Thursday, May 23, 2019

Spring 2019 Mother Culture...


The calendar says spring, but it really hasn't felt like it yet here in Wisconsin. We've had really cold, wet weather and we're about two weeks behind as far as the growing season. That's not great for the farm, but it's been good for my literary life, as I've continued to pluck away at my reading indoors. You can see my winter reading list here. Today, I'm going to share an update on past reading and show you my current book list.

CM Study Group

In March, we finished reading The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis. We also read the section on C.S. Lewis from The Great Tradition by Richard M. Gamble. In April, we discussed The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers. That was a re-read for me, but much more interesting the second time around. I will be posting more on that in the future.

In May, we began discussing A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle. There are four parts so we will discuss a different part each month over late spring and into summer. I am also discussing this through Voxer with a couple gals I met on the Schole Sistership. I believe very strongly in reading in community. If there is no one in your area, technology has made it amazingly easy to find someone online.

Convivial Circle

I didn't finish Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot, which was on my winter reading list, but will pick it up again at some point in the future. I did, however, read Finish by Jon Acuff earlier this year, which is a current book being studied at Convivial Circle.

I am also leading a study on Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott at Convivial Circle, which is amazing so far! I will be blogging on that in the future.

High School Community

Our High School Community concluded in March, but I did finish reading Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens at that time. Both of which are excellent!

Read Along

Riley, Ruben, Steve, my dad, and I all finished reading True Grit by Charles Portis in April. It was such a fun study! When we were finished reading and discussing, we watched both the 1969 and 2010 True Grit movies. Reading along with family is another great way of reading in community. Create your own family book club!

Schole Sistership

I have joined a group of women being led by Cindy Rollins through a reading of Seeking God by Esther De Waal and The Rule of St. Benedict. However, I haven't started reading yet. I do aim to over the next couple of weeks as we are just finishing up school this week, which will afford me more time.

Literary Life

If you haven't joined Cindy Rollins and Angelina Stanford on their Literary Life journey, you should! They've started a podcast that explores all aspects of life cultivated by books and stories. I listened to the first episode and loved it! They are currently hosting a study of Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers, which is also on my list to be read. My only Sayers' read thus far was The Lost Tools of Learning mentioned above. I have heard a great deal about her mystery stories and can't wait to get started.

Summer Schole Sisters

Lastly, I will facilitate discussion locally as we read through Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset beginning this spring and running into summer. We will study Book I for June, Book II for July, and Book III in August. I'm nearly done reading Book I, The Wreath and am really looking forward to our June 2nd discussion! I love this summer group!

You may remember in past summers, we studied Anna Karenina, The Grapes of Wrath, and Les Miserables. We meet at a local restaurant one Sunday evening a month over the summer (typically June-August) to discuss our read. Several women in the area were asking to continue the gatherings this year. This will be our third summer and hopefully, we can continue for many more!

What's included in your spring reading list? Please share in the comments below...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

True Grit...


"There is no knowing what is in a man's heart.", Mattie Ross - True Grit.    
One day, I was doing some research on the Close Reads podcast and mentioned to the kids that True Grit was initially a book written by Charles Portis. Riley and Ruben had seen parts of each True Grit movie. They are John Wayne fans and asked to watch the 1969 movie in it's entirety. I proposed a book study first and they were both intrigued. We decided to include their dad and grandpa, so I ordered multiple copies of Portis' novel from the library and we each set off in our own direction to read.

A month later, we gathered to discuss. True Grit is the story of 14-year old Mattie Ross, who's father was killed by his ranch hand, Tom Chaney. Mattie sets out to avenge her father's death. First, Mattie goes to town to identify her father's body and settle the family's financial affairs. Then, she hires Reuben J. Cogburn, also-known-as Rooster, a rough and tough, hard-drinking, one-eyed U.S. Marshall, to bring in her father's killer. However, there is one condition, that Mattie must travel with Rooster in order to see that justice is served.

In the meantime, a young Texas Ranger named La Boeuf shows up also looking for Tom Chaney. He decides to team with Cogburn in his quest, but doesn't want Mattie tagging along. In the end. La Boeuf looses the battle and the three of them set off for their fugitive, who's hiding deep in Indian Territory. Their journey proves to be quite an adventure! Mattie Ross, a proud Presbyterian, is a wonderful protagonist that I would liken to Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn.

