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  • Item #: 021654
    ISBN: 9781580371117
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    Supplement your study of the human body with reproducible worksheets featuring passages and activities highlighting a variety of human body topics. Each of the body systems is represented here, each with several short passages followed by activities including short answer questions, labeling diagrams, definitions, research suggestions and more. Short investigations to extend the worksheet are suggested for several systems as well. Answer key included. - Jess
  • Item #: 041473
    ISBN: 9780794520458
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    It's always more fun to see something work than just read about it. This book allows children to follow their food as it travels through the body by lifting flaps to reveal the unseen story. See how your brain works and how your lungs help you breathe. This book is packed with great illustrations and 50 different flaps to lift and discover. This 16 pg book allows you child to learn in a fun and interesting way. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 011749
    ISBN: 9780876591581
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    Youngsters are naturally curious about how their bodies function - wanting to test things out, find their limitations, and figure out how things work. Help develop your child's natural curiosity into scientific discoveries and understanding with this book of over 130 activities exploring hands and feet, arms and legs, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, internal organs, and putting it all together. Each of the above sections starts out with an Information Please section that explains to the teacher the necessary knowledge for that part of the body. Activities are grouped according to categories, and the concepts learned, supplies you will need, age requirements for participants, and detailed instructions are all clearly provided. Extension activities are included if you would like to take the activities one step further or delve deeper. A great introduction to science and the human body for young children. 214 pgs.

  • Item #: 062066
    ISBN: 9781626722132
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  • Item #: 056366
    ISBN: 9781592237630
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    As a child, I vividly remember the "ahhh" moments of learning. Many of these "ah-ha's" were the times I sat looking at the transparencies pages in an encyclopedia! Multi-layer transparencies just seem to spark learning. This book begins with straightforward overlays for the major body systems: head, chest and abdomen. Each system template and overlay identifies organs and structure, making it a worthwhile resource for any anatomy course. But this great book offers so much more including a general overview of seven body systems: nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, musculoskeletal, immune and hormones/growth/development. Information is concise, understandable and well organized (and tabbed for easy reference!) and includes detailed photos, illustrations and diagrams. Also included are 2 life-size posters of the human body with anterior and posterior presentations. Posters measure approximately 19.5" x 52". Posters fold neatly and may be stored in the included vinyl pockets that zip closed for additional protection. Indexed. Lenticular front cover. 59 pgs, hc. Please note, this includes information on male and female reproduction. Information is presented from an anatomical/physiological view point. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 032596
    ISBN: 9780471188889
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    Learn what your body needs to be healthy and then prepare these delicious recipes to please not only those parts, but your taste buds too! This cookbook teaches children about the nutrients needed by individual parts of the human body as well as keeping the body as a whole healthy. After getting acquainted with the kitchen through the cooking tips and safety rules on tools, terms, and appliances at the beginning of the book, children are ready to start meeting the cravings of their body. The rest of the book is divided into two sections. In the first, chapters focus on separate body parts or systems such as the heart, blood, muscles, bones, teeth, nerves, digestive system, and hair, teeth and nails. Each of these pieces of the body requires different nutrients and vitamins to stay in good shape. Each chapter in this section begins with an explanation of that body part, discussing the features of the part including how it works and what it needs to work well. Following this interesting introduction is a fun activity or experiment that further explores that amazing body part. The rest of each chapter holds 4-6 scrumptious recipes containing the nutrients important for that part of the body. The recipes, marked from 1-3 based on difficulty, list the time and tools needed for preparation in addition to the needed ingredients and clear directions. The chapters in part two follow the same format but focus on the body as a whole, concentrating on the food pyramid, energy and exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and fruits and vegetables. Again, each of these sections holds an informative description, fun exercise, and easy, tasty recipes. Appendices hold the nutrient content of the recipes, a guide to food labels, and tips on what is safe to eat. 184 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 029200
    ISBN: 9781556524196
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    How would you like to live in a house that faced a dirt (or mud) road, had no electricity, and where it was commonplace to throw your sewage and garbage out of the window and into the street? Ewww… to most of us, that's disgusting, but if you lived in Paris or London hundreds of years ago, you and your neighbors would think this was pretty normal. We, on the other hand can almost take our comforts of life for granted, thanks to the intricate network of infrastructure that brings us fresh water, takes away waste water, gives us roads to drive on, and brings electricity to our homes. This fascinating book takes a look back through history at how each of these infrastructural components evolved, and how they are utilized today in cities and towns. Along the way, activities are included so students can see for themselves the scientific principles and properties that allow these systems to work and serve so many people. In ten chapters, readers will learn about water and its availability, water transportation, irrigation, roads, railroads, bridges, electrical and phone lines, water sanitation, garbage collection, and pollution. For example, in the chapter on water, students will learn about the different methods people have used to bring water to our homes, including wells, aqueducts, water towers, and water pipes. The experiments in this section include: finding a centerline to see how difficult it was for early engineers to build straight tunnels; seeing how water pressure shapes conduits, and discovering how a siphon works. Additional extension activities are include researching where your own water comes from, comparing our water systems with the workings of the human body and drawing a timeline to see the development of water availability systems. For anyone who's ever been curious about what a city looks like underground, or who's wondered where the water goes after it is sucked down the drain, this book offers some fascinating answers. - Jess

