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  • Item #: 002240
    ISBN: 9781602005228
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    That proverbial talk about the “birds and the bees.” You know you need to do it. Teaching your children about God’s plan for sex and all the male/female interaction that leads up to it is part of what it means to bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And you want to do it – sort of. It’s just that it’s so very uncomfortable – and you don’t know what to say – and there might be questions asked that make you ashamed or guilty. . .  Dennis and Barbara Rainey (parents of six) of Family Life Ministries know you need “a plan” and they’ve provided a lovely one – a getaway weekend kit complete with instructions for you, guidelines for what to do, excellent speakers to get the difficult words out in the open by offering interesting audio sessions, an engaging format, a solid study of Biblical values, and enjoyable scripture songs.

      The goal of this program is to encourage and empower parents to discuss the difficult topics of intimacy, sexual behavior, and personal feelings that are facing their children as they enter the preteen years. To give parents the tools they need to both challenge their sons and daughters as they enter the pathway to Christian adulthood as well as provide the foundation for future discussions and sharing. To build a mentoring relationship with your children that continues past the weekend and into all the years leading up to adulthood.

      Preteen? Isn’t that jumping the gun a bit for the birds and the bees? Not in today’s culture. It’s literally everywhere around us – and now in ways unimagined by all previous generations. This program is designed to set the stage for a close parent/child relationship as the child moves into this period. Topics are handled biblically, carefully, and tastefully. Some topics are left optional for the parent.

      A weekend getaway. That’s the general setting. One child – with the parent all to himself (boys with fathers; girls with mothers) – doing an activity of his choice that he loves to do and spending time listening to “talks” and working through study material together. It’s a wonderful affirmation that the love of the parent can transcend the upcoming changes that the child will be experiencing.

      There are five audio sessions and one optional session: 1) the adolescent experience, 2) how to handle peer pressure, 3) changes that are ahead (God’s design for sex), 4) purity (protecting sexual innocence), and 5) dating (properly engaging with the opposite sex). The optional session covers really delicate issues (masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction) and can be inserted after the fourth session and before the fifth if the parent chooses,

      The Getaway Kit provides the necessary framework: a tour guide for the parent, travel journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s of all sessions.

      The Tour Guide is for the parent – basically a leader’s guide for this very focused Bible study. This little manual includes sections on planning the getaway, an itinerary for the weekend, a suggested schedule, preparation checklists (and needed supplies), guidelines for writing a note to your son/daughter, and very specific suggestions for praying for your son/daughter. Also included is a page-for-page reproduction of the Travel Journal (accent color rather than full color) so you can work through it with your son/daughter.

      The Travel Journal is for your son/daughter and is designed as a companion for the experiences of the weekend. With a travel theme and an engaging appearance, it provides a place to write notes (from the talks), thoughts, and answers to questions as well as the guidelines for godly Christian living provided by this study material. There are 25 follow-up devotions that continue with a similar theme and help strengthen the biblical core of the young adult’s understanding of the various issues. This is a nicely done keepsake book with a hardcover, full-color graphics, and an elastic strap for place-keeping.

      The CD Set provides the core material for the heart of the weekend and the program. Eight CDs provide the weekend talk sessions. These sessions feature scripture memory songs, dramatic vignettes, humorous features, real-life stories from teens and adults, and lots of teaching from parents and experts that have “been there, done that.” Songs are CCM-type of music with understandable lyrics, singable melodies, and full instrumentation backup.

      Having “that” talk with your children may never be entirely comfortable, but this kit gives you a plan; the certainty of godly, biblical content; and the promise of enjoyable memories. 

  • Item #: 064965
    ISBN: 9781457538094
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

       Take a different approach to teaching phonics and reading with your students. The Stretch & Catch Method can help children learn to read in 10 minutes a day. Whether you are teaching your children at home or they need extra help with their classroom learning, this method is easy and can be a tremendous help.

      The instructions for employing the Stretch & Catch Method are presented in a systematic fashion, so that anyone can use it. Developed by Amanda McNamara Lowe, her goal is to help all children learn to read. To learn to read, children must understand how words work. Stretch & Catch will help them see patterns in words, sound out the words, hear the sounds, feel the sounds, and use their fingers to “catch” the sounds.

