Saturday, June 20, 2015

Online Curriculum Sale - Part I

Wow, hard to believe it's been nearly a year since I've posted on this website!  I've spent the year teaching 3rd grade faith formation classes, marketing a Catholic school and parish, developing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at my parish, and -- of course--chauffeuring my kids to sports and dance!


I noticed that Jessica (at Shower of Roses) is again having her Curriculum Sale Blog Hop.  I still have some great homeschooling materials that I would like to pass on to others, so thought I would participate.

Thank you, Jessica, for hosting this blog hop again!  Check out what others are selling (at great prices) by going to the blog hop home, which is here. 


I'm following Jessica's suggested guidelines for the swap, which include:

1) Please just request items that you are seriously interested in purchasing, and for which you can submit payment within 24 hours via Paypal.

2) If you are interested in something, please email me  (caswrite at aol dot com) to ensure the item is still available.  I will try to update this page as soon as items are "sale pending" or sold.

3) Shipping:  I'm keeping it as simple as possible!  

- For books and media items, $6 for 1-3 items and $8 for 4 or more items.  (Covers packaging and postage).
- For other items (games, etc.):  Please email me with your zip code and I'll compute the least expensive method for shipping the item. 


Here's what I've got so far.  Please keep checking back as I clear off shelves!

 Pearables' Lessons in Responsibility for Girls. A part of the Home Economics for Home Schoolers Series. This is Level 1, for ages 6 and up.  Retails for $9.99, asking $5. Never used. 

Edupress' Hands-on Heritage Series:  Native Americans Activity Book. For grades 2+.  Retails for $7.99, asking $4. Never used, although there is a bend in the cover at the bottom right hand side. (Does not affect usability or readability.)  Hands-on arts, crafts, cooking, research and activities that help kids learn about tribal territories, different type of homes/shelter, culture, daily life and more.

Lingua Mater Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl/Hillside Education. Retails for about $18, asking $9.99   Never used. (We copied exercises on other pieces of paper for more writing practice.) Sorry about the photo--tried several times to flip it and it would not turn!  

Connecting with History:  World History Through Catholic Principles,  Volume 1 and Founders of Freedom by Neumann Press.  Founders of Freedom is used as the main textbook with this volume. The Connecting with History book retails for $40 and the Founders of Freedom for about $22; I'm asking $30 for both items.Connecting with History is 2010 edition. 

Everyday Graces by Karen Santorum (hardcover); A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (paperback by Wordsworth Classics).  Everyday Graces retails for about $17; A Child's Verse retails for about $4.  Asking $10 for the two.

The above items will be shipped media mail.

I also have this popular game:

Guess Who? Game (newer version).  PENDING SALE
 Retails for $18, asking $9.  We never used it, although I began to assemble the parts to put the plastic frames together.  I also printed out some cards from Equipping Catholic Families so we could convert the game into "Guess Who: the Catholic Cardinals Edition."  We never got around to using it.    I'll include the cards I printed out.
For this item, please email me your zip code!  I'll compute postage and get back to you!  My email is caswrite at aol dot com.

I have more items coming soon, including math games, books, manipulatives and more.  Some of these would be perfect items to help your children keep up their academic skills over the summer (in a fun way!)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Online Curriculum Sale: History

I'm continuing to clean out my homeschool curriculum and supplies, which means some great deals for you! If interested in any of these items, please email me (caswrite at yahoo dot com) with your zip code and I'll compute postage using least expensive shipping method.  Please note that unless the item is less than 1 pound, or qualifies for media rate, that I will be shipping them via priority mail (cost starting at $5.25 depending on package size and weight.)

Famous Women of the Civil War Coloring Book


Famous Battles of the Civil War Card Game

(Selling these as a lot of two.  Asking $7.  Coloring book retails for $3.95; card game retails for $13 on Amazon). 

PENDING SALE (6/30/14)

These are new and never used.  Purchased them to use along with our Civil War study but we never got around to using them! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Online Curriculum Sale: Phonics Books and Games

I also have some great items for teaching phonics, which I will list on this page as I go through the boxes and take photos of them. As usual, if you are interested, please email me (caswrite at yahoo dot com) with your zip code and I'll compute postage using the least expensive method available from USPS.

Pumpkin Patch Phonics Board Game

(asking $6)

This hard-to-find game is a fun way to reinforce phonics sounds and concepts.  It has a fall/Halloween theme, but my daughter and I enjoyed playing it all year.  It includes playing board, spinner, instructions, four playing pieces and a box to store everything in.

Game is for 2-4 players, ages 4+.  To play the game, players take turns spinning the spinner until it lands on a letter.  Then then move their playing piece to the nearest picture that starts with the same letter as the one indicated on the spinner. There are also special spaces on the board where players can jump forward one whole line, or move back one line (similar to Chutes and Ladders.)

For more advanced players, use the other side of the spinner.  Players then move based on the ending sound of the word instead of the beginning sound.

Although we played this quite a few times, it is still in very good shape.  Such a fun way to learn basic phonics sounds!

Kumon Long Vowels Write and Wipe Flash Cards

(Retails for $9.95;  asking $4)

These two-sided cards are great for reinforcing long vowel sounds.  Included are 30 double-sided cards, 2 instructional cards on how to use the set with your child, a dry erase marker with an eraser on the topc, and a box to store it all in. Recommended for ages 4+.

On the front of the card (the write and wipe side), your child can practice writing the three words that features long vowel sounds (each card has three words.)   On the back side there are three pictures that represent the words on the other side of the card. Help your child sound out the words as s/he looks at the picture and the word.

The dry erase marker appears to have a lot of life in it yet (its still dark when used to print).  The cards are in good shape with no bends, tears, etc.  There is some residual black "dots" in some areas where the marker was, but these are small and do not affect the usability of the cards. (They could probably be wiped away; haven't tried.)

The storage box has some normal wear on the corners (the cardboard inside is rather flimsy.)  I'm including it but it would probably be better to store the cards in another container.  My daughter was usually frustrated when she tried to put them away because the box is almost too narrow for the cards and pen.

Set of 5 Interactive Phonics Books from Scholastic's "Fun with Phonics" Series

(asking $12.99; each of these retails for about $7)

My daughter was a reluctant reader until she ran across the Posy the Pig, one of the five books in this Scholastic "Fun with Phonics" series.  She read that book over, and over, and over... Decided I needed to and get the other books for her. After a search, I found them all.

All of these books are in good to very good shape; small discrepancies are noted below. 

Included in the series:

Posy the Pig (reinforces the short 'i" sound). Purchased this book second hand so it has a name and date handprinted inside the front cover. Does not affect usability of the book.  This is a hardcover book

Bug in a Rug (reinforces short "u" sound). This is a paperback book that has an interactive feature--a dial that moves the letter so the child can practice the short "u" word.  No tears, writing, etc.

Fat Cat (reinforces short "a" sound).  This was another favorite in the group.  I must have read it a million times!  This is a paperback book that has an interactive feature--a dial that moves the letter so the child can practice the short "a" word. There is a small dial by the dial but this does not affect the usability of the book. No writing, highlighting, scribbling, etc.

Dog in the Fog (reinforces short "o" sound). Also a paperback book that has an interactive feature--a dial that moves the letter so the child can practice the short "o" word. No tears, rips, scribbling, etc. 

Jen the Hen (reinforces short "e" sound.)  Also an interactive paperback book with the dial that moves so the child can practice the short "e" words.  No rips, tears, etc.

These are very unique books and I highly recommend them for anyone who has a child who does not want to read!  


Online Curriculum Sale: Geography Games, Books

I am also clearing out some gently used geography games and books that we are no longer using.  Great way to keep the kids entertained this summer while helping them learn more about our country and our world!  I will be adding to this as I go through my homeschooling boxes so please keep checking back.

All items come from a non-smoking home.  If interested, please send me an email (caswrite at yahoo dot com) with your zip code, and I'll compute postage using the least expensive method, depending on the item.

Thank you for your interest!

McGraw-Hill Children's Publishing:

Countries and Cultures for Young Explorers:  Australia

(asking $4.99; retails on Amazon for $8.25 used)

What a fun way to teach preschoolers through second graders about the "Land Down Under!"  I used this with my son, who loved the song "Waltzing Matilda" when he was young. I also used it with my niece in elementary school so it can definitely be adapted to older kids.  It includes 48 pages of fun, with projects such as making a kangaroo puppet, learning the words to "Waltzing Matilda," making a laughing kookaburra from foam eggs, crafting a boomerang or an aboriginal musical instrument called a didjeridoo.  There are some Australian folk stories in it, and some simple recipes for favorite foods.

Your children will love learning about Australia with this book! 


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Online Curriculum Sale: Math items, part 2 -UPDATED 6/30/14

 If you are interested in any of these items, please email me (caswrite at yahoo dot com) with your zip code and I will compute postage.  I'll combine items to save shipping.  Whenever possible, I'll ship media or first class mail to save postage.

Unless noted, most of these items are in like-new condition. Some of the manipulatives were only used a couple of times!

If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible, as I also plan to list these in several places including Cathswap.  (Need to raise some money to help pay my son's tuition as Catholic high school!)  

All items come from a non-smoking home.

Harcourt Math, Grade 2, Units 1-6 books


Units include:

Unit 1 - Numbers and Operations

Unit 2 - 2 Digit Addition and Subtraction

Unit 3 - Money, Time and Data

Unit 4 - Geometry and Patterns

Unit 5- Measurement and Fractions

Unit 6 - Exploring Greater Numbers and Operations

(asking $10)