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  • Item #: 007699
    ISBN: 9780590451598
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  • Item #: 065601
    ISBN: 9781882514267
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    Read the story of William Tyndale's life told in story format. From his childhood to his death, William Tyndale was intrigued by history, fascinated by family stories, and was taught to love God. He translated the New Testament and part of the Old Testament before he was put to death in 1536 for his work. He wanted all people to be able to read and understand the Bible an admirable goal. This 160-page book tells his story as if you were there with him. Joyce McPherson, the author, engages the reader with people from William's life, their stories, and their influence. Get to know William Tyndale and his real-life story.

  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
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    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

  • Item #: 050477
    ISBN: 9781932786477
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    Grab your passport and let the adventures begin! In the vibrant pages of this hard cover book, you will make fascinating discoveries of the sights and sounds of all 195 countries of our world. Learn about the people who live there: their history, culture, religious beliefs, currency, languages, population, crops and food, music, the physical geographical traits of their land and even a sampling of recipes. Each country is presented in a one page layout and includes the flag, a fact box, brief history notes, and a "Did you know" section which contains fun and fascinating information. For instance: "Did you know that Russia is the world's largest country and stretches almost 5,000 miles from east to west and covers nine time zones?" or "Did you know that North Korea is a little smaller than the state of Mississippi?" or "Were you aware that there are over one hundred active volcanoes in Japan?" You will learn these tidbits plus much more in this great resource. The accompanying CD-ROM contains three hundred printable pages (PDF file format) of blank template maps, full color maps, quizzes, passport booklet (US or Canada cover options), and flashcards. You will also find lesson plans for thirty five weeks creating a one year world geography course and supplemental internet links. HC, 216 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
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    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't 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. Don't 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 hasn't 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 #: 027650
    ISBN: 9780753472941
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    Reading about history is one thing; seeing pictures of historical artifacts, people, and places is another thing altogether. Each appeals in a different way. How fantastic is a resource that melds the two together, so you can see where things were taking place around the globe, and how people and places changed through the ages. By tying world history to maps, we get a colorful text that depicts history visually across the globe and through time. There are more than 60 hand-illustrated maps, all in full color, which are accompanied by authoritative text (in bite-sized paragraphs), timelines, and photos of people, places, and artifacts. The book looks as far back as 10,000 BC (which is not as far back as many secular history texts) and then divides history into four time periods: Ancient World, Medieval World, Exploration and Empire, and the Modern World (since 1800). 192 pages in hardcover, this book is durable enough to be enjoyed by the entire family. – Zach

  • Item #: 001368
    ISBN: 9780590462068
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    Pam Conrad brings you this gripping log of Pedro de Salcedo, who was aboard the great voyage with Christopher Columbus from August 3rd of 1492 to February 14th of 1493. Pedro is a young man of only fourteen, and it is his first time away from home. The captain quickly makes him a sort of right-hand man. Pedro watches how intensely the men doubt Columbus from the beginning. The day before they finally touch land, Columbus promises they will turn around home. As fate would have it, the next day they land in a place Columbus names San Salvador. Here they gain experience with the natives, who are extremely docile and generous. In each place they land on, the people gradually become unfriendly - perhaps some words of caution were spread? Soon enough, the entire crew realizes they have not landed in India and there are no spices or silks or pearls. In fact, nobody except Columbus cares about anything except heading home to Spain at this point. After the sinking of the Santa Maria, some of the men board the Nina to go home, and the others are left behind to start a Spanish settlement in the New World. Pedro fears he may not ever return home. On the last day at sea, he encases a last letter into a barrel and throws it out to the ocean so that if it ever reaches his home, his mother should know that he loves her and she should pray for his soul. This recounting is sometimes suspenseful, troubling, and mystifying, but at all times it is engaging.

  • Item #: 043976
    ISBN: 9780936163383
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    Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in L'Abri in Switzerland which was founded by her parents, Frank and Edith Schaeffer. The Schaeffers wanted to provide a place where people could come to get away from the outside world and think about, read, and discuss the big issue of life - the purpose of their life in this world. The ultimate goal was to lead people to God, or to strengthen their relationship with God. Susan and her husband Ranald were carrying on the work of her parents in England when this book was written in 1982. The book is a basic overview of worldviews. In its 12 short chapters, we meet various people with divergent viewpoints about God: the God of the Bible; the God who would never send anyone to hell; there is no god; there are many gods; the physical world is just an illusion; and whatever you believe is OK as long as you believe it sincerely. We also see why believing in the God of the Bible is the only view that makes sense. I used this book for devotions with our four oldest kids for about three weeks. They now understand that knowing what a person believes will enable each of us to be a more effective witness to that person. Now, to put it into practice...

