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This is a two-week literature study for the book titled The Long Way to a New Land, by Joan Sandin. In this historical fiction book, Carl Erik's family faces starvation in Sweden in 1868. This is the first book in a 3-book series. Note: Most
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If you are looking for ideas for summer for your boy(s), check out this packet. This list was updated and expanded in April of 2018. This is a list of engaging books for boys of all ages. The following information about each book is provided:
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This product was updated and expanded in February of 2017. These reproducibles enable parents/teachers to use the mini-guide for The Long Way Westward with multiple students. After you purchase the reproducibles, you may make a copy for each of
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As summer approaches, check out this list for reading for your daughter(s) and/or students. This is a list of titles and descriptions of excellent reading for girls; is has been updated and expanded in May of 2018. CNS offers other packets:
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This guide was updated and expanded in February of 2017. This is a two-week literature study for the book titled The Long Way Westward, by Joan Sandin. In this historical fiction book, Carl Erik and his family continue their journey (that began in
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This packet was updated and expanded in May of 2018. This is a list of titles and descriptions of excellent reading for girls. CNS offers other packets: reading lists, writing helps, and life skills: Great Reading for Girls – Ages 4-12 Good Books
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This product was updated and expanded in May of 2018. This is a list of engaging books for boys of all ages. The following information about each book is provided: a short description, the number of pages, copyright date, publishing company, and
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This product was updated and expanded in May of 2018. This list contains resources (mainly books) for teaching American history. There are six sections: 1492-1787, 1787-1837, 1837-1860, 1860-1900, 1900-1940, and 1940-2005. Most sections contain:
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Chris Roe taught a class on choosing careers in their family's homeschool co-op. In this packet, she shares the information and concepts she learned as she taught this class. CNS offers other packets: reading lists, writing helps, and life
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This packet was updated and expanded in June of 2018. The Story Corner contains titles and descriptions of quality beginning readers. CNS offers other packets: reading lists, writing helps, and life skills: Books for Boys More Books for
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This packet was updated and expanded in May of 2018. We at CNS believe that there are many Christians who want to make God's Word more of a priority in their lives. The pages of Keep a Portion in Your Pocket and a Passage in Your Head describe
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Amy Roe began learning Spanish at home 18 years ago. In the spring of 2006 she graduated from the University of Minnesota with two degrees: a B.A.A. in Spanish Education and a B.A. in Spanish. Amy also earned an M.A. in Linguistics in summer
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This packet was updated and expanded in August of 2016. The packet includes titles and descriptions of engaging picture books. Related reading and activities are included for some of the books. CNS offers other packets: reading lists, writing
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This is a review sheet for a study of Minnesota. After learning about Minnesota (for suggestions check out Marvelous Minnesota! -- another free resource -- see the link below), students should cut out the figures on page 2 and glue them in the
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This is a list of books, links, and activities that you can use as you study Minnesota. Marvelous Minnesota! by Christian Novel Studies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Use this riddle book as you study Minnesota. Then respond to the invitation at the end of the book -- write your own riddle about something related to Minnesota! Also check out other free materials for your study of Minnesota: Marvelous
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This free item includes instructions to make game boards for the three historical fiction books by Joan Sandin: The Long Way to a New Land, The Long Way Westward, At Home in a New Land. Two sets of cards are includes: cards for game spaces on the
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This is a free one-sheet list of activities and links for the book The Town That Moved, by Mary Jane Finsand. The book is for beginning readers (it can also be read aloud to younger students); the book tells the story of moving Hibbing, MN because
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Two picture books were published in 2015 that relate the true story behind A. A. Milne's creation of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. This free item provides: 1) the titles and authors/illustrators of these two books 2) questions and activities 3)
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Six Winnie-the-Pooh centers for elementary students are included in this free item; three worksheets that are used in the centers are also provided. The centers were originally designed for younger elementary students, but suggestions for older
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I (Chris Roe) am a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota; reading is my area of interest and expertise. I recently retire from my part-time job of working as a substitute teacher; I am still writing literature-related materials for our family's home-based business -- Christian Novel Studies. My husband and I homeschooled our two daughters for ten years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Twenty years ago when I was student teaching and raising our two girls, I discovered something that has guided me since that time: Children love to read books! I realized that one advantage to reading/studying whole books instead of individual stories is that children are exposed to in-depth views of characters and settings. As people set in a particular place and time change and develop through the chapters of a book, students grow and expand in their understanding too. I've watched struggling readers read words fluently because the words are in context and the students are able to see the big picture. For these reasons, I began to write literature guides for books about important historical people and for books that contain classic stories. When I start CNS, I wrote guides for Christian books (TRAILBLAZER books by Dave & Neta Jackson and Treasures of the Snow -- and other books by Patricia St. John). Over the years, however, I also began writing guides for secular books -- and I connect biblical principles to the content of the book. Most of the biblical connections are in a section titled Bible/Life Application. Since most of the vocabulary, questions, and reading activities do not have Christian content, these guides are also able to be used in public schools.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In college I completed the Honors program and graduated summa cum laude. A description of my greatest honor, however, follows: Twenty-eight years ago, as I held our oldest daughter in my arms, I pondered the questions: What is the big picture? What is the major goal in raising children? I felt the answer is that -- as parents -- we should be working toward training our children to contribute to society rather than taking from it. As we think about it, contributions can take a multitude of forms -- and they can be small or large. Some can be done every day; others are accomplished over a long period of time. My greatest honor at this point in my life is watching Amy and Rachel contribute to society as adults: Amy is an elementary Spanish teacher who is touching students every day and Rachel is working at a challenging job for a growing business. As teens and young adults, they both volunteered many hours in a variety of programs in the U.S. and abroad. I am very proud of these two girls!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with a B.A.S. in Elementary Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am an active Friend of the Duluth Public Library. I am also a member of the following reading groups: Arrowhead Reading Council and the Minnesota Reading Association. I participate in a Chapter and Verse reading group: Once a month teachers and librarians get together to discuss children's literature!

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