Friday, December 8, 2017

Journey: An Education for Life 2017 Audios Now Available...


Journey: An Education for Life 2017 audios are now available for purchase! Buy now until Dec 24th at the special introductory rate of $25! After that, regular price will be $35. Your purchase includes a digital download of the following talks:

Is a Charlotte Mason Inspired Education Relevant Today?: (Melissa Greene) The keynote will include a brief introduction to Charlotte Mason. There will be highlights of several key principles of Mason’s philosophy as well as what a Charlotte Mason education is not. The talk will close with thoughts to ponder on whether or not a Charlotte Mason inspired education is relevant today.

Reflections on a Charlotte Mason Inspired Education: (Gretchen Houchin) Encouragement from a retired homeschool mom with practical examples of what worked and what didn’t. The focus will be on high school and older students, but will blend with methods used in the younger years to build the foundation for the upper.

Teaching Through Literature and Living Books: (Melissa Greene) Description and examples of living books, along with practical application on how to use them in your homeschool to cover a variety of subjects. Talk will also include ideas on how to use the methods that underlie Charlotte Mason’s principles with traditional and struggling learners. Book lists and suggestions will be shared.

Charlotte Mason in Real Life: Courage for the Long Haul: (Cindy Rollins) Find joy in the realities of homeschooling when the romance fades. Thoughts from a veteran mama of nine on what truth, goodness, and beauty look like in real life. Strategies will be given for the long haul.




Be sure to include your e-mail address with payment, as this is where the audios will be sent. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo...


Micheal Morpurgo's Beowulf is a wonderful retelling of this Old English epic. I first became aware of it through Beautiful Feet Books. It is included in their Intermediate Medieval History guide, which we are working through this year.

Morpurgo's Beowulf is easy to read and understand, yet doesn't dumb down the tale of the noble Scandinavian warrior. In his acknowledgement at the back of the book, Morpurgo gives credit for his understanding of the epic to Seamus Heaney, Rosemary Sutcliff, Kevin Crossley-Holland, and Micheal Alexander. The suggested reading level is ages 8-12, making it a very accessible retelling.

The story is written in three parts. First, Beowulf must conquer Grendel, a monster who consistently attacks the Danes. Then he must face Grendel's mother, the Sea-Hag, who comes to avenge her son's death. Many years later, after becoming King of the Geats, Beowulf decides to fight the Death-Dragon of the Deep in an effort to save his people. The dragon, who'd been asleep for over three hundred years, was awakened by a slave trying to steal a jeweled cup from his lair and has been blowing fire, burning the Geats' homes and land. I will not spoil the ending.

Beowulf is a classic good versus evil tale. It put me in mind of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Beowulf is a leader of incredible character. His strength, nobility, and virtue shine throughout the story. I highly recommend Morpurgo's retelling, particularly for 4th-8th grade or anyone looking to get a general handle on this epic. It has totally set the stage for Heaney's Beowulf, which I look forward to reading in the future.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beautiful Feet Medieval History - 2017-2018 First Term Review...


Riley finished her first 12 weeks of Beautiful Feet's Intermediate Medieval History today. So far, she has read from the following titles:

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Queen Eleanor, Independent Spirit of the Medieval World by Polly Brooks
Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
The European World 400-1450 by Barbara A. Hanawalt

Only select chapters were assigned from Arabian Nights and King Arthur. However, since we decided to stop reading The Once and Future King by T.H. White, which was recommended by Ambleside Online, Riley opted to read King Arthur in its entirety. Also, The European World is a spine book, so select sections are assigned throughout the year. Overall, she has really appreciated the literature, though some of the assigned readings are long, taking well over an hour. Riley mentioned in particular, how helpful it was to read the Queen Eleanor book as background for Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, which we are also reading per AO.

In addition, Ruben and I have read Beowulf, Arabian Nights and King Arthur as part of his history study. Given the length of the readings, I will not be able to read all of the books suggested in the Medieval guide, but we are planning to keep up with several of the assigned titles. I especially enjoyed Beowulf much more than I could have anticipated, where good versus evil abounds. Ruben was entranced by Arabian Nights. He loved hearing each day's tales. I've also been thinking about the virtue and valor in King Arthur and how as soon as one man broke the code of chivalry, the round table fell apart. When Satan is allowed to creep in, sin destroys us. There were many life lessons and much to think about in that story.

Aside from the reading, Riley has also been completing the suggested assignments in the BF guide. These have included mapwork, vocabulary, and writing prompts. She mentioned a couple of times that there has been more research and writing in this guide than in the BF Ancient History guide she completed last year. One of Riley's complaints has been the lack of drawing or illustrating assignments in the BF Medieval History. She felt the Ancient History guide allowed her more creativity in drawing, which she relishes. She's hopeful, there may be more drawing in future weeks. In the mean time, Riley's been adding in extra drawing where ever she can. Overall, the Medieval study is going well and we plan to continue.

Below are photo samples of Riley's notebooking pages completed thus far...







Thanks Beautiful Feet for giving us the opportunity to review the Intermediate Medieval History guide! Though we were gifted the guide, all opinions expressed are my own sincere thoughts and observations of the program.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Thanksgiving of Remembrance...


Over the past couple of months, I've been reflecting on Cindy Rollins' talk, Charlotte Mason in Real Life: Courage for the Long Haul, at the Journey: An Education for Life retreat. In relation to Charlotte Mason's motto, Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life, Rollins talked about Freedom, Remembrance, and Contentment. I've been thinking mostly about Remembrance this Thanksgiving Season.

As Levi and I were cleaning out our gifted pumpkins, I was remembering a time when my grandpa planted pumpkins in his garden at the farm. The farm where I grew up was his farm, where my mom also grew up. Back in the 1980's, my family was living on that farm as my parents took over when grandpa and grandma built a new house and moved to town. However, every week day, grandpa would travel to the farm to tend his garden, help my parents in the field, cut wood, or whatever other task presented itself.

Then in the fall, he would harvest his pumpkins and take them to town to grandma. He would help grandma split them open, clean out the "guts", and peel them. Next, grandma would cook them down, puree them, and make pies, freezing any extra pumpkin to be used for pies at other holidays throughout the year. Sometimes, my mom and I would go to town and help. Of course, grandma would always send us home with a pie, which I'm sure my mom knew.

Not only were the pumpkins homegrown, but the lard for the pie crust was rendered from a hog that had been butchered. Oh, how I love pie crust from home rendered lard! Grandma would use the crust scraps to make "buckles". A process where she took the strips and sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon, baking them into sheer pleasure and delicious goodness.

Now, it just so happened that I had a bit of that home rendered lard left in my freezer from days gone past. I figured there was no better time than the present to break it out and make pies with Levi. So we split open those pumpkins, cleaned out the guts, and peeled them. I then cooked them down and pureed them just like grandma did. We yielded eight pints.


Next, we thawed our lard and started in on the crust, of course, using grandma's recipe. We measured, poured, kneaded, and rolled. Throughout the process, I talked about grandma. Riley and Ruben eventually joined us. I told the kids how I loved to snitch the crust before it was baked and how grandma let me. I told them about the buckles. I told them about my mom and my grandpa, who have both since passed away before they knew them. The kids listened intently as remembrance passed between us. 


I am obviously no longer a child though it seems like only yesterday. Every year that goes by, I understand the importance of this remembrance. Our children long to know. They want to feel a sense of belonging. They need to be tethered. Sharing these stories and family traditions is so important, particularly in this narcissistic culture we live. After all, if you have no tie to the past, you can only think of self as you look to the future. 