  • Item #: 039003
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    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa

  • Item #: 026489
    ISBN: 9781931397650
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    Learning new things is easier for young students when tied in to a common theme. That's why unit studies are so popular and successful. So what about Galloping the Globe? It's a unit study centered around geography. It encourages a detailed look at a selection of countries from the six populated continents as well as the North and South Poles and Christmas around the world. Using the countries being studied geographically as the basic platform, the authors have included ideas and references, projects and activities for integrating Bible, people/history, science, literature, vocabulary, internet sources, maps & flags, cooking, music/art, games, puzzles, and crafts into the curriculum. An aspect to this unit study which is similar to the Trail Guide to… series is the student notebook approach, where the child will actually produce a notebook full of art projects, reports, biographies, geographic dictionary pages, and much more. This is intended to be something they can show to other people, reinforcing and reviewing what they have learned as they explain various facts to friends and family. This is a fairly flexible course, with a full study of every topic listed taking between two and three years to complete. You can also pick and choose projects to simply make this a year long course. While geography is the main focus of this unit study, it does a good job of including the resources needed to study the other subjects, too. Answers are included and the consumable work pages are reproducible (and are also now found on the included CD-ROM in PDF format, which makes it even easier to use with multiple children). There are several recommended resources which are used multiple times throughout the course. If you are interested in purchasing these, please see below. Items without prices are those that we do not currently carry. The resource list has been recently revised to accommodate for items that were going out of print, and several new resources have been added. This is the newest version, revised in 2010 with a CD-ROM of printable forms, activity sheets, maps and flags. CD is Win/Mac compatible; requires Adobe Reader (a free download). 266 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 023566
    ISBN: 9780698116610
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    Illustrated by Tomie dePaola, this telling of an English Christmas Carol is a heartwarming version of the Christmas story, but from the perspectives of the animals who were there to witness the birth of Jesus. Sheet music is included so you can learn the song. 24 pgs, sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 050475
    ISBN: 9781935495093
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    Eight lessons help kids understand what it means to be salt & light to the world and encourage them to develop a Christlike servant attitude. 262 pgs, hc.

    I Peter 3:15 says "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have," and this book offers the information you need to prepare to give those answers. This hefty 400+ page book will prepare believers to defend their faith and offers solid research and scientific fact for those who are skeptics, from the perspective of two gentlemen who were atheists and came to Christ through evidence.

    This text explores the meaning of truth and the truth of religion through evidence that supports Bible content in the areas of origins, miracles and signs of God, testimony to Jesus' life, inspiration of the Word of God, and more. The curriculum guide follows the text chapter by chapter and is designed to help students remember and understand the content presented in the text. This guide is published by Apologia and co-authored by Frank Turek & Chuck Winter. Frank is also one of the authors of the text, so the two books work together flawlessly for a complete one-year study of worldview and apologetics. The curriculum guide presents supplemental material, study questions, and activities for discussion, writing, and reflection. There is no answer key for the guide, but the author suggests that most answers can be found easily in the text, and sometimes page numbers are given to help you find them. Each lesson begins with pages to read from the text, important vocabulary with space to write their definitions, and four sections titled hook, book, look, and took. Hook is designed to get your attention and make you think; Book takes you deeper into the topic covered in the chapter; Look allows opportunities for the student to research assignments or other suggested activities; and Took summarizes the information and helps you apply it. A DVD series has been developed which features Frank Turek and enhances the content of the course, but it isn't required to complete the course.

    This course is easy to read and presents arguments for Christianity in a truly logical fashion. Humorous anecdotes are presented to reinforce some topics, and biographical information of some very famous scientists dot the landscape of this text and curriculum. Even if you don't want to use this as a high school course/elective, the text is an interesting read for anyone who has questions or wants to know how to defend their faith.

