Homeschool Teaching Resources
Social Science and Science
Bluestocking Press. A popular 65-page catalog of history, historical documents, historical fiction and non-fiction books, music, audiotapes, toys, primary sources, and a good math program. (800) 959-8586.
Carolina Biological Supply Company. Serious science supplies. This is a 1,300-page catalog, and there is a charge of $17.95, refundable w/purchase. For ordering (800) 334-5551.
Creative Learning Systems. Technology, electricity, science books and software, architecture, earth study, computer science, creativity, products, robots, science software, construction toys, and more. (800) 458-2880.
Edmund Scientific Company. More than 5,000 science materials. (800) 728-6999.
The History of US, by Joy Hakim. A popular set of books on US history, written to be colorful and interesting to kids, they pull in information about other related world events, encouraging thought about the connections.
Homeschooling Companion: Learning Through History. A colorful, meaty history magazine with themed feature articles for families, including related arts and crafts, website links, ideas for activities, etc. 1-888-852-1751.
Algebra Survival Guide, by Josh Rappaport. A popular book using a question and answer format and humor to clarify first year algebra.
Algebra Unplugged, by Amdahl and Loats. A book of fun and friendly explanations of algebra.
All the Math You'll Ever Need: A Self-Teaching Guide, by Steve Slavin. Practical math skills for personal and professional needs, with examples based on everyday situations.
Creative Publications. A math catalog with hundreds of colorful products, and an emphasis on problem-solving skills development. 1-800-523-2371.
The Glass Wall: Why Mathematics Can Seem Difficult, by Frank Smith. A respected educational researcher explains that math is neither complicated nor difficult, but something that should be open to everyone.
Key Curriculum Press has popular math materials including the Keys to Math books (and the Miquon Math Materials program designed to help primary grade children discover mathematical relationships and to view the world mathematically). (800) 995-MATH.
Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even If You Don't, by Patricia Clark Kenschaft. A math professor's tips for helping children to think and learn about math without anxiety.
Patterns In Arithmetic: Activities to Develop Mathematical Thinking. Lessons, worksheets, games, and other hands-on activities to help a child to "learn to think as a mathematician thinks." ($21.50) Pattern Press, PO Box 2737, Fallbrook, CA 92088. PatternPr@aol.com.
Singapore Math. A program known for introducing concepts in a logical, sequential way that makes it easy for the student to understand. (503) 557-8100.
Social Studies School Services. World or U.S. history, government, economics, humanities, literature, multicultural resources, etc. Books, CD-ROM, tapes, videos. (800) 421-4246.
The Teaching Company. Video & audio courses. (800)TEACH-12
Usborne Books. Books on history, science, math, nature, puzzles, languages, crafts and lots of other subjects. Their little book, Help Your Child Learn Number Skills, has lots of creative ideas for inexpensive, hands-on activities with young children. (800) 475-4522.
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