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Reading


Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read by Peggy Kaye contains some marvelously inventive games to fire a child's enthusiasm for reading. There are bingo games, mazes, puzzles, games where the child acts silly, games for parents, and more (over 70 games). These are quick, easy, and inexpensive using materials easily found around the house.

I've had several friends tell me that this book has given them many useful ideas. It helps to remember to keep the games fun and not get overly instructive. Designed for beginning readers.

See also Kaye's books, Games for Math and Games for Writing.

Paper, 213 pages.

#1491 $15.95 $12.75




How to Read Literature Like a Professor: a Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
by Thomas C. Foster is a  fun and practical introduction to literature and literary basics--symbols, themes, and contexts-- and shows how to make everyday reading experiences more rewarding and enjoyable.

"Discover a world where a road leads to a quest; a shared meal may signify a communion; and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain."


Paper, 334pages.

#9427 $13.95 $9.99


I Love Me, Vol. I: S. Woodrow's Palindrome Encyclopedia by revealed and interpreted by Michael Donner  - For word lovers who crave the symmetrical, here are a plethora of palindromes for places (Adavan, Hevada; Apollo, PA), people (supermodel Aya, singer Ono, among others), things (a Toyota), classic palindromes, and original palindromes.

Arranged from
aa (a type of lava) to Zzz-zzz-zzz (snoring), this book of many happy returns will have everybody reading not only between the lines, but north, south, east, and west along them.

Paper, 400 pages. 7.8"x6"x1.2".

#1090X $15.95 Out of print, one copy available.


Improve Your Reading, 4th ed by Ron Fry - Not a gimmicky speed-reading method, this book presents a practical way to increase what you learn from texts, notes, and resources.

Fry maintains it's not how fast you read but how much you understand and comprehend that is important. Whether reading texts, web pages, or your own notes, you'll learn the effective reading comprehension skills required for success in high school, college and life.


Paper, 126 pages.

#4584 $12.99 $9.99 Out of print, one copy available.



Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman. This slim volume of poems about the insect world is wonderful! It is written to be read by two voices - sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous. When first reviewing it, I had my husband sit down with me to read it aloud to our two children. It was so much fun to read along with another person, especially my husband (we'd never done anything like it before). Then I read some poems with my son, a beginning reader. What a thrill! (I suppose we were also doing what's called "choral reading.")

It's a fun way to read and a good introduction to poems (and to learn about bugs too). Winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal.

Paper, 44 pages.

#0932 $5.99

See Theoni Pappas' book Math Talk  for a similar book of math poems.

Also by Paul Fleischman:



I am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices
In the same format as Joyful Noise, the author celebrates the essence of birds. A lovely book of poetry.

Paper, 64 pages.

#0924 $5.99



Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet by Don Robb, illustrated by Anne Smith - In clear, straightforward prose, this book describes the development of our Roman alphabet, from the early Semitic peoples, through the Phoenicians and Greeks, to the letters we know today. You'll never look at ABC the same way again!

Paper, 48 pages. Ages 8-11.

#6106 $7.95

"Smith's whimsical paintings are a fitting companion to Robb's lighthearted text. This quality work fills a significant gap in children's information literature. It should find a home in all collections." - School Library Journal starred review.


The Read-Aloud Handbook, 5th edition
by Jim Trelease - Every child can become an avid reader and Jim Trelease shows how to make it happen. In this beloved, classic guide, Trelease shares his inspiring message, backed by delightful anecdotes as well as research.

Includes a treasury featuring more than 1,500 children's book titles that are great for reading aloud - from picture books to novels.

#1616 $15.00 $9.99
One copy available.


Vocabulary Cartoons: Elementary Edition
by Sam, Max and Bryan Burchers - Learn new words and retain them through mnemonics! "A mnemonic (NEH mon ik) is a fancy word which simply means 'assisting' the memory.' Memory experts tell us that mnemonics are just about the best way to remember anything."

This book uses both rhyming and visual mnemonics. A rhyming mnemonic is simply a "word association where you rhyme a word you want to learn with a word you already know." A visual mnemonic uses pictures. Since you can't make pictures of many words in our vocabulary (such as novelty), you use a substitute word instead.

The visuals this book uses are cartoons and the associations are often quite funny. Example: the word "nourish," which means to help grow or develop. The book uses a cartoon of a nurse feeding a patient, with the line below the cartoon saying "a nurse's job is to nourish the sick." There are then several other sentences using the word "nourish."

Large print. Paper, 250 pages.

#2233 $12.95

There are two other Vocabulary Cartoons books for older kids, as well. Yo Millard Fillmore also uses mnemonics.