  • Item #: 007183
    ISBN: 9781557996855
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    Spool knitting is an easy, fun skill for young kids to master and it allows them to create their own cute little creations. The instructions describe (in a few simple steps) how to spool knit using the included plastic spool knitter. Diagrams accompany the directions, and after just a few minutes of acquainting themselves with the process, kids should be ready to go. The rest of the instructions detail how to make specific critters using the included yarn and spool knitter. A plastic needle and craft stick are also included, along with everything you need to fashion one of each creation shown. Before you know it, your child will have a whole zoo!

  • Item #: 037521
    ISBN: 9781684040728
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  • Item #: 006865
    ISBN: 9780310723233
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    There are no stupid questions when it comes to how a young man's body is changing. Dr. Walt Larimore takes 30 questions that young men often ask (or want to ask) and gives solid, Biblical responses to ease their minds and help them understand during a very confusing time in their lives.

    The book begins with a note to parents, because this isn't a topic that parents just love to attack, and explains how to handle this difficult time. He offers two options for using the book – 1) skim through the book and then give it to your son, if your son is mature enough to deal with the content, or 2) read and study the book with your son (especially dads). This provides opportunities for communication and bonding.

    The book is written to the young man ten to thirteen years of age. There is a note of encouragement from the doctor and along with some appropriate scripture: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." I Timothy 4:12.

    One chapter is devoted to each question but isn't overwhelming for the reader. Humorous black and white pictures are found in each chapter along with a short vignette or information, facts and, of course, scripture. Some of the questions addressed in the book are difficult and very matter-of-fact, so be sure your son is ready for the information being presented.

