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  • Item #: 041509
    ISBN: 9780688088095
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Jumping rope is more fun if you use rhymes to keep rhythm and lend some poetry and humor to the jumping, so kids will love the little ditties included here. This book by Joanna Cole includes over 100 traditional jump-rope rhymes, including counting rhymes, rhymes for jumping very fast, rhymes for jumping in and out of the rope, future-telling rhymes, and more. Most rhymes go with some kind of jumping game like when the rhyme tells you things you have to do while jumping, or you jump to find the letters that spell out your future sweetheart's name. Funny black and white sketches illustrate the rhymes in the book. 64 pages, pb.

  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 018729
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.95

    As the name suggests, this sturdy balance scale uses buckets instead of pans. Measures both solids and liquids, and the transparent buckets are removable for easy cleaning. Colorful scale is made of durable plastic, and there's even a storage drawer in the base. Less expensive than the pan balance, with more features. The deep buckets hold approximately 300 ml, with markings every 50 ml, for measuring. Also features sliding compensators.

  • Item #: 069087
    Retail: $59.99
    Rainbow Price: $45.00

     50-piece set includes 49 Wedgits blocks in seven sizes, a baseboard for building your structures on, and a design guide.

  • Item #: 054896
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Kids love the idea of hopper balls, but sometimes they are just too big for short legs. Well, the Hoppy Ball is the perfect size for young children. Inflates to a diameter of 18" and holds up to 175 lbs. Handy pump included. Colors vary.

  • Item #: 050299
    ISBN: 9781450785082
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $48.95

    This course is for your visual learners who need high school credit in Chemistry. Wes Olson, the host of Biology 101, will take you on a journey through the history of chemistry along with what the study of chemistry is all about. This course is divided into nineteen 20-45 minute segments and examines the world of chemistry, the periodic table, important characters in the field of chemistry, the essentials of chemistry such as neutrons, isotopes, ions, compounds, molecules, and balancing chemical equations, an explanation of the elements – non-metals, poor metals, transition metals, rare earth & radioactive metals, and the future of chemistry. This is a 4 DVD set that has a running time of 10 hours, 55 minutes along with PDF files for the guidebook, accreditation booklet, and an extended periodic table.

    To get started with this program, you will want to print off the PDF files for the guidebook, periodic table and accreditation schedule, or take them somewhere to have them printed (the guidebook is over 120 pages). Students will be starting a chemistry notebook for this program in which they will write their research and reports. You will want to read ahead in the guidebook so you can gather and prepare needed items for the next lesson, mini-labs, and reports. The guidebook also allows the student to review information covered in the lessons along with quizzes and discussions questions. Mini-labs are demonstrated in the lessons and are performed with items from around your house or are easily accessible. I think the labs are much better and meatier than those found in Biology 101 and would do a much better job of meeting the high school credit. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 046285
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $209.50

    This is the manipulatives set that is required for the RightStart 2nd edition mathematics series. The set includes an AL abacus, Math Card Games book, place value cards, AL abacus tiles, folding meter stick, geoboards, colored 1" tiles, Casio calculator, tangrams, base ten picture cards, tally sticks, geared clock, six card decks, two fraction charts, drawing set, 4-in-1 Ruler, Goniometer, coins, geometry reflector, centimeter cubes, math balance, RightStart geometry panels, geometric solids, Yellow is the Sun CD, and dry erase pen.

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  • Item #: 071344
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    With a variety of pirate-themed pieces, this balancing game can be a challenge! The game includes a pirate ship balanced on a wave and 16 pieces: 10 adorable pirate penguins, a cannon, treasure chest, ship wheel, anchor, crab, and octopus. Players take turns adding pieces to the pirate ship deck, trying to avoid “tipping the ship” and having pieces fall into the ocean. The player who makes the ship tip loses the game – then it’s time to clear the decks and start again! A fun aspect of the game is the variety of shapes and sizes of the pieces – some of them can be hung from various surfaces on the ship instead of just sitting on the deck. 2-4 players.

  • Item #: 047865
    Retail: $4.75
    Rainbow Price: $4.50

    This mini balance provides hands-on instruction in addition and subtraction, and could even be used for equations involving multiplication/division. For addition and subtraction concepts, you can begin by hanging the blue weights in various yellow-peg positions on one side, and balancing the sum on the other side. So, for example, if you hang a blue weight in the 10-position on one side, you can create balance by hanging a blue weight in the 6- and 4-position on the other side (6 + 4 = 10). Students can think through and try all the possible combinations that could work, not limiting themselves to only two weights on the one side. That will keep them busy for a while, and you may want to have them write down their answers in logical order to make sure they haven't overlooked any possibilities. Subtraction follows, as students try to determine where the missing blue weight should go (10 – 4 = ?). Multiplication occurs when multiple weights occupy a certain peg (2 weights at the 2 position is 2 x 2 = 4, so one weight in the 4-position on the other side creates a balanced equation). Your equations can get even more complicated: what if you have a 3 and a 4 on one side and three 2's on the other? What do you need to add to make it balance, and where? The scale is not super precise in its ability to be perfectly calibrated, but little plastic weights are provided so that the calibrated accuracy will be sufficient for your purposes. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 019747
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.99

    Similar to the classic "sit and spin" toys of old, the Twist N Spin rotates when sat or stood upon but has no central column to rotate around. The disc instead spins in nearly-frictionless motion via ball bearings, so riders must support and balance themselves with their own muscles, making the Twist N Spin a bit of an abdominal workout as well. The toy's small size of only 12" in diameter and 3" in height allows for easy storage. Supports up to 175 lbs.

  • Item #: 025375
    Retail: $99.99
    Rainbow Price: $88.90

    Includes 36-foot Slackers line with ratchet, two 16-inch monkey bar holds, two gymnastic rings with textured grip, and three monkeyfists (knotted nylon rope), plus a storage bag.

  • Item #: 024977
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.99

     This dart game makes some pretty strong claims including, “the best magnetic dart set on the planet” and “the finest, most well designed and balanced magnetic dart set made at any price.” While they follow it up with “(in our opinion),” this is an extremely nice, quality set. Our testers were impressed with how well it worked. The six, small (3”) darts house a Neodymium magnet (the most powerful magnet available), are a fun shape, and have flexible mesh fingerholds for a “virtually indestructible” dart! The dart board measures about 16” in diameter and offers a strong, attractive surface for the darts. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 012710
    ISBN: 9780890512951
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.85

    An introductory history of chemistry, this extremely readable text covers discoveries and developments from ancient to present times. Major emphasis is placed on the contributions of individual scientists (such as Cavendish, Mendeleev, Boyle, and Rutherford) and how they made their discoveries. The focus is not on balancing chemical equations or learning the number of electrons in specific elements. 16 chapters cover: ancient metals (iron, lead, tin), money metals (gold, silver, copper), the search for gold, gases in the air, the use of currents to separate elements, the first periodic table, using a spectroscope to identify elements, cathode ray tubes and alpha particle experiments, compounds by electric attraction, water and its unique properties, carbon and its compounds, organic chemistry, nitrogen and its compounds, silicon and its compounds, modern metals, and chemistry in today's world.

  • Item #: 007937
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $33.95

    Includes 35 pieces and design guide. Pieces include: 2 red squares, 4 blue squares, 6 yellow squares, 8 green squares, 13 white octahedron pieces and one each of the black and taupe connector pieces.

  • Item #: NUTCMP
    Retail: $24.80
    Rainbow Price: $23.75

  • Item #: 050238
    ISBN: 9780760362624
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Billed as the world’s smallest science lab, this tiny kit contains small versions of basic science equipment. So, if you don’t have much room for science equipment and you don’t mind doing experiments on a small scale, this kit is for you. You also get a 48-page lab manual-ette that contains 20 experiments, all using common household ingredients not included with the kit. Kit includes 3 test tubes with stand, beaker, flask, graduated cylinder, funnel, petri dish & lid, balance scale w/ 3 weights, magnifier, 10 cm steel ruler, pipette and scoop, and a 5”x3.5”x2” cabinet to store it all in.

  • Item #: 047977
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.99
    This fun card game is simple to learn and easy to play – and as an added bonus, kids will become more familiar and comfortable with money. Game play is similar to Uno, with players trying to discard cards in their hands by matching either the color or money amount on the previously played card. Each player is dealt 7 cards and the rest of the deck becomes the draw pile, with one card overturned to start the discard pile. The deck is composed of 110 cards, with cards featuring all coin types (from pennies to half dollars), $1.00 cards, wild cards, loose change cards (with varying amounts of odd change), tax collection cards, and bank withdrawal cards. Play goes clockwise, each player trying to be the first to empty their hand. You can match the money amount, either by playing the same coin or by announcing "Exact Change" and playing several cards that add up to the previously played card, or you can match the color. If you cannot discard, you must draw cards until you can play. Wild cards can be anything, but you must announce the color and amount when you play them. Tax collection cards force all other players to draw one card from the draw deck, and bank withdrawal cards forces an opponent of your choice to randomly draw a card from your hand. When one player runs out of cards, the round is over and they pick another player's hand, total the cards remaining and this becomes the balance in the bank account of the player who went out. The first player to "save" $2.00 is the winner. 2-6 players. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

  • Item #: 041802
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $32.50

    Round up your livestock, harvest your wheat, and keep an eye on the hay – if you manage your farm right, you might just come out on top! A trip around the board is a cycle of one year, and players will be able to purchase acreage, livestock, or equipment at various points along the way. Also, during the appropriate season, they get the opportunity to harvest their hay, corn, wheat, and fruit, and to auction off their livestock. A roll of the dicedetermines what the market pays at that time for the different commodities. An enjoyable family game that is easy to learn and fun to play, The Farming Game teaches how to balance income with debt and operational expenses as players battle to be the best farm in the area. For 2-6 players.

  • Item #: 036857
    ISBN: 9780738212418
    Retail: $19.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.75

    Mark Kistler, cartoonist and author of the ever-popular Draw Squad and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler, has taught children to draw using his methods for years. In this book, he takes his fun, yet start-with-the-basics approach and offers it up to adults who think they can't even draw a straight line! He promises that yes, anyone can learn to draw if they set aside twenty minutes a day for a month. If you're game, you can grab any old pencil and sketchbook and embark on an adventure that will take you from drawing spheres to tackling the human face! I like the balance of simple form and more advanced skills he meshes together here. Although you begin by drawing a circle, you immediately turn it into a three-dimensional sphere by adding shading. So you skip that whole "drawing a straight line" thing and head straight into the world of 3-D. Lesson drawing subjects progress in difficulty, beginning with the basics: spheres and cubes. From there you build onto the cubes and spheres that you know, creating koalas, roses, cylinders, houses, rippling flags, pyramids, mugs, trees, rooms and cities in one-point perspective, buildings in two-point perspective, and the human eye and face. Each lesson goes step-by-step, with Mark's illustrations showing the student exactly what to add each time and his written instructions are clear, easy-to-follow and entertaining. Many of the lessons are reminiscent of those in Draw Squad, but the pace is a bit quicker, and the subject matter slightly more sophisticated. Lessons often end with a "Bonus Challenge" where you can take your new skill to the next level, and several examples from Mark's other adult students offer inspiration as well. Drawing supplies are minimal, although Mark makes suggestions and recommendations in several lessons. With its 30-day commitment and incremental lessons, I would recommend this one as an introductory drawing course for your high-schoolers, especially if they have not had much drawing instruction in the past.

  • Item #: 036409
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.99

    This is a smaller version of the toy, with five disks for an easier skill level. This version is plastic and measures approximately 7 ¼” tall and 1 ¾” in diameter. It comes in red or blue. Sold individually; styles vary. We’ll assort on orders of more than one.

  • Item #: 033996
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $6.49

    Jumping rope is great, but if you want something a bit different and have three or more players, Chinese jump rope is a classic activity that kids love! Instead of moving the rope and jumping over it, the rope remains stationary and the jumper moves around the rope in a variety of jumps. When I was young, my friends and I used to do this to fun chants, and we always had a lot of fun. This rope is a good value; it's a continuous thin loop made of stretchy, durable material. The two rope holders stand with their legs about a foot apart, and five or so feet away from each other with the rope around the outside of their legs at about ankle height. You want the rope taut, but still loose enough so it can stretch. The jumper starts with both feet inside the two sides of the rope and jumps in and out. A classic, simple rope that everyone will love!

  • Item #: 031070
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $24.99

    This toy has seven wooden disks for you to skillfully align above the handle. Measures approximately 10 ½” tall; discs are about 2 ¼” in diameter.

  • Item #: 030886
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.75
    Be the coolest kid in the room when you show off your skills with this classic metal yo-yo from Schylling. The yo-yo is well balanced for easier throw and play. Measures: 2"x 2"x 1.5".
  • Item #: 025189
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $1.95

  • Item #: 025166
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $2.30

  • Item #: 017139
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    Raising frogs from tadpoles sounds like a fun and educational experience, but if you don't have the time or desire to collect your own and make them a home, consider this kit. The kit was changed for 2015 and now includes a packet with tadpole food, nutri-sand and a postcard to request your tadpole and its new larger habitat. When you receive the packet from us, use the postcard to order the tadpole and its habitat from the supplier (no additional postage is necessary; please note that tadpoles may not be able to be shipped at certain times of the year, due to low temperatures. Cannot be shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada). The tadpoles are somewhat transparent so you can see into their bodies and even watch their heart beat. In 6-8 weeks the tadpole undergoes metamorphosis into an adult frog. The habitat and supplies provide the right balance of algae and other microorganisms to keep the frog healthy. Food is also included with a serving spoon to nourish all the way through metamorphosis. A Fun & Fact handbook gives detailed instructions, shares interesting facts about your new pet, and answers common questions. Once the frog has developed, you can send in for "stage two food" and a larger habitat if you wish. Frogs have an average life span of five years. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: MIFCUP
    Retail: $239.90
    Rainbow Price: $157.95

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