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    1. The Story of the World: Activity Book One: Ancient Times, Second Edition
    by Susan Wise Bauer
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    Asin: 0971412952
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 11196
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    This comprehensive activity book and curriculum guide contains all you need to make history come alive for your child!

    Don't just read about history—experience it! Color a picture of a Minoan bull-jumper, make a model of the Nile River, create Roman armor and Celtic jewelry and more. Designed to turn the accompanying book The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times into a complete history program, this Activity Book provides you with comprehension questions and answers, coloring pages, lists of additional readings in history and literature, and plenty of simple, hands-on activities—all designed for grades 1-4. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Grammar Stage History!
    This activity guide has many resources which make it a worthwhile purchase. The book lists for each chapter of Story of the World made it easy for me to go online with my library and reserve books ahead of time which would enrich our lessons. The blackline maps for each chapter helped my kids to identify the geographical regions where the historical events took place. The guide includes numerous suggestions for hands-on projects that help to bring history alive for young children. If one project didn't appeal to me or fit with my schedule, another one would. My 5 year old and 7 year old boys enjoyed making a model of the Nile River and flooding its banks, causing the grass seed we planted to sprout: a fun simulation of the real yearly event. The Roman aqueduct model we made recently was a hit! I appreciated not having to come up with project ideas on my own. My boys began to come up with some project ideas of their own after doing several of the guide projects.

    The guide offers a coloring page for each chapter, some of which we used. Others we skipped because my kids preferred to draw their own pictures. Some I skipped, because as a Christian, I didn't particularly want to dwell on depictions of other gods. Some of the coloring pages were well-drawn; others seemed amateurish. I did like having the option of a coloring page.

    This activity guide greatly ehanced our enjoyment of the book The Story of the World and our study of the ancients this past year. I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold.
    The Story of the World: Activity Book One: Ancient Times is an amazing resource. Perfectly matched with The Story of the World text, it is an invaluable resource. This book should be required for every elementary school child.
    The book starts with a handy pronunciation guide, which is a great help with the many ancient names encountered. It ends with a huge section of student pages, which include maps of the ancient world, coloring pages (many taken from ancient art/architecture), and review cards. Found in between these 2 sections is the comprehensive teaching guide.

    The teaching guide has a wealth of information, for every section. The reading is cross-referenced with Usborne and Kingfisher history encyclopedias. Review questions and sample narrations are provided. Lists of optional, supplemental, age-appropriate reading materials are included, as well. In many sections, there are recipes appropriate to the geographical area and/or time period being studied.

    Even with all of the above, Ms. Bauer did not stop. Every chapter has a wealth of hands-on activities and projects, correlated to the subject matter. These activities are designed to be done with materials that most people already have in their homes. There are always several activies included, ranging from the simple to the complex. For example, the chapter on The Old Kingdom in Egypt includes a project to make a Lego step pyramid, and instructions on how to mummify a chicken.

    This is by far the most comprehensive and well-written history activity guide that I have ever used. Everything that I needed was included. After using this in kindergarten, my son has a deeper understanding of ancient history than many of the adults that I know. I used several of the projects with my teenage daughter as well, and she thoroughly enjoyed them. I would highly recommend this book for every family with children.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but they should have hired an artist
    I really liked the "Story of the World" volume and eagerly ordered this activity book to go with it. There are good activity ideas in this volume but the coloring pages and other graphics could have been drawn by a 3 year old. For the price, which is more than I would have paid if I had seen it, I expected a quality product. I guess if you are using it for an older child and don't care about the graphics it is a good resource for someone who just wants quick ideas and doesn't want to research their own. However, I don't think the original volume "Story of the World" would be that great for an older child so you end up with activities for one age group and text for another. If I wouldn't be out shipping both ways I would return this book. I highly recommend that you view it somewhere before purchasing.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Next time hire a proofreader...
    This book is full of spelling errors which makes me really wonder about the authors. I mean, they're telling us what to use and what to do to educate our children and they can't spell! The projects are nothing more than busy-work and half the time, if you follow the instructions word-for-word, the project does not come out correctly. About the only good thing in the book is the narration questions and the supplemental reading, but SOTW barely scratches the surface of history and if you do all the supplemental stuff and the activities there is absolutely no way you'll get through the book in the time that you're supposed to (one school year).

    All in all, save your money and go to the library. Look in the reference section or ask your librarian for both fiction and non-fiction books on whatever period of history you're doing and then read, read, read. The kids learn more by reading and discussing than by trying to mummify a chicken which does nothing more than stink up the house for weeks and the chicken does not end up mummified.

    I will NOT be buying any further volumes in the SOTW series (either the text or the Activity Books) and I very quickly sold my copies of both.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent activity choices
    I am thrilled to have this activity book to supplement the Story of the World! There are many wonderful activities in it that I would never have come close to thinking of on my own! Although there are a few activities that I know I would never try, I know others that have done those same activities with their kids and loved them! There is such a variety, that each user can pick and choose the activities that best suit the individual/family. I think it was well worth the money! ... Read more


    2. The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business
    by DENNIS LITTKY, SAMANTHA GRABELLE
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    Asin: 0871209713
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
    Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve
    Sales Rank: 34189
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    What is the purpose of education? What kind of people do we want our children to grow up to be? How can we design schools so that students will acquire the skills they'll need to live fulfilled and productive lives?

    These are just a few of the questions that renowned educator Dennis Littky explores in The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business. The schools Littky has created and led over the past 35 years are models for reformers everywhere: small, public schools where the curriculum is rich and meaningful, expectations are high, student progress is measured against real-world standards, and families and communities are actively engaged in the educational process.

    This book is for both big "E" and small "e" educators:
    * For principals and district administrators who want to change the way schools are run.
    * For teachers who want students to learn passionately.
    * For college admissions officers who want diverse applicants with real-world learning experiences.
    * For business leaders who want a motivated and talented workforce.
    * For parents who want their children to be prepared for college and for life.
    * For students who want to take control over their learning . . . and want a school that is interesting, safe, respectful, and fun.
    * For anyone who cares about kids.

    Here, you'll find a moving account of just what is possible in education, with many of the examples drawn from the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center ("The Met") in Providence, Rhode Island--a diverse public high school with the highest rates of attendance and college acceptance in the state and a dropout rate of less than five percent. The Met exemplifies personalized learning, one student at a time.

    The Big Picture is a book to re-energize educators, inspire teachers in training, and start a new conversation about kids and schools, what we want for both, and how to make it happen. ... Read more


    3. Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
    by Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children, Catherine E. Snow, M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin
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    Asin: 030906418X
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
    Publisher: National Academies Press
    Sales Rank: 117089
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars full of information
    this is the type of book you need to read with others and discuss as a group. It is full of a lot of information and is very informative.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
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    While most children learn to read fairly well, there remain many young Americans whose futures are imperiled because they do not read well enough to meet the demands of our competitive, technology-driven society. This book explores the problem within the context of social, historical, cultural, and biological factors. Recommendations address the identification of groups of children at risk, effective instruction for the preschool and early grades, effective approaches to dialects and bilingualism, the importance of these findings for the professional development of teachers, and gaps that remain in our understanding of how children learn to read. It explores in detail how literacy can be fostered from birth through kindergarten and the primary grades, including evaluation of philosophies, systems, and materials commonly used to teach reading. ... Read more


    4. 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style
    by Cathy Duffy
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    Asin: 0805431381
    Catlog: Book (2005-02)
    Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
    Sales Rank: 545667
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    5. The Essential Conversation : What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
    by SARA LAWRENCE-LIGHTFOOT
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    Asin: 0345475801
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-28)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 37898
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    With the insights she has gleaned from her close and subtle observation of parent-teacher conferences, renowned Harvard University professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has written a wise, useful book about the ways in which parents and teachers can make the most of their essential conversation—the dialogue between
    the most vital people in a child’s life.

