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The ABZ'S of Writing QED Communications, 1910 South Pollard St, Arlington, VA 22204, 800-974-8386, secondary level, step by step program, reports to email

Academic Therapy Publications
20 Commercial Blvd, Novato, CA 94949, 800-422-7249 High Noon Books, encourage reluctant readers with high interest level, easy reading materials, support materials

Alex Catalogue
at Berkley  English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy
Alpha Omega

Literacy Unlimited, 1725 Windsor Lake Parkway, Loves Park, IL 61111 , 888-922-3000, from Samuel Blumenfeld, complete kit, with telephone support line, for children and older learners. The web site has a Real Audio showcase for the program.

Amazing Writing Machine is a CD-ROM by Broderbund with five writing projects: Essay, Letter, Story, Poem and Journal. Each project offers special templates and sample projects to support your students' writing endeavors: Create Impressive Essays (combine photographs, illustrations and text) with samples; Keep in Touch through Letter Writing (write to friends and family, or check the database of celebrities, organizations, and heads of state worldwide); Write and Illustrate Storybooks (compose storybooks in full page or folded book size with space for students to import graphics); Compose Five Kinds of Poems (write in a variety of poetic forms with a built-in rhyming dictionary) and samples; Keep Track with a Journal (capture ideas, feelings and daily events in words, photos and pictures that can be secured with a password).

AVKO Foundation
3084 W. Willard Rd, Suite W, Clio, MI 48420-7801, 810-686-9283, materials focused on teaching reading to dyslexic and other poor readers, spelling, handwriting, vocabulary, phonics

Back Home Industries
Box 22495, Milwaukee, OR 97269-2495, (no phone orders), features "Teaching Reading at Home", a step by step guide to The Writing Road to Reading, many other reading related items, also Bible, history and economics

Baggetta Ware
177 Adams St, Agawam, MA 01001, (413) 786-8241, interactive software studies of selected individual works, also Holistic Valuator to review your writing samples

Ball Stick Bird Publications
Box 13, Colebrook, CT 06021, (860) 738-8871, a different style phonics based reading programs for dyslexics, learning disabled, slower learners, uses goofy science fiction adventure themes to enhance interest in lessons

Bartleby Project
  books published online and available for purchase

Bradrick Family Enterprises  Box 2240-T, Port Orchard, WA 98366 Understanding writing, grades 1-12

Bright Start
Leap into Phonics, pre k -1st grade, P.O. Box 803, Evanston, IL 60204-0803, 888-777-7003

Common Sense Press
Box 1365, 8786 Highway 21, Melrose, FL 32666 352-475-5757 sells through local dealers (see Family Learning Center in the General Vendors section for their retail outlet), Learning Language Arts through Literature, more

Critical Thinking Press - Editor in Chief books have sentences or articles with spelling, punctuation and grammar errors in them. The child marks the errors and then re-writes them. 

Cygnet Press
HC12, Box 7A, 116 Hwy 28, Anthony, NM 88021, 505-874-3306 Alexandra Swann's Writing for Success

*Davidson (maker of Spell It Deluxe, Reading Blaster, Math Blaster, KidWorks Deluxe, Word Blaster and other computer education programs) can be reached at Sales/Customer Service 1-800-545-7677  Davidson & Associates, Inc P.O. Box 2961  Torrence, CA 90509  (This link is broken, but you can find Davidson products from many sources)

Design a Study
408 Victoria Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19804, 302-998-3889, Books etc. "The Natural Speller", Greek and Latin roots, also math, science, history guides, convention tapes

Eagles' Wings Educational Materials
Box 502, Duncan, OK 73534 580-252-1555, Alphabet Island series, creation focused materials

Easy Grammar
ISHA Enterprises, Box 12520, Scottsdale, AZ 85267, 800-641-6015, includes Easy Writing, Daily Grams (guided review aiding mastery), simplify teaching and learning of English

English Plus
PO Box 203, Shelton, CT 06484, features Grammar Slammer software, handy online grammar tutor, spelling also

Essential Learning Products PO Box 2590, Columbus, OH 43216-2590, Language practice books also Simple and Fun science series, math, geography, etc

Estella Graphics
RR3, Box 369, Montrose, PA 18801 570-278-4504 Pencil Playground, creative writing

FTC Publishing
1605 G. E. Rd, #20, Bloomington, IL 61704, 888-237-6740, features Student Report Writer, interactive writing program using prompts to guide students through writing reports, 50 templates included or make your own, Grades 3-12, free online demo

Great Books Tutorial
Escondido Tutoring Services, 2634 Bernardo Ave, Escondido, CA 92029 760-746-0980 Classical education with teleconference or online support

Greathall Productions Box 5061, Charlottesville, VA 22905, 800-477-6234, Jim Weiss, storyteller on cassettes and CDs, Shakespeare to fairy tales

Grammar Key Box 33230,Tulsa, OK 74153, 800-480-0539, grades 4-12, complete course

* Gutenberg Project  An online project to post materials in the public domain for everyone's enjoyment.  You'll find a large variety of reading materials for reading, searching or printing.

* Handwriting without Tears - a great recommended program.  Used successfully with children with many special issues.  I got mine on 1/23/01, and I'm already thrilled.  Everything's clear, easy and simple.  The teacher's guides have way to much instruction for just about anything that could go wrong, ever.  This woman is an Occupational Therapist, and discusses several different issues.  It is rather pricey for what it is (black and white workbooks with stapled bindings) - but if it goes on like it started, it will be very worth it!

How to Tutor Sam Blumenfeld's inexpensive combined phonics, handwriting, and mathematics program, other books by Blumenfeld as well, The Paradigm Co, PO Box 45161, Boise, ID 83711, 208-322-4440

The Hunter Writing System
Hunter and Joyce Publishers, 21 Turner Lane, Loudonville, NY 12211, 800-745-3377, Grades 5-12, Sentence Sense Writing System
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

Institute for Excellence in Writing
PO Box 96, Fort Valley, VA. 22652, (800) 856-5815, Structure and Style writing program, a classical education approach to writing, more structure and direction than free-form creative writing, allows an orderly development of skills.

Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
1000 S. Old Woodward, Suite 105-49, Birmingham, MI 48009, 800-646-9788, features Sensational Strategies for Teaching Beginning Readers, a balanced, phonics based program to enhance reading, spelling, and writing, for beginning readers

Italic Handwriting Series
Continuing Ed. Press, Portland State Univ, School of Extended Study, Box 1394, Portland OR 97207 800-547-8887, ext-4891


Language Arts from A-Z
Kay Milow, 5508 So. 169th St, Omaha, NE 68135, a 35 week program which incorporates spelling, grammar, handwriting, reading and vocabulary with an intensive phonics approach

Language Tune Up Kit at Home
JWor Enterprises, Inc. 4729 Maize Road, Columbus, OH 43229-6315, (888) 431-6310, a remedial reading multimedia phonics software program for children 7 and older, teenagers and adults using Orton-Gillingham approach, CD based phonics, money back guarantee, demos available

* Learn to Read in 100 Easy Lessons - both sight and phonics based program that breaks parts of language into related units, stressing reading out loud, and reading success immediately.  Most children do not finish the book before they are reading.  Plus, I've found sites that offer worksheets that people have independently made up for this program - I'll keep looking for those.

800-776-4332, products for phonological awareness, oral-motor, autism, and nonverbal learning disorders, games, online newsletter, advisors available by phone

Listening Library
One ParkAve, Old Greenwich, CT 06870-1727, 800-243-4504, An impressive collection of tapes/CDs of complete books from kids to adult classics, also selected stuffed animals/toys matching the books

Mastery Publications
90 Hillside Lane, Arden. NC 28704-9709, 828-684-0429 Mastering Math series (K-6+), Language arts games, Happy Handwriting

National Geographic
has a very complete site with news from their magazine, tv specials and current expeditions.  More than enough to keep the uninterested reader quite interested.

National Writing Institute
810 Damon Ct, Houston, TX 77006 800-688-5375, Writing Strands, composition skills

Newport Publishing 100 North Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, 800-579-5532, Family Classics Library, classic stories on audio tapes

* Newberry Award Winning books 
  (contributed by Suzy)

Open Court Publishing
220 E. Danieldale, DeSoto, TX 75115, 888-772-4543, division of SRA, various math and reading books

PhonicsTutor® CD 4:20 Communications, Box 421027, Minneapolis, MN 55442, 888-420-READ, based on Alpha Phonics, for Mac and Windows 95, 30 day guarantee, $5 demo available

PECCI Educational Publications 440 Davis Ct, #405, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-391-8579, Super Seatwork series on phonics

The Phonics Game
A Better Way of Learning, 150 Paularino Ave, St 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 888-802-7323, also Phonics Game Jr, Math Game, Phonetic Readers, 60 day money back guarantee, widely advertised

Play N Talk
7105 Manzanita St, Carlsbad, CA 92009, 800-472-7525, Comprehensive, multisensory phonics, audio

Progeny Press
200 Spring St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, 1-877-PROGENY, Study Guides examine classic and children's literature from a Christian perspective, grades 1-12

Read, Write and Type
is a CD-ROM that teaches phonics, typing and writing, and it is FUN. It's made by the Learning Company, (800) 716-8503 at

Reason for Writing
Concerned Communications, Box 1000, Siloam Springs, AR 72761 501-549-9000, K-6 Christ centered handwriting series

Riggs Institute
4185 SW 102nd Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005, 503-646-9459 Complete phonics approach, Spelling and Reading adapt and extend the Writing Road to Reading

Rivertree Productions
Box 410, Bradford, NH 03221, 800-554-1333, storytelling CDs and tapes with Odds Bodkin, ages 3-8 and up, workshops, samples online

Saxon Phonics
2450 John Saxon Blvd, Norman, OK 73071, 800-284-7019, new, K-2nd grade, free CD sampler available, from the folks who produce Saxon's famous math program

Scholastic has websites for books and teaching.

Sing, Spell, Read and Write International Learning Systems, 1000 112th Cr. N., Suite 100, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, 800-321-8322, a multisensory phonics-based program that takes your child through 36 carefully sequenced steps to learn to read, write, and spell, uses the fun and power of music to reinforce phonics reading skills with youngsters ages 6-8.

Small Ventures 11023 Watterson Dr, Dallas, TX 75228, 972-681-1728, general catalog, Christian, phonics, timeline

Smith Hand Writing Methods
N11492 Oakwood Rd, Daggett, MI 49821, 906-639-2299, true cursive writing, uses fine motor skills, one semester course. compatible with other courses

Spelling Doctor
PO Box 1326, Camden, ME 04843, 207-236-8649 , variety of full programs, student guides, reference and topical works

Spelling Power
Castlemoyle Publishing, PO Box 520 Pomeroy WA 99347, 888-773-5586, also Writing Power (composition, grammar, usage, and punctuation). Spend 15 min/day mastering 5000 words misspelled most often, add your own words, grow to college level, curriculum manual, placement tests

Start Reading
Phyllis Haddox, Dept. TYC, Box 10459, Eugene, OR 97440, (541) 485-1163, "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", direct from the author, a reasonably priced, phonics based, complete package, uses the direct instruction teaching method, also supplemental materials

Terry's Big Booklist

University of Akron texts online - very slow to load.

University of Pennsylvania Books 
Online 11,000 listings

1355 Ferry Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97526, fax-541-474-9756, Jensen grammar, Journey through Grammar Land, more writing related materials and articlesgrades 5-12. For home schooling, private and Christian schools

Write Guide
web based individualized writing instruction, proofreading services, full curriculum or one time help available, stress on letter writing and the revision process



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