DO YOU HAVE A FREE CATALOG?
AM I ALLOWED TO MAKE COPIES OF YOUR BOOKS FOR CLASSROOM OR INDIVIDUAL USE?
No, US copyright law prohibits duplicating books, whether through electronic or physical means. If there’s an exception to this rule, it will be listed on the copyright page of your book. Canon Press grants permission for scholarly quotations with citation or short copied selections for educational use. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
First, the bad news: Logos Press usually cannot accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, if you have a book that you think would be a good fit, you may email us a book pitch. A good book pitch should consist of the following:
- A one- to three-sentence vivid and compelling summary of your book's thesis and general gist.
- A short description of what your book offers for Logos Press's unique goals and evangelical Christian perspective.
- Two or three sample chapters, an estimated table of contents, and a proposed finished-manuscript word count.
Email your book pitch to email@example.com.
- When will I hear back from Logos Press?
We will try to respond to your submission request in one to two months. If you haven't heard back from us within a month, we most likely have decided not to pursue your book pitch. Please don't email or call us about the status of your book pitch.
- Should I send a completed manuscript if I have it done already?
There's no need to send a complete manuscript, either electronically or physically. Logos Press will not return physical manuscripts, so do not send a master.
- What's the next step?
If we are interested in your book pitch, we will ask for a further, detailed book proposal and resume. Please don't send those things until requested. If you don't hear back from us, you should pursue another avenue for publishing. Best of luck.
CAN I USE THE 4TH EDITION INTRODUCTORY LOGIC TEXTBOOKS (THE GREEN AND BLUE BOOKS) WITH THE NEW INTRODUCTORY LOGIC DVD COURSE?
Absolutely. We’ve completely redone the DVDs for efficiency and usability, but the order and content of the individual chapters remains largely the same, so the books are still compatible.
The only difference is with the Introductory Logic Test Book: In the Introductory Logic DVD course, the teacher works through a practice test for each unit, and those blank practice tests are not included in the current edition of the Introductory Logic Test Book (of course, you can still follow along as he works through the test on the DVD).
CAN I USE THE 2ND EDITION INTERMEDIATE LOGIC TEXTBOOKS (THE GREEN AND BLUE BOOKS) WITH THE NEW INTERMEDIATE LOGIC DVD COURSE?
Yes, you can—the order and content for most of the book has not changed. However, we’ve added some neat new features to the Intermediate Logic DVD course that the current textbook does not contain (yet).
- The current edition of the Intermediate Logic Test Book does not contain blank copies of the practice tests from the DVD course.
- The current Intermediate Logic books do not contain the DVD course’s “Lesson 28: Applying Tools to Actual Arguments.”
- Neither do the current books contain the optional fifth unit on Digital Logic. (The Intermediate Logic DVD course covers the optional Digital Logic unit in Lessons 29-39.)
IS THE HOMESCHOOL BUNDLE CURRICULUM THE SAME AS THE CURRICULUM USED AT LOGOS SCHOOL?
The main reason we have made these bundles is to make the Logos School expience do-able for home educators. Most of the curriculum Logos School uses is written specifically for the classroom setting, which is not a practical format for homeschoolers. Sandy Belschner and Dr. Larry Stephenson have worked tirelessly to gather materials that educate according to the same principles as Logos School and are perfectly suited to the homeschooling environment.
CAN I MAKE SUBSTITUTIONS IN THE HOMESCHOOL BUNDLES?
Yes, most of the time you can. For example, if you want to buy the 6th Grade Bundle but your child has already taken Math Mammoth 4/5, you can change the math to Math Mammoth 5/6 and buy the bundle at the same price. Just give us a call or write a comment when you order online to let us know that is what you'd like to do.
CAN I BUY A HOMESCHOOL BUNDLE BUT LEAVE OUT SOME ITEMS?
Yes. If you love the 8th grade bundle but you already own copies of Robinson Crusoe and A Christmas Carol, you can call us up to let us know and we'll adjust the price for you. However, use caution! We have written daily lesson plans that use page numbers from the specific editions we include in the bundles. We have tried to find the least expensive editions of each of these books, so it may be worth a few extra dollars to purchase the whole bundle to ensure you get the correct edition to go with the lesson plans.
CAN I PURCHASE DAILY LESSON PLANS FOR JUST ONE SUBJECT?
No. Our Daily Lesson Plans are printed by grade level only. See this sample.
DOES A NOEO SCIENCE BUNDLE INCLUDE EXPERIMENT KITS AND THE INSTRUCTOR GUIDE, OR SHOULD I PURCHASE THOSE SEPARATELY?
The Noeo Bundles (Bio 1 & 2; Phys 1, 2, & 3; Chem 1, 2, & 3) contain everything you need for each year of science (experiments, books, and instructor guide). No need to buy anything else! Feel free to ask further science questions in the Christian Education Hub Facebook group—you’ll get a quick response!
ARE BIBLE REFERENCES OR OTHER CHRISTIAN MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM?
We assume that Christian parents already make Bible study an integral and essential part of the child's daily schedule. We believe that science, for Christians, is simply observing and describing God's creation. Our books are carefully selected to provide marvelous examples of all of the wonders of His creation. Our materials are written to provide a framework for an organized study of science, not as a tool to provide our own commentary. If science is viewed from a Christian perspective, then His invisible qualities will be clearly seen (Romans 1:20) without any need for comments from us.
We have also chosen not to include Scriptural references in our materials. Many science programs are being marketed as Christian homeschool science because they have sprinkled in a Bible verse here and there. Some of these programs use verses that are clearly taken out of context. In our opinion, it is unacceptable to teach children to mold Scripture to fit our needs rather than allowing it to teach us in context. We instead recommend that a complete, sound Bible study be used in conjunction with our curriculum (or any other).
HOW ARE EVOLUTION AND OTHER SECULAR IDEAS HANDLED?
Evolution and other secular ideas are occasionally presented in the books that we provide. However, we do not include books that are overly dogmatic in their presentation of these ideas. We think it is important for children to learn differing views and to have meaningful discussions about these topics with their parents.
Covering up or hiding these ideas in the home school only creates confusion for the child who hears and sees this information presented elsewhere (e.g. television, radio, magazines, bumper stickers, college,...).
We also think it is more important for children to hear what their own parents believe about these issues than to hear what we believe. For this reason, we have not included commentary for these discussions.
WHY DON'T YOU INCLUDE REVIEW QUESTIONS, WORKSHEETS, OR TESTS (WITH ANSWER KEYS)? HOW CAN A CHILD BE EVALUATED/GRADED WITHOUT THESE TOOLS?
Think about the last time that you were trying to learn something new.
Did you run out looking for the best 500 page workbook that you could find on the subject?
You more likely searched for the best books available on that topic with engaging text and practical examples (with pictures!). Maybe you took some notes or discussed what you learned with someone else that had knowledge of the subject.
Now think about how much you still remember. Most of us are products of a classroom education. Our grades were typically based on successfully completing a series of worksheets, quizzes, and tests. The information was placed in short-term memory by cramming for the next exam. Upon successfully satisfying our need for the information, we then quickly forgot it and moved on to the next task.
Unfortunately, these evaluation tools are sometimes necessary in an environment where large numbers of students need to be graded at the same time. However, we should not limit our teaching techniques to those methods that are most familiar to us. There are many more natural learning tools available to homeschoolers.
Charlotte Mason used the term "narration" to describe a student's summary of a recent reading assignment. The student was required to read, or listen to someone reading, a short section of a book. The student then submitted an oral or written recount of the text in their own words. The child was evaluated based on their recollection of the reading. It is not possible or desirable to have an "answer key" for such discussions. The narrations are very individualized and allow for creativity. Most of all, narrations are an effective teaching tool that require a student to respond to their learning and to "own" their newly discovered knowledge. Understandably, this technique has also been called the "teach back" method. As a teacher, you can probably relate to how much is learned by teaching someone else. It is a simple, yet remarkably effective technique. Many have said, "If you can teach it, then you have learned it for life."
For more information on using narrations to teach, you may want to visit the following websites:
Narration Beats Tests -- by Karen Andreola (author of A Charlotte Mason Companion)
Tips for Narration -- by Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well-Trained Mind, A Guide to Classical Education at Home)
Illustrating Science Lessons is Another Form of Narration -- by Karen Andreola (author of A Charlotte Mason Companion)
DO YOUR INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDES INCLUDE COMMENTARY OR JUST SCHEDULES?
We provide occasional commentary, but the books and experiment kits provide the substance of the program. Typically, our comments clarify an assignment, point out a minor error in a text, or note an upcoming topic that may prompt further discussion.
Our instructor's guides are designed to provide a logically organized structure to the reading assignments, experiments, and activities. However, they are much more than just schedules. They allow you to use multiple books and experiment kits concurrently, rather than simply "read this book, then this book." The experiments actually relate closely to the reading and multiple books add variety to the topic being studied. The guides also include reproducible student notebook pages and vocabulary word lists. Best of all, these time-savers are a bargain.
MY NINE-YEAR-OLD (OR OLDER) CHILD HAS NOT STUDIED MUCH SCIENCE YET. SHOULD WE START WITH THE LEVEL I COURSES?
The recommended ages for our courses are directed more towards a child’s current reading level than their prior knowledge of science.
The Level I courses are not required to be completed before the Level II courses. However, if you feel that your child will become frustrated by the more challenging reading in the Level II courses, then we would suggest using a Level I program with that child. Our age and grade levels are simply recommendations.
You are the best judge of your children’s needs.
CAN ONE CURRICULUM PACKAGE BE SHARED WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS (AND DIFFERENT AGES)?
Yes. A single package can be shared with multiple students and with various ages of children. The notebook pages are reproducible for multiple students. The experiment kits can be shared with several students at the same time (Note: some consumable materials may need to be replaced if you plan to save the kits for younger children to use in subsequent years).
If you have children with widely varied ages, then you may want to consider using a Level I and a Level II program simultaneously. However, others have successfully used our curriculum by having the younger student(s) “listen in” on the Level II study. This is typically done with the understanding that the younger children will hear the information again at a later date.
CAN NOEO SCIENCE BE USED FOR CO-OPS OR OTHER GROUP TEACHING SITUATIONS?
Yes. The materials can be shared between small groups of students. Depending on your group’s schedule, you may want to have the parents cover some of the material at home (e.g. complete the reading assignments at home and the experiments at the co-op).
Small schools can also successfully use our curriculum. The books can be shared by 2 or 3 students, and the experiment kits can also be shared. Typically, only one Instructor’s Guide is needed. Please contact us for special pricing on classroom orders.
DO THE LEVEL I COURSES CORRESPOND TO THE LEVEL II COURSES BY CONTENT AREA BEING STUDIED DURING THE COURSE OF A YEAR? (E.G. IF ONE CHILD IS STUDYING ATOMS IN CHEMISTRY I, WILL AN OLDER CHILD ALSO BE STUDYING ATOMS AT THE SAME TIME IN CHEMISTRY II?)
Although we understand that this would be a convenient option, it is simply not feasible with the variety of books that we use and the wide range of topics that need to be covered. There are times when the two levels might overlap, but not as a general rule. However, this does not prevent two different aged children from learning from each level of the curriculum. For example, an older child studying Biology II could assist a younger child with the reading and experiments in Biology I. The younger child could also listen to the reading assignments and observe the experiments of the older child. Both would benefit from the exposure to the different presentations of the material.
HOW LONG DOES EACH COURSE TAKE?
Each of our science courses is intended to take an entire school year (36 weeks) to complete. For example, you may decide to do Chemistry I in grade 1, followed by Physics I in grade 2, followed by Biology I in grade 3 (also see the related question below concerning order of study). This is assuming that you follow our scheduled outline. Some families may elect to speed up or slow down the pace.
IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR ORDER THAT THE CURRICULUM NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED IN (E.G. BIOLOGY FIRST, THEN CHEMISTRY, THEN PHYSICS)?
No. A child may start at any point in our curriculum without prior knowledge of that subject. There is no particular order of study that needs to be followed or any material in one subject that requires an understanding from another. If you were to poll the “experts”, you would find wide disparity in their opinions of which science should be studied first, and a variety of reasons why. The opinions seem to be determined as much by area of expertise as anything else.
We recommend that you select the course that is most interesting to your child. At this age, our goal is to promote an interest in science.
DO THE EXPERIMENTS CORRELATE WITH THE READING ASSIGNMENTS?
Yes! That is one of the main features of our program. We understand how frustrating it is to be asked to complete an experiment that is completely unrelated to the subject matter being studied. Our Instructor’s Guides are designed to provide a logical order to the reading assignments and experiments.
IS THERE A SEPARATE “STUDENT NOTEBOOK” THAT NEEDS TO BE PURCHASED?
No. The student notebooks are created using our reproducible pages (now available online) or any other form of notebook that you and your children prefer to use. The notebook will include narrations (summarizations), sketches and drawings, definitions, experiment pages, and any other items that you would like to include (e.g. photographs, nature walk “treasures”, etc.).
CAN I USE MY LIBRARY FOR SOME OF THE BOOKS AND ORDER ONLY WHAT I CAN’T FIND THERE?
Yes. Our books and experiment kits can be purchased separately or as a complete set. The Instructor’s Guides are also available individually. We provide our products separately in order to accommodate those that use their library or already own some of the titles.
However, please keep in mind that our curriculum is intended to be used as a complete program. It will not be nearly as effective if only a few books are used or the experiments are excluded. However, if you have a great library nearby and can organize your checkout times to correspond to your schedule, then you can definitely use our program successfully.
DO YOU PLAN TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS FOR OLDER STUDENTS?
Our long-term plans will depend on the needs of our customers. We have had numerous inquiries about development of the curriculum for ages 13 and up. We are currently in the process of developing our level III courses and hope to have them completed soon. These courses will be intended for 12-15 year olds. In the meantime, the Riot and the Dance Foundational Biology functions as our high school "level 3" Biology offering.