      There are nine chapters in the book; chapter one is the explanation, preparation, and assessment portion of the book. This chapter is very important to understanding the Stretch & Catch methodology, The Word List (TWL), daily reading and placement. Stretch & Catch is a technique that uses the fingers to represent word sounds – Stretch is sounding out the word by raising one finger at a time per sound, Catch is saying all the sounds together, quickly, while bringing the fingers into a fist. Example: Spelling the word ‘dot’ – say /d/ and raise the first finger, say /o/ and raise the second finger, say /t/ and raise the third finger; say the word fast and pull the three fingers into a fist. My example is a simplified explanation of the methodology, and there is a scripted dialogue to be used along with it (8 steps). The Word Lists (TWL) are five colored lists of high-frequency words that the student learns to identify, these words make up 50% to 60% of the child’s reading and must be mastered. TWL are found in chapters 3 through 7. Assessments for TWL are found in chapter one, but you won’t use them until the appropriate time. Daily Reading to and with your child is a very important part of this program. There are no designated readers, but the author suggests reading alphabet and ABC books for children who need to learn basic letter sounds (children beginning with chapter two of this book). Early reader books for children in chapters three through six of this book, fluent readers (children in chapters 7-9) can read anything of interest to them. Chapter One includes a vital assessment tool to help you determine where to begin in this program. For children who need to learn basic letter sounds, begin with chapter two. Others start with chapter three, where Stretch & Catch begins teaching letter patterns. The word ‘feature’ is used to refer to the spelling pattern(s) being introduced in each chapter – there are 26 features total. 

      Chapter Two teaches the basic alphabet sounds (feature 1) and instructions are given at the beginning of the chapter. The author suggests that you have index cards on which to write the letters (lowercase and uppercase on separate cards), consonants in one color and vowels in another. Spend one week per letter for children who are being introduced to letters and sounds, one per day for those who just need review. Each letter has a key word that will be associated with it throughout the lessons. Only short vowels are presented in chapters two and three.

      Chapter Three introduces the first TWL words (you will want to use index cards to write them on for practice), Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of short vowels using Stretch & Catch, and scripted templates for teaching ‘features’ 2 through 6. There are two templates, one that is adult-led and another for child-led. These are examples of how to teach the lessons included in the chapter. You will then find lessons (lists of words) to use within the template for teaching each day. This chapter also includes some optional lessons.

      Chapter Four focuses on beginning and ending blends (features 7-11), and chapter five is beginning and ending digraphs (features 12-13). These chapters follow the same format as chapter three: TWL words, Daily Reading suggestion, explanation of the features in the chapter, templates, lessons, and examples.

      Chapters 6-9 cover features 14-26, and at this point your child is no longer considered a beginning reader. Lessons become child-led and you (parent/teacher) are there to be a guide. Children will learn about silent e, common long vowels, diphthongs, and r-controlled vowel patterns. Each chapter includes the TWL words, Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of the ‘features,’ an optional template for introducing the ‘features,’ child-led templates, lessons, and examples.

      Children should be reading fluently upon completion of this book, and just 10 minutes a day! Lessons may take more than ten minutes a day in the beginning; but once the methodology is mastered, teacher and student will love the ease of doing a short lesson each day. The method is multi-sensory and repetitive, which helps children to commit things to memory. The more a child is exposed to letters, sounds, and words, the quicker they will be imprinted on the brain (memorized). This method works well with beginning readers, but can also help struggling readers. 137-pgs, p/b. ~ Donna     

  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $162.00

       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 064276
    ISBN: 9781589238695
    Retail: $26.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    This is one of the best kid-friendly knitting guide Ive ever seen! It starts with a good run-through of different techniques, different kinds of yarn, felting, blocking circular needles and DPNs, etc. Dont have knitting needles? No problem! Youll learn how to make your own out of wooden dowels. Crafts include bracelets, slippers, bag, cowl, pencil roll, hat, scarf and even a sweater! The pictures and directions are very clear so its as easy as possible for new knitters to follow along. Perfect for your crafty kiddo. 143 softcover pages. Laura

  • Item #: 053027
    ISBN: 9780328709496
    Retail: $209.97
    Rainbow Price: $182.95

    This is another quality, standards-based curriculum that is now available to homeschool families. If you want to be sure that your child is covering material found on standardized testing or your goal is to keep pace with grade-level classrooms or put your child back into the classroom without gaps, Scott Foresman covers the necessary information at each grade level.

