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  • Item #: 015808
    ISBN: 9781619991446
    Retail: $19.95
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     For 4th graders or a 5th/6th grader who has not completed Writing Strands Level 3 or Level A.

  • Item #: 015815
    ISBN: 9781619991453
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     For 5th/6th graders who have not completed Writing Strands Level 4 or Level B.

  • Item #: 037484
    ISBN: 9781619991460
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    6th grade, unless student has only completed Level A or Writing Strands level 3. Then instead student should use Writing Skills for Today Level B. 

  • Item #: 068876
    ISBN: 9781619991392
    Retail: $24.95
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  • Item #: 068877
    ISBN: 9781619991408
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  • Item #: 049804
    ISBN: 9781425815554
    Retail: $14.99
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  • Item #: MPL3GO
    Retail: $99.60
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    (Publishers Description)

    Children who are asked to read slightly above their comfort level will develop into superior readers. Our reading program for grades 2-7 continues the development of reading skills through the selections listed above. Reading is not a passive activity for pleasure. Reading requires an active, discriminating mind that is challenged to think, compare, and contrast. Students who have been challenged by good literature will never be satisfied with the poor-quality books that are so readily available today.

    Literature study guides train students to become active readers. Our guides focus on vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and composition skills. Each lesson includes a word study to help students build vocabulary. The comprehension questions challenge students to consider what they have read, identify the important content of each story, and compose clear, concise answers (a difficult skill at any age). Writing is thinking, and good questioning stimulates the child to think and write.

  • Item #: 059965
    ISBN: 9780990325741
    Retail: $304.74
    Rainbow Price: $269.00

      Lots of children's books to read together? Check. Fun themes for every week? Check. Designed specifically for homeschoolers? Check. Bible-based? Check. Easy to use? Check. All-inclusive? Check, again. Obviously, this program has it all! I took one look at this program and fell in love. I currently have five children, two not yet in Kindergarten, so I'm in the thick of homeschooling these early learning years myself! I opened the Kindergarten Semester 1 Teacher's Binder and was immediately impressed with its usability and attractiveness, for both teacher and student.

      This program is based on a 36 week school year, with planned activities for four days each week and one open day for either catch up or activities of your choice. Subjects include Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Development and Fitness, Fine Arts, and Character Development/Bible, and the scope and sequence appears to be traditional in terms of pacing. The program is heavily literature-based, which I love, and my kids love! You can choose to either check the books out of the library or purchase some or all of the titles. The Teacher's Binders include all lesson plans and a single copy of all student pages 3-hole punched for easy removability. Additional student workbooks (200+ pages per semester) can be purchased either in a binder or as refill pages.

      When you first open the Teacher's Binder, you will find an overview chart that shows the months and the themes for each week. Notes are given for teaching procedures, skills that will be acquired, organization and planning, using the daily lesson plans, daily routines, pledges and songs, etc. Then you get to the weekly lessons. Each week starts with a page showing the theme, the required literature, additional literature, and a Bible verse that pertains to the theme. Turning the page gives you the lesson plans by day, starting with skills to be learned in the lesson, a list of required materials, and then delving into step-by-step direction for each subject covered that day. The plans are very clean and almost scripted, so it's easy for anyone to just pick up and do once required materials have been gathered.

      Worksheets used for the lesson follow the teaching plans. The worksheets are clean, attractive, and inviting. Most lessons have one worksheet, some have a couple. You can start days off with prayers or pledges, and then go into calendar activities which include knowing what day it is today, yesterday, and tomorrow, marking off days on the calendar, counting up to today's date, singing songs to learn days of the week or months of the year, the weather outside, using patterns, etc. Next are subject-specific assignments for each day, laid out with bullet points. Math activities usually include a mix of hands-on activities and a simple workbook page. You read a book with your child every day, and the Teacher's Manual includes questions for discussion. Each day includes other activities that utilize drawing, writing, arts & crafts, memorizing, physical fun, singing songs, nature walks and much more.

      In the back of each binder, you'll find an appendix containing flashcard templates, rhymes and songs, recipes, materials used (shown with general weekly materials, and broken down for each week - more convenient than looking at each day!), a literature list, and more.

       Bundles include the Semesters Teacher’s Binder, a 12-month blank calendar, several sets of flashcards, games, and several other manipulative resources.  You can purchase the Full Year Bundle which includes the teacher’s manuals for both semesters and the other resources listed above, or purchase a Semester Bundle which includes one teacher’s manual and resources listed above used for that semester. Teacher’s Manuals include all the plans and one set of student pages.

