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After your purchase, your files will be immediately available for download from your account page.

  1. Go to your account page.
  2. Choose the My Downloadable Products option from the menu on the left.

  3. To avoid problems that can occur with some browser configurations, we recommend that you right-click the file link on the downloads page of your account and choose “Save link as...” This will force your browser to download the file.

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The most common problem is that the browser is attempting to play the file instead of downloading it. Right-click the file link on the downloads page of your account and choose “Save link as...” Another option is to do an “Alt + click” (“Ctrl + click” for Mac users) on the file link.

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There are a variety of devices and programs with varying capabilities. We do our best to provide the most common formats for a wide range of these devices depending on the content of the material, and typically offer the following format options for download:

Highly graphical books:

  • Kindle Fixed Layout: A proprietary format used on Amazon Kindle devices and app.
  • Fixed Format ePub3: Standardized ePub3 format, fully supported by Apple’s iBooks platform, and partially supported by other readers.
  • PDF: Exactly-as-printed layout: best viewed in Acrobat Reader.

Books that are predominately text:

  • ePub: Standard ePub3 books, widely supported.
  • Mobi: Mobipocket format, also supported by Amazon Kindle devices and app.
  • PDF: Exactly-as-printed layout: best viewed in Acrobat Reader.

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Generally, you will need to download the file to your computer, and then transfer it to your device. Some devices will allow you to download digital media directly, without copying it to your computer first. General instructions for common devices are listed below. (Note that many readers do not support fixed-layout EPUB format. If you purchase one of our fixed-layout eBooks, you will need to use a compatible reader. See “How do I read fixed-layout EPUB format eBooks?” for more information.)

iPad / iPhone:

  1. If you do not already have it, install the free iBooks app from the App Store.
  2. Log in to your store account.
  3. From your iPad / iPhone, access My Downloadable Products.
  4. Click the download link for the .epub or Fixed-Format ePub version of your selected item.
  5. Click “Open in iBooks.”
  6. Your book is now in the iBooks library. Enjoy!

Nook / Kindle:

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    • Download the appropriate file:
    • For Nook: choose the .epub file.
    • For Kindle: choose the .mobi file.
  3. When prompted to “Save As” we recommend saving to your “My Documents” folder.
  4. Plug in your USB cable to the Nook / Kindle and then into the USB port on your computer.
  5. Open your file Manager.
    • For Windows: Right-Click on “start” and then click “Explorer.”
    • For Mac: Click on the “documents” icon in the dock.
    • For Linux / Ubuntu: Open the file manager.
  6. Find and click on the drive labeled “Nook” or “Kindle” then click on “My Documents.”
  7. Locate the downloaded file on your computer.
    • It is most likely on your computers download or My Documents folder.
  8. Drag and drop or cut and paste the file from the location you saved it in to the devices’ “My Documents” folder.
  9. Unplug the reader from the computer.
  10. On the reader go to “My Library” then “My Documents.” Your new files should show up in this folder. Enjoy!

Amazon also provides other methods to transfer your content without connecting your Kindle to your computer. You can get more information here: www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle.

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To read eBooks on your computer, you will need to have an ereader program installed. One option that is available for free is Adobe Digital Editions. It can read EPUB format eBooks and is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, you can simply download the EPUB file to your computer. You can drag-and-drop a downloaded eBook onto Adobe Digital Editions to add it to your library or double-click it to open it in the reader.

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Most eBooks use a flexible layout that adjusts to fit the screen of the computer or device being used to read them. However, in some cases, such as children's books and some scientific books, the layout needs to be preserved. The fixed-layout EPUB format allows eBooks to preserve the page layout of the printed book. Not all ereader programs and devices can read this format.

To read any of our eBooks that are designated as "fixed-layout," you will need to use a compatible reader. Examples of free fixed-layout EPUB readers for various platforms are below:

  1. iBooks for iOS and OS X. This is free in the Apple App Store.
  2. Google Play Books for Android. This is a free app in the Google Play store.
  3. Readium for Chrome. This is a Chrome browser extension, available free in the Chrome Market.

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To view PDF files, you must have an up-to-date PDF reader installed on your computer. Adobe Reader is available for free. Many computers attempt to display the PDF file in the web browser by default which has limited capabilities and may not display correctly, especially in more complex books.

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We offer our audiobooks in the M4B audiobook format. iTunes and other players that support this format will allow you to skip to the beginning of any chapter and will restart playback at the same location after you stop.

If your player does not support the M4B format, we offer an alternative download as a collection of MP3 files, one for each chapter. These can be played in any player that supports the MP3 format.

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Depending on your system configuration and installed programs, videos may not play correctly. If the video does not play correctly in the players you have on your computer, we recommend installing the free VLC media player.

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40 A Child's Geography

Master World Geography in 7 Months or Less!