    Although this period in a young man's life might be difficult, Dr. Larimore has done his best to make the transition to adulthood a bit easier with information and God's word for guidance. So, if you've been dreading the talk or aren't sure how to answer the myriad of questions young men face as they grow into men, let Dr. Larimore lend a hand. 187 pgs, s/c. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006762
    ISBN: 9780486797441
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    Introduce your children to the miraculous workings of their human body. Explaining the processes that most of us take for granted, this book will help children appreciate the complex processes that make living possible. Covering fetal development; puberty; DNA and genetics; each of the body systems; exercise; nutrition; and germs and the immune system, which are all presented with understandable explanations and clear graphics. Evolutionary commentary sprinkled throughout, but this could easily be explained differently or skipped over at the parent’s discretion. Includes a variety of easy to do activities. SC 128 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 065059
    ISBN: 9780544824386
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    Diving into the world of technology, David Macaulay brings you into the 21st century with its new inventions and discoveries. Divided into five parts, this 400-page book covers the mechanics of movement, harnessing the elements, working with waves, electricity & automation, and the Digital Domain. With humorous graphics and concise information, he takes the fear and intimidation out of what you don't understand and makes it approachable for a variety of ages. Learn about the technology of today, such as 3D printers, body scanners, satellite navigation, and much more. Follow the wooly Mammoth through the workings of all types of machines! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 000189
    ISBN: 9780974342528
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    It's easy to see how the career of a pastor or missionary is important to God, but sometimes it's not so easy to pinpoint how more "mundane" and "secular" jobs can be just as important. This guide shows people from all walks of life how they can apply their Biblical worldview to whatever job they have in the "real" world and bridge the sacred/secular divide. Developed to be used in a small group Bible study setting, this book could be read independently, but there are many prompts for discussion and the book urges that going through it with others will provide the most benefits. Included with the book is a DVD full of 1-2 minute clips. The book prompts you when to play a clip that illustrates points being made or jump-starts a discussion. In a very practical way, the study tries to get you to understand why your worldview matters, how worldview shapes culture, how you can remove the dualism from your life, how to develop a concrete plan for letting God control your work like the rest of your life, and what you need to do to truly make your workplace your mission field. This book is perfect for those who feel they have no purpose in their current jobs and also for anyone who wants to discover real ways they can combine their faith with their career, whatever it may be. By Dr. Christian Overman, 128 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
  • Item #: 007174
    ISBN: 9781554516124
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       Is blood thicker than water? Can your bowels really affect your brain? How did pirates perish? These and other unique questions are answered in this entertaining and slightly silly book. Cartoon graphics, tongue-in-cheek quips, historical background and hands-on activities will appeal to the science fan and the reluctant learner in your family. Glossary and index. Pb. 104 pgs. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 062256
    ISBN: 9781454910664
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    What’s Your IQ? It’s always fun to take those little online tests to see how intelligent you are, but have you ever thought about working to raise your IQ? This book includes exercises to help you rate and improve your intelligence. There are 60 problems to warm up the brain; then there are 4 tests with 40 questions each. The fifth test is a whopping 80 questions, which will not only test your IQ but your durability and stamina to stay with it for that many questions. A table at the back of the book will help you find your IQ rating based on your test scores. Don’t just wonder about your IQ, find out what it is. 48 pgs, pb. ~ Donna  

  • Item #: 050745
    ISBN: 9781402242076
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    We have probably all received an allowance from our parents at some point in our childhoods. It seemed exciting receiving money each week for just being kids no matter how large or small the amount, didn't it? Have you ever stopped and thought why we got paid an allowance for not doing anything in particular? The author of Earn It, Learn It, debunks the cultural myth of paying kids allowances and demonstrates that parents need to do more to prepare their kids for earning an income as adults. In a very informative and creative way, Alisa Weinstein shows you how to teach your kids to appreciate the connection between work and money. No one enjoys job they don't want to perform, so why not get paid for a job they thoroughly enjoy? The book devotes individual sections to describing careers, and short interviews by people in those fields. The sections suggest that you research the chosen subject areas together, such as at a library or online. These sections give parents practical advice in how to get children involved in the respective careers that interest their young minds. For example, if your child is intrigued by diplomacy, he can introduce foreign citizens to American holidays and customs; learn five words of a foreign language; and look at how your family interacts with other people when in public. The principles in this book will help kids learn that doing chores around the house is part of being a family unit, and that one must work to earn money—something that can be rewarding and exciting. At the same time, children will soon realize that doing certain jobs around the house can be similar to performing tasks in careers that fascinate them. 376 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 052094
    ISBN: 9780794533113
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    Similar in some ways to See Inside Your Body, also by Usborne, this book is packed with more flaps to lift and geared for a slightly younger reading level. In thirteen study pages the book covers digestion, the circulatory system, bones and muscles, the brain, the senses, growing and healing. Most topics are presented on facing pages, with a combination of large and small cartoonish illustrations (all captioned), and flaps integrated on most of them. On the spread about the brain, much of the spread is devoted to a large illustrated flap with the brain, covered with small cartoons of what the different parts of the brain are responsible for. When you lift the main flap, you see an example of what happens when your body sends your brain a message, complete with numbered steps and a line to trace with your finger. The edges of the pages are filled with small illustrated flaps that introduce other facts about the brain: how it is made up of two halves, how the skull protects the brain, how much the brain weighs, etc. To add to the fun, many of these flaps are "nested" with additional flaps hiding underneath with even more information, and occasionally other pull-tabs and pop-ups incorporated as well. Little hands and eyes will find lots to explore here. – Jess

  • Item #: 059791
    ISBN: 9780310736172
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    Are you a FaithGirlz fan? These one-page devotionals are taken from the works of 6 different FaithGirlz writers and designed to help your daughter strengthen her faith. The book encourages awareness of their need for spiritual development by asking, “Are you ready to blossom?”

