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  • Item #: 003618
    ISBN: 9780753468753
    Retail: $32.99
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    We looked at several different alternatives before selecting this volume as a basic world history reference book. As with any secular product, we contend with the "dating" problems (the book dates the beginning of history at 40,000 B.C.), and evolutionary references. However, the book is an excellent reference with many outstanding features:

    • It's all in one book (491 pgs) making it a handy reference for studies of any and all time periods.
    • The paper is nice and thick, designed to tolerate years of "wear and tear".
    • Chronologically-arranged and cross- referenced articles.
    • Over 2000 colorful illustrations, including photographs and charts as well as annotated maps.
    • A handy reference section at the back of the book that has lists of national leaders throughout history; wars; and explorations/discoveries.
    • The comprehensive indexing makes it easy to quickly find the information or related articles you need.

    This book replaced the old Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World a number of years ago. Although similar, there are some differences in this new book. Curriculums that refer to the original book may not correspond exactly to the replacement version. We think this will be a volume you will use again and again, not just for world history studies, but for unit studies of all kinds.

  • Item #: 028380
    ISBN: 9781465428431
    Retail: $29.99
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    By David C. King, this reference covers American history from 1000-2002. It features ample photographs, illustrations, charts, and maps to appeal to the visual student as well as the essential information on the topic to make this a useful research tool for assignments. This is not an exhaustive reference, but like other single volume encyclopedias, this book provides a synopsis of each topic as a starting point for further exploration elsewhere. 304 pgs. ~ Tom

  • Item #: 067765
    ISBN: 9781426320927
    Retail: $24.99
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    Updated in 2015, this full-color U.S. encyclopedia provides students with time lines and key facts about many of the important historical, geographical and cultural aspects of each state. Special features on topics ranging from the westward expansion to the industrial age are also included, along with several key historical documents and over sixty kid-friendly maps. Loaded with beautiful color photos from locations within each of the fifty states, and lots of fun facts, this resource will help readers celebrate the people, places, and events that shaped the U.S. Please note that in some cases a secular, progressive perspective on American history and political thought is apparent. 9 1/2” x 12”. 265 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
    Retail: $19.99
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    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 069721
    ISBN: 9781465443465
    Retail: $16.99
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    DK offers another in the line of First Encyclopedias to encourage young learners. Divided by the geologic time periods, this book presents dinosaurs in chronological order – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The book is rounded out with sections on other forms of life, fossils, and the end of the dinosaurs. Every page is filled with illustrations and bite-sized pieces of information. At the bottom of each two-page spread, there is a question and answer about one of the creatures found on those pages. Each section of pages has color-coding at the bottom, and special sections throughout the book encourage readers to look more closely at the pages – “picture detective” encourages you to find specific things on the page and “weird or what” gives some type of interesting fact. The back of the book includes activities and a glossary. Another great dinosaur resource from DK! 136 pgs, hc. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 012401
    ISBN: 9780794527846
    Retail: $14.99
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    Usborne's Living World Encyclopedia provides a great introduction into the amazing world of nature. The first section of the book covers living things and their environments. This section serves to present general information in the areas of: the history of the Earth, environments, cycles in nature, seasonal changes, and long-term changes. The remaining sections explore animals and plants by environment. Plants typical to the environment are introduced, and the lifestyles of animals (how they find food, attract mates, escape enemies, and adapt to varying habitats and climates) are examined. Environments covered include: seas and oceans, islands, grasslands, forests, deserts, polar regions, mountains, rivers and lakes, and rain forests. Additional sections on people and endangered species are included. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 070556
    ISBN: 9781465440273
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  • Item #: 017164
    ISBN: 9781465408853
    Retail: $19.99
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    As I oooo and aaahhh my way through the beautiful pictures in this book, I am reminded of what an amazing place the earth is. It is diverse, rugged, and awesome. DK always does an amazing job with photographic presentation, and this book is no exception. Take a visual journey from the beginning of the solar system, to rocks and minerals, water formation, weather and climate, life on earth, the human world, and mapping the world. Every photo, illustration, and map is accompanied by a small amount of information. A country factfile summarizes all of the countries of the world by offering facts about each – area, population, capital, currency, official language, life expectancy, and information about an accompanying picture. A glossary is included for words that might be unfamiliar. I am always curious about new destinations and intrigued by photos from different areas (I might want to go there someday), but not all of the photos provide that information. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is from a secular perspective; theories as fact abound. 300+pgs, p/b. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 061055
    ISBN: 9781465414175
    Retail: $29.99
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      This Smithsonian edition follows the classic DK format and is packed full of information, photographs and diagrams. Additionally, fantastic cut-aways fill page after page. For example, see what the inner ear, a submarine, or the inside of the Taj Mahal looks like! Most of the topics are science focused: space, earth, zoology, human body and physics related. An additional 78 pages cover key elements of the ancient to modern world. Note: includes old earth and evolutionary explanations as well as diagrams of the reproductive system. 10x12”, 360pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $37.99

