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Have you ever felt like your student needed a new thinking cap? I know I have with mine. Things that seem so simple to me, and I thought should have been even to them, just wasn’t getting through. Did they outgrow their caps? Well, I wish it were that simple. The Critical Thinking Co. might have some help, though. They have work texts designed to get your student thinking in the right directions.
The series called Building Thinking Skills has levels beginning, primary, levels 1 and 2, and level 3 in two books of figural and verbal taking the student from beginning levels to analogies in a spiral methodology. The texts build from level to level on shapes to food to animals to occupations to vehicles to buildings to analogies. Beginning and primary is completely based on figural analysis with level one beginning with figural and building to verbal analysis and response writing. The initial two levels use rich colors and color photography to show objects for the exercises. Levels 1 and above use crisp gray scale drawings, charts, and line art. Students find these tools easy to transition through as their thinking skills strengthen. Each level uses numerous types of exercises to focus on each skill and category. Even analogies are introduced and built upon in easy formats for each level making it simple for students to understand what an analogy is and how to complete them properly.
As supplements to your curriculums or as a stand-alone unit set during your day, this series should guide your students well in building their critical thinking skills. I guess we found a way to stretch those thinking caps after all.
Check them out at www.criticalthinking.com where you will find numerous other fine resources to round out your curriculum.

Spelling comes easy for some children while others struggle to decipher one sound from another. For some they have to spend tedious hours memorizing word after word hoping to remember a few. For most students, spelling class is done the same way it has been done for decades. Write the words ten times each. Use them in exercises in the spelling book which are the same old exercises from decades ago like fill in the blank, unscramble, word searches, etc. Then you do definitions and have a test on Friday. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. I did spelling that way, and I always made A’s. It worked for me, but there are plenty of children that it doesn’t work for at all. What do you do for them? Many methods have been developed in recent years working from different angles. Now there is All About Spelling. It is based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology. It is a multi-sensory method.

In the past, there wasn’t much choice, and children who were lousy spellers became adults who were lousy spellers. Computers and spell checkers became their friend in the 1990’s. However, that really isn’t the answer as many have discovered when they turned in a crucial report to an employer or client only to find the spell checker didn’t catch that word like “there” which is spelled correctly, but the word needed was “their”. Educational researchers began to study modalities or learning styles to develop better curriculums. Teachers began to write lesson plans based on how many different ways they could present a concept through verbal activities, auditory activities, visual activities, and kinesthetic or tactile activities. For awhile, spelling was seemingly ignored, or it was somehow considered not possible to do from a learning styles perspective. Now that has changed. Several programs have come out in recent years dealing with spelling skills using different methods including modalities. All About Spelling is one of the best and uses various methods to encourage engaging the spelling words from many different learning styles and encourages repetition to develop mastery.

The lessons are very well planned for the teacher. Now that they are cutting up the tiles that you use for the lessons, set up is a snap, too. Each lesson provides you with a set of words. You first practice saying the words out loud in syllables. Tokens and color coded letter tiles are also used in the lessons as you pronounce the syllables to reinforce the separate sounds in the word kinesthetically. Phonograms are taught using the color-coded letter tiles. The first lessons in level 1 are 2 syllable words like pig, you pronounce the syllables as “puh-ig”, then pig. These words at this level use two tokens with the tokens placed side by side on a table or magnetic board. Each time the syllables are said a token is pulled down. The teacher begins by reviewing the words for the student pulling the tokens as the syllables are spoken. Then the student repeats the activity also pulling a token down for each syllable. This repetition of the same steps provides auditory, visual, and kinesthetic styles as the teacher and then the student complete the activity. The activity is repeated several times until the student can successfully master the activity. Once they master words, they can be put away in a review card file, but the words are reviewed periodically. In this way, the students learn to read and spell at the same time. The authors also suggest additional activities for the tactile learning style that is a key part of this method. Air writing, writing words in sand, writing in puff paint, etc. are additional ways to review these words. The students learn to spell the words by the repetition of making the sounds. Other activities involve spelling the words out using magnetic tiles after the syllable activity is mastered. Yes, the method seems complex, but each lesson is written in simple, but detailed instructions. They are very easy to follow, and the student does grasp the spelling. In addition, they learn to sound out unknown, but similar words which lead them to correctly spelling additional words, as well.

