Saturday, January 30, 2010

The wonderful classic, Guess How Much I Love You, is now available in our Lines of Time! Click here to find out more about it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

If you are a fan of Roald Dahl's books, you will love our new Pockets of Time for Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Fortunately For You Books provides you with a hands-on reading comprehension tool for your students to go along with Roald Dahl's book Fantastic Mr. Fox. While the story is fun and fast paced, you can be sure your child is following the story line and catching details in each chapter. This specially designed program gives visual and hands-on learners the link between what they read and what they process. The student reads the color coded cards and then begins reading the chapter. As he comes across events, he pust the cards in order into the pockets. While a simple concept, this reinforcement works fantastically with reluctant readers. The end result is the same as many other comprehension tools, but is designed for the non classical learner.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Today only, our Grammar by the Book is $3.99 on Currclick (Reg. $7.99).

Your child will learn to see grammar rules applied and find elements of grammar within the pages of his reading book. Grammar becomes very real with this guide. This is such a great approach to grammar we are sure you will want to use it over and over. This is fantastic because for purchasing this file once, it can be used with every book and grade level you have in your home.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New line released on our site!

Please check out our new Faithbooking line we just released! It's going to be a wonderful series of spiritual mini lapbooks that take your child on a journey of faith, trust, and service towards God the Savior. The first in the series is Hymn Stories, which are sure to bless you and your children's hearts. They are on sale now for $2.99.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Our Month2Month is on sale!

Our Month2Month Copywork is now on sale for $9.99 at Currclick until January 31. This includes 12 months of copywork plus and extra in December (one secular and one religious).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Great Review Activity

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to review materials you have taught your children? I found a great little activity that is easy to make and self correcting that my children really like. It's called Golf Tee Cards. You write a question on the card with some multiple choice answers at the bottom. Underneath each answer you punch a hole. On the back of the card, you place a little sticker over the hole with the correct answer. To complete the activity, the child will read the question and put a golf tee through the hole of the answer he thinks is correct. He turns the card over and can see the golf tee sticking through and if the sticker is above his choice, he has gotten it right!
For a better description of this activity, pictures, and more examples, please CLICK HERE. This site is where I found this activity.
This activity can be used from a very young age up to high school depending on the content. I have used it with my 2 1/2 year old daughter to introduce colors, numbers, letters, etc. For colors, I cut out a picture in a certain color and glued it to the top of the card. For the answer choices, I cut out three more of the same picture with one of the colors matching my top picture. She puts the golf tee through the one that matches and turns it over to see if she is correct.
You can create a group of cards that go together and put them all on a metal ring. I have also gone as far as laminating them so they last longer. That is not necessary though. For my nine year old, we have reviewed such subjects as grammar, history, Bible, and Science.
This has been a wonderful way for me to create a quick review of subject matter we have covered during the week. I hope you will find it helpful as well!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

New addition to our Reading Records line!

We've just added another addition to our Reading Records line, Reading Records for The Witchcraft of Salem Village. It is available now on our site. CLICK HERE to order.

Many parents may find this controversial material. Please read the following note from my business partner before making any decision not to purchase this new activity to go along with the book.

Dear Parent,

While at a homeschool convention this summer, I spotted the Landmark Book- The Witchcraft of Salem Village. Immediately I knew that I could cover this topic safely using this book.

Normally I pick history books specifically with a biased view- a Christian worldview. I want to teach history to my children with a unapologetic look at the happenings of the world from a viewpoint that our God has been in control since before the foundations of the world. But with this dark topic, I was always apprehensive. I myself did not have a bias or worldview. I had heard tales, but had never studied the subject myself. The unseen spiritual world and little girls just do not mix in my finite mind and if I was to teach the subject, I wanted to do it fairly and based on evidence. After reading the Landmark book, I was pleased to find that my judgment on this book was a good one. The horrible facts speak loud enough that no bias is needed. So now that I am sure I have found the correct source for our material, let's talk about the matter itself.

What I have learned on the subject of the Salem Village Witch Trials has only validated my apprehension and my distaste for this time in our American History. While I would like to take the high moral road here, I understand many things about our own time period we live in is just as deplorable. Trying to find good in this historical time of Salem was beginning to be worrisome to me. But the more I read and learned, the clearer the picture became. The things induced into our court system due to the Salem Witch Trials influence are precious rights we enjoy now and our children should be taught where these rights came from:

1. one is innocent until proven guilty

2. seeing spirits, devils, ghosts, or any apparition is not used as proof (spectral evidence)

3. guilt by association is not allowed

These rules of court are good things that came from this time. The public confessions that came several years after the trials are good for our children to read. What sadness and burdens the involved people must have borne.

I did not cover the AFTERWORD section of this book due to the very dark and intricate details of some recordings of Satan and his Kingdom. I find it irrelevant to this study although interesting. I would advise those with sensitive children to screen that last chapter. There were many good and interesting bits of information in there, but I was not comfortable making study sheets for this final chapter.

Although written at a younger grade level, I find this book sufficient for high schoolers. Those with sensitive children might want to lighten the lesson time afterword with something wholesome. This was enough to bother even my heart. It was the fact that children could be involved in such horrid activities that left my heart hurting. And then I was reminded in my own Bible study time that "there is none that doeth good, no not one." The fact that without God we are all depraved and desolate, no matter if it is a cute little girl or and old man, we all need God. If you invest in this book and in Fortunately For You Books Reading Records, please add the additional prayer and Bible study that will help purify from the darkness of such a matter.

This is an important topic and one I will be teaching my children. I regret I did not have such tools when my older children were still at home. I will have to give them the condensed version!

Blessings on you as you teach this historical subject,

Shannon Coe

(Order your book now to use with Reading Records. You can purchase one for a very low cost on Landmark Book- The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson.


Free Simply Charlotte Mason Book

The Simply Charlotte Mason site has a lot of wonderful free materials. CLICK HERE for the new eBook they just released that you can download for free. It's about forming good habits and is called "Smooth and Easy Days with Charlotte Mason". Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

106 Days of Creation

I am a big fan of Charlotte Mason and her style of learning. Here is a wonderful idea to read up on and consider for this spring. Science always gets a renewed interest in the spring with the warmth, sunshine, and the longing to be outside.
This makes an enjoyable read on a quiet afternoon.....hey....we can dream.

106 Days of Creation