    “The essential conversation” is the crucial exchange that occurs between parents and teachers—a dialogue that takes place more than one hundred million times a year across our country and is both mirror of and metaphor for the larger cultural forces that define family-school relationships and shape the development of our children. Participating in this twice-yearly ritual, so friendly and benign in its apparent goals, parents and teachers are often wracked with anxiety. In a meeting marked by decorum and politeness, they frequently exhibit wariness and assume defensive postures. Even though the conversation appears to be focused on the student, adults may find themselves playing out their own childhood histories, insecurities, and fears.

    Through vivid portraits and parables, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot captures the dynamics of this complex, intense relationship from the perspective of both parents and teachers. She also identifies new principles and practices for improving family-school relationships. In a voice that combines the passion of a mother, the skepticism of a social scientist, and the keen understanding of one of our nation’s most admired educators, Lawrence-Lightfoot offers penetrating analysis and an urgent call to arms for all those who want to act in the best interests of their children.

    For parents and teachers who seek productive dialogues and collaborative alliances in support of the learning and growth of their children, this book will offer valuable insights, incisive lessons, and deft guidance on how to communicate more effectively. In The Essential Conversation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot brings scholarship, warmth, and wisdom to an immensely important cultural subject—the way we raise our children.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential to any teacher
    I bought this because because every teacher needs some help working alongside parents.I have yet to have a class (undergraduate/graduate) where we have been taught how to collaborate with parents. This is not a list of what to and what to not do with parents. Instead, this book shares many personal accounts of both teachers and parents.

    As I work toward my doctoral degree, I will remember this book as a text in my teacher-training classes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A truly engaging book.
    This is certainly a "must-read" for both parents and teachers alike, in order to align their performance desires and expectations.This book paves the way for dialogue that isneeded between parents and teachers. ... Read more


    6. The Pressured Child : Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life
    by MICHAEL PHD THOMPSON, TERESA BARKER
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    Asin: 0345450124
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-03)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 37963
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    7. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 1: Ancient Times
    by Susan Wise Bauer
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    Asin: 0971412901
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 4102
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi's tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome?

    Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas- find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor.

    This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Breathing New Life into Ancient History
    As a history major, I have always prided myself on the fact that I could find fascinating a subject that left many bored. However, when we began my daughter's first grade history lessons using the "Usbourne Book of World History" (using the lesson plan laid out in the excellent "Well Trained Mind" by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise), even I found the material a bit dry; it is, after all, an encyclopedia. Apparently, Susan Wise Bauer felt similarly about its limitations, as she went out and wrote her own history tome. "The Story of the World" is so fantastic, it takes my breath away! The read aloud text on ancient times presents history in small chunks, and is written in an engaging, story-like manner that delights my children, who are 4 and 6 years old. This delightful manner in no way means that the subject matter is "watered down"; Bauer still introduces children to the facts and terminology that are relevant to the subject. For instance, the chapter on "The First Writing" explains the origins and meanings of "hierolglyphics", "Mesopatamia", "cuneiform", and "papyrus".
    After listening in rapt pleasure to the text, children will delve into the accompanying curriculum guide and activity book. The guide provides thought provoking questions on the text, and offers an example of the type narration that the child should give (the child is expected to briefly narrate back to the parent what they just read about in the text). The guide book provides map work, coloring pages, puzzles, and review cards which can be copied from the book for use, and also includes wonderful craft ideas (most of which, as an inherently lazy person, I found very "do-able" without undue effort). This week, we carved a cuneiform monogram into clay, made a hieroglyphic scroll on paper, and left them outside to see which will prove to be more durable over time; this will illustrate to the children why the papyrus documents of Egypt did not survive the centuries, but the older cuneiform tablets of Sumer did. For our next project, we plan on mummifying a chicken from the grocery store using the directions from the guide.
    I love this history program, and history is now my daughter's favorite subject. I can't wait for Ms. Bauer to write the next volume (this volume covers earliest nomads to the fall of the Roman Empire). The only downside is that the cirriculum guide comes as a thick packet of pages, rather than being bound into a book. However, the pages have pre-cut holes and are easily stored a binder, and this makes it very easy to copy pages from the guide. ... I feel that this course would be a bargain at twice the price.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic Language - Not Suitable for Bright Students
    What a disappointment! My lower elementary children do not need the detail in this book and my older children find the tone condescending. I'd be embarrassed to read this to my children. Classical education implies a higher standard. Latin, Greek and the very best books from homeschooling are our inheritance from the best-selling book, The Well-Trained Mind. Unfortunately, the author disappoints us with simplistic language. If you are familiar with Christian Liberty Press' lower elementary science and history readers, you'll recognize the dumbed-down writing. Example from page 158: "Here are some Greek letters: A This is called an 'alpha.' If you think it looks like an A - you're right! It sound like and A too. The alphabet that we use today borrowed many of its letters from the ancient Greeks!" For older elementary students or bright children, these books are unsuitable because of excessive reliance on conjuntions and fragmented conversational tone. The detail is too thick for younger children. A Child's History of the World by Hillyer is much better for early elementary students. Save your money, skip this book and its sister activity guide and do unit studies like those from Christian Cottage Curriculum or do KONOS. Another idea: go to a Junior College and get a world history book on the used table, or get the history books with student notebooks from from Bob Jones Press. I had high hopes and am saddened to have wasted our money on this and the activity guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Story of the World, Part 1 on CD
    My children couldn't wait for the car to start, and the Story of the World to come on. For my older son, it reminded him of history that he had learned in school. For my younger son, it has developed a sense of curiosity and interest in history. I just ordered "part 2" to be enjoyed during a long car trip this summer. We all appreciated the way that each continent was represented at the same period of time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Book!
    My children and I absolutely loved this book and the activity guide. We homeschool (1st grade and K) and the length of each story and the content kept my kids entranced. Granted, some of the material was beyond their comprehension, but we plan on coming back in a couple of years and doing all the time periods again and more in-depth. Ancient history has become a favorite subject around here. My oldest ran in breathlessly yesterday that he saw a commercial about the Trojan War, and my kindergartener loves to point out all the Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns he sees around town. I loved having a chance to learn all the world history I missed in school (I was an A-student in an excellent school district and got a bachelor's degree) and being able to spark an interest in history for my children. I also enjoyed learning about the other civilizations that don't get very much coverage in the textbooks, like African, Indian, and Central and South American. The activity guide was wonderful in that it had so many creative and fun ideas for each chapter that you were not stuck with just mapwork and a coloring page. My boys loved acting out the stories in the book: making "fur" nomad bags and collecting lizards for lizard stew; creating a living Nile river; building their own giant pyramid; creating a Red Sea diorama with a shoebox, army men, and plastic ocean figures; building a labrinyth and minotaur; hosting the Olympic Games and having a Greek feast; building an aquaduct; having a tiger hunt, and we're still not finished with the book! I feel like I finally have a better grip on the whole picture of ancient history. Bravo, Susan, we can't wait for the next one!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and engaging!
    I was unsure at first how I would like the audiobooks since the cornerstone of our education at home is reading aloud. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at how entranced my oldest child, the fidgety one, became as she listened. I didn't even ask her to listen, she joined me in the kitchen as I was reviewing the audiobooks, and this speaks mountains about the product.