    Content-wise, Grades 5 and 6 are very similar. The United States (Gr. 5) and Building a Nation (Gr.  6) are identical through Unit 7 (the Civil War and the end of slavery). The grade 6 text – Building a Nation – has an additional two units (Expansion and Change; The United States and the World) which take the historical narrative up to the end of the 19th century. We assume the reason for this duplication is that most states require state history in either 5th or 6th grades. You would then choose to use either the 5th grade or the 6th grade course to cover the first part of American history.

    Homeschool bundle includes the necessary student and teacher information at each level. Grade 5 & 6 bundles include 2 volumes of the teacher edition with pouch cards and pouch, hardcover student text, and workbook.

    The Teacher Edition includes small-format student text pages with teaching notes in the margins, reproducibles, reference lists, skills handbook for citizenship, research, and geography. Strategies for teaching vocabulary, planning guide, answer keys for the workbook, and other resources are included in the overview of the curriculum and for each unit. You will see some resources mentioned that aren’t included in this bundle, but are not necessary for the completion of the course – transparencies, quick studies, posters, etc. Suggestions for family and calendar activities, writing rubrics, reading suggestions, and graphic organizers are also found in the teacher edition. Online resources can be found at the publisher’s website, sfsocialstudies.com – library, current events, atlas, activities, and biographies, along with live links to learning partners for this curriculum – Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and others.

      Student Texts provide grade-appropriate reading opportunity along with a plethora of visuals – diagrams, timelines, photos, illustrations, and maps – ideal for those who need a little more than just the reading. Units are divided into chapters and further divided into lessons. Each lesson includes a preview, vocabulary, review, and “think and apply” questions. A review section provides summary at the end of each chapter, and can be used as an assessment opportunity (answers provided in the teacher edition).

      The Workbook included in each set includes reinforcement activities - vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and projects. Multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, reading graphs and maps are all used to enhance and strengthen the students understanding of textual content.

  • Item #: 053026
    ISBN: 9780328709489
    Retail: $198.47
    Rainbow Price: $183.95

    This is another quality, standards-based curriculum that is now available to homeschool families. If you want to be sure that your child is covering material found on standardized testing or your goal is to keep pace with grade-level classrooms or put your child back into the classroom without gaps, Scott Foresman covers the necessary information at each grade level.

    Content-wise, Grades 5 and 6 are very similar. The United States (Gr. 5) and Building a Nation (Gr. 6) are identical through Unit 7 (the Civil War and the end of slavery). The grade 6 text Building a Nation has an additional two units (Expansion and Change; The United States and the World) which take the historical narrative up to the end of the 19th century. We assume the reason for this duplication is that most states require state history in either 5th or 6th grades. You would then choose to use either the 5th grade or the 6th grade course to cover the first part of American history.

    Homeschool bundle includes the necessary student and teacher information at each level. Grade 5 & 6 bundles include 2 volumes of the teacher edition with pouch cards and pouch, hardcover student text, and workbook.

    The Teacher Edition includes small-format student text pages with teaching notes in the margins, reproducibles, reference lists, skills handbook for citizenship, research, and geography. Strategies for teaching vocabulary, planning guide, answer keys for the workbook, and other resources are included in the overview of the curriculum and for each unit. You will see some resources mentioned that aren't included in this bundle, but are not necessary for the completion of the course transparencies, quick studies, posters, etc. Suggestions for family and calendar activities, writing rubrics, reading suggestions, and graphic organizers are also found in the teacher edition. Online resources can be found at the publisher's website, sfsocialstudies.com library, current events, atlas, activities, and biographies, along with live links to learning partners for this curriculum Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and others.

    Student Texts provide grade-appropriate reading opportunity along with a plethora of visuals diagrams, timelines, photos, illustrations, and maps ideal for those who need a little more than just the reading. Units are divided into chapters and further divided into lessons. Each lesson includes a preview, vocabulary, review, and "think and apply" questions. A review section provides summary at the end of each chapter, and can be used as an assessment opportunity (answers provided in the teacher edition).

    The Workbook included in each set includes reinforcement activities - vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and projects. Multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, reading graphs and maps are all used to enhance and strengthen the students understanding of textual content.

