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“Math that makes senseMath that makes sense

by Dr. Carol Ameche

This book, focused on Algebra 1 for Learning and Homeschooling, is designed to break each mathematical concept into manageable parts. Each chapter is written in sections, and each section has issues to ensure its understanding of the concept.

Asking students to rewrite and rework their incorrect problems trains their brains to respond correctly to similar future problems. This works on many levels: First, students learn kinesthetically by writing out the problem and responding step by step. Second, students learn visually. Finally, they work in repeated patterns, which allows material to be transferred from short-term memory to long-term memory. The author is an educator with nearly 20 years of experience teaching math, including elementary, middle, and high school.

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The things that can be good, better and better“Things that can be good, better and better”

by JD Sperry

For ages 5 to 12. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well. In most cases, applying some forethought to not just doing something right, but doing what it takes to do it better and even going the extra mile to try to do it better will produce a much more rewarding experience than we did not initially imagine.

A slightly bigger vision with a little extra effort can quickly turn good things into better and better things. This book gives young readers examples of things that are good, how they could be improved, and what can be one of many ways to improve them.

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Augie Sweetwater and the Tale of the Dolphin“Augie Sweetwater and the Tale of the Dolphin”

by William J. Harrigan

Augie Sweetwater has been compared to Harry Potter, a modern-day wizard and new literary hero. It’s a wonderful children’s book about kids going on adventures in marine biology, international conspiracies, and the power of friendship. The story shows exactly what children are capable of when given support and understanding.

Augie Sweetwater is a brilliant 11-year-old boy with a knack for inventing amazing things that always gets him in hot water. Coop Cooperlick is the newcomer to school, a 14-year-old with a passion for climbing and a talent for thinking on his feet. Mika Deerwood is a charming 13-year-old Native American who aspires to Olympic gold in fencing. Together, they will mark history.

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Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Thief“Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Thief”

by Frances Schoonmaker

This mid-level novel represents historical storytelling at its finest, bringing a fascinating period of American history to life with a tale of adventure, mystery, and suspense.

Sid Johnson wakes up to the sound of gunshots ringing through the family farm. Although his mother explains everything as a hunting incident, Sid overhears his parents discussing politics and learns that his family’s home is no ordinary farm. it’s a stop on the Underground Railroad. Sid’s Ma and Pa are threatened by bounty hunters seeking rewards for escaped slaves.

The book educates young readers on the fundamental issues surrounding slavery during the history of the Underground Railroad and helps them see how that history has shaped the state of American society today.

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