AE Money Quests

AE Money Quests is dedicated to teaching basic financial literacy. Curriculum ready, easy to read books are available for K – College. Award winning “Key to the Front Door” is an educational reality money game for grades 5 up. Everyone can learn through play!

The best gift we can give our children is to teach them great money skills!

Elementary Books & Games

Bella Buys a Big Blue Bike!

Bella Buys a Big Blue Bike! is an introduction to financial literacy for elementary age students. Join Bella on her journey from her first ‘want’ of a new bike, through valuable lessons involving money choices, to finally saving enough money to buy her bike one wonderful sunny morning. 

Curriculum aligned for K – 2. Chapter activities will help your students learn the importance of money management while you discuss:

  • Want’s vs. Needs                                     
  • Planning
  • Making a Budget
  • Identify ways to earn income
  • Consider charitable giving
  • See how human capital is related to work
  • Distinguish between spending and savings
  • Producers, consumers and profit for a small business
  • And finally, success and owning a bike!  Come along for the ride!

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Money Quest

Money Quest is a curriculum ready textbook for grades 3 and 4. Complete with assignments, class discussions, worksheets with answers, fun mazes, crosswords and word find puzzles, this book is designed to fulfill the financial literacy components for 3rd and 4th grade. 

Follow Princess Heidi and young lad Alexander on their quest to learn about money, business, responsibility, loans, interest, work, profits, saving, spending, giving, supply and demand and much more! 

While young Alexander wants to have an alligator sales business, he must start with puppies. After speaking with the King, and a little research, he realizes that quest must be changed. How can he achieve his dream? 

Princess Heidi takes on the responsibility of a puppy, but the King surprises her when he insist she pay him back for the supplies from the Dragon and Pet Supply Store! She is aghast! What will she do? 

Journey with the Royal Family as the King helps them learn and understand the many aspects of money. Enjoy your trip to the village of Dezeret!  

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Key to the Front Door (board game) Ages 8+. 

An Award Winning Educational, reality money game. Core Curriculum/TEKS aligned. 2 – 6 players, Age 8+. Perfect for home, ESL, G&T, Life Skills, transition classes and helps meet the financial literacy requirements for schools!, Lekotek/abelplay approved! The goal of the game is to furnish your apartment, all while paying your bills, saving for emergency, college/retirement and vacation, maintaining your budget, make wise shopping/buying decisions choosing wants vs needs and much more! This game comes in English and can be ordered in translation packs of English/Spanish, English/Chinese, English/French and English/Vietnamese.

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Money Mountain (board game) Ages k – 3 

Money Mountain is an educational board game. An excellent introduction to money for your little ones! Navigate the board, pay your bills, avoid detours, and correctly answer money word problems to receive a bonus. There are two winners: 1) first person to cross the finish line and 2) person who has the most money when game is over. Have fun while learning about money!  Perfect for school, home and after school programs. Cards designed for k and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade, so all can play together. 

(Game board comes in a plastic sleeve bag.) 

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Middle school – or 5th – 8th grade Books

The Money Maze 2nd Ed.: Don’t Get Lost in the Middle!

Do you love a good maze? I love a mirror maze at the fair or a corn maze around Halloween. You can go in, make a wrong turn, laugh, and you have to turn around and try again. Oops – another block, try again – over and over until you get from Point A to Point B. Great fun! 

But do we really want to hit all those wrong turns when we’re talking about the Money Maze? No, of course not. If there was a rope or a line on the floor, that is what we would follow. We don’t want to make wrong turns because we know it could be a very expensive mistake to go back to the beginning and try again. 

The Money Maze, Don’t Get Lost in the Middle! is your rope, your line on the floor. Grab the rope before you even start, learn now how to get from Point A to Point B. The Money Maze provides you with some basic information on how money works so you can get from cents to dollars without making all the wrong turns people usually make. With a little knowledge and a little discipline, you can navigate through the Money Maze and arrive at Point B successfully! 

See you at the End!! 

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High School 9 – 12th grade Books

Money – Personal Financial Literacy for High School Students, student edition. 

An excellent book that covers the necessary requirements for your financial literacy classes! This book includes chapters on: Compound Interest, Individual Retirement Accounts, 401(k) Plan and Transfers, Budgets, Credit and Debit Cards, Paychecks and W2s, Income Tax, College and Financial Aid, Buying a Car, House Buying and Mortgages, and Insurance and Wills. With hands on activities, this easy to read text will give your student the necessary tools to proceed in life!  

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Money – Personal Financial Literacy for High School Students, teacher edition. 

The teacher’s guide has the answers to the worksheets, along with chapter learning objectives to work hand in hand with “Money – Personal Financial Literacy for High School Students”.  An excellent book that covers the necessary requirements for your financial literacy classes! This book includes chapters on: Compound Interest, Individual Retirement Accounts, 401(k) Plan and Transfers, Budgets, Credit and Debit Cards, Paychecks and W2s, Income Tax, College and Financial Aid, Buying a Car, House Buying and Mortgages, and Insurance and Wills. With hands on activities, this easy to read text will give your student the necessary tools to help them proceed in life! 

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College level book

Just The Basics Please! Book 1s: Money

Whether you are still in high school, fresh out of high school, or in college, this book was written for you. Do you have the knowledge and skills for a successful money future? 

Just The Basics Please! Book 1s: Money, is a guide and handbook for everyone who wants to take control of their money! Start with a good budget! Learn the basics behind credit cards – and good credit! Don’t make mistakes with your debit card! 

What’s the secret of turning $150 a month into a million dollars? Need a car? Learn how to get the best deal. Buying your first house? Learn how to save thousands off your interest over the life of the mortgage.

Be in control of your money from the start!  

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  Lao Tzu

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Special Needs Book

My Money, Financial Literacy for Exceptional People

My Money, Financial Literacy for Exceptional People, is an intro

duction to basic money management. Perfect for Life Skills Classes!  

Exceptional People, Parents and Teachers can use this book as a guide to better understand the basics of handling money. This book will introduce you to websites and calculations that could help lead you to successfully manage your money. Help your exceptional individual be more independent and successful with their money!

Complete with lesson plans and social activities! 

     This book will introduce you to and help you:

  • Make and balance a budget
  • Paychecks and W2s
  • Balance a checkbook
  • Debit cards
  • See how credit card interest really works
  • Save thousands when buying a house
  • Buying a car
  • Learn why you must start saving early – compound interest
  • 401k savings
  • Roth IRAs

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Special Learning – Special Needs Homeschool Curriculum


Special Learning is passionate about its Global Mission: To improve the lives of 70 million people in the world living with autism. They have spent years developing, improving and putting together world-class resources to help your child achieve a better quality of life.

Aside from a thoroughly designed special needs homeschool curriculum for children with autism and other special needs, parents around the world can choose from an extensive library of training and educational materials suited to fit all need levels, from early intervention through adolescence and adulthood:

  • Learn how to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – from Basic to Advanced
  • Learn treatments to address specific problem behaviors
  • Learn how to use ABA to teach new skills – like toilet training
  • Download their social stories curriculum to teach basic social and life skills
  • Use their flashcard curriculum to teach language and communication skills

Special-Learning provides quality resources, training, virtual consultation and supervision to individuals who provide direct care to those with special needs.  By leveraging technology, they deliver a comprehensive array of special needs homeschool curriculum, autism intervention and ABA educational solutions to parents, educators, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and other professionals who provide care and support to the special needs population, no matter where they live or work.

With their online Autism and ABA Training, virtual BCBA supervision and consulting, ABA curriculum & teaching materials, and independent learning tools, they help transform the lives of people living with autism and other developmental disabilities attain their highest level of independence.

We want to walk with you throughout the whole journey, so please contact us if you have request for additional training areas or suggestions for ways to better meet your needs. We are here to help!

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Milestone Books

Our goal at Milestone Books is to help Christian parents to bring up their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Education does not take place in a vacuum, and our children face a culture increasingly saturated with ungodliness.

We are grateful to be able to offer Rod and Staff curriculum, a seriously Bible-based approach that nurtures a Christian worldview in all subjects. It is an excellent choice to help you build godly values in your child and prepare them to withstand the darkness by carrying the Light into every sphere of life.

With over 50 years of experience in no-nonsense education, Rod and Staff’s traditional textbook approach delivers proven results for families who appreciate its time-tested methods. Well-designed teacher’s manuals containing clear, scripted lessons and in-context answer keys help to relieve the stress even for parents fresh on the teaching field. Reviewers have acclaimed its thorough treatment of language and math.

Furthermore, considering the value given, the curriculum is welcome-ly affordable. Most full grade programs containing both student and teacher materials are available for under $300. And the reusable hardback textbooks offer long-term savings.

With a full line of courses, read on to see what Rod and Staff offers you in each subject. This curriculum may be just the answer you’ve been seeking to help shape your child’s future!

The general category of English language arts is divided into the subjects of Reading (including phonics, comprehension, and literature study), Spelling, Penmanship, and English (grammar and creative writing). Each of these, as well as all the other Rod and Staff subjects, are taught independently, so you can select just the ones that will benefit your family the most.

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Penmanship
  • English
  • Math
  • Bible
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • Art


Do you want a more Bible-centric reading program that not only teaches your child the timeless stories of our faith, but also encourages a love for the Word? Do you long for your student to experience the joy that comes with reading a well-crafted story? The Rod and Staff reading curriculum accomplishes that and so much more.

The Bible Nurture and Reader Series introduces your child to the wonderful world of reading. As they are given the keys to the mysteries of the written word, they have the privilege of reading for themselves from the greatest Book ever written. The carefully-prepared readers present Bible stories in an easy-to-read-and-understand format for children reading from the ground up. Each lesson includes thought-provoking questions that not only help build effective comprehension skills but also teach valuable life lessons. Your children will enjoy their progress as stories from both the Old and New Testaments “come to life” through their growing ability to read.

The Rod and Staff Bible Nurture and Reader Series...

  • enables mastery of unfamiliar words through orderly instruction in phonics
  • builds vocabulary and provides practice in writing sentences to show how much the student comprehends
  • reviews previous stories to help build long-term memory
  • encourages independent reading

After laying this foundation in basic comprehension and Bible knowledge through the first four grades, the student is ready to tackle new skills. Beginning in Grade 5, the Rod and Staff reading curriculum leads the student in new directions as they now study a variety of literature that includes poems, essays, and selected Bible passages. As grades progress, reading selections increase in difficulty, preparing students to be able to understand a more diverse range of the writing styles they may encounter in academic or personal reading.

Comprehension questions at the end of every reading passage encourage students to seek the deeper meanings in what they read. This motivation and training to concentrate and focus ultimately benefits them in every subject they study, both present and future.

Upper grades will also participate in essay writing assignments throughout grade levels, giving them the opportunity to showcase the components of good writing and storytelling they are learning. This curriculum acts as a supplement to the students’ core curriculum; assignments can easily be completed during the standard school day, broken down over several days’ time, or given to be completed as homework.

With a focus on healthy and Christ-honoring relationships—centering on God, family, and community—each reading assignment is carefully selected to echo Biblical values and encourage students in the practical, daily application of their Christian faith. Reading assignments, both fictional and nonfictional, of radical faith, simple trust, and God’s grand omnipotence will plant themselves in your students’ hearts and encourage them throughout life’s temptations, valleys, and battles to come.

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As parents, we want our children learn how to spell correctly, but it’s hard to find a curriculum that teaches spelling in a way that our students find enjoyable and easy to understand.

With Rod and Staff’s Spelling by Sound and Structure, learning how to spell is made both simple and enjoyable. By teaching the rules for spelling sounds as well as the patterns for word-building, students in all grades will be able take satisfaction in conquering the complexities of English words.

Easy-to-understand lessons are filled with different exercises for the student to learn how to use the new words in sentences and memorize the spelling rules. Bible words, characters, and stories are woven throughout the exercises and illustrations. In the upper grades, students will discover Latin and Greek roots, and learn about some of the intriguing developments of our English language. The “aha!” moments of enlightenment help transform spelling class from a chore to an adventure.

The teacher’s manuals provide not only the answer keys, but also full sentences to read to the student during a test to help them choose the correct spelling word from context. Suggestions are given for scheduling the weekly lessons, and a complete list of all the spelling words is included for convenient reference.

Rod and Staff Spelling by Sound and Structure is a great curriculum to help your children learn how to spell well—and love it too!

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In our digital age, handwriting is often abandoned as a dying art, but a student who has learned the skill of writing clearly will discover that it is still much appreciated.

Penmanship for Christian Writing is a great curriculum to teach your children the joy of good handwriting. It includes fun facts, short stories, and Bible verses to help your student stay focused and take the boredom out of just plain writing.

Rod and Staff makes it easy with step-by-step instructions that students can do independently. Each lesson provides enough space for the student to practice and can be completed in a short amount of time.

Grade 1 teaches straight print (or “manuscript”) lettering. Cursive is introduced in the middle of second grade with practical letterforms that promote readability while imparting a simple elegance. Students who complete the course through grade 4 will be well-prepared to take on higher skills such as calligraphy and lettering art.

Penmanship shouldn’t be boring, but should encourage excellence in writing. Holding good communication with one hand and artistic expression in the other, Rod and Staff Penmanship teaches in a way you and your student will enjoy.

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Being created in the image of God, children have a wonderful ability to absorb the rules of language simply through exposure. However, every parent knows that plenty of correction occurs along the way as their child’s vocabulary increases. And just like with every other skill, taking time for diligent study of language will boost young Tom and Susie’s competence beyond any natural ability—or apparent lack of it. Being able to communicate effectively is an essential skill in any time and place.

Rod and Staff’s Building Christian English curriculum is well-known for its thorough and systematic instruction in English grammar and composition. This traditional-style language arts course prioritizes mastery of the simple building blocks of English, and encourages a high standard in using language for the glory and kingdom of God.

The foundational language elements that students are required to master—including the parts of speech, sentence structures, and punctuation—are later built upon in the studies of diagramming, listening skills, letter writing, poetry, and effective researching methods, among others. Varying by grade level, students have the opportunity to learn how to write several different kinds of essays, research papers, book reports, and even oral speeches. The Rod and Staff English curriculum will guide your students through the entire journey of essay writing, including choosing a topic and researching it effectively by note taking, organizing and outlining, drafting and editing, and helpfully instructing in the details of a good presentation.

Grounded in the Bible, with priority on a high standard of effective and purposeful communication, students will learn not only how their language works—the ins and outs that makes it tick—but also how their language can work. There is infinite potential in the word, both written and spoken, and the young person who properly understands and respects that potential, and harnesses it for the glory of God, will be a bright light impossible to ignore. The Rod and Staff English curriculum balances teaching English facts with purposeful English usage in the modern day, a powerful weapon in the hands of a diligent student.

To summarize, here are just a few of the reasons why you’ll appreciate using this course. Rod and Staff English…

  • teaches the basics as well as advanced concepts
  • consistently reviews to ensure understanding
  • weaves Bible verses and values throughout the exercises
  • provides teacher-friendly lessons and reusable textbooks

Building Christian English is more than just a subject in school, it’s the pathway to a well-spoken man or woman.

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Rod and Staff’s Mathematics for Christian Living curriculum is a foundational mathematics course for grades one through ten, teaching Biblical values and useful math skills to benefit in everyday life. With a strong emphasis on the mastery of skills, extra practice sheets and speed drills are provided, prioritizing accuracy and then speed.

According to grade level, students will study concepts in counting, mathematical processes, fractions, percents, decimals, money, banking, measuring, geometry, graphs, tables, and algebra. The vision in teaching each concept is to make it practically applicable. Each lesson is broken down into three main sections:

  • learning the math concept—be it simple addition up to ten in the first grade or computing a payroll in tenth grade
  • practicing the computations
  • and applying of the concept learned in real-world reading problems.

Students who dread doing math will be relieved by the multiple examples provided, with the order of steps broken down and explained one at a time. Believe it or not, the traditional tried-and-true teaching methods of the past still work in today’s generation! Along with the scripted lessons in the teacher’s manuals, this takes the stress out of teaching so that you can focus on where your student needs help.

Students will learn practical life skills such as…

  • shortcuts to double-check their work for accuracy
  • how to measure a diversity of objects and spaces accurately
  • how to make and keep a budget
  • how to file taxes
  • and how to take inventory and keep books for a business or home.

Where other students might see math as a nightmare on paper, Rod and Staff will help make math a doorway to a whole new world of possibilities for your student. With a clear focus on Biblical principles and building Christian character, Mathematics for Christian Living will equip your students to face real-world problems with sound math practices and faith in God.

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Are you looking for a structured Bible curriculum to plug into your students’ educational regimen? Do you desire that your students find a relationship with God deeper than trivial head knowledge of His Word—a personal relationship bearing spiritual fruit? Are you hoping for a curriculum that sets aside the candy-coated theologies of men and the world and gives your students a comprehensive view of the unadulterated Word of God? If so, Rod and Staff’s Bible curriculum might be just what you are searching for.

For the younger grades, Rod and Staff builds Bible knowledge through the integrated Bible Nurture and Reader Series (see overview above), where students absorb the Bible narrative through their reading experience.

The stand-alone Bible curriculum begins in grade 5, and consists of two consecutive series. In grades five through eight, The Story of God’s Chosen Family Series covers the scope of the entire Bible. This is followed by God’s Plan for His People Series in grades nine and ten, which surveys the Scriptures revealing God’s relationship with man, and man’s need for God.

Each lesson is broken down into four or five sections: gleanings from the Bible, vocabulary study, questions for discussion, and one or two changing topics to assist students in their personal Bible study skills. Over the course of all six grades, students will learn over a thousand vocabulary words from the King James Bible, in addition to practical Bible study skills, such as use of a Bible dictionary, a concordance, and a Bible atlas.

With the Bible being presented to students in such a raw fashion, they are encouraged and equipped throughout their studies to search out their faith for themselves. Bible customs, maps, and chronology is explained with the purpose of clarifying to the student the “tricky” parts of the Bible, that they might see the Great Story in the details, to the glory of God.

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Wouldn’t you agree that science is one of the most exciting subjects—not only for a student to learn, but also for a parent to teach? Learning about this beautiful world that God has blessed us with is both awe-inspiring and intriguing. Science draws a deep appreciation for our glorious Creator, who not only controls everything we see and feel, but who also provides answers to the questions we ask as we explore the world we live in.

Rod and Staff’s God’s World Science Series is thoroughly based on God’s Word, and embraces the principle that we can better steward this wonderful world God has given us when we better understand how and why it functions. Based on belief in a literal, 6-day Creation and the fact that it was all brought into being for the purpose of glorifying God, these courses point students back to the origin and purpose of Creation throughout their studies.

Students will master the basic concepts of astronomy, earth sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy, health, technology, and stewardship. Each topic is presented through the lens of a Christian worldview and Biblical references are made throughout, as appropriate. Science being only limited by God Himself, no topics are delved into fully, rather the variety of scientific subjects the students will be exposed to leaves much room for potential growth in anything specific the students decide they want to explore and study further in the future. Exploration, in fact, is highly encouraged, and many hands-on experiments and projects are presented in every grade, encouraging students to develop hypotheses and figure things out for themselves.

With the emphasis of stewardship, students can and will learn the practical essentials for proper and thoughtful care of the amazing Creation God has placed within our power. Topics such as recycling, natural resources and energies, conservation, and environmental health, among others, are thorough, bringing practicality into the study of the sciences. Whether or not your child will pursue higher studies, God’s World Science Series will help awaken the awe and wonder that motivates a lifestyle of discovery.

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Social Studies

Rod and Staff takes a non-biased approach to social studies as it seeks to present a Biblical perspective for looking at mankind’s actions in history and geography.

Children will learn about landforms, climates, and regions of the world in the context of Creation, and of mankind’s role as steward of the resources God has provided on our planet. Mapping is clear and understandable, and students will master not only reading maps, but drawing them as well, skills that are sure to benefit them later in life.

Cultures are introduced in ways children will be able to relate to, as they discover the wide variety of lifestyles between people groups. Stories in the younger grades immerse your child in the daily life of children in other countries, while older ones study the factors that shape individual societies and civilization as a whole.

Rod and Staff’s Understanding God’s World Series cuts through the turmoil of politics to center on God’s purpose for man and the place of His people in history. Political movements and social changes are presented as clearly as the facts are known, without dramatizing war or exalting military heroes and whitewashing the deeds of privileged societies. Injustices are clearly seen when actions are evaluated in the light of the gospel of Christ. Nationalism and violence are put in proper perspective and nonresistance is esteemed.

As students observe how “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people,” the refreshing focus of Rod and Staff social studies will inspire students to radiate the light of God’s kingdom in the culture today.

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Singing praises to God fills an important role in a child’s life and is also a vital part of the Christian life. The message of song should not be hindered by poor-quality singing. Don’t miss the great opportunity to teach children the fundamentals of music and good singing in school!

Rod and Staff’s Christian Music Series is designed to teach a cappella singing (without instruments). Learning shaped notes has helped many to sing tones accurately, which enables them to quickly learn new songs without musical accompaniment. This curriculum teaches the 7-shape (Aiken) system which is the one most commonly used in shape-note songbooks. The upper courses teach how to read conventional round-note music, so students will be prepared to use any style of songbook.

Simple workbook exercises are available for young beginners that introduce them to the basics of tones, the general “feeling” of the scale and its associated shapes, note and rest values, and the staff.

Older students are provided with expanded courses featuring more study material. After reviewing all the fundamentals, to establish students who have had no previous music instruction, the series will build an understanding of the various elements of music, including time signatures, scales, dynamics, and patterns. Together with gaining an awareness of various styles, moods, and forms of music, the maturing student will be well-prepared to “sing with the spirit, and… sing with the understanding also.”

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Teach your children to draw… with a purpose!

Art with a Purpose offers eight Artpacs, to cover approximately first through eighth grade, depending on the skill of the child. It’s best if each person, including the teacher, has their own Artpac. Straightforward and self-explanatory, the art sheets in each Artpac are ready to go, and each packet lists needed materials and instructions for all activities. With some art supplies and an Artpac, your children are ready to become competent artists!

From learning to cut in Artpac 1 to Scherenschnitte (German paper cutting) in Artpac 6, crayon shading in Artpac 3 to pen-and-ink shading in Artpac 8, and everything in between—grids, painting, calligraphy, perspectives, and more—Art with a Purpose will teach your children how!

And, just as important as knowing how to use art supplies to the fullest, Art with a Purpose is sure to explain how to care for them properly, to get the best and most effective life out of your pencils, pens, and paintbrushes.

Not only will your children draw faces and animals, they will also color and letter Bible verses and Christian mottos. It is almost impossible for these verses and mottos not to stick with a child when they’ve been sticking to coloring in the picture or lettering it out in calligraphy. And once their effort has produced a work of art worthy of the refrigerator or wall, everyone will find themselves remembering, in the words of a verse lettered in Artpac 5, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

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Teacher Gems

Do you have a child who excels in one subject area while another struggles? Maybe you feel like you focus all your time and energy working with the child who struggles while missing opportunities to provide appropriate challenges for the one who is ready to be pushed.

Hi, I’m Kelsea, founder of Teacher Gems. I’m a former teacher turned homeschool mom of five with a wide range of experience from special education to academically talented. I started Teacher Gems as a collection of educational resources to share with other homeschool moms. It has grown to include over two hundred engaging educational resources designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners.

I believe that children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and each child is equipped with his/her own unique gifts and abilities. While it is definitely a privilege to homeschool, it can also be difficult and time-consuming to plan five separate activities to accommodate for each child’s abilities and unique learning styles. That’s why I love when I can have all my children working on the same activity but at their level. Teacher Gems activities are designed to do just that! Each child can work on the same color by number picture, for example, but one can be practicing single-digit addition and subtraction while another is working on two-digit addition and subtraction and a third child is practicing multiplication and division facts. Teacher Gems resources are differentiated providing the appropriate amount of support AND challenges for learners.


  • Multi-Sensory (considers a variety of learning styles)
  • Hands-On (great for kinesthetic learners)
  • Differentiated (considers a variety of abilities)
  • Interdisciplinary (incorporates multiple subject areas)
  • Engaging (makes learning fun)
  • Low To No Prep (saves you planning time)
  • Self-Checking Built In (students can check their own work)
  • Supplemental (use as stand-alone curriculum or to compliment/supplement any curriculum)


Do you have a child who struggles to come up with ideas for story writing? Teacher Gems’ build-a-story writing center is a simple way to solve that problem! Your child can pick out a setting card, a character card, and an event card (all with picture prompts) and make up a silly story about them. With 30 cards in each set, that’s over 27,000 possible story combinations! This is a great independent writing activity with endless options for writing every day of the year and it’s just one of many writing centers available.

What buyers have to say…

                “We call these “Silly Stories” and the children literally beg for them!” – Kelsey B.

                “My students LOVED it! It is a really great way to get them thinking about writing a little differently. I could also see this working for many grade levels which is a great benefit as well. It’s my first purchase, and I am very thrilled with it!” – Buyer

                “I bought this to help my kids expand their sentences, and it really has helped!!! They are having fun while they do it! THANK YOU!!!” – Buyer


Multi-sensory hands-on learning is not only more engaging for any child but can make a world of difference for children who struggle. Teacher Gems resources incorporate both! Teach children to master phonics skills and build a strong foundation for reading with Teacher Gems hands-on phonics mega activity packs. Children engage in write the room activities where they uncover words that are hidden around a room and record them on their paper/clipboard. Other activities include putting together flip books of short vowel words, reading sentences, identify and graphing all the long vowel words, using stamps and magnet letters to write words, breaking a secret code to reveal mystery words, and much more! These activities are also differentiated to meet the needs of a variety of learners and interdisciplinary, incorporating language arts, math and science.

What buyers have to say…

                “This has been such a useful product to use with all different ability levels! Thank you so much for sharing! :)” – Taila F.

                “LOADS of ENGAGING activities for FUN practice!  We’ve started with the Write the Room activities and can’t wait to get going on the others.  GREAT product! :)” – Lorena S.

                “As a new teacher to 1st grade this has truly been a GEM!  Thank you for putting in so much time to create a fantastic resource for me to use.  My students and I love it!” – Yvonne M.


Students needing an extra challenge will enjoy Teacher Gems logic puzzles. These grid-style logic puzzles are a great way to engage and challenge students while improving higher-order thinking skills. The grid-style provides a scaffold support great for both the beginner and advanced puzzle solver!

What buyers have to say…

                “My students LOVED these.  We wanted more!” – Nancy B.

                “I used this product as an enrichment class for homeschool.  It was perfect for my 10 year old who isn’t easily impressed.  He said it was in his top 3 favorites for the year!” – Buyer

                “My students loved these puzzles.  I used them during our mystery unit.  Great way to practice close reading and inferring!” – Brenda G.

Check out all that Teacher Gems has to offer or go directly to the resource page here.


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Edublox Online Tutor

Learning is like building a house. Without a strong foundation, the walls will crack and collapse. In the same way, a child needs a solid foundation for learning.

Edublox Online Tutor (EOT) is an online educational intervention comprising of cognitive exercises, aimed at building a strong and solid foundation for learning. A list of the most important foundational skills addressed by EOT includes:

  • Attention and concentration
  • Accurate perception
  • Visual discrimination of color, foreground-background, form, size, and position in space
  • Visual analysis and synthesis of position in space
  • Auditory discrimination of foreground-background, and position in time and space
  • Auditory analysis and synthesis of position in time and space
  • Decoding and integration of information
  • Visual closure
  • Imagination
  • Visual, auditory, sequential, short-term and working memory
  • Reasoning and logical thinking

Edublox Online Tutor is:

  • Multisensory
  • Based on solid learning principles
  • Based on 35+ years of research and practical experience

Read a recent review on Edublox Online Tutor and visit our website for testimonials and case studies from Edublox users from all over the world, at various stages of implementation and for various needs — from improving the cognitive skills of children without learning difficulties to overcoming dyslexia, dysgraphia and math problems.

Below is a video clip of 10-year-old Maddie, who suffered from severe dyslexia, dyscalculia and a low IQ. Nine months of Edublox training caused a complete turnabout:

Wings to Soar Online Academy

Many parents homeschool because their child has special needs. Homeschooling may be the best setting if traditional school has not met their needs well. Wings to Soar Online Academy equips and empowers your child with special needs to thrive.

Are you looking for homeschooling programs for a child with special needs? Or are they outside-the-box in their learning style? Do you have concerns about your child’s learning? Need after-school intervention? Whether your child with special needs has an official diagnosis, Wings to Soar Online Academy can help.

Don’t try to recreate school at home. Most struggling learners don’t do well with a pre-packaged curriculum that comes in a box. Most students have a wide range of skill levels within themselves. They don’t fit into a grade level curriculum.

That’s why Wings to Soar Online Academy creates a Path to Success Personalized Learning Plan for each student. Start with requesting free Just-Right Level Assessments. This allows them to start each student at their own Just-Right Level in each skill strand.

Wings to Soar Online Academy specializes in empowering dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners. They offer personalized education through online learning. They partner with parents in 34 US states and 10 foreign countries.

As you search for solutions to help your child, know that “perfect course” may not be the solution for your child. Academic courses are tools, not solutions to learning challenges. Course content and structure should always be your servant and your guide. It should not be your taskmaster. You are teaching a child, not a curriculum. Move as slow as needed, but fast as they are ready in each moment.

That’s how Wings to Soar Online Academy sees curriculum and courses. They meet each child where they are in their development. The child’s needs guide them. They start with what’s working and come alongside you to help with the things that aren’t.

What sets Wings to Soar Online Academy apart is that they

  • Investigate your child’s learning gaps
  • Compile a picture of your child’s strengths and challenges
  • Create a personalized learning plan to fill those gaps
  • Deliver high-interest content
  • Coach parents how to continue the skills we teach
  • Move your child forward through specialized instruction, intervention, individual attention, and accountability.

Wings to Soar Online Academy staff are passionate about empowering dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners. They help them gain the skills and confidence to not just survive but thrive in school and in life. They do this through their whole-person, personalized approach to education.

Wings to Soar helps outside-the-box learners break the chains of shame, failure, and inadequacy that so often surround learning challenges. They empower outside-the-box learners to become the best versions of themselves. They help them embrace their unique wiring and its flip-side strengths. While they specialize in dyslexia intervention, they love helping families thrive.

Enroll in only the portions of the curriculum you need

Choose parts of the curriculum that serve you best. You don’t have to enroll full time into a school if that isn’t the best fit. But that is an option.

  • Personalized Learning Plans for reading, spelling, language, vocabulary, math, and cognitive skills intervention
    • Wings to Soar uses a custom combination of effective online programs for each student. These may include Fast ForWord, Reading Horizons, Dyslexia Gold, Lexia, Headsprouts, Reading Plus, and more.
    • Each child starts wherever they are in each skill strand regardless of where they “should” be.
    • Build skills and fill in learning gaps.
    • This link summarizes their intervention programs. It also includes a few of their more popular packages.
    • Weekly and quarterly reports add outside accountability.
    • When students work in their personalized learning plan 4-5 hours per week, they typically see 1 ½-3 years reading gains within the first school year.
  • Self-Paced Video-Based Courses
    • All academic areas K to 12th-grade level.
    • You can add science, social studies, math, cognitive skills intervention, and electives.
    • Many courses have notes provided to support learners with special needs.
    • Office hours available for extra help when needed.
    • Choose whether you’d like a report and their teacher’s eyes on your child’s work quarterly, weekly, or daily.
  • Small group webcam classes They’ve designed these courses with students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, in mind. They further personalize to the needs of each student’s special needs. Wings to Soar creates stronger, more confident learners.
    • Just-Right Writing Intervention for 4th-12th-grade age students (3 l3vels)
      • Part of the weekly live online class is for students to learn the writing and learning process.
      • Part is for moms to teach them how to best support their student in writing.
      • Besides the small-group class, 1-1 coaching further personalizes the learning.
    • Integrated Liberal Studies weaves together social studies, literature, composition, and study skills.
    • Biology and Life Science fall 2019


Learn more about Wings to Soar Online Academy and how they can help your family. They invite you to start with a free, customized Just-Right Level Assessment. Discover your student’s current levels. Placement assessments are available in each skill-based subject. These include reading, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, language/grammar, writing, and math.

They set up a customized set of assessments for your child based on your learning concerns. Based on the results they create a custom Path to Success Learning Plan to meet your child’s needs. Check your email for your FREE Path to Success Guide with personalized recommendations.

Ask for your free Just-Right Level Assessments today!

Reading Kingdom

Online program that teaches reading, writing & comprehension
The first reading programs that use the “Phonics-PLUS” instruction system.
Reading Kingdom – 30 Day Free Trial – Click here to sign up

“Reading Kingdom has transformed the teaching of reading … Central to the program’s success is: 1) its steady integration of spoken and written language, and 2) its unique incorporation of “immediate interactive feedback.” Research has shown that this type of feedback is critically important to engaging the student and thereby to enhancing effective learning. It regularly provides an immediate response to what the student does, and it offers clear, simple direction to overcome any errors that occur.”
— Dr. Bradley Peterson, Director, Institute for the Developing Mind, USC“All three of my children report that they ‘love Reading Kingdom because it is a lot of fun.’ In fact, with adorable animal characters and engaging activities, they often don’t even realize that it’s a learning program. They consider it to be a fun game that they are ‘playing’. And since it is a customized program it is adaptable to their particular needs. As a mom and an educator, I feel a great sense of pride observing my children actively engaged in this program as I watch their confidence soar when they “master” a skill…In my opinion, what makes Reading Kingdom an exceptional program for use with my children is that it expands on the traditional phonics method to teach words that cannot be sounded out phonemically (the majority of words in the English language). In fact, my six year old son has wisely questioned me in the past asking, “Why can’t I sound out so many of the words in my book…that doesn’t make sense?” With Reading Kingdom…..learning to read finally “makes sense” to him.” –Maureen Ruble, homeschooler

“The Reading Kingdom is the answer to my prayers. As a homeschooler, I was desperate and determined to find materials to help my son read and comprehend better. Dr. Blank’s methods proved to be just what I was looking for. Everything she offers worked and was so easy to do! In very little time my son became a strong confident reader.”
— Colleen Dillon, homeschooler

Reading Kingdom – 30 Day Free Trial – Click here to sign up

Reading Kingdom teaches students to read and write with comprehension at a 3rd grade level (Lexile 750). It is the program that we recommend for mainstream students. Reading Kingdom’s innovative techniques are extremely effective because they are based on a new “Phonics-PLUS” six skill model of reading instruction and do not rely solely on phonics-based decoding instruction which is problematic because most words in English cannot be sounded out.
Here is a video overview of the program.
• Read more testimonials here.

Reading Kingdom – 30 Day Free Trial – Click here to sign up

Key Benefits:
• The only program that uses the “phonics plus” Six Skill Integrated Method based on 40+ years of research by Dr. Marion Blank from Columbia University
• Program is adaptive and is personalized for each student
• Teaches students to read and write with comprehension at a 3rd grade reading level in only 12-18 months
• Works on any device with an Internet connection (including Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, Chromebooks, etc.)
• The program includes versions for ELL students and students 11+.
ASD Reading is a groundbreaking online reading & writing program
for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
ASD Reading – 30 Day Free Trial – Click here to sign up

“Dr. Blank has been a pioneer in developing effective reading programs for children with a variety of disabilities including autism.”
— Dr. Suzanne Goh, MD, Harvard University


“ASD Reading has transformed our relationship with our daughter, Kate. Its reading and writing programs helped her develop critical communication and problem solving skills. Now Kate reads and spells at or above grade level and we can ‘talk’ with her about her interests and feelings via writing. It has allowed us to recognize her true potential.”
— Andrew Walling, parent

ASD Reading is a patented, research-based method for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other significant learning disabilities to read, write and comprehend at a 3rd grade level (Lexile 750). Current reading education relies on methods that do not work for students on the spectrum with the result that the majority never gain the ability to read with fluency or understanding. However, the innovative content and methods of ASD Reading enable students to achieve success – even when they are non-verbal (i.e., non-speaking).

ASD Reading – 30 Day Free Trial – Click here to sign up

• You can find some information and videos about the autism program Dr. Blank created at Columbia University here.
• You can find a number of articles relating to Dr. Blank’s research on teaching students with Autism here.
• Read more testimonials here.

Reading is the gateway skill that opens the door to all learning. But current reading education relies on methods that do not work for children on the spectrum with the result that the majority never gain the ability to read with fluency or understanding. However, the innovative content and methods of ASD Reading enable children to achieve success – even when they are non- verbal (i.e., non-speaking).

ASD Reading offers unique instruction methods not found in other programs:
• Research based and incredibly effective.
• It provides adaptive instruction.
• Works with Win, Mac, iPad, Android, & Chromebooks.
• Almost all children can use the program – even those who are non-verbal.
• Teaches students to read & write with comprehension at a 3rd grade level in only 12-18 months.

ASD Reading – 30 Day Free Trial – Click here to sign up