Caesar’s English
Grammar , Reading , Writing / February 6, 2011

Caesar’s English Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 6th – 10th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: ~145 Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.rfwp.com Updated Review: May 10, 2014 From Michael Clay Thompson’s website: Caesar’s English I has twenty lessons, each introducing five new stems with an introductory Latin Stem List and the following learning activities: Latin Stem Talk; Latin Stem Analogy; Advanced Words, Classic Words, Who’s That Writer; Latin Stem: English and Spanish; A Roman Fact; and a Latin Stem Word Search game. Caesar’s English II includes photographs to enhance the understanding of Ancient Rome. It has, besides all the elements in the first volume, a heavier emphasis on the relationship between English and Spanish. Each of the twenty lessons also includes five new stems and five review stems from volume I. Students are challenged to fill in the blank in a sentence by a famous author using stem words. Each lesson has a grammar example of the use of one stem word. Caesar’s English is also available in a Classical Education student edition, along with an Implementation Manual. The Classical edition expands the material devoted to the Roman context, including a score…

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MCT Building Language
Reading , Writing / February 6, 2011

Content: Vocabulary Grade(s): 3rd – 5th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: ~145 Publication Date: 2012 Publisher: www.rfwp.com Updated Review: May 10, 2014 From Michael Clay Thompson’s website: Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the bases for much of the English and Spanish languages. Using the analogy of the arch in architecture, the book explores the Roman roots of our buildings and of our language. Ten lessons introduce important Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren’t necessarily hard. It rejects the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary. This is the vocabulary precursor to Caesar’s English I and II. About the Author: Michael Clay Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, studied for gifted education accreditation at Mars Hill College and obtained his MA from Western Carolina University. During his teaching career he taught in schools in Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and as an online instructor in Language Arts for the Northwestern University Gifted Learning Links program . Michael Clay Thompson…

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The Magic Lens
Writing / February 6, 2011

The Magic Lens Content: Grammar Grade(s): 5th – 10th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: ~145 Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.rfwp.com Updated Review: May 10, 2014 From Michael Clay Thompson’s website: The Magic Lens is designed to be implemented along with The Word Within The Word, with parallel lessons using the same vocabulary week by week. The Magic Lens is entirely based on four-level sentence analysis. This analysis of parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses is Michael Clay Thompson’s original and enormously successful approach to teaching grammar. It uses his beautiful “t-models” to illustrate how sentences are constructed and includes a detailed look at how grammar affects punctuation. The student book is in full color. The parent manual contains the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, implementation instructions, and answers to the questions and exercises. About the Author: Michael Clay Thompson received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, studied for gifted education accreditation at Mars Hill College and obtained his MA from Western Carolina University. During his teaching career he taught in schools…

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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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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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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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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…

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