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  • Item #: 004432
    ISBN: 9781880960950
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    What a great memorization tool for you to use with your high school aged children! The scriptures in this little booklet are taken largely from the gospel of John and they present Christ as the foundation of the Christian life (hence the title). At the beginning of the book, tips for memorization are given to help your child make the most of their time. There are twelve assignments for your child to completely memorize, and each one goes through a different aspect of Christ. This is advanced memorization, as each assignment covers several sections that can each be 2-5 verses long. The verses are printed in both the King James Version and New King James Version, so you'll have to choose which version they will memorize throughout the book. At the end of the assignment, commentary is provided to help your child understand what the verses mean. The goal is to have them be able to memorize a whole assignment and recite it back to you without any prompts! Your children will be blessed by their efforts! This first book of the series is paperback, and 96 pages. - elise
  • Item #: 059780
    ISBN: 9780600628767
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    This volume contains a plethora of everyday strategies for helping your left-handed child—whether young or teenager—thrive in a right-handed world. These full-color illustrated pages will guide you through all kinds of circumstances, from daily tasks such as correctly using a spout to pour or holding a deck of cards to more unique situations such as using power tools or choosing a musical instrument. I was impressed, for example, with the significant depth of discussion on penmanship and teaching a left-hander to write. Six chapters focus on development of left-handedness and strategies for everyday life, school, sports and music. Each chapter includes research, tips, aids and diagrams to help you instruct your child. Special problems—such as right-handed bias—that he/she may encounter are also covered in each section. This is an extremely helpful book which will assist parents as they seek to help their children navigate the right-handed world in a variety of settings. Written by founders of the Left-handers’ Association, a resource list and index is included. 6.25” x 9”, 128 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 001511
    ISBN: 9780800723668
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      “Powerful kids don’t just happen, they’re created.”  With that simple statement, you know that you’re in for an examination of parenting that is likely to be uncomfortable at times. If that examination is uncomfortable, it’s because your life has probably already become uncomfortable due to a child who has become powerful – perhaps to your bewilderment. How did this happen? “There are lots of ways to be powerful. Some are easy to spot because they are overly demonstrative. But those who use subtle control are just as manipulative and powerful.” Carefully examining the situations that parents find themselves in while parenting and identifying the danger signs of power running amok in children, author Dr. Kevin Leman demonstrates great understanding, spiritual discernment, and wisdom. Full of practical suggestions and guidelines, he doesn’t leave the wondering parent uncertain of what to do now. He recognizes the necessity of raising up these powerful children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 267 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 053441
    ISBN: 9780761175834
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    This essential resource provides parents with real solutions for various frequently-faced childhood illnesses; all based on cutting edge nutritional science and real life experience. In this book, nutritionist Kelly Dorfman reveals connections between nutrition and various childhood ailments including: reflux, stomach aches, constipation, sleeplessness, hyperactivity, recurrent ear infections, allergies and anxiety/worry. She also covers common behavior and learning issues: ADHD, Picky Eaters, Speech delay, and Sensory Processing Disorder.

    While the subject matter is often considered technical, the author does an excellent job of creating a book that is very understandable and appealing. She offers practical information and valuable case studies designed to give parents the necessary tools to decipher clues for potential nutritional disorders which may be impacting their child. While not a substitute for your primary care physician, the valuable information outlined in this book may offer families additional solutions to help their children. Families facing any of the above situations in their home may find real help within the pages of this book. 334 pgs, pb. Deanne

  • 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 #: 005553
    ISBN: 9780882707549
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    125 years ago, Hannah Whitall Smith realized that there was a need to encourage believers who were having difficulty living the Christian life and were finding it unfulfilling. She confesses that this is not a theological book; however, she has a secret she wants to share. You will be blown away by the wisdom that you find on these pages that will truly refresh you in your Christian walk. Pb, 300 pgs.

  • Item #: 026871
    ISBN: 9780310344131
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    JRR Tolkien wrote, "The wide world is about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot forever fence it out." Children are never too young to be introduced to the fascinating world outside their neighborhood. Beginning with a vision for understanding the global culture in light of state of our world today, the author provides appealing ideas for families to bring cultures into their home.

