An Educator’s Guide to Another Turn Used Books

By Debi Polen I remember spending nearly all of my summer break as a home educator planning lessons for the upcoming school year. After a few years of personal experience in home educating in Pennsylvania, I learned that it was best to begin early, such as in April, because many of the homeschooling curriculum fairs [Read More…]

Today in History: The War of 1812 Begins

This day (June 18) in 1812 marks the beginning of the War of 1812 after the U.S., under the presidency of James Madison, declared war on Great Britain. There were three major reasons for this declaration: Britain’s economic blockade of France, the capturing of American seaman and forcing them to serve in the British Royal [Read More…]

American Civil War

April is a significant month in American history: The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861, and ended when Confederate General Lee surrendered to Union General Grant on April 9, 1865 (although the last shot was fired on June 22, 1865). To aid in your study of this pivotal war that defined our country, [Read More…]

Presidents of the United States of America

In honor of the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th President, we’ve listed all of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States of America in the order of their terms. The outlines the powers of the offices. The mini-catalog that we’ve compiled is of “US Presidents,” but if you’re interested in the [Read More…]

Featured Books: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

Once in a while, we like to read or hear good news, something uplifting and inspiring. If there isn’t any on your current news feeds, try out these books that are meant to inspire, comfort, and bring hope in contrast to a seemingly endless stream of bad news in dark times. We’ve got the following [Read More…]

Correcting Someone Else’s Mistakes Is Much More Fun … and Educational!

Written by Debi Polen The Role of an Editor: Finding Other People’s Mistakes and Correcting Them Editor In Chief workbooks are included in the Grammar subject index of our catalog. You’ve experienced it: you were reading over one of your compositions and you didn’t catch the grammatical or technical mistakes the first time, or even [Read More…]

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man and His Causes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269 In honor of the upcoming birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the third Monday in January), we’ve gathered the titles that we currently have in our catalog that might be [Read More…]

Today in History: Slavery Is Officially Abolished in the US

The 13th Amendment On this day (December 18) in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted. This amendment states, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” It was former Confederate States of America member Alabama that ratified the amendment [Read More…]

What’s New: Annie’s Attic Mysteries

New to our catalog are selections from the series “Annie’s Attic Mysteries.” Readers are introduced to Annie Dawson, who has moved to Stony Pointe, Maine, after inheriting her grandmother Betsy Holden’s ancestral home, Grey Gables. The home has an enormous attic in which Annie is finding more and more mysterious items. With the help of [Read More…]

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

Did you know that on August 12, 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovered three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota, and that they turned out to be part of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered? They named the 42-foot, 65-million-year-old dinosaur Sue after its discoverer. You can study dinosaurs [Read More…]

What’s New: Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled

New to our catalog are selections from the series “Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled.” Readers are introduced to Kate Stevens, a rising star in the world of crochet design. She’s moved from Maine to Sage Hill, Texas, to pursue her career as an author. From the get-go, she encounters mysteries of all types, including the murder of [Read More…]

Today in History: Neil Armstrong Makes Giant Leap for Mankind

That’s one small step for a man — one giant leap for mankind. — Neil Armstrong, First Man to Set Foot on the Moon July 20, 1969: American Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. Were you watching the event on television that day, as so many around the [Read More…]