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…]

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…]

Featured Subject: Spanish

An article entitled “Why Learn Spanish? Reasons Learning the Language Is Beneficial” in the Education section of Answers.com tells us, “Learning Spanish has many different advantages. It helps open professional doors because speaking multiple languages makes you more competitive in the job market. In addition, Spanish is easier to learn than many other languages, and [Read More…]

Read a Book, Watch a Movie, and Engage Multiple Learning Senses

Written by Debi Polen As a parent, you probably take several moments in your child’s day to turn any experience into a teachable moment. For example, going grocery shopping offers the teachable moments of counting money, menu planning, and waiting in line. If you’ve decided to home school, taking advantage of these teachable moments becomes [Read More…]

Magic Tree House Adventures Make Great Foundations for Unit Studies

Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House We’ve just taken a trip down our homeschooling memory lane by adding to our online catalog several titles in Mary Pope Osborne’s The Magic Tree House book series from Random House. These books, which we used for literature-based unit studies, are written for children ages 6 to 8 and [Read More…]

Create Hands-On Anatomy Lessons by Building Models by Skilcraft and Lindberg

by Debi Polen When Dissection Is Not an Option I admit that there were some things that I was just not able to teach when I was my son’s homeschooling supervisor. Just because I was in charge of my son’s home education didn’t mean that I was a jack of all trades when it came [Read More…]

Studying Shakespeare Tragedy-Free

Written by Debi Polen (Originally published May 31, 2012) Republished in Honor of Shakespeare’s Birthday This article has been republished in honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, which tradition places on April 23, 1564. This date is based on the tradition that parents would wait three days before baptizing their newborn and records show that William [Read More…]

Today in History: ‘The Scarlet Letter’ Is Published

March 16, 1850, was the day that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s now-classic novel The Scarlet Letter, a story about adultery and betrayal in colonial America, was published. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804, Hawthorne was influenced by the town’s witchcraft past, which he included in a few of his other works: “Young Goodman Brown” (1835) and The [Read More…]

Back Issues of ‘Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People’

Since January 1980, Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People has been published for kids ages 9 to 14. We’ve added several back issues of this magazine to our offerings of ad-free educational magazines. The back issues we have listed are from the late 1980s and early 1990s (as of this writing) and are approximately [Read More…]

Great Illustrated Classics Introduce Young Readers to Classic Literature

You’re invited to visit our feature page for Baronet Books’ Great Illustrated Classics, adaptations of classic literature from authors such as Mark Twain, Jack London, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, and Arthur Conan Doyle, among many others. Each book is written for young readers in Grades 3-8 and is generously illustrated in black-and-white line [Read More…]

Featured Book: ‘Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Teaching Your Kids the Value of a Buck’ by Ellie Kay

It’s Never Too Early or Too Late to Learn We’ve received several copies of Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Teaching Your Kids the Value of a Buck: all NEW and all SIGNED by the author! They are part of the fundraiser shop for the Trinity Lighthouse Church near us in Royersford, Pennsylvania. In today’s times, [Read More…]

Teach Yourself or Your Student How to Use Watercolors

When we were homeschooling in the early years, we used Five in a Row by Jane Claire Lambert as the foundation for our unit studies. Designed for children ages 4 through 8, these studies used illustrated children’s books as a basis for the study of the various media used to illustrate the book. A popular [Read More…]