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Barton Reading and Spelling
Susan Barton
Barton Reading and Spelling is intended for learners who have some form of dyslexia (which can range from mild to profound). If your child is having any challenge learning how to read, please visit www.brightsoultions.us to learn more about dyslexia. Susan Barton has provided many free online seminars and videos to watch for free. They are very informative! But onto the curriculum review. As taken from Bartonreading.com: ''The Barton Reading & Spelling System is a one-on-one tutoring system that will greatly improve the spelling, reading, and writing skills of children, teenagers or adults who struggle due to dyslexia or a learning disability.'' Barton is Orton-Gillingham based. This in and of itself is imperative for the dyslexic learner! Susan has put together a tutoring system that is thorough, systematic, hands-on, engaging, and much more! I cannot say enough positive things about this program! But it gets better...their customer service is exemplary! Even if you didn't purchase your level (there are 10 levels total) from them directly, they will still talk to you and guide you along the way. They do not push you to purchase brand new from them, and even give you information on reputable sources to purchase used! Yes, this system is not inexpensive. However, think of it this way. You can sell it used and recoup about 75% of what you spent. Also, if you were to have a Certified Barton Tutor teach your child, you would spend thousands of dollars. Finally, one could keep spending hundreds of dollars on reading curriculum that will not work for the dyslexic learner. Barton works!
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English from the Roots Up
Joegil Lundquist
Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores. Greek/Latin. Written by: Joegil Lundquist. Learn and understand the Greek and Latin roots of the English language. Designed and written for 5th grade and up.
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Bob Jones University Press
Fundamentals of Literature, Grade 9
Teaches the process of literary analysis that enables students to interpret and evaluate what they read. Addresses six important literary elements: conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone. Includes Rostand's drama Cyrano de Bergerac. Teacher's Edition includes a full-sized student page on each teacher page. Provides information for directing discussion, analysis, and application. Teacher's Edition: 552 pages; spiral binder. Student Text contains a variety of selections ranging from the classics to the contemporary, arranged to support the unit themes. Also provides brief author biographies and questions for thought and discussion. Student Text: 544 pages; hardbound; color and black-and-white illustrations.
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How to Read a Book
Charles Van Doren
Originally published in 1940 this work has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is a most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. The authors offers a 13 page recommended reading list, and reading tests, whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and speed. Great for a high-school or college bound student. It should be required reading Freshman year.
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Improving Your Vocabulary Skills
No words to learn. This is a skills approach to word building. Helps students develop their word power in two ways--via word attack skills and examination of context clues. Teaches the meanings of the 50 most commonly used prefixes, 50 common suffixes and 28 basic roots. Contains intensive teaching on the 13 principal ways of deriving the meaning of words from their context. Consumable. Grades 5 through 12.
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A Beka Book
Themes in Literature, Grade 9
Eleven units based on themes such as courage, humility, justice, faith, and joy. Following many of the selections are thought-provoking questions to aid in discussion, a list of vocabulary words that are defined in the end-of-text glossary, information about important authors, and a paragraph describing a literary device used in the selection. Many composition suggestions are included. Teacher Guide includes a scope and sequence, teaching helps for each selection, and answers to the text questions. Student text: soft-cover, 490 pages.
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Memoria Press
Tradtional Logic: An Introduction to Formal Logic
An excellent book for teaching the original thinking skill, Logic. This book, designed for grades 8 and up provides a systematic study of formal logic without falling prey to the topic hopping found in most contemporary logic programs.
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