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A Reason For… Series

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Reason For… materials are designed for Christian parents and students to “incorporate Scripture Values and provide options for Differentiated Instruction.” The materials include leveled readers with biblical stories, spelling based on contemporary stories based on biblical themes, and a handwriting course built around Bible verses with challenging letter combinations. The courses include workbooks, teacher’s Continue reading »

A Beka

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Beka provides a complete line of traditional Christian educational materials that have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy.

A Little Garden Flower

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Little Garden Flower is a Waldorf curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade.

ABCmouse

by Mary Ann Kelley

ABCmouse is an online preschool-kindergarten curriculum that teaches letters, letter sounds, counting, math, art, science, music and phonics. The child starts out at the level that you choose and progresses through various areas by working virtual puzzles, singing songs, visiting the zoo and farm, reading books, virtual coloring, etc. A fun bonus is that the Continue reading »

All About Reading

by Mary Ann Kelley

All About Reading is a multisensory, mastery-based program that starts with essential pre-reading skills and continues on to teach all five key components of reading. This complete program teaches phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way. Suitable for all ages and learning styles!

All About Spelling

by Mary Ann Kelley

The program is multi-sensory and is mastery-based rather than grade-level based, so when students master a specific concept, they move on. If a child needs more practice in a certain area, the program allows for that so the child can really master each concept. There’s no sense building on a shaky foundation, because that will Continue reading »

Alpha-Phonics

by Mary Ann Kelley

Alpha-Phonics is classic phonics instruction where the parent works with the child, but the instruction requires no preparation. It has been used in its current form for over 24 years. The curriculum is contained in a lay-flat book, CDs and downloadable onto the Kindle.

Alphabet Island

by Mary Ann Kelley

Alphabet Island uses a multi-sensory approach to phonics and spelling for K-9th grade. It features student workbooks, teacher’s manual, audio CD, phonogram flash cards, sight words list and word charts.

Alphabet Kids Books and Curriculum

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Alphabet Kids is a series of 6 books that follow the fun adventures of a group of diverse children who learn about their multicultural backgrounds. Their stories help children to love who they are and realize that people who are different can be very good friends. In addition to the books, the publishers have Continue reading »

Analytical Grammar

by Mary Ann Kelley

Analytical Grammar offers grammar, literature, and writing curriculum for 4th grade through graduation.  Their primary program, Analytical Grammar, teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage.  It is designed to be taught in three grammar “seasons” over three years; however, it is flexible enough to be adapted to a one- or two-year schedule.  It is recommended for Continue reading »

Big Life Journal

by Mary Ann Kelley

“Big Life Journal is an illustrated and guided journal for children ages 7-11. It is available as a hardcopy and PDF. You can print PDF at home, your local library or your favorite print shop.” The journal is over 200 pages and additional lesson plans, activity kits, printables, and more are available to accompany the Continue reading »

BigIQkids.com

by Mary Ann Kelley

BigIQkids offers both free and premium online programs for spelling, vocabulary, math, and geography. The programs are designed for students in grades K-8 and promote spelling efficiency, vocabulary building, math fact mastery and US geography knowledge via multimedia reinforcement and independent learning.

BJU Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

BJU Press offers both curriculum for purchase and a distance learning solution. The texts cover all core subjects with a Christian worldview, critical thinking, and hands-on learning.

Bob Books

by Mary Ann Kelley

Bob Books are simple readers that start with 3 letter words. They allow the child to complete an entire lesson by him or herself, thereby developing confidence. The books are sized to allow children to hold them comfortably as they read. Parent’s guidance is included within the text of the books themselves. The books come Continue reading »

BookShark

by Mary Ann Kelley

BookShark offers students from Pre-K to Age 16 the chance to learn all the required educational subjects through the engaging lens of books. BookShark’s curriculum is designed to develop creative and academically successful minds in children by teaching them to view the world and historical events not through rote memorization but through unforgettable stories that Continue reading »

Building Spelling Skills

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program offers spelling or grades 1-8. Weekly units with daily lessons concentrate on a particular phonetic sound within. List of words. Writing the words, using them in word activities, and pre-test work are used for practice. Each book represents a year of spelling training.

Christian Light

by Mary Ann Kelley

Christian Light Education is a complete curriculum from grades 1 through 12, including teacher material, support items, and an extensive line of high school electives.

ClickN READ

by Mary Ann Kelley

ClickN READ is a beginning reading course that is entirely web-based. The course represents the entire reading program from K through 3rd grade taught in public schools. The curriculum allows the student to participate in self-paced self learning. The program is designed to have the student teach him or herself how to use it. The Continue reading »

Continental Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

Continental Press produces affordable materials that support curriculum and state-testing goals with instruction and assessment products for reading, mathematics, social studies, science and phonics.

Draw Write Now

by Mary Ann Kelley

Draw Write Now is an eight-book series with step-by-step drawing instruction and short sentences for writing practice. Each Draw Write Now book is a unit study with 21 directed drawing lessons presented on two pages showing a colorful drawing, four sentences, and step-by-step drawing instructions. The units explore history, geography, natural science, and social studies. Continue reading »