  • Item #: 041383
    ISBN: 9781414333106
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    When my children were little we wore out three copies of Kenneth Taylor's Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes. Also by Kenneth Taylor, this book is a combination ABC book, primer for Christian living, and fun picture book. I think we would have worn this one out, too. Each letter has a set of two pages which feature a short poem such as "P is for polite, Saying, 'Thank you,' and, 'Please.' It is not hard to do And puts others at ease." Topics covered include crying, forgiving, helping, obeying, visitors, yelling, and an alphabet of others. A short text reading asks thoughtful questions about the letter topic and provides gentle teaching on the subject. A full-page illustration, highly detailed and delightfully and artfully cluttered, includes multiple items associated with the letter. For instance, the 'P' page includes presents, popcorn, pie, porcupines, a parrot and a piñata. Three questions involve the child in the artwork (Point to the children in the picture who are being polite), require the student to make a personal application (Tell about some ways you can be polite) and help the child consider God's perspective (Does God want us to be polite? Why?). A Bible verse concludes the page. The artwork is the sort that children will spend a long time studying. In addition to the detail already mentioned, there are hidden ladybugs on each page. You and your child will love looking for them, and by the way, you will have to look. This book just begs to be a present to a child loved by you. 60 pgs. Hb. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 035478
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    If you can't remember the preamble to the Constitution without singing it you probably have Schoolhouse Rock to thank! "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just a Bill," "Interjections," "Lolli Lolli Lolli" – all 46 original, animated songs that we know and love are here. In addition, there is another disc with loads more learning songs (that I haven't heard of before) and behind the scenes footage, commentaries, even puzzles and a trivia game! Take this on your next road trip and sing along, or use them in your lessons to help kids remember information in a fun way. If you were a kid who watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s, these will be a walk down memory lane. I had forgotten about many of these until I listened to them again and went, "Oh yeah! I loved that one!" ~Sara

  • Item #: 030564
    ISBN: 9780310242604
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    A follow-up to the popular Honey for a Child's Heart, Gladys Hunt has taken her passion for good literature and melded it with her passion to help teenagers catch a "vision of what they could be, what they were meant to be, created in God's image."

    The book discusses the value of reading as an individual as well as together as a family. She relates stories about her family reading together and the shared experiences, memories and discussions which resulted. The point? Reading together is as valuable for families with teens as it is for families with small children. I can attest to this as when our three year old goes to bed, my teenage boys and my wife and I read aloud together. I am fairly sure my teenagers enjoy it, if their pleas of "Can't we read just one more chapter?" are any indication.

    The author then discusses the characteristics of what makes a good book and evaluating literature within a Christian worldview. Finally, there are book lists by genre to help you choose books of interest to your teen along with handy indexes for reference. Want help getting your teen off the computer and back into reading? This book may just be the ticket. ~ Jerry

  • Item #: 023927
    ISBN: 9781932786576
    Retail: $34.95
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    Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively, current text, recommendations of additional books to enjoy, narration, notebooking, and other fun activities, too! Geography of the earth is approached as if you and your children were taking a journey through and around the earth, learning everything about the Earth as a whole (individual continents and countries will be studied in upcoming volumes). Eleven chapters each focus on a geography topic, including the atmosphere, the continents, the oceans, seasons, climate, weather, the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, latitude, and longitude. The author recommends spending two days on each chapter; one to snuggle up and read the text together, and the other to spend on the activities. Taking basic information like ocean currents, the rotation of the earth and plate tectonics and presenting them to children in an exciting way could have been a challenge, but the author has done a very impressive job here and has taken great pains to present the information in a personal way that children will understand and often be awed by. Occasionally the text is broken up by a "Tell the folks at home all about it!" which acts as a narration prompt. The narration jogs kids' memories about what they have read so far and helps them to remember it by describing it in their own words. To take this the next step, the author recommends that you and your child or children pretend you're on the phone while they tell you what they've "seen" in their journey. Each chapter's text ends with a "Postcard Home" which further embodies the "journey" theme. Postcard templates are found in the back of the book, or can be printed from online resources.  For each chapter, children will create their own postcard of the journey, in which they draw what they have learned on the front and describe it on the back, as if they were describing it to a recipient. Dressing up the ordinary "notebooking" as making postcards is a novel idea that will undoubtedly be a little more fun! After this point in every chapter, there is a "Reaching Out to His World" section, which ties the concepts from the text into a need that people around the world experience. Suggestions for further research and outreach are included in each one, so you can not only learn about the earth but develop a heart for helping others, too. "Further Explorations" in each chapter list books which tie in to that topic, and each book is listed with a summary and a grade range the book is most appropriate for. Two "Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursions" round out each chapter, and although they're not "required," I can understand why they call them too fun to resist! Some of the activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigate ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, looking for pictures in the shapes of the continents, and much more! These activities have clearly not been "tacked on" just because they are related to the chapter's topic; they are well-chosen and things that kids will definitely enjoy. An appendix at the end of the book contains the postcard templates, geography copywork and maps you will need throughout your journey. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! I just hope "Vol. 1" means that more are on the way! Jess