Early Reader


The Voices of Nature: Stories for Young Readers
illustrations by Ana Spotts - Ana Spotts drew all the wonderful illustrations in this book for her high school Senior Project at The Denver Waldorf School. Each drawing brings to life what animals do and how they play in nature. These stories were carefully selected because they are easy for the young reader and they depict the wonderment of nature and its enchanting forms of expression and voices.

Some of the stories are very old tales; The Fox and the Bag and The Country Mouse, while others are short versions of what happens in nature without us even noticing; The Wind and the Sun, The Gray Squirrel, and The Frogs’ Secret.

Paper, 144 pages, illustrated, 5.5" x 8.5".

#7279 $9.95 New Release.



Listen & Read Best-Loved Poems and Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems (2 books/cassettes, published by Dover) -
These two boxed sets include both a book and a cassette.

Best-Loved Poems includes some of the finest and most-loved poems in the English language, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, beautifully read by stage actor Earl Hammond. There is one 60-minute audio cassette featuring 36 great poems and a paperback edition of 100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith containing all of the poems on the cassette plus many more selections.

Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems
presents the poetry of one of America's greatest and most popular poets. Included in the set is one 65-minute audio cassette featuring 101 of Dickinson's finest poems, read by actress Marian Seldes and a paperback edition of the poems.

When I was 12 years old, my mom was a Scout leader. When checking out a possible campground for the scouts as a spring activity (in the middle of winter), I discovered a copy of a poetry book in the snow.  As a book-lover, this was a magical experience. I soon came to love several of the poems and to this day that slim volume has an honored place on my bookshelf. Worn, tattered, and with an old inscription from the original owner, the books contains poems that still bring tears to my eyes.

#FUN100 $11.90 2 books & 2 cassettes. Out of print - one set available.




Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work From Tennyson to Plath (Book and 3 Audio CDs) edited by Elise Paschen & Rebekah Presson Mosby, narrated by Charles Osgood. Combining the talents of great poets past and living, their words written and spoken, this collection features the authors themselves reading their poetry on audio CD. Contributors range from Alfred, Lord Tennyson to Sylvia Plath and Langston Hughes. Additional poems in print form allow the reader to further explore the poets' works.

Included is a never-before-published recording of Alfred, Lord Tennyson reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade," W.B. Yeats explaining his reading "style" and why he chooses to read that way, and Robert Frost reading "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowing Evening".

Hardcover, 352 pages. 3 audio CDs.

#7206 $49.95  One copy available.




Explode the Code 5
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ntroduces students to the word endings -ed and -ey, word families including all-alk, old-olt-oll, ild-ind, the digraph qu, and 3-letter blends. Students practice blending sounds to read and write multi-syllabic words. In addition, several review lessons are included.

A phonics best seller for over 30 years, Explode The Code has helped millions of students nationwide build the essential literacy skills needed for reading success: phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and spelling.


#4646 $8.30 $6.99


Wordly Wise

Wordly Wise provides systematic vocabulary instruction - developing the important link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Our children used some of the program and our son particularly enjoyed the extensive use of crossword puzzles in some of the books. These particular books are now out of print and we have a limited number of copies. Each book comes with a companion answer key.

Wordly Wise, Book 2 is made up of 30 lessons with approximately 12 words in each lesson. Words taught in Book 2 include sullen, adequate, churn, perplexed, zeal, brine, hectic, impetuous, nape, calamity, frugal, tableau, retain, and essential. Comprehension of the vocabulary words is facilitated and reinforced through the four different exercises repeated in each lesson and the chapter reviews. Grade 5. Workbook and answer key.

#WW2 $19.95 $14.99

Wordly Wise, Book 3 (revised) is made up of 30 lessons with approximately 12 words in each lesson. Words taught in Book 3 include procure, somber, uncanny, ajar, expend, liberate, monotonous, taint, reprimand, obsolete, furtive, ardent, sear, and wince. Comprehension of the vocabulary words is facilitated and reinforced through the four different exercises repeated in each lesson and the chapter reviews. Grade 6. Workbook and answer key.

#WW3 $19.95 $14.99

Wordly Wise 3000, Book 1
(1st edition) - In Wordly Wise 3000 Book 1, each 15-word lesson begins with an alphabetized Word List that gives pronunciations, parts of speech, and concise definitions, and uses each word in a sentence. Some of the words taught in Book 1 include utter, complete, drowsy, severe, limp, embrace, chambers, devotion, concentrate, fringe, sentimental, creative, quiver, and dispute. Definitions are followed by exercises that distinguish usage, create sentences and phrases, identify synonyms and antonyms, and complete analogies. Grade 4. Workbook and answer key.

