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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 »

Abeka

by Mary Ann Kelley

Abeka 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.

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.

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.

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 »

Getty Dubay Handwriting

by Mary Ann Kelley

This eight book series, spanning K-6 and including a teacher’s guide, has been designed with what the publisher calls the unique “Look-Plan-Practice” approach to self-assessment.” This program teaches italic handwriting with no loops which makes the program legible, logical, easy to write and easy to teach. Each book is $8.75, the entire series is $65, Continue reading »

Handwriting Without Tears

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting to all students: pre-k through cursive. The lessons require minimal preparation time. According to publisher’s materials, the program “follows a developmental teaching sequence by teaching easy letters first, beginning with capitals and then teaching letters in groups of similar stroke sequence. When Continue reading »

Horizons

by Mary Ann Kelley

Horizons is a brightly illustrated, engaging workbook curriculum filled with consumable lessons and hands-on activities. Designed with fast-paced lessons, Horizons uses a spiral learning method to help your student master concepts through the process of introduction, review, and reinforcement. This learning method allows students to quickly grasp difficult concepts in a colorful, motivating format. Available Continue reading »

Lifepacs

by Mary Ann Kelley

LIFEPAC is a full-color, consumable worktext homeschool curriculum with Bible-based content for grades K-12. Designed by a team of accomplished educators with years of classroom experience, LIFEPAC is based on the principle of mastery learning. Students master content in each unit worktext before progressing to the next. Ten LIFEPAC worktexts provide one full year of Continue reading »

McGuffey Readers

by Mary Ann Kelley

McGuffey Readers are reprints of early 19th century eclectic readers and feature literary selections that are suited to the age level (1st through 6th grade) and interests of students. They teach reading through moral stories geared toward their original audience of white Protestant Americans. Also available from the same publisher are reprints of 19th century Continue reading »

New American Cursive

by Mary Ann Kelley

New American Cursive is a resource for teaching beginning cursive. It includes easy-to-follow directions for letter creation, and shaded letters to trace for practice. It presents simplified letter forms, using multi-sensory methods to aid in the learning of motor skills necessary to write well. The character Mr. Meerkat is the book’s guide, making learning tasks Continue reading »

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading

by Mary Ann Kelley

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading is an all inclusive Language Arts program. Strong in all areas except perhaps writing. A child as early as 5 years can begin. DVDs are included with teacher manual for easy prep. Great Grammar Tunes help kids remember all the rules and exceptions.

Ready Writer

by Mary Ann Kelley

Page after page of static letters to draw can quickly become a bore—as youngsters soon learn! That’s why the pictorial approach of ReadyWriter is so delightful. With ReadyWriter®, as your kids begin to practice complete letters, the characters will likely flow easily, without that legendary tedium and struggle, and without that ragged, jagged appearance which Continue reading »

Rod and Staff

by Mary Ann Kelley

Rod & Staff curriculum is designed to make the child God-conscious. This curriculum not only teaches the Bible but uses many illustrations of how Bible principles can be applied in everyday life. The various courses are comprised of texts, workbooks, and teacher guides. The science text is written from the perspective that evolution is “logically Continue reading »

Sing, Spell, Read and Write

by Mary Ann Kelley

Sing, Spell, Read and Write is a learning-to-read curriculum that uses a 36-step program of carefully sequenced systematic, explicit phonics instruction to build fluent independent readers. Using look, listen, point, sing-along, and echo routines along with gross motor and fine motor activities, the program actively engages the senses and effectively reaches all types of learners. Continue reading »

Spectrum

by Mary Ann Kelley

Spectrum offers supplemental workbooks in the following subjects: Math, Early Childhood Reading & Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Testing. The materials are grade appropriate, but there are not materials for every grade.

Spell to Write and Read

by Mary Ann Kelley

Spell to Write and Read is a language arts, spelling, and grammar program inspired by The Writing Road to Reading. Spell to Write and Read works from some of the same outstanding sources that Romalda Spalding used in The Writing Road to Reading. Both systems draw from the 70 Phonograms (the sound-letter system to the Continue reading »

Starfall

by Mary Ann Kelley

Starfall offers both a free online phonics/reading program and a (fee-based) reading/language arts curriculum that is “magical, creative, sequential, integrated, and combines content area instruction in Social Studies and Science – that’s kindergarten, the Starfall Way. Starfall uses fantasy as a springboard for motivating children to use their natural sense of wonder and curiosity to Continue reading »

Startwrite

by Mary Ann Kelley

Create customized handwriting worksheets and lessons in cursive and manuscript with Startwrite handwriting software. Startwrite makes teaching and learning penmanship skills fun and easy! A free trial is available.

The Father’s Books

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Father’s Books education materials are developed with a Biblical worldview and are designed to produce measurable growth in skills and subject comprehension. The textbooks and workbooks also support a whole-brain learning experience so that students develop balanced skills. Additionally, each textbook or workbook meets standard education requirements to give students the best academic quality.

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