After reading and discussing Portis' novel, we watched John Wayne's 1969 Academy Award winning performance as Rooster Cogburn. With a G-rating, I would say it was an excellent family film! Then, we watched Jeff Bridges' 2010 portrayal of Rooster, which was equally good. Both Bridges and Wayne bring Cogburn's rough and tumble, but highly lovable character full circle on the big screen. The 2010 film is more true to Portis' book, but John Wayne certainly can't be beat in his display of true grit. Interestingly, the 2010 version is rated PG-13. It's funny to see how ratings have changed over the years. Both True Grit movie versions have some minor language and violence in them, but so does the book.

Whether it be True Grit or not, I highly recommend book studies with your older children. Sometimes while parenting teenagers, we get lost in the day to day grind of them trying to assert their independence. It is so wonderful to build family culture around books and movies. It creates a bond that surpasses the most difficult days. I can't tell you enough how much I love reading along with my older kids!                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Winter Term 2018-2019 Wrap-Up...


As the grass begins to green outside my window, I can look back at this photo from mid February and see the beauty. However, setting an all time record snow total of 54" for the month of February was not beautiful at the time. As a matter of fact, many days were just pure survival mode. More than 30 cows freshening throughout a month of subsequent blizzards was interesting to say the least. We even ended up with a couple calves in the basement for a short period of time. It was a 6-year old's delight! There were many snow forts and tunnels to be had.


But, this was absolutely not the case for anyone able to shovel.


Then, the week before the Vernal Equinox, the barn that stood for a century, fell under the weight of the rain. Coupled with existing ice and snow, it was just too much to bear. Fortunately, no one was injured and nothing of great value destroyed in the collapse.


All of the weather phenomena, along with Ruben continuing to recover from his accident, made for an interesting Winter Term. In spite of it all, we did persevere with academics and we did manage to finish some books.

First, here is a preview of the resources I had scheduled....

Year One
Year Eight
Year Nine
Morning Time

Next, you can find our Fall Term Wrap-Up here, which will give you some perspective on how we proceeded with the Winter Term.

Morning Time

For the most part, our Morning Time moved forward as planned. One change was that we did Morning Time in the evening. There is much darkness here in WI in the winter months. My people love the daylight and need daylight to do chores. There was not only the shoveling I referred to above, but checking and feeding cattle, making sure we had ample firewood, and I needed to have plenty of food ready to feed these working people. Evenings were our down time when we would gather round. It was much easier for the kids to focus on the readings and the atmosphere felt more relaxed at that time. More often than not, we headed off to bed after great reading and thoughtful discussion. It was a good way to end the day.

Regarding books used in Morning Time, I ended up swapping The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos for DK The Children's Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings, which is a Veritas Press recommendation. We will pick up the Vos bible again in the fall. In addition, we finished In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. Other books listed under the Morning Time link above were continued into Spring Term.

Year 9 - RileyAnn

RileyAnn continued to move forward with her plan. She finished reading The World of Captain John Smith and picked up George Washington's World, both by Genevieve Foster. In addition, she began reading Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie Bober and John Adams by David McCullough. For science in the Winter Term, Riley finished The Chemical History of the Candle by Michael Faraday with lectures and Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman. She also completed The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen as part of her High School Community.

Year 8 - Ruben 

Ruben also made progress in his plan while recovering. The first six weeks of the Term were hard! Initially, Ruben had tremendous pain and was unable to focus. In addition, he had so many appointments that it was difficult to find time for academics. Once healing began and he could concentrate for periods of time, Ruben really took off on his reading. He managed to complete The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark by Gail Langer Karwoski, The Boy of the Alamo by Margaret Cousins, Riders of the Pony Express by Ralph Moody, and the Landmark book Gettysburg by MacKinlay Kantor during the Winter Term. Ruben and I worked together to finish Secrets of the Universe by Paul Fleisher along with the Sabbath Mood Homeschool Physics Study Guide.

One area we fell short was math. His RightStart Mathematics lessons were intermittent and we didn't make as much progress as scheduled. I will explain more about where we landed with math at the end of our Term Three Wrap-Up, once we finish our school year.

Year 1 - Levi

Oh my dear Levi! I ended up shuffling his books yet again in the second term. Due to the care and appointments needed after Ruben's accident, my time was even more limited than before. I had to find something that I could put on autopilot in order to ensure it would get done. In my Fall Term Wrap-Up post, I mentioned switching to RightStart Math and Alpha-Phonics. They are both excellent programs, but because there is no lesson plan, you just do what comes next. This made it very hard for others besides me to implement if I was gone. Therefore, somewhere around Week 22, toward the end of our Winter Term, I switched to Memoria Press's First Start Reading and I LOVE it!! I already had the Teacher Guide, which I found at a thrift sale for 25-cents so just needed the Student Workbooks. It's straight up phonics with a plan. :)

I actually went back to the Kindergarten level because I wanted Levi to start from the beginning. I also felt their reading lessons were a bit advanced, especially since we chose not to do Kindergarten at age five, but rather, waited to begin formal lessons until age six. I bought the Curriculum Guide, which is amazing and was worth the money to me. As a matter of fact, I purchased the K, 1st, and 2nd grade Curriculum Guides so I could see the progression of the program. I had been using some of Memoria Press's Art, Music, and Enrichment anyway. The Curriculum Guides also lays out a plan for teaching those subjects.

We have since changed math to Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, which is also recommended by Memoria Press, and Levi loves it! It's funny how each kid learns so differently, even when birthed from the same womb. Ruben struggled so much with workbooks due to dyslexia, that it prompted me to find another way. This is what led me more toward Charlotte Mason's methods. However, Levi really likes workbooks and doesn't care for manipulating objects. I have always been intrigued by Rod & Staff math. I think it's because it's the way I was taught math and I feel it worked. The sequential mastery approach is very appealing to me.

For now, Levi's math comes in fits and spurts, which I am not worried about. After reading the Benezet experiment, along with other delayed formal math research, I'm OK with waiting on math until the child is developmentally ready. It's a subject that's easy for Levi at this time so we do it more for fun than academic reasons. He also plays with math in the day to day and gains much of his math knowledge that way.

After beginning the Beautiful Feet Books Early American History Primary level, it was soon apparent that Levi wasn't quite ready. I used this study with Riley and Ruben when they were 3rd and 4th grade, which I feel is a much more appropriate age, even though Beautiful Feet recommends it for Kindergarten - 3rd grade. The D'Aulaire books are amazing at any age, but I feel it's better to wait until the student can fully grasp the stories presented in them in order to better appreciate them. Also, Levi is a young 1st grader, with a summer birthday so the writing/notebooking proved to be too much. Instead, we have read many picture books together on a variety of topics, including science and history.

For now, my focus with Levi is phonics and reading. He continues to participate in Morning Time. We also finished reading Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, and began Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater in the way of chapter books this term.  Overall, the changes made have been working and academics are actually getting done!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Life Lessons From A Picture Book...


Last fall, I read aloud Columbus by Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire to Levi. I was very excited at the prospect of reading this series again, which has been reprinted by Beautiful Feet Books. This is my second go around with this particular picture book. However, it's been quite some time and I had forgotten some of the details. On this second reading, I was especially awestruck with the following passage from page 10....
When Christopher was thirteen, he left his father's house and sailed out in to the world to seek his fortune as a seaman. He felt free as the gulls as he saw his native town fade out of sight. Soon he rose above his shipmates, for he was clever and capable and could make others carry out his orders. He was still a very young man when he became captain of a ship. For many years he busily sailed his ship back and forth across the Mediterranean Sea and had little time to wonder whether the world was round or flat, small or big. 
Just think, Columbus left his father's house at age thirteen! I had a 13-year old boy at the time of re-reading so this idea really struck a cord with me. One of our goals in home educating is to nurture competent and capable adults. I would be heart sickened to see my thirteen year old leave home because I'm not ready to let go and yet, I feel he is quite able to do so. Our current culture holds young adults back from responsibility that they are more than capable of taking on. Don't be afraid to give your children chores. You are doing them a favor!

In reading this passage, I was also prompted with thoughts of our current culture's young people having failure to launch issues. I can't help but wonder if they were reading more stories with good moral character, virtue, and motivation, that they would gain those qualities as well and not fail to launch. Don't be fooled by the simplicity of picture books. They often give much food for thought!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Current Events, Logic, and Media Bias....


As part of our High School Community, the students study Current Events. Last week, one of the moms shared an article at Student News Daily showing an example of media bias. On the right side bar of that article, there is a list of different types of media bias, which may be helpful in teaching your students. (I am not debating the article, simply giving you resources for discussion :)

I believe studying Current Events and Logic in Middle/High School is very important. We want our kids to be thinkers, able to discern right and wrong amidst these times we live. One of our favorite Logic resources is The Fallacy Detective by the Bluedorns. (I use it in Form IIII or grades 7-9.) I think the media bias examples above would pair greatly with that book. Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorns also wrote The Thinking Toolbox, which can be used in conjunction with The Fallacy Detective or as a follow up to it. If you are looking for Current Event resources, here is a wonderful list provided by Ambleside Online.

Here's to you being armed to have important discussions with your kids....cheers!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Velveteen Rabbit - Remembering the Magic of Real


I recently finished reading The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams to Levi. In Williams' tale, the toys converse. One day, the Rabbit asks the Skin Horse, "What is REAL?" and wants to know if it "means having things buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

The Skin Horse replies, "Real isn't how you are made...It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Reading The Velveteen Rabbit brought a flood of memories to my mind. First off, I was remembering reading the story aloud to RileyAnn all those years ago. I had never heard of The Velveteen Rabbit prior to that time, but immediately fell in love with the nursery magic of Real. Secondly, I was thinking about an estate sale we hosted last fall, where there were so many beloved toys that must have been Real at some point to some very special children.


I specifically remember the daughter (now in her fifties) walking me through the house before we agreed to the job. She pointed out Huckleberry Hound and told me her brother received him as a gift when he had a childhood ailment. Huckleberry had clearly seen better days. His "velveteen" fur was very dirty and worn. He had a hole in his ankle where an inner spring showed through. Some may have looked at Huckleberry Hound and threw him in the dumpster, but this woman knew the magic called Real that existed for him and her brother, who had since passed away. I also knew someone would see the specialness of Huckleberry and want to take him home....which they did.

Professor Carol Reynolds talks about looking for beauty in the small everyday things around you. Often times, we come across things while staging the house for a sale that are new to us. Some beautiful and some not so much. RileyAnn will tell you that every old lady has a collection, whether it be snow globes, doilies, dolls, or dishes. And, if they've lived through The Great Depression, they are savers of everything!....especially Cool Whip containers and Tupperware. We have had many a giggle over these small treasures.

Part of the reason we took that sale last fall, was because there were so many everyday things and books in every room. I could feel the house that built this family. The father was a university professor who died suddenly one day while mowing the yard. The mother was widowed for over thirty years before developing some dementia and moving in with a daughter in another state. It was obvious her world stopped the day her husband passed on, as walking through the house was a time warp back to the early 1980's.

I grew up in the 70's and 80's so a flood of emotion washed over me many days while we worked and prepared for the sale. There were toys I had as a child and books that we've read as a family. By the time the sale came, my kids had heard countless stories from my childhood that I had all but forgotten before being prompted by some item or another. It was a special time.

Then the actual sale date came. Not only did I experience waves of memories, but so did many of our customers. Time and again, we heard people say after walking through the house that it was like going home to the days of their youth. It was absolutely joyous to hear stories from people I had never met before, but yet had some new found connection with. We laughed and there was even a few tears. People purchased items simply because they brought back a memory of days gone by.

Cindy Rollins talks about remembrance and the importance of making and sharing memories with our children. Everyone of these sales we do provides an opportunity for time spent with my children creating memories. Being able to work with my kids throughout this process was amazing! Through the people and the stories, we made memories. We have since moved on to another estate, but no less memorable.

All this to say, whether in work or maybe just the mundane of everyday, you have an amazing opportunity to create special moments with your children. And, don't feel guilty giving your child time to play because you never know which thing will spark the magic of Real.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

February 2019 Randomness...


It's been a wild week here on Drywood Creek! We had two major snow storms (about 15" total accumulation) and a very nasty stomach bug that took out all five of us. Thankfully, it was a fast mover and everyone seems to be on the mend.

We have one week left of our Winter Term. I'll be working on wrap-up posts after that time. One thing I will share now is that a couple of weeks ago, I did a major overall to Levi's curriculum and opted to begin Memoria Press's First Start Reading series. I will explain more in a future post, once we get our bearings. For now, I am pleased and we are off to a great start. If something isn't working for you, don't be afraid to switch it up...even if it is the middle of the academic year.


Have you heard about Common Place Quarterly? It's a new magazine written for Charlotte Mason moms. There are a variety of contributors, all current or former homeschooling mamas. Many of which, I've had the privilege of getting to know through a variety of home education circles and social media. The magazine will be published four times per year. You can subscribe per quarter or annually.

At the end of last year, I subscribed to three new ventures. One being Commonplace Quarterly, another Reshelving Alexandria, and the third, Forma. My first CPQ came mid week, just before I was the last to fall to the stomach bug. It was the light at the end of my very dark tunnel, after having a week of sick kids, including The Farmer, and then succumbing to it myself. I was in bed most of the day Friday, but so very thankful for my new magazine. It's delightful!! I'm still on the fence about Reshelving Alexandria and haven't received my first Forma magazine yet, but CPQ is a hit. I'm glad I ordered the annual subscription and may do a full review at another time.

I mentioned in my Fall Term 2018-2019 Wrap-Up that Ruben was in a farm accident the day after Thanksgiving. He was recovering nicely until Christmas time, when a staph infection caught hold of his leg. It's a rather long story at this point, but thankfully his infection has cleared. Unfortunately, he still has two drains in his thigh to eliminate fluid from that area. What we originally thought to be a hematoma, turned out to be a morel-lavallee lesion. This is where the skin shears from the muscle. Naturally, if there's any pocket in the body, it fills with fluid. In order for the skin to adhere back to the muscle, we must keep the pocket empty, not allowing fluid to collect there. Ruben has drained over five liters of fluid from his leg since Christmas and will continue to wear drains until his his output is minimal. We are hopeful that he will continue to heal. Please consider joining us in prayer that Ruben may make a full recovery.

Here he is dressed like a cross between The Michelin Man and a ninja heading out in the sub zero temps we had a couple weeks ago as part of the polar vortex that rocked the Midwest.


Lastly, with the cold, snowy weather, and sickness, I had some time to work through my inbox, reading past blog posts, and listening to various podcasts. Here are a few that gave me food for thought....

What is the Classical Approach to Phonics?

Homeschooling Middle School Boys

Why Gender Matters: An Interview with Dr. Leonard Sax

Charlotte Mason is Classical

Beautiful Feet Books new website

Worthwhile Questions

Misunderstandings, Writing Voices, and Five-Paragraph Essays

Shut Your Mouth and Change Your Life

I also recently finished reading Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and am currently reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. How is your Winter Term going? Have you read any good books lately? Feel free to share in the comments below. If you're in need of some great living books, check out our sale lists. Proceeds go to help our family continue to home educate and provide shared content for the greater homeschool community.

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 2019 Book Sale Index by Subject....

I've been working through book sale list updates over the past couple of weeks. There have been many new treasures added to most lists, including history, literature, Five in a Row titles, poetry, science, and more. There are several fabulous titles from Ambleside Online, Beautiful Feet, Sonlight, Truthquest History, and A Visual American History Timeline of Books, as well as many other great picture and chapter books.

Below is an index by subject for easy access. I would love to add photos of each book, but the sheer volume of books listed here paired with my time constraints have not allowed me to to do that. However, if you have questions about a particular title or condition, please do ask. I'm also happy to give recommendations or send you photos when possible.

Please send book lists, comments, and inquiries via the contact form on the right side bar. We are a smoke and pet free home. I accept PayPal and ship media mail anywhere in the U.S.

Thanks for your consideration,
Melissa








Thursday, January 31, 2019

Math, Logic, and Science Books for Sale - January 2019...

Below you will find our latest list of math, logic, and science resources for sale. I have many new wonderful science and nature lore titles available. There are sets of science books by topic toward the bottom. These are handy for unit studies or as aids to nature study. There are several beautiful out of print books in the sets.

The Houghton Mifflin and Scott Foresman math texts are great older hard cover math books. They are pre-common core and are a wonderful resource for teaching math concepts in a living, organic way, or giving extra practice problems. I do have some flashcards and math manipulatives as well that are not listed so let me know if you're looking for them.

The prices do not reflect shipping. I accept PayPal and ship media mail within the U.S. We are a smoke and pet free home. Please use the contact form on the right side bar to send inquires and desired list.

Thanks so much for your consideration,
Melissa

Natural History (Science) & Nature Study

Nature Portfolio throughout the Year by Barbara Shukin $10

Sabbath Mood Homeschool Astronomy Forms 3 & 4 (includes guide and The Planets by Dava Sobel (hardcover w/jacket) $20 set

A Mind in the Light Natural Worlds I (ages 6-8) (includes Teaching Guide and Companion Album) $30 set

Hands-On Physical Science Activities for Grades K-8 $4

Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space by Stephanie L. Redmond $10

Natural Science through the Seasons by James A. Partridge $15

Simple Machines Made Simple y Ralph St. Andre $3

Great Science Adventures – The Wonder of Light and Sound by Dinah Zike and Susan Simpson $3

Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation by Dennis Petersen (hardcover) $4

202 Oozing, Bubbling, Dripping, & Bouncing Experiments by Janice VanCleave $2

See For Yourself More Than 100 Experiments for Science Fairs & Projects by Vicki Cobb $2

Janice VanCleave’s Science Around the Year $3

Rocks & Minerals by Janice VanCleave $2

A+ Projects in Biology by Janice VanCleave $2

The Story of Science, Einstein Adds a New Dimension by Joy Hakim (hardcover/w jacket, ex-library) $12

Science in the Creation Week by Unfred – grades 2-5 $5

The Brown Paper School Series - This Book is about Time by Marilyn Burns $2  

Making Things Float and Sink with Easy-to-make Scientific Projects $2

Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Science SL MFW $3

Usborne Science with Magnets $3

Explorabook, A Kids’ Science Museum in a Book by John Cassidy BF $3

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits by Bob Bennett $6

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot AO 12 $4

North with the Spring by Edwin Way Teale (hardcover) $10

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson $3

Deep Woods Adventure series by P.M. Malone $5 set
-       Book 1 Out of the Nest
-       Book 3 To Find a Way Home

Simple Chemistry Experiments with Everyday Materials by Louis V. Loeschnig $3

Simple Earth Science Experiments with Everyday Materials by Louis V. Loeschnig $3

Simple Weather Experiments with Everyday Materials by Muriel Mandell $3

Simple Kitchen Experiments with Everyday Materials by Muriel Mandell $3

Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Mary Elting $4

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt $3 each (x4)

The Beaver Pond by Alvin Tresselt (hardcover, ex-library) $4

The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt (hardcover, ex-library) $4

Rain Drop Splash by Alvin Tresselt $3

The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow (ex-library, hardcover) $8 (x2)

Deer at the Brook by Jim Arnosky (ex-library) $2

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in the Wild Places by Jim Arnosky $8

Sketching Outdoors in Spring by Jim Arnosky (hardcover w/Mylar, ex-library) $5

Flute’s Journey, the Life of a Wood Thrush by Lynne Cherry $4
Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons $4

Sea Otter Rescue, The Aftermath of an Oil Spill by Roland Smith $4 each (x2)

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson SCM $4 each (x2)

Water’s Way by Lisa Westberg Peters $4 each (x6)

The Sun, the Wind and the Rain by Lisa Westberg Peters $4 each (x4)

City Storm by Mary Jessie Parker $2

Wind by Ron Bacon $2 each (x2)

How Superhighways are Made by David. C. Cooke (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Where Did The Butterfly Get Its Name? by Melvin and Gilda Berger $5

Do Stars Have Points? by Melvin and Gilda Berger $4

Take a Tree Walk by Jane Kirkland $2

Adventures with a Hand Lens by Richard Headstrom AO author $2

The Heart: Our Circulatory System by Seymour Simon $3

Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky $3

The Farm Book by E. Boyd Smith $3

Let’s Read and Find Out About Science:
-       Plants in Winter by Joanna Cole (hardcover) $4
-       Why Do Leaves Change Colors by Betsy Maestro $3
-       Flash, Crash, Ruble, and Roll by Franklyn Branley $3 each (x2)
-       Air Is All Around You by Franklyn Branley $3
-       Birds at Night by Roma Gans (hardcover) $4
-       Ducks Don’t Get Wet by Augusta Goldin (hardcover) $4
-       The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn Branley (hardcover ) $4
-       Straight Hair, Curly Hair by Augusta Goldin (hardcover) $6
-       Your Skin and Mine by Paul Showers (hardcover w/Mylar jacket) $5

Dolphin Adventure, A True Story by Wayne Grover SL $3 each (x6)

Shark Lady, True Adventures of Eugenie Clark by Ann McGovern SCM $3

Ladybird Leaders series $10 set
-       The Stream
-       Castles
-       Leaves
-       Bread
-       The Tree and Its World

A Golden Guide: Spiders by Herbert Levi $3

The First Book of Time by Jeanne Bendick (hardcover, ex-library) $5

The First Book of Firemen by Benjamin Brewster (hardcover, ex-library) $10

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole SL $3

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold (hardcover w/jacket) $6

Encyclopedia Britannica True-to-life Books Eskimo Family (hardcover) $2

The Answer Book by Mary Elting (hardcover) $3

The Golden Exploring Earth Book – Flowers, Trees and Gardening by Matt Warner $4

A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry $3

Wonders of the Deep Sea by Boris Arnov, Jr. (hardcover w/jacket) $8

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv $4

The Tarantula in My Purse by Jean Craighead George SCM $3

Genesis for Kids – Science Experiments that Show God’s Power in Creation! MFW $4

Scholastic Banners: Teaching with Themes (grades 4-5) $40 set includes:

Ø  Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Storms
-       Student Text
-       Teacher’s Theme Guide
-       Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Mary Elting
-       If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake by Ellen Levine
-       Day of the Blizzard by Marietta Moskin
-       Hurricane! by Marian Rumsey
-       The Finches’ Fabulous Furnace by Roger Drury
Ø  Save the Earth
-       Student Text
-       Teacher’s Theme Guide
-       Sea Otter Rescue, The Aftermath of an Oil Spill by Roland Smith
-       Nobody Listens to Me by Leslie Davis Guccione
-       Trouble at Marsh Harbor by Susan Sharpe
-       On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Ø  Oceans of Air (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)
-       Student Text
-       Teacher Resource Masters
-       Teacher’s Anthology (unit poetry)
-       Weather by Howard E. Smith
-       2 cassettes

Scholastic Science Place Kit (grades 1-5) $20 includes:
-       Air, Sun, and Water – teacher and student books
-       What Will the Weather be like Today? By Paul Rogers
-       Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons
-       Water Way by Lisa Westberg Peters
-       Video field trip
-       Using Water - teacher and student books
-       Experiments with Water by Bryan Murphy
-       Three Days in a Red Canoe by Bera B. Williams
-       Energy – student books
-       Simple Science Take One Mirror by Melvin Berger
-       Sound, Heat and Light, Energy at Work by Melvin Berger
-       Science Journal software
-       Light – teacher and student books
-       Rocks and Soil – teacher book
-       The Magic Schoolbus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole

Math & Logic
                                                      
Scott Foresman – Addison Wesley Daily Cumulative Review Masters – Math Student Workbook grade 1 $2

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

Houghton Mifflin Mathematics Text – grade 3 (hardcover) $5

Houghton Mifflin Mathematics Text – grade 4 (hardcover) & Teacher’s Edition (spiral bound) $12

Houghton Mifflin Mathematics Text – grade 5 (hardcover) $5

Houghton Mifflin Mathematics Text – grade 7 (hardcover) & Teacher’s Edition (hardcover) $10

Every Day Counts Practice Counts student workbook & annotated teacher’s edition grade 4 $5 set

Time, Money & Fractions Grades 1-2 (School Zone) $2

Evan-Moor Daily Math Practice Grade 4 $5

Evan-Moor Daily Math Practice Grade 2 $5

Creative Math Experiences for the Young Child by Imogene Forte & Joy MacKenzie $3

Decimals: Multiplication & Division grades 4-6 $2

Teacher Created Resources Measurement grades 1&2 $2

Grocery Cart Math by Jaye Hansen $2

The Handy Math Answer Book by Patricia Barnes-Svarney & Thomas Svarney $4

Cuisenaire Rods - $4 complete set (x2)

Magnetic Days of the Week (Today is….) (Tomorrow is….) $3 set

Summer Math Success kits – covers grades K-6 $40 set

Anno’s Math Games III by Mistumasa Anno (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Anno’s Sundial by Mistumasa Anno (hardcover) $4

Circles, Triangles, and Squares by Tana Hoban (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Round & Round & Round by Tana Hoban (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Count and See by Tana Hoban (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Unit Studies for Sale

Animal/Mammals/Habitats $15 set

Dover Coloring Book – Ponies of the World by John Green
The Magic School Bus Adventures in the Food Chain Coloring and Activity Book
Animals of the Bible by Dorothy P. Lathrop
The Racers: Speed in the Animal World by Hilda Simon
DK Eyewitness Amazing Wolves Dogs & Foxes
Nature’s Children – Hippopotamus by Sally Banks
Wallabies and Their Babies by Marianne Johnston
Who Lives Here? By Dot and Sy Barlowe
Animals Keeping Safe by Jane Burton
Animals in Their Homes by Anita Ganeri
A First Look at Animals with Horns by Millicent E. Selsam and Joyce Hunt
What is a Mammal? By Jenifer Day
An Animal Information Book – 14 book set
-       Lions & Tigers
-       Puppies & Dogs
-       Kittens & Cats
-       Zoo Animals
-       Horses & Ponies
-       Farm Animals
-       Baby Animals
-       Bears
-       Birds
-       Wild Animals
-       Monkeys & Apes
-       Sea Animals
-       Reptiles & Amphibians
-       Big & Little Animal
Misc. activities to accompany study


Plants & Trees $ 15 set

Growth and Change in Plants – The Solski Group
Plants by Linda Schwartz
Plants – From Your Friends at Mailbox
Teacher Created Material Thematic Unit Our Environment
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Starting With Nature: Trees by Pamela Hickman
Seeing Science through Art Sky Tree by Thomas Locker
Corn Belt Harvest by Raymond Bial
Sugar by Sheryl Peterson
Growing Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchins
Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada by William M. Harlow (field guide)
Misc. activities to accompany study


Earth Science & Biomes $10 set

Our Earth, a skill-builder activity book
Science in Special Places by Lucia Kemp Henry
Teacher Created Material Thematic Unit Rocks & Soil
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest by Rebecca L. Johnson
Rivers by E. Joseph Dreany
Planet Earth Animals of Africa by Lisa L. Ryan-Herndon
The Taiga Biome by Carol Talley
Misc. activities to accompany study


Human Body & Nutrition $15 set

Food, Fact, Fun & Fiction by The Solski Group
The Human Body by The Solski Group
Your Body by Linda Schwartz
Science Pocket – Human Senses & Body Parts by Dinah Zike
Drugs & Your Body – Creative Teaching Press
The Air I Breathe by Bobbie Kalman & Janine Schaub
Looking Into My Body by Nigel Nelson
Your Lungs by Anne Ylvisaker
Your Stomach by Anne Ylvisaker
A Book About Your Skeleton by Ruth Belov Gross
Misc. activities to accompany study


Physics, Magnets, & Electricity $10 set

Delta Science – Properties of Matter
My First Batteries & Magnets Book by Jack Challoner
A True Book – Experiments with Magnets by Salvatore Tocci
Science Secrets: Magnets by Jason Cooper
Electricity Unit Study Adventures by Amanda Bennett
All About Electricity by Melvin Berger
Misc. activities to accompany study