      All in all, this solid program gets a thumbs-up from me! It is so user-friendly, covers a full range of great concepts and skills, ensures lots of quality and fun school-time with your young children, and introduces you to many engaging children's books. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 058683
    ISBN: 9780205175482
    Retail: $139.99
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    "Ancient" for "Contemporary" identifies the focal assertion of this course: the importance of studying rhetoric as taught and presented by the ancients but with the necessity of bringing it into context by applications to contemporary situations. For example, the ancients probably did very little writing of their arguments until after they were formulated but modern methodologies rely on writing as part of the compositional process. Chosen by Veritas as their resource text for rhetoric for this combination of old methodologies brought into the twenty-first century context, you'll find here a thorough study of classical/ancient rhetoric – invention, arrangement, styles, memory, and delivery. Each chapter looks at one aspect or skill of rhetoric and compares examples drawn from the ancients with contemporary examples. Always the emphasis is on a comprehensive understanding of what is being taught in ancient rhetoric but with an eye to contemporary applications. Chapters are predominantly instructional text but do include some discussion questions, and one or more sets of activities/projects complete each chapter.

    There is a wealth of solid, instructional information here, but the presentation is undeniably designed for a teacher-centric classroom. Nevertheless, careful reading of the text will provide a thorough examination of classical rhetoric and give the reader an astounding understanding of how it is being constantly applied in today's culture. 389 pgs, hb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056129
    ISBN: 9781465408495
    Retail: $19.95
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    In today's world of emails, texts and instant messaging, the use of proper language and communication skills is quickly being devalued and forgotten. However, whether realized or not, future employers, colleges, and even spouses will evaluate our young people on their ability to communicate clearly and effectively. This step-by-step, visual guide may be the perfect tool for teaching or re-teaching valuable language arts skills that produce skilled communicators. Covering the four core English Language Arts subjects-Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Communication Skills, this well-organized resource is visually appealing and clearly written. In the grammar section, students will review the purpose of grammar and parts of speech, as well as commonly misused words, negatives, idioms, analogies, figures of speech, colloquialisms, slang and much more. The punctuation section provides review of common punctuation signs as well as appropriate use of bullet points, numbers/dates, asterisks, italics and much more, including a brief look at the alternative use of other punctuation with Twitter®. Spelling covers alphabetical order. syllables, roots, prefixes and suffixes, homonyms, homophones, British and American spellings plus much more. The final section, Communication Skills, covers effective communication, paragraphing, layout, writing skills necessary for letters/ emails and the web, as well as writing essays and speeches. A final section offers a thorough reference guide for quick answers to common writing dilemmas. Interesting tidbits are scattered throughout. Personally, the discussion of how our language has changed intrigued me. For instance, decades ago I was taught the possessive of a word ending with "s" was "apostrophe," but it is more commonly accepted now to use "s apostrophe s"--compare "Jess' to Jess's" car. That is just the tip of the helpful information in this great resource. This would make a perfect supplement for media-saturated students or one who has shutdown from the monotony of endless drilling and diagramming. 256 pgs, sc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 053674
    ISBN: 9781467561785
    Retail: $35.00
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    Internships provide our young people with a time tested method of career exploration and preparation. Unfortunately, this type of learning has slowly been lost in the academic world and is often taught in book format rather than through experiential learning. As homeschool families, our lifestyle affords us greater opportunity to provide this excellent learning advantage to our young people. But where do you start? Frankly, internships are a lost art in our culture today, which is why I am so thankful for this book!

    Author of the popular Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, Sherri Seligson, has given high school students and their parents a vital tool for success at the high school level. Combining education and assessment, this book provides parents and students general information on internships and high school credits as well as practical details on selecting an internship and company. Once these decisions are made, the author walks you through writing a sample letter of introduction and resume. She also provides record keeping worksheets which include semester goals, a work performance evaluation form, weekly hour summary sheets, and journal logs to document work experiences, goals and skills, and evaluation forms. Skills-gained worksheets, a course wrap up (including a writing assignment) and sample thank you notes provide guidelines for concluding the internship experience. Although many internships are one semester in length, the author does provide for individual flexibility. If you choose to complete two semesters of internship, there are documentation pages for an expanded learning experience as well. Non-reproducible, spiral bound. 67 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 049812
    ISBN: 9781425815530
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  • Item #: 049811
    ISBN: 9781425815523
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  • Item #: 049807
    ISBN: 9781425815509
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  • Item #: 049806
    ISBN: 9781425815547
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  • Item #: 049805
    ISBN: 9781425815516
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  • Item #: 027801
    ISBN: 9780596514921
    Retail: $29.99
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    Although I get excited about a lot of new products, when I saw this one my first thought was, "Why wasn't something like this available when I was in high school?" Subtitled "All Lab, No Lecture," and written for the do-it-yourselfers of all types and ages, I can't imagine a more fitting homeschool chemistry lab guide. Author Robert Bruce Thompson has studied chemistry most of his life after receiving a chemistry set for Christmas when he was a boy. With the growing realization both that the chemistry sets offered today have been so "whittled down" due to liability that they no longer can teach actual chemistry, and that schools often "skimp" on science, he was determined to write a complete lab manual for people truly interested in learning chemistry. And he has done a fantastic job.

