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"Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531" by Laurence Yep. The Royal Diaries series are a great way to get young girls excited about history. The historical fiction is well researched and geared toward pre-teen girls. The back of every book includes a real history chapter to give the reader more information about the time period and the historical figure featured in the book.

On the battlefields of World War II, the men of the African-American 761st Tank Battalion under General Patton broke through enemy lines with the same courage with which they broke down the racist limitations set upon them by others -- proving themselves as tough, reliable, and determined to fight as any tank unit in combat.

Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation.

For home schooling on a budget, we've used this math for all our math students in primary grades k - 4. It's easy to use with scripted lesson plans and suggestions on how to correct commonly made mistakes. Using your imagination for manipulatives is do-able for children with diverse interests. For instance, my eldest son used army guys for counters! The girls like beads for theirs! Easy to use and very affordable.