The All About Spelling program is unique, but it uses sound principals. Students with many different abilities and levels can successfully learn to read and spell using this system. Level 1 and 2 with all materials costs $29.95 each, and Level 3 and 4 with materials costs $39.95. Go to www.all-about-spelling.com.

That is exactly the kind of questions I was asking myself when I first received the opportunity to review the site, PuppetTools. I have never been artistic in any way. My hands just can’t seem to make pretty things whether in paints, papier mache’, clay, even paper bags, socks, and construction paper with glue. In addition to that, why would I want to do it in a classroom? Ok, once in a while I could see letting young students do it for fun for seasonal art activities or even enrich a concept such as a lesson in history. I might be able to see even older students doing it to enrich speaking and drama skills as they provide learning and fun for younger students. This web site seemed to be suggesting more and even paying a subscription fee to learn how to make puppets. Doesn’t seem like the great start of a review the company was looking for does it? Boy was I wrong!
This site isn’t really about puppets. Well, it is, but it is more than just puppets. The site is presenting an idea, a philosophy. It could be a revolutionary idea, too, if enough people can “get it”. Many of us homeschoolers are already “getting it”, or we are least close. We saw that something was missing from regular education. Students are not learning like they should to put it simply. Why? We could debate forever on that subject and not get anywhere. Everyone has an opinion, but few seem to have a workable solution. Puppets might not be the total answer, but I think they might be on to something. Many parents are already beginning to put this answer into their homeschools because they want one thing. They want their children to love learning. That is the first step to making good life-long learners. Fun! Put fun back into the curriculum, and you will keep those children learning right past the stages they do in regular education. We all have watched our preschoolers go from begging to learn to do all kinds of “grown up” things to children who are bored stiff, and we have to push, bribe, and punish to get them to learn. What happened? Somehow, adults missed the boat when they began formal education. They forgot that learning can be fun, and anything learned while having fun is remembered long after the lesson stops. This site does an excellent job of presenting this “new” concept.
On the PuppetTools site, you will find many articles and video clips presenting this “new” concept of “Fun.” It will be hard to not become a recruit after reviewing these articles. Then the author presents how puppets can be your first step in bringing fun back into your curriculum. He has detailed descriptions, written and film clips, on how to make simple, but delightful puppets. He gives you patterns to make hundreds of puppets, and gives you the tips and confidence needed to design your own for your own needs. He gives you detailed information on how to implement these into your curriculum for any age group, including teenagers, and for any subject. There are also sections separated by educator, teacher, and parent. Each section has many different areas with film clips and documents giving you information, tips, sample puppets, basic puppet making skills, etc. The organization of the sites is well-designed to allow you to easily find all of the material provided. The pictures and film clips of the puppets in use and puppet making are extremely useful and are of good quality and resolution. The articles are all in .pdf format, so you will need to have the Adobe Reader on your computer which is a free download. This makes it very easy to access the information without worrying about Word versions and other technical concerns. This site is overflowing with detailed information to make your puppet making and fun making a breeze.
The site is subscription-based as mentioned before, but the price is very low. There is a $20.00 trial membership for 60 days to try it out first. Then the other membership is for groups such as scouts, public schools, private schools, homeschool associations, day care centers, etc. The groups pay one fee of $99.00 per year for all of their members to use. This really decreases the price per family when share in this manner. New tools and puppet samples and puppet making tips are added all the time, so purchasing year after year is still warranted and beneficial for all users beginning and expert. I am considering do the group for my school group of homeschoolers helping them to bring these ideas to their families. Why don’t you join me in helping the author spread the word about making learning fun? Check out www.puppetools.com. You only have one thing to lose- boredom!

Do your students love to doodle? Do they show an artistic bent? Yes? No? It doesn’t matter with Crayola Art Studio. It is so easy and fun that your children will love making beautiful creations. The interface is so simple that most children can do some fun things with it on their own, but it isn’t just a simple drawing program like Windows Paint. Your student will be able to do some very complex creations with all the tools provided.