    The lab manual contains two year's worth of chemistry labs (including AP recommended labs), organized topically. Because this is lab material only, you may need to do a bit of coordinating to plan for labs that correlate with what you are studying in your chemistry text. Further aiding your lesson planning, he sorts out lists of labs in the introduction, providing three suggested lists of labs for high schoolers who are not planning on going into a science major in college, those who are planning on a science-related major in college, and those who are wanting to take the AP Chemistry test for college credit (a chart is also included here matching AP recommended experiments with particular labs in the book). You may want to modify these lists or even create your own, however, based on the chemistry curriculum you are using. Before we jump into the labs, however, there is plenty more "good stuff" to read, including information on setting up and using a lab notebook, lab safety information, guidance on assembling equipment for your home laboratory, and advice on obtaining chemicals for the lab. While I could gloss over this and go onto the labs, I want to reinforce how helpful these chapters will be both to you and your student. With the background of someone who has built and used his own home chemistry lab for years, he offers a wealth of knowledge on specific apparatus and chemicals that you won't find in any packaged chemistry curriculum's teacher manual. In the chapter on equipping the lab, he goes into detail on specific types of glassware, and recommends specific sizes and quantities for each. This information is also helpfully found in a chart form as well. Other equipment, such as balances, heat sources, support stands, pipettes, thermometers, scoops, filter paper, rubber stoppers and more are covered separately, and he also provides a chart for these as well. I can appreciate how he keeps cost in mind, and often recommends substitutes or sources for items that he has found helpful. The last part of this chapter offers advice on where in your home to locate your chemistry lab (I have to grin, thinking of my own makeshift 1950's diner table in the corner of the dim basement). The chapter on obtaining chemicals is a gold mine all by itself (a tricky area, since some forms are classified as hazardous or restricted!). Here the author provides excellent reference material for the non-chemist/homeschool parent. He includes information on chemical names, how to understand chemical grades, information on chemical risk phrases and markings, safe chemical handling and storage. Next you'll find charts of all recommended basic and supplemental chemicals (with suggested quantities) needed for the labs in the book, helpfully organized on a chart complete with storage codes, risk and safety phrases, and quantities (in grams and mL, not moles!). Also very helpful are the appended notes that provide sources and alternatives for the chemicals in the list. More extensive notes on recommended supply sources can be found at www.homechemlab.com. A few words on hazardous chemical shipping are also included. The last chapter before the labs provides explanation and instruction on common laboratory skills the student will need, like how to correctly measure liquids, use a balance, perform titrations, using various heat sources, cleaning glassware, and more. Inside the back cover you'll also find a fold-out periodic table and a chart of formula weights for commonly used chemicals.

    The last 300+ pages of the book are devoted to the labs. These are grouped in chapters according to topic, as mentioned above, so you may be jumping around the book completing them according to your chosen chemistry text rather than completing the labs front to back. Topics covered in the lab chapters include: separating mixtures, solubility and solutions, colligative properties of solutions, introduction to chemical reactions and stoichiometry, reduction-oxidation reactions, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, gas chemistry, thermochemistry and calorimetry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, colloids and suspensions, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, synthesis of useful compounds, forensic chemistry. Each lab contains background information and advice, a checklist of equipment and chemicals, a step-by-step procedure, charts with blanks to guide lab report recording, and long-answer review questions based on the lab. The layout is extremely easy to read and well-organized, and also often contains full-color photos of set-ups or results. Side notes on substitutes and modifications, optional activities, and comments from the author's technical editors all make these labs non-threatening, as if you have a team of experts to support you. Because the review questions are all related directly to the experiment, the answers should be attainable for the student. Unfortunately, no answers are included in the book (which fits with the spirit of self-discovery found throughout), but if you absolutely need them, you can subscribe to the author's newsletter ($18 per year) and receive an electronic copy. The e-mail newsletter contains additional labs and updates. Whether or not you subscribe, you should definitely check out www.homechemlab.com for the lists of corrections found since the book's publication.

    In summary, I would stack this lab guide up against any lab manual from a purely school/educational publisher. You can't beat the price for the treasure trove of practical information and advice from someone who has "been there, done that" before, also on a budget. It's extremely user-friendly for both the student and the parent and the professional-looking, with ample use of charts and photos make it easy on the eye as well. Have I said enough yet? Perhaps so; I think it's time for me to go start setting up my own lab, this time as a hobbyist! 416 pgs, pb. Jess

  • Item #: 021705
    ISBN: 9781937494018
    Retail: $89.95
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    We had a lot of philosophy in college while studying worldviews. This course reminds me of the approach our college used and combines philosophy with important skills that should be part of a good in-depth study: philosophy, worldview, writing, speaking and thinking. The authors three goals for this text are for it to be easy to use, engaging and empowering; I believe she is very successful at achieving her goals. This course may be used as your primary curriculum, to which you would just add math, science and foreign language: or use it as a supplement. Guidelines for using the program either way are included in the front of the reader.

