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  • Item #: 043321
    ISBN: 9780800796273
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    Corrie ten Boom’s story is one of extreme difficulty and oppression, but also one of extreme forgiveness and victory. This version makes Corrie’s story accessible for younger readers without losing the vibrancy and important elements of the original autobiography. This edition would be a great to introduce the biography to your elementary student, to use as a companion for younger students when older students are reading the original, or even to read aloud. Periodic black and white illustrations; 15 chapters, each less than 20 pages; abridged. 5.5” x 8”, 205 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 018645
    ISBN: 9780865978409
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    In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont spent nine months in the United States studying American prisons on behalf of the French government. Along with the prison system, they studied every aspect of American public and private life-the political, economic, religious, cultural and social life of our young nation. One profound discovery Mr. Tocqueville noted was the leading role of religion with its constitutional separation from government. Mr. Tocqueville wrote about his experiences, first amazing readers in 1835 and 1840, and these writings continue to amaze readers today. This scholarly work features the English translation, translation notes, listing of key terms, appendices, early outlines, drafts, extensive bibliography, and other vital references for the serious student of democracy. Two volume set totals nearly 1700 pgs. SC. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 064474
    ISBN: 9781465469489
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    Dinosaurs are quite a fascination for the young – big, scary reptiles that roamed the earth and are now gone. This book by DK is a great resource for helping children visualize what they might have looked like and how they lived. Divided into types of dinosaurs, the book is easy to use – invertebrates, early vertebrates, dinosaurs and birds, and mammals. The book begins by explaining prehistoric life – how life began, evolution, timeline of life, fossils, and fossil hunting all from a secular perspective. Join paleontologists as they excavate fossils and bones to learn more about the size and shapes of these prehistoric creatures. Colorful photos, illustrations, and charts, take you on a visual journey that will engage young learners and help them understand more about dinosaurs! 304 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063122
    ISBN: 9781524785864
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  • Item #: 063072
    ISBN: 9781524785871
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    ISBN: 9781524785055
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  • Item #: 038255
    ISBN: 9780544644489
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    For you Curious George lovers out there, here is the ultimate book! This giftable hardcover edition contains all seven original stories in one volume with their original illustrations, along with an introduction by the publisher, and a photographic history of the Reys. A code is also included for a free audiobook download, read by John Krasinksi. The stories in this collection include: Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. With over 75 million books sold, Curious George has left a lasting legacy over the past 75 years. He will go down in history as "everyone's favorite monkey." ~ elise

  • Item #: 029814
    ISBN: 9780143121602
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    When my sisters and I were younger, there weren't many things that could beat Dad reading to us. Although Dad worked full-time and didn't spend much time with us in the classroom, he always tried to work in reading before bedtime. The Little House books, Beverley Cleary's books, and other "classics" were always entertaining to hear aloud, even though most of us had already read them for ourselves (maybe it was Dad's voices). Author Jim Trelease was also a dad who read aloud to his kids because he enjoyed it, and because his father had read to him when he was a young boy. One day, almost by accident, he stumbled onto several realizations: most children are rarely or never read to; children that are read to tend to become livelong, avid readers; and children who don't read or are never read to often lag way behind in both their reading and verbal skills.

    The product of his investigation and research is this title, first published in 1979. Its initial purpose was to educate parents and teachers on the impact that reading aloud to children can have, as well as to suggest some excellent books for reading aloud. Now in its 7th edition, the Read-Aloud Handbook serves the same goal, with a few updated features for today's parents and educators. This hefty guide contains a lot in just ten chapters! The introduction and the first chapter make the case (very loudly!) on why parents should read to their children. The following chapters address the when's, what's, and how's of reading aloud, offering advice on the stages of reading aloud, as well as some do's and don'ts. The fifth chapter discusses Sustained Silent Reading (not lacking in most homeschools, I'm sure!), and why it naturally complements reading aloud. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of libraries, what we can learn from the successes of the Harry Potter phenomenon and Oprah's book club, the limitations of using the Internet for reading or research, and how to help the television occupy a healthier, less time-consuming place in the readers' lives. The last portion of the book, about 120 pages in length, is the "Treasury of Read-Alouds". The Treasury is helpfully divided by type of book. For "Wordless Books" and "Predictable Books" (those with sentence patterns repeated often enough to be predictable to readers), recommendations are given in a list form. For recommendations on reference books, picture books, short novels, full-length novels, poetry, anthologies, and fairy/folk tales, the featured books are listed alphabetically, and include name of author, publisher, copyright date, # of pages, what grades the book is recommended for, and a short synopsis of the storyline. Yes, there is definitely a lot here for your mind to chew on! His list of recommended books offers a great place for parents and children to start, while his informational chapters are engrossing, and adults will find them very readable as well. While I would suspect that the percentage of homeschool parents who read to their children is probably already higher than those who do not homeschool, this volume offers any parent interested in beginning to read aloud to their children an excellent place to start. - Jess

  • Item #: 024462
    ISBN: 9780689831416
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  • Item #: 036205
    ISBN: 9780800798055
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     Children can now read about the brave missionary Brother Andrew in this edition for young readers. This story depicts Brother Andrew’s adventures from childhood through adulthood. As he goes undercover to transport Bibles across borders, readers will discover the amazing ways God provides for him as he pours his heart into the mission field. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 010653
    ISBN: 9780147510426
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      This novel presents the inspiring and true story of the efforts of one young man to help his family and community survive a life-threatening famine. Hungry and with limited resources, a desperate man living in Malawi, Africa takes bold and decisive action to bring water and hope to an impoverished African village. The book includes a few simple black-and-white drawings and eight color photographs. Children today need to read more books about ordinary people who have truly made a positive difference in the world; this book certainly fits that mold. A required resource for Grade 4, Semester 2 Lightning Literature. 294 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 021495
    ISBN: 9780618260300
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    Lord of the Rings fans will not want to miss this prequel about the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. This book contains the unabridged text, presented in a larger font size for younger readers. By J.R.R. Tolkien. 365 pgs, pb.
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  • Item #: 050205
    ISBN: 9780316327916
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  • Item #: 005907
    ISBN: 9780486407845
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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 #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
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    Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

  • Item #: 066878
    ISBN: 9780990552963
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      Based on the belief that geography should be learned chiefly from using maps, young children will have poetry and prose reading lessons in the words of Charlotte Mason herself based on the movement of the Earth, points of the compass and meaning of maps. Originally printed in 1881, this edition is a faithful reproduction in a fresh format. The original language is retained, but with footnotes including updated information for today’s readers. The text was written to be read by (or read aloud to) children and has a lyrical quality. Over a dozen charming poems are interspersed which also illustrate concepts; including titles such as How All Things Praise the Lord, Harvest Thanksgiving, Evening and more. There are 41 lessons in all, many are followed by 6-8 comprehension (summary) questions. Lesson topics range from foundational topics such as day and night to parallel lines, to topography, to reading a town map and then a globe (latitude/longitude, continents, oceans, mountains, etc.), and more. Only a few black and white illustrations are scattered throughout. 6x9”, 148pp, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 008979
    ISBN: 9780310242468
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    Now in its 4th edition, Gladys Hunt's book has encouraged thousands of families to reap the benefits of quality literature. Gladys wrote Honey for a Child's Heart to help others experience the same influence that reading books both separately and together has had on her family. In the first section of this book, she offers advice on "using books to help children grow." Through the chapters in this section she emphasizes the way that quality literature affects children, provides tips on raising a reader, helps you learn how to select good books and stories for your children, and discusses the merits of reading aloud together. She also explores in depth the question "What Makes a Good Book?" and discusses fantasy vs. realism and poetry before talking about the influences on your children from various sources. Gladys also provides a chapter in this section encouraging family Bible reading, warmly sharing on how to integrate it into your daily life and why it is so important. The second half of this volume, aptly sub-titled "Books your children should have the opportunity to enjoy," features lists of quality literature for different age levels and interests. These lists are organized by author and then title with brief descriptions of each book. Thirteen chapters recommend books for children age 0-3; picture book classics and more favorite picture books for 4-8 year olds; first books for beginning readers, classic children's novels, more great books for intermediate readers, stories for animal lovers, historical novels, and fantasy novels, all geared towards 9-12 year olds; young adult novels for ages 12-14; and worthwhile poetry, Bible and Christian truths storybooks, and books for special occasions. 251 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 000912
    ISBN: 9780836117325
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    13 year-old Arnold Hutton is the son of a bound man, but he has been educated with the master's son as part of a test by John Wycliffe, who believes that the poor can be educated just as well as the rich, which was previously unheard of. Arnold is deeply inspired by Wycliffe, and young readers will learn about this influential man as Arnold and his friends work to protect him from spies. Will they be able to save him and his English translation of the Bible from the enemies he's made from speaking the gospel?

  • Item #: 033797
    ISBN: 9781942405658
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    Remember the Days is a historical textbook series specifically designed for younger readers (K-6). Covering the same topics (World History, U.S. History, Church History, and Geography) as the Companion and having the same 34 weeks of study, there are more fun stories and more “young” appeal. While you will most likely need to read to your early elementary students, upper elementary students will be able to handle much of the reading on their own. Currently Volume 2 (Medieval Days) is available with the other three expected over the next three years.

  • Item #: 023355
    ISBN: 9780544439566
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    "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!" Okay, so there isn't any singing and dancing in the book by P.L. Travers. In fact, if you've only ever seen the movie, be prepared to be introduced to the real Mary Poppins, who in actuality is terse, demanding and sharp-spoken. Although her personality isn't "sugary-sweet," you will come to adore her and the many lessons and adventures she has for the Banks children. This is a reprint of the classic, and the "Bad Tuesday" chapter has been revised to be more culturally sensitive. A great classic that is truly "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"! (Okay, so that isn't in the book either, but I couldn't resist!) 209 pgs, pb. elise

  • Item #: 023546
    ISBN: 9780142408179
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    This Caldecott Honor-winning book tells the story of two birds, Sid and Midge, who live in a letter B on a sign in San Francisco. One day, their letter B is taken down and Midge has to protect the eggs in their nest as they are transported across town. When Sid comes home, he discovers that they're missing! Will he ever be able to find Midge, the eggs, and their letter B home in such a large city? Written and illustrated by Don Freeman, 56 pgs, sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 018507
    ISBN: 9780875527352
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    This version features updated language, a faster pace, full-page illustrations, and close attention to the way Robinson Crusoe draws closer to God and becomes a Christian. Although the story has been adapted for younger readers, as much detail as possible has been retained. Edited by Kathryn Lindskoog. 188 pgs.

  • Item #: 016007
    ISBN: 9781594631931
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    Author Khaled Hosseini provides great insight into Afghan culture and traditions through the powerful story of two young friends first in Afghanistan in the 1970s and then later in the US. A tale of shame, guilt, forgiveness, friendship and religion vs radicalism is woven through an intimate account of intricate family and friend relationships. Parents may wish to preview chapter 7 which contains a disturbing scene integral to the novel. Includes a reader's guide with suggested discussion questions for deeper analysis. A literature resource used in Beautiful Feets Modern U.S. & World curriculum. 371 pgs, pb. Enh/Ruth

  • Item #: 073694
    ISBN: 9781501156892
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