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  • Item #: 011655
    ISBN: 9780980030211
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    "Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature Vol. 1." If you're learning to write, why not learn from the best? It's a great concept that's well-implemented in this new writing offering by Jill J. Dixon, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Focusing on descriptive writing, Jill has chosen some of the best literary passages as models, including excerpts from:

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Describing an Object)

    A Christmas Carol (Describing a Place)

    Robinson Crusoe (Describing a Character)

    Wind in the Willows (Writing a Dialogue)

    "Gift of the Magi" (Writing a Short Story)

    "Ants and the Grasshopper" and "Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf" (Writing a Fable)

    "Paul Revere's Ride (Writing Poetry - Ballad or Narrative)

    Each of these nine units is broken into ten 15-to-45-minute daily lessons - though Jill cautions not to progress too quickly if a child has not mastered a skill. Objectives for each day are asterisked and should be read by the teacher before beginning each unit. Since lessons are addressed directly to the student, the program will require minimal teacher time in actually completing each lesson. You will need to do some preparatory instruction, dictation (once per unit), and check work completed. Each unit begins with an excerpt from a "classic", includes a good amount of grammar (parts of speech) instruction, some mechanics, has the student find another good example of the genre being studied (and doing some comparative / grammatical analysis), and culminates with student writing and proofreading. Every unit also includes a dictation exercise from the included (or another) classic excerpt. The student is then to check his result against the written copy. Units are systematic, instruction is clear, and the whole course is well-organized and ready to pick up and go. Jill has included several helps and references also, in the back of the volume. The first is a sheet on "The Characteristics that Make the Best Writing The Best". This is used as the basis for discussion of supplied and found excerpts. A proofreading checklist is included to encourage and help with self-editing. For the parent is a helpful sheet on grading criteria. My only dispute with this is the point (out of five) given for having a "topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end of each paragraph". Just skimming the excerpts included confirm much "great" writing is not "formula" writing. I agree that a beginning writer may need to start out this way - but it makes for boring writing if you insist each paragraph be structured so. Additional Literary Passages for Modeling Writing are included and listed by genre so that you can continue or reuse these lessons again and again with different literature, if desired. For the teacher and student is a How to Write Guide that takes you through the steps for each type of writing. And, lastly, a key to the parts of speech exercises in included for you. All in all, there is a fair amount of grammar and mechanics instruction included in this volume in the context of writing and proofreading, though the author suggests supplementing with Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Editor in Chief or Great Editing Adventures if you feel you need more specific or intensive instruction. Other recommended materials are a dictionary and thesaurus for each student. A writing or grammar handbook would also be helpful - especially if your skills are a little rusty. Permission to reproduce is given for the excerpts and the proofreading checklist. These are the only consumable components, and each student will need his own. All in all, this program looks like a well-organized, easy to use, effective writing program that I'm personally eager to try!

  • Item #: 019034
    ISBN: 9780980030228
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    This second volume follows the same thorough format as the original but has some enhancements as well. It has a larger answer key and contains proofreading checklists for each genre. Eight separate units cover twelve writing categories, with examples from great writers:

  • Emily Dickinson (Writing Free Verse Poetry)
  • Helen Keller (Writing a Business Letter)
  • Thomas Paine (Persuasive Essay)
  • Francis Bacon (Expository Essay)
  • Edgar Allan Poe of Hawthorne's Twice Told Tales (Literary Critique)
  • William Howells of Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Book Review)
  • Ernest Hemingway (Newspaper Article)
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero (Writing a Speech)
  • William Shakespeare (Writing a Dramatic Monologue)
  • Other Examples of Taking Notes, Writing Outlines, and Writing Summaries
  • Daily steps, which are concise, clear, and follow the same general format as the first volume, teach students how to write in these genres and how to become proficient in proofreading and literary analysis. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 019405
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    While we like the original Wits & Wagers, we thought it was unfortunate that the game relied heavily on betting with poker chips, which we knew would be a negative for some families. Surprisingly, the manufacturer listened to similar feedback and has made over their excellent "trivia guessing game" into a family-style party game – with a lower price too! In this version, 3-5 players (or teams) receive a large and a small "Meeple" (wooden person-shaped marker), a matching dry erase card and a dry erase marker. One player reads a question, which is a trivia question with a numerical answer, like "How many men have walked on the moon?" Players write down their best guess on their dry erase card, and when everyone has written an answer, the cards are arranged from lowest to highest value. Now everyone gets to look over all the guesses, and place their Meeples on the guesses they think are best (closest to the answer without going over). Players can score points for either writing the winning guess, or for placing a Meeple on the winning guess. You don't have to know the answer to win – you just need to figure out who might! Includes 300 new questions (not found in original game), but can also be used with questions from the original. – Jess