    I find the study of philosophy intriguing and have really enjoyed reading through the Reader (text) of this curriculum. Students will spend time learning about Thales, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Protagoras, and Democritus: what they really believed and what they contributed to the world. Learn how what they believed was shaped by their predecessors and how their thinking shapes culture even today. The idea behind this course is that students will be equipped to understand our changing world.

    The Reader is a spiral-bound, 125-page, softcover book that is printed with full color illustrations. There are specific components found in every lesson presented. First, the student will read the philosophers story (the Readers first component). They will find anecdotes and facts about their lives, accomplishments, beliefs and contributions in sections labeled at the top of the page Meet the Philosopher, His Story Unfolds, Impact of Ideas, and The Story Ends. The second component is the Write, Think, and Speak sections. These are labeled down the side of the reading text and the actual assignments are found on the adjacent page. In the Write section, students will be shown the 7-step writing process, beginning with the first draft, how to build pauses into their writing, how to polish their writing, how to critique, evaluate and revise and do a final draft for a final project. The Think section may include assignments, but also includes information for deeper thinking. Speak works to improve and enhance the students ability to speak orally put their thoughts into words that sound intelligent and well thought-out. The lessons third item is geography. Students will learn about the geography during the featured philosophers life and includes a map and a short summary about the time period. On the adjacent page, students will learn about the philosophers School of Thought. The final section of each lesson is the Contrast section. This is where students read statements, quotations or documents from the philosopher and compare and contrast them to what the Bible says (Biblical Worldview). Scripture found in the reader and workbook is from the English Standard Version (ESV).

    The back section of the Reader is full of valuable resources. There are checklists for writing assignments and what to look for in the writing process and assignments, peer critiques, and evaluation. For each of the philosophers, writing assignments are included with the guidelines and required contents included. These are timed written assignments (15 minutes), but you could turn them into a research paper or essay if you would like a more detailed writing assignment let them choose their favorite philosopher for a year-end project. These assignments are in addition to the writings found within the lessons. A list of recommended resources is also included, just in case your student wants to learn more in a specific area.

    A Teacher Resource CD is included inside the back cover and includes answer keys to mapping assignments, timelines, and at-a-glance instructions.

    The Student Workbook is more like a notebooking journal. There are formatted pages on which students answer questions from each section of the lesson and blank maps to label. The second part of the workbook is the Write, Think, Speak Journal. This journal is referenced in the lessons and this is where the students answer questions found on the Write, Think, Speak pages of the lesson. There are also the same checklists, peer critique and evaluation in the back of the student workbook as those found in the Reader. The glossary pages at the very back of the student workbook are for the student to write the meaning or definition of words. The words even have page number references to help them out. The Student Workbook is not reproducible.

    There are a couple of products referenced in the Reader and recommended for use with this study: Philippians in 28 Weeks and The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions. Adding these books will enhance your study.

    If you are ready to tackle a meaty study, this one is great! Well-laid out and easy-to-use, this course will engage your deep thinking high schooler. Give them a reason to write and help them put their thoughts together for a solid foundation in a rapidly changing world all from a Biblical Worldview. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 004019
    ISBN: 9781593632014
    Retail: $19.95
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    Students learn conservationism and environmentalism through practical, hands-on activities in this consumable workbook. Ecology is the study of the relationships between living things and the environments in which they live. Today's kids are aware of recycling and thinking "green", but they may not know the science behind these themes. Starting with Teddy Roosevelt and our National Parks, to today's agencies and policies regarding car emissions, this is an opportunity to cross disciplines in your homeschooling day. In fact, this book has many ideas you can use in a unit study on the environment. Each activity tells you what subjects and skills will be referenced. As an example, the first lesson is to create an ecology dictionary. Kids will use their language arts, science and research skills for this project. The activity begins with a "rationale" that introduces students to terms they will see in this book and give them some prior knowledge to draw upon as they go forward. Then the objective is clearly stated: "Students will identify and define terms common to the field." The activity preparation involves reviewing how to use a dictionary and choosing the best definition for your purpose. Next are the activity procedures, which consist of step-by-step directions. Helpful materials lists let you know what supplies you need. Vocabulary is also taught, with words and space to write definitions. Several of these ideas involve getting dirty and being in the field, like when you study animal populations. Others can be simulated inside, like building a mini-woodland habitat or watching something decompose.

    Ecology is part of the science component if you are following the Common Core Standards. Use this as a supplement to an existing science curriculum to meet those standards. It is balanced and inoffensive. 38 activities. 150 pgs, pb ~ Sara