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Basic Booklets
Basic Booklets (now called Concise Concepts) have been written on topics in three main areas; they are now only available on TpT -- click on the link:
Concise Concept Packets

  • LIFE


Have you ever wondered how to improve your student's writing?  We did.  So we decided to study the topic of editing; a summary of what we learned is found in My Student
 Wrote Something - Now What? An Introduction to Editing.  The packet introdcues the 4 C's of writing:  The CONTENT should be Compelling, Clear, and Concise.  Two posters and an editing checklist is also included.

In 20 Easy-to-Learn Fiction Writing Techniques your student can learn how to use foreshadowing, introspection, allusion, transitions, plus other techniques.  Information, examples, and an activity about imagery follow:

When you write a fiction scene, you can picture it in your mind.  Unfortunately, the reader can't see what you see, so ou must bring the scene to life through the use of imagery.  Imagery brings the reader into the story by stimulating his or her senses.  To do this you must use sensory words like sweet, red, shimmering, and soft, instead of judgment words like ugly, awful, wonderful, and great.

Examples - In the following examples the first sentence contains a judgment word(s) in italics and the second sentence replaces it with a sensory word(s).

*The soup tasted awful. 
  The soup was too salty.

*She held up her hand to show off her beautiful diamond ring. 
  She held up her hand so that her diamond ring glimmered in the sunlight.

*They were overwhelmed by the foul smell in the room. 
  The stench of sour milk and rotten fish overwhelmed them.

Activity - Think of a fictional scene.  Write a description of the scene using sensory words.  Read the description to someone and have this person draw a picture of the scene.  Was the picture accurate?


Design a Reading Quilt

Plus More Than 100 Other Activities
to Enhance
Your Literature Experiences
These activities can be applied
to any book.

Launch a Reading Rocket!

Plus 39 More Hands-On
Projects, Crafts, Games, and Creative Activities
to Enhance Literature Experiences

Books for Boys
Click on the title to get to a web page to download the information 
immediately (note: the digital download will not print in booklet format --
it will print in letter format -- 8 1/2" x 11"). 

Titles and Descriptions of
Exciting and Compelling Books for All Ages
This packet also contains suggestions
for parents of reluctant readers.

More Books for Boys
 Since its publication in 1999, Books for Boys has been CNS’s most popular selling item. Many people have responded to the invitation to contact CNS with titles of books they’d like included -- a special “thank you” to everyone who took the time to communicate!  So, ten years after the publication of Books for Boys,
CNS is pleased to publish a sequel. 
Great Reading for Girls
Titles and Descriptions of Quality Books for Girls
Ages Four through Twelve

More Great Reading for Girls

 Since its publication in 2001,
Great Reading for Girls
has been a very popular booklet. 
Books have been added to Great Reading for Girls
throughout the past 10 years, but last year it became impossible
to continue to include all the titles we've discovered. 
So, ten years after the publication of More Great Reading for Girls,
CNS is pleased to publish a sequel. 

Good Books for Teenage Girls

Titles and Descriptions of Quality Books Recommended by Teenage Girls

Celebrate Christmas! 
Celebrate Christmas and other holidays with
meaningful, heartwarming, and inspiring stories and books.

Pastimes in Picture Books
Titles and Descriptions of Delightful Picture Books
Picture books can be enjoyed by people of all ages,
but mothers and teachers of preschool children will 
probably be most interested in this packet. 
Activities are included for some of the books
so this booklet could be used in a preschool program.

The Story Corner
Titles and Descriptions of Compelling Books for Beginning Readers 
Many wonderful easy readers are available today. 
Help your child learn to read by providing
interesting, wholesome reading materials.

A Treasure Chest of American History Resources
Each of the six 11-week studies in the two-year American history program published by CNS (America:  An Integrated Curriculum) contains an extended reading list.  Many people have asked that this list be published separately from America -- and it is now available!  

Concise Concepts for LIFE

                     Career Connections
This packet contains three principles for making decisions and choosing careers.  Suggestions are given for all ages; part of the packet is written for older st
udents and another part is for parents.


       Tips for Learning World Languages at Home
     Amy, our oldest daughter, began learning Spanish at home.  In 2006 she graduated from the University of Minnesota with two degrees:  a B.A.A. in Spanish Education and a B.A. in Spanish.  In 2014 Amy received an M.A. degree in Linguistics from the University of North Dakota (Summer Institute of Linguistics).  She is now teaching Spanish to elementary students at a school in the Twin Cities area.   
     Rachel, our younger daughter also began her language-learning journey at home.  When Rachel attended a charter high school, she was able to skip a year of Spanish because of what she had learned at home.  
     We feel that we have learned a lot about language acquisition.  We are happy to pass along five tips -- and explanations of how those tips helped us on our language journey.