  • Item #: 053025
    ISBN: 9780328709472
    Retail: $163.47
    Rainbow Price: $150.95

    This is another quality, standards-based curriculum that is now available to homeschool families. If you want to be sure that your child is covering material found on standardized testing or your goal is to keep pace with grade-level classrooms or put your child back into the classroom without gaps, Scott Foresman covers the necessary information at each grade level.

    Students will be able to build on knowledge from previous grades as each progresses – grades 4 explores “Regions.”

    Homeschool bundles include the necessary student and teacher information at each level. Grade 2, 3, & 4 bundles include a spiral-bound teacher book (also includes pouch cards for vocabulary and reading along with a plastic pouch), hardcover student text, and a workbook that includes vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and project pages.

    The Teacher Edition includes small-format student text pages with teaching notes in the margins, reproducibles, reference lists, skills handbook for citizenship, research, and geography. Strategies for teaching vocabulary, planning guide, answer keys for the workbook, and other resources are included in the overview of the curriculum and for each unit. You will see some resources mentioned that aren’t included in this bundle, but are not necessary for the completion of the course – transparencies, quick studies, posters, etc. Suggestions for family and calendar activities, writing rubrics, reading suggestions, and graphic organizers are also found in the teacher edition. Online resources can be found at the publisher’s website, sfsocialstudies.com – library, current events, atlas, activities, and biographies, along with live links to learning partners for this curriculum – Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and others.

      Student Texts provide grade-appropriate reading opportunity along with a plethora of visuals – diagrams, timelines, photos, illustrations, and maps – ideal for those who need a little more than just the reading. Units are divided into chapters and further divided into lessons. Each lesson includes a preview, vocabulary, review, and “think and apply” questions. A review section provides summary at the end of each chapter, and can be used as an assessment opportunity (answers provided in the teacher edition).

      The Workbook included in each set includes reinforcement activities - vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and projects. Multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, reading graphs and maps are all used to enhance and strengthen the students understanding of textual content.

  • Item #: 053024
    ISBN: 9780328709465
    Retail: $151.47
    Rainbow Price: $139.95

    This is another quality, standards-based curriculum that is now available to homeschool families. If you want to be sure that your child is covering material found on standardized testing or your goal is to keep pace with grade-level classrooms or put your child back into the classroom without gaps, Scott Foresman covers the necessary information at each grade level.

    Students will be able to build on knowledge from previous grades as each progresses grades 3 explores "Communities."

    Homeschool bundles include the necessary student and teacher information at each level. Grade 2, 3, & 4 bundles include a spiral-bound teacher book (also includes pouch cards for vocabulary and reading along with a plastic pouch), hardcover student text, and a workbook that includes vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and project pages.

    The Teacher Edition includes small-format student text pages with teaching notes in the margins, reproducibles, reference lists, skills handbook for citizenship, research, and geography. Strategies for teaching vocabulary, planning guide, answer keys for the workbook, and other resources are included in the overview of the curriculum and for each unit. You will see some resources mentioned that aren't included in this bundle, but are not necessary for the completion of the course transparencies, quick studies, posters, etc. Suggestions for family and calendar activities, writing rubrics, reading suggestions, and graphic organizers are also found in the teacher edition. Online resources can be found at the publisher's website, sfsocialstudies.com library, current events, atlas, activities, and biographies, along with live links to learning partners for this curriculum Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and others.

    Student Texts provide grade-appropriate reading opportunity along with a plethora of visuals diagrams, timelines, photos, illustrations, and maps ideal for those who need a little more than just the reading. Units are divided into chapters and further divided into lessons. Each lesson includes a preview, vocabulary, review, and "think and apply" questions. A review section provides summary at the end of each chapter, and can be used as an assessment opportunity (answers provided in the teacher edition).

    The Workbook included in each set includes reinforcement activities - vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and projects. Multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, reading graphs and maps are all used to enhance and strengthen the students understanding of textual content.

  • Item #: 053023
    ISBN: 9780328709458
    Retail: $151.47
    Rainbow Price: $139.95

    This is another quality, standards-based curriculum that is now available to homeschool families. If you want to be sure that your child is covering material found on standardized testing or your goal is to keep pace with grade-level classrooms or put your child back into the classroom without gaps, Scott Foresman covers the necessary information at each grade level.

    Students will be able to build on knowledge from previous grades as each progresses grades 2 explores familiar territory with "People and Places."

    Homeschool bundles include the necessary student and teacher information at each level. Grade 2, 3, & 4 bundles include a spiral-bound teacher book (also includes pouch cards for vocabulary and reading along with a plastic pouch), hardcover student text, and a workbook that includes vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and project pages.

    The Teacher Edition includes small-format student text pages with teaching notes in the margins, reproducibles, reference lists, skills handbook for citizenship, research, and geography. Strategies for teaching vocabulary, planning guide, answer keys for the workbook, and other resources are included in the overview of the curriculum and for each unit. You will see some resources mentioned that aren't included in this bundle, but are not necessary for the completion of the course transparencies, quick studies, posters, etc. Suggestions for family and calendar activities, writing rubrics, reading suggestions, and graphic organizers are also found in the teacher edition. Online resources can be found at the publisher's website, sfsocialstudies.com library, current events, atlas, activities, and biographies, along with live links to learning partners for this curriculum Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and others.

    Student Texts provide grade-appropriate reading opportunity along with a plethora of visuals diagrams, timelines, photos, illustrations, and maps ideal for those who need a little more than just the reading. Units are divided into chapters and further divided into lessons. Each lesson includes a preview, vocabulary, review, and "think and apply" questions. A review section provides summary at the end of each chapter, and can be used as an assessment opportunity (answers provided in the teacher edition).

    The Workbook included in each set includes reinforcement activities - vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and projects. Multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, reading graphs and maps are all used to enhance and strengthen the students understanding of textual content.

  • Item #: 048076
    ISBN: 9781615388929
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.75

      Classical Phonics is an integral part of the Memoria Press (i.e. Highlands Latin School) approach to reading. Both an underlying foundation to First Start Reading and a comprehensive “next step,” this little book puts a complete series of phonics instruction in the hands of your child. Both the student and the teacher have the advantage of seeing the whole scope of phonics as well as each part in its relation to the whole. And it’s all in one small, well-organized, attractive, concise book – a thorough update of a pint-sized, turn-of-the-(20th) century gem, Word Mastery, by Florence Akin.

      Newly revised, the 2nd edition Classical Phonics offers even more teaching support with phonetic introductions for each unit written by Cheryl Lowe. Other revisions include updated word lists, reorganized content to align with the Traditional Spelling program from Memoria Press and fewer words per page.

      Classical Phonics has been incorporated with the First Start Reading and Traditional Spelling programs. As each FSR workbook is completed (and put away), Classical Phonics provides word lists for continuing practice. With the recently developed Traditional Spelling, families who finish FSR and continue in the Memoria Press scope and sequence will find that all the page number references within Traditional Spelling align with the 2nd edition of Classical Phonics. An excellent compendium of all the phonics that a child learns in K-2, this handy little review book could be used with any phonics program. While it is not a complete language program (there are no sentences – only words – for reading and no printing practice), a resourceful teacher could add those elements.

      Classical Phonics has eight units in four parts. Part One starts with the alphabet and CVC words, plurals, possessives, consonant teams (ck, ng, nk, ch, sh, th, wh), double consonants (Double f, l, s, z), consonant teams with silent letters (kn, wr, mb) and consonant blends including final and initial blends, and three letter blends. Part Two focuses on long-vowels and covers silent e words, long i & o, soft c and g, and the three sounds of y. Long vowel teams are then covered including oa, oe, ow, ee, ie, igh, y, ai, ay, ei, eigh, ey, ea, ey, and the three sounds of ea. Part Three covers special vowel sounds including the special sounds for oi, ou, oo, and o plus the r-controlled vowels. Part Four, Advanced Phonics, teaches advanced phonograms, suffixes and prefixes, spelling rules, syllables and variable endings. At the end of the book is a short but insightful section, Suggestions to Teachers, which carries the admonishment “do not put this book into the hands of your pupils until you have carefully studied these suggestions.” Developed by the original author, this section presents a simple four-part plan for teaching phonics – ear training, tongue training, eye training, and word building. A summary of taught Phonics and Spelling Rules are listed along with the Most Common Words. Spiralbound 139 pgs, pb. ~ Janice/Deanne

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
    Retail: $79.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.15

