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  • Item #: 074418
    Retail: $61.99
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  • Item #: 071306
    ISBN: 9781524770884
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  • Item #: 069422
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     Apron, wooden spoon, silicone basting brush, stainless steel whisk, handled bowl with spout, measuring cups & spoons, silicone spatula, star-shaped pan, plastic bench scraper, recipes.

  • Item #: 067596
    ISBN: 9780544570023
    Retail: $19.99
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     This could be easily subtitled, yummy recipes for today’s kids! Focusing on creating healthy eating habits that also taste good, children will be excited to learn to cook a wide variety of foods. The book begins with cooking terminology, kitchen safety, and the importance of accuracy. Children are then introduced to MyPlate and eating healthy. The following chapters cover the three main meals, snacks and desserts. Each recipe is presented on a 2-page spread that includes an ingredient list and utensils, prep and cook time, step-by-step instructions and nutritional information. A recipe sampling includes: blueberry pie muffins, spook-tacular chocolate almond spread, super hero smoothies, blueberry-grape smoothie poppers, salmon nuggets with creamy dill dip, camp-in pizza burgers, brownies on a stick, and many more. 60 total recipes! Back of the book includes an index and metric conversion chart. HC with inside spiral, lay flat binding. 158 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 056190
    ISBN: 9781584793588
    Retail: $24.95
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    Offers instruction on measurement, safety in the kitchen, and over fifty classic (comfort food) recipes such as pigs in a blanket, macaroni and cheese, chocolate pudding, baked apples, and popcorn balls. Also includes diagrams on formal and informal place settings. The back of the book provides a place to record "My Favorite Recipes."

  • Item #: 046501
    ISBN: 9781563831928
    Retail: $10.00
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    Okay, so maybe you've mastered the hotdog and are ready to tackle a slightly bigger challenge. Or maybe you get tired of eating the same thing every night on a long camping trip. Either way, this book will bring a lot of variety to your fare! Whether you prefer cooking on a stick, wrapped in foil, in a pie iron, in a skillet, in a Dutch oven, or on the grill – this book has plenty of recipes. The book is divided into six different sections, by cooking method, with at least seventeen recipes in each (except On a Stick which only has seven) ranging from breakfasts to desserts and all meals in between. It also includes a Before You Leave Home section featuring seven different recipes for trail-mix type snacks, flavored coffees and a couple others. The book is laid out in a very simple, easy-to-use manner with each page featuring its own recipe and including the number of servings, ingredients, directions, equipment needed and other tips that apply (such as preliminary work you may want to accomplish before you leave home). A handy index lists all the recipes by section so you can easily flip back to your favorites. Don't be surprised when other campers, intrigued by the mouth-watering scents wafting about, wander into your campsite wondering what's cooking! ~ Megan

  • Item #: 022850
    ISBN: 9780312366254
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  • Item #: 068068
    ISBN: 9781612124001
    Retail: $18.95
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       After learning the basics of kitchen safety, organization, vocabulary, skills, and clean-up, jump into kid-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast Sundaes, heart-shaped biscuits, and Nutty Noodles are just a few of the 50+ recipes to whet your appetite! Children can personalize their meals using the place cards, labels, recipe cards, and mealtime game cards in this spiral-bound, 144-pg treasure.

  • Item #: 065100
    ISBN: 9781892033963
    Retail: $0.00
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      This is one of my favorites – 200 pages, with an avocado green cover, in which to write your favorite recipes. Pages are labeled on the side with categories – appetizers, main dishes, sides/soups/salads, and dessert. There is room for 25 recipes in each section and space for: title, perfect for serving with, date, from, prep time, servings, nutritional info, ingredients, hard to find ingredients, directions, notes, rating system for the finished product, and a full page on the back of each for additional notes. Write down your favorite family recipes and give this as a gift!

  • Item #: 036728
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    These high-quality cooking utensils are great for any play kitchen. The 7-piece set includes a sturdy stainless steel whisk, ladle, spatula, skimmer, spaghetti server, and holder, and a wooden spoon. All pieces are food and dishwasher safe. Utensils are about 7" long. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 034987
    ISBN: 9781465402547
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    This wonderful resource will have your children begging to prepare meals! Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, kitchen hygiene and healthy eating, you are quickly swept away by the detailed graphics and illustrations that we have come to know and love from DK Publishers. Cooking terminology, food preparation and baking tips are all defined in words and pictures making this valuable for those of us who learn better through pictures than words. One hundred easy-to-prepare recipes are included in four categories - breakfast bites, light bites, main meals and sweet things. Here is a sampling of the feast your children may prepare for you: Crisscross Ham Bruschetta appetizer, Tomato and Couscous Salad, Chicken Satay Kebabs, and a no-bake, chocolaty graham cracker Fridge Cake. Prepare to have your palate satisfied by this deliciously delightful cookbook! Tips for planning a party and picnic times are also included. HC. 128 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 012177
    ISBN: 9780983465713
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    Ten experiments include: Old Fashioned Bread: A Study in Carbon Dioxide Production; Dill Pickles: Preservation by Acid Bath; Fruit Cobbler: A Study in Oxidation; Divinity: A Study in Boiling Points; Vanilla Ice Cream: An Exercise in Lowering Freezing Points; Maple Syrup Candy: A Study in Cooling Rates and Crystalline Sizes; Old Fashioned Doughnuts: A Study in Rates of Reaction; Southern Pecan Pie: A Study in Colloid Formation; Fudge Batter Pudding: Chemical Production of Carbon Dioxide; and Whipped Cream: A Study of Densities.

  • Item #: 012176
    ISBN: 9780983465720
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    This elementary version features simpler recipes and more basic scientific concepts, and it will require more direct teacher supervision. 17 labs include Chocolate Chip Cookies: Fractions; Root Beer Float: States of Matter; and Lemonade: Condensation & Dissolving.

  • Item #: 005652
    ISBN: 9780971412996
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    Subtitled “From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners,” this volume of Story of the World takes another good-sized bite out of world history. The forty-two chapters are told in a similar style to the first two volumes, with each chapter divided up into shorter readings of a couple pages each, just enough to grab most children’s attention and keep it until they begin to tire of history, and their minds begin to wander. And Susan Wise Bauer’s exciting and engaging way of putting the “story” back into history, chances are they may even be begging for more! Like the other volumes, she also does a terrific job of taking the typical “European” slant out of her telling of world history, while incorporating events and people from all over the world in her chronological presentation, giving children a much more “complete” picture than they would likely otherwise get. As with the other volumes, this book is not meant to cover everything in the time period, but to hit the high points and serve as a springboard to explore people, events, and eras more thoroughly as desired. Topics covered in Volume 3 include Japanese warlords, colonies in the “New World”, spread of slavery, the “Sun King” of France, English in India, imperialist China, revolutionary war, Captain Cook’s explorations, age of industrialism in Europe, Napoleon, French Revolution, Lewis & Clark, Mexican independence, Africa and colonialism, the Opium Wars, the Gold Rush, and much, much more.

    The text is available in a paperback or spiral-bound version. The activity book is a bound paperback.- Jess

  • Item #: 048425
    Retail: $75.00
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    Like the other kits from Nature's Workshop Plus, this kit contains some of the harder to find items to complete the labs found in Apologia's Physical Science course (sold separately), and they are packaged according to lessons for convenience.

    This kit contains: safety goggles, baking soda, 9-volt battery, insulated wire, scissors, clear tape, yarn, pencils, antacid tablets, cotton balls, thermometer, candles, plastic bags, matches, yeast, balloon, test tubes, paper towels, Epsom salts, paper cup, comb, pens, sugar, table salt, cooking oil, olive oil, paper clip, toilet paper, dish soap, wax crayon, white cotton string, cornstarch, 1.5 volt battery, 3-inch nail, cardboard, stopwatch, measuring tape, index card, aluminum pie pan, marble, eraser, small block of wood, sandpaper, ruler, rubber stopper, aluminum foil, black marker, thread, washers, balls, Styrofoam cup lip, plastic wrap, rice, flat mirror, protractor, white paper, flashlight w/batteries, and black construction paper.

    You will still need to gather some items to round out the supply list, but this kit makes the shopping easier. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 016153
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    The Elementary Chemistry & Physics by Apologia uses very specific items in their labs; this kit is a great convenience to complete those labs. Bagged and labeled by lesson, the kit includes: 25ml plastic cylinder, table salt, plastic straw, turkey baster, die, bead, ping pong ball, small block of wood, cork, aluminum foil, Neodymium magnet, effervescent tablet, popcorn kernel, rubbing alcohol, flavored gelatin, wax paper, needle, pint and gallon size bags, gum, balloon, Epsom salt, Pop Rocks Candy, small paper plates, paper plate, Nerds candy, yeast, gloves, Peanut M&Ms, peroxide, borax, cornstarch, spoon, rubber band, string, bamboo skewers, Styrofoam cups, red & blue litmus paper, Mentos, steel wool, cardboard tube, thread, sugar, candle wick, thermometers, vinegar, alum, potassium nitrate, cotton swab, coffee filter, white sand, sand, dish soap, chalk, stopwatch, marbles, index card, pie pan, modeling clay, toothpick, washer, baking soda, funnel, black powder paint, Cheerios, dominoes, mirrors, prisms, bouncing ball, adhesive putty, colored cellophane pack, PVC elbows and pipe, small nail, film canister, rubbing alcohol, cooking oil, small paper cups, sandpaper, cardboard, electrical tape, 6-volt battery, insulated copper wire, small light bulbs, light bulb holders, large paper clips, paper fasteners, d-cell battery, Wint-O-Green Lifesaver, pepper packet, LED bulb, needle, bar magnet, horseshoe magnet, iron filings, compass, AA battery, lid for water bottle, bare copper wire, round magnets, 3" iron nail, paper clips pack, small board, rope, and plastic tubing. Some items used in the labs are too large to be bagged with the lesson and are found loose in the kit. Those items are marked with an asterisk on the packing list that is included. You will still need to gather some items from around your home, but this kit really takes a lot of the effort out of it. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 019074
    Retail: $90.00
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    The corresponding lab kit from Nature's Workshop makes finding those "household items" even more convenient. Containing most of the more difficult items to find, this kit saves you time, allowing you more time to enjoy science with your children. You still need to provide various food items (eggs, celery, soda, etc.), binoculars and a few other household items.

    Kit includes a 9 Volt Battery, aluminum foil, assorted nuts, various colors of construction paper, balloons of various sizes, black marker, trash bags, thin white box, candle, candle holder, cereal, clay-dough, straws, compact disc (CD), cooking oil, cork, cotton ball, crayons, D-Cell batteries, deep plastic bowls, digital thermometer, dish soap, duct tape, Epsom soap, feathers, flashlights, flavored gelatin, fluorescent light bulb, food coloring, forceps (tweezers), glass jars and lids, index card, iodine, foil baking pan, plastic bottles and lid, lima beans, magnifier, measuring cups and spoons, mirror, modeling clay, notebook, mentos, newspaper page, paper clip, paper cups, paper towels, pen, pencil, pepper, peppercorns, plastic cling wrap, plastic plates, plastic water bottles, rubbing alcohol, ruler, safety goggles, saltine crackers, scissors, paper plates, poly funnel, small shovel, spoons, straight pin, Styrofoam cups, sugar, sunscreen, table salt, tape, tea bag, toilet paper, toothpicks, turkey baster, umbrella, vanilla, vinegar, white cotton string, white paper, wood block, wooden matches and Ziploc bags. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 048426
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    Straws, cup, pen, cardboard, clay, tape measure, clear tape, scissors, construction paper, white paper, outlines of a bird, bamboo skewers, hanging wire, plastic bag, sunflower bird seed, wild bird seed, mesh bag, saucers, umbrella, cooking oil, feathers, magnifying lens, chicken bone, red & blue bowls, scale, string, real estate advertisements, cotton balls, pencil, deep bowl, square-inch math cube, blindfold, binder w/notebook paper, masking tape, strapping tape, paper plate, wax paper, plaster of Paris, paintbrush, tea bags, toothbrush, spoon, , table salt, paper towels, plastic container, jar, bug display box, sand, disinfectant wipes, cups, nail, cheesecloth, small boards, large glass jar, plastic bottle, jelly, honey, rubber bands, piece of sponge, square of toilet paper, small shovel, funnel, spray bottle, mail-in certificate for caterpillars, netting, colored pencils.
  • Item #: 011281
    ISBN: 9780192750136
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    There is nothing that makes King Shahryar happier than his own dear wife. He and his brother, King Shahzaman, often exult in the wonderfulness of their wives. But one day, King Shahryar finds his wife has removed the veil from her face and is holding hands with the stable boy. Overcome with anger at her betrayal, he kills them both with his sword. That same day, he goes to visit his brother. There he discovers that his brother's wife has also betrayed him, as she shined her eyes upon the palace cook. They too, were put to death. The brothers console each other and conclude, "All women are fickle!" However, King Shahryar grows lonely, and he is just a little frightened of the dark. He comes up with a solution to his problem, which greatly troubles his wise royal Wazir. Every morning, the king marries a young lady who keeps him company through the night, and each morning his executioner beheads her before she can stop loving him. In this manner, the king passes one thousand nights. By this time, he has gone through one thousand women, and the Wazir is running out of noblewomen. Fearful for his own two daughters, the Wazir tries to send them away. But his oldest daughter instead asks to be taken to the king so that one other woman's life is spared. As cunning as she is beautiful, Shahrazad comes up with a plan to delay her execution. She hints at the wonderful story she would have told the king the next night, and he orders the execution to reconvene the next morning. That night, she weaves a wonderful story for him. But when dawn comes, she has not yet finished the tale. In this way, she passes 999 nights at the palace. This book contains 33 wonderful Arabian tales, as well as the clever Shahrazad's own story. - Melissa

  • Item #: 038571
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    Ephesians 6:13-18 tells us that we must put on the "full armor of God". Reading this scripture passage to your children or having them memorize the verses is great, but having them actually suit up in realistic armor as you go through the commands in each verse will really help the message hit home. This silver and red multi-piece play set includes: Helmet of Salvation, Breastplate of Righteousness, Belt of Truth, Spirit-of-the-Word Sword, Shield of Faith, and shin guards (just to complete the look). Everything is made out of sturdy, safe plastic and the sword's tip is blunt. Boys and girls alike will be thrilled to put on the "full armor of God" and use the character-building lessons learned in the passage in their own lives! – elise

  • Item #: 046235
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  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
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    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

  • Item #: 048423
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    Paper towels, aluminum foil, electrical cord, light socket w/plug, 15-watt fluorescent spiral light bulb, plastic plates, glue, herb seeds, foam cups w/ lids, small paper bags, thread, glycerin soap bar, cooking oil, craft sticks, fragrance, scissors, sunflower seeds, bean seeds, pad of paper, plastic bags, coin envelopes, clear tape, ruler, magnifying glass, white paper, clay, cotton swabs, borax, construction paper, packet of seeds, file folders, index cards, assorted nuts, six-sided die, dandelion tufts, samara, burr, colored pencils, plastic bag, clothespin, washing soda, gloves, blue food coloring, thermometer, peat pellets, pencil, black permanent marker, measuring tape, thumb tacks, pinecone, red & blue paint, paintbrush, hanging wire, yarn, cardboard, binder w/lined paper.
  • Item #: 038930
    ISBN: 9781931397360
    Retail: $14.95
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    Maybe a trip around the world is a little out of your budget, but you can bring a "taste" of the world into your home! This book by Jamie Aramini takes you to all the continents and exposes you to the native cuisines and authentic dinning customs found there. For example, in Africa you will have a chance to re-create dining experiences from Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. Each country not only has three different recipes provided, but information on the culture, dining traditions, key ingredients, and native words or phrases for you to try and use during the meal. The recipes range in difficulty, but all of them use ingredients that you would find in your local grocery store. This is a great book to incorporate into your geography lessons; as you study different countries you can treat family and friends to an international meal and dress, talk, and dine according to that country's customs. The author also provides reproducible activities that will help get your kids excited about eating their way around the world, including a Food Journal, Food Passport, and websites to check out for more native recipes! This book is going to transform meal time into a fun learning time for all! 112 pgs, spiral-bound, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 019409
    ISBN: 9781556524578
    Retail: $18.95
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    Personally, I love these activity guides. They're well done, tell a good story, give a lot of good details, and offer some really neat projects to accompany the study. This study is especially interesting, as it focuses on a period of history that is normally not covered in any great depth - that of the ancient Israelites, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines. Several important aspects of each of these three civilizations are studied, including their history, architecture, clothing, language and writing, work, food, and religion. A nice timeline is included at the beginning, featuring a strip for each individual civilization, so you can see what was going on in each of the other countries at the same time. An introduction gives you the basics on the land you will be studying, as well as the time period - from 1200 B.C. to 538 B.C. Then we jump into the Israelite section. Much information as to Israelite history is drawn from the Bible, although, since the book is from a secular publisher, it is not taken to be infallible evidence. Much archaeological evidence is cited for the history of each civilization as well, which is fascinating, and sparks some neat projects! Each topic is discussed in each civilization on several pages, in a highly readable and interesting style packed with pictures such as artifacts and preserved buildings. Interesting related facts are frequently included off to the side. As mentioned above, the activities are great, and enough of them are included so you can pick and choose to suit your time and interests. For instance, in the Israelite section, you may construct a model pillared house, complete with some spare furniture, write in the ancient Israelite alphabet on a smashed pot, make your own stamp seal, create a model terrace farm, carry water on your head, stomp some grapes into juice, cook up an ancient Israelite meal, and making a blessing scroll. That's not all; I'm sure the kids will also really get into making a costume for each civilization, including headwear and other accessories, such as jewelry. Including an activity guide like this in your history studies will definitely add some spice - and a lot of fun! - Jess

  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
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       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 062441
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  • Item #: 058524
    ISBN: 9781940129648
    Retail: $19.95
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    I have to admit I didn't expect this book to start in the kitchen. It "goes" all the places you might expect handyman repairs, fishing, hunting, even building a log cabin. But it does start in the kitchen. Still, it's definitely a boy's perspective on that room. Written by two homeschool moms, inspired by their active boys and handyman fathers, this is a great "how-to" for teaching all the practical aspects of a young man's education. Geared toward boys ages 9-15, I can also imagine girls enjoying both the practical kitchen basics with mom and time with dad learning some things from "his world." Regardless of how and with whom you choose to use it, you'll find this manual a handy reference. Instruction is straight-forward with just a hint of humor (you like to eat learn to cook) and peppered with helpful black & white illustrations. In the kitchen, there are practical rules like "don't put an empty pot on a hot burner it will ruin the pot!" as well as simple how-tos like washing the dishes and reading a recipe, with a nice selection of simple, healthy recipes. Other sections are more of what the title suggests manners, first aid and safety, around-the-house handyman, working with wood, gardening, outdoor adventures, and learning to manage money. There are lots of projects building a birdhouse, toolbox, log cabin, split-rail fence as well as skill-building gun safety, preparing a budget/bookkeeping, and knot-tying. We want our sons to learn these basic life skills, and it helps tremendously to have a "road map" like this one to lead us. 181 pgs, spiral-binding. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 025637
    ISBN: 9780152024406
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.25

    The Peters children are quite picky eaters, much to the frustration of their mother. One will only drink pink lemonade, another will only eat homemade bread, and the twins will only eat eggs, but each child wants their cooked a different way. As they grow, their demands become too great, causing their poor mother great stress. When her birthday comes around, the children try to surprise her with a birthday cake. Will their combined particular foods allow them to come up with anything appealing? A charming little story about how different personalities can work together for the common good. 35 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 026489
    ISBN: 9781931397650
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $24.25

    Learning new things is easier for young students when tied in to a common theme. That's why unit studies are so popular and successful. So what about Galloping the Globe? It's a unit study centered around geography. It encourages a detailed look at a selection of countries from the six populated continents as well as the North and South Poles and Christmas around the world. Using the countries being studied geographically as the basic platform, the authors have included ideas and references, projects and activities for integrating Bible, people/history, science, literature, vocabulary, internet sources, maps & flags, cooking, music/art, games, puzzles, and crafts into the curriculum. An aspect to this unit study which is similar to the Trail Guide to… series is the student notebook approach, where the child will actually produce a notebook full of art projects, reports, biographies, geographic dictionary pages, and much more. This is intended to be something they can show to other people, reinforcing and reviewing what they have learned as they explain various facts to friends and family. This is a fairly flexible course, with a full study of every topic listed taking between two and three years to complete. You can also pick and choose projects to simply make this a year long course. While geography is the main focus of this unit study, it does a good job of including the resources needed to study the other subjects, too. Answers are included and the consumable work pages are reproducible (and are also now found on the included CD-ROM in PDF format, which makes it even easier to use with multiple children). There are several recommended resources which are used multiple times throughout the course. If you are interested in purchasing these, please see below. Items without prices are those that we do not currently carry. The resource list has been recently revised to accommodate for items that were going out of print, and several new resources have been added. This is the newest version, revised in 2010 with a CD-ROM of printable forms, activity sheets, maps and flags. CD is Win/Mac compatible; requires Adobe Reader (a free download). 266 pgs, pb. ~ Zach