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  • Item #: 062512
    ISBN: 9780838878194
    Retail: $9.10
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  • Item #: 001717
    ISBN: 9780838817803
    Retail: $8.30
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Teaches consonant sounds b, f, k, m, r, and t.

  • Item #: 062491
    ISBN: 9780838878224
    Retail: $11.65
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Get Ready, Get Set, and Go (for the Code) have provided homeschooled students a low-stress, engaging introduction to phonics for years. Now the publisher has added this Teacher’s Guide which expands on the skills presented and provides teachers with various options for instruction and reinforcement. There are a wide variety of activities offered with easy adaptability for the one-on-one learning situation of homeschools. The format is simple and consistent: quick review, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, completing student pages, fluency, comprehension, writing, and reinforcement activities. Please note that some of the instruction formerly found in the student books, which made them stand-alone, is now included in the teacher’s guide, so you will probably now need the teacher’s guide. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683581
    Retail: $110.00
    Rainbow Price: $82.95

    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 012418
    ISBN: 9780838864609
    Retail: $0.00
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    A great way to familiarize yourself with the program before you buy, this 15-page booklet answers the question, "What is Explode the Code?" provides an overview of the programs' components, highlights key features and benefits to students, and provides a scope and sequence for the Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code books as well as for books 1-8 including the half books. Sample pages from selected books in the program are shown throughout, with explanatory notes.

  • Item #: 041056
    Retail: $0.00
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     We often get requests for online products, and these two programs were specifically requested. Reading Eggs and Mathseeds combine printed materials with fun, interactive online lessons for complete curriculum in the areas of reading and math. Online lessons are available through a 12-month subscription (for one child); this gives you access to the different levels of the program. Use the printed readers and workbooks with the Reading Eggs online lessons for a complete reading program, and the workbooks with online Mathseeds lessons for a complete math program. Workbooks can be used alone if you just want practice (no lessons) with answer keys included at the back of each. Note that the workbooks are the same pages as those that can be printed with the online subscription.

    More About Reading Eggs

    Reading Eggs is a reading program for grades K-6 that incorporates games and videos to make learning fun. There are four levels of the program – Reading Eggs Junior (First Steps) for 2 to 4 year olds, Reading Eggs (Ready for School) for 4 and 5 year olds, Reading Eggs (Practice Makes Perfect) for 6 and 7 year olds, and Reading Eggspress (Reading for Meaning) for 7 to 13 year olds.

    When you purchase your online subscription for the lessons, you will be sent an e-mail the next business day with your activation information. Set up your account by adding the student information (subscription is for one child), and you’re on your way. The online subscription offers reward games, progress tracking, printable worksheets (same as the workbook pages), and online books, and it also offers access to apps that can be loaded onto your tablet for play anywhere. This program is an award-winning, research-based phonics and reading program that will be sure to engage and teach your readers.

    More About Mathseeds

    Mathseeds is an interactive online math program for the younger learners in your family. There are 200 lessons geared toward ages 3-9, and new content is added often. Every lesson introduces and models a concept and is then followed by activities, an e-book reinforcing the concept, and then a reward of a hatching e-pet. Children work through virtual maps of different ecosystems, and the e-pets are animals that might be found in that area. A multiple-choice quiz is given after every 5th lesson, which comes with its own rewards. There are 50 lessons per grade level K-3, but these could be used whenever your student is ready. The first 20 lessons at the K level are for students with no math skills, so they could be used younger. Lessons 21 – 50 begin to develop foundational math skills. The rest of the lessons build upon previously learned skills in the program, so you’ll want to do them in order. Printable activities provide written practice for the lessons taught online.

      The online subscription is a 12-month access code for use with one student. With access, you will receive lessons, printables (same as the workbook pages), tracking of student progress, and a downloadable app for your tablet. Children will love the interactivity of the online lessons and the surprises that hatch along the learning path. Print workbooks for Mathseeds are available on our site as a separate purchase if it's easier than printing the activities online.

  • Item #: 003400
    Retail: $70.95
    Rainbow Price: $51.95

    Explode the Code in 3D! This royal blue felt wall chart contains 26 pockets. Each pocket contains a colorful, removable stuffed toy that children can play with. The toy is the key word used in the Explode the Code books to learn their respective letters (an apple in the "a" pocket, a bell in the "b" pocket, etc.). Letters are shown in lowercase on the chart. In case the toys don't get back in their pockets, replacement parts are available from the publisher. 16" w x 32" h.

    The accompanying booklet is an aid for parents to help get the most out of the Explode the Code wall chart. It explains how to introduce the letters and gives a variety of games to play that will teach and reinforce the names and sounds of letters. The 34 games explained in the book are presented in order of difficulty, beginning with games involving one step and moving on to games with two or more steps. Each of the games can be played with any number of children and in flexible circumstances. Some of the games require extra materials such as note cards, markers, and scissors, but they are all fairly easy to set up and play. Variations of several of the games are given with questions to ask while children are playing the games.

  • Item #: 067606
    ISBN: 9781908489296
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.25

     Nature studies are a valuable part of science studies, but often younger ones are not ready for the detailed illustrating and research that are a vital part of a nature education. Draw your littles into the love of nature with this delightful activity book. Divided into seasons, activities range from simple drawings, matching, coloring, and spot the differences to scavenger hunts and more. Activities vary in complexity and some youngers may need a little direction as they create a personal nature journal. Includes a nature code introducing safety of self and surroundings. Colorfully illustrated. Answers included in back. 60 pgs, pb. 

  • Item #: 038279
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    Whaaaat? – you might ask. Except for knowing that this is somehow involved with place value, it’s hard to envision what this might be from its name. However, trust me; it’s a handy little gadget that can be used to illustrate and to help students with beginning calculations in the often confusing world of place value. What you have is a set of five stacking yellow plastic cups. The bottom cup has an up-pointing arrow on the edge. The next cup is the thousands cup and has red digits 0-9 along the edge; each digit followed by three zeroes up the side of the cup. The next three cups are like this one with green (hundreds), light blue (tens) and dark blue (ones). Perhaps a bit hard to imagine, it’s never-the-less a clever way to demonstrate place value. When the cups are stacked and held sideways in your hand, they twist and you can form numbers starting with the arrow on the left. Rotating the cups clockwise shows addition and counter-clockwise shows subtraction. Starting simply by using just the tens and ones cup, you can begin to get a feel for the whole process. A brief how-to instruction sheet gives you the basics and then you’ll be ready to use this simple device for number sense problems, adding/subtracting and skip counting. I have to admit to being a bit confused by the grade level designations. The manufacturer says 5th grade and up. However, the device seems simple enough and the demonstrated concepts are often introduced at a much younger level – say 2nd/3rd grade. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 030675
    ISBN: 9780838808528
    Retail: $11.30
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    Get Ready, Get Set, and Go (for the Code) have provided homeschooled students a low-stress, engaging introduction to phonics for years. Now the publisher has added this Teacher's Guide which expands on the skills presented and provides teachers with various options for instruction and reinforcement. There are a wide variety of activities offered with easy adaptability for the one-on-one learning situation of homeschools. The format is simple and consistent: quick review, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, completing student pages, fluency, comprehension, writing, and reinforcement activities. Please note that some of the instruction formerly found in the student books, which made them stand-alone, is now included in the teacher's guide, so will you probably now need the teacher's guide. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 027524
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    On your marks, get set, go! Grip this plastic stopwatch in your palm or slip it's string around your neck and you're ready for a backyard "field day" – or use it to keep track of time spent on the computer. With minutes, seconds, and milliseconds clearly displayed on a digital screen and color-coded buttons (red for stop, green for go, yellow for clear), even the youngest referee will be comfortable with this easy-to-use stopwatch. – Rachel

  • Item #: 001720
    ISBN: 9780838817841
    Retail: $9.10
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Teaches consonant sounds c,g,l,q,v,w,y, and z.

  • Item #: 001718
    ISBN: 9780838817827
    Retail: $8.30
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Teaches consonant sounds d, h, j, n, p, and s.

  • Item #: 062513
    ISBN: 9780838878200
    Retail: $9.10
    Rainbow Price: $6.25
  • Item #: 002274
    ISBN: 9780671631987
    Retail: $24.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.45

    Four years after using this book to learn to read at age 4, our twins would still take this book off the shelf and re-read the silly stories that made learning to read immediately rewarding. It is a phonics-based, non-consumable book authored by Siegfried Engelmann using the DISTAR method. Faced with two small children eager to read like their older sisters, but who were not ready for the more intensive writing and spelling accompanying most other reading programs, I was at a loss. All they needed at this tender age were enough decoding skills to enable them to read. We had already covered letter sounds (via song), so the twins literally zipped through the early lessons and quickly digested blends, vowel sounds, and digraphs, thoroughly enjoying every lesson. In fact, they begged for "extra" lessons, anxious to get to the next story! Large, bold type assures learning without eye strain. This volume filled a need in our own family and, judging from the numerous requests/recommendations by our customers, has done so for others as well.

  • Item #: 067716
    ISBN: 9780890519431
    Retail: $32.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    Phonics instruction integrated with Bible stories and verses. Is a well-done program with these characteristics exactly what you're looking for? Master Books has introduced an easy-to-use program with straight-forward lessons and little prep for the teacher. Starting with letter recognition it proceeds through short vowels, long vowels, and some digraphs. Both letter sounds and printing letter strokes are taught.

    Organization is not typical (N, D, A, T, S, P). The accompanying narratives are in biblical chronological order, however. Daily lessons introduce letters with a biblical narrative (N is for nothing, none, not even a bit! Genesis 1:1-2) and a Bible verse. The lesson/narrative is scripted for the teacher and includes questions for the student, finger tracing, listening, identifying words with the letter sound, and reading practice followed by a worksheet for the student to complete. Bonus (optional) activities are provided to use as needed and time permits. Introductory material for the teacher includes general instruction, a writing readiness assessment, sight words for each lesson, helpful hints for teaching the lessons, a materials list, a daily lesson schedule (5 days a week for 18 weeks), and a progress chart. There are periodic reviews.

    This is a one semester course for either Kindergarten or First Grade. It seems like the publisher may be planning a sequel but if not this is an excellent standalone and will get your student off to a good start. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 036891
    ISBN: 9780887434471
    Retail: $2.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.50
  • Item #: 068084
    ISBN: 9780761189169
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

  • Item #: 031007
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.25

    With a similar mix of lessons, tests, practice material, and games as Typing Instructor, this version is more accessible to younger kids and offers a fun, motivating and effective way to learn typing skills. There are 160 touch-typing lessons which cover all the basic keys (letters, numbers, symbols) on either a standard or a split keyboard (except for the 10-key number pad). There are ten different typing plans, each geared to a different age group. Regardless of the plan they are following, each student learns the keyboard by taking a tour of "Typer Island" and visiting five different lands as they journey to the Castle. As students journey through Old West, On the Water, In the Air, Over the Edge, and Under the Sea, they'll learn new keys and complete exciting challenges (usually timed) like typing to shoot words out of the sky, racing a Viking ship by typing words as quickly as possible, and typing words printed on sharks before they eat you! The activities build upon each other so students can't move on until their skills are ready. The changes in scenery add a lot of variety to the lessons, but you can still rely on helpful features including visual instruction with the 3-D guide hands and keyboard. Accuracy and speed (WPM) are also tracked throughout, with students getting instant feedback on their performance, and earning rewards as well.

    Of course, the arcade-like games will be the most fun to the beginning typist! The further students advance in the program, the more games will be available to them. Once they make it through all five lands, students capture the Castle, which opens the Lost City, a new addition to the program that provides two new games. While capturing the Castle and exploring the Lost City are the ultimate goals of the game, students earn treasures and points all through the program, which keeps them motivated and entertained. Students can also visit Explorer Isle at any point to play their favorite games (except for Lost City games), using only the keys that they have covered already. They can also visit Story Lagoon and practice typing one of 40 familiar stories, including fairy tales and classic literature. With this program's careful progression, interesting storyline, high-quality animation, 30+ games, multiple skill levels, and English/Spanish instruction, it's no wonder it is the winner of so many prestigious educational awards. This one comes highly recommended, folks

    Please note that software comes in a paper sleeve, not a box. There are two versions available; one is designed for Windows or Mac and one that is only compatible with Windows. Both are compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 while Win/Mac version is also compatible with Mac OSX 10.4 or higher (including Snow Leopard). Rachel

  • Item #: 030935
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

       This is so much fun, I could hardly put it down! Compose Yourself is a deck of 60 cards printed on a transparent plastic. On each card is a grouping of notes (A measure in 4/4 time) arranged in a seemingly random order. However, you can rotate them 180 degrees and get a new grouping of notes. Flip them over to the backside, and you get two more different measures. Even though there are 60 cards, it’s almost like getting 240 cards!

      Each card position has a code number in the top right corner. You can go on the publisher’s website, enter the codes in any order you like (Up to 16 codes, 4 rows of 4 measures), and hit play. Your composition will come to life as you hear a full symphony, marimba, or both play your song! I grabbed four cards at random, and used every position of the four cards. The resulting song was so pretty and soothing, and it was so easy! The website allows you to tweak your composition as you go by selecting each card individually and allowing you to digitally flip or rotate it with ease. You can even save the song to review later, download an MP3, or print sheet music! I recommend having a piece of paper nearby so you can write down the codes for your favorite sounds, but it’s likely you will love them all. What a fun gift for the young music lover or aspiring young composer! Includes 60 cards in a drawstring storage pouch. - Laura

  • Item #: 030104
    ISBN: 9780887431456
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.50
  • Item #: 072963
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    You stumble upon on ancient castle, blocking your progress. But what a coincidence! 3 other knights had the same idea, and they need to get through too… In Keys to the Castle, players compete to be the first knight to escape the castle by traversing its many locked rooms. Each player begins his or her turn by drawing cards. These cards are generally color-coded keys, but can also be a variety of helpful items. Players then play one of their cards, opening an adjacent door of their choice and moving – or locking a door behind them to slow down other players! Other helpful devices allow players to hacksaw through barred doors, set up padlocks to further sabotage their opponents, and even find secret passages to speed their progress. The first player to the opposite side of the castle wins! For 2-4 players. 10-20-minute playtime.

  • Item #: 071854
    Retail: $14.99
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    An adorable 3-D sliding puzzle with a bit of a twist. The little squirrels in this puzzle are all holding their acorn stash in front of them, and the board has holes in it for your squirrels’ acorns to be buried. Rather than guiding the squirrels out of the puzzle, your objective is to help them all drop their acorns into the ground. When all the acorns have been buried, you’ve solved the puzzle! There are 60 progressively more difficult puzzle scenarios and a plastic traveling lid included. – Janine

  • Item #: 064307
    ISBN: 9780544601963
    Retail: $9.50
    Rainbow Price: $5.00
  • Item #: 064306
    ISBN: 9780544601956
    Retail: $9.50
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  • Item #: 064305
    ISBN: 9780544601949
    Retail: $9.50
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  • Item #: 064304
    ISBN: 9780544601932
    Retail: $9.50
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  • Item #: 064303
    ISBN: 9780544601918
    Retail: $9.50
    Rainbow Price: $5.00
  • Item #: 060644
    ISBN: 9780916785222
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    Is rote memorization of math facts not working for you? Then take a look at this book. Its whole goal is familiarization with math facts. That’s a different idea, isn’t it? Based on four educational strategies – manageable amounts at a time, connecting facts to other facts and to patterns, exploring factor pairs, and readiness for higher level concepts – these very creative worksheets are filled with interesting activities. Students progress through “easy” multiples (10, 2, 9, and 5) and move onto square numbers (9, 16, 25, 49, and 64) and lastly consider factors of 18, 24, 28, 32, 42 and 48. The last section is a multiplication fact review designed to prepare the student for work with fractions, factors/multiples, and equivalent fractions. Instead of page after page of math facts to be worked with increasing speed, these worksheets seek to employ the brain, to get the student thinking about the numbers and the relationships between them. 108 pgs, pb. ~ Janice