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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 040707
    ISBN: 9781933339092
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    Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

    Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

    The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.

  • Item #: 004961
    ISBN: 9781883937386
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    This stirring novel takes place in Biblical times. It shows, through the life of an orphaned Hititte, how Judea has always been the crossroads and battlefield of contending nations. During his great adventure, he finally comes to peace with himself, the Hebrews, and God.

  • Item #: 071234
    ISBN: 9780449817445
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       Emmanuel was born with a deformed leg in Ghana Africa. He was a bright boy with a strong character and when his mother became sick, he made it to the city to work and send money home. Most handicapped people in Ghana have to beg for money; however, Emmanuel promised his mother he would not beg just before she died. He was on a mission to show others that he was capable, and in doing so, he inspired others (including politicians). He ends up riding a bicycle across Ghana! Written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls, hc, 33pp, 9” x11.5”. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 050688
    ISBN: 9780141305714
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    This tale is told from alternating points of view of two young Americans: a Quaker boy named Samuel Russell and an Abenaki Indian boy named Stands Straight, and is based on a true story. It was the summer of 1777 in New York during the Revolutionary War. The French, the Loyalists, the Patriots, the Quakers and the Indians are all players in this story. Universal themes of family and peace are found throughout. The problems and conflicts facing the main characters make for some deep hypothetical discussions with your children about faith and family, tradition and change. Add this to your materials for a unit study of the Revolutionary War or the early Americans. Kids will relate to the characters in this easy-to-read novel. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 050322
    ISBN: 9780763672973
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    Well known as one of the greatest heroic poems in Old English, Beowulf recounts the tales and adventures of the character with the same moniker. In the first adventure, Beowulf, a young nobleman from southern Sweden, comes to the aid of the King of Denmark by fighting the monster Grendel. In the second tale, after 50 years of peaceful rule, Beowulf is called upon to fight the dragon that has been terrorizing his country. Thought to be written sometime between the late 7th and early 11th centuries, the original author is unknown.

  • Item #: 048703
    ISBN: 9780307931474
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     Fun and engaging story about a young boy who gets invited to the grand opening of a new library, only to discover that he is not permitted to leave without first solving a series of challenging riddles. The story includes plenty of mystery, and no small amount of comedy, as a teenager named Kyle gets caught in the web of a library designer who also happens to be a game maker! Readers will have to use their brains if they want to help Kyle escape from perhaps the craziest library in the world. 290 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 026688
    ISBN: 9780688179618
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    The subjects of England were probably a bit wary when Elizabeth came to the throne; they had gossiped about her father's many wives, mourned the loss of the young and sickly Edward, and tolerated her older half-sister Mary's brief but fiery rule. When the throne passed to her, advisers thought it best for her to marry and step aside, leaving the business of running the country to her husband, whoever he would be. Thankfully, Elizabeth had other ideas, and surprised everyone by guiding England into a period of relative peace, world exploration, and emphasis on the arts. This readable biography by Diane Stanley and husband Peter Vennema spans Elizabeth's life and reign accompanied by the author's excellent illustrations, which draw the reader into the life and times of Elizabeth. 40 pgs. ~ Alysia

  • Item #: 023433
    ISBN: 9780486447957
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    This famous, epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow tells the story of Hiawatha, a young brave with magic moccasins, who loves nature and talks to animals and tries to bring peace to his people. The poem follows his life, through his childhood and adolescence to his marriage and his children, then through the death of loved ones, famine, and eventually his own death. It's an adventure-filled, moving poem, wherein Hiawatha uses his supernatural gifts and his bravery to help the people he loves. This classic is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature, combining romance and idealism with a tranquil, natural setting. Unabridged, 142 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 007888
    ISBN: 9781942968955
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  • Item #: 277137
    ISBN: 9781606821718
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    Join Avery as he leaves the family farm to join the war effort with his dog, Gunner. Avery is not interested in fighting on the American Civil War battlefields but in the hospitals. Journey with him as he looks for healing and peace during the outset of the war. 189 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 064700
    ISBN: 9780692345184
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    Laz and his friends lived a peaceful life in their wombat tribe, until the day the Tasmanian devils attacked. When Laz’s sister Sura is taken captive, he and his friends wish to rescue her, which goes against the Way of the Wombat, their tribe’s code for living. As a result, they are banished, and they set out on a journey to bring Sura home. They must first find a rare tree called Gray Ironbark to create weapons than can best the devils, face many dangers, and learn to trust the traveling companions they find along the way. Will they reach Sura in time? And if so, will they be able to beat the devils and survive? Find out as you read about the brave wombats as they find their own way. 303 softcover pages with occasional black and white illustrations. – Laura