  • Item #: 068439
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    Write or draw free expressions or math equations in this unique spiral notebook. Setting it apart from the abundance of other graph paper notebooks is the free Whitelines app that allows you to scan and save your important writings. Once the paper is scanned and saved, the lines and grids disappear leaving you a clean and professional look. Use the app to share your notes and ideas with friends via e-mail, Dropbox™ and Evernote through the shortcut on the app. Spiral notebook measures 11”x 8 1/2” and is perforated. App available for Android or Apple devices. Minimum requirements iPhone 4 or Android 4x. Made in the U.S.A. 70 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 030198
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    This craft kit is adorable! If you have a fascination with all things tiny – fairy gardens, dollhouses –here are tiny books that you make yourself and wear as jewelry. The kit includes black cotton thread, 55 pieces of 3-hole-punched cardstock, 4 jump rings, faux-suede cord in rich eggplant and teal, a plastic needle and lots of peel-and-stick adhesive. The instructions are very clear with illustrations and photos to help. Most kids will be able to do this without adult help. The sewing instructions come with lots of photos. Friends could write books to each other with secret little messages and stories! Each kit makes 2 books/necklaces. Get several to do as a birthday party activity or scout project! Make tiny autograph books! Add tiny photos! Pages are just over an inch square; covers overlap this a little bit. Does not include pencils or markers. For ages 8+. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 037446
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  • Item #: 064756
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      Studying history is part of the core curriculum all kids learn. Your family history is another way to make your children connect with the past – their past. This is easier than ever to do with online resources, but talking with older generations is much more fun and interesting for all parties. Once you have the names of great-great-great-great-great Grandpa Joe and Grandma June, preserve your research on a beautiful document. This large family tree comes rolled up and measures 16” x 20” with a large antique-looking tree in the middle and lots of room to write family members’ names. Beginning with a married couple, there is space for 5 children, 5 siblings of the Mom and Dad, and 7 generations back of grandparents. The paper itself is crinkly it’s made to look and feel like real parchment. You can write on it with any type of pen/ink. It certainly has the look of the Declaration of Independence; your finished product will certainly be frame-worthy as well! What a great project to do together! Use your best handwriting and practice your spelling ahead of time, you won’t want to use white out on this elegant document. ~Sara

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  • Item #: 049348
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    From the author of Latin Centered Curriculum (Memoria Press), this comprehensive K-12 resource for memorization, copywork, and dictation provides a vast array of memorization material in all academic areas, as well as Latin and Greek. Weighing in at a hefty 450 plus pages, this book provides you ample choices for memory work, and has been designed for use with any classical curriculum or simply as a handy reference for home or school. At first glance, the sheer size of this book appears to be overwhelming. However, the author reminds us this book has been created to provide 13 years worth of memorization options and we simply integrate what we feel is the best selection.