  • Item #: 018793
    ISBN: 9781556528040
    Retail: $24.99
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    If there is one supplementary reference you'll want to have on your shelf when studying American history at the upper level, this is it. This incredible resource contains the text of over 70 original documents spanning 300 years of U.S. History. The documents are divided into eight chapters, including Colonial times, the War for Independence, the young Republic, the pre-Civil War years, the Civil War, Reconstruction and expansion, World War I and II, and modern times (1945-2002). I appreciate the uncomplicated nature of the book. The author, realizing that there are entire books written about many of these documents, has kept simple. Each document is briefly introduced, usually along with a small but full-color reproduction of the document. The text of the document, or the portion that is the most poignant, is then provided in a shaded box. Although some spellings have been modernized for ease in reading, the words themselves have been preserved. After the documents, a short "What They Were Saying" section provides responses to the document from newspapers, speeches, politicians and other people from the time the document was written. These fascinating entries provide us just a little bit of a peek into the window of time to understand the context of the document and the effect that it had on Americans. With such "biggies" contained here such as the Mayflower Compact, the Stamp Act, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Dred Scott Decision, the Constitution of the Confederate States, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Reconstruction Act, the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the USA Patriot Act, this book will easily find a use with any U.S. history curriculum you may be using. 224 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 008811
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    Did you know that Herbert Hoover worked as a mining engineer? Or that Andrew Jackson was the first president born in a log cabin? Learn these and many other interesting facts about the presidents as you play this educational game. Each player takes a turn guessing the correct president after a random fact is read about him (some facts are more obvious than others). When a player guesses the correct president, he keeps his card and the first one to collect five cards wins the game. There are two presidential "reference" cards listing all the presidents and the dates they were in office along with dates of wars. These can be "cheat sheets" for all the players to reference before making their guess. Detailed instructions are included for individual or team play. Made in the USA. ~ Gina
  • Item #: 008374
    ISBN: 9780393080964
    Retail: $35.00
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    So you've read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and you're pleased by its information, guidance and practical curriculum suggestions. However, while reading it you may have thought, "I wish I had been educated this way, I guess it's too late for me." In the Well-Educated Mind, Susan focuses on the adult, and her premise is that it's not too late; you can have a Well-Educated Mind. Susan's focus is on helping the adult learn to read great literature. This book is so much more than a list of suggested reading. In fact, the suggested reading doesn't come until after Susan presents significant information on why it's important and how to go about it.

    Yes, the trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric is presented as well. Would you expect anything less from this author? Susan discusses why it is important for children to be taught properly in all three stages and if you were not, how as an adult, you can compensate and learn to read great literature. Susan's goal is to equip her readers to be able to learn self-education to train and fill their minds.

    For people who question their ability to read difficult material, the book states, "If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's sonnets or Jane Eyre." Susan says, "Reading is a discipline, like running regularly, or meditating, or taking voice lessons." Just like working through a training regimen to become proficient in sports or music we must learn technique and train our minds to effectively tackle the great books.

    Susan does not lecture from an ivory tower, but shows she can relate her understanding of real-life challenges to making time for the pursuit of reading. Her references to her struggles help make me feel like she understands real-life. These include the lure of TV after a long day, "just to vegetate for a few minutes, before I try to use my brain," or the call of email (including spam deletion). She includes a whole section on how to create a realistic reading schedule on your weekly calendar. A helpful section is including on training our minds to move from light reading and skimming for facts to more serious reading which leads to understanding. This "how-to" section includes information on reading mechanics, journaling, questioning and literary terms, all with examples. The book then progresses to six literary genres: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science with instructions on how to read each type. After each genre is a listing of literature with comprehensive summaries and the best versions of the books (with ISBN information). This new expanded and revised edition includes great 21st century works as well as essential readings in science. The selected reading lists usually have both a literary and a historical purpose. The Well-Educated Mind is a great resource that provides those adults who have a nagging sense of missing something in their literary education the practical techniques and guidance to regularly read and enjoy great literature. Jerry