      The devotionals are organized into six sections: Growing Seeds of Faith, God’s Promises, Finding Strength in Hard Times, God Speaks to Us, A Helping Body of Believers, and The Beauty of Believing. Each devotional begins with one Scripture (taken from the Amplified, the NLT, the MSG, NASB or NKJ versions). Then the short FaithGirlz passage is written directly to the reader in a conversational way. Many pull from Biblical stories; some are just discussions that elaborate on the Scripture. After this reading, there are a few introspective questions (called Girl Talk). These questions encourage the reader to consider how Scripture can be applied in their lives. For example, “Do you think white lies are ok? If so, when does it become gray or black? “Do you ever feel ignored or unloved? What verse will you memorize now for help later?” Each day there are a couple additional Scriptures referenced for further study. The devotionals end with a scripted prayer (God Talk). This book would also work well for parent/child conversations and small teen group discussions. 5 ¼” x 8”. 423 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 037031
    ISBN: 9781402743290
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    This is one of the best and most complete microscope books I've ever seen. It is 143 pages of helpful information for any student who is just beginning to work with microscopes. The recommendation by the author is that students read the opening chapters of this book to be able to name the parts of a microscope, focusing, and sample preparation. Chapter one gives the safety guidelines for working with microscopes and the equipment list needed for doing the activities in this book. Chapter two explains light sources, lenses, identifying your microscope, parts of a microscope, and trouble shooting. Chapter three tells about the different types of slides and how to prepare them – wet mounts, smear slide, well slide, squash slides, staining a specimen, acetate peel, and permanent mounts. These are the chapters which lay the foundation for the rest of the book.

    Chapters 4-10 offer experiments to practice the skills taught in the first 3 chapters. Students can make their own microtome (instrument used to make thin samples for slides), view finger prints, fibers, crystals, sweat, hair, bug parts, pond water, food, and plant specimens which they will mount themselves. The book includes photomicrographs, pictures through a microscope, so students can compare their slides. Many of the things used in these experiments are from your own home, but additional equipment needed includes: microscope, blank slides, cover slips, tweezers, eye dropper, lens paper, clear plastic ruler, razor knife, nail polish, and scissors. This book would make a very good one semester course for an introduction to microscopes, or you can add it to your curriculum. Either way, microscopes are expensive pieces of equipment and students need to know how to use them correctly. The guidance and information you need are in this book. - Donna

  • Item #: 041070
    ISBN: 9781607745778
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    Based on the popular adult edition, this version is geared more towards high school (and college) students who need help figuring out what they want to do with their lives. It's from the same author as the original (Richard Bolles), with additional author Carol Christen (a career strategist who works with teenagers) and help from Jean Blomquist (college admissions counselor). The book teaches students to zero in on their favorite skills and apply that knowledge to get the most out of school, set goals, and find their dream jobs. The book is divided into three sections: Discovering your Dream Job (with chapters on student interests and skills, favorite types of people, ideal work environment, and identifying potential dream jobs), On the Way to Your Future (chapters on making the most of high school, making the most of college, setting goals, and using social media to boost your career), and Landing Your Dream Job (chapters on how to search for your dream job, top 10 job-hunter mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to create the life you want). The tips and info included is very homeschool friendly, and the book is great for helping students identify their strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, skills, and interests. The book doesn't push for college, and in fact makes valid points for pursuing other types of training or shorter-term degrees. Activities like creating a career portfolio, shadowing someone in a possible career, internships, and volunteering are all covered. Several worksheet pages are included to help students along. If nothing else, the info and tips will get students thinking about where their life is headed. There's great info on what employers are looking for and how to make sure you love your job, as well as interesting interviews with employees in all types of careers with details on how they got to where they are and what they might have done differently. Help your child or student find a job they love with this helpful book. With information and tips specifically for students, this book may become even more popular than the original. 178 pgs, pb. Rachel