  • Item #: 064532
    ISBN: 9780553537611
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  • Item #: 063713
    ISBN: 9781596437326
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    If you have a child who is crazy for cartooning, this book is perfect (it’s crazy!). Essentially, it gives young artists tips and ideas for their own creations through, well, a really nutty story about a movie being made in a castle where most of the characters don’t know they are in a movie. In the course of this kooky tale, you learn about drawing body shapes, costume choices, body language, and facial expressions all to bring your comic characters to life on the page. It’s silly and funny and I liked the roundabout approach to teaching through story telling. It fits the media after all! Knights, castles, robots, wizards, witches…elephants, broccoli, ballerinas, frogs…something for everyone to inspire your creativity and get your characters on paper. 10” x 7.5”, 63 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 063701
    ISBN: 9780890846643
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    Cissy Nidd doesn't know who to believe - her father, maker of counterfeit coins, or John Bunyan, the prisoner who dares to speak of a loving God.

  • Item #: 061991
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     We’re all familiar with enclosed maze games for young children, but this unique product lets kids build their own maze challenges - over and over again! The two-piece round pegboard with a raised edge and two handles is easy to assemble and also has a rounded base so it tips and rotates. A variety of colorful plastic pieces, two goals, four heavy plastic balls and 10 challenge cards are also included. One or more children (or teams) can design a maze by plugging the pieces into the board, then challenge another player to guide the ball into the goal. The maze creation and solving builds so many skills, including visual discrimination, creativity, problem-solving and physical manipulation. One of our absolute favorite new items!

  • Item #: 059015
    ISBN: 9780310724926
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    Prayer is such an important aspect of the Christian faith, and we need to teach our children in language they can understand. The Circle Maker for Kids is intended for little ones, ages 4 and up, and illustrates beautifully what faith and prayer can do. The story is about Honi the ancient rainmaker – Honi believed that God could hear them and declared, "The same God who made the thunder will make it clap. The same God who made the clouds will make them rain." There was a yearlong drought in the land, and the people turned to Honi for help. Honi prayed within a circle he had drawn on the ground until God answered his prayers. The people learned by Honi's example of fervent, bold prayer and began to encircle every part of their lives with prayer.

    I am part of the prayer ministry at our church, and have been encouraged as I hear people talk about the power of prayer and the things they have seen God do. Children need to learn at a very young age that God is there with them and for them, and that prayer is their tool for communication with God. This 32-page, hardcover book would be a great gift to a little one in your life. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 052941
    ISBN: 9781449710989
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    Using the illustration of a butterfly's metamorphosis, this book illuminates for children the transition of a Christian when passing from this life into the next. Beginning with a young boy, Andrew, who loves to visit his grandmother, the story begins with Andrew sharing with his "Grammie" the very special surprise he has to share-caterpillars. As Andrew shares the caterpillar's transition into chrysalis, Grammie recognizes the life lesson to be taught and shares with Andrew the metamorphosis that is occurring and the amazingly similar plan He has for His people. She shares how it is very sad when a person dies, but God has an amazing design for people—a new, glorified body and the opportunity to live with Him forever. Shortly after her conversation with her grandson, Grammie has a very dear friend who goes to be with God. As she finds comfort in his 'metamorphosis', Grammie is able to communicate God's amazing plan for His people when they leave this life for their new home with Him.

    Colorfully illustrated, this book tenderly and sensitively explains life after death to children in a way that offers peace and comfort, as they realize, the end is truly the beginning. Additional activities include a simple flip book and maze. 32pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 050205
    ISBN: 9780316327916
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  • Item #: 045986
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    Even young readers and spellers can enjoy this versatile word game from the makers of Bananagrams! A green pear-shaped pouch holds 104 ivory-colored tiles, which are lightweight for little hands and larger than the company's other letter tiles. Four complete sets of uppercase alphabet tiles make up the 104 tiles, with each set displaying letters with different patterns. There are several ways to play, but basically, players draw a number of tiles and build simple crosswords out of them (one vertical word with a horizontal word intersecting it and sharing a letter, like C-A-P and M-A-N, where the A is shared between the words). You can play to use letters of any pattern, or award points for crosswords created using letters of the same pattern. Additional variations and game suggestions are included. Of course, the letter tiles are so nice on their own you're sure to find plenty of uses for them as manipulatives, as well as inventing your own word games. – Jess

