Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
Reading / February 17, 2011

Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 400 Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: www.welltrainedmind.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading — from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book. Clarification: we do NOT offer a guarantee that children who learn phonics from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading will win the spelling bee. We only guarantee that they will grow up to be avid readers with fantastic grades who get into elite universities, then proceed to change the world with their creativity, erudition, and passion, while respecting rich and poor alike, and calling their parents at least twice a week with genuine gratitude and in-depth updates. About the Author: Jesse Wise and Sara Buffington wrote The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading Because one…

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Life of Fred
Math / February 16, 2011

Life of Fred Content: Math Grade(s): 1st – 12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 128+ Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.stanleyschmidt.com Common Core Aligned: No From Life of Fred’s website: The Life of Fred series is designed as a complete math curriculum for homeschoolers, so there is no need to cram, squeeze, or expand the material in order to fit into some government 9-month program. When students finish one course, then they begin the next one. Fred’s Home Companion offers you daily assignments and can be used by parents as a study guide and curriculum planner. As a parent, you have ten or eleven years to gradually introduce addition, multiplication and long division. By the time your child is in, say, the fifth grade, the addition and multiplication facts will be memorized if it is gradually taught over the years. What’s to be avoided is beating the addition and multiplication tables into the child’s head. Life of Fred: Fractions is a reward for learning the tables. Elementary Series Apples (128 pages) Some topics include telling time to 5-minutes, shapes, counting by hundreds   Butterflies (128 pages) Some topics include cardinal…

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Carbon Chemistry
Science / February 15, 2011

Carbon Chemistry Content: Science Grade(s): 4th – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 83 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: This curriculum is designed to be a follow-up to The Elements. The style of the text (including the bits of whimsical humor) are the same as in “The Elements,” but the student text is more substantial and requires more reading. Topics covered: A quick review of what an atom is, three types of atomic models, an overview of the carbon atom and its allotropes (diamond, graphite, buckyballs), introduction to organic chemistry (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, e.g. methane, propane, butane), refining of crude oil, isomers, saturated and unsatured molecules, functional groups (alcohols, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones, esters, ethers), combination of functional groups (sodium benzoate, nitroglycerin, soap, pheromones), plastics and polymers, rubber and silicon polymers, carbohydrates (simple sugars, starches and cellulose), fats (saturated, unsaturated, trans and cis fats), proteins (amino acids, polypeptides, protein folding and its significance, the lock and key principle, structure of DNA), and finally the carbon oxides (like CO2) and the carbon cycle. (For those of you are “chemistry-shy”, don’t let this…

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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…

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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…

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IEW Teaching the Classics
Reading / February 8, 2011

/ IEW Teaching the Classics Content: Reading Comprehension Grade(s): K-12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Extensive Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Extensive Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 97 Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: iew.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** By using short stories as the models and the Socratic approach as the method, the authors systematically prepare you to teach character, plot, theme, and other elements of fiction and literary analysis. You can quickly equip your children with literary study tools that can then be used easily on longer works. Skills gained through this program will allow you to study any piece of literature. Includes a video seminar on 4 DVDs and a spiral-bound syllabus. Suitable for teaching all levels. Although this is meant to be teacher training, older students will enjoy viewing it too. About the Author: Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses—with clarity, insight, practical experience, and welcome humor—issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills….

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Classical Phonics
Reading / February 7, 2011

Classical Phonics Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 126 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: Classical Phonics is a deceptively simple little book our teachers and families use constantly in both Kindergarten and first grade. It consists of phonetically-arranged word lists for students to practice their growing phonics skills. In a word list there are no context clues, so the learner must rely on his mastery of letter sounds. For instance, if your child can pronounce each word in this list correctly – pot, pat, pit, put, pet – he knows his short vowel sounds, and you can move on to long vowels! If not, he needs more practice, and Classical Phonics is the most effective tool I know of to address the repetition that young ones need when learning to read. Classical Phonics can be used as a supplement to any phonics program and covers nearly all English phonograms and sounds taught through second grade. Classical Phonics is your handy tool for phonics practice and for building confident readers. About the Author: Cheryl Lowe graduated from…

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First Start Reading
Reading / February 7, 2011

First Start Reading Content: Phonics Grade(s): K – 2nd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 70 Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: First Start Reading covers consonants, short vowels, 45 common words, and manuscript printing, accompanied by artist-drawn coloring pictures and drawing pages for every letter. Your child will begin reading in the very first lesson as he progresses through three student books and twenty-five phonetic stories, such as “Hogs and Pigs” and “Jog to the Jet.” A Teacher Manual guides you through the program and provides helpful assessments and teaching tips. Be sure to check out Classical Phonics, an ideal practice companion to First Start Reading. About the Author: Cheryl Lowe graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in chemistry and from Western KY University with an M.S in Biology. Cheryl has had wide teaching experience teaching everything from phonics, reading, math, Bible, and chemistry to Shakespeare and Latin, and teaching in public and private schools, as well as homeschooling. Cheryl and her son Brian founded Memoria Press in 1998 and in 2000, the highly successful Highlands Latin School, where all of the…

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Latina Christiana
Foreign Language / February 7, 2011

Latina Christiana Content: Latin Grade(s): 3rd – 5th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 88 Publication Date: 2002 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: Each lesson consists of ten vocabulary words, a set of grammar forms, and a Latin saying. Exercises reinforce memory work, teach systematic grammar, and provide simple translation. Prayers, songs, conversational Latin, history lessons, maps, and games add interest and motivation. The Teacher Manual includes keyed copy of the student book and provides grammar overview, teaching guidelines, recitation schedule, scripted lesson plans, tests, keys, and background information on Latin sayings and Roman history. Both Christian and classical content. The thirty lessons can be completed in a year or longer, depending on age of student and experience of teacher. Latina Christiana was designed as a beginning course for students of all ages. This course was specifically written for the teacher with no background in Latin. About the Author: Cheryl Lowe graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in chemistry and from Western KY University with an M.S in Biology. Cheryl has had wide teaching experience teaching everything from phonics, reading, math, Bible,…

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Prima Latina
Foreign Language / February 7, 2011

Prima Latina Content: Latin Grade(s): 2nd – 4th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 128 Publication Date: 2003 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: Prima Latina was developed for young children who are still becoming familiar with English grammar and wish to learn Latin at a slower pace. The program provides 25 lessons, each including a grammar skill, 5 vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives, a practical Latin phrase, and one line of a prayer that is learned in totality over five lessons. The exercises that accompany each lesson are thorough and provide constant review of materials learned throughout the course. After each five lessons, a review chapter summarizes the material covered and provides a keyed test to insure mastery. With grammar lessons appropriate for primary grades and an easy to read two color format, Prima Latina is the perfect choice for those who would like to start Latin early and lay the foundation of a rigorous language arts program. Prima Latina was written to transition directly into Latina Christiana, allowing students to complete an entire Latin sequence without missing important concepts or vocabulary. Prima Latina…

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