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Sylvan Dell Publishing

976 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Ste 3
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-971-6722 or 877-858-2600 toll free
customerservice@sylvandellpublishing.com

By Michael Leppert

As modern homeschooling parents quickly find out, our children are very fortunate in being able to use the vast array of excellent products -- books, CDs, DVDs, electronic and hard copy programs of all sorts. High-quality graphics, writing, production is the norm, rather than the exception.

One case in point is a family-owned children's book publisher based in South Carolina, Sylvan Dell Publishing. Their Mission Statement communicates that they ". . . have a special interest in bringing science and math to children through quality literature." What could be better news to homeschooling parents who are constantly watching for excellent products -- particularly in these two categories?!

The founders of Sylvan Dell, Lee and Donna German, had a homeschooling experience prior to founding their unique company. Their homeschooling experience started as a one-year travel/homeschooling plan and evolved in to an amazing five-year family adventure living on our very used sailboat - PEGASUS. I think when we first put this online two years ago, I was a little uncomfortable admitting to the world that I took that long of a “sabbatical” sailing the Caribbean from Florida to Venezuela. Makes us sound irresponsible, rich, or spoiled, which we are not. It was really a star alignment, a true blessing… more that I had spent a lot of years at sea away from the girls, had the small Navy retirement, the house was already rented out, the girls all wanted to stay on the boat and we all loved the family time. Homeschooling was an integral part of the whole experience.

The founders of Sylvan Dell, Lee and Donna German, had a homeschooling experience prior to founding their unique company. Their homeschooling experience started as a one-year travel/homeschooling plan and evolved in to an amazing five-year family adventure living on our very used sailboat - PEGASUS. I think when we first put this online two years ago, I was a little uncomfortable admitting to the world that I took that long of a “sabbatical” sailing the Caribbean from Florida to Venezuela. Makes us sound irresponsible, rich, or spoiled, which we are not. It was really a star alignment, a true blessing… more that I had spent a lot of years at sea away from the girls, had the small Navy retirement, the house was already rented out, the girls all wanted to stay on the boat and we all loved the family time. Homeschooling was an integral part of the whole experience.

Lee had retired from the Navy and Donna was a successful author of The Bread Machine Cookbook. They took their three daughters on a countrywide car trip, visiting zoos, various types of museums, national parks, and of course, came away with a zest for continued (and continuous) learning! Thereafter, in November 2004, Lee and Donna began Sylvan Dell with the goal of creating what they call "cross-curricular" materials. We homeschoolers would recognize this as an eclectic or unit study approach, where a book serves more than one purpose.

All of SDP's books are scientifically accurate, verified by experts in each field and cover such categories as Math Concepts, Marine Animals, Wildlife, Habitats, Astronomy and many more. (There is also a line of matching stuffed animals available.) Each book also contains added material in the form of fun facts, vocabulary, crafts and other activities to increase the story's knowledge value. Each title also imparts links to websites of the same subject matter, providing parents and children with a state-of-the-art resource for further investigation beyond the book! Homeschoolers also know that learning is usually pretty much fun; if it is not, we make it so and it is excellent to find a company like Sylvan Dell that is on the same wave length.

This is demonstrated by SDP's savvy approach to creating and offering complete "multi-dimensional" learning tools to their customers. Another publisher -- especially in the "start up" stage -- might have content to simply offer high-quality books, filled with wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations, but Sylvan Dell demonstrates that it knows how to lead. Rather than offering just the books, they help their customers to more knowledge -- and more fun!

Sylvan Dell offers English/Spanish audio readings, (free) and English/Spanish eBooks ($6.95 each) for everyone interested in learning either of these languages. They also offer Reading Comprehension and Math Quizzes online free and a free monthly newsletters, Book Beat, full of articles and activity ideas.

As any fertile endeavor does, in four short years, Sylvan Dell has grown to include 52 authors and illustrators, covering 35 titles. Please visit their website and take advantage of their far-seeing and ingenious approach to bringing knowledge to our children! MjL

 

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