MCT Level 1 Package of Student Books with No Instructor Manuals

Order code: HO3CX

Price: $118.50

This package contains one each of the student books only (no instructor manuals) at Level 1 of the Michael Clay Thompson language arts curriculum, which includes grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetics, practice, and literature, offered at a reduced price.

Additional student books can also be ordered separately.

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Grammar Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-842-7

Order code: 8427

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 8427S

Grammar Island: Student Book Cover

Grammar Island introduces, in a simple fashion, the full four-level grammar analysis 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 analysis 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.

Grammar Island: Student Book Cover

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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: 978-0-88092-800-7

Order code: 8007

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $17.50 each.
Order code: 8007S

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 the Latin roots 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 the Latin roots 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: Student Book Cover

Building Language Student Book Sample Pages:

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Sentence Island: Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-630-0

Order code: 6300

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 6300S

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. A child who cannot write a sentence 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 enjoyable learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing.

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. A child who cannot write a sentence 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 enjoyable learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing.

Sentence Island: Student Book Cover

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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: 978-0-89824-672-8

Order code: 6728

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $25.00 each.
Order code: 6728S

The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book Cover

The Music of the Hemispheres is Michael Clay Thompson's introduction to poetics 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 similes 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.

Note: New to the second edition of this book are QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson himself reading the poems in the book.

The Music of the Hemispheres is Michael Clay Thompson's introduction to poetics 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 similes 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.

Note: New to the second edition of this book are QR codes that link to audio of Michael Clay Thompson himself reading the poems in the book.

The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book Cover

The Music of the Hemispheres Student Book Sample Pages:

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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: 978-0-88092-880-9

Order code: 8809

Price: $17.50
Website price: $12.50

Class sets: 25 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 8809S

Practice Island: Student Book Cover

Practice Island offers 100 four-level analysis practice sentences. It 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 the 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 offers 100 four-level analysis practice sentences. It 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 the 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.

You can order any mix of 25 or more practice books for the discounted price of $10.00 each.

Practice Island: Student Book Cover

Practice Island Student Book Sample Pages:

The Mud Trilogy: Extra Set of Novels

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8432S

Price: $21.00

This is an extra set of the three classic words novels by Michael Clay Thompson about Mud the Fish and his friends: The Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide, and The Green-Face Virus. It is offered at a special price and is only available to order as an add-on to the set that contains the implementation manual or to a homeschool complete level package or a student books-only package.

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