As I attended my state’s homeschool convention a few years ago, one of the booths displayed some of Zeezok Publishing’s Great Musicians classic composers’ series. These mid-20th century lively yet informative tales by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher were so tempting that I just knew I had to purchase one of those sets, yet it was so very difficult to make my selection! I finally chose the Mozart-Bach set and have not been disappointed. These composers’ sets are accompanied by not only these wonderfully illustrated books but also study guides for each book as well as an enhanced CD (MP3 format) of selected music from the composers, accompanying sheet music and printable coloring pages. Perhaps my personal favorite part of these study guides has been the wonderful character qualities it highlights from these books. The set I own has proved a delightful way to bring the composers and their biographies to life for my own elementary aged children!
Many of the Crew mates were excited to be receiving from this vendor and a number of them have received the Brahms/Schubert, Chopin, Foster/MacDowell or Handel/Schumann Great Musicians sets. Yet other Crew members have instead received one of the Presidential Penmanship sets in one of six different available handwriting styles. These sets of handwriting practice pages are not only good for handwriting practice but also present some wonderful quotes from many of our former presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan. Great for reinforcing and developing your children’s character or for discussion as well as handwriting, the pages you desire for your 1st through 12th graders are immediately available to print from your computer (Windows and MAC compatible) whenever you need them.
Yet this publishing company is also known for its historical fiction as well as an allegorical fiction series (the second book, Song of the Trumpet, is set for release in March 2010), a unit study on China, a character-building set and even has a new high school government curriculum currently in the beta-testing stage of development. This self-proclaimed “little publishing company” is also humble; it has 50 titles currently in print and continues to grow. Here is Zeezok’s mission statement:
“Established in 2003, we believe “It is better to build children than to repair men.” To that end we strive to provide quality literature and educational books for use in training the next generation. We trust our products will assist you in developing your family’s love for God and country.”
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