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The Story of the Ancient World

Author - Christine Miller, H.A. Guerber
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 128 chapters, 279 pages, Nothing New Press, 2006

Description: From the Creation of the world through the fall of the Persian empire at the hands of Alexander the Great in 331 BC, The Story of the Ancient World retells as an engaging narrative the history of mankind's beginning, the rise of the nations, and the story of the great ancient civilizations of the Sumerians, the Hebrews, the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and the Persians. Old Testament history is taken as authoritative, and the history of the other great ancient civilizations is also told, woven in and out of the Old Testament story at the proper places in the narrative.

As the story of the entire ancient world was never completely told in a single volume of Guerber's histories, Christine Miller has taken Guerber's The Story of the Chosen People and has included chapters relating the history of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians, and has woven them all together into a single, seamless narrative, carefully preserving Guerber's own style. An extensive bibliography of sources is included.

Taken from the Publisher's Preface: The Story of the Ancient World begins with the text of The Story of the Chosen People by H. A. Guerber, but a comparison of that book to this will show immediate and numerous differences and additions. The Story of the Ancient World has been greatly expanded by chapters relating the history of the ancient peoples previously mentioned. As well, the greater story of the ancient world has been interwoven with Guerber's chapters, so that the Biblical history can be understood against that backdrop.

But it is not just Biblical history which benefits from the more complete picture drawn. I have taken the Biblical history as authoritative in all cases, and it has acted as the plumb line for the evidence left to us by archaeology and classical history. Looking at "secular" history through the lens of Biblical history has allowed, I trust, a complete and unified picture of the ancient world to emerge, which makes sense of the monuments, and the often disjointed facts children encounter in library books about this period.

This would not have been possible without the careful scholarship of many individuals, and a complete bibliography of sources is listed in the back of the book. But a few in particular were of enormous help, and this book would not exist without them. These were The Defender's Study Bible by Henry M. Morris; Josephus: Complete Works by William Whitson; The Annals of the World by James Ussher, revised by Larry and Marion Pierce; A New System, or an Analysis of Ancient Mythology by Jacob Bryant; and The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World by George Rawlinson.

In each of these works, the history related by the Old Testament was esteemed accurate, and the light they shed on the ancient world was invaluable. Any of the details of the ancient world which emerge in this book, then, which may seem surprising to modern readers because they are little known in our day, are not new, but were gleaned from one or more of these five sources, and have in some cases been supported, often unwittingly, by modern books which deny the historicity of the Old Testament. A complete study of these sources will confirm, I trust, the history told in this book.


As with the other Guerber histories republished by Nothing New Press, The Story of the Ancient World is illustrated throughout (in black-and white) with famous paintings of its historical subjects, and photographs of the places it describes. Not only are maps present in the beginning of the book, but throughout the text as well, which greatly aids in making the narrative more clear. And as with the other Guerber histories, the pronunciation of personal and place names are carefully marked in the text upon their first occurance. A complete timeline of the events and persons mentioned in the text, a thorough bibliography, and an index round out the book. This book is scheduled for the child to read independently. Click on the following link to "see inside" the book: click here
Although the publisher lists this text for grades 1-6, we find it best suited for grades 4-7. This is due to the difficult vocabulary and style of writing, which requires a seasoned listener and a strong, independent reader.


Ancient Greece: Streams of History

Author - Ellwood W. Kemp
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 68 pages, Yesterday's Classics, 2008

Description: This reprint of a 1902 edition by Ellwood Kemp narratively presents the main geographical features of Greece and provides interesting historical sketches of the life of the Greeks at four different stages of their development: Age of Homer, Persian Wars, Age of Pericles, and Age of Alexander the Great. The writing emphasizes Greece's growth to a land of great beauty and shows Alexander's influence in spreading Hellenistic culture through Egypt and Asia. The text provides a good look at the rise and fall of ancient Greece without seeking to glorify the Greek gods or the Greeks' system of beliefs. This book is scheduled for the child to read independently. Click here to read the first chapter.