  • Item #: 053856
    ISBN: 9780804841047
    Retail: $19.95
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    Every journey begins with a single step…or, in calligraphy's case, stroke. Unlike many how-to books that show stroke order once and much of the rest is practice, this book has a bit more content. It begins by showing how the characters were originally written and how they have evolved over time. It then discusses the rules of writing the characters, such as starting points and size. Then it introduces some radicals, which are always components of larger characters and can help make sense of them. For example, the water radical plus the character for eye means "tears". The three following chapters cover tools, proper writing position, and styles. The book finishes strong by showing how to create the eight strokes which make up all characters and giving some words to practice writing. Throughout the book there are also games and practice exercises, such as disassembling each character by stroke and having you put it together correctly. A CD is included that animates concepts in the book, plays audio and video recordings of correct pronunciation and setup, and offers more games. None of the concepts are overly complicated, and the book is written in larger print and fairly basic sentences with plenty of pictures and practice pages to illustrate. Created by He Zhilong and Guillaume Olive. 95 pgs, spiral-bound hardcover. - Janine
  • Item #: 029770
    ISBN: 9780874776614
    Retail: $19.95
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    If I could express the essence of this enlightened book in one phrase it would be to quote the author, Mona Brookes (internationally acclaimed art educator and founder of Monart Drawing School): “designed to encourage you to draw for yourself.” The title says it all and is ideal for teens and adult beginners who want to enjoy drawing, learn fundamentals and discover their true potential. Brookes’ style is not a step-by-step project book or for those wanting to be a professional artist, but a psychological exploration of your inner mind and feelings mixed with pure enthusiasm. The book’s drawings and examples are a progression of students’ artwork as they work through her method of teaching—they were either terrified of drawing, had very basic skills or never could draw the way they wanted. The book is very copy heavy, but easy to read. It does a wonderful job of exploring various drawing media, as well as explaining styles—abstraction, flat, realistic, perspective—and helps the new artist develop a style their own. The book has a helpful list of basic supplies to get started and optional list for further exploration. Each concept presented is followed by a project with instructions, so you read and then apply. The book should be used in progression from start to finish as each concept builds on the next. There is value to glean from this book even if you only have time to read without doing the projects. 250 pgs, 7.5” x 9” pb. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    If conventional phonics is not working with your child, or if phonics instruction is turning your "eager to read-er" into a "do we have to?" reader, here's an approach you should try. Based on techniques used in the Reading Recovery program and on observations of methods used by "natural" readers (children who learn to read at young ages despite no formal instruction), this approach takes a middle road between phonics and "sight reading." It is designed to be used one-on-one in a tutoring situation – not in a classroom environment – so it works very well in a home school. The first ingredient is reading, reading, reading to your young child. Predictable readers are used heavily in beginning instruction so that the child can begin to "read" successfully without knowing all of the rules, and can begin to recognize letter-sound correlations in familiar words. Some separate phonics instruction is done as part of the lesson. Initially, letter sounds are taught. From there, instruction depends on the previous day's experience. However, most of the phonics instruction is done within the context of reading and writing about real stories in real books. Phonics rules are not learned in any set sequence, but as the need to use them arises. Books are reread until mastered, then rotated out, with a book on the "cutting edge" of the child's ability added to the mix. A list of recommended children's books is included.

    The author is no stranger to the "great debate" on reading instruction. He has sixteen years of experience teaching in both public and private schools and, as headmaster of a Christian school, oversaw a home education program in which he worked with parents teaching their children to read. He realizes the strong preference homeschoolers have for phonics, but he makes a great case for considering a less "pure" approach. I do think this book is worth reading. After reading it, I realized that my children all learned a little this way, despite my attempts to teach them strictly phonetically. When Mark was learning to read, he just wouldn't wait for me to slowly make it through our phonics program. Armed with the essential basics, he wanted to read, and proceeded to do so; reading and rereading familiar books until they were mastered, demanding explanations of unfamiliar constructs as he went, and then applying this knowledge the next time he encountered a similar phonetic construct. All this from a child who seemed almost dense to me (compared with his older sisters) when using a strictly phonetic method. On reflection, I think he might have done much better from the start if I'd read this book and employed some of these methods. While not for everyone, and certainly not for those of you who won't even consider less than "pure" phonics, I'm hoping this will help with children who may "fall through the cracks" using a traditional phonics approach.

