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  • 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 #: 027714
    ISBN: 9780743296281
    Retail: $17.99
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    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 #: 062794
    ISBN: 9781476718712
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    When reading any book, and particularly one on parenting, you want to know that the author knows what he is talking about. John Rosemond has all the bases covered here: the education, the real world experience, the heart, and he and his wife have raised two kids of their own. As he puts it, he is “not a Christian psychologist,” but “a Christian who holds a license to practice psychology.” John was the rare person in his field who did not follow the latest fad in psychology, which he found increasingly baseless. Instead, he taught common sense, time-tested, Biblical methods of parenting because they tend to work well.

    After sufficiently hammering home the point in the first four chapters that much of the advice coming from the professional psychology community on parenting is without merit, John gets into what does work. Marriage is foundational to the family, and the husband and wife’s relationship with each other must be kept strong, with relationships to the children being secondary. Parents need to be of one mind in their child-rearing methods. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; it is the parent’s job to set the child straight and instill humility. Have a vision for the success of the child. Increase the amount of responsibility given to the child as he matures. Discipline, including punishment, is necessary to instill obedience. Let your yes be your yes and your no be your no.

    There, I’ve given you the essence of the book, but the author makes the case so much more fluently. Dr. Kevin Leman sums it up: “This is the best commonsense guide to parenting I’ve read in a long time.

  • Item #: 051249
    ISBN: 9780890516393
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $21.95

    ACT prep – comprehensive and thorough – without the frantic feel. That about sums it up! This course offers a change of pace – and a change of focus – from the typical prep courses. Yes, it still covers vocabulary. Yes, it still provides test-taking strategies. Yes, it still provides detailed review of all subject areas: English, math, reading, writing, and science. But it also provides a call to prayer and devotional preparation that will cause your student to remember to put first things first.

    If you’ve ever wondered about the differences between the ACT and the SAT, you’ll find a clear analysis of each and suggestions for how best to prepare for each. In the introductory ACT test overview, the author covers these topics as well as provides information on how scores are used, average scores for certain universities, as well as suggestions for two essential habits to develop.

    Designed to be used over a ten week period, the course is comprised of fifty daily lessons. Lessons will probably take 1-2 hours to complete so be sure to factor that into your planning. Lesson format is consistent. Starting with a scripture verse, prayer points, and a devotional passage (often derived from classic books), then progressing to individual sections for Vocabulary (Greek/Latin roots or from classic literature), math (review and practice problems), reading (short passages with questions), English (editing and analysis), writing (analysis), and science (sample questions). Test-taking info and strategies are also part of each lesson. Although this format does not vary, the emphasis does vary some with each lesson – one day more time will be spent on science; another day, more on writing, etc. Both end-notes and a complete answer key are included in the back.

    If you’re an appendix-lover, then you’ll be pleased with what’s provided here. First is a brief tutorial on preparing vocabulary cards followed by an extensive reading list grouped by high school grade level. Models for reading and devotional journals as well as lists of Greek and Latin morphemes complete the appendices.

    Compared to other ACT test prep courses, there are two obvious differences with this course. First of all, there is a decided emphasis on the spiritual development and focus of the student. Secondly, test sections (i.e. English, math, etc.) are studied side-by-side rather than as a concentrated focus for a period of time before going on to the next section. Both of these contribute to the sense that test prep is really an opportunity to develop overall maturing in the student. 332 pgs, pb. Janice

     

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  • Item #: 021864
    ISBN: 9780316236737
    Retail: $19.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.75

    Maybe your dad read this book as he was deciding on his career path. Yes, it’s been around that long! However, as is often the case, it’s become a classic and the information is just as valuable now as it was then – and just as current since it’s been continually revised and updated (now in its 4th edition). The basic plan sounds rather simple – determine your personality type and then find a career path that allows you to “work” from your strengths. Result: that glorious sense of “you mean they pay me to do this?” Reality may be just a little more convoluted but this book will walk you through each step. Using the Briggs Myers personality types (E/I; S/I; T/F; J/P in four letter combinations) and tweaking them for career functions, while factoring in the season of life. Then all of this is applied via profiles to different career categories. The benefit of a book like this is the insights one can glean into oneself and, more importantly, how those insights might be applied. The book concludes by giving its reader the opportunity to prepare a personality profile and to create a personal career plan. Very worthwhile stuff. 384 pgs, pb Janice