    In the Power of a Story section, she explains that powerful stories reflect real life struggles of right and wrong, help our children develop compassion, and inspire our character to grow. She also provides tips on including reading as a natural part of family life. The 2nd part of the book focuses on reading lists by location (Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Australia/Oceania and Polar Regions) and age group (4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12 years). Reading lists include short descriptions and notations about religious content. The recommendations in this book will bring a fresh enthusiasm to your Geography studies! Index of titles in back for easy reference. 226 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 048477
    ISBN: 9780805448443
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    As a veteran home school mom, I began to read this book prepared to refute views that were contrary to my own. However, a pleasant surprise was to be found within these pages! This book provides a balanced presentation of the four main options available to most Christian families. Whether you are considering homeschooling, public schooling, open admission Christian schools or covenantal (Christian admission only) Christian schools, this book will provide insights and information to enable you to make the decision that will be best for your family.

    Written by four different gentlemen who are "living" their perspective, each shares a bit of their journey and the benefits (and potential downfalls) of the educational choice they have made for their family. Following their individual narrative, an opposing view is presented by a proponent of a different perspective and an occasional "counter view" is added to respond to the opposite view. Each gentleman writes respectfully, intelligently, and passionately about their convictions, enabling you to form your own opinion about which option suits you best.

    I believe this book can also be a valuable asset on all family bookshelves. The gracious and thoughtful manner in which these opposing educational views are handled will allow each of us to better understand and relate to our brothers and sisters who have chosen a different educational path. Personally, I was challenged in my thinking and given a greater appreciation for the different educational options available to Christian families.

    Perspectives on your Child's Education is highly recommended to inform and assist you in choosing the educational direction for your family, and as stated by one of the writers, our choice is not permanent, God may call us out of our current educational path and into another one. This book will assist you in gaining the insights and information you need to respond to His call. Softcover, 130 pages. Deanne

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
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    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

  • Item #: 014894
    ISBN: 9780962653520
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    I have never seen anything like these books before. The Infinite Discovery Bible Study Series is chok-a-blok full - let me get on with what in a moment. Designed to teach Bible history to children of all ages, I can really see how this would be accomplished. With each book you will read a portion of Scripture (say one of the gospels as in the "In Jesus' Time" book). Throughout the reading process your child will be doing assignments, looking at outlines, reading summaries, filling in charts, answering research questions, reading background information, perusing maps, filling in timelines, finding definitions to Bible terms and more (oh, so much more!). I'm sure these studies will entail a lot of work, but the benefits will be tremendous. I'm still benefiting from a grueling Bible study course I did through a Christian correspondence school as an early teen. ~ Genevieve
  • Item #: 044964
    ISBN: 9780878135950
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    Can you imagine how confusing it would have been for Jews to discern who Jesus was? There was Jesus performing miracles and fulfilling prophecies, but the religious leaders who have directed your life say that Jesus is a traitor. It couldn't have been easy, especially for people who never met him. Eli, a young Jewish man has never seen Jesus, but he hears many, many stories. Just when Eli thinks there may be something special about Jesus, he learns of his death and supposed resurrection. Torn between those who follow Jesus and others who hate him, Eli must search his heart and decide for himself who Jesus is. By Rebecca Martin, 198 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 041114
    ISBN: 9781414304458
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    Sometimes we take it for granted. Sometimes we don't know how to go about it. But as Christian parents, our most important task is to make sure that our children have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. The husband/wife team of Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth, parents of two daughters, author this book to help you in this essential task. You don't have to be a Bible scholar to use it. The small format book has seven chapters of 10 to 15 pages each. Chapters cover why we need a savior, who God is, what sin is, the resurrection of Jesus, salvation, trust and obeying Jesus, and growing spiritually after we make our commitment. Most of the book is a guide for the parent, but each chapter includes a short story to be read to a child. The included CD contains seven songs that correspond to the seven chapters in the book; children accompanied by an orchestra sing classic hymns on this high-quality recording. Appendices include the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and lyrics to the hymns on the CD.

    So when should you start? That depends on the child and his readiness, but it doesn't get much easier than this to pass along God's truth to your children. hc, 107 pgs.

  • Item #: 050360
    ISBN: 9781935274230
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    When a parent thinks their child may be autistic or knows that autism is the label their child has been given, it can be scary and confusing. Where should you go for help, what kinds of things you should be doing differently, how do you deal with your child's issues when you don't understand what is really happening. Bobbi Sheahan is a mom who wants to share her experience to help you. This book isn't written to give you all the answers, but is to hold your hand as you and your child make this journey together. Bobbi Sheahan along with Kathy DeOrnellas, PhD offers guidance for the first five years of life. Bobbi begins by sharing her story so you understand what life with an autistic child might be like. Kathy DeOrnellas is a psychologist who offers deeper explanations throughout the book. Together they will explain autism, causes of autism, some of the signs to look for, and a bibliography of good books and resources that she found helpful. Autism is different in every child and confuses parents about what might be going on in their child's life. This book offers very good information for those who have a child that has been diagnosed or parents who have suspicions. 236 pages, sc. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 036077
    ISBN: 9781584110354
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    In this book you will learn that being your best doesn’t mean that you have to be beautiful, the most talented, or have lots of friends or money. That is how the world judges success, but God views success in a whole different light. This book will show you how to live out God’s special plan for your life.

