Great curriculum resources for many subject areas!  

Reading Detective Series

The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary.

Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.

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Includes pretests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.”

What do you think? a kid’s guide to dealing with daily dilemmas – Grades 5-8

Life often presents dilemmas for which there are no pat answers and perfect solutions. This book helps young people address common situations and clarify their thinking regarding many possible approaches. It encourages kids to look at issues from more than one perspective and helps them develop skills they need to resolve conflicts.

#1 Our Father’s world – Grades 1-3 (more in series)

This colorful, photograph-filled workbook is designed to give students a greater understanding and appreciation of the handiwork of God. Chapters focus on the seasons, animals, people, plants and more, each with engaging, informative text, study questions, activities, and critical thinking exercises. Bible verses throughout allow children to read the words of God that relate to the subject being studied. 108 pages, softcover.

Media Literacy

Standards based activities for students to deconstruct, examine, discuss, and create media messages so that they develop media literacy and learn to make thoughtful, informed decisions. Teaches children and young people how to think critically about media message, particularly visual media messages.

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The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell.

A manual for every family involved in home-based learning. Provides vision for the joys of homeschooling and the essential tools for success. Includes teaching middle and high school, guide to internet and technology, six ingredients of a successful homeschool, resources for curriculum suppliers, creative solutions for burnout, budgets, toddlers and time.

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Teaching with favorite Jan Brett books

“Engaging activities that build essential reading and writing skills and explore the themes in these popular books”–Cover.

Contains reproducible reading and writing activity worksheets for the kindergarten through second-grade classroom, and includes vocabulary skills and discussion ideas.

Month-by-month phonics for first grade

Provides month-by-month phonics activities designed to be used as the Working with Words component of the Four-Blocks method of literacy instruction in the first grade classroom.

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GEMS is a leading resource for innovative science and mathematics education. Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, the public science education center at the University of California at Berkeley, and tested in thousands of classrooms nationwide, over 70 GEMS Teacher’s Guides and Handbooks offer a wide range of supplementary learning experiences for preschool through 8th grade.

GEMS activities engage students in direct experience and experimentation to introduce essential, standards-based principles and concepts. Clear step-by-step instructions enable all teachers to be successful presenting the activities. GEMS units offer effective, practical, economical, and schedule-friendly ways to provide high-quality science and math learning to all students.

Chemical Reactions Teacher’s Guide Gr. 6 – 8

An ordinary ziplock bag becomes a safe and spectacular laboratory as students mix chemicals that bubble, change color, get hot, and produce gas, heat, and odor. Chemical Reactions explores chemical change, demonstrates endothermic and exothermic reactions, and develops skills in observation, experimentation, and inference.

Environmental Detectives Teacher’s Guide Gr. 5 – 8

This substantial unit for grades 5-8 takes the mystery “hook,” used so successfully in other GEMS units like the very popular Mystery Festival, to engage students in exploring a range of crucial environmental issues.

In this case, the “crime” is a mysterious environmental calamity—a fish die-off that began five years ago. The scene of the crime is the “Gray Area,” a watershed that includes forests, a city, a town, a coast, three rivers, a lake, and a pond. Student sleuths investigate the many potential causes of the fish dying, including chlorine pollution, acid rain, erosion and sediment pollution, predator-prey relationships, phosphate pollution and algal blooms, and oil pollution.

Environmental Detectives provides students the opportunity to grapple with a complex, interdisciplinary scientific problem. They hear statements of various “suspects” in the crime. They study and discuss reference materials, including records, newspaper articles, charts, graphs, and even “secret documents,” and integrate all of this information with their own test results.

Placing science learning in a real-world context, Environmental Detectives conveys solid scientific content and research-related inquiry skills. Students become aware of the interconnectedness of the natural world and the complexity of many environmental problems. They discover that science and society are inextricably linked, and that most solutions require compromise.

Berean Builders Science Series by Dr. Jay L. Wile

Grade Level: grades 1-6

Suitable For: family or one-on-one

Religious Perspective: Christian

Educational Approaches: Charlotte Mason, classical, eclectic, worldview

Educational Methods: activities, discovery or inquiry, hands-on, stories

Berean Builders, an innovative curriculum written by Dr. Jay Wile, develops science skills using a hands-on approach, helping students gain practical scientific knowledge.The elementary curriculum focuses on four unique historical time periods, from the Earth’s beginnings to the 1800s. Each period covers a range of science topics and emphasizes great scientists who were also Christian. Lessons are based around a hands-on science experiment with three levels of review questions to end the lessons, allowing teachers to vary the difficulty level of concepts. Each textbook provides an in-depth science study for one school year. The supplemental Helps and Hints book includes teacher guidance, answers to questions, tests and test answers.

Titles available:  Science in The Beginning, Ancient World, Scientific Revolution, Age of Reason, Industrial Age

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