F.A.Q.s

How did you get the name Garlic Press?

When we began, one of our artists was intrigued by the garlic plant. As Garlic Press had a double meaning (an actual garlic press or a printing press), the intrigue with the plant and the play-on-words were naturals. Unfortunately, we are often confused with cooking or with the plant itself. We get calls asking about the Garlic Festival. Gilroy, California, hosts a renowned yearly Garlic Festival—Gilroy is 700 miles away, though. So much for some folks' geographic knowledge. We can't complain, the name is distinctive and gets-as we have yours-peoples' attention.

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Where can I get your books?

A list of educational books sellers is included on this site. To find a store near you, please go to the "Store Locator" link, which can be found under the "Customer Service" tab, and enter your zip code. A selection of our books can also be found or special ordered through Barnes & Noble Booksellers. You can also order directly from this website.

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Why don't your books have an age level or grade level indication?

Our materials can be used across a very wide spectrum: children, adults, community education, remediation, homeschooling. To limit our books to a label of age or grade slights many outside any designated age or grade who can also use the books. Pursuing the wide spectrum of our publications, GP refrains from insulting learners with needless graphic frills or cutesy illustrations

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Can Garlic Press products be customized to suit my business/customers?

While we have many products in our catalog, we realize that sometimes we have not created the one product that will suit your needs.  Providing custom capabilities is another way Garlic Press can work with you to produce the educational materials suitable for your classroom, home, or personal use.  We want to work with you to create products and educational packages especially designed for your needs.

Please contact us:
Douglas Rife
Publisher

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Are your sign language materials ASL or Signed English?

Yes! A question that too often cloaks, "Whose camp are you in?" Our offerings tend to run closer to the linguistic models of Standard English. While our Word in the Hand book is clearly modeled for Signed English, our Sign Language Literature Series models Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE), and other books which primarily present vocabulary (e.g., Pets, Animals & Creatures) select common usage signs based upon the ASL and Gallaudet communities. Other books (e.g., Signing at School or Can I Help?) model sentence structures closer to English syntax than ASL.

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What sources do you use for your vocabulary?

We have tried to choose vocabulary signs that reflect a larger, common usage. Common usage primarily reflects ASL, with attention to Gallaudet, Signed English systems, and other competent academic programs.

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To whom are your sign language materials directed?

We are trying to reach two cultures, both hearing and deaf. To do so, we use variations in English syntax. Stricter Signed English is presented in our Word In the Hand texts. Looser English structure is presented in most of our other publications. Again, vocabulary (e.g., Sign Language Vocabulary Cards or Fruits & Vegetables) is based upon common usage, no syntax involved.

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What is unique about your math offerings?

Our math books are no-nonsense and straightforward--no frills, no cute pictures, no superfluous text, leaving maximum room for practice. Our books are designed to teach mastery. Perfect for on-level students, homeschoolers, older learners needing to refresh skills, or progressive self-learners.

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How is the Straight Forward Math Series organized?

The simple, computational facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are highly structured drill books. Mastery of these basic facts leads to the higher level books of pre-algebra and pre-geometry, on through algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, and calculus.

From pre-algebra up, concepts are presented and explained, modeled by example, and practiced in focused exercises. Periodic review and testing help to measure attained and retained skills

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What distinguishes the Applied Math Series?

Where the Straight Forward Math Series teaches more to mathematical theory, the Applied Math Series presents practical applications of algebra (Apply Algebra), word problems (Solving Word Problems), equations (Basic Equations), and metrics (Metrics at Work).

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How is the Straight Forward English Series organized?

The six basic English books focus on capitalization, punctuation, and the eight parts of speech. Again, concepts are explained, modeled, practiced, and tested. Each stage is presented simply to maximize skill attainment.

The Larger Edition English books (Mechanics, Clauses & Phrases, Grammar & Sentence Diagramming, and Troublesome Grammar) focus on higher level English skills. Yet they continue to stress explanation, modeling, practice, and testing.

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Why are there two levels in the Discovering Literature Series?

Each literature guide is designed to develop an appreciation for literature as highlighted in a specific novel. Each guide explores a wide range of critical reading skills and literature elements.

Our initial offering of guides (e.g., My Side of the Mountain or Where the Red Fern Grows) attended to young readers. The introduction of the Challenging Level guides (The Odyssey, The Hobbit, Lord of the Flies) attends to older, more mature readers.

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How do your books address the Substitute Teaching role?

Seriously and professionally. We give the substitute teacher tools to succeed as a competent teaching professional. Our materials stress the active nature substitute teachers must assume to legitimize their teaching to the maximum. Mastering the Art of Substitute Teaching models a teaching format to gain student cooperation and teach effectively. And Classroom Management for Substitute Teachers addresses management skills.

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