#WW31 $15.50 $13.99


Wordly Wise 3000, Book 3 (1st edition) - In Wordly Wise 3000 Book 3, each 15-word lesson begins with an alphabetized Word List that gives pronunciations, parts of speech, and concise definitions, and uses each word in a sentence. Some of the words taught in Book 3 include immigrant, ceremony, sanctuary, realistic, convenient, frugal, deplete, consent, fuse, massive, and rash. Definitions are followed by exercises that distinguish usage, create sentences and phrases, identify synonyms and antonyms, and complete analogies. Grade 6. Workbook and answer key.

#WW33 $15.50 $13.99


English from the Roots Up series

 

English from the Roots Up, Vol I: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling and S.A.T. scores by Joegil Lundquist. If you are interested in learning important Greek and Latin roots, without studying the entire Latin language, English from the Roots Up is for you. It uses 63 Latin and 37 Greek root words. Included is a pronunciation guide, and a neat little explanation of Roman numerals (now you can translate the darn numbers at the end of movies!) My husband, Bill, took Latin in high school and says it helped him with English and prepared him for all the science classes he took as a biology major in college. Paper, 125 pages, Ages 7-adult. You may also be interested in the cards that go with this book and Volume II of the series). 

#1033 $29.95

 
English from the Roots Up word cards (for Vol I)- You can make your own cards to accompany the above book, but everyone I know prefers to use this pre-made set of cards for 100 Latin and Greek words.

#2135 $18.00

English from the Roots Up, Vol 1 Book & Word Cards FUNPak - English from the Roots Up, Vol 1 and one set of the English from the Roots Up word cards for Volume 1. #FUN71 $47.95 $37.99

 

English from the Roots Up, Volume II by Joegil Lundquist- The long-awaited second volume of EFTRU is finally here! Continuing the popular program begun in Volume I, this book gives you 100 new Greek and Latin root words to learn. The new words are a little more advanced than those in the Volume I edition, but are still easy enough for young learners. Many of the lessons also refer to lessons already presented in Volume I. A new feature in this volume: pronunciation guidance for Latin and Greek words on every page. In additions to more advanced content, there are also new activities. You do not need a background in Latin to learn or teach this program. Paper, 107 pages. Ages 9-adult.

#2311 $29.95
 
English from the Roots Up Word Cards (for Vol II)- You can make your own cards to accompany the above book, but everyone I know prefers to use this pre-made set of cards for 100 Latin and Greek words.
 

#2296 $18.00

English from the Roots Up, Vol II Book & Word Cards FUNPak - English from the Roots Up, Vol II and one set of the English from the Roots Up Word Cards for Volume II. #FUN72 $47.95 $37.99

English from the Roots Up Volumes I & II FUNPak
Buy both books (Volumes I & II) and save even more!
#FUN38 $59.90 $49.99

English from the Roots Up Whole Shebang FUNPak - Buy both books (Volumes I & II) and both sets of Word Cards (Volumes I & II) and receive your best savings. #FUN73 $95.90 $71.99

 

Rummy Roots Card Games

Rummy Roots: English Vocabulary Building Games - Our whole family had fun with this card game. After playing, the kids became very aware of all the words in our language that are based on Greek and Latin. "Hey, mom, bicycle-tricycle, two wheels-three wheels!" Exclamations like that would come from the back seat of our car on the way to the post office or from the kitchen table as we ate breakfast. It is designed for 2-4 players, ages 8-adult (our 6-year old played, with help. We also copied the vocabulary list so everyone could have one for reference).

Rummy Roots teaches 42 Greek and Latin roots, alphabetizing, dictionary skills, vocabulary and more using rules based on popular card games like Go Fish. It is fun and challenging, and there are several games on different levels. Play is enhanced by combining Rummy Roots with More Rummy Roots (see below).

Ages 8-adult. For 2-4 players.

 Rummy Roots #RR1 $15.95 Out of stock.



More Roots: English Vocabulary Building Games
Ready to learn more? More Roots continues along in the same format as Rummy Roots (above) and introduces new Greek & Latin roots to increase your knowledge and skill level.

There are several games on various levels so it's fun for a variety of ages and abilities.

Ages 8-adult. For 2-4 players.

More Roots #MRR $15.95




Mad Libs and Mad Libs Junior

 
Mad Libs by Stern & Price

I remember having fun with Mad Libs when I was child (several decades ago),and I still have loads of fun creating zany sentences with my children and their friends. Each Mad Libs book is composed of one-page stories that contain blank spaces where words are left out. The person(s) in possession of the book asks other players to give him words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc.) without them knowing the story. He then reads the story aloud with their words filled in. Kids and adults love the silly results. It’s a fun AND easy way to learn parts of speech.

Other aspects we like:

* It’s a fun ice-breaker for social gatherings.
* You don’t need to read lots of instructions before playing.
* It’s very transportable and great for car trips!
* It’s fun for multiple age levels (see below for Mad Libs Junior)
* Great as a party game or to give away as a party favor
* Even though it’s great to play with others, you can play on your own if you don’t pay attention to the sentences until after you fill in the parts of speech.
* You can reuse the books (use a pencil and erase original results)

Paper, 48 pages.
 
#2387 Christmas Fun Mad Libs $3.99  
#6434 Family Tree Mad Libs $3.99  
#823X 40th Anniversary Edition $3.99  
#0591 Goofy Mad Libs $3.99  
#3499 Graduation Mad Libs $3.99  
#1353 Letters to Mom & Dad Mad Libs
This Mad Libs book is a bit different than the others. You fill in the blanks as usual, but each page is formatted as a letter that can be folded and mailed. For mom, dad, grandma and grandpa. Stickers included.
$4.99  
#6237 Mad Libs for President $3.99  
#4431 Mad Libs from Outer Space $3.99  
#4412 Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Libs $3.99  
#4986 Mad Libs on the Road $3.99  
#0559 Original Mad Libs $3.99  
#7223X Slam Dunk Mad Libs (sports) $3.99  
#0843 Sooper Dooper Mad Libs $3.99  

 

Mad Libs Junior

Featuring the same fun humor as the original series, Mad Libs Junior is tailored for the younger reader. “Each puzzle includes four categories of words to choose from, indicated by a distinct symbol. Each symbol represents a part of speech and a list of words is offered. To play, kids are told the category from which to pick a word, including categories such as nouns, adjectives, verbs and miscellaneous.” Compared to the regular Mad Libs series, Mad Libs Junior books are larger, the font (text) is bigger, and a larger space to fill in the blanks is left for beginning writers.

The publisher recommends these for ages 5-8, though some 8 year-olds might find the format too childish (for instance if they don't like books with large font sizes). The regular Mad Libs books are perfectly fine for young children, especially if an older child or adult is participating. The junior books may be more helpful for the younger child if they want to independently read the material aloud to others and fill in the blanks themselves and may cover subject material that is more interesting to a young person.

Paper, 48 pages.

#7693 Alphabet Mad Libs Junior (great for kids learning their ABC's) $3.99  
#9513 Animals, Animals, Animals! Mad Libs Junior (for animal lovers) $3.99  
#7685 Once Upon a Mad Libs Junior (Fairytale/Nursery Rhyme Theme) $3.99  
#1569 Snack Attack! Mad Libs Junior (All about food, glorious food!) $3.99  
#7707 Sports Star Mad Libs Junior (for sports lovers) $3.99  
#7596 Summer Fun Mad Libs Junior (Highlights some of the USA's most popular travel destinations. Fun for a long road trip, as all of the Mad Libs are!) $3.99  
#3502 Under the Sea Mad Libs Junior (includes underwater creates, from scary sharks to shimmering starfish) $3.99  

 

Writing


The Bedford Guide for College Writers with Reader and Research Manual, 6th edition by X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy and Sylvia A. Holladay is three coordinated books in one. A Writer's Guide offers step-by-step instruction and plenty of models for writing the essays most commonly assignd in a first-year composition course. A Writer's Reader is a collection of thirty-three readings about body image, the workplace, popular culture, and other engaging topics. Finally, A Writer's Research Manual provids help with writing from sources and includes updated guidelines for using electronic sources effectively.

Paper, 722 pages. 7.25"x9.25"x1".


#2907
$55.00 $49.99



The Chortling Bard: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for High School (A Method for Teaching Grammar, Mechanics, Usage, Vocabulary, and Literary Devices with Plots and Vocabulary Borrowed from Shakespeare) by Jane Bell Kiester - Created to meet the special needs of high school teachers, this resource transforms three of Shakespeare's comedies into challenging and humorous daily doses of grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary, and literary devices. Easy to adapt, The Chortling Bard supplies three years' worth of sentences, texts, and keys, and a complete grammar reference.

Paper, 240 pages.
10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6.

#5258 $21.95
One copy available.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style, second edition by Laurie E. Rozakis, Ph.D. - With this guide you'll gain what you need to be a great communicator at home and on the job. It provides solid information on grammatical rules and how and when to use them, friendly advice for adding variety and style to your writing, and tips, definitions, and warnings to help you along the way.

It will take you step-by-step through the basics of spelling, punctuation, and sentence formation. You also get: explanations of writing styles, definitions of writing mistakes and how to avoid them, examples of model documents (such as resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes), and the differences between drafting a business letter and crafting a personal one.


Paper, 432 pages. 9.25"x7.5"x1".

#1158 $16.95 $10.99



Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction, 3rd edition by Vicki Spandel offers a comprehensive overview of the best education strategies and philosophies of writing assessment and instruction. It provides clear guidelines to students on how to draft, assess, and revise their writing. Designed for teachers.

Paper, 416 pages. 9.25"x7.5"x.75".

