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  • Item #: 040105
    Retail: $5.24
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    First appearing in the late 19th century, flip books were an early form of animation, combining a series of small sequenced drawings in a tiny book that produced movement when flipped through at a fast speed. Create your own animation with this simple set of 6 flipbooks by General’s® measuring 2” x 4” and containing 32 pages each. Paper has a nice texture for drawing and the right weight so you can see your previous drawing slightly thru the next sheet. A quick animation lesson is included. Made in the USA. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 045234
    Retail: $24.99
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    While I am a little too young to remember Jon Gnagy, I can appreciate good art and good value! The kit includes a black-and-white 64-page instructional book, fifteen 12" x 18" sheets of drawing paper, a 12" x 18" drawing board, 3 sketching pencils, a carbon pencil, a kneaded eraser, a tortillion (or "stomp"), a piece of gray chalk, two pieces of black chalk, and a sandpaper pad. Armed with these materials, it's time to investigate the book, a short course in learning how to draw. The first pages focus on the basics: using your pencil, stomp, and chalk to make different tones. Then you practice drawing lines, shapes, and forms (3-D shapes). A "crash course" on composition and perspective follow. Then you jump into the lessons, which guide you in six or less steps to making a picture, complete with shading and texture. The steps are somewhat lengthy, with the goal being a very realistic, three-dimensional representation. Thankfully, the example drawing progresses with you. The lesson subjects increase in complexity, incorporating more complex shapes and a range of subject matter, including pumpkins, a steamboat, snow-covered landscape, a Great Dane, and a Mexican boy. The end of the book provides guidance on drawing the human figure in action. While I have some issues with the layout and readability of the book (all instructions are in three languages, which makes every page seem crowded), this is the only kit I have seen that includes all of your supplies, gets you up and running quickly, and emphasizes shading to produce a "finished" look. – Jess

  • Item #: 013884
    ISBN: 9781939394217
    Retail: $39.99
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       Volume 1 lays the foundation for the K-3 program. Although examples of art masterpieces are included in this course, the emphasis is on learning to understand art and what artists do. Lessons in this volume introduce composition, mixing colors, understanding form and shape, drawing shapes, composing and drawing a still life, observation, drawing figures (people and animals), and portraits. Art media introduced includes watercolor crayons and oil pastels. Many of these lessons are similar to the first 21 lessons in the 3rd edition of ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Book One

  • Item #: 014806
    ISBN: 9781589474208
    Retail: $2.99
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    The object of this zany game is to use five cards to make a sentence. 54 cards are color coded and divided into four categories: adjectives, nouns, verbs, and conjunctions. Players draw and discard until a player can lay down a five-card sentence, which is worth 5 points. Play continues until someone scores 20 points. Kids will love learning the parts of speech with this wacky game! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 011870
    ISBN: 9781933407852
    Retail: $9.95
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    C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books are so rich in visual imagery and fascinating characters, it seems completely natural to incorporate art and crafts to bring the subjects to life. Thanks to Sharon Jeffus, you can easily do this, whether you're studying the books in school or just reading them for pleasure. In 56 pages, Sharon offers a variety of ways students can apply their own creativity to the subjects of Narnia, whether it be through pencil and paper, paint, clay, cardboard, or a craft project. Subjects examined are lions, heraldry, knights, armor, weapons, crowns, thrones, portraits, printing, rabbits, beavers, gargoyles, fauns, stags, trees, castles, birds, ancient writing, dragons, unicorns, and maps. Along the way, Sharon mixes in art concepts, including perspective, shading, using a grid, scale, and positive and negative space. Because the topics are chosen from the Narnia books, this is not a cohesive art program; rather, it's set up as a book you can wander through as you read through the Narnia books, choosing topics that suit your fancy. Topical lessons vary quite a bit in content, and may include a craft project, a drawing challenge, thought-provoking questions, creative challenges, a website to look up works of art, examining a given picture, learning an art principle, etc. The suggested activities are very open-ended, and would be easy to tailor to children of different ages. Occasionally, several different activity options are offered for a topic; some will appeal more to older children, and some to younger children. The instructions for an activity are very simple and freeform (more like suggestions), allowing as much adaptation as you want. As with their other very practical art books, you won't need any special art equipment for the lessons, just pencils, drawing paper, construction paper, glue, yarn, markers, crayons, and anything else you'd like to use. Also available is a CD-ROM which contains the entire text of the book in electronic form. If you're anxious to explore Narnia with all of your senses and sharpen your artistic skills at the same time, you'll enjoy using this book as an art companion.

  • Item #: 063891
    ISBN: 9781441319494
    Retail: $12.95
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       Whether you’re a hobbyist in fine lettering, wanting to learn more about the medieval art form of illuminating letters, or hoping to de-stress from the hustle of modern day in ancient creativity, this beautiful little workbook is the key. Each page consists of faint, soft blue graph paper to help you practice and learn illumination with little step-by-step drawing tutorials and illuminating techniques along the way. There are also blank letterforms to get you started from “A” to “Z” as you progress through the pages, just add a mystical creature here, some swirling vine and arabesque motifs there, fill-in the letter with a beautiful base color, then add some detailed accents with a white gel pen, and voilá, you’re an illuminator! You’ll find full-color samples of illuminated letters sprinkled amongst the pages of the practice book to give ideas and inspiration. 160 pgs, 6.25” x 8.25” hc. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 031137
    ISBN: 9781892069733
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    Each page holds a riddle like: "Your pet lizard has escaped and you've got to find him right away because your parents' guests are due to arrive in thirty minutes! Use the clues to draw a path to your lizard's hiding place." The grid holds pictures of possible hiding places and to figure out which item he's hiding behind, you need to solve the addition problems. Each problem has the form 4 + __ = 8 (W). Using the missing number and directional cues (N, E, W, S) found in parentheses as above, you start at the black star in the grid and travel the appropriate number of spaces in the direction given for each problem.

  • Item #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
    Retail: $16.95
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    More structured than a nature journal, this "outdoor workbook" is a great tool for families and students who prefer some guided instruction and inspiration as they observe, record, and learn from nature throughout the year. It features a varied, interactive format that kids won't soon get bored with, great forms for observation you can print from the publisher's website, and lots of terrific activity suggestions. The book is divided into three parts: "How to Be a Naturalist," "Learning the Sky," and "Exploring Nature." The first part introduces students to the skills and tools of the naturalist, provides suggestions and forms for setting up a nature journal, offers ideas for observation and appreciation (listing species that live in your neighborhood, making a "nature arrangement" or using observations to write a nature poem), and even includes quick drawing lessons that all culminate in an "field expedition." Because weather plays such a large role in nature, it gets its own chapter, and students are encouraged to draw the sky over different days and times, "read" clouds, draw a weather map, learn why we have seasons, play with shadows, keep a moon journal, discover nocturnal animals, learn three constellations and write a sky poem. The majority of "Exploring Nature" is organized by month (January-December) and provides specific activities and mini-lessons on seasonal nature topics. In March students will learn about the spring equinox, check for life in small pools of water and streams, turn over logs and rocks, draw birds, observe and draw budding twigs, and much more. In August, the focus is on water (the book assumes a family vacation here!) and students learn about the water cycle, find out more about a local stream or river, experiment with water, learn about water creatures, find sources of water in nature, keep a nature journal on vacation, and sleep under the stars. Several forms are provided for all months, including "Nature Notes" and "Nature Quest" forms, and a blank page for a "Picture of the Month." You can print more of these online for ongoing observation projects. Quite a few helpful resources for parents can be found in the appendix, such as safety information, suggestions on how to use nature journals in teaching and how to use the book to meet state curriculum standards, a bibliography (including suggested field guides and books for kids), recommended websites and a list of nature organizations. If you're new to nature studies and looking for some time-saving forms and activity suggestions, this is a resource to consider – and its reasonable enough you may want to get each child their own copy. – Jess

  • Item #: 068488
    ISBN: 9781537570310
    Retail: $14.50
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     Using the Dyslexie© font designed specifically for dyslexic readers, this book teaches 30 Bible verses using repeated activities. Each Old or New Testament verse is tied to a theme like hope, gossip, enemies and faith (6 pages per verse). First, students color a drawing of Bible Bunny. Then, parents read the included verse and students use a dot-to-dot activity to form 3 letters (progressing in alphabetical order). Next, students trace a repeated, lighter image of Bible Bunny. Then, they draw a picture of the verse. Finally, they write down the Bible verse and what they are thankful for. Reproducible for single family use. 6”x 8”, 186 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 065367
    Retail: $15.00
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    Take the simplicity of the Bob Books and turn it into a reading game genius! Bob Books have helped children learn to read for decades, and now little ones can learn to recognize letters and sounds with the Bob Books Happy Hats Game. For up to four players, each person chooses one of the friendly Bob Books characters as their moving piece. Flick the spinner to see how many places to move on the game board the spaces are alphabetical around the edge of an oblong playing board (10x 20). On each space there is a blackline drawing of something that begins with that letter along with the printed word. Children choose from their hand of word-ending cards (40 in the game) to either form a word beginning with that letter or match the letter (if its a vowel). If they can form a word or match the vowel, they get to take a hat token. The person with the most hats at the end of the game wins. Learning to read just became a whole lot more fun!

  • Item #: 064877
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      A ‘Word Puzzler’ is a clue-based letter scramble that leads students to spell various words, increasing their vocabulary, listening, and spelling skills. At the beginning of each lesson, students are given a set of letters. The teacher then reads the first clue from the book, asking them to form a word based on the clue. As more clues are read, words are transformed by substitutions, rearrangements, and additions, until the final clue asks students to use all the letters to form a word. 

      The main draw of this activity book is its emphasis on vocabulary words and contextual information. Many clues ask students to make adjectives, antonyms, and swap consonants or vowels, which reinforces vocabulary meanings while improving spelling skills. Some of the clues can be a little tricky for younger spellers, but the teacher can make clues easier or allow students to team up. Overall, this is a neat supplementary activity book, excellent for honing logic, vocabulary, and spelling skills for individuals or small groups of students. ~ Stephen

  • Item #: 061394
    ISBN: 9780711235830
    Retail: $15.99
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    Brought to you by a homeschooling mom, author Miri Flower believes in the importance of being creative and its unique form of play. What better way than to start experimenting with painting, getting a little messy and have some fun learning alone the way! This adventurous paint book is chock full of creative fun and inspirational projects that range from decorations for your home to sentimental keepsakes or gifts. The 70 illustrated projects contain crafty ideas for everyone in the family and are divided into different painting sections: painting effects & techniques, painting arts & crafts, printmaking, painting with brushes, painting with other tools and the classic hands & feet creations. 128 pgs, 5.5 x 8 pb. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 060777
    ISBN: 9780982987322
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Writing the Visual, Kinesthetic & Auditory Alphabet (32 pp, 5" x 8.5") is a multi-sensory resource designed to help you teach children their letters. Learn hand motions for each letter, tips on forming letters, activities to deepen learning and tips for preventing backwards letters. You see illustrated hand motions for each letter that are quite clever and easy to learn and do. They use the same terms in all 3 products, such as "make a thin man" means to draw a straight line. I found the motions to be logical and easy to use. The reinforcement activities can be a body movement, a drawing, or collecting things from around the house that start with a certain sound/letter. If you have a right brained learner, these books give some really good ideas that can carry over to other subject areas. You may find yourself learning states and capitals using some of the tips you picked up in this program! ~ Sara

  • Item #: 060629
    ISBN: 9780500238806
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Highlighting the masterpieces of 20 great painters from the 15th to 20th century, you will dig deeper into the works of both householdname artists as well as more unfamiliar artists – the mix includes van Eyck, Botticelli, Millais,
    Morisot, Chardin, Uccello, and Gaugin, among others. Study a masterpiece from each artist, examining how its unique elements were created. Hone in on certain aspects and compare this work to others by the same artist. The text takes a unique approach in describing the art: it is written as though we are standing there as the artist works. The author’s style is explained in a conversational, story-like form. While I found this style appealing and easily digestible, be aware that the author does take a certain level of liberty, such as fictionalizing some of
    the artist’s thoughts and feelings. This book also analyzes the original intended audience, how the painters bucked established artistic trends, and how audiences have responded through the years. This is a beautiful book with 134 illustrations (126 in color), including a full reproduction of each highlighted masterpiece. With each painting, the “Why Don’t You?” inset suggests an activity, such as journaling, a visit to an art museum, or drawing horizon and perspective. Note: a handful of paintings and sculptures with nude subjects are selected. For each artist, you will also find a portrait and web links to view
    additional artwork; a chronology is in the back. Includes a glossary and a list of art museums to visit. 10” x 11 ¾”, 96 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 059837
    ISBN: 9781613749616
    Retail: $18.95
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    Children are fascinated by animals and capitalizing on their interest and passion will help them to love learning (and who knows, maybe provide a career opportunity for them in the future!). Divided into two parts, this book takes children from understanding Zoology at its most basic definition through the foundational concepts of animal forms and functions, animal behavior and environment. Then, it forays into zoology (in real life) with a survey of career paths and experiences for zoologists. Intermingled within the text are full color illustrations and abundant hands-on activities. A sampling of activities includes playing a dolphin echolocation game, demonstrating a butterfly’s life cycle, communicating like a deep sea animal, molding “tiger teeth”, planning and drawing an animal’s exhibit and following recipes to create an edible animal cell and bat fruit salad. The over 20 activities usually use easy to find items. Includes bolded vocabulary words, a glossary, an index and resources to learn more. A perfect supplement to any science curriculum or unit study/summer study resource. 131 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 058831
    ISBN: 9781412711821
    Retail: $9.98
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Incorporating full color photos and childlike drawings, this first dictionary's layout is orderly and easily draws the reader's eyes across the page. On each two-page layout words are grouped according to interesting themes of importance to pre- and early readers. Topics start with "me," move to family and community, then nature, etc., then finish with key pre-K concepts such as colors, money, opposites, and action words. In each topic, words are used to form 2-3 sample sentences which include Dolch sight words. Some of the occupation pictures are caricatures: the scientist is "mad" and the farmer is slovenly. Overall, this is an appealing early dictionary to help young ones associate the written word with the people and things around them. 9" x 11", 96 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 053798
    Retail: $16.99
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    Geared toward the automotive racing enthusiast, this kit has everything you need to create six 3-D color paper racecar models with tons of racing stickers. Once you get the hang of building the pre-formed models using the materials provided, you can go "off the track" by designing your own car using the tracing sketch pad and car part templates that are on realistic blueprint-style paper. A 16-page full-color book guides you through the process and informs you about the history of racing. With the racing classics poster as inspiration, in very short lap times you will be creating you own Ferraris.

  • Item #: 050020
    ISBN: 9780981999029
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $149.00

    What a treasure! I'm mourning the fact that I no longer have students in my home. I would love to go through this course with them. If there was anything even remotely like it "back then," I was unaware of it. This course combines music history (learning about composers) with music appreciation (learning about their music) and shows how they interweave with as well as impact the intricate fabric of western culture. The scope of the course is breathtaking a survey of 300 years (right before 1600 to the edge of WWI) of Western Music and Arts. The author, Carol Reynolds, is a well-loved professor of music history who supplies students with an abundance of primary and secondary sources and encourages her students to learn from them. The course she's provided is professionally well-done, comprehensive in its depth and scope, amazing in its use of musicians and cultural backdrops and, in short, magnificent. In her words, "the history of music makes sense only when it is combined with the history of science, politics, conquests, religious movements, and the other arts. . . . . Music has the ability to enlighten, enliven, and enshrine in our memory the interaction of history, science, and art."

    Just to whet your appetite, here's what's provided in the unit on Mozart: a lecture that includes pictures from the Big Band era and rock and roll (to illustrate the similarity in terms of musical change between the Baroque and the following period), examples of music played on a piano that merge into orchestral presentations, pictures of political figures, art, architecture, places, clothing, a "sub-lecture" that shows how a grand piano works, vocabulary defined, dozens of musical examples. Through all of this, Mrs. Reynolds' sweeping commentary takes us from Mozart throughout Europe and even colonial America showing us relationships and a continual historical perspective. While the workbook provides "notes" (dates, places, definitions, etc.), the student will need to pay attention to the lecture in order to fill in all the blanks. Questions involve extrapolation from the lecture rather than just a regurgitation of it. The lecture introduces many musical compositions; listening to required and recommended works will provide others, but it's expected that the student continues to learn by drawing on provided internet sources.

    There are 17 units:

    • Using music history to unlock western culture
    • Music entwined with great events in western history
    • Technology, terminology, and cultural perspective
    • Fanfare and power: the court of Louis XIV
    • Sweeping away the Renaissance into the Baroque
    • Liturgical calendar, street parties, and the new church music
    • A lively journey through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Enlightenment, classicism and the astonishing Mozart
    • In the abyss: the century struggles with unfettered imagination
    • Beethoven as hero and revolutionary
    • Salons, poetry, and the power of the song
    • A tale of four virtuosi and the birth of the tone poem
    • Nationalism and explosion of romantic opera
    • The absolutely new world of Wagner
    • Imperial Russia a cultural odyssey
    • Load up the wagons: the story of American music
    • Turning the page on western tradition with the explosion of war

    Course components include a set of DVDs (lively lectures that include "on location" film clips, interviews, and a wealth of information; professionally done) and a student Resource Book that will ultimately become a resource/reference for the student when the course is completed. Recently revised, the audio CDs that were previously included have been replaced by links on the publisher's website (www.professorcarol.com) to required and recommended musical works. The spiral-bound student Resource Book provides the student's path through the course. The pages for each unit provide a list of Key Figures and Places, Vocabulary, Notable Dates, suggestions for Listening (some of which are included on the CDs), and a listing of Websites for further research. The Putting It All Together section provides study projects for the student and the Viewing Guide provides a place for note-taking through the lecture series. Also included in the Workbook is a set of Quizzes for each unit, texts and translations for the music provided, and an answer key for both the Quizzes and the Viewing Guide pages.

    Although it doesn't say so, this course seems like it was developed with homeschoolers in mind all instruction is directed toward the student so a motivated student could work somewhat independently (although in my home, I would have wanted to be learning these things right along with my student). Easily a full high school credit in Music History/Appreciation, it might be more properly called by an old-fashioned name Humanities.

    The Teacher's Manual on CD-ROM is available separately and includes PDF files for the following: Syllabus, a unit-by-unit Course Plan, four Exams with Answer Keys, and a Listening Plan. Appendices include a Listening Selection Chart and a Listening Progress Form. Although not absolutely necessary, this does provide some nice features and gives the course a little more cohesive "feel." The publisher recommends the addition of the Teacher's Manual especially if taking the course for credit. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 047644
    ISBN: 9781550357592
    Retail: $18.99
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    This workbook is divided into two sections: the first contains the activities for learning and practicing mapping skills and the second contains outline maps of the entire world. The activity section starts off pretty simply – what is a map, map types, directional indicators, compass rose, map symbols, globes, hemispheres, and coordinates – and moves on to more advanced concepts as students move through the book – reading maps, labeling maps, locating places on a map, and longitude and latitude. The activity pages are all consumable (and reproducible for family/classroom use), and include a lot of fill-in-the-blanks and map reading/drawing exercises. There are 59 pages of outline maps included in the book – working around the globe in the form of continents, continental regions, and countries. Some of these maps are labeled, or numbered, but most are blank – and many also include directions for completing activities to test geographical knowledge. All of the answers are included in the back of the workbook.

  • Item #: 046728
    ISBN: 9781465461780
    Retail: $19.99
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  • Item #: 045269
    ISBN: 9781420621150
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    Practicing any skill can become boring. Sometimes, you need to mix it up a little; vary the routine for a little burst of motivation. Instead of using a "just practice problems" book, this one has an added incentive for completing each page. While the title makes the book sound like just a graphing book, its 56 activity sheets actually practice a wide variety of math skills. Besides obviously familiarizing your child with a coordinate grid, graphing, and negative numbers, this book has engaging exercises to review: basic operations with integers, basic operations with variables, prime numbers, factors, GCF, operations with fractions, percents, ratio and proportion, mean, mode, reading graphs, rounding, absolute value, money, sequences, logic, geometry, probability, and word problems. There are about 10 problems per sheet (labeled A-J). The inducement for solving the problems on each worksheet is discovering the picture formed when solutions are graphed. After students solve a page, they place the answers in blanks to form sets of coordinate points. Answers are used multiple times and placed in blanks corresponding to the letter of the answer. Points are plotted on a coordinate graph and lines drawn connecting points in sets (an END OF LINE marks the end of each set). When all the lines are drawn, a picture is formed. I have seen books like this for younger students, but this one is unique in that it is for middle school grades with resulting pictures correspondingly more complex (helicopter, airplane, eagle, windmill, etc.). Pages are all reproducible as are the two formats of blank graphing paper with axes. Book may be used as a consumable if you cut off the answers on the bottom of each page. Reduced graphs showing completed drawings are at the end of the book. Use these worksheets to practice or reinforce specific skills or use them once a week as review. If your child enjoys a bit of creativity with her math practice, she'll relish creating pictures using math skills (and a pencil!).

  • Item #: 044963
    ISBN: 9781932971378
    Retail: $8.50
    Rainbow Price: $4.56

    This drawing instruction book takes a "learn by doing" approach, offering a progression of drawing exercises to help the art student build his or her skills. It starts with the basics, introducing students to the tools used, providing warm-up exercises, and offering brief explanations of value before the first exercise – drawing a bowl of eggs. The lessons then progress through shape, form and use of shading to show the light source. Specific still life exercises are given that offer students opportunities to draw common objects that are made up of basic shapes. The exercises progress in difficulty here, from tennis balls and fruit (spheres) to boxes, cans of soda, funnels, bottles, light bulbs, household tools, and even a telephone. Movement, texture and pattern are emphasized in the last half of the book and exercises include drawing ribbons, stuffed animals, draped fabric, plants and other household objects that provide opportunities for practice. The last section of the book provides pointers on how to compose a still life, some questions for self-evaluation, a list of suggested art books, and a gallery of student work. Overall, it's an inexpensive and no-nonsense drawing guide. 52 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 044573
    ISBN: 9780824967956
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    My first thought when I skimmed this book was, "You know, if you didn't have the time to devote to a full-fledged art curriculum, this would be an excellent resource!" And it is! Flexible for use with multiple grade levels, this art activity book features 40 lessons that cover the elements of art and design through inventive, open-ended projects that include tie-ins to learning about famous artists too! Seven chapters introduce the concepts of line, shape, texture, color, value, form and space through basic instruction and multiple activities. For example, let's look at the first chapter on line. Two pages of text introduce the concept and show examples of different types of line, and how they are used in art. The following projects include: making a crayon-resist painting of a spider web to appreciate linear design, making a decorative line design by filling in an outline of an object with small "patches" of lines in patterns, making a line drawing of an imaginary machine, like Leonardo da Vinci (complete with notes written backwards!), using a grid to make a drawing, drawing a musical instrument (while listening to music), then drawing lines around the instrument inspired by the music, and making a kaleidoscope line design by making a symmetrical design on a Styrofoam tray, then printing a block of the design. Projects in the other six chapters are just as inventive and creative, and I love the little "Meet the Masters" sections here and there that share information on a famous artist and their artistic style. The title sums it up – the projects are so well focused that children will likely create impressive works as they learn the elements of design! Although some of the projects call for specific items (acrylic spray, vermiculite, plaster of Paris, or grass seed), these don't appear to be too difficult to find and most of the projects do rely on the "basics" – construction paper, scissors, crayons, tempera paint, watercolors, colored pencils, and markers. Whether you are just considering incorporating art into your curriculum regularly, or you are looking for enjoyable art projects based on the elements of design, this is an "amazing" resource. 128 pgs. – Jess

  • Item #: 043207
    ISBN: 9781587921445
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.75

    This creative game takes what your child loves to eat and turns it into a fun, learning game. Before each game begins make sure the triangular cards are shuffled and placed in the center. Taking turns each player draws six cards from the deck and uses them to form their own pizza circle. The first game titled "The Works" is fairly simple to play. Each player takes turns drawing and discarding until the first person creates "the works" or has obtained one of each topping. The second game is titled "Half & Half." The object of this game is to create a pizza only using two toppings. The last two games are a little more challenging. "Make 10" calls for six pizza slices that have topping pieces equaling the number ten. "The Six Mix" challenges players to find slices of pizza that have toppings in order from one to six. The forty-eight cards also allow for your own creative variations. All four games are useful for the enhancement of counting, hand-eye coordination, and patterning skills. 1-4 players. ~ Tasha

  • Item #: 042244
    Retail: $15.99
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    Fast-paced and competitive, Link-O is all about taking names and taking cards. The basics of the game are simple: each player is dealt 13 cards (with 13 possible suits), and the remaining cards form a draw pile (with 6 face-up to give players a choice). The goal is to play as many cards as you can before anyone runs out. Players can put down sets of same-numbered cards, or just one, and earn points at the end of the game for all cards in front of them (minus points for cards left in your hand). But beware! If an opponent plays the same number of cards with a higher value, your cards are snatched! Your opponent then has the choice to take your current set of cards into his or her own hand or force you to discard your cards. Either way, you lose precious points in a fast-playing game. If you, however, have a higher set of cards then your opponent, you just might be able to return the favor…
  • Item #: 041229
    ISBN: 9780967738731
    Retail: $339.00
    Rainbow Price: $274.95
    Before studying history in depth in TRISMS for the high school level, you can take a one or two-year tour of the entire scope of world history in upper elementary or middle school. History's Masterminds covers world history up to the year 2010 in a similar format as the high school TRISMS, though there are some differences. In the high school level, more time is spent on each period in history, and students spend more time analyzing each civilization in depth, including the art, music, architecture, and literature of each culture. In History's Masterminds, the emphasis is on chronological developments throughout history, including new inventions, geographical explorations, and science discoveries. In fact, students will be compiling information on these three topics into a course book throughout the program. Children will also read and research their way through history via historical fiction, biographies, and other resource books. History, geography, writing, language, literature, and science are all covered through this program. Math history is covered, but math itself is not; so you will need to supplement with a complete math curriculum (Saxon Math is recommended). The set is composed of a teacher's manual, student book, and a loose-leaf pack of student worksheets, research questionnaires, quizzes, and quarterly tests. The teacher's manual contains all of the lessons, assignments, teaching information, reading lists, and answer keys while the other two packs contain the forms and worksheets the student will need to complete the ssignments.

    The author recommends completing this course over a 2-year period. There are 38 weeks of lessons included, and each week's activities are listed on a lesson plan grid, similar to what is used in the upper-level TRISMS books but with a few differences. The assignments are divided between science, inventions, explorers, and language. A separate grid for each week lists recommended historical fiction, biographies and resource books while major historical events, suggested topics for research, and math history developments are also included. Each weekly lesson focuses on a different chronological span of time and covers all of these topics during that time period. For each week, students will be reading historical fiction and other books and completing questionnaires for scientists, inventions, and explorers. Questionnaires include a series of questions about the topic that the student answers through researching the topic, using the library, and other available resources. Inventions questionnaires also ask the student to draw and/or diagram the invention, while Explorers questionnaires ask the student to mark the explorer's journey on a map and create a map key. The reading lists in the teacher's guide offer suggestions for resources, organized by lesson, which may help when researching. There are separate science assignments for most weeks, which include experiments and research projects. Language assignments are more extensive and incorporate a wide variety of topics including poetry, book reports, letter writing, reports, public speaking, word roots, grammar, outlining, interviewing, bibliographies, and much more. Because the emphasis is on exploring history in a very chronological way, creating a timeline is essential to the course. Famous inventors, scientists, explorers, other major historical figures and events will all be added to the timeline as they are studied each week. Quizzes and tests are also included for reinforcement; quizzes are given every three lessons while tests are given four times throughout the year.

    Overall, this course is not only a great way to try the TRISMS approach, but it offers great practice in researching and a terrific scope of our entire history as well. Its open-ended approach makes it useable with students of different grades, and it would be easy (and fun!) to use with multiple children. Because it is so heavily book and research-based, this would be a good fit for you especially if you have pretty easy access to a library and if your students are fairly motivated and independent. – Jess

  • Item #: 040630
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Looking for a fun word game that's not too taxing? This game prompts players to use random words to create grammatically correct sentences. 540 pentagon-shaped cards are included . There are five words on each card (usually a variation of one word like full, fill, fills, filled, and filling), which means a total of 2700 words used in the game, including wild cards that can be used for any word. A four-page rulebook is included that describes several game variations. The basic game consists of all players drawing ten cards and trying to form a correct sentence using them. Optimally, players want to use all ten words in a sentence for maximum points, but sentences can be as short as two words. Each player knocks on the table to signal that they are finished, and after all players are ready, they read their sentences out loud. Other players then vote on if each sentence is correct, with the player being judged making arguments as to the validity of the sentence. Much of the fun of this game comes from hearing the stories players must make up to prove a sentence like "The duck keeps giving me flames instead of nuts." makes sense. Each player with a correct sentence gets points for their cards (value of cards is based on difficulty of words) with a bonus ten points for using all cards. The first player to 200 points is the winner. Official score sheets included, 3-10 players.

    Want even more words? Two add-on decks are currently available (with more in the works). Brain-Buster deck includes 400 "SAT-worthy" words from the first half of the alphabet (M-Z deck to come at later date), and NASA Space Terminology deck features 400 space-related words, including names of astronauts.

  • Item #: 040039
    ISBN: 9781420629316
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Learn word processing with book reports and a social media page; Spreadsheet activities include an exploration timeline, electricity cost calculator, major crops of US, seawater properties, and human growth population. Drawing activities incorporate a national weather map and technological systems diagram. Surveys covering favorite books, movies, TV shows and sports provide lessons on using Google forms. The final presentation activities cover favorite animals and invasive species.

  • Item #: 039529
    ISBN: 9781594416019
    Retail: $2.49
    Rainbow Price: $2.25

    A very inexpensive manipulative opportunity! You get 6 sets of alphabet stickers with both upper- and lower-case letters in traditional manuscript form, shown on dotted-middle-line rule, along with a small photographic image of an object beginning with that letter. Just think of the possibilities! You can have your child run around the house, labeling things that also begin with that letter (or outside, if your child is excitable and you don't have any neighbors nearby). For a tamer exercise, let him or her find objects in a catalog or magazine to "label" with the appropriate sticker. Place a sticker on a blank sheet of paper and have your child draw as many objects as she can think of that begin with that letter. Or, as your student is learning a letter, affix it to the beginning of a ruled line of practice paper (or even ruled whiteboard) as a model for forming the letter. For more advanced practice with sounds, give each family member a letter "name tag" at suppertime with the rule that every sentence a person says during that meal must deliberately include as many words containing that letter sound as possible. Afterwards, vote on the best sentence of the meal (also a good time to introduce the concept of alliteration!).

  • Item #: 039235
    ISBN: 9780980072303
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.30

    It's easy to become a cookbook collector. The glossy photos of scrumptious meals draw you in regardless of whether the recipes are easy or the ingredients are easy to find! Our intentions are good, but somehow we just can't get around to pulling together an incredible meal every night. Well, cookbook author Rachel Masters takes a much more practical approach, almost guaranteeing that this is one cookbook that will spend more time on the countertop than on the shelf. As a mom with young children, she was frustrated with the time it was taking to develop a meal plan and grocery list for the week. To make this easier, she created a plan that rotated through all of the main dishes her family enjoyed, along with shopping lists to accompany them. In the end she had a twelve-week plan, each week complete with five main dishes, a dessert, a snack, and a shopping list. After using her plan with much success over the years, she now presents it to the rest of us in handy cookbook form. The cookbook presents thirteen weeks, each with a meal plan for the week, a grocery list (divided into types of food like produce, dairy, etc.), and the recipes. Each week features five meals, a snack, and a dessert. Weeks are broken down by meal, with each meal including recipes for the main course as well as side dishes. As a bonus, Rachel has included a suggested timetable for each meal, outlining when each task preparation task should be done for a six o'clock target dinner time. At this point, you may be mostly concerned about the meals themselves. Will your family like them? Glancing over the meal plans, I'd say they have broad appeal (remember, the author has several young children herself!). A sampling of the meals includes: chicken fajitas, beef stew, lasagna, shepherd's pie, pork chops, sloppy joes, french dip sandwiches, ribs, chicken over rice, sub sandwiches, split pea soup, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork tenderloin, and many more scrumptious-sounding side dishes I don't have room to mention. You won't find anything too specialized in here, just family-pleasing favorites. Of course, if everyone in your family dislikes a certain recipe, just replace it with one of your own and edit the shopping list to include those ingredients.

    Additionally, seven appendices include suggestions for breakfasts and lunches, using produce from your garden, recipes for special events and holidays, essentials for the kitchen, tips and ideas, making a few typically store-bought items from scratch, and some advice on family meal time (including suggestions to get children to try new things!). All in all, this is a great, practical resource for any busy mom struggling to shop and pull together meals each week! I know our family could have benefited from this approach when I was growing up! – Jess