Lightning Literature
High School , Reading , Writing / February 7, 2011

Content: Reading Comprehension Grade(s): 1st – 12th Perspective: Secular and Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 160 Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.hewitthomeschooling.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** The Elementary Teacher’s Guide contains comprehension questions on the reading (and answers), instructions for the weekly composition, answers to the Student Guide, and suggestions for extra related activities. The consumable four-color Student Guide includes instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming) and workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary pages, and sentence puzzles. Grade 1: Every week, students read a beautiful, classic picture book. Stories include titles such as Harold and the Purple Crayon, Stellaluna, and Make Way for Ducklings. Grade 2: Students begin by reading a beautiful picture book each week. Towards the end of the year, students move to classic chapter books. Grade 3: Students read chapter books, including titles such as Charlotte’s Web, Newbery Award winners like The Wheel on the School, and new friends like The Rickshaw Girl. Composition assignments begin to span 2-weeks. Grade 4: Students read a variety of great children’s literature, classic and modern. Two books written in verse encourage students to explore poetry in different ways than…

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The Elements
Science / February 5, 2011

The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe Content: Science Grade(s): 3rd – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 60 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe is a basic introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry but with the interest level of the text and activities geared to students who still like to play while they learn. The student text combines very “meaty” content with whimsical humor, and the teacher’s section has lots of activities, games, songs, crafts, etc. All of these activities provide high-quality learning– they are not “fluff.” The overall theme of the curriculum is cooking and recipes, using cooking to explain chemistry concepts. The curriculum is intended to prepare students for high school chemistry. Topics covered: The definition of an element, the structure of an atom, the invention of the Periodic Table by Mendeleyev, chemical formulas, electron orbitals and shells, the octet rule, arrangement of elements on the Periodic Table, atomic bonding (covalent, ionic and metallic), plus an up-close look at the families on the table: alkali metals, alkali earth metals, transition metals, true metals,…

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Excavating English
Grammar , Reading , Vocabulary / February 5, 2011

Excavating English Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 5th – 9th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 174 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: An introduction to the nature of the English language (its flexibility and willingness to take in new words), reasons to study the history of English, places where English is spoken, basic principles of phonetics (including topics such as palatalization), how and why languages change, language family groups, the Indo-European languages and where they came from, the oldest words in the English language, cognates, the Germanic family of languages, Grimm’s Law, King Arthur, the Anglo-Saxons, Alfred the Great, Old English, the Danes and Old Norse, the Norman Conquest and its linguistic consequences, the centuries of silence, Chaucer and his “Canterbury Tales,” the Renaissance and the introduction of Latin and Greek words, the “Great Vowel Shift,” the English dictionary, English crosses the Atlantic, immigrants to America and the words they brought with them, international English. Activities include: a group game about nouns and verbs, a map activity about countries where English is spoken, some word puzzles about obsolete words, food words and acronyms, experiments…

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Noeo Science
Science / February 5, 2011

Noeo Science Content: Science Grade(s): 1st – 6th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 2008 Publisher: logospressonline.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** This science curriculum is designed especially for teaching science at home. Its variety-filled structure is best described as a balance between the classical method and the Charlotte Mason approach. In contrast with a single textbook approach, the variety of study materials and activities will encourage more interest in science and guide children into discovery of the complexity, order, and wonder of God’s design.

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The Brain
Science / February 5, 2011

The Brain: An Introduction to Neurology Content: Science Grade(s): 3rd – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 60 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: The Brain: An Introduction to Neurology has two levels in order to accommodate students of varying ages and ability levels. There are ten chapters in the book and it ideally takes 9 weeks to complete. The material in each chapter of the student text shouldn’t be done all on one day. You can read the text one day, and do an activity on several other days. Topics covered in student text: History of brain research, basic anatomy of the brain, blood-brain barrier, roles of left and right hemispheres, savant syndrome, neurons, other types of brain cells (the unsung heroes!), how nerve impulses travel, neuron networks, learning and memory, the peripheral nervous system, reflexes, sleep, brain doctors, basic brain problems. Activities included: In the student text: color brain anatomy drawings and brains scans, looking at brain scan images via Internet, crossword and other types of word puzzles, left-right brain demonstrations, left-right brain survey, a song about the brain parts,…

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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…