On the eve of this Thanksgiving, I am looking back in thankfulness for days gone by. For a family with rhythm and tradition. I am thankful for a heritage of remembrance to leave with my children. Together, the kids and I cranked out three pumpkin pies and one dutch apple. We also froze six pints of pumpkin for future pies, just like grandma did. We can't wait to sink our teeth into those pies, but more importantly we remembered the past and created a memory for future. Hopefully, one day my children will look back and tell their children how grandpa grew pumpkins and grandma made pie. 



Monday, November 20, 2017

Classical Academic Press - Review & Giveaway! Latin Alive 1

Today I'm hosting a guest post from Carol at Journey and Destination and giveaway from Classical Academic Press....

'Hardly any lawful price would seem to me too high for what I have gained by being made to learn Latin and Greek.' 
C.S. Lewis



Some background
I’d always wanted our children to study Latin but, like many other home educators, I had no background in the language myself, unless the medical terminology I learned years ago counts. I’ve attempted Latin with all seven of my children but, like our French language learning, I spent quite a bit of money on curriculum that either wasn’t comprehensive enough, too difficult for me to teach or for them to use independently, or it was dull and lifeless. This was most noticeable around the ages of about 11 or 12 years when they were ready for a challenge, could handle the grammar, but also needed a creative, lively approach.

I started using French for Children by Classical Academic Press (CAP) with my daughter nearly two years ago just before she turned eleven & she loves it. She had also been studying Latin using some resources we already had, some of which were good introductions to the language, but as time went on she started to complain about the lack of explanations, that the material was boring, and that it all seemed rather pointless. This was the same scenario I faced with her older siblings. One day she said, “If Latin was taught like my (CAP) French I wouldn’t mind learning it.” Enough said.

Classical Academic Press kindly provided me with a free Latin Alive!1 bundle to use and review. This is our sixth week of using this approach and I’m very pleased with how much my daughter is actually enjoying Latin. Here are my honest thoughts on the curriculum and how we are using it:

Latin Alive! Book 1 by Classical Academic Press is the first in a series of three texts designed for about 7th to 8th Grade students and up. It is the next step after CAP's Latin for Children but it is also suitable for students with no previous Latin knowledge and the DVD’s allow the student to work independently. (see video samples on YouTube

My 12-year-old finds it challenging but not overwhelming. This is partly due to the grammar she has covered in her French studies and her ability to think more logically now that’s she’s older.

Classical Academic Press recommends that younger students follow one of two options, depending on their academic level (see their FAQ): 


1)      Complete all three Latin for Children Primers (Levels A–C), then start Latin Alive! Book 2
2)      Complete Latin for Children Primers A and B, then move into Latin Alive! Book 1.

I did consider using Latin for Children C before commencing Latin Alive! 1 and I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed when this curriculum arrived and I started looking through it. I thought perhaps I'd made the wrong decision. Latin Alive! is extremely comprehensive and chock-a-block full, but after going through the introductory section of the first DVD, it was much less daunting. Now that we’re six weeks in, I’m confident that it’s an ideal fit for my daughter.

Latin teacher, Karen Moore, shares her own story of learning Latin on the first DVD: she explains how her love of Latin developed after her mother made her take Latin in Year 7, and why the study of Latin is relevant to us today. This was so good for my daughter to hear as well as being an encouragement to me.

The Latin Alive! bundle:

•    36 weekly chapters - 29 of these contain new material, the others are review

•    A section is included at the back of the Student Edition listing vocabulary chapter by chapter and reference charts for declensions etc

•    Latin Alive! Level 1 Teacher’s Edition - 323 pages; includes the complete student text & answer keys. The answer key to each chapter is found at the end of each chapter in the Teacher’s Edition; Student pages directly correspond with the Teacher’s pages

•   Teacher's Extras in the back of the book contain various worksheets, projects and seven unit tests to be given after the unit review chapters are included

•    Latin Alive! 1 - DVD & CD set with over fifteen hours of teaching on seven DVDs. The audio CD contains unit review Latin readings so that students can practice proper pronunciation and accent. The DVDs use the Classical pronunciation and a streaming option is also available

What Latin Alive! looks like in real life:

•    Each of the 7 DVD’s in Latin Alive 1 contain between three to five chapters, and each chapter is about 30 to 50 minutes long.

•    We decided to cover one chapter per week over three days. This usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes per day, although some additional time may be added for writing exercises. My daughter also keeps a Latin Notebook where she writes definitions or other material she wants to remember. It might be better for some students to spread the lesson over the week but this works best for us at present.

Last week we completed Chapter 5 and this is how it looked:

Day 1: Watched a section of the video that went over new vocabulary and explained transitive and intransitive verbs. The video teacher directs the student to stop the video and complete exercises in the student book as they go through the chapter together. Wrote definitions in Latin notebook.

Day 2: Continued with the DVD, going back where necessary to review the previous day’s explanations. Learned about the accusative case and direct object and completed assigned exercises. Finished watching the video for the chapter.

Day 3: Chapter reading - these readings started in Chapter 4 and at the beginning consisted of short sentences in Latin about Greece and Troy. By the time the student reaches Chapter 7, the readings are about two paragraphs long. Read the Culture Corner, a short section to help the student learn about the culture and history of the Romans. Derivative Detective - found a derivative for amat, nautical and specta Collaquamur or ‘Let’s Talk’ - used some questions and responses to review nouns; used ‘eye’ Latin to try to identify words.

I asked my daughter to say what she liked about this curriculum and this was her response:

Well laid out 
It doesn’t assume you know all your grammar, but teaches you everything step by step
Good teacher, explains things well 
Teaches you how to pronounce words properly
Nice music

The Student and Teacher editions plus the DVD & CD set include everything you need for this course, although it is suggested that you have access to a Latin/English dictionary. Here are some free online versions:

Lexilogos 
Online Latin

A support page for Latin Alive! is provided on the CAP website.

The only negative comment I have to make is that the Latin Alive! 1 text has recently been revised but the DVD won't be updated to match the text until next year. I understand that this primarily affects Chapter 1 and that CAP has created an errata sheet for families to use in the meantime. This wasn't an issue for us as it was only a matter of page or exercise numbers and it only took a few seconds to find the correct one.

Classical Academic Press is giving away three Latin Alive! 1 bundles to entrants with a USA residential address. Enter the Giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below.

A 20% discount off the purchase of any Latin Alive product is available with the discount code LAJourney1 throughout the course of the giveaway for anyone to use.

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Giveaway ends at midnight on December 5th. Winners will be contacted by email. Winners who do not respond by the deadline given in the winners’ email will be replaced by random drawing.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017-2018 Ruben's History Update - Year 7...


Now that we are nearly done with our first term, I feel it's safe to say, I've settled on something for Ruben's history. A combination of Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Greenleaf Press and The Middle Ages by Mike Corbishley, along with a variety of living books, seems to be just the right balance.


The titles pictured above are recommended literature in IEW's Medieval History - Based Writing Lessons, which I'm also using with Ruben. So far, we've read Beowulf, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. All three titles also happen to be Beautiful Feet books that accompany their Intermediate Medieval History guide, which Riley is working through. I love this because we are all reading the same books, in the same time period, which allows us great conversation, yet independently, honoring Riley's request for autonomy. In addition, I'm pulling titles from my Truthquest History Middle Ages guide.

When we're through with Famous Men of the Middle Ages, I intend to finish out the year with Famous Men of the Renaissance & Reformation, also by Greenleaf Press. Again, adding a variety of living books. In the meantime, our current schedule looks something like this...

Read two chapters from Famous Men... aloud, one on Monday, one on Wednesday. Then Ruben completes a notebooking page/narration on Tuesday and Thursday regarding each reading. I also read aloud a chapter a day from a particular living literature book. So each day, Ruben is doing history and lit, which are both related. Along the same vein, his IEW writing lessons also follow the same time period. This seems to be giving a nice overview, without overwhelming him. Below are some samples of Ruben's notebooking pages....


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Reflections on Home Education - Part V, Post 1, "Is the Kindergarten the best training-ground for a child?"...


I've been thinking a lot about Kindergarten lately since I have a 5-year old. As a result, I recently posted some Thoughts on Kindergarten based on my experience. Today, I'd like to share some thoughts on Kindergarten based on Charlotte Mason's writing in Vol. 1, Home Education. We are currently studying Part V in my CM Study Group, which is broken into eleven sections. I aim to cover the first three sections dealing with The Matter and Method of Lessons and Kindergarten here.

I. THE MATTER AND METHOD OF LESSONS
It seems to me that we live in an age of pedagogy; that we of the teaching profession are inclined to take too much upon ourselves, and that parents are ready to yield the responsibility of direction, as well as of actual instruction, more than is wholesome for the children. (p. 169)
Miss Mason's opening words immediately resonated with me. So often when parents find out we home educate our children, they say things like I could never homeschool because I'm not good at math. My child has an excellent teacher and they are a professional.  Or worse, I couldn't stand to be with my kids all day long...by the end of summer, I can't wait to send them back to school. Well, I suspect with an attitude like that, your child most certainly can't wait to go back to school either....ahem!

Interestingly, Miss Mason would be quite opposed to this modern manner of thinking as she goes on to say that home is the best growing-ground for young children and that mothers are the best Kindergarten teachers. Therefore, we ought not shirk our responsibilities, but rather, we must consider the three questions she poses:

1. Why must children learn at all?
2. What should they learn?
3. How should they learn it?

Why? 

Just as we must feed a child's body, we must feed their mind. We must offer pabulum to nourish it, as well as "appropriate exercise".
...we learn that we may know, not that we may grow... (p. 172)
Lessons must furnish ideas...
The child must learn, in the second place, in order that ideas may be freely sown in the fruitful soil of his mind. "Idea, the image or picture formed by the mind of anything external, whether sensible or spiritual,' - so, the dictionary; therefore, if the business of teaching be to furnish the child with ideas, any teaching which does not leave him possessed of a new mental image has, by so far, missed the mark. (p. 173)
Ideas vs. Information
...give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information; for the child who grows up with a few dominant ideas has his self-education provided for, his career marked out. (p. 174) 
We must provide the highest quality books. We should not talk "twaddle" or dumb down to the child. Charlotte gave four tests to apply to our children's lessons...
We see, then, that the children's lessons should provide material for their mental growth, should exercise the several powers of their minds, should furnish them with fruitful ideas, and should afford them knowledge, really valuable for its own sake, accurate, and interesting, of the kind that the child may recall as a man with profit and pleasure. (p. 177)
However, before applying these tests, she advised us to remember or review six points she previously considered...
(a) That the knowledge most valuable to the child is that which he gets with his own eyes and ears and fingers (under direction) in the open air.
(b) That the claims of the schoolroom should not be allowed to encroach on the child's right to long hours daily for exercise and investigation.
(c) That the child should be taken daily, if possible, to scenes - moor or meadow, park, common, or shore - where he may find new things to examine, and so add to his store of real knowledge. That the child's observation should be directed to flower or boulder, bird or tree; that, in fact, he should be employed in gathering the common information which is the basis of scientific knowledge. 
(d) That play, vigorous healthful play, is, in its turn, fully as important as lessons, as regards both bodily health and brain-power. 
(e) That the child, though under supervision, should be left much to himself - both that he may go to work in his own way on the ideas he receives, and also that he may be the more open to natural influences. 
(f) That the happiness of the child is the condition of his progress; that his lessons should be joyous, and that occasions of friction in the schoolroom are greatly to be deprecated.  (p. 177-178)
II. THE KINDERGARTEN AS A PLACE OF EDUCATION

What and How?

Miss Mason suggests that mothers have the needful tact, sympathy, common sense, and culture to be the best suited Kindergärtnerin, which is German for infant teacher, kindergarten teacher, or nursery-class teacher. She further states...
Indeed, the machinery of the Kindergarten is no more than a devise to ensure the carrying out of certain educational principles, and some of these it is the mother's business to get at, and work out according to Froebel's method - or her own. (p. 179)
Charlotte goes on to say...
...in the Kindergarten the child's senses are carefully and progressively trained: he looks, listens, learns by touch; gets ideas of size, colour, form, number; is taught to copy faithfully, express exactly. And in this training of the senses, the child is made to pursue the method the infant shapes for himself in his early studies of ring or ball. (p. 179
Charlotte further cautions us against a field of knowledge that's too restrictive, circumscribed by giving exact ideas rather than real knowledge. For example, telling or teaching the child about a tree, rather than letting them go out and explore it for themselves. By only reading a book about trees, we are giving exact ideas or telling him what to think about the tree. By taking him outside to see, feel, smell, and possibly climb the tree, he develops real knowledge for himself. This goes back to something Miss Mason said in Part II of Home Education, that a child learns through things, while adults learn through words, and that his sense of beauty comes through early contact with nature. We must allow our children those opportunities to assimilate real knowledge as much as possible in the early years without contriving.

Continued habit training, as in Part III, of Home Education, is also referenced in this section...
Training of a Just Eye and Faithful Hand ...in the home a thousand such opportunities occur; if only in such trifles as the straightening of a tablecloth or of a picture, the hanging of a towel, the packing of a parcel - every thoughtful mother invents a thousand ways of training in her child a just eye and a faithful hand. (p. 180)
'Sweetness and Light' in the Kindergarten ...Do not treat the child's small contumacy too seriously; do not assume that he is being naughty: just leave him out when he is not prepared to act in harmony with the rest. Avoid friction; and above all, do not let him disturb the moral atmosphere; in all gentleness and serenity, remove him from the company of the others, when he is being what nurses call 'tiresome'. 
On the whole, we may say that some of the principles which should govern Kindergarten training are precisely those in which every thoughtful mother endeavors to bring up her family; while the practices of the Kindergarten, being only ways, amongst others, of carrying out these principles, and being apt to become stereotyped and wooden, are unnecessary, but may be adopted so far as they fit in conveniently with the mother's general scheme for the education of her family. (p. 181) 
III. FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE KINDERGARTEN

After reading and re-reading this section, I sense a bit of wit and sarcasm in Miss Mason's writing in regard to society's reverent indebtedness to Froebel. For she says,
So far as education is a science, the truth of even ten - much more, a hundred - years ago is not the whole truth of to-day. "Thoughts beyond their thought to those high seers were given"; and, in proportion as the urgency of educational effort presses upon us, will be the ardour of our appreciation, the diligence of our employment, of those truths which the great pioneers, Froebel and the rest, have won for us by no less than prophetic insight. But, alas, and alas, for the cravings of lazy human nature - we may not have an educational pope; we must think out for ourselves, as well as work out, those things that belong to the perfect bringing-up of our children. (p. 185)
Charlotte calls us out as parents. She encourages us to study a variety of educational thought, in order that we may decide for ourselves what is right and just for our children, rather than letting government, state schools, and any one pedagogy rule the education of our children.

Charlotte further credits Froebel for raising an altar to the enthusiasm of childhood upon which the flame has never since gone out. She then warns us not to throw caution to the wind, pointing out some flaws in Froebel's philosophy...
Our first care should be to preserve the individuality, give play to the personality, of children. Now persons do not grow in a garden, much less in a greenhouse. It is a doubtful boon to a person to have conditions too carefully adapted to his needs. The exactly due sunshine and shade, pruning and training, are good for a plant whose uses are subordinate, so to say, to the needs and pleasure of its owner. But a person has other uses in the world, and mother or teacher who regards him as a plant and herself as the gardener, will only be saved from grave mistakes by the force of human nature in herself and in her child. (p. 186)
Let us not forget Principle 1, Children are born persons. Here, again, we see Charlotte advising us to 'preserve the individuality' of our children, remembering that they are made in the image of Christ, holding the highest form of life. She also says we should not 'supplement Nature', but rather to leave children as much as may be to Nature, and the Most High God. Later in this section, Charlotte calls 'Kindergarten' a false analogy because to figure a person by any analogy is dangerous and misleading, as there is nothing measurably equal with that of a person.

Miss Mason goes on to write...
...I am inclined to question whether, in the interest of carrying out a system, the charming Kindergärtnerin is not in danger sometimes of greatly undervaluing the intelligence of her children. (p. 187)
More than once in this section, Charlotte anticipates her audience wondering what is wrong with all the pleasant and happy things in Kindergarten. To this she says...
It is a curious thing about human nature that we all like to be managed by persons who take the pains to play on our amiabilities. Even a dog can be made foolishly sentimental; and, if we who are older have our foibles in this kind, it is little wonder that children can be wooed to do anything by persons whose approaches to them are always charming.
Most of us are mislead by our virtues, and the entire zeal and enthusiasm of the Kindergärtnerin is perhaps her stone of stumbling. (p. 188)
Many parents are sucked into this thinking. Kindergarten is cute. It's fun! There are bright colored plastic toys and games. There are other kids to play with. Therefore, kids will like it. Miss Mason also references the songs and stories often made up for children in Kindergarten as being twaddle and self-serving the teacher. She says, 'Everything is directed, expected, suggested.' Society says our children should attend kindergarten. Hence, they must need it. However, after reading Charlotte's thoughts, I liken Kindergarten to cotton candy. It is a delightful treat, but too much gives a tummy ache.
Even apart form this element of charm, I doubt if the self-adjusting property of life in the Kindergarten is good for children. (p. 189)
The bright pink fluffy charm of cotton candy is enticing at first, but after a period of time, it has it's ill effects. It's certainly not the best form of nourishment in the long run.

Keeping on with further lures to Kindergarten, Miss Mason brings up a very important point regarding socialization. This seems to be a main concern for folks pondering home education. I have heard many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and the like worry over the possibility of home educated children being unsocialized. Charlotte addresses the idea of socialization negatively in respect to children spending day after day with peers, when they have not even begun, let alone to master, the task of self-government. She suggests that 'the society of his equals is too stimulating for a child.' I couldn't agree more. Instead of children being solely with peers day in and day out, she suggests....
The clash and sparkle of our equals now and then stirs us up to health; but for everyday life, the mixed society of elders, juniors and equals, which we get in a family, gives at the same time the most repose and the most room for individual development. We have all wondered at the good sense, reasonableness, fun and resourcefulness shown by a child in his own home as compared with the same child in school life. (p. 191)
Now, if the thought of home educating your child seems too much to bear, keep this in mind...
Here we come to the real crux of the Kindergarten question. The busy mother says she has no leisure to be that somebody, and the child will run wild and get into bad habits; but we must not make a fetish of habit; education is a life as well as a discipline. Health, strength, and agility, bright eyes and alert movements, come of a free life, out-of-doors, if it may be; and as for habit, there is no habit or power so useful to man or woman as that of personal initiative. The resourcefulness, which will enable a family of children to invent their own games and occupations through the length of a summer's day is worth more in after life than a good deal of knowledge about cubes and hexagons, and this comes, not of continual intervention on the mother's part, but of much masterly inactivity. (p. 192)
Mason calls us to sow opportunities and get out of the way, until a guiding or restraining hand is necessary. I would also encourage you to start educating yourself in the meantime. It's very empowering!...but that's for another post.
Mothers shirk their work and put it, as they would say, into better hands than their own, because they do not recognise that wise letting alone is the chief thing asked of them, seeing that every mother has in Nature an all-sufficient handmaid, who arranges for due work and due rest of mind, muscles, and senses. (p. 193)
In closing, I would like to say dear mama, you are your child's best early childhood teacher! Mothers are vested in their children. A mother knows and loves her child like no other. Taking the next step to begin formal education, can and should be a very natural process. Provide opportunities, give living and real ideas through Nature and natural play. Then step aside.

Finally, Charlotte makes an alarming accusation against American Kindergarten...
...it is in America that the ideas of Froebel have received their greatest development, that the Kindergarten has become a cult, and the great teacher a prophet. (p. 197) 
If you are still reading, I thank you. I will leave you with the same final thought Miss Mason wrote on page 199, "Is the Kindergarten the best training-ground for a child?" I say not!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017 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 many 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. Send book lists, comments, and inquiries via the contact form on the right side bar. I accept PayPal and ship media mail anywhere in the U.S.

Thanks for your consideration,
Melissa











Monday, October 30, 2017

Sparking Ideas With a Variety of Books and a Lecture...


Last week I read this aloud in our morning time....
Irish monks gathered an incredible store of scholarship from all over western Europe. During the troubled fifth and sixth centuries many scholars came to Ireland from the upheavals of the Continent, bringing with them manuscripts and knowledge of the classical authors. Ireland became the grand repository for this intellectual treasure and the Irish monks copied and codified this information. They wrote commentaries on it, and handed the knowledge on from one generation to the next. They read Virgil and Solinus and, in translation or original, had access to Greek authors. In their geographical concepts the monks understood that the world was round - "like a well-formed apple" was how it was sometimes put. They understood Ptolemy's concept of geography, and could read how the Romans had sent a fleet around Scotland and found islands lying to the north. The flowering of early Christian culture in Ireland, about which so much has been written, was a process that lasted almost five hundred years. Irish monks were acknowledged to be the best-educated and best-informed men in all the western Europe; and in due course they set out to carry their knowledge back into the mainland. They founded schools, advised kings and even emperors (Charlemagne was a great admirer of Irish learning) and established monasteries from Lombardy to Austria. They and their pupils were regarded as Europe's wandering intelligentsia. As a Frankish observer put it, "Almost all Ireland, despising the sea, is migrating to our shores with a flock of philosophers." - The Brendan Voyage by Tim Severin, p. 80
Immediately, it brought me back to a talk by Dr. Christopher Perrin at the CiRCE Regional Conference last January titled something like: The Monastery School: How Classical Education was Preserved and Extended for Almost 1000 Years (and what we can learn from it). Dr. Perrin talked about an idea he got from C. S. Lewis in regard to sometimes when we have lost our way, the quickest way back is to return home. He went on to talk about going back to the monastic tradition to learn from them in an effort toward a classical education renewal, relating this idea of going back to go forward. One of the books Dr. Perrin referenced was How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill, which I happened to find at a library sale after. It has been on my shelf since. However, after reading that quote in The Brendan Voyage and looking back at my notes from Dr. Perrin's lecture, I have moved it to the bedside and am looking forward to reading it soon in an attempt to learn more about Irish academia in the monasteries and the preservation of Western civilization.

Also, in reading Ruben's history lesson last week, the chapter in Famous Men from the Middle Ages was about Charlemagne, who is also mentioned in the quote above from Severin's book. Because of that history reading, I understood who Charlemagne was and the significance of him being mentioned in the quote. Instantly, I was reminded how Education is the Science of Relations and how important it is to spread a wide feast for our children. My relations were sparked by a series of ideas obtained through a lecture and variety of reading. Had I not been exposed to Dr. Perrin's talk and a variety of books, I would not have had those ideas which prompted my desire to learn more about the scholars of Ireland.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Language Arts, Bible/Character, and Elective Books For Sale...


Below you will find our latest list of Language Arts, Bible/Character, Elective, and misc. teaching resources for sale. Some of the books are ex-library and some are from a private collection. Workbooks are clean, new, and unused unless noted. There is a variety of curricula and study guides as well as living books.

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

Thanks so much for your consideration,
Melissa

Writing & Grammar Books

Daily Guided Teaching and Review for 2nd & 3rd Grades by Wanda C. Phillips $5

Language Lesson for the High School Student 2 by Sandi Queen – student book & key $10

Many Luscious Lollipops – A Book about Adjectives by Ruth Heller $4

Up, Up and Away – A Book about Adverbs by Ruth Heller $4

A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns by Ruth Heller $4

Up, Up and Away – A Book about Adverbs by Ruth Heller $4

Bowmar/Noble Handwriting Level F (cursive workbook) $3

Little Kids Can Write! by Karen Sevaly ages 3-6 student workbook $3

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. & E. B. White (hardcover) SL AO 9 $4 each (x2)

Scholastic Success with Writing Grade 5 $3

Evan-Moor Daily Language Review Grade 2 $4

Evan-Moor Daily Language Review Grade 5 $4

Evan-Moor Daily Language Review Grade 6 $4

No Frill Grammar Drill grade 4 $2

Scholastic Narrative Writing by Tara McCarthy grades 4-8 $3

Spectrum Writing – grade 2 $3

Spectrum Writing – grade 3 $3

Spectrum Writing – grade 7 $3

Spectrum Language Arts – grade 6 $3

The Student Editor by Virginia Allison – middle school $4

Critical Thinking Co. Editor in Chief Book A-1 $4

ETA Daily Writing Reinforcers (spiral bound with answers and teacher notes) grade 2 $3

ETA Daily Writing Reinforcers (spiral bound with answers and teacher notes) grade 4 $3

Jensen’s Grammar by Frode Jensen AO $8

Writer’s INC, A Guide to Writing, Thinking, & Learning MFW $5

Reading, Phonics, Vocabulary & Spelling Books

Knowledge Box Central Literature Book Report Lapbook $3

Spectrum Word Study and Phonics Grade 5 $4

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

Bob Books – Levels 1, 2, & 3 $3 each level

Wordly Wise – prices as marked
-       Wordly Wise 3000 6 Test Booklet & Answer Key $3
-       Wordly Wise 3000 7 Test Booklet & Answer Key $3
-       Wordly Wise 3000 8 Test Booklet & Answer Key $3

Vocabulary in Action by Loyola Press Level E (student workbook) $3

Building a Strong Vocabulary by Carl B. Smith, Ph.D. $3

Study Guides

The Biggest Bear w/book $4

Total Language Plus Guide - The Wheel on the School SL $10

Art, Music, Foreign Language, & Home Economics

Art & the Bible for Children by Barry Stebbing (NEW hardcover) $20

Rich & Sharon Jeffus Preschool & Early Elementary Art Basics $5

Adventures in Art Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide $5

Discover Art Teacher’s Edition grade 3 $8

Discover Art Teacher’s Edition grade 4 $8

Big Book of Books and Activities by Dinah Zike $3

Come Look With Me – American Indian Art by Stephanie Salomon (hardcover) $4

Kids Colorpix My Favorite Masterpieces Assorted Cards & Envelopes $3

The Second Painter’s Problem Book (hardcover w/jacket) $3

Start with Art – Animals by Sue Lacey (hardcover) $4

The Gift of Music, Great Composers and Their Influence by Jane Stuart Smith & Betty Carlson $5

Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol $3

Sue Patrick’s Workbox System Starter Kit for 2 Children & A User Guide book $10

Bible, Character, & Misc. Resource Books

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

3 in 1 (A Picture of God) by Joanne Marxhausen $3

Little Visits with God by Allan Hart Jahsmann & Martin P. Simon $3

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book by Elsie Egermeier (hardcover) SL K $7

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book by Elsie Egermeier SL K $5

Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible for Young and Old (original 1932/1947 hardcover) $10 each (x3)

NIV Women’s Devotional Bible (Zondervan – hardcover) $5

Little Ladies series by Sandi Queen (new) $10 set
-       Dressing for God
-       Speaking to Please God
-       Keeping Myself Pure for God

Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook (hardcover w/jacket) $4

The Book of Virtues for Young People by William J. Bennett (hardcover) $5

Early Education at Home – A Curriculum Guide for Parents of Preschoolers and Kindergartners by M. Jean Soyke $8

Art Adventures at Home – Level 1 (grades K-2) by Pattye Carlson and M. Jean Soyke $7

Learning at Home – Preschool and Kindergarten by Ann Ward $15

Learning Activities for Threes (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Year Round Activities for Four-Year-Old Children by Coletta (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Home-Spun Schools by Raymond and Dorothy Moore (hardcover w/jacket) $6


Konos

Character Curriculum by Jessica Hulcy $10 each or $15 for the pair
-       Obedience
-       Orderliness

World View

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

History, Geography, Government, and Economics For Sale...


Below you will find our latest list of living history books for sale. The books are arranged chronologically and coded when related to a particular history program that I'm aware of. Some of the books are ex-library and some are from a private collection. Many are duplicate copies from our own personal library. Several are out of print and getting harder to find. Let me know if you need recommendations or have any questions.

We are a smoke and pet free home. The prices do not reflect shipping. I accept PayPal and ship media mail within the U.S. Please use the contact form on the right side bar to send inquires and desired list. There is also a list of misc. history resources toward the bottom as well as books used for geography, government, economics, and social studies.

Thanks so much for your consideration,
Melissa

History – Arranged Chronologically

SL – Sonlight
TQ – TruthQuest
AO – Ambleside Online
SCM – Simply Charlotte Mason
BF – Beautiful Feet
WP – Winter Promise
VP – Veritas Press
MFW – My Father’s World
CoF – Cornerstones of Freedom
VT – A Visual American History Timeline of Books
HOD – Heart of Dakota

Ancient Civilizations/Cultures (blue tote #1)

The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer $50 set includes:
-       Activity Book
-       Student Reader (paperback)

-       Audio CDs

Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick TQ $6


David and Goliath by Leonard Everett Fisher (hardcover w/Mylar jacket, ex-library) TQ $5

Old Testament Days, An Activity Guide by Nancy I. Sanders $3



Ancient Civilizations Unit Study $10 set includes:
-       Discovering Ancient Mysteries by Michael Gibson (hardcover)
-       Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt
-       The Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Rome
-       Scholastic 25 Mini-Plays World History by Erin Fry (grades 4-8)
-       Classical Kids, An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome by Laurie Carlson
-       Selections from National Geographic Death on the Nile
-       National Geographic January 3003 (Inside Egypt’s Secret Vaults)
-       Kids Discover Mummies
-       Kids Discover Ancient Egypt
-       Life in Ancient Egypt Picture Study Prints
-       Life in Ancient Greece Picture Study Prints
-       Life in Ancient Rome Picture Study Prints
-       Other Misc. Articles and Arts Newsletter

Egypt (Insiders) by Joyce Tyldesley $3

The Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann TQ $4

The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt by Cyndy Shearer $5

See Inside An Ancient Egyptian Town by R. J. Unstead (hardcover, ex-library) $5 each (x3)

Mummies A Very Peculiar History by Nathaniel Harris $3

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (hardcover ex-library) $5

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (like new) $4

Make it Work! Ancient Egypt by Haslam & Parsons MFW $4

Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green BF TQ $4

Look Inside A Greek Theater by Peter Chrisp (hardcover) $4

The Iliad retold by Nick McCarty, illustrated by Victor Ambrus $4

Favorite Greek Myths retold by Mary Pope Osborne $4

The Trojan Horse, How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little MFW SL $3

The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum BF TQ VP $4

Usborne Tales of the Trojan War by Kamini Khanduri $3

The Trojan War by Bernard Evslin TQ $3

The Secrets of Vesuvius by Sara C. Bisel TQ $3 each (x2)

Pompeii, Buried Alive! By Edith Kunhardt SL TQ $3

The Master by John Pollock $4

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (hardcover, ex-library) TQ SL BF WP HOD $4

Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster SL TQ BF AO $8

Usborne Internet-Linked Romans by Marks and Tingay $4

See Inside An Ancient Chinese Town by R. J. Unstead (hardcover ex-library) $5

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

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (hardcover, ex-library) SL 5/F $3

Work and Play in the Philippines – New World Neighbors Series (1944 hardcover) $3

The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads SL 3/C $3

Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation

Days of Knights and Damsels, An Activity Guide by Laurie Carlson $3

The Vikings by Robert Nicholson & Claire Watts $3

History Explorers Viking Raiders by Fiona Macdonald $3

The Vikings by Hazel Martell (hardcover, ex-library) $5

The Vikings by Robin Place (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky by Barbara Schiller SL 1/B TQ $4 each (x2)

See Inside a Castle by R. J. Unstead (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman SL Core 6/G $3 each (x3)

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer SL $3

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman SL 2/C TQ BF $3 each (x5)

Dove and Sword, A Novel of Joan of Arc by Nancy Garden $3

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood WP SL $3

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli TQ SL VP $4

Milliken History of Civilization The Middle Ages Grades 7-12 $3

Wings of an Eagle, The Story of Michelangelo by Anne Merriman Peck TQ $4

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray BF TQ SL $4 each (x3)

Ivanhoe by Walter Scott (hardcover Bancroft Classics) TQ AO BF $5

Exploration/Native Americans

More Than Moccasins A Kid’s Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life by Laurie Carlson $3

Pathki Nana, Kootenai Girl Solves a Mystery by Kenneth Thomasma $2

Om-kas-toe, Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog by Kenneth Thomasma SL $2

North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline SL $3 each (x2)

Growing Up Indian by Evelyn Wolfson (hardcover w/Mylar, ex-library) $5

Follow the Dream, The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis (hardcover ex-library) $4

Christopher Columbus by Ann McGovern $3

Columbus by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (small paperback black & white reprint) TQ BF $2

Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad SL $3

I Sailed with Columbus by Miriam Schlein $2

Magellan, Voyager with a Dream by William Jay Jacobs (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Ferdinand Magellan by Ruth Harley $3

Life in Tudor England by Penry Williams (hardcover ex-library) $4

Sower Johannes Kepler by John Hudson Tiner TQ $4

Sower Robert Boyle by John Hudson Tiner TQ HOD $4

The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes SL $4

Sword of the Wilderness by Elizabeth Coatsworth (hardcover) TQ $4

Colonization/American Revolution (gray tote #2)

The Old World and America by Rev. Philip J. Furlong, PhD w/answer key (Catholic) $10 set

America in the Time of Pocahontas, The Story of Our Nation from Coast to Coast, from 1590 to 1754 by Sally Senzell Isaacs (hardcover) $3

Rewriting of America’s History by Catherine Millard VT $4

Life in America Series – unit study - $10 set
            Life Establishing a Nation 1790-1849
            Life in a New World 1000-1763

Blue Feather’s Vision, The Dawn of Colonial America by James E. Knight TQ $3 each (x2)

The Paradox of Jamestown 1585 – 1700 by Collier & Collier (hardcover, ex-library) VT $4

The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz TQ VT $3

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (hardcover) $5 each (x2)

If you Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern TQ VT WP $3 each (x2)

The Pilgrims by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover, ex-library) TQ CoF $4

Down Ryton Water by E. R. Gaggin SL 7/H $4

The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall BF TQ VT $4 each (x2)

N. C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims text by Robert San Souci TQ VT $3

Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters VP TQ VT $4 each (x6)

Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters VP TQ VT $4 each (x7)

Eating the Plates, A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners by Lucille Recht Penner VT TQ $5

Pilgrim Voices edited by Connie and Peter Roop (hardcover w/Mylar dust jacket ex-library) TQ VT $5

Thanksgiving Feast and Festival by Mildred Corell Luckhardt (hardcover ex-library) $5

Thanksgiving Unit Study by Amanda Bennett $3

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn, The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth (hardcover, ex-library) $4

Margaret Pumphrey’s Pilgrim Stories by Elvajean Hall TQ VT $3

The Courtship of Miles Standish: Elizabeth by Henry W. Longfellow TQ VT $4

Eastern Trails, From Footprints to Turnpikes by Kathy Pelta (hardcover, ex-library) $2

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper TQ $3

Dear America Standing in the Light, The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, 1763 (hardcover) $2

The Rhode Island Colony by Dennis B. Fradin (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Colonial Living by Edwin Tunis (hardcover ex-library) TQ $10

Colonial Craftsman, The Hatters by Leonard Everett Fisher (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $6

If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern TQ WP $3 each (x2)

Boys and Girls of Colonial Days by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey $3 BF

Emma’s Journal, The Story of a Colonial Girl by Marissa Moss (hardcover, ex-library) TQ WP $3

American Girl Felicity’s Craft Book $4

African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies by Deborah Kent (hardcover, ex-library) CoF TQ $4

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare SL $3 each (x2)

Our Great Heritage….from the Beginning – The Revolutionary Years 1763-1783 (hardcover) $4

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore TQ $3

Stowaway by Karen Hesse SL TQ $3

American Heritage Junior Library The Many Worlds of Benjamin Franklin (hardcover) $5

Benjamin Franklin, A Man with Many Jobs by Carol Greene (hardcover Rookie Biography) TQ $3

The Boston Tea Party by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover, ex-library) CoF TQ $4

Boston Tea Party by James E. Knight TQ $3

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz (hardcover) TQ SL $3 each (x2)

Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3 each (x2)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes SL 3/4/D/E TQ BF VP AO VT $4 (x2) (blue tote #3)

My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier & Collier TQ $3 each (x2)

The Crossing, How George Washington Saved the American Revolution by Jim Murphy $5

Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit TQ VT $3 each (x3)

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

The Story of Martha Washington by Jeanette Nolan (hardcover Signature Biography) TQ $5

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley TQ $3

The Battle of Lexington and Concord by Neil Johnson (hardcover ex-library) TQ VT $4

Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin SL 3/4/D/E TQ $3 each (x4)

John Adams by David McCullough AO $5

Childhood of Famous Americans Molly Pitcher by Augusta Stevenson (ex-library) TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Tom Jefferson by Helen Albee Monsell (ex-library) TQ $3

Journey to Monticello, Traveling in Colonial Times by James E. Knight $3 each (x5)

Give me Liberty! – The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman TQ VT $5

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy SL 3/D TQ VT $3

The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards (hardcover, ex-library) CoF TQ $4

Will You Sign Here John Hancock? by Jean Fritz (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner TQ $3

The Story of the Liberty Bell by Natalie Miller CoF TQ $4

Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill TQ $3 each (x2)

1800’s/Westward Expansion

The Broken Blade by William Durbin SL 7/H $3

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

Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark by Della Rowland BF $4 each (x2)

The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover ex-library) CoF TQ $4

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose AO9 $5 each (x2)

The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark by Rhoda Blumberg TQ $4

Abigail’s Drum by John A. Minahan TQ VT $3 each (x3)

Sower - Artist with a Message, Samuel F. B. Morse by John Hudson Tiner TQ VT $4

Johnny Appleseed – A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh (1 hardcover, ex-library) TQ $4 each (x3)

Johnny Appleseed by Carol Beach York (hardcover) $2

The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi SL $3

The Defenders by Ann McGovern $2

The Cherokee by Emilie U. Lepthien – A New True Book TQ $3

If You Lived With the Cherokee by Peter and Connie Roop TQ WP $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Davy Crockett, Young Rifleman by Aileen Wells Parks TQ $3

American Heritage Junior Library The Erie Canal (hardcover) TQ $5

American Heritage Junior Library Texas and the War with Mexico (hardcover) TQ $5

American Girl Secrets in the Hills – A Josefina Mystery (ex-library) $2

The Little Indian Weaver by Madeline Brandeis (1928 hardcover) $5

The Wild West by Mike Stotter $3

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine TQ $3

The Oregon Trail by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ VT $4

Wagons West: Off to Oregon by Catherine E. Chambers VT $2 each (x2)

Wagon Train by Sydelle Kramer TQ $2

Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner SL 2/C TQ $3 each (x2)

Trails to the West, Beyond the Mississippi by Kathy Pelta (hardcover ex-library) $3

Meet the Wards on the Oregon Trail by John J. Loeper TQ VT $3 each (x3)

Rachel’s Journal, The Story of a Pioneer Girl by Marissa Moss TQ VT $3

A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos TQ SL $3

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall TQ VT $4

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

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr TQ VT $3 each (x3)

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (2 hardcover ex-library) SL 5/F BF TQ $3 each (x6)

Zia by Scott O’Dell BF TQ $3

Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi BF TQ $4

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Young Composer by Louis Sabin $3

Commodore Perry in the Land of Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (hardcover ex-library) SL Core 5/F TQ $5

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson TQ VT $3 each (x3)

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (hardcover ex-library) TQ $4 each (x2)

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field TQ $3

The Great American Gold Rush by Rhoda Blumberg TQ $4

American Heritage Junior Library The California Gold Rush (hardcover) $5

American Heritage Junior Library Great Days of the Circus (hardcover) $5

The Ringling Brothers by Molly Cone (hardcover, ex-library) $3

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

American Heritage Junior Library Steamboats on the Mississippi (hardcover) $5

Pony Express by Steven Kroll (hardcover ex-library) TQ VT $4 each (x3) (pink tote #4)

Louis Braille, The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson SL 5/F TQ $3

Underground RailRoad/Slavery/Civil War 1865

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War by Ina Chang $2 each (x2)

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates SL BF TQ HOD $4 each (x3)

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler TQ $3 each (x2)

Runaway Slave, The Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern TQ VT $4 each (x6)

Freedom Train, The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling SL TQ $3

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson TQ VT $7

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe VP BF TQ AO $5 each (x2)

A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth by David Adler TQ $3

Daily Life on a Southern Plantation by Paul Erickson VT TQ $4

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt SL 4/E TQ BF VT $4 each (x6)

True Stories about Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross $2

The Death of Lincoln by Leroy Hayman TQ BF $3

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah TQ $3 each (x2)

Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Abraham Lincoln by Augusta Stevenson (ex-library) TQ $3

The Story of the Lincoln Memorial by Natalie Miller (hardcover) CoF $4 each (x2)

The Story of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Maureen Ash CoF $3

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

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco TQ $5

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Kay Moore TQ $3

American Girl Meet Addy TQ $3

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane BF SL TQ $3

Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty TQ $3

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman TQ $3 each (x3)

Paper Soldiers of the Civil War by Alan Archambault $3

American Heritage Junior Library The Battle of Gettysburg (hardcover) $5

Robert E. Lee, Brave Leader by Rae Bains $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Robert E. Lee, Young Confederate by Helen Albee Monsell (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

Landmark Stonewall Jackson by Jonathan Daniels (hardcover, ex-library, loose binding) TQ $4

Landmark Clara Barton, Found of the American Red Cross by Helen Dore Boylston (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $5

The Day Fort Sumter was Fired On by Jim Haskins TQ $4

The Boys’ War by Jim Murphy VT TQ $5

Behind the Blue and Gray by Della Ray TQ $4

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder SL TQ $3

1865 to 20th Century

Life in Victorian England by W. J. Reader (hardcover) $4

Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen SL $3

Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen TQ $3

Turn Homeward Hannalee by Patricia Beatty TQ $3

Be Ever Hopeful Hannalee by Patricia Beatty TQ $3

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO VT $3 each (x2)

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO VT $3 each (x3)

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO $3 each (x2)

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO $3

On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger Lea MacBride VT $3

On the Other Side of the Hill by Roger Lea MacBride $3

Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea MacBride (ex-library) $3

Little Town at the Crossroads by Maria D. Wilkes $3

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO VT $3 each (x4)

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO VT $3

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Growing Up in the Little House by Patricia Reilly Giff (hardcover, ex-library) $2

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink TQ SL AO $4 each (x3)

Sixteen and Away from Home by Arleta Richardson $3 (blue tote #5)

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

Willow Wind Farm: Betsy’s Story by Anne Pellowski (hardcover ex-library) $10

Prairie Visions by Pam Conrad TQ $3

A Pioneer Farm Girl, The Diary of Sarah Gillespie, 1877-1878 (hardcover ex-library) $3 each (x2)

A One-Room School by Bobbie Kalman (Historic Communities – (hardcover ex-library) $2

Writer of the Plains, A Story about Willa Cather by Tom Streissguth (hardcover ex-library) $3

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan TQ SL $3

Daniel’s Duck by John Sandin FIAR TQ $3

If you Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern TQ $3 each (x2)

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline TQ $3

The Life of Buffalo Bill by William F. Cody (hardcover w/jacket) $4

Buffalo Bill by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (small black & white reprint) TQ BF $2

Custer and Crazy Horse by Jim Razzi $3 each (x2)

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

Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman (hardcover ex-library) $4

Paul Bunyan by Steven Kellogg $3

American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg SL P4/5 AO $3 each (x3)

My Antonia by Willa Cather SL Core 400 AO 10 $2

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault TQ $2 each (x2)

Cowboys of the Wild West by Russell Freedman TQ VT $5 each (x2)

Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman TQ VT $5 each (x4)

Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman (hardcover w/jacket) TQ VT $5

An Indian Winter by Russell Freedman TQ $5 each (x3)

The Story of Susan B. Anthony by Susan Clinton CoF $4

Childhood of Famous Americans by Susan B. Anthony by Helen Albee Monsell (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

A History of US, An Age of Extremes by Joy Hakim (hardcover ex-library) SL $5

The Path Between the Seas – The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough $5

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (hardcover) TQ VT $5

The Chicago Fire, 1871 by Corinne J. Naden (hardcover) $5 each (x3)

Early Loggers and the Sawmill by Peter Adams (The Early Settler Life Series) $4

The Terrible Wave by Marden Dahlstedt SL $4

Addie’s Dakota Winter by Laurie Lawlor TQ VT $3

Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner VT TQ $3

Blizzard by Jim Murphy (hardcover) TQ VT $5

American Girl Kirsten’s Cook Book $4

Kate Shelley Bound for Legend by Robert D San Souci TQ $2 each (x2)

The First Teddy Bear by Helen Kay VT $5

Truman by David McCullough $5

American Girl Meet Samantha TQ $3

If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake by Ellen Levine SL 4/E TQ $3 each (x6)

The Mayo Brothers by Helen Clapesattle (hardcover) TQ $5

We’ll Race You, Henry, A Story About Henry Ford by Barbara Mitchell TQ VT $3

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

Amelia and Eleanor go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan VT TQ $4

Eleanor by Barbara Cooney $3

The Spirit of the St. Louis by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ $4 each (x2)

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

First Flight, The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers by George Shea TQ VT $3

Up in the Air: Bessie Coleman by Philip S. Hart TQ $4

Sower Louis Pasteur by John Hudson Tiner TQ $4

Profiles in Science for Young People Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium by Ann E. Steinke TQ $3

Sower Billy Sunday, Home Run to Heaven by Robert Allen $4

The Story of Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Davidson SL TQ $3

Thomas Alva Edison, Young Inventor by Louis Sabin TQ $3

Finding the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard $3

The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Penner $2

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

How They Built the Statue of Liberty by Mary J. Shapiro (hardcover, ex-library) $6

The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin TQ VT $3 each (x6)

Ellis Island by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ $4

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman TQ $5

Milliken History of Civilization The Industrial Revolution Grades 7-12 $3

All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor SL 4/E $3

The Great Depression by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ $4

Dust for Dinner by Ann Turner TQ VT $3 each (x2)

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse SL Core 100 TQ $3 each (x3)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor SL 4/E BF TQ VT $3 each (x7)

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor $3

Blue Willow by Doris Gates SL Core 100 AO BF TQ $4 (pink tote #6)

Orphan Train Rider, One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren TQ $4 each (X2)

In Grandma’s day by Paul Humphrey VT $2 each (x3)

American Girl Meet Kit TQ $2

Holocaust/ WWII

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn SL VP $3

Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank TQ BF VP $4 each (x2)

Anne Frank Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven (hardcover) $4

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry TQ SL BF $4

Schindlers’ List by Thomas Keneally $4

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (ex-library) SL AO TQ $3

American Girl Molly’s Craft Book (hardcover, ex-library) $4

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop SL BF TQ $4

The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp BF TQ $4

Night by Elie Wiesel BF $3


All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque BF TQ SL AO $4

Modern Times

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry SL 5/F BF $2

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls TQ VP AO 6 $3

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Myul Choi SL 5/F BF $3

The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck SL 5/F $2

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White SL 1/B VP $3 each (x2)

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White $3

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson SL Core 300 $2

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs SL 3/D TQ $3

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson SL Core 400 $2 each (x2)

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

A Pictorial Life Story of Misty by Marguerite Henry (hardcover, ex-library) $20

Album of Horses by Marguerite Henry SL TQ BF $5

Our First Pony by Marguerite Henry $1

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry SL 2/C TQ BF VP $3 each (x5)

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (hardcover) SL 2/C TQ BF VP $5

Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (hardcover ex-library) $3

Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry $5

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry BF AO 3 TQ SL 5/F $3 (x2)

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry BF AO 3 TQ SL 5/F $5

Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL $3

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL $3

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL $5 each (x2)

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery AO TQ VP $4 each (x2)

Anne of Windy Poplars by L M Montgomery AO TQ $2

Anne’s House of Dreams by L M Montgomery AO TQ $2

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery TQ AO $2 each (x3)

Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery (hardcover, ex-library) TQ AO $3

Kilmeny of the Orchard by by L. M. Montgomery $3

Sounder by William H. Armstrong SL Core 100 TQ $3 each (x3)

Rascal by Sterling North TQ SL $3 each (x3)

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Miegs (hardcover ex-library) TQ $3

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott AO VP VT $4

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott AO $3

An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott AO $3

A Picture Book of Helen Keller by David A. Adler TQ $3

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

Helen Keller’s Teacher by Mickie Davidson TQ VT $3

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska SL 6/G $3 each (x2)

Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Barry Denenberg BF $3 each (x2)

20th Century – The Fifties – Teacher Created Materials $2 (blue tote #7)

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (hardcover ex-library) $3

Childhood of Famous Americans John F. Kennedy (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

The Story of the Vietnam Memorial by David K. Wright (hardcover ex-library) CoF $4

If you Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine TQ VT $3

Young Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Heroine by Anne Benjamin (Troll First Start Biography) TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Thurgood Marshall by Montrew Dunham (ex-library) $3

The Day We Walked on the Moon, A Photo History of Space Exploration by George Sullivan VT $4 each (x3)

The Story of the White House by Kate Waters $4

The Story of White House by Natalie Miller (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents - Gerald R. Ford by Mike Venezia TQ $3

In Defense of Liberty, The Story of America’s Bill of Rights by Russell Freedman (hardcover w/Mylar; ex-library) $5

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis SL $3 each (x3)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini BF $4


Basher Five-Two by Captain Scott O’Grady Notgrass $4

Misc. History Resources

A Child’s Story of America by McHugh and Morris VP $4 (x2)

The Handy History Answer Book by Rebecca Nelson $4

Digging and Discovery – Wisconsin Archaeology – The New Badger History Series $3 each (x3)

The Buck Stops Here, The Presidents of the United States by Alice Provensen $4


Geography, Government, Economics, & Social Studies  

Homeschool Ponies Volume 1: Patriotic Patches by Brenda Krames new w/iron on patches $10

Anno’s U.S.A. by Mitsumasa Anno (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno (hardcover, ex-library) $5

Maps & Globes by Jack Knowlton MFW $4

Steck-Vaughn Portraits of America series (new) $10 set of 13 includes:

- Wisconsin
- Pacific Islands
- Alabama
- Delaware
- Idaho
- Indiana
- New York
- North Dakota
- Utah
- Massachusetts
- Virginia
- West Virginia
- California

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

Kon-tiki by Thor Heyerdahl AO $4

Count Your Way Through Africa by Jim Haskins $2