Looking for an Easy and Effective way for your students to learn world geography? Look no further…

In an effort to rid the world of geographaphobia, we are pleased to offer our very popular ebook titled GLOBALMANIA: Master World Geography in 7 Months or Less – retail value $14.95 – free of charge. We hope that you take us up on our challenge and enjoy your learning moments together.

Grade Level: 3-12 grades

To speed up download times, we’ve broken the Globalmania ebook into two parts for easier download:

Globalmania Part 1

Globalmania Part 2

Troubleshooting tips: Internet Explorer does not download these files reliably. Right-click and choose “save target as” or “save link as” and save the files to your computer. If the download gets stuck, switch to Chrome, Safari or Firefox for better results. For best results, especially with the continent maps, use Adobe Reader to open, view and print files.

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on Feb 11, 2020

A Child's Geography: Explore Medieval Kingdoms

Thank you for your purchase of A Child’s Geography: Explore Medieval Kingdoms. To download, simply click on the button and save to your computer. You may want to create a special folder entitled “A Child’s Geography” so that you are sure to find your ebook files when you need them.

Some chapters include recipes, some include other hands-on activities, and some include both. All chapters have a list of timeline events and mapping activies, and all countries are covered in the Prayer Guide. Enjoy these activities as you have time and inclination. Our best suggestion for using these would be to print them all out and keep them handy in a 2-inch teacher’s binder dedicated for your Child’s Geography studies. Have fun!

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** Note: We have included internet hyperlinks within the lesson plans for further reading and exploration online. Please use caution and parental guidance when allowing your children to surf the internet. We also recommend an internet filter to keep kids safe online – a good choice is Safe Eyes, a service that we have used with our family and personally recommend. However, there are many internet filters to choose from.

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A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land

Thank you for your purchase of A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land. To download, simply click on the button and save to your computer. You may want to create a special folder entitled “A Child’s Geography” so that you are sure to find your ebook files when you need them.

DOWNLOAD EXTRAS

** Note: We have included internet hyperlinks within the lesson plans for further reading and exploration online. Please use caution and parental guidance when allowing your children to surf the internet. We also recommend an internet filter to keep kids safe online – a good choice is Safe Eyes, a service that we have used with our family and personally recommend. However, there are many internet filters to choose from.

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on Feb 11, 2020

Geysers, which are springs of water pushed turbulently into the air at regular intervals, are a rare phenomenon that occur only in a few places on earth and generally near active volcanic sites. Iceland has many geysers, one named Geysir, from which our English word is derived. Iceland’s most famous geyser is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork every 8-10 minutes and has been doing so for thousands of years, as you can see here:

And here are seven more things you should see in Iceland. Check it out!

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on Feb 12, 2020

Kara and Nate, American travelers who host a popular YouTube show, have invited us along to hike the Cliffs of Moher with them and their drone. The scenery is spectacular, and their cheerful company is delightful. Let’s join them here:

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on Feb 12, 2020

You can’t help but smile when you hear the unmistakably Irish melodies floating through the air. In this video, you can see some Irish step dancing as well as listen to some traditional Irish music played in Galway. The last third of the video is of street performers playing some not-so-traditional Irish music.

Here is some more traditional Irish music for you to enjoy:

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The town that holds the record for the longest name anywhere in the world is in north Wales. Its name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Let’s hear how the people of Wales pronounce it:

Now, it’s your turn to try to say it!

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Listen to the locals as they speak of their beloved Wales in their own tongue:

The “w” in Welsh is actually a long vowel, which sounds like an English double-o as in “pool”, but the double-L is unlike any sound we use in the English language. In the field of linguistics—the study of language—this is called a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative and it is pronounced like a silent L or a forward S, which you can learn to say here:

Learn more about all the languages of the British Isles in this video. The segment on the Welsh language starts at minute 14.

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If you would like to try your hand at punting, a popular pastime in Cambridge, you can learn how here:

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Millennium Bridge has been fondly nicknamed the Wibbly-Wobbly Bridge by Londoners. Check out this video to learn how the Millennium Bridge received its unusual nickname:

For Londoners, the humor surrounding the “Wibbly-Wobbly” Bridge continues when it wobbles so much that it collapses during the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. See the clip here:

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National Geographic put together a short film about icy, inaccessible Greenland. View some rare footage of this huge arctic island at the link below:

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/expedition-raw/0000015b-359e-dce2-ad5f-35fe0afb0000?source=relatedvideo

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Aero looks like the type of tiny town you might find assembled in miniature form inside a bottle. In fact, this is where the ships-in-a-bottle were once made, and you can see hundreds of them for yourself in the Bottle Peter Museum:

View several incredible masterpieces here – https://www.shipinbottles.com/

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The Norwegians never forget their mighty Viking roots. They embrace their vibrant if violent, heritage. Here in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the Viking spirit lives on. You can learn more about the Viking empire by watching either or both of these fun videos, which I would rate PG:

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In the early 20th century, many Swedish historical societies excavated the earth to restore these monoliths. Over 2,500 runestones have been recovered in just Sweden alone, and we’ll be able to see some of them up close, along with photos from the excavation sites. As you can see from the article below, the Swedes are proud of their Viking heritage:

https://mashable.com/2017/01/07/runestones-of-sweden/#BbWVStY3_mqs

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An aurora happens when solar flares from the sun’s surface fling out into space at speeds of over a million miles per hour and crash into our earth’s atmosphere. The incredible part is that a layer of our atmosphere—the ionosphere—has been set in place to shield our earth from this explosive electrical charge from the sun. When these sun particles, called ions, smash into the ionosphere, the collision creates a glorious display of glowing lights. Let’s watch one here:

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Ice Hotel is an actual hotel where you can sleep overnight in frosty sub-zero rooms carved from real ice. The fanciful rooms and sparkling ice sculptures captivate guests from all over the world. The artists who create this wintry palace will watch it all melt come late spring, but they look forward to creating a new fanciful frozen hotel each year when Sweden returns to its wintery paradise. Let’s take a look inside the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden:

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The bog lands stretch as far as the eye can see. One can literally bog-shoe for days before coming out the other side, as you can see here:

https://www.travelyourself.ca/cailins-blog/a-bog-walking-adventure-in-estonia/

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Notre Dame Cathedral Video Tour

Visit the Louvre Museum

The Eiffel Tower

Watch here as some women show us how to form these tiles perfectly:

I hear that Julia Child’s recipe is mouth-watering! VIEW RECIPE

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Get an idea of the size of Andorra by comparing it to your home country! SEE MORE

Here you can see what the Gicafer caterpillar ride is like

Let’s watch a portion of the Monaco Grand Prix

Andorra's Airtrekk sky trail

Changing of the Guard in Monaco

Pete Seeger

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Cork Harvesting

Video tour of Lisbon

Style of music called Fado (parental warning: skip from 2:20 – 3:00 to avoid opening up discussion about the oldest profession in the world.)

Funicular ride through Lisbon

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Flamenco dancer of Spain

Pamplona, Spain: Running of the Bulls

I'll Have What Phil's Having-Jamon

The Men at Arms: Reforged creates Aragorn's sword from The Lord of the Rings movie

Segovia Castle

Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

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The islands of Malta are located south of Sicily, Italy’s largest island. Malta, however, is not part of Italy. It is an independent nation, not subject to outside rule by any other country. Malta sits in the center of the sea, where east meets west and north meets south. Cultures meet on Malta, but they do not collide, as the islands offer a refreshing blend of African climate and European architecture, eastern tradition and western advancement.

However, currents do collide where Malta rises from the foaming waters of the sea. While there are no other names for the Mediterranean at this particular juncture of the waters of the Great Sea, the currents are certainly going in different directions where they meet at St. Thomas’ Bay. With your parents’ permission, watch the waves collide off the coast of Malta in this YouTube video:

Smashing currents and raging tempests make the Malta islands a shipwreck disaster zone when storms blow up. The turquoise waters surrounding Malta are a scuba diver’s paradise, as hundreds of pieces of shipwrecked boats have been pulled up from the tangle of seaweed just off shore. The iron crossbars of ancient Roman anchors found at 90 feet deep off the coast give evidence to Malta’s most famous shipwreck.

In October of the year AD 60, a Roman galley was caught in a terrible storm on its way to Rome. The sailors battled the storm and fought to keep the ship afloat for two weeks before spotting land. However, with the colliding sea currents and the howling winds of a nor’easter, the crew was unable to prevent the great boat from smashing into the reefs and running aground.

The Roman galley was sailing from Jerusalem to Rome, carrying a famous prisoner, the Apostle Paul. After the ship ran aground, the soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners onboard to make sure they didn’t swim to shore and escape, but the commanding officer wanted to spare them, especially Paul. Every last man jumped overboard and swam toward land or floated on the debris of the broken ship. All two hundred and seventy six men survived, dragging themselves ashore on an unknown beach, hungry, exhausted, and soaked to the bone.

Once they were safe on shore, they learned that they were on the island of Malta. The islanders were very kind and showed great hospitality to the shipwrecked men. They stayed for three months and then continued their journey to Rome on another ship that had wintered on the island. You can read the unabridged story in Acts 27 and 28.

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Sardinia is home to a unique style of singing and music, called cantu a tenore [KAN-too ah ten-OR-eh]. It is one of the oldest forms of vocal polyphony [pol-IF-an-ee], which means to sing more than one melody at a time. As you know, we have mentioned many UNESCO World Heritage sites in this book. Well, a song cannot be a site, but UNESCO has classified this beautiful and unique singing style a world heritage intangible. Intangible means that you cannot see it or touch it, but it is still there. Thanks to UNESCO, this style of music will be protected and preserved for future generations.

Several groups of musicians are resurrecting this irresistible musical sound. The most well known is the music group known as Tenores di Bitti, because they hail from the small town of Bitti in the central mountainous region of Sardinia. You can listen to them at the following link. Listen, in particular to the low guttural sounds that are produced deep in the throat.

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Sardinia is world famous for its special cheeses. The two favorite local cheeses are the Pecorino Sardo and the Pecorino Romano. The name pecorino comes from the Italian word pecora, which means sheep. Yes, pecorino is made from sheep’s milk. While Pecorino Sardo, a firm but mild cheese, is made exclusively on the island of Sardinia (Sardo is the root word for Sardinia) and from a local Sardinian breed of sheep, Pecorino Romano is made in Rome and other parts of Italy as well. In truth, Pecorino Romano, a hard, salty cheese, is an old cheese variety with a long history. It was a staple in the diet of legionaries, or soldiers, of ancient Rome. Italians proudly keep their cheese-making traditions alive and are passionate about their old-world artisan craft.

Would you like to watch how Pecorino cheese is made?

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Perhaps what Sicily is best known for is its rich and unique culture, especially with regard to music and food. Sicily has been nicknamed God’s Kitchen because of the wonderfully delicious foods made and served on the island. Every region of Sicily has its own culinary specialties, such as biscotti cookies, cannoli pastry, pecorino cheese and of course, Sicilian pizza.

Let’s see how Sicilian pizza differs from the pies made in Naples:

The Sicilian pizza is quite different from the Neapolitan pizza. It is typically square instead of round and has more dough, sauce, and cheese. Sometimes it is topped with little fish called anchovies, which are caught in the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north. It seems to have more of everything, but it also feeds more people.

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If you look north across the bay, you can see Mount Vesuvius off in the distance. Directly on the other side of the bay is the city of Naples. Now, if you look due west you can see an island on the distant horizon. That is the beautiful and mysterious Isle of Capri. Capri is home to the enchanting Blue Grotto. Have you ever heard of it? The Blue Grotto is a sea cave, famous for its glowing blue waters. Mysteriously, sunlight shines through an underwater cavity and illuminates the waters creating the blue glow. The cave is tricky to get into but well worth the effort. This looks like the perfect place for pirate treasure, don’t you think?

Take a look here:

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After a peaceful night sleeping in a quiet convent run by Catholic nuns, we will check out some final sites on our way out of town. Just outside the ancient city walls on the south side of Rome are several Christian catacombs, huge aqueduct ruins and the famous Appian Way. While not as glamorous as the Colosseum or Palatine Hill, the catacombs give an insightful look into the lives of early Christians during the Roman Empire. No one was allowed to be buried within the city walls of Rome, so the Christians, who didn’t believe in cremation, dug huge underground crypts with multiple stories, long passageways and bunk-style graves carved out of the rock. These subterranean vaults tell the tragic stories of persecuted Christians, young and old, wealthy and poor, famous and obscure.

Many believers in Jesus Christ were martyred for their faith during the 1st through 3rd centuries, including a number of popes. Centuries later, the Ottoman Turks raided most of these tombs looking for buried treasure. However, the only treasures found here are the stories of brave men and women, and even young children, who lived and died for their Lord during a time of great religious upheaval.

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Did you know that it is forbidden to take photos in the Sistine Chapel? Yes, it’s true, but the Khan Academy has created a simulation of the chapel so that you can get a good (and close-up) look inside. (Parental Caution: there is quite a bit of nudity in the artwork and some is shown in this video. Imagine that, nudity in chapel, LOL!)

Excerpt from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World

A gorgeous spiral staircase, a parade of ancient Roman busts, and a magnificent statue of Caesar Augustus impress us as we walk through four miles of galleries in this maze of museums. As remarkable as the galleries are, they all pale in comparison to the lofty ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo Buonarroti spent more than four years of his life lying on his back high on scaffolding, painting these magnificent scenes from the Bible across 12,000 square feet of vaulted ceiling. The Creation of Adam and the Last Judgment are perhaps some of the most well recognized portions of the painting, but there are several more to gaze upon. Would you like to learn more about the symbolism and artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? The Khan Academy has a fascinating video about it here:

These paintings are considered to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievement in painting, a high compliment to this great renaissance man whose art is displayed all over Italy, Europe, and the world.

One of the main functions of the Sistine Chapel is the election of a new Pope. The cardinals meet here, as they did in the spring of 2013 after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, to discuss possible candidates. Smoke is sent up the chimney to alert the awaiting crowd outside of their progress. If the smoke is black, created by burning the ballots along with wet straw and chemicals, the cardinals have dismissed a potential candidate. If the smoke is white, created by burning the ballots alone, a new Pope has been elected. A candidate must receive at least two-thirds of the majority vote to be elected as the next Pope.

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Siena Piazza Del Camp

Here is the Piazza del Campo where the race will be held later today. This main square in Siena has been covered with several inches of dirt in preparation for the race. They have blocked off the circular track so that the enthusiastic spectators do not get trampled. Let’s find a good place where we can watch the race.

While the race itself lasts less than two minutes, the Palio is steeped in history and culture, a Sienese tradition that continues year-round. Ten horses will race, each representing one of ten contrade, or districts, within the city of Siena. There are seventeen contrade in total, but seven contrade will have to wait to be represented in a future race. During the year, the jockeys are trained and ten horses are randomly selected and assigned to the town districts. The night before the race, each contrada, or district, holds a feast for its neighbors, which is celebrated on the streets of town. Then, on the morning of the event, each horse is taken to a church in its contrada to be blessed.

Before the actual race, once the piazza is packed with thousands of spectators and sealed off, the festivities begin with a colorful parade, complete with mounted police wielding swords and flag wavers dressed in medieval costumes. The flags [the Italian word for flag is palio] represent the 17 contrade of the city. As the colorful banners pass by the crowd, the loyal and excited spectators cheer loudly for their contrada.

As evening approaches, the tension builds. The pop of a gun signals that the race will begin shortly. Horses with their jockeys line up behind a cord that is used as a starting gate. This is a dangerous race, as each horse and rider will circle the small and uneven piazza three times in about 90 seconds. Jockeys ride bareback and often fall off their mounts. However, the horse that crosses the finish line first, whether or not he still has a rider, is the winner of the race. Riderless horses have been known to bring victory for their contrade.

Get ready; the race is about to begin! Another blast from the gun and they are off. Ten horses charge around the piazza, navigating sharp turns, the jostling of the other horses and the pressing in of the screaming crowds. The shouts and excitement of their fans drive the horses and riders to even greater, more reckless speeds. Which contrada will win this time—the Dragon, the Tortoise, the Shell, the She-Wolf, the Owl, the Snail, the Goose, the Panther, the Unicorn, the Caterpillar, the Porcupine, the Eagle, the Giraffe, the Ram, the Wave, the Tower, or the Forest? For more sights and sounds of the Palio di Siena, watch here:

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What a beautiful view! From up here at the pinnacle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we notice that there is plenty more to see down in the square. The Duomo is the main cathedral and the baptistry is located in the front of the cathedral. For many centuries, baptisms were not held at the small local churches in Italy. Every infant was baptized in the large baptistry or at the duomo itself. Many people do not realize that these two buildings lean too, but because they are shorter and wider, their tilts are not as noticeable or precarious.

Scientists have recently discovered that the acoustics in this particular baptistry are remarkable. Individuals and groups will test this for themselves by singing a few lines of a song or by clapping their hands. For this reason, concerts were probably held here as well. Listen to this! The singer is able to harmonize with himself because the notes are reverberated around the building’s dome for such a long time—a full 10 seconds.

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Our gondolier tells us that his name is Giancarlo and that he will give us the best tour of the back canals of his city. He tells us that he has been a gondolier since he was a strapping young man, as was his father before him, and his grandfather before him. In fact, his family has been in the trade for more than 400 years. This is true of most gondoliers in Venice. It is a family trade, passed from generation to generation. But, the tradition is strong that gondoliers must be native Venetian men. It is nearly impossible for a woman or an outsider to open a gondola business in Venice. See a gondolier in action here:

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Crowds can be dense at this time of year. At least we can be thankful that this is not the time of Acqua Alta [ak-wa AHL-tah], or seasonal flooding. During the winter months, the whole city of Venice may find itself submerged under several inches, or even feet, of briny seawater as the tides of the Adriatic Sea rise during rough storms.

When that happens, residents pull on their gaiters and go about their normal business. A little flooding can’t keep the people of Venice indoors. Visitors who don’t come prepared will find that they might get a little wet. However, there are wooden sidewalks that fold down from many buildings or stretch across wide piazzas, providing a raised platform for people to walk above the rising tide. Would you like to see:

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Around this same time, people from Venice began traveling all over the known world to trade. One particularly famous Venetian explorer was Marco Polo. You have probably heard of him. Marco, together with his father and uncle, both wealthy merchants by trade, traveled on foot to far-away China. There he became an advisor to the powerful Mongol lord, Kublai Khan. Marco Polo did not return to Venice for 24 years. That is a very long time to be away from home, don’t you think? Unfortunately, when Marco finally did return home, Venice was at war with Genoa, another Italian port city. Marco was taken captive by a Genoese admiral and thrown into prison. While in chains, he dictated the story of his travels to a fellow prisoner, which was published under the title The Travels of Marco Polo. His time in prison did not go to waste.

Speaking of prison, we are passing by the Bridge of Sighs. Do you wonder why the Venetians called it that? Long ago, captives of Venice were led across this bridge to the dungeon, which invoked heavy sighs from the prisoners as they took in their final view of the outside world. Let me show you:

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Speaking of traditions, the people of Montenegro have another interesting tradition—a folk dance called Oro. As the dance commences, a group of young men and women form a large circle and they begin to sing. Then, one of the young men enters the circle and dances, trying to look like an eagle. Why an eagle? Just like in Albania, the eagle is honored by the people of Montenegro and is represented on the country’s flag.

If the singers in the circle like the young man’s interpretation of the eagle, they will sing a song that tells him they approve. But if they don’t like his dance, they will sing a different song.

Sometimes the young man’s girlfriend will join him inside the circle. She also dances like an eagle, and the other singers tell her by the songs they sing whether or not she has represented the eagle well. When she and her boyfriend have completed their dance, they kiss each other on the cheek and rejoin the circle.

At the end of the Oro dance, the young men form a second smaller circle inside the larger circle. This smaller circle is a two-story circle. How do they do this? They stand on each other’s shoulders!

You can watch it here (the two-story circle is about 2/3 of the way through the video, so sit tight!):

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Excerpt from A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World

movable bridge

Let’s cross the canal and see what’s on the other side of this four-fingered peninsula. We can cross by train or by car on one of the five bridges spanning the canal. We’ll cross on one of the submersible bridges located at either end of the canal. A submersible bridge is a type of movable bridge that lowers into the water when a ship is coming. It is a rather unique type of bridge as most bridges spanning a canal or waterway lift or rise up to allow ships to pass underneath. Here comes a ship! We’ll have to wait to cross over the canal. Of course, we don’t mind a bit, because we can watch the bridge lower, lower, lower, and then disappear below the surface of the water. After several minutes, the large ship passes, and our bridge seems to magically rise from the water until it reaches the top of the canal and becomes level with our roadway. The line of waiting traffic is now free to pass over the bridge.

The video below is in Russian, but the final section shows the lowering and raising of the submersible bridge:

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on Feb 10, 2020

Excerpt from A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World

windmill

From the ferry, I can point out the last landmark I want you to see. The old windmills of Mykonos are giant sentinels guarding the island and can be seen from nearly any point in Mykonos as they stand proudly on a hill overlooking the town and busy harbor. Built by the Venetians during the sixteenth century, they were used primarily as grain mills. The mills have not been in operation since the middle of the last century (1950s), but they represent the economy and hardworking nature of a people who lived and worked here in days gone by. Are you interested to know how windmills operate to grind grain?

This video shows a working windmill grinding grain in Derbyshire, England:

This video demonstrates in delightful detail how a windmill pumps water from the lowlands in the Netherlands:

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on Feb 10, 2020

Excerpt from A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World

bull leaping

On the island of Crete, the bull was celebrated and worshiped by the ancient Minoans, as well as by other nearby Mediterranean civilizations. The scenes in these old frescoes show young athletes vaulting over bulls as part of a ceremonial ritual, not unlike how modern gymnasts flip, twist and turn over the vault during the Olympic games—only this vault moves! How would you like to leap over a charging bull?

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on Feb 10, 2020

9 Homeschooling

Master Books Course Acronyms
Aic Adventures in Creation
A&P Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
AS America's Story
BLS Basic Language Skills
EB&EG Elementary Bible & English Grammar
EG&C Elementary Geography & Cultures
EWH Elementary World History - You Report!
FP Foundations Phonics
GD God's Design
LLFLE Language Lessons for a Living Education
MLFLE Math Lessons for a Living Education
MTW More Than Words
MS My Story
POM Principles of Mathematics
SK Simply K
SSS Elementary Science: Soil, Sea, & Sky
WS Writing Strands OR World's Story
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on Dec 19, 2019

Welcome to Master Books! We are so glad you are here and excited tohelp you get started with your homeschool journey!

We always recommend that homeschool families, or potential homeschool families, know their state laws and graduation requirements. HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) and your state homeschool group are excellent resources for legal information.

Now that you’ve researched your state laws, let’s get set up with curriculum! The best place to start is with our placement tests!

You will find our Language Arts placement guide here: Language Arts: Where Should My Child Start?

If you are interested in our Writing Strands series for language arts, you will find its placement guide here: Writing Strands Placement Test

Here is a link to the placement test for our elementary math series, Math Lessons for a Living Education: Elementary Math Placement Test

Our placement test for pre-algebra includes two parts
Principles of Mathematics Book 1: Assessment Review Test (Book 1)
Principles of Mathematics Book 2: Assessment Review Test (Book 2)

After determining the proper placement for language arts and math, you have two ways to shop our homeschool solutions - by subject or by grade!

When you shop by subject, click on the subject and read through the selections for your child’s grade range - Elementary, Jr. High, and High School

When you shop by grade level, you have two options - The Basic 4 Bundle or Create-A-Bundle.

The Basic 4 Bundle provides student and teacher materials for the 4 core subjects - language arts, math, history, and science.

But, do you need to go up or down a level in language arts or math? Do you want a different science? In this case, you can Create-A-Bundle to customize your child’s course work and still receive 30% off retail!

Last but not least, add an elective or a morning basket to your child’s day! Don’t forget, Master Books curriculum is designed for the homeschool parent! Our courses include a suggested daily schedule, teacher helps, and answer keys! For record keeping, your may consider purchasing our new Cumulative Record.

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on Sep 8, 2019

Curriculum itself cannot be accredited, only schools are accredited. Master Books is a curriculum publisher, not a school. We offer faith-building homeschool curriculum that is academically sound, effective, and engaging.

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on Jul 30, 2019

When you purchase a Basic 4 Bundle, you will receive teacher and student materials for 180 days of math, language arts, history, and science. Some families will choose to add an elective to their Basic 4 Bundle.

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on Jul 30, 2019

Most 5 year olds will begin with Simply K, which teaches Bible and character, phonemic awareness, letters and sounds (the alphabet), and life skills. After completing week 23 of Simply K, your student may begin Foundations Phonics. However, you may also wait until completing Simply K to begin Foundations Phonics. We recommend Foundations Phonics for the first semester of first grade and Basic Language Skills for the second semester of first grade. Please note, in spring 2020 Basic Language Skills will be updated and renamed Language Lessons for a Living Education 1.

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on Jul 30, 2019

We are now selling our own biology lab kits. We have a few options for you depending on what you are looking for.

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on Jul 29, 2019
Unless otherwise noted on the copyright page, we allow for copies of reproducible materials to be made for use within your immediate family. In a classroom setting (public, private, or co-op), materials must be purchased for each student. Material may not be posted online, distributed digitally, or made available as a download. Read more
on Jun 26, 2019

Home Science Tools has assembled a chemistry lab kit for the course. You will find it here: https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/lab-kit-for-master-books-chemistry/

We also are now selling our own lab kits that you can find here

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on Oct 7, 2018

You will find our Language Arts placement guide here: Language Arts: Where Should My Child Start?

If you are interested in our Writing Strands series for language arts, you will find its placement guide here: Writing Strands Placement Test

Here is a link to the placement test for our elementary math series, Math Lessons for a Living Education: Elementary Math Placement Test

Our placement test for pre-algebra includes two parts

Principles of Mathematics Book 1: Assessment Review Test (Book 1)

Principles of Mathematics Book 2: Assessment Review Test (Book 2)

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on Oct 7, 2018

8 General Questions

We realize that shipping into Canada can be expensive. Did you know that we have distributors in Canada that sell Master Books products? Here is a list of them:

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on May 20, 2020

If you are experiencing problems getting your order to process online here is a step you can take to maybe solve the issue. Internet browsers store website data on your computer or device which are called cookies and cache. Sometimes that data can get corrupted and cause issues when try to place an order. We have found out that if you go into your browser settings and clear those cookies and cache that it solves the problems most of the time. Here is a link that will walk you through how to do this step-by-step:

https://www.whatismybrowser.com/guides/how-to-clear-cookies-browsing-history-and-cache/auto

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on Apr 27, 2020

Welcome to Master Books! We are so glad you are here and excited tohelp you get started with your homeschool journey!

We always recommend that homeschool families, or potential homeschool families, know their state laws and graduation requirements. HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) and your state homeschool group are excellent resources for legal information.

Now that you’ve researched your state laws, let’s get set up with curriculum! The best place to start is with our placement tests!

You will find our Language Arts placement guide here: Language Arts: Where Should My Child Start?

If you are interested in our Writing Strands series for language arts, you will find its placement guide here: Writing Strands Placement Test

Here is a link to the placement test for our elementary math series, Math Lessons for a Living Education: Elementary Math Placement Test

Our placement test for pre-algebra includes two parts
Principles of Mathematics Book 1: Assessment Review Test (Book 1)
Principles of Mathematics Book 2: Assessment Review Test (Book 2)

After determining the proper placement for language arts and math, you have two ways to shop our homeschool solutions - by subject or by grade!

When you shop by subject, click on the subject and read through the selections for your child’s grade range - Elementary, Jr. High, and High School

When you shop by grade level, you have two options - The Basic 4 Bundle or Create-A-Bundle.

The Basic 4 Bundle provides student and teacher materials for the 4 core subjects - language arts, math, history, and science.

But, do you need to go up or down a level in language arts or math? Do you want a different science? In this case, you can Create-A-Bundle to customize your child’s course work and still receive 30% off retail!

Last but not least, add an elective or a morning basket to your child’s day! Don’t forget, Master Books curriculum is designed for the homeschool parent! Our courses include a suggested daily schedule, teacher helps, and answer keys! For record keeping, your may consider purchasing our new Cumulative Record.

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on Sep 8, 2019

Typically, this is caused by certain web browsers not rendering the PDF fonts correctly. Letters are omitted or too close together making it appear words are misspelled or missing. These errors are not actually present in the book.

If you download the file rather than preview it in the browser's window the issue will resolve. We also highly recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDFs. It is a free download you can find here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

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on Oct 8, 2018

Absolutely! You can download a digital copy or order a physical copy. Order Catalog.

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on Oct 8, 2018

We do not have a typical review program in place at this time. However, we do run campaigns from time to time and you may submit your information through our Help Desk for consideration.

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on Oct 7, 2018

New Leaf Publishing Group is happy to work with administrators and educators in providing exam copies of titles being considered for use in a specific course. You will find our guidelines and the form to request your copy here.

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on Oct 8, 2018

You can find the details, process, and guidelines for submitting a manuscript here.

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on Oct 8, 2018

7 Orders and Returns

If you are experiencing problems getting your order to process online here is a step you can take to maybe solve the issue. Internet browsers store website data on your computer or device which are called cookies and cache. Sometimes that data can get corrupted and cause issues when try to place an order. We have found out that if you go into your browser settings and clear those cookies and cache that it solves the problems most of the time. Here is a link that will walk you through how to do this step-by-step:

https://www.whatismybrowser.com/guides/how-to-clear-cookies-browsing-history-and-cache/auto

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on Apr 27, 2020

We typically ship orders in 1-2 business days. Please Note: Due to COVID-19 and the influx of new homeschooling families as well as our typical busy season volume, our current processing times are 7-10 business days. We are also unable to add or modify web orders once they have been submitted. Shipping times depend on your location and the carrier it ships and range from 2-14 days. As soon as your order ships from our warehouse, you will receive a tracking email from New Leaf Publishing Group (NLPG).

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on Jul 29, 2019
We accept Paypal and Credit Cards (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover). We do not accept payments via debit cards that require a PIN. We can also accept payments via pre-paid cards from Visa or MasterCard, but we don't recommend using a disposable card as our policy is to refund to the original method of payment if you request a return. Read more
on Jun 27, 2019

Our best pricing is available everyday on the website. We offer 26% off retail prices, and when you purchase 3 or more subject sets that discount bumps up to 30% off retail prices. We also offer free-shipping within the contiguous US on orders over $75.

In addition, we also have a great rewards program! Anytime you are logged into MasterBooks.com and you place an order, we will give you reward points totaling 5% of your order (not including taxes and shipping). For example, if your product total comes to $100, you earn 500 points, or $5.00 towards your next order. There are also reward points for referring your friends! You can find all the details on our rewards program at this link: https://www.masterbooks.com/rewards

Occasionally we do offer additional discount codes or coupons, to be notified of those you can follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list. To join the mailing list, go to MasterBooks.com and create an account or log in. Once logged in, click 'my account' then click 'newsletter subscriptions' from the menu on the left-hand side.

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on Oct 7, 2018

Yes. Shipping costs will be calculated during the checkout process once you’ve entered your address. MasterBooks.com utilizes an algorithm to calculate the best available shipping rate for your individual order.

Depending on the country you are shipping to you may incur and additional duty or tariff charge upon delivery that is not included in our pricing and is completely out of our control.

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on Oct 7, 2018

Returns must be done within 30 days of you receiving your order. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing your refund once the return has arrived.

Most product in new condition may be returned for a refund; however, returned product must be packaged securely to avoid damage in transit. Returned orders will be subject to a 15% restocking fee.

Scratch & Dent, Clearance, Flash Sale, and Lab Kit items are sold as-is and are not returnable.
Digitally Fulfilled Products are non-refundable.

Send returns Attn: Returns Department to one of the addresses below.

Customers are responsible for return shipping costs.

If you checked out as a guest, please use the order lookup form at Orders and Returns to look up your order information.

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New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.
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on Oct 7, 2018

6 Math Lessons for a Living Education

This is a skills-based series that uses a Charlotte Mason flavored approach to teaching elementary mathematics. Each skill level is the equivalent of one school year and everything you need for the course is in one book. There is a free online placement test that students are encouraged to take prior to starting the program. Once the appropriate skill level is determined, there is a lesson plan at the beginning of each book to guide you through the level. Students do approximately 1 lesson a day. Lessons include instruction, story, narration, review and practice. The teacher’s instruction is worked throughout the course with answers and manipulatives in the back of the book.

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on Oct 8, 2018

This is an elementary math program for grades 1-6. Level 6 also serves as a transition into our Principles of Mathematics 1, which is our pre-algebra for Jr. High students.

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on Oct 8, 2018

No. Students who are coming from a Common Core based program are highly encouraged to take the free placement test. Math Lessons for a Living Education follows a more traditional scope and sequence and requires mastery of skills before moving to the next level.

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on Oct 8, 2018

Math Lessons for a Living Education would be classified as a mastery program; however, it is not your typical mastery approach methodology. Instead, it uses various practice techniques, which help the student take in the concepts using as many senses as possible. Because narration is employed, both the teacher and the student know exactly where they are in the learning process and every concept is completely mastered before moving on to the next.

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on Oct 8, 2018

This is a non-denomination, faith-based series that teaches Christian values and that God is the author of all true knowledge. Christian character is taught through the modeling of Biblical truths and family values.

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on Oct 8, 2018

This is a complete course, including everything you need for one school year of elementary mathematics.

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on Oct 8, 2018