Ancient Rome: Streams of History

Author - Ellwood W. Kemp
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 92 pages, Yesterday's Classics, 2008

Description: This reprint of a 1902 edition by Ellwood Kemp narratively presents the geography of Italy and the life of Rome at three different periods of her growth: her infancy, her strong manhood, and her old age. The writing relates how Rome in her early years established herself in Italy, then engaged in conflict with Carthage, her most powerful neighbor and enemy. It shows how Rome finally extended her power all around the Mediterranean, giving to the world peace, law and order, and making unconsciously a highway both for Greek culture and for Christianity to spread to the West. This book is scheduled for the child to read independently. Click here to read the first chapter.

The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

Author - Champ Thornton
Bibliographic Data - Hardcover, 272 pages, New Growth Press, 2016

Description: The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age eight and up. Vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas, this interactive book competes with screen time by stimulating children's natural curiosity and sense of adventure! Get your kids reading again while communicating big truths about life with this one-of-a-kind resource for elementary and middle-school aged kids.

In an age of endless screen time, The Radical Book for Kids will capture the interest of children while providing engaging biblical content in simple, three to five-page chapters. The power-packed book takes children on a journey into the ancient church that is actually fascinating, funny, and fun to read. Kids learn about ancient weapons (and how to make one), create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that's 3,000 years old-and more. They'll also learn about the "radical" men and women who have gone before them and trusted Jesus in the face of great odds.

Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.

Note: The original hardback, full-color, glossy-print edition of Genesis: Finding Our Roots scheduled within Creation to Christ has gone out of print. While a new edition of Genesis: Finding Our Roots has been released; it does not retain the beauty, formatting, or layout of the original edition. This new format makes the new edition a very difficult read for the parent to share with a child in the target age-range within Creation to Christ. With these thoughts in mind, we looked for possible replacements for this age-range for the "Bible Study" box within Creation to Christ. We are thrilled to have found The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith. While the topics in The Radical Book for Kids are more varied than those in Genesis: Finding Our Roots, they also take you deep into the ancient roots and Biblical theology of the Christian faith. We believe both parent and child will thoroughly enjoy and gain much from this title! A replacement schedule for The Radical Book for Kids comes with your purchase of this title from Heart of Dakota.

A Child's Geography Vol. II: Explore the Holy Land

Author - Ann Voskamp and Tonia Peckover
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 279 pages, Knowledge Quest, Book with CD ROM, 2006

Description: Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey...your family probably hears or reads about these names frequently. In an increasingly complex world, it is vitally important that children learn to see the world through their Creator's eyes. As we explore the Holy Land you and your family will delight in incredible, mysterious landscapes, hidden wonders and beautiful peoples - all created in God's image. We will travel through the lands of Scripture, discovering familiar Biblical landmarks, such as the possible resting place of Noah's Ark, the remains of the Tower of Babel, and the tracks of Moses up to the peak of Mount Sinai.

If we found the source of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, might we find the Garden of Eden? Why is that wall in Jerusalem called the Wailing Wall? What unbelievable wonders might we find in the desert sands of Egypt? What do Babylon, Nineveh and Ur all have in common? What country in the world is the holy land of millions but you won't find a church anywhere? Can you follow the trail where Moses once walked to find the Lost City of Stone? Come discover the answers to those wonderings and more... explore the modern Middle East, its vast deserts and hidden palaces of Saudi Arabia, its fantastic marsh island homes of the Ma'dan peoples of Iraq, and its resourceful Bedouin tribes who scatter across the sands of the Middle East. Over the course of 16 chapters and nearly 280 pages of text, explore six Middle Eastern countries with the engaging text of a "living-book". Field Notes (narration prompts), Travel Logs (notebook & map activities), Bringing it Home suggestions (that focus on art, music, poetry and food), and a suggested Prayer Walk are included for each country.

The included CD-ROM has reproducibles in the form of copywork passages, copywork templates, travel log templates, quizzes, maps, recipes and more. This book is scheduled for parent and child to read and discuss together. Click on the following link to "see inside" the book: click here (PDF)

What in the World? Vol. I - Ancient Civilizations & the Bible

Author - Diana Waring
Bibliographic Data - 4 audio CD's, Answers in Genesis, 2008

Description: In this audio whirlwind adventure through time, Diana Waring reveals the astounding evidence for the Bible's authority in its description of the influential people and nations of antiquity. Drawing from many sources of archaeological research, Diana shows the sovereign hand of God influencing events from earliest man to the great empires of Greece and Rome. This 4-CD set does a masterful job of integrating Biblical history with secular history throughout enthusiastic presentations by popular speaker Diana Waring. Your children will never view world history the same again!
    Disc 1:
  1. Welcome to World History
  2. Creation
  3. Early Man
  4. The Flood
  5. Descendants of Noah
  6. Sources & Evidences
  7. Oldest Cities
    Disc 2:
  8. Historical Chronology
  9. Problems with the Chronology
  10. Egyptian History
  11. Abraham through Moses
  12. Joshua through David
  13. Solomon through Jeroboam
  14. Jonah Goes to Nineveh
    Disc 3:
  15. Assyria
  16. Babylon
  17. Cyrus the Great
  18. The Persian Empire
  19. Xerxes
  20. Daniel's Vision
  21. Athens & Sparta
  22. Alexander the Great
    Disc 4:
  23. The Hellenistic Empire
  24. Early Rome
  25. The Punic Wars
  26. Julius Caesar & the Late Republic
  27. Octavian vs. Mark Antony
  28. In the Perfect Moment of Time
  29. The Promised One
  30. The Life of Jesus


Draw and Write Through History: Greece and Rome: c. 600 B.C. to A.D. 395

Author - Carylee Gressman and Peggy Dick
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 62 pages, CPR Publishing, 2007

Description: Draw and write your way through Greek and Roman History, as you learn about the Lighthouse at Alexandria, War Elephants, The Roman Colosseum and more. Full-color drawings are shown with careful step by step illustrations. Cursive handwriting passages that go along with the illustrations are modeled for students to copy. Students will be including these drawings and the corresponding copywork passages within our Student Notebooking Pages.

Student Notebook Pages for Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ

Description: Student Notebook Pages for Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a 3-ring binder. A full-color cover is included to place in a clear sleeve in the front of your own 3-ring binder. This cover matches the colored cover of the Teacher's Guide. Students will be instructed where to place various assignments on the provided pages of the Student Notebook throughout the "Learning Through History" side of the plans of Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ. This will help organize student's work and will provide a keepsake portfolio of assignments from student's study of the ancient time period. Each student will need his/her own set of Student Notebook Pages. Additional sets may be purchased individually from Heart of Dakota.

Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day

Author - Jeannie K. Fulbright
Bibliographic Data - Hardcover, 287 pages, Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc., 2008

Description: What separates people from apes? How can a Great Dane be related to a Chihuahua? Is there evidence that people and dinosaurs lived at the same time? What should you do if you encounter a bear? How can you tell if a snake is poisonous? Come find out answers to these questions and many, many more with Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 3!

This third book in the zoology series takes students on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, farms, and even their own backyard to explore, examine and enjoy the enchanting creatures God designed to inhabit the terrain. Students will discover the amazing animals from primates to parasites, kangaroos to caimans, and turtles to terrifying T-Rexs- this safari doesn't end there! Students will also keep a record of where each animal is found on a map and learn to identify animal tracks. As with all the Apologia elementary books, students will continue the practice of narration and keeping a notebook. Note: Although Zoology 1 is recommended as a prerequisite for this particular book, for our purposes we do not find this to be necessary. We will include or refer students to an animal classification chart in order to cover this prerequisite. Click here to "see inside" the book.

Birds of the Air

Author - Arabella B. Buckley
Bibliographic Data -Softcover, 74 pages, Yesterday's Classics, 2008

Description: This is a reprint of a 1901 series which introduces the youthful reader to bird life, beginning with birds of home and garden and ending with water birds and birds of prey. Children learn how to identify birds, why birds sing songs, how they build nests, lay eggs, and raise their young, where they sleep, and how they feed in summer, migrate in autumn, and survive the winter. Eight color illustrations and numerous black and white drawings complement the text.

The following is the Table of Contents:
Birds We Know
The Song of Birds
The Nests of Birds
Birds' Eggs
Baby Birds
Birds Feeding Their Young
Where Do Birds Sleep?
Feeding in Summer
Migrating in Autumn
Bird-Food in Winter
Other Small Birds
Birds of Prey
Rooks and Their Companions
Web-Footed Birds
Bird Enemies
Click on the following link to view the first chapter.

Plant Life in Field and Garden

Author - Arabella B. Buckley
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 79 pages, Yesterday's Classics, 2008

Description: This is a reprint from the 1901 version of the third volume in a popular series which introduces children to the wonders of plant life through examination of a variety of plants, including the cabbage, the turnip, the cucumber, and the rose. In addition to becoming familiar with the structure of plants, the reader discovers how seeds grow, how insects help, and how plants defend themselves. Through this book children are inspired to become keen observers of plant life as they read about and study plants in their natural habitats. Seven color illustrations and numerous black and white drawings complement the text.

The following is the Table of Contents:
The Shepherd's Purse
The Work Done by Leaves
The Story of a Turnip
How a Seed Grows
Making New Seeds
How Insects Help
Seed-Boxes Which we Eat as Vegetables
The Cabbage Plant
How Plants Defend Themselves
Wild Flowers and Garden Flowers
The Rose Family and its Fruits
The Dead-Nettle and the Pea-Flower
Climbing Plants
How Plants Store Food
Underground Vegetables
How Seeds Travel
Click on the following link to view the first chapter.

Exploring The History of Medicine

Author - John Hudson Tiner
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 160 pages, Master Books, 1999

Description: From surgery to vaccines, man has made great strides in the field of medicine. Quality of life has improved dramatically in the last few decades alone, and the future is bright. But students must not forget that God provided humans with minds and resources to bring about these advances.

A biblical perspective of healing and the use of medicine provides the best foundation for treating diseases and injury. In Exploring the History of Medicine, author John Hudson Tiner reveals the spectacular discoveries that started with men and women who used their abilities to better mankind and give glory to God. This fascinating history of medicine comes alive in this book, providing students with a healthy dose of facts, mini-biographies, and vintage illustrations. Includes chapter tests and index.

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine

Author - Jeanne Bendick
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 131 pages, Bethlehem Books, 2002

Description: Who was Galen? Galen was a doctor who practiced medicine almost 2,000 years ago. He was doctor to four Roman emperors, altering Roman history forever. Galen tended the wounds of gladiators, learned about the human body from studying pigs and monkeys, invented and recorded medicines that are still in use today, and had such accurate-sounding theories that his ideas were taught and followed for almost 1,500 years.

We know about Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. But we owe nearly as much to Galen, a physician born in 129 A.D. at the height of the Roman Empire. Galen's acute diagnoses of patients, botanical wisdom, and studies of physiology were recorded in numerous books, handed down through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Not least, Galen passed on the medical tradition of respect for life. In this fascinating biography for young people, Jeanne Bendick brings Galen's Roman world to life with the clarity, humor, and outstanding content enjoyed in Archimedes and the Door to Science.



An Illustrated Adventure in Human Anatomy

Author - Kate Sweeney
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 56 pages, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002

Description: Completely redesigned to make it more kid-friendly! This full-colored book provides an interesting peek inside the human body as students learn about human anatomy. This illustrated book is designed for ages 8-12 and covers many of the major systems and structures of the body. The skeletal, muscular, digestive, and respiratory systems as well as the brain & nerves, heart & blood, eyes and ears are all illustrated with well-drawn pictures, easy-to-understand descriptions, and anatomically-correct terms. Experiments and activities, trivia, and fun facts are also included. The vibrant illustrations invite study and make visualizing the body easy. Includes:
Your Skeletal System
Your Muscular System
Your Nervous System
Your Circulatory System
Your Respiratory System
Your Digestive System
Your Eyes
Your Ears
Your Taste and Smell
Glossary


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Dinosaurs by Design

Author - Duane T. Gish, Ph. D.
Bibliographic Data - Hardcover, 88 pages, Master Books, 2002

Description: Everyone wants to know about dinosaurs! Dinosaurs by Design takes you into the exciting world of dinosaurs to find out what they were really like. Discover how fossils are formed, dug up, and assembled for museums. Travel with the dinosaurs as they board Noah's ark and then enter the strange new world after the flood. Find out what happened to the dinosaurs and if there are any alive today. Join us on an exciting adventure to learn more about these magnificent creatures that God designed and created.

A Cry From Egypt

A Cry From Egypt was written by Hope Auer and illustrated by Mike Slaton, both recent homeschool graduates themselves. Hope Auer has been writing stories and plays since she was very young. She began writing A Cry From Egypt, the first book in The Promised Land Series, as a school assignment when she was only thirteen and her family was studying ancient Egypt! This historical fiction book deals with the period before the Exodus, when the Israelites were still in slavery.

Hittite Warrior

Author - Joanne Williamson
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 237 pages, Bethlehem Books, 1999

Description: Judea has always been the crossroads and battlefield of contending nations. It is no less so in this biblical time of Barak and Deborah. Uriah Tarhund's Hititte home is destroyed by invading Greeks. His dying father tells him to go south to seek a Canaanite named Sisera. "He will help you. For my sake." Uriah is plunged into the tumult of an uneasy Judea. When he saves a young boy from being sacrificed to the pagan god Moloch, he is given succor for a time by the Hebrews. Later, he finds Sisera and joins him in war against these same people. When the Canaanites are defeated, the young Hittite has the opportunity to come to a peace with himself, the Hebrew people and their God.

This meticulously researched novel is set in the time of Judges, and incorporates Biblical facts with a gripping story, set against the wide background of ancient civilizations. While this novel is filled with violence befitting the time period, it does not go into a graphic amount of detail and does bring an important period in the Hebrew people's history to life.

Within the Palace Gates

Author - Anna Pierpoint Siviter
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 308 pages, AB Publishing, 1992

Description: This is the story of Nehemiah, cupbearer to King Artexerxes. Anna Siviter weaves the rich tapestry of the ancient Persian court into the back drop of the story of Artaxerxes's noble cup bearer, Nehemiah. Through the story, we are allowed to grasp the deep significance of Nehemiah's devotion to God, to Jerusalem, and to his people. Readers are also given a breathtaking glimpse of life in Babylon, the king's court, and the difficulty of life for the Hebrew people who were left behind in a crumbling Jerusalem. This is an engaging story, which gradually builds until it's hard to put down; but far beyond its plot, is the story's sacred focus. This is a reprint from the 1932 Edition.

Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Greece

Author - James Baikie
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 115 pages, Yesterdays Classics, 2008 (originally published in 1920)

Description: Through the eyes of a traveler to ancient Greece, we see how, by reason of geography, Greece became a land of city states. After examining several different city states and their land and naval forces, we watch all Greece come together for the Olympic games. Turning our attention to Athens, we marvel at the theatre, architecture, and sculpture of the age of Pericles. This book, which was written by a pastor in 1920, provides a thorough, narrative look at ancient Greece, placing the Greek civilization in its proper perspective.

CONTENTS
The Torch-Bearers
When the World Was Young
A Land of City-States
Athens in its Golden Age: The Journey
Athens in its Golden Age: The City
The Sailor-State of Greece
The Soldier-State of Greece
The Greek Games
The Theatre
The Art of Greece: Painting and Architecture
The Art of Greece: Sculpture


Alexander the Great

Author - John Gunther
Bibliographic Data - Hardback, 159 pages, Sterling Publishing, 2007

Description: Some say he was the greatest warrior in history, building an empire that extended from Europe to Africa and on to India and Central Asia. In a stirring narrative, famed historian John Gunther tells the story of Alexander the Great who, at only age 21, became King of Macedonia and set off on a 12-year journey to conquer the known world and extend the boundaries of Greek civilization. Gunther takes us from Alexander's boyhood to his victory over the Persian Empire, and, in vivid detail, describes Alexander's battles, as well as the palace intrigues that surrounded him.

Famous Men of Rome

Author - John H. Haaren & A.B. Poland
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, Full color paintings, 160 pages, Memoria Press, 2006

Description: The Romans were history's great men of action, making the story of their lives an interesting and exciting reading. Famous Men of Rome offers thirty stories, covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West. Your children will see the rise and fall of history's greatest civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures. While the Roman culture was primarily pagan, an understanding of modern political history is impossible without a thorough understanding of Rome. Thus, its study provides a foundation for all other history study.

The Famous Men of Rome has been completely revised with full color illustrations, since Memoria Press commissioned 30 oil paintings of the significant events in the Famous Men of Rome and included them in this beautiful printing.

Ben-Hur Audio Drama

Author - Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
Bibliographic Data - 2 CD Set, 2 hours of audio drama, Full cast cinema sound original music score

Description: Ben-Hur is the powerful story of two friends who share a love for learning and a passion to be soldiers. But before many years pass, Judah Ben-Hur, a prince of the Jews, and Messala, the Roman nobleman and soldier, will also share a deep hatred for what the other has become. An unforgettable account of betrayal, revenge, redemption, Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of Ben-Hur tells the tale of a nobleman who fell from Roman favor and was sentenced to live as a slave--all at the hands of his childhood friend, Messala.

Once nearly brothers, any hope of reconciliation is dashed after Messala is seriously injured during a vicious chariot race won by the vindictive Ben-Hur. But what makes this adaptation of Lew Wallace's best-selling story unforgettable is the changed man Ben-Hur becomes after seeing Christ on the cross. Recorded in London with film-style sound, this action-packed production underscores the fact that the power of God's love and true forgiveness are the only forces stronger than hatred and revenge.

Twice Freed

Author - Patricia St. John
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 190 pages, CF4kids, 2008

Description: Onesimus is a slave. Eirene is a rich merchant's daughter. Onesimus longs to gain his freedom and Eirene's love. However, he doesn't realize where true freedom lies. He wants nothing to do with Jesus Christ. His master, Philemon, may follow the teachings of the Christ and his apostle Paul... but Onesimus has other plans.

In Twice Freed, Patricia St. John tells a fictional story based on Onesimus and his slave-master Philemon--two lesser known characters from the New Testament. While Philemon becomes a Christian, as well as many in his household, Onesimus resents his master and begins running from both his master and from Christ's love. The author manages to follow Onesimus from Colosse, to Ephesus, to Laodicia, and eventually to Athens and Rome. Along the way Onesimus keeps running into those who have been saved and caught up in this strange new religion: Christianity. The author's historical details and descriptive language make the story come alive, while the Biblical truth woven throughout the book is inspiring and challenging.



Write with the Best: Modeling Writing After Great Works of World Literature, Volume 1 - By: Jill J. Dixon
Write with the Best: Volume I - Modeling Writing After Great Works of World Literature
Author: Jill Dixon, M.Ed.
Bibliographic Data: 3-hole punched pages within a 3 ring binder

In Write with the Best, literary passages from respected and well-loved authors are used to teach students how to write. Creative activities break the writing into manageable chunks and help students identify what makes a literary work "great". Students are encouraged to make writing more vivid, and the student ultimately produces writing that models the genre of the literary passage. Guidelines for evaluating and grading writing, suggestions for adapting the curriculum for different learning styles, and student proofreading and writing guides are also valuable parts of the program. Each daily lesson takes only 15-45 minutes, is addressed to the student and can be used with all children in a family at the same time. The program includes all needed excerpts from all of the literature that it models so that teachers are not required to purchase additional material. This curriculum is a genuine, incremental (step-by-step) program which requires minimal teacher involvement towards the goal of mastery of creative writing. Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ will schedule lessons from this guide twice weekly. For grades 3 -12, but best suited for grades 4-8. (View a pdf of part of the guide here)

Nine different genres are covered:
* Describing an Object from Jules Verne - a Place from Charles Dickens - a Character from Daniel Defoe
* Dialogue from Kenneth Grahame
* The Short Story from O. Henry
* Fables from Aesop
* Friendly Letters from Robert Louis Stevenson
* Poetry - Rhyming Verse from William Wordsworth
* The Ballad or Narrative Poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow