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The One Year Adventure Novel

by Mary Ann Kelley

This writing curriculum takes an original and highly creative path to teaching elements of literature and creative writing. In this course students learn characterization, plot, setting, theme and conflict–all the traditionally taught elements of literature, but not taught in the traditional manner. These elements are learned in the context of writing their own adventure novel. Continue reading »

Time4Writing

by Mary Ann Kelley

Time4Writing offers a series of 8 week online writing courses taught by certified teachers. From the basics of sentence structure to writing a research paper, the courses are designed to help elementary, middle and high school students build skills and master the art of writing at all levels. Certified teachers provide one-on-one instruction and assign Continue reading »

The Writer’s Jungle

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Writer’s Jungle is much more than daily lesson plans or writing ideas. It takes you inside the writer’s world. The first nine chapters explain the necessary steps to brave writing, such as, how to read quality literature and discover the principles that make it work, what writer’s voice is and how to cultivate your Continue reading »

Leap Frog DVDs and products

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Leap Frog DVDs teach basic phonics, reading, and math. The content and songs tie into other Leap Frog items, which is good for repetition.

Phonics Pathways

by Mary Ann Kelley

Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Spelling by Dolores G. Hiskes

Heart of Dakota Publishing

by Mary Ann Kelley

“Christ-centered learning from our heart to yours.” Author Carrie Austin has written all of the curricula listed at Heart of Dakota publishing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a middle school endorsement. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Carrie has eleven years of classroom teaching experience. Program Titles: Little Hands Continue reading »

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 »

MCP (Modern Curriculum Press)

by Mary Ann Kelley

Modern Curriculum Press offers elementary math, phonics and spelling instruction. Features of the 2005 edition of Modern Curriculum Press Math include: Four-step problem solving strategy Guided and independent practice Real world application Word and story problems that "require students to draw upon and integrate multiple skills and strategies to find a solution." Clean uncluttered design Continue reading »

WinterPromise

by Mary Ann Kelley

Working from the idea that literature communicates powerfully to young minds, WinterPromise developed a curriculum that is strongly literature-based. This offers parents the opportunity to do less teaching and more “learning together” with their children. This “Learning Together” method has the additional benefit of requiring almost no preparation for the parent, preserving as many moments Continue reading »

Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts

by Mary Ann Kelley

Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts includes Grammar, Vocabulary, Poetry, and Academic Writing with a heavy emphasis on root words and deep LA content. It is written especially for gifted learners (but usable by all). Lots of author and publisher online support with user forums.

Spell to Write and Read

by Mary Ann Kelley

Spell to Write and Read is a language arts, spelling, and grammar program from the creators of 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 Continue reading »

Spelling City

by Mary Ann Kelley

SpellingCity is a free website that offers a fun and easy way to practice spelling words and vocabulary. Teachers and parents can create their own spelling lists, save lists, share lists or use those already provided. Students enjoy the benefit of hearing the 43,000+ words and sentences spoken by a “real” human voice. Users have Continue reading »

Little Acorn Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

Little Acorn Learning publishes Waldorf-inspired themed months for the Pre-K aged child.

A Little Garden Flower

by Mary Ann Kelley

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

The Latin Road

by Mary Ann Kelley

The LATIN Road to English Grammar is a comprehensive language curriculum designed for anyone who desires to gain a better knowledge of English through the study of Latin. This curriculum is designed so that you can learn and teach Latin at the same time – you learn along with your students. All the materials you 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.

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 »

Primary Phonics

by Mary Ann Kelley

Primary Phonics is made by the same publisher as Explode the Code and has a similar feel. Primary Phonics is repetitious, ensuring mastery. Multiple workbooks and storybooks are available for each level.

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.

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.