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  • Item #: 068486
    ISBN: 9781530092352
    Retail: $12.50
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      Not a traditional comic book, this Thinking Tree journal contains lots of cute and appealing illustrations to color and simple addition/subtraction problems to solve. This journal provides math practice with no instruction. Some pages have a simple grid with the assignment to design “something,” while others ask you to write a story based on a visual prompt. As a fun twist, students “solve math mysteries” instead of problems. Later in the book are several pages with 8 comic book style panels (on a 2 page spread). Two are filled in; you complete the rest. Black & white, 8x8.5”, 170 pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 068900
    ISBN: 9781544650951
    Retail: $17.50
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     Looking to bring some fun back to math practice? Reviewing elementary math skills of addition, subtraction, and multiplication, this workbook provides a variety of math problems. Each 2-page spread includes mixed problems and story problems on one page and a mystery messages or equation. Problems vary from single to three digit operations. Grids included to “work out” most story problems. As a bonus, a fun activity using the periodic table is included. No answers included. Dyslexie font.  Not reproducible.  SC.93 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 068704
    ISBN: 9781543083972
    Retail: $34.50
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     Love the idea of unschooling, but struggle to find a balance between too much unproductive time and a strictly scheduled day? This resource may provide the perfect balance. Subtitled, “The Beginner’s Journal”, this animal and farm themed curriculum gently guides learning in several areas including reading, handwriting, logic, spelling, classic literature and music, mathematics including practice in addition, subtraction, and multiplication, creative writing, and more.

      Due to the open-ended nature of this course, you will notice repetition in many of the activity pages. For example, the backyard science/nature walk study pages, animals of the world, and reading time pages allow children to document varied observations and studies. Many struggling learners thrive on familiarity, which helps create a fun learning experience for struggling or younger students. Parents will need to assist their children in choosing topics of study, completion of some activities and securing additional, recommended resources.

      Recommended educational resources include a computer with your own Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music CDs, a variety of educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math-U-See are suggested). Necessary school supplies include pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler. Assorted dyslexia games from the author’s Series A and B are included, and the Dyslexie font is utilized. Author states a child may work in this book up to 3 hours daily for 6 weeks, with 30 minutes of computer time 3 days per week, although flexibility allows you to fit to your family’s needs. Reproducible for children in your household. Black and white graphics. SC. 294 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 068703
    ISBN: 9781536914443
    Retail: $36.50
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

      Targeting a slightly older crowd, this flexible curriculum resource may inspire delight-directed learning in your family. In this (mostly) self-study, children begin by choosing topics they wish to study and take steps to achieve their goals. Tips for wisely choosing resources while using these recommended resources: computer access and personal Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music, Google Earth and parent-approved news sources, educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math U See suggested). Listed are also a few necessary supplies: pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler.

      The heart of this course is the gentle, guiding learning in an array of subject areas including reading, creative writing, spelling and vocabulary, classical literature and music, mathematics (open ended to use with your math curriculum), science, geography, current events and much more. Comparing this to the author’s Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft, you will note overlapping activities but a different focus. The aforementioned course includes an animal and farm theme designed to engage younger learners, whereas the DIY Curriculum is written for a slightly older crowd and focuses on Geography and “world news today” events. Woven throughout the course are research projects to learn about mining in the real world, which provides a fascinating “rabbit trail” to a Minecraft study.

      If you are wondering which of the Thinking Tree Minecraft studies would best fit your child, younger children who thrive when working more directly with a parent, may find the Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft (#068704) a better option. While the reading level recommended for this course is grade 2 and up, many of the research activities and world studies seem better fit for an older child. Other activities like the backyard science nature walk and study may work with all ages. Another consideration in selecting these activities is the student’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. While the author does not define computer time in this course, her general guidelines for daily study are 5 pages per day for 10 years and under and 10 pages per day for 10 years and up (2-4 hours per day). Repetition is also built into this curriculum guide allowing students to study various aspects of Minecraft in a similar fashion.

  • Item #: 068702
    ISBN: 9781539610519
    Retail: $34.50
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    Fun-Schooling (Thinking Tree) provides a flexible guide for the children in your family, whether you are looking for a science supplement or way to keep science alive all summer.

    The instructions are simple. Determine the five things you want to know about animals. Go to your local library or bookstore and pick out interesting books about animals. Add a math, science and history book along with pencils, colored pencils and gel pens. Watch the creativity flow! Activities vary and weave together reading, handwriting, creative writing, spelling, classical music, mathematics, science, history, art/drawing, etc. Teaching is minimal. Rather, this a free-flowing resource that allows for expression based on each child’s individual interests. Created for dyslexic children and uses the Dyslexie Font. Black & White graphics. Uncomplicated supplement for your Zoology studies. SC. 269 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
    Retail: $27.50
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    Need more guidance to create a nature study notebook? Check out this new nature study journal from Funschooling Books. First, get a quick look at how to use the book along with a list of 10 things to think about when you go outside. Then you are whisked into activity pages. An assortment of independent activities is included: for example, drawing and coloring pages; brief research exercises; collecting items and creating nature crafts; spelling and vocabulary review, etc. To supplement these pages, I would recommend a Science Encyclopedia, the Handbook of Nature Study from Anna Comstock or accessing a library. The author does provide space to record additional reading/movie resources used with the journal. Created specifically for Dyslexic Children, and utilizing the Dyslexie Font created by Christian Boer. Children without dyslexia may also find them engaging. This is a fun supplement for your nature studies or to keep learning alive through the summer. Black & White graphics. SC.223 pgs. Non-reproducible. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 068491
    ISBN: 9781543012774
    Retail: $14.50
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     Here is a unique blend of devotional, Bible reading plan and coloring book. Subtitled, Read the New Testament in 90 Days, you’ll find a daily reading plan for reading three chapters of the New Testament each day. Using this reading plan (or a plan of your choice), this devotional provides space to respond to your reading. For each of the 90 days, a two-page spread provides daily devotionals direction. On the left page, a key verse directs your thoughts. A half page is provided for recording a verse that “touched my heart.” On the right, record how God spoke: a promise, a warning, a command, an encouragement or wisdom to understand. Then, end the devotional time with a prayer, the day’s focus and plans. Each page has small, detailed drawings to color. As you color, meditate and pray on the day’s passage. Periodically, pages are placed to record four ways to bless, four ways to praise God, etc. A simple, beautiful way to be daily in the Word. 6.25x7.25”, 220 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 068490
    ISBN: 9781537078212
    Retail: $28.50
    Rainbow Price: $23.25

    Young horse lovers will enjoy the variety of horse-themed tasks in this Thinking Tree journal! It starts with a trip to the library to find 5 horse books to use in the book’s activities. Choose a letter and write 10 words that start with that letter; color horse cartoons; practice cursive; make a to do list; copy a paragraph from one of the horse books; watch a movie and drawing some scenes; design a stable on graph paper, or trace a faded photograph of a horse. These activities are all repeated a few times, but can be used with a different library book each time. 180 pages for journaling. Reproducible for your own home/family use. 200pp, 7.75x11”, black & white.  ~Sara

  • Item #: 068489
    ISBN: 9781539605157
    Retail: $17.50
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    In this Thinking Tree math workbook, students write their own math problems and solve them by following a directed mystery. As they do, they draw pictures of the various items such as cars, frogs, a cake, cups, flowers and more. Each page has an activity. Here is an example: Addition - Pick 3 numbers and write them in 3 boxes labeled X, Y and Z. Read the mystery: Liam went puddle jumping. He jumped in X little puddles, Y ankle-deep puddles and Z giant puddles. How many puddles did Liam jump in? Write out the numbers as a math problem, then write out your answer as a sentence on the spaces provided. Below that are 2 boxes, one with lines and one with a grid to be used as you like. At the top are 2 boxes: one to color and one to draw your own path of puddles to jump. Other pages work on subtraction, division/fractions, and multiplication. Enliven math practice with drawing and coloring. No math instruction included. Reproducible for a single household only. 8.5x11", 80pp, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 068488
    ISBN: 9781537570310
    Retail: $14.50
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

     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 #: 068487
    ISBN: 9781537392370
    Retail: $32.50
    Rainbow Price: $26.50

     This Thinking Tree notebook is really DIY: in content and in how you choose to complete it. There are 6 pages to accomplish the same tasks for each of the 50 states. Begin with coloring in the state on a US outline map with the capital, population and state motto. Then, fill in boxes with facts – current events, what to see, the flag, famous quote, monuments and popular foods. Next, identify the locations of the capital and other large cities, important landmarks, national parks, major highways and rivers, and anything else you find interesting. The following page documents historical events, famous people, draw the state seal and design a postage stamp. Then read a state-oriented book and summarize a scene and/or watch a movie and draw a scene (you’ll need to do your own research; no suggestions provided). The final page is titled, “What do you want to do in ___?” Note that these outside resources are required: your choice of various library books and documentaries/movies, Google Earth, Wikipedia, a U.S. atlas, a U.S. map, colored pencils or gel pens, black pens and #2 pencils. Pages are reproducible within your home/family. 8.5x11”, black & white, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 068485
    ISBN: 9781519517272
    Retail: $14.50
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

     Subtitled A Quiet-Time Handbook for Creative and Active Children, this book combines a coloring page (highlighting a Bible passage with discussion questions) and a page to indicate the child’s daily reading Bible passage; thankful list; prayer list; plans and goals. Each page will include a Bible verse. After coloring, the child focuses on specific personal aspects: “I want to change…”; “Never forget”; “Ways to serve God,” etc. Reproducible for single family use. 100 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 068484
    ISBN: 9781541357143
    Retail: $14.50
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

     This is a cute little Thinking Tree workbook for practicing letters. Pages have dotted lines to trace curves and shapes prior to tracing upper and lower case letters. The letters are rather small: 1 cm with a dotted half-line. While the book is black and white, there are loads of pretty illustrations to color. Coloring pages show something starting with a specific letter: girl for G, night for N, violin for V, etc. I found these illustrations pretty complicated for a child of 3 to 6 years. Reminiscent of adult coloring books, they will certainly practice young ones’ fine motor skills! The back of the book has several pages for creativity. There are boxes for creating comics and large lines to practice writing (2cm wide with dotted half line). 8x11”, 100pp, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 052848
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    Not only do these gel pens have each of the basic colors, but the ink sparkles and smells making writing more fun for all. Set of 12 pen scents include lime, banana, orange, cherry, strawberry, grape, apple, blackberry, blueberry, watermelon, coconut, and pineapple.

  • Item #: 024173
    ISBN: 9781570577017
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    When 14% of American high school seniors can't locate the United States on an unmarked world map, something is wrong. Where in the World is four games in one which makes learning world geography fun. Crazy Countries is a card game played like Crazy Eights to familiarize children with different countries. In Statesman, Diplomat, and Ambassador, you begin to learn location, population, capitals, monetary unit, literacy rate, languages, religions, and major exports and imports. Now even Dad knows where Suriname is located. For 2 to 6 players. Re-released by Aristoplay in 2003.

  • Item #: 043262
    ISBN: 9781424303106
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $48.95

    Students watch as the instructor, Wes Olson, explains the definition of life and takes you through the days of Creation and the specimens created on those days. In order, you will learn about plants, water animals, flying creatures, land animals, and mankind, and wrap it all up with lessons about genetics. There are 4 DVDs for a total running time of 4 ½ hours. The author describes this course as a “super-condensed, fun-filled, fascinating overview of the world of biology.” If you grasp the basics taught in this program, you’ll have a solid understanding of biology. The 4th disc contains the PDF files. High school credits are based on hours spent on a course of study, and 120-180 hours constitutes one credit. This course totals 135 hours if you follow the accreditation schedule. You could add dissection labs or microscope labs for more content. Note that the activities in this course are simple labs like identifying plants and animals or watching a fish, so if you live in a state which requires lab sciences for high school credit you will need to make some additions.

  • Item #: 067717
    ISBN: 9781683440369
    Retail: $164.97
    Rainbow Price: $117.95

  • Item #: 029579
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.95
  • Item #: 039624
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $3.00
  • Item #: DWTHCS
    Retail: $77.70
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  • Item #: 061312
    Retail: $4.50
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    Perfect for individual practice, this magnetic white board is blank on one side and has handwriting lines on the other. Five horizontal lines (1”) with dotted midlines let your students practice their writing, spelling and vocabulary over and over using a dry erase marker. On the back they can draw or do math problems. The magnetic feature helps small parts (like the magnetic 2-color counters (item 0061313) from getting lost, too. The hard surface means you can set it on your lap, making it a fun item to have in the car! 12” x 8.5” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 053252
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.49

    Sure, the big blue postal mailbox is fun for gathering household mail, but for those personal deliveries My Own Mailbox is the perfect fit. The classic blue-and-white mailbox sits on a wooden stand and features a small red flag. It also comes with two plastic reusable postcards, one reusable ruled letter and envelope, letter and number stickers (to personalize the mailbox or letters), three wipe-off crayons and a small pencil. And with its compact size (4"w x 8"h x 7"d), it's also a fun size to leave on a school desk for returned assignment or homework "deliveries!" – Jess

  • Item #: 041072
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $32.50

    For all you Ms. Frizzle fans, here's another Magic School Bus Science Kit. You can let your little ones do chemistry like all the students in Ms. Frizzle's science class. This Chemistry Lab comes packaged in a replica of the Magic School Bus (made of cardboard measuring 15" long by 8 ½" high) with storage space and trays for all the kits components. This kit includes most of the hard-to-find materials needed to do experiments: Petri dish, string, peppercorn, balloon, wooden craft stick, piece of iron, ph chart, 25 ml measuring cup, ph paper, pipette, blue and red litmus paper, pencil, safety goggles, plastic measuring spoon, plastic funnel, 3 plastic test tubes, test tube brush, soap, cardboard, clay, white blue, borax, yeast, chromatography paper, foil, liquid dish soap, straw, and ruler.

    51 glossy cards accompany the kit and will help your young chemist get started learning about scientific tools, measurements, acids and bases, and much more. The first twelve cards offer general information, messages from Ms. Frizzle, safety and instructions for the kit. Cards 13 through 51 are experiments. The front of each card gives a list of materials needed, steps to follow for the experiment, and illustrations. An explanation of the experiment is found on the reverse side of the card. You will get to make sticky ice, test materials for acidity, inflate a balloon without blowing into it, make pepper jump, learn about buoyancy, make a speed boat, and much more as you learn with Ms. Frizzle and her class.

    A data notebook is included for recording data in specific lessons. This is a small 5"x 7" stapled booklet with space to record observations. If you are doing the experiments with multiple students, you can have them work in teams to record the information or let them make their own notebook – this one is pretty simple. Use this kit as a chemistry unit study or alongside your curriculum – either way you will have fun with Ms. Frizzle and the gang! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 033546
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $32.50

      Explore space with Ms. Frizzle and the gang with your own Magic School Bus Space Lab. Create a planet poster, make a night vision flashlight, make a constellation box and planet mobile, and use the Star Pilot™ (batteries included) to navigate the night sky. Have hours of fun throughout the year as you explore the planets and stars. Add a Magic School Bus DVD (#024221) and books (#060069, #022996) to create your own unit study. All of your supplies are neatly packed in a Magic School Bus-shaped box and includes: Star Pilot™, 20 experiment cards, string, straws, planet poster, constellation fact sheet, constellation box, sticker sheet, constellation booklet, constellation cards, data notebook, pipe cleaners, cut outs of planets, red cellophane, elastic band, and constellation chart. Enjoy the adventure!▲CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs

  • Item #: 003767
    ISBN: 9781929683543
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    This is the junior version of the Wordsmith program. Grades 4-6 are an ideal time to teach your kids the "tools" of writing. Of course, at that age, if it isn't fun, kids don't want to learn. Wordsmith does a great job of introducing vital writing skills in a fun and enthusiastic way. Throughout this workbook, students pretend to be writers for the local newspaper. Fun comics are interspersed throughout the book to "instruct" your child on the concept they are learning. The lessons will cover sentence review, paragraph writing, reporting, creative writing, and expressing opinions. These skills are covered in three different sections of the book. Part one introduces nouns, verbs, and basic sentence structure to your children. Some of the projects in this section have your child write an invitation, a thank you note, haiku poetry, and four-sentence captions - just to name a few. Part two focuses on modifiers and more complex sentences. Here your child will create some advertising, work on editing, and write a book review. Part three moves on to organizing sentences in a logical fashion and reporting skills. Some of the projects your child will do include writing sports stories, giving household hints, composing a news article, and creating a comics column. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of every project to help them complete it independently. Answers are printed in the back to help you correct their work. This spiral-bound workbook has black-and-white text and illustrations. 85 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 069455
    Retail: $2.99
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    Animal designs are assorted and include images of horses, puppies, kittens, and more.

  • Item #: 069228
    Retail: $35.99
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     Mermaid is a shimmery teal/green/blue mix.

  • Item #: 062095
    Retail: $8.95
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  • Item #: 062090
    Retail: $8.95
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  • Item #: 054455
    ISBN: 9780960543458
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.95
    If you're curious to try the Private Eye approach without using it for a whole unit study, this durable booklet boils down the five steps for use as a supplement to any other curriculum, including English, science or art. Or simply use it to expand your creative thinking! The last two pages briefly explain how to use a loupe correctly to see items in focus. This booklet and a loupe for each child (not included) will add a whole new dimension to your school year!