  • Item #: 049348
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    From the author of Latin Centered Curriculum (Memoria Press), this comprehensive K-12 resource for memorization, copywork, and dictation provides a vast array of memorization material in all academic areas, as well as Latin and Greek. Weighing in at a hefty 450 plus pages, this book provides you ample choices for memory work, and has been designed for use with any classical curriculum or simply as a handy reference for home or school. At first glance, the sheer size of this book appears to be overwhelming. However, the author reminds us this book has been created to provide 13 years worth of memorization options and we simply integrate what we feel is the best selection.

    Beginning with the importance of memorizing, this detailed book takes you through the steps of how to memorize and includes general principles to make memory work easier; you are then set free to select memorization selections from a vast array of subject areas. Read on for more details! The Latin chapter is divided into six parts: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; Prayers; and Hymns and Carols. The first three sections contain mostly secular material, while the last three are religious. The Greek chapter is divided into five sections: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; and Prayers and Hymns. These selections are drawn from both classical and ecclesiastical Greek, and the author has also included some background information on Easter Christian traditions. Translations are provided throughout. The Arithmetic and Mathematics chapter includes an extensive resource selection, including (but not limited to): addition/subtraction fact families, properties and orders, prime numbers, multiplication table, Euclid's Definitions and Common Notions, and the Pythagorean Theorem. The Grammar and Composition chapter is designed to support the study of classical languages and to reinforce principles taught in your individual writing program. It includes grammar rhymes, grammar rules, and 100 commonly misspelled words. The Literature chapter contains five sections: Literary facts and lists; Sayings, Proverbs, and Famous Quotations, Teaching Rhymes, Poetry and dramatic speeches from Shakespeare's plays. The Religion chapter contains six sections: Scripture, Prayers, Catechism, Poetry, Hymns and Carols. Using the King James Version of the Bible, the religious selections include material drawn from the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Geography chapter contains a large number of lists from both a World and US Geography perspective. The World History chapter covers events and personalities from around the globe, with the emphasis on those topics of enduring importance. Please note: dating encompasses an old earth perspective, dating back to 35,000 BC. The United States History and Civics chapter stresses key dates in American history, as well as the founding documents of our nation. Patriotic songs, verse and oratory are also included. The Natural Sciences chapter brings together lists and mnemonics for basic information in the natural sciences and is written primarily for elementary and middle school. It is best if the child memorizes material in this chapter, as it is encountered in their course of studies in the science curriculum of your choice. Extensive reference charts are found at the end of the book. These are meant for quick reference in Latin and Greek and are not meant to replace a Latin or Greek curriculum. They are, however, a good basis for Latin and Greek recitation.

    As you can see, this extensive resource book provides ample opportunities for memorization success. I was impressed with the extensive selection in each academic area, and believe this truly will be a valuable resource for families who desire to incorporate memorization from the classical perspective. 450 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 026217
    ISBN: 9780794508531
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    Even though there are lots of mysteries left about how the brain works, scientists have discovered a lot about this amazing part of the body. In a friendly and entertaining way, this book gives a very good overview of the brain, including the anatomy of the brain, components of the brain, how the brain develops over time, intelligence, eyesight, memory, mental illness, drugs that effect the brain, animal brains compared to humans, computers compared to humans, how the brain functions, the history of how we came to know about the brain, and more. It really is a good overview, with a solid amount of information given on each page. This is accomplished by using full-color, cartoony illustrations, speech and thought bubbles, information boxes, fact-filled captions, and short paragraphs that get right to the point. The illustrations and speech bubbles add a lot of humor to the book, so students will enjoy perusing it just for fun. It's also good because it gives you some great examples of how the brain works by providing real-life examples students can relate to that deal with the brain, and even a few puzzles to solve that will require the use of brain power. Like many Usborne books, this one includes quicklinks, which are recommended website links that explain more about a specific topic, give examples, or provide a fun activity dealing with the topic. Even without the links, this book is full of fascinating and fun-to-read information about the brain. By Rebecca Treays, 32 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 067640
    ISBN: 9781338137200
    Retail: $24.99
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    Make your own movies using your favorite LEGO® bricks! Using this kit, you can make simple stop-motion films with any digital camera such as a smart phone or tablet (not included). There are 36 LEGO® pieces including minifigure heads, bodies, and hair, as well as accessories like a skateboard and a banana. You can also use any LEGO® pieces you already have. You'll learn how animation works, basic stop-motion tools like time-lapse and a walk cycle, and many other movie making elements such as telling a good story, camera motion, sound effects, lighting, and more. Follow the directions to create the sample movies. Then you're ready to start making your own! Use the tools to create a story, punch out the 6 included backgrounds (with designs like outer space, underwater, downtown, etc.), set up your minifigures, and you're ready to shoot! Lights, camera, LEGO®! Laura

  • Item #: 002437
    ISBN: 9780310338970
    Retail: $15.99
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    The statistics shock! Nearly half of all young people raised in Christian families walk away from that faith after high school. An intensive study, Sticky Faith, encompassed seven years of research with more than 500 young people, 150 churches and 50 families. This book responds to the study’s overwhelming actualities and then provides ways to help you intentionally create an authentic, daily life plan to help point your kids toward long-term faith in God. Thirteen chapters cover building and modeling faith “that sticks,” showing forgiveness; mentoring; intergenerational activities; talking about faith and putting it into practice in home and at work. Finally, how do you transition your teen into faithful adulthood? There is theory in this book, but everything is intentional and practical: suggestions and activities to easily and intentionally build into your daily life. Chapters briefly discuss the concepts, provide practical application and then ask the parents to evaluate their home life in this area and then respond to questions to build family goals. Two Appendixes review the research on teen transition to college and the project itself. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 239 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 007020
    ISBN: 9781557998026
    Retail: $16.99
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    This workbook includes everything you need to take your child from inspiration to publication. It is creatively divided into seven parts, and each section provides great instructions and insight for you and fun reproducible worksheets for your children. Part 1 of the workbook walks you through the writing process - prewriting, drafting, responding, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing. Part 2 teaches your children learn the parts of the story - characters, setting, plot, and conclusion. Part 3 helps your children write a story step-by-step (several story planning forms are provided). Part 4 introduces different genres of writing, such as realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. Part 5 provides forms for your children to write and illustrate as they work on the final copy of their stories. Part 6 will help your child publish their first book as they create a cover and include a title page, a dedication page, and a section about the author. The last section gives you ideas and instructions for setting up a writing and publishing center of your own. Answers for the worksheets that have "right" or "wrong" answers are not provided; however, the correct answers are very apparent. Most of the worksheets have questions that prompt creative writing. Set your expectations and grade accordingly. Black-and-white text and illustrations fill the pages of this 96-page, paperback workbook that will help your budding novelist become a confident storyteller in no time! - elise

  • Item #: 051494
    ISBN: 9780981642659
    Retail: $14.95
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    Admittedly a little dull-looking on the outside, this small book holds a wealth of practical information inside. The book primarily addresses parents who are trying to decide whether or not to send their child to preschool, and it argues against it for a number of interesting reasons. While homeschooling is rarely mentioned and not assumed, the practical activity suggestions and insight into what may be "trendy" at the moment in preschool education makes this a valuable resource for homeschool families as well. The first three chapters lay the foundation, discussing intelligence, cognitive development, and the role of family relationships in building intelligence. The following chapters look at one facet of learning and break it down into very readable pieces, providing practical, informal suggestions to create a learning environment. For example, in the chapter on language skills, you'll find advice on how to talk to your child to build vocabulary and grammar, encouragement to intentionally use more complex sentence structure, tips to incorporate math language into daily routines, suggestions for working calendar concepts (seasons, days, months, holidays) into your conversation, and suggestions for having your child speak with other adults and adults who also speak a foreign language. Other chapters in this section address reading to your child, the benefits of playtime, use of educational TV/computer programs, the arts, learning through everyday routines at home, making the most out of running errands, exercise and nutrition, and educational community resources to consider (museums, local businesses, community events, etc.). Whether you're just starting your educational journey with your children or you're concerned you're not spending enough focused time with your preschooler while you homeschool your older children, there is a lot of good material here to make the most of the preschool years. By Renee and Mike Mosiman, 216 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 035997
    ISBN: 9780977986033
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    For years, teachers and aspiring writers have asked Lee Roddy (author of "Grizzly Adams," countless short stories, and over 50 novels) to compile a guide from his 20 years of convention seminars. This is that much-anticipated guide. Whether adults use this book to instruct young students or utilize the guidelines to write a best-selling short story or novel of their own, the practical system for writing laid out in this guide will be beneficial. This is not a workbook, and it's not very fancy either, but it lays out a straightforward approach to writing which has been proven to work for the author and many others. It's filled with tips, outlines, suggestions, and rules for writing techniques that will get students to write proper stories and enjoy it as well. The guide begins with a helpful introduction that tells teachers how to use the book and then contains eight lessons on ideas, story building, objectives, obstacles, outcome, characters, plots, and scenes. Goals and the importance of these eight story aspects, outlines, ideas for writing, examples, and so much more are included in each lesson. The end of each lesson also includes a few short-answer questions and a simple writing assignment that will help them use what they have just learned in their own writing. An encouraging conclusion is also included in the guide, with the author giving final tips for making sure your writing is strong and successful. A handy guide presenting a solid method for writing fictional stories. 88 pgs.

  • 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 #: 004116
    ISBN: 9780618233786
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    If you enjoy David Macaulay's detailed, illustrated tours of architecture in Castle, Cathedral, or Pyramid or how he visually explains the intricacies of machines in The Way Things Work, you won't want to miss this book in which he explores the just-as-impressive world inside the human body. Even if you think you have no interest in the subject, you can't help but be drawn in by the detailed and imaginative illustrations, some of which resemble detailed anatomical drawings, and others with whimsical "takes" on the various systems such as comparing the blood vessels to a theme park ride where oxygen molecules jump on and off of red blood cells. The 7 chapters explore cells and tissues, breathing and the circulatory system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the immune system and the reproductive system (quite tastefully done, I might add). Each page is dominated by Macaulay's lively colored pencil illustrations displaying body structures from a variety of imaginative viewpoints. After you pore over the picture, a paragraph or two on explains the inner workings of the subject. I love the illustrations of enlarged body structures with a small walkway or railing in the foreground where people are standing and staring. These define the book as a whole rather well; it's not an anatomy atlas or encyclopedia. It's a very visual tour through the systems of the human body that shows readers "how it works" and what those amazing systems at work inside of us would look like if we could really shrink ourselves and take a field trip. 336 pgs, hc. - Jess

  • Item #: 052664
    ISBN: 9781934026823
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    The philosophy of the Singapore Math Approach eludes many, but this book breaks it down into bite-sized, understandable pieces so that you can teach your child the math basics in a logical conceptual manner.

    This book explains that math should be taught using the C-P-A Approach – concrete, pictorial, and abstract. Concrete employs manipulatives, pictorial uses visuals or drawings, and lastly, abstract uses math symbols. The idea is that a child cannot do math with symbols until they have adequately worked through the concrete and pictorial methods of doing math. For example, a child will work with blocks or cubes to do basic addition, then use pictures on a page or draw pictures to represent the numbers, then they are ready to do addition problems using the + and = symbols.

    This 122-page book is divided into four chapters, after explaining the philosophy behind the approach. Each chapter deals with the four basic functions – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Within each chapter, activities are presented according to the suggested sequence of stages of the Singapore strategy. For example, the stages of addition are number bonds, decomposing numbers, left-to-right addition, place value disks and charts, vertical addition, and traditional addition. By working through stages in the proper sequence, students will have a better understanding of the function and will master it more quickly.

    The author suggests there are a few manipulatives that will be needed for the activities in this book – place value strips, place value discs, place value charts, number bond cards, part-whole cards, decimal tiles, and decimal strips. She explains how they will be used and even offers suggestions for making your own.

    If you are one of those who have been scared off by the Singapore Approach, this book might alleviate some of the fear. Pretty easy to understand and apply and could be used easily with any curriculum as you try to explain mathematical functions to your children. pb. ~ Donna