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Easy Grammar

by Mary Ann Kelley

“Easy Grammar texts use the prepositional approach combined with effective strategies. This helps students to understand grammar, a tool for speaking and writing properly.” The courses are for grades 2 – 12, and involve student texts, workbooks, a teacher’s guide and a mastery review intended to be used at the beginning of each days’ instruction. Continue reading »

Easy Writing

by Mary Ann Kelley

Easy Writing focuses solely on sentence structure, teaching students how to write higher level and varied sentence structures. It does not teach paragraph composition.

Editor in Chief

by Mary Ann Kelley

Editor in Chief is a popular program which, according to publisher’s materials, “improves your child’s grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.” The materials Continue reading »

English from the Roots Up

by Mary Ann Kelley

This lay-flat book teaches 100 Latin and Greek roots. This curriculum includes a new Latin pronunciation guide, word definitions, and teaching notes. The instructions are appropriate for elementary through high school grades. There is no special preparation required for instructors.

Explode the Code

by Mary Ann Kelley

This phonics based reading program for grades 1-4 has two components, one based on workbooks and the other, online. The book based instruction has workbooks, study guides, and other supporting materials. The online component is a multi-sensory phonic program, based on the latest literacy research. The online materials provide immediate feedback to students as they Continue reading »

First Language Lessons

by Mary Ann Kelley

First Language Lessons are advertised as providing academic rigor with ease of instruction. The course uses classical techniques of memorization, dictation, and narration to develop your child’s language ability in the important, foundational years of language study. The course includes workbooks that can be downloaded or purchased via mail order, instructor guides and an audio 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 »

Great Editing Adventures

by Mary Ann Kelley

Students are trained in grammar by editing exciting stories appropriate for the student’s grade level from 4th grade through high school. The various volumes are under $20.

Greenleaf Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

Greenleaf Press materials include resources for parents and children on Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, & Modern History, Literature & Art. The curricula are designed for teaching history chronologically and focus on biographies of famous individuals. The publisher describes the course materials as “guaranteed 100% twaddle-free.” The course materials are exclusively books, and can be purchased Continue reading »

Growing With Grammar

by Mary Ann Kelley

Includes levels 1-8, roughly corresponding to grade levels. Each level contains approximately 108 lessons and assumes the grammar course is being taught three times per week during a 36-week school year. Sentence diagramming is taught beginning with Level 3. Each lesson contains a teaching portion and student exercises, and each section concludes with a review 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 »

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 »

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 »

HS Highlights

by Mary Ann Kelley

HS Highlights has over 250 unit studies from which to choose. They offer literature unit studies for the many popular books. Each unit includes ten lessons with many activities. The units come in pdf format so you only have to print out the pages that you want, or children can just read it on the Continue reading »

Institute for Excellence in Writing

by Mary Ann Kelley

Institute for Excellence in Writing is DVD based instruction that provides videos of actual writing instruction. The course includes workbooks. Each level is good for one to two years of instruction. Courses are offered to train instructors to teach students, actual writing instruction for students or combination packs.

K-8 CraftPlus®

by Mary Ann Kelley

CraftPlus is a core writing curriculum. The focus is on explicitly teaching general descriptive and genre-specific Target Skills in a systematic and scaffolded way that uses student, teacher, and literature models. Included are writing process, writing craft, and grammar skills with an emphasis on critical informational genres. CraftPlus creates independent writers who love to write Continue reading »

K5 Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

K5 Learning offers an online math and reading program for kids from kindergarten through grade 5.   Kids complete an online assessment of 8 key reading and math skills, and then work independently and at their own pace through over 3,000 lessons and activities.  The lessons are animated, interactive and simple enough that even a 4 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.

Learning Language Arts Through Literature

by Mary Ann Kelley

According to the publisher, Learning Language Arts Through Literature “is a fully integrated language arts program that teaches grammar, reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, thinking skills and more. For example, a basal program may teach adjectives separately from other skills. The student may be asked to fill in blanks with adjectives and circle 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 »