Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Learning From Home With Usborne - 9th Grade and Up

I didn't start teaching my youngest daughter at home until she was a sophomore in highschool.  I was terrified.  I'm an early childhood educator.  How in the world was I going to teach my daughter through highschool effectively?  I had a fearsome task ahead of me, but it was what she wanted and needed so I jumped in and got it done.  If you are feeling a little overwhelmed (or a lot overwhelmed), Usborne Books can help.  They have recently released a whole new category called Learning from Home.  It is not a complete curriculum but they do have several good supplemental resources to enrich your child's home education.  The following resources are intended for highschool students in the 9th Grade and Up.

Learning from Home with Usborne - 9th Grade and Up

Learning From Home:  9th Grade and Up

King Arthur

With the Kingdom of Britain facing chaos, the mysterious Merlin takes the infant Prince Arthur into hiding. Many years later, the young boy is shocked to discover that he is the country’s rightful ruler. Alongside his brave Knights of the Round Table, the newly-crowned King Arthur must fight many battles to keep his kingdom intact. Swords and epic quests come together in this action-packed graphic adventure. Graphic novels are more popular than ever thanks to popular culture and the amount of exposure they get. These new Graphic Stories from Usborne provide a great gateway to somewhat difficult stories for reluctant readers to learn to enjoy. Specifically designed to be easily readable, with familiar vocabulary and sentence structures, these stories are entertaining, and the fun, action-packed illustrations are a great way to initiate reluctant readers to the pleasure of sitting down and being swept into an imaginary universe and be taken away by a story.

Series: Graphic Stories
These Graphic Legends and Graphic Classics provide a great gateway to somewhat difficult stories for reluctant readers to learn to enjoy. These stories are entertaining, and the fun, action-packed illustrations are a great way to initiate reluctant readers to the pleasure of sitting down and reading a book, plunging into an imaginary universe and be taken away by a story.



I know there are miracles. The Professor said there are miracles. I’ll have soft skin and pretty hair one day. One day, I’ll wear my hair up.

Katherine is almost eighteen. Severely burned when she was three, she dreams that one day she will look like everyone else. Be like everyone else. Achieve her dreams.

But Katherine won’t be seen as a victim. Her life is filled with fun and humor and friendship, as she faces her first “real” date, arguments with her mum, and decisions about her future.

An extraordinary story of a journey where pain and trauma become triumph and a passion for living, Butterflies is a coming of age story that celebrates the fighter in all of us.

Complete Dickens:  All The Novels Retold

Complete Dickens:  All The Novels Retold

A comprehensive and remarkable collection of retellings of all the major novels and some novellas too! Complete list of stories: The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Our Mutual Friend. 

Complete Jane Austen:  All The Novels Retold

Complete Jane Austen - All the Novels Retold

From teenage girls waiting to dance at their very first ball, to mothers hunting for rich husbands for their daughters, Jane Austen's love stories are famous throughout the world. This collection of adaptations of all six novels — and one shorter tale — with beautiful illustrations and summaries of the characters, is the perfect introduction to Jane Austen. Novels included are: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan. 

Complete Shakespeare:  Stories From All The Plays

Complete Shakespears - Stories from All the Plays

Discover or rediscover the fantastic stories from Shakespeare plays with this complete book! In this beautifully-illustrated book you will find the thirty-seven plays that Shakespeare wrote, retold for children from 8 to 88! You will be pleased with re-reading the all-time favorites (Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream or Hamlet) but also with discovering the less well-known stories.

Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Great detectives can use logic and intuition to solve crimes, but often that’s not enough. That’s when they turn to scientists for help. Forensic scientists use an astonishing variety of techniques on the smallest clues to reveal exactly who committed a crime. This book describes how different evidence - from blood to blowflies - is used to catch even the smartest crooks. And you can read exciting true–crime comic strips that show how scientists have foiled criminals time and time again. 



Shakespeare’s classic tragedy retold as a graphic novel. When Prince Hamlet learns that his uncle murdered his father, he sets on a path of bloody revenge.

Illustrated Dictionary of Math

Illustrated Dictionary of Math

Everyone studying math needs this book, and it is an essential study guide when preparing for exams.
  • Over 500 definitions of all the key terms and concepts
  • More than 300 useful illustrations and diagrams
  • Over 100 worked examples
  • Comprehensive cross-referencing and detailed index
  • Internet links to recommended websites
Series: Illustrated Math Dictionaries
Fantastic homework helpers! Each includes clear explanations of key terms and concepts and hundreds of examples and illustrations.

Illustrated Dictionary of Science

Illustrated Dictionary of Science

This great study aid has topics arranged thematically so that words are explained in context, with a fully integrated system of cross-referencing plus a comprehensive index.

Series: Illustrated Science Dictionaries
These great study aids contain topics arranged thematically so that words are explained in context and include a fully integrated system of cross referencing plus a comprehensive index. 

Little Women (Illustrated Originals)

Little Women - Illustrated Originals

This special edition of Louisa May Alcott’s heart-warming story - complete and unabridged - is delightfully illustrated by Sophie Allsopp. Follow a year in the life of four very different sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they grow up in New England during the American Civil War, and despite hardship and illness, find new experiences and loves. 

*This book is a complete and unabridged copy of the original English story, Little Women; it does not contain the subsequent volumes, Good Wives or Little Men.

Series: Illustrated Originals
Beautifully illustrated, complete, and unabridged stories in paperback version.

Managing Your Money

Managing Your Money

This down-to-earth guide is designed to take the mystery out of managing your money. Filled with practical advice on topics such as how to be a smart shopper, how to budget, and how to earn money, it will equip you with the skills needed to manage your money — now and in the future. 

Nature Journal

Nature Journal

Whether you’re in a bustling city or the depths of a forest, this journal will help you make the most of the nature around you. With inspiration for things to do and see in nature, including cloud formations, moon phases, leaf identification, and interesting facts about nature, all great starting off points for your own poems, stories, sketches, or wildlife spotting.

Series: Activity Journals
Behold the antidote to boredom at last! Whether it’s a rainy afternoon or a long summer’s day, whether you’re at home or with friends, you’ll never get bored with these books. Includes an elastic bookmark so you won’t lose your place! 

Understanding Business

Understanding Business

Understand the ins and outs of business with this approachable, quirky book. The diagrams and cartoons will explain in terms people can understand how the global market works, what businesses and companies do, what they need, and what purpose they serve. From a small market stall to the biggest worldwide companies, no business will hold any secret for readers of this book.

Series: Understanding
Understanding politics and business is essential to understand the world around you. Learn how laws are decided upon and applied to countries and the ins and outs of business with these approachable, quirky books. 


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