    While it may sound ambitious to think your child can learn letter sounds, letter recognition, blending sounds, reading, writing, spelling and typing all in one program, this well-produced and engaging software may help them do just that. It is made up of two CD-ROMs: Read, Write & Type! and Spaceship Challenge. Read, Write & Type! is the core of the program and provides the instruction, while Spaceship Challenge provides assessment. There are 40 lessons in Read, Write & Type! with a new letter or sound introduced in each one until children have learned the basic 40 speech sounds in English. These sounds include 21 which are represented by one consonant, 5 represented by two consonants (sh, th, ch, wh, and ng), the short and long sounds of each vowel, and then "oo" as in both "look" and "tool," "ou" as in "loud," and "aw" as in "hawk." The lessons are grouped into levels where four letters or sounds are learned at each level. If you follow the plan provided, children will complete one level in Read, Write & Type! before they switch to Spaceship Challenge for testing on what they've learned (starting after Level 2). The lessons are based around games, so learning is a fun and interactive experience. When you begin the program, the user can view the introduction to learn the back-story and be introduced to the characters (or storytellers). Most of the time the screen you will see includes a keyboard with keys divided under right and left "houses" and two little hands in the corners. The player also sees that each of the letters (and corresponding storyteller) "live" in a key shown on the animated keyboard. Above the keyboard, the scene changes as the user plays different games. In the introduction Vexor, a nasty virus, comes to town and steals all the letters from the animated keyboard. It's up to the player and the two talking hands to work together to win all of the letters back. As the player begins each round, they see which letter Vexor will offer to give back, pending the player's performance on the games. The player is instructed on how to type that letter on the keyboard, and the sound of the letter is pronounced (letters found on the left-hand side of the keyboard within easy reach are the first to be introduced). The player then plays a series of games with Vexor to try and win the letter. These are based heavily on sound and ask the child to associate the sound with a picture and determine if the sound is made when saying the name of the object in the picture. Different games test the player's ability to identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. Players are constantly encouraged to say the name of the pictures or the sounds of the letters out loud as they type to engage their eyes, ears, mouths and fingers to learn the letters and sounds. After they play the letter/sound games with Vexor, they must help the letter's storyteller get to the Story Tree by typing the letters they hear pronounced by an animated mouth. At the Story Tree, the mouth again pronounces the sounds of letters, and later words and simple sentences, as they type to complete the story. The games are different in Spaceship Challenge, although the emphasis is still on recognizing sounds and matching to letters. In the Sound Game, a picture shows one of three different monitors, and the player will identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word pictured. The Reading Game tests reading comprehension by asking the player to match the sentence or word to one of the pictures shown below. In the Spelling Game, a picture is shown and the word is pronounced, and the player is asked to type in the word correctly. If the player completes these tasks at or above the threshold for passing, they move on to the next level in Read, Write & Type! Additional fun reinforcement activities include the Power Fountain game which reinforces typing accuracy and speed, and a simulated e-mail area, where children can type and "send" messages (a selection of stored responses are "sent" in return). The spiral-bound lesson book also includes plenty of introductory material for parents, including an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, and more (please note that the book does reference some additional pieces like posters and keyboard covers that have not been included with the program for quite some time). All in all, this program has some good things going for it. The software is well-produced, not cheesy, and the sounds that are pronounced are clear and easy to understand. Because the emphasis is on learning the sounds, not just letter recognition (players are even asked to type "fffff," not "F"), this aids them in learning to sound out and recognize words later on. The games are fun to play and motivational, and the range of supplementary materials included and available (some on their website) round out the program to include non-computer time. Additionally, children will get plenty of typing practice with no pressure for speed, which gives them a leg up on children who don't learn to type until they are older. While I wouldn't use this in place of a phonics program, it is a meaty supplement that may be best used with a "no-frills" instruction book like How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy or The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and/or with phonics workbooks (to reinforce writing skills which are not used as much in the software). This will provide practice they'll want to do! Please note that this is the 2000 edition of the program on CD-ROM; the newest version is only available from Talking Fingers as a download.System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (but not Windows 7); Macintosh 7.5-9.2 or OS X Classic. - Jess

  • Item #: 031495
    ISBN: 9781939394002
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    The Way They See It is Artistic Pursuits for 3-5 year-olds (and their parents). It's formatted a bit differently from the rest of the series in that it is written to the parent to help them understand children's artistic development, as well as develop a child's creativity and fine motor skills. The book is composed of two main parts: "The Nature of Children's Artistic Development" and "First Skills." Each lesson contains a portion written for the parent followed by a project for the child. The parent's portion will help them appreciate and foster the child's creative process while also offering practical advice for tackling the project. 36 projects include finger-painting, looking at the colors of the sky and coloring a picture of the sky with crayons, rolling or pressing textured objects into dough, drawing a picture from life, creating a paper bag puppet, drawing a plant, drawing a life-size outline of the child and coloring it in, adding horizon lines to a picture and much more. Many projects also include art reproductions and accompanying questions about the art for discussion. The last section of the book provides guidance for parents to teach their children how to use art supplies properly, such as scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, tape, brushes and paint. For each tool, practical skill-building exercises are suggested. If you want to provide gentle but purposeful art instruction to your youngest students, this is an excellent resource to guide you.

    Materials used in each level are listed below each title. With the arrival of the 3rd edition books, we have tracked down all of the recommended art supplies and have made complete packages for each book. Where specific brands are recommended by the author, we have included those exact items. In other cases, we have tried to match the art supplies as closely as possible to what Artistic Pursuits offers in their own art supply kits. For more details on a supply item, see individual item descriptions in our Art Supplies section. - Jess

    Two pencils are needed at this level.

    Four panels are needed for the course.

    Two packages are needed for course.

    Four pencils are needed for the course.

    Two nibs are needed for the course.

    How Great Thou Art Text Courses

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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 040707
    ISBN: 9781933339092
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    Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

    Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

    The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.

  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
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    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 007336
    ISBN: 9781935197539
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    Dianne Craft is well known for her successful approaches for equipping families (and teachers) to overcome problems faced by their struggling, but bright learners. Designed for home use, this manual provides an overview of how the brain works, right brain vs. left brain traits, detailed information on the four identified learning gates, brain training exercises, suggestions for a weekly sequence plus daily lesson plans for struggling learners.

    Overwhelmed yet? Don't be. Mrs. Craft has created an easy to use resource that may save you hundreds of dollars in occupational therapy. Beginning with a clear introduction to brain integration therapy she walks you through a brief overview of struggling learners, the importance of crawling and understanding the function of the brain with a focus on the role of the left and right brain.

    With the foundation of the importance of brain integration put forth, she then introduces us to the four learning gates: Visual Processing, Visual/Motor (writing), Auditory Processing, and the Attention/Focusing/Behavior. Observable characteristics of the blocked gates are presented alongside simple activities to determine if your child presents with a blocked gate in one of these areas. For example, a parent might recognize that their child who is struggling to learn to read has a blocked Visual Processing gate if the child needs to underline or point to each word as they read or reverses letters (or words) while reading. While the manual focuses on therapies to improve blocks in the first three gates, Mrs. Craft does offer detailed information on correcting a blocked Attention/Focusing/Behavior gate in her Biology of Behavior audio CD series, which we are pleased to offer separately.

    The remaining sections in the manual are dedicated to explaining a variety of exercises to improve brain integration. These include detailed explanations and step by step instructions paired with numerous black and white photo demonstrations, which leads me into one of the most valuable aspects of this manual: the detailed schedule suggestions.

    The suggested schedule is divided into three areas: Brain Training Sequences designed to be done daily Monday through Thursday; the once a week Brain Training Session which provides exercises specific to one of the blocked gates, and daily lesson plans for reading, writing and math. Parents will find time spent in each subject varies but parents should anticipate 30-45 minutes daily on each subject.

    All in all, this is a user friendly guide for home use. The exercises are well explained and laid out. The background information provides the parent with a deeper understanding of our children with learning glitches. Detailed diagnostic checklists, a diagnostic reading grade placement test, case studies and the optional online support from Mrs. Craft provide parents with necessary tools to best meet the needs of their unique learner. One caveat I would make is regarding the time commitment necessary to gain full benefit of the brain training. The program described will be time intensive for the parent, and the author acknowledges that a parent's willingness to devote a consistent and fairly intense effort is vital to success. If you are looking for something more specific in scope, we also offer Dianne Craft's Teaching the Right Brained Child DVD and Smart Kids Who Hate to Write DVD. Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently as standalone products, or use them together as they complement each other well. There is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs, but there is not a great deal of redundancy and using them together provides parents with additional tools. 2013 Edition. Spiral bound with included 18"x 12" Writing Eight Exercise template. 151 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 007379
    ISBN: 9781935197560
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  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
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    Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

  • Item #: 041343
    ISBN: 9781932906172
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

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  • Item #: 004382
    ISBN: 9781887840781
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 059250
    ISBN: 9781892427526
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    Have you ever stopped to realize that a comprehensive understanding of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants are a necessary foundation for interacting meaningfully with our increasingly global-minded world? Taking an overview approach, the North Star Geography course covers geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Bright Ideas Press and world geography – what a great idea! Student Reader plus Companion Guide CD-ROM (activities: maps, hands-on, research options, quizzes/tests) – what a great idea! Quality content, Biblical worldview, and user-friendliness all rolled up into one package – what a great idea!

    Obviously, the Student Reader is the heart of the course. Each of the sixteen lessons provides 15-20 pages of reading text, full-color illustrations, photos, sidebar articles, and maps. Lessons are divided into teaching segments which are both highly readable and interesting. The organization lends itself to flexibility, and the course could be done over one year (two weeks per lesson), two years (four weeks per lesson), or even one semester (one week per lesson – a bare bones approach). Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions provided in the glossary at the end of the text. The Reader concludes with a reference list that provides options for further study.

    The accompanying Companion Guide CD-ROM (pdf files) provides both basic and "extra" activities in addition to all content from the Reader. It's these pdf files that will allow you to tailor the course for high school, for junior high, or for a combination of ages. Families may make photocopies or print pages as needed, but classrooms and co-ops should contact the publisher for a multiple-use license. Depending on the course time-frame you choose, you will probably have to do some selection of activities, as there is a wealth provided.

    • • Hands-On Activities – there is lots of variety here – some short and simple, some more involved. Materials lists are provided when necessary (and tend to be easy-to-get items).
    • • Build Your Own Atlas – there's a segment for each lesson that includes labeling outline maps, completing fact files, and creating a set of political, physical, and thematic maps. Outline maps are provided but a good atlas as a reference is helpful (i.e. Wondermaps or Atlas of World Geography).
    • • Note-Taking Pages – each lesson has a set of 10 questions taken from the text that serve as lesson review and a study guide for the quizzes.
    • • Memorization Lists – a list of 198 countries, 70 regions and physical features to learn – roughly 16 items per lesson.
    • • Research Questions – a set of questions for each continent which encourage the student to conduct his own research (answers included).
    • • Quizzes and Tests – quizzes for each lesson (based on note-taking questions and map work). A final exam includes questions taken from all 16 of the lessons (answer keys and grading rubrics included).
    • • Graphic Organizers - can be used for all types of studies – world/continent, country, culture, regional geography, and government fact files.

    Homeschool geography courses have tended to be research frameworks that can be used by multi-age students and over several years. While having lots of advantages for families they require planning, preparation, and, often, outside resources. North Star takes a different approach providing a very solid base of textual information but giving lots of options for additional activities and research. It provides all necessary forms and pages, requiring only a good world atlas to accompany the course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 028010
    ISBN: 9781887840873
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 027706
    ISBN: 9781887840866
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 024006
    ISBN: 9781887840934
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 004384
    ISBN: 9781887840606
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 003767
    ISBN: 9781929683543
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    This is the junior version of the Wordsmith program. Grades 4-6 are an ideal time to teach your kids the "tools" of writing. Of course, at that age, if it isn't fun, kids don't want to learn. Wordsmith does a great job of introducing vital writing skills in a fun and enthusiastic way. Throughout this workbook, students pretend to be writers for the local newspaper. Fun comics are interspersed throughout the book to "instruct" your child on the concept they are learning. The lessons will cover sentence review, paragraph writing, reporting, creative writing, and expressing opinions. These skills are covered in three different sections of the book. Part one introduces nouns, verbs, and basic sentence structure to your children. Some of the projects in this section have your child write an invitation, a thank you note, haiku poetry, and four-sentence captions - just to name a few. Part two focuses on modifiers and more complex sentences. Here your child will create some advertising, work on editing, and write a book review. Part three moves on to organizing sentences in a logical fashion and reporting skills. Some of the projects your child will do include writing sports stories, giving household hints, composing a news article, and creating a comics column. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of every project to help them complete it independently. Answers are printed in the back to help you correct their work. This spiral-bound workbook has black-and-white text and illustrations. 85 pgs, pb.