    The audio CDs are individually stored in plastic slide-in sleeves, which are packed in a durable plastic binder-type case. The discs are well-labeled with the chapter number and title. The track listing on the CDs don't match with the chapter numbers, which can be confusing; for example, chapter 1 is covered on tracks 4, 5 and 6 of disc 1. The insert, however, has a complete listing of the chapters and track numbers to facilitate programming.

    The insert also contains two indexes which are extrememly helpful. The first lists the exact location you can find the chapters about individuals (example: the lesson on Alexander the Great is on CD 4, tracks 8-10.) The second index is a quick reference of stories (example: the story of Romulus and Remus is found on CD 4, track 14.)

    The audiobooks feature an engaging and energizing musical score as a break between chapters. Listening to the narrator is like having a professional storyteller in your home. The narrator speaks with a natural, even tone.

    The audiobook version of SOTW is pleasant enough for daily use and is interesting enough not to drive you crazy on a long drive. ... Read more


    8. Family Matters : How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing
    by RobertEvans
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    Asin: 0787966568
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-20)
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass
    Sales Rank: 49470
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Students everywhere are harder to reach and teach, their attention and motivation less reliable, their language and behavior more provocative.  This is largely because parents, suffering a widespread loss of confidence and competence, are increasingly anxious about their childrens success, yet increasingly unable to support and guide them—and increasingly assertive and adversarial vis a vis the school.  Examining these trends and their underlying causes, Evans calls for a combination of limits and leverage.  At the policy level, we must rethink our notions of accountability, accepting the reality that schools cannot overcome all the forces that affect childrens lives and learning.  At the schoolhouse, educators can improve their impact by clarifying and asserting purpose (core values) and conduct (norms for behavior), and by becoming more appropriately parental vis à vis students and parents.  Evans outlines concrete ways to implement these measures, and closes with a reflection on ways to sustain hope and commitment in the face of unprecedented challenge.

    "Too many Americans are eager to blame the media or teachers for their children's failure to learn. In Family Matters Rob Evans has the courage to tell the simple truth: parents in America are abdicating their responsibilities. They are not sending children to school who are ready to learn, and educators are being overwhelmed by the behavioral problems and emotional needs of under-parented children. In this persuasive and powerful book, Dr. Evans cuts through our national denial and offers both a hard-headed analysis of our parenting failures and realistic school-based solutions to these problems."
    —Michael Thompson, coauthor, Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies

    "In a brave and winning combination of information, analysis, anecdotes, and personal observations, Rob Evans makes a forthright, powerful case for renewed and respectful school-family collaboration on behalf of children."
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Schools and Parenting
    In Family Matters Rob Evans offers an insightful, respectful perspective of childrearing today and the resulting challenges faced by schools. Practical solutions are offered to benefit the social and emotional well being of our children and strengthen home-school partnerships. This book offers intuitive, essential information for both parents and school faculty. ... Read more


    9. What Your First Grader Needs to Know : Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education (The Core Knowledge Series)
    by E.D. JR HIRSCH
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    Asin: 0385319878
    Catlog: Book (1998-02-09)
    Publisher: Delta
    Sales Rank: 14952
    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders. Revised and updated, filled with a wealth of opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Discover:

  • Favorite Poems, old and new, such as "The Owl and the Pussycat," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and "Thirty Days Hath September"
  • Beloved Stories from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop's Fables, "Hansel and Gretel," "All Stories Are Anansi's," "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," and much more
  • Familiar Sayings and Phrases such as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "Practice makes perfect"
  • World and American History and Geography--take a trip down the Nile with King Tut, and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution
  • Visual Arts--fun activities plus full-color reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Georgia O'Keefe, and others
  • Music--engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children's songs
  • Math--a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time
  • Science--interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter, how we measure things, how electricity works, our solar system, and what's inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Rachel Carson

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This series is a MUST HAVE!
    You just can't beat this book. Not only does it tell you what your child should be learning, it's right there for you. This isn't just a list of topics - it has the actual stories, biographies, math games, etc. right there for you. One of my favorite parts is the literature section. It has the basic stories, poems, fables, and sayings every well-rounded child should now. And the science and history sections have great introductions/overviews of topice - great for unit studies. We use this book for homeschooling, and every homeschooler should have it. Note: to help you buy the right grade - for most books, you often have to buy a grade level higher for a homeschooled child, but the grade levels of these books are very accurate.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good guidebook for your child's 1st grade education
    I'm a homeschooling dad and there are two good ways to use this book.

    One, use it to ensure that you construct (or your child's teacher constructs) a curriculum for your first grader that is well-rounded and which contains sufficient depth. If you're a homeschooling family, you'll appreciate the comprehensive nature of this book -- it gives a wonderful overview of what your child should know at the end of first grade, including all the major academic disciplines (math, literature, history, science).

    For me, this book greatly eased my mind in knowing what I need to cover as my son's first grade teacher. I use the book like you would use a tourbook of a foreign country. With a tourbook, you'll pick out the most important elements of a trip and cross off destinations that aren't of interest or which you won't have time to visit. Similarly, using this book, you'll identify the most important elements of your child's education. In the process, you'll identify topics that you probably won't cover with much depth because either you think them too unimportant or because you only have so much time in a day to work with your child.

    The second way to use this book is like a textbook. The book is very thin on math problems, so the problems it does give should be considered as only examples of the type of math problems your first grader should know how to solve. There are some science projects to work on, but they're only a sampling. The literature portion comprises a sizeable part of the book, and it contains some very good literature. Moreover, the book contains explanations behind Aesop's fables (which as an adult I found very helpful!). You'll want to read many of the stories, poems, fables -- but not all of them. Some of the literature you may find unsuitable for your child because of your family's family system.

    I have two criticisms of the book. One, the literature portion contains too many stories that include witches and too much evil -- you know, Grimm-type fairytales and the like. I skipped over some of the stories with plots or characters that I don't feel are suitable for young 6 or 7-year-olds.

    Two, the book attempts to explain the world's religions in an unsatisfactory manner. As a Christian, I am not interested in teaching my first grader what Muslims believe. Worse, the book purports that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I hardly think so. The whole section of religion would have been best removed from the book entirely, leaving each parent to decide what religious instruction to offer his or her own child.

    So, this is a four-star book -- well worth the purchase, but only if you understand the caveats mentioned above.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you E.D. Hirsch!
    I would like to thank E.D. Hirsch for writting such a wonderful guide to teaching my child. I am the parent of a 14 year old Mongoloid who is only able to function at a 1'st grade level. Everytime I show him the pictures and teach him about the basics of mathematics, my Mongoloid drools and smiles. Before this book, James(my mongoloid child) wasn't able to speak. However, now he can say three words, "Daddy" "yes" and "no", and spell all three! This book is great!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Overview
    Great springboard book to help if you're a homeschooler or trying to supplement your child outside of the classroom.