    Beginning with the importance of memorizing, this detailed book takes you through the steps of how to memorize and includes general principles to make memory work easier; you are then set free to select memorization selections from a vast array of subject areas. Read on for more details! The Latin chapter is divided into six parts: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; Prayers; and Hymns and Carols. The first three sections contain mostly secular material, while the last three are religious. The Greek chapter is divided into five sections: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; and Prayers and Hymns. These selections are drawn from both classical and ecclesiastical Greek, and the author has also included some background information on Easter Christian traditions. Translations are provided throughout. The Arithmetic and Mathematics chapter includes an extensive resource selection, including (but not limited to): addition/subtraction fact families, properties and orders, prime numbers, multiplication table, Euclid's Definitions and Common Notions, and the Pythagorean Theorem. The Grammar and Composition chapter is designed to support the study of classical languages and to reinforce principles taught in your individual writing program. It includes grammar rhymes, grammar rules, and 100 commonly misspelled words. The Literature chapter contains five sections: Literary facts and lists; Sayings, Proverbs, and Famous Quotations, Teaching Rhymes, Poetry and dramatic speeches from Shakespeare's plays. The Religion chapter contains six sections: Scripture, Prayers, Catechism, Poetry, Hymns and Carols. Using the King James Version of the Bible, the religious selections include material drawn from the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Geography chapter contains a large number of lists from both a World and US Geography perspective. The World History chapter covers events and personalities from around the globe, with the emphasis on those topics of enduring importance. Please note: dating encompasses an old earth perspective, dating back to 35,000 BC. The United States History and Civics chapter stresses key dates in American history, as well as the founding documents of our nation. Patriotic songs, verse and oratory are also included. The Natural Sciences chapter brings together lists and mnemonics for basic information in the natural sciences and is written primarily for elementary and middle school. It is best if the child memorizes material in this chapter, as it is encountered in their course of studies in the science curriculum of your choice. Extensive reference charts are found at the end of the book. These are meant for quick reference in Latin and Greek and are not meant to replace a Latin or Greek curriculum. They are, however, a good basis for Latin and Greek recitation.

    As you can see, this extensive resource book provides ample opportunities for memorization success. I was impressed with the extensive selection in each academic area, and believe this truly will be a valuable resource for families who desire to incorporate memorization from the classical perspective. 450 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 063850
    ISBN: 9781615385966
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  • Item #: 059720
    ISBN: 9781613220450
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    The book to have on hand for high school essay writing. This is not just an attempt on my part at a play on words; its the best description of this book. A compilation of two books from a Canadian author that have impacted the authors writing (Janice Campbell, author of the Excellence in Literature series), this book has an abundance of guidance for correct essay (persuasive) and argument construction plus extensive sections on mechanics and usage.

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

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

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

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  • Item #: 036002
    ISBN: 9781623412197
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    Rarely has a book appealed more to me at first glance. Remaining uncluttered, the concept of "playing with words" is evident in the colorful, graphic font manipulations (lines of type that sway), the cute illustrations, and the lists wonderful, whimsical, but never wayward words. This is a book about choosing the right word when you write. I use the word "appealing" quite a bit, so I thought I would look through the lists in this book and find a new one. I quickly discovered that this little diction worktext did not include "appealing" in any of its lists (or at least not that I could find). That means that I could put it in a "my words" section on one of the list. Would it best go on the Cheerful Clown Fish page or the Exuberant Sea Otter page or perhaps under the Ways to Describe Appearance or the Ways of Speaking list?

    Confused yet? This not-quite-a-vocabulary program, not-quite-a-thesaurus – it's all about discovering just the right word to use when writing. It features structured word lists organized around Character Traits, Ways to Describe, and Ways to Move with a few miscellaneous lists thrown in for good measure. Each list contains nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Students are encouraged to playfully interact with these lists with the goal of acquiring quality word choices to incorporate into their writing. Using games and family activities to become familiar with the layout and content of the book, students can then use it independently as they endeavor to interject more definitive word selections into their compositions. Interspersed throughout the book are "Quotes to Inspire Your Writing" taken from classic literature as well as biblical quotes designed to underscore whatever topic is the focus of that page's lists.

    The suggested grade levels for this product indicate it should be used by emerging writers – those who need to find exactly the right word – as they practice their writing skills. Such a student might scan the Generous Manatee list looking for "ly" words (abundantly, bounteously, copiously), or strong adjectives (exorbitant, magnanimous, plenteous) or verbs (showered, bestowed) and feel quite empowered by the choices. However, I also think much younger children (upper elementary) could benefit from this book – becoming familiar with the lists, playing around with the words, etc. I can also easily imagine using this book myself as I seek alternatives to my overused word choices.

    At less than 100 pages, one might think this spiral-bound volume by Loranna Schwaeofer published by IEW is a bit pricey. Although it is reproducible for one homeschooling family or classroom, some of the colorful charm will be lost. Also, each student may want to personalize his own well-worn copy. The fact is, I know of nothing else quite like it – an opportunity to build one's vocabulary, a tool for strengthening one's ability to write with style, and a delightful immersion into the world of words. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 035997
    ISBN: 9780977986033
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    For years, teachers and aspiring writers have asked Lee Roddy (author of "Grizzly Adams," countless short stories, and over 50 novels) to compile a guide from his 20 years of convention seminars. This is that much-anticipated guide. Whether adults use this book to instruct young students or utilize the guidelines to write a best-selling short story or novel of their own, the practical system for writing laid out in this guide will be beneficial. This is not a workbook, and it's not very fancy either, but it lays out a straightforward approach to writing which has been proven to work for the author and many others. It's filled with tips, outlines, suggestions, and rules for writing techniques that will get students to write proper stories and enjoy it as well. The guide begins with a helpful introduction that tells teachers how to use the book and then contains eight lessons on ideas, story building, objectives, obstacles, outcome, characters, plots, and scenes. Goals and the importance of these eight story aspects, outlines, ideas for writing, examples, and so much more are included in each lesson. The end of each lesson also includes a few short-answer questions and a simple writing assignment that will help them use what they have just learned in their own writing. An encouraging conclusion is also included in the guide, with the author giving final tips for making sure your writing is strong and successful. A handy guide presenting a solid method for writing fictional stories. 88 pgs.

  • Item #: SSRWL1
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    Considering the approach, ease of use, content, child-appeal, benefits, effectiveness and cost of all the phonics programs we were familiar with, Sing, Spell, Read & Write was our choice for personal use. We have used several programs and read about many others. Although we didn't use this program in total with our children (because we extended the spelling, used italic handwriting instead of ball and stick, etc.) we did find it the most used and useful of those we tried. AND the results were wonderful! If you're looking for something to really lay it all out for you, something that works, is easy to use, and will have your child singing the letter sounds in days, followed closely by actually reading...this is what we recommend! Here are some of our reasons:

    The "raceway" theme is very appealing and motivating to children, who love tracking their success via race car around a track as they complete the 36 steps to independent reading.

    The songs are unquestionably contagious - children will sing and sing and sing and learn their letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending vowels and consonants, and digraphs almost effortlessly - and enjoy it! That is, if you can bear to listen to it sung over and over, multiplied by x times the number of children using it throughout the years.

    The 17 phonetic, full-color storybooks cover all 36 steps, providing immediate, rewarding reinforcement for the decoding skill just learned. This makes good sense.

    The games are not just fluff, but real fortification of phonetic skills. They are more fun, however, if you can play with more than one child.

    The teacher training videos included in the set will greatly aid you in understanding/teaching the phonics program - and give you the confidence to do it!

    Included is a complete, phonetic spelling program dove-tailing with the phonetic constructs being learned and a complete handwriting program (if you use ball and stick manuscript).

    thick, four-color workbooks include grammar and creative writing

    phonics songs are contained in both cassette and CD formats

    The two workbooks and the assessment book included in the set are the only consumables in the program. Replacements must be ordered from the publisher.

    To be honest, we have just a few quibbles :

    1. Some of the tapes/voices are not as clear or distinct as a perfectionist might demand. Some may go a little too "fast" for your taste - notably the ferris wheel song used to practice blending sounds smoothly. For us, this was a plus, since we kept at it until we could keep up with the song, resulting in perfect blending!

    2. The "prizes" included are...well...rather cheesy at best and who needs 4 or 5 yo- yos, several plastic magnifiers, multiple thin plastic bracelets, and numerous plastic sack puppets? When using with one child, one of each would do nicely. To alleviate this, see our special offer below.

     

  • Item #: 068441
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  • Item #: 063849
    ISBN: 9781615385959
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  • Item #: 052565
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    Dianne Craft is well known for her successful approaches for equipping families (and teachers) to overcome problems faced by their struggling, but bright learners. Designed for home use, this manual provides an overview of how the brain works, right brain vs. left brain traits, detailed information on the four identified learning gates, brain training exercises, suggestions for a weekly sequence plus daily lesson plans for struggling learners.

    Overwhelmed yet? Don't be. Mrs. Craft has created an easy to use resource that may save you hundreds of dollars in occupational therapy. Beginning with a clear introduction to brain integration therapy she walks you through a brief overview of struggling learners, the importance of crawling and understanding the function of the brain with a focus on the role of the left and right brain.

    With the foundation of the importance of brain integration put forth, she then introduces us to the four learning gates: Visual Processing, Visual/Motor (writing), Auditory Processing, and the Attention/Focusing/Behavior. Observable characteristics of the blocked gates are presented alongside simple activities to determine if your child presents with a blocked gate in one of these areas. For example, a parent might recognize that their child who is struggling to learn to read has a blocked Visual Processing gate if the child needs to underline or point to each word as they read or reverses letters (or words) while reading. While the manual focuses on therapies to improve blocks in the first three gates, Mrs. Craft does offer detailed information on correcting a blocked Attention/Focusing/Behavior gate in her Biology of Behavior audio CD series, which we are pleased to offer separately.

    The remaining sections in the manual are dedicated to explaining a variety of exercises to improve brain integration. These include detailed explanations and step by step instructions paired with numerous black and white photo demonstrations, which leads me into one of the most valuable aspects of this manual: the detailed schedule suggestions.

    The suggested schedule is divided into three areas: Brain Training Sequences designed to be done daily Monday through Thursday; the once a week Brain Training Session which provides exercises specific to one of the blocked gates, and daily lesson plans for reading, writing and math. Parents will find time spent in each subject varies but parents should anticipate 30-45 minutes daily on each subject.

    All in all, this is a user friendly guide for home use. The exercises are well explained and laid out. The background information provides the parent with a deeper understanding of our children with learning glitches. Detailed diagnostic checklists, a diagnostic reading grade placement test, case studies and the optional online support from Mrs. Craft provide parents with necessary tools to best meet the needs of their unique learner. One caveat I would make is regarding the time commitment necessary to gain full benefit of the brain training. The program described will be time intensive for the parent, and the author acknowledges that a parent's willingness to devote a consistent and fairly intense effort is vital to success. If you are looking for something more specific in scope, we also offer Dianne Craft's Teaching the Right Brained Child DVD and Smart Kids Who Hate to Write DVD. Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently as standalone products, or use them together as they complement each other well. There is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs, but there is not a great deal of redundancy and using them together provides parents with additional tools. 2013 Edition. Spiral bound with included 18"x 12" Writing Eight Exercise template. 151 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 049601
    ISBN: 9781893103580
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    This recently revised one-year study guide covers more recent U.S. History - from the 1850s through the 2000s. It utilizes some of the best literature available to effectively study the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution, Turn of the Century, WWI, Communism, Socialism, Nazism, WWII, Korean War, Cold War, China's Cultural Revolution, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, modern technology and the War on Terror. Rea Berg and Jonathan Crabtree's study notes and lesson plans lead students through the resources, challenging them with discussion questions, vocabulary, writing assignments, web links and activities throughout. Reading, writing, and research combine to form a very interesting and in-depth look at an often-neglected part of U.S. history. Books used in the study are listed below.

  • Item #: 047827
    ISBN: 9780545110020
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    This book used to be sold as four separate workbooks – Expository Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing, and Persuasive Writing. Well, those are now combined into a single volume – creating a book of ready-to-use lessons that will help students strengthen their writing. The book features a step-by-step approach, building skill upon skill. Written to the teacher, the book is laid out in a series of two-page activities: one lesson page to teach from followed by a reproducible, consumable workbook page for students to complete. The four sections of the book focus on developing the skills necessary to enhance that style of writing.

  • Narrative: students are taught how to write narratives about their own experiences, about other people and about literature. This culminates in learning to write a story.
  • Descriptive: teaches the different elements of descriptive writing. Concepts/skills students will learn along the way include: exploring sensory imagery, choosing the best word that works (contrasting, metaphor and simile, personification), and organizing descriptive paragraphs.
  • Expository: this section is broken into four parts – main idea, purpose, audience, and presentation. There are plenty of graphic organizers in this section to help with organizing and using ideas.
  • Persuasive: students will learn the elements of persuasion, analyze the techniques and come to understand the different purposes for persuading. Some types of persuasive writing that are focused on are book reviews, editorials, and persuasive essays (to name just a few).
  • Each of these sections also contains chapters titled "On Your Own" and "Rate Yourself." The first provides activities for students to practice applying their skills in an imaginative way, and the second is a self-assessment for students. The descriptive, narrative, and persuasive sections each have two composition activities to help students strengthen their writing. There are no answers included, as it is intended that the teacher would have a lot of interaction with each student and their work. – Zach

