Thursday, July 24, 2014

Silver for General Washington....

Silver for General Washington by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft is a delightful story!  It's set during the American Revolutionary War through the long hard winter at Valley Forge.  When twelve year old Gil Emmet and his sister, Jen, are sent to live with cousins in Valley Forge, they have no idea how it's going to change their world.   Through high adventure, they learn what it means to be a Patriot and give freely for the cause.  The lively characters make history come alive.  Riley, Ruben, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

While researching Meadowcroft, I came across this brief biography and an excerpt of Silver for General Washington.  Unfortunately, this little gem is out of print.  We were blessed with a copy when a small local library closed its doors.  Though the well worn pages are yellowed and falling out, it is a book we will keep on our shelves for generations to come! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ode to Thomas Jefferson....

"This ball of liberty, I believe most piously, is now so well in motion that it will roll round the globe." 
                                                                                                                                                      - Thomas Jefferson, 1795

I was very fascinated by the life of Thomas Jefferson. Over two hundred years later, I can't help but wonder what he would think of liberty in America today.  Without a doubt, Jefferson's accomplishments helped to make America great, from building Monticello to serving as a member of the Continental Congress, authoring the Declaration of Independence, serving as Governor of Virginia, ambassador to France, U.S. Secretary of State, Vice President of the U.S., President of the U.S., purchasing the Louisiana Territory from France, and opening the University of Virginia.  Did you know Jefferson was also an inventor?  This soft spoken man had many talents.  He believed strongly in the power of eduction and freedom.  He fought for America's future on many fronts.  Jefferson also struggled with the idea of slavery, the loss of his wife and most of his children.  I found Thomas Jefferson to be quite an amazing man! 

While studying the life of Thomas Jefferson with elementary children, some books I recommend are:

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin - This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of Thomas Jefferson from his earliest memory at age three to his death.  The book shows Jefferson's character and highlights achievements throughout his life.  The end pages offer a timeline of Jefferson's life, quotes from his writings, and a two page tour of Monticello. 

The Story of the Declaration of Independence and The Story of Monticello both by Norman Richards - The Cornerstones of Freedom series give a great factual overview of events in an easy to read form.  I believe they were originally written for older students, but at around 30 pages with a smattering of images, the larger text is suitable as a read aloud for younger children.  I have found them to be historically accurate and the kids love them. 

Journey to Monticello by James Knight - We've read many of Knight's Adventures in Colonial America series this year.  In this series, you can explore the world as it once was, live in a colonial village, build a fort at Jamestown, and fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.  Featuring finely detailed illustrations and exciting stories in the life and times of Colonial America, these books bring history to life.  Other titles in the series are....
  • Blue Feather's Vision: The Dawn of Colonial America
  • Jamestown: New World Adventure
  • Sailing to America: Colonists at Sea
  • The Village: Life in Colonial Times
  • The Farm: Life in Colonial Pennsylvania
  • Boston Tea Party: Rebellion in the Colonies
  • Salem Days: Life in a Colonial Seaport
  • Journey to Monticello: Traveling in Colonial Times
  • Seventh and Walnut: Life in Colonial Philadelphia
  • The Winter at Valley Forge: Survival and Victory
The Hatmaker's Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin retold by Candace Flemming - This delightful Five in a Row picture book told in parable form is based on a true-life conversation between Ben Franklin and his friend Thomas Jefferson.  After drafting the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson's pride is hurt when members of the Continental Congress want to change his words and an argument ensues.  Franklin consoles  Jefferson with this tale of a hat maker who tries to create the perfect sign for his shop.  However, on his way to the sign maker's shop, everyone he encounters finds fault with his sign until he comes up with the perfect solution.  The Hatmaker's Sign is a wonderful story!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Scarlet Letter - Part 1

If you've been reading for a while, you may have guessed that as a self proclaimed bibliophile, I love great books!  But sometimes I get so wrapped up in reading to our children that I don't take time to read for myself.  A while back, while reading this post on LindaFay's Charlotte Mason Help blog, I was struck by the idea of "Mother Culture".  Karen Andreola devotes all of Chapter 46 in A Charlotte Mason Companion to Mother Culture.  In my mind, this notion of the teacher/mother replenishing her soul with a continual supply of ideas is paramount to preventing burnout.  In order to be of great service to our children, we must make time to refill ourselves. Therefore, as part of my New Year's resolution, I vowed to read four classic novels this year as part of my Mother Culture. 

I started the year with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.   I read the first four chapters back in January/February/March, but because I am only afforded the opportunity to read in small snippets got sidetracked and a little confused.  I set it aside for a week couple of months.  I have since went back and re-read those chapters, because I forgot everything, plus two more.  In addition, I checked out Spark Notes and I think it's finally coming together.