    Language and Literature: Plenty of stories and poetry to read to your child and get them started. Weak in the phonics area. I would recommend a good phonics primer - Phonics Pathways by Dolories Hiskes (awesome and inexpensive resource and it will get your child reading fast).

    Mathematics: Simple progression in math skills. I like the suggestions on manipulatives and games to do with your child, they make the learning process more fun for the child.

    Science: Braod overview of many sciences. Good things to start talking about with your child before a trip to the local zoo or library to pick up more in depth information.

    This book is not meant to be a complete curriculum for teaching your child, but is a nice supplement. I like the stories, poems and music. It's a great portable all in one book. The notes to parents are helpful in finding ways to teach each subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
    'What your first grader needs to know' is by far the best book that I have purchased for homeschooling. I believe it's a must have for every homeschooling family wondering if they are covering what they should. Along with non-homeschooling families curious if their child is where he or he should be at in the school system.

    It goes over everything your child needs to know in the first grade, breaking it up into sections by subject. It not only explains to you what your child should know, but gives you pointers on how you can help your child learn and achieve the first grade goals.

    Many thanks to the author of this great book for putting everything I need to know to teach my child, under one cover. ... Read more


  • 10. Discipline Without Stress Punishments or Rewards : How Teachers and Parents Promote Responsibility & Learning
    by Marvin L. Marshall
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    Asin: 0970060610
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For All Working With Youngsters---From a Therapist
    Dr. Marshall's book is the best educational book I have ever read. It's all about teaching how to get along and follow the rules without blaming, shaming, and making the receiver lose self esteem. While all concerned feel good about themselves, responsibility, rather than resentment, is the end result. I was one of those teachers who Marshall talks about who left the system because of the inability to practice such positive means in my school. Having taught all grades from first through graduate school, I encountered distraught children punished in inappropriate ways by faculty members.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very practical ideas in a reasonable, rational text
    Discipline Without Stress, Punishments Or Rewards: How Teachers And Parents Promote Responsibility & Learning by education and child development specialist Marvin Marshall is a highly positive guide for teachers and parents seeking to helping young people learn without putting overwhelming pressure upon them in the process. Introducing a system to help parents foster accountability and positive life skills, chapters of Discipline Without Stress, Punishments Or Rewards set forth very practical ideas in a reasonable, rational text easily accessible to lay readers. Discipline Without Stress, Punishments Or Rewards is first rate and thoughtful book, highly recommended to teachers and parents of children at all grade levels from preschool through high school.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for Educator or Business Executive
    As I read Marshall's book, I found myself wishing that I had had this as required reading in graduate school! There is so much to discuss, from self-awareness (i.e. whoever asks the questions controls the conversation) to classroom management to parent education. As a faculty, we chose this book as our summer reading. Everyone...and I mean EVERYONE...(approx. 25 faculty members) felt this was one of our best picks yet...and we've read some awesome books over the years! In addition to faculty discussions, we hosted a parent session to have a conversation on the parenting chapter. By and large, the parents were so excited by the stimulating conversation, that they asked for ways in which they could integrate the concepts at home! Marshall's concepts and strategies have the best interest of the child in mind. Truly a win-win...for students, teachers and parents!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Workable and practical ways of working with kids
    This is one of the best books I have read about relating to kids. As a school psychologist it is a landmark book in making the shift away from using punishment and consequences to a mindset of working with kids in more positive ways to facilitate responsible behavior. I highly recommend this book to parents and educators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Success with the Marvin Marshall Book
    I began using Marvin Marshall's "Discipline without Stress" behavior plan even before the book went to press. It completely revolutionized my classroom. Before my eyes students turned from disruptive, uncooperative, discipline problems into caring and cooperative responsible citizens. I am no longer a stressed-out teacher. When other teachers see the results, they ask "what are you doing?", "how do you manage your classroom?" and more often than not, "tell me about the plan." ... Read more


    11. The Myth of Laziness
    by Mel Levine
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    Asin: 0743213688
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-02)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    "When we call someone lazy, we condemn a human being," writes Mel Levine, M.D. In The Myth of Laziness, the bestselling author of A Mind at a Time shows that children dismissed as unproductive or "lazy" usually suffer from what he calls "output failure" -- a neurodevelopmental dysfunction that can continue to cause difficulties into adulthood if left unchecked.

    The desire to be productive is universal, says Dr. Levine, but that drive can often be frustrated by dysfunctions that obstruct output or productivity. Drawing on his clinical experience and using real-life examples of both children and adults he has worked with, Dr. Levine shows how to identify and remedy these dysfunctions. A child suffering from language production dysfunction, for example, may be incapable of clearly expressing or explaining his thoughts, thereby leading to low productivity in school. A child who has difficulty making choices may wait until it is too late to complete a project or may act impulsively, creating a pattern of bad judgments. Similarly, a child with memory weaknesses may be unable to draw on his accumulated knowledge for an assignment. In each of these cases, as Dr. Levine shows, writing skills are often the key to diagnosing specific causes of output failure.

    Practical, wise, and compassionate, The Myth of Laziness offers parents and teachers day-to-day strategies and support to prevent output failure and, when necessary, to help children overcome dysfunction and become productive, successful adults. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding book by Dr. Levine
    This book is just as relevant as Dr. Levine's earlier books, such as "All Kinds of Minds" and "Keeping a Head in School," which I read when my son was in grade school. I've also attended a conference where Dr. Levine was the keynote speaker. All of his advice was a tremendous help to me in understanding the reasons why our son was struggling so much in school. He was the classic example of the "lazy" student. Fortunately, he was in a small private school where teachers recognized the problem immediately, he was tested, and by understanding his learning disabilities when he was 6 years old, he successfully completed K-12 and is now in his sophmore year at college. I firmly believe the reason he is where he is today is that we kept him out of public schools, in environments where the teachers understood the way he needed to learn. He was never labeled as "disabled" or "special needs", or put into "special classes." The only difference between the schools he attended and public schools is that the teachers were not bound to the inflexible "teach to the test" format and could offer a range of learning experiences for their students based on individual ability. Teachers who "get" Levine's teachings know how to approach these kids, and our son is living proof that such enlightened teaching methods achieve success for the student.

    A previous review, written by a teacher, is a typical example of the mind-set of some public school teachers toward students who don't fit the public school model of learning. Blame the student -- it's not the school system's/teacher's problem that they're unwilling to recognize there's no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach to education. Yes, there may be some students who, because of home environment, will have difficulty ever achieving their potential, but too many kids have been written off too soon because of the rigid public school bureaucracy.

    It wasn't easy to find the money for tuition for 12 years of school, and we're struggling to pay college tuition/expenses now, but we'll never regret a single sacrifice or a single dime we spent. And we'll always be grateful to Dr. Levine for continuing to educate the public about misunderstood children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a pediatrician's view
    I bought this book because I took several courses with Dr. Levine while he was at Boston Children's and because of the children in my practice. It is superb. I have started recommending it to the parents in my practice. It explains very succintly and precisely various types of learning issues and how to handle them. It also helps parents be their children's advocate. Children should not be kept back unless the teachers know what is happening to that particular child. Children are starting school too late and too much is required of them when developmentally they are not able. Why is it that teachers accept differences in their colleagues but not among children. It is time that we stop putting round pegs in square holes. It is time that teachers teach better with more compassion and understanding. This is what Dr. Levine has been trying to do for years.