  • Item #: 034857
    ISBN: 9780877884729
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    Your kids may be involved in sports, music lessons, debate, and various other clubs, not to mention all of their schooling, but are they learning the most important skills? That is, have they mastered life skills - the ones they will need for their future when they leave your home and become independent adults? By Christine M. Field, this practical guide helps you incorporate life skill training into everyday life so you don't have to make room for yet another activity. Feeling as though she was not "life trained" when she was a child and wanting to prepare her own children for their futures, she decided to write this book to help all parents with this important task. There are fourteen chapters, each focusing on a different skill. Topics covered included responsibility, people skills, in the home skills, life navigation, time organization, space organization, maintaining and fixing things around the house, managing money, healthy grooming habits, using your brain, forming good spiritual habits, making decisions, creativity, and finding joy in everyday life. The personable, down-to-earth tone of the book makes it an enjoyable read for parents who want some useful ideas and knowledgeable help. The chapters are filled with valuable information, a variety of suggestions, relevant charts (both offering information such as the chart which portrays age appropriate chores and ones providing you with models you may want to utilize in your home like clothing records to keep track of everyone's wardrobes), and lots of encouragement. Each chapter concludes with a "Life Skills Checklist" with several points for you to read through so you can determine if you've successfully met the goals of the chapter. This is a wonderful resource encompassing the truly important life skills. 332 pages. - Melissa

  • Item #: 019022
    ISBN: 9781880045121
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    Children love stories; that's a fact! What better way to help instill biblical truths in their impressionable minds than to let them read (or listen to) stories that share those truths? First published in 1896, this collection of 113 stories taken from D.L. Moody's sermons all have one thing in common: children are at the forefront. Most of the stories are very short—some even less than a page long—but they are full of spiritual value. Some, like Hold Up Your Light and The Lost Kiss, deal with matters of character and morals or the Christian life. Others stress the importance of coming to Jesus Christ for salvation or being a witness for Him, like The Orange Boy and A Boy's Victory. Handsomely illustrated in the classic style of the late 19th century, this volume is perfectly suited to become one of your children's favorite bedtime storybooks. Reprint of 1897 original edition. 237 pgs, hc. — Chad

  • Item #: 062794
    ISBN: 9781476718712
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    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 #: 016429
    ISBN: 9780743971034
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    This book will help you to develop Christian character in your children. 13 units focus on honoring God, respecting others, telling the truth, self-control, kindness, obeying rules, forgiveness, responsibility, patience, loving everyone, apologizing, thankfulness, and sharing. Every unit holds 10-11 pages of stories and activities for that value. A poster for that trait starts each chapter, along with games, songs and a craft. Then there is a Bible lesson , such as the story of Jonah for "saying I'm sorry," and an application lesson - a real life situation story in which fictional children learn the lesson. A few activities are included for each lesson, such as following directions, puzzles, crosswords, and other practical, original exercises. Every unit ends with a "My Contract" page, where kids can decide to sign a contract to try and do better in that area. Although you can use this with just one child, I think it would also work well for a Sunday school class or group of children, as it is reproducible and several of the activities and games utilize "teamwork." ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 020495
    ISBN: 9780974361635
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    For those of you who want to teach using the classical method, the authors of this book, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, have long believed and implemented this in their own homeschool. In this book they combine their knowledge and experience to present a spiritual and philosophical foundation and a practical program for Christian homeschooling in the classical style. The first four chapters discuss the reasoning and logic of teaching with classical education, a discussion of why parents should be in charge of their students' education, problems with classroom (public) schools, and an explanation and description of what the trivium is. The next three chapters study one element of the trivium each - language, logic, and rhetoric. Each chapter presents the topic, arguments for teaching it, guidelines for teaching, where to start, what children should be learning at appropriate age levels, and other tips and advice for incorporating these core subjects. Chapter eight follows the same basic format, delving into the study of literature. In chapter nine, the Bluedorns offer principles for the study of historical literature. The following chapter provides lots of advice and help for different methods and approaches to homeschooling in light of the trivium, such as the Charlotte Mason approach, unschooling, unit studies, and others. Part two of the book, The Practical Trivium, hold chapters listing things children should do at particular ages - ten things to do with students before age ten, ten through twelve, thirteen through fifteen, sixteen through eighteen, nineteen and onward, and finally the last chapter, Life's Goals Begin at Home. Appendix one includes 16 different articles discussing the trivium, education, and other related issues. Appendix two provides an thorough resource list, outlining general resources and those for language arts & English, rhetoric, literature, history, government, law and economics, languages, mathematics, logic, Bible and theology, philosophy, science, art and music, and other miscellaneous resources. While you may not agree with all of the personal philosophy in this book, if you want to teach from the trivium and are looking for a guide to implement a classical education in your homeschool, this is a very complete and thorough guide from experienced authors. - Melissa