The tools are simple to use with actual pictures that look pretty much like the tool you would pick up from the table knowing exactly what it will do on paper. Click on the tool you want, and then click and hold on the drawing screen, and color will flow from your brush, marker, pencil, or whatever tool you use. The program does a beautiful job simulating most drawing and paint utensils including watercolor. There are stamp tools that can be easily placed and resized are cute and adorable from just about every category possible. You can choose to make squares, circles, or ray bursts, squiggly lines, straight lines, or whatever your mind can dream. My favorite is the symmetry tool. You can make faces that are the same on each side, draw identical pictures on top and bottom, left and right, or all at the same time. You don’t have to repeat your drawings, and it is perfect every time. Now that is what I call cool! The price is cool, too, at $24.95.

Turn your kids on to Crayola Art Studio. Let their imaginations run wild. This is a paint program that can keep up with any child.

To find out more, go to <www.core-learning.com. You will find a lot more great products on their web site in almost every conceivable subject.

If you are having difficulty providing the math teacher for your students, ALEKS which stands for Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces is an online tutor for math grades 3-12 and can fill that need. ALEKS, using artificial intelligence, can assess your student’s level and provide a prescription-based curriculum tailored for your child’s needs.
When you register, you provide some basic skill information for your students. Then set up a username and password for your student to use. The student completes the assessment and immediately and planned curriculum is developed based on the answers to the assessment. There are lessons, practice, worksheets, quizzes, and tests that are available for your student to learn the concepts they need. The basic lesson instructions are simple and easy to understand. The only problem I find is that if your student read the instructions, but still was unable to complete the exercises successfully, the program sends the student back to the same explanation page for review. That can be just fine for some students who just didn’t read carefully enough or simply needs to review a little. If your child really struggles in math or is learning disabled, a parent needs to be present to reword the instructions some or provide an explanation from a different perspective. For its credit, the program provides plenty of practice, review, and more practice. The student will have plenty of exercises available to guarantee mastery of the concepts.
The parent account provides clear records of the student’s progress. Parents can easily log in and see at any moment what the student is studying, what has been introduced, mastered, or needs more progress. Reports including graphs are also available to allow homeschool parents to keep documentation of the student’s work.
The program is subscription-based, but several payment plans are available. There is also a free two day trail to test the site’s suitability for your student. Prices are $19.95 per student, per month, or $99.95 for 6 months, or $179.95 for 12 months. Family discount plans are available for multiple students if subscription is 6 month or 12 month terms. If your family needs that math teacher, this can be an affordable option.
For more information, go to http://www.aleks.com.

As a child, I remember doing so well in school until I hit Fourth Grade. As far as math goes, I bombed badly. It all started because I couldn’t memorize the multiplication tables. I always had a good memory for anything, but numbers. Being learning disabled, I tended to flip numbers even in remembering them. It was frustrating and humiliating for me. They did grouping back then with the smart kids in “A” group. I was in “A” group until I couldn’t get those tables learned. Down I went to “B” group. My self-esteem went to nothing. I struggled for two years to get back into “A” group. If only they had had Times Tales by Trigger Memory back then. It would have been a different story I am sure.

The idea is so simple, but almost ingenious. The creator made characters from the letter shapes such as children from the 6 and a tree house from the 9. Then stories were created using those characters where the numbers needed for the equation and the answer are built in to the story. You wind up with a mental and verbal picture of the multiplication problem. The characters in the story give you the equation and the numbers in the story combine in some way to give you the answer. For example, butterflies represent 3’s, and Mrs. Snowman represents 8 (two snowballs on top of each other looks like an 8. How cute is that?). The story tells you that after Mrs. Snowman melted, two butterflies flew away with her arms and four took her apron. Your equation is 8 times 3. You put two and four together to come up with the answer to the equation, 24. Everything you need is easily seen in the story without having to calculate. Instead of memorizing equations, you are just familiarizing yourself with the story. You don’t memorize or calculate; you just visualize the equation and answer from the story.

I have used this program for years with my children and students in my school. Regardless of age, I always require frequent review of the multiplication tables and other math facts. Without a good foundation in these facts, students do not do well in Algebra or other higher level math because they are too slow in calculation or make too many errors. It doesn’t matter if they understand the concepts. I have several students in college today who will tell you that they still know their times tables well. One student told me recently when I emailed him about this review, “Mrs. Renee’, it seems silly to say, but I still see Mrs. Snowman, the tree house, and all the other characters in my mind; and the story jumps into my mind along with the answer without hesitation.” I call that success.

