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  • Item #: 000618
    ISBN: 9780816076659
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    Let’s face it. We aren’t all born with a burning desire to be a doctor, scientist or archaeologist. Most of us don’t really know exactly what we want to do, we just know that we don’t want to end up in a dead-end job that we hate. Maybe you’re even like me and have so many interests that it’s hard to focus on just one. Enter College Majors and Careers. This book lists a wide variety of careers, including some of the more unique ones, and explains what you need to study in college to get there. The occupations are catalogued by general interest, or college major, then followed by a brief description of the topic. Underneath this is a list of high school courses you might take to prepare for the field and a list of related occupations in that field, followed by an abbreviation which tells you the minimum level of education required for the job. The book then suggests some activities related to your interest to pursue in your spare time to help you know if this is what you want to do. Next are listed some skills related to your interest, then personal attributes and values that are usually associated with that area of interest. Finally, sources for collecting more information are listed, both books and organizations. Is this too hard to picture? How’s this for an example. Say you’re interested in Botany. After defining what botany is, it gives a long list of related occupations (31, to be exact) including biochemist, ecologist, forester, phycologist, seed analyst, wood technologist, and many more (in case you don’t know exactly what a phycologist does, the definition is in the glossary). Then it suggests activities such as: visiting nature centers, gardens, and floral shops, collecting leaves, raising houseplants, doing some floral design, working part-time in a park or a greenhouse, doing nature studies, and reading about plants. Under the next heading, Skills, it suggests that you should be a good observer, be able to conduct and explain scientific research well, that you be able to concentrate and collect data proficiently, that you be accurate, etc. Next it lists aesthetic awareness, patience, thoroughness, appreciation for nature, curiosity and more as attributes that help if you are interested in botany. Books and organizations are also listed to help you find a wider range of information than what is included here. But that’s not all. At the end of the book are career-related questions and answers and definitions of occupations, values, and personal attributes.

    I have found this book extremely helpful, with good coverage of a broad range of interests, educational requirements, and a wealth of other useful information for career planning. - Jess

  • Item #: 009569
    ISBN: 9780684839561
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    One thing homeschoolers may miss out on is career testing. The individual career counseling tests that I have seen tend to approach choosing a career on the basis of an individual's values, interests, and perceived aptitudes. I know this is true of one particular Christian organization's career placement service and was also true of the test that was previously supplied in College Majors and Careers (before revision removed it). However, Discover What You're Best At contends with this type of testing. Author Linda Gale points out that it doesn't matter how much you would like to do a certain job if you don't have the ability to do it. It's important that you first select a career that you have the aptitude for. You may not have the particular skills required today (you may have to learn or train for them), but you at least need the potential, or aptitude, for it. No amount of self-examination or self-evaluation can be as objective or realistic as aptitude testing. We tend to color our perception of our abilities according to our desires or, often, we just have a much higher (or lower) opinion of our abilities than is actually warranted. The author relays a story about a young man who was very determined to be a mechanical engineer. When he took this battery of aptitude tests, he scored extremely low on both the mechanical and numerical tests, indicating that pursuing a career in this field would be a struggle for him. As it turned out, his father was a mechanical engineer and both father and son strongly desired that this young man follow in his father's footsteps. Apparently, this was so ingrained in the young man that he never realized his abilities lay elsewhere. After testing and some additional career counseling, he decided to switch his career goals.

    The battery of six tests in this revised book are the National Career Aptitude System tests that have been administered for over twenty years, with apparent success. Only slight changes to the tests have been made over the years, mostly in response to changing technology. And, no, you don't have to pay a lot of money to send them off to be scored for you. The timed tests are self-scoring. Unlike those other career placement tests, this test actually helps you to identify clusters of careers that would fit your aptitudes. Once your tests are scored, you can determine which clusters best define your abilities; then you can scan the list of careers in those clusters. Over 1,100 specific careers are listed and described briefly, along with the clusters they belong in. If you see a career that interests you by cluster, you then look it up in the career listings. Often, these are followed by compatible clusters that you may want to refer back to for additional career choices. At this point, you should consider how well each career fits with your value system, since this will play a major factor in your job satisfaction. This book does provide a list of job-related values to help you identify what your priorities are. You will probably want to find out more about the specifics of each likely job to determine how well it will meet your needs. To this end, the book closes with information about job search and career information sites available on the web, so you can become better informed about your career choices and even apply for a job!