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Five in a Row
Full Curriculum / February 5, 2011

Five in a Row Content: Full Curriculum Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: No Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 159 Publication Date: 1997 Publisher: fiveinarow.com Updated Review: May 12, 2014 From Five in a Row’s website: Five in a Row provides students with a unit-study approach to early education based on outstanding children’s literature. Five in a Row is comprised of 4 manuals. Volumes 1-3 contain units that are all written at about the same level based on books at about the same level, and the units can be completed in any order. The units in Volume 4 are based on more difficult literature, cover more challenging concepts and designed to be completed over a two week period of time. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners will all benefit from Five in a Row’s variety of lessons and activities. Just bring home one of the 70 books used in Five in a Row from the library and then locate the corresponding lesson plan in your teacher’s guide. Read the story aloud each day during the week and use the suggestions and lesson plans to lead your children on a wonderful learning adventure. You’ll…

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Alpha-Phonics
Reading / February 5, 2011

Alpha-Phonics Content: Phonics Grade(s): Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Teacher Manual: Teacher Involvement: Cost: $ || ? Pages: 182 Publication Date: 2017 Publisher: http://www.howtotutor.com Review Last Updated: Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Alpha-Phonics is a systematic phonics instruction program. It is probably the simplest, most effective and reasonably priced phonics instruction programs available. There are only 44 phonograms (Sounds) the child needs to learn in order to read. Reading, contrary to what you have been told, is easy to teach because all you have to do is teach the student to SOUND OUT the words they want to read. At first they sound the words out aloud, later they do it in their head silently. That is ALL there is to teaching reading. All 128 Lessons in Alpha-Phonics are covered in ONLY 14 pages of instructions for you. Students begin with short vowels putting together simple words (Like a with m = am or a with s = as) and progress to the more advanced words. With Alpha-Phonics the beginner can be reading simple sentences by lesson three. Alpha-Phonics teaches reading only, with no pictures or grammar, though you do teach spelling as you go, through simple…

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Spelling Power
Most Popular , Reading , Writing / February 5, 2011

Spelling Power Content: Spelling Grade(s): 3rd and up Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Required Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 322 Publication Date: Castlemoyle Books Publisher: spellingpower.com From Castle Moyle’s website: Adams-Gordon’s Spelling Power uses all the successful techniques pioneered by Orton and Gillingham in the 1930s. Building on this solid foundation, Adams-Gordon’s Spelling Power incorporates the latest, research-proven spelling and teaching techniques including: Activities for students of all learning-styles Fun, hands-on, inductive skill-building activities Individualized so all learners, from Dyslexic to Gifted, succeed Scientifically-organized, proprietary 5,000 word list 21st Century tools for both teacher & students Spelling Power’s spiral curriculum approach of repeated, spaced review assures your students will master every word they study. Multi-sensory study steps, inductive learning activities, interesting skill-building activities and games, and the incorporation of spelling into the rest of your curriculum are integral aspects of Adams-Gordon’s Spelling Power program. Everything you need to teach each of your students spelling skills to the college level is contained in this one easy-to-use, step-by-step curriculum package. You’ll even find everything you need to know to teach them proofreading and dictionary skills. Students will: Review key phonetics principles Learn consistently applicable spelling rules Practice…

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Griggs International Academy
Full Curriculum / February 1, 2011

Griggs International Academy Content: Distance Learning Full Curriculum Grade(s): K -12th Perspective: Christian Teacher Involvement: Cost: $ || ? Publisher: www.griggs.edu Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Griggs International Academy offers a full Kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum in regionally accredited programs. Because distance learning families have different needs, Griggs offers two different educational options. * Accredited Plan: ensures that state requirements are met, program provides students with formal report cards, tutors, access to media to help enhance learning and step by step guidance throughout the educational process * Alternate Plan: allows parents to use our curriculum without input from Griggs The Griggs K-8 education utilizes multi-sensory learning. Assessment of student learning is made using a variety of methods, including students creating podcasts, producing a variety of art work, craft presentations, producing music pieces, writing books, and building things. Griggs Online High School offers college preparatory and basic diploma options for distance learners. They are a multiple-accredited school (state, regional and national). About the Publisher: Since their founding in 1909 as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Griggs has provided a Christian education to nearly a half million people around the world. Because one…

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