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Reference & Learning Aids

A lot of education is filling in gaps. Even more is simple fact-memorization, the primary building block leading to the ability to regurgitate ideas, analyze them, and form original ones. Either way, there often isn't a better solution than stuffing names, dates, and figures in kids' heads until they can recall them at will. They hate this, generally, but it's a necessary evil.

In no way as unpleasant, but just as educational, is something most kids love to do: getting comfy with a big compendium of knowledge and turning each page, learning little tidbits about history, the world around them, how their body works, or who's been in outer space until they've had enough and go outside to hunt trolls or dig up buried treasure.

The best word to describe such books is one that every college student learns to dread: reference. If you don't get an F on your paper because you wrote it two hours before class, you definitely will because you forgot to cite your references. It's important to remember, however, that the enemy isn't reference; the enemy (for lack of a better term) is a system that places more value on following arbitrary guidelines than presenting and commenting on thoughts and information.

We're here to put the RAD back in reference. And memorization—there's nothing that says learning the times tables has to be boring. It often is, but usually only because we look at it as a chore, and not a privilege or exciting activity. This attitude often starts with parents: we didn't like math in school, so we kind of groan along with our kids whenever the ol' numbers chart comes out. If we get excited instead, our children are likely to do the same.

Below you'll find a long list of books crammed with facts. Some of them aren't important facts (usually the most fun), some of them are essential; we're not sure where the distinction should or does lie all the time, so we'll leave you to sort that out for yourselves. We would simply encourage, whether you're teaching the tens chart in math, or adding nuance to a study of the Old West by reading a short bio of female outlaw Belle Prater, that you approach "just the facts" with as much joy and anticipation as you'd like to see your children exhibit.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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10 Days to Addition Mastery
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: B08-05A)
10 Days to Addition Mastery - Box Set
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: B08-05A)
10 Days to Multiplication Mastery
by Marion Stewart
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 2nd-4th grade
in Multiplication (Location: B08-05C)
10 Days to Multiplication Mastery - Box Set
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Multiplication (Location: B08-05C)
10 Days to Multiplication Mastery - Workbook
by Marion W. Stuart
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 2nd-4th grade
in Multiplication (Location: B08-05C)
10 Days to Subtraction Mastery
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-3rd grade
in Subtraction (Location: B08-05B)
10 Days to Subtraction Mastery - Box Set
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Subtraction (Location: B08-05B)
10 Secrets to Addition/Subtraction Fact Mastery
by Marion W. Stuart
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Addition (Location: B08-05A)
100 Science Experiments
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Georgina Andrews & Kate Knighton
from Usborne
for 3rd-6th grade
in Usborne Science Activities (Location: B17-00D)
1001 Commonly Misspelled Words
by Robert Magnan & Mary Lou Santovec
from McGraw-Hill
for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
20th Century in America Lap-Pak
from Home School in the Woods
for 3rd-8th grade
in Hands-On History Activity-Paks (Location: B01-03B)
50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
501 English Verbs
by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr., Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic
by Hugh Brewster
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Titanic & 20th Century Disasters (Location: B01-22D)
A.D. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Absotively, Posilutely Best Evidence for Creation
by Carl Kerby
from Master Books
for 3rd-7th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: CPB-08A)
Addition Rap CD
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: B08-05A)
Addition Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for Preschool-1st grade
in Addition (Location: B08-05A)
Addition Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: B08-05A)
Africa Is Not A Country
by Margy Burns Knight
unknown from Millbrook Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Africa's Vanishing Wildlife
by Chris & Tilde Stuart
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Algebra 1 Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 7th-8th grade
in Math Flippers (Location: B08-top)
Algebra 2 Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 9th-Adult
in Math Flippers (Location: B08-top)
All About America Learning Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-7th grade
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
All Through the Ages
by Christine Miller
3rd edition from Nothing New Press
World History Reference for All grades
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Alphabet Makers
by Hyatt Moore
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for 8th-Adult
in History of Books & Language (Location: B03-00B)
Alphabet Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
America from the Beginning - Student Manual
by Joshua Franklin, Debbie Lawrence
from Answers in Genesis
for 3rd-8th grade
in U.S. History Curriculum (Location: B04-02E)
America from the Beginning - Teacher Supplement
by Joshua Franklin, Debbie Lawrence
from Answers in Genesis
for 3rd-8th grade
in U.S. History Curriculum (Location: B04-02E)
America's Christian Heritage
by Gary DeMar
from Broadman & Holman
American History Reference for 9th-Adult
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: B04-03A)
America's Christian History
by Gary DeMar
from American Vision Press
American History Reference for 9th-Adult
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: B04-03A)
America's God and Country
by William J. Federer
from Amerisearch
for 7th-12th grade
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: B04-03A)
America's Lost Dream
by Tom Dooley
from Master Books
American History for 4th-6th grade
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: B04-03A)
America's Providential History
by Mark Beliles & Stephen McDowell
from Providence Foundation
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: B04-03A)
America's War of Independence
by David Rubel
from Silver Moon Press
Non-Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: B01-09C)
America: A Patriotic Primer
by Lynne Cheney
from Simon and Schuster
for Preschool-2nd grade
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
America: Ready-to-Use Interdiciplinary Lessons & Actvities
by Dwila Bloom
from Center for Applied Research in Education
for 5th-12th grade
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
America: The First 350 Years - MP3 CD
by Steve Wilkins
from Covenant Publications
for 7th-Adult
in History Conferences & Lectures (Location: B01-03A)
American Adventures Part 1
by Morrie Greenberg
from Brooke-Richards Press
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
American Adventures Part 2
by Morrie Greenberg
from Brooke-Richards Press
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
American Dictionary of the English Language
by Noah Webster
10th edition from Foundation for American Christian Education
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
American Heritage Desk Dictionary
4th edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
American Heritage Dictionary
by Houghton Mifflin Company
5th edition from Dell Publishing
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: ARF-01A)
American Heritage Student Thesaurus
by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
Reprint from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: ARF-02B)
American History in Black & White
by David Barton
1st edition from WallBuilder Press
for 10th-Adult
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: B04-03A)
American History in Verse
by Burton Stevenson
from Bob Jones University Press
Poetry for 3rd-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
American History to 1865 - CD Set
by R. J. Rushdoony
from Ross House Books
for 9th-12th grade
in History Conferences & Lectures (Location: B01-03A)
American Indian Prayer Guide
by Danette Maloof, Dean Cozzens
from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
for 4th-7th grade
in Native Americans (Location: B01-16C)
Ancient China
by Arthur Cotterell
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in China (Location: B02-05D)
Ancient Egypt
by Judith Crosher
from Viking Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: B02-02D)
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