  • Item #: 039015
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $20.50

    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa

  • Item #: 039012
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.25

    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa

  • Item #: 038555
    ISBN: 9780974531526
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    For such a useful study, logic can be a bit intimidating. This pair of workshops by two homeschool graduates goes a long way toward making the topic more understandable. A single DVD covers both Part I – Learning to Think Logically and Part II – Using Your Thinking Toolbox. The DVD also includes PDF files for the workshop handouts. Originally given to a roomful of students, Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn together present both workshops (each about 50 minutes). With a wry touch of humor and some audience interaction they examine several different types of fallacies in Part I and ways to strengthen and train yourself to think logically in Part II. Watching a workshop video is never the same as being there in person; perhaps the biggest loss is the absence of the illustrative cartoons that were obviously a part of the original workshop. Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, and Far Side do not allow their cartoons to be used in video presentations and I found myself regretting that fact. Still, if you're wanting an introduction to the whole subject of logic, this is a good way to start.

  • Item #: 027714
    ISBN: 9780743296281
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.10

    If you found high school American history bland, but you actually enjoy reading about history, you will thoroughly enjoy this book – and chances are your student will too. Author James W. Loewen, a college history professor, wrote this after realizing that all his incoming freshman students regurgitated the same bland (and sometimes inaccurate) facts about American history. He then surveyed twelve popular American history high school textbooks digging for answers, and noted how different events in history were presented and what was (and was not) covered. His conclusion was that history textbooks tend to present history as a "fixed" story instead of "best-guess research," and leave out details which readers may find offensive or even thought-provoking. In twelve chapters, he covers topics like "heroification" in history, Christopher Columbus' expeditions to America, early settlement, the existing Native American population and what interactions between Europeans and Native Americans were really like, the invisibility of racism in textbooks and conversely, the invisibility of anti-racism. He also dips into what students are taught about the government, why recent history is often left out, and why history is taught this way. For each chapter, he draws upon primary source documents (some commonly available, like Las Casas' writings on Columbus) and the research of historians to present a more balanced account of history. Yes, it is disappointing at times to read about our "historical heroes," and see them as human. On the other hand, I have to say that his treatment of these events is usually very fair. In the chapter on Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, I braced myself to read some very harsh criticism of the Pilgrims, yet, I did not find it. It was a much more even treatment of the Pilgrims than I have read in many other recently-published history books. Throughout each topic covered, the author asks why students are not taught certain facts about history. He argues that a more balanced view, the inclusion of more theories and questions historians are currently asking, as well as a more "human" treatment of people throughout history will add interest – not turn students off to history. As a homeschooler, I would add that because we have more control over what history we absorb, some of these insights will not come as a surprise – especially to those who delve into period texts and primary source documents. Also, because this book was written in 1995, I think it has already had an impact on the way textbooks and even supplementary books are written. Unfortunately, this often seems to mean that the authors take a different biased approach, writing from an anti-white or anti-European viewpoint, or judging events standing solidly in present times and attitudes, always looking backwards. If your student is mature and interested in history, they will enjoy this book – and you will probably enjoy reading it along with them. The discussion raised would be terrific! However, there may be portions you find offensive, although, as I have mentioned above, the author does not come off as angry and biased, as you will find in many other modern histories. 383 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 018623
    ISBN: 9780470526705
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.95

    Through the adventures of three men creating a new society, the authors present a comprehensive look at the economic principles that affect each of us. Entertainingly written, you will meet the three men who develop a new society from the shores of the deserted island they are contentedly living on. Content that is, until news of their prosperous, uncomplicated life spread to the other islands. While there were ample assets to support a greater population, a diversified island economy quickly developed. This simple society became more complex, leading to the need for a central government, which grew to meet the perceived needs of the islanders. Through the humorous story, students will gain a understanding of Keynesian and Austrian economics, economic growth, the importance of trade, savings and risk, inflation, interest rates, government stimulus plans, lending and borrowing, the destructive nature of consumer credit, and much more.

    Each chapter in the story ends with a "take-away" overview which relates the concepts taught in story format to the actual economic history of the United States. Black and white caricatures abound. An expanded retelling of previous works by economist and "low tax through limited government" advocate Irwin Schiff, (who is also the father of the authors of this edition) is included. HC.228 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 015278
    ISBN: 9780851513843
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    Join with a fictitious family as they embark on one of the most important and most well known voyages in United States history. Be there as they encounter hardship, danger, and excitement. Meet those people who were actually onboard when the ship made its crossing back in 1620 - Master Reynolds, John Howland, and William Butten. Witness also the incredible grace and blessing that the God bestowed on this boat load of Pilgrims. You guessed it, this is the true tale of the Mayflower's voyage, told as a story through the eyes of the Lovelace family. An enjoyable read for all ages. ~ Zach