Hester met with her "husband", who is not the father of her child after he spotted her standing on the public square holding her babe and wearing the red letter "A" for adulterer.  I'm wondering about this his disability.  I'm also trying to figure out why he left Hester and where he's been.  I did not catch the significance of the rosebush before reading SN.  And how ironic, that Pearl is such a beautiful child with a devil like spirit.  OK, I just re-read this paragraph and realize these are very random thoughts ;-)

After telling a dear friend about my reading, she disclosed that she didn't like the book, nor Hawthorne's writing in general.  So far, I'm liking The Scarlett Letter, though the writing is difficult....not "too hard" difficult, but "need to focus to comprehend" difficult.  I'll let you know if I ever finish..........

Monday, July 14, 2014

Softball & Baseball...

We love softball/baseball here on Drywood Creek!  Our older girls played fast pitch softball for years and now it's time for the younger kiddos.  I think organized sports are a great way to learn cooperation, hard work, ethics, and how to be a team player.   Not to mention, it's great exercise!  I had the wonderful opportunity to help manage Riley's team this year.  Boy, did I learn a lot!  Also, Ruben had his first experience with baseball.  He tried t-ball a few years back, but didn't take an interest in furthering his experience until this year.  Here are some highlights....

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Learning and Living....A Charlotte Mason Study Group

Learning and Living Box Front

As many of you know, I've dabbled in some of Charlotte Mason's methods in our homeschool.  Earlier this spring, I felt a calling to deepen my understanding of Charlotte's methods though I was unsure how to proceed.  I contemplated starting a CM Study Group, but didn't know if I wanted to tackle the task.  However, I felt after seven years of homeschooling, I was ready to dig deeper and advance to the next level...whatever that may be.  
A short time later, Simply Charlotte Mason's new DVD series, Learning and Living - Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way was released.  After much thought and prayer, I decided to go ahead and start a CM Study Group utilizing the series as a jumping point.  Last night, I had the privilege of meeting with a dozen other lovely ladies, homeschooling mamas, like me, to kick off our study.  What a treat!

After a bit of social time and introductions, we watched the first DVD in the series, "Meet Charlotte and Her Methods". It covers a brief history of Charlotte Mason's life and an overview of some of Charlotte's methods.  Sonya Shafer does a bang up job of presenting the material.  There are points to pause the DVD for group participation in Charlotte's methods.  Shafer's passion for Mason shines through.   I really appreciated how she presented Charlotte's student motto, "I am , I can, I ought, I will" attaching scripture to each phrase.  

Some of the methods covered are:

Narration - The telling back of a reading in the child's own words.  Shafer gives two opportunities for viewers to practice this method.

Book of Centuries - This method of each student keeping a timeline book, where they can add people and events that interest them as they learn, has intrigued me for some time.  After reading Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page, Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, I wrote a post here on my ah-ha moment regarding the BOC.  

Copywork - Giving children a living idea to practice handwriting by allowing them to copy a passage from their reading.  

Poetry Study - Reading beautiful poetry that sparks living thoughts and ideas.

Prepared Dictation - Charlotte used this method to teach spelling.  Again, Shafer allows seminar participants to practice this method.  

Picture Study - used for art appreciation.  We practiced this method by studying a Millet print for a short time, until we could see it in detail in our mind.  Picture study gives the child an idea of an artist's style.  

I'm looking forward to our next CM Study Group meeting where we'll learn more about narration and the use of "living books".  We plan to gather every two weeks throughout the fall to complete the DVD series.  I will post a follow-up here after each meeting.  If you are interested in learning more about the Charlotte Mason method of teaching, I highly recommend the Learning and Living DVD series.   

Monday, July 7, 2014

Guns for General Washington...

In January of 1776, Henry Knox attempted what would seem an impossible task.  He led teams of men through three hundred miles of winter mountain wilderness to Fort Ticonderoga to retrieve weapons and ammunition captured during the French and Indian War.  The arsenal was much needed for General Washington's battle to win the American Revolution. 

Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit is based on the true account of Knox' daunting task.  In preparation for the book, Reit consulted a variety of historians and writers who studied primary source materials including a diary kept by Colonel Henry Knox, reports sent to General Washington, and a story by participant John P. Becker written in a newspaper called the Albany Gazette

The story of Knox' seemingly impossible feat is absolutely amazing!  Reit's historic high adventure tale brings Knox' task to life.  I had no knowledge of this story prior to reading Guns for General Washington.  Once again, I was blown away by the bravery and courage of the men who fought so gallantly to free America.  Riley and Ruben were constantly chanting, "Read another chapter!" throughout the book.  Whether you're like me and have no prior knowledge of Knox' story or your well versed in the story, Guns for General Washington is a book you'll want to add to aid in your knowledge. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Independence Day Book Sale!!

Independence Day Book Sale!  Orders over $50 paid in full by July 5, 2014 receive FREE shipping or 10% off local pick up!!  

I am a homeschooling mother of 5 with a real passion for books.  It's my mission to rescue great living books and get them in the hands of families that cherish books as much as we do.   Many of the living books I have for sale are duplicate copies of books in our personal library.   Many of these books are no longer in print, have disappeared from the public libraries, and are getting harder and harder to find.  Some of the books are new, most are used, and some are ex-library copies with the usual markings.  We are a smoke and pet free home. 

The books are divided into categories, alphabetical by popular publishers and curricula companies, and then the rest by subject.  I have tried to list recommended grades or ages where appropriate. I also have a chronological history list available upon request. 
There is no minimum order.  I accept PayPal.  I use media mail shipping and ship anywhere in the U.S.   Actual shipping is figured by weight on larger orders.  Please send questions or desired book list to for a shipping quote.  

Thanks for looking,


American Girl – used in TQ

Chrissa Stands Strong $3

Girls of Many Lands Isabel – London, England, 1592 (hardcover) $3

Girls of Many Lands Isabel – London, England, 1592 $3 each

Girls of Many Lands Cecile – Versailles, France, 1711 $3

Girls of Many Lands Leyla – Istanbul, Turkey, 1720 $3

Girls of Many Lands Spring Pearl – Canton, China, 1857 $3 each

Girls of Many Lands Minuk – Yup’ik, Alaska, 1890 $3

Girls of Many Lands Neela – Bengal, India, 1939 $3

Addy’s Little Brother (hardcover) $1

Molly Takes Flight (hardcover) $1

Samantha 6 book set $10
-       Meet Samantha
-       Samantha Learns a Lesson
-       Samantha’s Surprise
-       Happy Birthday, Samantha!
-       Samantha Saves the Day
-       Changes for Samantha

Kaya 6 book set (hardcover – 4 books have dust jacket w/Mylar cover) $12
-       Meet Kaya
-       Kaya’s Escape
-       Kaya’s Hero
-       Kaya and Lone Dog
-       Kaya Shows the Way
-       Changes for Kaya

Beautiful Feet – used in TQ

City by David Macaulay $6

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz $5

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry $3

Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi $2

Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark by Della Rowland $4

BJU Press (Bob Jones)

History – Heritage Studies
-       1st grade Teacher Edition spiral bound 2nd edition $4
-       2nd grade Student Notebook 2nd edition $2
-       3rd grade Teacher Edition & Student Text 2nd edition $10
-       4th grade Teacher Edition spiral bound 2nd edition $4
-       5th grade Student Text 2nd edition $3
-       6th grade Teacher Edition spiral bound & Tests 2nd edition $5
-       Geography for Christian Schools (hardcover) 1st edition $5 each
-       World History for Christian Schools Student Text (hardcover), Tests, Student Activities 2nd edition $8

-       3rd grade (hardcover) student text & Teacher’s Edition set 2nd edition $20
-       3rd grade (hardcover) student text, Notebook Packet, & Teacher’s Edition set 1st edition $15
-       6th grade Student Activities Teacher’s Edition 3rd edition $6
-       6th grade Teacher Edition & Student book 1st edition $12
-       Life Science Student Text, Student Activities, Activities Teacher Edition 2nd edition $20
-       Space & Earth Science A & B Student Text 3rd edition $15
-       Earth Science Student Text 2nd edition $3 each
-       The Physical World Student Text, Teacher Edition spiral bound, & Tests 3rd edition $35

Christian Liberty Press

Appreciating Art 1st grade $2

Studying God’s Word Book E Student Workbook w/key $4

Cornerstones of Freedom series – used in TQ

The Story of the Constitution by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) $4 each

The Story of the Women Who Shaped the West by Mary Virginia Fox $3

Presidential Elections by Miles Harvey $3

The Story of Ellis Island by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) $4

The Story of Ellis Island by R. Conrad Stein $3

The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Kenneth Richards (hardcover) $4

The Story of the Lincoln Memorial by Natalie Miller (hardcover) $4

The Story of the Supreme Court by Kenneth Richards (hardcover) $4

The Story of the Star Spangled Banner by Natalie Miller (hardcover) $4

The Story of Fort Sumter by Eugenia Burney (hardcover) $4

The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Natalie Miller (hardcover) $4

The Story of the Capitol by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) $4

The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards (hardcover) $4

Five in a Row – used in TQ

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina $4

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey $4 each

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey $4 each

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? By Nancy White Carlstrom $3 each

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter $2

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton $4 each

Corduroy by Don Freeman $3

Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell $4

Handwriting Without Tears

1st Grade Teacher’s Guide $5 each

3rd Grade Teacher’s Guide $5 each

4th Grade Teacher’s Guide $5 each

Little House on the Prairie series – used in TQ

Let the Hurricane Roar by Rose Wilder Lane (AKA Young Pioneers) $3

My First Little House Books – Going to Town (hardcover) $4

A Little House Christmas by Laura Ingalls Wilder $3 each

Rod & Staff

Art Pac grade 3 $1

Patterns of Nature – new student & teacher edition grade 2 $7

Science God’s Marvelous Works
-       Book 1 (teacher, student, & tests) $10

Sonlight – used in TQ

Core B Science $15 set
-       Instructor Guide with 4 & 5 day schedules and binder
-       The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

Dolphin Adventure Core K/A $2

Farewell to Manzanar Core 100 $2 each

Homesick by Jean Fritz Core 5/F $2 each

Greg’s Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam Core 2/3 B/C $2

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (hardcover) Core 5/F BF TQ $3 each

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Core 5/F BF TQ $2

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell Core 4/D $2

North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline Core 3/D $3

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel Core 2/3 B/C $2

And Then What Happened Paul Revere? By Jean Fritz Core 3/D $3 each

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlin Core 3/D $2 each

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson Core 5/F $2

My Antonia by Willa Cather Core 400 $2

The Apple and the Arrow: The Legend of William Tell by Mary and Conrad Buff Core K/A $3 each

Commodore Perry in the Land of Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (hardcover) Core 5/F $6

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry Core 5/F $2

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (hardcover) Core 5/F $10

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman Core 6/G $2

The Call of the Wild by Jack London Core 100 $2 each

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth Core 5/F $2 each

Rascal by Sterling North Core 5/F $2 each

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyui Choi Core 7/H $2

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White Core 1/B $2

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis Core 5/F $3

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Core 6/7 H/W $2 each

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Core 400 $2 each

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Core 100 $3

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Core 2/C $3

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton Core 300 $4

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Core 2/C BF $3

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Core 5/F $3

American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg Core P4/5 $2 each

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman Core 7/H $3 each

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (hardcover) Core 3/4 D/E $5

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen Core 3/4 D/E $3

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr Core 1/B $2

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book Core K/A $5

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos Core 100 $3 each

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Core 5/F $2

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Core 100 $3

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson Core 300 $2

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Core K/A $2

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall Core 200 $3

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs Core 3/D $3

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Core 400 $2

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord Core 3/4 D/E $2

Shadow of the Bull by Maia Wojciechowska Core 6/7 G/H $3

Sounder by William H. Armstrong Core 100 $3

The Perilous Road by William O. Steele Core 4/E TQ $3

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden Core1/2 B/C $2

Basic American Government by Clarence Carson (hardcover) Core 300 $15

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder Core 3/4/D/E TQ $3

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr Core 300 TQ $3

The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla Core 2/C $3

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting CoreK/A $3

Singapore Math

Primary Mathematics 4A & 4B student textbook set $5

Primary Mathematics 4A student textbook U.S. Edition $3

New Elementary Mathematics set $5
-       Student Text 1
-       Quick Revision Guide
-       Student Workbook 2

TruthQuest – See other headings for more TQ titles

The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy & Giulio Maestro TQ $3

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter TQ $2 each

Kate Shelley Bound for Legend by Robert D San Souci TQ $2 each          

Frederick Douglass, Freedom Fighter by Lillie Patterson (Discovery Book) (hardcover) TQ $4

Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

Frederick Douglass: Slave-Fighter-Freeman by Arna Bontemps (hardcover) TQ $6

Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner TQ $2

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault TQ $2 each

Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman TQ $5 each

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman TQ $5

An Indian Winter by Russell Freedman TQ $5

A Picture Book of Sacagawea by David A. Adler TQ $3 each

A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler TQ $3

A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David A. Adler TQ $3

Sequoyah Cherokee Hero by Joanne Oppenheim TQ $3

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline TQ $3

I, Columbus – My Journal edited by Peter and Connie Roop TQ $3

Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay (Landmark edition) TQ $3

Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett (Step Up Books edition – hardcover) TQ $4

Boy on the Mayflower by Iris Vinton TQ $3

On the Mayflower by Kate Waters TQ $4

Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters TQ $4

Daniel Boone - Taming the Wild by Katharine E. Wilkie TQ $3

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz TQ BF $5

The Adventures of George Washington by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin TQ $4

Buttons for General Washington by Peter & Connie Roop (hardcover) TQ $4

By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll TQ $4

Lewis and Clark Explorers of the American West by Steven Kroll (hardcover) TQ $4

The Story of Ulysses S. Grant by Jeannette Nolan (hardcover) TQ $6

We Were There at the Opening of the Atomic Ear by James Munves (hardcover) TQ $6

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George TQ $2

Eating the Plates by Lucille Recht Penner TQ $5

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery TQ $2

The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz TQ $3

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon TQ $3 each

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin TQ $3

A Book About Benjamin Franklin by Ruth Belov Gross TQ $3

The Death of Lincoln by Leroy Hayman TQ $3

Abraham’s Battle – A Novel of Gettysburg by Sara Harrell Banks TQ $2

Abraham Lincoln by Anne Colver TQ $3

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah TQ $3

The Story of George Washington Carver by Eva Moore TQ $2

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy TQ $5

Meet the Wards on the Oregon Trail by John J. Loeper $3

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline TQ $3

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall TQ $3

Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone TQ $3

The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk by Donald J. Sobol TQ $3

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson TQ $2 each

The First Book of Early Settlers by Louise Dickinson Rich (hardcover) TQ $5

Ellis Island – Gateway to the New World by Leonard Everett Fisher (hardcover) TQ $5

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul (hardcover) TQ $6

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul TQ $4

Trouble at Otter Creek by Wilma Pitchford Hays (hardcover) TQ $5

Wanted Dead or Alive: The True Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern TQ $3 each

If you Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern TQ $3 each

If you Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake by Ellen Levine TQ $3

If you Lived at the Time or Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine TQ $3 each

Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark TQ $2

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse TQ $3

Journey to Monticello by James E. Knight TQ $3

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr TQ $3

Helen Keller’s Teacher by Mickie Davidson TQ $3

John Henry: An American Legend by Ezra Jack Keats TQ $2

Colonial American Craftsmen Series by Leonard Everett Fisher (hardcover) TQ $5 each
-       The Weavers
-       The Cabinetmakers
-       The Potters

The Colonial Wars by Alden R. Carter TQ $4

Exploring the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard TQ $5

Stephen Decatur – Fighting Sailor – A Discovery Book by Wyatt Blassingame (hardcover) TQ $4

Crispin – The Cross of Lead by Avi TQ $2

Troubles for Lucy by Carla Stevens (hardcover) TQ $3

Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen TQ $3

From Sea to Shining Sea by Peter Marshall /David Manuel (hardcover) TQ BF $3

Sower Series God’s Leader for a Nation – Abraham Lincoln by David Collins (loose pages) TQ $3

The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin TQ $3

World View

Countering Culture by David Noebel book & video set (NEW: Video in shrink wrap - unused) $20

Write Source – Great Source

Write on Track (A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers and Learners) with TE grade 3 $5 set each

Reading & Writing Sourcebook Teacher’s Guide grade 3 $2

Writer’s Express (A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers and Learners) with TE grade 4/5 $5 set

History, Geography, Government, Economics, & Social Studies  

DK (hardcover) Africa $2

Count Your Way Through Africa by Jim Haskins (hardcover) $2

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War by Ina Chang $2 each

Land of the Free by Enid La Monte Meadowcroft (1961 hardcover) $6

Life in America Series
            Life Establishing a Nation 1790-1849 $8
            Life in a New World 1000-1763 $8

Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart by Corinne Szabo $4

Wisconsin Forest Tales by Julia Pferdehirt (new) $3

Homeschool Ponies Volume One: Patriotic Patches (new w/iron patches) Grades K-8 $10

20th Century – The Fifties – Teacher Created Materials $3

20th Century – 1910-1919 – Teacher Created Materials $3

The Civil War – unit study by Pat Wesolowski $3

Memories of the Night: A Study of the Holocaust by Meinbach & Kassenoff – Frank Schaffer Pub. $3

Project Citizen Level 1 – Center for Civic Education $10 set
-       Teacher’s Guide
-       Student Text (2)

The Here & Now Reproducible Book of George W. Bush $5

American Heritage Junior Library Cowboys and Cattle Country (hardcover) $5 each

American Heritage Junior Library Theodore Roosevelt: The Strenuous Life (hardcover) $5

Indian Summer by F.N. Monjo (hardcover) $3

North American Indian Sign Language by Karen Liptak $3

Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner – Step into Reading $2

True Stories About Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross $2

Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg $2

The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern $2

Did Columbus Really Discover America? By Peter and Connie Roop $2 each

Christopher Columbus by David Goodnough $2

Frederick Douglass: Portrait of a Freedom Fighter by Sheila Keenan $2

The Royal Diaries: Elisabeth - The Princess Bride; Austria-Hungary, 1853 (hardcover) $3

Sacajawea Wilderness Guide by Kate Jassem $2

Wagons West: Off to Oregon by Catherine E. Chambers $2

Buried in Ice: The Mystery of a Lost Arctic Expedition by Owen Beattie and John Geiger $3

Famous American Ships – Golden Library of Knowledge by Walter Franklin (hardcover) $5

How They Built the Statue of Liberty by Mary J. Shapiro (hardcover) $5

The Chicago Fire by Corinne J. Naden (hardcover) $5 each

The Conquest of the West – A Sourcebook of the American West edited by Carter Smith $3

General Washington’s Christmas Farewell by Stanley Weintraub $2

Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne $2

Usborne The Adventures of King Arthur retold by Angela Wilkes $3

Work and Play in the Philippines – New World Neighbors Series (1944 hardcover) $4

The Apostle Paul – A Life of Paul by John Pollock $4

East Timor – Island in Turmoil by Taro McGuinn (hardcover) $2

Trade, Transportation, and Warfare – American Indian Contributions to the World by Keoke & Porterfield (hardcover) $3

My America Season of Promise – Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary by Patricia Hermes $3


Jumpstart for Science – Short Daily Warm-Ups Grades 4-8 $2

Simple and Fun Science – Learning by Doing Level A $2

Thematic Unit Weather $3

Bears: A First Discovery Book (hardcover) $1

Earth: Our Planet in Space by Seymour Simon $2

Floating and Sinking by Franklyn Branley (hardcover) $2

Tornado Alert by Franklyn Branley $2

What the Moon is Like by Franklyn Branley $2

Ducks Don’t Get Wet by Augusta Goldin (hardcover) $2

Bats in the Dark by John Kaufmann (hardcover) $2

Wonders of the Deep Sea by Boris Arnov Jr. (hardcover) $2

Forest Plants by Ernestine Giesecke $1

Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky $1

Fodor’s 239 Great Places to Escape to Nature without Roughing It $2

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle $2

Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons $2

Catch the Wind! All About Kites by Gail Gibbons $2

The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola $2

The True Book of Seasons by Illa Podendorf (hardcover) $2

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft & Richard G. Van Gelder $2

A Week with AIMS (Activities Integrating Math & Science) Primary Grades Series 1 $20

The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole $2

One Day in a Tropical Rain Forest by Jean Craighead George $2

One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George $2

One Day in an Alpine Tundra by Jean Craighead George $2

Julie’s Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George $2

What Makes a Bird a Bird? By May Garelick $1

All About Series (hardcover) $2 each
-       Whales by Andrews
-       Satellites and Space Ships by Dietz
-       The Ice Age by Lauber
-       Prehistoric Cave Men by Epstein

TOPS Learning Systems grades 7-12 $50 set
-       Measuring Length 02
-       Weighing 05
-       Metric Measure 06
-       Solutions 12 - (we used as part of Angel's Chemistry credit)
-       Kinetic Model 14
-       Heat 15
-       Light 17
-       Sound 18
-       Electricity 19
-       Magnestism 20
-       Motion 21
-       Rocks and Minerals 23

A+ Projects in Biology by Janice VanCleave $4

Rocks & Minerals by Janice VanCleave $3

Math & Logic

Discovering Math – Subtraction by Alison Wells (hardcover) $2

Dividing Treasures (hardcover) $3

American Education Publishing Ready to Test Grade 3 workbook $4

Read Any Good Math Lately?: Children’s Books for Mathematical Learning, K-6 By David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde $3

Exploring Mathematics Scott Foresman 4th grade set $50
-       Teacher’s edition
-       Student text
-       Enrichment blackline masters
-       Enrichment blackline masters key

Count and See by Tana Hoban (hardcover) $4

Count and See by Tana Hoban $3

Summer Success Math Teacher’s Edition grade 5 $4

Take Shapes Lines and Letters by Jeanne Bendick (hardcover) $4

Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal Instruction & Answer Guide $3

Writing & Grammar Books

Daily Oral Language grade 2 by Carson Dellosa Publishing $3

Daily Oral Language grade 1 $3

Oral Language Plus grade 2 $3

Daily Oral Language grade 3 $3

Daily Oral Language grade 4 $3

Brainbuilders Language Development Grammar and Usage Grade 2 $2

World Teachers Press Grammar Skills – Exploring the Structure of Language Grade 2-3 $2

Carson-Dellosa Publishing Jazz Up Your Journal Writing Grades 3-4 $2

EPS Composition 1, 2, & 3 (3 book set) $3

No Frill Grammar Drill grade 4 $2

Narrative Writing - McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing grades 5-8 $2

Quotations Journal Topics grades 4-8 $1

Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives by Ruth Heller $3 each

A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns by Ruth Heller $3

Reading & Phonics Books

Dr. Seuss: Across the Curriculum with Favorites by Teacher Created Materials $2

Claims to Fame – Fourteen Short Biographies – Book 3 $3 each

Claims to Fame – Fourteen Short Biographies – Book 2 w/key $5

Claims to Fame – Fourteen Short Biographies – Book 1 w/ key $5

Guided Independent Reading – Book 1 Grades 3-5 $2

EPS Reasoning and Reading Level 1 by Joanne Carlisle $2

Rainbow Bridge Reading Success grade 3 $3

Walch Steps to Successful Reading: Nonfiction $3

American Literature Challenge! By Walch Publishing $3

Integrating American History with Reading Instruction by Creative Teaching Press Grade 5 $1

Literature and Critical Thinking by Teacher Created Materials Intermediate Level $2

Frank Shaffer Learning about our Presidents $2

Frank Shaffer Integrating Literature Series middle and upper grades $2 each
-       Science
-       Environmental Education
-       Social Studies
-       Multicultural Education

Carson Dellosa Publishing Exploring Cultures Through Literature – African Americans grades 1-4 $1

Teacher Created Materials – An Annotated Bibliography of Multicultural Literature $1

Treasury of Literature 2nd grade hardcover reader and spelling workbook $3

Treasury of Literature 3rd grade hardcover reader and practice workbook $3

Treasury of Literature 4th grade hardcover reader, practice workbook, & writer’s journal $5

Betts Basic Readers – American Book Company Teacher Edition + 3 Student Readers 3rd edition $12

Right into Reading by Jane Ervin book 2 $5

Phonics for Reading and Spelling by Bonnie Dettmer $10

Yawn at Dawn by Saundra Scovell & Guyla Nelson $3

Five in a Hive by Saundra Scovell & Guyla Nelson $3

Study Guides

The Biggest Bear w/book $4

Ella Enchanted w/book $4

Holes w/book $4

Tuck Everlasting w/book $4

Misc. Study Guides $3 each
-       Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
-       Oh, The Places He Went: A Story About Dr. Seuss
-       The Westing Game
-       Out of the Dust
-       Ishi, Last of His Tribe
-       Arthur’s Honey Bear

Total Language Plus Guides
-       American Literature: Short Stories $10
-       The High King $10
-       The Wheel on the School w/book $12
-       The Twenty-One Balloons w/book $12

Progeny Press Study Guide: The Bridge $4

Portals to Literature – When the Legends Die by Hal Borland $2

Portals to Reading Series $2 each
-       Abel’s Island
-       Soup
-       The Cricket in Times Square

Art, Music, Home Economics, and Character

Grocery Bag Art Farm ages 3-8 $2

Rich & Sharon Jeffus Visual Manna Art Curriculum $5 each or $10 set
-       Preschool & Early Elementary Art Basics
-       Teaching History Through Art
-       American History Through Art

I Can Draw Everything by Walter Foster $3

Bible, Spelling, Handwriting, Poetry & Anthologies,
& Misc. Resource Books

Bible Quest: God’s People, God’s Land – Home School Teacher’s Edition $5

Animals of the Bible by Dorothy P. Lathrop (hardcover) $4

Easy to Make Bible Story Puppets by Valerie Bendt $3

Memorizing Bible Verses with Games and Crafts by Beth Short $1

The Bible Story by Arthur S. Maxwell – Vol. 3 (1954 hardcover) $5

Releasing Your Potential $5 set (book and student workbook)

Miriam & Her Brother Moses retold & illustrated by Jean Marzollo (hardcover) $2

Toying with the Truth – Commandments 9 &10 (new in shrink wrap VHS) $2

The Norton Anthology English Literature seventh edition volume 1c, 2, & media companion $5

Women of Faith New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs $2

Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home Centered Education by Leigh Bortins $4

The Noah Plan $40 set
-       Reading Curriculum Guide
-       English Language Curriculum Guide
-       Literature Curriculum Guide

Quad-Line Advanced 3/16” Ruling 100 sheet pack $1 each

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully by Ruth Beechick grades 4-8 $4

Misc. Chapter & Picture Books – Classics & Living Books

The Girl Who Helped Thunder – Folktales of the World retold by Bruchac (hardcover) $3

Descubramos Canada (hardcover Spanish book about Canada) $2

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving – retold by Carol Beach York $3

The Tough Winter by Robert Lawson $2

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (hardcover) $3

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer $2

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak $2

May I Bring a Friend? By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers $2

Eddie’s Valuable Property by Carolyn Haywood (hardcover) $4

The Letter on the Tree by Natalie Savage Carlson (hardcover) $3

Cranberry Valentine by Wende and Harry Devlin (Hardcover) $4

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton Burgess $2

Mandie and the Washington Nightmare by Lois Gladys - Book 12 Leppard $2

Mandie and the Jumping Juniper by Lois Gladys Leppard - Book 18 $2

Winding Valley Farm: Annie’s Story by Anne Pellowski (hardcover) $10

Betsy’s Up-and-Down Year by Anne Pellowski $10

My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston (hardcover) $3

Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson – translated by Valdemar Paulsen –illustrated by Milo Winter $6

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – set books 1-7 $12

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis $2

The Market Square Dog by James Herriot $3

Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett $2

Hans Brinker – or- The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge $2

Hans Brinker – or- The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge adapted by William Furstenberg $2

Hans Brinker – or- The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (hardcover) $3 each

Hans Brinker – or- The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge Troll Illustrated Classics $2

The Blind Colt by Glen Rounds $2

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck $2 each

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck $2

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck $2

The Pearl by John Steinbeck $2 each

Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (hardcover) $8

More Perfect than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan $2

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan (hardcover – gorgeous illustrations) $2

Fables by Arnold Lobel $3

Mrs. Coverlet’s Magicians by Mary Nash (hardcover) $1

Wee Sing and Play $1

The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz $1

White Bird by Clyde Robert Bulla (hardcover) $3

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau $1 each

Whose Promised Land: The Continuing Crisis Over Israel and Palestine $3

Madeline’s Christmas $1

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold $2

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne $2 each

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey $2 each

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson $2

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye $2

Kim by Rudyard Kipling (hardcover) $4

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan $2

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter $1

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman $2

The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous $2

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola $2 each

Lost in the Storm by Carol Carrick $2

All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop $2

Courageous Catherine by Sister Raymond Marie (hardcover w/Mylar) $6

Bill Peet: An Autobiography $4

Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi $2 each

Journey Cake, Ho! By Ruth Sawyer (1953 hardcover) $10

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy – Illustrated Classics comic format $5

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life by Helen Keller - Illustrated Classics comic format $4

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant (hardcover) $3

Bear Shadow by Frank Asch $2

Mooncake by Frank Asch $2

Junior Classics for Young Readers Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson $3

Junior Classics for Young Readers The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain $3

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll $2

More about Paddington by Michael Bond $2

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond $2

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale by John Steptoe $2

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema $2

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott $4

Bambi by Felix Salten $2

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep $2

Kunu Winnebago Boy Escapes by Kenneth Thomasma – autographed copy $3

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward $2

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni $2

M. C. Higgins the Great by Virginia Hamilton $2

The Black Stallion Challenged by Walter Farley (hardcover) $2

The Black Stallion’s Courage by Walter Farley (hardcover) $2

The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley (hardcover) $2

A Child’s Good Night Book by Margaret Wise Brown $1

Red Light, Green Light by Margaret Wise Brown $1

Snow Day by Betsy Maestro $1

Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle $1

Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry $3

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger $2

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey $3

Modern Christian Fiction

Remembered by Tamera Alexander $2

Too Long a Stranger by Janette Oke $2

Fatal Harvest by Catherine Palmer $2

The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher $2

Fit to be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher $2

Sister of Holmes County by Wanda Brunstetter – 3 in 1 hardcover $5

 Wanda Brunstetter Daughters of Lancaster County - 3 book series $8
-       The Storekeeper’s Daughter
-       The Quilter’s Daughter
-       The Bishop’s Daughter

Beverly Lewis – Annie’s People - 3 book series $8
-       The Preacher’s Daughter
-       The Englisher
-       The Brethren

Jane Kirkpatrick – The Kinship and Courage - 3 book series $8
-       All Together in one Place  - autographed copy
-       No Eye Can See
-       What Once We Loved