About the Linking BlocksTM Authors

Biographies

John Menken is a degreed English teacher (B.S. Indiana State University). He has taught high school English, has designed and taught English courses for home school students, has been a technical writer and editor, and is a published author.

Bev Menken is also a degreed English teacher (B.A. Indiana University), and a certified reading instructor. She has taught elementary and high school English in the classroom, in home school co-ops, and in parent workshops. She has special training in teaching children with learning difficulties.

John and Bev operate their own learning center in Machesney Park, IL, where they enjoy teaching in a multi-sensory, “hands-on” fashion that makes English understandable and enjoyable.

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9 Responses to “About the Linking BlocksTM Authors”

  1. Gus LeeMay 28, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    Dear Sirs,

    I want to buy two books for potter’s school summer school.
    I live in Korea.
    I tried to buy those books by online but I couldn’t find a method to order for abroad.
    Could you let me know how I can order
    1. Hands-on English With Linking Blocks – Student Workbook
    2. Hands-on English With Linking Blocks – Answer Key

    Thank you.

    • Rima AckermanMay 28, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      I have contacted you via email. I have to calculate the price of shipping individually.

  2. Adela FuJune 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Dear Sir,

    I also need the two books, student workbook and answer key, for potters school’s summer class. It might be too urgent to get the hard copy from US to China. So is it possible that I get a soft copy and pay for it on the net?

    • Rima AckermanJune 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      Thank you for contacting us. We do not offer a digital version of our book. It takes about 5-10 business days for our books to deliver to China.

  3. Tina HollenbeckNovember 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi!
    I am a homeschooling mom and also the volunteer spokesperson for an informal group of thousands of concerned homeschoolers writing to all the curriculum and materials companies whose products we currently use and/or recommend. I saw your name in a listing for Practical Homeschooling today, so I knew I needed to include you in my survey.

    In March 2013, we learned that the Common Core Standards (CCS) – alternately known in some settings as Next Generation Standards (NexGen) or College, Career and Civic Life Standards (C3) – may affect homeschool families in different ways, and we also started hearing unsubstantiated guesses about what various providers were doing with the standards initiative. At that point, I decided – for parents’ sake – that I wanted to learn each company’s direction in terms of the CCS/NexGen/C3, and for accuracy’s sake I especially wanted to make sure I received answers directly from providers. So I have been writing to companies ever since, in awe of the sheer amount of resources available to homeschoolers.

    Most of the homeschoolers with whom I’ve been communicating personally feel the CCS/NexGen/C3 to be an unfortunate effort and are concerned that it may threaten the freedom, academic progress, and privacy of homeschooling families. However, because we believe in free market economics, we also completely respect each company’s right to make product decisions as it sees fit. Thus, my purpose in contacting you and other resource providers is not at all to lobby one way or another in terms of the CCS/NexGen/C3. Rather, I would simply like to help homeschooling parents make fully informed decisions, which includes knowing whether or not the materials they use are aligned with or correlated to any of those initiatives.

    With that in mind, I hope you are willing to please thoughtfully and honestly answer the following questions about your materials and/or program:

    1. Have you already altered any of your materials for the purpose of aligning with the CCS/NexGen/C3? If so, which materials? And what, specifically, have you changed?
    2. Do you have future plans to alter your materials – in large or small ways – in order to align with the CCS/NexGen/C3? If so, which materials and what changes do you plan to make? When will you make the changes?
    3. Have you chosen to advertise any correlations between your materials and the CCS/NexGen/C3 even if you haven’t changed any content in the process?
    4. Do you incorporate materials from other vendors into your program? If so, which companies?

    I do want to let you know that I’ll share your answers with other homeschoolers – as objective information only ¬– so that families can decide for themselves what they feel comfortable with in terms of the CCS/NexGen/C3. As mentioned above, I completely respect your right as a private company to make product decisions as you see fit, and would not presume to ask you to violate your convictions. I just also feel strongly that homeschool parents (i.e., consumers) deserve to know the content of the materials we use with our kids so we can make informed decisions about what’s best for them according to our convictions. And I thought it would be easier for parents and providers alike for one mom to gather answers in one place, thereby simplifying the research task of parents as well as reducing the amount of mail you and other busy companies receive from consumers.

    Thank you for taking time to respond. I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience.

    Most sincerely,
    Tina Hollenbeck
    hsroadmap@gmail.com or admin@hsroadmap.org
    The Homeschool Resource Roadmap
    http://www.hsroadmap.org

    • Rima AckermanDecember 5, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Ms Hollenbeck,
      Thank you for your questions and your thorough outline of why you are seeking this information.
      1. We have not altered any of our materials to align with the standards.
      2. At this point we are not planning to alter any of our existing materials. As we are developing new product lines, we are mindful of the requirements. We have taken the steps to be able to show which standards align with our curriculum in our current materials and those we are developing.
      3. We are not promoting our product in relationship with these standards.
      4. We do not incorporate any materials from other vendors in our curriculum.
      If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at rima@linkingblocks.com.

  4. Tina HollenbeckDecember 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Hello.
    I have written to you two times before – starting on November 14 – but have yet to hear back from you. I am hoping you will reply soon, as I can assure you that my query is legitimate. I am simply a homeschooling mother seeking to help other homeschoolers.

    My original query contained important background information about my reason for writing, so please refer back to that if you’d like. For the sake of brevity today, though, I will simply copy my original questions below. I hope you might reply within the next couple of days:

    1. What test(s) do you actually publish/create/sell?
    2. Have you already altered any of the tests for the purpose of aligning with the CCS/NexGen/C3? If so, which tests (i.e., which editions/versions)? And what, specifically, have you changed?
    3. Do you have future plans to alter any of your tests in any way in order to align with the CCS/NexGen/C3? If so, which tests (i.e., which editions/versions) and what specific changes are you planning to make? When will you make the changes?
    4. Will any of your tests remained unaligned? If so, which editions/versions?

    1. Have you already altered any of your materials for the purpose of aligning with the Common Core Standards (CCS)/Next Generation Science Standards (NexGen)/College, Career and Civic Life Standards (C3)? If so, which materials? And what, specifically, have you changed?
    2. Do you have future plans to alter your materials – in large or small ways – in order to align with the CCS/NexGen/C3? If so, which materials and what changes do you plan to make? When will you make the changes?
    3. Have you chosen to advertise any correlations between your materials and the CCS/NexGen/C3 even if you haven’t changed any content in the process?
    4. Do you incorporate materials from other vendors into your program? If so, which companies?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Most sincerely,
    Tina Hollenbeck
    hsroadmap@gmail.com or admin@hsroadmap.org
    The Homeschool Resource Roadmap
    http://www.hsroadmap.org

  5. Tina HollenbeckDecember 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Oh, please disregard my first four questions, above. Only the second 4 apply to your products. Thanks.

    • Rima AckermanDecember 17, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      I’m sorry you missed my response. You are right, the first four questions do not apply to our program. Here is the response I posted on December 5th.
      Ms Hollenbeck,
      Thank you for your questions and your thorough outline of why you are seeking this information.
      1. We have not altered any of our materials to align with the standards.
      2. At this point we are not planning to alter any of our existing materials. As we are developing new product lines, we are mindful of the requirements. We have taken the steps to be able to show which standards align with our curriculum in our current materials and those we are developing.
      3. We are not promoting our product in relationship with these standards.
      4. We do not incorporate any materials from other vendors in our curriculum.
      If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at rima@linkingblocks.com.

      If these responses to not answer all of your questions, please feel free to call me at 812-202-0822 or email me at rima@linkingblocks.com

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