Starline Press Social Studies

Summary

Starline is a character-based, individualized curriculum, designed to allow each student to progress at his or her own pace.

Starline provides a three part system of learning.

• Part one is the curriculum – learning that is divided up into bite-sized pieces.

• Part two is the system of delivery, a process that insures learning is happening through a self-paced, monitored system.

• Part three is the motivational plan that partners all participants in the success of the student. Students find the instruction embedded in the material, so that the teachers’ voice is heard throughout the text. Both objective and subjective assessment methods are used to ensure mastery of the material. Challenging activities are included in each unit to help students to acquire critical thinking skillsets.

 

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Exploration Science-Physical Sci

Summary

This general physical science course uses a hands-on approach allowing students to explore the foundational principles of physical science. Using the text and lab activities, students study forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, density and buoyancy. Students will also study general chemistry concepts including the structure of matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures and compounds and the chemistry of food and living systems. In addition, students will learn the fundamental physics concepts of the earth and solar system, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Throughout this course, students discover the relationship between science and daily life. The students will gain a solid understanding of the scientific method and learn to write thorough and accurate lab write-ups.

 

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Elemental Science

Summary

Elemental Science offers easy-to-use plans that feature the three keys for teaching science, 1.) performing hands-on scientific tests, 2.) gathering information, and 3.) keeping record.

Hands-on experiments provide the chance for students to interact with science face-to-face. These experiments and demonstrations come with a supply kit and have step-by-step instructions, expected results, and clear explanations.

Each program contains reading plans that will teach the students the facts they need to know. Depending upon the series, your students will be reading from living books or encyclopedias. Lastly, each of our programs includes customized notebooking pages and experiment sheets to help the students organize and share what they have learned. 

 

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Mosdos Press

Summary

Mosdos Press presents outstanding classic and contemporary literature and are dedicated to excellence in the teaching of literature, writing, vocabulary, and language arts. Meeting the most stringent academic standards, the content is intellectually challenging and morally framed. The curriculum is rigorous and engaging, and thoughtfully explores positive ideals.

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BookShark

Summary

BookShark is a complete, literature-based, curriculum that uses a variety of

educational resources including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization.

 

Bookshark is easy for parents to teach, providing a 36-week, 4-day schedules designed to save one day a week for sports, field trips or other extracurricular activities.

BookShark combines a proprietary History, Science and Language Arts offering with a wide range of math options, to ensure you have everything you need for an entire school year.

 

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TimberDoodle Kits

Summary

Timberdoodle kits are perfect for students who want their school at home life to be creative and fun.  Games, arts, and activities are all included in this kit along with specific instruction in every academic area.  

 

Pros:

  • Kits offer something for everyone
  • Creative and specific instruction
  • For the creative students
  • Strong geography for younger students
  • Has weekly schedule for each grade level
  • High emphasis on thinking skills
  • High quality workbooks, games and activities

Cons:

  • Parent needs to have time to prep.
  • You need to be ok with many pieces of curriculum
  • The hands on games and such don’t necessarily follow what’s being taught in the subject areas
  • Subjects are not integrated

 

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K-3 Quick Reading Assessment

4-6 Quick Reading Assessment

Stratton House Science

Summary

An easy to use, hands on science that comes with everything you need to provide fun and engaging lessons and experiments.   Easy to follow lesson plans that can be used with multiple students at different age levels.  Provides a great foundation for further exploration.

 

Pros:

  • Hands-on Science program
  • All materials are provided
  • Very easy to use, with minimal preparation
  • Siblings from multiple grades can do lessons together
  • Gives you room to add your own exploration and research

Cons:

  • Includes only one lesson/week
  • Does not teach Science concepts in as much depth as some other curriculum options

 

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Story of the World History

Summary

Story of the World presents world history through narration and storytelling in a four-volume series. While these books are written at increasing levels of difficulty, they might be read aloud to younger children and read independently by older. Provides a classical education approach to history.

 

Pros:

  • You have the option to listen to the stories on CD instead of reading.
  • Siblings from multiple grade levels can work on curriculum together
  • Includes many optional project suggestions to deepen students’ understanding of each time period in history
  • Parents often enjoy reading/listening to the history
  • Vol. 1 -4 will give you a chronological account of history.

Cons:

  • Some of the history is violent
  • It says you can use starting in first grade, but you will have to read it to the student and explain many concepts for 1-3rd grade students
  • A lot of reading
  • Book and workbook are not colorful

 

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Singapore Math

Summary

Singapore Math Is extremely clear, highly logical and sequential, and has a strong focus on mental math. Students get a good amount of practice without too much repetition. Challenging word problems build thinking skills and help students apply math in a variety of situations.        

Pros:

  • We offer the US Standards Edition or the Common Core Edition.  
  • Visual math “concepts explained through models” to achieve higher conceptual understanding.
  • For students who want text instruction and a workbook to help with organization.
  • High focus on word problems
  • High focus on solving a problem many ways
  • For high-level thinkers and those good at math

Cons:

  • Avoid if you are not willing to learn and teach math a bit differently than you were taught.
  • Complaints about having to take extra steps to model math concepts
  • You need to have time to explain and work through math lessons
  • Probably not best for a struggling math student

 

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