MCT Language Arts Curriculum Level 1: The Island Level

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Level 1, The Island Level, is the entry level for the Michael Clay Thompson language arts curriculum. Children are ready to begin this level as soon as they have passed the stage of learning to read and can read to learn. Parent and child (or children) can snuggle up on the sofa and read together. Many parents have found that the student books are wonderful points for children to begin the practice of reading on their own and then discussing the material.

The instructor manuals are full of Socratic questions to raise with the child, as well as activities and quizzes for assessment. Although the material is presented simply, it reaches a surprising level of complexity and sophistication.

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Grammar Island: Student Book

Subtitle: Third Edition

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

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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 the students, 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.

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Grammar Island: Instructor Manual

Subtitle: Fourth Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-757-4

Order code: 7574

Price: $50.00
Website price: $40.00

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The Grammar Island instructor manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and 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.

NOTE: This book is compatible with the THIRD EDITION of the Grammar Island student book.

The Grammar Island instructor manual includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and 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.

NOTE: This book is compatible with the THIRD EDITION of the Grammar Island student book.

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Building Language: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

Pages: 128

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

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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 and opens the door for children to a new world of understanding language.

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 and opens the door for children to a new world of understanding language.

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Building Language: Instructor Manual

Subtitle: Third Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Vocabulary; MCT Curriculum

Pages: 134

ISBN: 978-0-88092-758-1

Order code: 7581

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

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

NOTE: This book is compatible with the SECOND EDITION of the Building Language student book.

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

NOTE: This book is compatible with the SECOND EDITION of the Building Language student book.

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Sentence Island: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

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

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Michael Clay Thompson’s writing series begins with the lavishly illustrated Sentence Island. This is an entire book devoted to the sentence. After all, 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 tells the story of a fish named Mud who travels to Sentence Island to learn how to write correct sentences. There, he meets an array of quirky animals and a wise talking tree. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure and discovers that the careful construction of sentences is both a science and an art. Understanding these concepts enables children 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 information is sophisticated, the presentation is simple, and children will delight in following Mud's story as both he and they learn 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. This is an entire book devoted to the sentence. After all, 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 tells the story of a fish named Mud who travels to Sentence Island to learn how to write correct sentences. There, he meets an array of quirky animals and a wise talking tree. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure and discovers that the careful construction of sentences is both a science and an art. Understanding these concepts enables children 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 information is sophisticated, the presentation is simple, and children will delight in following Mud's story as both he and they learn the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing.

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Sentence Island Student Book Sample Pages:

Sentence Island: Instructor Manual

Subtitle: Third Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Writing; MCT Curriculum

ISBN: 978-0-88092-772-7

Order code: 7727

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

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

NOTE: This book is compatible with the SECOND EDITION of the Sentence Island student book.

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

NOTE: This book is compatible with the SECOND EDITION of the Sentence Island student book.

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The Music of the Hemispheres: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

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

Grade: 3, 4

Pages: 144

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

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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.

As a special feature, this book contains QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems.

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.

As a special feature, this book contains QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems.

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The Music of the Hemispheres: Instructor Manual

Subtitle: Third Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Pages: 151

ISBN: 978-0-88092-774-1

Order code: 7741

Price: $45.00
Website price: $35.00

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The instructor manual for The Music of the Hemispheres includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and 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 child.

As a special feature, this book contains QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems.

NOTE: This book is compatible with the SECOND EDITION of The Music of the Hemispheres student book.

The instructor manual for The Music of the Hemispheres includes the full text of the student book plus special boxes that contain tips and 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.

As a special feature, this book contains QR codes that link to audio of Michael reading the poems.

NOTE: This book is compatible with the SECOND EDITION of The Music of the Hemispheres student book.

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Practice Island: Student Book

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

Pages: 122

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

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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, in which students identify 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, in which students identify 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.

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Practice Island: Instructor Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Practice

Pages: 112

ISBN: 978-0-88092-881-6

Order code: 8816

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

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Practice Island contains 100 four-level analysis practice sentences. The instructor manual provides an introduction to the four-level analysis method, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

Practice Island contains 100 four-level analysis practice sentences. The instructor manual provides an introduction to the four-level analysis method, advice on implementation, correct answers, and comments about each sentence.

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The Mud Trilogy Set with Parent Manual

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

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

Order code: 8432

Price: $30.00

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A parent on the RFWP Support Forum says, "We are loving the Mud Trilogy already! I'm reading them aloud to my son, as I don't want to miss out. We love all the characters; Baldwin is a hoot!"

The Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide, and The Green-Face Virus by Michael Clay Thompson feature the characters he created in his language arts curriculum to help explain grammar and writing rules. Following requests for more about these characters, he decided that Mud the Fish should have a series of adventures of his own. The novels are described as classic word novels, designed to introduce young readers to the literary words Michael identified in his classic words vocabulary research. They are full-length books (around 100 pages each), exuberant, funny, and abounding in alliteration and other poetic techniques. Difficult words are defined at the bottom of each page. The books are illustrated with charming drawings.

Michael writes in the introduction, "These Mud novels are like training wheels for the classics, with big words, long length, complex characters, intricate plots, and big ideas, all in a magical world where little animals love sentences and stay loyal to each other."

The parent manual includes a short essay by Michael about each novel, a list of strategies and activities for children to do, vocabulary words to study in advance of the readings, quotations for quote quizzes, and discussion questions.

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The Rescue at Fragment Crag

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-840-1

Order code: 8401

Price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8401S

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Most children will encounter Mud the Fish first as an endearing character learning what a sentence is in Michael Clay Thompson’s writing curriculum book, Sentence Island. In The Rescue at Fragment Crag, the first novel in the Mud Trilogy, we meet Mud again, along with Fidget the cricket, his subject-verb friend; Oopsy and Daisy, the pelicans who taught him the parts of the sentence; Click the sandpiper; Clack the lobster; Herman the kingfisher; and Merv the mouse. They are joined by Turner the turtle, Baldwin the bellicose and eccentric big-horn beetle, and Marjorie Harbinger, the vivacious wave who brings news of a problem on Fragment Crag, where little Click is injured and has become trapped.   

