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review – Bright Ideas Press

I received two wonderful books to review for Bright Ideas Press.

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A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers filled a big gap for me. I had scheduled our Composer study for every Friday, but was having trouble piecing it all together. This book is one-stop shopping! It is written for grades 4-8, but is easily adaptable for younger grades. It is a full year’s curriculum, but it will last us much longer since we are just doing it one day a week. All of these wonderful resources are included:

  • 32 weekly lessons
  • 26 Bios of Famous Composers
  • 6 Eras of Music Explained
  • Easy-to-Use Comparative Timeline
  • Easy-to-Use Maps
  • Composer Info-Cards & Game Directions
  • Note-Taking Pages
  • Quizzes
  • Answer Keys Listening Suggestions
  • Intricate Coloring Pages
  • Resource Books

The only thing I am not crazy about is the binding. It makes copying pages difficult – I will eventually have the spine cut off of mine. It is available in CD-Rom, but I like having the book in front of me while teaching. You can view sample pages HERE.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • CD-Rom       $29.95
  • Paperback  $34.95

Things I Like:

  • Lessons are written from the viewpoint that music is from the Lord.
  • The composers are in chronological order.
  • There is a good variety of activities.
  • It is a very complete curriculum.

Value: Worth every penny.

(I am looking forward to the release of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poetry!)

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Over Our Heads in Wonder was the perfect way to kick off our school year. It is a lovely little science book that shows God’s power through studying the weather and the sky. These topics are discussed:

  • Clouds
  • Rainbows
  • Sun
  • Stars
  • Snow
  • Wind
  • Storms
  • Air

This book was written for grades K-5. We used it for our morning devotional time & it worked great for my whole gang. I think it could serve as a science curruculum for the younger grades. You can view sample pages HERE.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • $9.95 Paperback

Things I Like:

  • The experiments use items commonly found around the house.
  • Each section has its own Table of Contents. It is very easy to mix & match the lessons.
  • My kids loved heading outside each day to observe God’s world in a new way.

Value: I think this is a great deal!

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