  • Item #: 042757
    ISBN: 9780976929895
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    This guide for college-bound Christians provides all kinds of tips on how to prepare for college and what to do when you get there. From a Christian point of view, it provides biblical guidelines on how to choose a career, things to consider when selecting a college, financial aid opportunities, preparing to learn and being a good student, communicating in the classroom, succeeding academically, writing research papers, maintaining your Christian worldview in college, thinking critically about your faith, supporting your beliefs in the college setting, and more. General information on both Christian and secular colleges is covered, with info on what to expect and how to prepare. The straightforward information and warnings about pitfalls to avoid will help students discern which direction God wants them to go in life and prepare them for what they will face while applying to and attending college. With real-life examples and stories, inspirational quotes, and thorough yet concise information, this book is a pleasure to read and will help students at a crossroads in their lives decide what they should do and then equip themselves to do it. It gives a general explanation on how to choose a college and career and what to expect during the application process and your first year or so. 122 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
  • Item #: 008556
    ISBN: 9780817017507
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      More than helping you search for a job or determine a career, this book will help you consider God’s goal for your life and then develop a life purpose. God designed you with an intentional purpose/function. In a straightforward, biblically supported way, examine your God-given skills and passions to discern your function in God’s kingdom. This book will speak to life and career decisions in all stages of life, whether for a student or adult. Includes an appendix which practically applies your purpose to organizational life and parenting. 165 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

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

  • Item #: 021320
    ISBN: 9781584740155
    Retail: $18.00
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    In this captivating story you will meet a brave little boy who cares for his ailing father and two baby brothers. As a shoeshine boy, the little he makes each day is just enough to meet their basic needs until a small act of honesty changes his life forever.

  • 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 #: 062697
    ISBN: 9780310339731
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    Mark Batterson provides 7 helpful principles (prayer circles) to use in praying for your children including creating prayer lists, praying through the Bible and passing on blessings. At first blush, some of his terminology made me pause: “prayer mantras,” for example. However, allow yourself time to dig under that veneer. Prayer mantras are brief, Biblically-aligned prayers that are prayed regularly, such as praying that your child “will grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” The author incorporates real-life examples of applying his principles. Includes a presentation page and 8 pages for writing prayers and reflections. 5 ½” x 7 ½”, 308 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 001484
    ISBN: 9781433685682
    Retail: $9.99
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    “Step into the deep, young man,” the first words of this tween devotional urge. This is a collection of 100 devotionals which challenges boys during those crucial transition years and encourages them to make this spiritual journey their own. Each reading highlights a few verses of Scripture followed by a brief explanatory and encouraging passage. On the opposite page is a directed question with a manageable amount of lines for your boy to write a response—encouragement to stay brief and to the point. This is a meaty but digestible examination of living a Christian life filled with personal application. Note: although the intended audience is male, most of the devotionals would seem to apply to either gender. A handy 5” x 7” size. 201 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
    Retail: $27.95
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    If conventional phonics is not working with your child, or if phonics instruction is turning your "eager to read-er" into a "do we have to?" reader, here's an approach you should try. Based on techniques used in the Reading Recovery program and on observations of methods used by "natural" readers (children who learn to read at young ages despite no formal instruction), this approach takes a middle road between phonics and "sight reading." It is designed to be used one-on-one in a tutoring situation – not in a classroom environment – so it works very well in a home school. The first ingredient is reading, reading, reading to your young child. Predictable readers are used heavily in beginning instruction so that the child can begin to "read" successfully without knowing all of the rules, and can begin to recognize letter-sound correlations in familiar words. Some separate phonics instruction is done as part of the lesson. Initially, letter sounds are taught. From there, instruction depends on the previous day's experience. However, most of the phonics instruction is done within the context of reading and writing about real stories in real books. Phonics rules are not learned in any set sequence, but as the need to use them arises. Books are reread until mastered, then rotated out, with a book on the "cutting edge" of the child's ability added to the mix. A list of recommended children's books is included.

    The author is no stranger to the "great debate" on reading instruction. He has sixteen years of experience teaching in both public and private schools and, as headmaster of a Christian school, oversaw a home education program in which he worked with parents teaching their children to read. He realizes the strong preference homeschoolers have for phonics, but he makes a great case for considering a less "pure" approach. I do think this book is worth reading. After reading it, I realized that my children all learned a little this way, despite my attempts to teach them strictly phonetically. When Mark was learning to read, he just wouldn't wait for me to slowly make it through our phonics program. Armed with the essential basics, he wanted to read, and proceeded to do so; reading and rereading familiar books until they were mastered, demanding explanations of unfamiliar constructs as he went, and then applying this knowledge the next time he encountered a similar phonetic construct. All this from a child who seemed almost dense to me (compared with his older sisters) when using a strictly phonetic method. On reflection, I think he might have done much better from the start if I'd read this book and employed some of these methods. While not for everyone, and certainly not for those of you who won't even consider less than "pure" phonics, I'm hoping this will help with children who may "fall through the cracks" using a traditional phonics approach.

  • Item #: 032013
    ISBN: 9781554539611
    Retail: $12.95
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      Enjoy the artwork in this book as your child learns about the variety of life on earth. The Tree of Life is compared to the leaves on a tree, and each leaf represents a different species – 1,750,000 of them. Read first about the five kingdoms into which living things are divided – Monera, Fungi, Protoctista, Plants, and Animals. Learn about just a few of the members of each kingdom and how the kingdoms fit into the tree of life and about some that are at risk. The idea behind this book is to make children aware of the vast array of life and their role in the Tree of Life – “We are its guardians, not its gardeners.” As children learn more, they can be proactive in protecting the earth’s habitats – a few suggestions are included in the book. This book is from a secular publisher, so it mentions humans being related to apes and that we all descended from bacteria. Whether you believe this or not, this book does remind us that all species are important and that we all have a responsibility to take care of life here on earth. 40 pgs., p/b. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 000905
    ISBN: 9780974218199
    Retail: $24.95
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    This course would have been exactly what I was looking for several years ago when my own homeschoolers reached their teen years.  Instead of a comprehensive life skills preparation such as author Barbara Frank designed for her own children and now makes available to all homeschoolers, we had a hit and miss approach - a personal finance class here, some marriage and family reading there, with learning how to balance a checkbook thrown in for good measure.

      Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a curriculum that teaches the skills and values that teenagers need in the adult world.  Using a well-defined project approach, students research a place to live, figure out health insurance, come to understand credit and receive an introduction to basics like buying a car and setting up a budget. An attitude of prudence is encouraged with a stated goal of minimizing debt. The author also reviews concepts like getting along with family, friends, coworkers, and clients, finding a spouse, and living one's values - in other words applying the principles you've been teaching them since they were small. Now in its 3rd edition, this program features updates such as: new sections on borrowing money and bank accounts (each with three new projects), updates to the Financial Freedom Project and the Health Insurance Project (to reflect changes such as the Affordable Care Act), and a new section called "Work or College" to help you evaluate whether your teenager should pursue college and how to research potential careers.

      The book begins with the new "Work or College?" section to help you and your child evaluate the possibilities of each. Depending on which direction you are leaning, two different paths through the book's material are provided. Next is an excellent, annotated reading list, divided by topic. The Projects section follows. Starting with background information, each project continues with research and reading assignments.  These assignments are broken down into bite-sized pieces and often include the completion of various charts. Although the book is reproducible only for additional students in your family, they would be easy to replicate on any basic computer spreadsheet. Most projects include suggestions for further study and ways that parents can personalize the project by sharing from their own experience.

      Although a family could use one book for several children if each prepared his own notebook, the manual is so full of valuable information and checklists that around our house we would be much more comfortable with each student having his own copy. I think my "homeschooled" college students would profit from going through this course during summer break.  Revised and expanded; 160 pgs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 039452
    ISBN: 9781600790416
    Retail: $48.75
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    Covers Christ's life from his birth through His ascension; these stories are also included on the Bible Comes Alive series CDs 4 and 5. 13 CDs.