The animals and birds have to work together to rescue Click, but things don’t turn out as planned. Fragment Crag is a fearsome, isolated crag where all thoughts are fragments, and an evil rat nearly succeeds in eating Click for dinner. After the rescue there is a falling out among the animals, who only know part of what happened. And they forget that rats can swim. There is another attack and another rescue, after which everyone reflects on what it means to be part of a group and to work together to support one another.

Michael writes: "A national neglect of formal vocabulary instruction has left many children unable to read standard books that have been the favorites of children for generations, and so you will find these words emphasized in this trilogy, with definitions at the bottoms of the pages so that the vocabulary is not an obstacle but a treat. These novels about Mud will prepare children to read children’s classics with ease and enjoyment."

Most children will encounter Mud the Fish first as an endearing character learning what a sentence is in Michael Clay Thompson’s writing curriculum book, Sentence Island. In The Rescue at Fragment Crag, the first novel in the Mud Trilogy, we meet Mud again, along with Fidget the cricket, his subject-verb friend; Oopsy and Daisy, the pelicans who taught him the parts of the sentence; Click the sandpiper; Clack the lobster; Herman the kingfisher; and Merv the mouse. They are joined by Turner the turtle, Baldwin the bellicose and eccentric big-horn beetle, and Marjorie Harbinger, the vivacious wave who brings news of a problem on Fragment Crag, where little Click is injured and has become trapped.   

The animals and birds have to work together to rescue Click, but things don’t turn out as planned. Fragment Crag is a fearsome, isolated crag where all thoughts are fragments, and an evil rat nearly succeeds in eating Click for dinner. After the rescue there is a falling out among the animals, who only know part of what happened. And they forget that rats can swim. There is another attack and another rescue, after which everyone reflects on what it means to be part of a group and to work together to support one another.

Michael writes: "A national neglect of formal vocabulary instruction has left many children unable to read standard books that have been the favorites of children for generations, and so you will find these words emphasized in this trilogy, with definitions at the bottoms of the pages so that the vocabulary is not an obstacle but a treat. These novels about Mud will prepare children to read children’s classics with ease and enjoyment."

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The Red Tide

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-841-8

Order code: 8418

Price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8418S

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Mud the Fish and his friends are back to battle the forces of nature around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences, and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal. All fish are animals. Therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true.

A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray—a tsunami, a red tide, and then a waterspout. The red tide coincides with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert, and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership. If they obey him, the mantis tells them, and echo his words, he will solve all their problems. He is a devious character and demands absolute loyalty with no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack, and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird Benjamin Frankloon once said, "We must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”

Mud the Fish and his friends are back to battle the forces of nature around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences, and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal. All fish are animals. Therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true.

A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray—a tsunami, a red tide, and then a waterspout. The red tide coincides with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert, and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership. If they obey him, the mantis tells them, and echo his words, he will solve all their problems. He is a devious character and demands absolute loyalty with no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack, and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird Benjamin Frankloon once said, "We must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”

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The Green-Face Virus

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

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

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-842-5

Order code: 8425

Price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8425S

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In the third novel of the Mud Trilogy, Mud discovers to his dismay that the other animals have been infected with a virus that destroys their altruism and makes them greedy and selfish. This cannot continue, and Mud must embark on a perilous adventure to Nothing Atoll to find the Shadow Maker in order to procure a shake of shock-shade, a glowing jungle fern that opens only at midnight. Marjorie the wave tells him that he has to take Fishmeal along, the paragraph duck who studied under the great Queequack and who holds the secret of organization.

At the last minute they are joined by Baldwin the beetle on a raft that takes them across a bioluminescent sea to the atoll. They meet strange creatures called aye-ayes who help them and who even suggest that they might like to stay on Nothing Atoll with nothing to do but live a long, pleasant life of comfort. But Mud remembers his friends and their mission to save them from the virus. A plan is formed to acquire the shock-shade from the snapping beast that is its guardian. The friends win in the end, and Mud reflects on his adventures, the various ethical concerns raised, the sights he has seen, and the meaning of friendship.

In the third novel of the Mud Trilogy, Mud discovers to his dismay that the other animals have been infected with a virus that destroys their altruism and makes them greedy and selfish. This cannot continue, and Mud must embark on a perilous adventure to Nothing Atoll to find the Shadow Maker in order to procure a shake of shock-shade, a glowing jungle fern that opens only at midnight. Marjorie the wave tells him that he has to take Fishmeal along, the paragraph duck who studied under the great Queequack and who holds the secret of organization.

At the last minute they are joined by Baldwin the beetle on a raft that takes them across a bioluminescent sea to the atoll. They meet strange creatures called aye-ayes who help them and who even suggest that they might like to stay on Nothing Atoll with nothing to do but live a long, pleasant life of comfort. But Mud remembers his friends and their mission to save them from the virus. A plan is formed to acquire the shock-shade from the snapping beast that is its guardian. The friends win in the end, and Mud reflects on his adventures, the various ethical concerns raised, the sights he has seen, and the meaning of friendship.

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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.

The Mud Trilogy Set Bought with a Complete Level Package

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay

Subjects: Language Arts; Reading; MCT Curriculum

Order code: 8432B

Price: $25.00

If you are buying a homeschool complete level package, you can add this trilogy set (and as many other trilogy sets as you want) to your order at a reduced price. The set comprises all four books: the three novels and the parent manual.

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