  • Item #: 013354
    ISBN: 9781623410216
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    ISBN: 9781623410209
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  • 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 (3.75"x2.5") 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 #: 011990
    ISBN: 9780141305950
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    Widge, a poor orphan, is commanded by his frightening master to watch Shakespeare's Hamlet and write down the entire play word for word. Widge works himself into the theatre where Shakespeare's cast rehearses and performs, and is taken in by the actors, who treat him as one of their own. As he secretly copies the lines, he begins to wonder if pleasing his master is worth betraying his new friends. See how Widge discovers such things as friendship, family, and home while getting an inside look of the Shakespearean era. 216 pgs. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 007561
    ISBN: 9780936981086
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    We already have lots of writing programs in our catalog, so why add Easy Writing? Because this book focuses not so much on what to say, but how to say it. Most of the writing programs concentrate on sentence content; this product is concerned with sentence structure. And it's not the same as grammar; identifying grammatical constructs in someone else's writing is different than composing good sentences of your own. Those of you who have used Easy Grammar know that those books are light on instruction and heavy on practice; not so here. This book offers a good balance of instruction, examples and practice. Another difference is that the role of the teacher is stressed more here.

    The program contains eight units: items in a series, semicolons, appositives, present participial phrases, past participial phrases, having + past participles, subordinate clauses, and relative clauses. Each unit is taught at two levels: level 1 (lower and upper elementary level) gives the easier examples; level 2 (for junior high and high school) contains the more complex. For each unit, determine the best starting point for your student. Some concepts, such as items in a series, may already be familiar to a student while others may be brand new. For each lesson, instruction is given first, followed by examples, then practice exercises. Coverage of each topic seems adequate to get the idea across. Answer key is provided in the book.

  • Item #: 003192
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    Measuring 19"x 13", this colorful periodic chart of elements is the perfect teaching tool for your science class. Each element square includes the atomic number, electrons per shell, symbol, name and atomic weight. Best of all, due to the chart's larger size, the information is easy to read! Heavy duty, washable, poly chart works well with dry erase or water based markers or washable crayons. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 000760
    ISBN: 9780395816561
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    Truman finds a mysterious box on his doorstep that turns out to be a gift from his Aunt Fran. When he realizes it's the ant farm he wanted, he excitedly sends in for the ants and receives the wrong kind! Truman learns the best ways to feed his aunts and keep them occupied, and he decides maybe aunts aren't such a bad thing to be in excess of! They are strong, happy, charming, and clever. He writes his Aunt Fran with appreciation and requests to keep the aunts coming, but eventually he runs out of room and something must be done.

  • Item #: 000646
    ISBN: 9780898702682
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    Did you know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc? I didn't either! However, Mark Twain himself stated, "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best…" He spent twelve years researching detailed accounts written by both the French and the English, and two years writing. This story is amazingly told (remember, it is written by one of the best storytellers of all time!), as Twain ingeniously has a fictional man by the name of Alden, translating a fictional memoir by the narrator and Joan's long time friend, de Conte. This is an extraordinary book about an infamous woman, written by a literary phenomenon. Pb, 452 pgs. – elise

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    Rainbow Price: $35.95

    Set includes the following items:

  • Item #: FDSCON
    Retail: $240.00
    Rainbow Price: $222.50

    The 1-Year Online Access includes an online textbook, the optional Lab Manual/Workbook and the Instructor Resources. The Instructor resources include lesson suggestions for 12, 18 and 36-week scheduling, strategies for teaching, introductory material, assessment techniques (including portfolios), test masters, content standards, lesson plans, answer keys for the textbook, tests, labs and lab manual/student workbook, instructor presentations, and more. Also includes the ExamView software download for personalized test creation and management. Access begins when the parent/teacher registers the course and is available for 365 days. High speed internet access is recommended.

    The (optional) Lab Manual/Workbook includes chapter reinforcement activities and the lab experiments. The worksheets are a variety of fill in the blank activities, puzzles and other writing exercises. Lab activities are designed to be completed with instructor guidance. Some additional materials are necessary, many are household items, although others require more specific lab supplies, including a microscope. However, due to the sheer number of activities, parents can pick and choose the best options for their family. Workbook pages are printable pdf files or a print version will be available. Contact for us availability.

    Worth mentioning, the included student materials are reproducible for homeschool and co-op/classroom use.