Friday, October 23, 2009


Jump on or head to the book store to get the book for Thanksgiving! We are working on GRAMMAR by THIS BOOK using This First Thanksgiving Day (A Counting Story) by Laura Knauss Melmed. Our best seller grammar program is adapted for the sentences in this story. Students will see grammar in a story book and be able to understand verbs, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions quickly and easily. There is a checklist of things to find on the pages of the story and children who have an aversion to writing will be glad to know answers are given on blocks of paper and need only be layed in the correct spot. Watch for this coming release and get the story book now. This book can be found for pennies on We picked ours up at the books store for a few dollars. I can't wait for you to use this with your children! Why didn't I have this when I was in school!

New Remember Me Pockets for November

The month of November is the beginning of the holiday season and the month we all like to bring in more hands on and fun activities. Fortunately For You Books knows how to fuse fun with learning! Our specially designed worksheets will give you a nice change of pace for the holidays and still provide you with accomplished work for your portfolios.

Authors highlighted this month are:
Bram Stoker (Dracula)
Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island)
Frances H. Burnett (The Secret Garden)
Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables Series)

Our FFYB reporter continues interviewing interesting people who have birthdays in the month of November. Daniel Boone, Will Rogers, Marie Curie, and Claude Monet begin the interviews by sharing details about their life. We jump to modern times to talk to Condoleeza Rice and Larry King. We then go back to interview Billy the Kid and find out why he turned out the way he did. Winston Churchill is the last person to be interviewed. Our reporter asks the right questions to give us insight into what made Winston a great and strong leader during difficult times.

Peanut Butter and Native Americans are the focus on our monthly pocket. A Sticker Study format is used to recall information about peanut butter and a puzzle format will help children learn about the various types of Indians that were in the America's long before Europeans settled here.

Two weeks are filled with National Bible Week (dominoes game of Old and New Testament stories) and National Game and Puzzle Week (games and puzzles!).

There is a huge assortment of daily activities to satisfy every interest in your family! NEW MINI LAPBOOKS are introduced this month! Montana and North Carolina celebrate their statehood in November and FFYB offers our best selling mini lapbook format for covering state facts. Just think- a lapbook finished in one/two settings! Pompeii, paper clips, tongue twisters, diabetes, Guinness World Record Day, Gettysburg Address, Mayflower Compact, Times Zones, and Homemade Bread Day is all covered in the daily section of the pockets. And if that is not enough, we have Shakin' Up History, a supplemental activity that includes a huge assortment of mentionable things that happened in history this month. You never know what the roll of the die will be!

Our holiday section honors the Veterans of the United States of America with an essay giving information about the holiday, a deductive reasoning skill with logos of all armed branches, and a cool art project that is meant to be hung with pride. Thanksgiving is celebrated with a practical project of placemat art! Make placemats for the holiday table and complete the Pilgrim Mini Book for your holiday lesson.

Our Remember Me Pockets are created specifically for helping students recall information. Visual and Hands On Learners are loving these worksheets! Make your holiday month stress free by giving your students tools designed just for them! Learning does not have to be hard, it just needs to be from FFYB!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Our New At Your Seat Study Files!

I want to show you this file as this is the beginning of many to come! Clouds are the subject matter for this At Your Seat Study. There is so much to learn about clouds! The information in these cards teaches names of clouds and what they look like. As there are so many types, it is really hard for some students to remember! One would think visual learners would be able to remember this information quickly, but the trouble we find is when putting IN the information, we must make the visual connection then. My son, Jesse, is dyslexic, and I have learned that if I just take the time or create the tools to put the information in his head with a visual trigger, it is easily and painlessly recalled.
Let me show you how this product works:

These are the information cards. They contain- well, information! They hold that name of the cloud type in a red color, a couple of adjectives in green, and weather that comes with that cloud in blue. The information is written in complete sentences with these key facts highlighted. These 10 cards are cut apart and saved.
Next we have our letter cards:

These letter cards reference the green color coded adjectives that were in the information cards. Simplifying the adjectives down to letters help the student rememeber them better. Who knew- less IS sometimes more. For example, the large letters DG will say "this reminds me of Dark Grey". It is odd how this works, especially in a boy's mind but it does.
Our next cards are called Visual Key cards:

These cards build on the letter cards. As DG was given for Dark Grey, this card will now contain a block that is filled with a dark grey color. When F&C was given on the letter cards for "feathery" and "curls", we now have a picture of a feather and some curls. The adjectives are on this card so that the child connects the adjectives with the visual.
The next set of cards are called picture cards:

These cards have ONLY the picture clue- no words.
Now that you know what each cards is for, let me explain what to do with them.
The student now has a set of four cards: information, letter, visual key, and picture. There are four cards for EACH of the ten types of clouds. After all these cards are sorted into sets, we can begin learning the information. There is a 4 step learning mat and it looks like this:

On the first day, the student will lay down all four cards to his set. He will say the information out loud. This is crucial, as the eyes may not pick up what the hearing will. For my son, reading certain information out loud is KEY to learning. While it may seem simple, be assured that the eyes and ears are picking up colors and pictures and filing this information so that recall will be easy. Day one will be complete. The next day or session, only three cards are laid down on the mat: the letter card, the visual key card, and the picture card. On the third day there is one less card, and on the fourth day there is only the picture card remaining. If you were to ask your student about a particular cloud, they will now be able to tell you a couple of interesting things about them!
I hope you give this file a try. We have made these very affordable ($1) and will be adding more to the line.
These are more like "Super Flash Cards"!
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