#2524 $44.00 $26.99



 


E-Z Edit Tablet - Designed by a professional journalist, this tablet makes it easy to help students strengthen their writing skills. The pages in this 50-page tablet have alternating white and yellow lines. The students write on the white lines, the “editors” (teachers, parents, fellow students, etc.) make their comments on the yellow lines. There is a yellow box on the bottom of each page for detailed explanations and helpful tips. And, because the lines are numbered, it’s easy to reference a comment back to a specific sentence on the page.

All of the pages in the E-Z Edit tablet are perforated at the top and three-hole punched along the side so they can be easily removed and placed in a three-ring binder.

#5502 $4.99

Easy Grammar


Easy Grammar: Grade 3 Teacher Edition - In this text, capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech are presented in units. 

480 pages; reproducible
only 28 prepositions introduced 
materials presented in an easy, step-by-step
manner; easy reading
pre/post assessment
age-appropriate, interesting worksheets 
Writing section includes how to write items in a
series and appositives
contains unit reviews, tests, cumulative reviews,
and cumulative tests
starreproducible worksheets (answer key on left side and reproducible page on right)
starTests are also in the teacher edition.

#1420 $27.95 $19.99   One copy available.



Easy Grammar: Grade 3  Student Test Booklet
64 pages.
#1499 $4.95   One copy available.

Easy Grammar: Grade 5 Teacher Edition - Students are asked to delete prepositional phrases in order to help understand other concepts. 
In addition to grammar concepts, capitalization, punctuation, sentence types, phrases/clauses and friendly/business letters are included.  Ample practice worksheets are offered for each skill.

53 prepositions introduced
materials presented and reviewed throughout
contains unit reviews, unit tests, cumulative reviews, and cumulative tests
includes pre/post assessments
starreproducible worksheets (answer key on left side
and reproducible page on right)
writing section "teaches" how to write appositives, semicolon construction, and compound sentences
See "Scope and Sequence" for content.
starTests are also in the teacher edition.

#1413 $34.95 $24.99  

Easy Grammar Plus teacher edition - is a non-grade level text; therefore, it has wide application. Although the text is ideal for seventh grade, it is used by various middle schools (junior highs), high schools, and in some colleges.

non-grade level (junior high through adult) 
contains additional higher level concepts such as gerunds plus
the perfect and progressive tenses 
includes more difficult capitalization and punctuation rules 
unit reviews, unit tests, cumulative reviews, and
cumulative tests 
665 pages

See "Scope and Sequence" for content.
starreproducible worksheets (answer key on left side and reproducible page on right)
starTests are also in the teacher edition.

#1130 $32.95 $24.99  One copy available.


Editor in Chief C1 Software (Critical Thinking Press) - Editor in Chief improves your child's grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.

The stories involve mixed-skills practice, starting with easier errors and becoming more challenging as students become adept at the editing process.

The books and software both use the same stories, errors, and rules. The difference is in the way students edit the stories.

Students identify and click on errors in each story. Then they select the category and specific rule that applies to each error, prompting the software to correct the error. On-screen instructions, hints, rules, and answers allow students to work, learn, and succeed independently.

Features:

Provides high-quality independent learning (not "edutainment") with immediate feedback for students and parents.
33 activities
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of play.
Quick and detailed instructions
Hints that help students keep learning even if they don't know a rule-no getting stuck.
Guide to grammar, usage & punctuation that teaches and reinforces concepts
Saves unfinished games
Self-grading, with printable student data

System Requirements:
 
Platform: XP/2000/ Me/NT/98/95
Media: CD-ROM
CPU: 200 MHz or faster
RAM: 32MB

Platform: Macintosh OS X/OS 9-7.5
Media: CD-ROM
CPU: 200 MHz or faster
RAM : 32MB



#6920 $27.99 $25.99  One copy available.


Games for Writing: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Write
by Peggy Kaye. As with the author's other books, the games in this book are easy, inexpensive, and fun. She covers handwriting, creative writing, spelling, and grammar through the use of more than fifty activities (mazes, baking pretzels, and playing rhyming games are just a few.)

Lists of spelling words and books to read, and a chart listing games by age level are included.

Paper, 213 pages. See also Kaye's books, Games for Reading and Games for Math.
 

#4270 $16.00 $12.99


Great Explorations in Editing, Volume I - Learners learn and review writing skills and grammar as they search for the errors in each written passage:

Editing exercises teach learners to identify and use the techniques of good writing. Specific skills are defined, utilized, and reviewed, with many examples. A complete glossary of writing skills are included, plus vocabulary and more.

Two separate sections: A Lesson in History and Amazing Facts. A total of 90 lessons.

Paper, 108 pages. 8.5"x11"

#2794 $15.00


Handwriting, Early Skills (World's #1 Quick Reference Guides) by Barcharts - A single, double-sided laminated page. 8.5"x11.5". Contains tips for teaching beginning writing skills.

#3634 $2.95 $1.50 One copy available.


Hodges' Harbrace Handbook (15th edition) - Improve your writing skills with Hodges Harbrace Handbook. Learn how to write effectively, how to choose the most effective information, how to arrange it effectively, and how to decide on the most appropriate language to use when writing for a particular audience. This grammar-first handbook comprehensively covers information that is crucial to a successful college career-grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics. Authors Glenn/Miller/Webb/Gray.

Hardcover, 876 pages. $138.95 $49.95 One copy available.




How to Write a Great Research Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide by Leland Graham & Darriel Ledbetter is a practical, comprehensive manual that guides learners step-by-step through the research process. The book uses friendly language to carefully explain all aspects of planning, researching, and writing the paper.

Topics include: choosing and narrowing an appropriate topic, obtaining the needed information from the library, taking notes, organizing notes into a coherent outline, properly documenting sources, writing and revising the first draft, writing the final draft, and evaluating the final paper.

Written for ages 11-14, though it certainly could be adapted for an older learner.

Paper, 96 pages.
11.1 x 8.6 x 0.3.

#2529 $11.95 $8.99
Out of print; one copy available.



How to Write Themes and Term Papers, 3rd edition by Barbara Lenmark Ellis guides secondary school and college students in preparing basic writing assignments and term papers. It also instructs on writing the latest college-admission essays. Advice includes
bulletResearching and organizing information
bulletEditing rough drafts
bulletAvoiding clichés
bulletSolving spelling problems
Chapters on advanced writing cover business, government, science, and high-tech topics. There is also a chapter on the college application autobiography. Plus: how to select a topic, develop an idea, and style your paper according to accepted academic standards.

Paper, 272 pages. 10.9"x7.8"x.6".

#2689 $11.95 Out of print, one copy available.



The Science of Science-Fiction Writing by James Gunn - Written by one of the leading authorities on writing, publishing and teaching science fiction, The Science of Science Fiction Writing offers the opportunity to share in the knowledge James Gunn has acquired over the past forty years. He reflects on the fiction-writing process and how to teach it, and the ideas he has shared with his students about how to do it effectively and how to get it published afterwards.

The first section discusses why people read fiction, the parts of the short story, the strategy of the science fiction author, scene as the smallest dramatic unit, how to speak well in print, suspense in fiction, how to say the right thing, and how to give constructive criticism. The second section takes a more philosophical approach. Here, Gunn elaborates on the origins of science fiction, its definition, the worldview of science fiction, and the characters that appear in science fiction novels. The third section highlights well-known sci-fi authors: H.G. Wells, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, and others, and the impact they have had on the development and progression of science fiction.


Paper, 256 pages. 9"x6"x.7". A more recent printing of the book retails for $26.35. This copy is an earlier printing that cost less, but it is exactly the same edition.

#0111 $14.95 One copy available.


wpeB.jpg (2528 bytes)The 3 R's
by Ruth Beechick. Designed for grades K-3, this useful package includes three booklets: A Home Start in Reading, A Strong Start in Language, An Easy Start in Arithmetic. Also included is a reversible wall chart that includes a hundreds chart and phonics information. Excellent!

Paper.

#9063 $12.00 $10.99


Writing Because We Love To: Homeschoolers at Work by Susannah Sheffer, editor of Growing Without Schooling, Through her work with homeschoolers ages 10-15, the author explores how to help kids with their writing and looks at what children do when they are in charge of their own learning. Provides many examples of young writers' work and their reflections on it.

This book is out of print, but we have some used copies. They may have creases, library marks, or highlights.

Paper, 122 pages.

#3013 $18.99



Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
by Natalie Goldberg is a great book about writing, but it is also about how to use writing to gain understanding about one's self. The author writes "what is said here about writing can be applied to running, painting, anything you love and have chosen to work within your life."

Paper, 171 pages 

#3759 $12.95 $10.35




Writing Your Way, Second Edition by Peter Stillman - By inviting students to write from their experiences and intuitions, thus making the most of their willingness to put something of themselves on paper, Writing Your Way makes better, even eager, writers out of  all students.

Stillman's approach is emphatically process orientd, stressing prewriting, revision, and work in peer writing groups. Since learning to write requires continual practice in writing, there are opportunities in each of the twenty-six chapters to write and discover the process that best suits the individual. Writing becomes an everyday act that can be gratifying on both a personal and an academic level.


Paper, 174 pages. Young adult.

#3439 $24.38 $19.99



Wordsmith Apprentice by Janie Cheaney - All the practicality, humor and fun of Wordsmith, but written for the younger student, ages 9-12. An easy to use writing course encouraging students to develop their writing skills as they participate in every role on a newspaper staff: editor, reporter, writer, etc. Children develop a love for writing as they express themselves through sentence and paragraph writing, persuasive writing, and much more.

Paper, 126 pages. Spiral-bound.

#3178 $16.00


Wordsmith by Janie B. Cheaney - For young people who want to improve their writing skills, step-by-step instructions are provided that will help any writer improve his techniques. The introduction provides a brief review of grammar followed by instruction on building stronger sentences, exercise in descriptive and narrative writing, creating dialogue, story writing, and writing from a particular point of view. Plus, the essential skills of every good writer, practice in proofreading and revising.

Paper, 106 pages. Ages 12+.

#3185X $16.00

A Teacher's Guide to Wordsmith by Janie B. Cheaney - Provides the answers to review quizzes found in the above Wordsmith book, as well as an overview, syllabus, and teaching suggestions.

Includes a week-by-week suggested plan of study (based on 36 weeks).

Paper, 45 pages.

#3192 $7.00



Wordsmith Craftsman by Janie B. Cheaney - The third and last of the Wordsmith series focuses on building, integrating, and polishing practical writing skills. This self-directed program allows students to take charge of their assignments and schedules.

Strong in preparing the student for college, Part 1 addresses practical, everyday writing: notes, outlines, personal correspondence, summaries, business letters and reports. Part 2 focuses on the power of language: paragraphs (principles, types, and organization), writing techniques, and developing a personal writing style. Part 3 concentrates on essay writing: descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive essays.

Wordsmith equips young adults for a lifetime of excellence in communication skills.

Paper, 118 pages. Ages 15+.

#3208 $16.00

 

Draw-Write-Now Series

 

Draw-Write-Now Series

By popular demand, we are now carrying Draw Write Now, a series of books that contains simple drawing and handwriting lessons for young children. 

Each book is 64-pages long and includes 3 unit studies, with a total of 21 step-by-step drawing lessons in each book. Four short, topic-related sentences are included with each lesson and may be copied by the learner in manuscript, cursive, or italic - whatever style they are learning - for handwriting practice; or they can be used as a starting point for creative writing, reports or journaling.

Each book also includes factual information on each topic, recommended book lists, and numerous ideas to spark a learner's imagination.

Recommended for ages 5-9.

#0712 Book One: On the Farm $14.99 $12.99
#0729 Book Two: Christopher Columbus $14.99 $12.99
#0737 Book Three: Native Americans, Pilgrims $14.99 $12.99
#0745 Book Four: The Polar Regions $14.99 $12.99
#0753 Book Five: The United States $14.99 $12.99
#0761 Book Six: Animals and Habitats $14.99 $12.99
#077X Book Seven: Animals of the World $14.99 $12.99
#0788 Book Eight: Animals of the World, Pt 2 $14.99 $12.99

Buy the boxed set of all 8 books and save even more!
#0798 Draw-Write-Now boxed set $109.99 $82.99

My Draw-Write-Now Workbook is printed on white paper (8.2x10.5) and is oriented horizontally to give the user a long line on which to write and a wide drawing area. There are enough pages to hold all of the lessons in one of the above Draw-Write-Now books with a few extra pages for practice. #0702 $4.00

 

Writing Strands Series

 

Writing Strands by Dave Marks

The goal of this series is to help youngsters become skilled in the following four modes of writing: 1) argumentative 2) explanatory 3) creative and 4) research and report.

The series does not focus on grammar skills but instead shows children how to communicate through their writing. At each level, the learner follows directions that focus on specific abilities and learns to work independently. The work is broken up into manageable pieces that progress over time. Each assignment produces a report, an essay or a piece of fiction.

Writing Strands 1 is a bit different from the rest of the series. It is designed for families of children not yet writing. The book offers games and projects "to help young children understand that words are not just things to use to get what they want, but that they can have fun with them. It is a way to have a family demonstrate its value of language use, to present to children models of behavior, and to have all the members of the family help convince the youngest members that the family they are part of lives creating and sharing through language. It consists of a manual of games and projects and an audio recording of examples, made by the author and his son, of what can be done for and with very young children."

I find the author, Dave Marks, to be very respectful of children and their innate desire to learn. Some of the principles that he followed when writing these guides: every person can learn to express ideas and feelings in writing; there is no one right way to write anything; the ability to write is not an exercise of a body of knowledge that can be learned like a list of vocabulary words; all student writing efforts are worthy of praise.