    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 035055
    ISBN: 9780794511418
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99

    Like all other Usborne books you've ever seen, this colorfully detailed encyclopedia is packed with info and ready to be explored. Well laid out on eye-catching pages, the history of the ancient world is detailed from the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia 
(the book first has a few pages about early farmers and towns of 12,000 years ago)
 to the end of the Roman Empire in the early centuries AD. Stunning photographs and detailed reconstructions illustrate the book as you learn about Egypt, Greece, and other civilizations. The last section is an ancient world fact finder, with a "who's who in the ancient world", a time chart, a glossary, and an index. Web links mentioned in the book are routed through an Usborne site so they can be kept up to date. This small-format version is 7.5" x 9.5" and will complement any history program or be a great read all on its own. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 000980
    ISBN: 9780794535285
    Retail: $39.99
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    This book is obviously an Usborne book; it's overloaded with interesting information and tons of color pictures. But it also has something else: internet links. A great deal of science is packed in the book, with even more available online at the many quality websites chosen by Usborne. More than 1,000 internet links and 180 QR links are included. Perform more than 120 experiments and activities, and see video clips, diagrams, pictures, and other helpful online highlights. Sites allow you to see video clips of animals, hear animal sounds, build your own roller coaster, dissect a virtual frog, relive the story of landing on the moon complete with sounds, images, and slideshows, and so much more. All of science is covered in this book: physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sciences, astronomy, anatomy, zoology, and Earth conservation. A wonderful resource even for those without online access. This book is available in two sizes (with identical content). There is a small format version(pb). This large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 012200
    ISBN: 9780794528966
    Retail: $19.99
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    This 400-page paperback text from Usborne is a fantastic reference guide that provides an extensive overview of world geography. First, you get a general overview of planet Earth. Next, more detailed sections cover the geographical phenomena of earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, weather, climate, and world ecosystems. The people and cultures of the world (North America, South America, Australasia and Oceania, Asia, Europe, and Africa) are then extensively discussed, followed by an Atlas of the World portion of the book comprised of various maps (60 total) of all seven continents. The text concludes with a Fact File section that provides a medley of information on topics including but not limited to geographers and scientists, world records, time zones, constellations, and types of government.

    To take advantage of the interactive component of this book, visit the hundreds of websites recommended throughout the text. These sites were chosen to provide further information about people and places of the world and are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure subject appropriateness and working order. Although it is "internet-linked," the Encyclopedia of World Geography is a complete book that can be used on its own. ~ Enh

  • Item #: RBW3RD
    Retail: $479.45
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    The third grade package continues with Horizons Phonics and Reading Grade 3, Story of the World Volume 2 (and Activity Book), and Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 (text, Jr. Notebooking Journal and lab kit). At this level, math is switched to Saxon Math Intermediate Grade 3.

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: RBW2ND
    Retail: $584.22
    Rainbow Price: $449.95

    2nd grade package features Horizons Phonics & Reading for language arts, Saxon Math 2 and manipulative kit, Story of the World Volume 1 and Volume 1 Activity Book, Exploring Creation with Astronomy text, Exploring Creation with Astronomy Jr. Notebooking Journal and the Astronomy lab kit (packaged by Nature's Workshop).

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: 032533
    ISBN: 9780753465752
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    Don't think of this as a dusty old encyclopedia; think of it as an exciting, fascinating visual tour across the globe. With page after page of incredible photographs, specially commissioned computer-generated maps, clear, concise, easy to- read text, and fact panels providing the latest figures and information, enthusiastic explorers and casual readers alike will be enthralled. Not only does this encyclopedia cover each country of the world individually, the first and last chapters are packed with yet more information and pictures, broken down as follows. The first chapter is all about the physical earth, with 47 pages about the formation of earth, earth's rotation, inside earth, earth's magnetism, continental drift, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, mountain building, rivers and lakes, oceans and seas, landscaping by water, landscaping by ice, landscaping by wind, soil, the atmosphere, climate, world climate zones, weather, human impact, world population growth, the future, mapmaking, the physical earth, countries of the world, and earth statistics. The last chapter is a ready reference. section, with pages covering world biomes, world water, winds and ocean currents, world pollution, biodiversity and extinction, world health, world education, world wealth, world energy, world commodities, world trade, time zones, world organizations, world religions, world communications, and world statistics. Containing essential information on all the world's countries, the authors have also included some evolutionary theories about the formation of the earth, and time spans for certain things may stretch back millions and billions of years. As a whole, though, as with any other Kingfisher book, you will not be disappointed. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 006063
    ISBN: 9780825128806
    Retail: $26.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.50

    A wonderful way to incorporate geography into your world studies! Besides teaching basic map concepts like longitude and latitude, they help teach the facts and ideas of history; each map becoming a do-it-yourself visual aid. There are 35 map activities in all - each with a research and instruction sheet and a map to be completed, that span history from "Ancient Near East" to "Africa: The New Nations". Some maps are examples of historic concepts and terms. The map of Africa in 1914, for example, is a vivid portrayal of the concept of imperialism. Some activities are self-contained, some require reference to a text, others require some research in an atlas or encyclopedia. These sheets are not keyed to a particular text, but should work well with whatever text or course you choose - or use by itself as a survey course. A key is provided for each of the exercises, but there is no key for the map work. Sheets are reproducible (for within your home).

  • Item #: 018008
    ISBN: 9780794523558
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99

    This book is obviously an Usborne book; it's overloaded with interesting information and tons of color pictures. But it also has something else: internet links. A great deal of science is packed in the book, with even more available online at the many quality websites chosen by Usborne. More than 1,000 internet links and 180 QR links are included. Perform more than 120 experiments and activities, and see video clips, diagrams, pictures, and other helpful online highlights. Sites allow you to see video clips of animals, hear animal sounds, build your own roller coaster, dissect a virtual frog, relive the story of landing on the moon complete with sounds, images, and slideshows, and so much more. All of science is covered in this book: physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sciences, astronomy, anatomy, zoology, and Earth conservation. A wonderful resource even for those without online access. This book is available in two sizes (with identical content).The small-format paperback version measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". The large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 018638
    ISBN: 9780865976665
    Retail: $34.00
    Rainbow Price: $28.95
    This scholarly compilation is truly a "Who's-Who" collection of the finest minds in the field of economics. With a stated goal to "communicate just how much economic analysis can teach us about the important issues we face as voters, as consumers, as employees, and as people who care about the world," this book does that and so much more! Alphabetically organized, the volume offers 168 articles on high-interest economic subjects covering a wide range of macro-and micro-economic topics including: advertising, agricultural subsidy programs, bankruptcy, the consumer price index economic freedom, distribution of income, economic freedom, entrepreneurship, financial regulation, government growth, minimum wages, pharmaceuticals, regulation, poverty in America, welfare and so forth. Biographies of noted economists, further reading recommendations and a detailed index complete this hefty encyclopedia from the Liberty Fund. Clearly written for the non-economists in all of us, you will find this an excellent resource to expand your understanding of the role of economics in today's society. PB. 637 pgs. ~Deanne
  • Item #: 064474
    ISBN: 9781465469489
    Retail: $19.99
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    Dinosaurs are quite a fascination for the young – big, scary reptiles that roamed the earth and are now gone. This book by DK is a great resource for helping children visualize what they might have looked like and how they lived. Divided into types of dinosaurs, the book is easy to use – invertebrates, early vertebrates, dinosaurs and birds, and mammals. The book begins by explaining prehistoric life – how life began, evolution, timeline of life, fossils, and fossil hunting all from a secular perspective. Join paleontologists as they excavate fossils and bones to learn more about the size and shapes of these prehistoric creatures. Colorful photos, illustrations, and charts, take you on a visual journey that will engage young learners and help them understand more about dinosaurs! 304 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 014636
    ISBN: 9780753468142
    Retail: $29.99
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    No child's education is complete without access to a comprehensive reference. This encyclopedia is designed with children in mind, as it is both easy-to-use and stimulating. It covers a wide range of topics from ancient history to up-to-the-minute developments in technology; from animal and plant life on Earth to plans for the next millennium in outer space. Key educational areas such as geography, science, religion, and the human body are also covered. All the topics are easy to find as they are listed in alphabetical order. The information is presented in a clear and friendly way that is perfect for experienced or beginning readers. Students will also be drawn in by the illuminating photographs and lavish illustrations that accompany each topic. This book also includes useful web links to encourage further research. Many of the subjects have fact and figure boxes to help bring attention to key dates, events, and statistics; and cross-reference boxes reveal related topics to research. A detailed index, maps, and fact sheets are also provided at the end of the book. This encyclopedia is a perfect resource to aid your child in his schoolwork, or just as a book to browse in their free time. Hc, 192 pgs. ~ elise

  • Item #: 037977
    Retail: $471.00
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    Designed as an option for families with a child in Grades 2 or 3 without older siblings using the MFW program, this one-year program is based around U.S. History and the Names of Jesus (If you do have older children and are interested in using MFW with all of them, look at Exploring Countries & Cultures). Students will explore American History from a Christian perspective as they build their own history notebook, use timelines, enjoy read-aloud books and do hands-on activities. In Bible, students study the character of Jesus through hands-on activities and memory verses. Students read for themselves from the NIrV Discoverer's Bible (included in package). Geography is explored by learning the 50 states with map work and projects. Science explores topics such as stars, weather, plants, birds, gravity, energy, friction and more with simple science experiments. Art and music is covered through patriotic songs; art lessons from Barry Stebbing's I Can Do All Things art program (recently reprinted by MFW) and more hands-on activities. Math, language arts and foreign language are not included in the package, but you may plug in your current programs or follow MFW's recommendations which are listed below.

    Deluxe package includes Teacher Manual, Synergy Guide, student sheets, placemat map, American Pioneers and Patriots, Map of the United States Sticker Picture, Science in the Kitchen, First Encyclopedia of Science, Science with Air, Birds, Nests and Eggs, Fun with Magnets kit, The 4th of July Story, North American Indians, The Thanksgiving Story, NIrV Discoverer's Bible, Story of the U.S., Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag, Patriotic Songs of the USA CD, soda bottle bird feeder, U.S. history read-alouds (see website for more specifics), I Can Do All Things set (book, paint/marker cards and DVDs), Best of Tchaikovsky CD, and Story of Tchaikovsky CD.

  • Item #: 030174
    ISBN: 9781880563052
    Retail: $20.00
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  • Item #: 074012
    ISBN: 9781893103771
    Retail: $24.95
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    New, full-color study guide for Grades 5-8 includes 98 lessons from ancient Mesopotamia to the rise of Rome and early Christianity. Study Guide utilizes these literature resources:

  • Item #: 031075
    Retail: $35.00
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    Homeschool mom Sandy Strenkowski (author of the Charlotte Mason-inspired Living Learning Books science curriculum) found herself poring over a wide variety of history curriculums on the lookout for one that met all of her criteria, but try as she might, she didn't find one. So, she decided to put together her own, using many of the same ideas and methods she incorporated into Living Learning Books. If you've used and liked Living Learning Books science, you may want to check out Ancient History for your history studies. Just browsing through the program, it appears well-organized, engaging, and multi-faceted, incorporating a wide variety of subjects - particularly in the language arts area.

    There are 114 lessons in the study, spanning the period between Creation and 444 B.C. The "backbone" of the lessons is in the "three R's" - reading, reflecting, and recording. For each lesson, the student will read assigned pages from one or several resource books. Additional assignments incorporated into many of the lessons include geography, Bible, handwriting, art appreciation, hands-on projects, timeline activities, and more. Although not every lesson includes every kind of assignment, each lesson includes the "Three R's" and a selection of additional assignments so the workload for each lesson isn't overwhelming.

    The "command center" of the study is the Teacher's Manual, which includes a lesson-by-lesson outline of assignments and activities, as well as a helpful lesson plan grid. The lesson plan grid displays the reading assignments and activities for every lesson in a quick, at-a-glance format, which should help tremendously with lesson planning. After a short section written to orient the user to the format and organization of the curriculum, the remainder of the Teacher's Manual is devoted to the detailed lesson plans. Lesson plans contain all assignments and lesson suggestions, including reading, handwriting, enrichment activities, answers to the reviews (test) and more, as well as a list of required resources for the lesson, project supplies (if applicable), and the corresponding student pages. Please note that either the Usborne Ancient World OR the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History is required, not both. – Jess

  • Item #: 013953
    ISBN: 9780794527532
    Retail: $14.99
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    Have you ever heard of Zoroastrianism? It is fascinating how many different religious beliefs, (such as Zoroastrianism), reflect Biblical truths. This book is FULL of color and very well laid out, showing beautiful pictures of members of the various religions and religious artifacts. Maps here and there identify in what part of the world the religion is practiced. As it shares about a particular religion, this book often relates a story, parable or saying from that religion. For example, when explaining some of the beliefs of the Pacific Islanders, a Maori saying is quoted: "Feed a man with fish, he will live from day to day. Teach him how to fish, he will live forever." As well as doing a detailed analysis of the main religions and touching on many minor ones throughout the world, this book tries to answer the question "What is religion?" at the beginning and also makes commentaries about religion in society at the end. While stating that they are not trying to promote any particular belief or viewpoint, there is a natural tendency, and I would suggest that theirs is not Christian. This comes through, for example, in the use of BCE and CE in preference to BC and AD and independent references to things over 6,000 years old. A treatment like this of world religions by a non-Christian does smack a wee bit of the scenario between Satan and Eve in the Garden of Eden, "Here are your options: now choose one." While the book does often hit the nail on the head with its descriptions of the different religions, it sometimes misses the boat in its broad sweeping definitions (for example saying that some religions wear headcoverings as a sign of modesty and equality and not mentioning submission). Needless to say you and your students will need to use discernment and turn to Scripture as to whether something is true or not. Some very nice features of this book are the time line and index, and every page directs you to a website to surf for further information. 127 pgs, pb. - Genevieve

  • Item #: 069827
    ISBN: 9780375824197
    Retail: $39.99
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  • Item #: 038006
    Retail: $545.00
    Rainbow Price: $499.00

    The first of four units in the MFW high school program, this one is considered foundational to the rest and covers Bible, history and English and is worth 3 full-year credits (1 credit per subject). The lesson plans are designed for the students to work independently the majority of the week, with a parent-student conference and discussion of topics covered on Fridays. You will need to add math and science to the curriculum (MFW recommends Saxon Math with DIVE CDs for math and Apologia Science) and may also want to consider adding foreign language, logic or other electives. For Bible and history, students will read through the Old Testament along with Taking the Old Testament Challenge. The Old Testament Readings are also central to the ancient history study along with Notgrass Exploring World History. Students will fill in an Ancient History Timeline Book to record events from their reading. There are comprehension questions, map work and service projects as well. In English, the focus is on essay writing, particularly the argumentative essay, and students will write five of these during the year. Literature from the periods covered is also read and analyzed from a Christian perspective. The Limited Edition Package includes Lesson Plans; Ancient Literature Supplement; Ancient History Timeline Book and figures; Daniel Inductive Bible Study for Teens; Unwrapping the Pharaohs; Student Bible Atlas; Exploring World History set; What On Earth Am I Here For?; The Odyssey; The Cat of Bubastes; Bulfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology; New Answers Book; The Iliad; Encyclopedia of the Ancient World; The Tabernacle; Eric Liddell; the Epic of Gilgamesh; Taking the Old Testament Challenge and Journey Through the Bible.

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess