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Do BJU Press children's products have safe amounts of the lead and phthalates (i.e. are they CPSIA compliant)?

  • Having received confirmation from our suppliers that their raw materials and component parts are well under the limits for amounts of lead and phthalates in children's products established by CPSIA, we are confident that BJU Press materials meet the standards set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and that the materials pose no danger to consumers.

  • As the Commission continues to define its regulations, BJU Press will keep current with required testing and will post statements of compliance as required.


How do BJU Press textbooks compare with other publishers?

  • BJU Press textbooks are written from a well-rounded, proven philosophy of education.
  • Our materials are thoroughly biblically-integrated—not reprinted secular texts with verses thrown in.
  • We believe the best way to educate a child is to help him understand what he's learning, not simply memorize it.
  • To get a more complete answer, along with results from the 2001-03 study about BJU Press' achievement test scores, visit our site dealing with achievement tests and BJU Press' philosophy of education.


Why is the Teacher's Edition considered essential?

  • It shows how to use the program correctly.
  • It is the foundational piece of the program, from which all the activities and lesson plans originate.
  • It coordinates the other pieces of the program.
  • It provides a wealth of background information, resource materials, additional activities, and suggestions on how to teach the material.


What is the difference between a conventional Teacher's Edition and a Home School Teacher's Edition?

  • The former is designed for use in a conventional classroom, using more than one student in the discussions and activities.
  • The latter is adapted to the home school situation; the activities incorporate materials easily found in most homes and are designed for one student to do.


What is the difference between a Teacher's Edition and a Worktext Teacher's Edition?

  • The former is the focal point of the entire package (see question 1 above).
  • The latter is a companion to the consumable student worktext; it contains the student worktext pages with answer overprints.


What is the difference between a TestBank and a TestPack?

  • The former is not a set of tests; it is a large collection of test questions, from which the teacher may compose a test that reflects her presentation and the student's testing style. Answers appear beside each question. Many of the TestBanks are also available in software form.
  • The latter is a set of consumable, ready-made tests. Answer keys are available separately.


Kindergarten: What will my child be able to do at the end of K5?

  • tell a story by following a sequence of pictures
  • recognize the letters of the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase
  • distinguish auditorily each of the basic sounds that have been introduced
  • identify rhyming words
  • control his handwriting well enough to track lines within boundaries
  • concentrate during a listening story and answer questions following the story
  • take his turn when all your children are doing an activity or having a discussion
  • wait quietly for you to answer his question or help him, if those are the stipulated guidelines
  • repeat and follow simple instructions
  • formulate a short sentence in his mind, dictate it, and read it once it is written down
  • do simple enrichment or reinforcement activities independently without disturbing your other children
  • with guidance, use letter/sound association to read silently a short sentence that contains words with single consonants, short vowels, and a few common sight words
  • answer a comprehension question about such a sentence after reading it silently
  • read such a sentence orally with guidance


Handwriting: What is PreCursive handwriting?

  • PreCursive differs from the ball-and-stick letter form, which requires better fine motor skills than many beginning students have.
  • The form is similar to D'Nealian.
  • It uses a natural slant rather than straight lines and circles.
  • Later transition to cursive is much easier and more natural.


Reading: What skills does our Reading program teach?

  • Comprehension
  • Independent word recognition
  • Phonetic analysis
  • Phonograms (applying knowledge of individual sounds to words)
  • Structural analysis
  • Sight words
  • Context clues
  • Dictionary analysis


Reading: What types of comprehension does our Reading program emphasize?

  • Literal: locate and recall information from reading
  • Appreciative: emotional reaction to what is read
  • Interpretative: drawing inferences about what the author meant
  • Critical: evaluating the rightness or wrongness of what the author said


Math: What are the supplementary worksheets for?

  • Spread Your Wings provides reteaching material for the student who is having difficulty with the student text lesson.
  • Spring Into Action provides additional practice and review beyond the text for those who want it.
  • Stretch Your Mind is designed for students needing challenge to become resourceful and explore alternate strategies to solve problems.


Heritage Studies: Where are the answers to the student review questions in seventh-grade World Studies 1st Edition?

They appear in the teacher's edition. The answers for chapters 1-15 appear in their respective chapters; the answers for chapters 16-31 have been inserted just before chapter 1.


What is the difference between JourneyForth and JourneyForth Academic?

JourneyForth Academic is an imprint of BJU Press that publishes scholarly works from an informed Fundamentalist perspective. It also works in conjunction with Bob Jones University Seminary and Graduate School of Religion to publish works by the Seminary's faculty and graduates. JourneyForth is the imprint for our children and young adult fiction and non-fiction titles.


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