those terms and words. I think what really sets this book apart from some of the others is the readability. Because it is divided into shorter sections with discussion topics, the reader isnt overwhelmed with a sea of words that they feel they will never get through. The sections of this book can be read in shorter time periods; therefore, it can fit into an already busy schedule.

    If you want to use it as a one-semester curriculum at the high school level, there is a resource CD available for purchase. This resource includes pdf.files of tests, vocabulary review, chapter review, concept maps, and a final exam. Students need to hear this before going off to college, where they will hear only one side of the argument. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 035205
    Retail: $10.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

    Originally written as a one-semester study, this textbook takes a look at the beliefs of evolutionists and creationists side-by-side. Shelby MacFarlane presents the information in a systematic, easy-to-read format. Chapters one through three offer the evolutionist perspective, citing those who contributed to the evolutionary theory and the timeline of its beliefs. Chapters four through ten focus on the creationist perspective, citing scientific evidence against evolution (missing fossil links, fraudulent embryonic drawings of Haeckel and more) as well as the dating methods used today.

    Each chapter is broken into sections, and each section wraps up with discussion sections. Throughout the sections are illustrations and photos to enhance the content, and new terminology and vocabulary are in bold. A glossary at the back of the book offers the definitions of those terms and words. I think what really sets this book apart from some of the others is the readability. Because it is divided into shorter sections with discussion topics, the reader isnt overwhelmed with a sea of words that they feel they will never get through. The sections of this book can be read in shorter time periods; therefore, it can fit into an already busy schedule.

    If you want to use it as a one-semester curriculum at the high school level, there is a resource CD available for purchase. This resource includes pdf.files of tests, vocabulary review, chapter review, concept maps, and a final exam. Students need to hear this before going off to college, where they will hear only one side of the argument. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 026519
    ISBN: 9781580375221
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.50

    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
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    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 #: 046714
    Retail: $120.30
    Rainbow Price: $109.95
    (Publisher Description)

    This course, designed for high school students, studies the 15 basic components of cultures from 5000 BC through 2011 AD: Agriculture, Architecture, Communication, Discoveries, Dominant Personalities, Education, Families, Food, Government, Industry, Energy, Military, Religion, Sports, and Transportation. Chapter one begins with evidence of civilization in the Fertile Crescent, and expands to the major continents of the world. A conversational narrative style is designed to engages students. Selected vocabulary words are highlighted and defined to help enrich the students' understanding of the English language. Illustrations and maps are sprinkled through each chapter to create mental images that solidify comprehension of the People, Places, & Events of World History. Character principles are added to each lesson to prompt students to consider how their world view of life is being shaped. This course consists of six chapters. This course is designed for one transcript credit.

  • Item #: 022441
    ISBN: 9780470539507
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $24.50

    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 #: 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 #: 042626
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $189.95
    (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 #: 010713
    ISBN: 9781567047370
    Retail: $54.97
    Rainbow Price: $46.95

    If you have used and liked Sing, Spell, Read & Write Level 1, heres the next step for you. Along with reviewing the phonics skills learned in Level 1, this program also integrates vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, grammar, proofreading, handwriting (manuscript and cursive) and reference skills. This level uses the phonics CD from the level 1 program; there are no CDs in this set. The Level 1 audio CD can be ordered separately if you didnt use the Level 1 program (see Level 1 materials). This is the kit for individual tutoring and it contains Grand Tour workbooks I and II, answer keys for each workbook, teachers manual for cursive writing, a dry erase marker, and a miniature dry marker eraser. This program is easy to use, and there arent a lot of cluttered plans to follow. Directions for everything except the handwriting are printed right in the student books, which are colorful and kid appealing. These consumable books are divided into 18 chapters each. Grand Tour I covers in order a short vowel review; two-vowel words; silent e words, c as s words; āy, y as ī, ge, gi, gy as soft g and y as ē; ed = t and ed = d; ed says ed, silent e, double last consonant before adding a suffix; or words; sh and ch words; er, ir, ur words; th & tch words; ow, ou, and ew words; qu & wh words; and ar words. Grand Tour II includes: aw and au; ing, ang, ong, ung, oy and oi; ōō; tion; silent gh words; ar = or and dge = j; ue, x = cks, ie=ē, eā = ā; ea = ĕ, ear = er, changing f to ves; long I & o, u = ŏŏ, air; ui = ōō, or = er; contractions, āre = air, a = ŏ; c as s, silent w; silent k & l; silent b, g and h; silent t, qu = k, ph = f; ch = k, ss = sh; rule breakers & whacky words, ch = sh, ous; and multi-syllable words. Lessons include a spelling and phonics rule, and a section on language arts skills. The concepts are accompanied by plenty of practice, which includes fill-in the blank, word scrambles, word searches, crosswords, proofreading, etc. There is no shortage of spelling words in this program. Word lists are printed on all of the pages except handwriting practice and proofreading pages. There are over 1400 spelling words in the level 2 program!

    The answer keys are black and white. They are small format student pages (4 per page) with the answers filled in.

    Block manuscript is practiced in Grand Tour I. Letters are presented and practiced in ABC order. The teachers instructions are scripted so there is no room for error when teaching handwriting. Cursive is introduced and practiced in Grand Tour II. The back of each workbook has a high gloss finish and can be written on with the dry erase marker for practice. There are also handwriting practice pages in the lessons. This Homeschool edition of the program does a grand job of teaching the basics for spelling, reading and writing. Each workbook is 176 pages and is not reproducible. ~ Donna

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