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Switched-On Schoolhouse

by Mary Ann Kelley

Switched-On Schoolhouse is a comprehensive, Bible-based curriculum that offers computer-based learning for grades 3-12. With 3-D animation, video clips, and other fascinating multimedia, Switched-On Schoolhouse is the perfect homeschool curriculum for today’s generation. With this flexible, best-selling curriculum, you can customize student learning to fit individual educational needs.    

Spelling Power

by Mary Ann Kelley

Spelling Power gives your children the opportunity to master the 5,000 most frequently used words at their own pace — in just 15 minutes a day — using research-proven strategies. Everything you need to teach your entire family is found in the one “Big Orange Book”. Spelling Power is written by a home educator for 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 »

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.

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 »

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.

Time4Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

Time4Learning.com is an online education program that teaches preschool through twelfth grade curriculum in an interactive, student-centered environment. Time4Learning combines 1000+ animated lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities to teach math and language arts lessons correlated to state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus for most grades. Key features Continue reading »

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 »

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.

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 »

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 »

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.

Writing With Ease

by Mary Ann Kelley

Writing With Ease provides one on one instruction in writing. The course materials allow a parent to provide writing instruction based on the content of the books. There are workbooks that accompany the instruction to work on grammar. PDFs of the course materials can be downloaded or purchased for mail delivery.

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 »

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 »

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.

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 »

The Basic Cozy Grammar Course

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Basic Cozy Grammar Course combines a daily video lesson with a worksheet to reinforce the lesson. It is a painless way for any parent to teach grammar, and the lessons are bite-sized to keep student frustration or boredom to a minimum. The course contains two indexed DVDs featuring: an Introduction, Tutorials, a Conclusion and, 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.

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 »