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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 #: 027524
    Retail: $9.99
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    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 #: 062491
    ISBN: 9780838878224
    Retail: $11.65
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    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 #: 067606
    ISBN: 9781908489296
    Retail: $12.99
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     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 #: 003400
    Retail: $70.95
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    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 #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683581
    Retail: $110.00
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    "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 #: 038279
    Retail: $9.95
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    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 #: 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 #: 028122
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Create fun soaps to keep or give to friends! Simply melt the glycerin in the microwave, add color and/or scents, pour in the molds, and let cool. Before you know it, you're ready for some good, clean fun! This kit comes with three 50g blocks of clear glycerin soap base, three 50g blocks of white glycerin soap base, 45g of purple, green, and red glycerin soap colorant (15g of each color), two stirring tools, 5 punch out and fold gift boxes, three plastic molds with 4-5 designs on each, and a directions/recipe book. Because the kit uses melt and pour glycerin, there are no potentially dangerous chemicals to work with. Each of the 50g blocks of glycerin is enough to make 3-5 soaps depending on which molds are chosen. The booklet shows how easy it is to melt the glycerin, but it also comes with lots of recipes for scents, exfoliation additives, and other ingredients to make skin healthy. While these are not included, many of them are probably available in your own kitchen if not the local grocery store. Such items include dried flower petals, cocoa butter, espresso beans, honey, Epsom salts, aloe vera, vanilla extract, and so much more! The booklet also explains the science behind how soap cleans, packaging ideas, and ideas to get you hooked. Perfect for your crafty child or as an intro into soap making. – Laura

  • Item #: 013296
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    Are you ready for some “out-of-this-world” fun? We’ve all seen the air rockets – you jump on the launcher and send the rocket flying. But you haven’t seen anything until you see these sets – they’ll give you some SERIOUS height! The durable foam-tipped arrows provide very little resistance as they disappear to a tiny dot way up in the sky. They are sleek and lightweight, and their slim design makes it less likely that they will get caught in trees as they fall gently back to the ground. Simply pop up the launcher (minimal assembly required), slide on a rocket, and you’re ready to fly! The Blast Pad® includes three 10.5” missiles that fly over 200’. The higher you jump, and the harder you stomp as you land, the more impressive your launch will be! ~ Megan

  • Item #: 071854
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    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 #: 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 #: 072963
    Retail: $14.99
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    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 #: 032838
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.75

    If a good mystery is right up your alley and you are up for a challenging cooperative game, try out Escape the Room! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, this is a game that began as a digital version, transformed into real-life events around the country, and is now also available as a game you can play at home. The scene in this version is an old manor in the year 1869. There are mysterious happenings that you and your friends decide to investigate, but you end up locked inside a room in the old manor. Can you Escape the Room! in time? The game is packed into sealed envelopes, in which you and your fellow players must find clues and solve puzzles to unlock and reveal. Unlike some mystery events where one player sets everything up and cannot participate, even the host doesn’t have the answers here! Get ready for an evening of fun! 3-8 players, game time is approximately 90 minutes. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 008706
    Retail: $12.99
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    More flexible than attribute blocks! More fun than Venn diagrams! It's fast-paced. It's challenging! It's...fun! I fell in love with this game the very moment I saw it. It sounds simple; players race to see which three cards (of the twelve showing) form a "set". There are no turns, no waiting - the quickest to deduce a logical set wins the point. There is no age advantage; your children can beat you if their visual perception in sharper than yours. Even when played alone, the game is a mental challenge. With opponents, the heat is on! MENSA chose this game as a top mind game in 1991 - chosen for originality, intellectual challenge, aesthetics, quality and longevity (you won't quickly tire of this game!). So... are you ready to get Set?

  • Item #: 030935
    Retail: $14.99
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       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 #: 072892
    Retail: $13.99
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    Calling all fashionistas! Get ready to bring your fashion designs to life with this charming 3D paper maché set from Fashion Angels®. After finalizing your design sketches, pick a 3D fashion form, select a tissue paper and glue it to the form, wait for it to dry, then pop off the form. Now finish your dazzling fashion with the wide assortment of included embellishments for a custom look. Set includes: eleven 3D forms, paper sheets (patterned, metallics & white), glue, brush, 8 mini clothespins, bead trim, lace trim, fabric trim, sticker sheets of accessories, adhesive gems, 30 sketch pages and instructions. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 051643
    Retail: $9.95
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    Whether you have a Build-A-Road set or not, get ready for some serious off-road fun with these torque-laden battery-powered SUVs. These little trucks are the HUMVEE of battery-powered vehicles; be it carpet or obstacles these vehicles go the same speed over any terrain. With their great gearing they rarely bog down and last for hours on one charge cycle, ensuring fun as they conquer insane inclines and homemade off-road adventures.

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

  • Item #: 017878
    Retail: $29.99
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    You and your friends have been captured and must escape quickly! One of your friends has been strapped to a timer, and you must solve three puzzles to get him out. You must maneuver a key out of a cage, solve puzzles to unlock the Quiz Master, and find the key hidden in the Lucky Spinner. Can you free your friend and escape in less than three minutes?! Amount of time and level of difficulty can be adjusted for variations of play. For 2-6 players. ~ Rachel

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3 yrs.

  • Item #: 014621
    ISBN: 9781591602361
    Retail: $23.99
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    If you want to start at the beginning, this one book could be your source for readiness activities from birth to age 5! Contained in this 344-page book are 260 activities meant to be introduced one per week. These skills are carefully ordered according to a child's normal developmental age and readiness for each new skill to be introduced. Activities require only household items, take only about 10 minutes per day, and are generally easy to prepare for and implement. So as a busy mom, they require little preparation time, but have outstanding educational value. A section on measurable parameters to profile child development is appended at the end of the book. By observing the child in the light of these developmentally-appropriate actions, parents can determine where their child is at, developmentally. Please note that this book is not a collection of "early-learning activities," but developmentally appropriate ones that are relaxed and entertaining. While not high-pressure, they are mentally stimulating and as such may enhance brain development.

  • Item #: 065268
    ISBN: 9781481468220
    Retail: $15.99
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  • Item #: 064305
    ISBN: 9780544601949
    Retail: $9.50
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  • Item #: 064304
    ISBN: 9780544601932
    Retail: $9.50
    Rainbow Price: $5.00
  • Item #: 060670
    ISBN: 9780739052051
    Retail: $20.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.75

    Have an older student who wants to learn to play the piano? It can be done – and this course will give your student helpful tools. While recognizing that a skilled professional teacher can make a big difference, this course will get your student off to a good start and provide an easy transition to a teacher later, if they wish. Using the same music and fundamentals as Alfred’s Basic Adult Course but adding a user-friendly self-teaching guide, the student is introduced to the keyboard, note-reading, note values, intervals, dynamics, chords, time signatures, flats/sharps, and major/minor scales. Each music page is preceded by a study guide page (left-hand; right-hand) which offers explanations, directions and additional information. It serves as your at-home teacher. The DVD features a teacher who takes it one step further, providing much of the same information and giving the student a birds-eye view of her hands on the piano. Familiar tunes are introduced almost at the beginning and the student is playing with first one hand and by the end of the book, with both hands. Musical tracks of these songs are provided on the included CD and icon-designated as a reminder to listen. These tracks are helpful for several reasons. The tempo is established, the student can hear the tune and can play along to improve speed, accuracy and technique. By the end of this book, the student is playing several complete songs and ready for Book 2 of the Adult Basic Course. Book comes with CD and is available with supplementary DVD, as well. 192 pgs, pb ~ Janice