Welcome to PACE!

SUMMER HOURS IN EFFECT

Tuesday/Wednesday 12-6 AND Friday/Saturday 11-2

The Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange, or PACE, is a homeschool bookstore located in York County, PA with over 27,000 books and educational manipulatives.  We carry new and consigned items.  Most books are discounted with used items at least 40% off of retail.

The store is open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to six  and other days by appointment.

Consignments can be brought in any open day. We accept current edition curriculum, classic books, educational games and manipulatives.

If you subscribe to this blog you will receive updates of interesting things brought in on consignment, sales in the store and articles on homeschooling.

For payment in the store we accept cash or checks.

Location: 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg PA 17019 (Click for Mapquesthere) Do not use an IPhone GPS to find us–it will take you to the wrong location. Car GPSs are fine.

 

Contact:  (717) 432-9947     or      PACEbooks@live.com

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Holiday Hours; Rod & Staff and Singapore Math

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Holiday Hours:

We will be open for all our regular times this week: Friday/Saturday 11-2 and Tuesday/Wednesday 12-6.

Curriculum Updates:

Rod & Staff–We have had a large influx of R&S over the past 2-3 weeks. I think we have just about every student text and teacher’s book in the catalog, including the upper grades.

Singapore Math–A large quantity of this has come in too. Mostly textbooks and instructor’s guides, but some workbooks, too.

Bargain Section–Hard to believe, but we are overflowing in this area already. It is probably about 80% new stuff since the sale. So even if you came then–it’ll be all new if you come check it out again! The next quarter sale will be in September. I think we’ll have to start hanging the books from the rafters by then, but it’s all good. There is no such thing as too many books.:-)

As I’ve said before, feel free to send me your book lists if you are trying to gather readers especially for Sonlight, Notgrass, My Father’s World, or Heart of Dakota. I will hold the lists through the summer and notify you as soon as the books come in. I’ve also started a “wish list” for individual items. (Before, I would have told you to call back and check every two weeks). So just drop me an email with what you are looking for and I will keep an eye out for the summer. If I call you with it but you already got it some other way in the meantime that’s totally fine.

Happy Independence Day!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open: T/W Noon to 6, F/Sat 11-2
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Updates for Teaching Textbooks, Life of Fred, and Switched-on GED

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

In stock now:

Life of Fred: (all 40% off retail)

Apples, Butterflies, Decimals & Percents, Fractions, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics, Beginning Algebra, and Chemistry.

Teaching Textbooks: (40% off current edition, ~80% off old edition)

Algebra 1– v2.0 Complete Set

Algebra 2– v2.0 Complete Set

Plus non-self-grading editions for Geometry, Pre-Algebra, and Pre-Calculus

Switched-On Schoolhouse:

GED discs for: Math, Language Arts, History and Geography, and Science. C.2014 $20 each.

Readers: I am in the process of separating out readers that belong with different curriculums. I currently have sections for Sonlight, Notgrass, Heart of Dakota, My Father’s World, and Beautiful Feet. There is a lot of overlap between the different curriculums so please ask for help when you are in the store searching for these. Other sections that contain books from these curriculums are Bethlehem Books, BJU Journey Forth, Usborne, Beverly Cleary, and Marguerite Henry (Horses). We have a pretty good idea in which section each title is shelved so please, please don’t be afraid to ask.

Feel free to email me a list of the titles you are looking for and I can tell you which ones we have and put them aside if you want them. I’ll hold them for you for a week. All of my used readers are at LEAST 50% off, so you can save money doing this!

Thanks!
Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open: T/W Noon to 6, F/Sat 11-2
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Quarter Sale! Also Updates on Teaching Textbooks, Math-U-See and Sonlight

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

First, I’d like to apologize for putting the wrong hours up in one area here. I am NOT open Thursdays.  Summer hours are T/W 12-6 and Fri/Sat 11-2.

Quarter Sale: This sale is over

It is time once again to thin out my Bulging Bargain Bookshelves!  Each item in the bargain section will be a quarter (25¢). Sets of books are 25¢ per item. This includes the BIGGEST ever selection of books from my bargain area (more than 7,000) from the topics of math, science, history/geography, language arts, readers, Bible, homeschool helps, and old edition BJU and Abeka.

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This is a great opportunity to stock up on educational resources. For a quarter, it’s easy, for example, to buy a science book and cut it up to use the pictures for a lap book–no guilt involved. :-)

This sale will be Tuesday June 14 and Wednesday June 15 from noon to 6pm and Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18 from 11-2.

Young children are always welcome in the store, but if you have an option to not bring them this week–it would probably be safer for them ;-)  (I’ll be temporarily removing the play area this week since it’s in the bargain section and there is just no room if we add in people, too).

I will be accepting consignments. (I take them year-round, no exceptions.)

Curriculum Updates

Teaching Textbooks:

Version 1.0 (not self-grading in the upper grades):

  • 7th CDs and Worktext $60, CDs only $50
  • Pre-Algebra CDs and Worktext $40, CDs only $30
  • Algebra 2 CDs and Worktext $40
  • Geometry CDs only $30
  • Pre-Calc CDs and Worktext $92.45 (this is current till the fall).

Version 2.0 (Current):

  • 6th CDs only $77.97
  • Algebra 1 CDs and Worktext $110.94
  • Algebra 2 CDs and Worktext $110.94

 

Math-U-See: (all TE sets include Instruction Manual and DVDs)

  • Alpha TE set (2 copies) $21.50
  • Beta TE set (5 copies) $25.80
  • Gamma TE set (5 copies) $26.45
  • Delta TE set $26.45
  • Epsilon TE set $27.00
  • Pre-Alg TE set (5 copies) $29.40
  • Algebra 1 TE set (5 copies) $34.20
  • Geometry TE set $34.20
  • Algebra 2 TE set (2 copies) $43.20; Student set $19.20
  • Pre-Calc TE set $43.20
  • Stewardship TE set (2 copies) $34.20

I also have algebra/decimal inserts, fraction overlays, and skip counting songs. (No blocks right now).

 

Sonlight: Readers…we have readers…a really lot of them! Please check with us before you buy them new. I literally have thousands of them, all at half price. Even if you checked a month ago, check again–they have been flooding in in large quantity. Same goes for Notgrass readers–we have gotten quite a few in over the past month.

Hope to see you next week!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open: T/W Noon to 6, F/Sat 11-2
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Summer Hours

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

HOURS  Summer hours are in effect now. In addition to the usual Tuesdays and Wednesdays noon-six, we will be open Fridays and Saturdays 11-2.

  • Tuesday 12-6
  • Wednesday 12-6
  • Friday 11-2
  • Saturday 11-2

 

SALE   We will be having a bargain section sale (everything a quarter) the week of June 14. I’ll send out another reminder for that the week before with all the deets.

INSTRUMENTS   In the store right now we have a keyboard ($50), a trumpet ($75), a child-sized guitar ($20), and a handful of recorders ($5). And lots and lots of music lesson books–most at $1.

A note about parking. You are welcome to park on our grass if the regular parking area is full. But please don’t leave your engine running. It leaves behind a large, brown dead spot in the grass. And we want to keep my husband happy with nice green grass.😀

Thanks!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to 6, F/Sat 11-2
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My Online Catalog and Store Updates

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Catalog:

The main distributor that I purchase new items from has come out with an online catalog. I stock many of these items, but can order any of them. Ignore the prices listed though–I discount almost everything I get from them.    Ignore this–they just went out of business on me.😦

homeschoolcatalog.org

(I also order from some other companies that you won’t see their items listed in that catalog: Notgrass, All About Learning Press, and Berean Builders.)

June:

I will be adding additional store hours for the summer starting the first of June. It will probably be Fridays and Saturdays. I’ll announce the hours here and put it on my store answering machine when it gets a little closer.

I also plan to have a Bargain Section Quarter Sale in June. I’ll post that when the time gets closer, too.

Consignments:

If you are planning on bringing me consignments, this is the absolute best time of year to do so. I still receive the bulk of my consignments in August after most people are done shopping for the new school year. You can bring them in any day I’m open without an appointment, or make an appointment for a closed day.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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New Items in the Store

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Here are some items that are new on the market and available now in the store:

Living Lyrics (handwriting practice with Scripture memory)

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Description from the author: How do you use this curriculum?
This workbook is for handwriting practice with the added benefit of Scripture memory.  Most often, a parent or teacher will introduce each letter and how it is to be formed… where to begin and how to connect it, and the pages in the Living Lyrics book are to practice that.  A few of the pages early in the book include #’s and beginning dots, but as the passages get longer, it is assumed that the student is practicing what they know.  Most of all, they are writing and listening to Scripture!  The songs are the Bible verses put to a tune.  Some of the songs are an exact quote, and some are some vary a bit to fit the flow of the song.    But all will hopefully help to press the Scripture passage & its meaning into our memory – as melodies have a way of sticking with us.   All of the pages in the book are taken exactly from Scripture, even if the song varies a bit.  That way the child knows exactly what the Bible verse says.
You an order one style of writing, or if you have children of various ages, you can order a complete book, and then give each student what fits them best.  You can then buy 3 ring binders yourself and section apart the book for each of them.  The complete book comes with basic print, D’Nealian (which is manuscript – a slight tilt and curve to printing), and basic cursive.  Some schools actually begin with manuscript, as many students prefer it, and it can help a student transition easier to cursive.  A lot of schools have dropped cursive, which I think is sad because there is such a flow & connection to using cursive.  I’ve heard that we think differently while doing it.  It lends itself toward artistry.

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Writers in Residence (Writing program from Debra Bell)

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From the author: Writers in Residence™ is a writing-focused language arts program… High-interest, authentic assignments show kids step by step how to develop the six traits of great writing on every page. Interviews with Christian writers such as Phil Vischer (VeggieTales) and Bill Myers (Wally McDoogle) inspire students to develop their writer’s voice for God’s purposes.

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Science in the Age of Reason (the latest installment in the elementary series by Jay Wile)

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From the publisher:

Science in the Age of Reason is the fourth book in a hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. It covers the scientific works of natural philosophers from the early 1600s to the early 1800s. Because the course covers science as it was developed, it discusses a wide range of topics including astronomy, medicine, botany, zoology, chemistry, geology, human physiology, electricity, conservation laws, and weather. Students learn not only the science that was being discovered at the time, but also the beliefs of the natural philosophers who were discovering it. As a result, students can see how a person’s worldview affects his or her scientific conclusions.

Because of its unique design, the course can be used by all elementary-age students. Each lesson contains an interesting hands-on activity that helps illustrate the scientific concept that is being discussed, and it concludes with three different levels of review exercises. Students do whatever review exercise matches their specific level of understanding.

This product is a set consisting of the textbook plus the helps & hints book containing everything the parent/teacher needs to know for the subject.

Kumon workbooks: There are dozens of these colorful titles in math and language arts. I’ll be carrying quite a few of them.

 

KumonBooks

Come by and check them out!

Thanks!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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Fiction Writing Contest Entry (2nd place, age 11-14)

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Our second place entry for the 11-14 age group:

Amanda Zook of Newmanstown, age 14 (novel excerpt)

 From One World to Another

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

She was your average sixteen-year-old girl in appearance with fantasies that clogged out the boring reality of life.  She breathed literature like air and ate up knowledge like food.  The girl loved learning but did it mostly to ignore problems that life always brought.  She lived with her grandmother, and while most children would jump at the opportunity to live with their grandparents, she despised it.  Maybe if she was forced to live with her grandmother under more likeable circumstances, life might be a bit more enjoyable.  But that was not the case.  Her family had died when she was a little girl leaving her with grandmother.  For one, her grandmother wasn’t the most congenial person.  She was a little too neat and a little too persnickety.  Her taste in fashion was over the top, and her ears were too sensitive when it came to noise.  However, first and foremost, grandmother hated children. Continue reading

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