Blue Willow

Blue Willow

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Item #: 048565
ISBN: 9780140309249
Grades: 5-8

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First published in 1940, this classic Newbery Honor Book tells the story of Janey Larkin, a girl whose father is a migrant worker. Janey's family moves often, following the crops from farm to farm. Her most prized possession is the blue willow plate from her early childhood home, which she dimly remembers. Janey longs for the day when her blue willow plateand her familycan once again set down roots in a real home. By Doris Gates. 172 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

Category Description for Around the World with Picture Books:

Introduce children to the fascinating and diverse world in which we live through delightful children’s books. Modeled after the Charlotte Mason philosophy of notebooking, this study focuses on the 4 R’s: reading, reasoning, relating and recording. Skills are age appropriate and gentle to engage and inspire children in the learning process. Geography, cultures, animals, folk tales and fables, music and art, are all covered, as are nature studies, poetry and recipes. Literature rich, the authors also provide additional literature and video resources to go deeper. Volumes are flexible for one semester (4 lessons/week) or one year (2 lessons/week). Beautifully illustrated with vibrant photographs and gorgeous art reproductions for the art studies. Black and white nature drawings are included and reproducible for individual families. Quality art supplies are recommended. Please note that a Japanese notebook, Tsubame, is recommended and sold by Beautiful Feet, but we currently do not offer it. ~ Deanne

Category Description for America the Beautiful (Gr. 5-8):

Newly revised, this updated edition of America the Beautiful retains everything that made it a favorite to Christian homeschoolers. From its well-organized, user-friendly approach to the vivid images and engaging text, history is brought alive to the reader. History is only the beginning of what this well-planned Notgrass curriculum has to offer. The history is there, of course, in two large (nearly 600 pgs each) hardcover Texts. Part 1 takes the reader from the Native American nations (excellent coverage, by the way) through Reconstruction; Part 2 covers from the late 1800s to the present. Divided into daily lessons (150) and grouped into weekly units (30), the engaging text is written for students to read independently. If you’re emphasizing America’s beauty, it helps to have full-color pictures among the carefully selected artwork, and they do!

Each unit is divided into five lessons. Each of the five lessons has a different focus: Our American Story, God’s Wonder, An American Landmark, An American Biography and Daily Life. Each lesson concludes with a list of activities. Activities may include “thinking biblically" (Scripture copywork or Bible study), vocabulary, map study, literature suggestion, We the People readings, creative writing, timeline work, and a family activity (more about these later). Each lesson also includes optional assignments for the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review book. If this sounds like a lot, keep in mind that this course only really needs a little additional grammar study to be social studies, Bible, and language arts all in one.

The Curriculum Package includes the two texts mentioned above as well as We the People, Answer Key and Literature Guide, along with the Maps and the Timeline books (six books total). The original source reader that accompanies each Notgrass course is one of my favorite parts. We the People provides the same variety books and stories, newspaper articles, documents, poems, journals, memoirs and biographies, speeches, letters, and songs as their other courses, and skimming through it took me for a trip down memory lane and long-ago classroom recitations. It’s obvious that creative planning went into the family activities provided for each unit, for example: Family Commemorative Coins, a Cupcake Factory, an Erie Canal diorama, and a Liberty Bell mosaic give an idea of the breadth of projects.

It’s hard to imagine a thorough study of American history without good map and timeline work. There are no worries here! Maps of America the Beautiful provides both a high-quality map and accompanying assignments for each weekly unit. Corresponding to the chronological development of our country, you’ll find the expected maps (colonies, westward expansion, battles, etc.) but also some more unusual sets-Americas Islands, for example. You’ll want a good set of colored pencils (the authors recommend Prang®) with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, gray, and brown to complete the map assignments. Timeline of America the Beautiful provides an enjoyable timeline-creating experience. Arranged vertically (what a great idea!) on the page, some events are noted, and others are to be carefully written by the student as part of assignments (lines are provided). The Timeline pages from 1000-1490 AD cover 100 years per page. Beginning in 1500, each timeline page covers ten years. Beginning with the year 2000, each page covers 5 years. Larger sized boxes are included for this time-period so children can write family events, or news events as they occur (occurred)--a wonderful way for children to bring history into perspective. Maps and Timeline books are not reproducible. Children will need their own copies.

Two optional supplements coordinate with the course. The Student Workbook has one worksheet for each lesson, literature review questions, and weekly unit tests. Worksheet activities vary and may include crosswords, word searches, matching, rebus stories, fill-in-the-blanks, illustrations, multiple-choice and more. The Lesson Review book provides five questions for daily review and for literature selections as well as unit quizzes. You can choose to use one, both, or neither of these books. Answers to the Student Workbook and the Lesson Review Book are found in the Answer Key and Literature Guide (included in the curriculum package) ~ Janice/Deanne

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Doris Gates
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Puffin Books
0.3 (lbs.)
8.0" x 5.5" x 0.5"
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To go with America the Beautiful curriculum
RAY H on Jul 5, 2022
We chose this book to go with our history program.
Heidi F on Jul 21, 2020
To go with America the Beautiful curriculum
RAY H on Jul 5, 2022
To go along with America the Beautiful.
Antoinette C on Aug 15, 2020
We chose this book to go with our history program.
Heidi F on Jul 21, 2020
Good Reviews
JoAnn B on Sep 14, 2019
supplemental literature for American history
Sharon P on Aug 10, 2019
part of literature curriculum that goes with Notgrass History
Heidi M on Dec 27, 2017
It is listed on a reader list
Denise R on Aug 9, 2017
Suggested by curriculum
Heather E on Aug 9, 2017
I need it to go with America the Beautiful curriculum, and my library doesn't have it.
Sarah M on Jul 4, 2017
I purchased this to go with the Notgrass History course America the Beautiful.
Stephanie T on May 3, 2017
I enjoyed reading Blue Willow as a child and can't find my copy. Now my children need to read it for school so I get a new one!
Jaime R on Aug 25, 2016
To go along with America the Beautiful.
Antoinette C on Aug 15, 2020
Good Reviews
JoAnn B on Sep 14, 2019
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Rated 5 out of 5
Blue Willow: A Great Depression Book About Honesty and Generosity
Janey and her family are very poor. They move to a one room shack; they are just renting the shack. Bounce Reyburn collects the rent, then gives it to Mr. Anderson, the owner of the house. One day Janey’s mother gets sick. When Bounce Reyburn comes to collect the rent, they cannot pay. He takes their only treasure, a blue willow plate. Janey’s family gets ready to go because they can’t pay the rent. Janey goes to say good-by to the willow plate. When she asks Mr. Anderson, the owner of the house, if she can see it, he says that he never saw the plate. He fires Bounce Reyburn who didn’t give the rent to him. Janey’s father gets hired instead. Janey and her family do not move. They also get the willow plate back.
I like how Janey and her family are poor and grow rich. I like how Janey has a gentle, generous friend. Lupe, Janey’s friend, gives her prize to Janey: a free ride on the ferris wheel at the fair.
I recommend this book for young kids that like fairs, rivers, and heat. I do not recommend this book for people that have just begun to read. This book teaches generosity and honesty.
-Dirk, 8 years old
February 24, 2021

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