Philosophy for Kids
Social Studies / January 2, 2014

Philosophy for Kids Content: Philosophy Grade(s): 4th – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: None Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 216 Publication Date: 2001 Publisher: prufrock.com Updated Review: 01/02/2014 Reviewer: Sarah Butler MacLeod Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder About Everything, written by David A. White, is aimed at children 10 and up but could easily be used with somewhat younger gifted children, depending on verbal skills and their ability to think abstractly. The book is broken down into four sections: 1- Values (ethics) 2- Knowledge (epistemology) 3- Reality (metaphysics) 4- Critical thinking (logic) Each section is then divided into 10 questions. You have the option of reading through the chapters in order or jumping around through the book, following the kids’ interest, as the author suggests. Most chapters end with a reference to another question in the book, which could also guide your way through the book. Each chapter begins with a brief discussion of the question and (for the first 29 questions) a short introduction to the philosopher whose viewpoint is under examination for the lesson. Midway through the discussion, the reader/listener does a brief exercise designed to deepen…

ABC Mouse
Math , Reading , Science , Social Studies / August 31, 2012

ABC Mouse Content: Full Curriculum Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ?– Monthly Pages: Online Publisher: www.abcmouse.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** ABCmouse.com offers a depth and breadth of educational content for early learners, with more than 5,000 individual learning activities and more than 450 lesson plans. The curriculum includes six different types of activities: Children’s books, children’s songs, animated videos, games, puzzles, art activities, and 1,000+ printables to complete away from the computer. ABCmouse.com includes the following subjects and topics: Language development (vocabulary, listening skills, grammar) Reading (the alphabet, phonics, sight words, comprehension, genres, reading strategies) Math (numbers and operations, shapes, measurement, patterns,) Science and Technology (weather, plants and animals, matter and energy, space science, inventions) Social Studies: families and communities, geography and maps, U.S. history, states, famous Americans) Health: the human body, habits for health and safety, health care Up to four individuals per family account can be logged in at the same time, provided they are each using their own computer or device. About the Publisher: ABCmouse.com was created by Age of Learning, a…

Famous Men Of
Social Studies / February 18, 2011

Famous Men Of – Content: History Grade(s): 4th – 8th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: Varies, minimum 150 Publication Date: 2005 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: The Famous Men Of Series offers a year-long comprehensive workbook course. Each of the thirty workbook lessons includes famous quotes, a drill of key people and places, ten vocabulary words, 5-10 comprehension questions per lesson, and an activities section that includes map work, timelines, discussion questions, and art projects. The program also comes with 8 pages of supplements, including maps of ancient and modern Europe, a “Who Said That?” worksheet, and drawing pages. Famous Men of Rome: There are thirty stories covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West. Your children will see the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures. Rome is the model civilization, the mastery of which provides a foundation for all other history study. Famous Men of Greece: Dive into the lives and minds of thirty famous Greeks through stories…

Story of the World
History , Social Studies / February 14, 2011

Story of the World Content: History Grade(s): K-4 Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 338 Publication Date: 2006 Publisher: peacehillpress.com Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** The Story of the World is told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark. This four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Volume 1: Ancient Times covers 5000BC to 400AD. Volume 2: The Middle Ages covers 400AD to 1600 Volume 3: Early Modern Times covers 1600 to 1850 Volume 4: The Modern Ages covers 1850 to 1994 Each volume also has an additional Activity Book that can be purchased for use alongside the Story of the World to flesh out the stories and history that your children are learning. Reading lists, activities, map exercises, and coloring pages give a more complete picture of life in ancient times are included in each 400+ page Activity Book. About the Author: Susan Wise Bauer was homeschooled for most of her life. She entered college at seventeen and…

Geography Alive
Geography , High School , Social Studies / February 11, 2011

Geography Alive Content: Geography Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: Online Subscription Publication Date: 2006 Publisher: www.teachtci.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Geography Alive offers interactive social studies textbooks. Each online lesson begins with an essential question that is woven throughout the lesson. Lesson games and Interactive tutorials come in a variety of formats to promote hands-on learning. Primary sources are embedded throughout the lessons. The Interactive Student Notebook challenges students with drawing and writing activities. Elementary: Social Studies Alive! Regions of Our Country presents five regions of the United States through the lens of four social sciences — economics, geography, political science, and history. High School: Geography Alive! Created in partnership with scholars from the National Council for Geographic Education, Geography Alive! Regions and People is a stimulating, case-study approach to geography. Geography Alive! Regions and People (High School) creatively challenges students to use the tools of geography to view, analyze, and understand the world around them. The seven mapping labs and the program’s case-study approach turn students into geographic thinkers. About the Publisher:…

Beautiful Feet Literature Guides
Geography , High School , History , Social Studies / February 11, 2011

Beautiful Feet Literature Guides Content: History & Literature Grade(s): K -12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 2014 Publisher: www.bfbooks.com/ Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Beautiful Feet teacher guides takes the guesswork out of a literature approach to History. Daily lesson plans incorporate biblical principles, geography, poetry, character studies and much more! The high school level courses are more vigorous and therefore three to four lessons should be completed each week. Some of the Beautiful Feet Literature Guides have been completely revised and expanded. Now in full-color, they include additional books, resources, activities, comprehension questions, and web links. Available Study Guides: Early American History Through Literature Grades K-3 49 pages. Contains 107 lessons and it is suggested that 2-3 lessons be completed each week. Geography Through Literature 3rd – 7th Grades 24 pages. Contains 39 lessons and can be done in one semester by completing two lessons per week or over the course of a year by completing one lesson each week. History of Science 3rd – 7th Grades 36 pages. Contains 85 lessons, dozens of…

History of US
Social Studies / February 10, 2011

History of US, 3rd edition Content: History Grade(s): 4th – 9th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? (each volume) Pages: 192 Publication Date: 2007 Publisher: www.joyhakim.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** A History of US contains none of the intimidation that comes with behemoth texts. It tells the tale of America in 10 user-friendly small, illustrated books. (An 11th source book, with original documents, is also available.) Whether it’s standing on the podium in Seneca Falls with the Suffragettes or riding on the first subway car beneath New York City in 1907, the books in Joy Hakim’s A History of Us series weave together exciting stories that bring American history to life. This 10-book series includes: First Americans: Prehistory-1600 Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740 From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791 The New Nation: 1789-1850 Liberty for All?: 1820-1860 War, Terrible War: 1855-1865 Reconstructing America: 1865-1890 An Age of Extremes: 1889-1917 War, Peace, and All That Jazz: 1918-1945 All the People: Since 1945   Teaching materials to accompany A History of US are available from Oxford University Press, as well as from the teacher/educator…

History Odyssey
Social Studies / February 10, 2011

History Odyssey Content: History Grade(s): 1st-4th (Level 1); 5th-8th (Level 2); 9th-12th (Level 3) Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 74-119 (varies) Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.pandiapress.com Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** History Odyssey brings to life the story of mankind through a comprehensive study of the literature, historical events, and geography of the time period. Each study guide is intended to lead the instructor and student through a year-long study of the Ancients, the Middle Ages, Early Modern, or Modern time periods. They provide the framework and structure for using and organizing many of the best resources available for history and literature. The study guides include easy-to-follow lessons that present history chronologically and include reading and writing assignments, map work, and activities. Each level of History Odyssey progresses gently, preparing the student for more complicated reading and writing. Level one History Odyssey guides are generally written for 1st through 4th grade students. (Modern Times, level one is recommended for grades 3 through 6. It is a more difficult course and bridges the gap between level one and level two courses.) Level one guides coordinate…

Mapping the World with Art
Art , Geography , History , Social Studies / February 5, 2011

Mapping the World with Art Content: Geography Grade(s): 4th and up Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: DVD format Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 320 pages Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com/ Review Updated: 4/28/2014 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Mapping the World With Art, not to be confused with Mapping the World By Heart, is one of the most popular homeschool geography curriculums on the market. The concept is simple and easy to implement: Read a 2-page mini-history lesson and then draw a map about the historical and geographical region. For the less artistic, you can watch 6 hours of instructional DVDs to help with the drawing and painting portions of the lesson. As you work your way through 30 history and art lessons, you get a sense of time and place in the world. With 100 pages of supplemental activities, you can easily expand your lessons with videos, hands-on projects, and even worksheets so you can create a truly meaningful middle school social studies credit. The curriculum culminates by having kids create a complete map of the world in any art medium they choose. No doubt exists that you’ll gain invaluable art experience from this…

Calvert Education

Calvert Education Content: Full Grade(s): PreK – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Online & Book Publisher: www.calverteducation.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Calvert Education’s inquiry-based method of learning allows students to absorb subject matter and apply knowledge in vibrant, expressive ways. In sharing their own knowledge and techniques with their peers, individual students collaborate in a bright, open world of learning with endless possibilities. Elementary and Middle Schol Programs focus on the four core subject areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, and History. Students develop strong reading comprehension skills, write original composition pieces, develop critical thinking skills, learn fundamental math concepts, read classic literature, explore a variety of science topics, and learn about the world around them. The programs also include integrated technology lessons that coincide with subjects and lessons. Calvert Education is Available As: Complete Homeschool Program: Everything you need to teach your children at home is provided to you, including materials, step-by-step Lesson Manuals, access to the online planning tool – Calvert Teaching Navigator, and engaging online resources. Individual Calvert Classes: Supplement your existing homeschool program…