MCT Level 1 Complete Homeschool Package

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Price: $220.00
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This is the complete Michael Clay Thompson language arts curriculum for children at Level 1, the Island Level. It includes both student books and teacher books for each strand of the curriculum: grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetics, and practice.

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Grammar Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N. (Art)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-838-8

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 8388

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 8388S

Grammar Island: Student Book Cover

Grammar Island introduces, in a simple fashion, the full four-level grammar of (1) parts of speech, (2) parts of sentences, (3) phrases, and (4) clauses.

Using color to reinforce the lessons, the book offers grammar in child-friendly ways, with an array of strategies to make sophisticated material dynamic and fun.

Each page focuses on a single concept, and the teaching approach is to read together with the child, talk about the concepts, ask questions, refer back to the text, and respond to questions before venturing further.

This book will delight students just beginning grammar. 

Grammar Island introduces, in a simple fashion, the full four-level grammar of (1) parts of speech, (2) parts of sentences, (3) phrases, and (4) clauses.

Using color to reinforce the lessons, the book offers grammar in child-friendly ways, with an array of strategies to make sophisticated material dynamic and fun.

Each page focuses on a single concept, and the teaching approach is to read together with children, talk about the concepts, ask questions, refer back to the text, and respond to questions before venturing further.

This book will delight students just beginning grammar.

Additional iBook Features: Hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge. There are also pre- and post-tests; however, the answers to those are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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Grammar Island: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N. (Art)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-839-5

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 7992

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

Grammar Island: Teacher Manual Cover

The Grammar Island teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, pre- and post-tests, activities for further study, and wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning.

The Grammar Island teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, pre- and post-tests, activities for further study, and wonderful original readings to keep the energy level charged with fun learning.

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Building Language: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-906-6

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 9066

Price: $25.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $14.00 each.
Order code: 9066S

Building Language: Student Book Cover

Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the basis for much of the English and Spanish languages. Using the analogy of the arch in architecture, the book explores the Roman roots of our buildings and of our language. Ten lessons introduce important Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren't necessarily hard. It rejects the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary.

This is the vocabulary precursor to Caesar's English I and Caesar's English II.

Building Language provides an introduction to Latin stems as the basis for much of the English and Spanish languages. Using the analogy of the arch in architecture, the book explores the Roman roots of our buildings and of our language. Ten lessons introduce important Latin stems, providing an intellectual key for young students to understand that big words aren't necessarily hard. It rejects the specious confines of teaching age-graded vocabulary.

This is the vocabulary precursor to Caesar's English I and Caesar's English II.

Additional iBook Features: Hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. The Implementation Manual contains a link to two quizzes for this book that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing them and working on paper copies. The answers to the quizzes are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level.

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Building Language: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-907-3

Latest edition: August 2016

Order code: 9073

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Building Language: Teacher Manual Cover

The Building Language teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and quizzes and answer keys.

The Building Language teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and quizzes and answer keys.

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Sentence Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N. (Art)

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-668-3

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 6683

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $22.00 each.
Order code: 6683S

Sentence Island: Student Book Cover

Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with the lavishly illustrated Sentence Island. Ideally, Thompson would like children to use Grammar Island first and then proceed to Sentence Island while working concurrently with Building Language and The Music of the Hemispheres

The entire book is devoted to the sentence. If a child cannot write a sentence, he or she cannot write and will never be able to write. So it is essential that children master sentence writing. Most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence many children do not master writing sentences at a level that provides an adequate foundation for more advanced writing.

Sentence Island teaches advanced concepts in a lively way. Understanding these concepts enables the child to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. The book's approach and the wonderful illustrations demonstrate that it can be fun to write well. Although the presentation is simple, the information is sophisticated, and by the end of the book, the child is getting information not usually taught until high school or college—if at all.

This volume features an array of quirky animals, birds, insects, a talking tree, and an amazing fish whose name is Mud. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure. Mud and his friends proved so popular with children that Thompson was impelled to write a series of novels about them. They make learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments enjoyable.

Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with the lavishly illustrated Sentence Island. Ideally, Thompson would like children to use Grammar Island first and then proceed to Sentence Island while working concurrently with Building Language and The Music of the Hemispheres

The entire book is devoted to the sentence. If a child cannot write a sentence, he or she cannot write and will never be able to write. So it is essential that children master sentence writing. Most programs do not devote enough time and attention to the sentence, and hence many children do not master writing sentences at a level that provides an adequate foundation for more advanced writing.

Sentence Island teaches advanced concepts in a lively way. Understanding these concepts enables students to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. The book's approach and the wonderful illustrations demonstrate that it can be fun to write well. Although the presentation is simple, the information is sophisticated, and by the end of the book, students are getting information not usually taught until high school or college—if at all.

This volume features an array of quirky animals, birds, insects, a talking tree, and an amazing fish whose name is Mud. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure. Mud and his friends proved so popular with children that Thompson was impelled to write a series of novels about them. They make learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments enjoyable.

Additional iBook Features: Hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he reads from many of the pages and speaks directly to the reader. Interactive activities reinforce the lessons and allow students to self-check their knowledge.

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Sentence Island: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Kemnitz, Milton N. (Art)

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-088092-669-0

Latest edition: June 2016

Order code: 6690

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Sentence Island: Teacher Manual Cover

The Sentence Island teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

The Sentence Island teacher manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, and answers to questions and exercises.

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The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-656-0

Latest edition: May 2014

Order code: 6562

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $18.00 each.
Order code: 6562S

The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book Cover

The Music of the Hemispheres is Michael Clay Thompson's introduction to poetry for young children. In this beautiful book, which features extraordinary graphics that call attention to the points being made in the text, children learn that the sounds of words are an important component to good writing. Chapters cover the basics of rhyme, alliteration, meter, stanza, and similies and metaphors. These elements are illustrated through poems by such notable poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as original works by Michael himself.

This book is a wonderful way to foster an early appreciation for poetry in children.

The Music of the Hemispheres is Michael Clay Thompson's introduction to poetry for young children. In this beautiful book, which features extraordinary graphics that call attention to the points being made in the text, children learn that the sounds of words are an important component to good writing. Chapters cover the basics of rhyme, alliteration, meter, stanza, and similies and metaphors. These elements are illustrated through poems by such notable poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as original works by Michael himself.

This book is a wonderful way to foster an early appreciation for poetry in children.

Additional iBook Features: The iBook, which is in gorgeous full color, features several audio files that allow students to hear the voice of Michael Clay Thompson as he recites many of the poems. It also contains pre- and post-tests; however, the answers to those are only in the Implementation Manual for this iBook curriculum level. In addition, the Implementation Manual also contains a link to a review quiz that can be completed by students either digitally or by printing it and working on a paper copy. The answers to the quiz are only in the Implementation Manual.

The Music of the Hemispheres: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-657-7

Latest edition: February 2015

Order code: 6570

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

The Music of the Hemispheres: Teacher Manual Cover

The teacher manual for The Music of the Hemispheres includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review quiz, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

The teacher manual for The Music of the Hemispheres includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and further questions for the instructor, activities for further study, suggestions for implementing the student book, a pre- and post-test with answer keys, a review quiz, and study poems for in-depth examination with the students.

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Practice Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-680-5

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 6805

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $9.00 each.
Order code: 6805S

Practice Island: Student Book Cover

Practice Island is a supplement to Grammar Island and is the first of the elementary-level practice workbooks. Its aim is to improve students' grammar and writing skills through analysis of individual sentences. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is introduced in Grammar Island.

Each of the one hundred sentences appears on a separate page with four blank lines beneath it where students can fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. By examining a wide range of sentences, students will experience the satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

This useful workbook is meant to be consumable and is therefore offered at a low cost.

Practice Island is a supplement to Grammar Island and is the first of the elementary-level practice workbooks. Its aim is to improve students' grammar and writing skills through analysis of individual sentences. Students work through the sentences using a unique four-level analysis method that is introduced in Grammar Island.

Each of the one hundred sentences appears on a separate page with four blank lines beneath it where students can fill in the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. By examining a wide range of sentences, students will experience the satisfaction of a clear understanding of the principles of English sentences.

This useful workbook is meant to be consumable and is therefore offered at a low cost.

The practice books have class set prices depending upon the quantity ordered; schools and school districts can combine the orders of the practice books for maximum discount:

25 books: $9.00 each
50 books: $8.00 each
100 books: $7.00 each
250 books: $6.50 each
500 books: $6.00 each
750 books: $5.50 each
1,000 books: $5.00 each

Any mix of practice books can be ordered. Please note that in most cases, the shopping cart will not show the actual discount; this will be applied when you are billed, and no matter what the shopping cart says, you will never be billed or charged at a higher rate than that to which you are entitled.

Additional iBook Features: The one hundred interactive sentences have separate screens for students to identify the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. Students tap and drag their answers beneath the word(s) in the sentence. They can then self-check their answers with the check button. There is a review screen after the fourth level to reinforce the answers. Because all the answers are available in the iBook version, no teacher manual is required.

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Practice Island: Teacher Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-681-2

Latest edition: February 2016

Order code: 6812

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Practice Island: Teacher Manual Cover

The Practice Island teacher manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

The Practice Island teacher manual gives an introduction to the course, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

Practice Island: Teacher Manual Cover

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