    4-0 out of 5 stars important, but missed
    It is an important book, as it tries to refute the myth of laziness. Levine argues that the so called `laziness`, is actually the result of a neurodevelopmental problem, and that every child `yearns to be productive`. According to his analysis a broad spectrum of neuro-development dysfunctions may prevent children from reaching their potential. I found Both claims very problematic as they ignor the social construction of reality as a major determinate factor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You'll be able to relate to this book!
    Heard the taped version of THE MYTH OF LAZINESS, written and
    read by Dr. Mel Levine--a professor of pediatrics at the University of
    North Carolina Medical School.

    Levine persuasively makes the point that children and adults
    aren't really lazy when they can be seen not working up to their
    potential . . . rather, he contends that "everybody yearns to be
    productive" . . . and what happens is that they are simply
    experiencing "output failure" due to different neuro-developmental

    weaknesses.

    While the aforementioned may come across as gobbledygook, it
    really isn't because of Levine's use of case studies . . . you'll
    be able to relate to the seven children and adults profiled, either
    because you will see yourself and/or others you know.

    I liked the last few chapters best because they were devoted
    to concrete suggestions for what can be done to help supposedly
    lazy folks . . . tips on how to cultivate writing skills, as well as
    how to set up an organized home office, are presented . . . also,
    teachers are urged to take into account the individuality of their
    students' learning skills.

    Furthermore, I found several worksheets in the book version (that I
    skimmed after listening to the tapes) that can be most helpful
    to help students plan their stories and reports.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too bad you can't clone Mel Levine's genius
    This book is organized as a series of case studies building up to three chapters of recommendations.

    Levine's insight into children is stunning. It is why people come from all over the country to see him in North Carolina. I am sure he wishes as ardently as anybody that his genius were transferrable. While this book gives one an appreciation of his methods, it also highlights how subjective the judgments really are. Any parent who has been through the rounds of physical therapists, speech therapists, child psychologists, ritalin, Prozac, tutors, school counsellors, etc. etc. will know that not all experts have the same powers of perception, and they certainly don't all agree.

    I of course love the advice with which I agree. Turn off the TV! Have the kids read. Practice writing. He gives some very concrete and useful advice on how to do this... forms you can copy and suggest that your child's teachers hand out with assignments.

    As another reviewer suggests, examining the unique balance of skills and weaknesses in each child, and tailoring life and learning plans to meet their special needs, takes a tremendous amount of resources. Public school classroom teachers charged with 35 young minds, or a modestly paid and trained counsellor responsible for a whole school cannot possibly be expected to handle every child's issues.

    There are always alternatives -- many, confusing and conflicting -- for parents with the money and time to investigate them. The sad reality is that society just can't devote enough resources to give all kids the attention that would benefit them. How to apply Levine's insights and techniques to as many kids as possible within what voters are willing to spend is an interesting question. ... Read more


    12. School, Family, and Community Partnerships : Preparing Educators and Improving Schools
    by Joyce L. Epstein
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    Asin: 0813387558
    Catlog: Book (2001-04)
    Publisher: Westview Press
    Sales Rank: 229182
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Nationwide, the rhetoric in favor of parent involvement is high, but the quality of most programs is low. This comprehensive book explains the theory, practice, and benefits of school and family partnerships, incorporating ideas and lesson plans that teachers and school officials may use to involve parents in the education of their children. It is a valuable research tool, college text, and professional handbook. Nationwide, the rhetoric in favor of parent involvement is high, but the quality of most programs is low. Part of the problem is that most teacher and administrator training programs omit the topic of school and family partnerships. How can teachers and administrators prepare themselves to create positive relationships and productive partnerships with families? The work of Joyce L. Epstein has helped to advance the theories, research, policies, and practices of parent involvement in schooling. In School and Family Partnerships, she offers readings for use in teacher education, in the training of school administrators, and in other courses that prepare professionals to work in schools and with families. The book offers educators a framework for thinking about, talking about, and then actually building comprehensive programs for school and family partnerships. Epstein helps readers understand the theory of overlapping spheres of influence of family and school organizations that support children as students; she reviews the research on the implementation and effects of partnerships; and she offers a framework of six types of involvement for creating partnerships. Epstein encourages readers to apply the theory, framework, and research in class projects and assignments; and she helps them see how to gather ideas for specific practices of partnership to use in elementary, middle, and high schools. This book can be used as a main or supplementary text in courses on elementary, middle, or high school education, including courses in foundations of education, new methods in education, and preparation for administrators or school psychologists. It is also meant for practice-teaching seminars, as well as classes in school psychology and school social work. The material introduces the topic of school and family partnerships in courses in sociology of education, sociology of family, educational psychology, social work, counseling, home economics, and community education. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Bible for teaching school-family-community partnerships
    This is the best book on the market about school, family, and community partnerships for use in teacher education and school administrator training! Based on decades of research, Epstein has pulled together all the pieces necessary to help educators understand the importance of partnerships, the effects of these partnerships on student outcomes, and the necessary components for building comprehensive school, family, and community partnerships in elementary, middle, and high schools, located in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The research-based framework and approaches Epstein discusses will help all educators create postive relationships and productive partnerships with families and communities, linked directly to school improvement goals. One of the strongest parts of the book is the class projects and assignments found at the end of each chapter. My only regret is that this book was not part of my required reading as a student. If increasing numbers of educators have the opportunity to read Epstein's book and then apply what they've learned, our educational system and students will benefit tremendously. ... Read more


    13. Montessori Play And Learn : A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
    by LESLEY BRITTON
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    Asin: 0517591820
    Catlog: Book (1992-12-29)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 10601
    Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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    We all want the best possible starts in life for our children, and one of the best possible starts in life, educationally, is the "method" pioneered by Maria Montessori and taught successfully today throughout the world.

    Now, Lesley Britton, the leading Montessori practitioner in England for more than twenty years, will show parents how to bring Montessori home. If you would like to facilitate the development of your child's unique personality, make it possible for him to develop to his full intellectual capacity, and help him become socially and emotionally well adjusted, then this is the book for you.

    Montessori Play and Learn is packed with ideas, activities, and games that can fit into your normal routine and help supplement preschool learning for your child. For planning your home, introducing your child to the supermarket or the neighborhood, and helping him discover other people and cultures, this book provides valuable tips and insights that help parents and children grow and learn together.
    -- Create hundreds of learning opportunities from everyday life
    -- Learn dozens of games and activities to help prepare children for mathematics, reading, science, and writing
    -- Make your home environment as stimulating for your child as the best Montessori preschool ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for parents of pre-school age kids
    Montessori school can be unbelieveably expensive (approx. 500 dollars per 8 week sessions, and that's just half days!), and your child has to be "approved" in most institutions. Based on the teaching of Maria Montessori, it is designed to help toddlers and young children learn in five simple steps: observation, participation, practice, "eureka" movement, and performance. This learning process can help youngsters be well ahead of the game by the time they go into Kindergarten. While a Montessori school can help give your kids interaction with kids of all ages, you can still apply this method of learning in the home, as Montessori pointed out: "Parents are still the child's first and most important teachers".

    "Montessori Play and Learn" is a great tool to have in applying this learning method at home. It isn't difficult or complicated but does require dedication to achieve your goal. In other words, buying and reading this book and performing only a handful of the ideas on an irregular basis will not get your child where you'd like him/her to be. Activities are broken down by age groups, and games can be something as simple as putting 10 bottles of herbs and spices on the table for your child to smell and explore. Other tips included exploring the neighborhood, setting the dinner table, allowing them to do tasks (such as applying lip balm) you'd normally do for them (this gives them a sense of accomplishment), and other activities that stimulate our children's inborn motivation to learn. Worth finding a used or out-of-print copy until Crown decides to publish a revised edition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for parents with small children
    Parents often wonder what activities they can do with their children to help them learn, this book is crammed with great ideas! The activities are mostly simple to set-up, they are fun for the kids and help kids learn a variety of skills. Every parent of an under-five should own this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Montessori for the home
    Great ideas on making your home a prepared environment for your child to flourish in!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Montessori Play & Learn
    I have heard so many wonderfull things about this teaching method that I am wanting to use it with my two children. So PLEASE re-print the book. So many parents are wanting to use this book to help their children to get a head in todays fast past world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Montessori parents want this book too.
    This book is highly recommneded by Montessori schools everywhere. As parents we need this book to be available. WHERE IS IT! Get us copies. It is a wonderful book that all parents should read if they have a little one. ... Read more


    14. The Story of the World: HIstory for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
    by Susan Wise Bauer
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    Asin: 0974239119
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-04)
    Publisher: Open Texture
    Sales Rank: 96675
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    This spirited reading of the second volume in Susan Wise Bauer's four-volume series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of historical times. Volume 2 covers world history from the fall of Rome to the rise of the Renaissance (AD 400-1600).

    Designed for parents to share with elementary-school children, enjoy listening together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations. An effective educational tool, use this audio edition as an accompaniment to the print book, a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or on its own.

    This CD audiobook features detailed track marks and an indexed booklet, allowing you to follow along with the printed version of The Story of the World or to enjoy as a stand-alone audio version. Read by professional voice actress and veteran homeschool mother Barbara Alan Johnson. Eight audio CDs in a sturdy plastic case. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great history book for young children
    Susan Wise Bauer has done it again. This book is a quick read for adults, but it is packed with information. The target audience is young children, after all it is "The Story of the World" and it doesn't bore young children. Our children often would rather hear the next chapter than go play. And sometimes I'll catch my oldest reading it on her own.

    The book does a good job of providing a balanced look at the major events during the Middle Ages. The book will focus on one area of the world, going over the major events, who was in charge, and who accomplished some of the important things, like discovering America. Then the book will move on to another part of the world for a couple chapters.

    Susan Wise Bauer did an excellent job of weaving in various parts of history. For example in talking about a culture the book might go into a major myth or story of the group. The variety in pacing flows nicely from history, to what it might have been like to live at the time in a given culture, to some of these myths, and then back again. This helps keep the children interested.

    The book is just right for young children. When they are young they don't need another 1000 pages of details most of us forget anyways. This book is written in such away that young children really want to listen, they want to know what happened, and then what will happen next. They can develop a love for history such that they'll go back and read in more detail about the parts of history they found interesting.

    If you are looking for a good book for young children covering the major events of world history during the Middle Ages, this is the best I've found.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I learned as much as my kids!
    This series is FANTASTIC. I can't wait for Volumes 3 and 4 to come out! For anyone who hated history in school (as I did), this is a welcome change. I know it sounds cliche, but history really comes alive in Susan Wise Bauer's writing. We got the spiral version of the book, and we also got the Activity Book for it (in looseleaf, to put in a 3-ring binder), and have been thrilled with them. Everyone I've been able to show the books to has been blown away. Thanks, Mrs. Bauer, for writing such a great resource!

    5-0 out of 5 stars European history--but MUCH more
    I bought this book as a follow up to Ancient Times, the first volume in the series. That book was great--but this one is better. It covers a very complicated time of history in a simple, straightforward way that helps students makes connections between events all over the world--not just in Europe, but in the Americas before colonialism, in Africa, in Asia, in Australia. The author also talks about great works of literature and even retells some of them to give readers a little more insight into the times. We loved the story of Beowulf told in rhyming couplets! For the first time I have a good grasp of the order of events leading from the MIddle Ages into the Renaissance and Reformation--and my children are EXCITED about the study of history. Highly recommended. Can't wait for Volume Three.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good history survey for young children.
    Our children (ages 7 & 9) are very much enjoying their study of the Middle Ages using Volume 2 of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World: History for the Classical Child.

    Because it is written very simply and aimed at children from 1st through 4th grade, I had been supplementing this book with Greenleaf's Guide to Famous Men of the Middle Ages. However, if we study each of the "Famous Men" (which is confined to Europe and surrounding areas) in addition to all the topics in Story of the World, Volume 2 (which includes history from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia)-- well, we'd NEVER finish! For that reason, we decided to lay aside the Greenleaf Guides until their middle school years.

    Susan Wise Bauer writes in a very engaging manner for young students. She writes as though she were speaking directly to them. My children just love the stories in this book! My son would read it all up in a day or two if I would allow him to.

    This is the main book we use as our history spine. We supplement it with many library books that correspond to the chapter of SOTW that we are studying. I would not recommend using this book as your ONLY source of history. It is not intended to be used as such, and it simply cannot meet all your history needs.

    To be honest, I am somewhat disappointed in the many spelling errors I have found in this book. Perhaps it was rushed to press because so many homeschoolers were eagerly awaiting the sequel to Volume 1. My son delights in finding the errors, and together we correct them in the text.

    All in all, if you are looking for an easy way to introduce world history to your child, I recommend using this book as your entry point. When you reach a chapter that particularly interests your child, find LOTS of library books about that topic. ... Read more


    15. Week-By-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension and Fluency
    by Mary Rose
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    Asin: 0439271649
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic Professional Books
    Sales Rank: 20384
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    30 Reproducible, High-Interest Passages for Kids to Read Aloud at Home‹With Companion Activities
    Surefire Comprehension Booster!
    Can a once-a-week homework activity really boost reading fluency and comprehension? Yes! One-page reading passages, a couple of quick comprehension activities, and a parent's signature are all you need to ensure success. Developed by a leading teacher, who says it's the most successful homework/parent connectionshe's ever done. Parents love it too!
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    16. Home Learning Year by Year : How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
    by REBECCA RUPP
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    Asin: 0609805851
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-14)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 6218
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    Finally, homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum, from one of the country's foremost homeschooling experts. , Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features:

    The integral subjects to be covered within each grade
    Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level
    Recommended books to use as texts for every subject
    Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child's personal interests
    Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Well Trained Mind
    This book has received much less publicity than it should have. It is an excellent resource that takes you from preschool through highschool using the "normal" standards schools use and citing resources you can obtain (most through your library) to help your child learn what they should. Instead of textbooks (some are recommended especially for math), the author recommends quality books, games, websites to make learning the adventure it should be. Excellent. I'm so glad I bought it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
    We've homeschooled for 13 years. I co-founded a homeschool group and buy for the group's library. I purchase many books every month and read even more than I buy. If I had to chose what two books I wouldn't be without, my choice would be two authored by Rebecca Rupp, this book and The Complete Home Learning Source Book.
    In our homeschool group the comment I hear most from other parents about homeschooling is "I'm just not sure we're on track". Home Learning Year by Year provides the information parents need to guage if they are covering what their child needs to learn. I'm a believer in letting the child's abilities set the pace but by using Rebecca Rupp's book, I have now made a checklist of what I want my children to cover and I have confidence that we're on track.
    If you don't homeschool your child, you'll still want this book. As a former special education teacher, I remember parent meetings where parents were lost about whether their child was being taught what he/she needed to learn. Home Learning Year by Year can guide parents in taking charge and making good choices for their child's education regardless of whether that education takes place in the home or in a classroom setting.
    The book gives the most complete listing of education goals grade by grade I've seen in any book. Ms Rupp suggests resources for each grade and its apparent to me that her suggestions and her goals have been carefully researched.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All in one book!
    It's great to have this much information all in one place. Lots of resource ideas and concepts as they are typicaly presented. What should your third grader know about math?? It's in this book.

    Very helpful info about art, music, science, and history too.

    Great book. A have to have for every homeschooler.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful
    Fabulous resource! I was able to use this book along with the standards of learning for my state to create a curriculum to homeschool my daughter. This book helped me know exactly what she needed to learn and gave many excellent resources.

    This book is a must have for all homeschoolers and would be a definite plus for those who don't homeschool, but want to enrich their child's learning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I refer to this book constantly!
    As a homeschool mom as well as author of homeschool materials, I feel it is important to make sure that I cover all the bases and don't leave anything out. I've seen a lot of scope and sequences, but most of them are so vague, they don't tell me anything. Home Learning, on the other hand, is extremely detailed. It also has high standards, rather than being watered down education. I know that if we cover what is listed in Home Learning, that we'll be right where we should be and doing even better than what is expected in the public schools.

    It's not the kind of book you read once and pack away. It's a book that you keep pulling out again and again. ... Read more


    17. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide
    by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright
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    Asin: 1892320088
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-06)
    Publisher: Harbor House Law Press
    Sales Rank: 41461
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars TEACH YOURSELF TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE!
    Learning to be an effective advocate for your special needs child IS work! Special education is a "right", but must be assiduously pursued. But there are definite tactics and strategies to assist the parent. From Emotions to Advocacy [FETA] is a wonderful map for every parent.

    The book follows a logical and well organized road, beginning with preparing the reader for understanding the complex interplay of parents, schools, disabilities, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other disability laws. Among the important lessons that authors Pamela and Peter Wright teach are how to organize your files using a document management system, how to use private sector expert evaluations of your child and why they are essential, and how to understand the critical role of testing, percentile ranks, and the Bell Curve, and how to use those results to work for your child's "SMART IEP". The use of the "Columbo Strategy" to build valid IEP goals by asking "who, what,why,where, when, how and explain" [5Ws+H+E] is taught.

    The critical skill of letter writing and documenting all conversations, agreements, and decisions with your school administrators is part of the strategy of writing calm, factual letters as if they will be read by a "Stranger". Lessons to bolster your self confidence and achieve results in IEP meetings are carefully discussed. The sample letters in the appendices and the numerous strategy discussions lay out how to avoid letting anger and other emotions interfere with keeping your focus on improving your child's education. Numerous other appendices and cross references throughout FETA provide additional resources, including the informative Q&As of the federal IDEA Appendix A.

    As an attorney who has a child with special needs, I have benefited greatly from Peter and Pam Wright's insights and apply that knowledge in my own practice. FETA is the "how-to" starting point and compass for all parents entering the special education struggle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help at it's best!!!!
    I attended the Cleveland, OH seminar in Feb, and was so glad that I did. Not only was the information, shared by Pam and Pete Wright, invaluable, but I was able to obtain their books, "Wrightslaw" and "From Emotions to Advocacy." Any parent who has a child with special needs, knows how difficult it can be, to get needed services, as well as have them implimented correctly. My youngest child is autistic, and he has been having a very difficult time during the current school year. Despite numerous attempts to resolve the problems, I was getting no where, on my own. As a last resort, I retained an attorney. Things were now beginning to move in a positive direction, and then I attended the seminar. Between the information shared at the seminar, and the information in the books, I now feel that I have a better understanding of the "do's, dont's, rights,and wrongs" that can and do occur with parents and school administrators. I immediately implimented some of the suggestions given in the books and at the seminar, with very positive results. One suggestion was to bring food to the meetings, something I have done for several years. I have yet to have someone tell me, "No thank you, I'm not hungry." Another suggestion was to be very organized. I purchased an expandable file folder, which holds all of my son's IEP's, MFE's, and any other correspondence, in chronological order. At my last meeting, on Mar. 5, a question arose, concerning past reports. I was able to pull out the needed report, quickly, while everyone else just sat there. The comment from the Special Ed Director was, "Look at this. Boy is she organized." No one, with a special needs child, should be without either one of these books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION: ALL PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH LEARING DISABILITIES
    If you have a learning disabled child, this book will become your Bible. It is an excellent resource book and it has helped me tremendously in the IEP process. My son is in the seventh grade now. I wished I had purchased this book earlier. I suggest that anyone who is going through an IEP for the first time to buy this book. There is alot of information that is not provided by the school. Alot of parents accept what the school says without question. I suggest purchasing The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child as well. These two books will enable you to become more educated in the difficult journey through special education politics. It will guide you, offer suggestions and ultimately you will feel more confident as you approach the school department to get an appropriate education for your child. Along with these books, I highly recommend getting an educational advocate. They know the laws and they can interpret the test results that seem like they are written in a foreign language. To all parents with sped kids...good luck and I wish you and your child the best!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pete Wright's FETA book is excellent!
    I recently attended Pete and Pam Wright's "Boot Camp" advocacy training in which their books, "From Emotions to Advocacy" and "Special Education Law" were used as part of their training. The books, as well as, the training are exceptional.

    In order for parents to become effective advocates for their child, these books are essential. I would highly recommend these books (and the training) to any parent of a disabled child. Pete's added comments contained within his "Special Education Law" book helps parents better understand just what the laws are saying without all the "legaleese". And the information contained in the FETA book is outstanding as well! It includes valuable information on how to interpret and understand your child's testing scores and to know what areas your child may be struggling in. I'll be using the information I gained from these books often! In fact, I already have!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Parents of Children who have Disabilities!
    This book takes you step by step through the process of Advocating for your child! As parents we all know how confusing it can be to understand the system, test scores, IEP's and everything in between. From Emotions to Advocacy takes all the guess work out of it for us! It is an easy to read guide to Advocating for children with disabilities. It helps you to understand the process and how to work with the principals, diagnostitians, teachers and para-professionals to have a successful school year for your child! Most importantly how to take emotion out of the equation so that you can see things clearly and not burn any bridges on your way to getting what your child needs!
    Anyone who has to deal with IEP's and ARD meetings should have this book. ... Read more


    18. What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know : Fundamentals of a Good Sixth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series : Resource Books for Grades One Through Six,)
    by E.D. JR HIRSCH
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    Asin: 0385314671
    Catlog: Book (1995-07-01)
    Publisher: Delta
    Sales Rank: 11602
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential!
    This book has completely educated me on what my eleven-year old son needs to know for his 6th year. I have read the book and can say that if everyone in the country knew everything in this book we would all be better off. As a matter of fact, I know very few adults that know one quarter of what is in this book. This has motivated me to add this to my son's daily routine. We work it together and have wonderful mom-son time alone. A book you can't do without!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Independent Studyer's Best Friend
    I purchased this book because I wanted something to aid my daughter before she started sixth grade. This book was just what she needed. It is really easy to understand and offers project and book suggestions. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sixth grade study aid.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great guide for parents
    In preparing my son for sixth grade, I needed to have a basis for what he may be learning. This book gives an overall picture of what I need to concentrate on. Many books I found emphasized only math or reading. This book breaks down each topic (Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts, Math, Natural Science) into chapters and makes it easy for me to follow. I liked the exerpts of classic books such as "The Diary of Anne Frank", and classic poems so that I can expose my son to many different things without overwhelming him over the summer. This is more of a guide for parents and teachers than it is a simple text for kids so parents really need to be involved.

    3-0 out of 5 stars good source, but only a start if studying for the MSAT
    If someone recommended this book to study for the MSAT, maybe they didn't take that test. The book is really easy to understand and gives you a lot of information, but at the time to take the MSAT, I think it is not enough. Get a study aid or two, because that test is very hard. The book is great but for a memory activator and not as the only source.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellant
    I've recently started homeschooling my son and we are using this book for Language Arts, Science, Geography, and History. The information is well written and well organized and seems to appeal to this 11 year old. I am finding it difficult though to create the required lesson plans, discussion questions, and tests from the material provided. ... Read more


    19. Educating the Wholehearted Child
    by Clay Clarkson, Sally Clarkson
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    Asin: 1888692006
    Catlog: Book (2001-01)
    Publisher: Whole Heart Ministries
    Sales Rank: 74961
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A handbook for Christian home education. A commonsense, disciple-based biblical approach to home schooling using real books and real life. Filled with Scriptures, anecdotes, insights, ideas, methods, lists and charts to make living and learning at home natural and enjoyable. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars this book is incredible!
    I was thinking about homeschooling before I started reading this book. After I read just the first chapter, I was convinced it was the best thing for my family! There is tons of scripture used to back up their views and it really makes you think about your choice of schooling. Also, they give others arguments against homeschooling and their response to it. I have read about 6 other homeschooling books now and this one is still the best. For anyone who even remotely thinks that they might be interested in homeschooling, this is a must read! It is very challenging to our society's way of thinking and a real eye-opener to how we so easily accept the status quo. Great Book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide
    If I only owned 2 books on homeschooling, they would be "Educating the Wholehearted Child" by the Clarksons and "The Charlotte Mason Companion" by Karen Andreola. The Wholehearted Child is a manual with many how-to ideas, lots of background information on homeschooling and numerous helpful forms. It provides information on curriculum, methods, scheduling, resource availability and much more. This book is an excellent resource for every homeschooling parent and is must-reading for those who are just beginning to homeschool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best homeschooling book I've read to date!
    This book in an inspiration to me. More than just a quick read, it is an important tool to be referred to over and over again. I am so excited to have this resource on my shelf. There is quite a lot of guidance on how to make the entire home a place of learning, including specific info on establishing a learning room and discovery centers. Lots of useful info on building a home library as well. I LOVE this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What An Inspiration!
    I was able to see Clay and Sally Clarkson at their conference. I picked up this book there and have poured over it for 3 days. They are inspirational to me personally. I am so glad I was able to get this in the beginning of my homeschool journey; there is so much practical information to use.

    Be sure to pick up Sally's other book The Mission of Motherhood too! I am reading it as well! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
    This book has lots of information to digest. I am glad I read it now while my children are young. It is my goal to teach the way the Clarksons do! ... Read more


    20. What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know : Fundamentals of a Good Fourth-Grade Education (The Core Knowledge)
    by E.D. JR HIRSCH
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    Asin: 0385312601
    Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
    Publisher: Delta
    Sales Rank: 13028
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Tool
    We bought this to use with our daughter who just started fourth grade. We used the third grade version this summer and were pleased enough with it to give this one a try. As with the other, the history portions were well written and easy for her to understand. The choices for poetry and literature are just unusual enough for her to be interested in. If I were homeschooling, I wouldn't rely on this alone, but it does make a very helpful and handy tool for suplimenting a public school education.

    4-0 out of 5 stars coreknowledge.org offers lesson plans to accompany book
    One reviewer stated that homeschoolers experience some difficulty making use of this series due to the lack of worksheets. Visit coreknowledge.org for details.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books for Schools
    This is one of the best books for school. The only problem about my state is that public schools do not have good programs and things for the school. The students are not well taught. Even though I go to a private school, I glad that I get a good education from this program.

    This book is a great book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview of what your child should be learning.
    This and the other books in this series, are such a great idea.

    They give a basic structure to what your child should be learning about each year, which is particularly important if your child is likely to change school districts, or go from private to public school, or from homeschooling into a school setting. Because so many schools use the Core Knowledge guidelines, your child won't have big gaps in her education, if she has been taught a curriculum based on these guidelines.

    Each book in the series cover all the basic subjects: math, science, history, geography, language arts, art and music. The sections are broken down into small pieces, and one part can be taken up each day pretty easily.

    Additional references are included for every subject, so your child can more fully explore the areas that interest him.

    The language arts section includees excerpts from some great adventure classics, like "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe." It also covers poetry, grammar, and common sayings and phrases. The grammar is not in itself adequate, and I would recommend that homeschoolers use additional materials for grammar.

    World Civilization covers the Middle Ages. European history is extensive, but this also includes a very nice look at Asia during this period of time. This is much more extensive than what I was taught of the Middle Ages during my entire elementary education. The geography section corresponds with this study, but also looks at all parts of the world.

    American Civilization pretty much covers the period from the signing of the Constitution through the 1840's (Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War). Again, if your child has studied the previous books in the series, this will fit in nicely - the 3rd grade book covers the colonies through the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There are lots of pictures and other resources you can use to augment this study.

    The fine arts section covers music (hard to do with a book, but notes & reading sheet music is in there) and visual art, which largely discusses architecture during the Middle Ages.

    A very comprehensive overview of math is given. This is not to be used as the sole source of math work, but a basic overview of what your child should be learning during 4th grade.

    The science section covers paleontology, the cardiovascular system, rocks & the composition of the earth, weather and electricity. The best part about the science section, is that you can find out what really interests your child, and there are additional resources recommended for the various studies... ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reads - Good Texts for Homeschoolers

    The "What Your Nth Grader Needs to Know" books are a narrative of the information your child should know separated into sections such as:

    World History
    American History
    Science
    Geography
    Fine Arts
    Math (list of what they should know)
    English (list of what they should know)
    Literature (excerpts, poems, sayings, stories)

    The writing is wonderful! It flows. It's interesting. It is not dummied-down! My 4th grader (an average reader) reads it out loud so I can help with vocabulary. My 6th grader reads it independently. Unlike books aimed at students, these books are good reads for adults. I finally got interested in history!

    The only drawback for homeschoolers wanting to use these as texts is that there are few if any activites or review questions included. However, you can get the Redwood Games worksheets that go along with the books (free) over at http://www.maui.net/~redwood/hs.html.

    For homeschoolers, one need only add a math book and the worksheets. For parents of public school kids, these books will be an eye-opener in evaluating your child's education.

    Karen Crowthe ... Read more


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