First Language Lessons
Grammar , Reading / May 26, 2017

First Language Lessons Content: Grammar Grade(s): 1-2 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 188 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: peacehillpress.com Common Core Aligned: No Review of First Language Lessons First Language Lessons is a teacher’s manual for introducing language arts to 1st and 2nd grade students. Based on the classical principles of (1) Memory Work; (2) Copying and Dictation; (3) Narration; and (4) Grammar, you’ll find 100 short lessons per grade that you can use as a grammar primer. The second edition of this book presents the text in a much easier-to-read layout and design, without altering the actual content of the book. The author, Jesse Wise (yes, the author of The Well Trained Mind), presents a rule-based, narrative approach for helping children develop an ear for the correct use of language. What that means for your child is that they spend a lot of time listening to you read a script from the manual; reciting grammar rules 3 times in a row – 3 times a day – multiple days in a row; and answering a few oral questions each day. Each lesson can be completed in 5 – 15…

Writing With Ease
Writing / April 8, 2013

Writing With Ease Content: Writing Grade(s): K-5 Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 256 Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: peacehillpress.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Designed for elementary-aged writers and for older students who still struggle, Writing With Ease builds a sturdy foundation of basic skills for grades 1–5 (or levels 1–5 for the older student who needs more work) all in the same book. Diagnostic tests within the book will help the parent to determine where the child needs to start and which workbook the child will need. Writing with Ease, Workbooks 1 and 2 each provide every dictation assignment, comprehension question, and reading passage that you’ll need for a full year of study. Using passages and sentences from classic children’s literature, Workbook 1 and Workbook 2 allow young writers to practice their skills while absorbing the style and grace of great authors. You can use the Instructor’s text by itself as a guide, then choose your own copywork and dictation; or you can buy the workbooks, which do all the work for you. Each workbook covers one grade. About the Author: Susan Wise Bauer was homeschooled for most…

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…