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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
    Retail: $17.95
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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 #: 010029
    ISBN: 9780393253627
    Retail: $39.95
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      The 4th edition of this Classical favorite updates all product information (eliminating products which are no longer available and substituting new favorites for previous recommendations). The general organization and structure of the book is the same, although a new introduction/overview section on homeschooling high school has been added.

    If you're looking for some real guidance in product/curriculum selection for providing your child with a "classical" education, here it is -- down to the titles of the books and where to find them! These ladies have very clear recommendations for each subject area, both for elementary through eighth grade and high school levels, and they're anxious to share them with you. Written by a mother and her daughter (a second-generation homeschooler), the book provides what many are looking for - concrete, specific recommendations for materials to help in providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive education. Using the trivium as their pattern for education, the book is divided into sections by stage: the Grammar stage (grades K through 4), the Logic stage (grades 5 through 8), and the Rhetoric stage (high school). They wrote this book after coming to the conclusion that "if you want your child to have an excellent education, you need to take charge of it yourself. You don't have to reform your entire school system. All you have to do is teach your own child." And they, very capably, supply you with the when, what, and how of it all from there.

    Jessie Wise taught her daughter, Susan, at home, using the classical method. And Susan, a literature professor at the college of William and Mary in Virginia, uses it with her own three sons. Their experience and knowledge of materials has enabled them to provide us with both a clear explanation of the theory behind a classical education and the means to implement it. Each part of the book begins with a very good description of that stage, how it differs from the others, and what your priorities should be. Then, subject by subject, and grade by grade, they provide much advice about what to teach, schedules for teaching, and many, many curriculum (text and non-text) recommendations. Later sections of the book address socialization, character, time management, grading and record keeping, standardized testing, athletics, dealing with your local school system, getting help (when needed), going to college, working, obtaining materials, and starting in the middle. Appendices list home-education organizations and other resources. Parents who want to provide this type of education will find much support in this volume. Revised in 2009.

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  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
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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 #: 007713
    ISBN: 9781885942135
    Retail: $18.00
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    The 100 Greek and Latin word root cards which you formerly had to construct yourself while using English From the Roots Up. Having no time is no longer an excuse for overlooking this wonderful vocabulary resource that won a 5-star award from Mary Pride!

  • Item #: 012418
    ISBN: 9780838864609
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    A great way to familiarize yourself with the program before you buy, this 15-page booklet answers the question, "What is Explode the Code?" provides an overview of the programs' components, highlights key features and benefits to students, and provides a scope and sequence for the Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code books as well as for books 1-8 including the half books. Sample pages from selected books in the program are shown throughout, with explanatory notes.

  • Item #: 068085
    ISBN: 9780761171737
    Retail: $19.95
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      Subtitled 201 Life Skills they used to teach in Home Ec. and Shop, this book may quickly become your favorite “go to” resource for practically everything! The simple graphics and clearly explained text cover everything from boiling water (true story: my mom did not know this when she married) to refinishing hard wood floors, the life skills taught here cover nearly all you need to know to “adult” well. Simple graphics and clearly explained text.

      The book’s first part concentrates on Home Ec. skills and is divided into five sections: Cooking, Sewing, Laundry and Clothing, Domestic Arts, and Life Skills. You’ll find clear instructions on preparing a variety of foods, canning, repurposing leftovers. You’ll tackle a variety of sewing-related tasks including fixing broken zippers; separating, washing and ironing clothes. Clean a home, including removing gum and common stains from carpet, as well as important life skills like tying a tie and building a household budget.

      The second section tackles a range of traditionally taught shop skills: Domestic Repair, Woodworking and Metalworking, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical. Skills taught include hanging a picture, plastering a wall, replacing a damaged section of carpet, and various building projects, troubleshooting plumbing issues, installing light fixtures, changing flat tires and oil, sharpening a lawn more blade and much more.

      This book practically presents a wide range of necessary skills for both our sons and daughters to learn for success as they learn how to ‘adult.’ Includes helpful index and metric/US conversion tables. 404 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

     

  • Item #: 065455
    ISBN: 9781892427557
    Retail: $24.95
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    Your mission: Rule over the other players to overtake the nation and empty your hand of cards. As leader, you have choices. Will you lead with an iron fist or will there be a majority vote? Do you lead wisely and justly, with liberty for all, or are some “more equal than others”? Options abound as you discover various forms of government: Democracy, Monarchy, Theocracy, Communism, Republic, and Plutocracy. Be alert - even as you lead the nations, you are not protected from the surprise military coupe or total anarchy! This fast-paced game twists and turns through a wide range of scenarios as players strategize how best to lay down all their cards first. The game includes 228 playing cards and 12 leadership cards as well as blank ‘do it yourself’ and leadership cards to create personal scenarios. This game was a huge hit with my older children as they strategized to control the direction of the game and rule the round. An excellent introduction to various forms of government for all ages. 2-12 Players ~Deanne

  • Item #: 063956
    ISBN: 9780739092712
    Retail: $24.99
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      Learn an impressive amount of music history in this 99 page book! I am so impressed at how much this book manages to pack in its pages. 1500 years of music history is broken down into six periods, from Medieval to Modern. The first page for each period has a running timeline of the advancements in music along with major historical events to help solidify the information and provide context. There are also pictures of famous paintings and sculpture from the corresponding era for a more complete mental picture, along with lots of info about the cultural implications of the music and key elements of music theory that impacted the pieces. The book provides so much info, that reading alone might get a little dry, but don’t worry. There is an included 15 track CD to provide applicable listening material. Not only that, but on the publisher’s website, you can find even more music (ranging from 5 to 45 pieces per chapter) to really solidify what your student is learning. The information is provided in straightforward text, so older students are able to read and understand by themselves, though a parent could easily summarize the info for a younger student who wants to learn alongside an older sibling. Use alone, or as a history supplement for your musical student. 99 pg, sc., with 15 track CD. – Laura

  • Item #: 058800
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    With four young children in the house and wanting to encourage learning opportunities, we, of course, have a ton of magnetic letters covering every square inch of surface on our refrigerator. Okay, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it's mostly true! The older two like to spell out their names or other words while the younger two just throw the magnets all over the kitchen floor. The older girls can never find the letters they need, and it always looks cluttered. This handy-dandy little tray could solve all our problems! It measures 13.5" x 8.5," is 1 1/3" deep and is divided into thirty 1-1/2" x 2" compartments with two slightly smaller compartments in addition. You can sort all your letters into their own compartments for easy storage and locating! Of course, you wouldn't have to limit yourself to storing alphabet tiles or letter sets - this clear plastic container would work for storing a myriad of small objects. And don't worry, there is a pushtight lid! ~ Megan
  • Item #: 041515
    ISBN: 9780736901475
    Retail: $11.99
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  • Item #: 040166
    ISBN: 9780971494442
    Retail: $11.95
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    That's right: sewing is contagious! At least, it is when you expose yourself to fun and simple projects like the ones in this book! This is a great introduction to Stitches & Pins. The 25 projects featured are at the beginner's level; however, they build on the basics in order to help students become more proficient and independent in sewing. With the help of the step-by-step instructions and illustrations, your child will enjoy sewing useful items such as a drawstring purse, soothing lavender neck wrap, mittens, tote bag, throw pillow, sewing machine cover, and much, much more! Patterns are found in the back of the book, and few sewing supplies are needed in order to accomplish each project. 39 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 038555
    ISBN: 9780974531526
    Retail: $15.00
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    For such a useful study, logic can be a bit intimidating. This pair of workshops by two homeschool graduates goes a long way toward making the topic more understandable. A single DVD covers both Part I – Learning to Think Logically and Part II – Using Your Thinking Toolbox. The DVD also includes PDF files for the workshop handouts. Originally given to a roomful of students, Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn together present both workshops (each about 50 minutes). With a wry touch of humor and some audience interaction they examine several different types of fallacies in Part I and ways to strengthen and train yourself to think logically in Part II. Watching a workshop video is never the same as being there in person; perhaps the biggest loss is the absence of the illustrative cartoons that were obviously a part of the original workshop. Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, and Far Side do not allow their cartoons to be used in video presentations and I found myself regretting that fact. Still, if you're wanting an introduction to the whole subject of logic, this is a good way to start.

  • Item #: 036061
    Retail: $36.99
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    This huge calendar is intended to be used in a classroom setting, but could be fun in a home as well. The chart measures 30.75"W x 44.25"H and is made out of durable nylon. The calendar and chart is great for exploring days of the week, months, years, weather, seasons, holidays, and special events. The blue nylon background has clear plastic pockets. Colorful word, number, and picture cards made out of laminated cardboard are included to put in the pockets. On the top of the chart there are pockets for month and year cards (up through 2026). Then the days of the week are listed, and there are plenty of square pockets to insert numbers to form that month's calendar. The next section of the chart has a pocket for the current day of the week, the day it was yesterday, and the day it will be tomorrow. A pocket to display a season card is also included. A section for "Today's Weather" is then located on the bottom of the chart with pockets to insert cards that display things like rain, a cloud over the sun, snowflakes, wind, etc. There are 76 picture cards (including 12 blank cards you can decorate yourself), that can be placed on the calendar showing holidays, seasons, and special classroom events like field trips and the last day of school. There are 19 word cards displaying the months and days of the week and 41 number cards that show the years and dates. Three yellow storage pockets are sewn into the bottom of the chart to hold all the cards not in use. Six holes are punched in the top of the chart and reinforced with metal for easy hanging. This chart provides a fun way to start off your school day and is a great visual aid for teaching young kids about calendars. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 030982
    ISBN: 9780972026543
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    This 12 ¼" x 9" binder provides you with a handy place to record the chronology of history from 5000 B.C. to today. Beginning in 5000 B.C. each sturdy page holds a bold horizontal line across the middle of the page representing 1000 years. The span of time on each page quickly decreases to only 50 years by 650 B.C. and then slowly fluctuates from between 100-5 years on each page from 0 A.D. to the present, varying to allow all major events and figures to be marked. At least one year is marked on every page below the timeline in order to provide you with markers, and quotes from people throughout history adorn the top or bottom of every couple pages. Following the 112 timeline pages are 17 blank maps of ancient times and the world today. This book is nicely packaged in a 3-ring binder, allowing you to easily flip through the pages and view specific dates. You may easily use this record for writing or drawing in events and people yourself as you study, or see above for accompanying timeline packets. ~ Steph
  • Item #: 024690
    ISBN: 9780794515577
    Retail: $14.99
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    Get personal with your body! This book allows you to discover yourself in a whole new way. Each page is full of vibrant colors, detailed pictures, and stunning photographs that allow you to see what's under your skin. Interesting text, facts, and captions reveal the inner workings and awesome detail of our bodies. 112 pages cover the head to the feet and everything in between, as well as fun facts and figures and experiments. Links to fascinating, related websites are given throughout to further exploration.

  • Item #: 017451
    ISBN: 9780977129478
    Retail: $15.95
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    Benjamin Franklin was an amazing man who made great offerings in the areas of science, writing, politics, and general existence. This book tells all about his life, including details about many of his great inventions. Franklin did so much in his life that it would be hard to get everything into one book, but this book does give a great overview of his life, his main accomplishments, and that time period in general. Starting with his childhood in Boston, the book works chronologically through his life, sharing information in an easy-to-read, interesting manner. Interspersed throughout the biographical text are 30 activities/experiments to complete that are related to facts in Franklin's life. You can make your own swim paddles after you read about how his childhood love of swimming led him to invent them at the age of ten; make your own potato battery after learning about his experiments with electricity and lightning rods; make your own mailbag after learning about the improvements he made in the postal service; make your own parchment paper after learning about his involvement with the Declaration of Independence; and so much more. Numbered, detailed directions make the projects easy to complete and the materials needed are household items and common craft supplies. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the book and bolded words within the text are defined in "Words to Know" sections. This is a great, hands-on supplement that blends history and science to teach about the life and contributions of one of America's greatest inventors and founders. 120 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 013585
    ISBN: 9781432923204
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  • Item #: 000954
    ISBN: 9780736901482
    Retail: $11.99
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  • Item #: 000236
    ISBN: 9780942617375
    Retail: $17.95
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    In this second sequel to Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, Richard Maybury gets down to the specifics of running a business and how to protect yourself and your business from government intrusion. This book would be most helpful for current or future entrepreneurs, but would also be helpful for an employee making career decisions. Cathy Duffy (CHECM - Jr/Sr High) says that after reading this book, "you will know more about the way business really works than many business college graduates."

  • Item #: 050627
    ISBN: 9780736925969
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  • Item #: 048859
    ISBN: 9780975494219
    Retail: $15.00
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    Fascinating facts about wildlife, coupled with drawing instruction for the beginning nature journalist, make this a perfect supplement to the Handbook of Nature Study or other nature instructional text. Each two- or four-page spread is devoted to a different animal and contains: a good amount of interesting information about the animal; one or more artist-rendered sketches; and step-by-step drawing instructions to sketch the animal yourself. The book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Colleen and Michael Monroe. Colleen is the writer, and she has included interesting and sometimes surprising facts about each subject (did you know that newborn fawns are born with no scent to protect them from predators?). Michael is a nationally known, award-winning (and self-taught) wildlife artist who spends most of his year visiting schools around the country, encouraging children to never give up on their dreams. His love of nature and wildlife is reflected in the sketches which adorn each page. The drawing instruction is detailed, begins with simple shapes, includes written instruction for adding features through the illustrated progression of steps, and ends with a completed sketch that very closely resembles part of the artist's depiction. Two pages of drawing tips, including a mini-lesson on shading, precede the actual text. Subjects include: hummingbirds, birds, ducks, loons, turtles, herons, frogs, rabbits, white-tailed deer, white-tailed fawns, owls, bears, and wolves. The book ends with some simple things you can do to help wildlife like keeping dangerous litter contained, building birdhouses, and planting flowers. The book is about 36 pages in landscape format with a hard cover, making it a little more durable for outdoor use.

  • Item #: 045404
    ISBN: 9781600920127
    Retail: $12.99
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    What better way to visualize, memorize and learn about the days of creation than to emulate the creative process yourself? As the introduction to this unique book explains, "Combining a creative activity with lessons allows what is being taught to be understood more fully in the heart." For each day of creation, several fairly simple watercolor paintings are included, along with instructions on how to direct children to make their own version and commentary on that particular day by early Church Fathers. For Day 3, there are two paintings: one representing the "gathering" of the waters and the dry land appearing, and one depicting Genesis 1:11-13, where plants appear on the earth. The first painting features brown earth with a wave crashing onto it, while the second shows grass and a fruit tree growing in front of a huge sun. The instructions are fairly detailed for recreating these paintings, and include direction on which colors to use, how to mix the colors, which brush techniques to use. and more. When you have journeyed through each of the days of creation, students can assemble all of their paintings into a book they can display and share. Although you could adapt the directions to whichever watercolor supplies you have on hand, the beginning of the book provides some specific recommendations on paints and paper. 48 pgs, spiral-bound. – Jess

  • Item #: 044932
    ISBN: 9781602680111
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    Or, in home school language: a literature-based unit study. This one uses some of my very favorite children's picture books (see list below). For each of the 18 books, there's a story summary and a "before the story", "during the story" and "after the story" suggestion. A helpful shaded box points out themes, skills, vocabulary, and related books. This is followed by "connections" to curriculum areas including: language arts, math, science, problem-solving and social skills, fine motor, gross motor, visual discrimination, art, and creative dramatics. Reproducible activity pages are provided for some of these. This is great for preschool, as you can center one or several days around these books, themes and activities – even an entire week if you integrate the related literature selections. As an example, for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, emphasized themes are: being a good host, patience, real and fantasy. Skills focused on are making predictions, alphabet, counting, biology, and manners. Special vocabulary is carried away, comfortable, finished, mustache, remind. Related books include If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Before reading the book, you ask your child to predict what might happen if they gave a mouse a cookie and relate that to what they do when they get a cookie. During the story, you take advantage of the many "cliffhangers" in the book, allowing children to guess at the sentence endings before turning the page. After the story, the author suggests additional readings (this is because children have such fun with the outlandish turns of events – most stories have other activities in this section). There are two Language Arts Connections; one is playing with magnetic letters on a cookie sheet (related to the drawn red letters and cookies on the book cover); the other is to make alphabet cookies (sounds yummy!). For a math activity, there's a reproducible page for children to match the chocolate chip cookies with the same number of chips. Science Connections have you researching what mice really eat. If you have access to a mouse, the book suggests experimenting with various foods. If not, you'll have to settle for using another book, using the internet, or visiting a pet store. In Problem-Solving and Social Skills Connections, children practice being good hosts or hostesses. You can play the mouse and let your child entertain you (tea party, anyone)? Then, as the mouse does in the story, children practice fine motor skills by drawing pictures of a scene from the book or of their family as the mouse does. Children practice writing their names (using tracing paper), tape it to the artwork, and then to the refrigerator, just like mouse. For Gross Motor Connections, you again mimic the mouse, this time in sweeping and cleaning (remember, the mouse got carried away and swept the entire house!). The book suggests supplementing with a little house-sweeping music of your choice. In Art Connections, children construct Barbershop Portraits as you reread the book, paying special attention to the part where mouse trims his hair. Children paste long strands of yarn to self-portraits for hair (deliberately making the hair in need of a trim). After the glue dries, children use safety scissors to "cut" their hair to a desired length. In Creative Dramatics Connections children practice proper mealtime manners. After rereading the section of the book where mouse asks for a straw and a napkin with his cookie snack, you provide yourself and your child(ren) with paper plates, empty cups and straws, and napkins. Then you pretend to be a group of mice, eating cookies and drinking milk, demonstrating how to eat a cookie over your plate, use your napkin and drink properly with a straw. If children do well, follow through with real cookies and milk then show children how to clean up after the meal. A final reproducible page has children color the pictures that show how someone in the family takes care of them (also great as a discussion starter).

  • Item #: 043383
    ISBN: 9780486792200
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       Step 1: look carefully at one of the paintings in this book for 30 seconds. Step 2: identify as many details as you can. Step 3: turn the page and see if you can answer 10 questions about the painting. The pictures of the paintings are shown as if you are in an art gallery or museum. I had previously seen several of these paintings and I still did not get all of the questions correct! It really made me look for details as I went to the next painting knowing what the questions were like. What color was the sky? What was the woman holding? Can we see their facial expressions? Are they looking the same direction? You can check all of the answers in the back. A final test checks how much you remember about the whole book of pictures! Whether you are new to the art world or consider yourself well versed, these are a fun challenge and strengthen visual memory. Twenty eight paintings include works by VanGogh, DaVinci, Monet, Munch, Kahlo, Leyster, Velasquez, Rousseau and more. 64pp, pb, 9x9” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 041239
    ISBN: 9780393059748
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    Have you found yourself wishing that the information found in Story of the World was available for an older student, or maybe for yourself? Well, now it is! Corresponding to the time period covered by SOTW, Vol. 1 and written by Susan Wise Bauer in her highly readable style, this is a "grown-up" version suitable for older students and parents. Accompanying the text are maps and timelines, even a few photos. This book just begs to be read. I started reading the section on Spartacus and soon found myself enthralled with the details of the Gladiator Wars. ~ Janice

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     Build and customize a solar-powered water sensor for a potted plant and construct a “thirsty plant water bomb” and more.  You will need to supply a small plant and needle-nose pliers. 

  • Item #: 037039
    ISBN: 9780979767852
    Retail: $22.95
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    It is possible to teach an old dog new tricks – or in this case, an older student to write legibly in cursive. Actually, what's even better is that this program allows your students to teach themselves. With plenty of guides and incentives, older students will find practice to be easy and a pleasure. They'll only need to devote 15 minutes a day, and by using the step-by-step lesson plan they can work toward developing an individual style. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 036883
    ISBN: 9781911163527
    Retail: $17.95
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    This book and DVD set is a valuable reference for anyone wanting to learn American Sign Language. The book begins with general organizing principles of ASL grammar, followed by sections showing how to sign numbers, the alphabet, days of the week, colors, and countries of the world. The rest of the book is arranged alphabetically, with a wide variety of vocabulary words that students and adults are likely to encounter in their daily lives. Each sign is demonstrated with close-up sequential color photos of a man or woman signing, supplemented by written instructions describing hand movements. Directional arrows and synonyms are provided where appropriate. The DVD provides live demonstrations of all 1000 signs found in the book, both with subtitles as a learning aid and without subtitles as a testing aid. 256 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa