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  • Item #: 058149
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    Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool is a complete, turnkey, high school curriculum designed to fully equip homeschool teachers with everything needed for a dynamic learning experience. We've included lesson plans, teaching delivered via video by Dave Ramsey and his team of experts, and a blended learning website, foundationsU.com. In addition, more than 35 activities are included which focus on providing 21st century personal finance knowledge and skills in a student-centered approach to learning.


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    Teacher's Edition on CD-ROM:


    This brand new addition to the Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool curriculum is a 160-page digital teacher guide on CD-ROM with more than 35 activities, case studies, and assessments.



    Instructional Videos

    This set of 5 DVDs offers more than 12 hours of engaging classroom instruction taught by Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan.



    Student Text


    The Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Student Text is a comprehensive, 288-page student soft-cover consumable.



    foundationsU Blended Learning Site


    Our Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool curriculum comes with access to our blended learning site. FoundationsU.com is full of interactive tools, relevant articles, and real-world activities on a student-focused website designed for all devices.

  • Item #: 058148
    ISBN: 9781936948192
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  • Item #: 063679
    ISBN: 9780849964794
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    Teaching our children how to handle money is often “caught and not taught,” yet, how many of us learned our own personal money skills in the school of “hard knocks?”

    As parents, we want to set a good example of money management, but what if our ideas of money management are just not clicking with our child (or spouse!). Have you ever considered that you may have different money personalities? In the grand scheme of things, money is simply a tool, a means to an end, and that end is quality relationships with our spouse, children and the world around us. Delving into the heart of money relationships—the deep seated assumptions and beliefs that each of us bring to the money decisions we make—the authors expand on the five types of money personalities: saver, spender, risk taker, security seeker, and flyer, to help us identify our unique money personalities. Then the book moves on to assess the money personalities of our children through a designated assessment link and code. With this foundational understanding, the authors provide practical advice and encouragement for teaching our children basic money skills. The following sections are divided into 3 age groupings: 5-12 years, 13-17 years and 18 and beyond, with insights and ideas specific to the five money personalities. Also included are parental “button pushers” to be aware of in order to prevent us from over reacting and derailing these important conversations. A great tool to understand how different children approach and deal with money that would be a great go-along for parents whose children are working through the Dave Ramsey Foundations in Personal Finance course or the Money Matters for Kids/Teens series. 257 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 050708
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  • Item #: 050845
    ISBN: 9781936948291
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  • Item #: 004735
    ISBN: 9781250106940
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    Sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? The reality is there really is such a thing as common sense economics, especially as it relates to wealth and prosperity. Laying a solid foundation for beginning economists and helping advanced students/adults see the bigger picture of the impact of economic policy changes, this book seeks to alleviate economic illiteracy through key principles that equip us to make wise personal and policy choices. In Part 1, readers will explore the twelve key elements of economics. In this section, you will learn the true meaning of costs, why prices matter, how trade furthers prosperity and how the production of goods and services people value (and not just jobs) provides the source of high living standards. In Part 2, the seven sources of economic progress are explored with a focus on the major factors that underlie the growth process. Privately owned property, competition, limits on government regulation, efficient capital investments, monetary stability, low tax rates and free trade are covered in this section. Part 3 examines the role of government in common sense economics. Thoroughly explaining ten elements of clear thinking about economic progress and the role of government, you will quickly realize that the government does have a role in a successful economy, it may just need redefined. Part 4 concludes the economic study with twelve key elements of practical personal finance. Topics include your personal comparative advantage, entrepreneurship, budgeting, financing, savings, investments and diversifying, and teaching your children how to earn and spend money wisely. Including an extensive note section and index along with a website dedicated to the study of common sense economics, this well-organized exposition of economics will educate teens and adults with a thorough and practical understanding of economics and the impact it has on our lives. Worth noting is that the author has supplied a wealth of online resources, at the request of educators, to specifically provide a comprehensive economics course survey. HC. 227 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 002240
    ISBN: 9781602005228
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    That proverbial talk about the “birds and the bees.” You know you need to do it. Teaching your children about God’s plan for sex and all the male/female interaction that leads up to it is part of what it means to bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And you want to do it – sort of. It’s just that it’s so very uncomfortable – and you don’t know what to say – and there might be questions asked that make you ashamed or guilty. . .  Dennis and Barbara Rainey (parents of six) of Family Life Ministries know you need “a plan” and they’ve provided a lovely one – a getaway weekend kit complete with instructions for you, guidelines for what to do, excellent speakers to get the difficult words out in the open by offering interesting audio sessions, an engaging format, a solid study of Biblical values, and enjoyable scripture songs.

      The goal of this program is to encourage and empower parents to discuss the difficult topics of intimacy, sexual behavior, and personal feelings that are facing their children as they enter the preteen years. To give parents the tools they need to both challenge their sons and daughters as they enter the pathway to Christian adulthood as well as provide the foundation for future discussions and sharing. To build a mentoring relationship with your children that continues past the weekend and into all the years leading up to adulthood.

      Preteen? Isn’t that jumping the gun a bit for the birds and the bees? Not in today’s culture. It’s literally everywhere around us – and now in ways unimagined by all previous generations. This program is designed to set the stage for a close parent/child relationship as the child moves into this period. Topics are handled biblically, carefully, and tastefully. Some topics are left optional for the parent.

      A weekend getaway. That’s the general setting. One child – with the parent all to himself (boys with fathers; girls with mothers) – doing an activity of his choice that he loves to do and spending time listening to “talks” and working through study material together. It’s a wonderful affirmation that the love of the parent can transcend the upcoming changes that the child will be experiencing.

      There are five audio sessions and one optional session: 1) the adolescent experience, 2) how to handle peer pressure, 3) changes that are ahead (God’s design for sex), 4) purity (protecting sexual innocence), and 5) dating (properly engaging with the opposite sex). The optional session covers really delicate issues (masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction) and can be inserted after the fourth session and before the fifth if the parent chooses,

      The Getaway Kit provides the necessary framework: a tour guide for the parent, travel journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s of all sessions.

      The Tour Guide is for the parent – basically a leader’s guide for this very focused Bible study. This little manual includes sections on planning the getaway, an itinerary for the weekend, a suggested schedule, preparation checklists (and needed supplies), guidelines for writing a note to your son/daughter, and very specific suggestions for praying for your son/daughter. Also included is a page-for-page reproduction of the Travel Journal (accent color rather than full color) so you can work through it with your son/daughter.

      The Travel Journal is for your son/daughter and is designed as a companion for the experiences of the weekend. With a travel theme and an engaging appearance, it provides a place to write notes (from the talks), thoughts, and answers to questions as well as the guidelines for godly Christian living provided by this study material. There are 25 follow-up devotions that continue with a similar theme and help strengthen the biblical core of the young adult’s understanding of the various issues. This is a nicely done keepsake book with a hardcover, full-color graphics, and an elastic strap for place-keeping.

      The CD Set provides the core material for the heart of the weekend and the program. Eight CDs provide the weekend talk sessions. These sessions feature scripture memory songs, dramatic vignettes, humorous features, real-life stories from teens and adults, and lots of teaching from parents and experts that have “been there, done that.” Songs are CCM-type of music with understandable lyrics, singable melodies, and full instrumentation backup.

      Having “that” talk with your children may never be entirely comfortable, but this kit gives you a plan; the certainty of godly, biblical content; and the promise of enjoyable memories. 

  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
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    Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

  • Item #: 029237
    ISBN: 9781937032180
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    Personal finances from the brilliant mind of America's favorite college professor, six-year-old Fred Gauss! Teaching teens the importance of financial responsibility, this course provides thirty-four lessons covering vital topics like needs vs. wants, assets and liabilities, budgeting, net worth, credit cards/debt, simple and compound interests, savings, education, investments/stocks, real estate, retirement, owning your own business, insurance, taxes, constitutional limits, and much more. Complex financial equations are simplified with practical explanations, along with Your Turn to Play chapter questions providing students practice to reinforce important concepts. Answers included. Whether your students have previously fallen in love with the Life of Fred (LOF) math courses or you are new to Fred, this course provides a witty, yet educational story to teach the inherent responsibilities we have as consumers and producers in today's society. HC. 176 pgs. ~Deanne
  • Item #: 067083
    ISBN: 9781465414571
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     Beginning with microscopic life, this beautifully photographed encyclopedia invites children to a world teeming with diversity and color. Children will learn fascinating details. Did you know that even though all spiders make silk only some species catch prey in their webs? Did you know the polar bear is the largest land-based meat eater? This enthralling resource offers more than 1500 photographs!

      Information is presented according to how the animals relate to one another. The first section microscopic life covers bacteria, single-celled life, zooplankton and seaweeds. Next are short chapters on fungi and plants as the foundation of the tree of life. Subsequent chapters are dedicated to invertebrates, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The photography is up close and personal; children will be able to see the intricate details and vibrant colors of each animal represented. An excellent resource for your home or class library. 302 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 022285
    ISBN: 9781609990831
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    I am excited that Ray and Charlene Notgrass have written this excellent, one year world history course! While many families enjoy a chronological, multi-year approach to world history, others prefer to study history in a more traditional manner-one year at a time. Written in the engaging narrative ‘voice’ that has made the Notgrass courses beloved by many homeschool families, this new World History begins at the very foundation of our Christian foundation- Adam and journeys to the end of the 20th century, with a final unit on our interconnected world (from the thrill of world-wide sporting events to turmoil in the Middle East).

    Containing 30 units, with 5 lessons per unit, this course will take students one year to complete. It is anticipated that daily lessons will take 45-90 minutes per day, although it is naturally flexible for homeschool families to set their own pace. While the target grade range is 5 through 8, families with younger children will find this a perfect ‘read aloud’ curriculum, as the text has been clearly and engagingly written.

    Let me give a bit of an example of how the unit lessons are laid out. At the start of each unit, there is a brief introduction to the lessons including the recommended literature selection to accompany the reading. Each weekly unit has one lesson from each of five categories: Our World Story (major events in history); God’s Wonders (impact of the world’s created wonders on history and culture); World Landmarks; World Biography of some of history’s most influential personalities and Daily Life (an inside view of everyday life). Daily lessons are richly illustrated with graphics and photographs, including maps of historic places and regions. At the conclusion of each lesson (approximately 5-8 pages), parents and children will select assignments to complete from a list of 5-7 assignments. Older students may be able to complete all the activities-but again- there is built-in flexibility for your individual family’s needs. Assignments include readings from the Our Creative World book (collection of original documents); Map Book assignments; Timeline Book assignments; assignments from the Student Workbook and Lesson Review Book (optional resources), as well as language arts assignments covering vocabulary, creative writing, literature selections. Thinking Biblically assignments are also included with most lessons and are designed to engage students in applying Scripture to history and life. Each unit also provides a suggested weekly family activity-projects vary and include arts and crafts, recipes and games. Materials are easily found for the projects and are designed to bring the family together to enjoy time together building memories.

    Curriculum package contains From Adam to Us Part 1 & 2; Our Creative World, Map Book, Timeline Book and the Answer Key to end of the lessons questions as well as the activities and tests in the Student Workbook and the questions and tests in the Lesson Review. Although it is possible to share the Map and Timeline books, they are available separately, allowing each child to have their own copy. I suspect that most children will be eager to create their own map and timeline.

    If you would like to add more supplemental instruction or review, consider the Student Workbook (5th-6th grade) or the Lesson Review (7th-8th grades). Both include additional assignments that correspond to the daily lesson as well as unit tests and questions related to the literature selections. Most literature based questions are recall based. However, there are a smattering of higher level thinking questions.

    Middle school children will be enthralled as they view world history through the lens of a Creator God who is alive and active, from the very foundation of our world through present day. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057181
    ISBN: 9781611030778
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    It's often been said that the single most important skill for test-taking success is good reading comprehension. I totally agree. Even math section scores will be higher if the student reads carefully. Providing a pretest and posttest, along with in-depth instructional sequences, this book will positively impact reading comprehension skills. The pretest is unusual in its length, with excerpts from eight different types of writing and detailed answer explanations that provide great help in understanding why you missed a question. The twenty lessons are organized into four units – building a strong foundation, structure, language/style, and reading between the lines. Introductory information at the beginning gives specific suggestions for becoming an active reader – skimming ahead/jumping back, marking up the text, highlighting or underlining, circling unfamiliar words, making notes in the margins, and making observations. Lessons are detailed and varied. For instance, lesson 4 on the difference between fact and opinion includes a lesson summary, a page of detailed instructional material, and three practice exercises, two of which include a passage and questions (with answers) and a third which actually allows you to manipulate sentences back and forth between fact and opinion. Another type of lesson, such as lesson 14 on tone, starts with a lesson summary then walks the student through different examples of how tone influences meaning and exercises on analyzing tone from several examples. The concluding posttest utilizes the same methodology as the pretest – excerpts from different types of writing and detailed explanations of answers. A ten page study skills section in the appendix provides excellent suggestions and effective tips. If you feel like you're just getting started when you come to the end of the book, there's a code in the book that gives you access to additional reading comprehension practice with immediate scoring, detailed answer explanations, and personalized recommendations for further practice and study. This seems an excellent resource for solid high school level reading comprehension skill-building which, of course, is excellent preparation for standardized and college entrance testing. 214 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 020853
    ISBN: 9781612125091
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    Author of the beloved Keeping a Nature Journal, offers a dynamic resource for exploring the beauty and the science that is found all around us. Beginning with the foundation of pausing to observe the world, Ms. Leslie provides a beautiful mix of inspiration, information and "try this" activities. Topically, you will learn about the night sky, weather, plants and mushrooms, and various animals. Beautifully illustrated. You will want to keep this nearby for tips, guidance or simply to be inspired in your personal nature journey. Brief references to evolutionary dating. 144 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 020847
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    When we added the AVKO Sequential Spelling program several years ago it was because we had received countless requests from our customers. Since then it has consistently garnered strong positive feedback and rave reviews. In this book, the author of that program, Don McCabe, provides not only his autobiographical information but also the process whereby the AVKO program and methodology was "discovered". The book's lengthy subtitle - a dyslexic tells how luck enabled him to learn to read and how his blissful ignorance and stubbornness enabled him to discover an easy, common sense way to teach other dyslexics to read and write - pretty much nails the contents. If you have a student with language issues - almost any language issues (and the definitions for dyslexic are just about that vague) - then you will find help and hope in this book. The author's personal story - from birth to near death - is told in a very readable, tongue-in-cheek manner. Throughout his story he points to the life experiences that illustrate a particular principle or insight. However, if you don't want to know his story, the author helpfully points you to the particular chapter where you can find out what dyslexia really is and how you can best "identify," "treat," or "prevent" it or to the chapter where you will find the most information for actually helping a dyslexic student. You can expect to find the same practical, word family and pattern approach to language that characterizes Sequential Spelling as well as a wealth of educational experience and expertise. 288 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 020676
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    This course offers students the materials for building a biblical worldview. Besides reading and contemplating a handful of recommended books, students will have the opportunity to further form and express their own opinions through five included writing assignments. The book is composed of 33 weeks of study, divided into four different sections. For the first nine weeks, students focus on building the biblical worldview. They read How to Read Slowly, Answers for Difficult Days and Know What You Believe, answering questions and analyzing statements. This book provides worksheets with outlines and questions for students to complete. After studying these two books for seven weeks, an eighth week is devoted to the first writing assignment, an essay for the student to write about their personal worldview. An outline with specific guidelines and questions to address is included to help the student complete their essay. For the next nine weeks, students identify literature based upon the biblical worldview. In this section, students will several books and watch a couple of videos to determine if they're based on the biblical worldview. These books include several of The Chronicles of Narnia, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Deadliest Monster, and the videos are It's a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz. While reading and watching these sources, students will compare and contrast key characters, places and events to biblical themes, God, and the biblical worldview. Thought provoking questions encourage students to think about the inspiration and meanings behind some of these writings and scripts. After completing The Chronicles of Narnia, students complete another essay about the world of Narnia. Again, an outline with aids them in their formation of ideas, topic sentences, organization, and overall layout. A third essay is written upon the completion of Frankenstein, in which readers carefully examine author Mary Shelley's worldview following the provided outline. Next, students read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and then examine Robert Louis Stevenson's worldview through an essay. By the end of these nine weeks, students should be well equipped to evaluate whether or not literature is based on the biblical worldview. The next nine-week section is entitled Speaking the Biblical Worldview into the Culture. Students learn three approaches for talking with non-Christians in the 21st century. Here, students resume reading Know Why You Believe and also Mere Christianity and Assumptions. Students examine the topics presented by answering question and studying the texts. Questions such as "Is Christianity Rational?" "Did Christ Rise from the Dead?" "Why Does God Allow Suffering and Evil?" and "Is Christian Experience Valid?" are discussed in Know Why You Believe. Mere Christianity presents the topics "Law of Human Nature," "The Three Parts of Morality," "Forgiveness," and "Counting the Cost." Assumptions cover issues of cultural assumptions, the value of human life, and separation of church and state. All three of these books offer extensive explanations of a wide variety of both important and foundational topics. The section Founding of a Nation Based Upon the Biblical Worldview includes six weeks spent studying the book Never Before in History. This book explores the political and religious backdrop for the founding of the United States and the ideas the founding fathers used to write the Declaration and the Bill of Rights. In the second week students write their last essay, concerning political and religious backdrop. The final two weeks of the course are devoted to tying up loose ends. These chapters offer final thoughts and questions along with a short tie into the next book, World Views of the Western World. 479 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 019445
    ISBN: 9780825144912
    Retail: $26.00
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    Although I never had psychology in high school, at least one introductory psychology class is required at most every college or university. This product would have provided a solid foundation for those classes. Many different areas of psychology are touched upon with a general introduction to psychology, psychological methods, biology and behavior, basic mental processes, motivation, personality, human development, abnormal psychology, and psychotherapy. While there may be some controversial ideas and you may not agree with certain psychological theories, the purpose of this book is just to help students understand psychology as a field today, to see how it is accomplished, and to discover what different psychologists have thought and learned as the field has developed. Each chapter concludes with some question, activities, and a "Test Your Knowledge" section. An answer key and glossary of terms are provided in the back of the book. The material is presented in an interesting and understandable manner. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 013273
    ISBN: 9780740338014
    Retail: $99.95
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    This software, now packaged in a USB flash drive format, contains a year's worth of lessons in consumer mathematics. The Switched-On Schoolhouse program creates an interactive learning environment by combining written instruction with video clips, audio clips, animation, and vocabulary games (that's right, even in math it's important to learn the appropriate vocabulary). Like other Switched-On Schoolhouse subjects, this computer-based course is NOT intended for self-study. Personal instruction is required. This software is not intended to replace the teacher, but to free up some of the teacher's time by taking care of administrative tasks such as grading and writing lesson plans.

    This course consists of the following ten units: basic math review, personal finance, statistics, taxes & insurance, banking & credit goods, purchase & sale of goods, leisure & travel & retirement, job-related services, and consumer math review. Each unit contains approx. twenty lessons, two to five quizzes, and one unit test. Once the teacher sets up the student calendar, lesson plans are automatically generated by evenly spreading the course work over the total number of school days. Up to five students can be registered on this software, and access for each student is password protected.

    One feature I really enjoyed using was the message posting system. Before each new lesson, the teacher can skim the material and post hints or explanations to potentially confusing sections. During the lesson, the student can read these messages and post his or her own comments and questions (which is really useful if the teacher is not on-hand to answer questions when the lesson is actually completed). The more familiar the teacher is with the course content, the easier it will be to answer student questions, especially since answer keys, but not solutions, are provided. I would consider this elective a high school level course. System requirements: Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 / Windows 10; printer recommended. - Anh

  • Item #: 004267
    Retail: $59.95
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    This hefty high school curriculum, newly revised in 2016, was designed to train girls to become godly women, based on Proverbs 31:10-31. The goal of the curriculum is to help Christian girls develop their skills and abilities for optimal service to the Lord within the family setting: a preparation for all the duties of an adult life. The guide's beginning elaborates on the program's philosophies and then discusses four learning styles as well as the Six R's of education (adds Research, Responsibility and Righteousness to the traditional three). The author assumes that students have a good basic mastery of Math and English grammar, as well as a good reading ability. In addition, these courses are written for mature young people., there are reproducible forms for planning and record keeping. (It is highly recommended that your daughter plan or at least help to plan her own lessons.) The forms included are a Goal Planning Checklist, High-School report Card, Lesson Planning Sheet, and a High School Cumulative Record Card. (This sheet will become the high school transcript for any student wishing to proceed on to college.) The curriculum guide is broken up into 20 different units (10 in Volume 1 and 10 in Volume 2). Each unit focuses on a different verse or verse group from Proverbs 31. Then, this unit is broken down into thematic mini units. Subjects covered are Bible and Christian Character, Cultural Studies, Reading and Literature, Composition, Math and Personal Finance, Science, Health and Physical Fitness, Practical Arts, and Decorative and Performing Arts. In each subject area within a unit, this curriculum guide gives a list of lessons for girls to choose from and complete. Since activities are provided for the four learning styles, there are more activities in the guide than can be completed in 4 years. The materials are written directly to the students, as they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. Each lesson assigns suggested point value (largely based on Carnegie units), so when an activity is completed you can easily total the points and convert them into High School credits. The guide also provides detailed instructions about how best to use the program, lists essential materials for the course, and recommends supplementary courses. Essential materials for the course are a Bible, concordance, dictionary, encyclopedia, hymnbooks, an English grammar book, and a writing style book). The list of strongly suggested materials is more extensive. Far Above Rubies was created to stand on its own, although the lessons call for reading and using a number of other books, such as Writer's Inc., the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Understanding the Times, and more. At the end of each volume, there is an updated, detailed list of recommended resources (and corresponding Web locations for more information), many of which we also offer in our catalog. Also included for each volume are some cross-reference guides to help you locate specific lessons based on chronology or theme and a "25 Ways to Have Fun with Book Reports" chart. Please note that although the guide self-proclaims that it is not necessarily against college and career goals for young ladies, they admit that this is not the primary aim of this guide. Consequently, if your daughter plans on attending college or becoming a career woman, you will need to supplement her curriculum with some college-preparatory math and science (specific suggestions are offered). However, this curriculum does still provide the college-bound with a well-rounded base, and it also offers a number of business and vocational skills. Help prepare your daughters using the model provided in Proverbs 31. Includes Beautiful Girlhood Audiobook and 7 bonus e-books: Friendship, Friendship Notebook pages, Girls in Bookland, Nest in the Honeysuckles, The Merchant Maiden, The Basket of Flowers, and The Value of a Praying Mom. The curriculum is only available in PDF format on CD-ROM. Requires Adobe Reader, a free download. Revised edition, 2016. Win/Mac ~ Rachel/Ruth.

  • Item #: 073542
    ISBN: 9781609990947
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  • Item #: 069787
    ISBN: 9781581348293
    Retail: $15.99
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    Lively and engaging overview of the personalities and events that comprise what historians call the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Readers will learn how the biblical truths and ideals of this great historical movement helped to shape the direction of many European countries, and also lay the political, religious, and cultural foundation for much of the Western world. The author, Stephen J. Nichols manages to make this study both scholarly as well as interesting. 150 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 068895
    ISBN: 9781944482039
    Retail: $22.00
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     The Answer Key & Teacher Guide contains an optional 1-year and 2-year course schedule and the answers to all exercises and all the 9 exams included on duplicated student pages (214 pgs, pb). 

  • Item #: 068590
    ISBN: 9781683440352
    Retail: $63.96
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  • Item #: 067071
    ISBN: 9781594764790
    Retail: $59.55
    Rainbow Price: $54.95

     Concluding with the profound observation, America is a great nation and people are needed to practice, protect and promote economic liberty, this course introduces students to the history of economic thought, and modern economic issues currently facing America, before family economics, entrepreneurship and power of education are explored.

      One semester in length, the full course kit contains 3 Texts, 3 Activity books and the Teacher’s Resource Kit (TRK), along with the TRK digital download.  Designed for independent study, each text, called a chapter, cover fifteen topics.  Each text contains the lesson reading, bold vocabulary words with definitions in a vocabulary “box” on the page, life principle quotes and video clips via a QRC codes. Corresponding activity books provide questions for each topic. Questions are fill in the blank and matching, with lines to write the life principle.

    The Teacher’s Resource Kit includes black line masters for section quizzes (9), chapter tests (3), quiz and chapter test answer keys, activity answer keys, and the table of contents. Black line masters are reproducible for classroom use.

      Chapter 1 introduces students to economics as the engine by which capitalism, free enterprise, private property and the relationship between employees, employers, and entrepreneurs create jobs. Additionally, this chapter also explores government regulation, supply and demand, and economic factors such as taking risks, investments and profit and loss. The evolution of economic precepts and principles, from ancient Greece, Rome, Europe and the Dark Ages are explored. Historical persons that shaped modern economic theory are presented including Moses, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, William Penn, Winston Churchill, Margret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan. This chapter also delves into the Industrial Revolution, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War, and their impact on economics. Worth mentioning, the impact of an economy based on Biblical principles is discussed for its historical value and includes a look at Marxism and Darwinian theory. Chapter 2 further explores the history of the Judeo-Christian and European influences that were foundational to the capitalism in the United States. The authors compare the historical teachings of Catholic and Ana-Baptist beliefs and provide a brief overview of the Protestant reformation and the influences of the Church on economic philosophy. This is done neutrally with no scripture verse support or proselytizing noted.  An in-depth look is given to the economic significance of the US Constitution, Mayflower Compact and the Bill of Rights. Students will briefly examine the impact of the industry, railroads, progressive education, unions, the New Deal, welfare, immigration, private organizations and “trickle-down economics.” Chapter 3 reviews contemporary economic issues including banking, creditors, credit cards, checking accounts, debt, impulse buying, mortgages, dividends, stock market, collateral, loans, bankruptcies, insurance, real estate, gross and net income, inflation, IRAs and 401Ks, tax audits, and much more.  Students are also introduced to the pros and cons of starting and operating a small business, along with post high school options: college, trade school, and military.

      A captivating look at the foundations of economic philosophy that will appeal to students-especially those without a desire to study the math and deeper theories of economic thought. All texts and activity books are softcover. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 062794
    ISBN: 9781476718712
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.72

    When reading any book, and particularly one on parenting, you want to know that the author knows what he is talking about. John Rosemond has all the bases covered here: the education, the real world experience, the heart, and he and his wife have raised two kids of their own. As he puts it, he is “not a Christian psychologist,” but “a Christian who holds a license to practice psychology.” John was the rare person in his field who did not follow the latest fad in psychology, which he found increasingly baseless. Instead, he taught common sense, time-tested, Biblical methods of parenting because they tend to work well.

    After sufficiently hammering home the point in the first four chapters that much of the advice coming from the professional psychology community on parenting is without merit, John gets into what does work. Marriage is foundational to the family, and the husband and wife’s relationship with each other must be kept strong, with relationships to the children being secondary. Parents need to be of one mind in their child-rearing methods. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; it is the parent’s job to set the child straight and instill humility. Have a vision for the success of the child. Increase the amount of responsibility given to the child as he matures. Discipline, including punishment, is necessary to instill obedience. Let your yes be your yes and your no be your no.

    There, I’ve given you the essence of the book, but the author makes the case so much more fluently. Dr. Kevin Leman sums it up: “This is the best commonsense guide to parenting I’ve read in a long time.

  • Item #: 060672
    ISBN: 9780739079140
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    If you’re looking for a detailed yet simple way to learn to play guitar (even if you know nothing about the instrument), the Alfred’s Self-Teaching Basic course is an excellent choice. Start with basics such as how to hold a guitar and tuning. It starts with foundational knowledge of notes so students learn what notes their playing rather than only “first string, second fret, etc.,” resulting in a more complete music education. The book teaches chords as well, allowing for more modern accompaniment-style playing but puts an emphasis on both chords and individual notes as the book progresses.

    Maybe you’re a “learn by hearing” type of person. Don’t worry! An included CD has all of the teaching tracks which accompany the book. Chord names are also included with each song so that a parent, friend, or older sibling can accompany the student as the piece is played. This was something that my brothers and I did frequently when one of us learned a new instrument!

    The back of this book includes a chord chart, providing a great resource for helping you learn songs you already love. There is also a good amount of information about how to play with other musicians, joining a band, preparing for shows, and general information about being a “real” guitar player which I found to be very beneficial.

    The difference between this book and the Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method (060662) is quite simple. The Basic Guitar Method has a more streamlined approach, featuring only music, charts and photos. This book is far more text heavy with lots of information to read about each step, appealing to an older student, someone who learns better when reading or someone who needs more information. Both use the same music and cover the exact same elements of music. So if you decide to switch from one to the other part of the way through the book, you’ll know exactly where to pick up. The only other difference is that this book comes with a tangible CD. In addition, the Self-Teaching Course is available with or without an instructional DVD. The DVD provides video instruction and demonstration of all lessons. 127 softcover pages – Laura

  • Item #: 060662
    ISBN: 9781470626235
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

    If you’re looking for a book to teach your child guitar or for self-directed learning, the Alfred’s Basic course is an excellent choice. Although revised and updated, this learning method has been used since the 60s. This book assumes the guitarist knows nothing about the instrument, starting with basics such as how to hold a guitar and tuning. It starts with foundational knowledge of notes so students learn what notes their playing rather than only “first string, second fret, etc.” This soon transitions into chords as well, allowing for more modern accompaniment-style playing but puts an emphasis on both chords and individual notes as the book progresses.

    Maybe you’re a learn-by-hearing type of person. Don’t worry! There is now an included code for a free download of the teaching tracks which accompany the book. Chord names are also included with each song so that a parent, friend, or older sibling can accompany the student as each piece is played (this was something that my brothers and I did frequently when one of us learned a new instrument!).

    The difference between this book and the Alfred’s Self-Teaching Basic Guitar Course (#060672) is quite simple. This book has a more streamlined approach, featuring only music, charts and photos. The Self-Teaching book is far more text heavy with lots of information to read about each step, appealing to an older student, someone who learns better when reading or someone who needs more information than is available in the Basic Guitar Method book. Both use the same music (so if you decide to switch from one to the other part of the way through the book, you’ll know exactly where to pick up) and cover the exact same elements of music. In addition, the Self-Teaching book comes with a tangible CD instead of a download. 64 softcover pages – Laura

  • Item #: 059369
    ISBN: 9781579128951
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    The Periodic Table of the Elements is commonly known to most people, especially those who know chemistry. Theodore Gray & Nick Mann have compiled photographs of the elements in their pure state and some of their compounds in one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen on this subject. He first explains how the Periodic Table came to be and then explains each of the categories of elements represented within the table. Then element by element, he goes through the whole table. A two-page spread (four pages each for gold, iron, aluminum, uranium, lead, and copper) is dedicated to each element. The first page is a full-color, full-page photo of the element in its pure state (when possible), the second offers photos of the way you may see the element being used in everyday life. This resource is smart as well as beautiful, and includes information about the element such as the atomic weight, density, atomic radius, crystal structure, atomic emission spectrum, chemical symbol, and an explanation of how it is used and special features of the element. Elements are the foundation for the tangible items that we see daily; this book connects the science visually. Theodore Gray even offers an interactive Periodic Table at periodictable.com; it includes some of this same beautiful photography of items found in his personal collection of elements. 240 pp, sc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 058425
    ISBN: 9781937639105
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.92

    Technology. For many of us, this modest word produces a knot in our stomach. Technology can be a wonderful asset, and represents the wave of the future; yet, how often do we look around and see individuals consumed by the technology in their hands while paying no attention to the person next to them? To be honest, technology presents a unique challenge not only to individuals but also to us as a society as we learn to balance technology in our lives.

    If you are looking for balance in technology use in your home, these resources from popular homeschool speaker Todd Wilson may tip the scales in your favor. Beginning with the booklet, written primarily to Dads (with much application to Mom), Todd lays a foundational understanding of the allure and deceptive nature of technology and it's impact on his own family; explains the unique impact technology has on males and females; and uses supportive scripture to form a battle plan to tame the beast. While this practical, easily digested, 47 page Booklet gives parents the necessary tools to tame the techno-beast, Todd also offers a 100+ page Student Workbook, designed to take young people on a path of self-discovery of their relationship with the Techno-Beast. One thing I really appreciated about the student workbook is how he walks students logically through setting a technology standard for themselves rather than espousing the "evils" of technology. Beginning with a short history lesson to introduce the first computer game (Pong, for those too young to remember!), which leads to an overview of the rapid technology explosion, the Student Workbook then tackles life in a virtual world. A virtual world that can be all-encompassing and provide a snare that is different for males and females. Students then explore the Biblical application, battle plans for killing the beast and development of personal standards for video games, cell phones, Facebook and internet usage. Each workbook section ends with open-ended questions designed to help young people evaluate their views of technology and the impact it has on their lives. A sampling of the questions: "How do you respond when you see a new gadget?" Does your virtual world seem easier, more exciting, or more relational than your real world at home, school or work? Explain." Weekly Technology Logs are also included for self-evaluation. Parents and young people alike will be challenged to think beyond society's norm as they evaluate the Techno-Beast in their home. Homeschool parents may reproduce pages for use within a single classroom. sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 058424
    ISBN: 9780982194126
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.38

    Technology. For many of us, this modest word produces a knot in our stomach. Technology can be a wonderful asset, and represents the wave of the future; yet, how often do we look around and see individuals consumed by the technology in their hands while paying no attention to the person next to them? To be honest, technology presents a unique challenge not only to individuals but also to us as a society as we learn to balance technology in our lives.

    If you are looking for balance in technology use in your home, these resources from popular homeschool speaker Todd Wilson may tip the scales in your favor. Beginning with the booklet, written primarily to Dads (with much application to Mom), Todd lays a foundational understanding of the allure and deceptive nature of technology and it's impact on his own family; explains the unique impact technology has on males and females; and uses supportive scripture to form a battle plan to tame the beast. While this practical, easily digested, 47 page Booklet gives parents the necessary tools to tame the techno-beast, Todd also offers a 100+ page Student Workbook, designed to take young people on a path of self-discovery of their relationship with the Techno-Beast. One thing I really appreciated about the student workbook is how he walks students logically through setting a technology standard for themselves rather than espousing the "evils" of technology. Beginning with a short history lesson to introduce the first computer game (Pong, for those too young to remember!), which leads to an overview of the rapid technology explosion, the Student Workbook then tackles life in a virtual world. A virtual world that can be all-encompassing and provide a snare that is different for males and females. Students then explore the Biblical application, battle plans for killing the beast and development of personal standards for video games, cell phones, Facebook and internet usage. Each workbook section ends with open-ended questions designed to help young people evaluate their views of technology and the impact it has on their lives. A sampling of the questions: "How do you respond when you see a new gadget?" Does your virtual world seem easier, more exciting, or more relational than your real world at home, school or work? Explain." Weekly Technology Logs are also included for self-evaluation. Parents and young people alike will be challenged to think beyond society's norm as they evaluate the Techno-Beast in their home. Homeschool parents may reproduce pages for use within a single classroom. sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 056259
    ISBN: 9780787966300
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.50

    If your family is like mine - captivated by the real science behind the plethora of television crime shows, then this book may be perfect for you. This resource brings the scientific study of crime scenes into the home and school arena. While the labs are designed for groups, you can easily do these as a family (or in a co-op) if you are willing to invest the time to set the crime scene stage.

    Divided into 4 sections, each covers a different branch of science. The first section, Critical Thinking, lays the foundational principles of science and reinforces observation skills (handwriting and typewriting comparisons,) experimentation (shoe impressions) and logical thinking. Physical Science employs techniques such as analysis of unknown mixtures, fibers and fingerprinting. In the Life Science section, students concentrate on evidence left at crime sciences by living things and study the principles of inheritance, DNA, blood typing, dental identification, and forensic etymology. The final section, Earth Science, offers lessons on mummification, skeletal evidence, and archaeological evidence. All in all, this supplemental resource book offers 68 lessons and labs (most lessons have one accompanying lab, some have two) designed to bring a fresh enthusiasm on the importance of "whys" of learning science. Household items and additional lab equipment required (microscope, glass slides and cover slips, test tubes, pH paper, beakers, filter paper, Plaster of Paris, and various chemicals. Information to order an Edvotek DNA Kit is included for the DNA labs).

    A brief personal note, I used the previous edition of this book with my teens and they still talk about the science they learned. Real life science learned and remembered makes for one happy homeschool mom! We performed the majority of activities in the book, making changes to the readily available supplies, some of the experiments we discussed and did not perform due to the difficulty of obtaining materials. Noteworthy:while the mock crimes are presented in a discerning manner, they do represent a wide variety of fact- based crimes. As a family, you may elect to skip over some of the lessons within the pages. Reproducible for classroom use. sc ~Deanne