  • Item #: 037409
    ISBN: 9781593170790
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    All is well in the kingdom, for it has a good king and the Lantern of Purest Light which brings peace and joy to all the people. When an evil dragon comes and steals the lantern, the kingdom is thrown into despair, and many men are lost on the quest for the lantern. A good squire, who was taught by his parents from the scroll which contains the words of God, accompanies his knight on the quest. Through the adventure, the boy keeps the scroll close by and sticks to the words which lead him safely, and he is rewarded for his purity. A ââ‚Å"brotherâ₝ book to the Princess and the Kiss, this volume is for the boys! ~ Megan
  • Item #: 034195
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    This adorable set from Melissa & Doug includes the following six instruments in a wooden storage tray: a colorful mini-xylophone and mallet, a tambourine-like shaker, a harmonica, a whistle, and two red and blue castanets. These instruments are just the right size for little hands, and they're made with wood and metal (in the shaker and harmonica) so they're sturdy enough for even the most enthusiastic young musicians. This set would be a helpful tool in teaching listening skills and auditory discernment, as well as fostering fine motor skill development, creativity, and memory. A list of extension activities on the back of the packaging offers a few great ways to enrich your child's musical learning. Have fun making joyful noise with this set! ~ Rachel D.

  • Item #: 030822
    ISBN: 9781942968528
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    This entertaining audio recording highlights the remarkable courage, humor, and compassion of Abraham Lincoln. These original stories written and narrated by Jim Weiss will entertain your family for all seventy minutes of the audio performance. The twelve stories presented are as follows: "Preface: Pen and Paper," "Young Abe Lincoln," "Stephen Douglas and Mary Todd," "The Run-up to War," "Lincoln vs. Douglas," "President Lincoln," "War!" "Tough Times," "Gettysburg and Vicksburg," "The Gettysburg Address," "Victory and Loss," and "Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America." Your whole family will be delightfully entertained while being educated about one of America's greatest leaders! - elise

  • Item #: 029155
    ISBN: 9780544582446
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     This picture book captures Dolley Madison’s role in the White House and her enjoyable character in the social realm. It also reveals how Dolley saved a portrait of George Washington during the War of 1812. Included in the back is a one-page biography of her life. pb. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 026656
    ISBN: 9780064402811
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    This is another well-written novel from author Katherine Paterson. Set in feudal Japan, times are rough, especially for peasants who can't afford to buy food. Afraid of being a burden, young Jiro, the son of a puppet-maker, leaves home and becomes an apprentice at the nearby puppet theater. What is the connection between Yoshida, master of the puppet theater; Saburo, a Robin Hood-like figure who steals rice from the rich to give to the poor; and Jiro's own father? ~ Anh

  • Item #: 026520
    ISBN: 9781933339863
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  • Item #: 022375
    ISBN: 9781933339917
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    Math understanding doesn’t magically occur when a child begins their academic years – kindergarten and up. Their brains are developing from the time they are born, and you, the parent, can do things to help with that development and lay the foundation as they approach kindergarten. Games – my favorite way to teach young children! This 100-page, softcover book is full of games to help your young child develop an understanding of number concepts – counting, comparing and ordering, recognizing written numerals, and beginning addition and subtraction. You may already be doing some of the activities found in this book, but this book lays out the content in a categorized fashion. There are seven chapters – counting to five, counting to ten, numbers from zero to five, numbers from six to ten, written numerals from 0 to 10, comparing quantities and numbers, and addition and subtraction stories. This isn’t a workbook, but a great resource for parents.

    Typically, you will be able to use these activities with a child who is about 4, but you know your child best and can begin when you believe they are ready. The author suggests that you do the activities in this book in the order they are presented, take as much time as needed with each, and a questionnaire at the end of each chapter will help you determine whether your child is ready to move on. Children may progress at different rates, so be patient as you work with your child. Most importantly, have fun while incorporating these activities into your child’s day. You don’t want them to hate math before they even get going strong. The activities use items from around your home or are easily accessible. You may want to put together a math basket with the following items: 20 small counters, resource pages from the back of the book, one nickel and ten pennies, blank paper and a writing tool. Additional items that may be used occasionally are: ten small toys, four stuffed animals, small blanket, two small paper bags, two regular dice, tape, two different small objects for game tokens, two different-coloring writing utensils, toy cups, plates, spoons, and play food items, dot stickers, small food items, large index cards, and small stickers.

    Use these simple activities to solidify your child’s math foundation and only spend a few minutes a day doing so. Get them ready for kindergarten math and have fun in the process. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 016970
    ISBN: 9781942968986
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  • Item #: 013562
    ISBN: 9780486418087
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    Taking up where Little Women left off, this heartwarming sequel finds irascible Jo married with a family of her own. In this second installment, Jo and her beloved Professor Bhaer open their home to educate three young boys, including business-minded Tommy and wild mischief-maker Dan. 300 pgs.

  • Item #: 009402
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    Twenty-four arrangements of twelve popular hymns that can be played with an 8-note handbell set. Examples include Amazing Grace, Jesus Loves Me, and Peace Like a River.