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  • Item #: 001917
    ISBN: 9780794537364
    Retail: $12.99
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       Learn about portraits, still lifes, landscapes, sculpture and loads more terms/concepts as you follow a silly presentation of some serious art! There aren’t many art books that are a funny read. It is just full of interesting little nuggets! Did you know that for thousands of years artists used a color called mummy brown (made from actual mummies)? As you read, there are lots of activities for the reader to complete that have to do with that page’s theme: when learning about color tones, you will color in the same little picture with a warm and cool color palette to notice how they feel different to the viewer. Four pages of stickers make it even more interactive! I think students who love art would enjoy this book, but it would also introduce the non-artist to some great information! Some of the famous artists include: Van Gogh, Lowry, Kusama, Lichtenstein, Klee, Rousseau and many more. 80pp, 8.5” x 11”, pb.  ~Sara

  • Item #: 009848
    ISBN: 9781932012989
    Retail: $20.00
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    Any book that claims to be the “ultimate” had better deliver, and this one does! Not just an update of an out of print classic, this is THE book to read if you’re planning to homeschool or considering homeschooling. Answering the real questions (i.e. What if I don’t want to homeschool?) as well as the expected (i.e. How do I get it all done?) – and with a candid honesty you will appreciate – it also addresses concerns of seasoned homeschoolers (i.e. preventing burnout). Several themes run throughout the book – organization and planning are good things, creating and maintaining a love-of-learning environment is important, raising independent learners and responsible kids is desirable, and staying connected with other homeschoolers is necessary. The new to homeschooling couple will find a realistic discussion of all the questions rumbling around in your brains/hearts – Can we do this? What will it cost us? How do we choose curriculum? What type of learner is our child? Will this be the best decision for us? A family worksheet is included to help you sort through all the issues and make a wise decision about homeschooling. There is also a lot of help for making curriculum decisions. Subjects are each covered by examining where you want to go and how to get there. Strategies for each grade level along with guidelines and recommended resources are included. In fact, lots and lots of resources are provided – for books, curriculum, publishers and suppliers, programs, organizations, and technology. Though all grades are covered thoroughly, the discussion on homeschooling high schoolers is excellent and extremely comprehensive including discussions that I’ve not seen elsewhere (i.e. What about organized sports?). Any homeschooler – just getting started or seasoned – will appreciate the thoughtful discussions, multitudinous resources, and reality-based encouragement found in these pages. Janice

  • Item #: 051792
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    Who is Charlotte Mason and how does her philosophy of education provide such great appeal for homeschooling families? This succinct book introduces us to Miss Mason, a British Educator in the 19th century, and offers a gentle overview of her philosophy, allowing families to determine if this approach is right for them. Miss Mason once described the essence of education as “an atmosphere, a discipline, a life”, and this book takes a look at the meanings behind these words philosophically and in the practical application. We also are given a glimpse of what a typical “Charlotte Mason School day” looks like in the home of the Queen family. Providing an excellent introduction to the Charlotte Mason methodology, this book is indispensable in equipping you to use a Charlotte Mason approach. 34 pgs, pb. - Deanne

  • Item #: 003344
    ISBN: 9781433506956
    Retail: $15.99
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    Describes a philosophy of education based on the Charlotte Mason approach - an approach concerned as much with instilling good character and high morals in children than with learning basic skills. After acquiring basic abilities in the three R's, children learn through "living books" (as opposed to dry texts) and life experiences. Macaulay draws heavily on the philosophies of Charlotte Mason, but from a Christian viewoint. Besides imparting Mason's philosophy and sharing her personal experiences as a homeschooled child, Susan shares the joy, freedom, and beauty possible in life and learning.

  • Item #: 010029
    ISBN: 9780393253627
    Retail: $39.95
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      The 4th edition of this Classical favorite updates all product information (eliminating products which are no longer available and substituting new favorites for previous recommendations). The general organization and structure of the book is the same, although a new introduction/overview section on homeschooling high school has been added.

    If you're looking for some real guidance in product/curriculum selection for providing your child with a "classical" education, here it is -- down to the titles of the books and where to find them! These ladies have very clear recommendations for each subject area, both for elementary through eighth grade and high school levels, and they're anxious to share them with you. Written by a mother and her daughter (a second-generation homeschooler), the book provides what many are looking for - concrete, specific recommendations for materials to help in providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive education. Using the trivium as their pattern for education, the book is divided into sections by stage: the Grammar stage (grades K through 4), the Logic stage (grades 5 through 8), and the Rhetoric stage (high school). They wrote this book after coming to the conclusion that "if you want your child to have an excellent education, you need to take charge of it yourself. You don't have to reform your entire school system. All you have to do is teach your own child." And they, very capably, supply you with the when, what, and how of it all from there.

    Jessie Wise taught her daughter, Susan, at home, using the classical method. And Susan, a literature professor at the college of William and Mary in Virginia, uses it with her own three sons. Their experience and knowledge of materials has enabled them to provide us with both a clear explanation of the theory behind a classical education and the means to implement it. Each part of the book begins with a very good description of that stage, how it differs from the others, and what your priorities should be. Then, subject by subject, and grade by grade, they provide much advice about what to teach, schedules for teaching, and many, many curriculum (text and non-text) recommendations. Later sections of the book address socialization, character, time management, grading and record keeping, standardized testing, athletics, dealing with your local school system, getting help (when needed), going to college, working, obtaining materials, and starting in the middle. Appendices list home-education organizations and other resources. Parents who want to provide this type of education will find much support in this volume. Revised in 2009.

  • Item #: 000846
    ISBN: 9780880620741
    Retail: $12.00
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    A set of three well-written, helpful books by Dr. Beechick. A Home Start in Reading is chock-full of no-nonsense advice for teaching your child to read. Dr. Beechick includes a phonics system, chart, advice on dealing with those “messy” phonics problems and sight words, what to do “after” phonics, and suggestions for teaching spelling. A wealth of hints and helps packed in 32 pages. In A Strong Start in Language, Dr. Beechick explains an easy-to-use, natural method for teaching a child to write. Sample lessons are provided as a starting point. Discover Dr. Beechick’s “powerful, real-life, home method” for teaching your child to go beyond mere memorization to thinking mathematically in An Easy Start in Arithmetic. Includes teaching ideas, games and activities.

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  • Item #: RBW2ND
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    2nd grade package features Horizons Phonics & Reading for language arts, Saxon Math 2 and manipulative kit, Story of the World Volume 1 and Volume 1 Activity Book, Exploring Creation with Astronomy text, Exploring Creation with Astronomy Jr. Notebooking Journal and the Astronomy lab kit (packaged by Nature's Workshop).

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: RBW3RD
    Retail: $479.45
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    The third grade package continues with Horizons Phonics and Reading Grade 3, Story of the World Volume 2 (and Activity Book), and Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 (text, Jr. Notebooking Journal and lab kit). At this level, math is switched to Saxon Math Intermediate Grade 3.

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: RBW5TH
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  • Item #: RBW7TH
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  • Item #: RBW8TH
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  • Item #: RBW8UP
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  • Item #: 041712
    ISBN: 9781935495659
    Retail: $29.00
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  • Item #: 011333
    ISBN: 9781942192985
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    Are you like me? Color and beauty make me happy. A well-organized, common-sensible planner makes me want to plan. When both are wrapped up into one user-friendly, cheerful, full-of-extras package, I'm ready to grab my pen!

    First, let's talk about the basics. Each week has a two-page spread in the spiral-bound (lies flat) 8.5 x 11" planner. Days (Mon-Fri) are across the top (three on left-hand page; two on right-hand page). Each of these columns has five subject sections (Bible, Math, History, Science, English). Each of these sections has four lines. In other words, for each day, and each subject, you can briefly record a 2 " line for each of three or four children or use two lines for two children or four lines for one child. There are additional boxes (total of seven lines) at the bottom of each column any other subjects. Each of these lines in each column ends with a small colored box for check-offs. The remaining vertical column on the right-hand page has lined space to record weekly priorities, daily dinner menus, and weekend activities.  Each week includes a Bible verse on one page and a notable quote (think inspirational Facebook status posts) on the other. 

    Now for the extras - sample planner page, place to insert a family picture and record family memories, a weekly cleaning schedule, special projects page (monthly boxes with reminders of those easy-to-forget occasional cleaning tasks), important contacts, children chore cards (perforated and ready to tear out), teacher schedule, class plan (curriculum) and student schedules for four children,  semester goals, monthly calendar with accompanying page to record books to read, field trips, and monthly expenses, perforated shopping lists (set of six for each month), semester accomplishments, attendance records, and grade recording sheets. There is also two year at a glance calendars-current year and the upcoming year.

    A set of four perforated, cardstock report cards are in the back (Each month is inaugurated with an encouraging article and has its own color scheme vibrant, subtle, cool, warm each satisfying. The graphic theme (which changes each year) is lively, and frankly, delightful. An extravagant claim perhaps, but I'll stick by it - using this planner will remind you daily that homeschooling is a wonderful calling, full of beauty and grace. Janice

  • Item #: 022747
    ISBN: 9780230100350
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    Perhaps you think you know what “classical” education is all about. It doesn’t take much “googling” to come up with the trivium and a few key authors. However, Leigh Bortins proves that there can be many ways to skin the proverbial cat. In this highly readable book she tells us what is wrong with American education, what our model and ideals should be and then, subject-by-subject she outlines a plan. It’s a workable plan, not necessarily easy to implement (it will take diligence and consistency) but definitely do-able. One can easily see both the potential of her methodology and the means by which it is accomplished. Classical Conversations (the community-based, one-day-a-week, classical homeschooling option the author co-founded) is attracting a surprising number of homeschoolers eager to implement her ideas. In this book she tells us how to incorporate classical study into daily routines involving the entire family. Maybe you need to be convinced that this is the direction you want to go. Maybe you need a road map to help take you there. Maybe you just want to know that others are following a similar path. It’s in here! 238 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 017347
    ISBN: 9780978541309
    Retail: $10.95
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    If you need some help getting organized, but want more flexibility than a standard lesson-plan book provides, read on! This journal combines lesson planner with other helpful forms uniquely suited to homeschooling. Intended as a permanent record, the spiral-bound volume can be filed away with your children’s work as a lasting reference to your school year. The first few pages contain helpful instructions for use and 2-year calendar to aid in planning. A“Linear Schedule of Home Schooling Events” - your year-at-a-glance summary of school-related activities - is followed by a page of yearly requirements like dental exams, test dates, home schooling conventions, etc. A two-sided page for recording by-subject test scores follows. The next several pages are devoted to recording information pertinent to planning field trips, including goals for learning. The heart of the organizer is a generous 200-day daily subject log. Recording boxes are ample and each page helpfully includes a lined, wide “NOTES:” column which allows for detailed recording of particulars on field trips, special activities, journal entries, whatever. At the end of the planner are 13 full pages of library list forms, allowing you to keep a record of books read or books that you hope to locate for use in unit studies. Reasonably priced, this journal could be a wonderful investment in tracking and organizing your school year.

  • Item #: 061804
    Retail: $25.00
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     The Instruction Booklet guides the instructor through practically teaching character traits and assessing traits demonstrated in student’s daily activities and school. Includes a pictorial overview of how to use the charts. This book is necessary to use the curriculum charts.

  • Item #: 000423
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    This CD-ROM is a real time saver, containing a multitude of reproducible forms for almost everything you’ll need for school, plus several for household use as well. You get more than a hundred pages of assignment sheets, curriculum planning charts, report forms, timeline pages, menu planners, chore forms, calendars, pages for outlining and writing, checklists, portfolios, and various notebooks. Also included are forms for Bible study, including a journal, prayer log, and scripture memorization. Almost everything you need in this one CD!

    You can view each sheet on your computer screen and print out whatever forms you need! The CD-ROM contains 3 different formats: MS Word Templates, PDF Files, and Interactive GP. System requirements depend on which format you will use. MS Word Templates require MS Word 97 or higher. PDF files are useable on any Mac or PC with Acrobat Reader, and Interactive GP requires Windows 98 or higher, 16 MB of RAM, 800x600 screen resolution and 130 MB of hard disk space. - Melissa

  • Item #: 046046
    Retail: $0.00
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    This colorful series from Singapore Math introduces early concepts in life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science to the very young. Each book focuses on one of these sciences, and contains 29 lessons and an answer key. Lessons are a page in length, with each topical lesson containing a short informational segment, follow-up questions or a hands-on activity. The material is presented in its simplest form, and most often the questions repeated at the end simply ask the student what was discussed at the top of the page, although in some cases, it might be helpful to have read a little more material on the subject as well. The range of subjects is pretty impressive, including animal habitats, parts of the ear and eye, seeds and how they sprout, electromagnets, conductors, circuits, mixing colors, evaporation, how sound is made, sinking or floating, seasons, solar system, Milky Way, constellations, meteors, food chains, and more. As an example of a lesson, one lesson in Book 3 features a short paragraph on the properties of some common materials, followed by a blank chart. The students must decide whether some other common materials such as wood, glass, plastic, rubber and others are hard, if they can be bent, if they last a long time, and if they are attracted to a magnet. After that activity, several common materials are listed, and the student must match these to the item or construction it can be used to make. All activities are generously illustrated with friendly, cartoon-like animals and objects, and altogether the books have a "fun," relaxed look about them, even though the concepts are fairly well-presented and a little more serious that I've seen in other early elementary science programs. Inexpensive and easy-to-use, this set could easily make up a complete science curriculum for the early grades, although you may want to supplement with a little more reading, especially with interesting related library books to broaden their horizons a little more. Each book used to be available separately, but it is now sold only as a set of four books. – Jess

  • Item #: 008889
    ISBN: 9780813621333
    Retail: $9.47
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  • Item #: 008892
    ISBN: 9780813621364
    Retail: $9.47
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  • Item #: 008891
    ISBN: 9780813621357
    Retail: $9.47
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

  • Item #: 002784
    ISBN: 9781888827392
    Retail: $64.95
    Rainbow Price: $42.75

    Homeschool teachers will go to great lengths to help their students overcome difficulties. Take Beverly Adams-Gordon, for example. An engineer and Montessori teacher, she left her teaching job to homeschool in an effort to solve her youngest daughter's severe spelling problems. Finding no suitable material, she thoroughly researched the subject and developed her own spelling curriculum.

    So what is different?

    • * It's all in one book. One purchase for all years for all kids.
    • * A chapter on research details the most effective methods of spelling instruction.
    • * Complete instructions for introducing, implementing and evaluating the program. Directions are given for adapting to different learning styles and ages.
    • * The program takes only 15 minutes/day.
    • * Extensive Word Lists are based on research done after 1979 of most frequently used and misspelled words. Word lists used in most other programs are based on lists created in 1915 or 1947. Two lists are provided, with 5,000 and 12,000 words, respectively.
    • * General and specific placement tests start each student right where he needs to be.
    • * Program is based on phonics and spelling rules, not phonics alone.
    • * Review is built into the program which uses a "spiral" approach (repeated and spaced review) similar to the approach Saxon takes in it's problem sets.
    • * Directions for over 100 games and activities are included which concentrate on specific skills and make spelling more interesting. Most are individual or partner games, but some can be played by up to 6 players.

    Now available in its 4th edition. Spelling Power retains all of its award-winning effective procedures, but it is more user-friendly with larger type and more graphics. Easier to read and less intimidating, there is also improved organization of resources. The 4th edition Spelling Power package includes access to the Teacher's Online Resources on the publisher's website and an updated Quick Start DVD seminar. The Quick Start DVD provides a personal step-by-step introduction to using the Spelling Power program featuring author Beverly Adams-Gordon who explains each step as "real" homeschool moms and students demonstrate. The Teacher's Online Resources includes printable forms, searchable word lists, charts, printable Activity Task Cards, bonus activities, and the Digital Spelling Tutor which allows you to create spelling lists for multiple children, offers learning, drill and testing activities, tracks several children's progress, allows you to create and print progress reports, and can be used with any spelling word list.

    Spelling Power provides the most thorough coverage of spelling that we have seen. This one is a "classic."

  • Item #: 008894
    ISBN: 9780813621388
    Retail: $11.47
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  • Item #: 008890
    ISBN: 9780813621340
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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