#4059 Evaluating Writing (This is the parent's manual for all levels of Writing Strands. It is strongly recommended.) $20.00 $17.99
#4462 Writing Strands 1 with audio CD (Oral work for ages 3-8) $14.95 $13.45
#4121 Writing Strands 2 (About 7 years old) $20.00 $17.99 Out of stock
#4105 Writing Strands 3 (Starting program ages 8-12) $20.00 $17.99 Out of stock
#4091 Writing Strands 4 (Any age after Level 3 or starting program at age 13 or 14) $20.00 $17.99
#4083 Writing Strands 5 (Any age after Level 4 or starting program at age 15 or 16) $20.00 $17.99
#4067 Writing Strands 6 (17 or any age after Level 5) $20.00 $17.99
#4075 Writing Strands 7 (18 or any age after Level 6) $20.00 $17.99
#4024 Writing Exposition (After Level 7. Challenging non-fiction writing.) $20.00 $17.99
#4016 Creating Fiction (After Level 7. Challenging fiction writing.) $20.00 $17.99
#4164 Reading Strands (Teaches parents how to discuss and critically examine literature with children. For all levels.)

#D-4164 DAMAGED Reading Strands - this copy has multiple creases on the cover and the inside has about 12 pages that are very wrinkled (but still easily readable).

$20.00 $17.99


$20.00 $  7.00


 

Italic Handwriting Series

Italic Handwriting Series

I have listed the publisher's recommended grade level in parentheses, but the books themselves do not list a grade level. I like this because both our children (ages 8 and 12 when they started using the books) started with Book A. I think it would have bothered our son if the books had been labeled with a grade level. Our 12-year-old moved through the books more quickly than our 8-year-old and is almost two books ahead of her now. 

The style is different from the kind of printing either of our children was doing, so I think starting with Book A was useful for them. They also like the progressive repetition, and the writing becomes progressively smaller as they move through the series. Certainly, other learners may prefer to start later in the series (cursive begins with Book C) or do fewer of the exercises. By Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay. Paper, consumable.

#0923 Book A (Kindergarten) Basic Italic $8.75
#0931 Book B (1st grade) Basic Italic $8.75
#094X Book C (2nd grade) Basic & Cursive $8.75
#0958 Book D (3rd grade) Basic & Cursive $8.75
#0966 Book E (4th grade) Basic & Cursive $8.75
#0974 Book F (5th grade) Basic & Cursive $8.75
#0982 Book G (6th grade & adult) Basic & Cursive $8.75
#0990 Instruction Manual $12.75
#FUN12 Italic Handwriting: Books A-G & Instruction Manual $74.00 $59.99
#1180 Write Now: A Complete Self-Teaching Program for Better Handwriting (Adult) $16.95 $14.99
#1502X Italic Handwriting VHS video - helps you write and teach legible writing. One copy available. $20.00 $12.99


Games

 


Green Alligators: Zoo and Farm Animals (El Lagartito Verde: el zoologico y la granja) - The Giggly-Silly bilingual descriptive word game! No reading required. Pictures are identified to encourage early readers of both English and Spanish.

Green Alligators
is that wonderful little "I'm thinking of" kind of card game, but this one has pictures so you can't change your mind part way through the game! Play with your little one while doing other things around the house; just take a look at your card and start giving clues. Your little one will delight in trying to guess what your card is. Then it is the child's turn to give clues.

It is a non-competitive activity for 2 players, or it becomes competitive when the "big kids" try to out-guess the others!

Ages 4 and up, 2 to 4 players.

#307AX $10.00


Quiddler: The Short Word Game
Because words, like at, is, of, ax, and zoo can lead to winning, readers of all ages can play and win. There are bonuses for both short and long words. You simply combine all the cards in your hand into words. The beautiful letter design on the cards is based on Celtic artwork. 1999 Parents' Choice Award winner, and it has received kudos from many homeschoolers.

1-8 players, ages 8+.

Save even more with the SET FUNPak!

#9150 $12.00 $10.99


Rummy Roots: English Vocabulary Building Games - Our whole family had fun with this card game. After playing, the kids became very aware of all the words in our language that are based on Greek and Latin. "Hey, mom, bicycle-tricycle, two wheels-three wheels!" Exclamations like that would come from the back seat of our car on the way to the post office or from the kitchen table as we ate breakfast. It is designed for 2-4 players, ages 8-adult (our 6-year old played, with help. We also copied the vocabulary list so everyone could have one for reference).

Rummy Roots teaches 42 Greek and Latin roots, alphabetizing, dictionary skills, vocabulary and more using rules based on popular card games like Go Fish. It is fun and challenging, and there are several games on different levels. Play is enhanced by combining Rummy Roots with More Rummy Roots (see below).

Ages 8-adult. For 2-4 players.

 Rummy Roots #RR1 $15.95 Out of stock.



More Roots: English Vocabulary Building Games
Ready to learn more? More Roots continues along in the same format as Rummy Roots (above) and introduces new Greek & Latin roots to increase your knowledge and skill level.

There are several games on various levels so it's fun for a variety of ages and abilities.

Ages 8-adult. For 2-4 players.

More Roots #MRR $15.95




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