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
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10 Secrets to Addition/Subtraction Fact Mastery
by Marion W. Stuart
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Addition (Location: MAT-ADD)
Evaluating Writing
Writing Strands
by Dave Marks
from National Writing Institute
Writing Curriculum for Preschool-12th grade
in Writing Strands (Location: WRI-WS)
$14.00 $8.00 (2 in stock)
How to Grow in Christ
by Jack Kinneer
from P&R Publishing
for 9th-Adult
$6.80
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 1 - Workbook
by Wesley Callihan
1st edition from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: LITCUR-OWC)
$12.00
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 4 - Workbook
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: LITCUR-OWC)
$12.00
Rod & Staff English Handbook
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
for 8th-12th grade
in Rod & Staff English (Location: GRA-R&S)
$10.50 (2 in stock)
Story of the U.S.A. Book 1
by Franklin Escher, Jr.
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of the U.S.A. (Location: F4C-GEO)
$13.50 $8.50 (4 in stock)
Story of the U.S.A. Book 2
by Franklin Escher, Jr.
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of the U.S.A. (Location: F4C-GEO)
$13.50 $8.50 (4 in stock)
Story of the U.S.A. Book 4
by Franklin Escher, Jr.
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of the U.S.A. (Location: F4C-GEO)
$13.50 $8.50 (2 in stock)
Story of Western Civilization - Book I
by Alan W. Riese & Herber J. LaSalle
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: F4C-HIS)
Story of Western Civilization - Book II
by Alan W. Riese & Herbert J. LaSalle
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: F4C-HIS)
Story of Western Civilization - Book III
by Alan W. Riese & Herbert J. LaSalle
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: F4C-HIS)
Story of Western Civilization - Book IV
by Alan W. Riese
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: F4C-HIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Wordsmith Craftsman
by Janie Cheaney
2nd edition from Common Sense Press
Writing Curriculum for 10th-12th grade
Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks
in Wordsmiths (Location: D8B-WRI)
$12.00 $7.50 (6 in stock)