    This will be a very helpful tool for high schoolers unsure of a college major, for those seeking a job right out of high school, and for parents seeking to return to the job market or considering a change in their careers.

  • Item #: 054431
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    Have your children expressed interest in becoming engineers, or in pursuing math and science as a career? This interactive, entertaining, and educational CD-ROM will help expose your students to the world of engineering in a very flexible and hands-on way. The journey begins in a library where you learn of a special time machine that was created to explore the history of engineering. The time machine is locked away inside a factory, and to gain access to the machine, students must complete brief activities where they are introduced to the basics of binary code and Boolean equations, both of which are used when dealing with computers, as in computer or electrical engineering. After entering the machine, students can go to three different locations. Ancient Egypt is where students learn about civil engineering by helping to design a ramp for a pyramid and an irrigation system. In World War II, students learn about electrical engineering by adjusting electrical specifications on a submarine, and then actually going through a simulated trip from the United States to Britain to see whether or not the submarine arrives safely. They can also help to choose radar detection systems to see which can survive the longest and best detect German planes. The third destination is the Middle Ages, where students help design a catapult and a drawbridge. The time spent on each activity is completely up to the student/teacher, as anywhere from 20 minutes to 2-3 hours can be spent at each location depending on how much you want to experiment and to learn. Even when one design works, students may wish to try other options and then evaluate the costs and benefits of the various designs. Each activity also has info on the mathematical/scientific specifics of the task which at times may be a bit over student's heads depending on the age and the specific activity, but will still expose the students to some of the complexity of engineering, and even some of the basics of mathematical/scientific principles that are used almost daily by some engineers. Also, the CD-ROM's official website (which can easily be Googled or accessed through a link in the CD itself) has PDF files of teacher's manuals which contain additional information on the activities, as well as suggested teaching methods and ways to get the most out of each activity. Encouraging students that are interested in pursuing a career in math and science, this CD-ROM will provide plenty of information and hands-on experience to expose children to the world of engineering. System requirements: Windows 95 or higher. ~ David

  • Item #: 052851
    ISBN: 9781593578633
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    Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional? Which personality type fits your student? This scientific approach to choosing a college major could save your family time and money. You hate to see a young person choose a major only to find out it doesn't suit them or it wasn't what they hoped it would be. First you have to choose a response to 180 activities to determine your personality type. Is it something you like to do, dislike, or are you unsure? The book then shows you possible majors in your type. You will learn salaries, predicted growth, and annual openings for the top 10 best choices in your area. There are loads of information tables with titles like Best Major for: people with self-control, flexible people, detail-oriented people, people who do not want to work behind a desk, persistent people, sensitive people and more. Then you learn what is involved in choosing each major like specific job duties, skills they must have, people they will have to work with on projects, and what sort of schedule they will have. This section is organized by personality type. Arm your student with as much information as you can to make such an important decision as what profession to choose. I can see using this book to confirm a decision or as a guide to point you in a professional direction. 308pp, pb. - Sara

  • Item #: 003374
    ISBN: 9781593579104
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    Although you probably have a pretty good idea of what your personality is, you may not know which jobs best fit with your qualities. Matching your job to your personality will let you utilize your natural gifts as well as help you find a job that you will enjoy. This book takes some of the guesswork out of the picture by helping you identify your personality type and then offering lists of the best jobs for each personality type, complete with detailed information on each job. After reading the overview on personality and career in part one, part two contains assessment questions that will help you recognize your dominant personality traits. Part three contains a myriad of lists that match jobs with your personality and rate them using other measures such as highest pay, fastest growth, or most openings, and all of those three combined. Other lists are sorted by education or training required, highest percentages of men and women, high percentage of workers ages 16-24 and 65+, part-time work, and self-employed workers. Section four takes a deeper look at the fifty best jobs for each personality as based on pay, growth, and availability and provides a thorough description of the duties and skills of that job along with figures of growth, openings, earnings, and other helpful information. Helpful appendices at the back contains a list of occupations ordered by two-letter personality codes, definitions of skills, GOE interest fields and groups, and definitions of related knowledge/courses referenced in the job descriptions. 484 pgs, pb. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 035491
    ISBN: 9781467933865
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    I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable when it comes to college-prep homeschooling, but I just discovered that I only knew the proverbial "tip of the iceberg." Fortunately, I can now point you to the real expert – Jennifer Cook-DeRosa. This book is an amazing compendium of information. She covers all the topics you would expect – college credit at home, high school planning, curriculum-building, test-taking, transcripts, college admissions and costs. She covers these topics completely and thoroughly; citing a wealth of resources, in a manner that I appreciate – bullet points. But what I savored most is the overall philosophy of her approach. Homeschooling moms wear many hats during their career, but one that has been overlooked (at least until now) is that of high school guidance counselor. With this book in hand, you will have the tools you need to guide your child not only through high school but into college and onto a life path that avoids many expensive pitfalls along the way. Her general approach to educational costs might be dubbed a Dave Ramsey-esque cost/value assessment. In other words, she gives you lots of options for avoiding the ubiquitous college debt that many families just accept and many homeschooling families avoid by shunning college educations all together. Her tips for talking to children about the relative value of jobs and their attainment cost helps to put "pursuing your dream" into economical perspective and will help you realistically prepare your children for establishing and supporting a family. Don't wait until your child is in high school to read this book (although better then than never) – middle school is a good time to start the process of educating yourself (once again) and filling your mind with the possibilities. 170 pgs. pb ~ Janice
  • Item #: 060419
    ISBN: 9780985076214
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    As homeschooling parents, we often focus on the academics of our students, while we are less intentional about helping the child develop the people skills that are also important in achieving a satisfying and productive adult life. But in the world of electronic communications like texting and email, does it really matter that much? Absolutely! So says author Kirt Manecke. This book is an adaptation for teens of his book written for the business world, Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service.

    The book is not earth-shaking revelation. Chapter 1 covers the basics: smile; make eye contact; say please and thank you; introduce yourself; listen; be enthusiastic; show interest; practice proper body language – nothing new here. Kirt just presents what you already know in a concise, positive and engaging way, so that your teen (or you!) can cultivate these good habits. Graphics are simple but used effectively to make the points. The remaining six chapters expand on these basics and show you how to put them into practice in the context of an organization or business.

    The whole book, cover to cover, is 134 small-format pages. You’ll cover it in no time with your student – and you will both be glad that you did! ~ Bob

  • Item #: 039077
    ISBN: 9781593573133
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    Whether you're looking for your first or your five-hundredth job, this book will help you along the way. It highlights everything that is important in the job search process and then provides questions and worksheets to prepare you for your job search. Real-world discussions about struggles and successes in the job-search process are included, as are checkpoints to review all the information learned. The book is divided into four main units. Identifying Your Skills for School, Work, and Life is where students evaluate their time management, skills, life experiences, and more to find a job type that matches their skills, abilities, and interests. Two Best Ways to Find a Job covers understanding the job market, preparing for your job search, getting job leads from people you know, networking, direct contact with employers, and getting your foot in the door. Introduction to Job Applications covers the basics of an application form and how to prepare for it, how to answer questions honestly but in a way that will impress employers, getting an interview, creating a good impression, and practice applications. Why Should I Hire You? discusses interviews, knowing your job objective, what employers expect, giving the right clues in your interview answers, how to have confidence during your interview, following up after an interview, and getting ready for a new job. Each section includes "Think About It" and other review sections and outlines to fill out to encourage the reader to actually use the strategies provided. Practice applications and common interview questions are also included. This is the third edition of the book (formerly titled Identify Your Skills), and it has an engaging, easy-to-follow design and updated career information. Written by Michael Farr, this is a versatile book that will show jobseekers what to expect and how to prepare for a job-search. 248 pages, softcover. ~ Rachel
  • Item #: 009979
    ISBN: 9780768917505
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    If you are thinking about attending a two-year college, whether it is known as a community college, technical college, or junior college, you can count on one thing - receiving instruction in a supportive learning community for a lot less money! This learning environment often attracts a diverse student body of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds. You can choose to enroll full-time or part-time, depending on your situation. People attend two-year colleges for a variety of reasons. Whether they want to save money, stay closer to home, go part-time while raising a family or working, are going back to school to pursue further education or a new career, or just want to take the time to figure out what they want to do with their life! More than 1,900 two-year colleges in the United States are featured in this amazing book! You'll learn details, such as: degrees offered, whether it is rural, suburban, or urban, number of undergraduates and breakdown of diversity, number of freshmen enrolled, number of faculty, majors offered, special academic programs, quality of library, number of computers on campus, student life, athletics offered, whether or not standardized tests are required, cost breakdown, financial aid offered, application options, and the admissions contact. A new volume comes out every year, so you get current information. Colleges are indexed alphabetically and by degree program for easy searching. This book will also help you explore up-to-date information on everything from costs and financial aid to admissions costs. Helpful advice on finding money to pay for college is also offered. Most importantly, you can compare programs at different schools by the criteria that are most important to you! All this and more in this paperback, 686 page book! - elise
  • Item #: 030859
    ISBN: 9781481471602
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    Students are never too young to start thinking about their future and taking necessary steps to achieve goals. Divided into 12 conversations (chapters), each meant as a dialogue between the student and author, and the student and a parent/mentor. Topics include goals, planning and preparation, time management, importance of GPA, extra and co-curricular activities, service to others, college entrance exams, internships and work experiences, money management and scholarships, college application process, interviewing and sharing. Through these conversations, students will develop a personal mission statement, six month and lifelong goals, create a resume, budget and much more.

      Whether your student is self-motivated and excited to plan his future or one who struggles to find purpose, this book offers vision and direction to inspire success through the high school and college years. Includes link to printable interactive reflection questions and worksheets. 149 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 042374
    ISBN: 9781600650130
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    Whether your child plans to attend college directly after high school or take time to determine his future aspirations, providing a quality homeschool high school experience is imperative. For my family, our oldest was college-motivated and incorporated dual-enrollment courses during her high school years, which paved (and eased!) the way for completing her BSN (Nursing) in less than four years. Our youngest is the complete opposite. A struggling learner, he was not sure college was right for him after graduation and is taking a slower path. As a homeschool mom, I am thankful I prepared them, to the best of their abilities, for college. Researching the ins and outs of what and how to teach a college preparatory high school was time consuming and dare I say, wearisome.

    If only I had read this book when my children were younger!

    Co-written by a college professor and his wife who have homeschooled their children from PK-12th grade, this book provides all the tools you need for a successful homeschool high school experience. Bringing together vision, practical tips and thorough course and transcript recommendations, this book is conveniently divided into the following four sections: Preparing Yourself (Getting the Answers You Need to Make the Choice to Homeschool through High school); Preparing Your Child (Developing skills for Success in College and Life); Preparing Your Program (Creating Your High School Curriculum) and Preparing for the End (Documenting for College).

    In the midst of all of this valuable counsel are personal stories and insights along with key points to "take away." We are carrying the 2nd edition of this excellent book. Within this new edition there have been organizational changes, expanded sections and added content. The author has also set up a website which contains additional support that will be beneficial to homeschooling parents. Included on this website are a wide range of college tips for our homeschool teens, Course descriptions/credits and schedules overviews as well as expanded core and elective subjects. Additionally a list of testing resources is listed. Personally, I found this to be one of the most helpful and compelling homeschool through high school books I have read in a long time. PB. 388 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 057163
    ISBN: 9780071794695
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    Thames & Kosmos has long been known for putting together quality science kits. They have now teamed up with Nick Dossis to write an introduction to basic electronics. This book helps the reader put together their own workshop with essential basics and offers instructions for building your own circuits.

    The items needed to complete the circuit projects in this book are common and accessible. This isn't a "pick up and go" type of project book; you will want to spend time gathering the materials needed – a great father-son project or for the electronics enthusiast who want more than a boxed kit. This might even be a good lab option at the high school level. This book covers the basics and teaches the different types of circuits and items used to complete circuits – switches, resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, and more. Every chapter is a project which offers background information, experiment guidelines, safety warnings, circuit diagrams and how it works, hints for successfully completing the project, and a detailed list of things you will need for the project. Complete projects such as building a working telephone, water sensor, pressure-sensitive mat, and sound effects generator – there are 17 projects in all! The best part is that there is no soldering – projects are completed on a breadboard. Electronics supplies can usually be purchased at places like Radio Shack or even online. If you are unsure about where to purchase, there is a list of suggestions at the back of the book. This book does more than play at electronics, it could possibly be preparing your student for a future career path. 170 pages, 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 #: 000354
    ISBN: 9781888827460
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    “A Time Management, Organization, and Career Exploration Course for Christian Home-Schooled Teens.” A rather lengthy subtitle, but very accurate. The author of Spelling Power has placed both a learning and planning tool in the hands of teens. If you want to control your child’s educational plans for the future - skip this. But if you want to empower your teen to begin to take charge of his life - this is great! As students work through this 9-week, ¼-credit course they learn essential planning and organizational skills while constructing a plan for high school and beyond. Definitely Christian in perspective, students are encouraged to seek God’s will when setting goals and to “make time for God” when creating weekly and daily schedules. The book is interesting, well-written, and logically organized into nine main units: Establishing Goals and Setting Priorities; Create Your Tentative High School Plan; Working Out This Year’s Plan; Planning Individual Courses; Completing Assignments and Projects; Making Weekly and Daily Schedules; Keep Records of Your Accomplishments; Making Decisions About Post High School Education; Paying for College. Accompanied by a helpful array of reproducible forms, these take your students through long- and short-term goal setting, through the nuts and bolts of planning each year, down to weekly and daily scheduling, keeping records of progress, and looking into the options for the future, including college. Your student will emerge with a better, “big picture” view of his education and its relevance in his life. The author does not assume a particular philosophy of education throughout, but, rather, does an excellent job of allowing for different educational approaches and learning preferences. She explains how to include outside activities and learning experiences as coursework and translate them into credits. While it would be ideal to use this course at the outset of high school, it could be implemented any time during the high school years.

  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
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      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 024275
    ISBN: 9780970877055
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    A common marketing expression years ago was "Ask the man that owns one," the idea being that someone who has lived with something over time knows it pretty well. Who better then to share their experiences with you than Rick and Marilyn Boyer, parents of 12 children who began their home education experience in 1980. They have experienced the rewards and challenges, highs and lows, kudos and questions that arose from raising and educating a large family.

    This book offers encouragement. The first section deals with making the decision to home educate and opens with the chapter "Of Course You Can." Rick (the primary author) addresses teacher credentials, time constraints, financial limitations, and social pressures. Chapter 2 reviews the biblical principals involved concerning child training, with the third chapter focusing on clarifying your goals, motivation, and training methods for successfully educating your children.

    Part 2 gets into the nuts of bolts of home education, starting with the curriculum and materials to be used. Next comes the structure of the training – when and where do we work with the student, what type of learner is each student, which subjects should I focus on and at what age, what testing is appropriate. And, how do I make learning fun and interesting, so that the student really wants to grow in wisdom and knowledge?

    The last 6 chapters address peripheral but important issues – spiritual training, appropriate discipline, where does Dad fit in if Mom is the primary instructor, socialization, preparing for a career and the advisability of college.

    Many books of this ilk are chock full of the author's personal experiences and cute stories about their kids. To their credit, the Boyers clearly present their beliefs and preferences without getting into a lot of family history. You will find many quotes from and references to the Bible, practical advice and a good summary of their home education experience, and the idea that ordinary parents can produce extraordinary children. 271 pg, pb. - Bob

  • Item #: 016255
    ISBN: 9781883934040
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    Advice for becoming an effective communicator with the written word might be "Work hard" or it might be "Practice a lot" or it could be "Have fun as you learn new skills and be encouraged as you work at your own pace to put these new skills into practice". Doesn't that last piece of advice make learning how to write sound a lot more attractive than the first two? It can be that way. For some, learning to write just takes longer and requires a little more effort. That is the beauty about writing courses such as this one. The Write Stuff Adventure is extremely flexible; students can begin learning at any time during the school year, and teachers can select any of the units that are best suited for the skill level of the student. Of course, it can work in a more regimented style as well, because it progresses from the simple to the complex over the six sections in the book. This curriculum covers the whole spectrum of writing, beginning with the basics in section one, entitled "Simple Things", and teaching a multitude of writing styles as progress is made through the next five sections. These include: letter writing to relatives, instruction lists, speeches, letters to the editor, essay writing, interviewing, news stories, feature stories, photojournalism, short stories and much, much more. At the beginning, a lot of emphasis is placed on positive encouragement rather than being picky about spelling mistakes and the like. Mastery of spelling and grammar will come; in the early stages, however, writing should be an enjoyable experience, not something to discourage the young writers. The writing assignments do become more difficult as you advance through the six sections, but again, the versatility of this curriculum allows it to be spread over several years. And don't worry about getting discouraged as the teacher, either. The lessons are well laid out, easy to follow and understand, and all have notes for the teacher. Lessons begin with an explanation of the assignment, and often, they include an example to illustrate the assignment. A marvelous course in writing aimed at producing effective communicators in any career field. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 012331
    ISBN: 9781600220975
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    Over 350 creative writing prompts geared towards helping students read, think, and respond. Several writing prompts are included per page, and students can write as much as they wish about a topic or complete an assigned amount of words or pages. Prompts are broken up into eight sections. The All About Me section includes prompts like "Would you rather be a baby, a kid, a teenager, or an adult? Why?" and "If you could add a holiday that everyone in the country would celebrate, what would it be, when would it be, and how would everyone celebrate?" The Family Relationships section has prompts like "What have you learned about cooking from your parents? Do you think you'll be a good cook?" and "Describe a time when you and your siblings worked together." The Friendship section has questions like "How do you make a new friend?" and "If you could have anyone as your best friend, who would you choose and why?" The School section includes prompts like "What do you remember most about being in kindergarten?" and "What is your favorite subject in school and why? Is it the easiest subject for you? What is your least-favorite subject and why?" The Academics section has prompts like "If you could visit another planet, which one would you choose, and what do you think you might see?" and "What is one talent or skill that you have? How can you turn it into a career?" The Character Education and Safety section has prompts like "Some boys and girls choose to be mean to each other. What do you think causes them to be that way?" and "If you and a friend got lost in the woods while hiking, what would you do?" The Points to Ponder/Problem Solving section includes prompts like "If you were the leader of your country, what would you change about your country?" and "Would you rather be a famous movie star or a doctor? Why?" The last section is titled Story/Fiction Narrative and includes prompts like "You have been offered a round trip ride in a time machine and can travel any distance into the past. Where would you want to go? Describe the trip." Whether you work through the book and use all the prompts or just select the ones that appeal to you, this book is very useful at finding simple writing topics. Reproducible, 80 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 045857
    ISBN: 9780983099666
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    We had a customer request for this book. The first reviewer in our office after spending a little time with the book suggested that it was a new approach to homeschooling – somewhere between classical and the principle approach. Another remarked (without a close look at the book) that she thought it was associated with unschooling. Actually, both observations have merit. Sometimes called Leadership Education, the goals of an education styled after that of Thomas Jefferson seeks to teach its students how to think and prepare them to be leaders in their home and communities, entrepreneurs in business, and statesmen in government.

    The author describes four phases of learning: Core Phase (years 0-8) when learning is the product of the structure and flow of family life providing a rich learning environment and a culture of self-education. Love of Learning Phase (ages 8-12) requires exposure to many areas of human knowledge, high standards of quality, and areas of exploration and skill-building. Scholar Phase (ages 12-16) when the student is ready to apply a new level of effort to personal academic achievement through the process of commitment and accountability and is exposed to a variety of options in materials and classic works. Depth Phase (ages 16-22) marked by a profound hunger to prepare for oncoming responsibility and future contribution to society.

    In America today we have three types of education – conveyor belt (move everyone along on the same track teaching them what to think), professional (prepare for a particular career teaching them when to think), and leadership education (prepare to lead teaching them how to think). The first two are based on the myth that it is possible for one human being to educate another. But author Oliver DeMille says “No!” Teachers teach and students educate (themselves). And a Thomas Jefferson Education is all about students becoming excited about learning and applying themselves to their own education. The means by which this is accomplished? Mentors and Classics – the two types of teachers that consistently motivate student-driven education. Mentors inspire through the transfer of knowledge, the force of their personality, and individual attention. The Classics were created by other great teachers to be the experiences of life found in books, art, music, and other media. DeMille goes on to describe characteristics of the mentoring relationship, how to teach using the Classics, and the learning environments conducive to successful mentoring. Other chapters include how to implement a TJEd in the public schools and in colleges, a look at leadership careers, and how statesmanship can make a difference in our society. He concludes the book with some excellent appendices – 100 Classics, Classics for Children & Youth, Sample Discussion Questions (covering 26 Classics), a recommended reading list, and a section called "Putting Thomas Jefferson to Work", which features step-by-step instructions for integrating the Thomas Jefferson Education into your family's life. 198 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 043985
    ISBN: 9781414312972
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.95

    Christian teenagers today face social issues that would have seemed absurd just a few generations ago. They are seen as ignorant and bigoted if they reject things like homosexuality, witchcraft, and abortion or embrace things like sexual purity and Creationism. Some of the issues are so new that many parents struggle to find biblically-based answers to questions their teenagers may be asking. This timely book gives clear, succinct answers to these common questions with biblical, scientific, and other data to back them up. If you're homeschooling your children, they may not be exposed to some of the issues/questions presented in this book, but in a world that is becoming increasingly more "new-age" (and is increasingly viewing Christianity as an intolerant, hypocritical, close-minded, archaic religion), parents need to be aware of what their kids are exposed to by society in general and be prepared to answer some tough questions. The book covers a wide range of topics including the origin of man, the existence of hell, modern science, the Bible, Jesus, homosexuality, oppression of women, the Crusades, sex, abortion, genetic engineering, divorce, public schools, work and careers, pornography, government, wars, Islam, Wicca, and much more. Questions like "What if people created God out of their own need to feel cared for? Shouldn't we be tolerant of what others believe? If people want to die, isn't it more merciful to let them commit suicide? Do Christians believe in the separation of church and state?" and "Don't Christians have a long history of persecuting Muslims?" are just a few of the contemporary questions that this book tries to answer. Some age-old questions like "Why does the universe exist?" and "Did God create evil?" are also covered. By relying on common sense and statistics as much as the Bible, this book gives straightforward answers that will prepare parents to talk to their children about these issues. 232 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 004267
    Retail: $59.95
    Rainbow Price: $39.56

    This hefty high school curriculum, newly revised in 2016, was designed to train girls to become godly women, based on Proverbs 31:10-31. The goal of the curriculum is to help Christian girls develop their skills and abilities for optimal service to the Lord within the family setting: a preparation for all the duties of an adult life. The guide's beginning elaborates on the program's philosophies and then discusses four learning styles as well as the Six R's of education (adds Research, Responsibility and Righteousness to the traditional three). The author assumes that students have a good basic mastery of Math and English grammar, as well as a good reading ability. In addition, these courses are written for mature young people., there are reproducible forms for planning and record keeping. (It is highly recommended that your daughter plan or at least help to plan her own lessons.) The forms included are a Goal Planning Checklist, High-School report Card, Lesson Planning Sheet, and a High School Cumulative Record Card. (This sheet will become the high school transcript for any student wishing to proceed on to college.) The curriculum guide is broken up into 20 different units (10 in Volume 1 and 10 in Volume 2). Each unit focuses on a different verse or verse group from Proverbs 31. Then, this unit is broken down into thematic mini units. Subjects covered are Bible and Christian Character, Cultural Studies, Reading and Literature, Composition, Math and Personal Finance, Science, Health and Physical Fitness, Practical Arts, and Decorative and Performing Arts. In each subject area within a unit, this curriculum guide gives a list of lessons for girls to choose from and complete. Since activities are provided for the four learning styles, there are more activities in the guide than can be completed in 4 years. The materials are written directly to the students, as they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. Each lesson assigns suggested point value (largely based on Carnegie units), so when an activity is completed you can easily total the points and convert them into High School credits. The guide also provides detailed instructions about how best to use the program, lists essential materials for the course, and recommends supplementary courses. Essential materials for the course are a Bible, concordance, dictionary, encyclopedia, hymnbooks, an English grammar book, and a writing style book). The list of strongly suggested materials is more extensive. Far Above Rubies was created to stand on its own, although the lessons call for reading and using a number of other books, such as Writer's Inc., the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Understanding the Times, and more. At the end of each volume, there is an updated, detailed list of recommended resources (and corresponding Web locations for more information), many of which we also offer in our catalog. Also included for each volume are some cross-reference guides to help you locate specific lessons based on chronology or theme and a "25 Ways to Have Fun with Book Reports" chart. Please note that although the guide self-proclaims that it is not necessarily against college and career goals for young ladies, they admit that this is not the primary aim of this guide. Consequently, if your daughter plans on attending college or becoming a career woman, you will need to supplement her curriculum with some college-preparatory math and science (specific suggestions are offered). However, this curriculum does still provide the college-bound with a well-rounded base, and it also offers a number of business and vocational skills. Help prepare your daughters using the model provided in Proverbs 31. Includes Beautiful Girlhood Audiobook and 7 bonus e-books: Friendship, Friendship Notebook pages, Girls in Bookland, Nest in the Honeysuckles, The Merchant Maiden, The Basket of Flowers, and The Value of a Praying Mom. The curriculum is only available in PDF format on CD-ROM. Requires Adobe Reader, a free download. Revised edition, 2016. Win/Mac ~ Rachel/Ruth.