Susan Kalis

Accent Your Syllables

Book cover: 'Accent Your Syllables'
Author(s): 
Cathy Behrens

This is a 30-page, self-published book with an answer key that fits into a unique category within the language arts curriculum. Accent Your Syllables is a brief worktext that first introduces the rules for syllabication and accents in English, then provides many exercises to practice applying those rules. The rules are printed in a blue ink and are easy to find on the pages. This course would be best suited for a student who is reading fluently, as the words are generally multi-syllable.

My Catholic Speller (Level F)

Book cover: 'My Catholic Speller (Level F)'

This text, designed for the 6th-7th grade student, contains lessons for 34 weeks, including 4 quarterly review weeks, an answer key, and teaching instructions. The list words for the first 6 weeks review the various vowel and vowel phonogram sounds in new word lists, and the next 16 weeks focus on prefixes, suffixes, and some spelling trouble spots. The final word lists are devoted to derivatives of Latin and Greek roots, and one lesson on foreign words used in English.

My Catholic Speller (Level E)

Book cover: 'My Catholic Speller (Level E)'
Author(s): 
Nancy Nicholson

Level E is the 5th-6th grade text in this series, providing 34 weeks of spelling lessons with quarterly reviews. The book is now bound with a lay-flat spiral binding, making it easier for the student to write in the book. Spaces for the student's work include a dashed middle line, allowing for handwriting practice---an important and overlooked element in teaching spelling. The particular copy of the text that I have is printed on a smooth, erasable, bright-white paper, but there is some show-through of the ink from the printing on the other side of the paper.

Language of God for Little Folks (Level D)

Book cover: 'Language of God for Little Folks (Level D )'
Author(s): 
Nancy Nicholson

Designed for 4th or 5th grade, this level of the popular Catholic grammar curriculum is another winner! The book has been improved from the earliest editions of the lower levels by using a high-quality, bright-white, erasable paper with a lay-flat spiral binding. The 120 exercises in the worktext provide four short lessons per week for thirty weeks, including regular review of concepts already taught on lessons titled "Practice". There are no tests, although the "Practice" pages could be used as tests.

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind

Book cover: 'First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind'
Author(s): 
Jessie Wise

Intended for use in first and second grades, the 200 completely-scripted lessons in this textbook are a complete guide in "How to Teach English to Young Children". The non-consumable book is actually a textbook for the teacher rather than the student. Lessons are completely secular and include portions of classic poems, stories and rhymes. Also included are original poems and stories as well as a few selections that have been adapted for young children. Pictures are black-and-white line drawings rather than photographs or color reproductions.

Mental Math: Fifth Grade

Book cover: 'Mental Math: Fifth Grade'
Author(s): 
Kathy French

Problems at this level include a review of 4th grade math and practice in the topics usually introduced at the 5th grade level. In the 10 questions for each day, concepts of numbers, computation, application, mixed practice, decimals, fractions and percents are covered. Sample questions chosen at random include the following: What number when multiplied by six and divided by three becomes 12? Write seven and four tenths as a mixed number with a decimal. How much time has elapsed from 4:31 a.m. to 7:01 a.m.? 72 people were on the train. 1/8 of them got off at the first stop.

Mental Math: Fourth Grade

Book cover: 'Mental Math: Fourth Grade'
Author(s): 
Kathy French

Problems at this level include a review of 3rd grade math and practice in the topics usually introduced at the 4th grade level. In the 10 questions for each day, concepts of numbers, computation, application, and mixed practice are covered. Sample questions chosen at random include the following: Increase the tens place by one in the number 23,460. What is the area of a square that is 4 feet on a side? What number when multiplied by two becomes 22? AZ, AY, AX, ____. What comes next? If I put five red marbles and one green marble in a bag, what are my chances of picking a red marble?

Mental Math: Third Grade

Book cover: 'Mental Math: Third Grade'
Author(s): 
Kathy French

Problems at this level include a review of 2nd grade math and practice in the topics usually introduced at the 3rd grade level. In the 10 questions for each day, concepts of numbers, computation, application, and mixed practice are covered. Sample questions chosen at random include the following: Draw six circles and shade one-third of the set. Estimate the answer: 490 + 180 is about how much? It is one hour earlier in Chicago than here. Look at the clock and write down the time that it is in Chicago now. What comes next: A1, B2, C3, ___ ? 13,900 - 1,000 = ?

Mental Math: First Grade

Book cover: 'Mental Math: First Grade'
Author(s): 
Kathy French

Problems at this level center around practice in the topics usually introduced at the 1st grade level. In the 5 questions for each day, concepts of numbers, computation, application, and mixed problems are covered. Sample questions chosen at random include the following: Write the number 203. What comes next: 50, 100, 150, ___ ? What month comes after March? A square has ___ sides. Jenny is six months old. Nicki is ten months old. Which one is almost one year old?

Doing Simple Math in Your Head

Book cover: 'Doing Simple Math in Your Head'
Author(s): 
W.J. Howard

What fun! Doing Simple Math in Your Head compiles all sorts of amazing mathematical tricks into one diaper-bag-sized book, ready for those odd moments spent in waiting rooms and restaurants. Have you ever needed to figure a tip quickly, without resorting to writing on the napkin? Have you ever wondered how others can convert fractions to decimals so quickly? Have you ever worried that your receipt was not computed correctly but didn't have a calculator available to check it quickly?

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