I have used the program with my regular students, gifted students, learning disabled students, autistic students, and mildly mentally handicapped students. I have not had a child in the last several years of use not succeed with this program. I even use it with all of my teen-agers. I downplay the cuteness of the story some as even the creators suggest, but I also explain to them how and why it works. That usually helps them to handle the silliness just fine. No longer is the drudgery of memorization a must. The multiplication tables can be learned and retained in just a couple of weeks. After that, we periodically review the stories just to make sure they can continue to remember them with great speed when needed. The program manual provides flash cards, full instructional steps, memory games, story discussion guide, worksheets, and assessment sheets. Many of these aides are newer than what I received years ago when I purchased several sets. I never needed the additional aides though, but I am sure they will make the program even easier to use. The only thing I will say that I liked better about the original sets that I still use is that the flash cards were on light-weight card stock while the newer ones are on glossy, laminated paper. I am not as sure the glossy paper ones would have lasted as long through the numerous children with whom I have used my sets. The new flip charts are much better, though. They have wire notebook rings rather than the plastic combs of my earlier sets. Many of my flip charts are no longer held by the plastic combs because they broke fairly easy. Just goes to show that some changes are good ones while others aren’t so good.

Now one last thing I want to share with you. I received something new with this review set that Trigger Memory also sells. The have flip charts made with high gloss, heavy stock pages for different cleaning chores around the house. I fell in love with these. My children are grown and gone, but I found chores in the classrooms which are still in my house that my students can do to help me clean, so I can focus on teaching them. These flip charts are organized in a way that children not only remember what to do, but the charts also teach them step by step how to do a good job. There is one called Zone Cleaning that teaches the steps for cleaning areas such as the living area, kitchen area, and bathroom area. Every step is covered, and there are places where the parent can write in extra jobs that are more specific for their home. Another is called Bedroom Cleaning which covers all the steps with neat tips for organizing needed to pick up and clean up the bedroom. The laundry basket way to picking up, sorting, and returning items to their places is one of the best ideas I have seen for teaching children how to put away their toys, clothes, books, dirty dishes (you know they are in that room, Mom), etc.  in the proper places. The third flip chart is called Laundry for Kids. This one gives you step by step to sorting clothes, operating the washer and dryer, folding clothes, and putting them away. Of course, the parent decides when the child is old enough to check the box for operating the washer and dryer. Check boxes are provided by each step. The parent only checks those steps which are within the child’s ability to complete safely. These flip charts are sure to make chores easier to teach and make the home life of the busy homeschooler so much better. These flips charts make you want to say, “Why didn’t I think of this?”

The Times Tales set is $29.95 and the Clean’N’Flip charts are $7.95 each or $29.95 for all three. Check it out at www.triggermemorysystem.com.

Remembering the states getting your students down? Introduce them to Mim! Who is Mim? Why he is the Man in the map who spends his time showing students how to remember where all those states are located. Blank maps should not leave your mind blank, too. Author, E. Andrew Martonyl, was looking for ways to help children remember how to find the states of the U. S. In looking for a new angle, he saw a way to use the shapes of the states and rhymes to help children get past this tedious activity with a smile on their faces.

The story is quick and melodic getting you caught up in the rhymes. The colorful pictures, illustrated by Ed Olsen, are the key to the method as the rhymes build on their foundation to give you all the tools you need to learn the states and their places. Beginning with the whimsical Mim in the center of the map, the author depicts in words as the illustrator draws in lines and color the hat, face, shirt, pants, and boots of this lovable character with the state shapes of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana while Kansas becomes his backpack and Nebraska whispers in his ear. From there, the rhymes lead you through the different regions to find Mim’s chair, cup, table and legs, a flashlight with its base, and the dog chewing on a mitten extended from its arm. You find that Mim is looking at Wisconsin’s cheese while Illinois honks his nose as North and South Dakota hold his hat so tall. Behind Mim, the elves and elf-guards stand tall with the tempting waters nearby. Remembering the states and their places becomes easy with these active and comical descriptions. It is so easy that I just remembered all of those details with only two readings of the book.

Most students will have these details etched onto their mental map in no time. Those who struggle still will find it to be a magical introduction to the states and the use of mnemonic devices to remember tricky details. Students can always write their own rhymes and find their own shapes. Regardless to how you use this book during your geography studies of the states, The Little Man in the Map from Schoolside Press is sure to delight.

For more information, check www.schoolsidepress.com.

Do you remember some of the stories you read as a young child? Do you remember the stories written ages ago when the world was a little purer in some ways? Salem Ridge Press founder, Daniel Mills, does despite his young age. He read many of those books while he was homeschooled growing up not so long ago. His parents saw the goodness in many of those books that are now out of print and very difficult to find. Now he works to republish many of those old books, so our children can learn from them and cherish them as well.
There was certain richness to those stories of old. They captured the essence of an age long gone. Values were taught in those stories that could make godly men and women of boys and girls. It is hard to find those kinds of things in many of the books written today. I received three of the books republished by Salem Ridge Press. One was an old favorite of mine back when I was about six or seven years old. It was called Mary Jane- Her Book which is such a simple title for a delightful book. I am nearly fifty years old, and while reading this book, the memories flashed in brilliant color. I could so easily recall many of the protagonist’s adventures because the story was so richly told as the child learned so many of life’s valuable lessons along the way. Many of the books I read today regardless of the good information or lessons they teach are forgotten within a few months. The rich detail is just not there.
I also remember the loving times of looking at those illustrations in the old books though they were just black and white line drawings and so few in any particular selection. It was very expensive to add illustrations back then and color printing was not yet available. Artists learned well to put clarity and emotion into those illustrations. One picture was full of life that I could use to dream about for hours.
Yes, I think the Salem Ridge Press founder is absolutely right. Many of those old books deserve to be republished during these times. His company has published more than eighteen books including the Emma Leslie Church History Series since its beginning in 2005 with many more to come. Mr. Mills uses Philippians 4:8 as the foundational philosophy behind his republishing company. He believes that what we read matters and is a major factor in the development of character. While choosing many titles which may or may not be explicitly Christian, his basis for choice of titles is “fitting the qualifications outlined in the Bible”.
In printing books written in the distant past, cultural values are not always presented as we wish. Man has made many mistakes throughout history and during such times man didn’t often see the err of his ways. Therefore, some books may present some issues such as slavery as a mere statement of fact or even in somewhat of a positive light. Parents can look at those titles individually and evaluate them as they choose. However, as Christ didn’t immediately condemn slavery during His time on earth and even told the slave to be content in his situation though we know that He did deplore the institution, I still feel the books deserve to be republished and should be used as ways to discuss the sins of man as a reality and as evidence of our need for the Savior.
Salem Ridge Press, www.salemridgepress.com, is doing a great mission in providing these books once again for the enjoyment of our future generations. Let us support this mission as this generation is in definite need of books that truly teach godliness.

Most homeschoolers seem to understand the importance of music. They obviously believe the many studies showing that music instruction raises intelligence scores and impacts life and academic scores, especially math. How can I say this? Go to any homeschool talent show or graduation, and you will see many students playing various instruments. Some of the students actually learn to play several instruments. If homeschooling parents picked up on music, how come they missed it with art?

Most homeschooling moms avoid art as much as possible. They often feel overwhelmed with so many other subjects that they feel they can’t add anything else, or they just use art to fill time or as crafts for gifts and seasonal activities. If they do happen to be tuned in enough to know the importance of art on young students’ minds, they feel serious instruction is beyond their expertise. Community or college art classes, though wonderful, are often beyond their budgets.

Now there is an answer to their dilemma with Spears Art Studio. With curriculum levels of K-8 and high school from a Biblical world view, serious art instruction becomes doable. Do not fear. It can still be fun for your students. To begin, the creator, Diane Spears, an artist with an Ed.D in Christian Education, provides an article with plenty of documentation, information, and explanation for the importance of serious art instruction. Ms. Spears did a good job making the case. I knew of much of the information and documentation and agree with her list of conclusions.

 In terms of lesson plans, the detail is thorough and easy to follow regardless of the instructional level. She gives tips and background information that is very useful to the teacher for preparation in presenting the material to one child, multiple children, and multiple ages within each curriculum. The materials needed are listed clearly, so you can plan ahead. Some items might seem difficult to find or may even be unknown. I emailed around and found a local college willing to provide me with what I needed. A local craft store owner and a large chain store manager were willing to order them at cost plus tax. All places may not be willing to give a discount, but it certainly makes the job of gathering materials easier.

I tried several of the activities from both levels of curriculum, K-8 and high school, with some of my students from a young first grader to older high school students. Being DeafBlind and lacking any artistic ability, I was afraid it would be a disaster. The students loved it though. They read the instructions and guided my hands as we all made trees and sky and grass from one activity. We made multiple prints using the glass method, too. I was amazed at how well it worked. Younger students will need guidance, but I found that we could all work together with the instructions and materials to learn together. The ability with these lessons to make such sophisticated results really encouraged my students building such confidence in themselves. They were eager to do more.

Art is important and can be so much more than arts and crafts. Using Spears Art Studio found at http://www.spearsartstudio.com is the perfect way to use art to impact your students’ minds and give them ways to fully express themselves, all while having loads of fun.

 

 

 

Yes, rime is a word, and it is not misspelled. A beginning reading program has been developed using rimes: words that sound and look alike. Rhymes as we are most familiar with sound alike, but do not always look alike. Using rimes such as at, pat, bat, cat, and sat, young readers can quickly learn a pattern teaching them many sight words quickly and easily. The program developed by Sara Hines, a university professor specializing in Learning Disabilities, and Lynn Klaiman, a first grade teacher, consists of twenty booklets containing simple sentences using the rime patterns. The program is structured to be used by young readers and older reader needing remediation. Each booklet reviews previous rimes and adds new ones. The rimes are color-coded to encourage readers to use visual similarities and differences to decode, a strategy used by successful readers. Words that are listed in black are not part of a rime family, but are high-frequency sight words. They are not necessary for the story. By helping your child to learn these words, you help the child build his sight vocabulary. By progressing through the booklets, students learn thirty-five common sight words and single syllable short vowel words from twenty word families (rimes) giving them forty-six high frequency works in their vocabulary allowing them to begin reading other simple books quickly building self-confidence and delight in reading.

Once your child knows most of the consonant sounds and can identify most letters, they are ready for the Rime to Read program. The program developers recommend for success that a parent follow the booklets in sequence since the booklets are cumulative. Read with a child each booklet until they can read the booklet alone with 90-95% accuracy. The developers recommend letting the student set the pace, but do not read more than one booklet in a session. Introduce the books at least a day apart, but no more than a week apart to ensure consistency in learning.

The program is simple in design allowing most students to learn quickly and easily, but if your child should struggle try slowing the pace and printing pages from the book of the rimes to make flash cards. Reviewing these flash cards frequently will help your child learn to recognize the patterns and retain them easily.

Now the choice is yours. The booklets are available for purchase at the Rime to Read web site. You can print them out or use them on a computer anywhere you can log into the internet. The best thing to do would be to save them to your computer. You can then print them out as you are ready to use them. However, each booklet should be used on the web site at least once because the developers have begun adding sound files of the rimes. Your student can click on the color-coded rimes on the reading side of each double page spread. Your child will then hear that word spoken which will quickly allow the child to learn each word because they can use more modalities or learning methods to access the word. They will read it, hear it, and say it out loud. This feature, though not completely finished at this publishing, is a great addition to the program making more use of the virtual capability of the program.

One autistic student of mine was given access to this program to see if it would click. We had noticed a fascination with computers, but have had to be careful what he is introduced to on the computers to prevent a fixation. We thought the Rime to Read program was worth a try, though. The student has been almost nonverbal up to this point. From the beginning, he was very fascinated with the word sounds and would click on every one. We were beginning to think it was a mistake, since he didn’t want us to actually read the book. He just wanted to click on the sounds. After going through a couple of booklets this way, we managed to get him to go back to the first one. To our surprise, he began reading the sentences out loud and on his own. We have been quite pleased with the results so far. The student has now read over half the booklets including the black words without sound files. Now I can’t promise this much success with every student and certainly not with other autistic children, but the premise is sound and easily taught by a parent. Rime to Read is a good way to start a joy for reading.

For more information, go to www.rimetoread.com. I have only one complaint about the web site, itself. You can’t get to a list of prices for the booklet set or partial packages without signing in first. Hopefully, they will fix this aspect soon. You get the first booklet free. Packets of 4 booklets are $9.99 each and all booklets purchased together is $49.99 each. That isn’t too bad, especially with the sound files added to the computer site making it more interactive. Try the free book out just to see!

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